Monday, May 25, 2015

New Issue: Hooray for the Red, White and Blue with Therm O Web

Welcome to our new issue Hooray for the Red, White and Blue, a product swap with Therm O Web. The Paper Issues team had a chance to try out Therm O Web's Deco Foils and the Therm O Web team worked with Paper Issues' April Swag Bags. Be sure to stop by the Therm O Web blog (link below) to see their Swag Bag projects!

By linking up AND linking back to the Paper Issues blog, you're playing along for a chance to win an assortment of Therm O Web products.

Before we get to the details of this issue, let's take a look at what our design team created with product sent to them by Therm O Web.

Row 2: Meaghen, KathyChristine

Note: Clicking on each design team members' name will take you to their blog where you can see their project in more detail.

Are you wondering what YOU could link up? Here are some ideas to get you started. Take them in any direction you'd like. Thinking outside of the box is always welcome.
  • Show us your patriotic projects.
  • Create a layout or card using red, white and/or blue papers or cardstock.
  • Have you created pages about Memorial Day? A memorial album?
  • Pay tribute to our military heroes.
  • Everyone loves a parade so share your Memorial Day or July 4th parade photos.
  • Use nautical embellishments.
  • Share your love for the American flag.
  • Do you collect Americana? Let's see what you've got!
  • Download May's free printable, My Peeps/Obsessed or June's free printable, List All the Things, from the Paper Issues store and use one or more of the cards on your project.
  • Use Therm O Web products.
Here's what you need to do for a chance to win an assortment of Therm O Web products:

1. Link up as many projects as you'd like. They can be new OR something you've already created. There are many options for linking up: from your blog, Instagram, Flickr, Pinterest or a photo hosting site.

2. LINK BACK to Paper Issues between now and June 7th. To link back means to add a brief statement to your blog post that says something like, "I'm playing along with the (name of the theme) linky party at Paper Issues." You would then link the words "Paper Issues" back to this blog post. If you're linking from somewhere else, you can mention the linky party in your description or use the hashtag #paperissues.

Linked projects may be shared on the Paper Issues Facebook pageInstagramPinterest and/or right here on the Paper Issues blog during one of our Fan Feature Friday posts (plus you don't want to miss out on the chance to win a great prize, do you?)

Here are the links to Therm O Web's product and social media sites. Please stop by and say hi and tell them Paper Issues sent you.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

May Printable Roundup...

Hello ladies! Have you all see the latest FREE Paper Issues Printable available from the Paper Issues shop??

We know that you "Listers" out there have to get your list on and this month's printable was design with you specifically on our mind!  Whether you are a pocket page aficionado or a traditional scrapbooker - the Paper Issues printables are versatile for all different levels and types of scrappers!


Becky used the Paper Issues Crop printable for this yellow and black layout with the Paper Issues Design Team announcement! Using Kasiercraft's Shine Bright line, the new Doodlebug Alphas, some Color Cast Designs wood veneer and acrylic and a Bella Blvd fabric bow this came together fabulously! Who isn't loving the yellow and black trend right now??

Aleksandra killed it with this layout using the May printable paired with Amy Tangerine's Rise and Shine! I absolutely love the bright colors in this layout and the way that Aleksandra used the printables - absolutely brilliant!

Danielle also used this month's printables and Amy Tangerine's Rise & Shine for this fun layout of photos from Dave & Busters on her recent vacation to Florida! Danielle and Aleksandra are on the same wave length with this fun line! I love how Danielle layered the printables with the Rise & Shine embellishments for a cohesive look!

Devra used the new Baxter collection from Studio Calico's 7 Papers and the May printables for this adorable layout of her pup who has issues of his own!  How sweet is this handsome boy even when he's gutting his toys - LOL!

Mary-Ann  is using the February printables and the Amelia collection, also from Studio Calico's 7 Papers, for this funny layout of her boy! How cute are these photos? I love Mary-Ann's use of pink and black with boy photos - it just goes to show you that creativity knows no color boundaries and this layout is fantastic!

Thank you for stopping by to take a look today! 

If you are over at the Paper Issues shop checking out all the free files and can't resist some of the new goodies hitting the store each week then use the code "Becky," for 20% off your entire order + free domestic shipping on orders over $60!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Sketch Features

Hey there and happy Saturday! It's time to show off some projects using our most recent sketch. We've had a nice handful of entires. Let's take a look at a few.

Maria created this beautiful layout and scaled it down to 6x12 in size. The sketch translates well to the smaller size and it's so unique!

Josephine used hearts in place of the circles on this 'oh so sweet' page. I love how she stitched down  all the hearts. The black and white title is striking and that sentiment is perfect too!

Sandi P used the card sketch for this darling Mother's Day card. That layered pinwheel is fabulous! And so is the photo staging!

Thank you so much to everyone who has linked up so far. There is still time to link your projects up on the original post here for your chance to win. You have until June 5 to link up.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Fan Feature Friday: Let's Get This Party Star-ted and Par-ty Heart-y #2

This week's Fan Feature Friday showcases projects from the second week of Let's Get This Party Star-ted and Par-ty Heart-y, sponsored by SugarPea Designs. Every Friday, we showcase projects linked to our current issue, so be sure to share your projects for a chance to be featured and to win a $15 gift certificate to the SugarPea Designs Boutique.

Who's in the spotlight this week?

1. Ruth made this fun super hero shaker card, complete with a star center, to accompany a Captain America die cut ornament.

2. Anna linked up this fabulous page. She did an amazing job using star patterned paper and stamps, plus she added hearts to her design. Way to go, Anna!

3. Debbie created this fun baseball-themed Father's Day card, in patriotic colors. Take a look at the big, red, sparkling star she used as an embellishment.

4. Brianna, from the SugarPea Designs design team, shared this sweet birthday card. The pairing of the dragon, pinwheel and sentiment is adorable!

5. Karen's pretty patriotic card is full of texture, plus it has a great mix of embellishments. Take a look at those pretty flowers and wood veneer stars!

6. Sierra made this fun birthday card for her niece, using Crate Paper's new Poolside collection.

7. Carol's soft and pretty page shows us the formal side of having a good time. There are some great embellishment clusters on here, Carol!

Thank you all for sharing your beautiful work with us! Be sure to grab the "my project was featured" button from the sidebar to showcase on your blog.

On Monday we'll have a brand new issue for you so be sure to check back to see what it is (and who our sponsor is). Until then...

Thursday, May 21, 2015

I am... STILL obsessed with this line!

Hey there, fellow crafty friends with issues!

Leah l'Orange here, bringing you another in a series of pages I've been working on that feature the utterly gorgeous I Am collection from Simple Stories.  There's still some of it left in the shop, but you might want to HURRY because the shop keeps getting loaded with new stuff all the time!

I knew with all the colors I was mixing on this page, plus the pink-hued photo, I HAD to go with the Limba White Woodgrain (because seriously, LOVE) to make everything pop.  I layered in some pieces of the I Am 6x6 papers and a bunch of coordinating sticker and chipboard elements.  A title with some alphas from my stash, some Heidi Swapp Color Shine and a handful of enamel dots and sequins from the shop (I've accumulated a rather large collection of these, so they may show up on every single project I make for the next twelve years).

OH, and a scrap of gold trim I've had for about 6 years.  Seriously, I held onto a 3" piece of gold ribbon for SIX YEARS.  But here it is, having found its purpose after all this time.  (Why DO we hang onto the tiniest of bits for so long?!)

 Would you get a look at that Limba?  DROOL-WORTHY.

The Paper Issues shop ALWAYS has a great selection of embellishments for your embellishing enjoyment (!!!!) and right now, I've got a full assortment of pretties from Pebbles, Shimelle and Doodlebug sitting on my desk for the next project. 

Need to grab yourself some of this stuff now?  

Grab what's left and everything else in your shopping cart for 20% off ANYTIME!
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Thanks for joining me today - now go use up some old thang and be done with it once and for all!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hello and Goodbye

Hi everyone,

I am sharing a card today that utilizes a new favorite technique - using cut files and filling in negative space with pattern paper. 

This is a cut file from the Silhouette shop. I hand cut the patterned paper from the #happy collection by Allison Kreft. 

It's such a fun and pretty collection!

I love the movement of this card. It's like a dizzying effect of enamel dots spinning around until it centers on the butterfly. 

You can grab this awesome collection and the enamel dots in the Paper Issues shop.

Make sure to use code Melissa20 at check out to save yourself 20% off your entire order.

This is also a goodbye as it's my last blog post as part of the team here at PI! I've so loved my time here! I'll still be around our FB group, though. So, see you around!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Hi there! Alex here.

Today I wanted to share a layout I made with one of my favorite collections right now, Color Chaos by Bella Blvd.

Alex Gadji - Hero

I mean... black, white, red, yellow and stars... it's a perfect match for my little fire fighter!

Alex Gadji - Hero closeup1

I love pretty much everything about this collection, but the transparencies are my favorite part! On this layout, I have used both the Brilliant (the one with the black stars) and the polka dot McIntosh Confetti. They can add such a nice touch to any project!

Alex Gadji - Hero closeup2

I have also used Bella's chipboard embellishments Hearts & Stars, Borders and Whatnots as well as white enamel dots.

Alex Gadji - Hero closeup3

I hope that you like this layout and that you feel inspired to play with Color Chaos. You can get it all from the Paper Issues store. And don't forget to use ALEX20 at checkout to get 20% off.

Thanks for stopping by!