Monday, 16 January 2017

Lets Bust Some Stash!

Hey everyone!!! So it's round 2 of our January Stash Buster series over at Paper Issues!  This time we were challenged to dig deep into our stash and use up some of those products that maybe we had forgotten about, or had been hoarding!
So for myself, I have a tendency to buy lots of beautiful products with full intention of using them and then they just kind of sit there, mostly because something newer comes along and I always tend to gravitate towards my newer stuff.  I decided to grab lots of products from the Maggie Holmes Shine Collection, which is definitely a few collections old, but I still love the vibrant bright fun bold colours and patterns of this collection!  I even used up a little bit of the Open Book collection, which is definitely on the older side!  The glittery accents of the Shine collection fit in perfectly with a layout about my husband and I on New Years Eve 2016.  I even broke out my fringe scissors for some extra texture and visual interest!  Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a look and be sure to check out the Paper Issues blog and Facebook page to see what some of the other DT members have been up to!

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Cuttin' it up in 2017

Hey hey what's up?!?!?  So first things first,  I had day surgery on Thursday, and I'm still recovering, and am in a bit of pain, but that hasn't stopped me from creating!  I have been loving that being on the Paper Issues Design Team means that I get to participate in as many of the challenges as I want, and so far I have wanted to participate in all of them!
Since I love using cut files  I knew I had to participate in this challenge.  I already new exactly what photo I wanted to scrap, and after tweaking it a bit to get the colours just right I got to work.  I wanted to keep my layout bright, and funky, with lots going on, and I decided, on a whim, to delve into mixed media.  Now mixed media is not my forte, I am no expert in it, and the few times that I have attempted to do the "packaging technique" I have failed miserably, but this time I love how it turned out!  Since I was using a big title I kept my other embellishments to a minimum and just let the pic and the title shine through!  I love the carefree silliness of this layout and as usually I used a mish mash of lines, including Crate Paper Cute Girl, Amy Tangerine Oh Happy Life, and Paige Evans Take Me Away!  Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out the Paper Issue blog for even more awesome inspiration!

And here is my process video so you can see how I made my layout!

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Love This Baby, and This Cut File!

Hello hello hello!  So I'm back into the full swing of creating for the various teams that I'm on in 2017, and I absolutely love that I still get to work with Nicole Nowosad's amazing cut files over at the JustNick shop!  For my layout this time I grabbed her sweet hot air balloon cut file called Up In The Air.  There are six different hot air balloons all with different patterns that are great for backing with patterned paper!  I decided to choose 3 that I thought had a similar style and I resized them to 3 different sizes to create a depth of field for my layout.  I backed them all with vellum first, and then with various patterned papers from my stash.  I scrapped 2 square black and white photos of my littlest one Rhys and used quite a bit of ephemera and chipboard from the older Little You collection from Crate Paper! Thanks so much for taking a peek!

Thursday, 5 January 2017

My Not Always Happy Story - Paper Issues

Hey everyone, I wanted to share one of the many layouts that I am creating as part of the Paper Issues design team!  I am loving my time on the team already and can't wait to make tons more layouts!  In the meantime though here is one I created for the Working Title Challenge.  This is a great challenge for me because I love the chance to mix and match alphas or use a cut file to create a large title.  This time around I decided to go with using a few word chipboard embellishments instead of individual letter stickers.
I decided to get a little deep and create this layout, not only about going out on a date night with my husband, but what doing something like that meant for me.  I wanted to focus on how doing this made me happy, but that not every day is a happy day for me, and that's okay, but it's also important to take a moment to enjoy those days that do make me happy.  Since I had no actual pictures from our date night I went with one that I had taken as I was getting ready to leave.  I had gone out of my way to do my hair and makeup and I wanted to take a picture to remind myself that I am beautiful.  I used a black background to help everything stand out, and I fussy cut out large florals from the Paige Evans Take Me Away collection.  I absolutely love how this layout turned out!