Monday, September 18, 2017

Cute Autumn Memories

Can I be honest and tell you that I struggled deeply with finding a fall photo for this challenge?  I am all about summer and Christmas.  That's pretty much all I scrapbook and/or document.  I've never been one to use brown, orange or vintage colors on my layouts.  And I'm pretty sure many can relate if they're not into bright and vivid colors.

With that said, I had to reach out to my immediate family for photos that would help me create a pumpkin inspired layout.  This little boy Caleb is my 2nd nephew.  I have never met him in person (since they live in NY), but I have seen him grow up through photos and live chats.  When my sister shared these photos with me, I knew it would make the perfect base for my layout.

Using a mix of Amy Tangerine, One Canoe Two, Simple Stories, Doodlebug, Maggie Holmes, Echo Park and a ton of Elle's Studio, I was able to build a 12x12 page that brought out my fall mood.

Come visit the Paper Issues Friends & Fans group, and share your projects with a large community of fellow crafters!  You can also see what the other lovely PI DT members are sharing today on the PI Blog here.

And don't forget to take advantage of my 20% off discount, at the Paper Issues Shop!


Saturday, September 16, 2017

All About A Messy Boy.

Hello Saturday blog readers.

I've been feeling a little nostalgic lately.

If you're like me, you may be conflicted between wanting to actually scrapbook using older paper collections (because you refuse to be labeled a hoarder), and keeping the collections you once loved so dearly stored away since the "STYLE" is long gone.  Never fear, this feat is actually possible!  You can use what you have and build your page to a more modern format by just adding splashes of paint, sprinkles of stickers and clusters!  We all love those cute clusters!  Mix the old stash with some new embellishments and make those photos come alive!

I used Echo Park's "All About A Boy", and a couple of Amy Tangerine's & Fancy Pants' puffy stickers, to create an updated layout of my 1st grader - who was 18 months at the time of these photos.  I may be on a journey to documenting his baby photos; for the simple fact that he's about to be 7 and it is really resonating in my heart.

Come visit the PI Shop for more Echo Park and other collections.  Don't forget to take advantage of my coupon code "Damaris" by saving 20% on your total purchase.  And if you have created layouts, make sure to share them with us in our Facebook Group, or search the group for inspiration.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Go Explore...

Image may contain: text

... your craft stash, and find as many circles as you can!
Dig through your diecuts bin and pull out everything round!
Or dust off your circle punches and dies, then complete our "Try It Tuesday" challenge, by creating a project centered around circles.
Don't forget to visit the PI Blog for more inspiration and share your creation with us in the Facebook Group.  The more challenges you enter, the more chances you have to win a gift card to the Paper Issues online store!

For my layout I used a BoBunny stamp set, 3 Lawn Fawn inks cubes, Simple Stories "Summer Vibes" diecuts and touches of Pink Paislee, Me & My Big Ideas, and Fancy Pants.

If you are lacking mojo, and maybe need to update your stash, go visit the Paper Issues Shop, then use my 20% off coupon "DAMARIS", when checking out.

Anything over $60 automatically qualifies you for free priority shipping.


Saturday, September 09, 2017

Fun Day Dreams

Are you more of a counting on your fingers person?  Or pulling out your phone's calculator person?  Or maybe you're like my husband who can quickly add triple digit numbers without flinching?

Whatever your math skills are, you should definitely look into playing along with the "ADD IT UP" challenge happening now with the PI Girls on the PI Blog!

My layout is valued at 200 points.  I used a combination of Pink Paislee, Crate Paper and American Craft items.  You may even see some familiar touches from Michaels, but you can always find many of the supplies I use at the Paper Issues Shop.  

Each item used comes with a point value.  For this challenge your points should add to over 175 points.  Come join the fun and share your creations in the Paper Issues Friends & Fans group.  You just may win a prize this month!

Fill your online cart and take advantage of my 20% off  discount coupon for your entire purchase at the Paper Issues Shop!  Cassie always has the greatest and newest selection, and her shipping is lightening fast!

Image may contain: text


Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Rainbow Love.

Good Morning.

Today the PI Girls are playing with color on the PI Blog.  There's a "Working Title" challenge, prompting crafters to create something, while keeping the key word "RAINBOW" in mind.

I am still stuck on my love for the Maggie Holmes' "Carousel" collection.  And thought it would be fun to use the black and white elements from that line to design my own color theme.  I was able to create a rainbow background by incorporating acrylic paints, and tons of Elle's Studio diecuts and puffy hearts.

Whether you need inspiration or want to share what you've created, be sure to visit the Paper Issues Friends & Fans group.  We're a fun community who likes to laugh and talk about pretty paper over coffee.

And don't forget to take advantage of my 20% off discount [CODE: Damaris], at the Paper Issues Shop!  Cassie Box truly has the BEST online shop out there... and I can say this with all honesty, since I've been shopping with her years before I joined her DT.


Saturday, September 02, 2017

So Sweet

Hello & Happy Saturday!

Not only do I have a new layout to share with you, but I also come with exciting news; something that I'm finally able to share with the WORLD - ORLD - ORLD - ORLD!!!

I have been asked to join a group of amazingly talented ladies who design for Paper Issues.  What a great way to start the month, eh?  Pumpkins & Paper!

Today the PI Girls and I are sharing ways to use a sketch.  If you visit the PI Facebook Page or Blog, you'll be sure to get your creative juices flowing and hopefully play along with us.  The more challenges you enter, the more chances you'll have to win prizes...

For this layout I used mainly Crate Paper's new collection by Maggie Holmes called "Carousel".  If you look closely, you'll see a gold-ish scalloped border above the photo... that's actually packaging from the ephemera kit.  I'm a HUGE fan of using packaging; I consider them free extras!  lol.

If you click HERE you'll be taken straight to the PI shop...
and don't forget to use my 20% off coupon code.  Enter "Damaris" at check out!

I can't wait to see what you create with the sketch!


Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Jig Is Up...

...and I'm ready to share some exciting news - finally!

I have been asked to join the next term of PI Girls.
How incredibly amazing is it going to be working alongside a team of wonderful designers!?
I'm pumped.  I'm inspired.
And I'm ready to share my creativity with you all!

I'm also sharing my 20% discount code for your total purchase price to the Paper Issues shop!  Spend $60 and you'll receive free priority shipping!

I've been a customer for years and I'm always happy with the great customer service and speedy shipping.  I'm a true fan of the PI Community, and am in awe of this great opportunity!

I hope you all take the time to visit/join the PI Facebook Group, and mingle with the members.  There's prizes to be won.  Silly interaction.  We have fun everyday!


Friday, August 25, 2017

Aloha 40

You can ask today, if the past 2 months were worth all the stress and headaches and sleepless nights, and I may say Yes.  But the week before I was ready to throw in the towel.

This year hubby turned 40.  August 7th to be exact.  And I had not planned on doing anything big.  As far as he was concerned, our "BIG" thing was the RV trip we had over the summer; which I have yet to blog about and finish documenting.

But somewhere between "Let's finally do the Game Night we planned on last year" and "I want to remove every single item from this house and live in an RV", the idea was birthed that I can combine the game night and make it into a fun surprise party.

Immediately the creative juices started to gush and I needed two traveler's notebooks to keep me grounded and organized.  Apart from getting everyone to keep it hush, and finalizing on a theme, the most difficult and stressful task was keeping it all hidden and away from hubby's eyes and ears.  I had to create games, invites, toppers and fun decor, without him suspecting that anything tied back to his birthday.

2 weeks before the actual event he had the NERVE to say "I hope you're not planning a birthday party!"... To which I just ignored and continued to speak about the game night.  HOW DARE HE!?

He was right though, which is why I began to develop an air tight plan as to how I would get him out of the house, in order to add the addtional decor items - like "ALOHA 40" and extra fun balloons, and the cake... THAT CAKE!  The one that I knew he'd be GAGA over.  Well, at the very hour we had planned him leaving the house, he refused.  So long story short... he ended up help to finish the set up.  Showered, wore the "Aloha" shirt I purchased and left so that he wouldn't ruin the surprise for or guests.. how snooty of me.


So aside from blabbing about everything that went wrong, I'd like to also share some photos.  I hope you all enjoy them and are inspired to take on a new level of stress for the sake of pretty party pix.

Let me know if you have any questions, as this was not written as a "HOW-TO" blog, but more of a "LOOK AT THIS" blog.  And please excuse the unedited/dark photos.  There were way too many to brighten up.  I didn't want to let too much time pass before I posted this.

Enjoy, and thanks for stopping by.