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!

Magical Moments.

I caught the bug.
The hand stitching bug.
Being on a DT exposes me, and challenges me to try newer techniques.  Stitching was on my crafty bucket list, but I was honestly afraid to try it.  I was afraid the needle would get stuck and rip the page.  I was afraid the string would tangle.  I was afraid my finger would get a pinch.
Well, all these things happened, while making this page, but it was all worth it because I LOVE THE LOOK!

I first drew a swirly line with pencil.  I knew how I wanted the final page to look, so the sketch was easy.  I then poked holes along the pencil line, erased the line, and finally (using a regular needle and a thicker-than-normal thread), I just sat at my desk and stitched the darn thing.  The hardest part was poking the holes.  I used a cardboard sheet, not to damage my desk, but since then I have purchased a Teresa Collins mat I found at Hobby Lobby.  I was able to use a coupon for it.

This was so fun to make.  I love the soft colors of the new Pink Paislee "Turn The Page" collection designed by Paige Taylor Evans.  I am loving the pastels and butterflies in this line.  I was so enamored by it that I purchased more.  Having only a boy, I don't normally purchase girly collections, but this line has for both boy and girl pages.  Also, I figured, as long as I'm in the photo, using pinks and florals is okay.

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!

 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 checking in!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Wonderful Winter.

You Guys!

We're exactly 2 months away from Christmas, and although I'm known to be a procrastinator, when it comes to holiday cardmaking - I start early.

Really early.

Like these clean and simple cards were completed in August, early.

You could call me an overachiever, but really my passion was driven by the adorable collection called "Snow & Cocoa".  It may sound familiar to you, because Crate Paper first came out with this line in 2016.  They've re-released it and added a ton of new embellishments.  This makes my December Daily heart happy.

With some of the new items (washi tape, tags and more), I quickly built 3 different cards.  If you look closely, you'll notice that the first card was made with Snow & Cocoa packaging.  The inner lining of the diecuts package was too cute not to use.  That mint green background you see is the packaging.  the 2nd card was made with 5 different washi tapes, 1 diecut and Nuvo Drops.  The 3rd card was made with pattern paper and some fussy cutting.  These cards were extremely quick and simple to produce. 

If you visit the Paper Issues shop, you'll find a ton more of this line and other Christmas lines to get you started on your holiday cardmaking.  If you use my code below, you will save 20% off of your entire purchase.  Anything over $60 also includes free priority shipping!  Act now, before the goodies sell out.

Also, don't forget to share your creations with us in the PI Facebook Group.  We're always looking to feature your projects on our social media pages, and you just may win a gift card to the PI shop!

Thanks for dropping in today!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

With You.

I was inspired by DT Member Michelle Gallant's layout so much that I decided to play along with the Scraplift Sunday challenge, which Paper Issues hosts each week. 

At first glance, I felt a little intimidated with the triangles, but I was surprised at how easily it came along.  I used mainly Paige Taylor Evans' new collection called "Turn The Page" and tan/nude American Craft thicker words to create a title.  I used the paper borders to create a separation between the 2 different pattern papers on the layout, and added puffy stickers, fussy cut pieces and diecuts from the same line.  Then finished it off with white Nuvo Drops.  I wanted the title to stand out, so I grabbed my White Uniball Pen and added faux stitch lines.

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!


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Planner Junkie

I'm Damaris.
And I'm a planner junkie.
Saying it out loud feels empowering!

If you're like me, you're probably prone to purchasing many planners.  Different sizes, styles and for different reasons.  When I first purchased the Carpe Diem "Ballerina" planner by Cori, The Reset Girl, I thought I'd be using it to track my blog posts, my blog subjects and maybe some online courses.  I epically failed at keeping up with it.  But I was able to find another purpose for it.  Something more meaningful to me, personally.

I am a fan of podcasts and I use this particular planner to house my sermon notes.  Because the podcasts are recorded, (and because I'm way behind on these), I'm able to incorporate each sermon to match my decor.

This week, I used the delicious Maggie Holmes "Carousel" collection.  I made a paper clip with the bow, by simply looping it behind and hooking it through the ribbon.  Cut down 12x12 paper to create arrows, and used that adorable hot air balloon cardstock to make my own fussy-cut ephemera.

If you're not into sermons, maybe there are other podcasts you listen to that you'd like to keep track of and take notes for.  Maybe each week can be a different podcast theme.  Weight loss.  Craft tips.  Etc.

However you decide to use your extra planners and paper supplies, please be sure to share that with us in the PI Facebook group.  There you'll be sure to find more creative ways to use your supplies.

If you are in need of more planner supplies or general crafts,
click HERE you'll be taken straight to the PI shop.
If you use my code, you'll save 20% at checkout!
$60 worth of product also gets you free US shipping!

Thanks for checking me out today.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Lucky Us.

It's a new week and another opportunity to print our weekend photos and scrap!
It's one of the best ways to use up our delicious supplies, while we're still really loving them!

Today the PI girls are on the blog sharing their Monday Issues, by showcasing fall themed pages, while implementing a Kraft or Cork item.

I used the new "Family Fun" collection by Elle's Studio, and added Amy Tangerine "Stitched" thickers.  Ironically enough, the phrases blended with the background, so I decided to add my own stitch lines using a white Tombow Uniball Gel Pen to make the title pop.  I also used my new favorite item that Cassie carries, Tonic Studios Nuvo.  They make drops (which are the equivalent to liquid enamel dots), and the best adhesive you will ever find!  I've used it 3 days in a row and still have not experienced any nozzle clogging.  I used a fiskars cloud punch (3 sizes) to create cloud clusters and my WeRMemory Keepers typecast typewriter to add info to the 3x4 card.

I love how the page turned out and I will be adding additional handwritten journaling at the bottom.

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Or check out the Paper Issues Blog, for more design team inspiration.
And definitely use my coupon code to save money on your next purchase at Paper Issues.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Lady Boss

Good Morning.

Today the PI Girls are challenging you to be minimal with the "Add It Up" challenge.  Your total points should be 50 or less, and I just made the cuff at 50.

This challenge was difficult, as I tend to add on elements to my page (even when I'm done).  So keeping it bare was a real challenge.

I used American Crafts cardstock, navy acrylic paint, 1 stencil, Maggie Holmes' ephemera and Pink Paislee ephemera.  I was so tight with the points, that I couldn't even add journaling.

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.

If you're in the mood for new goodies, use my discount code at the Paper Issues Shop!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Aloha 40

Happy Saturday!

Not only do I have a new layout to share with you, but today the PI Girls and I are sharing our take on the sketch challenge.

It's a little tricky.  There's quite a few layers and prints and elements, but I believe you have what it takes to dig through your stash for that one collection you've been holding off on using.  Use it!  You won't ever regret using your paper.  I promise!

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 the "Summer Dreams" collection by Echo Park.

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!

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Hello Summer

All you'll need for the Paper Issues "Take 5" challenge, are 5 items or supplies.  Surely you have that stored away in your craft area!?  Add a photo, and you've got yourself a challenge entry!

I used a summer collection by Echo Park and my list includes, "Blue", "Sticker", "Something Gold", "Cardstock", "Chipboard", "Journaling" and "Free Choice", which is a doily and pattern paper.

Go check out the Paper Issues DT inspiration on the blog, 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!

I appreciate you stopping by today.

Monday, October 02, 2017

The Plan to Plan

Do you remember the first time you purchased your big girl planner?  Not the one you purchased at the Dollar Tree, Walmart or 5 Below, 15 years ago.  I'm refering to one you got within the last 5 years, that was pretty pricey and super fancy.  Filofax.  Prima.  Carpe Diem.  Simplified Planner.  Erin Condrin.  Heidi Swapp.   The Happy Planner.  Webster's Pages... the list goes on.  You sat at your luxurious and insanely neat IKEA desk and searched for hours online.  You watched countless Youtube videos on reviews and unboxings.  You were in awe of all the secret pockets.  You reached out to friends who already had the planner you were thinking of getting for the real scoop on how they like it.  You fell in love with all the pretty designs and colors.  You created spreadsheets and lists comparing the value of the product, with the time it would take to ship to you, because you needed it soon.
Like yesterday!

I remember purchasing my first brand name planner.
Or as we formally call it now, "Agenda Book" and "Life Organizer".
Because calling it a planner seems girly.


It was the A5 Fluro Orange Filofax.  (Google it!)
I was so bossin' it.  Serious about planning.  Serious enough to shamefully dish out more than two Benjis... because I was so determined that I also needed all of the moving elements.  The budget sheets.  The color sheets.  Grid sheets.  The situation just got real for me.  Knee deep in colored pens (love the Straedlers, btw), different style & shaped sticky notes, page flags, stickers, stamps and let's not even get into the buckets of washi!

I was ready to plan.
I needed to track my water and food intake.  Menus.  Sleep Schedule.  Exercise...
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Outings.  Vacations.  To Do lists.  Goals.  PTA meetings.  Movie Premiers.  Holidays.  Challenges.  Giveaways.  Midnight Sale Events.  Book Clubs.  TV Shows.  Doctor appointments.  Hair & Nail appointments.  Puppy grooming.  Parties.  Bucket Lists.  Everything my noisy brain thought about was considered important enough to plan for.  But it didn't stop there.  I now needed notebooks.  Not only because they were cute, but some day I'd have some use for them.  Like making a list of all the items I needed to buy for the party I was planning out of my fancy planner.

But then that one fancy planner became too little for ALL I needed to track.  I decided to separate my personal life, from my professional life, from my crafty life, from my spiritual life... and soon I found myself going through 7 planners, 5 notebooks and 18 traveler's notebooks and inserts.  I was in search of the perfect tool to provide me the best solution for my tracking.

Except I made one mistake.  A pretty big enough one that would leave me overwhelmed, broke and confused.  I had all these planners and supplies.  I had all of my lists.  I would work on them weekly.  In restaurants.  (Yes, I am guilty of doing this!)  At church.  In the car.  But for some reason I could not stay organized.  I didn't understand how all the effort I had put into planning things for the last 5+ years resulted in disorientation.

What was I doing wrong?  What did I miss?

I needed to analyze the situation.  Pull out an ugly, unpretty, uncolored, basic piece of paper and write down, not only what I wanted to plan, but also create a project plan for my planning.

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Things just got deeper.

This may get weird, but stick it out with me.

It didn't dawn on me, until just this week, that I had not evaluated the situation well enough in order to have a more effective and successful planner life.  So what did I do, you ask?  I pulled out ugly hoarded paper and made lists.  Three lists to be exact.  And I wrote down 3 simple things.

So this blog.
My rants.
Is to share just that.
My breakdown.
My brainstorm.
My lists.

I don't know if anyone has ever thought to do this, but if so, KUDOS to you!  I have not seen/read about it anywhere... so I'd like to share my lightbulb moment from two months ago, in the hopes that it will streamline, stimulate your "AHA!", and solve a lot of our planning issues.

As I stated, I compiled three simple, basic, yet very effective lists.

List #1 - "What do I need a binder, TN, planner, notebook or bullet journal for?"  Make a long list and be very detailed.  One item for each line.  It could be that you use 1 TN for 3 different items, using 3 different inserts.
List #2 - "What tools do I have available to house items from list #1?"  Do I have enough TN inserts?  Do I have calendar number stickers or stamps I can use to label blank pages?  Have I purchased printable sheets I can easily add?  Use what you have first!
List #3 - "What additional tools/items or resources will I need to set everything up?"  Between list 1&2 you should be able to gauge what items you have that you can make use for, and if anything is missing get it.  Calendar stickers are not a "MUST" since you can pencil those in yourself.  But maybe a pen that will not bleed through your page is something worth investing in.

I then looked at all my lists at the same time and created a planner map; directing all the game pieces to their preferred designated areas.  Which item would be better documented, planned or noted in which tool.  I used Tombow markers, washi and stickers to make the process more enjoyable.  The markers served a greater purpose in color coding the system.

I analyed each planner, notebook and TN and how it works.  Can I bend it back?  Can I open the rings easily?  Can I create inserts for it if needed?  How much are the inserts for each, if I constantly need refills?

I wrote a colored number next to each tool / resource.  Then I gave the colored number a matching counterpart.

I made sure to use the TNs, for on-the-go planning, or brainstorming... and my big bulky planners for tasks I need to tend to on an as-needed basis and can stay home.

The process took an entire night to complete (just about 3 hours), and the next part is where the fun began.  Once I established which planner has what purpose, I was able to pull it out, decorate it, add my inserts and "needs" (like washi samples, stickers, etc.), and move on to the next set up.

Normally I'd suggest to sell your extra planners, but I know there is always use for them.  So for now I'm sharing how to put your products to full use and make them work for you.

I won't say I'm completely done setting up my TNs and planners, but for now I have a better grasp at what purpose each one has, and what items will I need to keep the process flow.  Let's get back to enjoying our planners.  To brainstorming our great ideas in our pretty Traveler's Notebooks.  And using our cute supplies to make our pages come alive!

I had hoped to end this blog with the final outcome and result of this brainstorming session.  I'd like to tell you that I have all my planners & TNs set up, just as they were intended to be.  And give you all a walk through of what I did with them.  But, alas, life happens, work and family happens.  So this just may be a preview blog post of a series of planner blog posts to come... depending on your feedback and interest on the subject.

I'd like to share more on this topic, but also provide you with something you can get started with, so I'm sharing my personal list (see below).  You can join me on the "Plan To Plan" journey.  And let me know in the comments what you mostly struggle with when it comes to your planners?  Is it decorating?  Is it time?  Let me know your struggle, and I just may have a solution for it, because it just may be something I have already encountered myself throughout the years.

Thanks for sticking it through this far and don't forget "If you don't use it, when you love it, you won't use it at all!"