Paper Issues: January Cut It Up

Hi Happy Arty Days Friends!

Time for another fabulous Paper Issues challenge!

I absolutely LOVE all the free cut files in the Paper Issues store!
No need to spend on cut files with so many awesome ones being created every month by our talented team! 
And the cutfile for this challenge? 
Well, it's all about farewelling 2016, & welcoming in the New Year of course!

Here's what it looks like....

You can instantly download this free file in the Paper Issues store here

Now you may remember that I used the top left 2017 file only a few days ago on my 
Working Title challenge....

Love how this turned out!

However, to demonstrate how versatile this cutfile is, I decided to cut a variety of sizes of the snowflakes for this Cut It Up challenge.
Here's my layout, 


Brrrrr! Look at that frozen lil face! He was having snow-much fun! lol!
Seriously though, how awesome are those snowflakes?!!!
You'll notice I cut my largest one in half and used the halves to border my page. 
To add interest to the snowflakes, I also added ice blue sequins and diamond gemstones. 
Let's take a closer look.....

Naww! Totally the cutest!
I have used Crate Paper Snow & Cocoa collection for most of my layout. 
The patterned paper background is from Crate Paper's Gather collection. 
They combine beautifully, and I love the ephemera layers beneath my photo! 

Those snowflakes were SO easy to cut, & yet they look so effective!

Love the wood veneer title too!

And there you have it! 
My takes on the newest FREE cutfile in the Paper Issues store!
Grab the file here (no purchase required)
 & see what my fellow DT members created with it here.

And Remember, if you are making a purchasing in the Paper Issues store
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Thanks for stopping by, 
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Happy News for 2017!!!

Hi my Creative Friends!

SO excited to share this news....
 I will be remaining on the 
Cocoa Vanilla Studio Design Team for another year!


To say I am over the moon and happy dancing would be an understatement!
SOOOOOO delighted & honoured 
to be amongst such a talented group of creatives!
An exciting and beautiful year of memory keeping ahead!

Thankyou Zoe 
& Cocoa Vanilla Studio 
for this incredible opportunity!

You can meet the new 2017 DT & read the official announcement here.

Also, a big thankyou to all my fabulous family, friends and supporters!
Without all your encouragement & support I wouldn't even be here - 
Biggest hugs to you all!

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Happy Little Moments!

Hi Creative Friends!
I have a super sweet layout using the gorgeous Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Make A Wish Collection to share with you today !
I just love the bright and happy hues in the Make A Wish line, and it was perfect for scrapping this pic of my daughter and I! But enough chatter, here's my layout,
"Happy Little Moments"
How sweet is this?!!
It may be a birthday themed collection, but Make A Wish is so pretty, and versatile, that it works for the everyday moments too!
I just love a fun grid design, don't you? To add a bit more interest to mine, I used a lil mixed media and a whole bunch of fun embellishments!
Each patterned paper box has the sweet pink watercolour wash paper CV-MW002 HIP HOORAY as its base, and then either the woodgrain paper (reverse side of CV-MW001 FRESH CUT) or the pink polka dots (reverse side of CV-MW005 PARTY MIX). Such a pretty combination of papers! The white cardstock has been treated with a coat of gesso, & given a good smattering of shimmer mist and watercolour splats! Love the result! All the colours coordinate perfectly with that final backing layer, patterned paper     CV-MW003 PARTY DOTS
Let's take a closer look.....
With the same pink watercolour wash as the patterned paper, that Chipboard Accent Sticker frame was an obvious choice for highlighting my photograph. I've also embellished the frame with another chipboard accent sticker with the sentiment 'Oh Hello"  - super cute!img_20161228_115551_529

I've layered my photo and frame with some cut file leaves from the Colour Me Happy Digital Cutfile collection, and then added Vellum Shapes leaves & butterflies, BloomsEnamel Dots and even some cotton thread for texture. The centrality of it all just draws you into my photo more - love it!
Here's another view (of the blooms in particular because they're sooooooo pretty!),
Some gorgeous glittery Sparkles enamel dots and Oooooh that heart flair!
The flair is actually from the limited edition sets CV-LIM-1  There's only a few of these left in the store, so get in quick!!!
Lots of gorgeous Die Cut Ephemera pieces on this layout too.....
So many paper pretties! La-la-LOVE it all!
Even the Accessory Stickers are divine!
I mounted mine onto pop dots , and layered with a little cotton thread too - so very cool!
And those vellum shapes! Oh-so-swoon worthy!!!
It's all just soooooooo pretty! Make A Wish is just perfect for scrapping a Mother & Daughter page ;)
Hope you feel inspired by my layout today,
Thanks for visiting,
til next time,
Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues : January Pawsitively Pets

Hi Happy Arty Days Friends!

Welcome back for another fabulous Paper Issues challenge - the January edition of 

This is always a fun challenge to play along with!
 & this month's challenge is super easy too!
 Simply create a layout about an animal in your life with 3 or more papers (patterned paper and/or cardstock), 3 or more embellishments, and 3 or more enamel dots, puffy circiles, etc. 

Here's my layout, 


Isn't this adorable?!! He loves his dog.... so cute!
I've used Crate Paper's Cool Kid collection and some of the limited edition Cocoa Vanilla Studio flair. Love it!
That doggy patterned paper with the coordinating flash card was just too perfect for this layout!
But it's that dog face rubber charm that I just adore!!!

Cuteness overload!!!
Here's a closer look at that Cocoa Vanilla Studio flair ....

My heart is full, indeed!

Total awesomeness!!!
Love this boy & Cool Kid is just perfect for capturing his fun spirit!

Need more inspirational ideas?
Check out what the rest of the team has created here

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Visit the Paper Issues store here

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Thanks for stopping by, 
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: January Roll The Dice

Hi Creatives!

Get ready as Paper Issues rolls the dice for January!
This challenge is soooooo much fun!

This month the dice roll determined that we would need to use 
4 Photos
4 Words for the title
for our scrapbook layouts.

Here's what I came up with....

"Don't Grow Up Kid"

Isn't this the coolest boy page?!!
Love this cool lil guy, and truly, I could keep him 4 til forever!
I've used Crate Paper's Cool Kid collection, limited edition flair from Cocoa Vanilla Studio, & another of the FREE cutfiles in the Paper Issues store.
Let's take a closer look.... 

The four word title, and the four photos made this quite an easy challenge to play along with! 
I love that mosaic style triangles cut file - its supercool! You'll also spy some paper piecing & a watercolour mixed media background beneath it too!
Grab the free file here.

Lots of awesome embellishments too....

So RAD! Love this cool kid!
And loved playing along with this challenge too!

Wanna join in on the fun?
Visit the original post here for all the details and more inspiration from our amazing design team!

Shopping in the Paper Issues online store?
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Thanks for stopping by today!
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: January Mix It Up Monday

Hi Happy Arty Days Friends!

Welcome back for more Paper Issues fun with 
Mix It Up Monday!

This month the challenge is to use both gesso, & acrylic paint on your layout.
As this is something I do regularly, 
I wanted to push myself outta my comfort zone and try a different approach....
Here's what I came up with, 


Yep. I painted my own background paper - complete with cute penguin!
It's a lil too kitschy and cute,
but hey...
What a fun way to use your paints in your scrapbooking!
The birdy base coat is painted in both black and white gesso. The rest of the bird has been painted with watered down white acrylic, mixed with pastel watercolours to obtain that soft, washed out look.
I've teamed it all with the super cute Crate Paper Snow & Cocoa collection. Perfect!

Love the chipboard stickers in the Snow & Cocoa collection - I only have 3 left from the entire board! 
And how about that penguin paperclip?!! So adorable!

Super cute embellishments for such a sweet photograph and memory!

Love that fun penguin! 
What will you create for yours???

Need more ideas and inspiration?
Check out what our talented team created here

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 order in the Paper Issues store here*

Thanks for stopping by today!
til next time,

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: January Sketchy Saturday

Hi Creative Friends!

It's time for Sketchy Saturday with Paper Issues 
& this month's sketch is soooooooo much fun!
Check it out.....

Told you it was fun! 
Feeling inspired by those snowflakes, I decided to catch up on my 
Remember December album & create a Waiting For Santa layout of my sweet boy....


Isn't this the cutest?!! 
He tells us, "I love those yummy Santa walking sticks!" lol! 
I've never thought of candy canes as Santa's mobility aids - but there you have it! From the mouths of babes, LMAO!!!
I've used the stunning Carta Bella Christmas Delivery collection for this layout - I love how striking it looks!
Here's a few close ups....

Naww, he really is the cutest!
And how fabulous is that script sticker title?! Love it!

Cute layers beneath that photograph too!

That delivery trucks sticker is soooo cool!

And there you have it! 
A quick scrap with the Sketchy Saturday challenge - read more about joining in on this challenge here. 
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Thanks for stopping by!
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo