Thursday, November 27, 2014

Layout process with Brenda Smith

Hia all.  Brenda here to show you a little bit of how I create my pages from start to finish.

1.  Usually when I am making a page, I start with my photos.  In this case I actually knew what supplies I was going to use so I started with them.  I planned to make the majority of my page with the gorgeous October and November swag bags from the PI shop.  They are stored in little bags in my box of stuff so I grabbed them both out and poured the contents on the table.

2.  Here are the cards and elements I chose.  I may not use everything but these things were just right for the colors in photos I was considering using.  That squirrel and those leaves really called to me.  I just LOVE them.

3.   Next up was to decide what photo/s I wanted.  These kits are both so lovely for fall photos so I pulled up my folder with November edits.

4.  When I have more than one photo to print, I make a new document in a 12x 12 (or 8 1/2 x 11) size and start by adding new layers with the photo shapes I wanted.

5.  Then I just drag each layer to a 4x6 document(s).

Here they are printed and cut out.  Aren't my girls adorable?

6.  Now to just choose what elements and cards I want to use.  There are so many to choose from!  Since I scrap clean and simple, the process of choosing what I want to create with is super hard.  I want to use it all!

7.  Here we are.  All set out and ready to start.  This time I am doing a 12x12.  Laying the photos out first helps me to see where everything else will fit.  You can see that I ended up not using all the things I had originally chosen.  Less is more when I am creating my pages.  Now to just glue and stitch it all down and rough the edges of my papers a bit.


If you haven't tried out one of Cassie's swag bags, now is a great time.  There is a fabulous new December bag still available.  You can use my code "3littleks" to get 20% off your order.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Product Spotlight "Shimelle", part two

The Shimelle collection is so pretty that it deserves two spotligt blog posts :-) Alex here to share some more inspiration with you. Lets start with a layout about my cozy, little boy.

Alex Gadji - Cuddle

I have used: Shimelle - Keller paper, Crane paper, Earhart paper, Goodfield paper, Ephemera, Accent & Phrase 8 Page Sticker Book, Amy Tangerine Cut & Paste - Begonia Cut Out thickers, Crate Paper Notes & Things - Rub Ons.

The second layout I would like to share is about me and my dear sister, my best friend. Yeah, what can I say? We like wine :-)

Alex Gadji - Sis

Supplies: Shimelle - Granville paper, Godall paper, Curie paper, Ride Gold Glitter Hearts paper, Resnick paper, Ephemera, Accent & Phrase 8 Page Sticker Book, Studio Calico Wood Veneer - Hearts and Arrows

Next, a layout about my sassy, little girl. This is what you get when you ask her for a smile... sigh.

Alex Gadji - Sassy

Supplies: Shimelle - Hall paper, Rubin paper, Keller paper, Harding paper, Ephemera, Accent & Phrase 8 Page Sticker Book, Dear Lizzy Daydreamer - Blue Treehouse thickers

And finally, a layout about them both ♥ These two make me happy!

Alex Gadji - The fab 2

Supplies: Shimelle - Haynes paper, Baxter paper, Goodfield paper, Ephemera, Accent & Phrase 8 Page Sticker Book, Layered Chipboad Stickers, Amy Tangerine Sketchbook - White Journal thickers, Studio Calico Wood Veneer - Hearts and Arrows

Feel inspired to play with Shimelle? Head over to the store and get some! Use ALEX20 at checkout to save 20% of your order.

Have a great day!

Product Spotlight *Shimelle*

When the new collection by Shimelle is filled with a colour combination I am always drawn too.  Of course I had to create with it.  I created the layout of our spoiled toy Poodle named Wilson in no time flat.  

As cute as the dog is, the sweet designs of these patterned papers really needed to be showcased. Yes, it's true sometimes I like the focus of my pages to be just as much about the product as I do about the photos and memories.  This gold glitter heart paper was just too gorgeous to resist. I couldn't bare to cut it, or cover it up, so I chose a design that helped me with that.  Using 2x2 photos allowed me to have a nice cluster toward that top of the pages leaving as many of gold hearts exposed as possible. Each of Shimelle's patterned papers also have really cute tear strips.  I think this is such a great new trend that manufacturers have started, I feel like I'm really getting my money's worth being able to use up every last bit of paper.  They add a fun little element just as tags would, but without the extra expense.

I also created one that allowed me to use more of her patterned papers and some items from my stash.

Patterned paper and machine stitching go together so well in my world.  Love the way it adds texture to my layouts especially when combing several patterned papers on one layout.

This week I've asked DT member Becky Monmaney to join me in showcasing the Shimelle collection.  She created this great two-pager, showcasing her cutie pie niece.  How great do those big chunky numbers look along that photo strip paper?

And, of course we both fell head over heels in love with the gold glitter heart paper.  I love all her gorgeous layers and the use of the cork pieces.

You can get your hands on this Shimelle Collection right here, in the Paper Issues shop, and if you use code: SHERRI you'll save yourself 20% off your entire purchase.
One last thing before I go.  If you'll remember I offered you a chance to get your hands on some sold out Oh Deer goodies by Fancy Pants in this post.  Thank you all for sharing your comments and Christmas movie favorites.  

Congratulations to the author of comment #42 - Melissa!  
A very merry goodie bag will be making it's way to you as soon as you contact me at: with your snail mail details.  
If I do not hear from you within 48 hours a new winner will be drawn.

Have a great day PI friends!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Grateful - November Cut File

Hi everyone!  Corri here today sharing a card I made with the November Cut file created by Jen Chapin.

You can download this free file from the Paper Issues Shop.

Here's the card I made using the Fancy Pants - As You Wish Collection.  I love the idea of making a Fall card with these bright colors.  

Be sure to check out all the new goodies that were just loaded into the shop.  Use my code to save 20%. 

Winner: Get Your Game On

Our Get Your Game On linky party has ended so let's find out who won the $20 gift certificate to the Paper Issues store!
Congratulations to Sandi P.! Sandi linked up this great layout of her grandson's Little League team which was featured this past Friday during our Fan Feature Friday.

Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your project with us, Sandi! Please send your full name and mailing address to within the next 48 hours and we will get your prize right out to you. If we don't hear from you, unfortunately we'll have to choose another winner so don't miss out! :)

A new link up started yesterday, called Birds of a Feather Flock TogetherLink your projects AND link back to Paper Issues, for a chance to win the Country Cookin' collection from our sponsor, Ruby Rock-It.

Monday, November 24, 2014

New Issue: Birds of a Feather Flock Together with Ruby Rock-It

Happy Monday and happy Thanksgiving week! Welcome to our new linky party, Birds of a Feather Flock Together, sponsored by Ruby Rock-It. Let's take a look at what the design team created with Ruby Rock-It's Country Cookin' collection, then we'll see what this issue is all about.

Row 1: DonaCorriStephanie
Row 2: Jen BoumisShannonKelly

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

So, what is this theme all about? Here are ideas of what you could link up:
  • Scrap a picture of your Thanksgiving turkey, the feast on your table or your favorite dish.
  • Are you a bird watcher or have a bird as a pet? Maybe you even have bird pictures from a visit to the zoo or bird sanctuary.
  • What makes you have a bird (as in things that drive you crazy)?
  • Use flocking or feathers on your project.
  • Tell us about a special friendship.
  • Who do you spend Thanksgiving with? Is it too much togetherness? LOL!
  • What was your latest tweet on Twitter?
  • Share something about the people in your family, maybe you've had family photos taken, created a holiday card with a family photo, etc.
  • What's on your Thanksgiving menu? Are there traditional items you make year after year?
  • Scrap one of your favorite recipes or a recipe that's been handed down from generation-to-generation.
  • Use Ruby Rock-It products.
***Link up and LINK BACK to Paper Issues between now and December 7th to be eligible to win Ruby Rock-Its' Country Cookin' collection. Feel free to link up as many times as you'd like. If you're inspired to create something new, that's great, but older creations are welcome too!

Your project may even be featured on the Paper Issues Facebook pageInstagramPinterest and/or right here on the Paper Issues blog during our Fan Feature Friday.

Here are the links to Ruby Rock-Its' product and social media sites. Please be sure to visit and tell them Paper Issues sent you.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

❤{Grateful For You & Swag Bags}❤

I'm grateful for you always supporting my creative endeavors. Thank you for checking out my work and sending encouraging thoughts a long the way. 

I love being a part of Paper Issues. It makes my heart happy. I also love getting a Swag Bag each month. It is always so full of good stuff, I know I say it all the time, but I USE EVERY bit and piece of this bag each month. 

I love challenging you to use your Swag Bag in different ways...and the last few posts, I've been showing you how you can use the Swag Bag for cards. I created another set of 4 cards and I really hope you are inspired by them!

I wanted to show you each card individually, I love to layer on my cards, the Swag Bag has perfectly sized bits and pieces for cards, fun embellishments and awesome coordinating patterns and colors. 

Card 1: 

Card 2:

Card 3:

Card 4:

I hope you have a wonderful week ahead, stay tuned for a new issue, some great blog posts and have a Happy Thanksgiving if you are celebrating! 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Die Cutting Saturday - Cut File 002

Good morning and happy Saturday! This weekend we have another free cut file for you to download. This download includes a Silhouette file, as well as each individual file as a PNG - you can use these in the Cricut Explore software as well as a digital overlay on photos.

 For my layout, instead of cutting out the file I used my Silhouette Sketch pen to draw "fall" in a larger scale, then watercolored the inside. I added bits and pieces from the November Swag Bag and Amy Tangerine's Stiched Collection.

This is a fun way to mix up your cut files!

Here is creative team member Mary-Ann Maldonado's take on the cut file. Such a great page! She also used the November Magic free printable available in the store. Mary-Ann used the grateful and leaf cuts, as well as the November card from the printable printed at 8.5x11 size. So creative!

Creative team member Kathy Skou used the grateful, scribble circle and leaf cut files as well along with Fancy Pants True Friend collection. Such a perfect color palette for these photos! I love the subtle grid design as well.

Now it's your turn! Link up your project using the cut file by December 5th and you could win a December Swag bag. Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great week.