December 16, 2020

Merry Christmas - Paper Issues

 If you are tired of Christmas layouts and projects don't stop here!  
I've done another FB LIVE video for Paper Issues and used up most of my Cocoa Vanilla Merry & Bright.

Cocoa Vanilla has a precut type of Christmas tree.  I tore that apart and backed it myself.  Creating a tree as my focal point.  You can watch the video HERE.  

Here is a photo of my boy when he was loyal to the New England Patriots.  I think this may have been right before he decided to start liking the Kansas City Chiefs, before they were cool.  

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December 8, 2020

From Santa - Paper Issues

 I did another Facebook LIVE on the Paper Issues Friends and Fans page.  

This time, I used Pretty Little Studio Christmas Cheer and a Sketch from the Advent of Sketches Album. Which is Paper Issues version of an advent calendar.  Instead of getting a gift or chocolate, you get a new sketch everyday.  I love a good sketch.  I used the sketch from Day 6.  I'll add it below.   Shop Paper Issue for 20% off with code: Mary-Ann

This photo is from the day after Christmas 2014.  He really really loved Baseball hats, Call of Duty and Transformers.  All represented in this photo!  

December 7, 2020

Awesome Day - Paper Issues

 Hey there friends!
I have been so busy mending from my 3rd knee replacement and tons of other family stuff that I have hardly had time to scrap.  BUT, I did scrap this fun layout last week on a FB LIVE over in the Paper Issues Friends and Fans page.  I used Cocoa Vanilla and I want to use every single bit of it.  

It's a photo of my boy hanging out with the mall Santa.  
We 'make' him go every year as long as he lives in our house.  He gets so embarrassed in line with all the young kids.  Oh well, move out!  ha.  You can tell how much he hates it from his facial expression and the fact that he put his arm around the red man.  

Here's what I came up with.  I used a FREE cut file called Snowglobe from the PI store.  ALL Cut Files are free.  Pinkfresh gems were used as ornaments on my trees and some Nuvo for roof accent and puffy beard. 

November 29, 2020

With Freya - Pretty Little Studio

I am totally smitten with my great niece and the Christmas Cheer by Pretty Little Studios.
I love the wreath style idea, Boughs of Holly, but didn't want to use it as it was. I decided I only wanted to use half of it and wasn't sure how that was going work until I tried playing around.  

Head on over to the Pretty Little Studio Blog.

November 18, 2020

Naught List - Paper Issues

It has been a while since I did a Scraplift for Scraplift Sunday over at Paper Issues.  
We lifted Danielle for this weeks lift.  I was at my moms and had this collection out and I thought it would be a great opportunity to try to use even more of it.  Since I love it so much.  

Randy was out of town and I went to an ugly sweater party at my friend Julies house.  
I love this photo of my friends.  We had a great night.  

Look below for the lift and head to Paper Issues to grab this collection, Christmas Wishes by Pretty Little Studios or anything else you want for 20% off with code: Mary-Ann. 


November 13, 2020

Christmas - Pretty Little Studio

Have you seen the new Christmas Cheer collection? It is fabulous, colorful, loaded with patterns and super charming. I loved creating with this newest collection. The vintage vibe is right up my alley with all of the jolly Santas. Head over to the Pretty Little Studio Shop to grab it for yourself.

I started with a couple 6x6 colorful pattern papers. Added my photos the Santa. I knew I wanted to have the dog peeking over the photo, similar to what my pup is doing in my photos. You can barely see him. But you can see my boy snoozing on the ride.

The Stocking Stuffers Die Cuts were the perfect color pop that the neutral background needed. I did layer some and back others with foam for dimension. I'm thinking the teal is a new holiday favorite.

I used the banners with some of my moms thread to create a swirl at the bottom of my layout, mixing the colors and patterns to draw your eyes around even more. I then stapled a few stars and my layout was put together quite simply. Thats what happens when you start with inspiring product.

November 9, 2020

Sleeping In - Paper Issues

 Hey there friends. 

I did two LIVE videos for Paper Issues over the weekend and I bet some of you are just plum tired of me! If you are, don't say anything.  lol.  For this layout, I used PinkFresh Studios Let's Stay Home.  I LOVED LOVED LOVED every single sheet of paper in this collection.  I was really happy with the color combo I ended up using here too.  

Of course with it being Covid time, we weren't really going places.  This photo is from a couple months ago.  My boy was sleeping in and we decided to jump in bed with him to wake him up.  It didn't work well.   I honestly can't remember if he got right up or not.  I would be that he didn't.  Anyway, I love this pic of us hanging out at home.  Ill adit, staying in PJ's is kinda fun.  

I condensed this LIVE layout down for my YouTube channel.  I'd love if you would stop by, hang out for a bit, subscribe and maybe make a comment or two or 20. 

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Broom Hair - Paper Issues


Things have been a little crazy here lately. We were out of town for a few weeks unexpectedly and just returned home.  I finally did a LIVE video over at Paper Issues Friends & Fans page.  It's my first in quite a while.  I called it Broom Hair!  That sentiment has to be the cutest!  While hanging out one day,   I was missing the Paper Issues crop and everyone was sending in selfies.  So, I jumped on board and sent in some Snapchat selfies of myself.  It was super fun.  Then, I saw people scrapping those photos so I decided I would too!  So here are my crazy photos using Crate Paper Hey Pumpkin.  As always, everything you buy from the Paper Issues store is 20% off with code: Mary-Ann.  

I also condensed the LIVE video for my YouTube channel and you can find that here....

October 28, 2020

Halloween - Pretty Little Studios

 Hey friends. 

Today I am on the Pretty Little Studio Blog and would love for you to swing over and see what items I used from their shop.  They have some pretty great printable!

Free Cut file from Paper Issues - Halloween Titles!

October 6, 2020

Frank & Friends Banner - Queen & Co

OMG I had the best time creating this fun banner with the Frankie & Friends Kit from Queen & Company.  They characters are the cutest ever and the colors are amazing.  
My favorite season is fall and I just love Halloween.  Is this was right up my alley.  
The kit provides you with everything you need to create 3 foam shakers of each character, a paper pad, a stamp set and the dies to cut it all.  It's pretty incredible.  If you are a spooky fan, head over to the Queen website HERE and check it out.  You'll fall in love with Frank.  I promise.  My two faves are Frank and the mummy.  I think. I really like the bat and ghost too. 
What is your fave? 

I used Foundation Dies to create the bases of each panel.
I also used the Outline Dies and  Solid Paper Pad.  I have decided that I can NEVER EVER create with Queen products without those Outline Dies!!!  ha

Scroll to see all the panels and where I have hung this in my house.  I had not yet decorated for Halloween in this pic but I have now! 

September 22, 2020

Tradition - Paper Issues

 I think I have gone crazy.
I started my very own YOUTUBE channel!
Id love if you subscribed, clicked the like button and what not.  
The process is getting easier and easier every time I do a new video.  

So for this layout, I was FB LIVE over at Paper Issues Friends and Fans Page.  
I then converted it to a video for my channel.  

I scraplifted Ann Tamimi.  Her layout was one of their Scraplift layouts for Sept 6th I think!  
Anyway, check out her Instagram page. I'll share that layout under mine below.

I used Altenew Enjoy the Ride, and Nuvo Drops.
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September 21, 2020

Play - Paper Issues

 Hey all!

Last Thursday, I did a LIVE FB video with a couple friends using the September Kitchen Sink Kit from Paper Issues.  I am in charge with figuring out what product goes in the Kitchen Sink Kits each month.  For this past one, I chose papers from the Heidi Swapp Old School collection.  You can see the video HERE

I decided to use this trio of football photos from Rome's Freshman year.  It honestly is a year that we would like to forget.  At least the Football season.  It wasn't at all what we thought it would be.  But, I did have these great photos of Roman being the center, hiking the ball to the QB.  

The paper in the shape of a heart was an accident.  I was adding the strips to the page, turned it upside to add more and Kelly said she liked the heart.  What heart?  Apparently, the papers were in a perfect heart shape!  I went with it.  I did not have a clear plan anyway!  I adore how it turned out.  Be on the lookout for next months Kitchen Sink.  It is my favorite one yet!

September 15, 2020

Hefe - Pretty Little Studio

Hey friends! Today I am sharing a layout using Chasing The Sun Collection. I have seen frame papers used in so many ways and was excited to give it a try myself. With so many photos from our fun trip to the Dominican, the frames are perfect. Meet Hefe. He is an 800 lb Sea Lion. He has the worst breath EVER!

For more information - head over to the Pretty Little Studio blog