May 10, 2010

Customer Challenge #3... A Sketch!

Time for a new challenge, customers!

This time we want to let you choose the products you want to use (they just have to be products sold at Paper Pals) and create a 12x12 layout inspired by a sketch!

The challenge: Use this sketch designed by Design Team Member Angela Lenssen AND any products you choose from Paper Pals. You don't have to follow the sketch exactly, but your 12x12 layout should be inspired by this:

You have two easy ways to enter:
1. You can post a comment with a photo of the layout attached on the Paper Pals Facebook wall. Please label it as the "Paper Pals Sketch Challenge 5/10".
2. You can e-mail a photo of the layout to Karen at for her to post on our Facebook wall.
Layout photos and links must be posted or e-mailed by midnight PST on Saturday, May 29. One lucky winner will be randomly chosen to win a $10 gift certificate to Paper Pals!

If you have any questions or problems, leave a comment here with your e-mail addy so Angela can contact you, or e-mail Karen at
Feeling inspired? Head to the store to get your supplies and get started!
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May 4, 2010

My Mind's Eye is Sooooooooo....Fabulous!

I created the layouts and cards below a couple of weeks ago when visiting my friend Heather and her darling daughter, Eva in California. Heather was on PPDT before she moved to CA, so having her creative juices involved in this project and wonderfully cute photos of Eva (a.k.a. Baby Birdy) was such a treat!

So, My Mind's Eye. Such a fabulous company. You've seen the layouts by the other PPDT gals and probably loved the paper as much as we do! Shawna gave me the So Sophie line (salmon and greens) and photos of Eva at the beach and playing with her friend Ella were so perfect for this line.

You must stop in to the store to get the full idea of my "unique technique" on the Baby Birdy layout, but basically, I used all sorts of bits and scraps from the sticker sheet to create the "lines" on the page.

On the "E" (for Ella and Eva) layout, I worked similarly. I just started layering and gluing until it just felt right. Do you ever allow yourself to create a layout this way? You know, with little to no planning? It is so fun and freeing. Really it is.

I was delighted to use My Mind's Eye Lush (brown flocked paper)as a backdrop for the naked baby/fairy photo. I know some of you are afraid of patterns, but don't be! When you have a great photo (or 2-3) the photos take center stage and the paper is like a beautiful curtain for your 'performance'. Get crazy, add elements from another line, colors you might not think of, etc. Oh, and don't forget to add Stickles when ever and where ever you can (I added Stickles to the fairy wings on the photo).

Last, but not least, don't forget to create and send cards to your family and friends, just because. I fear we are losing the art of the handwritten note.

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May 2, 2010

Origins Challenge Winner

So we've got a winner, folks!

Congratulations out to Julie A. for her entry in our Basic Grey Origins challenge. She is our lucky random winner of the prize pack worth over $30 of Basic Grey products! Julie A., stop in to Paper Pals in pick up your prize.

Here's a picture of the layout she created for the challenge:
I think it's just great! I love her clever little ribbon flower in the top right hand corner. And the backdrop on her circle leaves a great space for journaling!

Once again, a fun customer challenge. Are you ready for another one? Be sure to check back here soon for the new challenge in May. Looking forward to see what you create!

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