Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Purrfect Card!

Hi Everyone!  It's Kathy today with a cute little card for our Anything Goes Issue!  I realize it might be a little early for Halloween, but I couldn't resist playing with my new Lawn Fawn goodies and as the name implies...Anything Goes!

Have you linked up to our current issue??  Make sure to stop by and link up your favorite projects and you could win a prize pack from our sponsor, Whisker Graphics!  Also, make sure to stop by the Paper Issues Store to check out all of the new goodies that are pouring in, like the Lawn Fawn Spooktacular stamps I used on my card.
Use Code KATHYS to get 20% off of your entire order!
That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

..:: swag bag spotlight :: beach love ::..

Happy Saturday! I am here to spotlight one of my favorite things -- The Swag Bag!  Here is a layout that uses items frown several Swag Bags, and a little bit of Echo Park!

Someone asked me the other day, "What do you do with your leftover Swag Bag goodies"?  If I have any leftovers (and this is a big IF), I put them in a small bowl.  Eventually, it accumulates into something that inspires me!  Although much of this layout is from the awesome September Swag Bag, there are also little bits from past Swag Bags included.  Here are a few close ups:

I used a bit of Echo Park's Creative Agenda collection for some of the patterned papers -- I am loving this collection.  And I always love the Swag Bags (some say I'm addicted)!

Have you gotten yours yet?  It looks like there are still a few available here.  And Echo Park's Creative Agenda, Elle's Studio, Simple Stories and a bunch of other great collections are available here. In fact, I just got a bunch of goodies in the mail this week!  See?

Don't forget to use the code orangegearle at checkout to save 20%!!

One more thing!  Have you linked up to our current issue??  It's ANYTHING goes -- you can link anything!  Really!  You can!  Do you think we can break link up record??????  Check out the details here (and link up)!

Friday, September 19, 2014


If you haven't scored a PI Swag Bag, you are seriously missing out. I received mine in the mail and dug into it right away. There was so much awesome in that little bag that I had no problem busting out a layout in under an hour(which is quite a feat for this slow scrapper)!
Check it out!!

I used my September Swag Bag, two sheets of patterned paper and some of the new Wood Sprinkles from Jillibean Soup. You can find all of these products and more(new stuff is added daily) in the Paper Issues Shop. Use the code below to save yourself some money!

Once you've shopped for some new goodies, or busted out something using your latest faves, link us up to your projects on our latest issue... Anything Goes!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

❤{smtwtfs kind of love}❤

I love lots of things. I am a ❤ junkie. I'm sharing this layout today of how much I ❤ my dogs. They are four legged joy. They make me laugh each day. They love me when I'm whiny, look ugly, sick, basically they love me no matter what. I also am excited to share this with you because I can link it up to our *{CURRENT ISSUE}* Anything Goes...and because I am a nerd I hear Cole Porter singing right now. Also there may be some September Swag Bag goodness nestled within this layout!

Here are some close ups of the Swag Bag awesomeness:

Have a Happy Thursday and link up

Psssst! If you need some Paper Issues goodness...don't forget to use my code:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Anything Goes: I Scrap Because...

Hi! Mary Jo Rhoda stopping by today to share the layout I made for our current issue...Anything Goes. Our sponsor is Whisker Graphics and I used two of their bags and tags on my page to help balance my grid design.
I think tags are perfect for writing journaling on and it's even better when it can be tucked inside a little bag!
In addition to the Whisker Graphics product, I was able to include a lot of little fun stuff from several of the Paper Issue Swag Bags on my page  like the "Every Picture Records a Little Story". I have been wanting to use that die cut for awhile and realized it would be perfect on a layout about why I love to scrapbook. To tell stories!

As for our latest issue, you have until Sunday, September 28 to link up with us Here for a chance to win a prize from Whisker Graphics! And since the theme is "Anything Goes", well you can link up...any kind of scrapbooking project new or old.

Thanks for stopping by today. And don't forget to use code MARYJO in the store to get 20% off your purchase today.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Anything Goes! My kind of Party!

Good Morning folks! Jen Chesnick here with you today and I am sharing two of my favorite layouts (this year)  For our new link party anything goes!  So I am going with Pink Paislee.  I used Hello Sunshine on both of my projects. Be sure to stop by the link party (link up top there!!) and share your favorite creations with us! 

Winner: Tell Me Dies, Tell Me Sweet Little Dies

Our Tell Me Dies, Tell Me Sweet Little Dies linky party has ended so it's time to find out who won the goodie bag of products from Jillibean Soup. Many thanks to Jillibean Soup for sponsoring the Paper Issues team and for providing such a wonderful prize!

Congratulations to Connie Mercer! Connie linked up this fabulous layout using a Jillibean die cut placement backed with patterned paper and embellished with Jillibean goodies!

If you haven't discovered Connie's blog yet, I suggest you take a look around. She is the queen of junkin' (otherwise known as antique finds). :) She has the most amazing knack for repurposing old finds and making them amazing!

Connie, please send your full name and mailing address to and we will get your prize right out to you.

A new link up started yesterday, called Anything Goes. Come find out what it's all about. Link up your projects AND link back to Paper Issues, for another chance to win. This time around we're being sponsored by Whisker Graphics. They've given us a selection of their products to give away. Come see what it's all about!

Monday, September 15, 2014

New Issue: Anything Goes with Whisker Graphics

Welcome to our new linky party, Anything Goes, sponsored by Whisker Graphics. We're going easy on you for the next two weeks because you can link up any paper project you'd like. Couldn't be any easier, right? Excuses for not participating are definitely not allowed. LOL!

Row 2: LisaChristineDona

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

Just because you can link up any paper project you'd like, doesn't mean we don't have a few ideas for you, mostly based on the fabulous products Whisker Graphics sent for the design team to create with. :)
  • Show us your all-time favorite projects. The ones you're most proud of. The ones that make you smile each and every time you see them.
  • Tie things up with twine. Wrap it around a photo. Tie it into a bow or even use it to hold something closed.
  • Use bags (bitty or otherwise) to hold photos, journaling or anything else you can think of.
  • Stick it to us by using stickers on your project. Create a title by mixing font styles. Layer up your stickers. However you use them, we want to see them!
  • Tag, you're it! Show us how you use tags on your projects. Have you made a mini album from tags? Have you used them for your journaling?
  • Use Whisker Graphics products.
***Link up and link back to Paper Issues between now and September 28th to be eligible to win a selection of Whisker Graphics products. Feel free to link up as many times as you'd like. If you're inspired to create something new, that's great, but feel free to share your older creations as well. Oldies are goodies too!

Your project may even be featured on the Paper Issues Facebook pageInstagramPinterest and/or right here on the Paper Issues blog.

Here are the links to Whisker Graphic's product and social media sites. Please be sure to visit and tell them Paper Issues sent you.

Product Spotlight *Second City*

Have you seen the new Kelly Purkey Second City collection yet?  I'll admit this is a collection that intrigued me with it's bright, bold "in your face" patterns.  As much as I loved the concept of the designs I was afraid that I wouldn't know quite how to use it, and refrained from purchasing it.  That's where my Paper Issues design team friends come in.  I just knew based on their style that these two girls would be able to showcase the new BasicGrey release a million times better than I.

Jennifer Chapin works magic with bold patterns.  She knocked this pocket page style layout out of the park, with all the coordinating elements, and pops of colour.
To me, Vegas and Second City go together like peanut butter and jelly.  Bold, bright, and exciting they've both got it.
How perfect are those chipboard alphabet stickers.  And I especially love the way Jen used up some of the "empty" space in the photo to showcase her title.
Wood veneer is so big these days, that it's always exciting when a new collection includes these fun elements as part of their release.  Even better, is the fact that these pieces are self-adhesive.

Leah l'Orange went a different direction with the collection, and created a 12x12 layout, and a couple of cards.  Her penchant for layering various patterns served her well with this collection also.  Check out this fab layout.  
Her choice of the Limba White Woodgrain cardstock, with the soft white bubble bath photo work perfect with the bold, brights of the Second City collection.

 Despite all the movement of the patterns, this beautiful combination of A and B side papers give the layout a grounded feel.

Leah's choice of the 6x6 Paper Pad was perfect for both her layout, and her love of card making.  The smaller patterns of the 6x6 pads are just perfect for smaller based projects.

 The pop of orange off the muted greys works so nicely together.

Both girls did a fabulous job showcasing just how versatile this collection is.  You can go as busy as you like, or tone it down and stick to the B sides of the pages adding as much or as little pop as you'd like incorporating the A sides, and other coordinating elements from the collection.  Thanks Leah & Jen for doing such a fabulous job.

You can get your hands on the BasicGrey Second City collection right here in the shop.  And don't forget to pop back here in just a few hours to see what our brand new Issue is, and who our gracious new sponsor will be.  I promise, you won't be disappointed.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Focus on Public Library

Hi everyone! Alex here. Today I wanted to share a layout made with one of my favorite collections right now, the Public Library from October Afternoon.

Alex Gadji - Read It's Fun

I've been playing with this collection for couple of months now and I can't get enough! The colors are so rich and beautiful with that characteristic OA retro style.

Alex Gadji - Read It's Fun closeup1

I also added small OA Daily Flash touches, like the chipboard and the sticker heart.

Alex Gadji - Read It's Fun closeup2

The date and the "♥ Like" are stamped with the Daily Flash roller stamps. They too from October Afternoon. 

Alex Gadji - Read It's Fun closeup3

I picked up the colors from the collection and chose matching twine.  You know that you can get pretty much any color from the shop?

Alex Gadji - Read It's Fun closeup4

I hope you like this collection as much as I do! Or, did I say like? I meant LOVE! Get your October Afternoon products HERE in the shop and use ALEX20 at checkout to get 20% off your entire order.

Happy scrapping!