Monday, December 18, 2017

Holiday Happenings with Paper Issues: Shine (PhotoPlay Paper Happy Hanukkah Mini Kit)


Hi everyone! Can you believe we've reached the last issue of the year at Paper Issues? It's called Holiday Happenings. I used PhotoPlay Paper's Happy Hanukkah Mini Kit to create my page. I paired it with a special edition Hanukkah embellishment kit from Pinkfresh Studio and the dreidel from the 8 Crazy Nights PaperPOP set from the Paper Issues store.

Here's what the issue is all about:
  • Show us pages about the December holidays you celebrate, including your decor (lights, tree, menorah, etc.)
  • Tell us about your favorite holiday gift (either one you received or one you gave).
  • What's on your holiday menu? Do you decorate cookies, make gingerbread houses? Do you have a dish you're known for and your family can't live without?
  • What types of winter activities do you enjoy?
Add your paper projects to the Current Issue album in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} group by December 31st for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store. Easy, right?

Happy holidays!
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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Working Title with Paper Issues: Shiny & Bright Christmas (Simple Stories Very Merry)


It's time for December's Working Title challenge at Paper Issues. This month the challenge is to feature the lyrics or title to a holiday song.


Link your finished project to the Working Title Challenge album in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group by December 31st to be in the running for a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Try it Tuesday with Paper Issues: You're All Write (Pebbles Forever My Always)


This month's Try it Tuesday challenge at Paper Issues is called Paper Strips Sorted.

It's time to use up your scrappy paper strips, whether they're scraps left over from another project or the decorative manufacturer's trim from the bottom of a piece of paper. 

Suggested ideas include creating a shape like a star, heart or snowflake; die cutting a shape from strips that have been stitched together; paper piecing a cut file or creating a border (as I did), etc. Get creative and have fun!

I cut the paper strip off of the bottom of my background paper (just happened to be decorative), used it as a border and added a bit of machine stitching.

You can play along too! Add your project to the Try it Tuesday album in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} group by December 31st for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.
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Monday, December 11, 2017

Pinspire Me with Paper Issues: Snow Mountain (Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa)



It's time for the December Pinspire Me challenge at Paper Issues. I used Crate Paper's Snow and Cocoa collection to create my card. Although this collection is from last year, it was so popular it was released again this year with additional embellishments.

Here's a look at this month's beautiful mood board. I was inspired by the non-traditional holiday colors.



Create something based on this piece and post it in the Pinspire Me album in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group by December 31st for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store. If you share your project on Instagram, be sure to use #paperissuespinspireme so we can leave you some love. :)
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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Scrap Soup with Paper Issues: Canandaigua (Jillibean Soup Shades of Color)


It's time for December's Scrap Soup challenge at Paper Issues. This is such a fun challenge! You can play along too for a chance to win a gift certificate to the
Paper Issues store.

How does this challenge work? Each month there's a list of items to use as the base of your soup (project). You're welcome to add in anything else you'd like (including more of what's listed), but you have to have at least the minimum ingredients in the recipe.


Link your finished project to the Scrap Soup Challenge album in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group by December 31st for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Take 5 with Paper Issues: Winter Season (Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa)


Every month I love playing along with the Take 5 challenge at Paper Issues. It's fun, easy and there are so many ways to interpret it. You can play along too for a chance to win a gift certificate to the
Paper Issues store.

I put this fun and colorful holiday card together with the Snow and Cocoa collection from Crate Paper. Did you know they re-released this collection this year to include additional embellishments? You'll find the collection right here.

So how does the Take 5 challenge work? Pick 5 items from the chart below and create a paper project (card, layout, off the page, pocket page, etc.) You can add other items, but you must use at least 5 items from the list.


Link your finished project to the Take 5 Challenge album in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group by December 31st.
 

In case you're wondering, I used eight this month: #1 silver, #2 gold, #3 white, #4 snowflake, #7 patterned paper, #11 layers, #12 sticker, #15 "winter".
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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Sketchy Saturday with Paper Issues: Finding Balance (Cocoa Vanilla Bohemian Dreams)


I love the sketch Ann designed for this month's challenge at Paper Issues. It was perfect for documenting my love of yoga. The journaling is about how I try to find balance in my life. Balance also happens to be the name of the studio where I practice. :)

I rotated the sketch 90° to the right, using Cocoa Vanilla Bohemian Dream, odds and ends from my stash, and pieces of flair from Feed Your Craft.

Here's a look at the sketch:



I hope all of you sketch lovers out there will play along! Add your finished project to the Sketchy Saturday album in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group by December 31st for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Free File Friday with Paper Issues: OC Boardwalk (Pink Paislee Summer Lights)


Paper Issues offers an amazing selection of FREE cut files and they're all perfect for the bi-monthly Free File Friday challenge!

This month's challenge is to use a Paper Issues cut file to document something you're thankful for. I'm thankful for our summer vacation, especially now that it's cold, icy and snowy here in upstate NY.  You can see how other members of the team interpreted this challenge on the Paper Issues blog today.

I used the Puffy Solid Alpha free cut file to create my title and paired it with Pink Paislee's beautiful Summer Lights line.



Add your finished project to the Free File Friday album in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group by December 31st for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.

Before I go...If you're itching for new products, be sure to check out the store. There are many new arrivals and brand new FREE cut files to coordinate. :) Use the code below to save 20% on your order.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Product Spotlight with Paper Issues: Rey of Light (Pink Paislee Spellcast)


Paper Issues is putting the spotlight on fall/Halloween this month. I used Pink Paislee Spellcast, pieces from various Swag Bags and my stash to create this page.


You can play along too, in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group. Post your project by December 3rd for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Take 5 with Paper Issues: Mazel Tov (Photo Play Paper Happy Hanukkah)


Every month I love playing along with the Take 5 challenge at Paper Issues. It's fun, easy and there are so many ways to interpret it. You can play along too for a chance to win a gift certificate to the
Paper Issues store.

My nephew's bar mitzvah is this weekend, so I made this card to pair with the gift we got him. I used Photo Play Paper's new Happy Hanukkah collection which you'll find in the Paper Issues store as well as the Star of David from the 8 Crazy Nights Paper POP set.

So how does the Take 5 challenge work? Pick 5 items from the chart below and create a paper project (card, layout, off the page, pocket page, etc.) You can add other items, but you must use at least 5 items from the list.


Link your finished project to the Take 5 Challenge album in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group by December 3rd.
 

In case you're wondering, I used six this month (and that's okay): #3 brown, #5 patterned paper, #7 stitching, #8 stripes, #9 animal and #12 3 stickers.
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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Sketchy Saturday with Paper Issues: OC Maryland (Fancy Pants Take Note)


I haven't used a sketch in quite a while, but I couldn't resist the great grid sketch Ann designed for this month's challenge at Paper Issues. It was the perfect way to document photos from our vacation to Ocean City, MD this summer.

I used Fancy Pants Take Note, a few bits from my stash, and some awesome flair from Feed Your Craft.

Here's a look at the sketch:



I hope all of you sketch lovers out there will play along! Add your finished project to the Sketchy Saturday album in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group by December 3rd for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.
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Friday, November 3, 2017

Free File Friday with Paper Issues: Love (Cocoa Vanilla Bohemian Dreams)


Paper Issues offers an amazing selection of FREE cut files and they're all perfect for the bi-monthly Free File Friday challenge!

This month's challenge is to use a Paper Issues cut file to document your favorite activities or memorable moments from the fall season. See even more inspiration on the Paper Issues blog today.

I used the Love Script Heart cut file and enlarged it to create a wreath-style frame. I embellished the wreath with all sorts of embellishments from Cocoa Vanilla's beautiful new Bohemian Dream collection.



Add your finished project to the Free File Friday album in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group by December 3rd for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.
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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Working Title with Paper Issues: So Happy Together


It's time for the November Working Title challenge at Paper Issues — Numeral Fun! That's right. This month we're playing with numbers — use a number or the word for a number in your title. 


Link your finished project to the Working Title Challenge album in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group by December 3rd to be in the running for a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.
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Friday, October 20, 2017

Free File Friday with Paper Issues: Honeycrisp


Paper Issues offers an amazing selection of FREE cut files! If you don't have a Silhouette, there are directions on the blog to help you convert the files.

This month's challenge is to use a Paper Issues cut file on a fall or Halloween project. You can see more inspiration on the Paper Issues blog today.

I used the apple from the Take Note of Today cut file and enlarged it to create a wreath-style frame. I embellished the wreath with all sorts of fall embellishments from Carta Bella, Echo Park, Simple Stories and Feed Your Craft.



Add your finished project to the Free File Friday album in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group by November 5th for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Product Spotlight with Paper Issues: Scary


Paper Issues is putting the spotlight on Halloween this month. I didn't have any Halloween collections on hand (gasp!) so I turned to my stash and pieces from various Paper Issues Swag Bags to create this card.


You can play along too, in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group. Post your project by November 5th for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Add it Up with Paper Issues: Jingle All the Way (Simple Stories Very Merry)


Hi everyone! Are you ready for October's Add It Up challenge at Paper Issues?

There's a chart (see below) of items you can use on your project. Each item has its own point value. If you use multiples of an item, then you can add in even more points! For example, if you use two (2) photos, you'd get 10 points. If you use five (5) patterned papers, you'd get 25 points. Every month your completed project has to reach a certain point value. This month, you have to have 50 points or less. I'm sure you can guess there's no way I would have been able to do this on a layout, so I created a card. :)

Here's the chart and point values:



I hope you'll give it a try and play along! Link your finished project to the Add It Up album in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group by November 5th for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.
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