January 18, 2017

Crate Paper Heart Day - Paper Issues

Today on the Paper Issue's blog we are spotlighting Crate Paper's new Heart Day collection! Heart Day is full of lots and lots of hearts, and pretty reds and pinks, and I love that it works for not just Valentine's day photos, but every day photos too!





The XOXO paper is my fave in Heart Day, I really like the painted look of the letters and hearts! For my layout, I actually did a little scraplifting, but this time I scraplifted myself.  Yep, I went back to an old layout I made in 2014, and followed the same design that originally came from this sketch by My Creative Sketches. See how I flipped the sketch for this one!


And here's my layout that I lifted.


Have you ever done that? Gone back to an old layout and lifted yourself?? It's a great way to complete a layout, especially when your pile of photos seems to be growing faster than you can get them scrapped. ha!

As always, thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the Paper Issues blog for even more Heart Day inspiration, and don't forget you can use use code: Mary Ann in the Paper Issues store for 20% off your entire purchase!

January 7, 2017

Sketchy Saturday - January

The new January sketch is up over at Paper Issues!



I played along using the brand new Hazelwood collection by American Crafts. I'm loving the colors and patterns in Hazelwood, such an eclectic mix of checks, florals, stripes and some amazing globe designs! There are also arrows, butterflies and really cool cork embellishments, so be sure to check those out too!





I followed the sketch design fairly closely, but added in a few more banner shapes to the right of my photo. And yes, that's me in the photo, all dressed up with a hat and purse.

Stop by the Paper Issues blog for even more inspiration using this great sketch, and don't forget to use code Mary Ann in the Paper Issues store for 20% off your entire purchase!

January 3, 2017

Take 5 Tuesday - January 2017


Welcome to  2017! I have a new layout up on the Paper Issues blog today for the first Take 5 Tuesday Challenge of the year. This one uses the super cute "Space Academy" by Carta Bella, and a photo from 2004, the year that started this boys craze for all things space related.





If you've followed along with the Take 5 Challenge, you know that I give you a list of items, and from that list you pick 5 to use on your project. For my 5 items, I used cardstock, patterned papers, stars, pop dots for a bit of dimension, and the color black.



Stop by the PI blog to check out the challenge, and why not play along too! You might even win a gift card to the Paper Issues store. How cool would that be!

As always, thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to use my code: Mary Ann in the PI store for 20% off your entire purchase!!

December 31, 2016

Top 16 of 2016

As 2016 comes to close, the team at Paper Issues is taking a look back at favorite layouts from this past year. Here are my Top 16 favorites from 2016. Thank you so much for stopping by and for all the sweet comments you have left. I appreciate each and every one of them!!


































I love seeing them all together!!!

December 23, 2016

Dixie Mae's First Christmas

We got a new puppy back in September, so this is our first Christmas with Dixie Mae. It's also our first Christmas with a dog that likes to lay under the Christmas tree. So much so, that even after we added packages under the tree, she gently nudged a few out of the way so she could still have her space ;) Silly dog! Of course that meant I had to capture a photo.


I used bits and pieces from some past Swag Bags from Paper Issues for my layout, I love that there are so many fun pieces inside each bag, and they are so easy to mix and match! I think the snowflake and black banner was from last December, but it works great with the the green and black papers that were in the October Swag Bags just a few months ago.


Have you ever played along with the Swag Bag challenges at Paper Issues? You totally should!
You can also save 20% on the December Swag Bag (and also anything else in the store!) by using code Mary Ann when you check out in the Paper Issues store.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

December 19, 2016

Remember December - Paper Issues

Round 2 of the December Issue is up on the Paper Issues blog today! This month's theme includes sharing a layout about any December holiday, so a Christmas layout it is! I used bits and pieces from Fancy Pants Designs and some older Heidi Swapp that I had in my stash, along with photos of my girl on Christmas morning. Although, as I went to add this to her album, I realized this was really 2013 and she was 5. Ugh. With a little creative cutting and gluing, the dates are now correct ;)




There are some great ideas and wonderful projects to see on the Paper Issues blog, so be sure to head over there for more inspiration, and don't forget if you're shopping in the Paper Issues store, use my code: Mary Ann for 20% off your entire purchase!!

December 7, 2016

Merry & Bright Spotlight - Paper Issues

Today on the Paper Issues blog we are spotlighting the Merry & Bright collection by Fancy Pants Designs!! I really love the colors in this collection, traditional red and green but not the traditional red and green, know what I mean?



I started my layout by cutting the doodle circle frame, then layering it on to white cardstock, red cardstock, and then the pretty holly berry paper.


I added red sequins from my stash, a bit of red paint and gold mist, then added the sweet photo of my husband (many years ago lol!) and all the cute embellishments. My favorite is the No. 25 flair button, perfect for a Christmas layout!

As always thanks for stopping by, and remember to use code: Mary Ann for 20% off on anything you have your eye on in the Paper Issues shop!