September 26, 2018

Beautiful - Paper Issues

Good morning!
I am here today to share a layout using the Pinspire Me Mood board for September
from Paper Issues.  
I designed the board a few months ago and completely forgot about the color pallet.  
Once I saw it again, I was drawn to the purples in the photos.  Sometimes, I am drawn to the actual activity or item in them,  but this time is was color.  Plus the flowers!  Who doesn't love flowers?

Here is what I came up with using Wild at Heart from Cocoa Vanilla.
I also used one of our newer FREE cut files - Beautiful Ovals.  

All of the Paper Issues challenges are an easy way to get inspired.  
Sometimes you need a little push.
I hope you are having fun playing along.  If you haven't started yet, go to the Paper Issues Friends and Fans page for September and see all the different challenges and in the comments you will see how people are playing along.  Its really fun.  

Head on over to the Paper Issues store and download a few or even all of the FREE cut files.  
While you are there, grab what you need for 20% off with code: Mary-Ann.

September 25, 2018

Zoo - Fancy Pants

There is a new travel collection over on the Fancy Pants sister site, 
Make a Pretty Life called On Our Way.  It is filled with non-traditional colors and I love it. 
 It can be used in so many ways.  I used it for a Zoo layout today.  

We had gone to Fort Worth Texas to see our chums and we took a trip to the zoo one day. 
 Randy and I had been there before when we lived in Oklahoma.  
We wanted Roman to experience how big and beautiful a zoo could be and 
see where we had once ventured without him.  
It is hard to imagine life without this kid or these friends.  

September 14, 2018

Star Power - Queen and Company

Good morning!
Mary-Ann Maldonado here with a fun way to use your shaker die cuts to their fullest potential.  I was assigned the Stars Shaped Shaker Kit over at Queen & Company, and I incorporated it into my title two times! 
You can see below that I used a cut file for my title from Paper Issues.  I used a FREE cut file and cut it 3 times.  Twice as a background and once in black as shown.  There are three stars in the kit and I chose the one that would best fit in the place of the A.  I filled it with random toppings to help coordinate with the colors in my photo.  
I used the smaller star for the O in Power.  You can sere that I used think strips of papers to create a background for my layout.  Then I journaled on white paper strips and stamped a few sentiments on white as well and tucked them in random places. 
I pepped Rubber Bubbles, Buttons, Opals and Rivets for color and embellishment.
Thank you for stopping by today.  Grab your shaker kits and incorporate them onto your next layout.
Mary-Ann Maldonado

September 13, 2018

Adventure - Fancy Pants

Good morning!

It almost seems fitting to have a great big road sign for a road trip, right?  Well I found a FREE cut file from Paper Issues that works perfectly for the On Our Way Collection from Fancy Pants.  It is called Travel Signs.  

I started with the road map paper, cause its my fave!  I then cut out the cut file and layered my ephemera and photos.  Thats it.  With the large road sign, there was not room for much else.  

I wasn't sure where to place my journaling.  So I printed it really small across the white stripe on the cut file.  Perfect place for it and it does not interfere with the flow of the page.  

Thanks for stopping in today.  Get out those travel photos and get them scrapped!  

September 4, 2018

It's a Boy Thing - Paper Issues


A sketch is a great way to get the creative mojo flowing.  
I really need it lately.  

I dug out a photo of 3 of my favorite boys, having fun around a hotel in Philadelphia.  We met their mom to pick them up for a week.  We had the best time.  Wish we could do it again real soon,  I miss them terribly.  

Any-who, I was given a sketch to create a layout over at Paper Issues.  This is what I came up with.  I used Simple Stories Lil Dude from the Paper Issues store.  You can grab what every you need, anytime for 20% off if you use code: Mary-Ann.

September 2, 2018

Let's Go - Fancy Pants


Are you a collector of postcards?  Recently (like several months ago now!) we went to Hershey Park in PA and I collected 2 different ones.  I was thinking that I would use them in the scrapbooking layout that documented the trip.  I did not think that I would cut them and have them be part of my title!  But I love how it looks and you can still can see the advertisement on both of the cards.  I used the On Our Way collection from Fancy Pants and this is only half of the color explosion the collection offers!

Since the title was busy and I had lots of photos, I kept the embellishing to a minimum.  I did use one of the cute frames from the ephemera pack and a few geo tags.  

Instead of my traditional strips of journaling, I contained my information on one of the tickets from the ephemera pack too. 

Simple layout.  But lots of fun.  I included both post cards and I call that a win!

Oh, the cut file is from Paper Issues and it is FREE!  It is called: Let's Go.

September 1, 2018

Boys Rule - Paper Issues

Paper Issues partnered up with PageMaps to get our creative juices flowing.  Sometimes you just need a nudge.  I certainly do right now.  They provided a few sketchs for our PI team to use.  I had a great time with Simple Stories Lil' Dude.  

For the bottom polka dot paper, I used the FREE cut file from Paper Issues called - Polka Dots.  

Remember to use code: Mary-Ann for 20% off your entire purchase from Paper Issues.  

August 31, 2018

Adventure - Fancy Pants

Ok, I really had a hard time narrowing down my photos for this layout idea!!!  Problem is,  I wanted to clump a ton of photos all on one page!  I think it is successful because of the On Or Way Collection.  I know it seems like lots of patters, layers, photos and cut files, but it works for me!  I like busy.  

The station wagon cars included in the ephemera pack are not what we drive nowadays, but I think it is a fun play on telling the story that we drove for this trip.  

Check out this FREE Cut fIle from Paper Issues, it was specifically designed to go along with the On Our Way Collection.  You will not believe how many different works and files are actually included in this one FREE file!

Thanks for stopping  by.

August 28, 2018

Love - Queen & Co.

Good morning!
I am here today with a fun layout using the Bug Jar and Love Jar kits from Queen & Co.  They were made to coordinate perfectly with each other.  The Love Jar Kit provides the jar and the Bug Jar Kit provides new jar covers, Toppings, and embellishments to match.
I played with the title of my layout and used a full jar of goodness as the 'O' in Love.  
Then I stamped and die cut flies, die cut vellum and layered those together to soften the look of the black bugs.  
I wanted to emphasis flowers on the side of the photo to offset the heaviness of the Jar in the title.  I clumped several different styles together to match the color of my boy Milford and his eyes.  
Thank you for stopping by today.  I encourage you to use your shaker kits on a layout page.

Mary-Ann Maldonado
Supplies used:
Bug Jar Kit
Love Jar Shaker Kit
Little Letters - Green
Bouquet:  Pastel and Bright
Pom Pom Flowers:  Yellow, White and Green
Glitter Flower: Yellow
Toppings:  Pops, Iridescent Bubbles and Butterflies (Included in kit)

August 20, 2018

Field Day - Fancy Pants

Fancy Pants collaborated with PageMaps for a fun change for the Design Team.  We were assigned a sketch and were asked to use Fancy Pants products.  

Here is the Sketch...

I used Family & Co. for my layout and had fun documenting my boy at his preschool field day.  Unfortunately, as happy as he looks in these photos, later in the day he wasn't so thrilled.  His little pal fell on him and he broke his arm.  Poor kid.  We realized something was wrong after 10 days, he could not sword fight with his Dad!  #truestory!  Actually, at the time of the fall, he had X-rays and the break did not show up.  AND - I was out of town for the weekend!!

I did shrink down the sketch a bit, made my papers smaller and used horizontal photos instead of 4 vertical ones.