Saturday, January 20, 2018

Discovering My OLW.

So let's talk One Little Words... if you have not heard about this year-long project, you should make your way over to the Ali Edwards blog for more details.  The basic concept is to choose one word that you will focus on the entire year and set goals wrapped about that word; so that you are not necessarily setting up resolutions that you're breaking, but weekly/monthly goals that you're able to work towards and keep.

It wasn't until the last week of December that I thought to use "DISCOVER" as my 2018 focus word.  I teetered between that and "Simplicity", but I decided to go with my original impression, especially since it leaves me room to be more creative with it.

I thought it would be fun to incorporate a new subject or topic to "Discover" each month, and create a page about it.  January's theme is all about glamour.  As one of my goals for this year, I vowed to focus on beauty products that will improve the texture of my hair and the tone of my skin.  Not to mention, maybe improve my wardrobe.  I can simplify what's in my closet, only keeping the pieces that absolutely suit my body and style.

The photo was taken on Snapchat and the collection I used for my first page is "Fashionista" by Echo Park.  I had been saving this line for a special project and I love how well it blends with the gorgeous Rose Gold Foil Large Alphas by American Crafts.  Cassie has a few sets left of those, so I would grab them before they're gone!

I did quite a bit of fussy cutting for this page, and I thought to keep it elegant, simple, yet dramatic.  I love the black & white striped background and the diagonal flow of flowers across the page and the title.  Every chance I get, I like to incorporate the "Bubbles" Free Cut File.  Whenever I have space on my cutting mat, I quickly add that single bubble and a few sizes and have them handy on my desk.  It's my favorite cut file, and I tend to use these messy circles on a lot of my layouts.

It's a thing.

I had such a fun time creating this page, and I'm so happy to be able to share that with you all.

Below you are going to find quick links to the Paper Issues sho and the Friends & Fans Facebook Group.  There are monthly challenges posted, and the more you play along, the more chances you will have to win a gift card!

Also, using the code "Damaris" at checkout of the paper issues show will save you 20% off of your entire purchase, and any purchase.  You will quality for free US priority shipping if you spend more than $60 after the coupon is applied.

I appreciate you spending a little time with me today.

Have a great week! 


Friday, January 19, 2018

Happy Lovely Heart

Good Morning and Happy Friday!

If you're up for some free cut file inspiration, today is your lucky day... I've teamed up with some of the PI Girls on the PI Blog to bring you different ways to use those fun files you can get at the Paper Issues shop.

You may (or may not - depending on how closely you look), recognize the pink pattern paper I used to cut the Butterfly Background Free Cut File.  It's one of the sheets from "Life Is Good" by Echo Park.  I recently came across various older collections that still make me smile, and I thought it would be great to marry the old with the new.  I'm all about assembling my own collection by mixing lines and manufacturers.  It's a thing.  lol  The pretty pink, with the delicate butterfly cut was the perfect combo for anything Maggie Holmes; which is exactly what I did.  I have 2 plastic sleeves full of MH products, and so I pulled out "Chasing Dreams" and "Bloom" and used a little of both lines to back up the butterflies, fussy cut more butterflies and add chipboard embellishments.

The background was created with a hexagon stencil by Echo Park and modeling paste.  I ripped the side of the 12x12 paper, simply because everything looked to "clean" and "perfect", and I wanted to liven things up a bit.  Backed the rip with a 6x6 MH pad and rolled the rips back in order to show a bit of the back side of the paper.  I just had fun with this page and I hope you found inspiration in what I have shared today.

 Whether you need inspiration, or want to share what you've created, be sure to visit the Paper Issues Friends & Fans group.  We're a fun community who likes to laugh and talk about pretty paper over coffee.

And don't forget to take advantage of my 20% off discount [CODE: Damaris], at the Paper Issues Shop!  Cassie Box truly has the BEST online shop out there.

Thanks for checking in today!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Snow Day.

What I love about the Paper Issues Design Team is that they encourage crafters to extract inspiration and ideas from each other.  There's always a layout to lift each week, and this time we're taking a close look at Kelly's FaLaLa page. I love the cut file she used, how she backed it up with pattern paper, and how she created space between her photo and the title.  This page drew me in and I wanted to create a mixed media version of it using American Crafts' "Sweater Weather".

The photo itself is of Gio at the mall; it's the closest he's every been to snow.  I have promised him that this year we will take a trip up north to visit family, but also play with real snow.  Hopefully I can make good on that offer.  You can see the enjoyment in his eyes as he threw up the faux flakes.  I loved this memory so much, that even though I scrapped it in my December Daily, I had to highlight it again on a layout.

I used two stencils and modeling paste to create the "snowy" background effect.  Used the negative snowflake piece from the "Stitching Snowflake" and "Lowercase Open Alpha" free cut files that are available in the Paper Issues Shop, and work great with the Silhouette and the Cricut!  I finished the page with some fussy cut pieces and stickers, from the same line.

I had a blast scrap lifting this page from Kelly Feldman.  Are you a member of the Paper Issues FB group?  Kelly creates a lot of the group threads, but what I love most are her live random crops.  She has such a grace when it comes to hosting live scrapping events.  Her layouts are always done in an hour or less, and she keeps a flow of conversation going throughout.  If you don't want to miss out, you should become a part of the group.  Each month the DT brings inspiration to the challenges posted, and each month they choose two winners!  The more you play along the more chances you have at winning!

As always, I've provided quick links to the blog, facebook group and shop below.  And remember that using the code "Damaris" at checkout of the paper issues show will save you 20% off of your entire purchase, and any purchase.  Also, you will quality for free US priority shipping if you spend more than $60 after the coupon is applied.

Have a great rest of your week!

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