Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Introducing: Jana

i am so excited!!
my name is Jana and i have issues!
this is me!!
let me tell you something about me... 
i am 35 yrs old, mother of 3 crazy boys (13,10 and 5 yrs old) and married. 
we´re from germany and i LOVE scrapbooking!

i´ve cut my first piece of paper in january 2013 and was way to afraid of it! back in 2005 i started the digital scrapbooking thing and i loved it, but after a few years i wanted to try something new. the last digital layout i made was nearly 2 yrs ago. so i can say i am over it ;) 

want to see what my layouts look like?! 
here are two of my faves i made at the PI (online) Crop at facebook last week...

if you want to see more of my work please feel free to visit me at my BLOG or INSTAGRAM

i can´t wait to get started with all the awesome things going on here!! 
talk to you soon, 

Drumroll please...

 Oh. My Gosh. Ladies, we are overwhelmed by the participation in the Paper Issues crop!! The sheer number of projects — over 1,200 — is staggering! Each and every single one of you are rockstars and on behalf of the entire Paper Issues team, THANK YOU!!

Now for the moment you have all been waiting for! The winners are...

6-Month Swag Bag Subscription: Stacia Brandt

Embroidered Paper Issues Bag from Parker on the Porch & Bella Blvd. Product: Sandi Pressley

First Class Pens Giveaway - Jenny Darlington

4-Month Paper Issues Design Team Term: Jana Maiwald McCarthy

Becky's PI File Challenge (Stamp Gift Bundle) - Cherrie Vrabel

UmWowStudio's Challenge ($30 UmWowStudios's Gift Card) - Erina Katerina


Lisa's Alphabet Soup Challenge ($10 Paper Issues Gift Card) - Alison Campbell Day

Jen Chesnick's No Cardstock Challenge ($25 Paper Issues Gift Card) - Rachel Kleinman

Dona's Stitching Challenge (6 rolls of Washi & Amy Tan Stitching Kit) - Sandra Bravo

17turtles' Cut File Challenge ($20 17Turtles Gift Card) - Janice Daquila-Pardo


Leah's Bits & Pieces Challenge (Paper Issues April Swag Bag) - Cari Orellana 

Danielle's Pattern Play Challenge ($10 Paper Issues Gift Card) - Crystal Schneider


Jen Boumis' Pocket Page Challenge (Project Life Gift Bundle) - Suzanne Spokus

Sherri's Make It Sparkle Challenge ($10 Paper Issues Gift Card) - Amy Bannon


Some Odd Girl's Color Inspiration Challenge ($25 Some Odd Girl Gift Certificate) - Alison Fitton

Michelle's Big Title Challenge ($10 Paper Issues Gift Card)  - Carol Maitoza


Jamie Dougherty's Card Challenge (Bloom Gift Bundle) - Norine Borys

Meaghen's Scraplift Challenge ($10 Paper Issues Gift Card) - Chelsea Miller

Heather's Put a Stamp on It Challenge (Snarky Stamps Dude Sentiments)  - Heather Adams

Mary-Ann's Grid Challenge (Scrapbook Gift bundle) - Laura Cox

Alex's Quote/Song Lyrics Challenge ($10 Paper Issues Gift Card) - Jessy Christopher-Tham

Color Cast Designs' Music Challenge ("On the..." Wood Veneers + 1 new release of your choice)  - Janet Grzanka-Dlugokenski


Corri's Color Challenge (Echo Park Fine & Dandy Collection Kit) - Julie Evers

Devra's Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge (Stamp & Die Set) - Stacie Ebnet Dietz


Pinkfresh Studio's 15 Minute Card Challenge (Pinkfresh March Embellishment Kit) - Erica Mattingly

Jennifer Chapin's Sketch Challenge (Scrapbook Gift Bundle) - Hannah Lemieux


Melissa's Card Challenge ($10 Paper Issues Gift Card) - Ellen Sosnoski

Ladies, please send an email to with your name, address and email address within the next 48 hours. If you won a gift card to the Paper Issues shop or to one of the PI Crop Sponsors' shops you need only send your email address, no physical address required. Unfortunately if we don't hear from you within 48 hours a new winner will be selected.

Product Spotlight *Simple Stories - I AM*

The much anticipated I AM collection by Simple Stories did not disappoint.  There are so many great elements in the collection that I actually struggled to not use each and every piece on my layout. That is always a great problem in the life of a scrapper.
I used the collection to create a long overdue layout about where I feel I am in life during this chapter of life.  Can you tell that the chipboard frames are my favourite element of the collection?  I used 3D foam adhesive to layer them over other elements and pop the page.  Because the journaling is so personal I chose to keep it tucked behind my photo on a shipping tag.  I incorporated the butterflies to symbolize the freedom of getting older and discovering who you were meant to be.

 Anita used several pieces of ephemera to help create this layout documenting a fun memory with good friends.  Notice how perfectly her journaling fit on to that blank tag from the package?

Leah used the chipboard pieces to beautifully accent this moving and heartfelt page.  I just love the way she used the 3x4 journal cards to help tell her story.  Besides the great design, how beautiful is this photo of her?  

I like the way Kelly mixed it up and went with an 8x5x11 design.  I think the smaller canvas keeps the black-based background paper from taking over her page.  The adorable ampersand is perfect for her title too.

Corri is one of my card, special project crushes, the girl can rock a paper craft, anytime, anywhere.  She created this gorgeous gift set with the help of her Silhouette Cameo, and coordinating patterned papers from the collection.

Orange did a fabulous job on her project life spread using the collection.
Notice the way she cut up the 3x4 journal cards page to slide coordinating cards into her pockets?

We celebrated a certain someone turning 13 in our house a couple of weeks ago.  The celebration called for a card, and the fantastic elements of this collection made my card a quick one to complete, always a plus for this non-card maker.  Did you know that the collection includes self-adhesive brads?  No more holes poking through your projects!

Such a great collection, so much versatility with colour scheme and and patterns.  Have you created with it yet?  What are you waiting for?  Pull it out and get playing.
Looking to get your hands on some?  You can. Many of the items from the I AM collection are available right here in the Paper Issues shop.  Use my code and save yourself 20% off everything in your cart.
Happy shopping, and happy creating friends!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Winner: Painting by the Numbers

Our Painting by the Numbers issue has ended so let's find out who won the Calendar Numbers stamp set from our sponsor, Waffle Flower Crafts. 

Congratulations to Rhonda! Rhonda used a tag shape for her photos and title block (which includes numbers). She created this layout for the Paper Issues online crop which ended on Sunday. She says the crop helped her get her mojo back after a scrapbooking slump. We're so glad you joined us, Rhonda!

Thank you so much sharing your project with us, Rhonda! 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! :)

new issue started yesterday, called Eggs-cellent Add-venturesLink your projects AND link back to Paper Issues, for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the 17turtles cut file store.

Cards Using Stamps, Dies, & Patterned Papers


Hi there Paper Issues fans!  Christine here today to show you some cards that I created using stamps, dies, and patterned papers! Usually when I make cards I use my stamps & dies the most.  But I challenged myself to use some patterned papers this time.  I’m loving the layered paper look on cards and it’s such a bonus that you can use scrap leftover patterned papers!

For this birthday card that I gave to my next-door neighbor who takes care of our cat when we go on trips, I used a piece of rectangular patterned paper and I sewed a border around it with Caribbean baker’s twine from The Twinery.  I stamped the handdrawn frame onto patterned paper using Lawn Fawn’s Flirty Frames stamp set.  Then I use the coordinating Flirty Frames metal dies to diecut the frame out.  I love how the Lawn Fawn dies are an outline and not solid through the middle, so it’s really easy to stamp first, then line the metal die up and make the perfect cut!



I made this next birthday card for my nephew.  I used Lawn Fawn’s Year Five Otter stamp set and coordinating dies to make this card, along with some patterned papers.  Otters are one of my favorite animals and I love the punny sentiment “Have an otterly great birthday”! 



For my last birthday card that I made for a friend, I used the same stamp from Lawn Fawn’s Scripty Sayings stamp set with different colored inks to create a festive rainbow background.  I love how colorful it looks.  On the bottom of the card, I used the Happy Birthday Border Die to create a bigger “Happy Birthday to You” that stands out.  I love how the die cuts the sentiment just long enough for a horizontal card!


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Lawn Fawn has also come out with some brand-new inks that I can’t wait to check out.  I just received some new Hero Arts ombre inks that I can’t wait to use.  It would have worked really well with the Scripty Sayings stamps, but I didn’t have the ombre inks yet when I made the card. That just means I need to play with my new inks more and make more cards!  :-)

Hope you enjoyed having a look at how I used some new stamps, dies, and patterned papers to make some birthday cards for family & friends!  Don’t forget, you can use my code LISTGIRL to get 20% off your entire Paper Issues order!


Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!