Saturday, February 28, 2015

Die Cutting Saturday Features

Thank you to everyone who has linked up so far to our most recent Die Cutting Saturday post! The above file is free in the shop if you would like to download and play along. You could win a March Swag Bag!

Lee-Anne linked up this super cute and colorful layout using lots of Bella Blvd goodies. I love how she backed each individual letter with patterned paper! And check out that cute photo. I love everything about this!

Design Team member Brenda created this soft and pretty layout using Heidi Swapp's new Hello Beautiful collection. I love the layering she did on this page and that floral paper is just perfect with this theme. Great job!

You have until 3/6 to link up. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Fan Feature Friday: It's Hip to be Square #2

Before I get to this week's wonderful edition of Fan Feature Friday, I wanted to let you know about Paper Issues first ever online cropPinkfresh Studio is joining us, along with the sponsors listed above. There will be a whole bunch of challenges and prizes, including goodies from American Crafts as well as two amazing grand prizes — a 6-month Swag Bag subscription and a term on the Paper Issues design team! The crop will take place in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group so be sure to request an invite if you're not already part of the group (click on the link to get to the group).

Without further ado, this week's Fan Feature Friday showcases projects from the second week of It's Hip to be Square, sponsored by A Flair for Buttons. Every Friday, we showcase projects linked to our current issue, so be sure to share your projects for a chance to be featured.

Let's take a look at the projects that caught our eye this week...

1. Anna's amazing page, not only features a fresh grid design with a fabulous use of white space, but take a look at how she filled one of the squares with letters.

2. Angi admits to being a wee bit addicted to Instagram, but she uses it as a way to document her day-to-day happenings. She did an amazing job mixing squares of various patterned papers with square photos!

3. Tracy's super-sized card features colorful Lego blocks created with squares and punched circles. Such a creative approach to this theme, Tracy!

4. Hazel's pocket page is full of beautiful squares, whether they be patterned paper, whimsical die cut frames or the pockets themselves. I love the fresh look of the white die cuts filled with journaling! 

5. Emily's page showcases a number of circles, but take a closer look and you'll notice she used a square photo and two square embellishments. Even her handwritten journaling block has a square shape to it.

6. Kelly's page is a total win-win with a fun title, silly photos and four square grid design. I love how she used one of the squares, not only for her journaling, but the title as well. Look how pretty the shiny gold dividers are between the squares!

7. The squares on Christy's sweet page are filled with squares cut from a transparency. I'm loving the little critters  and vertical title work! 

8. Kelly went with a four-square grid design, adding in plenty of distressing, inking, square photos and elements to go along with these photos of her dog in motion.

9. Wendy linked up this cheerful stamped card. I love the touches of gold and framed sentiment.

10. Heather's awesome angled grid design was inspired by a Rubik's cube she found on Pinterest.

Thank you all for sharing your beautiful work with us! Be sure to grab the "my project was featured" button from the sidebar to showcase on your blog.

On Monday we'll have a new issue for you so be sure to check back for the reveal. See you then!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Fab dish

Goodmorning everyone! It's Danielle here with you today and I'm sharing my layout created with the cut file that Kathy designed for our current issue 'It's Hip to be Square'. I loved this cut file right away and had to play with it.

For my layout I used the We R Memory Keepers Love Notes collection. I totally love all the cork shape embellishments and the black alpha. The picture is taken at a restaurant in Pismo Beach, CA. This was one of the best desserts I've ever had: cinnamon tortilla's filled with banana and cheesecake, with a side of vanilla ice cream, caramel and strawberries. Yum!!

This is the cut file that I used and you can download it overhere for FREE! We love to see what you create with it, so please link up your project overhere at our current link party. You might be our lucky winner of a mix of buttons from A Flair for Buttons!

You can find the fun and colorful We R Memory Keepers Love Notes collection overhere in the store. Don't forget to use code DANIELLE20 at check out for 20% off of your entire purchase!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Saturday Mornings


Hello there Paper Issues fans!  Christine here today with a 8.5x11 layout about my favorite Saturday morning ritual as of late. After I make my breakfast and my coffee, I love to turn on the Food Network and watch the Saturday morning cooking shows! I’ve been cooking dinners more lately (my husband is the usual chef at our house) and I’d like to think that I’m learning some cooking skills through the magic of watching other people cook, ha ha.  Well, that and I love food, so I love to see the end result.

My layout is 8.5x11 but I cropped it to 12x12.  The white on the sides are the foam boards that I use to photograph my layouts.  I used mostly papers and embellishments from Crate Paper’s Notes & Things, which I still love and use all the time!  I love the Ephemera Die Cuts and Mixed Tags for layering on my page.


Since I used a woodgrain paper, I thought I would use some wood veneer stars to match the natural feeling of the page.  I added a splatter of ink on the side to carry the wood color onto the white part of my page.


For the bottom of my page I layered a few strips of paper, a wood veneer, a gold star, and a white doily piece to create a crevice for other papers and tags.



What weekend morning rituals do you have?  I love the easy laid back feel of Saturday mornings to just slow down and savor!

You can use my code LISTGIRL in the Paper Issues store for 20% off your entire purchase!  Treat yourself to some new scrap goodies for your weekend me-time.  :-)


Thanks for stopping by!  ♥


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

NYC Selfies

Hi Everyone!  It's Kathy today with a layout I created for our latest issue, "It's Hip to be Square", which is being sponsored by A Flair for Buttons.  I decided to use a bunch of square photos from a recent trip to NYC! 
I combined a few different Bella Blvd collections for my layout including Daily Chevies and Scattered Sprinkles.  I love how the colors of Bella Blvd.'s Collections work together!
This city-scape was created using some of Bella's Decorative Tapes and an old ribbon hole punch.
Have you linked up to "It's Hip to be Square?"  You still have some time!  You could win a fabulous goody bag of A Flair for Buttons Flair!!  Also make sure to stop by the Paper Issues Store and pick up some Bella Blvd. goodies for yourself...the new collections are fabulous!!  Use code KATHYS and get 20% off your whole order!
That's all for me today!  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Project Life Monday

Hey everyone, Heather here to bring you some inspiration for your Project Life pages. I recently played with some of the Becky Higgins Desktop Core Kit, but needed more. This kit is so fun. I wanted to get the 6x6 paper pad to play with as well. It did not disappoint. 

Here is a short process video showing how this page came together. 

I hope you enjoy and are inspired to break out some non-traditional pocket scrap supplies to get a few more memories documented. 
Use my code TALKTOHEATHER for an extra 20% off your next order at Paper Issues.
Until next time!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

My Favorite Show!

Good Morning PI peeps!  Mary-Ann here sharing my third, yes THIRD, layout using the new October Afternoon's Saturday Morning collection that has been re-stocked HERE in the Paper Issues shop.  I fell in love with the color scheme and all of the little bits and pieces that this collection had to offer.  

I often find a collection I want to work with, then, dig for a photo!  Many people do it the opposite.  Share in the comments how you choose, I would love to hear!

Remember the Saturday Sketchy Link Party that is happening at PI?  I decided to use it again for this layout.  I have said it before, sketches are the perfect inspiration.  This time, I turned the sketch on it's side.

I chose to layer several of the cards that came with the collection instead of cutting papers.  They were all laying on my desk and fell into place.  

Getting these TV shows to line up perfectly was a bit of a trick.  Not until NOW did I remember that I have a vintage typewriter that would have done the trick a heck of a lot easier!

See my boys pup?  Always together, always touching.

When I asked him his favorite list of TV shows, he rattled a bunch off.  Then, skeptically, he asked me why?  I told him it was for a layout and he wanted to delete Max & Ruby and Curious George.  Oops, I forgot.

Here are the other two layouts I created with the same October Afternoon - Saturday Morning paper collection!

Be sure to use code: Mary-Ann when you are checking out with your bags full of October Afternoon or anything else you may have on your list to purchase and receive 20% off.  Leave me a comment on how you design....picture first or papers first?  I would love to hear.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Die Cutting Saturday - Cut File 005

Hello and welcome to another cut file challenge here at Paper Issues! This week we have a fun background file for you to download, which can be found HERE.

And here is what our design team came up with!

Jen Chapin used the cut file with a Silhouette sketch pen and watercolors for this unique look! She also used new Pinkfresh and We R Memory Keepers products from the shop.

Alex Gadji created this beautiful layout with Webster's Pages products. So bold and beautiful!!

Corri Garza created this school themed layout using the cut file as well! I love her layering on this page.

Danielle de Konink made this beautiful page about the sea. Super gorgeous colors here!!

Devra decided to go with a school theme too and used the cut as a mask for some misting. So fun!

Kelly created this page with a few Fancy Pants items. I love all the different patterned papers and that photo is so dang cute!

Michelle made this gorgeous page about her daughter using just a few of the letters. Just stunning.

And last but not least, Lisa Swift knocks it out of the park with Webster's Pages Hall Pass. I love the amount of detail and color she gets on her pages!

Thanks to the DT For all their fabulous work! Link up your layout using the file and you could win a March Swag Bag! Thanks for stopping by!