Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mini Maya Road album

Good Morning PI fans.  Jen Chesnick here today with a mini I made for Bella Blvd using the Maya Road acrylic 4x4 scallop album.  I am a big fan of acrylic and with my obsession with instagram prints this album fit perfectly.  I had my photos printed at 3x3 and went to town.  

I used the Family Forever Line here in the shop.  Don't forget everything is ON SALE NOW!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Winner: Gettin' the Scoop on the Sweet Days of Summer

Gettin' the Scoop on the Sweet Days of Summer has ended so it's time to find out who won the Summer Squeeze collection kit from Bella Blvd. A BIG shout out to Bella Blvd. for sponsoring us!

Congratulations to Debbie Marcinkiewicz! You are the lucky winner! Thank you so much for sharing your sweet, sweet card with us. 

Debbie, 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 Say Cheese. Come find out what it's all about. Link up your projects AND link back to Paper Issues in some way, for another chance to win. We're being sponsored by Maya Road. They've given us a goodie bag of their fabulous products to give away. Come take a look and see what it's all about!

Swag Bag? Check. ✔

The Paper Issues Swag contains a plethora of fantastic scrapbook goods just for you!

There's so much jam packed into a Swag Bag that you will be able to complete again, a plethora (I love The Three that's where that's coming from) of projects. 

I created this layout using the July Swag Bag:

Here's some close ups of a few of the great things included in this month's Swag Bag: 

 Get yours before they're gone and stay tuned for August's Swag Bag!  

Have a great day! XO, Shannon

Monday, July 21, 2014

New Issue: Say Cheese

Row 1: BeckiKristyShannon
Row 2: Jen ChapinSherriJess

Get your camera ready and smile big for our new issue, Say Cheese! Maya Road is sponsoring the team and they've given us an awesome goodie bag to give away (more on how you can win it a bit later).

The design team did a fabulous job showcasing the products provided by Maya Road. They always give us such beautiful inspiration, don't you think? Their projects should give you great ideas on some of the things you can link up, but as always, we have more ideas to help you along:
  • Showcase a favorite photo.
  • Use camera embellishments.
  • Think about using "Say Cheese" as a title.
  • Do you have any photos featuring cheesy smiles? Let's see 'em!
  • Add Polaroid-style frames to your project.
  • Share a project featuring Instagram, Polaroid or vintage photos.
  • Tell us about the silly things your kids (nieces, nephews, grandchildren, etc.) say.
  • Use Maya Road products.
Link up your projects AND link back to Paper Issues between now and August 3rd for a chance to win a goodie bag of Maya Road products. You don't have to create something new for this link up (although you are certainly welcome to). We love when you share work you've already done too. :)

***Please link your project(s) back to Paper Issues in some way to be eligible for the prize.***

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 Maya Road's product and social media sites. Please be sure to visit and tell them Paper Issues sent you.

Product Spotlight ** Burlap & Bouquets**

Have you seen the Burlap & Bouquets collection by Fancy Pants?  I am really digging the colour combination in the line.  And I love that they're sticking with the tags and library pockets, my favourite elements in their collections.
Our Théa had a wonderful Dance year in 2014.  Competition was once again a joy to attend, watching her "do her thing".  This year she was fortunate enough to win a scholarship for her Hip Hop Solo.  It was pretty fun listening to the adjudicator offer her his feedback.  He was practically gushing over her waves, he had so many wonderful things to say about her solo, my heart was bursting with pride listening to him recognize my girl's talent.  This photo was taken the evening of the Gala awards and show.  The show is filled with numbers from throughout the three week competition, all of which were top marks recipients, or adjudicator's choice.  Each scholarship has 3 recipients, but only 1 of of those are asked to perform in the Gala evening.  Théa was the lucky one chosen in her category.  She looked amazing and performed her solo perfectly.  It was a great way to end the competitive season for all of us.
Isn't that background paper awesome?  Especially for those, who like me, love the distressed look, but have never really gotten the hang of achieving it on our own.
I was a little surprised at the size of the burlap bows when they arrived.  I thought, somehow, that they would be smaller.  It just required a little "thinking out of the box" to figure out how to fit it into my design.  A simple 3/4" glue dot is all that I needed to tack it down to the page.

If you haven't yet, you can still get yourself some Burlap & Bouquets goodies here in the Paper Issues shop.  And as a bonus right now (because our fearless leader Cassis is on vacation) use code MAKEROOM at checkout to save yourself 40% off your entire order.  All orders will begin shipping on July 30.

Don't forget to stop back here at noon EST for the reveal of our brand new Issue. You're gonna love the sponsor.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sweet Days of Summer with Elle's Studio

Today is the last day to link up to our current issue, Sweet Days of Summer! Be sure to add your projects for a chance to win a Bella Blvd prize pack. I created this layout using the new Shine collection from Elle's Studio, available now in the shop!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Don't forget -- save 40% off everything in the shop with code MAKEROOM. Happy Saturday!

Friday, July 18, 2014


Hi everyone, it's Danielle here today! I'm sharing my layout made for our current issue 'Gettin' the Scoop on the Sweet Days of Summer'. When it comes to Summer, I want to spend as much time as possible at the beach, it's my happy place. So that's why I picked this beach picture for this issue and made my layout with the Chic Tags Let's Go collection and a background cut file from The Cut Shoppe.

We love to see your creations, so be sure to link up your projects overhere at our issue for your chance to win a Bella Blvd Summer Squeeze collection kit!

Want to play with this fun Chic Tags collection too? You can find it overhere in the store and get it with 20% off when you use code DANIELLE20 at check out!

Thank you for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Altered Summer Frame by Izzy

As I was looking through all of the link ups for our current issue, Gettin' the Scoop on the Sweet Days of Summer, this vibrant frame by Izzy caught my eye. I love the beautiful hexagon punched paper and darling photo. I am sure she loves having it on display in her house. :)

There is still time to link up your projects for a chance to win a...
Summer Squeeze Collection Kit from Bella Blvd!

And make sure to stop by the store to check out the July Swag Bag.
I think it's one of the best yet and you can find it *Here*.

And don't forget to take advantage of the big 40% off sale going on right now!
Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Bella Blvd's Tiny Tots Collection

Good Morning, Becki, here to share a layout with you that I created with the brand new collection from Bella Blvd. The collection is Tiny Tots.

Bella Blvd is sponsoring our current issue Gettin' the Scoop on the Sweet Days of Summer? Do you have your Summer projects linked up yet? Hurry, make sure you get your chance to win a prize pack from Bella Blvd.
Have you seen the sale going on in the store? Cassie is on vacation. She's treating her customers to a 40% off sale while she's gone. Just use the code MAKEROOM  to get your discount.

 Thanks for stopping by today! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Swag Bag LOVE with Leah

Hey there, fellow crafty friends with issues!  Leah l'Orange here, and have you subscribed to our Swag Bag yet?  Those of you who have, I know you look forward to your little goodie bag of happy each month, just like I do...  Those who haven't, what are you waiting for?!

I've got two totally unrelated projects to share that feature the July Swag Bag in all its glory...  First up, a card featuring one of the journal cards, some stickers, the punched clouds and random embellishments (the twine is from a previous Swag Bag and the teensy bling is from my stash) - image is a digi from Some Odd Girl, which is our very own Kristy's stamp company...

I've been loving the sticker sheets that have been packed into the recent Swag Bags, and as an alpha hoarder, I let out a big "WOO HOO!" with this month's selections!  Check it out:

So I thought I'd double the fun today and decided to create a page for the occasion as well:

Again with the stickers, all the backing papers (including the flags) are journal cards or pieces cut from journal cards, plus the sequins, tag and enamel dots.  All of it!  The camera is from an older Swag Bag as well.  Seriously - SO much mileage from one little kit, and for such a great price!  CLICK HERE to sign up now, and don't forget, you can ALWAYS use my code for a sweet, sweet discount on everything in the shop!

Monday, July 14, 2014

★{LINK UP SPOTLIGHT: Ashley Horton!} ★

If you scrap, you know the name Ashley Horton! 

Ashley is an amazing scrapbooker, her designs are colorful, full of spunk and packed with perfectly placed embellishments. 

We always love a link up from Ashley and this one is no exception!
Check out her link up to our

Here's the skinny on the issue:

The design team shared some super fun projects (see above) for this issue, all made with product provided by Bella Blvd., but here are even more ideas to get you thinking:
  • Show us anything you've made having to with summer activities (swimming, running under the sprinkler, how you cool down and escape the heat, etc.)
  • What's on your summer bucket list?
  • Tell us about a vacation you've taken.
  • What's your favorite ice cream flavor (or other favorite sweet)?
  • Do you celebrate any summer birthdays in your family?
  • Try your hand at gelatos (the mixed media kind, although the dessert version is great too!)
  • Have you gone to a barbecue or summer block party?
  • How about sharing a project about a visit to a carnival or amusement park. What's your favorite ride?
  • Use flip flops and other summer elements as embellishments.
  • Tell us the latest news/scoop by sharing your pocket pages.
  • Use Bella Blvd. products.

Link up your projects AND link back to Paper Issues between now and July 20th for a chance to win a Summer Squeeze collection kit from Bella Blvd. 
You don't have to create something new for this link up (although you are certainly welcome to). We love when you share work you've already done too. :)

Happy Monday!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sweet Buckets of Fun

Happy Sunday! Jess here today to show you my cute treat buckets that I whipped up for our vacation in a few weeks. I wanted a cute way to both welcome the kids to the vacation house and to offer activities and treats to occupy them while their parents unpacked.

The buckets and everything in them were inexpensive but packed!  Each one includes a beach ball, bubbles, two pieces of sidewalk chalk, a juice pouch, applesauce, raisins, a dried fruit strip and Goldfish crackers.

Link up your projects AND link back to Paper Issues between now and July 20th for a chance to win a Summer Squeeze collection kit from Bella Blvd.

Can't wait to see if you're a winner?  You can be a winner every day by using code SCRAPGOO for 20% off in the Paper Issues store.

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