Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Hello and Happy Hump Day! 

Today the Paper Issues DT are on the blog sharing Christmas & Holiday inspiration.

I decided to use Crate Paper's newest collection called "Fa La La".  This line is so pretty and fun.  There's plenty of patterns and colors to play with.  My favorite are the gold glitter pieces and chipboard stickers.  There's even fun shaped ephemera and cardstock stickers.  I had fun with this page.  Creating faux trees by cutting pattern paper into triangles and placing them in different heights at the bottom of the page.  I also did faux stitching to separate the backgroung from the trees, using a Uniball white gel pen.  The photo is from Christmas 2014.  Giovanni helping my parents decorate the tree.  And I did a ton of fussy cutting for this.  I even added a white snow mount/drift at the bottom of the treescape, but I covered that up with the photo and fussy cut elements.  Either way, the page is very lively with all the pieces and I absolutely love how busy it is, without really clashing.

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I hope you all dig into your Christmas photo stash and pull our your favorites.  Let's showcase and document those fantastic holiday memories.  And dont' forget to share those creations with us in the Paper Issues Facebook Group.  The challenges you enter this month, the more likely you will win a gift card to the shop. 

As always, I've provided quick links to the blog, facebook group and shop below.  And remember that using the code "Damaris" at checkout of the paper issues show will save you 20% off of your entire purchase, and any purchase.  Also, you will quality for free US priority shipping if you spend more than $60 after the coupon is applied.

Have a great rest of your week and I hope by this time you are done with holiday shopping!

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Let It Snow

If you're an avid Pinner, you may have come across non-traditional Christmas pins.  This is right in my wheelhouse.  I love the pastels and light airy colors for Christmas, as much as I love the rich reds and glowing greens.  Today the PI Girls are sharing our take on this PINSPIRE Board created by Mary-Ann, on today's blog.  Seeing as these are my favorite colors, I just had to play along.

I pulled out my "Snow And Cocoa" collection by Crate Paper, and just got to cutting.  I already had pre-cut the swirly circles on my Silhouette called "Bubbles".  But I did purposefully cut out "Circles & Snowflakes" inside the Bubbles circles, to create a snowflake stencil and backed it up with pattern paper.  I built my page in a vertical center format.  I wanted to showcase my adorable malti-poo Daizy, who sat still as I took a photo of her amidst the Christmas lights we were testing.  I cropped out the lights from the photo to fit the frame, but she still looks cute!

I built the page with stickers, ephemera and fussy cut pieces from the collection.  Then finished it off with white Nuvo drops, also available in the Paper Issues shop.

If you visit the PI Facebook group, you'll surely find something to inspire your next paper project, and hopefully play along with us.  The more projects you share, the more chances you'll have to win a monthly gift card to the shop!

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Sunday, December 10, 2017


Hi there, I have the honor of joining The Reset Girl crew as a guest designer for December.  If you visit Cori's blog, you will find a little bio portion I put together, mixed with some fun facts about me that I am not including in my personal post, but you can read that here.

What an amazing treat I have to design for Cori this month.  I really love the brightly muted colors, and the fun patterns of the Meaningful Collection.  
For my layout, I had a mental sketch to work with, and began by choosing 2 cards from the kit; a decorative card for my title and a half blank card for my journaling.  The background was created with a stencil and acrylic paint.  I didn’t quite have a shade that precisely matched the teal in the collection, so I mixed two different paints from my stash and crossed my fingers that it would match.  I love when magic happens!  Being that this was a boy layout, I tried to pull in gender neutral colors, so I opted to add orange string and twine.  I used a background hexagon stamp from my stash, and paired that with Memento “London Fog” ink.  I also used the Meaningful stamp set to add a caption under the photo; “Precious Precious Life”. 

You may have also noticed the polka-dot clouds, and if not, then let’s take a closer look.  I am a huge fan of stretching your supplies; which includes using your packaging.  The clouds are actually the tissue that comes in your Reset Girl package.  As cute as that tissue is, and as much as I’d like to hoard it, I thought it would be fun to implement that in my layout.  I first glued a portion of the tissue to white cardstock, smoothed it out, and let it dry for a minute.  The glue I used is Nuvo adhesive by Tonic Studios, but any liquid glue or glue stick would work for this.  Using a Fiskars cloud punch; (which - incidentally - is a punch that Cori designed the “Punchable Clouds” for – you can find that in her Print & Snip Digital Shop), I carefully punched the polka-dot clouds and added them behind my base cards. 

As much as I love clean and simple layouts, I also love clusters.  

Clustering gives me LIFE!  
It’s like a puzzle, trying to fit different pieces, shapes and colors into a cohesive - yet messy bunch, so that it looks like it just effortlessly fell out of your hands and fused together perfectly on your project.  It’s my favorite part of the creative process.  

The cluster surrounding my journaling was made using twine & string, 1 white diecut from my stash (to add more texture and layering), 3 diecuts from the Meaningful Kit and some enamel dots.  

I sprinkled more enamel dots around the page, again, so that it appears to have fallen perfectly in those strategic spots; *lol*, and my last step was the Tonic Studios Nuvo white liquid drops.  Not too many, but just enough to add more interest and texture. 

The photo itself is of my son Giovanni when he was just about a year old.  Now that he’s 7, and is able to talk and has opinions on things, I’m noticing that he’s growing into his own little person.  He is very smart and very attentive and detailed (like his Mama – lol), but also he’s not a little tot anymore, and I almost feel like the last 5 years were stolen from me.  So I make it a point to spend quality time with him each evening, in bed, just chatting about whatever, having silly conversations and hearing his heart.  Because he was my miracle baby, and these are the meaningful moments I want to soak in and document. 

I hope you have been inspired by my story and my layout process.  As beautiful as the kits are and as much as we’d like to hoard them forever, they lose their value if they’re just left in a pouch to collect dust and admire.  We benefit more from our supplies, when we use what we have while we love and enjoy creating with it!