Thursday, July 2, 2015

Friends Indeed

Hi everyone!

It's Tarrah McLean popping in today to share a layout with you that I recently created using the pretty American Crafts/Amy Tangerine Rise and Shine collection!   

I started off my layout by spraying some Heidi Swapp Color Shine in similar colours to the Rise and Shine collection. I included some journaling on the tag tucked under on the left of my layout..

Products from the Paper Issues store I used are:

All these yummy goodies plus loads more are available in the Paper Issues store right now!! Don't forget to use my name 'Tarrah' for a 20% discount whenever you shop!
Thanks so much for joining me on the Paper Issues blog today!
Don't forget you can link up to our current Seas the Day Issue here with any Summer project (new or old) for a chance to win some cool prizes!

Happy creating and happy shopping!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

I find you TOTALLY Pinspiring!

Hi there, crafty friends with issues!
This is Leah, joining you on one of my holidays - HAPPY CANADA DAY to all of our Canadian friends who are joining us today!  We hope you're enjoying time with family, friends, FOOD and fun!  But mostly food!  ;)

Have you played along yet with our June PINspire Me in our Facebook group?  The mood board for June is, quite possibly, the happiest thing you ever did see!  Rainbows and summer and candy and sprinklers and sunshine and sand and smiley faces!  Check out this beauty:


And if the board itself is not enough to get your creative juices flowing, you'll want to CLICK HERE to see the original post with fab projects from our Creative Team, AND....  I've got a few projects to share from our crafty friends who rocked this!

Oh, Sandy Ross, you had me at TWO-PAGER!  This awesome spread features those little dudes perfectly, captured doing the boy stuff they do, including the shenanigans, the buildin' and the cheesin'!  It's easy to see how you were Pinspired with those gorgeous, happy colors!

Janice Daquila-Pardo, are you kidding me?  Not only can we all learn a little something from Ferris Bueller (LOVE the quote!), but the orientation of your page, the bright, poppin' colors, and those lines?  Yeah, that's inspiring!

The happy factor is comin' atcha at FULL FORCE with this super cute card from Heather Wilson Shank!  Smiling critters, that gorgeous yellow, clean lines and a BIG sentiment screaming a happy hello!  SO FUN!

Um, you can see why THIS one definitely caught my eye!  Sandi Pressley took the solitary black and white image and ran with it, adding a tiny pop of teal to knock this page out of the park!  I love how our Pinspire Me Mondays appeal to so many different people in so many ways.  Love your clean and simple interpretation, Sandi!

Heather Rulien Conklin - your card is full of gorgeous techniques that we Paper Issues folks LOVE!  The combination of colored inks and the floral/doily stencil?  PERFECTION!  And the bold, black sentiment on vellum?  Well, we love vellum here.  And I love your card!

Keep sharing your Pinspired projects with us, folks!  The new mood board will go live on July 13th, so there's still plenty of time to be Pinspired and to Pinspire your fellow crafty friends!  Join us for this one HERE, and because I know you're looking for more excuses to get your craft on, CLICK HERE for our current Link Party, sponsored by October Afternoon!  There's a whopper of a prize to be won!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

:: Our Adventure ::

Hi! Orange Gearle here today to share a mini book documenting our trip to the Indiana Sand Dunes. For this project I used mostly Crate Paper's Journey Collection.

I repurposed a very small clipboard for this mini by taking off the original clamp and replacing it with a Tim Horton two ring binder piece. I cut my papers and printed my photos in a variety of sizes (mostly the same width but varying lengths) to create a bit of extra texture and interest.

I worked on this project over a period of time.  In order to make it as easy as possible I stuck with one basic collection, pulled items that matched the collection and/or theme from my stash, and then placed everything in a tray (from Target).  This was so helpful. I was able to work on this project just about anywhere because I put everything together and I could just grab the tray and go (to another house, another place within our home, etc).

I simply love all of the gold and transparent pieces in this collection!

Sometimes I chose to print a photo or two (usually a favorite) a bit larger and let it just be a page on it's own (with a few embellishments -- digital and/or traditional).

One of my favorite things about creating mini books is including the ephemera that is part of the story.  An example: I created a few pages with "pockets" in them and included all the ephemera (like the room key, or a receipt).  I did most of my journaling on tags that I was able to place in pockets throughout the book, shorter stories were handwritten on a journal card or label.


I had a blast creating this mini book!

If you would like to purchase the Crate Paper Journey collection, or all the things, click on the links and head over to the Paper Issues store!  Make sure you use the code orangegearle for 20% off your entire purchase!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Paper Issues Guest Designer ***Mandy Schneider***

Happy Monday to you!  I hope your weekend was beautiful and you had lots of time to make memories or scrapbook your memories!

We have a special guest blogger with us today, if you're on YouTube you MUST have seen her!  It's Mandy Schneider.  Mandy jumped on board the Swag Bag train several months ago and hasn't looked back.

You can find Mandy on the web at the links below.  I highly recommend you check out her YouTube Channel, that's where she really caught our eye!  She has a new video up today all about her Guest Spot and this Project Life spread she created using products and Swag Bags from Paper Issues.

Here is Mandy's Intro, I just know you're going to love her fun personality as much as we do! Thank you Mandy for guesting with us.

Hi everyone!!! my name is Mandy Schneider and I love Project Life. There it is...all out in the open :) 
I have two kids. My oldest is a 22 year old girl. She is a sweetheart and thank goodness she hasn't made me a grandma yet, I would kill her! Just an FYI in case she reads this ;) 
I also have a 16 year old boy who walks a fine line everyday with me. Anytime you disturb him he gets a little snarly, in order for me not to get wrinkles and grey hair I leave him alone. OK that was lie, in order for me to not go to jail I leave him alone.
I love both of my kids very much but the moms who have teenage boys understand completely....right?? ;)
In my PL layouts I feature my 3 fur babies, all Bulldogs. They are the best, and they take lovely photos! They don't say NO I don't want my picture taken..ugh! Mommmmm!!! Why??!!! The triplets, that's what I call them, are very photogenic and so darn adorable :)
I lead a pretty simple life. I will admit for many years I felt like a Vampire, I only came alive at night.  I don't like the sun and I can bite like nobodies business. ;) Because of PL this year, I have experienced things I would have never done! I wanted fun in my life and so I have sacrificed my body and have now hiked, biked, and walked in the sun and it was FUN! So I am now very active and I love it.
I also love food. I am constantly taking pictures of what I eat, bake, cook. It's fun for me and probably annoying to friends and family, so my job is complete. Well I will finish with telling you all that I love Paper Issues, like a LOT! Thank you for having me as a guest. I hope you like the video. Thank you so much!!! 
Mandy :)

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Paper Issues FREE Printable Feature

Hello ladies! Have you gotten your hands on this month's FREE printables from the Paper Issues shop yet? Jana McCarthy contributed two awesome hand drawn designs for this month's black and white themed printable cards! Color them! Paint them! Water color them! The possibilities are endless...

Meaghen used this month's printable for this sweet layout of her and her son. The awesome thing about these printables is that they work for projects even when you do nothing at all with them!

Jen also used this month's printables on this fun and colorful card using the new Lawn Fawn Color My World stamps and die set. This greeting would be perfect for any occasion! I am always envious of you card makers out there; cards are so challenging for me!

Devra used the Simple Stories I Am collection and the chalk board card from the Crop Printable for this awesome layout all about her amazing birthday dessert. I absolutely adore all the details on this layout - a great way to showcase all the fun embellishments from the Simple Stories collections!

Orange Gearle takes us in a completely different direction with this month's printable by including it as a decorative element in her planner! This is a super fun and colorful (not to mention FREE) way to decorate and add creative elements that express your artistic side in your planner. 

I finally broke out the April printable and put the baseball themed cards to good use! I cannot believe that it took me this long! I coupled the "...all about that base" printable with the March Swag Bag (March is sold out but June is still in stock!) for this photo of me enjoying a Sierra Nevada at a Giant's game from the Club Level - it doesn't get any better than that! You can check out all the details of my layout here!

Thank you so much for stopping by! Be sure to get your hands on all the FREE printable files, cut files and sketches that Paper Issues offers each month!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Die cutting Saturday spotlight

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope you're enjoying your weekend and can find some crafty time in between. If you need some inspiration to get your mojo going, you can still play along with this month's Die cutting Saturday and you'll have a chance to win a $10 GC to the Paper Issues store as well. So keep those projects coming!

This is our cut file this month, which you can use for your 4th of July celebrations or any other celebration or fireworks pictures. You can download the cut file overhere for FREE!

We love the projects that have been linked up so far! Alison linked up a layout about the pet parade her daughter attended on July 4th. She managed to use many of the cut files on her page and those pictures are adorable!

You have until July 9th to link up your projects overhere and you might be our winner of a $10 gift certificate to spend in the Paper Issues store!

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy your weekend!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Fan Feature Friday: Seas the Day #1

This week's Fan Feature Friday showcases projects from the first week of Seas the Day, sponsored by October Afternoon. 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. Carolyn's layout is o-"fish"-ally full of summer fun. Such a clever title and a colorful summer page to boot!

2. Stacia did a beautiful job with Simple Stories' Good Day Sunshine collection to create her page about a visit to Atlantic City.

3. Alison worked a map of Sea World into her page. The grid design is perfect for this creative pocket page effect!

4. Marielle's layout not only has a fun title (and title work), but her attention to detail is amazing too!

5. Heather's beach ball die cut is a great focal point and design element! Awesome page, Heather!

6. Anna's page is so pretty and soothing, from the mixed media touches to the pops of color to the perspective of the photo. Beautifully done, Anna!

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.

"Sea" you next Friday for another round of Fan Feature Friday.

Thursday, June 25, 2015


Good morning PI friends.  Today I am going to share a layout that I created using everything and anything from the NEW Elle's Studio Let's Eat collection.  Recently, we were in Florida at Disney and we discovered a new restaurant.  It is called Whispering Canyon Cafe', we HIGHLY recommend it.  Especially if you have young ones.  You can see a little more about our adventure there if you read the journaling.  The big blue tag that you see is what Disney put on our luggage when they moved us to a different room.  I have about 8 of these on standby and you bet I will be using every single one of them!  

This collection by Elle's Studio is perfect for documenting this dinner.  The phrases were spot on.  I could have used more but couldn't find anymore room!

For papers I used:
Meal Planner, This & That, Yum and Best Ever
For embellishments I used:
On the menu Stamps, Lil Snippets Blank Labels, Labels, Let's Eat Tags, Stickers, Journal Tags and Bits and Pieces.
Go HERE to order.

You can see that I added a few flair that helped get the point across!

If you MUST have this collection, head to the Paper Issues store HERE.  Grab everything you need and them some.  If you use my code: Mary-Ann, you will receive 20% off your entire order.  

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Product Spotlight *Crate Paper - Poolside*

With Summer vacation still a few weeks away for me and my family, playing with the new Poolside collection by Crate Paper is the next best thing for now.  Just have a look at the gorgeous summery layouts some of the dt created with the collection and you will see what I mean.

I love the way Meaghan softened the look of the icecream paper by placing vellum over top of it.

And check out the way Devra filled the sun with one of the cardstock pieces from the ephemera pack, genius.
Those chipboard words make the perfect title too.

This photo-centered designs by Jennifer is so eye-catching.  And how amazing is that bow she had made.  I just love the way it looks peeking out from behind the photo.
And notice the way she has used a few tear strips on here.  I love that so many manufacturers are adding these little strips to the bottom of the 12x12 sheets, makes me feel like I'm getting more value for my dollar.

Orange managed to capture the most perfect photograph to coordinate with this collection.  Usually it's the other way around for scrappers.
See that gorgeous glitter "hello"?  It's included in the ephemera package, and same with the acetate "sunshine".

I was so happy to get this collection in the mail the same week as by baby girl's birthday. I knew I was going to have a little photo shoot with her and her friends, and that this collection would compliment the photos nicely.
Whenever a collection has several elements to it, I cannot help myself for layering away to my heart's content, incorporating a little bit of everything.  On my layout I've used the gold glitter vellum, the 6x12 accent sticker pack, several elements from the ephemera pack, included the word "fun", two of the gold metal tab clips, and a couple of wood buttons.

See what I mean, Summer in a collection.  There are actually a number of fabulous Summer collections out there, this just happens to be my favourite at the moment. Some others you may be interested in are:
Fancy Pants - Summer Sun
Fancy Pants - Making Waves
Simple Stories - Summer Vibes
Kaisercraft - Fiesta
Pink Paislee - Citrus Bliss

And that's just to name a few.  Once you've got some Summer memories you're ready to start preserving Paper Issues has got you covered.

Happy scrapping friends!