Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Paper Issues Fall Crop: One Side


A few weekends ago my favorite Facebook Group/Scrapbook store, Paper Issues, had a online crop with tons of challenges and games! If you've followed me, or Paper Issues- you know they do this about twice a year and it's literally one of my favorite weekends of the year. I try to take off work and follow along bundled up in my room; which I still need to clean from the crop- I literally slept on the couch for a few days. Lord help me. This year though, I couldn't get out of it- working was a must. So I didn't get as much accomplished as I had wanted but it still provides me with inspiration for a while!

I tackled the challenge they called Fall in Line. Where you had to make a page with your focus on a line concept. So I wanted to take it all to one side of my page; forming the line with my paper layers. 


I just loved this picture my sister sent me of Halloween. I thought that this would be a perfect way to use my Doodlebugs Birthday Girl line with all the unicorns! I honestly wasn't sure how I was going to use the leftovers quite yet, but this help make a nice dent in it!! I used a paper from Pink Paislees' Summer Lights line. The colors worked so well with the girlie colors from the embellishments. The layers behind were built by scraps I had that I felt followed the color scheme. My concept is pretty simple with every page, I love layers and forming clusters with my embellishments which is what I did here as well! 

The colors just make me so happy, the page works so well!!  Even though the crop is over, take a look on the Facebook group at the submissions others have put in and try your hand at the challenges! Its a great way to use up all your scraps!!  

xo. Renee

Monday, November 13, 2017

Paper Issues : Listopia

A few weekends ago my favorite Facebook Group/Scrapbook store, Paper Issues, had a online crop with tons of challenges and games! If you've followed me, or Paper Issues- you know they do this about twice a year and it's literally one of my favorite weekends of the year. I try to take off work and follow along bundled up in my room; which I still need to clean from the crop- I literally slept on the couch for a few days. Lord help me. This year though, I couldn't get out of it- working was a must. So I didn't get as much accomplished as I had wanted but it still provides me with inspiration for a while!

One of the challenges I completed was the Listopia challenge which you had to include a list in your journaling in some form. So I decided to use more of my fall photos, because I literally take photos all the time with all the beautiful scenery around! Oh, and selfies of me, always.


I liked the 4 square set up; I layered each segment with papers from Simple Stories' Hello Fall line that I had hoarded.  I put the title on the side, I cut out the LOVE out of one of the cut apart sheets and used the Fall chipboard. I clustered embellishments on each of the 4 squares in some form as well as used some of the hexagons from the paper in various spots on the page.  Both of the spots with journal cards consist of my list of Fall Favorites (banner which I cut from one of the papers ).  

My fall favorites are endless so this is just a compact list of them all. I just think this page screams fall. It turned out perfect!! Also as always lately, I used up a bunch of my stash. Even though I've been been busting through it fairly well, it seems that it's endless. I had a goal to make it until the New Years but I think it's going to be by next summer when I get it all used up! I think it's multiplying when I'm not looking.  Let me know if I need to install a security camera over my scrap stuff. 

Even though the crop is over, take a look on the Facebook group at the submissions others have put in and try your hand at the challenges! I know I have a few I still want to tackle!! 

xo. Renee

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Paper Issues Fall Crop: Cut the Craft.

A few weekends ago my favorite Facebook Group/Scrapbook store, Paper Issues, had a online crop with tons of challenges and games! If you've followed me, or Paper Issues- you know they do this about twice a year and it's literally one of my favorite weekends of the year. I try to take off work and follow along bundled up in my room; which I still need to clean from the crop- I literally slept on the couch for a few days. Lord help me. This year though, I couldn't get out of it- working was a must. So I didn't get as much accomplished as I had wanted but it still provides me with inspiration for a while!

I listed the challenges in my notebook and got to work every night when I was off. One of the pages I started with was Cut the Craft. The challenge was to use one of Paper Issues'  FREE cut files to create a page. Well- you don't have to ask me twice. Stacie always creates the best cut files and I usually grab them all up when I have the chance. For this page, I chosed her Boo Pumpkin file. The pumpkins are gorgeous!! I took it and made them two different sizes. 


I usually always cut my files out of white cardstock. I'm not sure what it is but I love the clean look they give. I backed the pumpkins with fall colored papers from my stash. (Again, using up the stash as much as I can! The crop works perfect for this!! ) I had some embellishments that were in shape of leaves but the colors were not ones I thought would go well with this page so I traced them on to brown paper. Leaves I had hoarded from Amy Tangerine's first line- yes, that old. Other embellishments were from Simple Stories fall lines that I've boughten. I -as always- layered my picture. Using the same papers I used to back the pumpkin.

I absolutely am in love with fall. Give me all the pumpkin things. Show me all the warm colors. Its my spirit weather. I am usually rather specific about what pumpkins I want , so I took myself to a pumpkin patch. I usually don't mind exploring all the things but I knew I didn't have a whole lot of time and it wasn't too busy so it was kind of boring. But I asked if I could just walk in to pick out some pumpkins without having to pay to do the extra things. The lady was accommodating and let me wander around for the perfect pumpkin. Of course, I couldn't just pick one- I need a million in all sorts of colors and sizes. To the point that I had to use a wheel barrow. The scrapbooker in me, I needed to ask for photos. Who takes a trip to a pumpkin patch without pictures? 

I hope you enjoyed this page, I loved how it turned out!! Even though the crop is over, take a look on the Facebook group at the submissions others have put in and try your hand at the challenges! Its a great way to use up all your scraps!! 

xo. Renee 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Luke Bryan Farm Tour.

Who else loves themselves some country music?? A few months ago I saw on Facebook that Luke Bryan would be making a stop in Boone, Iowa. After my immediate thought of - WTF? I mean, Boone is by no means a big city in Iowa so I was clearly confused on why he'd pick some random stop. I actually used to live in Boone for a year... before the break-up, so I was super excited about the thought of going back "home" to see friends. I- of course, had to buy tickets as soon as I could. I texted my friend saying- you have plans in September 30th. ( 4 months later.)  

So 4 months later, we went on a road trip to see Mr. Luke Bryan on his Farm Tour - which I later learned is why he was in Boone. He picks random big farms in the Midwest and performs in their fields. I had an absolute blast, we got great spots somewhat near the stage - which was perfect!! I took a million photos, danced myself up a storm and got to spend quality time with my bestie and her ladies.  So glad I got to hear about the concert, definitely a night to remember!! 


Toward the end of the concert, we got a little closer to the stage as people were leaving- hello people, there's always an encore after you think it's over. I got a few pictures that I love when he was singing and cracking open a beer. I saw a page on instagram that had a layout similar to this with 3 clusters on the top,bottom, and middle of the paper.  With the country feel, I thought it would be a great time to use the camping line from Simple Stories although the papers are from my stash and have no tie to each other.  I cut the papers in to strips as a base for my clusters then went crazy with all the embellishments. I was so excited though when I remembered the background paper in my stash; thought the road in the middle of no where would be perfect for this!! I loved it when I bought it but honestly had no idea where I was going to go with it.  

I love how the page turned out. Its one of my favorites I've done in a while! I have more photos and more pages I want to make documenting the concert. So look for them to come soon!! 

xo. Renee

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Happy Birthday to Me!

Ah, I can't believe its been almost a month since my birthday but life goes fast when you're having fun. Or... working... all the times. It's also been that long since I made a page using the birthday photos! I was really wanting to finally use a birthday collection by Pink Paislee I found at the local scrapbook store so I got excited when a birthday finally came around. Luckily it was mine! Sneaky how that works. 

I actually came up with the idea while I was on a run of how I wanted to lay out the design. It's not exactly as I envisioned but pretty close. And yes, I know - it's not entirely creative but it's the fussy cut parts that make it creative in my head. One of the papers had a pattern of the various light shades all over- I cut them out to form them in to a string like pattern across segments of the page.  Same with the triangles- they were not originally formed in to banners, I just laid them along the same path as the light shades. 


I wanted an open type face - I turned to my trusty Paper Issues for a file that I thought would fit my plan. Their cut files are free and work with all the cut machines such as silhouette. I have yet to find one I don't like - I just haven't downloaded them all yet. I try to contain myself until I need it. I actually backed the pieces with scraps I found that fit colors from the collection which is always great for my stash pile. I also fussy cut various little things from one of the papers- such as the presents and balloons to use as embellishments as I didn't have any from the collection other than puffy stickers. Which I also used in various spots. 

I wish my mixed media would have turned out stronger; but my color turned out being too light in contrast to the rest of the colors on the page. I love how fun and colorful it turned out! Works perfectly for my birthday! Thanks to my wonderful bestie for helping me celebrate a great girls day with her sweet foreign exchange girls. I'm so lucky to start year 31 in a wonderful way! 

xo. Renee

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Starbucks in the Fall.

I'm actually sitting in a Starbucks typing this. How fitting, but I bought a new computer- simply couldn't wait to get home to play with it. What a great opportunity to get a fall Starbucks drink. Anyone else find this one of their favorite parts of fall? The fun cups, the all things pumpkin coming back to life? Okay so maybe it's just me, but I have to get a PSL as soon as it begins to pop up! 

This year it fell on my birthday that I would get an opportunity to jump on the boat. And of course, I had to snapchat the moment in to my story. #basicwhitegirl. I'm not going to lie, I'm not a HUGE fan of the cups for fall this year but little did I know, it would fit perfectly with my scrapbook page. Because who doesn't scrapbook their starbucks drink?? 


I followed along with another Paper Issues Challenge; their Sketchy Saturday I believe. I also as I have been doing lately, used up plenty of my stash with this page. Fussy cut the leaves I've been waiting to use from Shimelle's older collection and most of my embellishments were from Pebbles' Girl Power line. It had little coffee cups and leaves as well so it worked perfectly with a fall coffee page- as well as the blue cup! As you can tell, I used my cup ( rinsed out - of course. ) as an embellishment piece in my page also!  I love how it all turned out together. I'm always amazed at how things go together even when they weren't designed for that purpose. 

I'm learning more about my skills as well as creativity by using what I have hoarded for so long. I am literally too excited for this adventure and I'm sincerely sorry for blabbering about it in every entry lately. I'm hopeful to make it to the new year without having to buy any other supplies excluding the essentials such as glue/tape. I do have my heart set on one line though that I may excuse myself for only because I know it'll fly off fast and if I use birthday money, it doesn't count as splurging right?? I'll tell myself that anyways!! As always, check out the Paper Issues' Facebook group for inspiring projects and challenges. Their store also is a great place for supplies- if you join their group, there's always discount codes as well as sales going on!! 

xo. Renee

Thursday, October 5, 2017

First Day of School.


How is it that my niece is in middle school? What the heck happened? I feel entirely too old right now. She grew like a weed- has such long little legs. I think she needs to be shrunk in the dryer. I feel I blinked and this all just happened. I can't even imagine what my sister is feeling. So here they are beginning school, ahhh- how I miss that part of fall but kind of glad I don't have the rest of the year to deal with.  ANYWAYS! I had to make pages of the pictures! It's so fun to be included still on their first day fun even when we're across the country. 


When I saw the pictures of my niece, excluding the tissues I felt like grabbing- I immediately thought of the Girl Power line I have by Pebbles. I hadn't even used it yet- yes, hoarding thing is horrible. It would be perfect for her! She's such a strong, independent lady already; she's really going places and I'm so excited for her! I wanted to use so many of the pieces because they fit the tween stage and girl power she's displaying. How fun is it all put together??


Then of course, they had to have photos taken together! How goofy are they?? Love it. I got inspired from Instagram to make a page with circles so I came across this paper from Shimelles Little You. I cut out all the circles my little hands could handle then scattered them around the circle I traced on the paper.  Added clusters of embellishments and journaling. I thought this collection went so well with going back to school. Turned out perfectly for how awesome they are!! 

I'm so proud to be their aunt; they are such loving, sweet souls. They'll do amazing things in this lifetime- I can feel it. With everything crazy going on in the world, I know these guys will be a pair of the good people still left for this generation. Please pray for the world, for these sweet little people who need a safe place to be when the day is done. I hope that some answers will come in the time coming soon or for at least them as they grow older.  They don't deserve this craziness. 

xo. Renee