September 30, 2016

School Pictures

I'm playing catch up and trying to get some school pictures scrapped. Maybe it was the new order form that came home yesterday for this years photos, that reminded me last years photos still needed to be done ;)  I got my girlies finished, now on to 10th grade pics of the boy.

I used the Millie & June collection by Fancy Pants Designs for this one. I just love the colors, I mean you can't go wrong with teal, hot pink and navy blue mixed together! This cut file from the Silhouette store cut from gray cardstock fit right in, and was perfect to layer on some of the cute embellishments and a few sequins too.

As always, thanks for stopping by, and remember you can use my code: Mary Ann in the Paper Issues store for 20% off your entire order, including the Millie & June collection!!

September 14, 2016

Doodlebug Spotlight - Paper Issues!

We're spotlighting Doodlebug Designs over on the Paper Issues blog today, and I have this layout to share using Doodlebug's Fun in the Sun collection. As soon as I saw the sweet little cactus die cuts, I remembered this photo I had taken of Gracie on her school field trip, standing in front of this giant cactus. Pair it with the cute cactus paper, and it was a perfect match!

This honestly was such a quick and easy layout to make! I splattered just a bit of white paint on the cactus paper, and while it was drying, I cut out the word "museum" with my Silhouette. By the time the word was cut, and I had the white outline border glued on to the word, the paint was dry. From there it was just layering the patterned papers, then adding my photo, and then die cuts. I did a few lines of journaling with my computer, and the layout was complete. Seriously, less than 30 minutes.

I love layouts that come together so fast like this, especially when I seem to take sooo many photos not only with my big girl camera, but with my phone too  ;)

Happy Wednesday my friends, thanks for stopping by!

Cactus Garden 12x12 paper

Paradise Plaid 12x12 Paper

Fun In The Sun Odds & Ends Die Cuts

September 13, 2016

Roll the Dice Challenge - Paper Issues!

Have you seen the new monthly challenge that was added over on the Paper Issues blog today? It's called Roll the Dice, and has such a clever way of coming up with what to use on your layout!! Be sure to head on over to the PI blog to check out the fun video and see exactly what Roll the Dice means!

And here is my Roll the Dice challenge layout, using 2 photos, and 5 papers.

For this one, I went to Google Earth, and focused in on where the house that we recently moved from was, and then also the area of the house we moved to and did a screen shot of each separate area.With these overhead photos, you can really see the difference in the houses all lined up on the city streets surrounded by freeways in the "then" photo, and the houses surrounded by mountains, hills and fields in the "now" photo.

I must say I'm still getting used to the now photo. It's so different to walk outside and not hear a sound except a cow mooing or a chicken clucking. To see raccoons, wild turkeys, rabbits, skunks and foxes in your yard (or garage as the case may be with the fox lol!) see deer grazing, and have to stop to wait for them to move off the road so you can drive by, and to always be aware of rattlesnakes that may be nearby. Those are just a few of  our animal friends ha!

That was then, this is our now.

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September 10, 2016

Cut it Up Saturday - Paper Issues

There's a FREE cut file up on the Paper Issues blog today! Isn't that such a cool chevron design!!

And here's my layout...

I sized it to fit just inside my cardstock base, and added 1 more chevron to each outside row. After cutting the design, I backed some of the chevrons with different patterned papers, and also left a few open. Next I added foam tape to go between the cut design and my cardstock base to give it a bit of dimension.

I finished it off with my photo, and layered on the embellishments!
Now head on over to the Paper Issues blog for even more inspiration from more of the design team, and be sure to download your FREE cut file too! And don't forget you can save 20% off your total purchase by using code: Mary Ann in the Paper Issues store!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

September 7, 2016

The New Car - Dear Lizzy Saturday

We're spotlighting the new Saturday collection by Dear Lizzy over at Paper Issues today! I loved the hold & sold ephemera tags, and knew they would work with this photo of our new car. It's not everyday that you have a car delivered to your front door ;)

To be honest, this is not my most favorite layout ever. I think it's the photo I don't like?? It was a dark and blustery day when I took the picture, and no matter how I tried in Photoshop, I just couldn't get the car to look white and everything else not look so gray, so I think that is what bothers me.  I do love all the cute tags though!  And how about those fun little yellow taxi's??  I added the bow and flower so they looked more like a new car with a bow and not a taxi ;)
But, it is a layout complete, a memory recorded, and it's going in the scrapbook.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

September 6, 2016

September Take 5 Tuesday Challenge - Paper Issues

The September Take 5 Tuesday Challenge that I host is live on the Paper Issues blog! Of course you guys all know it's my favorite challenge ;)
Here's my layout, I used the colors yellow and red, numbers, 2 patterned papers and a label, as my 5 items from the inspiration and idea list, all from the super cute Cool Kid collection

I love the look of the black and white with the bright colors!  And how cute is that truck flash card and chipboard paper airplanes, perfect for a pre-school page ;)

Be sure to stop by the Paper Issues blog to see even more ideas from the design team for the Take 5 Tuesday challenge. If you play along you could win a gift card to the Paper Issues store! While you're there, remember you can save 20% in the PI store just by using my code: Mary Ann.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

September 3, 2016

Sketchy Saturday - Paper Issues

The new September sketch is up over on the Paper Issues blog!!  Here's the sketch...

And here's my layout using the beautiful Love Always collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio, I just love the look of the soft pastels with the black and white! The colors were perfect to use with this photo of my girlie on her Kindergarten graduation.

I followed the base of the sketch pretty close, with the three different pieces for the background, and then changed it up a bit by using just a single photo, and adding the embellishments to the bottom left of the photo instead of the bottom right.

Have you played along with the monthly sketch challenges at Paper Issues??  It's a great idea for a quick and easy layout, and you might even win a prize!! Remember while you're over at the Paper Issues website, you can use code: Mary Ann, for 20% off your entire order in the PI store!

September 2, 2016

{P}inspire Me - September!

It's time for a new {P}inspire me mood board at Paper Issues!

This month's theme is back to school, so I dug out one of my back to school photos from first grade. It was September 1970, and I was stylin' for sure in my first day clothes and Mickey Mouse lunch pail ;)

I used the cute Real Genius collection  by Photo Play Paper. I love that it has a bit of a retro vibe, but would look just as awesome with school photos taken yesterday!

Pop on over to the PI blog for even more mood board inspiration! While you're there, don't forget to use code: Mary Ann in the PI store for 20% off your total purchase :)

September 1, 2016

Paper Issues Design Team Announcement

The new Paper Issues design team was announced this morning, and I'm excited to say I'm continuing on with the team! There's some new faces too, so stop by and see who all will be inspiring you with their paper crafting talents. And....don't forget you can use code: Mary Ann in the Paper Issues store for a 20% discount any time you place an order :)