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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!"


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Happy Heart

Good Morning.

We're officially into the Fall season, and although I am grabbing my daily pumpkin spice macchiatto, I can't get my scrap style to match the season - simply because we're still having summer weather here in sunny Florida.

Which is why today I'm sharing a bright layout using the Maggie Holmes' "Chasing Dreams" collection.

I was able to take a photo of my son and his "future wife" Esmerelda at a party I hosted back in August, and they Just So Happened to have been wearing the colors that perfectly matched this line.  Don't you love when that happens?

I used 3 different acrylic paints on white cardstock, 3 different background stamps and fussy cut some pieces of ephemera from the 12x12 and 6x6 paper.

Creating clusters makes my heart happy, but a greater thrill comes when I see how special it makes my son feel to know that his mama takes photos and documents them.  He's gotten so used to it, that when I don't photograph him or his food, he asks me to do it.  lol.

Children may not show interest in wanting to scrap with you, but they really do appreciate the time and effort we put into recording their memories.  And 10 years from now, when they're being total snots, you can dig out your albums and reminisce on the good ole days of cupcake frosted faces and photo props.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Go Explore...

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... 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.

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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!

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