Lifestyles to “Die” For

Welcome to Paper Issues Lifestyles to “die” for!  You should have arrived here from Holly’s blog, but if this is your first stop, be sure to head over to Paper Issues to start at the beginning!

This issue is sponsored by the ever fabulous Lifestyle Crafts, maker of dies, washi sheets, and more. 

Check out this card I made with some Lifestyle Crafts goodness:

See all those fun polka dots?  That’s a washi SHEET.  Yeah, like tape only bigger.  So cool!


The tags on the side are all cut from Lifestyle Crafts dies on my Epic6. 


These fold over tabs under the clip are their dies too! 

Next up on the hop is JoAnn!

Now it’s your turn to link up Lifestyle Crafts and/or die projects… show ‘em if ya got ‘em!

Want to win one of SEVEN Lifestyle Crafts prize packs with dies and a washi sheet?  Each blog on the hop will be giving one away, plus one on the Paper Issues blog too. 

1. Like Lifestyle Crafts on Facebook {tell them we sent you}
2. Like Paper Issues on Facebook
3. Leave me a comment

Good luck and thanks for playing along!

Heart & Soul

My heart and soul are up at UmWowStudio today, featuring their super cool layered circles and symbol mash chipboard shapes.  GAH!  This stuff is just so. much. fun!


I used a lot of bits and pieces on this.  The patterned paper is mostly Pink Paislee’s Luxe.  You can also see some Luxe rub-ons and alphas.  The cork stuff is Little Yellow Bicycle.  The punchinella is from Gauche Alchemy (it’s wood grain, you guys!) and the rhinestone circles are wayyyyyy old Heidi Grace. 


They are hard to see but I also tucked in a couple of white feathers.  I love that airy texture with all the raw chip and metallics. 


Circles, circles everywhere.  I used the layering bits of chip on their own, un-layered, because I was digging the different sizes. 

I sort of love this page. 

Sooooo, I am linking it up at Paper Issues for the Pink Paislee/Mother’s Day issue and you should link up too!  And you still have time to throw your name in the hat to win some stellar Pink Paislee goodies! Hurry!!

Survival Kit in a Can

Way back before Owen could speak we called my mom “Grams”… a suitable grandmother name of her choosing.  But somewhere in the land between babbling and fully talking Owen started calling her “Biggs” and it pretty much stuck.  My mom is, what I call, “the petite flower” but what she lacks in largess she more than makes up for in personality.  Somehow Biggs is SO right.  

Unfortunately Biggs lives about a 2.5 hour drive (that’s without the pit stops and diaper changes…) from us and we all wish we lived closer.  So what do you get for the grandmother who has everything *except* the hugs and kisses she really wants?!

You make her a long distance survival kit in a can.  Duh.



Yeah, it’s pretty stinkin’ cute, right?  As predicted my mom did not want to open it.  But you HAVE to open it… you have to see your survival gear!

To make this all you have to do is eat some fruit.  Ok, a wee bit more but it pretty much is that simple. 

- Open a can of fruit or veggies *on the bottom*, leaving the pop top intact on the top.  If you have a can opener that opens cans from the side that is best because it leaves a very even edge.  But I just had the old fashioned kind and that works too!  Just make sure you leave a small edge of the can intact so you can bend it up and it doesn’t come off entirely.
- Clean and dry your can.
- Fill your can with the contents, making sure to leave a small amount of space.
- Crumple a small piece of tissue paper on top of the contents of the can.
- Bend the can bottom back down.  Use a hot glue gun to seal the bottom of the can.
- Decorate the outside of the can.

So you want to see the insides?


I used the awesome Park Bench collection from Fancy Pants Designs on everything for this project.  The little envelope was the perfect size for a gas card (to come visit us), I had to include some “kisses”, and Owen also drew Biggs a picture (not shown) that I rolled and lay against the inside of the can.

Of course every long distance grandparent needs a brag book to carry around and show off the gorgeous kiddos…


This brag book is accordion folded 2.5” squares with 2” photos.  It ties with a button and twine closure and it’s the perfect size to put in any purse.  Biggs was pretty excited. 

And there you have it! Thanks for visiting today!

Pretty Much Awesome

I have a page up at Right at Home Scrapbooking today featuring a fun mix of different papers and products.  It was originally a Valentine kit but I created an everyday page.  Check out the RAH blog for more!


3D Home Decor

Did you guys know that Pink Paislee publishes little ebooks filled with inspiration and instructions for projects all done with the same collection?  Yeah, pretty awesome, especially when you love a particular line but just don’t know where to begin. 

Secret Crush may be a Valentine collection but you really can use it for so much more.  And while my home d├ęcor piece is lovey dovey you could translate the idea to any color combo or holiday. 

All of the flowers on this are formed from folded hearts:
Heart Flower Decor

I love it so much it is still on my mantel… in May…
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Heart Flower Decor detail

You can see the instructions for this project and others in the Secret Crush idea book

Anchors Away

I’m getting creative with anchors this week on the Fancy Pants Designs blog… come on over to see my layout and card featuring these nautical novelties and the Down by the Shore collection!


Beach Bum

My little guy loves the water as much as his mama!  I documented his beach shenanigans in this cute little mini album that features the Down by the Shore collection from Fancy Pants Designs.  The envelopes from this line were calling out to me so I punched and bound them into a mini album, leaving the ends open to store more photos:



I alternated big and small envelopes and used the little ones for journaling.





And some extra photos of my favorite guy never hurts!


I love this collection!

National Scrapbooking… Week!?

Yeah, you “heard” me! Pink Paislee went all out this year for National Scrapbooking Day and decided to give us an entire week of fun and freebies on the blog.  Check it out because the free swag won’t last long!

Today I am sharing a mini desk calendar made with the free calendar card download from the Pink Paislee digital shop and some Cottage Farms and Luxe. 

You can check out all the pages and my instruction over on the Pink Paislee blog!

I'm linking this project up to the Paper Issues Pink Paislee/Mother's Day issue... link up, see inspiration, and enter to win some of your own!

Just a Couple of Cards

Hey everyone! I’ve been pretty busy here these days.  We had a visit from the Mother in Law and a trip to Maine for my dad’s retirement, which means I am definitely behind on the blogging. 

First up, a card for my best friend’s little guy who recently turned one:


I used Fancy Pants Designs’ Down by the Shore collection… how cute is that octopus!?

And this is a simple Mothers Day card (May 12th… don’t forget!) made with Fancy Pants Designs’ Park Bench line. 



Thanks for stopping by!