Thursday, February 01, 2018

Happy Summer FUN - CSI Challenge

This year Paper Issues is teaming up with a few challenge blogs and companies to inspire crafters of all types to use their scrappy goodies!

CSI Challenge is a great place to find exciting inspiration.  The photo below is Case File No. 247.  The idea is to study "The Scene" and create a paper project inspired by your findings.  I was inspired by the season and color theme of this photo.  It's bright, it's colorful and it's tropical.  Living in Florida, we don't get many winter months, which is why this was the perfect challenge to play along with.  I reached for my summer collections, mainly Echo Park "Summer Dreams", but also a little bit of Amy Tangerine and even some vintage October Afternoon.

Starting with white textured cardstock, I began to build my layout, only using colors from the Case File, orange, pink, blue and green... I backed the Paper Issues "Carousel & Kites" free cut file with pattern paper, and punched colored cardstock with two Fiskars cloud punches. You can find the large cloud punch here and the extra large cloud punch here.

I used frames from the Simple Stories "Summer Days" collection to frame out the same photo in different ways.  I printed it twice, and decided to use both of the same... why not?  Hehe.

The rest was easy, adding the clouds, and the puffy stickers.  What a fun page this was to build and I'm so Happy I played along with the CSI Challenge team!

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Maggie Mashup.

What I have grown to love about scrapbooking in the last year or two is that although collections are constantly being updated and refreshed, a lot of what I already have in stock and what's new can be married to create an entirely new 'look'.  

That's kinda what I did with today's layout share.  I used three different collections by Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper, "Carousel", "Chasing Dreams" and "Bloom", but also Amy Tangerine's "On A Whim". 

The free cut file "Greatest Adventure" was designed by the lovely Stacie Ebnet Dietz - and I used that as the basis of my page.  I wanted to create a feeling of excitement on my layout and the stars border from that free cut file was the perfect way to bring that to the surface.

A lot of the effort to build this page was in backing up the stars with pattern paper.  It was a great way to use my scraps and my 6x6 paper pad.  The rest of it was ephemera and a couple of chipboard stickers; again, from various Maggie H collections. 

It came together fairly quickly for me, quicker than normal at least!

I'd love to see more of you share your projects in the Paper Issues Facebook Group (linked below).  Did you know that each entry to a challenge earns you a new chance at winning a gift card to the shop?  And once you're there, you can use my coupon code to shop for everything at 20% off!

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Have a great week!


Saturday, January 20, 2018

Discovering My OLW.

So let's talk One Little Words... if you have not heard about this year-long project, you should make your way over to the Ali Edwards blog for more details.  The basic concept is to choose one word that you will focus on the entire year and set goals wrapped about that word; so that you are not necessarily setting up resolutions that you're breaking, but weekly/monthly goals that you're able to work towards and keep.

It wasn't until the last week of December that I thought to use "DISCOVER" as my 2018 focus word.  I teetered between that and "Simplicity", but I decided to go with my original impression, especially since it leaves me room to be more creative with it.

I thought it would be fun to incorporate a new subject or topic to "Discover" each month, and create a page about it.  January's theme is all about glamour.  As one of my goals for this year, I vowed to focus on beauty products that will improve the texture of my hair and the tone of my skin.  Not to mention, maybe improve my wardrobe.  I can simplify what's in my closet, only keeping the pieces that absolutely suit my body and style.

The photo was taken on Snapchat and the collection I used for my first page is "Fashionista" by Echo Park.  I had been saving this line for a special project and I love how well it blends with the gorgeous Rose Gold Foil Large Alphas by American Crafts.  Cassie has a few sets left of those, so I would grab them before they're gone!

I did quite a bit of fussy cutting for this page, and I thought to keep it elegant, simple, yet dramatic.  I love the black & white striped background and the diagonal flow of flowers across the page and the title.  Every chance I get, I like to incorporate the "Bubbles" Free Cut File.  Whenever I have space on my cutting mat, I quickly add that single bubble and a few sizes and have them handy on my desk.  It's my favorite cut file, and I tend to use these messy circles on a lot of my layouts.

It's a thing.

I had such a fun time creating this page, and I'm so happy to be able to share that with you all.

Below you are going to find quick links to the Paper Issues sho and the Friends & Fans Facebook Group.  There are monthly challenges posted, and the more you play along, the more chances you will have to win a gift card!

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I appreciate you spending a little time with me today.

Have a great week!