Friday, March 24, 2017

Lovely Heart.


This next Paper Issues Spring Crop challenge prompted crafters to leave 2/3rds of white space on their page.  As a person who likes to keep adding elements to "balance" things, I found this one very challenging and exciting.

I used vintage Dear Lizzy "Neapolitan" items and two recent photos of my little boy and his best friend.  He was trying to tie her loose shoes and epically failed; since he himself is still not able to tie his.  He can multiply and read 2nd grade level books, but he can't seem to learn the simple show-tieing process.


I created 3 specific areas for quick journaling, in trying to keep this layout very simple and white.
I love the turn out and I absolutely love that these layouts have not been taking me days,
(like usual occurs) to complete.  

I may be getting into the groove of things again, between my layouts, pocket pages and traveler's notebook documenting.  Exciting, because COMMIT was one of my OLW's this year; which included committing to documenting our everyday life.


I'm sharing all the links for you to find and follow Paper Issues.
I hope you join the fun this week too!
Challenge ends on Sunday!

[LINKS]
Paper Issues - Facebook Group
Paper Issues - Spring Crop
Paper Issues - Instagram
Paper Issues - Website (blog & shop)

Use code "UNICORN" in the PI shop, for 30% off your purchase!

-AtStudioD

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Cute Selfie.



Today I'm continuing the layout share...

If you were here yesterday, you read how I raved about the Paper Issues Spring Crop that happened over the weekend.  The good news is that it's still open to everyone, and you can still join the fun!

The challenge for this layout was all about fussy cutting.  I think I first heard this term on YouTube, from Bona (I shamefully forgot her YT channel name), but you all may know her as 
Bona Rivera-Tran on Instagram.


Anyhow, I learned how to fussy cut from her and what were the best scissors to use.  Some people prefer the yellow cuttlebug scissors.  However, I am a TONIC girl all-the-way!
I tapped into some newer Amy Tangerine paper.. this is from her "Oh Happy Life" collection, and thankfully I did have two of the same sheet... I guess because I knew I'd want to use both the floral print and the striped print.  The photo itself was me at work on my 43rd birthday.  Of course, EVERYONE needs a birthday selfie, yeah??  Well this was pretty quick to put together.  The hexagon background was cut on my Silhouette machine and I just added touches of items that were recently added to my craft table, like the diecut heart, the fussy cut window and polaroid frame, and other pieces from different collections.  I loved strategically (there I go again!), placing the word "SELFIE" to appear as if the end of the hexagon background begins at the "S".  That was a fun touch that I didn't think about til I made the page.  I like exploring with little tricks and fun elements that make my pages unique.  Like the fact that the journaling on this one is actually absolutely unseen.  Go ahead and give it a try.  Zoom in.  I bet you won't find it! lol



I'm sharing all the links for you to find and follow Paper Issues.
I hope you join the fun this week too!

[LINKS]
Paper Issues - Facebook Group
Paper Issues - Spring Crop
Paper Issues - Instagram
Paper Issues - Website (blog & shop)

Use code "UNICORN" in the PI shop, for 30% off your purchase!
-AtStudioD

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Layouts Galore!

Over the weekend I participated in the Paper Issues Online "Spring Crop".  They have several challenges that were very interesting and fun.  I absolutely LOVED it because it allowed me to pull out some of my hoarded supplies and use them together with new photos.


The first page I'm sharing below is fully loaded with Dear Lizzy product.  I just love the Neapolitan collection she designed and it was the perfect fit for a photo of myself and Giovanni sharing an ice cream.  I am not sure if you noticed or care, but at the bottom of the 12x12 pages there is always a strip of paper labelled by the name of the designer and the paper.  Most of the time this strip of paper comes with a pattern that is not always introduced in 12x12 version, but does work great with the collection.  I like to use those as "fillers".  Meaning, pieces that I add, that serves a dual purpose.  For the page below I used a end-strip to not only ground my photo on the page, but also to add my journaling; since it was a dark grey striped paper.  I love the look of hidden journaling on pages.


This second page started out messy.  I used a brick wall stencil and several colored sprays by different manufacturers, mainly Heidi Swapp and Studio Calico.  The challenge was named "Rainbow" and it prompted crafters to use at least 5 colors of the rainbow in ROYGBV order.  I was able to do just that on this layout.  I ended up cutting an additional piece of white card stock (at an angle, because I strategically wanted to cover two things.  1 - the fact that not all the bricks were the same length on the page (for some reason I kept moving the stencil further down the closer I got to the right side of the page), and 2 - the fact that I did not size the colors evenly and ended up with too much purple, which needed to be strategically (there goes that word again!) covered with my two photos.  I really had a blast with this one.  I was able to pull out my very organized-by-color diecuts box and arrange the pieces in such a way that it provides dimension and color-sequencing.  The diecuts range from Elle's Studio, Jillibean Soup and Amy Tangerine.  Also, I chose to add my fur-babies to this layout because when I think of Rainbows, I think of the story of Noah, who built an arc and after it rained for 40 days and nights, he received a symbol and confirmation that God will never again destroy the planet earth by rain.  So this is my very own arc of pets.  A malti-poo and a bunny... and I just may and a cute little piggy too one day!

Image may contain: textThe Paper Issues Spring Crop is open until March 26th.  I plan to complete each and every challenge, just because I found them to be so fun, it helped me tap into my missing mojo and I am actually using the products I once loved and forgot about.

[LINKS]
Paper Issues - Facebook Group
Paper Issues - Spring Crop
Paper Issues - Instagram
Paper Issues - Website (blog & shop)

The best part is, if you use the code "UNICORN" in their shop, you will receive 30% off your purchase!


Thanks for checking in and be sure to return for more 12x12 layouts that I created over the weekend!
-AtStudioD