Sunday, April 29, 2012

Paper Issues Blog Hop

Welcome to the Paper Issues blog hop! You should have arrived from Melissa's blog- Paper Princess,
but don't forget to check out all the fabulous projects from the other girls participating in the blog hop:
The newest theme is Abroad! I had a lot of fun working with the new Studio Calico Abroad collection to make my projects- a US map, paper suitcases, and a mini album.


Don't you just love this collection! Paper Issues is giving away this fun kit full of Abroad papers and other goodies. Be sure to check out the blog for all the details on how to enter the giveaway! You can also find lots of fun goodies in the Paper Issues shop. Don't forget to use the code INSPIREME to get 20% off of your entire order!!

I am also giving away these fun stamps from Studio Calico's Abroad collection:

To enter all you need to do is follow my blog, like me on Facebook here, and comment to let me know you did! Easy peasy, right? You have until May 12th to enter and then I will pick one person to win all three stamp sets and announce it here on my blog.

At this point you could head over to Susan's blog and continue hopping or you can keep scrolling to find more photos and details of my projects. I have A LOT of photos to share. You have been warned, lol.

I made this map with the state die-cuts from Studio Calico. Since they are precut and ready to go, it took me almost no time to put it together.

I want to use this to keep track of all the states my family and I visit over the years. I thought it would be fun to show the states we have already visited by taking a second set of the die-cuts and some pop dots to create a 3D effect.

I am going to make a second map for my sister. Her husband is in the army and they move around quite a bit. This would be a fun way for her to document the places they have lived and could also serve as a home decor piece.

For my next project I made these cute paper suitcases. I am going to use them to store photos and memorabilia from our travels as well as this mini album. The cases were simple to make and the finished sizes are 3x5, 4x6, and 5x7. The handles came from an old jewelry box that I don't use anymore. They were the perfect size for these smaller cases.

In the top case I am going to keep smaller bits of memorabilia we picked up from different places- photo playing cards, ticket stubs, etc.

The second case holds 4x6 photos that didn't fit in the album or favorite photos that I want in a larger size than what is in the album.

The last case holds the mini album. The album fits nicely inside the case and I even have room to add more pages to the album as we visit new places.

For this mini album I used papers from the Studio Calico Abroad 12x12 collection pack and the 6x6 pad. I kept the album pretty simple and it went together quickly. I was inspired by one of the flair badges in the collection that says GO SEE DO. I thought it would make a great title and decided to use it for my album. The yellow and orange letter stickers are the Vera Thickers from American Crafts. The blue letter stickers are from the alpha sheet that came with the Abraod 12x12 collection pack.

I love the mini envelopes in this collection. They are the perfect size to hold the smaller polaroid shapes cut from the 6x6 paper pad and the wood cameras. These cameras are just too cute!

For the inside of my cover page I simply used my Silhouette to cut the word travel from the Continental paper and backed it with a bit of the the Bucket List paper.

To start off the pages about our trip to the Garden of the Gods in Colorado, I used my Slice and the Travel cartridge to cut the state of Colorado. I used pop dots to add it to the page for a bit of dimension. I also made this into a pocket page so I could keep a few more photos of our trip in the album.

For these pages I used strips of the Concierge paper to make pockets to hold my photos. I kept the embellishments simple and only added a few stars to the pages with my Fiskars punches.

In between the two pages I added an envelope I made out of more of the Concierge paper.

The envelope holds more photos and bits of memorabilia.

For the last of my Colorado pages I clipped a small card for journaling, another small photo, and a couple of tags to the page. For the journaling card I cut a piece of white cardstock to the size I needed and punched the top edge with an EK Success notebook edge punch. I also embellished the bottom of the page with more stars and a small banner strip.

On the opposite page starts our trip to Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. For this page I also cut the state of New Mexico with my Slice and added it to the page with pop dots.

This page has flaps that open on the top and bottom to reveal more photos of our trip.

 On these pages I added tags and a couple of small embellishments to my photos.

To the middle of the pages I added a suitcase die-cut that I cut using my Slice and Travel cartridge.

I cut two of the suitcase die-cuts and adhered them together to form a pocket to hold a few smaller photos of our trip.

The beginning and end pages for each of the states are very similar through out the album. So for the last page of our cavern trip I clipped another card for journaling, a photo, and a few embellishments.

The state of Texas was also cut with my Slice machine and adhered to the page with pop dots.

A couple of close ups of the embellishments on left page:

The page on the right opens to reveal a few accordian style pages with photos from our trip to the El Paso Zoo in Texas.

I used my Silhouette to cut the word explore and clipped a couple of photos to the left page. On the opposite page I cut a strip of the locals paper from the 6x6 pad to create a band across the page to hold my photos. I also added a couple of stars and one of the wood veneer people.

I used my Slice and the Travel cartridge to cut an insert to go between the two pages.

On the back of the insert I added a photo. These animals didn't seem too happy to  have their pictures taken that day, lol.

On the last page of our Texas trip I clipped a card for journaling, a small photo, and a mini envelope with a polaroid shape cut from the 6x6 pad and one of the wood states. For the embellishment at the bottom I cut a strip from the 6x6 Locals paper and layered it with more stars and one of the people wood veneers.

A close up of the embellishments on the left page. I love that Studio calico also came out with wood veneer states.

The page on the right is another pocket page that holds photos from our trip to the St. Louis Arch and Zoo in Missouri. I cut the state of Missouri using my Slice and the Travel cartridge.

For the left page I used my Fiskars 1 inch circle punch to punch out the circles from the Destination paper in the 6x6 pad. I hand stitched them to the side of the page and used them to hold a couple of photos.

On the opposite page I used more of the  Destination paper as the background. I used my exacto knife to cut halfway around three of the circles to create pockets for a few small photos. At the bottom I added another wood camera and a small banner with the date. I used the Becky Higgins date stamp and Hero Arts Wet Cement ink to stamp the date.

A few close up photos:

Between these two pages I added another insert using my Slice machine to cut a postcard shape from the Travel cartridge.

After cutting two of the postcard shapes I adhered them together and used them as pockets to hold more photos of our trip.

A look at the last two pages of the book. For the last page of our St. Louis trip I clipped a card for journaling, a small photo, and a couple of tags. For the embellishment at the bottom of the page I cut a circle from a 12x12 sheet of the Destination paper, added some hand stitching, and a wood veneer car.

For the inside of the back cover I used my Silhouette and cut the word journey from the Continental paper and back it with a strip of the Bucket List paper.

If you have made it this far, thank you, and now it's time to hop on over to Susan's blog to take a look at her project. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


~amy~ said...

Crazy FABulous!!!!!!!!!!

Patricia said...

So many great ideas! thanks for sharing them! I'm a new blog follower and facebook liker! Thanks for the chance!

Thienly Azim said...

WHOA!!!! That is one crazy project! Everything looks FABULOUS!

Miriam Prantner said...

Wow! Your projects are amazing! Every single one of them! Love them, and I'm gonna be pinning them. I'm a new follower here and on FB - thanks for the chance to win a FABULOUS prize!

Renee' Davey said...

I am a new follower both here and on facebook. Beautiful Work! Thanks for the opportunity to win some paper crafting goodness!

curlyqmosaics said...

All I can say is WOW! I am totally speechless with your clever, amazing projects. Love the suitcases, the album and especially the states framed so perfectly. Studio calico abroad papers were the perfect fit. Love!!!

Patricia Roebuck said...

Oh my. Wow! You did so much with this line. I love that map an how you pop dot some and the suit cases and mini. So amazing. I liked you on FB and will make sure to follow here thank you!

okienurse said...

OMG! So many awesome projects o see. Great job. Thanks for sharing.

deb duty said...

So many awesome ideas! I really love the map idea.

Cristin said...

So many great ideas -- fabulous!

Michele from MS said...

Oh my gosh...where do I start??? New follower #20 and FB follower as well. So glad I found you via this hop because your projects, pictures and instructions are awesome!! I love those useful suitcase boxes and the USA map is a wonderful idea!! Love the pop up states showing where you have been. Your sister is going to love that! The mini album is full of memories - love all the pockets and fold outs! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us. Looking forward to seeing what's next!!

Danielle Higginbottom-Brown said...

Fabulous!!!!!...I follow you on here and on FB!

Svetlana said...

This is really BIG WOW!!! I love your boxes!!!! I love mini album!

Susan said...

Wow you have created some super cute projects with this collection! I love them all. Great Job!

Nitasha said...

OMGoodness! You have taken the cake with these gorgeous projects! WOW! Thank you so much for sharing your amazing talent and these fab SC stamps!!! Happy to be a new follower Via Blogger and FB!

Ruby said...

WOW, WOW, WOW! Your work has blown me away, absolutely amazing. I'm lost for words! Fabulous!!!!!

Holly said...

I like you on facebook and follow you blog - what great projects for the blog hop!

connie said...

Awesome projects! Love the map idea and that mini album. I am a new follower of your blog and facebook fan.

Melanie said...

The map is amazing! I bought this collections and I might just have to make this map! Love it and thanks for the chance to win the stamps.

Kate vickers said...

I love that map! So gorgeous! You did a ton of work here and totally rocked it!

Banu said...

WOW This map turned out just ab fab....And all the things that you made to go with it. Each one is just way too good. Thanks for the Opportunity to win something cool. I am following your blog and facebook page. It is indeed fun to be now able to see all your projects...Thanks.

cappuccino and colour said...

what wonderful projects. love the map!!!off to follow your on FB and here. thanks for the chance to win.

Jennifer Smith-Sloane said...

Finally making it back to leave a comment. These projects are amazing! I love them so. I follow you on facebook now as well! :)

Emmanuelle said...

Your travel journal is amazing. I am just strating one for a friend with this SC line and you inspired me so much!! Thank you for that and also for the chance to win!!

Cassie Box said...

I love it all!!!!!! Your map is up on PI right now. <3

Van Nguyen said...

Gorgeous projects! Make me need to get those state die cuts like right now! I'm a new follower and "liked" you on FB. Thanks for the chance to win!

Izzy Anderson said...

I'm blown away! Dang, you're good!!!! There's nothing here that I don't absolutely positively LOVE and ADORE. That map is genius. I should have ordered those.......Fab projects.

Nina Yang said...

Oh I need those sweet stamps! :) your projects are just amazing! I am following you~

Missy said...

Just beautiful!!! That map is pure genius!

ziska said...

I am now following your blog and have "liked" you on FB. I would love to win the SC stamps. Thank you!

ziska said...

I am now following your blog and have "liked" you on FB. I would love to win the SC stamps. Thank you!

Rachel said...

I am now a follower and a liker-these projects are so amazing-they blow my mind! GORGEOUS STUFF!!!!

leah said...

Seriously awesome projects and giveaway! You rocked the SC! ^_^

Emmanuelle said...

I just made a travel journal with this same collection and you were such an inspiration for me. Thank you so much!

cristmae said...

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