September 20, 2017

You Can Change the World!

Today on the Paper Issues blog, we're spotlighting Rainbows and Unicorns, so what better to use than Shimelle's new Glitter Girl collection!  It's full of unicorns, and lots of twinkles and sparkles!





I love the bright colors in Glitter Girl, and of course the pink. Always the pink!
Pop on over to the PI blog for even more unicorn fun and inspiration!


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September 5, 2017

Wander - Take 5 Tuesday Challenge

The September Take 5 Tuesday Challenge is up on the Paper Issues blog!!
For my 5 items from the challenge idea list, I used the color brown, patterned paper, the date, cardstock and leaves. I also used the Cloudy Background Cut File that is available for FREE in the Paper Issues store!!





Here's this month's Take 5 list, I'd love for you to play along too!!




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September 4, 2017

The Pumpkin Patch- Paper Issues

The September Issue is up at Paper Issues!! This month's theme is "Let's Give Them Pumpkin to Talk About" and some of the suggested ideas are: anything to do with fall, apple picking, fall traditions, the pumpkin patch, a favorite thing about fall, use a fall collection for a non-seasonal page, so many ideas to choose from!

I went with the pumpkin pumpkin patch suggestion, mixing some papers from my stash along with some new favorites.





I cut the 3x4 "u-pick pumpkins" card from one of my patterned papers, perfect for this layout!



Now head on over to the Paper Issues blog for even more ideas from some more of the design team!

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August 23, 2017

In the Backyard - Swag Bag Spotlight

The monthly Swag Bag spotlight is happening over on the Paper Issues blog and I played along too!  After I have made 3 or 4 layouts from each Swag Bag, I mix all the left overs together in one large container that I refer to as my "Swag Bag Stash". This layout was made with pieces from that stash, that could be from last November's Swag Bag or from last month. I love mixing and matching, combining different bits and pieces into one layout.  Don't look to closely though, you may notice my background paper is sideways. Once you have part of it glued down, you just go with it and pretend it was supposed to be that way, right? ha!



I started with the picture of my girlie playing in the backyard, and just started layering!
I especially love the log die cut piece and wood grain stars, so perfect for the photo.  And, like I said before, it's all from my "Swag Bag Stash", that I simply added to my background paper.



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August 20, 2017

Scraplift Sunday - Explore and Wander

It's Scraplift Sunday over at Paper Issues, and they're scraplifting me!!
Here's my original layout...



And here's my lift using the Creekside collection by 1Canoe2 for American Crafts.  When I grabbed this photo from my stack of printed pics, I didn't even think about it having to do with a tree, I guess I not only scraplifted my layout, I also scraplifted the theme too 😉


I picked different elements from the original to lift, including an arrow, the journaling with an embellishment between the printed words on the left side of the layout and the column of embellishments down the right side of the layout.



Be sure to check out the Paper Issues blog to see even more Scraplift Sunday layouts!

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August 13, 2017

The Fruit Stand - Queen and Company

I have a new layout today using the adorable Fruit Basket Shaker kit from Queen and Company. It's such a cute kit! I love everything that is included, especially the fimo shaker "filling" pieces. There are juicy little watermelons, some of your favorite citrus fruits and even tiny bright red strawberries, it's a whole fruit salad!!

For my layout, I decided to document the quaint little fruit stand in our town. We stop there about once a week for oranges and is such a part of our routine, it's something I'll always want to remember.




I printed my journaling using my computer and then sprinkled and splattered some watercolors  (nothing fancy, I borrowed them from my 8 year old) on to my cardstock. Once the paint was dry, I added my 2 photos. Next I made the sweet little orange wedge shaker and filled it with the tiny orange slices. I tucked in a small cluster of green bakers twine right on top of the leaves to add a bit more texture. The bakers twine is included in the kit too, for this I just separated the green strands from the white strands.




I also die cut the large orange slice, and tucked it just under the edges of my photos. I stamped the sentiment with a matching ink and layered it right on top. To finish my layout, I glued some of the tiny orange fimo slices here and there, I just love the little orange bits!!



As always, thanks for stopping by!

August 8, 2017

Baseball - Take 5 Tuesday August Challenge

The August Take 5 Tuesday Challenge is up over at Paper Issues! This month my 5 items are: turquoise, patterned paper, border, sticker and title along with a photo of my girl at her very first time up at bat, at her very first baseball game. She missed the first few pitches, but I captured some photos to remember this memorable day!







Here's the Take 5 Tuesday Challenge list, I hope you'll play along, you could win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store!!
Hop on over to the Paper Issues blog for even more Take 5 inspiration!



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