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Friday, May 25, 2018

Free Cut File Fun

Free you say? Who doesn’t love 
free?!? Today I am showing you what I created with a free cut file from the shop. 
For this layout I used the free cut file 
thick paint alpha. I absolutely love using cut files, they make your stash stretch even longer! 


I cut my letters out at about 2 inches, and then backed each one with Bella Blvd’s Secret of the Sea 6x8 paper pad. As for my background, I did a little mixed media work using some of the Tim Holtz distress oxide’s

This was such a fun layout to do, and I can’t wait to see what you create over on the PIFF Facebook group. 


Monday, April 16, 2018

52 Favorites

Hello friends! Today I’m up on the blog showing how I’m documenting my 52 Favorites.  Are you playing along? If you are what’s your approach? The awesome thing about this project is you can do as little or as much as you like each week. I tried a travelers notebook, and I liked it, but I wasn’t motivated to keep up. I was having a hard time narrowing down what I wanted to document, I have 5 million kids (just kidding, I have four, and one on the way), and it makes it hard to choose. So I decided to focus on my project life album, and really stay on top of it this year. The awesome thing is I can use my stash, the pile of never ending scraps on my table, or I can get cut apart sheets from the shop. It can be as simple or jam packed as I feel like for the week.

Today I’m showing you my week 14. This is the week of Easter, and the week that my littlest brother left for Navy Bootcamp.  I did save Easter for a separate insert, since we take a million pictures, but it will match my week 14 color scheme. 


I loved using the new Dear Lizzy line Stay Colorful. The two main items I used were the cut aparts and the sticker sheet. I also used some older project life cards, some Simple Stories Emoji Love, random washi, one doodlebug alpha sheet, and some amazing gold thickers. 
Like I said, I didn’t go to crazy, I just really wanted to document everything. 




Thanks for stopping by! 

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Tell Your Story

Hey everyone, Courtney here, and I’m up with my project for the #Tellyourstorychallenge over on the Paper Issues Friends and Fans group.

 This is a new challenge this month, and it’s all about telling your story. 

For this layout I used Doodlebug Dragon Tales, as well as the Blast Off! Free cut file.


Since this challenge is all about getting your story down, I decided to go with my own handwriting directly on the page. 

I played around with typing it, but I really think my kids will enjoy seeing my handwriting later in life.

I used my Tim Holtz ruler and penciled in some lines, then when I was finished journaling I earesd them. I did a mock up of what I wanted to say so I knew how much space I needed. 



My handwriting isn’t the best, but I slowed down and really thought about what I was putting on the paper. I love how the black ink looks with the overall color scheme.


I also decided to do some hand stitching to go along with the paper piecing for the cut file. I used the original cut file as inspiration on where to put my stitching. 
Of course,  I had to go back in and add all of my favorites, enamel dots, glitter washi, word stickers, and tabs. 

This layout was pretty different for me, I really reached out of my comfort zone for a lot of it, but it’s probably one of my favorites that I’ve created. 


Thanks for stopping by, I hope you found some inspiration, and I cannot wait to see what you create! 

Dont forget if you stop by the Paper Issues store and use the code Courtney to save 20% on your purchase. 


Monday, March 12, 2018

A Little Pick Me Up with Scraplift Sunday

Hey Paper Issues Friends and Fans! 

It’s Courtney here, sharing for this weeks #ScrapliftSunday. 

For this week, we are taking inspiration from the awesome Rachel O’Neal. 


I totally fell in love with how she used different sized circles all over the page, and the word phrases sprinkled throughout her layout. I wanted to lift something similar, but give it my own touch, and I’m so happy with the way it turned out! 

For this layout I used the new line from 
Pink Paislee line by Paige Evans called Pick Me Up. 

 I love this line! It has a great mixture of papers that I can use for my boys or my daughter.   
I used the 6x6 paper pad to create my circles, to mat my photo, and I used Paper # 16. I also used the ephemera pack, and puffy stickers. 



After I matted the photo with one sheet, I decided to add some acrylic paint, to give it some more dimension without overshadowing this awesome picture of my daughter.
I then added my word veneer phrases, 
and hearts. 
 Lastly, I had to add my usual enamel dots, glitter washi, sequins, and tiny word stickers. 

Thanks for stopping by, don’t forget to play along with the 
PIFF group on Facebook, and share those projects! I can’t wait to see what you create! 

Don’t forget to stop by the 
Paper Issues store and use the code Courtney to 
receive 20% off your purchase. 


Monday, February 19, 2018

Polka Dot Party

Hey Friends, I am up on the Paper Issues blog with my first layout as a design team member. How exciting!





For this layout I played along with the  Polka Dot Party challenge. As soon as I saw this challenge I knew that I had the perfect line to use for my design. I used Doodlebug Dragon Tales , isn’t it the cutest? I just adore the colors in this line and the super cute embellishments. It’s the perfect line to document my little birthdays or just a random day at the house.

Make sure you play along with the Facebook group. Can’t wait to see what you create.





Thursday, February 15, 2018

Love Is In the Air

Hey Friends! I am super excited to share the layout that I made for Paper Issues Love Is In the Air challenge. I used lots and lots of  Crate Paper, I just love how anything Crate Paper does can match so perfectly.For this layout I used a little Cute Girl, Little You, and Hello Love. I also used and awesome file that is in the shop called You Are My Sunshine all I did was add an offset to it, and back it with pattern paper.




Make sure you hop on over to the Facebook group or #paperissues on Instagram to show us what you make. We love seeing what you come up with!

Friday, February 9, 2018

52 Friday Favorites

Hey friends! I created these two layouts for the fun 52 Friday Favorites challenge on the Paper Issues Friends and Fans page. I’m still playing catch up, I was a little Intimidated at first, but it was so much fun once I jumped in. I’ve decsided that I’ll be using up my scraps or monthly swag bags from the shop. For week 5 I used the awesome February swag bag, make sure you check them out. You won’t be disappointed. Don’t forget to use the code Courtney to save 20% when you checkout.


 



My second layout I used a few pieces that I had leftover from Doodlebug Designs At the Zoo collection. I don’t have a ton of it left, so this project was perfect.


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