Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Put A Bow On It!

Good morning! I'm on the Paper Issues' blog today sharing all the details about this fun layout! Click here to see! XOXO

Monday, October 16, 2017

New Issue: Which Kraft?

Hello friends! It's Monday and it's time for another week of fabulous projects and challenges from Paper Issues. Today, I'm playing along with Round 2 of this month's new issue - Which Kraft! So here are all the details about this challenge.

Create a layout with any of these options:

  • Anything having to do with Halloween or October outings.
  • Use kraft elements like paper, cardstock, embellishments, etc.
  • Add texture by using burlap or cork.
  • Create a project about the crafts you do.
  • Use a witches' hat, broomstick or cauldron embellishments
I used Fancy Pants Take Note and added bits of kraft items - burlap behind some of the brag cards and cork embellishments. My favorite part of this simple grid design is the Library Cards with Pockets! They are perfect for journaling! On one of them, I had my oldest write about what he's doing in school right now. On the other, I tucked the sweetest little photo of the two of us inside. 

Click here to see more of this awesome Fancy Pants collection. Need some in your lift?! Save 20% with code RACHEL. XOXO

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Scraplift Sunday 10/15

Happy Sunday! I am so excited about today's Scraplift Sunday layout! I'm back with another layout I created with Elle's Studio Family Fun! I love the primary colors in this collection. It's perfect for documenting life with my boys. Today we are lifting Ann's Take 5 Tuesday layout! Click on her name to see the original. 

I started with Paper 4. I love the basic grid background especially when contrasting it with bright colored layers. The 6x6 paper pack is perfect for adding smaller layers and saves you from having to cut up 12x12 papers. Another one of my favorite parts is the puffy hearts and the title - together!

Now play along with us! Check out today's Paper Issues blog to see how the rest of the DT rocked this lift. Shopping? Save 20% with the code RACHEL! XOXO

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Add It Up

Happy hump day! Today's Paper Issues' challenge is truly a challenge! At least it was for me. The Add It Up challenge starts with a list of items that has assigned points for each item. This month, the total points has to be 50 points or less! A bounty of white space on a layout makes me nervous. Ok - well maybe not nervous, but it's just not typically my style. So it felt like I was solving a quadratic equation to keep it under 50 points, but still fill up the space. Check out today's Paper Issues' post to see the list of points!

I started with white cardstock and this fabulous heart cut file from the Color My World cut file. It's free in the Paper Issues store. I cut it out of the Cotton Candy 12x12 paper which is from Maggie Holmes' Carousel collection. I hand stitched around the heart with gold thread from We R Memory Keepers Stitch Happy line. 

Next, I added my photo and just a few embellishments which added up to 50 points exactly. Whew! That was close. Think you can make a layout with only 50 points? I bet you can! Can't wait to see it! XOXO

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Try It Tuesday

I'm back with another Try It Tuesday challenge. This one is super easy and anyone can join in. Here's the challenge: paint, spray, or color cardstock then use punches or a die cut machine to cut out shapes and use them on your project! 

I started with a piece of white cardstock and I sprayed it with gold spray. Once it dried, I cut out stars with my Cricut machine and this free cut file in the Paper Issues store!

I broke away from my usually bright and colorful layouts and created a layout with PinkFresh Studio Escape the Ordinary. I started with the Discover 12x12 paper. I added the sprayed stars, embellishments, and the coolest puffy stickers! The fabric pennants are awesome too! 

Want to see more Try It Tuesday?! Click here to see the Design Team's layouts. So much creativity in one place! Thanks for stopping by! XOXO

Monday, October 9, 2017

October Pinspire Me

Hello friends! Are you ready for some awesome Pinspiration?! This month's mood board is everything you would expect for October - spooky objects, ghostly creatures and vivid fall colors. Unfortunately, it still feels like summer here so I've had no fall outings to document yet! So I chose to be inspired by the colors - specifically yellow and black! Take a look at the board:

I started with the Starbight 12x12 paper which is black and white and then added yellow accents - strip of paper, stickers, and ephemera. One of my favorite pieces is the bow! They are super cute and I was happy to get my hands on a set of them.


Now, I hope you will play along with us. You may be inspired by something totally different and that's what's so cool about this challenge! Once you create your layout don't forget to share it with us in our Paper Issues Friends and Facebook group! Can't wait to see what you create! XOXO

Saturday, October 7, 2017

October Sketch

Good morning and hello sketchy Saturday! I used this month's Paper Issues sketch to continue documenting our summer vacation with the Pink Paislee Summer Lights collection! Take a look at this month's sketch:

Sketches are great because you can copy them line for line or you can just take inspiration from it and make it your own. This time, I decided to copy it. I love all the different angles and patterns. One of my favorite parts is the lines for journaling. 

I chose Summer Lights to document our vacation because it's got a lot of different pastels - pinks, purples, yellows, and blues. Plus the ephemera and stickers are to die for! Love this collection like I do? You can find it here in the Paper Issues store. And save 20% with my code RACHEL!

Need more sketchy inspiration?! Read today's Paper Issues blog to see what the rest of the DT created! It's fabulous for sure. XOXO

Friday, October 6, 2017

Free File Friday

Happy Friday! It's been a crazy week here and I could not be happier for the weekend to be here! But before we get there it's Free File Friday! Stacie creates all of our cut files and she does a fabulous job! Even better is that they are free! You can see all of them here!

Today's Free File Friday challenge is all about leaves! Check out all the choices you have! While most people may be thinking about fall leaves at this point in the year, I'm still thinking tropical palm leaves! So I used the Tropical Palms cut file for my beach inspired layout!

I used Crate Paper Oasis for my layout. I had fun fussy cutting the swim suits and hanging them out to dry. Also, I'm really loving the clear stickers on this layout - both the block letters and pink phrases are in the Carousel clear sticker pack! 

Now that you are done here check out today's blog post at Paper Issues! So much great inspiration using our cut files! Also, I challenge you to create a layout using one of our leaf cut files! Then share it with us in our Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook group! Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a fabulous weekend! XOXO

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Working Title

Hi friends! Just looking at this layout makes me long for summer and more beach time! I love the beach and my family & I had a wonderful vacation last month. When I got back, I knew I wanted to use Pink Paislee's Summer Lights! It's bright and magical! Of course, you can find some in the Paper Issues store.

I created this layout for today's challenge - Working Title. This month, create a layout with 2 or more fonts in your title! I used some Amy Tangerine alphas as well as thickers from the Summer Lights collection. I love the foil accents on both!

So here's the best part! When you create your layout, share it with us in our Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook group. We love to see what you make. You can find the album here! This enters you into our monthly drawing for a chance to win a PI giftcard! Yeah!

And if you are thinking about picking up some new paper goodies use my code RACHEL to save 20% off your total purchase in the Paper Issues store! XOXO

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

October Take 5

Happy Tuesday! I had so much fun creating this layout for today's Take 5 Challenge at Paper Issues! Check out this month's list:

The challenge is simple. Choose 5 things from the list above and create a layout with them! My layout has 2) blue, 3) white, 6) sticker, 8) cardstock, and 9) journaling! I used Shimelle's Glitter Girl collection and the free Cloudy Background cut file. I backed the open clouds with the Level Up patterned paper! The patterns and colors are so whimsical and fun!

See more ideas on the Paper Issue's blog! Then create a layout and share it with us in the Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook group for a chance to with a PI giftcard! XOXO

Sunday, October 1, 2017

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Happy October to you! Can you believe it's here?! I'm back with another Scrap Lift Sunday and I'm using Elle's Studio Family Fun again - two Sundays in a row! I really love it and I've already ordered more. As you can tell from my embellishment heavy layout, I will be needing more stickers and ephemera ASAP! So today, we are lifting Damaris and her awesome Add It Up Challenge layout from September. See it here!

My layout doesn't physically look like hers, but I took my inspiration from how she grouped her embellishments by color. So striking and unique. I placed my black and white selfie in the middle of the page and layered lots of cards from the Journaling Tags behind it. When I have a lot of  bold colors in a layout I often like to use a black and white photo. It's crisp, clean and makes the rest of the colors standout.

Then all around the page I added embellishments grouped by colors - orange, red, blue and green. The Family Fun collection has it all - Bits & Pieces (ephemera), tags, acrylics, and puffy stickers! See the whole collection here! I also used enamel dots from Pinkfresh Studio's newest Christmas collection - December Days. The colors coordinate perfectly with Family Fun! Also in my stash, I was able to use several flair from A Flair for Buttons that coordinated so well. Love it! 

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you can make some time today to play with paper! You won't regret it! XOXO

Monday, September 25, 2017

Swag Bag Love

Good morning friends! Today, I'm going to show you what I did with last month's Swag Bag from Paper Issues. When I scrap, I typically pull out whatever collection I want to work with and I use the paper and embellishments from that collection. I rarely mix collections. It's safe and easy! But I love when I get my Swag Bag each month! It's filled with all sorts of awesome bits and papers from a variety of collections. I enjoy moving things around on my paper and figuring out how to make them work together perfectly! 

This month, I pulled out all the cards that had blue, green, or yellow tones in them and cut them down to small triangles. Then I arranged them on my white cardstock to create a pattern down 2/3 of the paper. I love the different patterns and textures. I added my photo on top and then finished embellishing with flair, enamel dots, and a couple of stickers from the kit. The title is the only thing not in the kit and it is from the Pebble's Girl Squad collection.

Underneath my photo, I stamped the date and journaled a couple of sentences about our trip to the Kansas City Zoo. 

Want to see more Swag Bag creations?! Check out today's blog post at Paper Issues to see what the rest of the DT created. Need more info on what a swag bag is and how you can get your hands on one? Click here to see this month's kit and get all the details! XOXO

Sunday, September 24, 2017

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Happy Sunday! Today I got to play with some of my favorite colors. When it comes to documenting my boys, I love using bright primary colors! Elle's Studio Family Time is perfect! So many great patterns, colors, and embellishments in one collection. We are Scrap Lifting Wendy today and her super cool layout from our Add It Up Challenge this month. See her layout here and follow her on Instagram!

I cut the large heart out of Paper 6. It's really awesome and you NEED it! Seriously! I layered Paper 1 behind it and it's pretty great too! The Currently card in the Journaling Tags pack is my favorite. It's the perfect way to document my oldest's current likes!

All the extra touches with the acrylic embellishments and puffy stickers make this layout so fun to lift! Now play along with us! Then show us what you made by adding it into our September challenge album in the Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook group! XOXO

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Solar Eclipse

Today, I'm back on the Paper Issues Blog with a special Solar Eclipse layout using Carta Bella's Space Academy! Click here to join me and get all the details! 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Free File Friday 2

Happy Friday just got better! There's a new set of cut files in the Paper Issues store! This Friday's theme is sports/fine arts! Use one of these new files to create a stunning layout about a sporting event, children playing, music lessons, etc. Click here to find the new file and download it for free!

My boys aren't playing any organized sports right now so the music notes were perfect! I copied three of them and then welded them together to make an awesome background. And Shimelle's Glitter Girl just arrived at my door so I jumped right in to using it. I especially like the challenge of using a bright, glittery collection to create a boy layout. I used the Fall in Line 12x12 paper. I love this one because it's more subtle and perfect for journaling!

I added my photo and some ephemera to the top of the cut file and then journaled in the box at the top of the page! Love that feature! Ready to play along?! Download these files and getting cutting! Using a Cricut like me? Follow this tutorial to convert them and then you will be on your way! Happy cutting! XOXO

Monday, September 18, 2017

Let's Give Them Pumpkin to Talk About

Happy fall ya'll! Well, not exactly. It's mid September and still a humid 85 degrees here! So fall is still far from my mind. But for today's New Issue Round 2 at Paper Issues we are celebrating all things fall. Thankfully on our hike the other day, we were looking for "signs of fall" and my boys helped me collect these beautiful leaves. 

For my layout, I used Carta Bella's Hello Fall! See it here! It was my favorite fall collection out this year! I used Falling Leaves and Great Harvest for my background papers. Under my photo, I made a banner with the tags and ephemera. I added journaling on the side and that was it! Simple and easy!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

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Happy Sunday friends! Time to scrap and do some heavy lifting! Today at Paper Issues we are scraplifting Damaris and her awesome Try It Tuesday layout! Click here to see her Instagram profile and follow her! I love the sweeping motion of her circles in the background. I copied this with all sorts of fun summer ephemera and stickers. You can find Pink Paislee Summer Lights in the Paper Issues store! 

Now play along with us and then share your creation in our Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook Group! XOXO! 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Maggie Holmes Carousel

Happy Wednesday to you! Today I'm on the Paper Issues blog sharing this layout inspired by the newest collection by Maggie Holme's - Carousel. So click here to join me and get all the details! XOXO

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Try It Tuesday

Happy Tuesday to you! I have to be really honest here. Try is Tuesday is always way out of my comfort zone. Playing with inks and paints makes me nervous, and typically I like to stick with what I know - when it comes to scrapbooking and all areas of life. But then part of me does like a challenge even if I have to get a little messy! So I jumped right in to this month's Try It Tuesday.

Here's your challenge: create a layout with circles. Suggested ideas: print circles from jar lids or paper rolls that have been dipped in paint/ink, use a stencil, stamp small circles with pencil eraser tips in your ink pads, spray mists inside circular tubes (or paper rolls), print with bubble wrap - you get the idea! 

Here's what I did: I took the lid of my gold paint and dipped it in the paint to create circles on the background of this fabulous Maggie Holme's paper. How can you not say yes to the explosion of colors?! The paper is called Cotton Candy! Once, the paint dried, I layered it with lots of ticket stubs from the specialty paper in the Carousel collection. I added a few more embellishments and my photo and it really was that simple - and not too messy!

Ready to step out of your comfort zone? I hope so! XOXO

Monday, September 11, 2017

Pinspire Me

Hi friends! I'm back again with my very favorite of all times boy collection - Cool Kid from Crate Paper. I can't even count how many times I've used it. I love love love it! Today I'm using it for September's Pinspire Me challenge. Look at this mood board! 

After seeing this board, I knew right away what collection I was going to use! And documenting my youngest's first day of school would be perfect! I was also inspired by the hexagon cut file in the Paper Issues shop. I cut several of them out and used my favorite patterned papers. I also cut the photos into hexagons too! Then I layered lots of embellishments and added a little journaling. And believe it or not, there is still some Cool Kid in the shop! You can save 20% with code RACHEL.

Now check out today's Paper Issues blog to see how the rest of the Design Team was inspired! XOXO

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Add It Up!

Time to start adding and hopefully you are good at it because this month's Add It Up Challenge is for 175 points! So here's how it works. Create a layout worth 175 points using the items from the list below.

I used Bella Blvd's Secrets of the Sea for my layout - lots of patterned papers, stitching, enamels dots, stickers and more! I have used so much of this collection that I'm kind of down to scraps. So these little strips were left over from the 6x8" pad!  The waves were cut out from the Whitecaps in the Lake cut file

Thank you for stopping by! Do you have a collection with only scraps left over? Try this design and use them up! XOXO

Friday, September 8, 2017

Free File Friday

Free File Friday is here! This week's challenge is so fun! Use ANY of the cut files in the free files section of the Paper Issues store to create a layout about last/first day of school, graduation, back to school shopping, etc. Any school theme will work! The hardest part is deciding which cut file to use! I chose the Slice of Life cut file. I cut it out with white cardstock and then backed it with five patterned papers from the Pinkfresh Boy's Fort collection. I love that there are numbers and pencils in the ephemera and pennants in this collection - perfect for a school theme layout! 

Have a Cricut machine like me? You can still use the Paper Issues files even though they are in Silhouette format. Follow this tutorial to be able to covert the files and make them usable in your Cricut machine. XOXO