Behind-the-Scenes: Paper Wishes’ Annual Easter Egg Hunt!

It’s official—spring has sprung! Thursday was our annual employee Easter Egg Hunt, and surprisingly we had clear skies (not typical for an Oregon Easter)!

 

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Our tulips came up just in time for some Easter fun!

 

 

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Paulette and others waiting for the hunt to start!

 

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Just joking around…

 

Nathan, our Warehouse Lead, used highly-trained Eva to sniff out hidden eggs!

 

Our AWESOME Sales Manager, Carol, and myself!

Our AWESOME Sales Manager, Carol, and myself!

 

Poor Paulette found only TWO eggs—thank goodness there’s a prize for that!

 

Two of our Graphic Designers, Kristen & Kelcie, getting their prizes from event emcee, Scott!

Two of our graphic designers, Kristen & Kelcie, getting their prizes from Paper Wishes “Fun Committee” Leader, Scott!

Partners in crime! Bethany, our Personal Shopper Kit administrator, and myself.

Partners in crime! Bethany, our Personal Shopper Kit Administrator, and myself.

 

Bethany hid little “Peter Rabbit” somewhere in the building for employees to find! The winner received a chocolate bunny.

 

I hope you all have your Easter cards finished because the big day is almost here! Next week I’ll be highlighting some of my favorite new Paper Wishes crafting finds, so stay tuned for that. Have a fabulous Easter weekend everyone!!!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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Merry Christmas from Paper Wishes!!!

 

Merry Christmas Eve!

 

Traditionally, Christmas is when people slow down to take some time for themselves, to rejuvenate and enjoy their families. But here at Paper Wishes, things have barely slowed. In fact, they haven’t slowed. With a new catalog coming soon, preparations to be made for the Craft & Hobby Association Mega Show in January, and some other BIG plans in the works that I probably can’t reveal yet, everyone here (and most of all, Paulette) is going 110%.

For us, sharing the love of papercrafting, and striving to continually offer new, different and wonderful products is what drives us. It’s the passion that lies at the core of what we do every day. But despite the work, here is just some of the Christmas fun that we’ve had over the past month!

 

Our Christmas tree in the employee lunchroom!

Our Christmas tree in the employee lunchroom!

 

Debbie on our Design Team decorated with these oversize ornaments, and a couple great family photos!

Debbie on our Design Team decorated with these oversize ornaments, and a couple great family photos!

 

Kayla, our buyer, put this advent calendar project to good use! (And I got the last candy!!!)

Kayla, our buyer, put this advent calendar project to good use! (And I got the last candy!!!)

 

Bethany, our Personal Shopper Administrator, and myself at our Semi-Secret Santa gift exchange!

Bethany, our Personal Shopper Administrator & frequent partner in crime, and myself at our gift exchange!

 

Christmas cookies courtesy of Paulette and granddaughter Penelope!!!

Delicious Christmas cookies courtesy of Paulette and granddaughter Penelope!!!

 

We have squeezed some great times into a very busy month! I’d like to thank Paulette, and all my co-workers who have helped bring Christmas magic to Paper Wishes this year. And most importantly, I want to thank all of our Paper Wishers for the incredible creativity and kindness you’ve shown! You truly are the very best part of Paper Wishes!

 

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

 

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Celebrating 10 Years of Webisodes: Q & A with Paulette

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It’s our birthday! To celebrate 10 amazing years of Paper Wishes Webisodes, we’ve created an extra special webisode this week, giving you a snapshot of all the wonderful ideas, techniques and laughs to come out of an incredible 710 webisodes (that’s over 500 hours!) Over the years, Paulette Jarvey has had several co-hosts, including Sara Naumann, Ann Barba, and current co-host Gail Booth. But Paulette has been there throughout, and last week I sat down with her to ask some of the questions I’ve had about our webisodes, and I thought I would share! 🙂

 

MG: How did the idea come up to create your webisodes? What was your initial goal for webisodes?

PJ: Webisodes came out of all the classes I’ve taught in the US, Canada, England and Australia. Hot Off The Press began as a craft book publisher, so teaching and showing how to make things is in our DNA. With the possibility of the growth via the internet (remember, this was 10 years ago), we thought that doing webisodes would be a natural extension of the teaching. We’re also great believers in sharing how to use products.

 

MG: On average, how many people currently view your webisodes?

PJ: 7,000-11,000 watch each show—multiply that number by 5 during a Week of Webisodes! What’s amazing is how many people watch previous webisodes—even those beginning ones!

 

MG: What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you on camera?

PJ: Probably the time Ann nearly sprayed me with Glimmer Mist sprays.

 

MG: Do you have a favorite webisode?

PJ: Not a specific webisode, but I am so very proud of Gail. She was happy to do the webisodes when she was hired. She had performed in some local plays, but she has grown and become so wonderful on the shows. Not only is she creative, but she enjoys sharing her creativity and she’s a delight to work with. She makes my job easier. I’m a fortunate woman!

 

MG: Has anything mildly disastrous ever occurred on a webisode? How did you deal with it?

PJ: The most disastrous thing was the coughing fit that happened to me when we were shooting Paper Wishes Live! I had to quickly exit the studio and wonderful Gail stepped in—flawlessly, I might add. At the time, it seemed not mildly disastrous, but really disastrous!

 

MG: If you could host a webisode with anyone famous, fictitious or real, who would it be and why?

PJ: I grew up reading Nancy Drew and she was an influence on me. She always knew what to do and most of the time it was a creative solution. So that’s it, Nancy and me!

 

MG: You’re stranded on an island with Gail, Ann and Sara… who is building the hut, who is decorating the hut, and who is making dinner? Assuming, of course, that you’ll be busy planning future webisodes…

PJ: Gail would engineer a way out off the island, Ann would clean and decorate the hut. Sara would find something creative to do with the items on the island. Yes, I’d be dreaming up new shows and coming up with new product ideas. Time on an island might also be the perfect chance to devote time toward new product development—that’s my full-time job.

 

MG: What is your webisode “dream location” if you could film anywhere?

PJ: On this rainy day, the tropics sound lovely.

 

MG: Does Mike (Jarvey) ever watch your webisodes? Does he offer “advice?”

PJ: Now that he is retired I wonder if he will watch. He offers advice on some things, but not the webisodes. Currently, we’re working on his suggestions to better show the holographic papers and our new Foiled Fancies™ (oops, I just gave away a new product line for 2016)!

 

MG: Are you planning to do anything different for future webisodes?

PJ: I personally read all the comments, so I’m always looking at what people want, and what they like or don’t like. My goal is to show new products and to creatively “marry” them with other things. Like Color Burst. It’s a great, fun product and we’ll be putting it with stamps, paper tole, flowers, templates and more in an upcoming webisode. We’re always on the look out for what’s new, and we’ll bring them to the shows!

 

MG: What’s the most important thing you have learned after filming over 700 webisodes?

PJ: Planning has become even more important. Sometimes we have filmed a webisode only to learn the manufacturer’s product won’t be here on time, and that’s frustrating for us and the viewers. If we plan far enough in advance, we can more easily make substitutions!

 

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I just want to say congratulations to Paulette and her team on 10 years of webisode success! It entails a lot of work, not just from Paulette and her co-hosts, but also from our cameraman John (who has absorbed an amazing amount of crafting knowledge), and our web team, who edit and maintain all the webisodes! It’s a big job, but underlying it all is a whole lot of continuing passion and creativity! Keep it up guys!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper  Wishes Blog

 

PS—Don’t miss the extra special webisode here! Notice anything different…? 😉

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Behind the Scenes: Wintery Blossoms at Paper Wishes!

Okay, so I know it’s not actually winter yet. But I wanted to show you all the white camellia that blooms at Paper Wishes during November and December! No matter how cold it gets, this blossoming plant continues to provide some much-needed pollen for our local bees!

 

Walkway from the office to the warehouse and filming studio!

Walkway from Paper Wishes’ offices to the warehouse and filming studio

 

Look how much pollen this little guy gathered!

Look how much pollen this little guy gathered!

 

I think it’s wonderful to have such inspiring bits of nature right here at our workplace! Is nature knocking on your doorstep? I’d love to hear—share in the comments below!

 

Have a wonderfully inspired day!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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Annual HOTP Pumpkin Carving Contest!!!

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Halloween has fully descended upon Hot Off The Press! Wednesday, Hot Off The Press employees submitted their entries for our annual Pumpkin Carving Contest!!! We had ten entries this year, and a lot of very non-traditional looks! As usual, our prepresser Scott (aka The Fun Dude) coordinated the event and acted as MC, and pumpkins were graciously provided by the Jarveys! Scott would tell you that this was actually a Punkin Carving Contest, but my editor’s brain won’t let me accept this.

 

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Hot Off The Press employees gathered in the lobby Thursday morning to share some candy and more importantly, find out who won!

 

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Out of some really wonderful pumpkin creations, four winners emerged. First place went to Gail, and her awesome pumpkin clearly inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven.

 

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Second place was awarded to a very cute kitty pumpkin, created by Cristina in Marketing! Nice use of Hot Off The Press’ Rhapsody Paper Pack, by the way! (Sorry, couldn’t help myself!)

 

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Third place went to Mike Jarvey for a fun and surprising disco pumpkin! Thanks, Mike—the whole office will be “Staying Alive” for the rest of the week (watch the video to see what I mean!)

 

 

 

And finally, our fourth place winner was Bethany, our Personal Shopper Administrator, with her tasteful and elegant Ron Burgundy pumpkin! They really make a lovely couple, don’t they?!

 

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“Stay classy, Paper Wishers!”

 

So there you have it! Congratulations to all of our winners who got their choice of coffee or ice cream gift cards, and thanks to everyone who participated. Thank you also to the Jarveys, and Scott, for making this event happen each year, no matter how busy we all are! These last few days were filled with even more creativity and excitement than normal, and I’m already looking forward to next year (and plotting how I can win!) I hope you all have a very fun, very safe and slightly spooky Halloween!!!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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Many Apologies (85 to be exact)!

 

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Hi! Glad you’re still with us! Many of you received an inundation of “New Post” emails yesterday. These were the not-so-smooth result of adding Simply Ann’s posts to the Paper Wishes Blog. I’m so sorry for the annoyance of deleting all those emails!

For now, you’ll be able to view Simply Ann video tutorials by clicking Simply Ann at the top right of our blog.

And if you’re still looking for those Adorable Mini Gatefold Cards (yeah, yeah, I know…) you can view them here.

 

Again, our apologies!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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Meet Paper Wishes’ Surprising Summer Interns!

The dog days of summer are nearly upon us, and summer can be a busy time here at Paper Wishes! With new catalogs coming out, new webisodes being filmed and preparations starting for Girlfriends Getaway, it seems like we can always use a little extra help around here!

Thankfully, today we had some extra support from some wonderful individuals. These individuals are not afraid of hard work, but they also love to play hard. We might find them occasionally napping around the office, but they are just too darn sweet to get in trouble for it! So we’d like all of our Paper Wishers to meet these “helpers” :).

Name: Eva
Job Title: Warehouse Leadperson’s Assistant
Special Skills: Supervising and barking out orders.

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Name: Wiley
Job Title: Art Director’s Assistant
Special Skills: Seeks out sources of fun. Likes to meet and greet!

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Name: Gus
Job Title: Accounting Assistant
Special Skills: Guarding important files. Crunching numbers. And doggie treats.

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Name: Princess
Job Title: Customer Service Assistant
Special Skills: Keeping a cool head. Being a friend.

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So as you can see, we should have plenty of support from our new interns. It’s going to be a great summer!!! I just need to stock up on more doggie treats ;-).

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Oh no—the treats are almost gone!

Have a great day!

 

Michelle Gustafson
Paper Wishes Blog

PS–Stay tuned for brand new projects coming this week!

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