November 24, 2013
I stopped in to Paper Pals yesterday, Karen's last day in the store. I didn't say goodbye. I just wanted to say, thank you, best of luck, and "I'll see you around". I'm sure I fumbled over my words a little, but thankfully others have so eloquently expressed their feelings and mine on this blog in recent weeks.
Karen, you have meant the world to me and so many others. I'm sure I speak for others as well. I'll miss you immensely, but look forward to the weekend retreats full of creativity and catching up with old friends. Thank you for inspiring me, challenging me, and trusting me to be a part of your team in a small way. Thank you for sharing your dream, your talent, and your life with me and so many others.
Until we meet again!
November 4, 2013
I've spent a little time looking back, and I discovered that almost exactly 6 years ago, Karen asked me to submit some items to apply for design team. She knew that I was "dabbling in digital", and she wanted to add a DT member who would work on hybrid layouts. (Karen has ALWAYS been on the cutting edge to make sure she was serving customers with the latest and greatest in the scrapping/crafting industry!) I remember how flattered I was to be chosen for the team. Here's my very first DT layout-- a hybrid page that featured a visit to the pumpkin patch:
Thanks to her and the other design team members, my confidence grew and so did my scrapping skills. I think I really hit my "mojo" in the Spring of 2010 when so many great things were happening in the scrapping industry and with my projects at Paper Pals. Here are a few of my favorite Design Team layouts from that phase of my scraplife:
And, time marched on... I started working and my kids got older and required lots of my free time outside of work. Scrapping was an occasional hobby versus a daily pleasure. But Karen still believed in me, and kept pushing exciting new products my way that inspired me to create once again. My work was more simplified, but was still meaningful and really therapeutic. Definitely cheaper than therapy! Here's a more recent layout that I love:
Thanks for the memories. :)
October 31, 2013
I selected these 3 photo's but I could have put a thousand up there, all the projects I have done over the years, all the hours filled with anticipation and pure inspiration. At the top is her Halloween paper. I haven't scrapbooked our Halloween yet, but that Paper has been on my table, and divider and cabinet and I just keep moving it around because I don't want it out of my sight. I get excited just planning what I want to do with that paper when I finally get to it. It makes me happy. I am going to make an accordion book and I can hardly wait.
Christmas paper. Every year I do a Christmas book. My children look through these books every single year. Our hearts have grown full sifting through the pages together. There is unity and gratitude that knits us gently to each other in these projects. I look forward to making a simple book like last year, with 4x4 squares. awesome double backed paper and a hole punch with 2 rings. When I am feeling tired, I pull these wonderful stickers and tapes and buttons out of the bag and I look them over. It makes me happy.
The last picture is a quick shot of some of my albums. It is only the tiniest tip of the iceberg. I have tears running down my eyes in grattitude for the years of support, and encouragement, ideas and supplies that have made our family history so incredibly satisfying and so wonderful. Paper Pals has given me a venue of which to esteem myself , build confidence and to experience so much creative growth. It has been very satisfying. There are times it has saved me. It has made an indelible mark on who I am today.
Karen, you have been so much a part of this. You have been an unsung hero in the life of your family and the lives of hundreds of other families like mine. You have brought happiness into our lives that has been real and has truly nourished our souls and the souls of all the members of our families. Never a minute you ever spent in your store was ever wasted, you have made the lives of so many people, so much richer.
You will be missed!
October 29, 2013
October 11, 2013
September 26, 2013
First, I'll share the cards. I enjoyed mixing small bits of the pattern paper with solid color cardstock. When you use such small amounts of the pattern paper, you can make a whole lot of cards with one sheet of your favorite pattern!
September 2, 2013
Even if you're not into the steampunk look, Graphic 45 does it right with the Steampunk Spells line. Steam powered machinery plus the Victorian era plus Graphic 45s bold colors and awesome designs equals funky, colorful scrapbooking layouts. Karen has this line in at the store so you can be ready for fall, Halloween, and so many other things using your creativity!
At first glance at Steampunk Spells, you'll probably think Halloween. Look again. I focused on the papers and elements with clocks and created this simple, straightforward layout about my oldest son, Spencer. The photos, taken 17 years apart, captured my sense that time is flying by much too fast! One of his senior photos and one from when he just had learned to pull himself to standing by the sofa, prompted some reflective Mom-journaling. Yes, this paper is busy, but by adding pops of color (the blue paper and orange rik-rak) and focusing on the clocks, I believe the emphasis is on the sentiment and the photos, not the paper.
Next, I turned my attention to telling a story about last year's Halloween dream come true for my DH. For years, he has said, "how funny would it be to rent a gorilla suit and get up on the roof and scare kids?" Oh boy. 2012 was that year. The Halloween papers in the Steampunk Spells line set off the goofy antics of my DH and youngest child. I loved using the embellishment "flags" - they are double sided and oh so versatile! And just so you know, only 1 child was actually scared. The DH received lots of "that's awesome, man" from Dads and their trick-or-treaters !!
Look closely - of course, my projects are not complete without Glossy Accents -
but no glitter this time! Ha!
Complimenting this line is the beautiful sheet of blue flowered paper. I loved using it to create a couple of unique cards. The back side of this paper is a two-tone orange houndstooth print, a nice unexpected surprise with you open the tri-fold card pictured below.
Ali Edwards stamps lend themselves well to both scrapbooking and card making! Karen has many to choose from - check them out!
Using dark paper for stamping or adhering sticker letters provides an interesting contrast and departure from the norm. I used white ink on the Saying Hello card and went back over the stamped lines with a white embossing pen to make it pop a little more.
There are so many other papers and embellishments in this line that the combinations are limitless! Mini books, theme books, home/holiday decor (printer trays, wreaths, paper-pumpkins - just google these ideas or find them on pinterest) and enjoy!
To learn more about this line, click here -
click on the photos and they will open to full size so you can see details:)
August 28, 2013
Besides using Bazzill Basics cardstocks, I mixed in the double-sided printed cardstocks and the coordinating chipboard elements from the collection.
August 22, 2013
July 2, 2013
Because I'm a texture and dimension-type of gal I decided to add elements, like these foam stickers on the outside of the plastic.
Adding more texture and elements!
Such fun designs to choose from!
I decided to round the corners on the cards for this layout.
July 1, 2013
June 23, 2013
The number six is one amazing number. Consider the mathematical combinations: its sum is the product of its factors (excluding itself) one times two times three. Moreover, one-sixth of it, the number one, plus one-third of it, the number two, equals one-half of it, the number three. If you draw six dots and pile them up, with one on top, two dots centered under that, and the final three under that, you get a triangle (which happens to be one of my least favorite shapes but doesn’t reflect negatively on the number).
I prefer to see it as a far more fun and interesting shape – the hexagon. Unfortunately, there’s no fascinating history behind this shape, although it does appear in nature in various places, including the bee’s honeycomb and the Giant’s Causeway, a natural rock formation found on the coast of Northern Ireland:
In the ever-expanding art world, the hexagon has become quite popular. Paper Pals is, of course, no exception to this. On a recent field trip through the store I found over two dozen examples of product and samples of creations that contain hexagons, and I would like to share some of it with you.
First we’ll start with stamps. As you can see, there are several options, and they offer some great options for different areas of paper crafting. On the far left is a great set for greeting cards and journal spots in scrapbook layouts, called Hero Arts Clear Hexagons. Next to it is another Hero Arts stamp, called Hexagon Background, that makes really fun backgrounds for cards, as well as mixed media projects like canvases and art journals. I think it would be fun to just stamp it and color all of the hexagons in with some of the Copic Sketch Markers (also conveniently available at Paper Pals). That would make a unique and colorful little wall hanging or greeting card front!
The two BoBunny stamp sets are Distressed Textures (left) and Geometric Patterns (right). Each has one hexagon stamp, along with several other fun options for backgrounds and borders. Another great feature of all of these sets is the size – the largest one is the Hexagon Background, which I believe is about 5” x 7”.
The set in the middle is called Mixed Media by Stampers Anonymous (Tim Holtz), which includes four options. The top one features the hexagon in a popular chicken wire pattern. These are another great choice for backgrounds in mixed media projects, such as these canvases for sale (handmade by Karen):
Actually, the one on the right uses a different hexagon pattern (inside the heart), probably a stencil with the chicken wire pattern being the positive, the hexagon the negative (meaning the hexagon is the missing part, the chicken wire the stencil material). There are other hexagon stencils available at Paper Pals as well:
Here you can see examples of some negative hexagons in various sizes. The one on the far left, The Crafter’s Workshop Honeycomb takes the shape to a whole other level with the smaller (yet still six-sided) shapes connecting the hexagons. I’ll be using it, along with some other fun products, for posts on my personal blog this week, Random Rambles. I’ve decided hexagons will be my “technique of the week”, so I have some fun projects planned to share with you (mostly in my art journal).
One more stencil available at Paper Pals, The Crafter’s Workshop Hexagons, I already used on an art journal page. Here’s the page and the stencil:
As you can see, I only used the smallest of the five sizes for my background, but it would also be very interesting to do one with all of the sizes.
A few other products with the hexagon shape include (from left to right below): stickers, washi tape, embossing folders, and die cuts. Below those are the various pieces of paper found all over the store (see a list of names at the end of this post). This versatile six-sided shape is obviously great for more than just decorating like honeybees!
Now it’s your turn friends! Head over to Paper Pals for some of this great paper, pick up a few stencils and stamps (and get your Passport punched!), and see what inspiration brings! Oh, and be sure to post your projects and experiments in the Comments section here, and send a copy to Karen to share on the Paper Pals blog and Facebook page. Happy crafting!
Paper (from top, left to right): BoBunny Prairie Chic “Laundry”, Authentique Genuine “Friendship”, Crate Paper The Pier “Heatwave”, Glitz Cashmere Dame “Honeycomb” (two pictures, both sides of paper), Authentique Carefree “Jovial”, Seasons “August Cut Apart”, My Mind’s Eye Boy Crazy “Mechanical” (two pictures, both sides of paper), Studio Calico Snippets Collection “Me Oh My”, and from the new Project Life Designer Paper “Honey” edition.