Saturday, March 03, 2018


Hi Friends!

I'm excited to inspire you today with a new Scrap Soup challenge.  The concept is simple. You use all of the items on the list provided and create something with the supplies you have.  If you're running low, I have a solution for you, stick around!

3 embellishments, 6 hearts, 2 patterned papers, chipboard title, stamping

I tapped into my Cocoa Vanilla Studio collection "Bohemian Dream" stash for this page.  I've been hoarding it for a while, and I knew this photo was the perfect match.  I punched 6 hearts from the two pattern papers, used diecuts, flair and made my own rosette using more of the same pattern paper, stamped flourish circles on the cardstock (over the ink), and stamped the "paintbrush" type stamp from the stamp set, and cut that out in the shape of a tree branch, to perch the birdie on, I also used a chipboard word "Unique" as my title and left it white.

For the background I used a few different colored sprays and some stencils and added each layer as I went along.  I also ripped a few corners and curled those up for extra dimension.  I loved playing around with this and getting messy.  I created my own rosette, using a die, pattern paper, and added a flair to the center of it.

This was super fun to make!

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I hope you will join the Facebook Friends & Fans group (link below), and share your projects with us under each challenge.  There are 2 winners chosen monthly, so the more you share the more chances you will have to win!

Now on to the restocking of your low stash.  There are tons of new collections and tools in the shop for you to choose from.  Take a peek.  Browse around.  Add stuff to your cart ... a little window shopping never hurt anyone!  And if you're serious about buying, just use my discount code!  It's 20% off your ENTIRE purchase.  Everything in your cart!

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Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!


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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If you are interested in the summer collections I mentioned above, check out the links below.

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!

Thanks for checking in and please see below for a list of recommended links.

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Have a great week!