Paper Issues: August Pinspire Me

Hi Creatives!

Welcome back for more Paper Issues awesomeness with this month's edition of 

Pinspire Me!

Here's this month's awesome mood board,

How fabulous is this?!!
So many awesome possibilities with this pinboard!
Here's what I came up with.....

"FOCUS on what matters"

Isn't this the coolest?!!
I have combined Carta Bella's Toy Box with Pinkfresh Studio's embellishment collection, The Mix No.1 - LOVE this!!!
Totally inspired by the colour palette, the cinematography theme, and even those chairs!
Here's a couple close ups for you....

Love that puffy sticker title from Pinkfresh! 
The 'focus' ties in with the camera / cinema theme too! 
The view master papers and embellishments are from Carta Bella and are super cool!!! 

You'll also spy brads and stickers from the Toy Box collection - love them!
The sentiment stickers, enamel dots and gold stars are from Pinkfresh Studio, and are the perfect adornment to any scrapbook layout!
Carta Bella & Pinkfresh Studio make such an awesome combination!

And there you have it!
My fun interpretation of this month's Pinspire Me challenge!

Need more scrapbook supplies?
Get yours in the Paper Issues store here
& REMEMBER: Use my code AMANDA & you'll save 20% off your total spend! Yay!!!

Looking for more PINspiration?
See what our talented team has created here

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

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Wild At Heart: LOVE YOU!

Hello Friends!

 I have a gorgeous floral layout to share with you here, &
 on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog today!
I just adore florals, and the ones in the Wild At Heart collection just make me swoon!!! 
SO pretty!
But enough chatter, here's what I've created....

"Love You"

Told you those florals were pretty!!! No fancy layout design required when the papers are this gorgeous! 
Let's take a closer look.........

Simple. Beautiful. And just oh-so stunning!
Wild At Heart really has my heart!
I have used my favourite floral pattern paper, CV-WH009 MEMENTO, for the base of my layout, and used it's coordinating CHIPBOARD FRAME to enhance my sweet photograph! 
You'll also spy floral paper,CV-WH007 GROW WILD as the pretty backing to that 'string art' dream catcher cut file. I selected this paper as it has a #samebutdifferent look to the MEMENTO paper, and it coordinates beautifully! 
The center heart is pieced with the B-side of pattern paper CV-WH001 LUSCIOUS -
 so pretty, and it really pops against the indigo blue! 
Here's a closer view.....

I just love that dream catcher cut file! 
I have made it appear as string art, by cutting the mosaic lines thinner, & connecting these 'strings' with ENAMEL DOTS (SPARKLES) beads. I have added a soft mixed media element beneath the dream catcher with watercolour splatter, and finished it all off with a sweet 'Wild at Heart' CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKER

* Please note: This cut file is one I have edited from the Silhouette Store. *

I have positioned my photograph cluster just over the right side of the dream catcher, to enhance the connection and flow through my design....

To avoid 'blending' my frame into the dream catcher, I have layered the LUSCIOUS paper beneath my framed photo to add warmth and contrast. 
There's also two cuts from CV-WH006 FUSSY CUTS paper in this layering, as well as a delicate doily (from my stash). That gorgeous CHIPBOARD FRAME is also embellished with a DIE CUT EPHEMERA banner, so lovely!
Speaking of lovely, how about that LOVE YOU title?!!

The CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKER title is just divine! 
I have also embellished it with a super cute FLAIR BUTTON that appears to have a similar pink 'wash' look to it, which also coordinates with the soft mixed media element of my page too!

When it comes to florals, and all the pretty things,
Wild At Heart is definitely my go to collection! 
So very beautiful and perfect for memory keeping my sweet girl!

Hope my layout has inspired you today!
Thanks so much for visiting!
til next time,

Pinkfresh Studio: Design Team Line Up & Escape the Ordinary Blog Hop!

Hi Creatives!

Welcome to the

Pinkfresh Studio: Design Team Line Up & Escape The Ordinary Blog Hop!

For those of you who are new to my blog,
My name is Amanda-jayne Baldwin, (aka @happy_arty_days )
 & I am so super excited to be sharing my first layout with the gorgeous
Escape The Ordinary collection!

If you've just arrived here from May Sukyong Park's blog, then you're in the right place!
 If not, here's the full blog hop order for you....

*REMEMBER: To be eligible for our fabulous prizes, you must leave a comment on every designer's blog. Comments will close at 11.59pm CST (USA) on Friday August 18th 2017.
The winners will be randomly selected.*

Speaking of prizes, Pinkfresh Studio will have 2 winners for this hop!

Prize one is the entire Escape The Ordinary collection featured below.....

And prize two is Stamps and Metal Dies worth $100 USD....

Such fabulous prizes! You'll LOVE receiving this happy mail!!!
Good luck everyone!

Now, enough of the chatter, let's see what I created for this hop!
Here's my scrapbook layout with the Escape The Ordinary collection,

"Beautiful Heart"

And isn't this beautiful, indeed?!!
So many possibilities with this collection, but I just couldn't get past how insanely pretty it is!
The Fall feel of pattern paper TRANSFORM was the perfect choice for my sweet photograph!
And those gorgeous EPHEMERA DIE CUTS almost jumped straight out of the packet before I could even think of design ideas! Lol. So much scrappy goodness!!!
Those alphas are aaah-mazing - here's a closer view for you....

Aren't they stunning?!!
And the gold foil accents feature in the die cut butterflies too - love it!!!
The colours in this line are bold, striking and oh-so pretty! That blue has my heart....

Could it get any better than this?! I don't think so. Pure Magic!

I hope my layout has inspired you to get creating with the awesome NEW 
Escape The Ordinary collection!

*Please remember to leave a comment at the end of this post*
Thanks so much for visiting! 
Time to send you hopping over to the incredibly talented Amy Tsuruta's blog here
She has a fantastic project lined up for you ;)

til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: August Free File Friday #1

Hi Happy Arty Days Fans!

Welcome back for more Paper Issues awesomeness with this month's 

This edition is all about those cut file titles! 
So many awesome files to pick up from the Paper Issues store for this challenge!
Here's what I came up with.....


Oooh! This is the prettiest!!!
I've stashbusted my left overs from Bella Blvd's Make Your Mark collection, and combined it with the fabulous new
It looks like this.... 

And you can grab it for FREE here!
I've used the Explore as my cut file title for this challenge, and added a lil daubed yellow ink to it! I've also stitched it into place for added interest!
Let's be honest though, it's that bouquet that really makes this layout!
Here's a few close ups for you....

So very pretty!!! Love this delicate cut file!
Here's a better look at the title too....

So cool! 
I am LOVING this!!! 
The doubled up title beneath really adds interest too! 
And gold foil - love all the gold accents in the Make Your Mark line!

Yep, it's official! I adore the new Explore Creekside cut file!

Which FREE cut file will you use for your take on this fun challenge?
Download them all HERE

& if you need scrapbook supplies
& you'll save 20% off your total spend in the Paper Issues Store

Looking for a lil more inspiration? 
See what the rest of our talented team has created here

Thanks so much for stopping by, 
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: August Pawsitively Pets!

Hi Creatives!

Welcome back for more Paper Issues awesomeness with this month's edition of 

This month is all about those pet (animal) adventures! 
Think road trips, walks, visits to the vet, special treats - anything is game!

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

"Sweet Treats"

Isn't this adorable?! 
I'm not sure who had the better 'sweet treat' here - 
My daughter getting to feed the Lemurs, 
the Lemurs getting sweet dried fruit treats?!
Either way it was a fabulous moment that had to be scrapped! 
A real animal adventure for sure!
I have used the gorgeous new Crate Paper - Maggie Holmes Carousel collection for this layout. 
The whimsical carnival theme in this line worked beautifully with my 'Sweet Treats" title. 
Let's take a closer look......

Super sweet indeed! 
And those gold accents are just somethin'!

I totally adore the vintage ice cream stand ephemera - isn't it the cutest?!!

And I must mention the new enamel pin stickers! 
I mean, that bow is just incredible!!!

Cute puffy stickers, Thickers and all the usual Maggie Holmes delightfuls adorn this pretty page!
If you haven't got this collection yet, hurry!!! 
It's selling super fast & I know I am heading back for more too!

& REMEMBER: Use my code AMANDA & you'll save 20% off too! Yay!!!

Looking for a lil more pets inspiration before you play along?
See what our amazing team has created here

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

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Pinkfresh Studio: Exciting News!!!

Hi Happy Arty Days Friends!

I am super dee duper excited to share this news......

Introducing the new 2017 Pinkfresh Scrapbook Design Team!
Yay!!! How exciting is this?!!! 
I am over the moon to be designing for Pinkfresh Studio for another term!
So especially lucky when you look at that incredible line up!
These girls are amazing and I am honoured to be in their company.

There's also a new Card Design Team too....

More incredible talent to inspire you!

Happy creative days ahead!
I can't wait to share what we have install for you! 
but until then, 
Thanks so much for your ongoing support & encouragement!
Stay Awesome!

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: Summer Be Thy Working Title!

Hi Happy Arty Days Friends & Fans! 

Time for one of my absolute favourite challenges at Paper Issues, 

Ok, so I may be a lil biased - 
but my challenge truly is a good one to play along with!

Before we get started, I just want to say,
Omgoodness! You creatives are knocking these titles outta the park!
I am so amazed by all the awesome entries for this challenge last month!
Thankyou so much for playing along!!!

This month's Working Title is super fun, and easy to play;

Create a multi word title that includes the word 'Summer' too!

Ideas: Here Comes Summer, Summer Lovin', Summer Vacay, Best Summer Ever, I Heart Summer! Summer Paradise, Feels Like Summer - you get the picture ;)
There are SO many fabulous Summer themed collections in the store right now too!

Here's my creation, 


Oh isn't this the sweetest?!
Summer never looked so pretty! 
I have used the gorgeous Pink Paislee Summer Lights collection, and have created my title with the Feels Like Summer cut file

Here's a closer look for you.......

Such a bold title, and yet so delicate and pretty! Love it! 
And how about that divine embellishment cluster on my photo?


Lots of cool stickers and ephemera to adorn my page! 
Wanna know more about that cut file?

The entire Feels Like Summer cut file looks like this....

It's just perfect for this challenge with a few title options here ;)

Before you get started on your project for this challenge, 
take a look at what our talented team has created here!

Now it's your turn! 
 Be sure to Add your projects here in the August Challenge album in our 
Paper Issues {friends & fans} Facebook page to be entered in the draw for a
 Paper Issues Gift Card!
Upload as many NEW projects as you would like for even more chances to win, as each project counts as an extra entry!  
Entries for this and all challenges close on September 3rd and winners announced September 4th.

Need supplies before you get started?

*Use my code AMANDA to save 20% off in the Paper Issues store here*

Thanks so much for visiting!
I can't wait to see what you create!

til next time, 

Paper Issues: August Take 5 Tuesday!

Hi Creative Friends! 

Welcome to the August edition of Paper Issues Take 5 Tuesday!
Here's what this month's list looks like.....

How fabulously fun! 
 I used orange, yellow, turquoise, die cut, patterned paper (fussy cut) cardstock, sticker, title, ink and Summer theme - LOL! I may have taken 10, but that's how easy it is to play along ;)
See if you can spot them all on my layout below....

"Summer, Light It Up"

Gasp! This is my new favourite layout! 
So many gorgeous elements - sunset watercolours, fussy cut clouds, & a wreath cut file! 
LOVE it!
I have used Pink Paislee's Summer Lights collection, it may just be another of my new favourite collections! 
That awesome FREE Paper Issues cut file is called Cloudy Circle & you can get yours here
Let's take a look at some close ups......

Love these two! Aren't they the cutest?! 
This was such a happy Summer's day that I wanted to capture the 'magic' feeling in my layout.
The sunset colours, rainbows, stars & clouds really add that magical touch!

The fussy cut clouds are from patterned paper #5 (Clouds)  and they are the coolest! They have a neon outline to them and really 'pop'!

Those clouds are just divine!
The Dream is Real describes this memory perfectly!
Such a pretty page!
I hope I have inspired you to get creating!

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

Looking for more Take 5 inspiration?
See what our amazing team has created here 

Thanks so much for visiting, 
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: August Sketchy Saturday

Hi Creatives!

It's time to get your sketch on with Paper Issues monthly sketch challenge,

Yay!!! Who doesn't love a good sketch?!
This month's is so cool, here it is.......

Awesome fun!!!

Here's my interpretation, 

"Summer Vacation Vibes"

Oh wow! Love how this turned out!
I have used Pink Paislee's Summer Lights collection for this sweet page!
I have foam mounted my center panel, as well as my colour photograph, to add dimension and interest to my layout. 
Bright colours, contemporary designs, Summer vibes and neon highlights - SO cool!
Here's a closer look...... 

You'll spy a few fussy cut pieces, as well as ephemera, chipboard & 6 x 12 stickers. 
Isn't it all so pretty?!!
Love all the neon & holographic foil pieces in this line.....

Just look at that holographic foil!!! AWEsome!
La la love Summer Lights!

Needing it too? 
Get yours in the Paper Issues store here 
& REMEMBER: Use my code AMANDA & you'll save 20% off your total spend!

Wanna see what the rest of our talented team has created for this challenge?

Thanks so much for visiting!
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo