Monday, January 16, 2017

totes adorbs

The newest January Paper Issues post is live! The theme this month is New Year's/Stash Busters, and this is Round 2 (you can see all the beautiful work from Round 1 here).

What is Stash Busters about? Here are some ideas to get you started (use one or use them all). Feel free to use any product you'd like. Projects can be new or old and you're welcome to share as many as you'd like.
  • It's a new year, so make a dent in your stash! What are you hoarding? Is it an old collection? Is there a paper you think is too pretty to cut into? Do you have embellishments you haven't even opened? Get to work creating a project that includes something you haven't used yet or finishes off a collection by using up the scraps.
  • Show us anything about your New Year's celebrations.
  • Scrap a photo of yourself.

Here is mine:

I have been siting on these beautiful papers from Pinkfresh studio that were a perfect color match for these adorable photos of my sweet granddaughter, Aubree. I wanted to add some pink and other fun elements, so I started digging through my misc. trinkets and found several playful and pretty embellishments that worked wonderfully with the vision I had. A few snippets of Crate Paper Cute Girl paper and die cuts were the icing on the cake to complete this layout. 

I may not have dug far back into my stash, but I did use several pretties that I had been saving for something special (who knows how long I would have sat on these if not for this challenge. ;). 

To play along with our new issue, create a project that goes along with the issue theme. Make sure you check out all of the details on the PI blog

Don't forget you can use the code RAE20 t0 save 20% off your entire order in the Paper Issues store! 

feel the love

It's time for the second sketch challenge this month from The Memory Nest. Make it Mon. No. 80 is full of possibilities and can easily be dressed up or down.

I opted to fill the empty spaces with some hearts cut files, but kept true to the sketch otherwise.

cs: DCWV, pp and epoxy words: Crate Paper, Twine, rubons: Doodlebug. enamel dots: I made, cut file from Clique Kits, tissue paper

Here is the wonderful sketch- you can see how versatile it is: 

Please join us over on The Memory Nest blog! We'd love to see your take on the challenge. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

she loves to slide

Hello! Welcome to the January 15th sketch from Stuck?! Sketches

I kept my layout pretty true to the sketch, with a few minor skews. I also added some paper strips to the top and bottom edges after sitting on it for a day as it didn't feel grounded to me. 

I really love the white title on this. Photos just cannot do it justice. I stepped out of my comfort zone by doing so, but it was well worth trying. 

Some messy thread adds some movement to this. 

Felicity Jane October kit and thread

There are two super sponsors for this challenge:

the prize is a $25 gift card

is offering a themed prize pack

Check out the Stuck?! Sketches blog to see the fabulous work from the team and for your chance to enter your layout for a super fun prize!

snoqualmie falls

The new challenge for The Studio Challenges is live. This time we have an lovely mood board. 

The bottom left photo is what captivated me most on this mood board. The grey, yellow, white and touch of blue along with the linear design were the inspiration for my layout. I added some texture by cutting some fringe and popping some of the flowers with foam. 

Pink Paislee, enamel dots, twine, foam, AC Thickers

Saturday, January 7, 2017

winter memories

Hi! It's Sketchy Sketchy Saturday on the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} facebook page. 
I am a big fan of sketches and I pretty much followed this one exactly as is. 

pp and die cuts: Crate Paper, twine, sequins, tag

Here's the wonderful January sketch:

To play along with this challenge, link your finished project to the Sketchy Saturday Challenge album in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group by February 5th to be in the running to win a gift certificate to spend in the Paper Issues store

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

so much fun!

I am so excited to share my first official post as a member of the Paper Issues team!

Today I am joining in the January Take 5 Tuesday Challenge at Paper Issues

cardstock: Recollections, pp and die cuts: Crate Paper, cut file: Laura Whitaker, brad: Simple Stories, Silver Thread, mists: Heidi Swapp, enamel dots: I made

Here's how the challenge works: each month there is a list of items to select from as inspiration, all you have to do it pick 5 items from the list and create a paper crafting project of any kind (card, layout, off-the-page, pocket page, etc.). You are free to add other items, but you must use at least 5 items from the list. 

Here is the list for January:

I used the following on my layout:
2. grey, 3. black, 4. polka dots, 5. cardstock, 6. something silver, 7. more than one photo, 8. patterned paper, 14. tags or label, 15. use word "winter" in title or journaling

To play along, link your finished project to the Take 5 Tuesday Challenge album in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group by February 5th to be in the running to win a gift certificate to spend in the Paper Issues store

Monday, January 2, 2017

hello adorable

Welcome to the first 2017 challenge from The Memory Nest! Make it Monday No. 79 was a super fun sketch to play along with and I had a great time getting a little artsy with my layout.

Initially this layout was all black and white, which worked, but I felt as if it needed a splash of color, so I pulled out some gesso and watercolors and added a few pops of {messy} color. The 'hello' was stamped. 

pp, stamps, alpha and white love flair: Felicity Jane 
black flair: Prima
twine, gesso, and water color paints

here's the sketch:

Go check out the fabulous layouts the team created and share your take on this sketch by visiting The Memory Nest blog.