May 11, 2017

Queen and Co. - Love!

We're spotlighting flowers over at Queen and Co. this month! I love flowers, whether it's in my garden or on my layouts, I love anything floral. Another thing I love is old family photos, so combine those two and I'll end up with a layout that sure to be one of my favorites! 



I started my layout by cutting a design from cardstock using my diecutting machine and this FREE cut file from the Paper Issues store, then backing the large flower sections with the grey floral paper from the 6" x 6" Flirty Florals Mat Stack. I like how the grey floral looks with the old black and white photo.



Next I added my photo, then started layering on the beautiful pink and white Iridescent Flowers. I love how they shimmer! The Iridescent Flowers come with a rhinestone center, but to add a bit more color, I simply removed the rhinestone and added a few of the Yellow Sparklers and Pink Pinwheels to the center of the flowers.




I also added in some White and Pink Pom Flowers. The sweet little Pom Flowers are so cute and fluffy, I really like the dimension they add to my layout without making it too thick.
To finish off my layout, I scattered some of the White Petite Posies here and there for a bit of sparkle, and then added the "love" Acrylic Sentiment Title, on top of the flowers and just barely over the edge of my photo.

Now pop on over to the Queen and Co. blog for more beautiful flower projects
and links to all the pretty flowers!

May 10, 2017

Scrap Soup!

There's a brand new monthly challenge that I am hosting over at Paper Issues! 
It's called Scrap Soup, and I sure hope you will play along!

What is Scrap Soup you ask?
Each month I will give you a "recipe" to follow. 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's Scrap Soup recipe...


and here's my layout...



For my layout, I used the new Family & Co. by Fancy Pants Designs, I love the patterned papers in this collection, they are so bright and colorful!!  I followed the recipe, making sure I had all the rectangles, 7 embellishments and 4 words. I added in a few extra embellishments, and if you count the words on my tag, title and patterned paper, I ended up with a lot more than 4 words!




Did you notice the long rectangles can be any width? Yes they can! And for embellishments, it can be something as simple as 7 enamel dots, or 7 buttons, or kick it up a notch by adding 7 die cuts or 7 tags. It's up to you how many ingredients you want to add!

Now head on over to the Paper Issues blog for more Scrap Soup inspiration from some of the Design Team. And, if you check out the Paper Issues store, don't forget to use my code: Mary Ann for 20% off your entire purchase!!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

May 2, 2017

Cool Kid! - Paper Issues Take 5 Challenge

The May Take 5 Tuesday Challenge is up over at Paper Issues!! Here is the idea and inspiration list, I'd love for you to play along with the challenge too :)



For my layout, I pulled the color blue, a sticker, enamel dots, patterned paper and a rainbow as my 5 items from the list.


I've always been one to mix and match, and I did just that for this layout! My papers are by Fancy Pants, the "Cool Kid" title is by Crate Paper, the word happy, rainbow, polka dot sticker and enamel dots are from the brand new Fairy Tales collection by Doodlebug Design, and the enamel stars are by Bella Blvd. That's a lot of mixing and matching, but they all work so well together and were perfect for this layout about my boy's Dr. Seuss pancakes!

Be sure to stop by the Paper Issues blog for even more Take 5 inspiration!

May 1, 2017

Mom-O-Grams - Paper Issues

The new Issue is up over at Paper Issues today! This month's theme is "Mom-0-Grams", some ideas are to use letters in a fun way, add a monogram to your page, share creations about Mother's Day or a layout about mom or grandma. I went with the grandma idea, and made this layout about my Meemaw.



I used my large format printer for this one, printing my journaling directly on the patterned paper and then adding a photo of Meemaw and me together along with a few embellishments. I wrote the journaling looking back on my childhood, and remembering a special time with her. I love old black & white photos, and this is a favorite for sure!


and then there's this...


I'm on for another term with this wonderful group!  We said good-bye to some lovely ladies, and are welcoming some new friends.

Pop on over to the Paper Issues blog for even more Mom-O-Gram inspiration, and don't forget to use code: Mary Ann if you do any shopping in the Paper Issues store, my code will get you 20% off your entire purchase!!!