Friday, August 26, 2016

Fan Feature Friday: Let's Go for the Gold #2

Today's Fan Feature Friday showcases projects from our latest issue, Let's Go for the Gold. Would you like a chance to be in the spotlight? Share your projects in our {Friends & Fans} Facebook group and you could be featured in an upcoming post. :)

1. Eva starts us off this week's feature with a layout about the Golden Temple, adding in a gold title and gold label.

2. Kim shared this cute layout, complete with gold stars.

3. Devra posted a fabulous two-pager about a trip her family made from Chicago to Seattle. She used a very clever title too. Did you notice?

4. Cindy documented a day trip to see snow. I love her use of frames and tags.

5. Brandy used Shimmerz and a stencil to create a golden starburst design on her page.

6. Pam scrapped about a day trip to a wildlife park, using plenty of texture and great colors for a nature page.

Thank you all for playing along with us! Be sure to grab the "super fan" image shown below to showcase on your blog.

See you soon with features from our September issue. :)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Pinspire Me August Fan Features


Did you go crazy and try something different this month for the August Pinspire Me Mood Board?   Were you inspired with the way we touched the center of our Transportation Mood Board with color?  Were you drawn in by the gray, black and white, or the burst in the center? Something drew you in because we had tons of submissions for this months Pinspire Me Mood Board Challenge!

Some of our team joined in on the fun, lets start with Cassie Box!I see the colors from the roller skates here along with a touch of the gray!  Bright, cheerful and what an amazing photo!

Amy Coose used Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness perfectly!  I love the paper peeking out like the sun!

Becky Stidham rocked a Swag Bag with gorgeous photos of her perfect pooch!  I adore the title:o)

Look at this stunning layout by Amanda Baldwin.  I love the b&w photo with the floral clusters.  Stunning. 

Elodie Lusseau's layout couldn't be more perfect.  I really want to  just hang it on my wall!  Every little piece of this is magical.  

Heather Shank never ceases to amaze.  I am impressed by the colors popping off this layout.  Everything is just right. 

Former DT member Meaghen Calder got a little dirty and played along this month.  I "love" it!

Stacie Dietz must have recently bought a new pair of scissors.  How perfect does the bottom of this layout match the gorgeous houses in the photo?  LOVE.

ALL of your work for this challenge was amazing.  We hope that you all will continue to play along.  

You must go to the Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook page (PIFF) to see the other gorgeous layouts that were submitted.  You won't be disappointed.  

Now, it is time to head to the PI store to see the new collections that you are missing.  Remember to use code: Mary-Ann to receive 20% off your entire order.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

August Off The Page Features

Hi Everyone!  It's Kathy today with a few of the projects that caught my eye
The first project is from Heather Shank. Heather shared this adorable little suitcase box she filled with goodies for her grandson.

 Next up is Stacie Dietz. She shared these personalized tags she made for a friend's party, I love the stitching and the colors!

 There's still time to play along with the August Off the Page Challenge!  Add your project by September 5th and you could win a gift card to the Paper Issues Store!  That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Take 5 Challenge - August Features!

It's time for the August Take 5 Tuesday Challenge features, here's some of the projects that were posted in the Paper Issues {friends & fans} facebook group that caught our eye!

Meaghen Calder shared this amazing layout and said this was the first time she had scrapped in almost a year! She used the color turquoise, diagonal design, title journaling, and thread. We're so happy you're scrapping again, Meaghen!

 Look at this darling pocket page layout by Kristie Van Ham! She uses the colors green and turquoise, chipboard, sticker, and a diagonal design along with the sweet photos of her family.

Brenshevia Baker wowed us with this beautiful layout! This was her first time playing along with the Take 5 Tuesday Challenge, she used the color turquoise, 3 squares, flower, a lace doily and a title. Thanks so much for playing along Brenshevia!

And one last project to inspire you! This one is by Michele Fish, she used the colors green and turquoise, journaling, cardstock and title along with that fantastic golf bag that she colored, and the cute golf ball in place of the "O" in her title.

Thank you to everyone that has played along with our Take 5 Tuesday Challenge this month! We always love seeing what fantastic things you all come up with!  Remember you have until September 5th to submit your Take 5 project here in our August Challenge Album in our Paper Issues {friends & fans} facebook group, you could win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store!!!

**Use code: Mary Ann in the Paper Issues store for 20% off your order!!**

Monday, August 22, 2016

Hello Lovely Ladies!

Good day everyone! I had so much fun working with the We R Memory Keepers Urban Chic collection, I couldn't wait to share my latest layout! I am absolutely in love with this teal floral patterned paper! I love that the collection also includes purple for a change. This collection is just perfect for documenting days or nights out with your sisters or girlfriends! And of course, you can find it in the Paper Issues store right here!

I can not get over the mascara wand that is included in the ephemera pack! It was the perfect embellishment for documenting our day out. And the die cut picture frames are great for layering!

I quickly made this title by using the "hello" and "lovely" die cut ephemera pieces and the cool coordinating alpha stickers!

I had so much fun layering all of the girly ephemera pieces and stickers! Seriously, how fun is that lipstick ephemera piece?!?!

Thanks so much for joining me today! And remember, the We R Memory Keepers Urban Chic collection is available in the Paper Issues online store. So be sure to check it out! And, you can save 20% off your entire purchase when you use the code Tegan!!!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Girl's Night Mini Album

Hello scrappers, this is Rachel Kleinman joining everyone today! This is a bittersweet post for me here at Paper Issues as it's my last project as a member of the PI Design Team (for now)! I decided to make a mini album about a recent slumber party I had with the cutest 4 year old on the planet. And she happens to be the daughter of a fellow PI team member, Jen Chesnick! I just love how this hobby brings people together, whether it's online or in real life :)

I put together this accordion mini album using almost exclusively goodies from Photo Play Fun with Friends collection. The fun papers and cute sticker sheets were perfect for scrapping my sleepover :)

Here are views of the full accordion opened up, both front and back.

Me, Parker, and Jen... love these ladies!

Yes, I copied a 4 year old and bought the same shoes as her... no shame in my game! Along with stickers from Photo Play I also included some word phrases from Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness.

We may have shared a meal at Chili's. And taken bathroom selfies. How great are the french fry stickers?!

We ended the night watching the Rio opening ceremonies on a giant air mattress in the living room. Perfect sleep over with my girls!

You can still use my super special code RWKRAFTS for 20% off everything you buy at Paper Issues! Thank you fabulous PI team for making the past 8 months enjoyable and memorable!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Get Your Splatter On

I do love to get messy with my pages. Having been a digital scrapper at one point, the best thing for me about scrapping is the ability to play with so many different mediums and really have fun creating. Making splatters is a lot of fun for me and I like to add them in LOs to show movement, bring in some bold colors, add depth, or just because I want to have fun getting messy at the time. It really is such a release for me and I hope that you take the plunge and have some fun with paint as well. It really isn't that overwhelming and remember you are usually your own worst critic so shut that nagging voice up with some loud music.

My supply list is pretty short, you honestly don't need a whole lot to get started with different mediums and most of this can be found in your local craft shop with the use of coupons!

I chose my background paper that I wanted to work with. If you just want to try things out and have some fun with paint first before committing to any of your pretty paper stash I would suggest you grab a water color pad. I have a large one which I sometimes cut down and use for backgrounds on my LOs. I also have a flat brush there to spread my gesso on my paper. If you aren't committing to your pretty paper and are using a prepped pad you want need either of those items.  I bought some cheap water colors at Michaels and used a coupon you don't have to get expensive. 

For prepping my paper I put on some gesso, I do like Martha Stewart's brand for this type of messy play because it is thin and spreads a whole lot easier then some of the thicker gesso which I use for stencils. I put a bit too much on there, but getting messy is forgiving. When I had the area covered that I wanted I simply grabbed a paper towel and wiped some off.

I mixed my paint choices, blue + white and red + white, to match the colors in  Cocoa Vanillas Love Always collection. Since I wanted to get a bit brighter then the collections muted tones I mixed until I got it the way I wanted. I then added water to my mix because I want this to flow when I blow it with my straw. 

I started with the blue color and added a generous helping of my paint mix. I get my straw and start blowing the paint into the direction that I want. I did record a bit of my blowing through a straw :) but I also add water when I want to in order to get the paint flowing as you see. 


 You can change the flow of the splatter with the straw and/or turning the paper. Add water as you go if needed and you can always add more paint as you go as well. This takes a bit of practice to get it as you like it. But always remember imperfection is the best perfection when it comes to mixed media.

If you are as impatient as I am to wait for paint to dry you can use a heating tool if you have one or a small hairdryer that doesn't blow a lot of air. If you don't have either, depending on what you are doing wait for your paint to dry so its good to think of this if you need to prep your background then want to do something else for a bit because drying time varies. 

This is when I had three colors, I added another pink after this. I realized that it was a bit more intense as far as color went then I intended to go. So I continued after this to add some white ink with a stencil to kind of soften the blow. After adding tissue, and paper, and layers and so many bits and bobs from the Love Always collection I finished with the final LO.

 So as you see starting with the splatters it gave some pop to the LO and really brought focus to the picture. Its a whole lot of fun to get messy and I encourage you to give it a try. Paper Issues has a mix it up Monday challenge every month where you can enjoy a bit more creative play with your LOs. This month is an anything goes so I would really love to see some of you get your splatter on your pages for the Challenger.