Tuesday, September 18, 2018

One of a Kind with Paper Issues

Hello Paper Issues! 

Today I'm sharing a project made for the September Heavy Metal challenge. What I love most about this layout is that everything used to create it comes from the August kit - Blue Ain't Your Color (you can find it here).

To get started, I used the stencil included in the kit with Vicki Boutin silver glaze - this is what counts as my metallic element on the project. Next I splattered white paint onto the background. Once everything was dry, I dropped sequins onto the paper and then glued them where they landed (it's very scientific).

Next, I backed the photo with packaging from the kit and one of the patterned papers.

With the photo in place, I then embellished with the fun bits and pieces included in the kit.

Last was the title, which was done with h (again, from the kit).

If you hurry, there are still some kits available in the PI shop. Please tell Cassie I sent you by using code MCJEN at checkout and she'll discount your order by 20%!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you are inspired to create!


Saturday, September 8, 2018

The Secret Life of Pets with Paper Issues

Hello friends!!

Have you begun playing along with the Paper Issues September challenges? If not, you must because they are awesome this month.

Today I am playing along with The Secret Life of Pets challenge using all things Pinkfresh Studio. For those who have seen my projects, you have most likely come across a layout or two of my dog Mabel Jean. Even though we are focusing on our pets' secret lives, it's no secret that Mabel runs the show around our house.

This layout began with a piece of white card stock that I splattered with different mists from Nuvo, Dylusions, and Mister Huey. Once the paints were dry, I used Snarky Stamps to add the sentiments and hearts.Strips of patterned paper along the right side of the background were next followed by pieces of washi tape. 

The photos were mounted on patterned paper and then adhered to the background using foam squares. I then cut a chipboard frame in half and added it to either side of the photos.

Embellishments were next and included chipboard stickers, die cuts, wood epoxy buttons, and puffy stickers.

Last but not least was the title, which is also by Pinkfresh.

I love this picture of Mabel and was glad to finally get it scrapbooked. She is absolutely pathetic and I love everything about her.

You can still find Pinkfresh Studio products as well as the Snarky Stamps in the Paper Issues store. Be sure to use code MCJEN at checkout to receive a 20% discount on your entire order.

Stop by the Paper Issues Friends & Fans Facebook group for information on this and other challenges.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Get Away with Page Maps

Hello friends and happy first day of September!

I'm excited to finally share that the Paper Issues team is collaborating with Page Maps this month, and the girls knocked it out of the park. Each of us was provided a sketch and given the go-ahead to create what we wanted. 

Here is my sketch . . . 

and the layout I created.

It was so fun to play along! I used Webster's Pages patterned papers for my background and for the free Fashionista Frames cut file from Paper Issues (get it here). I first applied gesso to the background and splattered watercolors along the area where I knew I'd be placing the photos and embellishments. The cut file was sewn in place using a bunch of messy stitches back and forth across the page. The threads were left in place because I love all of the texture.

Next, I layered my photos and ticket from the Monorail.

On the right side of the layout, I placed my journaling and title (Thickers) before embellishing.

Last were the dies, stickers, tags, and chipboard which are all from Crate Paper.

This was such a fun project and I'm glad I was able to play along. Be sure to visit the Page Maps site to see all of the Paper Issues design team projects!! 

You can also pick up these and other supplies in the Paper Issues shop. Use code MCJEN at checkout and Cassie will give you a 20% discount on your entire order. Woot! Woot!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Oh $%&*! with Paper Issues

Hello friends! 

Today I'm sharing a project created for the August Oh $&*^! challenge, which prompts you to use punctuation marks on your projects. Naturally, I used the punctuation to represent cuss words.

This layout began with my splattering watercolors onto white cardstock to match the Doodlebug Hello collection I used. While that was drying, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the title using a font I already had on my word processing program.

The photo was matted on turquoise patterned paper from the collection and adhered to the cardstock. From there, I used die cuts and stickers to embellish the layout.

I chose to use the negative cuts with some of the letters and embellished these with tiny flowers.

Flowers were clustered on each side of the photo with speech bubbles declaring my love of coffee, and a few enamel dots added dimension.

I love how this project turned out because it was super easy and it's totally fun. 

Be sure to visit the PI Friends and Fans Facebook page for information on the August challenges. If you need supplies, shop the Paper Issues store and tell Cassie I sent you by using code MCJEN at checkout - she'll give you a 20% discount on your entire order!!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you're inspired to create!

- Jen

Friday, June 29, 2018

Fourteen with JustNick

Hi JustNick friends!
It's Jen today with my final project as a member of the design team, which is a layout using the Age is Just a Number cut file with Lawn Fawn papers.
I began this project by creating the background paper, which was done by splattering watercolor paints on white cardstock. Once the paints had dried, I trimmed the paper 1/4 inch on each side and backed it with patterned paper.
Next, I created the title by cutting the "fourteen" with white cardstock and then shadowing that with another patterned paper. 
The embellishments are a hodge podge of goodies collected over the past couple of years. I tried to keep them to a minimum because I really love the bold title and wanted it (and the photo) to be the focus of the layout. The fringe was added to the bottom by chance after seeing it on the floor of my craft room. LOL!
The acrylic stars and sentiment are from Scrapbook Circle. 
Thank you so much for joining me today! It has been a wonderful year with Nicole and the other team members, and I look forward to loads of inspiration from the incoming team.
I hope you are inspired to create today!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Dads Are Rad with Paper Issues

Hey friends! 

Today we celebrate the special men in our lives - it may be dad, stepdad, uncle, brother, son, or a good friend . . . whoever it is, today is his day.

To honor the special man in my life - my husband - I created a layout for the June Dads Are Rad challenge using Carta Bella's The Great Outdoors collection and letter stickers from October Afternoon (my OA obsession is a story for another day).

This layout was super easy to make and only took an hour. I used a patterned paper with strips and cut it into pieces to create the background. These were placed with a bit of ATG adhesive and then machine-stitched.

The photo was next and it is held in place with foam squares that are doubled up to lift it above the strips of paper. I did back the photo with a couple of pieces of patterned paper and they are held together with a couple of staples.

I used a few stickers from the collection to embellish one corner of the photo. The squirrel is an inside joke and refers to our daughters, who we call squirrels instead of girls. Looking back, I probably bought this collection just for that squirrel sticker. LOL!

Last was the title, which was created using October Afternoon stickers from my stash. These were stitched in place to match the background and keep them in place. A few enamel dots were thrown down and I called it good.

I love this picture of my husband and youngest daughter. There isn't any journaling on this project because I feel the photo speaks for itself.

Thank you for stopping by today! 

Remember that you can use code MCJEN for a 20% discount on your entire order in the Paper Issues Store!!

Be sure to enter this and the other June challenges by 
July 1 for your chance to win a gift card to the PI Store!! For all of the details, visit the Paper Issues Friends & Fans Facebook group (here).

Have a great day!!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Love Story with JustNick

Lately, I've noticed that so many projects focus on the perfect photo - correct lighting, in focus, etc. - yet so many of the pictures I have are the exact opposite. They are grainy, out of focus, the lens isn't open all the way . . . you get the picture (literally).
After my uncle pass away a couple of years ago, I found this photo of him and my aunt in their younger years that I had never seen. By all accounts, the photo is awful. However, all I could see was this rare glimpse of them as young newlyweds who absolutely adored one another. How could I not scrapbook it?
This week the team is focusing on background files, which happen to be my favorite. I decided on the Frilly Floral Background with this lovely vellum paper from Studio Calico.
To give the layout dimension, I used the negatives from the cut and added them to the centers of three flowers. These are held down by wood/jewel brads by Jillibean Soup.
I used a few of the tear strips from Studio Calico patterned papers and wrapped them around the photo. The paper straws were next and they are from Target.
The journaling was created in Word and then printed.
Last is the title, which uses SC chipboard letters and metal embellishment with wood Thickers.
This photo holds so many emotions for me and I felt it needed to be preserved.
Thank you so much for stopping by today! Please visit the JustNick Shop for this and many other wonderful cut files as well as loads of inspiration from the design team.