Monday, March 31, 2014

Paper Issues: A Pocket Full of Sunshine!

I just wanted to start off by saying, I enjoyed reading everyone's thoughts on scrapbook classes!
I am thinking I am going to take the Art class by Wilna because it will challenge me to get a little messy and use those gelatos!

And I know I haven't mentioned Craft Your Nest in a while. It seems that all of us at the Nest needed a bit of a break for personal reasons, but now we are getting back to posting. One of my new goals for my weekly posts at the blog there is to create "Use Your Stash" challenges. I will probably throw in a few sketches here and there as well, since I find them to be helpful when I need some inspiration. But instead of taking a class on using your stash, I am going to try and kick start myself and hopefully encourage others to join in.

Now on to Paper Issues!
The new issue is starting today and the theme is "A Pocket Full of Sunshine!"
Martha Bonneau, design team member and owner of Panda Eight Designs
created this fun flair exclusively for the issue...
I am using mine on a layout I am currently working on. It is so super cute!
So Panda Eight Designs is our sponsor for the current issue and the prize is your choice of five sets of flair from her shop which you can find *Here* 
Plus, while this issue is running (March 31st - April 13th) she is offering 20% off in her shop if you use this code SUNSHINE20.

I am hoping to finish my layout this week to link up.
But if you have a project that you have created or been wanting to create that would fit this issue, make sure to link up on the Paper Issues blog for a chance to win some fabulous flair by Martha.

Since I haven't finished my new project yet, here is a layout I am planning on linking up that I have probably shared here before...

This one just says "sunshine to me" in so many ways. :)
I could probably also link up this one...
I have never shared this project on the blog, but it was a feelings chart I had made for Evan a few years back. There were several photos in the pocket, each representing a different feeling. And each matted photo had velcro on the back so he could switch it out depending on how he felt that day. I had it hanging in his room for a while.

I may also link up this one...

See the little sun up there in the top right with the "sweet sunshine" polaroid frame. :)
So that is what I am going to start with and then we will see what I am able to come up with in the next two weeks.

I will be back on Thursday with a list or two. I have some catching up to do for my "Lists With Friends" group. :)
See you then. 


  1. Wonderful layouts, and they all look happy, summery, and sunshiny to me! :) Hope you have a great week - looking forward to seeing your list this week! :)

  2. I always enjoy looking at your beautiful layouts and these are wonderful - happy and fun! Anne xx

  3. These layouts are perfect for linking up, Mary Jo!! I hope you have fun taking the Wilna class!! I would love to sign up for that one and the stitched class, but I don't want to come home one day and find myself living out in the fort in the backyard, when hubby sees all the money I spent!! HA!

  4. Super cute layouts, Mary Jo, and there is even a sun formed by the pennant banner in the upper left corner of the last one! :) Looking forward to seeing what you take away from Wilna's class, I'm sure you'll learn some great techniques!!

  5. I love love love these!! LOVING that photo on the first one!!!!!

  6. Wow! Three great layouts. Great titles and embellishments. Of course some cute kids and good photos helps too! lol
    Great layouts.

  7. Such a great collection of layouts, Mary Jo. Each and every one is perfect for the new issue. Can't wait to see the new one you're working on. :)

  8. What a fun theme, especially since so many of us are craving sunshine right now :) Can't wait to see the layout you're working on!!

  9. These are great layouts. I love the little sun and polaroid in the corner of the last one.

    The feelings chart that you made is wonderful. What a great idea.

  10. All great layouts.
    I like the layout that you made for Evan to share his feelings for that day.

  11. Beautiful layouts Mary Jo, you are so inspiring :-) I look forward to you posting some use your stash challenge, I recently 'tried' to organize my craft area but I am overwhelmed by the amount of stuff I have, so your post would be considered public service ;-)

  12. I remember these. Good for you in taking a break. Great link ups!

  13. Fabulous pages, and what a great idea for the feelings chart! Yay...go and take that art class! And come report back. ;)