Get Ready! National Scrapbooking Day Sketch Challenge!

Happy Tuesday to you all! My head has finally stopped spinning after last week’s release of Hot Off The Press’ four amazing new scrapbooking collections, and the timing couldn’t be any better because this Saturday, May 2nd is National Scrapbooking Day!

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by Susan Cobb (click here for instructions)

 

Paper Wishes is hosting our National Scrapbooking Day Sketch Challenge and it begins today!! We’ve made it super easy to participate. There are two layout sketches to choose from—just pick a sketch, pick a technique, and start scrappin’! It doesn’t have to be incredibly technical – around here, the word “technique” really runs the gamut. So just go for it! When you’re done, simply post a photo of your page and your supply list in the comments section below, and you could win $25 to Paper Wishes! Here are the details:

 

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In the crafting world, this is about as close as it gets to an actual holiday without it actually being one. And Paper Wishes has everything you’ll need to make it the best National Scrapbooking Day ever—from supplies to inspiration to product support! Most of us create scrapbooks as a way to preserve and celebrate our happiest moments. National Scrapbooking Day is the perfect excuse to spend a little time and creativity on some of your favorite memories—the important thing is to just get started!

I included the page above to get those scrapbook wheels turning, and you can click the image to see exactly how it was created using Hot Off The Press’ brand new Artful Watercolor scrapbooking papers! For even more scrapbooking inspiration, check out our Week of Webisodes with truly incredible project ideas every single day this week!

I hope you’re super excited to choose a sketch and create your very own National Scrapbooking Day page! Remember, post a photo of your page in the comments section below by 8am on Monday, May 4th for a chance to win $25 to Paper Wishes! Post any questions you might have too! Now, let’s pop the tops off those glue sticks and start celebrating!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

PS – Here are the National Scrapbooking Day sketches to print!

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PROJECT: Heart Triple Easel Card from Teresa Welch

Today I’m sharing with you an incredible card from designer Teresa Welch (and I’m pretty certain that incredible is the only kind of card that woman makes!) It was featured on our webisode back in January – take a look!

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Supplies:

  • Emma’s Garden Double-Sided Scrapbooking Papers (link)
  • Dark brown cardstock (link)
  • Emma’s Flower Garden Dazzles™ Stickers (link)
  • Heart Triple Easel Die-Cut Cards (link)
  • 5 mm ivory pearl stickers (link)
  • 3 mm ivory pearl stickers (link)
  • Foam tape (link)
  • Adhesive (link)

Instructions: 

  1. For the card: Place your large base with the fold at the top. Glue 4 3/8″x2 5/8″ Emma’s Garden tan diamonds paper centered on 4½”x2¾” dark brown cardstock. Glue to the large base along the upper fold. Place 4 3/8″ Dazzles™ border across the tan diamonds paper ¼” from the top. Cover the inside with Emma’s Garden brown diamonds paper.
  2. Place your medium base with the fold at the top and cover the inside with brown diamonds paper. Place your small base with the fold at the top and cover the inside with brown diamonds paper. Glue the bottom edge of the medium base centered along the bottom edge inside the large base. Glue the small base centered along the bottom edge inside the medium base.
  3. Place a corner flower Dazzles™ on the Emma’s Garden papers shown. Cut along the Dazzles™ edges as shown and glue to the lower right corner. Back the single flower Dazzles™ as shown and place on the lower left. Foam tape a 5/8″ Dazzles™ flower centered near the bottom edge as shown.
  4. For the large heart: Cover the large heart die-cut with dark brown cardstock. Trace the large heart pattern onto Emma’s Garden teal floral paper. Cut out and glue to the center. Back the flower Dazzles™ shown with Emma’s Garden papers and glue as shown. Place “hello friend” Dazzles™ across the center. Place the pearls on the flower centers as shown, and set aside.
  5. For the medium heart: Cover the medium heart die-cut with dark brown cardstock. Trace the medium heart pattern onto Emma’s Garden tan diamonds paper. Cut out and glue to the center. Back the Dazzles™ rose with Emma’s Garden papers and glue as shown. Place two small Dazzles™ flowers and pearls as shown, and set aside.
  6. For the small heart: Cover the small heart die-cut with dark brown cardstock. Trace the small heart pattern onto Emma’s Garden pink floral paper. Cut out and glue to the center. Back the 1¾”x7/8″ Dazzles™ flower with Emma’s Garden papers and glue at the lower right. Place Dazzles™ “thinking of you,” small flowers, and the pearls as shown.
  7. Assembly: Glue the bottom of the small heart aligned with the matching point on the front of the small card base front. Close the medium base and glue the bottom of the medium heart aligned with the front medium card base, making sure the small heart is covered when the card is closed. Repeat to glue the large heart in place, making sure it covers the other hearts. Fold each base to display the card as shown.

Honestly, I am really impressed with this card as it is so lovely, but the supply list is still so short! Sometimes, gorgeous paper and some coordinating Dazzles™ are all it takes! Teresa herself designed these adorable Triple Heart Easel Cards and now you’ll have two different ways to make them! The card above was created using the Heart Triple Easel die-cut card package below. These come in a pack of three, and are SO MUCH FUN because you dive right in and start decorating. It’s instant gratification – who doesn’t love that?!

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But! Sometimes we dream of making a black card. Or a pink card. Or any color besides white! So in one week, our Summer 2015 Paper Wishes catalog will feature several new templates including Hot Off The Press’ new Heart Triple Easel Card Template, making it simple to create these magnificent cards in any color!

As I said before, this template will be available when our new catalog comes out next Friday. But do you know what I really don’t like? When somebody shows me something that I can’t buy yet. So frustrating! But don’t worry friends, I’ve got you covered!  Today I found a sneaky way for you to get this template before it’s released, and two more, below!

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This bundle of items is already available on the Paper Wishes website! Mysterious circumstances perhaps, but it’s there for you to take a look! The Star Triple Easel Card Template you see above is equally amazing, and the Center Step Card Template is a best-seller that’s already available. I hope you find this cardmaking project as awesome as I do! May it inspire you to create one of your own! Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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Coloring Technique: How to Use NEW Spectrum AQUA™ Watercolor Markers

Notice anything different? YES! Paper Wishes’ blog has a beautiful, clean new look and I just love it! What a wonderful place for showing you all the beautiful projects and all the behind-the-scenes fun that happens here at Paper Wishes!

As you probably know, Paper Wishes’ 2015 Spring Mini Catalog is out! I was looking through mine today, and one of my favorite projects is Susan Cobb’s Hogs & Kisses Card – take a look!

Hogs & Kisses Card by Susan Cobb

Click here for project instructions

This card just blows me away! I’m a huge fan of the Emma’s Garden papers, I love the new Hogs & Kisses small stamp and I always love Susan’s attention to detail. The most exciting part, however, is the coloring that was done with the new Spectrum AQUA™ markers! These water-based markers are designed to give you a watercolor look (in a convenient marker format) and they come in four different color sets:

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I was anxious to find out what our Design Team thought of them, so I went back and pestered Gail into doing a quick demonstration of just how these pens work. The pens have both a brush tip, and a very fine tip that’s perfect for outlining and detail work!

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Brush Tip

Gail tested these on watercolor paper since the markers are meant to be combined with water. On the left, Gail first shows how the pens write and blend without using any water. The right side, however, shows the real magic of these watercolor markers!

Direct to (Dry) Watercolor Paper

Direct to (Dry) Watercolor Paper

To get this look, Gail has scribbled her pens onto an acrylic stamping block, and added a small amount of water to create a paint. This paint can then be picked up with a paintbrush or water brush (another cool tool) and used to color your projects.

Creating paint with Spectrum AQUA™ markers

Creating paint with Spectrum AQUA™ markers

This is the same technique Susan used to color her stamped focal. Click here for Susan’s complete instructions, helpful tips, and the supplies she used to create her adorable Hogs & Kisses card!

Featured Products:

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Remember, ALL of the projects you see in Paper Wishes catalogs can be found on our website, along with complete instructions!

We’re here to show you what’s new and keep you inspired! Be sure to stay in the creative loop by signing up for our email updates (on the upper right), so you’ll never have to miss a new project or technique! Feel free to comment on what you think of this week’s project or on what you’d like to see more of in the future! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

 

Michelle Gustafson
Paper Wishes Blog

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Project Ideas Using Happy Days Scrapbooking Papers and Paper Dolls Stamp Set

It’s always exciting to see what others are creating with Hot Off The Press products! Today I came across the February/March 2015 issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts, and was thrilled to see a great article featuring mixed-media collage artist Sara Naumann showing how she uses the Perfect Airbrush spritzer for backgrounds, stenciling and more! For those of you don’t know, Sara was also our previous marketing manager and webisode presenter!

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In the article, Sara shares ideas using Hot Off The Press’ Happy Days Scrapbooking Papers and Paper Dolls stamp set, as well as tips for using the Perfect Airbrush (aka the Distress Marker Spritzer Tool) and her techniques for achieving different looks with it. Here are just a couple of the projects that were featured:

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Choose to Shine by Sara Naumann

 

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Collect Moments by Sara Naumann

Below, you will find links for the stamps, scrapbooking papers, and the Perfect Airbrush if you’d like to take a closer look!

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Paper Dolls Stamp Set from Hot Off The Press

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Happy Days Scrapbooking Papers from Hot Off The Press

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Perfect Airbrush Color Spritzer

 

I just love Sara’s cards – so light and cheerful! Nicely done!

If you’d like to see more of Sara’s projects, be sure to check out her Mixed Media Made Easy DVD featuring 100 projects, each with a unique mixed media technique! Click the image below for more info and a sneak peek at some of the amazing projects!

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I hope you’re all feeling as inspired as I am! Come back and visit our blog this Friday for a big surprise! I’ll see you then!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

 

 

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Paper Wishes Staff Easter Egg Hunt!

 

Every year Hot Off The Press/Paper Wishes holds an Easter Egg hunt for its employees! Here are some pictures of this year’s fun! It was a little cold out, but we were all happy it wasn’t raining!

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HOTP/Paper Wishes staff getting ready to hunt for eggs!

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I think I see the Easter Bunny!

The hunt is on!!!

The hunt is on!!!

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Looking very carefully…

Our Catalog Queen, Victoria found the difficult-to-find wooden bunny!

Our Catalog Queen, Victoria, found the “Starbucks” bunny!

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Mike and Paulette Jarvey enjoying the Easter fun!!!

Below are some of the employee comments that were shared:

“Thanks so much for the fun egg hunt! I didn’t have to hurt anyone this year so that was good.” – LeNae, Design Team

“I sacrificed fun for the team…cuz I’m like that. There were three calls that would have gone to voice mail and we don’t want that!” – Melissa, Customer Service

“THANK YOU it was fun!!” – Debbie, Design Team

 

So a big THANK YOU goes to Mike and Paulette Jarvey (and to our Fun Committee)! I feel lucky to work for a company that places such a high value on employee happiness and fun! Be sure to visit our blog next week for a new technique, a new project and more inspiration to fuel your creativity! Have a beautiful weekend, and I wish you all a Happy Easter!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

 

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