Monday, March 5, 2018

Do You Feel Lucky?

Hi everybody! I'm playing along with the "Do You Feel Lucky?" challenge today. I had so much fun with this layout, mostly because I am absolutely in love with the A Case of the Blahs collection by Pinkfresh Studio. I adore the black and white papers paired with bright colors. Here's my layout:

I did some crazy stitching with pieces of leftover twine that have been hanging around my scrap room forever and a day. I also cut hearts out of the patterned paper and put them together to make shamrocks.

I hope you’ll play along! Be sure to share your projects in the facebook group. And if you need to shop for more scrappy goodies, be sure to use my code for 20% off. 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Swanky Swatches

I am so excited to come and share with you my take on Paper Issues’ new challenge: Swanky Swatches! For this challenge, you can take inspiration from the color scheme shown here:

I definitely loved this color scheme as soon as I saw it. I searched through my stash and found some papers that worked perfectly. I used up a lot of leftovers on this layout. It has bits of Pink PaisleeAmerican Crafts, and some Crate Paper.

Because I am a big weirdo, I love using geometric-ish elements on my layouts. Hence the arrows and parabolic curve (that’s a fancy word for: I used straight lines to make a curve. You’re welcome).

I hope you’ll play along! Be sure to share your projects in the facebook group. And if you need to shop for more scrappy goodies, be sure to use my code for 20% off. 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Hi everybody! Can you believe February is upon us already? Since it’s the dead of winter here, I’m dreaming about green grass, warmer temperatures, and outdoor adventures! For this layout, I decided to feature a photo of the beautiful landscape near my home in the Appalachian Mountains. I also used one of my favorite quotes, “The mountains are calling, and I must go.”

For this layout, I used the gorgeous Good Vibes collection by Crate Paper. The bright green makes me want spring to hurry up already! For my title, I hand cut the letters out and covered parts of them with the patterned paper. I started to cover the entire letter, but I just decided I liked the look of them covered only halfway. I also fussy cut some of the patterns from one sheet and used them as embellishments.

I hope bright, sunny days are on the horizon for you! Don’t forget to join in the fun in the Paper Issues facebook group! And, of course, when you're shopping in the store, don’t forget to use my discount code for 20% off! 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Mixing Things Up at Paper Issues

Hi everyone! Please tell me I’m not the only one who has trouble sticking to one collection when they scrap. I just always seem to find myself mixing and matching like a crazy lady. For this layout, I mixed some gorgeous gold-stripe paper by Teresa Collins and some adorable red Christmas-ish paper and black/white plaid paper from the Falala collection by Crate Paper.

I love the look of red and gold together! For this layout, I decided to tackle my arch-nemesis: hand stitching. I really love the look it adds to my layouts, but, man! It takes forever and a day! I will also go ahead and confess: I am terrible at this! It looks ok from the front, but the back of my layout is hilarious, full of piles of tangled thread and knots galore. Good thing no one will look at the back. At least, let’s hope so! I’ll spare you any more of the gory details, but it ain’t pretty, people!

This layout features a photo of my son, who has just changed so much recently that it’s scary. Why on earth do they have to grow up so quickly? It just isn’t fair.

I decided to do one of my favorite designs, a sunburst. The rays of paper are fairly easy to make by creating a long rectangle, and then cutting it on a diagonal. It gives you a nice, long triangle to use for a sun ray.

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Scraplifting wtih Paper Issues

Today, I am digging myself out from the snow that trapped me in my house for a week. The good news is that it gave me plenty of scrappy time. In the Paper Issues Friends and Fans group, we are scraplifting the lovely Elodie. Here's her layout: 

I loved the tags. It reminded me that I haven't used those in a while. Here's my take on it: 

I used Crate Paper's Good Vibes collection. I just cut the patterned paper into tag shapes and punched a hole. I also folded the paper over for some dimension. 

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Monday, January 15, 2018

EEK! I have Paper Issues!

Hi people! I am so tickled to announce that I've joined the design team at Paper Issues! For my first official layout, I am playing along with the January issue. The assignment was to create a layout based on the new year. I chose to create this page based on a new year's resolution, slowing down and spending more time appreciating my many blessings, including this precious boy who is growing up way too fast:

I used the gorgeous Turn the Page collection by Pink Paislee, which is available in the Paper Issues store. Here's a detail shot:
I also took on my arch-nemesis once again: hand stitching. For someone who hates hand stitching and is actually terrible at it, I seem to be doing it a lot lately! Lol!

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Playing Along With Paper Issues

Since I took a long scrappy break, I found myself in desperate need of supplies. I went to my favorite (and, really, only semi-nearby) brick and mortar store, Scrappin' in the City in Knoxville, TN. They also have an online store.  I got plenty of scrappy goodies there. Of course, I still needed more, so I placed an online order with Paper Issues. I highly recommend both of these stores. After I received my order, I decided to play along with a couple of challenges Paper Issues had posted.

First, I wanted to give the quote challenge a shot. The quote was, "There are so many beautiful reasons to be happy". That quote fit perfectly with a photo that I took at my son's middle school graduation. I found myself so sad that day, but happy all at the same time. Could we all just agree that our kids are should stay little forever? Is that really too much to ask? Sniffle. Anyway, here's what I came up with:

I also decided to play along with their "working title" challenge, which required me to use numbers in my title. That was perfect for documenting my journey toward getting my doctorate degree. I used a photo of the cake that my sweet hubby got me when I finished. Here's the layout:

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