September 29, 2009
When I walk into Paper Pals, it's like walking into some kind of creative sanctuary where I feel completely comfortable among my "own kind". Each time I visit, I have a little path that I walk that allows me to see everything, and as I browse I love to listen to the questions and conversations of other shoppers as they talk to Karen and Shawna about their projects. In addition to traditional scrapbooking, I like to create altered projects, so I love all of the wonderful base items that Paper Pals stocks, like clocks and frames and albums. Oh, and the Tim Holtz products. And the Hero Arts stamps. And did I mention I am in love with Bazzill cardstock? And why does it smell so good in there?
September 28, 2009
First, as Karen and Shawna know, I relish being able to stop into the store on Friday afternoons while I'm waiting for our family's pizzas at Papa Murphys...this "stop in" is the perfect attitude adjustment after a long week at work.
Second, I love the light and the color(the sage walls) at Paper Pals. It is a bright, sunny place.
Third, I love that Karen and Shawna always find and stock the "latest and greatest" in the paper crafting industry!
I could keep going...but what about you?
What is it about Paper Pals that inspires you? When you get to the store, what gets you feeling creative?
For me: it's the experience. I walk in the door and smell the smell that is so distinctly Paper Pals (is it paper goods? air freshener? fumes from ink/glue???), listen to the music (much of it is similar to my favorites on my playlists) and I just browse. Look look look.
I always leave feeling refreshed and inspired to create.
How about you?
September 9, 2009
September 8, 2009
September 6, 2009
There seems to be only a handful of companies that contribute to the papercrafts industry that have real "staying power". SEI is one of them! (I've been loving and using SEI for 8-9 years now). The new SEI Winter Song line is no exception to how this company and their talented designers keep coming up with new, gorgeous lines!
I kept these layouts simple. A printed collage from Picasa, generous use of the Sparkling Frost Die Cut Accents, Glossy Accents and Pixie Stix glitter, Doodlebug glittery letters, some pop dots for dimension, a little bling and you're there!
This gorgeous red snowflake paper is called Starlight and is embossed and glittered in just the right places to provide an excellent, subtlely stunning backdrop for pages or cards (it's never to early to starting thinking of your Christmas card ideas, right?)
The lovely blue Snow Bubbles paper below is really cool and versatile. Each bubble on this side has patterns/prints that tie in with the entire line of paper. The other side, which I didn't use for this project is a dark red and tiny white tulip (yes, tulips!) print. How cool is that?
P. S. Not only will you want to go to Paper Pals to see all the new lines they have, but you'll want to see these layouts up close. Can you guess what happens when you place your finished pages on top of your car and drive off (at 10 pm in the dark and and have to retrace your "steps" to find them)? Ha!
September 5, 2009
When I'm trying to combine a lot of patterned papers, I often mat them together in some sort of grid. I feel like in that way they are part of a common "neighborhood". Here I used a 5x7 photo as a general guide for the size of the mat, then calculated, cut and glued my squares, and then matted the whole shebang again. I also used my Fiskars Threading Water punch to make a decorative border to the right side of my journaling. I really love this punch. Of course I had to edge everything in gold paint, because I started using paint dabbers and now I can't stop. I popped on some embellishments from the Earth Love chipboard pack and added some Felt Thickers from American Crafts and ADORNit alphabet stickers by Carolees, and I think it all came together very well.
We took these pictures in Germany and I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do with them until I saw this line. I do lean toward the "green" side of life, so the "green" theme of Earth Love made it easy for me to tie the pictures in with a bit of my own personal earth philosophy. Then I dirtied up all my edges with walnut distress ink by Ranger Industries, which is another product of which I am quite fond. More cute embellishments were added and I was very pleased that they actually adhered super well to the paper (go Cosmo Cricket!!).
Then I still had tons of Earth Love chipboard and border strips left, so I made these cards. The chipboard pack in this line is a really good value, and I could see using them to make short work of a lot of cards.
By the way, I am delighted to also be a new member of the Paper Pals Design Team. I'm looking forward to sharing my art and I hope you'll link us up in the comments section so we can see what you've been creating.
September 3, 2009
I had a lot of fun creating some layouts with this paper... it's so versatile! Autumn themed photos work great, but you could also use springtime pictures too.
My "Fly" layout is hybrid. I used Photoshop Elements to add a "vellum" spot on my larger photo where I could journal. I also created a smaller photo strip at the top in Elements.
For the "Look at Me Now" layout, I created my own template using circle shapes to make the wavy photo strip. I used 3 4x6 photos on this layout.
There is a sheet of coordinating minestrone paper with lots of fun little embellishments-- many of them work well for lunch box notes for kids. You could also creatively use them to feature some journaling on a layout from a mom to a child. I made several note cards that I'll be able to put in my girls' backpacks or lunch bags.
What draws you to this line of papers?