December 10, 2017

Scraplift Sunday - Paper Issues

It's Scraplift Sunday over at Paper Issues, and today they're lifting me! Of course I had to play along too. Here's my original layout...



And here's my scraplift, using bits and pieces of Snow and Cocoa by Crate Paper, and Sweater Weather by American Crafts. I also kinda scraplifted the photo too, it's the same event, 1 year later!




In our tiny little town of less than a thousand people, we have the coolest museum that is all about the history of the town. Every December they have a Christmas Open House, with old fashioned decorations, music and yummy treats to eat. We love to go, and I love taking picture while we are there!

Head on over to the Paper Issues blog for more scraplift inspiration. Play along too for your chance to win a gift card to the Paper Issues store!!

December 7, 2017

Scrap Soup - December!

It's time for the December Scrap Soup Challenge at Paper Issues!! This is such a fun challenge, just follow along with the recipe!  You can add more "ingredients" to make it your own, but you must use everything in the original recipe.

Here's my layout using the fabulous Welcome Home collection by Carta Bella. I'm counting the 2 chipboard pieces as my circles, but the enamel dots would work as circles too! The date is easy to add using a rolling date stamp.





And, here's the Scrap Soup recipe...



I'd love for you to play along with the challenge, you could win a gift card to the Paper Issues store!
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December 5, 2017

December Take 5 Tuesday Challenge - Scrapping the School Photos!

The December Take 5 Tuesday Challenge is up over at Paper Issues!  This month has a "winter" feel with silver, gold, white and snowflakes on the inspiration and idea list.




I went a completely different route though, and scrapped my girlie's 3rd grade school photo. I'm a little behind on her school album for this year, so here's to getting it caught up, starting with this layout!



I used bits and pieces of Dear Lizzy's Stargazer collection, and a little bit of Take Note by Fancy Pants Designs too, along with the School & Sports cut file that is available for FREE here in the Paper Issues store.

The Take 5 Challenge is open through December 31st, I'd love for you join in on the fun, and you might win a gift card to the Paper Issues store!!


December 4, 2017

Christmas at the Museum! - Paper Issues

The new December Issue is up on the Paper Issues blog today! This month's theme is Holiday Happenings, and some of the suggested themes are December holidays, pictures of holiday decor, favorite gift, winter activities, so many ideas to choose from!

I went with the winter activities idea, and came up with this layout of my girl at the museum in our little town using the Pines and Needles FREE cut file from the Paper Issues store.




I love the "falala" for a title!!! I also cut the pine branch and used pieces behind my journaling tag.



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November 9, 2017

Scrap Soup - November!

The November Scrap Soup Challenge is up over at Paper Issues!  
As soon as I saw this web cut file, (that is available for FREE here in the Paper Issues store!) I knew I would be using for a Spiderman layout! Yes, I'm sure I'll be using it for a Halloween page too, but it was perfect for my Spiderman loving boy. Oh how I remember those days when he was 3 and was so excited to wear that little shirt!







This layout came together so quick and easy too. I splattered some mist on my cardstock, and while that was drying, cut out the web. Then I layered on the photo and some bits and pieces from my stash.


Have you played along with the Scrap Soup challenge?? Just follow along with the “recipe”. You can make the recipe your own by adding more "ingredients", but you must use everything listed in the original recipe. Here is this month recipe:



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November 7, 2017

Moments - Take 5 Tuesday Challenge

The new Take 5 Tuesday challenge is up over on the Paper Issues blog!  Here is this month's idea list:



And here's my layout, using the Carousel collection by Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper along with the color yellow, patterned paper, cardstock, title and these sweet little drawings as memorabilia.




My daughter is always drawing little pictures for me and what better way to preserve them than adding them to a layout!

Hop on over to the Paper Issues blog for even more Take 5 Tuesday inspiration! We'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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November 6, 2017

Home Sweet Home- Paper Issues!

The November Issues is up over on the Paper Issues blog!  This month's theme is Home Is Where the Heart Is, and some of the suggested ideas are to create a project about your home (favorite room, neighborhood, home renovations etc.) family gatherings or Thanksgiving traditions and recipes.
I went with the home theme, and used this recent photo of our front porch decorated with white pumpkins for fall and the Welcome Home collection by Carta Bella. 

I *loved* this collection from the moment I saw it! It's not very often that my love for home decor and scrapbooking come together. How could I pass it up when there are things like farmhouse, barn doors and shiplap on papers and stickers!










I think I bought two of almost everything, and will be using as I continue to document all the fun (ok, not always fun) things we are working on here at home, most recently it's been the task of painting our kitchen. There will be layout coming soon all about that!

Head on over to the PI blog for even more inspiration from some of the team.
And, as always, thanks for stopping by!


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October 31, 2017

4H and an Adventure! - Paper Issues

This past weekend was the Paper Issues online crop, did you join in on the fun? There were lots of challenges and a live Bingo game too! The challenges are actually still going on, you have until Friday evening if you do want to jump in and play!

Here's my layout for the This or That challenge using a patterned paper background, 1 photo, label, enamel dots, thread, stickers, thickers, hand journaling, gold and a bow, all from the This or That list.


And...here's my layout for the Think Outside the Box challenge, where I challenged you to make a project without using any rectangle or square shapes. Sounds easy until you realize that your photo would be either rectangle or square, lol.  I used an older PI FREE cut file for the circle background, and then the arrows from the Are We There Yet FREE cut file, along with lots of pieces from Dear Lizzy's Stargazer collection



I'm still working on a few more of the challenges, it's such a great way to get some layouts done and into the albums!

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October 16, 2017

At the Pumpkin Patch!

Hey friends! I have a new layout to share using the Halloween Hooplah Kit from Queen and Company. I fell in love with the kit as soon as I opened the package! The dies are so very cute and have such detailed designs, and the fillings for the shaker boxes are the perfect holiday colors. For my layout, I went with a fall theme and I especially like that the kit works for both Halloween and fall projects too!



To start my layout, I made 2 shaker pumpkins using the dies, and filled them with a mix of the orange stars and clear and orange beads, all from the kit. I also used the center foam piece (that I had punched out from the pumpkin shakers) to make another pumpkin and then used the grinning jack o'lantern stamp from the kit to give him his smile! 




To add even more pumpkins, I used the clear acetate piece that covers the shakers boxes as a pattern to trace around, and made three more pumpkins to layer on to have a whole pumpkin patch!
I finished my layout by adding the pretty green gems here and there, and to the hand-cut banner. I love how this turned out, and am happy to have this special day documented.

October 12, 2017

Scrap Soup! - October

The October Scrap Soup challenge is up over at Paper Issues! Each month I give you a recipe to use on your projects, you must use everything in the recipe, but can add more "ingredients" to make it your own.

Here is this month's list:



I started with the FREE Patchwork Pumpkin cut file, and erased all the center pieces leaving only the pumpkin border. I filled it in with my photos, and bits and pieces from the Roctober Kit.
Have you bought your Rocktober kit yet?? It's full of yummy goodness for Halloween and Fall too! It is available here in the PI store.





As always, thanks for stopping by!

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October 3, 2017

Cutest Knight Ever! - Take 5 Tuesday Challenge

The October Take 5 Tuesday Challenge is up over on the Paper Issues blog! I played along too, with a pic of the cutest knight ever.  I can't believe this was 13 years ago!








For my layout, I used the color blue, twine, something gold, enamel dots and stars from the challenge list. I love adding the enamel dots to my layouts, it adds just a little pop of color!

Now head on over to the PI blog for even more inspiration! I'd love for you to play along with Take 5, you could win a gift card to the Paper Issues store!!



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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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