Paper Issues: Product Spotlight: Carta Bella - Toy Box!




Hi Creative Friends!

Today we're shining the light on the super fun, Toy Box collection from Carta Bella!

This collection is super bright, fun, playful and full of all your old favorite vintage toys! I LOVE it!!!

Here's my first layout with this fabulous line, 

"Toy Time"


Omgoodness! How fun is this?!! 
La la LOVE it all!!!
I had a total blast creating with these vibrant colors and patterns! Just perfect for my Mister A for Awesome!
Lots of fun embellishments and those pattern papers are just the best! 
Let's take a closer look.....


I have mounted my white cardstock onto that incredible red chevron paper, Best Toy Fun & then fussy cut that plaid paper, reverse side of ABC Blocks to create my layout. 
The rest is just fun embellishing - 
And aren't those vintage toy soldier stickers just the cutest?!! 


I am also totally loving those Puffy Stickers, and Layered Stickers too!


SO much fun!!! 
That robot!!!!
Carta Bella Toy Box really is perfect for childhood memory keeping!

Need some too? Grab it all in the Paper Issues store here 
& REMEMBER: Use my code AMANDA to save 20% off your total spend!


Looking for more Carta Bella Toy Box inspiration?
See what the rest of our talented team have created here

Thanks so much for stopping by!
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 





Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Discover Adventure Time with You ROCK!




Hi Creative Friends!

My turn on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog, 
& I have a super fun adventure theme layout using the fabulous You ROCK collection!
 You ROCK continues to be go-to collection for my Mister A for Awesome - it's just so much fun! 

But enough chatter, let's get straight into the good stuff!
Here's my layout,
"Discover Adventure Time"

Oh wow! Total awesomeness! 
You can see why I totally LOVE the You ROCK collection
With such a stunning black and white photograph, I really wanted to make feature of the black, white & grey tones within this line, and bring it all together with pops of blue. 
I think this colour palette looks so striking!
I have used the super cool CVS-YR002 IN LINE pattern paper for the base layer on my white cardstock, and embellished over it all. My sweet photograph has been double mounted with pattern papers CVS-YR006 RANDOM & reverse side of CVS-YR004 STRIPPED, then adorned with ACCESSORY STICKERS & that awesome RUBBER CHARM So cool!

Let's take a closer look.......


A is for Awesome indeed!
So many fabulous embellies here! You'll spy WOOD VENEER & CHIPBOARD STICKER arrows to lead your eye into my photograph, as well as DIE CUT EPHEMERA adorning it all! More awesome ACCESSORY STICKERS, and those ENAMEL SHAPES scattered throughout - love it!

Here's the other side of my photo....


More RAD embellishments layered beneath and around my focal point. I have used stars, crosses & arrows as my main adornments, they coordinate perfectly together! 
The use of WOOD VENEER SHAPES really balances my page, and adds a touch of warmth and masculinity to this clean, contemporary design.

Let's look beneath my photo....

OMGoodness!
 The RUBBER CHARM are like my favourite embellishments this year! 
I truly can't get enough of them! To make this one even more impressive, I mounted it onto a CHIPBOARD STICKER for extra dimension! 
More cool arrows, and ephemera, but that striking DISCOVER title is actually from pattern paper CVS-YR006 RANDOM - love the cut aparts! And anyone who follows me knows that the typewriter font journal stickers are a staple item on all my layouts! So very cool (& a ton quicker than me typing my own, lol!)

Moving down the page, you'll spy that final cluster at the base - also mounted on a thin strip of  CVS-YR004 STRIPPED paper. Boys rule! Total perfection for my boy! Love the shine on those ENAMEL SHAPES too!

The embellishments in You ROCK are truly the coolest......


Yep, I love You ROCK for my boy!
I hope my layout has inspired you to get creating with this awesome collection too! 
Grab yours in the store here

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
til next time,

Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo  

Paper Issues: June Scraplift Sunday #4




Hi  Happy Arty Days Friends!

It's Sunday, & you know that means it's time for a Paper Issues Scraplift 
& today we're lifting this layout from me! 
Eeep! What an honour!


I love my original, so I decided to flip the design for a really different look! 
I also opted for a Summer page instead of a Fall one too! 
Here's what I created.......

"The Ocean Is Calling"


Omgoodness! How fun is this?!!!
Such a bright, fun and contemporary Summer page! Love it!
I have used the new Pink Paislee Summer Lights collection & combined it with washi tape from Heidi Swapp's  Magnolia Jane collection. 
Despite being a predominantly girly Summer line, 
Summer Lights worked perfectly for my Mister A for Awesome!

Let's take a closer look.....


Fun, fun, fun indeed! 
& that chipboard car sticker is awesome sauce!


More fabulous 6 x 12 and Chipboard Stickers and I just love that grid pattern paper! (No.8 - get it here!)


Vacation Vibes!!! Love it!

I hope you liked my scraplift of my original design!

You can get ALL the fabulous NEW Pink Paislee Summer Lights collection in the Paper Issues Store here
& REMEMBER: Use my code AMANDA to save 20% off your total spend!
Yay! Happy Shopping!


I hope you'll play along with this super fun challenge!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: June Free File Friday #2




Hi Creatives!

Welcome back for more Paper Issues awesomeness with the mid month share of 


This time we're focusing on any Summer themed Free File from the Paper Issues store!
There are so many options in the store, that I actually used two files on my layout!

Here's what I created....

"Summer Days"


Pure Summer sweetness!
I've used the stunning Echo Park Summer FUN line & combined it with the pineapple cut file featured in the NSD 2017 Free Cut File - see below.


 & I have also used the super pretty Tropical Orchid Free Cut File ....


So Awesome!!!

Here's a few close ups for you.....


So many beautiful elements to this collection - but I just can't go past that pineapple pattern paper!!! Fabulous!
My cut files are all backed with pattern papers in the Summer FUN line too! 
Here's a better look at that pineapple......


I've embellished it with a few tropical flower stickers - cute!
And speaking of tropical flowers, here's that super stunning orchid up close......


Ga ga gorgeous!!!

If you're like me, and can't live without either of the Echo Park Summer lines don't despair!
You can grab them both in the Paper Issues store here
& REMEMBER: Use my code AMANDA & you'll save 20% off your total spend! Yay!



Looking for more Free File Friday inspiration? 
See what our talented team have created here 
& don't forget to grab all the FREE Cut Files here

Thanks so much for stopping by!
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 


Paper Issues: June Swag Bag




Hi Happy Arty Days Friends!

Time for another favourite Paper Issues share of the month,


Today I am using the super pretty May Swag Bag....


SO divine, huh?! A little bit of this pretty, and a dash of that one too! ;)
Swag Bags are the perfect sampler of all the new treasures in the Paper Issues store!
But enough chatter, here's what I've created with mine....

"This Makes My Heart Smile"


Nawwww!!! This photo and memory really does make my heart smile so very much!
& I LOVE how perfectly everything from the Swag Bag coordinates with it!
How cute are those tiny alphas too?!!! 
You'll spy bits n pieces from Dear Lizzy, Simple Stories, & MME on this layout, as well as the Heidi Swapp Shine mist droplets! Awesome!

Here's a couple close ups for you.....


Love that fun flair button & those yellow chipboard hearts!


That gorgeous floral bouquet was a 3 x 4 card that I fussy cut to use as ephemera, and it coordinates beautifully with the pattern paper at the top and bottom on my design. So Super Sweet!!!
Love it all! 
Hope you liked my layout, 
& feel inspired to get creating with your Swag Bag!

Don't have one? That's ok, you can try your luck on any left over stock here
OR if you're like me and don't want to miss out, 
Whichever option you choose, 
REMEMBER to use my code AMANDA & you'll receive 20% off! Yay!


See more Swag Bag inspiration here

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: June Scraplift Sunday!




Hi Creative Friends!

It's Sunday Funday, Yayyyy!!!!
 & on Sundays, we scraplift at Paper Issues!

Today's inspirational layout to lift is this stunning diagonal design by Anna.........


Gorgeous, huh?! Such a fun and playful page!

Here's my take on it.....
"Every Summer Has A Story"


Love how bright n fun this is!!! 
I was totally inspired by the playfulness of Anna's original that I wanted to express it in my lift.
I've used the gorgeous Summer FUN collection from Echo Park - perfect for my happy girl! 
I couldn't go past pattern paper Sweet Stripe for this diagonal design, and you'll also spy Element Stickers, Chipboard Stickers & Decorative Brads! 

Need a lil Echo Park in your scrappy life?!!
Grabs yours in the Paper Issues store here
& REMEMBER: Use my code AMANDA to save 20% off your total spend! Yay!


Want to see more takes on this fabulous scraplift? 
Visit the original Paper Issues blog post here

Thanks so much for stopping by today, 
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo 






Paper Issues: Product Spotlight!




Hi Friends!

It's time for another fabulous Paper Issues Product Spotlight,
& today we're shining the light on Alphas.
Yep, any type/kind of alpha that is sold in a pkt in the Paper Issues store here!
Let's be honest, we all have a ton of those Thickers, right?!!
So I've decided to stashbust and use up some older alphas for this scrapbook layout.
Here's what I created....

"This Is Us 2" 



Isn't this the sweetest?!!
 Such a beautiful Autumn memory that I couldn't wait to scrap!
I've used Fancy Pants Designs: Golden Days collection (including the coordinating alphas) & teamed it up with the Crate Paper Oasis collection Thickers too! They coordinate perfectly!

Here's a closer look......


The Golden Days line is just Fall perfection! Such a stunning collection! 


How sweet & fun!!!
Hope you liked my take on the alphas spotlight today! 

Shop ALL the alphas in the Paper Issues store here
& REMEMBER: Use my code AMANDA & you'll save 20% off your total spend! Yay!


Looking for more alphas inspiration? 
See what our talented team has created on the official blog post here

Thanks so much for stopping by!
til next time,

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo