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!

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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!

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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!!

January 28, 2018

Scraplift Sunday - New Years Eve!

It's Scraplift Sunday over at Paper Issues and today we're lifting Amanda!
Here's Amanda's layout:

And here's what I came up with! I loved the circle design on Amanda's Paper, so I used that as inspiration to stitch a circle for my new year's eve "countdown".

There's a mix of things on this one, some new, some from my stash, but I love them all together!

Have you played along with Scraplift Sunday at Paper Issues??  You should! It's such an easy and fun way to complete a layout in no time at all.

And......don't forget while you're over checking out Scraplift Sunday, remember to use code: Mary Ann in the Paper Issues store for 20% off your entire order!!!

January 15, 2018

Time With You - January Issue!

Round two of New Issue Monday is up on the Paper Issues blog today! This month's theme is all about the New Year, New Ideas, or anything goes; share any project you like.  I went with the anything goes category, and scrapped a photo and story about spending the afternoon with my girlie at our favorite cafe, and her favorite place for oreo ice cream.

I used bits and pieces from Pink Paislee's Wild Child and Turn the Page collections. I love how they mixed together so well!

The frames work for not only my photo but to add embellishments to too!
I finished it off with a splattering of mist and some sequins.

Be sure to check out the Paper Issues blog for even more inspiration!

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January 14, 2018

Scrap Lift Sunday - At the Park

It's Scraplift Sunday at Paper Issues, and I'm playing along with the challenge too!  Here's Kelly's original layout...

And here's my scraplift...

I followed pretty close to the same design using the Turn the Page collection by Pink Paislee.  I included 2 photos, scraps of paper at the top and bottom of the layout, my title at the bottom, and some stars scattered here and there.

Have you ever played along with the Scraplift challenge??? How about giving it a try? It's an easy way to put together a layout since you have an example to follow.
As always thanks for stopping by!

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January 11, 2018

Scrap Soup - Cowboy Country

The January Scrap Soup Challenge is up on the Paper Issues blog!
I played along too using the Cowboy Country collection by Carta Bella, and the Howdy, Cowboy cut file that is available for FREE in the Paper Issues store.

I loved this collection as soon as I saw the papers and stickers! I may have even ordered doubles on some of the papers ;)  We definitely live in cowboy country, and I definitely have the photos! This was one of those quick "grab your phone" moments as the sun was setting and my son was watching the horses in the field.

I mixed the stickers in with pieces I cut from some of the patterned paper, and then layered them over the wagon wheel cut file. Download it for FREE here. Perfect embellishments to use together!!

Here's the Scrap Soup recipe with list of ingredients, I'd love for you to play along with the challenge too, you could win a gift card to the Paper Issues store!!

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