September 24, 2010

You're Creative.

Yes, I'm talking to you. You who are here visiting the Paper Pals Design Team blog.

You wouldn't be here if you didn't have some interest in papercrafting. My guess is that you LOVE it.

Have you considered submitting some of your work to the Paper Pals Design Team call? You should. (Details in this post.)

I remember thinking a few years back that there would be no way that I was "creative enough" to be on Design Team. But one day I felt a little brave and I took some projects I had to the store to submit. I wasn't sure that each of my items "qualified" for their submission requirements, so I was nervous. But Shawna liked what I brought to her and it gave her a good idea of my style.

From there, I was chosen to be on the team! Surprised, challenged, honored and scared... those were a few of the feelings I had when I started out. But I have to say it's been one of the best opportunities I've had. I've grown and changed as a scrapbooker/papercrafter and have had a lot of fun in the process!

I just want to encourage you to give it a try. Be brave. Take something you've created into the store and ask some questions if you have them. It may be the beginning of a new creative chapter of your life!
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Back to School with Bo Bunny

 Did you get some sweet photographs of your kids or grandkids when school started this fall? Well, rather than leaving them on your camera, get them printed out and scrapped using this fun little line of papers for Back to School!

Bo Bunny made the grade with their "Learning Curve" line. They have such a variety of patterned papers and embellishments that just make creating pages easy! Their patterned papers are double sided-- and they are the kind that makes you want to buy two of each page since you want to use both sides.

Instead of focusing on the "first day" for this layout, I decided to feature another important part of school starting... and for my daughter that means NEW CLOTHES! It was fun to do a little fashion shoot w/ her so she could try on her new clothes.

This line uses the classic primary colors you'll find in school papers, but it had a great style that didn't seem too juvenile to me. It was fun to match the geometric shapes that the line offered on one page.

And instead of using the scraps from these projects on cards only, I decided to make a little teacher gift too! I used buttons, ribbon, pattern paper and cardstock stickers to decorate a little dollar store cork board. Then I cut out journaling cards from one of the pattern paper sheets and pinned them onto the board for the teacher to use to jot down notes in class. Hopefully the teacher will find it really useful.

And since the teacher is new to the school, I made her a little welcome card too using the pattern papers that come in this line. What a great way to get into the school year for a teacher to get a gift and welcome card!
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September 19, 2010

Sunburst shaped printed paper

I picked up this paper a few weeks ago at the store (and Shawna tells they still have some!)...not really sure how I was going to use it, but I just loved the bright colors.  I used my 2" circle punch for the pictures, and some mix and match colorful alphabet stickers for the title. 
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September 16, 2010

New baby boy layouts

It's fun to have a cute "new" baby boy in the family again!!  I always love scrapbooking baby pictures. In these layouts I used lots of Bazzill cardstock along with baby boy printed cardstock from Three Bugs in a Rug and Creative Imaginations.
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September 12, 2010

Paper Pals Design Team Call

Paper Pals is excited to announce that we are searching for new members for our design team. This call is open September 13th, 2010 through September 30th, 2010.

So WHO are we looking for?
We are looking for inspiring designers who are creative, ambitious, and love a challenge. We are looking for designers who can display the following:
~ Open communication skills
~ Unique individual style
~ Teamwork and cooperation
~ Ability to work within deadlines and under pressure

How do you apply?
Submit the following:

1. 2 or 3 of your favorite layouts that you feel best showcase your style
2. 1 altered item, home decor item, or mini book
3. 2 or 3 cards that you feel best showcase your style

All entries must have your name printed on the back. Submit your entries at our Pullman location September 13th through September 30th. (Remember, we are closed on Sundays).

The fine print:
The design team term will run for 6 months, October 2010 through April 2011.

If you have questions please contact Shawna at the store by calling
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September 8, 2010

My Minds Eye "I Believe" Christmas line

Oh yeah... My Minds Eye has not disappointed, has it?

We've seen several of their new lines, and I say I'm super impressed with what our team has done with these great new products. You have so much to choose from at the store right now! Go check it!

Until you can get into the store, here's some more My Minds Eye for you to enjoy...

I pulled out the sewing machine for this layout and used some of acrylic stamps that go with this line. It was fun to break out of my norm to create this simple but attractive layout.
 The die cut sheet had some great tags, berries, letters, poinsettas... so fun! The pattern papers are extra special with glitter too.
 The ribbon and acrylic stamps make for some easy but lovely accents for your next holiday project.
So which of these MME product lines we've been posting lately is your favorite?
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September 1, 2010


This line from BO BUNNY is called Olivia. Oh so pretty. I love the color combination of pink and orange. I knew I had to pick this paper for my layout even though it is a challenge for me. You could just put a photo right in the middle of this paper and call it good. It is just so pretty. Of course I can't leave well enough alone so I had to embroider on it and put buttons and some glossy accents and some white puffy paint and...
The cards. The cutout sheet came with a bunch of pretty cutouts perfect for cards and scrapbooks. The other side was divided into 4 sections each 6x6. It would be great for those
We R Memory Keeper photo sleeves that are divided into the 6x6 sections.

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