Monday, July 6, 2015

New Issue: Hey, Tech This Out! with Color Cast Designs

Raise your hand if you can't live without technology. Then our new issue, Hey, Tech This Out!, sponsored by Color Cast Designs, is definitely for you!

Link your projects AND link back to Paper Issues by July 19th, for a chance to win either the Embellish Me, Neutral OR Embellish Me, Colorful set from Color Cast Designs (see images below).

Before we get to the details of this issue, let's take a look at what the Paper Issues team created with the Embellish Me, Colorful and #hashtagit sets from Color Cast Designs.

Row 2: Tarrah, BeckyDona

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

What could YOU could link up to Hey, Tech This Out? Here are a few ideas to get you started (use one or use them all). Feel free to use any product you'd like.
  • Show us projects that feature selfies.
  • How do you stay connected (Facebook, Instagram, cell phone, texting, email or all of the above)?
  • Use hashtags as an embellishment or in your title.
  • Download July's free printable, Color My World, from the Paper Issues store and use one or more of the cards on your project.
  • Use Color Cast Designs' products.
***Please see the New Issue Monday Link and Win FAQ post for information on what you need to do to be eligible for the prize.***

Embellish Me, Colorful Set:

Embellish Me, Neutral Set:

Here are the links to Color Cast Designs' product and social media sites. Please stop by and say hi and tell them Paper Issues sent you.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Paper Issues Guest Designer ***Katrina Hunt***

Good morning ladies! We have another fantastic guest designer with us today at Paper Issues and we'd love to introduce Katrina Hunt -- one of our most active Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} members!

Katrina caught our eye with her projects during the Paper Issues Crop and she is an avid Swag Bagger and we think that everybody should check out more of her work on the following:

Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest

Hey there!  It's Katrina Hunt from Paper, Scissors and Glue and I am so excited to be guesting on the blog today.  Kelly surprised the heck out of me when she asked if I wanted to play along.  Some of you know my work, but I am a girl that loves layers, colors and doing everyday layouts of random things.  Mostly about the dogs!  Before you ask, they are Cardigan Welsh Corgis and they rule the house.  Jetson, Sheldon, Higgins and Ella are the order they are in on the bench in the layout. Higgins and Ella are pet therapy dogs and we go to visit hospitals and nursing homes.  
Enough about me, let's talk about the project and Swag Bags!  The Swag Bags are perfect for creating 8.5 x 11 inch layouts, along with pocket pages, etc.  I love to switch my style up and do 8.5 by 11 inch pages, just to get the old mojo flowing again.  I also like to do 6 x12 inch layouts as well. So I had the PERFECT kit to create with for my project.  Note, I had to have a pattern paper background which I got from the Paper Issues store, of course!  It's from the Seven Paper/Baxter collection and I added some of those fun mini Doodlebug Design doilies that you can get also! 
Some tips on creating smaller layouts:  

  1. Don't be scared to jump in.  I am one that loves NO white space, so it's a challenge when working on a smaller format, but just take it an area at a time.  
  2. Start with a grid like I did here.  Easy to work on and once you get the grid set, then you can embellish the individual areas (my favorite part). 
  3. Size your pictures a little smaller, it makes it easier to work around and get a feel of working on the smaller canvas.
  4. Have fun!  Most important part of all!
That's all I have for you today.  If you want more inspiration, to contact me, stalk me or anything in-between, my social media links are above! 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Sketchy Saturday

Good morning! It's time to announce the June Sketchy Saturday Winner and reveal the July sketch! Our June winner is Louise and she created this wonderful card celebrating her son's graduation.

Congratulations Louise! Please send your full name and mailing address to within the next 48 hours and we will get your prize right out to you. If we don't hear from you, unfortunately we'll have to choose another winner. We don't want you to miss out. We loved everyone's entries. Thank you for playing along with us.  

Now for our July Sketch!  This month We created a sketch from this fabulous layout created by Stephanie Buice for Doodlebug Designs.  This clean and well balanced layout features unique and clever ways to use washi tape on your pages. We love Stephanie's work and hope you will too. You can find more on her blog, My Bits of Sunshine, and also follow her on Instagram @stephbuice.

Here is the sketch adapted from Stephanie's layout.  As you can see, we gave you a different option for photo placement. 

Now let's see how our team was inspired by the sketch!

Devra took advantage of the photo placement idea, using 2 larger photos and splitting the title. Whoa, that New Simple Stories Summer Vibes suits this page so well!

Michelle adjusted the sketch into more of a diamond shape. Look at how the October Afternoon Treasure Map papers work for a girl beach page! Awesome!

I love how Kelly layered vellum under her selection of Crate Paper to create this delightful gold, glimmering page.

McJennifer is so clever! She scaled the page down to 8.5 x 11. The new Fancy Pants Making Waves collection is so versatile and easy to use for any type of page!

Oh, look how Mandy Kay set her page slightly off kilter! She too used a wonderful variety of the Simple Stories Summer Vibes on this bright and cheerful page.

This sketch is so versatile that Orange Gearle used it to make this adorable card also using the Ahhhh-mazing Simple Stories Summer Vibes. Seriously -- one collection, so many uses! 

Tarrah nailed the sketch using Amy Tangerine to create this light colorful page about her relationship with her sister. I love how the colors blend together.

Well, now it's your turn! We want to see your projects inspired by the sketch! You have until Friday July 31 to add your projects using the linkup below for your chance to win a $10 Gift Card to the Paper Issues store. You may even have your project featured in a future blog post!

While you are shopping, you can use my coupon code BEACHGAL for 20% off your order.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Fan Feature Friday: Seas the Day #2

This week's Fan Feature Friday showcases projects from the second week of Seas the Day, sponsored by October Afternoon. Every Friday, we showcase projects linked to our current issue, so be sure to share your projects for a chance to be featured.

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

1. Sandi created a "banner" of a boy page with October Afternoon's Treasure Map collection.

2.  Allison's layout has summer written all over it, from the pineapples, to the whimsical kites, to the beach photos.

3. Connie worked the summer theme with wave patterned paper, adorable stamped images (owls in bathing suits!), and a vintage button card that holds anchor "buttons".

4. Stacie's layouts are always a treat and this one, about a visit to a pirate-themed water park, is no exception. Take a look at how she added her photos and other elements to the pre-printed background paper from October Afternoon's Treasure Map collection.

5. Amy's layout has so many amazing elements — layered banners, great title work and fun, fresh colors!

6. The color scheme on Paola's layout is so soft and soothing with its beautiful blues, neutrals and touch of red. The hand stitched sailboat is incredible!

7. Is there anything "fishy" about Lisa's layout? I don't think so. It's totally adorable — hook, line and sinker.

8. Celeste based her wonderful page on a sketch, using classic nautical colors with a pop of yellow.

9. Barbara also joined in on the fun and shared this fun page about a day at the pool. She used a great mix of papers to go along with her theme.

10. Janet created her fresh and pretty layout with Simple Stories new Summer Vibes collection. The sherbet colors are perfect for a summer page!

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.

You'll want to "tech" the blog on Monday for a brand new issue and to find out who our wonderful sponsor is. See you then!