10.19.2021

Pretty in Pink || Paper Issues

Good morning, friends!  I'm pretty excited about the Paper Issues challenge I'm sharing today.  The challenge is a Pretty in Pink challenge, and you just have to make the color pink the main focus of your page.  That's easy for me.  I am the mama to a girly girl and I love pulling out all the pinks and purples to document her adventures.

To create this layout, I dug through my stash and pulled out a lot of random items that I've probably been hoarding for way too long.  I used a lot of products from Elle's Studio, though.  I first began with my background.  I used the package technique to "smoosh" down my base color of distressed oxide and then I stamped phrases in a slightly darker shade.  Then, I just randomly built my layout using all the odds and ends I found in my stash.


I definitely got the pink covered :)  Here's the whole layout:

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I hope you'll be able to play along with us.  And don't forget - every design team member has a special code that you can use in the Paper Issues store to save 20% off your entire purchase.  My code is KAT20.



 

9.07.2021

80s Mood Board || Paper Issues

Good morning everyone!  Poppin in here to share with you my layout that was inspired by the 80s mood board challenge over at Paper Issues.  This month, all their challenges are based on mood board. First, here is the mood board I used for today...I love the colors:


I used the amazing colors as my inspiration for my layout.  I used the Color Study collection by Vicki Boutin, as it has a lot of the beautiful, vibrant colors from the mood board.  I picked out the pinks and purples from the collection and had a fun time creating a sort of symmetrical layout, where I tried to mimic the design on the top in the design on the bottom.

Here's what I whipped up:



I hope you can play along with us this month.  A whole month of mood boards is so fun and inspiring!  Also, don't forget that you can use any design team member's code to save 20% off your full store purchase.  My code is KAT20.  :)



 

8.13.2021

Carry the Torch Challenge || Paper Issues

Good morning everyone!  Happy Friday!  I wanted to pop in and share my take on this month's "Carry the Torch challenge over at Paper Issues.  This challenge is about scrapping fire - bon fire, s'more fires, or in my case - birthday fire (well, candles)!

I used some photos from my daughter's last birthday to highlight her with her birthday cake.  I pulled out the Elle's Studio birthday collection for this one.  I kept my design fairly simple and just created an easy grid made of 3x4 rectangles.  I also sprinkled around some embellishments in the form of wood veneers and cardstock stickers.  My favorite feature of my layout is the repeated date along the right side of the page.  I stamped my date stamp in a bunch of different Distress Oxides to create that border.  Here's what I came up with:

I hope you're able to play along with us this month!

Also, don't forget that each design team member has a code you can use in the PI store to save 20% off your entire order.  My code is KAT20.  Enjoy your weekend, friends! :)

8.04.2021

Wednesday Sketch || Paper Issues

Good morning everyone! It's Wednesday, which means it's time for a new sketch!  Today's sketch was designed by Lindsey and is so much fun:

I loved the block-style design of the layout and the opportunity to get 3 photos on the page.

I had some cute photos of my daughter playing in a creek and knew that the new products from Elle's Studio would be perfect to use.  While I tried to keep pretty close to the original sketch, I did add some extra scallops and moved the scallops to frame my photos instead of my patterned paper block.  I also moved the positioning of the tags.  Here's what I came up with:

I loved this sketch because it gave me a really good starting point, but also gave enough room for me to work in my own style.  

I hope you can play along with us this month!  And don't forget: each design team member has a code that you can use in the PI store to save 20% off your entire order.  My code is KAT20.  Happy scrapping! :)




7.23.2021

Check Out the Scenery || Paper Issues

Good morning everyone!  I wanted to share my take on this month's Paper Issues Check Out the Scenery challenge.  This challenge is a mood board challenge, which is always fun to do!  Here's the board:


 Isn't it gorgeous?  I love the colors and the chill vibe.  Those two factors led me to work with the Heidi Swapp Carefree collection.  That collection gives off the same vibes as this mood board.

My favorite products from that collection are the definition stickers, so when I saw the definition in the mood board, I knew I had to incorporate one of those stickers.  I also really liked the graphic look of all the squares of calming colors, so I decided to do that for my layout, too. I cut out squares and letter using my Silhouette. I backed some of the squares with patterned papers and some of the squares with photos, then I added the letters from my title on top of them all.  Finally, I finished everything off by adding some minimal embellishments.  Here's what I created:

This one is pretty different from my normal style, but I like that the mood board brought me here. :)

I hope you can play along with us this month!  Also, don't forget that every design team member has a code you can use to save 20% off your entire store order.  My code is KAT20. :)



7.13.2021

Wide Open Spaces || Paper Issues

Hi, everyone!  I just wanted to stop in today to share my take on this month's Wide Open Spaces challenge over at Paper Issues.  This challenge is all about using white space.  This was a super easy challenge for me because almost all of my layouts have white space.  The layout I'm sharing today has a little less white space than I'm used to, so I was originally worried that I had overdone it a bit.  LOL.

For this layout, I wanted to scrap some photos of my daughter and the plants she grew from seeds.  She was so proud of them and looked so excited.  I thought the perfect collection for documenting these photos was the Cute & Crafty collection from Doodlebug.  I especially love the flower die cuts. :)


To make this layout, I created a large rip in the bottom of my cardstock base and a smaller rip at the top.  I backed it with the pretty bold striped paper from the Doodlebug collection.  Then, I just layered a bunch of the die cute around the photos.  Finally, I sprinkled around some Bella Blvd trinket stickers to finish off my look.

Here's what I came up with:


I really hope you decide to play along with us!  And don't forget - each design team member has a code you can use in the store to save 20% off your entire purchase.  My code is KAT20, if you're so inclined :)



6.09.2021

Sketchy Wednesday || Paper Issues

Good morning everyone!  It's Wednesday, which means there is a new Paper Issues sketch to share with you today!  I always love a good sketch, as they always seem to jumpstart my creativity.

Here's the sketch we're working with today:


I decided to use the fun Brave + Bold collection by Amy Tangerine to highlight a cute photo of my girl.  I picked out the color palette I wanted to used and then went to work.  

I began by using some distressed oxide (peacock feathers) to create the blob on the paper.  ("Blob" is the technical term lol.)  Instead of doing strips of paper in corner, I decided to use a large triangle block backed by a slightly distressed neutral pattern.  I also added in little rips along three side of my layout.  Here's what I came up with:


I really hope you are inspired to play along with us!  And don't forget: each team member has a code that will save you 20% off your store purchase.  My code is: KAT20.