Monday, April 27, 2015

New Issue: Chalk One Up to Your Own Style with Paper Issues

Welcome to our new issue Chalk One Up to Your Own Style, sponsored by Paper Issues! Not only do we have a great theme for you to work with, but FREE chalkboard printables and a cut file to coordinate with the issue are available for download in the Paper Issues store. They were both designed by our very own Danielle de Konink. We'd love to see how you incorporate these into your project(s).

By linking up and linking back to the Paper Issues blog, you're playing along for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.

Before we get to the details of this issue, let's take a look at what our design team created with product available in the Paper Issues store.

Row 1: MichelleLisaDanielle
Row 2: Jana, CorriAlex

Note: Clicking on each design team members' name will take you to their blog where you can see their project in more detail.

Here are some project ideas for Chalk One Up to Your Own Style. These ideas are just to get you started. Take them in any direction you'd like. Thinking outside of the box is always welcome.
  • First, and foremost, don't be shy. Showcase your crafting style.
  • Add the number one to your project, either as an embellishment or as part of your title.
  • Do you follow fashion trends and styles? How about current scrapbooking trends?
  • Show us pages about playing with sidewalk chalk.
  • Back in "the day", teachers used to write on chalkboards, so let's see some school pages.
  • Use the free chalkboard printables and/or cut file designed for this linky party on your project.
  • Have you altered a chalkboard or used chalkboard paint on a creation?
  • Dig into your stash of chalk inks and do some stamping or use them to change the color of white alphas or other items.
  • Download May's free printable, My Peeps/Obsessed, from the Paper Issues store and use one or more of the cards on your project.
Here's what you need to do to be eligible to win a $20 gift certificate to the Paper Issues store:

1. Link up as many projects as you'd like. They can be new OR something you've already created. There are many options for linking up: from your blog, Instagram, Flickr, Pinterest or a photo hosting site.

2. LINK BACK to Paper Issues between now and May 10th. To link back means to add a brief statement to your blog post that says something like, "I'm playing along with the (name of issue) linky party at Paper Issues." You would then link the words "Paper Issues" back to the issue. If you're linking from somewhere else, you can mention the linky party in your description or use the hashtag #paperissues.

Linked projects project may be shared on the Paper Issues Facebook pageInstagramPinterest and/or right here on the Paper Issues blog during one of our Fan Feature Friday posts (plus you don't want to miss out on the chance to win a great prize, do you?)

Here are the links to Paper Issues' product and social media sites. Please stop by and say hi. Join our {Friends and Fans} Facebook Group, follow us on Pinterest, friend us on Instagram and check out our new YouTube Channel.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

April Printables Round Up...

Hello! Becky here today with a collection of projects from the Paper Issues Design Team using the FREE Printables available in the Paper Issues shop!


Pictured here is the May 2015 Printable available for download in the shop here! While you are over at the shop be sure to check out all the FREE files available from Paper Issues!

 I used the March Swag bag, the PI Crop Sketch and the Printable from the PI Crop to scrapbook this photo of my doxie, Olivia, & I having some cuddles! I also used a smattering of gold glitter stars and an ampersand from Color Cast Designs!

Jen Boumis used the April Printable for this awesome Project Life spread! Her PL spreads are some of my absolute favorites! This momma has her hands full with these three babies - nobody can blame her for accidentally locking herself out of the house (top right)! Whoopsie!

Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} ("PIFF") member Jennifer McMurtrey, or McJen, as we like to call her, put together this awesome page using the inaugural Paper Issues printable designed my Jennifer Chapin as a contact sheet! How brilliant is this?? Stay tuned for a little secret the McJen will be announcing next month!

Leah L'Orange broke out the mixed media for this striking LO! I love how she doctored up one of the more simple 3x4 Printables from February to make it work for her - this is EXACTLY what was intended - keep it simple so that they can be embellished and personalized!

PIFF member Wendy Coffman used the PI Crop Printable to re-purpose this awesome embroidery hoop! I absolutely love how Wendy went out of the box with this one! Glitter! Glitter! Glitter! Yes, please!

 Lynne Kramer, another PIFF member who knocked it out of the park during the PI Crop, kicks off a trio of baseball related layouts (my favorite!) using the April Printable to document these photos of her son getting back into the game after an injury! I hear you Lynne! Our boy broke his arm the week before baseball started a few years ago and we were all devastated that season! 

Design Team member Devra Hunt is also a baseball fanatic! She used the April and May Printables to document the Spring Training game they attended this year - I am so jealous! I absolutely love the baseball stitching that Devra added to the "Obsessed" printable!

 PIFF member Sandi Pressley rounds out the baseball layouts with another April printable! I adore the bright fun patterned papers in this layout - they capture the feeling of baseball season perfectly!

The entire Paper Issues Design Team always gets jealous when some of the girls manage to meet up in real life! No Fair! Meaghen Calder captured and scrapped this fun photo of her and Leah L'Orange using the PI Crop Printable when they met up a few weeks ago in Canada! I adore how Meaghen captured this "Mafia Meetup" moment - those big scissors - swoon!   

Thank you all for taking a look - we love seeing how you use Paper Issues FREE files too - you never know when YOU might get featured on the blog!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Die Cutting Saturday Spotlight

Hello and happy Saturday! Today on the blog we are sharing a layout with our latest free cut file.

Here's a look! You can download it here.

Today I'm spotlighting a layout made by Stacie! I love this one! She is always so good at participating in our challenges. I love how she misted the die cut letters and paired them with the subtle pink patterned paper. Great job!

You still have a week to link up for a chance to win a May Swag Bag. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Fan Feature Friday: Prints Charming's Beautiful Papers #2

This week's Fan Feature Friday showcases projects from the second week of Prints Charming's Beautiful Papers, sponsored by Scrapbook Circle. Every Friday, we showcase projects linked to our current issue and from the Show Me Saturday post in our {Friends & Fans} Facebook group, so be sure to share your projects for a chance to be featured.

Did your project catch our eye this week?

1. Lisa really worked the colors and patterns on her layout. The scattered sequins and enamel dots carry the colors throughout the page.

2. Stacie's layout also packs a punch with its cheerful rainbow array of hearts, stitching, enamel dots and of course, patterned papers. Such a beautiful design, Stacie!

3. Evelyn's design features a wonderful mix of patterned papers and they look awesome against the background paper. Prints Charming would be proud! :)

4. Jennifer's sweet pocket page about her pup looks great with the combination of the wood grain paper, doily and pops of red.

5. Patricia shared this fun Disney page, complete with "Goofy" faces, during last week's Show Me Saturday post in our {Friends and Fans} Facebook group.

6. Renee also shared her page during last week's Show Me Saturday. She did a beautiful job mixing patterns and papers and says she even put a dent in her stash in the process!

Thank you all for sharing your beautiful work! Be sure to grab the "my project was featured" button from the sidebar to showcase on your blog.

We'll have a brand new, stylish issue for you starting on Monday. Hope to see you then!

In the meantime, our very first Scrap & Chat starts tonight at 6 p.m. Eastern time. It's one challenge, one game with a prize for each. Be sure to check it out in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group. It's going to be loads of fun!