Monday, June 5, 2017

The Cut Shoppe

Hi everyone! I'm back with a layout and blog post after a small hiatus. Summer is here and life has gotten kind of busy with birthday parties, swim team for my oldest, and vacations to Hawaii and then to the happiest place on earth! But I'm back and hope to get in the swing of scrapbooking again this week! Today, I am honored (truly!) to be on The Cut Shoppe blog as a guest designer!

For my layout, I scrapbooked my very favorite picture from our vacation to Hawaii! I knew I wanted to use the Crate Paper Oasis collection to create the perfect romantic beachy vibe! I found this collection at Paper Issues!

Now, let's talk The Cut Shoppe. I discovered Ashley and her fabulous Etsy shop almost 2 years ago. I don't remember how, but probably word of mouth - which is the highest compliment! I love her style and the constant addition of new files to play with. I used two different cut files for this layout. First, I downloaded the Spiral Scallop file and played around with it in Cricut Design Space. I sized each circle to fit inside each other and then welded them together before cutting it out. I backed a few of the scallops with pops of pink paper and this made the perfect background. Next, I added my photo, embellishments and gold string! My title from the Summer Vibes cut file was the finishing touch! I love how it turned out! It's my favorite layout I've created in a while! 

Love what you see?! Visit The Cut Shop for all your cut file needs! There are easy to use with a Silhouette or Cricut. Need paper and embellishments?! The Paper Issues store is always my go to spot. Use the code FRIENDS for 20% off your purchase there! XOXO

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Working Title

Happy Thursday! I'm so excited to share today's layout with you. I'm playing along with Paper Issue's Working Title Challenge. This month the challenge is all about making your title curve! You can get more details in the Paper Issues Facebook group!

For my layout, I mixed Bella Blvd's Make Your Mark and She Blooms collections. I love the colors in both of these lines and they mix together perfectly! The background striped paper as well as the pink paper I cut the large heart from are both from She Blooms. 

So here are the details: I cut out the pink heart with my Cricut machine and secured it to the background paper. Then I cut out the small hearts. I used my Cricut again, but this would also work well with a paper punch. Most of the hearts I cut from the Make your Mark 6x8" pad! This kind of design is great for using up scraps too! Next, I folded each heart in half before securing them around the edge of the big heart with tape runner. I then pierced around the heart and hand stitched them to the paper. Then I bent them up to give the page added dimension. 

My Lucky Tooth title curves around the bottom of the heart and is perfect for documenting my son's 4th tooth falling out! Love his cute smile! Finally, I added a few hearts, tabs, and enamel dots to finish it off!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Take 5 Tuesday!

Hello May! I played along with Paper Issues Take 5 Tuesday Challenge! For my layout, I wanted to use Crate Paper's Cool Kid collection again. 1) Because it's always my favorite go to boy collection and 2) Paper Issues got a restock of several of the papers and ephemera so I felt like I didn't have to hoard what I had left! Find it here!

I took the 6x6" pad and cut several of the papers in 2" squares. Then I angled them diagonally on white cardstock trying my best to keep the spacing even. (It's not easy! LOL) I secured them with tape runner and then got to work with the embellishments! You can find the Cool Kid ephemera here! I also love these Bella Blvd puffy stars and my happy flair is from my favorite flair shop - A Flair for Buttons!

Want to play along?! Choose 5 things from the list below and then create your layout! I chose 2. blue, 4. cardstock, 8. sticker, 13. patterned paper, and 14. twine! Thank you for stopping by and taking a look! XOXO

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Scraplift Sunday

Happy Sunday! I hope you are finding time to scrap this weekend! We've got a fun lift for you today. We are lifting Annelie Maddock's layout from this month's Notable Quotable challenge. You can see her original layout here!

For my layout, I used Fancy Pant's Family & Co and one our free cut files! You can find "feeling all the feels" here! And of course, it's free! XOXO

Monday, April 17, 2017

New Issue Monday

Happy Monday to you! I'm playing along with round 2 of Paper Issues new issue. This month is called Put the Petal/Pedal to the Metal/Medal! Catchy huh?! I chose to go with petal and metal. I used Pink Paislee's new Sweet Freedom for my layout. It's just been restocked in the Paper Issues store! There's plenty of gorgeous floral patterns in the collection. I also love the added shine with  the bronze stars and ephemera!

Check out today's blog post to get more inspiration! XOXO

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Scraplift Sunday

Happy Easter friends! We've got two awesome layouts for you today. My Swag Bag layout was posted earlier this morning and now here is a look at this week's Scraplift Sunday. Isn't it fabulous?!

We are lifting Cat Martin and one of her layouts from our Spring Crop. See the layout here! I had so much fun creating it. I used Pink Paislee Outfitters for mine. It was perfect for this layout because I had a lot of scrap pieces from my 6x6 pad that worked perfectly for the grids. The grids are 2.25" squares. I added lots of ephemera and puffy stickers, and stitched between all the rows! Hope you feel inspired! 

Swag Bag Sunday!

Hello Swag Bag Sunday! I have been looking forward to this day for several weeks! I heart these Swag bags so much and making this layout was so much fun! First, lets take a look at March's Swag bag! Fabulous right?!

So for my layout, I had this idea of cutting several of my favorite 3x4 cards from the swag bag up into 1/2" strips and using them for my background! I had no idea if it would actually work (and look good) so I was nervous to try it but I went for it! I then took all the strips of paper and secured them to white cardstock at a diagonal angle. I love the way it turned out!

I then layered my photos with more cards and added some typed journaling and these fabulous star wood pieces. You can find them here! I did all of this with the swag bag and still have so much left! You must grab April's Swag Bag. They don't last long. When you do use my code RACHEL to save 20% off! XOXO

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Roll the Dice!

It's a happy day here! I'm on the Paper Issues blog today getting everyone started on the Roll the Dice Challenge for April. Head on over here to get all the details about the challenge and my super fun layout! XOXO

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Scraplift Sunday

Happy Sunday friends! Here's this week's Scraplift Sunday layout! We are lifting Mary-Ann Maldonado! See her original layout here! For my layout, I used a mix of Crate Paper Cool Kid & Amy Tangerine On A Whim! Hope you like! XOXO 

Working Title

This month's Working Title challenge is all about flower power! We want you to be inspired by all the budding blossoms of Spring! Here are some suggested ideas:

  • Decorate your thickers with flower ephemera
  • Use flower stickers to form the letters in your title
  • Cut your title from floral pattern paper
  • Stamp a chipboard title with flower stamps
  • Use paper blooms to form your words
I had so many ideas swirling in my head for this layout! I started with my fringe scissors, wavy paper cutter and Pink Paislee's Sweet Freedom collection. I cut two strips each (2.25" in height) of Paper 5 and Paper 12 with my wavy paper cutter. Then I used the fringe scissors on each one. I chose these two papers because the navy and the cream in each paper contrasts perfectly so that you can really see the fringe and wave details. Then I layered them on top of Paper 4 starting from the bottom. For my title I used love this a cut file from The Cut Shoppe in The Love Letters. I used Paper 2 - beautiful floral pattern - from the 6x6 pad to cut out my title. Next, I had stitched around the title.

I used one photo and lots of layers and embellishments to finish the layout. My favorite pieces are from the ephemera and the dimensional stars. You can see all of Sweet Freedom here. Need some for yourself? Use code RACHEL to save 20% off your Paper Issues purchase! XOXO

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Cut It Up Saturday

Hi everyone! It's the best Saturday of the month! Time to get out your cutting machine and get to work with a new Paper Issues cut file! We have so many free cut files! You can find them here! Now check out April's new files! Cuteness overload!

For my layout I used My Mind's Eye Palm Beach! I had originally bought it for our upcoming vacation photos, but when I saw this flamingo picture from our recent zoo trip I had to use it! The background paper is from Amy Tangerine's On a Whim collection - Full Bloom. I cut out the "honeycomb" in black cardstock and backed it with the flamingo paper from the 6x6 pad. You can find the 12x12 version here! I also cut out the "Be You" sentiment! My favorite part of it all is the chipboard flowers and palm branches. I added a little extra sparkle with the enamel dots and brads.

Can't get enough? Check out the Paper Issues blog today to see more ways to use these fabulous cut files! XOXO!

Friday, April 7, 2017

April Pinspire Me

Are you ready to be inspired by our beautiful Paper Issues mood board?! April's board is bright and cheerful! As soon as I saw the lollipop in the center with all the colors, I knew that Bella Blvd's Make Your Mark would be perfect for it! I love the tags in this collection! I made a banner at the top of my layout and added lots of tags, gold washi tape, some puffy hearts, and two photos! The background paper is Paint Me Pretty! Like what you see?! Check out the rest of Make Your Mark here!

I'm swooning over all the gold in this collection! It's definitely a must have if you love bright color and gold embossing!

You can find more inspiration from the Design Team on today's blog post. I always love seeing everyone's take on the board each month! Don't miss it! Shopping at Paper Issues? Use the code RACHEL to save 20% off! XOXO

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Take 5 Tuesday

Happy Tuesday to you! I created this layout for April's Take 5 Challenge with Paper Issues. I used the new Pink Paislee Sweet Freedom collection! It's everything red, white and blue! It's perfectly patriotic, but great for so much more! I started with the 6x6 pad and cut out twenty-five 2.25" squares from several of my favorite papers. Then I laid them out on white card stock to figure out the pattern and get them evenly spaced. Afterwards, I secured them with tape runner and then hand stitched around each one! Next, I added one photo and framed it with lots of embellishments! I love the ephemera and the dimensional stars! They add so much details to a layout! Here's a close up!

Here's this month's list. I used 3) Color of your choice, 4) Patterned paper, 9) Stars, 10) Layers, and 12) Cardstock. Want to play?! Create a layout with 5 of these things and then share it with us in our Paper Issues Friends and Fans group! XOXO

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Scraplift Sunday

Happy Sunday friends! It's the best day of the week! Time to be inspired. This week is extra special because we are lifting the amazing Cassie Box! See her original layout here! Cassie is the owner of Paper Issues - the perfect place to find all your scrapbook needs (and wants!) and the home of the best customer service ever!

For my lift, I used My Mind's Eye Hey Mister! Love this line! Have you seen it yet? It's got lots of navy and grays with touches of copper. My favorites are the 6x6 pad and the brads! Now play along with us and then share your layout in our Paper Issues Facebook group! Can't wait to see what you create! XOXO

Notable Quotable

Hello April! I'm not sure how you got here so quickly, but I'm glad you did! It's time for the Notable Quotable challenge with Paper Issues! This month's quote is "You make me happy when skies are gray." The challenge is to create a layout inspired by part or all of the quote. I choose to make a cheerful layout and use the entire quote as the title! It fit just perfectly on my diagonal design, The thickers are from American Crafts Hazelwood collection. I love this font and the gold shine!


The rest of the layout is created with Bella Blvd's Make Your Mark collection. The diagonal cut 12x12" paper is called Daily Details. My favorite embellishments from the paper pieces are the flowers! The combination or pinks and yellows are stunning. 

Want to see more? Check out the Paper Issues blog today to see how the rest of the Design Team rocked this challenge! XOXO

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Sketchy Saturday

Hello Sketchy Saturday! At Paper Issues, we like to start off the first Saturday with a scrapbook sketch. Sketches are great if you are feeling uninspired or if your scrappy mojo left a while ago and hasn't come back! I know I've been there! Here's April's sketch!

I choose to stash-bust my American Crafts Hazelwood collection by One Canoe Two! I used Rosewater and Hazel Gingham for my base papers. I like how the mint green contrasts the large black and white gingham pattern. I decided to add some extra pop by embellishing around each photo with flowers from the ephemera, puffy stickers and also some that I fussy cut from the A side of Hazel Gingham.The title - lovely - is from the chipboard sticker set.

I hope you can join us this month and play along with our sketch challenge! Then share it with us in our Facebook group for a chance to win a PI gift card! XOXO

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Make Your Mark Spotlight

When I saw Make Your Mark for the first time in person I literally squealed for JOY! It's just that amazing! I love all the COLORS and the embellishments! Today we are showcasing it on the Paper Issues blog and I couldn't be happier!

I started with the Make Time 12x12 paper. I love the sentiment it repeats in multiple colors - "Make time for the things you love." It speaks to me in so many ways during this stage of life. Then I fussy cut these amazing flowers from the Magnifique 12x12 paper! I added a large 6x6 selfie of my husband & I and then some ephemera from their paper pieces. I finished my layout with a few lines of text typed on my typewriter. 

Simple and effortless and still stunning! I love it when a collection is just so beautiful it makes scrapbooking easy. Want to shop? Find Make Your Mark here and save 20% with code RACHEL! XOXO

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Scraplift Sunday

My favorite scrapbooking day of the week - Sunday is here! Each Sunday we have a scrapbook layout to inspire you! This week we are lifting one of our Paper Issues Fans - Christina Howard! You can see her original layout here! I used a mix of Bella Blvd for mine - some Make Your Mark, You Are Loved, and Bright and Brave! I love it all! Isn't it awesome?! Hope you are inspired! XOXO

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Hey Mister Spotlight

Hey hey! Today on the Paper Issues's blog the design team is featuring all the new lines from My Minds Eye's! I love them all, but I chose to showcase Hey Mister! This collection is dark - navy, brown, gray and copper and of course, all things manly. Perfect for me since I live in a house of boys! 

I started with the Woof 12x12 paper and then placed a smaller piece of white cardstock on top slightly off center. I used my hexagon punch and the 6x6 pad and punched out several hexagons from my favorite papers. I love the copper shine that so many of the papers and embellishments have! I secured them to the cardstock in a sweeping motion up the page and then hand stitched around each one! So much fun! Then I added our Snapchat photo along with a few embellishments and done! As always, the enamel dots and brads from MME are my fave! 

There are so many new lines to choose from - Hey Mister, In Bloom, Palm Beach, and Meow are all in the Paper Issues store. Find them here! Also, don't forget to read our Paper Issues blog to see how everyone else used these fabulous collections! XOXO

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Swag Bag Goodness!

Look at all this yummy goodness from February's swag bag! Each month Cassie creates a swoon worthy set of goodies which are perfect for embellishing a layout or creating an entire layout! This month, I cut several of the 3x4 cards included in half and then used my fringe scissors on them! The pink and white heart paper is from Simple Stories' Love & Adore collection. The cute donuts and macaroons are in Doodlebug's Cream and Sugar line! And the gold puffy heart is from Maggie Holme's Chasing dreams collection. All of it together makes the perfect swag bag! Keep your eyes open for March's Swag Bag coming soon! When it does, you can find it here! But don't delay because they always sell out! XOXO

Scraplift Sunday

Happy Sunday! We are busy at Paper Issues hosting the last day of our Spring Crop, but we still have an amazing scraplift for you today! Annelie created the original (see it here) using fringe scissors! The affect is awesome! So I picked myself up a pair and got to work! If you don't have a pair you can get them in the Paper Issues store! For my layout I used My Mind's Eye Hey Mister collection! Find it here!


Shopping today? We've got a special code ending at midnight. Use code UNICORN to save 30% off your purchase! XOXO

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Wild at Heart Product Spotlight

Say hello to Wild At Heart! It's crazy gorgeous and everything I hoped it would be! You can't go wrong with it! Today on the Paper Issues blog we are shining the spotlight on this Cocoa Vanilla Studio collection and the design team has done amazing job! 

For my layout, I wanted to use up some of the chipboard frames from the collection and I decided to layer them with the smaller ones inside the larger ones. I used three photos and then typed my journaling in the fourth frame. Then I added lots of embellishments. There are so many great choices. I love how the enamel dots sparkle! I used a lot of ephemera, stickers, and a couple of the flair too! 


Don't you love it? You can check out the whole collection here! Save 20% off in the Paper Issues store with code RACHEL! XOXO

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Roll the Dice

Hi friends! I'm on the Paper Issues blog today hosting the Roll the Dice challenge! Stop by and get all the details!  XOXO

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Scraplift Sunday

Need some inspiration? We've got a scraplift for you that you will love!!! I know I did! I used Crate Paper Cool Kid for mine. Join us on Facebook and then play along! XOXO

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Cut It Up Saturday!

Let's cut it up!!! I love to use cut files on my layouts and Stacie always does an amazing job of creating fantastic ones for us each month. Find this latest one here! This Starry background is just what I needed for this boy layout with Amy Tangerine's new On a Whim collection! I cut out the file with the blue ombre paper called Shady Bunch. I backed some of the stars with two of my favorite papers in this collection - Pizza Party & All The Feels! Then I added my photo and lots of ephemera!!! The more the merrier, right?! For a little added dimension, I stitched around the red and white stars! It all came together just as I hoped it would! 

Want to see more On a Whim?! Check it out here in the Paper Issues store! Need to buy some? Use code RACHEL to save 20% off your total purchase! XOXO