Monday, June 22, 2020

91 Candles

(Orginally published on the Paper Issues Blog)

Hi there! 
This morning I am sharing a birthday page featuring my beautiful mom, celebrating her 91st. 

The Lions & Tigers & Bears! Oh My! June Challenge asks you to find a movie quote or movie title, and use it to inspire the title of your page. I chose the title, 91 Candles, as an ode to the 80's classic. If you take that 91 and turn it 180 degrees...voila! 16 Candles. 

Poor Samantha. In the movie, no one seems to remember it's her birthday. At the end she gets her cake, with all 16 candles, which is 16 more than we put on my mom's cake. I'm afraid blowing out candles has become a relic of the before times...before Covid-19. 

Simple Stories has recently released two fabulous birthday collections, one with all the lovely pastels you see here, Magical Birthday, and one with a more masculine feel, Birthday Blast. I used strips from the 6 x 8 paper pad and tons of adorable die cuts to create my page. 

Bonus: The Simple Stories Color Vibe Foam Alpha Stickers have colors that coordinate with the colors in these papers.

The embellishment pack includes so many sweet icons:

In case you missed it, here's another page created with this fabulous collection:

Check out ALL the new Simple Stories collections in the Paper Issues Store.
Find this and the rest of our June Challenges in Paper Issues' Friends and Fans Facebook Group. Play along and share for your chance at winning a prize. And as always, use my code for 20% off your entire Paper Issues store order. 

Friday, June 12, 2020

Take 5 | First You Make A Roux

(Originally published on the Paper Issues Blog.)

Good morning! It's Madeline here today, sharing a page for Paper Issues' Take 5 Challenge. I started with black, white and red, always a favorite color scheme, but then I drew from the photo and added a little pink to the mix. Here it is:

It was a real treat when my oldest son took over in the kitchen, cooking up two gigantic pots of gumbo. If you've ever made it yourself, you know that "First you make a roux". And there's my title!

Here is the Take 5 Challenge list for May:

To complete the challenge, I used black and white papers, and enamel dots:

I added twine and ephemera (ticket stubs):

These are a few more items that I used from the Paper Issues Store:

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

May Sketch-Virtual Happy Hour

(Originally published on the Paper Issues Blog)

Good morning friends! It's Madeline here with a fun interpretation of this month's sketch. Thanks to a couple of Paper Issues cut files, I created an ode to the virtual Happy Hour. 

Here is the May sketch:

On my page, wine bottles and glassware stand in for the shapes and tags above. 
I found my drinking elements in the Cheers Time! and Cinco de Mayo cut files, free in the Paper Issues Store. After arranging them in rows as in the sketch, I cut them from white cardstock.

Next, I carefully removed the cuts and placed them aside (to be used later). I splattered the background with inks, then backed the holes, some with patterned paper and others with gloriously colorful packaging from a Vicki Boutin stencil set

Finally, I backed a few of the cuts, "filling" some of the glasses with Merlot, "labeling" the wine bottles, then loosely attached all to the page.  

From there it was easy to complete: photo, title, and journaling. Done!  

Are you up for this month's sketch challenge? If you do play along, please share your page in the Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook group. I'd love to see what you make! And when you shop the Paper Issues Store, use my code for 20% off your entire order.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Seeing Double-Mission Trail

(Originally published on the Paper Issues blog 4/24/20)

Good morning Paper Issues Friends and Fans!

When I look back at my scrapbook pages from a decade ago, I notice one thing: my pages almost always held more than one photo. If I look back even further, I see that my pages were sometimes double-paged spreads. I definitely took more photos when my kids were young, especially since there were five of them! So the Seeing Double Challenge is a good one to get me back into that more-than-one-photo mode.

Here's my two-photo page:

When I travel, I ALWAYS take lots of pictures. My layout is about some of the sights in San Antonio, Texas, the missions that line the river gong south from the city center. It was fun clustering all of the map and travel ephemera from Vicki Boutin's Let's Wander collection here, there, and everywhere.

I took dozens of photos, and had many more that I loved, so of course I had to do a second page with some of my favorites. This time I added FOUR photos!

Now, I dare you to take the Seeing Double challenge! Share your pages in the challenge album on the Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook page, and visit the Paper Issues Store for all your paper craft needs. When you shop, use my code for 20% off everything in your order.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Big Ass Title-Fresh Quac

(Originally posted on the Paper Issues blog 4/9/20)

Good morning Paper Issues Friends! It's Madeline here with my take on the Big Ass Title Challenge. There are two ways to take this. You could have a very l-o-n-g multi-word title OR something more like the page below:

I chose to create a title with big ass letters, 4 1/2-inch tall letters!
A little avocado guy fills in for the center of my letter "A":

The beautiful backdrop to this page is a sheet of mixed media paper from Vicki Boutin. She did all the work; I just layered my stuff on top.

Papers, stickers, die-cuts, and journaling pieces are all from Vicki Boutin's Let's Wander collection, a collection filled with beautiful papers, fun ephemera, and accent pieces galore.

I'd love to see your interpretation of this Big Ass Challenge!
Post your page in the Paper Issues' Friends and Fans Facebook Group in its corresponding challenge album for a chance to win prizes.
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Sunday, April 5, 2020

Everywhere Else...

I missed Mardi Gras this year. Sad at first, it was probably a very good thing as much of the spread of Covid-19 in my area seems to coincide with that holiday and the influx of visitors to the city!

So here's a photo from last year, when we headed out to the avenue and stood shoulder to shoulder with thousands of our closest friends. ;)

Patterned papers and the vellum cityscape diecut are all from Vicki Boutin's Let's Wander collection.

Chipboard letters are from the gazillion half-used packages from my stash. It was a fun challenge mixing up colors and finding all those letter "e"s! I love the look:

Here's hoping next year finds Covid-19 a distant memory, and the parades can roll again.

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Friday, April 3, 2020

Heavy Metal-Reward

I've had this photo for a while and the Cocoa Vanilla Legendary collection helped me get it on a page.  Now that my son no longer swims, these ribbons and trophies, as well as a small fortune in dry rotting tech suits are the remnants of a sport that consumed him for a good 6-7 years. I wanted to document his collection of awards in a fun way, so I created a bustling banner decorated with die-cuts, stickers, flair, and brads from my stash.

Brads are still a favorite embellishment, so I was happily inspired to use a few for Paper Issues' Heavy Metal challenge. 

I actually scrap lifted myself with this one, and in turn scrap lifted Susan Stringfellow, who inspired my Spongebob Monopoly page below. It's still one of my favorites!

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