Saturday, December 31, 2016

My Best 16!


Well, we've made it to the last day of 2016! This year has been so exciting for me on many different levels. Of course, when it comes to scrapbooking making it on the Paper Issues Design Team was the biggest highlight of the year. So today we are sharing our best 16 layouts. I just picked some of my favorites and I'm sharing them with you! Thanks for stopping by my blog and here's to an even better 2017!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Product Spotlight with Hazelwood

Hello friends! I'm here today with one last product spotlight for 2016! This is a great one - American Crafts Hazelwood by One Canoe Two! It's all sort of wonderful - with butterflies, flowers, bright colors, and amazing patterns. I'm in love!

For my layout I used Far From Home & Flock 12x12 papers. I love the Far From Home paper as it has a school feel and perfect for an end of the semester school picture of my boy! I embellished with accent stickers, phrase thickers, and my favorite embellishment - the enamel triangle stickers!

Now head over to the Paper Issues blog to see what all the other ladies created! One thing I love about these spotlights is that every layout is so different and so fabulous at the same time! Lots of inspiration to be seen! And if you are shopping the Paper Issues store use code RACHEL for 20% off!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas everyone! I hope this post finds you having a wonderful Christmas time! I'm just stopping in quickly to share our Paper Issues Scraplift Sunday layout! I documented one of my favorite Christmas traditions - our family cookie bake off with Bella Blvd Holly Jolly Christmas. There's still a little in the store. Find it here! XOXO

Monday, December 19, 2016

Remember December


Our new issue at Paper Issues for the month of December is called Remember December. As soon as I heard the title, I knew exactly what I wanted to scrapbook - my favorite Christmas decorations! My boys have been obsessed with nutcrackers every Christmas season and so last year we each picked one out. I'm the fairy princess of course! 


For my layout I started with a Silhouette cut file called Circle Cross Overlay. I then backed the circles with a variety of papers from Carta Bella's Christmas Delivery collection. It's the perfect tradional Christmas collection. The chipboard stickers are fabulous too! 

So here are some ideas for your layout: December Daily album pages, winter activities, any December holiday, memorial pages, December holiday traditions, favorite holiday recipe, use snowflakes as an embellishment, etc. And don't forget - once you've created your layout, post it in the Remember December folder in the Paper Issues Friends & Fans group for a chance to win a PI gift card!

I'm playing along with Round 2 which is up on the Paper Issues blog today. If you missed Round 1 you can see it here! Thanks for stopping by & Merry Christmas! XOXO

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Scraplift Sunday 12/18

Happy Sunday funday to you! Christmas is right around the corner and things are busy busy here at our house! I've been sneaking in some scrapping time whenever I have a few minutes. Today I'm sharing Paper Issue's Scraplift Sunday layout with you! It's such a fun one! I love the details which make this page stand out - lots of embellishments and symmetry which balances everything. I used Crate Paper's Cool Kid for my layout. You can find it here in the store! Join us in the Paper Issues Friends & Fans Facebook group for more inspiration and lots of chatter! If you are shopping in the Paper Issues store use code RACHEL for 20% off your purchase!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Product Spotlight: Photo Play My Imagination

Hello friends! Today I'm sharing a layout I created for Paper Issues product spotlight on Photo Play Paper's new lines. We have two in the store - My Imagination and Snowball Fight.

I chose My Imagination because if you haven't noticed - we are all about boys at my house! I started with white cardstock and sprayed it with Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Mustard. Then I used a free cut file from the Paper Issues shop called Hip to be Square. I backed each square with a different papers from the collection. My favorite 12x12 paper in this collection is the backside of Bold. I added some stickers from the element sheet and a few flairs from A Flair for Buttons. The date stamp at the bottom is always important too!

Don't forget - when you are shopping the Paper Issues store use code RACHEL for 20% off your order! And as always - thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Out of This World with Space Academy



Hello from outer space! I'm just popping in today to say hi and let you know I'm on the Paper Issues blog sharing this fun layout I created with Carta Bella's new Space Academy collection. Click here to get all the details! 






































Monday, December 12, 2016

Mix It Up Monday

Hi friends! I'm back with another Mix It Up Monday challenge. This month we are challenging you to use more than one medium - paper with paint, sprays, inks, etc. The real challenge is to keep everything black, white, or gray with a pop of color on your layout! I started with a white piece of cardstock and sprayed it with Heidi Swapp black color shine. I then used Bella Blvd Homespun Alpha stamp to stamp the title. I recently purchased this from Paper Issues and I love them! For my pop of color I used Bella Blvd's Oh My Stars line. All of the papers are so fun & bright! Find them here! I embellished the page with enamel stars, ephemera, and flair!

Now click here to see what the other Paper Issues design team members created! Their layouts are so awesome and inspiring! You are sure to love them! XOXO

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Scraplift Sunday 12/11

This week's Scraplift is a fun banner design from one of our own design team members at Paper Issues! I love lifting other people's layouts because they're often so different in style from my own and it's fun to try new things. I used Photo Play Paper's My Imagination line. You can find it here. My soccer flair is from A Flair for Buttons. You can find this particular one in the Soccer Flair set.
Hope you like! If you get a chance today, head over to our Facebook group Paper Issues Friends & Fans and join us for inspiration and chatting.
xoxo

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Sketchy Saturday

This month's sketch is perfection! I had so much fun with it. I used Photo Play Paper's My Imagination line. It's filled with Lego blocks, astronauts, and bright colors - awesome for little boys. The main paper I used is called Curious - I just love it! Find the whole line here! Use code RACHEL for 20% off your purchase!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Roll the Dice!

I'm back with the last Roll the Dice challenge of the year and it's a great one! A little bit of a challenge, but I'm always up for one. If you're new to this challenge here's how it works. On of our Design Team members, Danielle, rolls a dice two times. Once for how many photos to use in the layout and secondly, this month for how many different types of alphas must be used. The results are 5 photos (yes, you heard right!) and 4 different alphas.

I used Photo Play Paper's My Imagination line along with Crate Paper's Cool Kid for this layout. The Lego block paper - Determined -  is a must if you little boys who love to build. With a layout that needed so many photos I thought this was the perfect opportunity to document CJ's favorite Lego collections.

Hope you can play along with us this month! If you do, don't forget to enter your layout into the challenge album over at Paper Issues Friends & Fans for a chance to win a PI gift card! xoxo

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Take 5 Tuesday



I'm back again with the Paper Issues Take 5 Challenge. These challenges are awesome! Here's how it works - pick 5 items from the list (see below) and create a layout! Easy peasy! For my layout I used a Silhouette cut file called Stained Glass Circles. The paper and embellishments are Crate Paper Cool Kid from the Paper Issues store.

My five were #2 white, #3 green, #6 wood veneer, #12 alpha letters,  and #13 stickers.

My "PLAY" flair is from A Flair for Buttons. I've bought several flair from Shelley and they are fabulous. I highly recommend her shop. Find it on Etsy here

Now hop on over to the Paper Issues blog here to see what the other DT ladies created! They're amazing! 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

December Pinspire Me




It's time for another Pinspire Me Mood Board and the December one is gorgeous! {see below} It is so easy to be inspired when you look at it! 

I used Carta Bella's Christmas Delivery for my layout. You can find it here in the Paper Issues Store. I love this Striped Frame background paper. It's perfect for journaling and makes everything else on the page standout. I chose The Make It Merry cut file from The Cut Shoppe. The title is thickers from Maggie Holme's Gather line. 

For my layout I was inspired by the colors and the "Eat, drink and be merry" phrase, but of course with my boys it had to be "Eat and be silly!"

Head over to Paper Issues to see today's Pinspire Me blog post. Need Christmas paper?! Use code RACHEL for 20% off your order in the Paper Issues store!






















Scraplift Sunday 12/4


Hello December! This season I chose Echo Park's Christmas Delivery for my main Christmas line. It's red & green and everything traditional. I always love the quality of Echo Park's paper. They are thick cardstock and beautiful rich colors. You can find this line here in the Paper Issues store under the Christmas and Holiday section.

This layout is for today's Scraplift Sunday. The use of tags & lots of embellishments make it so fun! If you're looking for Christmas papers and goodies save 20% in the Paper Issues store with code RACHEL! Merry Christmas! xoxo









Saturday, December 3, 2016

Cut it Up!

Happy December! I love Christmas and I love cut files ~ so the Cut it Up Saturday challenge is always one of my favorites each month. This month Stacie from our design team created this adorable Snowball cut file and it's FREE in the Paper Issues store under Free Files. If you haven't checked this section out lately you definitely should. There are several new  cut files which work well with the new collections in the store.

For my layout, I used Bella Blvd Holly Jolly Christmas. It's so bright, cheery and fun! I started with Mr. Claus 12x12 paper
and used the cut file on Sweater Weather. The tabbies and tags are a definite must too! I recently picked up the You Are Loved and Homespun Alphabet and I love both of them! To finish the layout, I added enamel hearts and flair from A Flair for Buttons and it's perfect!

Now, head over to today's blog post at Paper Issues to see what the other ladies have created! And if you're shopping in the store use code RACHEL for 20% off your purchase!