Wednesday, August 24, 2016

I heart this

Happy summer!  Today I wanted to use a Paper PoP on a layout for a Paper Issues challenge.
I loved this bright, happy picture of our day at Bunker Beach waterpark. This older Simple Stories Good Day Sunshine collection worked well to capture all the colors!
The sun paperPoP was purchased at Paper Issues. I cut out the title with the Open Letters cut file. I used white paint on a circles stencil to create a photo mat on the background.
I added stickers, enamel dots & hearts, and paint spots to finish it off. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Explore: St. Maarten

The Cut it Up Challenge for August is posted at Paper Issues. Grab this geometric crisscross line cut file for FREE. I imagined it as roads and this new map paper by Crate Paper Cool Kid was my choice! I started by sewing it down.
Then I added gesso to prep the papers for watercolor paint.
My last step was layering my photo from our snorkeling cruise. 
I can't wait to see how you use this new cut file or Cool Kid collection, both can be found in Paper Issues online shop.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Give me all the colors

I was so inspired by the colors in the August mood board at Paper Issues. The PInspired images that prompted this were the camper lines and colors in the roller skates/sky.
The new Pink Paislee collection by Paige Evans in my order from Paper Issues got me chopping strips of the painted stripes paper 4 and fringe scissor cutting them. It was easy and harmless!
I added the Crate Paper Thickers (the pink version would also be cute!) to the lower corner to bring the eye down to the bottom of the fringe rainbow.
I used the Take Me Away collection word Thickers, thread, stickers, and enamel hearts from Illustated Faith to the cluster areas. I also used the fun polka dots from Fancy Free paper 4.
I fussy cut the scroll quote from a page of quotes paper #24. It fit well with the Old San Juan, Puerto Rico colorful buildings picture from my June vacation. I hope you give fringe cutting a try on a page or on embellishments!
 Also, I found out that fringe scissors aren't liked by airport screening machines or the TSA! The guy was intrigued and almost practiced cutting with them. He let me keep them; I told him I was a teacher prepping for the new school year! I guess I better fringe up something fun for my classroom now!! Have a crafty and fun weekend!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Loved this: Flamingo Wall

Hello flamingos! I was all heart eyes when I spied this building painted in flamingos in Chicago. 
I mean how often do you just find the perfect building to match your Paper Issues order card and washi tape to??
For this layout, I used a sketch by Creative Scrappers to start my design.
I liked the natural paint blocking that was already done on the Fancy Free paper from Pink Paislee. It was an easy way to incorporate the sketch and color without having to do mixed media! I spent my time in Silhouette Studio  rotating the design in the circles for variety before welding them in a grid.
I layered Fancy Free paper strips and washi tape and added hand stitching. I use the Amy Tangerine stitching kit to poke the holes with the protector mat behind the paper.
The circles are from the Inner Circle cut file from The Cut Shoppe into two grids to make up the two sections cut out of Fancy Free paper. I added the title from Dear Lizzy Saturday Thickers and embellished it with my Fancy Free stash! This is my take on Go for the Gold at Paper Issues as it was a favorite travel pic from this summer!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Girls Just Wanna Have Sun

Simple Stories' Sunshine and Happiness collection is super colorful and perfect for summer or pictures from December in Florida!!! Paper Issues was my go to for this stripe background paper.
I found the light blue cardstock to match with the papers and added 6x6 paper bits along with ephemera and thread!
I added hand stitching since I was at a hotel and didn't have my sewing machine. This layout wasn't super detailed or intense, but I love the sweet quotes with this photo of my daughter.