Wednesday, January 28, 2015

This is Love

I am a sucker for adorable cut files and I've been on a mission to use my Silhouette Cameo more and more. It doesn't have a permanent home at the moment due to space and so, it doesn't get used as often as I would like. BUT, last weekend I spent a glorious three days in nature, at a lovely retreat center, scrapping the days away. It was a wonderful time with over 80 other scrapbookers. The scenery was gorgeous and the venue was relaxing. 

At the crop, I had my machine out and ready to be used and what better cut file to use then the January freebie at Paper Issues!

Photographer and Mama of the Babies: Kirsten Petermann (Used with permission) 
I snagged the hearts and enlarged them to use as a background. I love how the white looks on that woodgrain pattern paper. SO pretty! 

Those babes are not mine. My lovely friend is allowing me to use them for scrapbooking subjects and I am promising to send these lovely pages to her to keep. 

The collection I focused on using was the Stitched collection by Amy Tangerine for American Crafts. It truly is a lovely collection and I loved being able to use some elements I might not normally use. 

Head on over to Paper Issues to grab your own FREE cut file and the Stitched collection before it's sold out! And use code melissa20 to save yourself 20% on your entire order! Pretty awesome deal!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Hi everyone!

I am here today sharing more about the last page I created using the January kit FORWARD for Inside Out Visual Journaling. I thought it fitting to record a page focused on my word for the year. I love choosing a word as my focus. It usually takes me awhile to come up with something. After pondering all that happened the previous year, sometimes it's a word that would come naturally. Such is the case with my word for 2015... SOAR.

2014 was filled with transition and some ups and downs. I chose the word DREAM for that year because I didn't want to give up vision. Instead of allowing my soul to wallow, I wanted to push myself to DREAM of the impossible... and, heck, even the possible!

The latter half of 2014 has been amazing and I feel like I'm launching into 2015. It's a pretty sweet feeling! So much goodness right now. I kept having a picture of an eagle soaring in the sky. Unafraid. Looking for it's next perch. Enjoying the freedom of open wing and flying into the unknown. SOAR. It's a powerful word, in my opinion. It doesn't just mean I'm flying... or floating... it means I have my arms outstretched, trusting in the one who is guiding me... I'm relaxed... I'm free... but able to choose the destination I want to go. Power.

The reason I chose to record my word using the theme of FORWARD is because that is the direction I'm choosing to travel. Sure, looking back can be a positive experience. I don't want to forget. I definitely want to treasure the memories and lessons. But one cannot gain ground or MOVE... if they don't move forward with their life. So, while I'm soaring, I'm not looking back or flying backwards. I have my face forward... moving forward... excited for the next adventure.

Have you chosen a word for the year? I encourage you to create a page about it! Record your thoughts and goals and then, hang it on your wall somewhere. Let it be a reminder for you through out the year! 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Snowflake Card {Say it ain't snow cold!}

Hello everyone!

Is it winter in your part of the world? Supposedly it is here. But there has been no snow. It's raining. 

And, to be honest, I'm quite okay with that! We've had snow in the forecast a couple of times but it never happens. The day before it changes to clouds and rain. Oh bummer.

Well, it is "snowing" at Paper Issues for the next two weeks as we have a brand new issue!

Say it Ain't Snow Cold Outside!

We're encouraging you to create projects incorporating winter, snowflakes, snowmen, winter weather, snow, sledding, not feeling well/have a cold, outdoors, snow photos, polar bears, penguins, use frosty colors like blue, grey, tan, white, silver, etc., etc., etc. And guess what? It doesn't have to be anything new. Perhaps you created something months ago and shared it in a gallery or on a blog post... you can still link up!

Here is a card I created for this issue...

I love those wood veneer snow flakes. They are from Studio Calico and you can find them in the Paper Issues shop. To make them white was super easy. A little bit of gesso and some white paint. To finish it off, I used some glittery enamel dots from KI Memories and a tag from Elles Studio. (Also in the PI shop.)  The alpha is an old set from Websters Pages. I love the script!

Now... get yourself over and link up your projects with us! Paper Issues is sponsoring the prize and it's a $20 gift certificate to the store. AND... guess what? If YOU win... you can use my code melissa20 to save 20% off your entire order. Win, win! (That code is always available to you by the way.)