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Paper Issues - Scraplift Sunday


Hi everyone! Today is Scraplift Sunday over at Paper Issues and we're lifting a layout by talented UK scrapper, Christina Howard
Here is Christinas original page...

And here's my take on it...

This was a really fun layout to lift! I used mainly Crate Paper Cool Kid, with some Simple Stories and Amy Tan papers. Do join in with Scraplift Sunday, and pop over to the facebook page to share your layouts!

chasing dreams

Paper Issues - Spring Crop Weekend


Hi everyone! 
I hope you managed to join us over on Paper Issues over the weekend for our Spring Crop! There was 23 different challenges altogether, so it kept me busy! I was also at a scrap Retreat this weekend so I had plenty to do! 
I've popped pics below of the layouts I managed to participate in.

Let's Get Fussy: Pull out those scissors and show us your fussy cutting skills. Make a big impact with a hand cut out design for this challenge.

Stick It to Me: Use stickers of all types on your project. Let's see how many stickers you can pile on your page!

Live Out Loud: Create a project using no cardstock or solid colour paper. All paper must be patterned.

 Somewhere Over The Rainbow: In a primary rainbow the colours are in the order of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. Use at least 5 of these colours in a project for this challenge.

 Selfie Saturday: Design a page about you. Pull out your best selfie and show us who you are.

 Stitched Up: Get out that thread, ribbon and twine. Design a project using stitching of any kind - machine, hand or faux.

 Spaced Out: Two thirds of your layout needs to be negative/white space. Show us something light and airy.

Firstie Friday: Share a project documenting something you have done for the first time, the first thing you do in a morning, or even include numbers in the title.

Are You Feeling Lucky?: Use the word luck or lucky in your title or use the colour green in your layout.

Sketchy Sketch: Let's see your take on the following sketch.

All the Pretty Flowers: Design a project using a floral background.

Cut The Crop: Use one of our free cut files to create a project.

Freaky Friday: Let's switch it up! Use holiday papers on non-holiday photos, or vice versa. You could also use masculine colours with a feminine phot or vice versa.

If you've joined in any challenges don't forget to enter them in the album on the facebook group.

dear lizzy

Paper Issues - Issues Round 2


Hi guys! We're on Round 2 of Issues today on the Paper Issues blog
This month's theme is - anything goes! 

Suggested ideas are:
- Create a paper project of your choosing - any theme at all.
- Share a project about something that goes, like a car, bicycle, boat, etc.
- Make something about St. Patrick's Day.

I used the Dear Lizzy Lovely Day collection to scrap this cute photo of my stepson with his Headteachers Award that he was so proud of! He had the cheesiest (and most gappy!) grin in Presentation Assembly when he was awarded it! 
He worked so hard to earn it and we were so proud of him.

I'm really into fussy cutting at the moment and that beautiful floral paper was just begging to be cut out. 
I wanted to make a real feature of the flowers so I cut a mason jar shape with my Cameo and stitched it onto my cardstock.
I then arranged the flowers so it looked like they were in the mason jar and spilling down the side. 

Dimensional 3D clear gel glue is my best friend!

I added the title and the little bird from a Maggie Holmes sticker sheet.

Please do have a go at this months Issues, and pop your project in our challenge album on the Paper Issues facebook group for a chance to win a Paper Issues gift voucher!


Scrapbook Expo blog - Designer Spotlight


Hey scrappy friends! 

I'm absolutely delighted to finally be able to tell you that I'm featuring as the Designer Spotlight on Paige Taylor Evans' Stamp & Scrapbook Expo blog!
I've been so excited since Paige contacted me way back before Christmas, this is a dream come true. I'm grateful to Paige for the wonderful opportunity, and to all the lovely sweet scrapbookers who follow and support me daily.
I created this layout for the feature, and I've added the link so you can visit the blog, see some of my favourite layouts, and find out a bit more about me.

If you're interested in learning how to use your Silhouette Cameo to hand stitch on layouts, I have an easy tutorial on how to do so on the Paper Issues blog.


Paper Issues - Roll the Dice


Hey guys! There's a new Roll the Dice challenge up on the Paper Issues blog today. 
This months challenge is to use 2 photos, and 3 washi tapes. 

I decided to use the gorgeous washi tape from the 1canoe2 Hazelwood collection, and my starting point was laying these diagonally across my page.

I was then initially a little bit stumped as to where to place photos, wherever I put them just didn't look right. Then I tried them where they are now and it seemed to give the page a nice symmetry so there they stayed.  
I matted them onto some Hazelwood paper to make them stand out from the background, then turned my attention to the title. Usually the title is the last thing I think about, but this time it was one of my starting points due to its placement in the centre of the page.

I then used a real mish mash of embellishments and ephemera from different collections!

I fussy cut the flowers and butterflies from the Hazelwood collection, the swan, rose, deer and small words stickers all come from 2 different Maggie Holmes collections, the birdhouse is from a Pebbles collection, and the 2 acetate pieces are from Shimelle's Go Now Go collection.

Please pop over to the Paper Issues facebook group and have a go at March's new Roll the Dice challenge!

dear lizzy

Paper Issues - Mix It Up Monday


Hey guys! Over on the Paper Issues blog today it's time for a brand new Mix It Up Monday!

This months challenge is to create texture on your project by using some sort of wet media. Options might be: texture paste, acrylic paint, gesso, or gel medium. Use stencils, fabric, stamps, cloth, or even wood veneer to create a texture type pattern on the project.

I'm not a massive fan of wet media because I'm too lazy to prime my cardstock so it always warps! So I decided to use Tim Holtz Distress Ink sponged through a stencil, with white texture mousse applied through the same stencil on top of areas of the distress ink.

This turned out really well and the mousse is light enough not to warp the card. I added some more interest by ripping 3 areas and backing them with a coordinating paper.

I then used Shimelle's Little by Little collection to matt my photo and embellish my page, and Dear Lizzy thickers for my title. 

I enjoyed the challenge of using wet media for once, I think I may use it more often!

Head over to the Paper Issues facebook group to join in with this months challenge!


Paper Issues - Scraplift Sunday 12th March


Hi guys! It's Scraplift Sunday over at Paper Issues and today we're lifting this gorgeous layout by the talented Cat Martin.

I absolutely love Cat's fun and funky page, so I wanted to stick fairly closely to her design in terms of the elements and the dark background. 

I used Dear Lizzy Lovely Day and Shimelle Little by Little, with flair from Cuts2luv.

This adorable photo of my youngest son with his Minecraft toy at Christmas makes me laugh so much, and of course I had to use this Minecraft label I had been hoarding for this very occasion! 

Do pop over to the Paper Issues facebook group and join in with Scraplift Sunday!