Friday, November 21, 2014

Fan Feature Friday: Get Your Game On #2

Welcome to this week's edition of Fan Feature Friday, showcasing projects from week two of our Get Your Game On link up! Every Friday, we showcase projects linked to our current issue, so be sure to share your projects for a chance to be featured.

The following people got their game on and caught our eye...

1. Becki's softball layout is colorful and eye catching with the pops of lime green and hot pink against navy blue. I'm loving the mixed title work too!

2. Andrea created this sports-themed card, complete with handmade pennants, texture and a great design.

3. June's page is about her son's love of robotics. The die cut and stamped gears are perfect on here!

4. Becky's layout has it all — a fabulous watercolor background, wood embellishments, fun title work, a mason jar and a Bingo card. Amazing page, Becky!

5. Valerie shared this layout about being a sports fan. I love the numbers in the background along with stars and hearts that lead your eye around the page.

6. Sandi's wonderful page captures her grandson's Little League team. She used a great color scheme and I'm loving the addition of the black elements and stacked word stickers.

7. Janet was inspired by the linky party theme to get back in the game after a short scrapping hiatus. Isn't this a great classic color scheme? There's great title work going on too (to say nothing of Janet's beautiful handwriting).

8. Carol shared this layout via her YouTube channel, sharing her thoughts and process on how this pretty powder puff (say that three times fast) layout came together. Loving the mix of elements, like the lace, sparkle, wood and touches of gold.

9. Rachel chose the perfect colors for her hiking layout. Loving the blues with the map letters and the wonderful globe topped with a geotag! Rachel's design was inspired by our Sketchy Saturday linky party.

10. The embellished border on Katy's T-ball layout, plus the sweet photo of her son, are both winners in my book.

11. Meaghen's layout caught our eye because of the wonderful grid design. A chipboard frame stands in for a photo, framing some journaling instead. Great use of white space too!

Thank you all for sharing your creativity 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's Fan Feature Friday. A new link up starts Monday, 11/24. It's sure to have you flying back here to see what the theme is (that's a little hint, by the way). :) Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

So Thankful Layout

Hey everybody!

Today I'm sharing a layout that is all about thankfulness. After all, Thanksgiving is right around the corner and, while I'd like to think I'm thankful for life everyday, it is nice to have a specific day to let that gratefulness sink deep.

Have you every created a page about yourself? I'm a me scrapper. You won't find very many pages that are documenting events and the like. Most of mine are about me, my thoughts and emotions, etc.

So, it seems fitting to create one about what I'm thankful for. I always include a "selfie" photo. Usually it will be an expression or have me exuding the emotion I'm trying to portray.

For this page, I went pretty basic.

I also didn't use a themey paper collection. I could have easily used any of the gorgeous fall lines that are out but chose to use the Stitched collection by Amy Tangerine for American Crafts.

I just love the colors and those hearts! Super cute!

I am a pretty clean and simple scrapper so, when it comes to dimension and texture, I like to use fun embellishments like the enamel dots, bling and alphabet for the title. Here are a few close ups before I close this out:

I challenge you to create a page documenting what YOU are thankful for this year. It makes a great keepsake for yourself and is also fun for your family to find later on in life. 

Head over to the shop to grab yourself some of this beautiful collection!  And use my code below to save 20% off! What a steal!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Seriously Fave

Hi everyone! Alex here today, sharing a layout I made for our current sporty issue.

Alex Gadji - Seriously Fave

My son is not even two yet, but he is already loving football. Actually, I think he learned how to kick a ball pretty much at the same time as he learned how to walk.

Alex Gadji - Seriously Fave closeup1

I have played with the lovely On My Desk collection by Gosammer Blue. I have used patterned papers: Desktop, Daydreamer, Stargazer and Screesaver. I stuck one of the 3x4 Gold Foil Transparencies underneath my photo.

Alex Gadji - Seriously Fave closeup2

I layered couple of embellishments in the right, lower corner of the layout. Love creating these small clusters. I have used bits and pieces from the Ephemera pack along with a flair and a cute, little puffy sticker.

Alex Gadji - Seriously Fave closeup3

To create my title, I combined a puffy "fave" sticker and one of the Plus One thickers by Amy Tangerine.

I hope you like this awesome collection by Gossamer Blue. If you decide to get it from the shop, feel free to use my code ALEX20 at checkout to get 20% off.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

What is better than scrapbook supplies? FREE scrapbook supplies!!

O to the MG! Please tell me that you have seen the FREE Paper Issues printables designed by Ms. Jennifer Chapin exclusively for you, the Paper Issues fans, friends and customers! 

I used Paper Issues very first printable released as well as the November printable in my layouts below and the design and quality of these Printables are AWESOME! I am not a regular "Project Lifer" but that has NEVER stoped me from buying and/or downloading all the awesome cards out there! I love to incorporate 3x4 and 4x6 project life cards into my every day layouts! 

I used the debut "I have Paper Issues" card on this layout with Basic Grey Highline. I love how the black undertones in this line really make the pinks and oranges pop! I was so excited about receiving all my new Maggie Holmes Open Book goodies from Paper Issues that a "scrapbook selfie" was in order! Cassie mail is the happiest Happy Mail!

I used the  "Fall 2014" and "The Best is yet to Come" cards from the November printable paired with embellishments from Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road for a second LO of my guy and I on our 4th anniversary which happened to fall on the SAME day the Giants won the World Series! For my title I used the new Amy Tangerine Stitched Chipboard Words; I love that they come in black & kraft!

You can download the FREE debut and November printables HERE & HERE...and while you are over at the Paper Issues Shop don't forget to use "Becky" for 20% off your entire order + free shipping on orders over $60 after the discount code is applied!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Pinspire Me Monday

Happy Monday! Toni here today. I don't know about you, but I love Pinterest and am always finding things that I find inspiring and fun. The challenge was to do something with one of these fun pins that I have on my boards. I really like this image, and I think you can interpret it multiple ways.

The link for the pin can be found HERE. It was originally pinned from Better Homes and Gardens HERE.

I was inspired by the ribbons and color. I chose similar colors found in the Maggie Holmes Open Book collection as well as the Wallflower paper from Studio Calico. I used stripes of various patterned papers instead of ribbons, and they were arranged in more of a linear than a haphazard pattern, but I still think it follows this challenge.

I was lucky enough that a few of my fellow Creative Team members also wanted to create something using this pin as inspiration. I love what they all came up with.

Mary-Ann Maldonado shows us a great take on the color scheme using items from Chickaniddy Crafts with an awesome circular motif. I am absolutely in awe of this design. 

Sherri Funk also used strips of paper on her layout, but she used them in a completely different way than I did. I love this arrangement and the enchanting photo. She used a variety of manufacturers for this layout, including THIS awesome floral paper by Pebbles. She also added in some fun wood drop enamel stickers by Pinkfresh Studio.

Brenda Smith's layout really does a fantastic job with the triangular theme. I love what she did with this arrangement. She uses papers from Maggie Holmes and some fun wood veneer pieces.

If this pin inspired you, we would love to see your projects. You can share them in our Facebook group and/or post a link in the comments. I can't wait to see what y'all come up with.

If you have any paper crafting shopping to do, please use code "TONI" in the Paper Issues shop and save 20% off your entire order. Until next time...

Happy Scrappin'



Sunday, November 16, 2014

Swag Bag Spotlight : Boo!


It's that time again and this month I'm putting the spotlight on our October Swag Bag.

This is my first layout using a Swag Bag and I have tons left over! I absolutely loved the mix of elements and colour coordinated pieces of papers. No fuss…I just basically had to slap everything onto my page.

This project features my daughter during our trip to a Halloween shop last year for some pre Halloween shopping. Even though she was quite scared by the various masks and decor items, she still managed to make it through the entire store with us. By the end of our little trip she surprised us all by grabbing and putting on a Jack Skellington mask before we headed back out.

If you haven't had the opportunity to get a Swag Bag yet, I highly recommend you do. They are filled with loads of lovely goodies for an amazing price but they sell out fast! Swag Bag subscriptions are now also being offered in store which is a perfect way to guarantee you'll never miss out.

Oh, and don't forget to use discount code MYPEEPS for an additional 20% off your next order at Paper Issues.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sketchy Saturday - the Projects

Happy Saturday! Today we are sharing a few projects created from last week's Sketchy Saturday post.

Manda Moore linked up this lovely page using Heidi Swapp September Skies. Beautiful photo!

Sandi Pressley linked up this fabulous birthday page! Love the color combo here.

Stacie linked up this fun layout via Instagram. She used It Factor by WeRMemory Keepers. Love it!

Valerie linked this layout also from Instagram. The journaling is so sweet!

Michelle Gallant shared this beautiful page using Theresa Collins Something Wonderful collection. Fabulous layering going on here!

We also had some participants for the card sketch!

Sandi Pressley linked up this pretty Christmas card using the sketch! It's almost that time again.....I can't believe it!

Lynn linked up this beautiful fall-inspired card, loving the colors here!

Thank you to everyone who has linked up so far! You have one more week to participate for a chance to win a $10 Paper Issues gift card. Have a great weekend!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fan Feature Friday: Get Your Game On

Welcome to this week's edition of Fan Feature Friday, showcasing projects from week one of our Get Your Game On link up! Every Friday, we showcase projects linked to our current issue, so be sure to share your projects for a chance to be featured.

The following people will be happy they chose to get in the game, because their projects caught our eye this week...

1. Look at the mix of patterned paper and wood veneer triangles on Michelle's page! Add in the angled banners and other fabulous details and you've got one amazing layout.

2. Andrea created this sports-themed card in under 10 minutes. If you struggle with masculine cards and layouts, like I do, this is such great inspiration!

3. For those of you who aren't familiar with her work, Connie is THE queen of upcycling her "junkin' finds". She turned this vintage Bingo board into a beautiful photo display! 

4. Diana linked up this wonderful archery layout. I love how she layered the tags and created movement around the page with the zigzag strips and the circle with flair inside. Awesome page, Diana!

5. Sandy shared this wonderful baseball layout with us. I'm loving all of the gears and overall design.

6. Karrie designed this pretty layout about summer activities with a pop of black for the title.

7. Shelly came up with a creative way to hold the ribbons her daughter received at a school play day. Loving the monochromatic color scheme on here and how it really highlights the memorabilia.

Thank you all for sharing your creativity 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's Fan Feature Friday. Be sure to check back next Friday to get a look at projects from week two of Get Your Game On. Have a great weekend!