Monday, July 28, 2014

Paper Issues: Say Cheese!

The "Say Cheese" issue started this past Monday at Paper Issues!
I created this layout using lots of My Mind's Eye product and a few other pieces from Crate Paper and American Crafts...
Can I just start off by saying that I had the hardest time getting a photo of this page. Just could not get the lighting right. I think it's the white background.
I've been using Picasa to edit photos even though we got PSE 9 free with our last computer purchase. I've always wanted to try PSE, but have been so intimidated because it seems as if there is a lot to learn.
Thankfully one of the Paper Issues design team girls (Jen Chapin) encouraged me to give it a try and I was able to get a photo that wasn't too terrible.

For me, this page fits the Say Cheese theme because of the camera embellishment and the way Erin is smiling in these fun photos my brother took a few years back when he was in town.

Some other ideas suggested on the Paper Issues blog post are:
  • Showcase a favorite photo.
  • Use camera embellishments.
  • Think about using "Say Cheese" as a title.
  • Do you have any photos featuring cheesy smiles? Let's see 'em!
  • Add Polaroid-style frames to your project.
  • Share a project featuring Instagram, Polaroid or vintage photos.
  • Tell us about the silly things your kids (nieces, nephews, grandchildren, etc.) say.
  • Use Maya Road products.
So if you would like to link up a new or old project fitting our current issue, check out this link *Here!*
The sponsor is Maya Road who is very generously providing a goodie bag of product to one lucky winner.

Now I hate to say it, but I have another little mini blog break coming up here. So I will be back next Monday with another layout that I am excited to share! :)
Have a great week!


  1. I love this layout!
    Enjoy your break.

  2. I loveeeeeeeeee this!! (and yeah for trying the new program!! I feel ya ... I have been too afraid to try PSE) ... I loveeeeeeee the colors and the photos! Enjoy your break!!!!!

  3. Such a sweet page and a wonderful design, Mary Jo! Yeah, white backgrounds are so tough to photo. I feel your pain!

  4. Cute page, love your bits of details and ITA with taking photos with white backgrounds, they never seem to come out just right.

  5. Adorable photos to scrap! I love the little enamel dots and sprinkle clusters, really sweet.

  6. This is a gorgeous layout, Mary Jo! I love the color scheme you used with your photos!!

  7. It's summer!!!! Enjoy your break!!! Love the layout and all that white space, even if it was hard to photograph ;)

  8. As a complete photography and programme novice I think the photos are brilliant and I love your beautiful layout! Anne x

  9. I love that sweet smile of Erin's! :) What a lovely layout, too! :) Enjoy your break!

  10. Well your page looks fabulous (Erin is precious!)...the photography too. But I definitely know what you mean about! I have the hardest time getting white backgrounds to look right. I use the levels adjustment, in Photoshop Elements and sometimes it helps. I'll play around with brightness and contrast and color adjustments for 10 minutes and think it looks right...until I upload it somewhere. ha.

  11. This is such a sweet layout.
    Wonderful photos or Erin, I love the one of her running :)
    Everything on this layout just goes so nicely together.

  12. Very pretty LO!!
    Rally love the design on this LO!
    IKWYM white is a hard one to get a good photo!
    Love the pictures!

  13. oh my, yes! photographing white layouts is so tricky! Yours turned out great! I love it!