April 4, 2018

Swag Bag! - The Banana Split

The April Swag Bag has arrived at my doorstep! 
As soon as I opened that cute little bag of goodness, I couldn't wait to start gluing, 
and that's exactly what I did! 

I started with the FREE Polka Dots background cut file, and then kept on layering! Under the photo of the HUGE banana split I even used a piece of the actual Swag Bag for an extra layer. I especially love the large tag and tag holder, so cute to do a bit of journaling and tuck it inside!

Get your Swag Bag here, they don't last long, so hurry on over to place your order 
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it will save you 20% off of your Swag Bag and anything else you buy!!

March 27, 2018

Green Thumb - Scraplift Sunday

I love Scraplift Sunday's at Paper Issues, it's a quick and easy way to finish a layout. Sometimes I'll copy it very closely, other times I'll start making something that looks like the layout I'm lifting and then somehow takes a left turn and looks nothing like the original design. Either way, they're always a lot of fun to work on!
For this layout, I used lots of leaves from the You & Me Poppy Flowers FREE cut file from the PI store. Those leaves were a perfect embellishment to document my girls 4-H field trip where she planted succulents in a cute container to bring home. I also used lots of papers and embellishments from my stash, mixing and matching along the way!

Have you ever tried scraplifting?? Does it work for you??
Be sure to check even more Scraplift Sunday inspiration over in the Paper Issues {friends & fans} facebook group and play along for a chance to win a gift card to the PI store!!

And....remember to use code: Mary Ann in the PI store for 20% off your entire purchase!!

March 4, 2018

Old School Inspiration

There's a fun new challenge over at Paper Issues!
This one is called Old School, and is all about using a black and white photos.  
So what if you don't have an old black and white pic to use?? 
How about a current photo printed in black and white? That works too! 

As soon as I saw this challenge, I knew I had to play along. I have a ton of old family photos, and yep, you guessed it, most of them are black and white. I love scrapping the old pics, and recording the stories from so long ago. I used the brand new Pick Me up collection by Pink Paislee, the colors work so well with the old black and white!

I also used the fabulous Leaves & Laurels cut file that is available for FREE in the Paper Issues store. I used just the top half of the "laurel" to give the photo a framed look.

I also did some hand stitching, a back stitch is so quick and easy to do, it's my go to when I want to add a little texture and color.

Be sure to check out the Old School Challenge here in the Friends & Fans {facebook group} and join in on the fun! You could win a gift card to the Paper Issues store!!

**Use code Mary Ann at check out 
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February 21, 2018

Collins - Progressively Better Challenge

Have you seen the Progressively Better Challenge at Paper Issues? It's one of the new challenges, and it's a favorite for sure! You can follow along as the challenge is happening live, or wait and watch it when you have the time and play along then. Either way it's a lot of fun! I kind of worked on a layout as the challenge was live, but as usual, I get so busy watching what the girls are making, I didn't get a whole lot done on my layout. ha! I did finish it later though, and here's what I came up with.

Starting with a cardstock background was easy, but adding in all the items from the list can be a little tricky! For doodling, I added a few "xxx" marks, and since I didn't know the exact date the photo was taken, using late 1800's was as close as I could get, but it works!

There is still time to play along with the challenge, here is the Progressively Better list so you can join in too!

Start with a cardstock background 
Add 6”x7” patterned paper
Add 1 patterned paper layer any size
Add 1”x12” paper strip
Add 2 pieces of ephemera
Add 1 tag
Add doodling
Add 1 sticker
Add a big title
Add 2 layers anywhere. Can be paper can be embellishments. Anything.
Add enamel dots/shapes
Add twine or ribbon
Add a sub title
Add the date

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February 11, 2018

Farm Sweet Farm- Scraplift Sunday

It's Scraplift Sunday over at Paper Issues!! 
Scraplifts are always a favorite, they are such a quick and easy way to get your photos scrapped. You can copy it exactly or make it your own by picking a few elements or colors or what ever inspires you! Today we are lifting this amazing layout by Sindi.

I really, really loved everything about Sindi's layout, so I went for the "I'm going to copy it very, very closely because I love it so much" approach. Ha!

I started by printing my journaling directly on my cardstock, added a border strip at the bottom, then did some machine stitching to give a little texture to the background. I cut my patterned paper in shapes similar to what Sindi did, and also used just one small photo like she did. Next came the title, embellishment pieces and a few splatters of few mist and some pretty sequins scattered about. 
See, quick and easy! I think the measuring to get my journaling to print in the correct place took most of the time, and I may have used my blow dryer to help the mist dry quickly, but it was less than 30 minutes from start to finish. It's another layout complete and another memory to add to the album!

How about playing along with our Scraplift Sunday Challenge at Paper Issues?
You could win a gift card to the Paper Issues store!! 
there is an album for all of February's challenge entries.
I would love to see your scraplift!

***Remember to use code: MaryAnn in the 
Paper Issues store for 20% off your entire purchase!!***

February 6, 2018


There's a new challenge this month at Paper Issues called Ad-spiration! 
This is going to be a favorite of mine for sure, use the ad as inspiration for your layout. 
It can be the design, the colors, what ever the ad inspires you to make! 
Here's the ad, don't you just love that swirl!

And here's my layout, using Pink Paislee's Wild Child Boy collection, and the fabulous Exclaim It! cut file that you can download for FREE  right HERE in the Paper Issues store. 
I love how this one turned out, the cut file adds so much texture and color!

I'm pretty good about staying current on the kids' school albums, but I like to scrap each year's school photo for our family albums too, so off to the family album this one goes, 8 years later. Hey, at least it's scrapped! Now it's just grade 6 that's left and I'll be all caught up up except his senior photos! Yay! Go me!

Be sure to check out all the new challenges over at Paper Issues, there are so many to choose from! 
You could win a gift card to the Paper Issues store!

***And...don't forget while shopping in the Paper Issues store
to use code: Mary Ann for 20% off on your entire purchase!!

February 3, 2018

Our Favorite Place - This or That Challenge

There's a new challenge this month over at Paper Issues called This or That, and you need to play along! You'll love it, I promise. Just pick either This or That from the list, either or, but not both.
Here's the list, I highlighted what I used on my project.

Thickers or Alpha Stickers
Cut File or Punched Shape
Enamel Dots or Sequins
Hand Journaling or Typewriter Journaling
Wood Veneer or Acrylic Embellishments
Frame or Tag
Thread/Twine or Ribbon
Nuvo Drops or Mist
Clip or Flair Button
Washi or Stickers

I may have cheated a little with my wood veneer, using the chopsticks instead of a scrapbooking embellishment made from wood veneer, but I say they're wood, so they work!

I used a mix of different collections on this one, but I love how they all go together so well. And they do highlight my chopsticks rather nicely! ha!

Pick your This or That items from the list and play along  HERE in the Paper Issues {friends & fans} facebook group. You'll find all the February challenges that you can take part in, and you could win a gift card to the Paper Issues store!

**And, be sure to use my code: Mary Ann while you're shopping 
in the Paper Issues store for 20% off your total purchase!!