Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Creative Cards - May Card Sketch

 Hi everyone!  It's time for our monthly sketch challenge!  Here is the sketch for May.
Come play along with this challenge and all the May Challenges in our Facebook Group, we would love to see what you create!


I designed my card around this adorable gnome PaperPOP.  Isn't he the cutest?  I used paper from the Simple Stories - Life in Color Collection.  



Lisa also made a card based on the sketch.  This is one of my all time favorite combos.  This card is perfect for her daughter's music teacher.




Janet created this bright, fun birthday card! 

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Kelly also used the Life in Color Collection.  I love the the bold sentiment and of course, Kelly's trademark....a bow! 


We'd love to see your take on this sketch.  Make a card and link it up in our Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook Group for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues shop

Be sure to check out the latest goodies added to the Paper Issues shop.  You can save 20% with my code. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Take 5 Tuesday - May Challenge!

It's Mary Ann here again with our monthly Take 5 Tuesday Challenge, and we would love for you to play along! Take 5 is open to everyone, and is for the scrapbooker, card maker, pocket pager, and even off the page project makers too. If you are a paper crafter, this challenge is for you! In case you are new to Take 5, here's how it works: I give you a list of items to use as inspiration and starting point for your project. From that list, pick 5 items to use on your project. You can more than 5, and combine your own ideas too, but to play along you must use at least 5 items from the list. You could win a gift card to the Paper Issues store!!

And here is this month's inspiration list:

For my layout, I used the the color red, an ampersand, flair button, 3 papers and the date, along with pretty paper and embellishments from the Life in Color collection from Simple stories.  Don't you love that cute camera sticker!






Some of the design team girls made projects to inspire you too!  First up is Chelsea with this super cute layout using 3 papers, a title, circles, red and black.  The mix of stars, polka dots and chevron designs look great together!




Michelle's layout uses red and black, a circle, ampersand, string, flair button and a title. That die cut ampersand makes such a cool background for her amazing layout!




How about this darling card from Lisa! Perfect for Teacher Appreciation week, or a thank you note for a co-worker. Lisa always makes the cutest cards!



Melissa was a busy girl this month and made TWO Take 5 layouts!! First up the beauty using a combination of the color black, a circle, journaling, title, 3 papers and the date on this beautiful layout. The bright colors are so striking with the black stripe borders and gold title! So pretty!!




For her second layout, Melissa used an ampersand, chipboard, title, 3 papers and the date. Another beautiful layout using a large flower and highlighting a single photo.




Ann played along too with this wonderful layout! She water colored her background using a stencil, then added a title, chipboard, a frame and the colors red and black. So very clever!!




Rachel's beautiful layout uses a circle, string, title, the color red and the date along with the new Fancy Free collection by Pink Paislee, and the new FREE arrow cut file available in the Paper Issues shoppe!! I love the stitching on this!!!




How about this wonderful layout from Janet! She used a title, 3 papers, journaling, the date and the color black. I love how Janet colored in the letters on the background!




And finally, a layout from Tegan's documenting her sweet little pups. She used the color black, circles, chipboard, frames and a title. I especially like how she used the days of the week chipboard!!





So how about playing along too!! Link up your projects in the May Challenge Album in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group for your chance to win the Paper Issues gift certificate. The deadline to enter this and all May Challenges is June 5th.

**Also, don't forget to use code: Mary Ann in the Paper Issues store for 20% off your total order!!!

Monday, May 2, 2016

:: mix it up monday ::


It's one of my favorite Mondays of the month -- Mix It Up Monday!  I've got two inspiration pieces for you today, and two free files. Are you ready to get a little messy with us? Here we go!


For this layout I used Fancy Free by Pink Paislee. I started with an idea in my head, made a cut file (here it is for you, free), started scrapping -- then completely changed gears! Does that ever happen to you?


What I ended up with was a bunch of splattered paint as my background, with a little bit of painting with gelatos and a water brush behind the photo. The lesson for me was, sometimes less is more. 

I added some machine stitching around the layout and through the leaves. I would like to challenge you to add some stitching to your project and share it with us. It can be machine stitching, like I did here, or you can hand stitch, or you can even faux stitch (make some lines with a pen)! 

If you are interested I made a process video -- which includes how I started and then changed my mind!




Like last month, fellow DT member Rachel Kleinman is contributing to the inspiration this month. Here's her take on the stitching challenge:


Don't you love her stitched arrow?  And that background is to die for. I also love the staples that look like stitching in the corners! Clever! Guess what? That arrow is also a free file in the Paper Issues Store -- you can grab it here!

So now it's your turn to get a little messy with us! Share your projects with us by June 6th in the Paper Issues {Friends and Fans} May Challenge Album for a chance to win a gift card to the Paper Issues Store! And you never know, you just might be featured on our FB page, blog or IG feed!

Grab some Fancy Free in the Paper Issues Store -- or just about any other paper need -- and use the code 'orangegearle' for 20% off your entire purchase!


Sunday, May 1, 2016

May Plan on it Challenge


May is here! and it is my favorite month. So many beautiful things happening this month. One of them being Mother's Day. In honor of all our mother's, this months Plan on it Challenge  is Florals. I often say that Mother's are the flowers in Life's Garden, and I truly believe that.
Below you will see a how I used the She blooms collection through out my planner. 
Show me your florals. Head over to the Paper Issues Friends & Fans Facebook group

I started off by laminating the She Blooms ephemera and making them into paperclips.






I also used the cardstock cut apart to the  She Bloom collection to make  a planner book mark. Which is an awesome way to find those important sections in your planner.


I loved using all the florals to decorate my pockets and made a dashboard for my planner.





Don't forget that by entering your pictures on the Paper Issues Friends & Fans Facebook Group that you have an opportunity to to be entered to win on of the Paper Issues Gift Card. You have until June 1 to enter. I can't wait to see what you plan. Once again Good Luck and Happy planning



Saturday, April 30, 2016

:: Mix It Up Features ::

..:: the features ::..

Hello all! I am so loving  all of the great projects that include texture! Love, love, love! Here we go:


Yvette Weber and this Peacock Color Shine, wowzers! And there is a chicken on his head! I love it!


June Swart created texture with string and these awesome gears -- which go perfectly with a layout about robotics.


Brandy Williams created texture with those lovely hearts and added lots and lots of layers behind her photo.


Krystie Thomas took the challenge and created this simply elegant layout. I super love the rhinestones.


Pam Sohan created a layout with all kinds of texture. Look at that corrugated paper in the background and these photos of flowers are beautiful!

Scrapping this weekend? There's still a little time to play alone with April's Mix It Up Challenge. Look for May's Mix It Up Challenge coming next week! It's a fun one. I hope you all play along with us!



Pocket Page Fan Features!

Welcome to our Pocket Page Features post for April! All of the amazing pages showcased today are entries for the monthly Pocket Page Challenge over on our {Friends & Fans} Facebook group and all are in the running for the monthly gift certificate drawing. This month's challenges are open through tomorrow, May 1st!

The April Pocket Page Challenge is to use one (or) any combination of the following:
  • Use Elle's Studio supplies
  • Show page(s) from 2016
  • Use stamps 

Kristie Van Ham did a beautiful job of sharing a week in her life. Belly shot, squishy baby, foods and even a zoo trip! Love the bold pop from the alphabet and number Thickers.



Wendy Brassart took to the stamping challenge on several pieces of this beachy pocket page!



Katie Regner entered this super soft and pretty spread from 2016 with a bit of stamping, too. 


Ida Rosberg made Shimelle's new Starshine collection shine bright, indeed, with a page from this year. So perfect with her fun photos!



I LOVE seeing all of the beautiful work shared each month! Be sure to stop by our Facebook group, find the Pocket Page photo in the April Challenge album and enter by TOMORROW, May 1st. Need some new product in your life? Use code JENBOOM in the Paper Issues shop for 20% off your order!

Have fun!
Jen