Friday, October 9, 2015

Fan Feature Friday: How 'bout Them Apples #4

This week's Fan Feature Friday showcases projects from the final week of How 'bout Them Apples, sponsored by Paper Issues. Every Friday, we showcase projects our {Friends & Fans} have linked to our current issue, so be sure to share your projects for a chance to be featured.

Let's take a look at the projects that caught our eye week...

1. Ann starts us off this week with this gorgeous fall page. Did you notice the fox and deer tucked in with the leaf clusters?

2. Angela's fun card welcomes autumn with a framed apple and a great mix of papers. Hello cute owls!

3. Alison's page is full of fun — fall fun, that is. She used a mix of die cut and stamped leaves.

4. How about this beautiful altered embroidery frame by Heather? The perfect piece of fall home decor!

5.  Let's welcome Åsa, who is playing along for the very first time.  She linked this gorgeous page, full of pretty fall colors and photos.

6. Renee proclaims her love for Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and their new fall cups, on this beautiful page created with Pink Paislee's Cedar Lane collection.

7. Rounding out this week's features is Mary Ann with an adorable apple she made for her daughter's pre-K teacher.

Thank you all so much for playing along with us! Be sure to grab the "my project was featured" button from the sidebar to showcase on your blog.

We'll have a new issue for you on Monday. I guarantee you'll be a "fan" of it. Until then...

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Project Life : Project Life

Hey everyone! Heather here to bring you this month's Project Life challenge. This month I sat down with some supplies and thought, "Well obviously I should make a challenge using Project Life supplies." So I did just that. This month, I don't care who, what, when, you scrap... as long as it has some Becky Higgins Project Life goodies in it!

I scrapped this spread from 2013 and loved the fun bright colors and patterns from the High Five collection. I used the 6x6 paper pack to make my cards, added some complimentary buttons, then a few additional elements. I felt like I used a little less than normal on this spread, but I love the way it felt. I'm really able to focus on the cards and photos.

Post your project with your interpretation of the challenge in our Paper Issues {Friends and Fans}Facebook group. New challenges are posted all month long and the more you play the more chances you will have to win one of two Paper Issues Gift Certificates! You've got until November 9th to get these Project Life inspired Project Life pages in! I can't wait to see them! Until next time, Heather. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Plan On it with Jen :: Getting Foxy!

Happy October! I'm thrilled to be back this month with another Plan On It challenge. Each month I'll blog pages from my own planner and will invite you to play along with a challenge by posting your interpretation and sharing it in our Paper Issues {Friends and Fans} Facebook group. There will be new challenges all month and the more you enter the better your chance of winning one of two Paper Issues Gift Certificates!

Plan On It Challenge #3: This month I am asking you to use our brand new, awesome (and free!!) Planner Fox printable. Amazing, right?? Foxes are all the rage and are a cute and cunning way to accent your planners, calendars and notes.

I used several of the printable flags to mark my to do lists, my master weekly list (on the left sidebar) and a notes section for the weekend. While you could absolutely use a digital cutter for these, I simply printed mine on a full sheet label and cut them with scissors. All straight lines made it a cinch! You could also just print on copy paper and use adhesive to pop them on your pages. Grab your free Planner Fox file ---> HERE.

What will YOUR fox say? Be sure to play along and share a photo showing your planner or calendar using this free file on the challenge post in our Facebook Community. Play along by November 8th for a chance to win a Paper Issues Gift Certificate. We will be posting new challenges all through each month that are open to everyone, worldwide. I cannot wait to see your ideas!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Creative Cards - Hello Fall

Hi everyone!  It's time for another new challenge.  Here is our sketch for this month's card challenge.

Here's my card.

I used Cedar Lane from Pink Paislee.  I've been dying to break into this collection.  I just love everything about it.  This woodgrain chevron paper is so awesome!

We would love to see your take on this sketch.   Make a card and share it in the Paper Issues {Friends and Fans} Facebook Group for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues Store.

 We have tons of fun challenges to keep your inspired.  The more you play along with the better your chance to win!

Monday, October 5, 2015

We've got some new (P)inspiration for you!

Good morning, friends with issues!  It's the first Monday of the month, and that means it's time for a new challenge!  Welcome to the next installment of (P)inspire Me Monday!


I have a brand new mood board to share, with just a couple of quick pieces of inspiration to kick the week off right.  Are you ready?  Here's your October mood board:

Do any of these images, or combinations of images, grab your mojo and scream "MAKE SOMETHING!"?  
Well in case you need a little kick-start, here's what we've got to (P)inspire you today...

Dona (Orange Gearle) created this super cute page about her amazing daughter and another glimpse into her HUGE, shimmering personality.  She loved the blue and yellow combination and played upon the ripple effect with the repeated circles in her page:

And I (Leah l'Orange - the other orange meat!) played with some Amy Tangerine - Finders Keepers - for my October planner page, also bringing in the yellow and blue (with pops of red) and incorporating the stars quote into my design:

Ya got that?  CLICK HERE to go to the album in our Paper Issues Friends & Fans Facebook Community so you can add your (P)inspired projects, and you'll be entered into the October challenge draw - there's another $20 gift card to spend in the Paper Issues shop up for grabs!

And don't forget, this always works, too, for all of your crafty needs (because I know you need it all!):


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Swag Bag Spotlight Sunday

Hello friends with issues . . . paper issues that is! McJen here today sharing a layout I made with bits of Swag Bag goodness!

My schedule has been so busy lately that I haven't had time to scrap as much as I'd like. This is where my Swag Bag collection comes in handy . . . this layout took less than an hour. I chose this photo of my oldest daughter and me at a home football game where I teach (Go Mustangs!). I started with the patterned paper from Pink Paislee's Cedar Lane collection (get it here).

Next, I layered several 3x4 pieces of paper and embellishments from various Swag Bags, and followed that with the silver Thickers from Cedar Lane.

Last, I used the pink sticker strips and stamped a sentiment on each to complete the project.

Be sure to visit the Paper Issues Store to grab your Swag Bag subscription and use code McJennifer to get 20% off your order.

Have a great day and happy creating!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

..:: sketchy saturday ::..

Hello October!  Hello Paper Issues Friends! Are you ready for some inspiration? October's Sketchy Saturday inspiration comes from the spectacular Jen Chapin for Crate Paper!  Can I get an "mmm hmm"? 

I absolutely love the four triangles and all the little bits that Jen put together to create this perfection! Here is our sketch based on Jen's layout:

The design team members knocked this one outta the park.  Here's what they made to inspire you!

Alex created this masterpiece using Amy Tangerine's Finders Keepers. Seriously, love how it all just pops!

Check out the patterns that Becky used. I love that camo!

I spy Cedar Lane in Jana's fan-tab-u-lous take on the sketch. So lovely, indeed!

Aaarrrrrgh! Kelly Feldman (and her crew) are seriously cute, no? And she rocked this sketch -- those papers are completely fab.

Mary-Ann Maldonado created this super cute layout using Elle's Studio's Thankful collection.  Seriously cute -- that photo!  Love it!

Michelle Gallant -- OMGoodness -- love all this color...and that photo!!

Are you ready? It's your turn to show us what you've got! You've seen Jen's inspiration piece and the sketch.  The design team probably just knocked your socks off, am I right?  Remember, when you play along, you could be featured on the blog, in our instagram feed, or you might just win a little something! Share your project using this sketch as inspiration in our Challenge Album located in our Paper Issues {Friends and Fans} group for the chance to win a Paper Issues Gift Card!  While you're there, check out all the other challenges going on this month for more inspiration and more chances to WIN!! You have until November 8th to enter!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Fan Feature Friday: How 'bout Them Apples #3

This week's Fan Feature Friday showcases projects from How 'bout Them Apples, sponsored by Paper Issues. Every Friday, we showcase projects our {Friends & Fans} have linked to our current issue, so be sure to share your projects for a chance to be featured.

Let's take a look at the projects that were the apple of our eye week...

1. Jessica created this month in review two-pager, complete with die cut leaves, stamped leaves and fall colors galore.

2. Amanda rocked Pink Paislee's Cedar Lane collection, adding in some beautiful watercolor work and a fussy cut title.

3. Karin's card is as cute as can be with its woodland colors and beautiful use of texture.

4. Karen focused on apple red for her pretty page about a farm market. She even included some memorabilia from the visit.

5. Take a look at the cute acorns Mandy used to embellish the tree on her sweet page.

6. Suzy scrapped about an unexpected fall snowstorm. Along with blowing leaves and a fun title, she gave the fox a ribbon scarf to keep him warm.

Thank you all so much for playing along with us! Be sure to grab the "my project was featured" button from the sidebar to showcase on your blog.

See you next week with one more set of features from How 'bout Them Apples.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October Off the Page Challenge: Halloween!!!

Hi Everyone!  It's Kathy today with the October Off the Page Challenge!  Seeing that it is October, of course I needed to have a Halloween Challenge!  Here's a little something I put together for the occasion...

I have my grandmother's old hutch in my family room, and I like to decorate it for the seasons.. I made a fun Halloween themed subway art frame and a pumpkin to put on it for this month!  Now for you... make something Halloween-themed... it can be home décor, costume related, goodies for the kiddos at school, pumpkin themed, candy boxes, Halloween Party favors...We'd love to see it all!  Add it to the October Challenges Album on the Paper Issues Friends & Fans Facebook page under this picture to be entered to win!  Need some Halloween goodies to work with??  Check out the Paper Issues Store here... there are tons of fun items!  Use Code KATHYS and you can get 20% off your whole order!
That's it for me today, I can't wait to see what you link up!