Monday, October 16, 2017

New Issue: Which Kraft? Round 2


Hi everyone! Lisa here today to start off round 2 of October issue — Which Kraft?

In addition to our monthly issue, be sure to check out all of our other challenges. You'll find them in our {Friends & Fans} Facebook group. Each challenge has its own album. You can get a look at the October challenge album right here. Please post your issue projects in the New Issue album.

The deadline for sharing your projects is November 5th for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.

Before we get to what this issue is about, here's a look at some awesome inspiration from the team.


Clockwise from top L: Amanda, Wendy, Damaris, Rachel

Note: Clicking on a design team member's name will take you to their blog or Instagram account where you can see their project in more detail.

What is Which Kraft all about? Here are some ideas to get you started:
  • Anything having to do with Halloween or October outings.
  • Use kraft elements like paper, cardstock, embellishments, etc.
  • Add texture by using burlap or cork.
  • Create a project about the crafts you do.
  • Use a witches' hat, broomstick or cauldron embellishments.

We're super chatty and love to make new friends, so please stop by and connect with us:

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Scraplift Sunday

Hello and happy Scraplift Sunday! Remember, we made that a thing! So today, Ann made this layout we are lifting. It's all about the happy. Happy colors, happy prints, happy photos and even happy birthday! She is the master at texture, and we can't forget the straws! I had fun lifting this layout, the team did too. 


Devra -See, I had to play along. Everything about Ann's layout made me smile. You know what makes me smile? Glitter Girl. Oh my goodness.  The glitter Thickers,  the bright colors, the fun icons stickers, the shaker stickers,  I love it. Anyway, I used one larger photo, then added an extra large embellishment too. I'm going to be sad when I use it all up. really. I am. 



Oh, look at Rachel's sweet boys all dressed and ready to go. She really knows how to make the best use of Elle's Studio Family Fun. It suits her clean style. The looped twine adds some whinsy and all the hearts, oh all the hearts. 



Boo! Kelly is starting halloween early with this ghoulish lift! She broke out the Fancy Pants Spellbound. I love her clean approach to this page and how she stretched it across the whole page. 


Wendy's in the Christmas spirit already! I like her use of the 2 different sized photos. This page is full off all the Christmas goodies, especially glitter! 



Ok, so there you have it. One layout, several lifts.  You know we want to see your projects! Join us in our Facebook Group for daily chatter. Find Scraplift Sunday and so many more challenges in the October Challenge album. Feel like some new goodies? Use DEVRA at checkout for 20%v off your purchase.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

A "Spellbound" Halloween with Tracey Fox



Hey everyone! Today, I’m sharing a Halloween layout using products from Fancy Pants’ Spellbound collection. I don’t usually do a lot for Halloween, so it’s rare that I have Halloween photos to scrap, but I DO go to a lot of movies, so I thought these products worked perfectly to document the Harry Potter movie marathon I attended over Halloween weekend last year. I just love the soft purples and minty greens mixed in with the traditional black and orange in this collection! 



To make my page, I layered up some of the collection’s patterned papers and lots of  the Spellbound Tags Die Cuts (including a bit of the product packaging) under my photos of the theater and the marathon schedule. 



After adhering my journaling strips, I distressed up some old chipboard alphas from my stash to create the title, “Epic Binge,” because eight movies in one weekend was a serious binge-watch! I used some of the fun bakers’s twine included in the diecut pack of tags and wrapped it around some of the letters. 



I hope you’ll have fun making Halloween projects this October! Join us in the Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook group and share what you’re making with us! You’ll especially want to be there with us for the Paper Issues Fall Crop October 27-28! And when you shop the store, be sure to use the code “TRACEY” to save 20% on your entire purchase!


Friday, October 13, 2017

Fan Feature Friday: Which Kraft? #1


Happy Friday everyone! Lisa here to shine the spotlight on some of the projects you've created for our current issue, Which Kraft? We love to feature your beautiful work so be sure to share your creations in the New Issue album in our {Friends & Fans} Facebook group.

1. Bethany loves kraft paper so this issue was right up her alley! There are so many great neutral elements on her page, including "stitched" tags and fussy cut flowers.



2. Christy's take on this issue is absolutely fabulous! Look at all of the leaves tucked around the photo and how the design mimics the circular background.


3. Jenessa created this beauty on kraft paper and added in so many wonderful details.



4. Janet created this spook-tacular Halloween page. Love her use of the chipboard frames!



5. Laurie's sweet Halloween page features traditional colors paired with gold glittered embellishments. Great combo!



6. How cute is this Halloween card by Danielle? I spy an adorable Wanda Witch Doodle-pop sending her best witches. :)


 Thank you all for playing along with us! Be sure to grab the button below to showcase on your blog.


I'll be back next Friday with a look at more wonderful projects!


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Scrap Soup - October!

Can you believe it's already time for the October Scrap Soup Challenge?? Me either!!
As always, you must use everything in the recipe, but you can add as many extra "ingredients" as you would like to make it your own!

Here's this month's list:




For my layout, I used pieces from the amazing Rocktober Kit and the Boo Crew FREE cut file. I love all the bits and pieces in the Rocktober kit, a little bit of Halloween and Fall too!
For the cut file, I cut out all of the inside pieces, leaving only the border of the pumpkin. Is that paper pumpkin carving??  ha!




Stacie's layout features the Bootiful Night collection along with the cute Trick or Treat Sweets Cut File (that she designed!) that is available for FREE here in the Paper Issues store! Such a darling layout, Stacie!




Wendy's layout reminds us how much we love fall! I really like how she used Carta Bella's Hello Fall collection to layer under her photos. What a great way to remember your favorite fall treat!



How about playing along with the Scrap Soup challenge?? Did you know you could win a gift card to the Paper Issues store!! Be sure to add your project here in the October Challenge album on our Paper Issues {friends & fans} Facebook page to be entered in the drawing. Upload as many NEW projects as you would like for even more chances to win, each project counts as an extra entry!  Entries for this and all challenges close on November 5th and winners announced November 6th.


And, while shopping in the Paper Issues store, remember to use code: Mary Ann for 20% off your entire purchase!!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Add it up




Hey everyone, it's time for a new Add it Up challenge!  Here is how this challenge works. I've compiled a list of items, each with its own point value, to use on your project. Each month, I will post the total number of points your project should have. Some months, I'll choose a lower point value and therefore, a "cleaner" project and other months you need to reach a higher point value. You can use anything on the list as long as it adds up to the total number of points chosen for the month. 

This month I want to see a total points of 50 or less!  Here is the list of items:



Here is my take with 49 points.  I used the Glitter Girl collection from Shimelle.



Let's take a look at what the team created...


Damaris has this striking LO!  I love all the white space on this!



Devra is such a fun person!  I wish I could have been at that party with her!  Awesome LO!



Lisa has already started working on her Christmas cards!  So pretty!



Rachel made this beautiful LO!  I love how she stitched the heart!



Wendy made this super fun LO!  Look at that little cutie!


You can play along with this month's challenge on our FB group Paper Issues Friends & Fans.



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Paint & Punch It for Try It Tuesday!

Hi Paper Issues Friends & Fans!

Amanda here with another super fun edition of Try It Tuesday! Yay!
I love trying out new things, and I hope you'll enjoy the challenge I've set for this month!

October's edition of Try It Tuesday is to either paint, colour, or spray your cardstock  
& then use a punch, die or cut file to cut it out and feature on your project! 
Literally, Paint it then Punch it!
Here's what I'm meaning......


I created this pretty watercolour background for a challenge a while ago, but I never ended up using it. It was perfect for today's challenge, with those old butterfly punches.
Here's how I used the butterflies on my project.....

"Dream Chaser"


Oh swoon! Isn't this just the prettiest outcome?!!
The butterflies & colours in this line coordinated beautifully with my painted 'n' punched butterflies.
So pretty! 
I love mixed media, but it can be daunting for some...  
This technique of paint and punch is a great approach to introducing paints into your layouts, but remaining in control of the 'mess'. 
Clean mixed media, it's a thing y'all!
Love it!!!
Here's a closer view for you..... 


Such a gorgeous, whimsical page!


Love the flow and direction that the butterflies create in this design.
As well as my punched butterflies, you'll also spy some fabulous Die Cuts, Puffy Stickers and Chipboard Stickers from the Turn The Page line. 


Turn The Page is such a bright, fun and happy collection!


Aren't those florals just divine?!!
Beautiful!

Hope my layout has inspired you to play along - 
but before you do, 
here's some more inspiration from our talented team................

*Remember: Clicking on a designer's name will take you to their blog/instagram for a more detailed look at their project*

First up is Wendy with this gorgeous layout using gelatos & the Cloudy Background Cut File. 
Isn't it pretty?! She has teamed it all up with Fancy Pants Designs Millie & June collection
and even a lil stitching! Love it!


Next is Rachel with this super cool page! 
She has used the gorgeous Pinkfresh Studio: Escape The Ordinary line to document her lil adventurer! For her paint 'n' punch element she has used gold and seafoam spray mists, and then cut the stars from the Love You To The Moon & Back Cut File. Awesome!


And last, but by no means least, Stacie wows us with this sweet Summer page! 
She has used paints, and the Mermaid Scallops Cut File for her take on this month's challenge!
Loving the combination of Bella Blvd's Secrest of the Sea with Fancy Pants Designs Summer line. Mermaids definitely have more fun! Gorgeous!


And there you have it!
Lots of inspirational ideas to get your creativity ignited!
I can't wait to see what you create!

Upload your creations with us in the October Album 

Need supplies before you get started?
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Thanks for stopping by today!
til next time, 


Monday, October 9, 2017

October Pinspire Me Mood Board


Ready for some haunted inspiration?  Creepy not your thing?  Well, we have colors and textures and so much more that you can choose from.  Take a look at the October Pinspire Me Mood board, be inspired, create something new and fun, upload to our PIFF page and be automatically entered to win a prize.  Easy peasy.  


Mary-Ann here.....Here is my take on the board.  I wasn't sure about the witch until I took a look at the Pink Paislee Spellcast collection.  She worked perfectly for the board and my layout.  I love the colors of the board.  The wreath worked too!






Amanda Baldwin used the Simple Stories Vintage Blessings collection.  She was inspired by the fall, colors and the twig wreath.  



Lisa Swift used Carta Bella Hello Fall for her sunflower and fall color inspired card.  




Rachel O'Neal love the black and yellow from the photo and stayed away from the theme of the board.  It works great with the Maggie Holmes Carousel collection.