Sunshine On My Mind

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Hey there! I'm excited to share my first September project on the Paper Issues Blog today. I created this layout for the Pinspire Me challenge.

I know, I know. you are looking at this, looking back at the board and wondering where in the world did she come up with this? Well, let me tell you. See that top right square? I was inspired by the layers of dots.

I started but cutting a stencil out of the Spraying Water cut file. I used gelatos and art crayons to color through the stencil. Then the layers began! I used lots and lots of Nuvo drops, then threw on some sequins that were in my swag bags to create the layers on the dots.  I used the Paper Issues Kits for the rest of the page. I love the versatility of these kits!

One of my favorite things to do at my Dad's house it to lay on the blue raft in the pool. Just me, the sun and the water. Pure relaxation.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Come back again soon, I have more to share. Catch me on Instagram too @thebeachygal

She Believed

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Hey there! It's been a while since I shared a page on the A Flair for Buttons blog.  Well, Here you go! I have so many projects in my head, I can't get them made fast enough.   This is one of them. I've been trying to get this done since June!

This layout is about my last day at work, and 10 days before I started my new job. I'd been wanting a change for a while. It took some work and perseverance, but I stuck it out and it paid off. 

I started with the She-Ra FREE cut file from Paper Issues. It's really the whole story right there. I thought the Crate Paper All Heart,  and some inspirational flair would bring the rest my story to life. It did. I didn't have to do much after that. I tucked and layered stickers and ephemera around my photo. I finished it off with flair from 3 different sets: Lovely Words 8Lovely Words 3 and Girl Boss Gold

Thanks for stopping by my creative view today. I have a lot to share so come back again soon. You can also find me on Instagram @thebeachygal. 

Pool Side

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Hey there and Happy September! I'm starting the month sharing this layout on The Cut Shoppe blog today. I used the Pool Side cut file that was featured in the July 25 newsletter. 

I loved this cut file when I saw it, but had to wait to use it! Our vacation was at the end of the summer. I was writing down ideas the whole time and the day after we got home I made this layout. 

I decided to slightly tilt the cut file so I could put the photos on an angle as well. Setting the photo on lighter, brighter colors than the dark navy of the cut file created balance throughout the page.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Come back again soon to see what else I have going on. You can also catch more of my projects on Instagram @thebeachygal

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Never Act Your Age

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Hey there! I'm sharing this project on The Cut Shoppe blog today, It features the On A Roll cut file.  I've wanted to use this cut file for a while now, but just coudn't pin down an idea for it. Until now. 

I wanted something fun and whimsical for some Disneyland photos. This cut file is perfect. I did a few things to it though. First I cut out the pieces. Then I went back in to design mode and moved the pieces away from each other in order to create more space. Then I used the offset tool to cut the stitch lines. As a bonus, with all the patterned papers I used, the extra space works in my favor. Next, I want to make a pizza with this cut file!

Sometimes you need to go do something fun, where you can be silly, laugh and just do what you want. This is my sister and I doing just celebrating her birthday at Disneyland.

Thanks so much for stopping my my creative view today. Come back again soon, I have more to share. 

Picture Perfect

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Hey there! I'm on the Paper Issues blog today with my project for the Let's Get Fussy Challenge. Let's talk fussy cutting for moment shall we? I've found you either love it or hate it. I'm on the I love to fussy cut team. I sure do enjoy a little time with my scissors and a piece of pretty patterned paper!

So, I was stalking my mailbox waiting for the August Paper Issues Kit. I had to cut apart the Love Always paper in the new Amy Tangerine collection, Slice of Life.   Oh those hearts!  Well, look at that. It's exactly what I did. After I cut them all out, I used both sides of the paper to create my design. I love the pop of yellow and the little bit of pattern it brings. Some are even raised with pop tape! I faced them towards each other, sandwiching the photos in between. So easy.

The hearts are everything on this page. It didn't need much embellishing. I just used the Truly Grateful ephemera and Phrase Thickers that are in the kit! Perfection.

These two are my world. But even though they are close in age, they are worlds apart. Walking in to find them like this made me cry. Bubba rarely goes in Big Bro's room. Climbing up on the bed is something I've never seen him do before. It's something I hope I see again. 

Thank for stopping by my creative view today. If you missed out on this months kit, never fear, Some of the pieces are available individually in the Paper Issues shop. Use DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase. We always want to see what you create. Share your projects in the August Challenges album in our   Facebook Group .  See you next time!

Cherry Picked

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Hey there! I'm on the Paper Issues blog sharing my take on today's Scraplift Sunday. This is one of my favorite challenges. It's the perfect 'go to' when the mojo is missing!  Today we are lifting MandaJane's lovely layered page. It pretty much has everything. Lots of photos, patterned paper, layers... so where should I start?

Well, here is my lift.  I started with the photos. I liked the idea of all the small photos, so that stayed pretty much the same. Next up, papers and stuff. Hmmm... what do I have that I can layer up? Well, anything really, but I still can't get enough of Vicki Boutin Color Kaleidoscope, so I went with that. I stuck with a lot of the naturey ephemera pieces...birds, flowers, leaves. 

All I did was matte the photos on one paper, layer another under that one, then tuck and layer all the embellishments. I put them mostly at the sides instead of all around. That's what makes scraplifting so fun. Being inspired by someone else!

Ever since we moved here I've wanted to go cherry picking. We finally did it! I had no idea the trees were so big, or how the cherries grew. I loved every minute of it!

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Come back again soon! I have more to share!

Sea You Soon

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Hey there! I'm on The Cut Shoppe blog today. I'm featuring the new Sea You Soon cut file on my project. But I gotta tell ya', it has nothing to do with the ocean or Sea!

Well, here's the scoop. I live in the Seattle area. Sea is the abbreviation for Seattle as well as the airport call sign. So, I did a play on words creating a page of a recent trip to Pike Place Market!

What to do for a background for this page had me stumped. In the end, white cardstock won out, but with some watercolored splotches painted randomly. I still wasn't sure how this would turn out....

I cut the design out of a dark patterned paper, then backed the SEA with one color and the other 2 words in another. I love the way the SEA stands out. Next, I trimmed the photos before tucking them behind the letters. Lastly, I grabbed some embellishments from Shimelle Sparkle City. They are pretty perfect. Coffee, birds and a city scape with a ferris wheel. I couldn't have put this together any better if I tried.

My family decided to do a summer bucket list this year. We hadn't been down to Pike Place Market in a few years. It was a gorgeous day, there were lots of people and we checked this off our list.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Come back again soon. I have more to share. 


Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Hello! I'm on the Paper Issues blog today. I have a project for the Stars and Stripes challenge. I figured since the 4th of July has already past, I wouldn’t do a patriotic page. But I wound up doing one anyway. Kind of...

My sister and I went to Disneyland last weekend. We took photos everywhere. Oh man, how I love Marvel movies. A photo in front of Captain America’s shield? Yes please. And so the red, white and blue page came to be.

I started with the Stitching Starburst cut file and Bella Blvd Fireworks and Freedom collection. Stars? Check. Stripes? Check. On to embellishing. I layered stickers and sequins around the stars and the photo. Oh it really is as simple as that! 

Thanks for taking a look at my creative view today. You know the month isn’t over yet! You still have until Aug 4 to get your challenge entries added to the July challenge album in our Facebook group. New items are added to the Paper Issues shop as we speak! Use DEVRA at checkout to receive 20% off your purchase! See you next time! 

Where the Wild Things Are

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Hey there! I have a project on The Cut Shoppe blog today featuring the brand new Photo Album cut file. I kinda have a thing about frames right now and couldn't wait to use it!

This cut file is made for multiple photos, which is exactly how I used it today. We took a ridiculous amount of photos at a recent visit to the zoo. I chose 4 of my many favorites for this layout. First I cut the file out of a darker Crate Paper patterned paper. I backed all the frames where I was adding photos with the same 2 patterned papers.  I decided to embellish the center frame, so used another paper for that one.

I love having the extra space beneath the photos! I embellished the frames in a few ways. Clusters, sentiments, labels.. the possibilities are endless.

We always do something fun for my son's birthday. This year was our first trip to the zoo. It was a beautiful day, the animals were active and we all had a great time.

Thanks so much for stopping my creative view today. Check out all the new cut files in The Cut Shoppe today! See you Again soon!

52 Favorites - 4th Fun

Friday, July 19, 2019

Hey there! Im on the Paper Issues blog today sharing one of my July weeks in my  52 Friday favorites book. 

This is my absolute favorite challenge we've ever had at Paper Issues. Why? Well, first of all, what a great excuse to go out there and make some memories! Better yet, combine it with one of the monthly I Spy photo challenges and we've given you all the ideas too!  But seriously, sometimes I use this challenge as a reminder that there are weeks you aren't able to do anything really special, but you can always find something special in every week. 

Anyway. Let me share my secret weapon in getting these done in 30 minutes or less. Yep. that's right. 30 minutes or less! It's the Swag Bags ! I get one every month and use them specifically for this project. This month's bag was filled with patriotic, and summery pieces that coordinate together perfectly. I worked with a few of the patriotic pieces of paper and embellishments this week to document our super low key day celebrating the 4th of July.  It was so easy!

Each month I make my own Traveler's Notebook insert . Here is my book for July.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I know it's been a while, but I promise I have lots to share. If you can't find me here, you can always find me on Instagram @thebeachygal. 

Home Sweet Home

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Hey there! I'm  sharing this layout on The Cut Shoppe Blog today. I used the Mid Century Modern cut file. Don't you think it's perfect for a photo about a home? I do! I came across this old photo of me in my first apartment. All I could think about was this cut file.

I really like layers on my pages. paper, embellishments, all of it. I wanted to layer the cut file, but didn't want to back it with other papers. I found if I used the 'offset' feature on the Silhouette, I could create an edge to place around the cut file. This gives it the appearance of layers!

Pairing cut files with the right papers makes all the difference for me. In this case, Pink Paislee Auburn Lane had the right vibe. It's part fall, part family, part cozy at home. This page is everything I wanted it to be.

Thanks for stopping by my creative view today. I have a lot going on and a lot to share. If you can't find me here, you can find me on Instagram @thebeachygal.  See you again soon. 

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Welcome Home

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Hey there! I have a fun project to share on The Cut Shoppe blog today.  I wanted to make my son came feel special when he arrived hime from his first year in college.   I used a couple of cut files to create a cool banner!

As I've already mentioned, I love using products in different ways. No standard banner shape for me today!  I used the star from the Boys Rule cut file to create the base. I backed it with white so it could be seen better. The Open Letter Alpha is one of my favorite fonts in the shop. It's so whimsical and perfect choice for me here. I added family and home sentiments from my stash to lightly embellish each piece. This was fun and easy and now hangs in our kitchen!

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I have a lot going on so come back again soon!

Go Litely

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Hey there! I'm on the Paper Issues blog today featuring this page I made for the June Gloom challenge. 

Now see, I'm one of those people who scraps about everything. The good, bad and ugly. So I was not afraid of this challenge. But, when I do scrap about the not so fun or in this case, gloomy side of things, I always try to find a way to brighten the situation with color and always, always with humor. Take it from me, gloomy doesn't have to mean dark and blah!

Today I used the colorful June Pontoon Kit to tell a little story about a hospital adventure we had while attending my grandfather's funeral. Yep. That really happened. I won't tell you why we were there. Nobody wants to hear that part! If I was gonna scrap this, it was gonna be funny, and silly. Because it was not at the time.

I cut apart, then grouped by color a bunch of the hexagons. Why? Why not. I embellished some of them with a variety of Nuvo Drops. Each group them became the backdrop for the photos.  A few pieces of Shimelle Sparkle City ephemera and A Flair for Buttons finished this off.  Really. It was that easy. 

Thanks for stopping by my creative view. Ive got a few ideas brewing. Come back again to see how they shake out. 

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