• Creative Team

    Fun Stampers Journey Creative Team

    I’ve been keeping a little secret.  Over the last two months, I’ve been making projects to showcase my creative style as part of my application process for the FSJ Creative Team.  On Friday, the company announced that I am one of eight Journey coaches selected for the team!  I can hardly believe it!  The team of talent is fantastic and I can’t wait for you to meet each of them over the coming year.  Here are the projects I submitted for each round of the application process.

     

    It has been a thrill to receive feedback from designers, coaches and the home office.  This is such a wonderful company to work with and I am looking forward to many years of creating beautiful things with the materials they supply.

    Sending you good vibes and big wishes!

    -Alissa

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  • Memories and Scrapbooks

    It’s a Good Life

    If you love our Good Life Prints like I do, you’re going to love using this paper in your scrapbooks.  This is a layout I made for my daughter’s prom pictures this past spring.  It could easily be adapted to Mother’s Day, a family outting, a photoshoot, or a day on the farm.

    Each strip of patterned paper is cut at 2×6.  The base is our 12×12 Chambray Shirt paper with a strip of Fresh Sage 12×12 cut at 3/4″ to blend the patterns with the base page.  Also featured on the page is our beautiful Cottage Bouquet stamp set.  I can’t get enough of these flowers!

    I hope you will use this layout idea to create a spread for your own album!

    Sending you good vibes and big wishes!

    -Alissa

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  • Inspiration

    My Summer in Cards

    If you don’t follow me on Instagram, you are missing a lot of my card creations.  Search for Paisley Papyrus to get inspiration in your feed several times a week.  All of the cards here have been shared on my IG account over the summer.

     

     

     

     

     

    I know I missed some so more will be coming.  I plan to begin updating the blog more often as I create so I can better share techniques and supply lists.  Until then, I hope you enjoyed this eye candy!

    Sending you good vibes and big wishes!

    -Alissa

     

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  • Tutorial

    Secret to Flat Cutting Plates

    Do your cutting plates warp and bow on you?  Would you like to know the secret to keeping them flat, even with extensive use?  I’ve got your answer.

    This picture is my actual FSJ Amaze machine and plates.  I’ve been using them daily for almost two months.  And they are still flat.  Here is my secret.

    Start with a fresh pair of cutting plates.  Pick one to use as a top plate and don’t let the cut edge of your dies go against this top plate.  Get in the habit of putting the bottom cutting plate on the platform and before each run through the machine, press your finger in the center of the plate.  If it has any “give” at all, flip the plate.  If it doesn’t give, run your die through on the current side with your paper and your cut side down, topped with your uncut top plate.

    Want to see what I mean by “give” in the plate?  Watch this 2 minute video.

    Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to make sure you never miss a tip or tutorial.

    Sending you good vibes and big wishes!

    -Alissa

     

  • Tutorial

    A Gel Press Welcome

    Whether welcoming someone to the neighborhood, church or office, we all need to have some great cards in our stash.  This one is quick and clean but so fun and messy!  (Wait… what?)  You’ll see.

    First, I cut two card fronts at 4 1/8 by 5 3/8 of Whip Cream cardstock.  I want to leave a tiny border around it once mounted on the 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card front.  Then I used my grid paper stack to line up my washi tape straight across at the top and the bottom of the area I wanted to mask.  I used the Welcome stamp to eyeball the width of my white area before laying down the second washi strip and filling in the middle area.

    Here comes the messy part of my clean card… I got out my Gel Press and dolloped on some of our creamy, thick paint in Bubble Gum, Cool Pool and Blue Lagoon before spreading it across the Gel Press with our brayer.

     

    Because there is enough paint on the Gel Press, I made two cards at once.  I don’t want to waste any of that delicious paint!  I laid my first card in the paint and gave it a good burnish around the back with my finger and pulled my first print.  I used the ink that was left on my brayer to go over the Gel Press a second time and pulled a second print.

    I peeled off the washi tape mask and set my wet card front panels aside to dry while I prepared my Simply Gold washi tape.  I wanted my borders thin so I laid my washi tape down the cutting edge of my Journey Blooms trimmer, carefully lining up the edge with the 1/4 inch grid marks provided on the trimmer.

    The FSJ Acrylic paints dry quickly so the card fronts were ready by the time I finished cutting the gold tape.  I lined the white area with our Whip Cream Sparkle Tape.  Again, using the lines on my grid paper to make sure it was all straight.

    Next, I used my cut gold washi strips to hide the line where the paint meets the white under the sparkle tape.  Since I had touched the washi tape so much and the sparkle tape has texture, I used a tiny dot of Journey Glue to secure the ends of the gold washi to ensure they stayed down.  Now it’s time to stamp.  I grabbed Catalina Splash for a nice dark blue tone to compliment the other three colors.

    Then I trimmed the edges with our non stick Grand Pro Shears.  These scissors are simply the best I’ve ever used.  I use them on virtually every craft project I make.

    Our final steps are to use our Journey Craft Glue to adhere the Gold Friendship Sequins before applying the card panel to the front of our card with Medium Foam Squares.

    Thank you for joining me to see how I made my quick and clean yet messy and fun cards! Sending you good vibes and big wishes!

    -Alissa

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  • Card Making Basics

    Team Challenge

    Sometimes, when you are creating, it is fun to have guidelines.  It takes away that overwhelming “where do I begin?” feeling that comes with having a full craft space.  Recently, the manager of our FSJ team challenged us to recreate – or even just copy – a card from the Annual Catalog.  Feeling rebellious, I decided to copy and update a card from one of our first FSJ catalogs.  Here is the original.

    Since we no longer carry the black and white striped paper, the stamp that made the flower, the banner dies under the flower or the silver star, I had to be creative with replicating it as closely as possible.    Here is what I came up with.

    I used black and white stripes from our Good Vibe print pack, Limeade Splash flowers made from the Clover Bloom die set, star strip made with our Border Details die set, Journey twine in Black Licorice, sentiment from Tickled Pink stamp set and finished off with a button from Clear Blooms Accents and a rhinestone.

    I hope you like my update to an FSJ classic!  Sending you good vibes and big wishes!

    -Alissa

  • New Catalog

    Journey Holidays Mini Catalog is Live!

    Today is the day that our holiday catalog is ready to take your order!  You simply must flip through this catalog.  There are so many “must have” items in here.  I need to stay home and craft all day just to use them all!

    What is your most wanted item?  The Holiday Joy set that matches our Special Day Tags Die Set and the All Roads set are the two I’d have to have if I couldn’t have it all.  But there is so very much to love.

    Place your order here for everything on your list!

    Sending you good vibes and big wishes!

    -Alissa

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