Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Anything Goes! My kind of Party!


Good Morning folks! Jen Chesnick here with you today and I am sharing two of my favorite layouts (this year)  For our new link party anything goes!  So I am going with Pink Paislee.  I used Hello Sunshine on both of my projects. Be sure to stop by the link party (link up top there!!) and share your favorite creations with us! 








Winner: Tell Me Dies, Tell Me Sweet Little Dies


Our Tell Me Dies, Tell Me Sweet Little Dies linky party has ended so it's time to find out who won the goodie bag of products from Jillibean Soup. Many thanks to Jillibean Soup for sponsoring the Paper Issues team and for providing such a wonderful prize!


Congratulations to Connie Mercer! Connie linked up this fabulous layout using a Jillibean die cut placement backed with patterned paper and embellished with Jillibean goodies!


If you haven't discovered Connie's blog yet, I suggest you take a look around. She is the queen of junkin' (otherwise known as antique finds). :) She has the most amazing knack for repurposing old finds and making them amazing!

Connie, please send your full name and mailing address to paperissues@gmail.com and we will get your prize right out to you.

A new link up started yesterday, called Anything Goes. Come find out what it's all about. Link up your projects AND link back to Paper Issues, for another chance to win. This time around we're being sponsored by Whisker Graphics. They've given us a selection of their products to give away. Come see what it's all about!

Monday, September 15, 2014

New Issue: Anything Goes with Whisker Graphics


Welcome to our new linky party, Anything Goes, sponsored by Whisker Graphics. We're going easy on you for the next two weeks because you can link up any paper project you'd like. Couldn't be any easier, right? Excuses for not participating are definitely not allowed. LOL!


Row 2: LisaChristineDona

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


Just because you can link up any paper project you'd like, doesn't mean we don't have a few ideas for you, mostly based on the fabulous products Whisker Graphics sent for the design team to create with. :)
  • Show us your all-time favorite projects. The ones you're most proud of. The ones that make you smile each and every time you see them.
  • Tie things up with twine. Wrap it around a photo. Tie it into a bow or even use it to hold something closed.
  • Use bags (bitty or otherwise) to hold photos, journaling or anything else you can think of.
  • Stick it to us by using stickers on your project. Create a title by mixing font styles. Layer up your stickers. However you use them, we want to see them!
  • Tag, you're it! Show us how you use tags on your projects. Have you made a mini album from tags? Have you used them for your journaling?
  • Use Whisker Graphics products.
***Link up and link back to Paper Issues between now and September 28th to be eligible to win a selection of Whisker Graphics products. Feel free to link up as many times as you'd like. If you're inspired to create something new, that's great, but feel free to share your older creations as well. Oldies are goodies too!

Your project may even be featured on the Paper Issues Facebook pageInstagramPinterest and/or right here on the Paper Issues blog.


Here are the links to Whisker Graphic's product and social media sites. Please be sure to visit and tell them Paper Issues sent you.


Product Spotlight *Second City*

Have you seen the new Kelly Purkey Second City collection yet?  I'll admit this is a collection that intrigued me with it's bright, bold "in your face" patterns.  As much as I loved the concept of the designs I was afraid that I wouldn't know quite how to use it, and refrained from purchasing it.  That's where my Paper Issues design team friends come in.  I just knew based on their style that these two girls would be able to showcase the new BasicGrey release a million times better than I.

Jennifer Chapin works magic with bold patterns.  She knocked this pocket page style layout out of the park, with all the coordinating elements, and pops of colour.
To me, Vegas and Second City go together like peanut butter and jelly.  Bold, bright, and exciting they've both got it.
How perfect are those chipboard alphabet stickers.  And I especially love the way Jen used up some of the "empty" space in the photo to showcase her title.
Wood veneer is so big these days, that it's always exciting when a new collection includes these fun elements as part of their release.  Even better, is the fact that these pieces are self-adhesive.

Leah l'Orange went a different direction with the collection, and created a 12x12 layout, and a couple of cards.  Her penchant for layering various patterns served her well with this collection also.  Check out this fab layout.  
Her choice of the Limba White Woodgrain cardstock, with the soft white bubble bath photo work perfect with the bold, brights of the Second City collection.

 Despite all the movement of the patterns, this beautiful combination of A and B side papers give the layout a grounded feel.

Leah's choice of the 6x6 Paper Pad was perfect for both her layout, and her love of card making.  The smaller patterns of the 6x6 pads are just perfect for smaller based projects.

 The pop of orange off the muted greys works so nicely together.


Both girls did a fabulous job showcasing just how versatile this collection is.  You can go as busy as you like, or tone it down and stick to the B sides of the pages adding as much or as little pop as you'd like incorporating the A sides, and other coordinating elements from the collection.  Thanks Leah & Jen for doing such a fabulous job.

You can get your hands on the BasicGrey Second City collection right here in the shop.  And don't forget to pop back here in just a few hours to see what our brand new Issue is, and who our gracious new sponsor will be.  I promise, you won't be disappointed.



Sunday, September 14, 2014

Focus on Public Library

Hi everyone! Alex here. Today I wanted to share a layout made with one of my favorite collections right now, the Public Library from October Afternoon.

Alex Gadji - Read It's Fun

I've been playing with this collection for couple of months now and I can't get enough! The colors are so rich and beautiful with that characteristic OA retro style.

Alex Gadji - Read It's Fun closeup1

I also added small OA Daily Flash touches, like the chipboard and the sticker heart.

Alex Gadji - Read It's Fun closeup2

The date and the "♥ Like" are stamped with the Daily Flash roller stamps. They too from October Afternoon. 

Alex Gadji - Read It's Fun closeup3

I picked up the colors from the collection and chose matching twine.  You know that you can get pretty much any color from the shop?

Alex Gadji - Read It's Fun closeup4

I hope you like this collection as much as I do! Or, did I say like? I meant LOVE! Get your October Afternoon products HERE in the shop and use ALEX20 at checkout to get 20% off your entire order.


Happy scrapping!


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Thanks Stacia for linking up!

As soon as I saw this fabulous layout that Stacia linked up, I knew I wanted to feature it today! Look how fabulous!!!


She used one of my all time favorite papers from the Cool as a Cucumber Soup collection by Jillibean Soup.  Look at all the gorgeous details on this layout, well done Stacia!!  Thanks so much for linking up to our current issue.

Have you linked up a project or two or three?  You have one more day to do so, and you could win a prize pack from Jillibean Soup! I'm obviously quite partial to Jillibean Soup, but you should check out all the cool Jillibean Soup goodies in the shop.  I love these wood veneer shapes.


Make sure you check out all the new goodies in the shop, and use my code 20withamy to get 20% off whatever you purchase.



Happy Friday everyone!



Friday, September 12, 2014

Documenting Travel With Pocket Pages

Good morning everyone!  This is Christine with my first blog post for Paper Issues!  I've been documenting life with pocket pages for three years now.  I don't do weekly Project Life pages, but rather monthly pages.  I add inserts for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, and trips. 

We took a trip to Napa Valley, California in July.  I made a pocket page to document our wine tasting and awesome lunch, using the new Notes & Things collection from Crate Paper. It is definitely one of my favorite collections right now!


For this page I printed all my photos at 3x3 with a small white border.  I cut all the papers I wanted to use into 3x3 squares as well.  Then I added stickers, typed journaling, and embellishments.



I love how the soft peaches, pinks, and mint colors in this collection go so well with my photos. 


I love using regular scrapbook supplies for my pocket-style pages, and not just pre-made journal cards.


Sequins and wood veneers are some of my favorite little embellishments for Project Life.




Completing this spread brought back lots of great memories from the trip!  Thank you for stopping by today.  Make sure you check out Crate Paper's Notes & Things in the shop.  You can save 20% off this and anything else in the shop by using my code LISTGIRL!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fall Treat Boxes

corri_garza_fall_bags

Hi everyone!  Corri here today sharing a set of Fall treat boxes that I linked up to our current issue.  You still have a few days to link up all your die cut projects for a chance to win a goodie bag from our sponsor, Jillibean Soup

I love creating for Fall and I'm super excited about the new paper in the shop.


You can save 20 percent with this code. 


Thanks so much for stopping by! 






Wednesday, September 10, 2014

★{Enjoy This Day}★

There's a lot going on as summer transitions to fall. One of the things I look forward to the most is Mackenzie's birthday. She had a big one this year...10. It's hard to describe what that feels like, my baby turned double digits. I love that she's growing into such an amazing young lady. I felt inspired to document her special day right away while these feelings were fresh in my mind. 

I also took this opportunity to use summery papers in a not so summer-y way. This layout shows you that you can also transition your papers from summer to fall also! I used some great stuff we have available in the PAPER ISSUES store right now. Click on the link to see the awesome Webster's Pages Cool Water Line.

Mack really is amazing. The layout captures her beautiful, feisty spirit. Take a look:



Of course I have to include a close up of some of the details for you. I did some fussy cutting and as always added sequins. 


Don't forget about the CURRENT ISSUE..there's still time to link up before the new issues launches. It's a great chance to win some Jillibean Soup. Psst! There may also be new Jillibean Soup in the store...just sayin'!

If you want to save some money while you're ordering all these fun new things, you can use my code ❤ Happy Wednesday!