Sunday, February 1, 2015

:: SWAG bag spotlight Sunday ::

Hi!  Orange Gearle here with a few awesome projects created by several members of the Paper Issues Creative Team.  I absolutely love PI's SWAG bags (I bet you've heard that before) and one of the reasons is because they are so versatile!  Check out this awesome card that PI girl Corri Garza made:

I just love all the texture on this card! The doily, pop dots, awesome glitter and stitching. So lovely!

And using this same kit the amazing Lisa Swift made this Valentine:

OMGoodness!  I love the colors that she included here -- and that typewriter is to die for!! And then she made this one:

That Pebbles paper is just way too cute, don't you think?!

It's not just for carmakers, though!  Devra Hunt made a mini book with her Swag Bags! Here's a peek at a few pages:

And I made this layout full of Swag Bag yumminess!

And now it's your turn!  Grab a Swag Bag, or anything else from the store and use the code orangegearle at checkout to receive 20% off your order!
Happy February!

DT Introduction: Meaghen Calder

Hi everyone, I am very excited to be the newest addition to the Paper Issues Design Team. All of the ladies are so talented and have made me feel very welcome already. I am a big fan of all things Paper Issues, so this with such a huge honour to be asked. 

I live in Ontario, Canada, with my husband and our (almost) three-year-old son. I have a full time job in the insurance industry, however spend as much time as I can in my scraproom. I started scrapbooking more than a decade ago and this is my fourth year doing Project Life. I couldn't imagine  my life without paper crafting. I use a lot of white cardstock for my backgrounds, love layers of patterned paper, and clusters of embellishments. I adore anything pink, gold or glittery. My interests that aren't scrapbooking related are coffee, reading, spending time with my family, baking, movies, music, and crafting. 

In honour of Swag Bag Spotlight Sunday, I decided to share with you a layout I made using the December and January Swag Bags. Everything except the Thickers and the shipping tag came in the Swag Bags. I can't believe the amount of product you get in the bags for their amazing price. Since they are so popular, I signed up for a six month subscription to make sure I never miss out.

I have some more photos of this layout on my blog as well as a post for a mini album I made using the October swag bag.

All of the Swag Bags I have referenced in the post are now sold out, however the February Swag Bags are being released tomorrow in the Paper Issues shop for non-subscribers. Use my code petitenoonie for 20% off your entire purchase! 

I am really looking forward to sharing more projects with you all in the coming months.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Die Cutting Saturday Winner!

Thank you to everyone who participated in Die Cutting Saturday! We had so many great entries it was hard to choose just one!

The winner is - Stacie D.! We loved her use of the XOXO cut file and those photos are so precious! Stacie, please email me at chapinjennifer at yahoo dot com to claim your prize - a February Swag Bag.

Thanks again for playing along and stay tuned next Saturday for our next sketch challenge!

Special Bond | Sticking to one collection

Happy Saturday everyone! It's Chantal back again for our last post of January 2015.

We can all get a little overwhelmed with all those goodies strewn about our craft room/area. Sometimes inspiration comes easy but pulling the products together can be a bit of a pain. Sticking to one collection REALLY helps. I learned this the hard way. I would order whatever suited my fancy, not really paying attention to what I actually got.

I choose to use Crate Paper's Open Book Collection by Maggie Holmes to feature the special bond between my partner Jeff and my daughter. I love the fact that this collection enables you to scrap anything…case in point, this picture taken last winter. Nothing about the collection screams winter but it still works.

Now it's time for you to show us your crafty skills!

Don't forget to use code MYPEEPS for an extra 20% off your next order at Paper Issues if you're in need of some extra supplies.



Friday, January 30, 2015

Fan Feature Friday: Say it Ain't Snow Cold Outside #2

This week's Fan Feature Friday showcases projects from the second week of Say it Ain't Snow Cold Outside, sponsored by Paper Issues. Every Friday, we showcase projects 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 this week...

1. Heather's layout packs a punch with its fabulous design, snowflakes, neutral wood grain background and pops of blue.

2. JoAnn added such fun elements to the snowy scene already printed on Lawn Fawn's Snow Day paper. I love how she worked in the snowflakes, snow bank, and stamped image. Fabulous coloring, JoAnn!

3. Cathy created this fun bendy card from a cut file. The snowman, in his pretty red scarf and mittens, seems perfectly content in the fenced in yard. The details on this card are just amazing, Cathy!

4. Christine based her adorable layout on a sketch and used Doodlebug products to capture this snow day memory.

5. Michelle shares a fun technique for adding faux snow to your projects. Be sure to pop on over to her blog to see more examples.

6. Caroline's beautiful card and water colored image leaves me wanting a Starbucks Chai Tea Latte (although I like to enjoy mine indoors where it's warm). :) Such a great project to link up to this issue, Caroline!

7. Karrie added a vintage twist to her beautiful blue and cream layout featuring her mother and grandmother back in 1955. Such pretty details on this page!

8. Cassie blew me away with this fabulous washi background (plus the sweet photo and fun title work didn't hurt either). :)

9. Wendy's wonderful layout design features cool blue tones on white. Great way to interpret the theme, Wendy!

10. Mendi, like Christine, linked up this adorable Doodlebug layout. Look at how she created a winter scene to complement her fun photos!

Thank you all for sharing your beautiful work with us! Be sure to grab the "my project was featured" button from the sidebar to showcase on your blog.

That's it for this week. Check back on Monday, February 2nd, for the start of a new issue. See you then!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Come & Get It! OA's Saturday Morning

Holy cow, when I (Mary-Ann) saw this new Saturday Morning line from October Afternoon, 
I had flashbacks to when I was a kid.  I actually went back and dug out some old photos to make sure they did not copy the wallpaper that was in the house we grew up in! 
 I want the flower paper in bulk.  I adore it.
I chose not to use an old photo but opted for a photo I had been saving for a year.  
This kid loves eggs.  
If he is lolly gagging on a school morning, mention eggs and he moves like Evel Knievel.
Be sure to read the journaling, besides the egg flair, it is probably the best part!

What is stopping you from heading to the Paper Issues store to buy this entire line?  
Hurry, I may be buying more:o)  
Use my code: Mary-Ann for 20% discount on your entire order.  
You can even add those Crate Paper tags you see behind my photo!  They are pretty perfect too!

Here is what I used:
October Afternoon - Saturday Morning Tidbits Word Stickers Doo-Dads Tin Pins

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Pretty Much Perfect

  Hey guys.  It's Brenda here again.  I am so happy to be back here sharing another page with you.  This time I have Dear Lizzy's amazing Serendipity collection to showcase this photo of my beautiful 6 year old.  She has her own way of dressing.  She feels so pretty when she has on pink and frills but I don't let her wear them very often because she is very much a tomboy.  These leggings had a rip and two holes by the time she got home this day.  It was worth it for the smile on her face and this one photo.  Yes, I think she is pretty much perfect.  

  I will be honest and tell you that I struggled with this page a bit.  I placed all the papers, photo and elements in the middle but it just didn't look right.  I stared at it for an hour while I folded laundry one evening to know avail.  So I set it aside about a week before approaching it again.  Once I sat down with it again, the inspiration hit me.  I just needed to add some papers and dots to the top and bottom to even it out.  Then a final touch of stitching with my sewing machine and some Heidi Swapp stamp and color shine.

So go on and grab up some Serendipity for yourself from the store HERE.  Don't forget you can take 20% off with my code "3littleks".

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Winter Fur

Hi Everyone!  Christine here to share a layout I created for the current issue “Say It Ain’t Snow Cold Outside”. 


My cat Noodle gets “puffier” every winter when he gets his winter fur. Even though it doesn’t get super-cold where we live, I guess the temperature difference still triggers his thick coat growth. I love snuggling with him under a blanket in the winter!


I used some goodies from the Merry Memories Limited Edition Swag Bag, as well as Crate Paper Kiss Kiss Valentine paper.  The whole Crate Paper Kiss Kiss line is super-cute and totally love-appropriate for the upcoming Valentine’s season! 


Foam glitter Thickers are one of my favorite things!


I also LOVE these kitty clips from Maya Road! So cute!


Remember to link up your wintery layout to the current issue “Say It Ain’t Snow Cold Outside” for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.  You can use my code LISTGIRL for 20% off your entire purchase at Paper Issues store. Hope you pick up some winter scrapping goodies!


Thanks for stopping by! ♥

Monday, January 26, 2015

Project Life Monday

Hey everyone, Heather here to bring you some inspiration for your Project Life pages. I veered off the normal kit cards and decided to use some paper crafting goodies to make this spread. I used yummy goodies from Amy Tangerine's collection, Stitched. 

I picked up the 6x6 Paper Pad, Trimmed Fabric Stickers, Accent & Phrase Transparent Stickers, and After Glow Alpha Thickers.  I've put together a process video showing how everything came together to make this 2 week spread.

I hope you enjoy and are inspired to break out some non-traditional pocket scrap supplies to get a few more memories documented. 
Use my code TALKTOHEATHER for an extra 20% off your next order at Paper Issues.
Until next time!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Swag Bag Spotlight: We Three Kings

Today I'm sharing a layout I made featuring bits from the December Swag Bag and the Making It Merry Swag Bag!

I had this photo from our Christmas Pageant and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with I opened the swag bags and found a few different number 3's!  It came together perfectly!!  

I love that a piece of burlap was also included! I am a huge fan of texture on layouts so this was a great addition.  If you haven't had the chance to get yourself a swag bag be sure and stop by the store and do just that! There's even a 6 month subscription so you are automatically guaranteed a bag because they do sell out!!

There are all kinds of new lines and new goodies in the PI Store so while you there take some time to do a little shopping and use code SUNSHINE for 20% off your entire purchase! 

Happy Scrapping!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Die Cutting Saturday Features!

Good morning! Today I am excited to share some layouts that were linked up for the latest cut file challenge.

Jennifer McMurtrey linked up her take on the cut file with this gorgeous layout. She enlarged the heart cut and added lots of layering, machine stitching and mist splatters. It turned out so great!!

Leah Crowe created this layout using the XOXO cut file along with WRMK Love Notes patterned paper and the December Swag Bag. I also see some of those fabulous sequin puffy hearts! I love the way she added subtle color to the background with gelatos.

Jen Haggerty linked this layout up using Crate Paper's Kiss Kiss collection. She used both the heart file and the XOXO. I love the little bits that she added scattered across the page and what a great idea to use patterned vellum to back the XO card!

Finally, DT member Jen Boumis created this layout for our current issue and used the Love Love cut file as well as the hearts. She also used some cute Lawn Fawn coffee cup stamps! Great page and I love the journaling.

If you would like to play along, download the cut file and create a project. Link up to the challenge by January 30th and you could win a February Swag Bag!