Friday, December 2, 2016

Fan Feature Friday: Going Cold Turkey in Snow-vember #2

Would you like a chance to to have your Going Cold Turkey in Snow-vember project featured? Be sure to share your projects in the Current Issue album in our {Friends & Fans} Facebook group.

1. Esther filled her beautiful fall page with amazing details!

2. Do you want to build a snowman? Harmony did, despite the lack of snow in TN. Super cute!

3. Cherrie's layout design is full of fun circles, a mix of photos and embellishments.

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

See you on Monday with a look at our December issue!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Plan on It...Christmas Wishes

Hello, Violet here on the blog today. 'Tis the Season to be jolly! I Love this time of the year. This months Plan on It challenge is Christmas Wishes. I used the Snow & Cocoa by Crate Paper to decorate my Travelers Notebook this month.

This collection worked awesome for my December Planner. All the pastels and Winter planner paperclips made the perfect fit in my planner.

I started by making TN insert using the Snow & Cocoa Collection Paper and continued to fill my pockets with sticky notes and stickers all planner girl essentials. Below is another example of the beautiful Holiday goodness going on in my Planner.
One of my favorite parts of opening my planner is seeing this shaker mason jar. I can just hug Crate paper for bringing this to the line. The snowman and sequence and all the way you can personalize was absolutely genius! and it made the cutest addition to my TN pocket.
One item I never get tired of making is bookmarks for my planners. I make them for every season and I love the fact that they add character and dimension to my planner and how they peek out makes my planner heart skip a beat. This collection had so much variety and beautiful colors.It was so easy to make my planner a beautiful Christmas planning play ground.

Thank you everyone who took time to stop by the blog. Don't forget to post our planner Christmas Wishes Planner Spreads to the Paper Issues Friends and Fan Facebook Group for a chance to win gift card to the Paper Issues shop. You have until January 1, 2017 to enter. I wish everyone a Wonderful Christmas and Happy Holidays.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Product Spotlight: Crate Paper's Snow & Cocoa

Hello, it's Becky here today and the Paper Issues Design Team is helping me put the spotlight on Crate Paper's Snow & Cocoa line this week! 

I absolutely love what the girls have created with this line!

Amanda used the adorable snowmen embellishments clustered around this super sweet black and white photo and it is just so ding dang cute. The little quote that Amanda included underneath her photo is too perfect!

Ann did her magic again with this line! She is the queen of 3D embellishments and layering. I absolutely love the die cut and patterned paper layered trees - perfection! 

Heather is quickly becoming the queen of cut files! I don't know what Heather ever did without her Silhouette before now! I love how she tucked die cuts in and around the snowflake cut file - so darn clever and cute to boot!!

Lisa, our resident Card Queen, put together this adorable little greeting! Who wouldn't want to receive one of Lisa's greeting card masterpieces in the mail? I adore this little die cut of a boy enjoying his hot cocoa!  

Melanie used all the adorable woodland creature die cuts on this cute layout featuring her furry little friend! Melanie's layout is getting me excited for the first snowfall of the year! Bring on winter!

I absolutely adore how Melissa used this circle cut file on her layout putting patterned papers in some of the openings and die cut and chipboard pieces into others!  I adore that fuzzy white bear peeking through the center!

 The only thing cuter than Rachel's two boys in this photo with the Gingerbread Man are those fuzz ball tree toppers! Oh. My. God. Every Christmas tree should be topped with poofy fuzz balls! 

Stacie broke out her mixed media supplies and her sewing machine for this layout! I love this photo of her daughter playing in the snow with her bright red beanie on! I also love the layering that Stacie did on this layout!

Carolyn caught two little girls in her Hello Kitty Snuggy trap? :) Aren't they adorable? I love how she use's the calendar card as a journaling card here!

Orange documented this Winter Wonderland photo perfectly!  I want to go play in the snow so badly! I love the gold snowflakes on this one and the thread peeking out from behind the cut files!

Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look today! If you don't have your hands on Crate Paper's winter collection, Snow and Cocoa, be sure to pick it up from the Paper Issues shop using the code below for 20% off your entire order from the Paper Issues shop! Be sure to link up all of your projects using this collection in the November challenge album in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


Hello there, friends. I'm back today with a new layout featuring the awesome Photo play My Imagination collection from the Paper Issues shop. And two different cut files from the Cameo Silhouette.
  I knew i wanted to back the cut files with the Lego paper in the collection,to match my grandsons                                 Lego racetrack. I have to say i love big titles and i can not lie! :)
 Some embellishments from the sticker sheet and enamel dots finished the layout
Thanks so much for joining me today! Remember, The Photo Play My Imagination Collection is available in the Paper Issues Store, So be sure to check it out. Save 20% off your entire purchase when you use the code Heather.


Monday, November 28, 2016

Curing Creative Slumps

There is nothing more frustrating then a creative person going through a slump. But sometimes it is just difficult to feel inspired to sit and create. And worse yet even when you do it may be that every single thing looks so wrong to you. There are times I scrap an entire project because my creative blues are dreary blues that make me think anything I'm gluing to paper is all wrong. So what do we do when we need to pull ourselves out of a creative slump before it totally over takes us?

Challenges are a great way to kick start our creative flow. Choosing something that interests us and gives us a bit of a challenge is at times all we need to get out of our slump. And lets face it Paper Issues has the best challenges around, hands down. There is something for everyone, the creative team puts together some awesome inspiration, and as an added incentive we can win a prize! Can't be that.

Lifting is not just a way to get out of a slump but it can also make us learn new styles, techniques and working with things we don't normally choose for ourselves. Lifting is the greatest compliment to another person to so you don't have to feel bad for lifting anyone. Scrapbook etiquette does suggest that you give who are lifting some credit though.

Printed Ads are honestly such a resource of inspiration. Between color schemes, layout placement, techniques and just something very different we can choose to be inspired by. It could be a color, a photography, or any number of things that speak to us. So when you are in a slump,hit a local book store, grab a coffee and thumb through some printed magazines.

Taking a look back at some of our albums and pages that we have done already give our creative ego a boost when it so badly may need it. It can also inspire us to use a technique we haven't worked with for a while, or a texture, or color, and even a theme that makes us want to sit down and get a blank background to get started on.

Getting Digital as a former digital scrapbooker I tend to look back to my roots and work with digital templates. While they are a bit different then a sketch because you can work with the given layers on your computer. But they also many times come with images and shapes that we paper scrappers can use with our cutting machines. These files can be used over and over again with your machine and it greatly helps lift you out of a slump and it doesn't have to be an overwhelming process. I actually used a digital template for my page below, It was fun and helped me use Crate Paper's Cute Girl that I've had sitting in my stash! one thing I would suggest is look for digital templates that include PNG formats it makes it much easier to import for use in your machines software.

Whatever you choose to do to get out of your creative slump just remember to not allow yourself to stay there for too long. Its a temporary feeling that sometimes feels a bit overwhelming so its better to kick it straight in the rear fast and send it on its way. Far away from you.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Pink Paislee Moonstruck with Amanda Baldwin

Hi Paper Issues Friends!

Amanda here, & today I am sharing a layout from my new favorite collection;
Pink Paislee's  Moonstruck. 

Here's a quick looksee at this stunning collection - if you haven't already seen it!

Moonstruck Retailer

This collection is SO very pretty it makes me swoon!
From butterflies, to blooms & moonlight pretties this collection has it all!
Perfect for scrapping my girl with!

So now that you've seen it, here's my layout,


Gorgeous, huh?!
As soon as I laid my eyes on that stunning floral paper, I knew I was going to fussy cut it! 

But as I was cutting out all these pretty blooms, I fell in love with the reverse side too! 
That gorgeous black and white gingham design is just so striking!
So for this layout, I did end up using 2 sheets of Moonstruck Paper No. 2, and I may have bought!
I also really loved the gold foiled ephemera too!
Let's take a closer look......

In usual Pink Paislee style, there's a terrific array of ephemera in this collection!
 Pretty, pretty!!!
That gold foil really is something!!! 
And how about those super cute puffy stickers?!!

I added a few splatters of my favourite pink and magenta watercolours - 
to add a little more interest to my page.

I love the detailed blooms in paper No.2!
& while fussy cutting requires patience, it always looks amazing! 

And there you have it!
Moonstruck pretties!!!
Hope my layout has inspired you to get creating too!
& use my code: AMANDA to save 20% off!

Thanks for stopping by today, 
til next time,

Saturday, November 26, 2016

December Daily Album Cover - Snow & Cocoa

'Tis the season for December Daily preparation!  This will be my third year documenting our December happenings and it seemed to me that so many people got a very early jump on their albums.  When I first saw Crate Paper's Snow & Cocoa collection I fell in love with the gorgeous pastel colors and festive icons.  I knew it was just what I needed to create a very different December Daily album this year and offer a bit of a challenge to my design as well.  

Not only does the Snow & Cocoa collection have beautiful soft colors, but it also has a pop of black and white.  I chose my album for the graphic black and white design but opted to use some patterned papers from the 6x6 paper pad to tone it down a bit.  A doily from my stash also helped soften the look.  

After adding large gold letters to create a real impact, I embellished the rest of the album using embellishments from the collection - a tree from the chipboard sticker sheet, two snowflakes pieces from the diecut pack, and a title from the 6 x 12 stickers.  The whimsical Thickers are so unique - I bought two packs!  To see how I put this album cover together, you can check out my process on my YouTube channel.  I will be posting videos throughout December as well so you can see how my album comes along.   

I look forward to using the other great embellishments and papers from this collection to document our December.  My aim this year is to create a unique, one of a kind album and the untraditional colors in this collection having already aided in achieving that goal.  If you'd like to get your hands on any bits and pieces from Crate Paper's Snow & Cocoa, then check out the store and use the code KRISTIE for 20% off.  

Friday, November 25, 2016

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Sweet Love

Is there anything sweeter than siblings love? Seeing them like this melts my heart. I (Alex) try to recall these sweet moments the days when they fight and scream at each other. Which, btw, happens far much more often.

At first, I was not so sure about this green background, but I think it works. I seldom scrap black and white photos. A good thing with them is that you don't really need to try and match your papers. So why not just as well go with a bold, colorful background? 

I wasn't really going to use these cute houses here, but then I managed to make a mess with my splatters and I needed something to cover it with. I am sure everyone knows the feeling... I am glad that Crate always has a ton of cute embellishments in their collections. There is always something that works as a mess cover :D

The collection I've used is Crate's Cute Girl, which you can find HERE in the shop. Use ALEX at checkout to get 20% off.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Get Ready for December Daily with Becky!

Hello ladies & Happy Thanksgiving! I love, love, LOVE the holiday season - it is my absolute favorite! I take so many photos during Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas that getting all of my favorite memories into my albums can be overwhelming.

When "December Daily" starting to become a "thing" in the scrapbook world I wasn't instantly sold because I was very much a traditional 2-page scrapbooker and the pocket page style of scrapbooking really just didn't appeal to me. So, my photos sat in folders on my laptop - year after year - undocumented. I know this is a familiar story to others...

So...two years ago Simple Stories released a great holiday line perfect for pocket style scrapbooking and I figured - why not? I'll give the December mini album a try! I didn't do daily photos, but I did scrapbook our entire December in one album and I actually finished it! I love how it turned out and I enjoyed putting it together.

So, I went for year two in 2015 and I successfully completed my second December mini album, which are the pages that I am sharing with you here. That's right, I used Simple Stories two years in a row. They just make it so ding dang easy!

This year I will be using the Carta Bella Christmas Delivery line for my December mini! This plaid washi is what sealed the deal for me!

I am definitely ready to get started on my 2016 album - bring on the Holiday Spirit and the cookies. And the mistletoe. And the cookies. And the decorating. Did I mention the cookies...?

As you can see, I love to add a lot of little details to my December album - enamel dots, bows, tabs & labels, brads, and sequins! I love pulling out my We R Memory Keepers Fuse tool and creating shaker pockets throughout my album!

Being able to look back on my holiday albums, being able to actually look at my photos in an album, rather than my photos being stuck on my computer is such a BIG DEAL to me.

I hope that this post is getting you into the December mini album mood! I cannot wait to see what great ideas everybody comes up with this year to document their holiday season! If you want to see the rest of my 2015 December album I have put together a flipgram below!

Thank you so much for stopping by today to take a look! Don't forget to pick up all the new holiday lines for your holiday crafting and projects from the Paper Issues shop using the code below for 20% off your entire order!