Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Pocket Pages with Jen :: February Challenge

Hello and welcome to the February Pocket Page Challenge! Each month Paper Issues brings you new challenges to spark your creativity. They are all posted here on the blog and you can play along in our Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} group over on Facebook. The incentive? A chance to win a gift certificate to the shop! February's Challenges are open through March 6th. 

Your February Pocket Page Challenge is all about options!
  • Add three or more hearts
  • Use a PI PaperPOP 
  • Show us Pocket Pages from January or February 2016
Scrap in pockets with any of the above - your choice OR combine them - and show us your creation(s) in our FB group.

I used primarily the Project Life Everyday Core Kit and cards from the Paper Issues January Swag Bag as a base for this layout. I am always a sucker for classic black and white with pops of color. Since several of my photos involved snow, it was a natural choice. The pops of red were inspired by the Target cart (because, Target!) and the pink accents to mirror those that appear in a few photos.

See the happiest little penguin on the bottom right? My favorite of the winter PaperPOPs releases. I held onto him until I had snow photos to use then, seized the opportunity!

I cannot wait to see YOUR creations! Be sure to stop by our Facebook group, find the Pocket Page photo in the February Challenge album and share by March 6th.

Get crafty!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

TwoFer Tuesday

Hello! Becky here today with this month's TwoFer Tuesday layout using the BRAND NEW Amy Tangerine line, Better Together!

I really struggle with scrapbooking our kid's professional sports photos! The fake backdrops, the over posed  positions, the team photos; it's just always a struggle!

For my daughter's basketball photos this year I decided to do something completely different. I just picked a paper line and went for it. I didn't try to match the uniforms exactly or use "sports" themed papers.  I just used a normal, fun paper line and I totally love how this turned out!

I also added some enamel dots from Bella Blvd, which matched the patterned paper so well!

The inspiration for this layout actually came from Janet Grzanka-Dlugokenski's ScrapLift Sunday layout! Using Janet's layout to get me started on the left-side, I extended the patterned paper to incorporate Lily's individual shots onto the right side!

I loved how Janet used all the different labels by tucking them behind the photos and papers here and there and I did the same! I also added the black title thickers from Amy Tangerine's new line - her handwriting is so fun! I got away from the "sports" theme with my title as well! I think breaking out from the "sports" theme + inspiration from Janet really helped pull this layout together.

Thank you so much for stopping by to take a look. Be sure to use the code BECKY for 20% off Amy Tangerine's new line, Better Together and anything else from the Paper Issues shop! So many new goodies are rolling in daily! 

Monday, February 8, 2016

:: mix it up monday ::

Hi! Orange Gearle here with the February edition of Mix It Up Monday!  Most of the papers and embellishments for this one came out of the January Swag Bag (with a few items from previous Swag Bags mixed in)!

This month I got messy with some Mister Huey's Heirloom Blue spray mist, a mask, a Margarita Mix Gelato, a water brush, and some plastic packaging.  I also made a process video if you are interested in seeing how I put this one together.

We really enjoyed seeing how you Mixed It Up in January -- some of you even tried a little something new! Play with us this month and share your page in the February Challenge Album on the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group!  You have until March 6 to play and there are prizes to be had! 

There are so many new items available in the Paper Issues store. Grab what you need and use the code 'orangegearle' for 20% off your purchase!

Sunday, February 7, 2016


Happy Swag Bag Sunday!  I am so excited to be able to show off January's adorable swag bag!! Cassie packed it full of adorable bits and pieces!  One of my favorite things in the bag was the striped pocket with the gold heart.  I loved using it on my layout! 
The gold heart vellum is so pretty too. I attached it to the big tag and laid it on the other side of my picture.  I don't use gold very often, but I think I need to start!  I love it!  The red twine was a perfect touch to circle my flair (not included in the bag).  I added a touch of blue with the buttons and a 3 X 4 card that I cut up. The arrows and XO's are from Crate Paper Hello Love in the PI Store, and I can't forget the phrase Thickers from Any Tangerine that I used for the title.

Here's the entire layout! The swag bag made it so easy and fun to make this page! Did you grab your bag?  If you did, I hope this makes you want go open it up and start scrapping!  If you do, make sure you show us what you came up with! 
If you are planning on doing some shopping in the store, remember to use Janetd20 for 20% off your order!
Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Cut it Up Saturday

Hello PI friends, Danielle here with Cut it Up Saturday! February is all about Valentine's and love and so is our cut file this month. You can download it for FREE overhere in the store and upload your projects made with it overhere in our Paper Issues Friends & Fans challenge album on facebook, for your chance to win!

Here are some projects by the Design Team to give you some inspiration. They seriously rocked it!

Enza used the Crate Paper Hello Love collection and created a stunning background with the hearts from the cut file. She used the big Love as a title for her page.

Michelle used the hearts to make her own background as well, it's so awesome! She used the Crate Paper Kiss Kiss collection. And look at her little cutie in the picture, so adorable.

Rachel has some amazing mixed media skills! She cut out the hearts from the cut file on corrugated paper and made this fabulous canvas. She added the Love from the cut file too.

Mary Ann placed some smaller hearts into one big heart, so very creative! She used the Crate Paper Hello Love collection, along with the January Swag Bag.

Amy used a Swag Bag to create this awesome Love layout. I love all the fabulous layers, the splatters in the background and the big title made with the cut file.

We can't wait to see what you'll create! 

If you're not planning to watch the Super Bowl tomorrow, join our Super Bowl Scrap & Chat with two fun challenges! Make sure you're a member of the Paper Issues Friends & Fans facebook group, where all the fun will be happening.

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative weekend!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Plan to be (P)inspired!

I am ready, are you?  Do you feel the love in the air?  Are you ready to binge on chocolates and candy and be spoiled with flowers and jewelry?  I know, I know, that is not the 'real' world, but it is our inspiration for our mood board this month.  If you are boycotting love and relationships, focus on the CHOCOLATE!  If you have the perfect love and things couldn't be better, you too can focus on the CHOCOLATE!  

Here you go, the February {P}inspire Me mood board!  Be inspired by what ever suits your fancy and upload your projects to the Paper Issues {Friends and Fans} Facebook page.   We will share your designs later in the month.  

Let's take a look at how the Paper Issues Design Team was inspired by this board.  First, here is mine.  I was drawn to the yellows and the hand drawn hearts.  Of course I ate chocolate while creating:o)

Lisa Swift was drawn to the FOOD!  Maybe a little of the color red, black and white photo too:o) Always the perfect card.  

Enza Gudor grabbed the color of the rocks as inspiration.  Her take on nature makes  for a stunning background.  

Look how Jen McMurtrey draws out the blues in her card with the gorgeous aqua phone!  I see touches of blues in the mood board that I didn't see until she brought attention to them.  

Hold onto your hats because Picasso, I mean Sherry Coogan has replicate the heart painting to a T!  Ah-mazing, that is all I can say.  

How about we go a little softer with Amelie Mordret's layout.  Floral and all about the love with a touch of black.  <3

Janet's layout has the red just popping of the page.  Her hand journaling and black and white photo of her beautiful family are just gorgeous.   

So, be sure to enter your projects HERE in the PI Facebook community.  Like I mentioned earlier, we will be featuring some of your talented work on our blog later in the month.  
There are gift certificates to the Paper Issues shop to be won, and everyone who plays along with our monthly challenges is entered to win!

Remember,  if there is anything you have your eye on in the Paper Issues Store, grab it for 20% off with code: Mary-Ann.  Get free shipping when you reach $65.00.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

February Off The Page Challenge: Love & Valentines!

Hi Everyone!  It's Kathy today with the February Off the Page Challenge!  Of course, the themes this month are Love & Valentines!!  I would love to see all of your paper projects that are all about love, Valentines Day and the like!  They can be any type of project other than a traditional scrapbook page.  Here's what I created as inspiration for the challenge...

Growing up, I used to love giving Valentine's goodies to my friends. I continued this tradition when my daughter was little!   I put together this adorable little Valentine Mailbox from Lori Whitlock (available here in the Silhouette Store) as well as these cute little 3x3 Valentine Pop-Up Cards,  which are also from Lori Whitlock. (available here in the Silhouette Shop:  Dinosaur, Butterfly). I used Bella Blvd's Valentina Collection available here in the Paper Issues Store.  Here are some close-ups...

The Valentine's Mailbox is really a box with a lid. 

The Pop-up Valentines are adorable.  I added some punny little sentiments using my Silhouette Sketch Pens.

 And they fold over and hold together similar to a matchbook.  This makes them the perfect size to fit through the mailbox slot!
Playing along with the challenge is easy!  Post a picture of your project in the February Challenges Album under this picture in the Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook Group by March 6th.  You could win one of two gift certificates to the Paper Issues Store for playing along!  I can't wait to see what you create!  That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Product Spotlight: Crate Hello Love

Hey everyone!  Today we're putting the spotlight on such a beautiful collection!  We have used the Hello Love from Crate Paper.  Although this line is advertised a a Valentine's collection you will see it can be used for much more.

Having a tween daughter who takes selfies is such a blessing for a scrapbooker!  LOL  I am always asking her to send me her photos.  I used an ombre cardstock for my background because I wanted to pull out the teal tint in the photo.

First up we have Rachel with this pretty card.  I just love that heart paper!

Rachel also  made this super cool LO!  This paper was originally B&W!  Amazing!

Next we have Mary-Ann with this stunning LO!  All those bits and pieces are perfect!

Jennifer made this amazing LO!  The layers on this are perfection!

Mary Ann created this oh so pretty LO!  That ribbon with the tags is perfection!

Sherry has this beautiful LO.  I love how she scrapped those now and then photos!

Enza put her fussy cutting skills to work on this beauty!  Even the arrows are fussy cut!

Janet used the B&W stripes for her background and the effect is striking! 

Jen made this pretty 8.5 x 11 LO.  What an adorable photo!

Orange used this collection in her planner this month!  Isn't it pretty?

There is so much new stuff in the store!  You can use the code Michelle to get 20% off your order!  Happy shopping!