Stunning Photo Mats from Designer Susan Cobb

Hello everyone!!! I’m glad you’re here. If the Paper Wishes Blog ever gets a little bit quiet, you can be sure we are working on our next catalog filled with all kinds of amazing new craft products, card ideas and scrapbook layouts! It’s coming in less than a month (the beginning of September), but I’ll be bringing you an early look at some of my new crafting favorites that are inside!

We are well overdue for some great papercrafting inspiration, so I thought I’d bring you the best of the best, and falling squarely in this realm are Susan Cobb’s incredible matted photos! These layouts are from past Personal Shopper Scrapbooking Classes monthly kits.

If you haven’t heard of our monthly scrapbooking kits, they are incredible! Each month we send you 24 gorgeous sheets of 12″x12″ scrapbooking papers (before anyone else sees them!), tons of embellishments AND new crafting supplies (stamps, embossing folders, etc.). So here’s a layout that Susan did using some papers designed exclusively for our monthly scrapbookers:




Here’s the first page, close up:




At first glance, you might almost think Susan inked her photo mat edges black, but no! She has matted her photos on black cardstock with 1/16″ borders to provide some great contrast against the soft-colored papers. She then double-matted her photos on coordinating papers, and finished them off with a final 1/16″ black cardstock mat. I just love how clean and defined everything looks!




By consistently matting her black-matted photos on yellow, and then onto her different coordinating papers, it ties all of her photos together for a unified look that I love! She used Pink Jewel Dazzles™ to add the perfect amount of sparkle, and the pink hearts paper matting her upper photos? It’s been embossed with the hearts, and then lightly sanded—what a great way to add in texture! (And yes, the embossing folder was included in the kit!)

Here’s another one of Susan’s layouts, also from our monthly Personal Shopper Scrapbooking Classes kits. You might recognize the Artful Watercolor papers that she used. Monthly scrapbooking members get our newest papers before they are even released—another benefit to joining. In fact, most of us who work here at Paper Wishes are scrapbooking club members mainly for the papers! Yes, they are that good.




So here’s her first page:




Here Susan used the same black matting technique throughout to unify her look. On her photos, she used strips cut from Artful Watercolor striped paper to accent the bottom and side edges of her photos. This technique can also be used to fill the more “empty” spaces of a photo—try this next time instead of cropping!

She has also created her own artfully splattered paper to mat two of her images. You can try this out too! Just place a piece of watercolor paper and lightly brush one side with water. Then, use a toothbrush to pick up your colorant of choice (Susan used watercolor pencils) and run your thumb over the bristles to spatter your paper! You can do this with more than one color, and the colors will run together a bit more on the wet side of your paper. This technique goes great with the Artful Watercolor papers!




Adding the eyelash fibers and paper blossoms to her photos adds even more interest, and the watercolor spattering is continued on the Gold Color Me™ tag embellishment. And all these embellishments (plus lots more!) come with every Personal Shopper Scrapbooking Classes kit. I love pages like this, and I have to thank Susan for creating them. I hope you all feel a bit more inspired, and take a little time out to create. Don’t be afraid to take these techniques to your cardmaking as well! Have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by.


Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog


PS – To check out other Personal Shopper Scrapbooking Classes projects and to learn more, click here!

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New Catalog & New Products plus TONS of inspirations!

Paper Wishes® & Hot Off The Press have landed in sunny California!  It’s that time of the year where all the crafts’ manufacturers are showing their latest products at the Craft & Hobby Association Winter in sunny California.

With the release of the  NEW 2013 Winter Catalog we’ve included 413 NEW items! Sooo much to show and tell :)

Here are some highlights of products from Hot Off The Press! A little something for everyone!

Let’s begin with the Paper Collections!

We’ve introduced 4 new designs to freshen up your paper crafting including: Happy Days Double Sided, White Truffle, Penelope and Painted Flowers.

Happy Days Double-Sided Paper Pack (HOTP 4104191)White Truffle Paper Pack (HOTP 4104193)Penelope Paper Pack (HOTP 4104195)Painted Flowers Paper Pack (HOTP 4104196)

Along with each paper pack – we’ve designed beautifully coordinated products including Die Cuts, Papier Tole, Stamps and Dazzles™ plus soo much more! 

White Truffle & Painted Flowers Die-Cuts!

We hope you’ll love them as much as we do. They coordinate with existing lines: White Truffle and Painted Flowers

White Truffle Die-Cuts (HOTP 4103408)Painted Flowers Die-Cuts (HOTP 4103409)




New Papier Tole, adds all those final touches to all your cardmaking or scrapbook layouts. They’re so much fun to assemble, requires no cutting – just simply punch and attach! 

Showing: White Truffle 3-D Papier Tole, Painted Flowers 3-D Papier Tole, Happy Days 3-D Papier Tole, Stitched with Love 3-D Papier Tole (Foil) and Painted Flowers 3-D Papier Tole (Foil)

White Truffle 3-D Papier Tole (HOTP 4108035)22 Flowers 3-D Papier Tole (HOTP 4108038)Happy Days Papier ToleStitched With Love 3-D Foil Papier Tole (HOTP 4108048)Painted Flowers 3-D Foil Papier Tole (HOTP 4108049)



How can we forget our lovely Paper Wishes® aficionados stampers, we have a lovely range that coordinates perfectly with papers, die-cuts, papier tole and the list goes on and on!

Happy Patterns Stamp (HOTP 4101105)Flowers Silhouettes Stamp (HOTP 4101107)Heart to Heart Greeting Stamp (HOTP 4101108)

Hello Stamp (HOTP 4101109)Cake Small Stamp (HOTP 4101110)Gifts Small Stamp (HOTP 4101111)Love and Heart Small Stamp (HOTP 4101112)You're My Type Small Stamp (HOTP 4101113)Hoot Hoot Small Stamp (HOTP 4101114)


Do you Dream in Dazzles™?  If you haven’t…you might just do so now! As we’ve added sooo many new Dazzles™ goodies! New Dazzles™ ranging from the Cross Stitch, Borders, Mix ‘Ems and Scrapbooking Dazzles™, we are sure you’ll find something you just can’t live without!

Cross Stitch Dazzles Silver (HOTP 4102431)Cross Stitch Dazzles Gold (HOTP 4102430)Lacey Butterfly Silver Dazzles (HOTP 4102434)Lacy Butterfly White Dazzles (HOTP 4102435)540 Black Jewel Dazzles (HOTP 4102436)

 Silver Jewel Border Dazzles (HOTP 4102441)Red Jewel Border Dazzles (HOTP 4102438)Green Jewel Border DazzlesGold Jewel Border Dazzles (HOTP 4102440)Black Jewel Border Dazzles (HOTP 4102437)

Blue Jewel Border Dazzles (HOTP 4102442)Pink Jewel Border Dazzles (HOTP 4102443)Purple Jewel Border Dazzles (HOTP 4102444)Birds & Houses Brown Dazzles (HOTP 4102450)Mix 'Ems Cupcake Dazzles, 3-Color Pack (HOTP 4102445)

White Lacy Frames Scrapbook Dazzles (HOTP 4102814)Happy Thoughts Scrapbooking Dazzles (HOTP 4102815)


Artful Cards Kit

We haven’t forgotten how much you love the Artful Cards Kit! We’ve added two new kits, Lemonade Stand and Red Velvet.

Lemonade Stand Artful Card Kit (HOTP 4107266)Red Velvet Artful Card Kit (HOTP 4107267)


Color Me™! Toppers & New 12×12 Papers!

Another favorite is the Color Me™ Card Toppers, 3 brand new designs: Gold Hearts Cards Toppers, Gold Ferns Toppers and Gold Roses Card Toppers.

Color Me Gold Heart Card Toppers (HOTP 4107061)Color Me Ferns Card Toppers (HOTP 4107062)Color Me Gold Roses Card Toppers (HOTP 4107063)

NEW 12X12 Color Me™ range which is a must have in your craft stash: Chocolate Paper Pack, Hexagon Quilt, Chevrons, Floral, Pretty Tiles, Stripe and tag & borders.

Color Me Chocolate Sample Pack (HOTP 4104208)Color Me Chocolate Hexagon Quilt (HOTP 4120774)Color Me Chocolate Flowers/Floral (HOTP 4120776)Color Me Chocolate Tiles (HOTP 4120777)Color Me Chocolate Stripes (HOTP 4120778)Color Me Chocolate Tags & Bordes (HOTP 4120779)




Do you love templates ? 4 new templates to add to your collection including: Teresa’s Iris Folding Template #1, Bodacious Blooms Template and the Design Tool Kits #3 and #4! Templates are so handy to have by your side when crafting!

Teresa's Iris Folding #1 Template (HOTP 4107398)Bodacious Blooms Template (HOTP 4107407)Design Tool Kit #3 (HOTP 4107409)Design Tool Kit #4 (HOTP 4107410)


NEW DVD by Teresa Welch, learn how to assemble fabulous cards with step by steps instructions. Featuring nearly 7 hours of videos plus 100 Moveable parts Cards!

 Teresa's Movable Parts DVD (HOTP 4101521)



New Products! Including 6×6 papers, plus NEW Cutting Dies!!

New Rosemary & Thyme 6×6 papers pack, perfect for quick rectangular or square cards, also for making tags or shaped motives using our templates.

Rosemary & Thyme 6X6 Paper Pack (HOTP 4104209)


Another New to Paper Wishes® comes NEW Cutting Dies! We’ve started off with 3 New Dies including:

Bodacious Blooms, Pair of Swirls and Woven Lattice! Intricately detailed dies and work with most die cutting machines!

Bodacious Blooms Cutting Dies (HOTP 4105303) Woven Lattice Dies (HOTP 4105302)


We’ve added a New Personal Shopper kit – Premier Cutting dies! – Click here for complete information :)

WOW! Love all the new products designs, colors and all of the above! Tell us what you love and just simply can’t live without.

A special thanks to Fabrizio Martellucci! Make sure you catch Fabrizio Martellucci, on his blogs, PaperMood,  featuring  products from Hot Off The Press!

Thanks for reading my little blog :)

~ Cristina


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