Thursday, July 20, 2017

Bring On Summer - Stash Bash YouTube Hop and a Giveaway!

Hello blogging friends!

It's been a while since I participated in a Stash Bash YouTube Hop and I am so excited to be back at it. This month we chose Washi Tape as the stash item to bash out. I love using washi tape! This one was easy for me.


I was inspired by this 8.5"x11" sketch ...


I flipped the sketch and used a variety of tropical washi tape I had recently bought at my local Micheals all up and down the left side...


I used the Bring On Summer digital cut file from JustNick Studios. It was perfect! 


I matted this sheet with the washi tape onto another piece of teal blue cardstock and then mounted that on a sheet from the Pink Paislee Summer Lights collection.


I added some other items from my stash like this flamingo flair button and puffy stickers from the My Mind's Eye Palm Beach collection.



Here is my process video. I am giving away a $20 gift card to the Paper Issues online store on my YouTube channel. Stop by and leave a comment and subscribe to my channel. I will choose a winner on July 28th ...


Thanks so much for stopping by!
~Marcia

Friday, July 14, 2017

YAY! - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today sharing a layout I created for my daughter Colette's graduation party. This spring she graduated from veterinary school!!! Her Dad and I are so proud of her. It was not an easy road and she studied her brains off. She is specializing in emergency vet medicine and just started a year long internship. There is just something that thrills her to be able to react to critical cases. Never a dull moment!

I wanted my layout to scream CELEBRATION so I gravitated to that Starburst digital cut file in the JustNick Studios on-line store. I used the Simple Stories Grad collection and the pattern papers also had stars. Here is how my layout turned out...



I really love how that Starburst cut file turned out when cut from gold cardstock. I created a BIG title using the YAY! from the Card Sentiments 1 digital cut file. It was perfect to help capture the feelings from that big day.



I saved a few of those cut out stars and used them as embellishments. You can see a large star tucked under the tassel.



Here is one more detailed shot. I used some foam adhesive to adhere the YAY! title over the top of the stars. It really pops against the black background and the gold stars.



Here are the cut files I used today  ...



Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great weekend!!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Why Fit In - Paper Issues

Hello blogging friends!

I am playing along with the Paper Issues Scrap Lift Sunday challenge today. I took Stacie's layout with it's cut squares of paper at the bottom and transposed it into a card. The Striped pattern paper and that awesome flamingo tag are from the new Fancy Pants Designs Hello Summer collection. To get the effect at the bottom of my card I cut out 12 ric rac borders using a Top Dog die I had. Then I layered the borders, one on top of the other starting at the bottom. When I was done layering, I trimmed the edges.


Check out Stacie's original layout and everyone else's takes on the Paper Issues blog. We would love to have you play along with us in the Paper Issues Facebook group.

Thanks for stopping by today!
~Marcia

Friday, July 7, 2017

MLK Memorial - Paper Issues

Hello blogging friends.

I am playing along with Paper Issues Free File Friday challenge; use any Star cut file from the Paper Issues store. All the cut files are always FREE! I combined the Count Your Lucky Stars background digital cut file and the Starring You digital cut file and came up with this ...


I combined the red pattern paper from the Simple Stories Say Cheese 3 collection with the Paper Issues June Swag Bag. These Swag Bags are awesome; Full of little bits and pieces of ephemera and pieces of pattern paper! I added some wooden star wood veneers from my stash. Here are some detailed shots...





Here is my process video if you are interested in watching ...


Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great weekend.
~Marcia

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Fun In The Sun - Paper Issues

Hello blogging friends!

Today, I am playing along with the Paper Issues challenge; Take 5 Tuesday. Use at least 5 of these items on a layout or other paper project.


My daughter has been spending lots of time reading outside on the deck lately. She snapped this selfie the other day and I thought it was perfect for a bright summery layout. I used the Echo Park Summer Dreams collection from the Paper Issues store.


I used a bunch of FREE digital cut files on this layout! The text for my title came from the Sun & Fun cut file as did those sunglasses, and the sun came from the Feels Like Summer digital cut file.
Here are some detailed shots for you ...



You can share your take on the Take 5 challenge over in the Paper Issues Facebook Friends group. Come join us if you aren't already a member!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a great week!
~Marcia

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Mickey Mouse - Magical Memories YouTube Hop and Giveaway

Hello blogging friends!

I am so excited to be participating in a YouTube Hop with my friend Christine Meyer. I am her guest YouTuber ( Is that a word?, lol) today. She is doing a week long series of Disney Scrapbook Layout inspiration and has lots of awesome ideas, so be sure to check out her series.

I used the Simple Stories Say Cheese 3 collection for my layout. Here it is...


It's been 20 years since we were at Disney World! Sorry if the photos look a little dated. My kids really enjoyed the character breakfasts and it sure beat waiting in line to see them. I created the Mickey ears cut file by welding 2 small circles onto one slightly larger one. Then I added some red cardstock to the bottom half and the cutest tiny yellow buttons. The design mimics the paper clip I used just above the rightmost photo.


That filmstrip cut file is FREE in the Paper Issues on-line store. It's called Life In Pictures. They have a great collection of cut files ... all absolutely FREE. Be sure to check them all out.



I love the washi tape in this collection as well. It's great for creating layers. There are lots of fun stickers too and those decorative brads 😍😍😍.


You are going to want to watch my YouTube Video ... I am giving away a $20 gift certificate to the Paper Issues on-line store to one of my YouTube followers! Just my way of saying Thanks for all the support and encouragement. I really do appreciate it.


Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great rest of the week.
~Marcia


Friday, June 23, 2017

Dad and Sparky - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

All this week, in honor of Father's Day, JustNick Studios is showcasing masculine layouts. I thought I would scrap a photo of my Dad and his dog Sparky. These two are never far apart. Sparky was a rescue dog that certainly found his furever home when he caught our eye on a local pet adoption day. Scrapping a photo of my Dad means I can make use of that awesome new DAD digital cut file too.  I used the Hey Mister collection from My Mind's Eye which is still available in the Paper Issues on-line store. (Use my coupon code Marcia20 and save 20%)      Here is my layout ...



Besides the Dad cut file, I add some XOXO dog tags from the In The Doghouse cut file and made use of some triangles left over when cutting the Triangle Geo Background cut file. I love the added interest the triangles give to my background ... and they coordinate really well with the black geometric pattern paper.







Here are the cut files I used today ...







Thanks so much for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mermaid Hair, Don't Care - Paper Issues

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with some inspiration from the new Pink Paislee Summer Lights collection now available in the Paper Issues online store. There are so many things I love about this collection ... I love the beach themed papers. They are perfect for scrapping a recent beach vacation my family took. I love the soft jewel tone colors that look like watercolors. Plus there are so many inspiring die cut quotes that make a layout title a breeze .... The Ocean is Calling and I Must Go ... or Mermaid Hair, Don't Care. That last quote was perfect for this photo of my daughter posing with a couple of clam shells. Her unruly curly hair is just something she doesn't fuss about when at the beach.


There are a lot of FREE Paper Issues cut files on this layout! Those gorgeous flowers are from the Summer Days cut file. Do you see the clam shells tucked under the flowers? and that starfish? They are from the Feels Like Summer cut file. There are even a few palm leaves from the Tropical Palms cut file and of course I cannot forget those circles framing the photo are from the Magical cut file. 


I used some Heidi Swapp Color Shine and the plastic smoosh technique to create a blue watercolor like background. Embellishing is easy with the die cut ephemera packs.


Those Coastline Thickers I used for my title are foil covered foam. Their reflective quality makes them a bit difficult to photograph, but they are oh so pretty!


I hope you enjoyed my layout today. Load up on those FREE cut files as well as anything else that caught your eye. You can use my discount code and save 20%.  Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great week.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Graduation Day - Paper Issues

Hello blogging friends.

Paper Issues has a Project Life challenge going on in June where you are to incorporate memorabilia into your design. Memorabilia could be ticket stubs for example. I thought I would join in and create my first ever PL layout.  I used the Simple Stories Grad collection simple set and Simple Stories PL pages.


I ended up cutting my ticket in half to fit the pockets here. I used a stamp to stamp the graduates on plain white cardstock. I embellished with some cardstock stars.


That long pocket was perfect for holding my daughter's tassel!


I did some pattern paper layering here, added more stars, and used washi tape to balance out the washi tape used to hold the tassel down.


I hope you can join is in some of our June challenges. We play along on the Paper Issues Facebook page and would love to have you join in the fun. Use my coupon code when shopping the Paper Issues on-line store. There is new stock arriving all the time, so check back often.


Have a great weekend.
~Marcia

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Cute Bunny? Dog? Cat? - Paper Issues

Hello blogging friends!

I am participating in the Pawsitively Pets challenge over at Paper Issues this month. This month we were to use selfies with our pets, or just photos of pets that appeared to be selfies. My daughter had fun with our cat while we were on vacation, snapchatting photos of her. They were so cute!! I couldn't help but scrap these. I used the Cocoa Vanilla Studios Wild At Heart collection and a digital cut file from JustNick Studios.


The flair is from A Flair For Buttons Etsy shop. With the circle die cut, it worked really well to incorporate some flair. There are a few embellishments added in from the Cocoa Vanilla Studios Make A Wish collection as well, like that puffy arrow sticker.



For my title, I mixed up various stickers, Cute Bunny? ? Dog Cat?


Use my coupon code in the Paper Issues on-line store and save 20%. New product arrives regularly so be sure to check back often.


Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great week.
~Marcia