Back, Back, Back!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Welll hello!  I have a project on the  Paper Issues blog today for the awesome new Put It on an Angle challenge. Now I know, you are looking at my page thinking, angles? where are the angles?  It's so round! Well, I'll just tell you a little about what I did here.

I like to buy paper.  I may have Issues. It's a fact. My boys are getting older. Also a fact. Truly, I have no need for planets and rocket themed papers anymore. But I needed it! (Issues) It's a good thing that I like to take themes and ideas and put them to work for me interpreting them in other ways. So really, here is a perfect example. Yep, rockets and planets for umm...swimming? Yes I did.

But I have to tell you, the real reason for my having this  My Minds Eye Blast Off  collection was these photos right here! My boy is a back stroke specialist!  I caught his take off (see what I did there) frame by frame. Well, I couldn't just choose one photo out of the group could I? What did I do, well, I put them at an angle!

This My Minds Eye Blast Off  collection caught my eye for another reason. This Plaentoids paper. It screamed "fussy cut" at me.  So I did. I cut it apart, then put it back together into another shape. Itall of those works well as a home for all of those photos!

Fussy cutting also enabled me to use the rockets as die cuts, which I embellished with the puffy stickers  and 6x12 accent stickers.  I love the holographic elements. It makes it plays well with the water in the photos

So this is it. the very last swim meet ever for him. I wanted to take in every moment. I wanted to permanently remember some of my favorite things about him swimming. For years he has been best at backstroke (regardless of what he says). I was so happy to capture his takeoff in sequence. His takeoffs are amazing. He goes so far under water and I don't know how he does it. I have loved every minute of his meets and will miss watching him swim.

Well, there you have it!  Want this collection along with so much more?!?!? Get it in the Paper Issues shop. Use DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase. I hope to see you playing along with us this month. We have so many inspiring March challenges. Join the fun in our Facebook group!

Dont Be Such a Blockhead

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Good morning!  I'm sharing a project with Get It Scrapped , Paper Issues Pinspire Me challenge and A Flair for Buttons today. Titles are something I think we all had debates about. Does every page need one? Is it important?  For me. the answer is YES! I love a good title. It's an entrance to my page. Check out the Get It Scrapped blog today as we take titles to a new level by talking about Title Orientation. This is when you play with words, letters or angles to add to your story and/or photo.

The mood of the page is playful and I wanted the title to fit in with this too. Choosing a long title enabled me to play with font, color and orientation. I gave emphasis to the word 'block' by using a contrast color, red, using a serif font and finally by placing the letters into a square or blocked shape. Doing this ties the title directly to both the photo and the story of the page.

In keeping with the playful mood, I chose PhotoPlay Boys Rule. In case you haven't noticed, I have a thing for bright colors. The energy of the patterns connects with the energy of my boy playing. The square headed robot sticker was a must use. How could I not? Lastly, to soften all the square lines in the page, I added some circlesparticularly the camera flair. Reminding me its a photo moment. 

My son received a set of stacking boxes as a gift. His way of exploring and playing with them was to knock them down, then put them on his head. Then he's laugh and do it all over again.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Check out the Pinspire Me inspiration in the Paper Issues Facebook group. Head over the the Get It Scrapped blog to learn more about title orientation, and everyone needs a bit of Flair on their pages!   

Supplies: Cardstock and alphas-American Crafts, Patterned paper, stickers-PhotoPlay Paper, enamel pieces-Kaiserkraft, Bella Blvd, Simple Stories, Basic Grey, Flair-A Flair for Buttons, pen-EK Success, adhesive-Recollections, EK Success

Sunday Morning Snuggles

Friday, March 9, 2018

Well Good morning to you! I'm up on the Paper Issues Blog today with my first March project. Feel the Beat is a new challenge. We've chosen this record album as inspiration. Not feeling the cover itself? How about a song title or lyrics?

I was inspired by two parts of the cover. The circles, and the line connecting the two 'O's. I knew I didn't want to do a plain circle grid.  The new Dot Grid cut file however, gave me some other ideas! Look! It's a different kind of a circle grid! Wahoo!

So next was what to cut and glue! Since PinkFresh Case of the Blahs and Let Your Heart Decide were both staring at me, I mixed them up and used them both. I love when I can do that. It makes me feel like I'm getting more out of my stash.  The Quirk paper makes a great background in color and pattern don't you think? That grid I mentioned? I guess I didnt get away from it after all.  I surrounded my photo with small clusters of embellishments created with ephemera, frames and stickers. Do you see!?!?! I even connected some of the circles with thread!

Now, I know some of you are sitting here wondering why and how you can use  Case of the Blahs. You don't have to have a bad day to use this collection. Nope. As you can see, this is not a 'Blah' page at all. That's the beauty of interpretation. I took these wonderfully snarky, sarcastic phrases and applied them to a happy photo and story.

Here are a few close ups ion some of the phrases. Sad? No way! Check out the awesome A Flair for Buttons flair! This silhouette is in the Hexagon Boy set. So perfect for this!

Seriously. These are so perfect for my story! Sunday morning snuggles happens where? Oh yes, On. The. Couch! Oh and the Smash Phrases Flair has wonderful little sentiments that fit right into this page!

For the past few months, I've been working on Saturdays. I think he notices. On Sunday mornings when we get up, he takes me to the couch where we sit together for quite some time. Im pretty sure that's his way of telling me his misses me. I'm not gonna lie. I enjoy every minute of it. There is no better way Id like to spend a lazy Sunday morning than snuggled on the couch with this guy. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today! I'll be back in a few days with more stories to tell and photos to share.  Head over to the Paper Issues shop to get yourself some new things! I'm enjoying all the new releases including this PinkFreshShimelle and Crate Paper! Your purchase will be 20% off when you use DEVRA at checkout!


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Good morning!  Let's talk trends today. Even better, let's talk about using current trends on our scrapbook pages. Today at  Get It Scrapped we are talking about Pom Poms. They are everywhere. Today, they are on our scrapbook pages.

I think of pom poms as festive, therefore perfect for a party page.  My initial thought was to use them as confetti, and place them into some of the die cut spaces to add dimension as well as color. The pom poms were too dimensional and looked out of place on their own. Using the pom pom frame connects the free floating ones to the photo. After adding other embellishments with dimension, color and texture, the pom poms seemed to blend in better. 

I (reluctantly) agreed to a birthday party thrown by my husband and my sister. I just really wasn't sure how I wanted to celebrate. It wound up being a day to remember. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I've been using Shimelle Glitter Girl for all of my birthday photos, today is no exception. I also used a couple of cut files from the Paper Issues store, Filled With Joy to create the confetti background and Happy Hooray for the banner. I'm adding this project to the This or That challenge. It's one of several new challenges in the Paper Issues Facebook group.  

Supplies: Patterned paper, die cuts ephemera, stickers, Thickers, enamel dots-Shimelle for American Crafts, pom poms, acrylic stars-Maggie Holmes for American Crafts, Frame-Crate paper, twine and paper clips-Doodlebug Design


Monday, February 26, 2018

Good morning! I have another project to share today for Paper Issues.  It's our week 3 Scraplift Sunday, when we lifted this lovely page byAmanda-Jayne

I did change the design a bit by creating 3 solid clusters. I played with the awesome Swag Bag to create this. Really. that's all I used. The Feb bag was filled with all these bright colors, inspiring sentiments and springy embellishments. I sorted through everything first, then grouped them by colors and item type. From there I zeroed in on the sentiments and all the butterflies. I cut, placed and layered and was pretty much done. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I have more stuff to share so come back again soon. The March Swag Bag should be in the shop soon. The subscription is so worth it! New stuff is arriving in the Paper Issues shop every week. Shop using DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase!


Sunday, February 25, 2018

Hello! Just a quick little post today sharing a page I made for Scraplift Sunday today at Paper Issues.  We are lifting Mary Ann's LO from the January Issue.  I love it's simplicity, but of course I had to give it my own spin.

 I didnt change the design much, but I did use all photos instead.  As usual, I had to throw down some layers of paper and tags under them too. You see, I had a hunch I would need this Carta Bella Cabin Fever. Even if it didn't snow, I'd have some great plaids to use for some masculine photos! Lucky for me it snowed! I also used a few of the snowflakes that were left over from the Snowflake grid cut file I sued on another page. 

I'll be honest. I'm not a fan of long snowy winters. I dont like it in my driveways, or on the roads.  I much prefer to admire the snow as it sits upon mountain tops. However, I do love to see fresh white snow on the trees, which is always a chance to grab some new photos.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Check out the Paper Issues Facebook group for more challenges and ideas. Gran some new 2018 releases in the Paper Issues shop while you can. They are always 20% off when you use DEVRA at checkout!

Supplies: PP, die cuts-Carta Bella, wood pieces, Crate paper, Nuvo drops, Stickles, Silhouette, Dylusions mist.

Up to No Good!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Hey Hey I'm back again! 3rd time in a week! See, I told you I'd be back on track!  I'm up on the Paper Issues Blog today sharing one of our awesome FREE cut files! I don't know about you, but I'm a huge Harry Potter fan. Can you imagine my excitement when I saw the Perfectly Potter cut file arrive in the Paper Issues shop?!?!  I'll take every chance I can get to weave some HP into my daily life.

This saying makes me think of my younger son and all the mischief he tries to create.  So does Wild Child by Pink Paislee. I mean come on, Danger? Wild and Mischief on the embellishments? Yes please!  The funny thing is, I couldn't find the right photos to go with it. Until this night. This wild child of my own was insistent that something was under the couch. I kept telling him nope, nothing is there.  He pushed, pulled and squirmed his way behind it, until he found what he was looking for.  He sure proved me wrong!

I had to decide on how many photos and their size before I could decide how to resize the cut file. Placing the photos in the center of the cut file seemed to be the way to go. I stayed with white behind the words so they would be readable, and stand out behind the green. I filled in the stars because, well, it makes them more wild! I also played off of the stars, using more of them scattered about.

I love how this part of the Perfectly Potter cut file works as a title, the story and design of my page. This just shows you how awesome and versatile our cut files can be!

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today! You too can join the Free File Free-for-All challenge this month. Grab a FREE cut file, create something and add it to the February Challenge album in our Facebook Group.  While you are in the Paper Issues shop, take a look at some of the new releases, including PinkFresh and Pink Paislee. Your purchases are always 20% off when you use DEVRA at checkout!

Snow Bros

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Good morning! I know it's been a while. I'm off my game. I'll be trying out a new routine over the next few weeks so bear with me. I promise it will be worth it! Anyway, I'm 'Keeping it Sketchy', with a new project for Paper Issues using the Feb sketch. 

You know me, I have to be different, so I said no to the hearts! I traded them in for snowflakes instead. This page is all about the snowflakes. I used the free Snowflake Grid cut file to create the background. What could be easier than that? Umm, maybe backing it with more snowflake paper, then layering more Crate Paper Snow & Cocoa snowflakes onto the page. I love the extra bits of color and sparkle they add. 

We don't usually get enough snow around here to play in, so we definitely took advantage of it. A nice long walk, even letting the dog off the leash to run around. The best part for sure was watching him laugh in the process, and of course getting a few great photos. 

Thanks so much for joining me and my creative view today. I have a few ore things to share coming up so check back again soon. All new releases are arriving in the Paper Issues shop, so you need to check in there frequently. As always use DEVRA at checkout for 20% your purchase!

Supplies: PP-Crate Paper, Carta Bella, American Crafts, Silhouette, Die cuts-Crate Paper, American Crafts, 

Feel the Love

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Hey there! Good morning and Happy February. Wow. That happened fast! I'm so happy to be the first to share a project in the new challenge format for on the Paper Issues blog today. What new format you ask? Well, today, we revealed ALL of the February challenges. That gives all you crafty friends the whole month to play along with all of them! Each day here on the blog, we will share a project featuring one of our challenges. Ready?

I have for you, something I made for one of everyone's favorite challenges, Take 5 Tuesday.  Here is the new board:

Let's just start with my items, then how I can tell you how I got to them. It may be more than 5! 
1. Red, 2. Patterned Paper 3. Turquoise, 4. Stitching, 5. Heart,  as well as white, polka dots, flair and something shiny. 

First I had my photo. Look at my sweet boys! I feel the love! No matter the differences between them, they are still brothers who love each other. 

So, I started with the Heart Grid FREE cut file. It said "Stitch me" loud and clear. I pared it down to 8 hearts, enlarging them for my grid. You know what else was yelling at me? Crate Paper Main Squeeze! See where I'm going with this? 

All the pretty patterned paper fills up the hearts. What's your favorite? I can't choose! Maybe Smooch? I used both sides of that one, because turquoise and kisses. Maybe it's that Purrrfect multi colored scallop. Clearly I couldn't decide, so I used several. 

When it comes to embellishments, I'm not any better at decision making, so I used them all. Yep. Chipboard, which is where the shiny comes from.  

The cardstock stickers  are so fun to layer with the puffy stickers and ephemera

I guess you could also say having lots to choose from made this so easy to put together! Thanks for taking a look at my creative view today. I hope I've inspired you to create something new. 

The Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Fans Facebook group is where you can find all of the February challenges, as well as daily chit chat, fun and games. Every time you create and share a project, it's a chance for you to win a GC to the Paper Issues shop! Speaking of shopping, Crate Paper Main Squeeze is available NOW in the shop. Get it before its gone for 20% off using DEVRA at checkout. 

Supplies: CS-American Crafts, thread DMC, Crate Paper Main SqueezeHeart Grid cut file, Silhouette, A Flair for buttons



Sunday, January 21, 2018

Good morning! It's Scraplift Sunday at Paper Issues! Today we are lifting Elodie! I love this. to me it's a great design that can be lifted directly, or adapted so may different ways!

I didn't change it very much. I added several more tags, layering and embellishing them. Extra layers and die cuts around the photo too. I wanted a soft but playful feel to the page and it turned out exactly the way I wanted.  Pebbles Forever My Always made all of this so easy to do so. The little touches of kraft and mint are a perfect contrast to the various shades of pink. The woodgrain heart A Flair for Buttons fits right in, and stands out at the same time.

My sister and my son. Aunt and nephew. Their love and affection for each other is always present and evident. I love watching them together.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I'll be back this week with more to share. Head over to the Paper Issues shop to get yourself a treat. It's always 20% off when you use DEVRA at checkout.

It Happened in 2017

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Hey there! Today at Get It Scrapped we are talking about creating a Year in Review on our scrapbook pages. Not just any old review, but creative designs to help tell your stories. 
I do create a year in review page. It's usually more fun for me than this year's was. Creating this page gave me a reason to look for the positive, fun and meaningful moments of the year. 
The design came to me when I saw this Polaroid Frame Banner cut file in the Silhouette store. I thought I could use some of the frames for photos, some for journaling and some to embellish. I altered the file by eliminating some of the frames, adding my own colorful chipboard frames around the photos to highlight them so I could use larger photos.  Two challenges arose while using this design. The first was I couldn't place the photo and journaling next to each other on each 'row'. That called for black arrows to point towards the journaling for each photo. The other was there wasn't much room to embellish. I chose 2 meaning fun ones, hearts to show the family love and month stickers to give the appearance of moving through the year.

Although 2017 wasn't my favorite year overall, there were some standout moments. I chose to focus on some of the most important events and moments, with a silly fun one thrown in there too. 

Supplies: Cardstock & Stickers: American Crafts, Patterned paper-Crate paper, frames-Simple Stories, Alphas-Basic Grey, American Crafts, arrows-Studio Calico, Freckled Fawn, cut file-Silhouette

Posts on Jan. 30
Year in review pages can be a fun way to combine our favorite moments and stories for the span of a year all in one page or spread. 
Your assignment is to find a creative way to present these moments and stories on the page. These pages should combine 5+ photos and a good deal of journaling in a standout way. We’re looking for something more than a straightforward grid/block design for this page, push the envelope and look for other approaches to present the photos and story on the page 
1. What is the story/message behind the page?
2. Do you regularly make “year in review” pages or was this a first?
3. What was the biggest challenge that you encountered with this approach and how did you address this challenge in your page design?
4. What creative approach did you take to presenting multiple photos and ample journaling on the scrapbook page?
5. Supplies

Tequila Mockingbird

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Hey there and good morning! It's another Scraplift Sunday at Paper Issues and today awe are lifting this awesome layout by Kelly.

Crater Paper Good Vibes has been appealing to me. The more I looked at it, the more it made me laugh. Why? Well, look at this page! Let's talk about the embellishments because that's really what makes this collection. It's a hodge podge of happy sayings, trendy sayings and icons. When you put it all together,  you get an eclectic mix that somehow works together.  

I didn't change much from the original design. My papers are a little larger, my photos are horizontal, but that's about it. Fun layout to lift and easy to play around with! ok, I lied.  How about that title! not on but two larger words and two cut files! Paint Outline and Puffy alphas!

My book club holiday party got a little out of hand. Wine may have been poured, book exchange was mayhem, uncontrollable laughter may have occurred as a result of one book in particular.... It did for me and a friend that's for sure. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Head over to the shop to get what's left of Good Vibes or maybe some other things that catch your eye. It's always 20% off when you use DEVRA at checkout!

Dream Chaser

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Good morning! The January Notable Quotable challenge is on the Paper Issues blog today. This quote spoke to me so I jumped on this one!
The word 'dream' stood out to me, so that's where I began.  When I thought about paper collections for this, I decided Pink Paislee Turn the Page had what I was looking for. This collection has many inspirational sayings and icons perfect for this page. I grabbed all the blues & greens I could find, and began by cutting apart all the hexagons from paper #17. Then I layered some other papers behind the photo. I scattered all the stars from the Fresh Start Icon Thickers , adding a few pieces of ephemera. The title is a sticker, and says exactly what I wanted it to say.

My son is a senior this year, so we are all thinking about what's next. We all have dreams for him, but none are important if they are not his. Im not sure he knows yet what they are, but once he does, I know he wont stop until they are real. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I've got some more projects to share, so come back again soon.   The more I play with Turn the Page, the more I like it. you can get some for yourself in the Paper Issues shop for 20% off using DEVRA at checkout

Try It Tuesday

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Hey hey and good morning! Today I'm playing along with the January Try It Tuesday at Paper Issues. This month, in honor of celebrating the New Year, we are asking you to use some sort of party supply on your projects. 

Well, what's better for a party supply challenge than a birthday card featuring straws and Pebbles Happy Hooray!  I saw a card idea like this on Pinterest a while back and it stuck with me. . I couldn't find it, but decided to give it a whirl anyway. 

I cut 8 4x4 pieces of patterned papers, embellishing them with stickers, puffy stickers, and pieces of ephemera. I attached long pieces of yardstick to he back of the cards, folding them into an accordion. Lastly I adhered the Happy Thickers to the straws, then glued the straws to the back of the card. Something fun to do because it was different for me!

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I'm doing my best to keep things fresh around here. Come back again later this week, I'll have more to share.

Happy Hooray and so much more is available in the Paper Issues shop. Always use DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase!

To Me!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Good Morning! The new Add It up challenge is on the Paper Issues blog today! This is one of my favorite challenges to play along with. I may be weird, but I enjoy thinking about what to put on my pages. Having to so it to reach a point value fits right into this. This month we are trying to reach between 130-140 points

I'm not done working with Shimelle Glitter Girl yet. It's still one of my favorite collections from this year. I learned a trick for this challenge: always use more than one photo! So today I have 3. Also, use lots of patterned paper. Today I used 7. That's already 50 points. See how easy this is? Add in the free Happy Birthday Circles cut file, lots of embellishments including puffy shaker stickers, corner stickers and wood pieces and 2 colors of ink and I reached 135 points! 

Yes, I am still working my way through my birthday photos. Yes, I could have made multi photo 2 page layouts but where's the fun in that? Each series of photos tells a different part of the day. Take these for example. CAKE! I had two cakes at my party. The triple chocolate mousse is my favorite and that one really was just for me. I was nice and shared the other one. 

Thanks so much for being here at my creative view today. Come back again soon, I have lots to share.  Glitter Girl is still available in the Paper Issues shop. Grab it now while you can for 20% off! Use DEVRA at checkout!

Fresh Start

Monday, January 1, 2018

Good morning and Happy New Year! Im starting the year off right with a brand new layout created for the brand New Issue at Paper Issues! We're Off To A Fresh Start today and hope you are too. Need some ideas to get you going?

We want to see projects about your plans, intentions, or resolutions for the new year. 
Use 2018 on your project
How did you ring in the new year?
Share any project you like, anything goes!

I used the new Simple Stories 2018 collection to reflect a bit on 2017 and declare a literal fresh start for 2018. I cut apart a couple of the 3x4 cards, one with a silly inspirational sentiment.  I layered part of the Top Ten cut file on the blank card. The saying was prefect. I tucked a bunch of scraps everywhere to add more color. I chose to stay simple with stars as the primary embellishments,  adding some flair to soften the edges. that's it. 

No,  2017 was not my favorite year. Too much stress, not enough fun. I'm not sad to see it go. I welcome 2018. It's going to be better. It's a fresh start, a do over if you will. I'm looking forward to taking advantage of what 2018 has to offer. 

Thanks so much for celebrating New Years Day with me and my creative view. Celebrate with Paper Issues too! Join the fun in our Facebook group. Shop using DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase!

Supplies: PP-Simple Stories, Amy Tangerine, Crate paper, stickers-Amy Tangerine, Freckled Fawn, Pink Paislee, American Crafts, Flair-A Flair for Buttons, Silhouette