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!

Don't forget!  Use my 20% off TOTAL PURCHASE coupon code.  Enter "Damaris" at the Paper Issues Shop checkout.
Anything over $60 qualifies you for free US shipping.


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!

Wednesday, December 06, 2017


If you're a member of the Paper Issues Family & Friends Facebook Group, you may already know about the "Add It Up" challenge, and you also may have caught the making of this layout during the PI Live broadcast with Kelly on 11/17 in the group.  It was my first time going live and it was absolutely difficult, fun, silly and crazy. 

Starting with a grayish/neutral wood grain cardstock sheet by Cocoa Vanilla from the "Bohemian Dream" collection, I applied colored modeling paste.  I used a spray I had on hand to make the white modeling paste match the colors of the collection.  I used a stencil and a flat tool to spread the paste onto the page.  I added the circular frame stamp from the collection, spritzes of color, pattern paper, flowers, netting, punched butterflies as well as fussy-cut butterflies, ephemera and a title that's also a part of the CVS collection.  The title was completely white, but with a thin paintbrush I was able to apply 3 different colors to create an ombre look.

The challenge requires a minimum of 200 points, and my page is exactly 207 points.

Below you will find quick links to the shop, Facebook group and DT blog. 

Also, using the code "Damaris" at checkout of the paper issues show will save you 20% off of your entire purchase, and any purchase.  You will quality for free US priority shipping if you spend more than $60 after the coupon is applied.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!


Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Happy Winter.

It's December ya'll!  Are you excited for this month?  It's where we create new memories, using our old traditions and (as crafters), document it.  And if you're a December Daily'er, you document your daily memories from December.

Image may contain: textToday I'm playing along with the PI Girls on the blog, with a "TAKE 5 TUESDAY" challenge.  Basically, create a paper inspired projects using 5 things from the list provided to you.  For my layout, I used the new collection by American Crafts "Sweater Weather" to implement the following 5 items on my page: #2 Gold, #3 White, #4 Snowflake, #7 Patterned Paper, #10 Cardstock, #11 Layers, #12 Sticker, #13 Punch & a bonus of #15 "Winter".

And if you're wondering about the stitch lines around some of the circles, they are handstitched with a silver long needle and real thread.  Normally I opt for faux-stitching, but this is real.
I had such a fun time with this.  It was easy to build since I had precut my circles on my Silhouette machine. 

If you're interested, you can get the "Bubbles" free file on the Paper Issues shop by CLICKING HERE!

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.


Monday, December 04, 2017

Merry Christmas.

Do you have a box of old Christmas photos that you never got around to scrapbooking?  And the fact that they're a little worn, or have a vintage look to them (because developing film in the past came with an off white hue), has left you not wanting to add it to bright and cool Christmas colors of our latest collections?  I think I can help with that.

The Simple Stories line "Very Merry" has all the holiday warm fuzzy feels to it.  The pattern paper itself is very textured and thick.  The colors are not so bright, so your vintage photos will blend perfectly with them, and the design on the embellishments and stickers are a great match for any Christmas shot.  For my layout, I sprayed red Studio Calico spritzes all over the center of the page, added red doilies, and fussy cut a lot of the flowers from their pattern paper.  I used green gingham paper and red dotted paper to created a background for the photo.  Then added touches of chipboard stickers from the same line.  I finished it off with a journaled tag and sequins.  I love that the sequins bring the magic of Christmas to life!

Whether you're documenting your holiday tree, your favorite cookies, or a fun sleigh ride, you can find a sorts of Christmas and Hanukkah lines in the Paper Issues shop that will suit your memory keeping needs.

Also, the PI Girls are on the PI Blog, sharing their seasonal projects.  Be sure to check out and play along with our Monday Issues challenge.  We're ready to give away store credit, so the more you enter the more chance you have to receive that prize.

I have included several links below, and if you make time to check the shop, don't forget to use my 20% discount code w hen checking out.

As always, I've provided quick links to the shop, facebook group and DT blog 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.


Sunday, December 03, 2017

You Are Magical.

Let's talk filters.  Specifically SnapChat.  Aren't they amazing?  For a while I was opposed to getting a snapchat account, because I was under the impression that lewd behavior was being recorded and shared by teens.  But then work peer pressure happened back in October and I fell in deep.

I don't go on there often, but when I do I like to take cute selfies; like the one on the layout below.  I'm not sure if it's a pink fox or a pink reindeer, but either way I would make a cute animal.


Today we're scrap lifting the layout of one of our Paper Issues Members, Elodie Lusseau.  She created such a bright and cute page, that we all loved and wanted to emulate.  I decided to flip the page and make those strips come up from the bottom left.  And because the original page looks so fun and young, I decided to include one of my recent snapchat photos.

Using only Dear Lizzy's "Star Gazer" I built my page quickly in less than 40 minutes.  I fussy cut some trees, added fun strips from the ends of the pages, and hid some journaling on one of the darker colored strips.

I love how fast it came together and I'm so thankful to Elodie for sharing her great talents with us in the group.

Below I've added links to the shop and the blog so you can check out how the other DT members translated the scraplift.  I hope you'll take some time this week to join the fun in the facebook group too.

Also, don't forget to take advantage of my 20% off discount "Damaris" at the PI Shop. Where, spending $60 earns you free priority US shipping.  Awesome!

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

December Daily 2016

Whose ready for December!?  I sure am!

If you're one of those crazed December Daily or even Christmas fanatics you may enjoy what I'm sharing today.  It's all about documenting December.  I'm joining Becky on the Paper Issues Blog, to bring you Holly Jolly Holiday inspired fun & bright pages.

I started off last year's DD with an Echo Park binder polka dot pink spine, and added some mixed media elements to the border.  I wanted to create a "mantle" type effect on the cover.  I love how everything looks so snowy and Christmas'y.  My intro page was made with a fuse tool, pom poms, sequins and fun stuff.  I also added a photo of our Christmas card with Gio and Daizy under our pre-decorated tree.  The original photo showed him flipping the bird.  That one I scrapped and you'll see it later in the month. 

I then build my kit based on colors and my fav collections.  The main collection I worked with was "Snow And Cocoa" by Crate Paper, but I also used touches of Elle's Studio, Fancy Pants, My Mind's Eye and Pretty Little Studio.  The gold puffy numbers I used to mark my days are by DIY / American Crafts.  They're tiny and cute!  Since my handwriting isn't so pretty, I used my typewriter for all the journaling.  Had a little hiccup during one of my Instagram Live sessions, as the register would not move.  But everything worked out after I figured out one of the levers were adjusted wrong - but I digress... 

The process is shorter if you can keep track of the dates on the back of the photos you print and immediately add them to the pocket.  I was stuck at Day 3 for 11 months after the fact, and was finally able to print all the photos, date them and pack them in the clear sleeves.  It made the tedious-seeming process, less stressful and more fun.  I cranked up the AC and the Carols and went to town on the last 27 days in one weekend.

I'll be honest, I was feeling a little overwhelmed by the fact that I didn't have that many 3x4 or 4x6 cards, so I cheated and used the rounded corner cards.  They're still cute, but I cringled having to use them in an all square-cornered cards.  I hope it's not that noticeable in the next couple of photos.

I hope you are inspired to join us in creating your own December Memories album.  Whether you use a Traveler's Notebook (which I almost feel led to do this year), or a regular scrapbook you will NEVER regret having recorded the memories and it's always fun to look back on your older albums and read all the fun and silly stories.

Thanks for checking in and I've left you with a few more photos and links below.

Don't forget to take advantage of my 20% discount "Damaris" at the PI Shop.  Where, spending $60 earns you free priority US shipping.

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Have a great week!