Thursday, January 25, 2018

Maggie Mashup.

What I have grown to love about scrapbooking in the last year or two is that although collections are constantly being updated and refreshed, a lot of what I already have in stock and what's new can be married to create an entirely new 'look'.  

That's kinda what I did with today's layout share.  I used three different collections by Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper, "Carousel", "Chasing Dreams" and "Bloom", but also Amy Tangerine's "On A Whim". 

The free cut file "Greatest Adventure" was designed by the lovely Stacie Ebnet Dietz - and I used that as the basis of my page.  I wanted to create a feeling of excitement on my layout and the stars border from that free cut file was the perfect way to bring that to the surface.

A lot of the effort to build this page was in backing up the stars with pattern paper.  It was a great way to use my scraps and my 6x6 paper pad.  The rest of it was ephemera and a couple of chipboard stickers; again, from various Maggie H collections. 

It came together fairly quickly for me, quicker than normal at least!

I'd love to see more of you share your projects in the Paper Issues Facebook Group (linked below).  Did you know that each entry to a challenge earns you a new chance at winning a gift card to the shop?  And once you're there, you can use my coupon code to shop for everything at 20% off!

Thanks for checking in and please see below for a list of recommended links.

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Have a great week!


Saturday, January 20, 2018

Discovering My OLW.

So let's talk One Little Words... if you have not heard about this year-long project, you should make your way over to the Ali Edwards blog for more details.  The basic concept is to choose one word that you will focus on the entire year and set goals wrapped about that word; so that you are not necessarily setting up resolutions that you're breaking, but weekly/monthly goals that you're able to work towards and keep.

It wasn't until the last week of December that I thought to use "DISCOVER" as my 2018 focus word.  I teetered between that and "Simplicity", but I decided to go with my original impression, especially since it leaves me room to be more creative with it.

I thought it would be fun to incorporate a new subject or topic to "Discover" each month, and create a page about it.  January's theme is all about glamour.  As one of my goals for this year, I vowed to focus on beauty products that will improve the texture of my hair and the tone of my skin.  Not to mention, maybe improve my wardrobe.  I can simplify what's in my closet, only keeping the pieces that absolutely suit my body and style.

The photo was taken on Snapchat and the collection I used for my first page is "Fashionista" by Echo Park.  I had been saving this line for a special project and I love how well it blends with the gorgeous Rose Gold Foil Large Alphas by American Crafts.  Cassie has a few sets left of those, so I would grab them before they're gone!

I did quite a bit of fussy cutting for this page, and I thought to keep it elegant, simple, yet dramatic.  I love the black & white striped background and the diagonal flow of flowers across the page and the title.  Every chance I get, I like to incorporate the "Bubbles" Free Cut File.  Whenever I have space on my cutting mat, I quickly add that single bubble and a few sizes and have them handy on my desk.  It's my favorite cut file, and I tend to use these messy circles on a lot of my layouts.

It's a thing.

I had such a fun time creating this page, and I'm so happy to be able to share that with you all.

Below you are going to find quick links to the Paper Issues sho and the Friends & Fans Facebook Group.  There are monthly challenges posted, and the more you play along, the more chances you will have to win a gift card!

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

I appreciate you spending a little time with me today.

Have a great week! 


Friday, January 19, 2018

Happy Lovely Heart

Good Morning and Happy Friday!

If you're up for some free cut file inspiration, today is your lucky day... I've teamed up with some of the PI Girls on the PI Blog to bring you different ways to use those fun files you can get at the Paper Issues shop.

You may (or may not - depending on how closely you look), recognize the pink pattern paper I used to cut the Butterfly Background Free Cut File.  It's one of the sheets from "Life Is Good" by Echo Park.  I recently came across various older collections that still make me smile, and I thought it would be great to marry the old with the new.  I'm all about assembling my own collection by mixing lines and manufacturers.  It's a thing.  lol  The pretty pink, with the delicate butterfly cut was the perfect combo for anything Maggie Holmes; which is exactly what I did.  I have 2 plastic sleeves full of MH products, and so I pulled out "Chasing Dreams" and "Bloom" and used a little of both lines to back up the butterflies, fussy cut more butterflies and add chipboard embellishments.

The background was created with a hexagon stencil by Echo Park and modeling paste.  I ripped the side of the 12x12 paper, simply because everything looked to "clean" and "perfect", and I wanted to liven things up a bit.  Backed the rip with a 6x6 MH pad and rolled the rips back in order to show a bit of the back side of the paper.  I just had fun with this page and I hope you found inspiration in what I have shared today.

 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.

Thanks for checking in today!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Snow Day.

What I love about the Paper Issues Design Team is that they encourage crafters to extract inspiration and ideas from each other.  There's always a layout to lift each week, and this time we're taking a close look at Kelly's FaLaLa page. I love the cut file she used, how she backed it up with pattern paper, and how she created space between her photo and the title.  This page drew me in and I wanted to create a mixed media version of it using American Crafts' "Sweater Weather".

The photo itself is of Gio at the mall; it's the closest he's every been to snow.  I have promised him that this year we will take a trip up north to visit family, but also play with real snow.  Hopefully I can make good on that offer.  You can see the enjoyment in his eyes as he threw up the faux flakes.  I loved this memory so much, that even though I scrapped it in my December Daily, I had to highlight it again on a layout.

I used two stencils and modeling paste to create the "snowy" background effect.  Used the negative snowflake piece from the "Stitching Snowflake" and "Lowercase Open Alpha" free cut files that are available in the Paper Issues Shop, and work great with the Silhouette and the Cricut!  I finished the page with some fussy cut pieces and stickers, from the same line.

I had a blast scrap lifting this page from Kelly Feldman.  Are you a member of the Paper Issues FB group?  Kelly creates a lot of the group threads, but what I love most are her live random crops.  She has such a grace when it comes to hosting live scrapping events.  Her layouts are always done in an hour or less, and she keeps a flow of conversation going throughout.  If you don't want to miss out, you should become a part of the group.  Each month the DT brings inspiration to the challenges posted, and each month they choose two winners!  The more you play along the more chances you have at winning!

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

Have a great rest of your week!

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Hip Hip Hooray!

I've been a crafty slacker... I have spent so much time throughout the years collecting scrapbook supplies, and not enough time actually scrapping.  Now that I am making time to scrap, I'm able to use my favorite new collections (happily so), to document those old memories.  I think the more dedicated I am to my hobby, the more I use my supplies.. and I'm all about using up all of the crafty goodies, while it still makes me giddy!

Today the PI Girls are on the PI Blog, sharing our take on the "Scrap Soup" challenge.  The concept is pretty simple.  Use everything on the list to make a page.  I decided to dig into my vault for a 3 year old photo of Gio on his 4th birthday party.  The new Pebbles "Happy Hooray" collection matched perfectly with the "Curious George" theme party he had at church.  I love the bright colors and the fun patterns... and if you make your way to the Paper Issues Shop, you will still find a lot of the product left from this line.  Even the adorable stickers and puffy icons!

If you do visit the shop, be sure to use my coupon code, "Damaris", when checking out to save 20% off of your entire purchase.

Also, don't forget to take join the facebook group and share you challenges with us.  You may win one of two $10 gift cards! 

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Sunday, January 07, 2018

This Is Me.

It's Scrap Lift Sunday, and the PI Girls are on the blog to share our version of Rachel O'Neal's gorgeous holiday page.

I love this layout, and it was pretty simple to lift.  Using some silly snapchat photos, I created a fun girly page.  The toughest part was fussy-cutting the butterfly border and adding white stitch lines.  Besides that, all of Pink Paislee's "Turn The Page" collection helped me build my replica.  I also incorporated gold glitter thickers by American Crafts, and White Nuvo Drops by Tonic Studios.

Feel free to check out the links below, and don't forget to take advantage of my 20% off discount "Damaris" at the PI Shop. Where, spending $60 earns you free priority US shipping. 

Also, the more challenges you enter in the FB group, the more chances you have to win a gift card to the shop... Awesome!

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


Saturday, January 06, 2018

Starbucks Gazer

Have you ever taken a random silly photo and realized how cute it actually is?  That's what happened sometime over the summer.  We picked up a few cold beverages from Starbucks and snapped a quick pic.  Love these days, where there's really nothing on the agenda.  All the laundry is done and the house is tidy enough to venture out into the world and just float for a day.  I plan on having more of those days in 2018... but first ... (hehe).... some coffee... and decluttering, donating and organizing.

I'm joining the gals at Paper Issues to motivate you to use your supplies and get pumped for a new year of scrapping!  I've incorporated the help of Dear Lizzy's "Star Gazer" collection to document my love of the pink drink and my love of my husband (not in any particular order), but my main inspiration comes from this month's new sketch. 

When I first saw the sketch I didn't realize there was a little "mixed media" brush stroke behind the clutter of paper and photo... which may have been the reason why it took me more than 45 minutes to get the right color combo and the right paper clusters to play nice on my page... it just wasn't happening... until I zoomed in on the layout and found the brush stroke.  I ran to my mixed media bucket and grabbed modeling paste, then ran to my stencil drawer and grabbed one of my newest ones by Carta Bella, from the "Cowboy Country" collection, and went to town on the navy cardstock.

[sidebar: there was no actual running going on... more like speed walking]

It hurt me to cut down gorgeous pieces of double-sided pattern paper, because I may need that solid piece one day, but then I realized that not having a solid piece may just push me out of my comfort zone and force me to use what I do have to create something different than the norm... make sense?

The rest of the page was a matter of copying the sketch as best I could... I didn't add all those layers, because I didn't want the pattern papers to clash.  And yes, I could've reached for solid colors, but after all that running from before (lol), I didn't have much energy left.  Crafting is a sport, folks! 

I thought it would be clever to use an ephemera piece from the "Star Gazer" collection and dust off my October Afternoon *cough*hoarded*cough* alpha stickers, (simply because they were the perfect size, the right font and the right color match to hubby's passion tea drink), to add "bucks"... I learned that fun touch from our DT member Lisa Swift.  She's awesome!  Just by being in the same group with her, I've learned how to be more punny.  :)

I added white Nuvo Drops around the stenciled areas, made some of the diecuts dimensional, including the pretty lady with a flower in her hair... I added her because I felt that top corner needed something more, and I wanted another touch of that hot pink color on my page.

I love the turnout and I loved playing with this sketch. 

I hope you can join us this month in the Facebook group, as we share our layouts.  If you participate in the challenges, you are eligible to win a gift card to the shop and even be chosen as a feature on the Paper Issues blog.  How fab is that? 

Below I've added links to the shop and the blog so you can check out how the other DT members translated the scraplift.  I hope you'll take some time this week to join the fun in the facebook group too.

Also, don't forget to take advantage of my 20% off discount "Damaris" at the PI Shop. Where, spending $60 earns you free priority US shipping.  Awesome!

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


Wednesday, January 03, 2018

A Simple Discovery.

The last week of the year was spent purging.  I trashed & donated a few more bags of stuff.  Mainly Gio’s things, but also some of my clothes and hubby's clothes.

After cleaning house, I saw a YT closet clean-out video and the lady mentioned seeing a quote on Pinterest. 
"When going through your things ask yourself, 'Would I Buy This Again Today?!'"  
This really struck a nerve.  As much as I was trying to simplify and dehoard my entire home and storage unit, I was still keeping “just in case” items.  As much as I “preached” on downsizing and using what you love, I wasn’t fully living up to that standard.  And as much progress as I have made in the last 4+ years, I’ve gotta go back to the drawing board and pull out more clothes, shoes and things; keeping the above question in mind.  The point is NOT to stop shopping for the things you love, and for the hobbies you enjoy, but to be aware of what you purchase and really truly know that you will be using it within the next couple of months; ensuring it just doesn't stay sitting on your shelf, closet or craft table.

I recently purchased Emily Ley‘s book “A Simplified Life”, (thank you Amazon for speedy shipping), and it came just in time to help me continue the purging.  As you know, I’ve been on this “minimalistic” journey since 2013 (search Instagram for #hoardfreein2013), and all throughout, but it has been a continual battle against keeping my belongings “because...” (you fill in the blank).

I started a great book last year “
The Joy of Less”, by Francine Jay, which helped a lot (and I’m still not done), but after watching one of Emily’s recent IG Live episodes and reading her blog on this subject, I knew I had to get her book also.  

The first thing I did last week was to declutter my bedroom (specifically night stand), as she suggests in one of her blogs, and left only my favorites.... I did cheat and stop by Home Goods prior to this renewal project, and found cute gold trimmed acrylic style organizers.  They beat what I had prior, which was a huge white metal bin that was too tall to see anything and had no compartments. 
These gold ones from Home Goods, (which can also find here, and here), had dividers and were smaller, limiting the space I used on my end table; making my bedroom feel less like a storage room and more like a place where I can relax with my books and journals before bed.

I have decided to write in my daily journal at least every other night, and jot down the basics... nothing like "I went to Starbucks twice today", but more meaningful things.  Things i want to remember about Gio, quotes he said, or new places we visited.  I want to really document my feelings and moods.  I want to document how my feelings changed my eating habit that day or made me more enthused about creating.  Kinda like the journal we all had as teenage girls... where we hated our best friend one week, but loved them the next.  Except more depth.  These thoughts are powerful and they can either recharge you for the day or weigh you down.  For me to have this serene corner, I needed to simplify my room.

I'm on my way to simplifying my entire home.  That entryway closet gives me agita.  There's a mix of so many random things in there, including family games, paint, tools, books I will never read and even Gio's sneakers from when he was 3 years old that I need to either sell or donate.

I'm on a mission to simplify my home, to clear my head of tasks, to-dos and home improvement projects I may never get to, and use that valuable time to DISCOVER the beauty in quality moments... like watching Gio run in the grass with our dog...or teaching him (and myself - who am I kidding?), how to bake, or taking the bunnies a fun warm bath. 

I'm sharing this, not to guilt you, but to keep myself accountable.  I should return with an update within the next 60 days.  I hope to finish the first book and move on to the next. 

I've added links and buttons below for your convenience.  If you feel as I do, come on this journey with me and together we can share our ideas, burdens and what we should improve on in the following weeks/months to come.  If you do take the plunge with me, here are some questions I'll be answering honestly on this journey that may help you as well.  

Thanks for taking the time to hear my heart and I hope you all are setting goals and enjoying your new year.

P.S.  You can also find my gold pineapple tray
here, or here in white.