Sunday, March 29, 2015

Paper Issues Printables and Swag Bag Round Up!

Hello my crafty friends! It's Becky here and today the design team and I are featuring both the Paper Issues Swag Bags and the FREE Paper Issues Printables offered each month! 

I used the March printable for this quick layout of my little doxie Nikki. I literally pulled a few scraps out of my stash, added some wood bits and one of the adorable new Bella fabric bows, stitched around the whole things and BAM! DONE! P.S. I am still trying to master stitching straight...

Lisa Swift pulled bits and pieces from various Swag Bags to put together this darling "happy place" card. That pink wood grain paper is. to. die. for.

Mary-Ann Maldonado put together this awesome layout using the printable from the Paper Issues online crop and the February Swag Bag. I love this photo of her and her boy! 

Jennifer Chapin created this beautiful card using the March Swag Bag and Elle's Studio Cienna stamp. The gold stars in the swag bag are the perfect embellishment for it!


Kelly Feldman used the March printable with some bright and colorful Bella Blvd to scrap photos from one of my favorite places in San Francisco, the world famous Buena Vista. Their Irish Coffee is what legends are made of! 


Meaghen Calder designed this gorgeous layout using some Maggie Holmes paired with April's printable. I love the soft tones in this layout with the pops of bold embellishments.  

Jen Boumis also used the April printable to scrap these photos of a little adventure that involved locking herself out and then breaking into her own home. Personally, I love a woman that knows how to wield a sledge hammer to get shit done! 

Leah l'Orange got crafty with goodies from various Swag Bags and the February printable about a not so great time! I love that Leah documents real life with this one - the good, the bad and the ugly! 

Melissa Elsner used the February Swag Bag for this pretty card! I see that gold sequin heart peaking out from behind the sentiment. Melissa is a gal after my own heart with expressions of love accompanied by gold!

Speaking of "real life" scrapping, Devra Hunt used the April printable to scrap this hilarious photo of a very dire laundry situation. I don't think I am alone when I say that I am not the only one that can sympathize! Can I borrow that wand Devra? 

Shannon used the March printable and the March Swag Bag to put together this sad layout turned happy! I love all the Swag Bag bits and details in this layout! Now I wish that somebody would go make me some coffee!

Make sure that you hop on over to the shop and grab all of the FREE Paper Issues files including the printables featured above as well as the cut files and the sketches

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Die Cutting Saturday - Cut File 006

Good morning! It's time again for another cut file challenge! This week it's all about stars.

You can download this Silhouette cut file HERE.  Use as is for a background, or make it smaller for a card!

Here is the layout I created. I shrank down the file to 5x5 and added it over a piece of watercolored white cardstock. I also used the new Fancy Pants and Simple Stories available now in the store.

The Fancy Pants Office Suite alphas are awesome! Let's see what the rest of the DT created.

Danielle De Konink created this pretty layout using the new Elle's Studio Cienna collection. I love how she backed the stars with patterned paper and the angle of the photo is so creative!

Becky Monmaney created this gorgeous page using the new gold foil cardstock available in the shop. The navy patterned paper pairs perfectly with the gold and the layering is so great!

Shannon Morgan submitted this fabulous layout with so many fun layers and textures! She got so much on this page but it all works perfectly. I love the mist splatters in the upper right corner.

Link up your project using this file and you could win an April Swag Bag! Thanks for stopping by today and we can't wait to see what you create!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Fan Feature Friday: Painting by the Numbers #2

This week's Fan Feature Friday showcases projects from the second week of Painting by the Numbers, sponsored by Waffle Flower Stamps. Every Friday, we showcase projects linked to our current issue, so be sure to share your projects for a chance to be featuredBecause this linky party is a product swap, the Waffle Flower Crafts team received February Swag Bags from Paper Issues and made some beautiful creations to share with you. Some of their projects were shared last week. We have a couple more to share with you today along with a number of great projects from our {Friends & Fans}.

Let's take a look at the projects that caught our eye this week...

Waffle Flower Team Project

1. Katie Gehring made this sweet, date stamped card using some of the 3x4 papers and heart stickers from the Swag Bag.

2. Kim Kesti worked a number of Swag Bag elements into her fresh and pretty card. She also used the number one stamp, from Waffle Flower's Calendar Numbers set, to create the "dashed" background. 

Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Projects

3. Angela gets an A+ for linking up this school-themed page. She stamped the date, added a clock embellishment and math flash card too. Plus, the title includes the number one. Way to go, Angela!

4. Michele's fun and colorful cards would add cheer to anyone's day. The big numbers were created with distress paint and a white pen. Michele made these with either birthdays or anniversaries in mind.

5. Sandra created this page during the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} crop. I love how she used the number cut file, highlighting the number three by using a different paper. Such a great page about family!

6. Lynn's super pretty page is about her sisters. The gold title, which includes the number five, drew me in, but the background is pretty spectacular too, with the mix of stamping and rub ons, stitching and more. The five birds sitting together to the right of the photo is a very sweet touch and reinforces the theme of the page.

7. Shawna created this card for a Paper Issues crop challenge (you have until 3/29 to get your projects posted). She used a stencil and daubers to create the colorful, striped background. The row of numbers are perfect for this theme. The balloon and gold polka dot vellum are pretty touches too!

8. Andrea also played along at the Paper Issues crop, creating this pretty page for a scraplift challenge. Did you notice the great black and white number paper layered in there?

9. Hannah also played along with the crop challenges creating the color washed background with paints and stencils. This turned out beautifully, Hannah!

10. Document a graduation like Cherrie did using large numbers for the year of graduation. The background paper, banners, punched borders and file tabs complete the page perfectly.

11. Janet captured the spirit of summer and on this super fun page by using a lot of color. She also added paint and splatters to the background. I'm also kind of jealous of her pretty handwriting. :)

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

So what do we have in store for you on Monday? A new issue! Don't count your eggs before they're hatched or they just won't add up. How's that for a clue? :) 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Pinkfresh love!

Hey everyone, Michelle here today with a new LO using the first paper collection from Pinkfresh Studios called Up in the Clouds.

I immediately fell in love with the soft colors and bold patterns in this collection.

And for you gold loving scrappers, this collection had matching gold embellishments!!!  

Oh and I can't forget puffy stickers, gold rubons and enamel hearts!!  Eeek!

Check out the Pinkfresh selection in the store and don't forget to use code Michelle for 20% off your order! 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Swagger Jagger, Swagger Jagger...You should get some of your own [Swag Bag]...

Hello crafty friends! I have NO IDEA why it took me so long to become a Paper Issues Swag Bag convert, but I finally committed and I am so glad that I did. 

I am sharing two layouts that I made with February's Swag Bag today but I have to tell you, I did FOUR layouts with the Swag Bag this month! For $7.99 a month ($9.99 less 20% discount using the code "Becky") that is INSANE!!! When was the last time that you did a whole layout for under $2?!?! That is definitely budget friendly and as a CPA by day, I wholeheartedly recommend that kind of value! 

Everything you see on this first layout is entirely from the February Swag Bag with the exception of the enamel dots and the gold Thicker title!  Aren't my sister and BIL adorable? I thinks so (LOL)!

This next layout is 99.999% Swag Bag! The only thing I added from my stash is the label which I journaled on! This photo of my nieces taking a sisterly stroll through the back yard while their dad was burning is one of my favorites photos EVER! I just love that they are holding hands!

If you fall in love with the Paper Issues Swag Bags like I have, you can assure yourself one each month (they do sell out EVERY month) by subscribing for 6 months here!

Finally, be sure to check out all the NEW STUFF hitting the shop daily from CHA! So much good stuff! Use the code "Becky" for 20% off your entire order + FREE shipping on orders over $60 (after discount applied).

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Sketchy Saturday Winner!

It's time to announce the winner of Sketchy Saturday 006!

Amy Bannon! Amy created this adorable layout based on the sketch and I love how she made it her own. That stitching is just perfect and what a sweet photo. Amy, you have won a $10 gift card to the Paper Issues store! Please email me at chapinjennifer at yahoo dot com to claim your prize. Thank you so much for playing along, and thanks to everyone else who linked up as well! Be sure to check back this Saturday when we are posting another free cut file challenge.

Have a great evening!

Boy featuring Echo Park

Hi everyone, it is Mary-Ann here today. 
 It seems like all of the new CHA releases lately have had some sort of pink or gold in them.  When I spotted this Jack & Jill Boy collection by Echo Park, I had to get it.  I love the blues, grays and oranges.  These colors were perfect for the photos I have been wanting to scrap.  
There are even some red colors but I chose not to use those just yet.  

The "BOY" title is cut from a piece of paper.  We all have a collection of little embellishments that we have been hoarding.  Adding those to your layout can be lots of fun.  Here I added orange sequins, stars, some orange flair from A Flair for Buttons and orange and blue stickles.  

I challenge you to create a layout that does not contain pink or gold in anyway.  
It will  be hard, but you can do it.  I dare ya!

If you need this collection or any other items from the Paper Issues Store, head HERE and use coupon code: Mary-Ann to receive 20% off everything you need, or want!