Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Happy {CSI Case File No. 254 and Paper Issues Scraplift Sunday}

We've got a brand new challenge over at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration. I made another page for one of my students:

Here's the Case File that inspired the page. I went the traditional CSI clues route for this page: Evidence: solid background, stripes, floral pattern, flowers, ribbons, labels, bling, puffy stickers, tissue paper, text print (in place of the book page), gold elements, and vintage elements (in the form of that slide frame). Testimony: Write on a label.

I was stuck for how to begin my page, so I headed over to Paper Issues to see if I could find a sketch, and I found their Sunday Scraplift challenge. I love Anita's layout so, so much, and as you can see, I pretty much scraplifted it literally.

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Here are some close-ups. My layout started with those giant pom-pom flowers, which reminded me of these tissue paper Martha Stewart flowers I've had in my stash for at least 7 years. The chipboard butterflies and florals  are from the Simple Stories I Am collection. That pink chipboard frame is by Crate Paper. Instead of a book page, I used a text print. The tab above the photo is an old Pink Paislee. The die-cut leafy element is by Simply Graphic.

The floral paper is by Crate Paper Maggie Holmes. The typewriter is also from the I Am collection. I really wanted to put that "You are my sunshine" to look like it was coming out of the typewriter, but I just couldn't bring myself to cover up that pretty rose-gold foiled heart.

 The pink papers are from Maggie Holmes too, as is that gold phrase sticker. I added the yellow rhinestone for one of the clues.

I hope you'll play along with CSI for a chance to win a prize from or generous sponsors We've got 15 prizes up for grabs this month! And don't forget to check out that scraplift challenge over at Paper Issues. They award gift certificates to their store too!


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Oh, My Stars - First Paper Issues DT Layout!

I'm so excited to be sharing my very first layout as a member of the Paper Issues design team! My first assignment was to create a monochromatic layout, which took me a little out of my comfort zone because if you know my scrappy style, I'm all about color, and lots of it, but I love a challenge, and I had a blast creating my layout for this one!

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I went with orange to match the stars in my photograph. Using one of Paper Issues awesome free background cut files is a perfect option for the monochromatic challenge, and I chose the Star of the Show cut file as my starting point.

I backed all of those wonderful scattered stars with scraps from my stash, including several from Studio Calico's Thataway 6x6 paper pad. 6x6 pads are perfect for backing intricate die cuts because the patterns are smaller-scale. I also used some orange parts from the Patchwork Show paper from Amy Tangerine's Hustle & Heart collection. And that beautiful scripty "Stars" in my title, is another Paper Issues free cut file called I Love You More Than All of the Stars.

Here are the files I used. You can see I used a part of each of them.

Star Of The Show-Free Cut File  I Love You More Than All Of The Stars Free Cut File

I layered up my photo with some orange patterns as well as some black and white papers for contrast. The puffy stars are by Pinkfresh Studio.

Here's a look at my story, which is partially hidden when it's tucked behind the photo cluster.

I hope you'll give this fun challenge a try! Be sure to join us on the Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook Page and share your creation there for a chance to win a Paper Issues gift certificate. 

If you order some of the awesome scrappy goods for sale at Paper Issues, I'd love for you to use the code Debbi, and you'll receive 20% off of your entire order. How amazing is that!

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