Monday, January 30, 2017

Project Life Fitness Style @ Paper Issues.

I'm up on the Paper Issue's blog with my first post! How exciting right?!?!  I'm going to do basically the same post over here, I hope you all don't mind reading it twice. ( Assuming you read both blogs right?!?! - If you don't , go subscribe to their blog .. or subscribe to mine, of course!) 

Well if you've been following me at all in the recent months, you know I've decided to do a 6 x 12 project life this year- starting at the summer before my 30th birthday.  I've shown a few of my pages but I know I'm drastically behind on that. I'll have to throw some of those post up for you! 

I wanted to make a page documenting my fitness that I've been reboosting. I know you've been kept up the loop with my planner pages and photos already but now I've thrown the photos into scrapbook form.  I used the #Whatever line by Simple Stories, I just think it's so me. The hashtags, crazy sayings and the colors are perfect!  I also think it works so well with the photos I jazzed up on the PicArt app.

I'm just so excited on so many levels. I'm excited to be part of a great team of girls that I've admired from afar - they're so helpful and kind. And representing a store that I couldn't be more obsessed with makes me proud. Also with my fitness, I've done so well omitting the holidays as well as the random snowstorms. I can't wait to get outside but I'm having a blast getting in shape and actually look forward to it each day. 

I hope you enjoyed my page as well as the close ups. Inspire you to bust out your supplies and start up a Project Life. It doesn't need a kit club or famous names- it just needs a few cut apart sheets of paper or not even. It just needs photos of your everyday life moments you want to capture! 

But any supplies you need- I hope you go to Paper Issues to pick them up! Their service is one -of-a-kind and with my name Renee- you can save 20%. 

xo. Renee

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Swag Bag Sunday @ Paper Issues!

It's Swag Bag Time at Paper Issues!! 

The swag bag at Paper Issues is a subscription bag they offer at the store.  It's for those who want a little bit of this and a little bit of that! It has a range of different ephemera, cards, and stickers! Every bag essentially has the same but there may be some differences. But what's great is you can also use the code Renee for 20% off.

This is the January Swag Bag, isn't she a beaut? (We'll assume she's a girl.) All the pink, the hearts, the valentines goodies! Just the perfect amount for me- I don't need to buy a whole line but now I have little odds and ends of a bunch. 

Well we know I'm single as all get out, ( if you didn't know, now you do! ) so I had to find a picture of a couple right? My sister and her lovely husband- after taking a trip this holiday season to Europe have spoiled me with tons of pictures to scrap. Including this gem of them, perfect for love right?!  I used a hodge podge of different things, including the swag bag. A lot of the cards from the bag made great layering pieces behind the photo- as well as anchor pieces for the ephemera. I loved the addition of the clips - never usually use them so it was a great change of pace!  There was so much in the bag that I used, I can't wait to see what next month has!! 

Remember to use the code  Renee for 20% off at the store! Including these swag bags!! 

Also post your work in the albums at the Facebook Group!! Couple winners each month get a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store!! Don't want to pass up that chance!! 

xo. Renee

Monday, January 16, 2017

New Issues Monday Round 2 @ Paper Issues!

Time for the Second Round of New Issue Monday at Paper Issues!!

This month's Issue is Stash Busters! 

What is Stash Busters about? Here are some ideas to get you started (use one or use them all). Feel free to use any product you'd like. Projects can be new or old and you're welcome to share as many as you'd like.
  • It's a new year, so make a dent in your stash! What are you hoarding? Is it an old collection? Is there a paper you think is too pretty to cut into? Do you have embellishments you haven't even opened? Get to work creating a project that includes something you haven't used yet or finishes off a collection by using up the scraps.
  • Show us anything about your New Year's celebrations.
  • Scrap a photo of yourself.

So I decided to use some of the paper from Simple Stories' The Reset Girl line as well as other lines by Simple Stories I had hoarded.  I thought the bright but basic colors went well with these photos I fixed in a photo app. I also liked many of the embellishments like the now and daily- to capture my "resolution" of exercising more. I fussy cut also from the cut apart cards I had to give myself more embellishments and a "title" of sorts. I'm trying to get back in shape LIKE A BOSS! 

As I always say, I love watching my stash dwindle down and it gave me an excuse to bust in to my stash I've been hoarding. It's just so pretty!!! I hate that, but I buy it for a reason- might as well use it. Also gives me an excuse to buy more- with all these new lines coming out soon- I got to get my wallet as well as my space ready for it all!  

Use my name Renee in the code spot at Paper Issues' Store for 20% off!!
 Helps with the resolution of saving money right?? 

Can't wait to see what you come up with!! Remember you have until February 5th to submit them on the Paper Issues' Facebook Group

xo. Renee

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Fitness Planning for Jan 1-8

I'm so behind on showing you my fitness and planning! But I'm so excited about all my Paper Issues pages and challenges. I swear even with all that going on, I've been on top of my fitness game and I'm so proud of myself!! 

With the new year, I've changed it up just a little though. Instead of random Pinterest workouts, I decided to whip out my Women's Health Big Book of Exercises and do one of the workouts from the back of the book. Right now I'm doing the 8 weeks til Wedding Body. Yep, no wedding here but I want to look like a fabulous bride! HAHA! Weeks 1-4  has an A or B work out that you alternate 3 days a week.  I've also been doing my own warm up cardio as well as still fitting in my runs before or after the work out. 

This is what I did in my planner! I love the big fitness sticker pack from MAMBI, so many bright colors and fun stickers to use. I also actually had washi already that matched :D I'm finally able to use up my washi haul maybe??  

Monday - 15 minutes on the bike ; Wk1 D1 of the Wedding Workout from the Fitness Book as well as a 2 mile run! 

Tuesday-  15 minutes on the elliptical and a 2 mile run.

Wednesday- 15 minutes on the bike; Wk1 D2 of the Wedding WO and a 2 mile run.

Thursday- REST

Friday- 15 minutes on the elliptical and 3 mile run! So proud of myself!!

Saturday- 15 minute on the bike; Wk1 D3 of the Wedding WO and a 2.5 mile run. 

Sunday- REST ( went out of town so I just didn't work out)

Total Miles : 11.5!! How awesome!!

I know I'm a little behind showing you the work outs but I will be back with this past week's workout! They aren't as exciting as I've been sick with some flu-ish virus going around, and even though I feel a little better- I'm afraid to do a lot of motion that may cause something to turn ugly.  

xo. Renee

Monday, January 9, 2017

Mix It Up Monday @ Paper Issues!

It's Mix It Up Monday at the Paper Issues Facebook Group. The challenge was to use gesso and some acrylic to create a messy fabulous page! I am always down to try my hand at some mixed media. 

I was so excited that I did start this page early- trying to be ambitious and all. I took some different alphas that I wanted to use up and spread them in groups on the white card stock. Took some clear gesso and covered them up, kind of act like a stabilizer plus preps them for the acrylic and watercolor I'd place on top! Well, so I sat there- I wanted to cover the alphas with white acrylic paint- okay, I love to paint. I know somewhere in this house I have a HUGE bottle of white paint. I think I've torn this place nearly apart but of course, I can't find it. So my page sat there looking at me, for nearly a week- before I was able to go get some.  Did I mention I live in a small town?  Yeah, it sucks.

Anyways I was able to complete it with the white paint, as well as some smudges of watercolor spread around the page. I used a picture of me with both of our animals that I messed with in the PicArt app. They are never this close together so of course, we couldn't miss taking a picture while we had the opportunity. I used bits and pieces of multiple collections but mostly Crate Paper's Cool Kid. It was nice to get rid of some stash... 

So that means I'll need to buy some stuff soon ;) Those new lines are coming and I'm so excited!! Use the code Renee for 20% off  if you love a great savings and amazing service!

 xo. Renee

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Sketchy Saturday @ Paper Issues!

They've posted another challenge on to the Paper Issues blog and Facebook group. It's January's Sketchy Saturday! 

I love this sketch! How fun, I could use multiple layers which is right up my alley and different papers! 

I wanted to make another Christmas page because seriously, I think like everyone else- we hoard our Christmas supplies for the one time a year but yet- never get rid of any of it! It's either too pretty or seriously- #webuyallthetthings.  I had plenty of different Simple Stories Christmas lines left as well as random Recollection embellishments to use up. I also included bits and pieces of the Jen Hadfield Cozy and Warm Pebbles line - love the fall/winter elements. 

I also wanted to do a Christmas line so I could document this Christmas present of mine! My new Feejay's! Pajama pants that have footies! I sent the link to the store as a joke to my sister- never did I expect she'd literally send me a pair. I can't get enough of them. I also must tell people I'm cold often- most of my presents were things to keep me warm. Must pay attention to what I say these days, never know if you'll get it for Christmas!  But really, my feet are so toasty now though in these pants! Won't hear me complain that my feet are cold again! ( Yes, I've heard of socks- but they are overrated! :) )

As always, use the code Renee at the Paper Issues' store for 20% off your bill! It's such a great save and your service is one-of-a-kind! 

xo. Renee

Friday, January 6, 2017

Pinspire Me @ Paper Issues.

Okay one of my favorite challenges from Paper Issues has been posted for the month ! ( who am I kidding? I love them all!) But these boards sucker me in every month! 

On the paper issues friends and fans Facebook group, the Pinspire Me challenge has been posted and just look at how amazing this board is!!  Possibilities are endless and perfect to start the new years!!

I was inspired by the page 1 of 365 , I love the concept of "fresh" start. Although the dork in me put day instead of page. Ah well, what can ya do!? I love it either way! I took this selfie on the early hours of the first day of January- maybe I'll take a selfie at the end of the year and compare? 

I used Maggie Holmes' Gather line which I just can't get enough of. So girlie, pinks and golds. No way it could go wrong in my book! I'm not sure how much is left at Paper Issues, but I suggest you stock up on some because it's too cute! Or you could wait til later this month- I hear there's a new Maggie line coming very soon!!! I can't wait to see it as well as all the CHA releases! (I don't need anymore but you know it's all going in my cart as soon as I see it! #musthaveallthethings )

Remember when shopping to use the code Renee for 20% off your order, and if you're a hoarder like me, it'll be a great savings!! 

xo. Renee

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Working Title @ Paper Issues

One of the new challenges at the Paper Issues Friends and Fan group is "Working Title". Different ways to work your title. ( Probably self explanatory ) 

This month's challenge was to use a BIG TITLE. I thought this would be perfect for the title I had in mind for my picture.. yes, one picture from New Years Eve. 

I was so excited a few month's ago when I bought this mini line from Simple Stories for the New Year's Eve holiday. I made the BIG TITLE by drawing letters on the papers myself and fussy cut them out. ( I have a Silhouette, I really should've utilized it.) 

I had a pretty simple New Years Eve, maybe it's my age or living in a small town. But I spent the day with my relatives which I enjoyed their company , great food, and a few delicious drinks! By time little ones were getting fussy and older people (I'm sweet, I swear.) getting tired, we headed home. We tried to stay up to watch the ball drop, but I think we all dropped over faster. I still wanted to use this collection so thankfully I had one picture of my delicious wine to use to document. 

I loved the idea of making a big title! I can't wait to see what she comes up with next month to work our titles. Also can't wait to see what you guys come up with! Post your photos on the challenge album the PIFF!! 

Don't forget to use my code for 20% off at Paper Issue's Shop.

xo. Renee

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

MORE Exciting News!

More exciting news on my scrapbooking front! I know, craziness!! I also have the great honor of being on the Paper House Productions Design Team for 2017!  I'm so excited to show you all the great products from them all year!  

You should check out their blog for our introductions as well as great sneaks from the upcoming CHA!!

xo. Renee

Monday, January 2, 2017

Scraplift Challenge @ Paper Issues!

I know it's Monday, but you can still join in on their Scraplift Sunday over at the Paper Issues Friends and Fans group!  Each Sunday they provide you with a scrapbook page that they'd like you to scraplift if you'd choose. This week's page was so cute- I had to take a try at it! 

I had a perfect pair of photos to use and I have tons of Christmas paper left to use! 

For this page I used pictures from a breakfast out with my momma, we decided to use up a gift card she won so MacDon's it was. But what caught our eye was a giving tree for the Ronald McDonald's house. I'm not exactly sure what I've told you about me, but I had a rough beginning in my life. Spent multiple months in NICU/Pediatrics at the U of Iowa hospital- so the great thing for parents and families is the Ronald McDonald's house. They provided my parents and sister a place to be while I was hanging out over in the hospital. So whenever I get the chance to repay them for all they did for my family, I will. I overspent and grabbed several tags, but I wanted to make sure people who stayed there got what I thought I'd want if I was there for my simple but immediate needs.  I know- long story- but I wanted to document a great thing we did this holiday season! 

Also, don't forget to stop at the Paper Issues Store to grab more goodies to complete all the challenges! Use my name Renee as the coupon code for 20% off!! 

Can't wait to see everyone's work!! 

xo. Renee

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Notable Quotable @ Paper Issues!

I hope you all had a wonderful New Year's Eve and having a great start to your new year!  I'm here for a second time today :) I know , you just can't get enough of me! But Paper Issues is starting the month with a brand new challenge called "Notable Quotable".

For the challenge, they'll present you with a quote that you use to create a project. You can be inspired by the whole quote, part of it, a word or however you see fit! 

The month of January's quote was: 

"No winter is too cold, if you have enough love."

The quote inspired me to do another page with this sweet picture of  Sienna and I playing in the snow earlier this winter. Also, I definitely loved the opportunity to play with Crate Paper's Snow and Cocoa again!  ( By the way- they still have tons still in stock, so if you don't have enough *hint* )

This picture of sweet Sienna and I makes me laugh every time. It's our classic relationship- or more like Aunt Nee always taking selfies- Sienna always doing her part to be included. She's the most loving dog I know, so I'll take all the kisses she'll give me. Even if it gives me a goofy photo! She makes me feel warm on any winter day.

Also as I told you earlier, I will be providing you with a discount code for Paper Issues' online store! I always tell you how amazing their service is, they won't disappoint! Use my name : Renee for 20% off your total!! Can save you a ton if you're a hoarder, I mean....fill your cart like me!  

xo. Renee

The Best News!

I have the greatest news!!

 You know how I share my love for all things Paper Issues...endlessly? 

Now you'll have to deal with it EVEN MORE, * I know, is that possible?? * 


I am now part of the Paper Issues Design Team!! 

I am so excited to be joining these wonderful ladies in showing you many monthly challenges. But you'll have to join in on their Facebook group Paper Issues { Friends & Fans } to participate! Best part, after you post your photos to the different challenge albums, you have a chance to win a gift certificate to their store! 

Oh WAIT, there's ONE MORE great thing for you readers/stalkers! Cassie (the owner of Paper Issues) is so kind and gives all of us DT girls a code to share that YOU can use at her store for 20% off !!  She ships so quickly, always has the top lines, and I can't recommend her enough!  So take advantage of this amazing 20% off, it'll save you a ton - if you have issues... like me :)

Thank you so much for everyone's endless support, I'm so excited to show you all things Paper Issues!  Join us on the Facebook group for more New Years excitement! 

xo. Renee