Monday, November 20, 2017

My Escape.

It's ROUND 2 of "Monday Issues", and the Paper Issues DT is sharing our take on it.  The challenge prompted us to create a project about our home, (favorite room, neighborhood, new home, renovations, favorite spot in town / state).

I decided to make a page about my craft space.  How I enjoy sitting there for hours to organize, plan, create, print photos, listen to sermons and take notes, watch YouTube videos or just look at my beautiful custom made mermaid art canvas.  I truly have loved downsizing because it's forced me to consider and keep only things that I absolutely love, need or will use.  I'm almost afraid of moving and buying a home with extra room because I won't have enough to fill it with.  LOL.

In any case, for this layout, I used a mix of Maggie Holmes collections by Crate Paper, mainly "Bloom" and "Chasing Dreams".  I included fun & bright mixed media techniques; I really have enjoyed working with acrylic paints and stencils in the past year.  I like that I can create my own background and/or build on what my background scrapbook paper is.  If you look closely you may also find that the bare wood thickers were painted half pink, and I added white Nuvo drops over the yellow acrylic background.  That was so relaxing!  I first adhered the wood letters to the page and then added the paint with a tiny brush.  Two quick coats and I was done.

Here's a video of the wood painting process that I shared on my IG stories.

If you have time this month, I'd love to see your project shares of your favorite spot.  I bet a lot of you will show off your gorgeous kitchens and where you bake!  

I have included some quick links below to the PI Shop, FB Group and Blog.  Check out what the other ladies are sharing and find some inspiration.

Also, if you are looking to fill your stocking with new goodies, visit the PI shop and use my 20% discount.  I get a couple of nickels for each time someone uses my code. 
Help a sista out!

Have a FABULOUS week!

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Break The Rules.

Whoever said that every layout needs a title, may have been the same person to set the rule that a collection must match the photo(s).  It's just not so.  And I have been known to be guided in my scrapbooking life by those rules.  The truth is, no one knows who made them up, and it's absolutely OKAY to break them.  Scrapbooking should be personal to you.  How you want to express yourself in your pages.  How you want to document your memories.  Don't feel overwhelmed with popularity.  Do what pleases you.  Do what comes naturally.  If you want to add flowers to a boy's layout, go right ahead.  Your memories are yours, and told by your point of view.

Today's layout comes with no title.  Sure we can imagine that the words/phrase on the photo frame counts as a title... but therein lies yet another rule; in which titles need to be big and bold and easily seen.  I'm breaking all kinds of rules with this layout.  Including the fact that I left out the year from the date.  

I used mostly Paige Taylor Evans "Turn The Page", with the exception of a photo frame from Becky Higgins Project Life.  I used 2 sides of 1 12x12 pattern paper to create division between the butterflies, and the teal border.  The journal tag is also by PTE and the doily was what I had on hand.  I fussy cut the flowers from another pattern paper, and added cross-hand-stitching to the teal border.  Stitching has become my current favorite technique! 

My desire for you is that you make time to use your supplies, and create art journals, layouts, cards or anything involving your beautiful paper that pleases you, and to tell your story, your way, through your own craft style.

Thanks for checking in and please see below for a list of recommended links.  Also, don't forget to take advantage of my 20% discount "Damaris" at the PI Shop.  Where, spending $60 earns you free priority US shipping.

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017


If you live anywhere above Florida, you may already be wearing jackets & boots.
And if you're a crafter, you may already be purchasing new supplies and working on your December Daily 2017 albums.

But what happens when you find yourself with more Christmas product than you can wallpaper your house with?  You USE it!; by cutting through all the pretty pattern paper to create a funky & dimensional scene on white cardstock.

Today I'm sharing a traditional scrapbook page, using non-traditional Christmas colors from the "Snow And Cocoa" collection by Crate Paper.  Have I mentioned lately how much I love CP products?  Not only is the quality top notch, but their designs are too irresistible to miss out on.  In the past I've been known to hoard my favorite supplies, but as I work my way through a hoard-free and clutter-free home, I find myself pulling out more of my most adored stock.

My page was created for the "ADD IT UP" challenge we're having over at the Paper Issues Blog.  The points should add to 90-95.  I just made it at 95.  You can see my breakdown below...

20 - Pattern Paper
5 - Cardstock
5 - Photo
9 - Chipboard
3 - Embellishment
34 - Ephemera
10 - Puffy Stickers
5 - Enamel Dots
4 - Stickers

If you visit the PI Facebook group, you'll surely find something to inspire your next paper project, and hopefully play along with us.  The more projects you share, the more chances you'll have to win a monthly gift card to the shop!

Don't forget!  Use my 20% off TOTAL PURCHASE coupon code.  Enter "Damaris" at the Paper Issues Shop checkout.
Anything over $60 qualifies you for free US shipping.


Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Winter 2014.

So you know how I get those zany ideas in the middle of the night, where I have to jot it down and even do some sketching of it?  This was one of them.  I was lucky enough to ask one of our Paper Issues DT members, Stacie, whose always creating those beautiful cut files, to make this particular cut file "Wrapped Up Scarf", which you can find in the shop for free.

The idea was birthed from the Crate Paper "Snow And Cocoa" collection that I recently played with.  There's a ton of snowmen with scarves in the line and I thought it would be fun to create a giant scarf with empty blocks for pattern paper and photos.  The image itself cut very easily on my silhouette machine, and I was able to build the layout using the Crate Paper's "Falala" collection and bits.  I added the title "Winter" using the negative parts of another free cut file called "Paint Outline Alpha". It came together pretty quickly.

I created this with the Take 5 Tuesday challenge in mind, using #2 Red, #4 Die cut, #5 Patterned Paper, #7 Stitching, #8 Stripes, #9 Animal, #12 3 Stickers, and #13 Title.

As always, I've provided quick links to the shop, facebook group and DT blog below. 

And remember that using the code "Damaris" at checkout of the paper issues show will save you 20% off of your entire purchase, and any purchase.  Also, you will quality for free US priority shipping if you spend more than $60 after the coupon is applied.


Sunday, November 05, 2017

Best Day.

Today the PI Girls are sharing their scraplifted version of Kelly's Page (see below).  It's bright and there's lots of clean space, which is what I love.

For my version, I used two different free cut files from the Paper Issues shop; merging the circle from "Bubbles" and the cute bow from "Baby It's Cold Outside".  For my background, I placed black acrylic paint on a vellum scrap sheet, sprayed with water and dabbed it on white Bazzil cardstock.  I also used Heidi Swapp black magic shine spray to add spinkles of black throughout the top and bottom.  Once the black was dry, I used a Ranger floral stencil and applied white modeling paste over the black.  You can kinda see the roses throughout.  I backed the bows with Maggie Holmes' "Carousel" collection, and fussy cut the words "Best Day" from 1 piece of pattern paper.  The photo was taken in August and fit perfectly behind the circle.  I added a few stickers from the same collection and journaled.

I'd love to see your take on the scraplift.  Check out the blog and facebook page for more layout inspiration.  I've added easy access to those, and the shop, in the "LINKS" section below.

Thanks for checking in and please see below for a list of recommended links.  Also, don't forget to take advantage of my 20% discount "Damaris" at the PI Shop.  Where, spending $60 earns you free priority US shipping.

Paper Issues Shop
Paper Issues Blog
PI Family & Friends FB Group

Have a great week!


Saturday, November 04, 2017


Are you struggling to document your kids' Back To School photos?  I did, until I saw this sketch and paired it with the new collection by Fancy Pants called "Take Note".  Take Note, because it's a line that you will not want to miss out on!  They've got buttons, library pockets, stamps, diecuts and genius patterned papers; like this faux cork board paper I used for my layout.

I've added 3 photos.  The one of Giovanni leaving the house.  The one of the inside of his lunch bag, including the surprise note I typed up for him, and the one of him in front of his school headed to the door.  I love that I can document these memories for him.  I know when he's older he's going to love looking back at these.

No automatic alt text available.Click on the Paper Issues Blog challenge blog HERE for more sketch inspiration from the DT girls.

As always, I've provided quick links to the blog, facebook group and shop below.

And remember, using the code "Damaris" at checkout will save you 20% off of your entire purchase, and any purchase.

If you have time, come visit the Paper Issus Facebook group (link below), for more inspiration and challenges.  We welcome new members each day! 


Thursday, November 02, 2017


Some people are inspired by shapes.  Others by photos or phrases.
I am inspired by color.
It's a thing.  Where I start each day feeling a certain color.  It extends to my wardrobe too.
Today, being that I'm feeling under the weather, I'm feeling particularly grey.
So I thought I'd use every color in the rainbow to cheer up my somber mood.

I'm playing along with the "Notable Quotable" challenge on the Paper Issues blog (see link below), and used a free cut file called "Color My World".  I also used a few pieces by Elle's Studio and Amy Tangerine.  I painted rainbow colored acrylics on a white sheet of paper.  Let it dry a few days, then put it to cut in my Silhouette Cameo.  I cut the same file and size again on plain white paper, and used some of the rainbow and blank white pieces to fill most of the heart.  Behind the heart I spritzed black spray splatters from right to left, in a downward slant direction.  The photos are from two different years... look at me breaking scrapbooking rules!  And the sentiment is a thicker sticker.

Whatever your mood today is, I encourage you to express that.  Journal about it.  Add a photo.  Use your supplies and always share you work with us in the PIFF group (link below).

Don't forget that each entry to these PI challenges earns you 1 chance to win gift cards to the PI Shop.  Take advantage of my 20% discount by using "Damaris" at checkout.

Have a great day!

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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Birthday Boy.

Happy November!

The air is crisp.
My phone is full of great photos.
And I'm having good hair days.

It's that time of year where we sit back and reflect on how much we've accomplished, and make plans to plan for an even better year.  And in all that thinking, we find inspiration from our experiences.  My son turned 7 this year, and for a mom who thought he would not make it past 5, it's a HUGE deal.  We planned a fun day with him and his little girlfriend (Esme), at Harvest Festival.  He rode a hay ride, we had food and tons of fun... but the most magical moment was watching him silently play on his tablet, as he waited for us to get ready to "run some errands".  I watched for a minute, then reached for the closest thing near me (which happened to be an instax camera), and came in close for a quick snap.

I want to remember this day, before the noise and the overexhausting heat wave got involved.  And knew using the new Pebbles "Happy Hooray" collection, would help me capture it nicely.  I hope you too make your way over to the Paper Issues Blog (link below) and check out what the other girls created for the Working Title challenge.  This month we're focusing on numbers.

Thanks for checking in and please see below for a list of recommended links.  Also, don't forget to take advantage of my 20% discount "Damaris" at the PI Shop.  Where, spending $60 earns you free priority US shipping.

Paper Issues Shop
Paper Issues Blog
PI Family & Friends FB Group


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Mermaid Hair - Don't Care!

Have you ever had a brilliant idea for a layout pop into your mind in the middle of doing nothing crafty?  That happened to me with the page I'm sharing today.  The burden to make this particular layout was so great that I sketched out my thought and even made a quick purchase in the PI shop.  You can use any supplies you have in stock, but I knew the Pink Paislee "Summer Lights" collection was the perfect fit.

Once I got through merging the PI Scales Heart Free File with the PI Mermaid For Each Other Free File in the Silhouette software studio, the rest was easy.   I am still learning my way around the silhouette, so I am not the best person out there to explain how I did this merge.  I don't believe my cut lines were correct, but I was able to cover those flaws with photos and embellishments.  #easyfix

Next, it was just a matter of getting the color mists to spray on the cardstock where I wanted it to, add pattern paper behind my mermaid tail, frame my photos and embellish.  I'm so thrilled and relieved that it came out how I envisioned.  And I hope it inspires you to dust off your diecutting machine and get to creating something unique and fun.

Just use your imagination!

I'm sure you all knew about the fun Fall Crop we're having at the Paper Issues Friends & Family group on facebook.  But just incase you didn't, or forgot, I'm linking it below.

You could be one of TWO people that wins a $50 Gift Card to the shop!

Fall Crop on Facebook.

We're posting challenges and sharing our version of it.  We'd love for you to join in on the fun and play along.  I know you wouldn't want to miss out on that!

And BTW, the last time I check, there were still many items from the "Summer Lights" collection left over. I'd love to see what you make with it.  If you use my coupon at check out, you'll receive 20% off your total purchase in the Paper Issues Shop.  Anything over $60 qualifies you for free priority US mail shipping.

Thanks for dropping by!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Love You, xo.

If you haven't heard, the Paper Issues Friend & Family Facebook Group is hosting a Fall Crop.  You can pick and choose which challenge you want to participate in, create a paper theme'd project, share it under that category and wait to see if you've won a $50 gift card to the shop... Easy!

Today I'm sharing a layout I made for the "Black, White & Wild All Over" challenge.  I decided to use a b&w photo, b&w polka dot cardstock from the Maggie Holmes "Carousel" collection, and tons of the ephemera.  I simply love the bright colors and the theme of this line, and I constantly find myself reaching for it when I'm crafting.

If you use my coupon at check out, you'll receive
20% off your total purchase in the Paper Issues Shop.
Anything over $60 qualifies you for free priority shipping.

I hope you make time to participate. 
All entries are due November 3rd. 
Happy Crafting!