Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Love You - Paper Issues

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with another layout for Paper Issues. Today we are spotlighting stitching, either by hand or by machine. I chose to use machine stitching on this layout using the gorgeous new Maggie Holmes Carousel collection.


This Ferris wheel photo is from a recent trip my family took to South Carolina's Myrtle Beach. Here are some detail shots...






Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a great week!
~Marcia

Monday, August 14, 2017

Like A Boss - Paper Issues

Hello blogging friends!

I am playing along with the Paper Issues Pinspire Me challenge. Here is the fun mood board for August ...


I was inspired by those bright colors and thought it would be perfect to scrap a recent family paint night. It was the first time my daughter Naomi has ever done one. She wasn't too sure she could paint very well or that she would even enjoy it. She LOVED it!! We painted Matisse's Cat with Red Fish. Here is my layout ...


I printed an 8x10 photo of the Matisse Cat that Naomi painted and cut it into a grid. I wanted to create a tiled pattern for interest. I embellished my layout with the Fancy Pants Designs Dream Big collection. I love the encouraging quotes like this one in the die cut ephemera pack.





You can play along with the Paper Issue challenges in our Facebook group. We welcome everyone. Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great week!
~Marcia

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Summer Lovin - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

It's circles week on the JustNick Studios blog and since I actually had a beach vacation this year, I am showcasing the Beach Umbrella Background. When I think of beach umbrellas I think red and white. I used red cardstock when cutting out the beach umbrella background cut file and then cut circles out of white cardstock that were sized for the umbrellas in the background. I placed the whole thing on top of this cool water pattern paper.



I wanted to use 2 photos on my layout, but I didn't want to cover up too much of that awesome background cut file. I decided to create a flip book with washi tape, so the top photo can be flipped up to reveal my second photo.





That awesome title is from the Summer Lovin digital cut file. This cut file has lots of fun Summer titles.


To emphasize the circle patterns, I stitched around each circle. I love the texture that the machine stitching adds. The pattern paper I used came from the Carta Bella Beach Boardwalk collection. It's an older collection, but I love the primary colors and its vintage vibe. Since I only had a sticker sheet from the collection for embellishing, I pulled some wood veneer pieces and flair from the Cocoa Vanilla Studios Hello Sunshine collection and added some Simple Stories brads and phrase stickers.





Here are the cut files I used today ...





I would love to have you watch my YouTube video if you are interested in seeing my process in creating this layout.


Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great rest of the week.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Southern Favorites = Paper Issues

Hello blogging friends!

I am playing along with the Paper Issues Sketch Challenge today. Here is the sketch by the very talented Amy Coose ...


and here is my take using the Jen Hadfield Simple Life collection from Pebbles.


Our last night in Charleston we splurged and went to a fancy restaurant, Magnolias and I am so glad we did. It was outstanding!!!  I tried fried green tomatoes for the first time and absolutely loved them! I also had their shrimp and grits in a lobster sauce, WOW! so good. The Magnolias label is actually a photo I took of the sign outside and then fussy cut out. Other ephemera on this layout is from my stash. Here are some detailed shots....





Thanks so much for stopping by today. Enjoy the weekend!
~Marcia

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Tickled Pink - Paper Issues

Hello blogging friends!

It's try it Tuesday on the Paper Issues blog. This month is called: Tape It Up! Use any type of tape (masking, washi, cello etc) in a new and inventive way to create interest, texture, shape, form on your project. I had so much fun creating my washi tape layout last week, that I thought it would be fun to try the same design on a card. I layered washi tape all down the side of my card to create interest. Then used a My Favorite Things stamp for my sentiment, and added that fabulous inflated flamingo from the Amy Tangerine On A Whim collection. I love how it turned out!!




That flamingo though 😍😍😍!



Can't wait to see what you create for this! Have a great week!
~Marcia

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Rainbow Row - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I've been working my way through some vacation photos from a trip to South Carolina this past May. If you love gardens and/or food, Charleston is a gem. Their are gorgeous homes with extensive gardens, window box planters, and flowering baskets and Charleston is a culinary hub. Oh my, did we eat some amazing meals there! After one such amazing meal, we needed to do some walking and headed toward Rainbow Row. These houses, each painted a different color, are one of the most photographed in the city.



On this layout, I combined the Outline Alphas and the Script Font to create a dramatic title. I wanted the letters to be tall, like these buildings, so I stretched the cut file. Then I backed the letters with some gorgeous multi-color floral paper from a Maggie Holmes Crate paper line.





I added a travel tag from the Around the World digital cut file and tucked it under the main photo.



Here are a few more detailed shots ...





Here are the cut files I used today ...





Here is my process video if you are interested ...


I hope I have inspired you today to create a big title with lots of impact! Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great week.

Monday, July 24, 2017

All Who Wander Are Not Lost - Paper Issues

Hello blogging friends!

I am up on the Paper Issues blog today with another Pink Paislee Summer Lights layout. While on vacation in Myrtle Beach South Carolina, I really enjoyed my sunrise walks along the beach searching for shells. I was drawn to this sheet of pattern paper with shells on it and wanted to use it for my background paper.


I used the Paper Issues Cabin Fever FREE cut file and cut directly onto my photo. The "All Who Wander Are Not Lost" fit so perfectly with the footprints left in the sand along the beach. Then I added the Bloom FREE cut file as an embellishment in the corner of the photo.



There are lots of fun beach ephemera pieces in the Pink Paislee Summer Lights collection and the foil accents are so eye catching!


I added a few torn pattern paper strips at the bottom of my page to set a beachy scene and give me some space to journal.


There are lots of fabulous new items just stocked in the Paper Issues Store. Be sure to check them out. Use my coupon code MARCIA20 and save 20%.


Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a great week!
~Marcia

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Bring On Summer - Stash Bash YouTube Hop and a Giveaway!

Hello blogging friends!

It's been a while since I participated in a Stash Bash YouTube Hop and I am so excited to be back at it. This month we chose Washi Tape as the stash item to bash out. I love using washi tape! This one was easy for me.


I was inspired by this 8.5"x11" sketch ...


I flipped the sketch and used a variety of tropical washi tape I had recently bought at my local Micheals all up and down the left side...


I used the Bring On Summer digital cut file from JustNick Studios. It was perfect! 


I matted this sheet with the washi tape onto another piece of teal blue cardstock and then mounted that on a sheet from the Pink Paislee Summer Lights collection.


I added some other items from my stash like this flamingo flair button and puffy stickers from the My Mind's Eye Palm Beach collection.



Here is my process video. I am giving away a $20 gift card to the Paper Issues online store on my YouTube channel. Stop by and leave a comment and subscribe to my channel. I will choose a winner on July 28th ...


Thanks so much for stopping by!
~Marcia