Monday, November 20, 2017

Home Is Where The Heart Is

Hello Monday! I can already tell it's going to be a great week! We've been celebrating and enjoying time with family this past weekend. And almost every day this month we (my boys and I) have taken the time to list off several things we are thankful for. Which goes perfectly with this month's New Issue at Paper Issues called Home Is Where the Heart Is. Suggested ideas include:

  • Create a project about your home - your house, a special room inside, renovations, neighborhood, etc.
  • Use heart embellishments,
  • Document November activities
  • Thanksgiving traditions
I knew I wanted to use Cocoa Vanilla Studio because well, it had just arrived on my doorstep and I couldn't wait! It's pretty freaking amazing if you ask me! For my layout, I chose to document photos from our last fall camping trip. We travel a lot but to me home is where ever my boys are. They are my heart and soul! 

I kept my layout fairly simple, but used several layers of patterned paper and white cardstock sprayed with purple mist to add depth. My favorite part is the title which  matches perfectly with the Issue's title. It's a free cut file in the Paper Issues' store. Find it here!

Thank you for taking a peek at my layout! Find the other DT layout's on today's Paper Issues' blog post! You won't want to miss their inspiration! XOXO

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Boys Rule

Happy Saturday! You can find me over at the Paper Issues blog today sharing all the details about this fun layout! Click here to see it! XOXO

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Try It Tuesday Tag-tastic!

It's time for Try It Tuesday! This month the challenge is to make your own embellishments! If you are used to using a pack of ephemera (my hand is raised high) this might sounds a little ovewhelming at first, but it's really easy. Let me share some ideas!
  • make rosettes
  • layered tags
  • handmade flowers with paper or even ribbon
  • use cut files 
  • make a banner
I decided to make some layered tags with Cocoa Vanilla Studio Bohemian Dreams! I'm so glad I got this collection. It's every bit dreamy and whimsical as it looks. Even with a house full of boys I still find plenty of ways to use a more "girly" collection. To make my tags I actually just used two different size tags from another collection as a pattern and cut them out with scissors. Then I piled on the layers with pattenred papers, ephemera and stickers. It really was that simple!

Need more DIY inspiration? Check out today's PI blog post to see the rest of the DT rock this challenge! XOXO

Monday, November 13, 2017

November Pinspire Me

Happy Monday to you! I'm back with another Paper Issues' challenge - November's Pinspire Me! Mary Ann always creates the most beautiful mood boards each month. This one is no exception! 

Isn't it lovely?! I had been wanting to use one of the newest leaf cut files in the Paper Issues store and this board was a perfect excuse! I was inspired by both the leaves and colors. I started with white cardstock and then cut out the Open Leaves cut file with a piece of 12x12 paper from the Family & Co. collection by Fancy Pants Designs. I backed a few of the leaves with more patterned papers from the 6x6 pad and then left some open.

I added a black and white photo of my son & my dad from our last camping trip in October. Photos like this one are so special! Then I layered it with lots of patterned paper, ephemera, tags and stickers. I love all the layers! I used enamel dots around the sides for a little extra color. The "sweet" title is from one of my favorite set of Thickers ever - Pebbles Girl Squad!

Feeling inspired yet?! It can be anything you see on the board - pictures, colors, words, etc! Create a layout and then share it with us in the Paper Issues Friends & Fans Facebook group for a chance to win a PI giftcard at the end of the month. XOXO!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Add It Up

I'm back with another Halloween layout! That's two days in a row! I've documented all our Halloween fun with Fancy Pants Spellbound. I love this collection so much because it stands out from your typical Halloween collection. The mint and purple together are so perfect. And then my favorite part is that it's white based as opposed to cream. But I know I've said all this before so let's get down to it! 

Today's challenge at Paper Issues is Add It Up! Here's how it works: See the list of items below and create a layout with at least 95 points! The number changes from month to month. Some months are lower numbers which typically create a more bare layout and other months have a larger number which create a more busy layout - my personal favorite. 

To reach 95 points, I used 3 photos, lots of patterned paper and ephemera. Then I finished off the layout with buttons and enamel dots!

You can check out the rest of the DT layouts on today's Paper Issues blog. They are always so inspiring. Thanks for stopping by! XOXO

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Take 5 Tuesday

Happy Take 5 Tuesday! Who doesn't love this challenge?! It's fun and so easy! If you've never done one of the Paper Issue's challenges this is a great one to start with. Choose five things from the list below and use them in a layout. I chose 5) patterned paper, 8) stripes, 9) animal, 10) cardstock, and 11) circle.

I created a very simple layout with Fancy Pants Spellbound. I was inspired by the abundance of circles in the ephemera as well as the buttons. I started with the Bewitched paper and a smaller piece of white cardstock. I printed my photo and cut it into a circle with my Cricut. Then I added all the circle pieces. I finished with some twine and jounraling around the photo.

Now it's your turn to play! Need more inspiration? Check out today's Paper Issues blog post to get more DT inspiration. XOXO!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

SLS 9/5

It's Sunday again! Time for a new week and some new inspiration! Today we are lifting Kelly's Notable Quotable layout from this last week! I stayed pretty true to the lift, but spiced it up just a bit by adding two more strips of paper to the top. And if you didn't know already, I'm using Elle's Studio Family fun collection - again! It's been one of my go to favorites the last couple months. 

I had an abundance of photos from our apple picking trip last month so I used four photos too! Then instead of paint splatters I added puffy star stickers and stamped some smaller ones as well. Love it! Hope you can make some time to play with paper today! Thanks for stopping by! XOXO