Saturday, February 6, 2016

Cut it Up Saturday

Hello PI friends, Danielle here with Cut it Up Saturday! February is all about Valentine's and love and so is our cut file this month. You can download it for FREE overhere in the store and upload your projects made with it overhere in our Paper Issues Friends & Fans challenge album on facebook, for your chance to win!


Here are some projects by the Design Team to give you some inspiration. They seriously rocked it!

Enza used the Crate Paper Hello Love collection and created a stunning background with the hearts from the cut file. She used the big Love as a title for her page.

Michelle used the hearts to make her own background as well, it's so awesome! She used the Crate Paper Kiss Kiss collection. And look at her little cutie in the picture, so adorable.

Rachel has some amazing mixed media skills! She cut out the hearts from the cut file on corrugated paper and made this fabulous canvas. She added the Love from the cut file too.

Mary Ann placed some smaller hearts into one big heart, so very creative! She used the Crate Paper Hello Love collection, along with the January Swag Bag.

Amy used a Swag Bag to create this awesome Love layout. I love all the fabulous layers, the splatters in the background and the big title made with the cut file.

We can't wait to see what you'll create! 

If you're not planning to watch the Super Bowl tomorrow, join our Super Bowl Scrap & Chat with two fun challenges! Make sure you're a member of the Paper Issues Friends & Fans facebook group, where all the fun will be happening.

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative weekend!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Plan to be (P)inspired!

I am ready, are you?  Do you feel the love in the air?  Are you ready to binge on chocolates and candy and be spoiled with flowers and jewelry?  I know, I know, that is not the 'real' world, but it is our inspiration for our mood board this month.  If you are boycotting love and relationships, focus on the CHOCOLATE!  If you have the perfect love and things couldn't be better, you too can focus on the CHOCOLATE!  

Here you go, the February {P}inspire Me mood board!  Be inspired by what ever suits your fancy and upload your projects to the Paper Issues {Friends and Fans} Facebook page.   We will share your designs later in the month.  




Let's take a look at how the Paper Issues Design Team was inspired by this board.  First, here is mine.  I was drawn to the yellows and the hand drawn hearts.  Of course I ate chocolate while creating:o)





Lisa Swift was drawn to the FOOD!  Maybe a little of the color red, black and white photo too:o) Always the perfect card.  


Enza Gudor grabbed the color of the rocks as inspiration.  Her take on nature makes  for a stunning background.  



Look how Jen McMurtrey draws out the blues in her card with the gorgeous aqua phone!  I see touches of blues in the mood board that I didn't see until she brought attention to them.  



Hold onto your hats because Picasso, I mean Sherry Coogan has replicate the heart painting to a T!  Ah-mazing, that is all I can say.  


How about we go a little softer with Amelie Mordret's layout.  Floral and all about the love with a touch of black.  <3


Janet's layout has the red just popping of the page.  Her hand journaling and black and white photo of her beautiful family are just gorgeous.   



So, be sure to enter your projects HERE in the PI Facebook community.  Like I mentioned earlier, we will be featuring some of your talented work on our blog later in the month.  
There are gift certificates to the Paper Issues shop to be won, and everyone who plays along with our monthly challenges is entered to win!

Remember,  if there is anything you have your eye on in the Paper Issues Store, grab it for 20% off with code: Mary-Ann.  Get free shipping when you reach $65.00.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

February Off The Page Challenge: Love & Valentines!

Hi Everyone!  It's Kathy today with the February Off the Page Challenge!  Of course, the themes this month are Love & Valentines!!  I would love to see all of your paper projects that are all about love, Valentines Day and the like!  They can be any type of project other than a traditional scrapbook page.  Here's what I created as inspiration for the challenge...


Growing up, I used to love giving Valentine's goodies to my friends. I continued this tradition when my daughter was little!   I put together this adorable little Valentine Mailbox from Lori Whitlock (available here in the Silhouette Store) as well as these cute little 3x3 Valentine Pop-Up Cards,  which are also from Lori Whitlock. (available here in the Silhouette Shop:  Dinosaur, Butterfly). I used Bella Blvd's Valentina Collection available here in the Paper Issues Store.  Here are some close-ups...



The Valentine's Mailbox is really a box with a lid. 


The Pop-up Valentines are adorable.  I added some punny little sentiments using my Silhouette Sketch Pens.


 And they fold over and hold together similar to a matchbook.  This makes them the perfect size to fit through the mailbox slot!
Playing along with the challenge is easy!  Post a picture of your project in the February Challenges Album under this picture in the Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook Group by March 6th.  You could win one of two gift certificates to the Paper Issues Store for playing along!  I can't wait to see what you create!  That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Product Spotlight: Crate Hello Love




Hey everyone!  Today we're putting the spotlight on such a beautiful collection!  We have used the Hello Love from Crate Paper.  Although this line is advertised a a Valentine's collection you will see it can be used for much more.

Having a tween daughter who takes selfies is such a blessing for a scrapbooker!  LOL  I am always asking her to send me her photos.  I used an ombre cardstock for my background because I wanted to pull out the teal tint in the photo.




First up we have Rachel with this pretty card.  I just love that heart paper!



Rachel also  made this super cool LO!  This paper was originally B&W!  Amazing!



Next we have Mary-Ann with this stunning LO!  All those bits and pieces are perfect!



Jennifer made this amazing LO!  The layers on this are perfection!



Mary Ann created this oh so pretty LO!  That ribbon with the tags is perfection!




Sherry has this beautiful LO.  I love how she scrapped those now and then photos!




Enza put her fussy cutting skills to work on this beauty!  Even the arrows are fussy cut!




Janet used the B&W stripes for her background and the effect is striking! 



Jen made this pretty 8.5 x 11 LO.  What an adorable photo!



Orange used this collection in her planner this month!  Isn't it pretty?




There is so much new stuff in the store!  You can use the code Michelle to get 20% off your order!  Happy shopping!



Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Take Five Tuesday! - February Challenge


Hello PI friends, it's Mary Ann here with February's Take Five challenge!! The challenge 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're 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, you pick 5 items to use on your project. You can 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!!

Here's this month's inspiration list:
1. the color red
2. the color pink
3. the color turquoise or teal
4. three photos
5. a heart
6. patterned paper
7. a sticker
8. a tag
9. a stamp
10. cardstock
11. foam dots or squares etc. anything to give dimension
12. an arrow
13. ink, mist or paint
14. something gold
15. wood grain (this can be wood veneer, patterned paper etc. anything with a wood grain!)

For my layout, the five items I chose to use are: a heart, patterned paper, a sticker, an arrow and something gold.
I used pieces from Crate Papers Hello Love collection along with a few things from Crush by We R Memory Keepers. I love how the two collections work together so well, and are perfect for current pictures or old black and whites, like this photo of my great-grandparents from 1941.



And here's some inspiration from more members of the design team...
Lisa made this darling card using the color pink, the color turquoise, patterned paper, an arrow and something gold. What a great card for Valentine's day, or just to say hello!



Cassie's layout is bright and full of beautiful colors, don't you just love all the layering she did! Her 5 items are a heart, wood grain, the color turquoise, an arrow and mist.



This layout from Enza uses cardstock, hearts, gold, mist and stickers. Check out those hand stitched hearts!!



Danielle's layout has a mix of pink, red, teal, 3 photos and patterned paper. What a great way to showcase three photos on a layout!


And last, but surely not least is this fun layout from Janet, celebrating the milestone of passing a drivers license road test. Janet used the color red, arrows, foam dots, patterned paper, and paint.


How about giving the Take 5 challenge a try?? Each project you enter is one more chance to win a gift card to the Paper Issues store.  Link up your projects in the February Challenge Album in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group and show us how creative you can be!


Oh and remember, use code: Mary Ann for 20% off everything in the Paper Issues store!!!

Monday, February 1, 2016

New Issue: Showered with Love (Round 1)



Welcome to our new issue, Showered with Love, sponsored by The Ribbon Resource, the May Arts ribbon retail store.

Please note: issues now take place in our {Friends & Fans} Facebook group, along with all of our other monthly challenges. You'll find an album for each challenge right in the group. February's challenge album is right here. Please post your issue related projects in the Link & Win album. The deadline for adding your projects to the challenge album is March 6th for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to The Ribbon Resource store.



Before we get to the details of this issue, let's take a look at some beautiful projects three of our team members created with products from the Paper Issues store and ribbons provided by The Ribbon Resource. In two weeks, we'll share three more projects to give you some fresh inspiration.

Sherry (left), TinaGale (center), Tegan (right)

Note: Clicking on a design team member's name will take you to their blog where you can see their project in more detail.


So what is Showered With Love all about? Here are a few ideas to get you started (use one or use them all). Feel free to use any product you'd like.
  • Use hearts, umbrellas, rainboots or raindrops.
  • Share projects having to do with baby/wedding showers, love or Valentine's Day.
  • Add ribbon to your project.
  • Download the free February printable, You & Me, from the Paper Issues store and use one or more of the images on your project.

Here are the links to The Ribbon Resource's social media sites. Please stop by and say hi.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Fan Features from (P)inspire Me Monday!

Are you ready to see some amazing features from the January (P)inspire Me Challenge?
Mary-Ann here sharing your fabulous features!

I am humbled by the amount of participation for the January challenge.  I see that many of you were inspired by several different points from the mood board.  If you participated, you may be surprised to know that your name has gone into the prize hat and you may have a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues Store.

While your there, be sure to check out the brand new lines from CHA that Cassie has recently input into the store.  There is new Maggie Holmes Bloom, Better Together by Amy Tangerine, Shimelle's Starshine, Pink Paislee's C'est La Vie, Happy Place by Dear Lizzy, Little You by Crate Paper, Pebbles new Spring Fling, and gorgeous new stamps by Prima.  Or you could totally make this a whole lot easier and just click All New in the store and you will see everything new to the store!

We are not here just to shop, we are here to drool over the inspiration from our friends.  Lets take a look at just a few of the submitted projects shall we?

Here is what all creations were based on, these beautiful photos I collected from Pinterest.


Here is Kimbery Lunds submission.  She focused on the purples, snowflakes and brought all this to her Journalling for how she is documenting 2016.  She used all Doodlebug.



A completely unexpected take on the mood board by Heather Roberston.  I love love love how she pulled from the little bits of black from the board.  She chose a fabric element and snowflakes too.  Do I spy the FREE cut file?   



Stacie Dietz was inspired by the navy ABC chart, (which I must admit was may favorite picture on the mood board!) the crayons and the circular elements.  All these things together equals an amazing layout!




From one of our own PI girls, Michelle Gallant created this beauty.  What didn't she get inspiration from.  I think it is all thrown into one ridiculously amazing layout.  


Like I said, what an amazing turnout to this really fun challenge.  I do hope you all will continue to be inspired by the (P)inspire Me Monday Challenge.  I have a feeling we are going to have tons of fun together.  

Remember, use code: Mary-Ann for 20% off your entire order.