Thursday, October 30, 2014

CT Introduction: Becky Monmaney

 Hello My Paper People! Oh. My. Goodness. You have no idea how excited I am to be working with the other PI girls and posting on the PI Blog as a member of the CT!

I live with my guy, my two step-children and our two mini doxies and 70-lb, 11-month-old, bully mix puppy in the Sierra Nevada Foothills in a little town called Rescue, California. That's ok; nobody else knows where that is either...

I'm a hot-tempered, satirical, know-it-all, CPA by day and scrapbooker by night that loves Salted Carmel Mochas, my housekeeper, gin and tonics, beaches that require a passport to get to, NOT cooking and of course pretty pretty papers!!  

My scrapbooking tends to be all over the board from double-page layouts, to pocket pages, mini albums and single-page layouts. Depending on the day and my mood you never know what I may come up with!

I'm highlighting both a double- and single-page layout below that I put together with Gramercy Road from Gossamer Blue; my go-to line this fall! These are our family photos* taken last November and this line was TOO perfect for them! I absolutely adore the mix of traditional and non-traditional colors in this fall line -- especially the navy and pink -- and the leaf die cuts are my FAVORITE!    






If you haven't already gotten your hands on this line, make sure you check it out in the Paper Issues Shop and use the code, "Becky," for 20% off your order!


*Photos taken by Keri Hughes

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Product Spotlight *Gossamer Blue*


There was so much excitement in the industry when Gossamer Blue announced they were going to be expanding beyond the kit club, and releasing their own product lines.  And with the arrival of Get Happy, Gramercy Road, and On My Desk, it's no wonder there was so much hype.

I've invited a few of my Paper Issues DT buddies to help me show off some of the great new patterned papers and embellishments for you in today's Product Spotlight.

Brenda gets us started with this Clean & Simple page using the Gramercy Road collection.  Brenda's choice of tiny strips of coordinating papers on either side of her photo, leave all eyes focused on her sweet photo.  
The Chipboard stickers from the Gramercy Collection, is the perfect touch.

Next up, Amy brings us this gorgeous display of layered goodness using the Gramercy Road collection.

The tags, the labels, the painted cork stickers, so much gorgeous on one page.

Toni went with the fun and funky patterns and colour combinations of the  On My Desk collection for this sweet and simple layout featuring Flash Gordon, the family's cute new ferret .
How great are those puffy stickers?  I, for one am happy to see their return into the scrappy world, they are so sweet and simple, and a super easy way to add a little more pop to your projects.

I chose Gramercy Road with the wood veneer pieces of the On My Desk collection to work with, the colour combinations drew me right in, makes me want to have a Fall wardrobe full of these patterns.
The die cut ephemera package is just packed with little shapes, and phrases. For this embellishment loving girl, they're a great way to complete a layout, combined with a few coordinating enamel dots.

You can still get your hands on much of the Gossamer Blue collections right here in the Paper Issues Shop.  Don't forget free shipping on all orders over $60 before discount code within the United States.

I hope these girls have inspired you to go and create something beautiful today friends, be sure to tag us with #paperissues if you do, we love to see how you use your scrappy purchases.



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Winner: Woodn't You Know, It's Fall!


Woodn't You Know, It's Fall has ended so let's find out who won the goodie bag of Pinkfresh Studio products. Many thanks to Pinkfresh Studio for sponsoring the Paper Issues team and for providing such a wonderful prize!


Congratulations to Marcia Dehn-Nix! Marcia linked up this amazing piece of fall decor created entirely from washi tape-wrapped mason jar lids.



Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your creativity with us, Marcia! Please send your full name and mailing address to paperissues@gmail.com and we will get your prize right out to you.

A new link up started yesterday, called Witchin' You a Happy HalloweenLink up your projects AND link back to Paper Issues, for another chance to win. This time around we're being sponsored by SRM Stickers. They've given us a goodie bag of their product to give away. Come find out what it's all about.

Black Cats!

Hi Everyone, it's Kathy today with a project I created for our new issue, "Witchin' You a Happy Halloween" which is being sponsored by SRM Stickers.  When I think of Halloween, I think of black cats!  Here's a few that I wouldn't mind crossing my path!
 
 
These were pretty easy to put together!  I started with 3 pieces of wood I had cut from a standard 2"x 4".  I had a neighbor cut the tops for me for the "ears."  I painted them black, and covered the exposed sides with some black patterned papers from Doodlebug Design.  The eyes were made by punching some 1/2" circles from white cardstock and adding some Doodlebug Beetle Black Sprinkles.  To complete them I added bows using some black tulle & ribbons from my stash!

Have you linked up to our current issue??  You could win a fun prize pack from SRM Stickers!  Looking for some fun Halloween Scrappy goodies?? Check out what we have in the Paper Issues Store!  You'll find all sorts of fun items like these cuties!


Use code KATHYS and get 20% off your whole order!

That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by!


Monday, October 27, 2014

New Issue: Witchin' You a Happy Halloween with SRM Stickers

Happy Halloween week! Welcome to our spook-tacular new linky party, Witchin' You a Happy Halloween, sponsored by SRM Stickers. Let's take a look at what the design team created with product provided by SRM Stickers.

Row 1: LeahAmyShannon
Row 2: JessToniLisa

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

This theme might suggest it's only about Halloween, but when you take a closer look, you'll see there are other ideas worked in there as well:
  • Anything having to do with Halloween, whether it's the costumes, your favorite candy, parties, trick-or-treating, etc.
  • Add some spook-tacular embellishments to your project like ghosts, witches, caskets, zombies, spider webs or skulls.
  • Use a Halloween-themed collection.
  • Do you like scary ghost stories? Is there one that's been told again and again in your family?
  • Create a spooky background using mesh, a stencil, border punches, maybe even cheesecloth.
  • Document a happy time in your life.
  • Tell us what makes you happy. Is it chocolate, a favorite beverage, family?
  • Since most of us are usually BEHIND the camera, it's time to get in front of it and create a page that's all about YOU!
  • Use stickers, borders, bags or twine on your project.
  • Use SRM Stickers products.
***Link up and LINK BACK to Paper Issues between now and November 9th to be eligible to win a goodie bag of SRM products. Feel free to link up as many times as you'd like. If you're inspired to create something new, that's great, but older creations are welcome too!

Your project may even be featured on the Paper Issues Facebook pageInstagramPinterest and/or right here on the Paper Issues blog during our Fan Feature Friday.


Here are the links to SRM Stickers' product and social media sites. Please be sure to visit and tell them Paper Issues sent you.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

★{Just a Little Swag Bag Inspiration}★

Swag Bags are so multi-functional it's not even funny. Every month there is a bag full of fantastic that makes it's way to my mailbox. I use every last bit of it..I'm not even exaggerating here..right down to the last sequin. Did you know there's now an option to purchase a 6 month subscription? You'll never miss out on the awesome that is the Swag Bag...again! 

I decided to change it up a bit this month and instead of my usual layout that I normally share with, you...I'm sharing a set of four cards you can easily create using this month's Swag Bag


Here's a few close ups of each individual card. You'll find so many of the October Swag Bag nuggets tucked here and there. The cards took on a thank you/hello/friend kind of theme as I created each one, again showing how versatile each's person's take on the Swag Bag can be!





Thank you for letting me share with you and keep checking the blog daily for awesome Paper Issues inspiration from the team! 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Die Cutting Saturday 001 - The layouts!

Hey everyone! Today I wanted to share some link ups from the die cutting Saturday post last week. If you missed it, HERE is the link to download the file.

Daniela Dobson always makes gorgeous projects and this one is no exception! I love the soft colors, layering and pops of black. Just beautiful.

Michelle Gallant shared this colorful layout using the It Factor collection from WeRMemory Keepers. Love the composition here and the embellishments are placed perfectly.

Sandy Ross linked up this fun layout with a red white and blue theme. I love those pieces of patterned paper peeking through the negative areas!

Melissa Oeters shared this fun Halloween layout! I love how she embellished the cut file and added some embossing too. Fabulous!

If you haven't got a chance to link up yet, download the cut file HERE and share your link HERE by Friday 10/31 for a chance to win a November Swag Bag. Have a great weekend!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Fan Feature Friday: Woodn't You Know, It's Fall #2


Welcome to another edition of Fan Feature Friday, showcasing projects from our Woodn't You Know, It's Fall linky party! Every Friday, we showcase projects linked up to our current issue, so be sure to share your projects for a chance to be featured.

This has definitely been a popular issue! You guys made it hard to choose only six projects this week so I have a confession...I'm featuring eight! I loved seeing how everyone interpreted the theme. There's so much inspiration, creativity and talent out there in Paper Issues land. Thank you all for participating!

Here's what caught our eye this week...

1. Marcia created this gorgeous piece of fall decor from washi tape-wrapped mason jar lids. Look at the cinnamon stick stem (I'll bet that smells good) and burlap leaves!



2. Connie created a banner with beautiful fall colors. I love the layered leaves on the panel between the words.



3. Lee-Anne created this wonderful layout with Simple Stories Sweater Weather. The white-washed woodgrain paper is the perfect backdrop for all of the other elements on the page.



4. Elise shared this beautiful fall layout. I love the grid design, with the mixed photo sizes and layered leaves standing in for some of the blocks.



5. Tarrah shared this fun and colorful layout featuring a rainbow of embellishments, including products from our sponsor, Pinkfresh Studio.



6. Mary Ann repurposed a pasta sauce jar (!) to create this beautiful tea light holder. Amazing transformation, Mary Ann!



7. Sherrie linked up this adorable scarecrow treat topper. I don't know which I love more, the topper or the treats. :) Now I have a craving for candy corn.



8. Gina shared this pretty card full of goodies from the Paper Issues Swag Bag and a chevron from our sponsor, Pinkfresh Studio!



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


That's it for this week's Fan Feature Friday. We'll be revealing a brand new issue on Monday, 10/27. Be sure to check back to see whether we have tricks or treats in store for you. After all, it is Halloween week. :)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Santa Monica Pier

Hey everyone, it's Danielle here today with my layout for the current issue 'Woodn't you know, it's Fall'. Let me start by saying that I'm completely in denial when it comes to Fall and I'm pretending it's not happening ;-) I'm a Summer girl, so while the weather is getting horrible overhere I'm scrapping the pictures taken during my recent California road trip.

For my layout I used the gorgeous Webster's Pages Ocean Melody collection, which has such beautiful colors and a perfect Summer feel! To stick to the issue I used the Driftwood paper for my title, which is a cut file from The Cut Shoppe.




Be sure to link up your projects to our issue for your chance to win an awesome Pinkfresh Studio goodie bag!!

If you're anything like me and want to ignore Fall, grab this beautiful Webster's Pages Ocean Melody collection from the store, use code DANIELLE20 and get 20% off your entire purchase!



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Woodn't You Know... it's a Box!

Hi everyone, Jess here today.  I can never get enough woodgrain, pretty much year round, but especially right now in the fall months.  This little wood veneer box makes me HAPPY and fits perfectly in with the current Woodn't You Know, it's Fall issue. 



My box was from Michael's and the perfect fall collection here is True Friend from Fancy Pants Designs. I covered the ends in paper and removed the knob to add the label ephemera.



I layered lots of little bits on the front of the box and included even more wood embellishments: the Studio Calico "wish" and a couple of Prima flowers/leaves.



You still have time to link up your Woodn't You Know, it's Fall projects here and grab a chance to win a goodie bag full of Pinkfresh Studio product!

Don't you just love this true Friend collection?! You can still get some of your own in the Paper Issues shop AND get 20% off your order with my code, SCRAPGOO:


Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Time To Break Out The Boots

Hi Everyone!  This is Christine and I’m sharing a layout I made for the current issue “Woodn’t You Know, It’s Fall”.
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I used Gossamer Blue’s “Gramercy Road” collection designed by One Little Bird.  I love the fall theme of this collection.  But I really love that it’s not the usual bright orange and yellow fall colors.  I can see myself using this collection on a lot of non-fall layouts too!  Those diecut leaves are to-die-for! 
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I created a vertical composition to take advantage of the theme of falling leaves.  I love the variety of embellishments from “Gramercy Road”.  The diecut ephemera pack, tags, chipboard stickers, enamel dots, letter stickers all pull together so nicely to create a cohesive layout.
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And really, that first crisp cool fall day where you break out the boots?  Such a great feeling!
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Don’t you just love “Gramercy Road”?  You can get it for 20% off with my code LISTGIRL in the Paper Issues store!  Hope you pick up some fall awesomeness and scrap those memories!
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Thanks for stopping by!  ♥

Christine