Sunday, December 21, 2014

Serious love for the December Swag Bag (and all of 'em!)

Hi there, fellow friends with issues! 

Leah l'Orange joining you for a Swag Bag Sunday!  I was ridiculously inspired by the December Swag Bag and had to do something slightly different, incorporating lots of bits and pieces from the current Swag Bag, plus some leftovers from October and November's Swag Bags and a few items from my stash.

Swag Bags ain't just for scrapbookers or pocket scrapbookers, folks!  Many of our awesome Creative Team ladies have rocked amazing cards with them (the elements are, quite frankly, PERFECTLY card-sized!), and today I've got some altered goodness to share.

I found these teeny little house frames at a yard sale many moons ago and have been hanging onto them for just the right occasion.  December's Swag Bag was the occasion!

Each of the little "windows" is filled with one of the 3x4 cards cut into a box template, and everything else just kind of pretties it up.

I have been hoarding animal wood veneers, so the cat and birds made perfect sense for this little house!

One thing I love about the Swag Bag subscription (you can get them individually or sign up for 6 months!) is that each one comes with a fun sampling of things mostly sold in the Paper Issues shop - if there's something you REALLY love in your bag, you can usually find a pack of them in the shop! 

That little puffy acorn sticker, for example?  That's from the Amy Tangerine "Stitched" line:

And that awesome distressed white heart wood veneer?  That's from the Prima Free Spirit collection!

Grab the items above or whatever you like from the Paper Issues shop and save 20% anytime using THIS:

There are new releases getting loaded into the Paper Issues shop almost DAILY, so check 'em out, and grab 'em quick!  THEN, link up your new or old projects to our current Link Party (we have a new one starting tomorrow!) or play along with our Pinspire Me Monday or Sketch Saturday Challenge!  We might just feature you on Friday!

AND last, but not least, a very heartfelt THANK YOU to Cassie Box and her minions for having me on this amazing Creative Team - today marks my final post as a Paper Issues gal (though I'll always have issues!), and I just wanted to gush about how amazing it has been.  I will miss everything about this experience and consider myself lucky to have been part of this amazing group of ladies.  SO. MUCH. TALENT!  And laughs.  OH MY GOSH, the laughs.  Anyway, I'm giving this away to one commenter here, if anybody's interested.  :)

Been hanging onto these extras from my favorite Fancy Pants line EVER, and I want to give them away!  Leave a comment below and on January 5th a winner will be announced - GOOD LUCK!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Die Cutting Saturday - Cut File 003

Good morning! Today we have another cut file to share with you. This one is full of triangles! You can download the file here. In the zipped folder, you will find a Silhouette file, PNG, and a PSD layered file for use in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Use this file on a project and link up by January 2, 2015. You could win a January Swag Bag! Here is what our fabulous Creative Team created.

Chantal Philippe created this beautiful layout with lots of white space. I love how she used the triangles. And even better, she shows that you don't need a photo to make a great page!

Mary-Ann Maldonado made this fabulous layout and accented her triangles with lots of machine stitching. I love the color palette in this one!

Melissa Elsner decided to create a card with the cut file and I am so glad she did. It's great to see this used on a smaller scale and looks fabulous!

Now it's your turn! Link up your project for a chance to win the January Swag Bag. Thanks for playing along!

Sketchy Saturday Winner!

Hello and happy weekend! We have a winner for Sketch Challenge 003.

Sandi Pressley linked up this gorgeous Christmas card using the Elle's Studio Good Cheer collection. The card is just perfect and so is the staging! Love those little bottle brush trees. Sandi - please email me at chapinjennifer at yahoo dot com and I will get you your $10 gift card!

Thank you to everyone who linked up and we hope you have a great Holiday!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Fan Feature Friday: What the #@!$%& #2

This week's Fan Feature Friday showcases projects from week two of What the #@!$%&, sponsored by Feed Your Craft! 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 who caught our eye this week...

1. Diana's pretty wedding card features an ampersand stamped background with cheerful, fussy cut flowers and another ampersand between the stickers spelling out "Mr. & Mrs." Take a look at how she even highlighted some of the punctuation in the background.

2. Lenny's mini album, about a nature hike, features items from Paper Issues Swag Bags, including a wood veneer leaf, flair, word bubbles and more. Be sure to visit her blog to see the inside pages of this wonderful album.

3. Cheryl created this sweet holiday page using only four papers. She challenged herself to create the title and embellishments with words and images that were part of the paper designs.

4. Carol filmed a process video about how her page, complete with a hash tagged title, came together and posted it via her YouTube channel.

5. Karrie's project has a great mixed media background and lists five things her son was doing at the age of five.

6. Cathy's large die cut background not only packs a punch, but is the start of some great title work about her love for her sweet pup.

7. Christy's layout shines, not only because of the background of gold ampersands, but other great details as well.

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.

That's it for this week. On Monday, 12/22, we'll reveal a new issue that will leave you feeling quite festive. :) I'll be back on Friday, 12/26 with another installment of Fan Feature Friday. See you then!

Thursday, December 18, 2014


Hey everyone... Jess here today with a card/gift card holder that fits right in with our current issue: What the #@!$%&. Hashtags are huge right now and I thought it would be fun to hit my Christmas card with one... just for kicks and giggles.

I used Gossamer Blue's Get Happy line and, yep, it made me happy! I love the super cute blocky #Happy wood pieces combined with the scripty Always from Crate Paper.

And the coolest part of this card is the little envelope on the front that can hold a gift card. I love giving gift cards when I can make it more personal and special by wrapping it up with my own special touches. And, come on... a Target gift card makes anyone #HappyAlways.

You still have time to link up by December 21st for a chance to win three packs of flair from our sponsor, Feed Your Craft! We want to your stuff!

And while you're shopping this month don't forget to spoil yourself in the Paper Issues shop with 20% off everything using code "scrapgoo".

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Oh Thank You

It's the middle of the holiday rush and if there is one thing I try to keep a stash of, it's thank you cards.

Yes, my mother raised me most properly and always had me send thank you cards. Of course, now that I'm all grown up, I will admit that sending those notes tends to slip the mind but, I am bound and determined to begin sending them out again!

I recently acquired lots of the Sycamore Lane collection from Elle's Studio. LOVE the colors and patterns in this collection. Absolutely adorable. And I whipped up a few thank you cards to send out.

I love fussy cutting and using the diamond shapes from the pattern paper offered a perfect dimensional element on this card. I also love using the 3x4 journal cards for matting and layering. 

I've also got a thing for doilies. They provide such a great texture to my paper projects and I love how the white looks against the gray paper. To add some splashes of color, I used Wood Sprinkles by Jillibean Soup.

This card came together really quickly. I based it off the Sketch from this month. Of course, there is a doily thrown in for good measure. :)

So have I inspired you or made you feel worse? Ha! Go grab yourself some Sycamore Lane and have a great time creating. Also, you can save 20% when using code melissa20. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

December Memories with Elle's Studio Good Cheer

Hello. Happy Tuesday! It's Toni here today on the Paper Issues blog and I am excited to share with you a few pages from my December Memories book from 2012. Yup, you read that right, I am working on my mini album from 2012.  We bought a new home and moved in December of that year, so I am just now finally documenting that season.

Regardless, of when you work on your holiday projects, I hope this post inspires you to dive in and have some fun during the holidays.

For this mini album, I used many elements from the Elle's Studio Good Cheer Collection. The fun colors, stamps, wood veneer, and adorable bits and pieces has sure made putting these pages together a snap and a lot of fun as well. I also incorporated some sequins from the shop, a few elements from my stash, an some fun machine stitching as well.

If you have any holiday shopping to do, don't forget to use code "TONI" at checkout and you can save 20% off your entire order!!!

I hope y'all have a blessed and safe holiday season,



Monday, December 15, 2014

★{We're Here To PINSPIRE You!}★

It's a procrastinator's dream right now...all the magic of the holiday...the mounting pressure to make everything perfect and lack of time...the list that keeps's immense! As my friend reminded me, I'm reminding you...remember that you are one person, you can only do what you can do...and to take time to enjoy the season! 

This Pinspire Me Monday will either drive you further into holiday crazy mode, or it will force you to take a moment,  to enjoy a cup of coffee and smile...I hope it's the second one. 

The girls went all out to help me celebrate this Pinspire post with you! 
They created some wonderful stuff for you to ogle at. 

Ready? Here's the pin...

❤ Let me move forward with sharing the shares! 

I created a December Daily page...I know that I will continue to turn to this pin throughout winter though, it makes me smile just looking at it!

I used the Paper Issues awesome Merry Memories Limited Edition Swag Bag on this December Daily need to grab one before they are gone..they're AMAZING!

The inspiration doesn't stop here! Take a look at what some of the Paper Issues supa talented team members did! 

Cassie created this magnificent layout, look at all of the details. 
She creates awesome stuff..always! 
Look at how the inspiration inspired her to create this phenomenal layout about her boy. 

Kathy created this! 
If this doesn't make you automatically smile, than you need eggnog and/or cocoa stat! Look at that snowman! Would you just look at those earmuff, mittens, snowflakes and glitter!?!?!?! Love this!

Brenda created this great layout capturing a super fun feel of this pin, cozy and frosty! How cute is that picture tucked up in the corner?!?!!? It is won-deer-ful! ❤ 

Three amazing takes to help you get your Pinspire mojo working! 

We *{WANT}* you to LINK UP and show us what you created! 
You can link up to this Pinspire Me over in our Facebook Group...Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} 
You have until January 11th to add your creation to the Pinspire Me post/picture that will be up over in our Facebook Group. 

If you do link up, you'll have a chance to win one of two awesome {Pinspire Me Prizes}
Think a Pinspire Inspired Swag Bag...just for you! Make sure you share your pics with us on Instagram too!! We've got a super snazzy hashtag just for you... #paperissuespinspireme ...

Have a happy Monday! Hope you've been Pinspired!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

CT Introduction: Heather Joyce

Hey everyone!

I'm Heather, and so excited to be the newest addition to the Paper Issues team! I've gotten to know the team that makes up the awesome, and while it feels a bit intimidating, I'm jumping in feet first to share all kinds of pocket inspiration. Before we jump into that, let's get to know each other a little better, shall we?

- I'm 28, but'll be 29 in 4 days. (but who is counting?) I live in Austin, Texas with my husband, our two dogs and two cats (we have a roommate with a dog also.. it's quite the bustling zoo at times)

- I started a photo a day project in 2011 but never did anything with them. Earlier this year, I printed out all the images onto 3x4 cards and have been working on 'catching up' in pocket pages.

- I'm a computer nerd. I love board games. I collect typewriters, starbucks mugs, and my favorite albums on vinyl. Organizing scrapbook supplies is one of my favorite activities.

That's enough right? Let's get to the good stuff.  For my first post, I'm bring you a process video using Gossamer Blue's Get Happy Collection. I've been following Allison Pennington's digital designs for five years and to get my hands on elements, stickers, and papers by her, was awesome. I go through the entire process, picking the papers, trimming them down and then sprucing them up.

I just love the way it came together. Every little piece is a part of the story that made the week.
So if you're itching to get your hands on some of these goodies also, why not use a coupon!

Use my code TALKTOHEATHER for an extra 20% off your next order at Paper Issues.
Until next time!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Sketchy Saturday - The Layouts

Good morning and happy Saturday! Today we are sharing some layouts linked up to our latest Sketch Challenge. This beautiful layout was linked up by Elise of Feed Your Craft who is sponsoring our current issue. I love all the white space and the triangles!

Alison linked up this cute layout with an adorable photo of her daughter and a great use of patterned paper. So sweet!

Christy Strickler created this super fun page based on the sketch, I just love the color combination here! And the title is fabulous too.

Be sure to link up your layout or card for a chance to win a $10 gift card to the store. You have until December 19th. Have a great day!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Fan Feature Friday: What the #@!$%& #1

This week's Fan Feature Friday showcases projects from our first week of What the #@!$%&, sponsored by Feed Your Craft! 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 who caught our eye this week...

1. Becki documented her son's love of PB & J sandwiches on this sweet layout.

2. Brianna Lynn's layout was inspired by song lyrics. The page features a large ampersand and flair backed with thread. She even used tags which go along with the office supply part of this issue.

3. Mary Jo's happy "all about me" page brings together many elements of this theme —speech bubbles, ampersand paper, flair, tags and washi.

4. Pamela also created an "all about me" page, complete with a fresh color combo, flair, stitching and a typewriter.

5. Tracy shared this wonderful love-themed card in the classic color scheme of red, black and white.

6. Becky's sweet page about her pup features a fabulous quilt-like design, plus she added in an ampersand and great stitching.

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.

That's it for this week. See you next Friday with featured projects from week 2 of our What the #@!$%& linky party.

Don't forget...our sponsor, Feed Your Craft, is offering a 15% off code to our fans and blog readers. The code PAPERISSUES15 is good through 12/31/14.