Paper Wishes® Events: Girlfriends Getaway 2016!

 

Get out your cutting mats & clear your calendars!

Every year, papercrafters unite in Canby, OR to attend Hot Off The Press & Paper Wishes’ Girlfriends Getaway. It’s an incredible all-day event filled with card making & scrapbooking, free giveaways, lunch and lots of laughs! Girlfriends Getaway 2016 will be held this year on Saturday, September 17th at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds.

Spaces are very limited so be sure to reserve your spot ASAP.

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Feel free to post any questions you may have in the comments, and I’ll do my best to answer them! See you in September! 😀

 

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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Our 2016 National Scrapbooking Day Challenge Winner Is…

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Hello friends!

Our National Scrapbooking Day Challenge has ended, and we’ve gone over all the entries received here on the blog and on Facebook! There were quite a few entries even though our contest coincided with Mother’s Day weekend, but in the end, there can only be one winner.

The designer of the winning scrapbook page is… Linda Holt!!! 😀

Congratulations to Linda, and here’s a look at her page:

 

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Fabulous job, Linda! We loved the techniques that you used, plus your wonderful journaling truly embodies WHY we create scrapbook pages & albums! You’re the winner of a $50 gift certificate to Paper Wishes so hopefully you can put that toward something on your wish list. Watch your inbox for an email from us! 😀

Also a huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our NSD Sketch Challenge! It’s always amazing to see both the creativity, and the real moments captured in your scrapbook pages, and it’s an honor that you share them with us! Keep on creating, and we’ll be right here to inspire!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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Paper Wishes® Contest: National Scrapbooking Day 2016 Sketch Challenge!!!

Hello Paper Wishers! It’s that time of year again—Saturday, May 7th is National Scrapbooking Day, and we’re ready to celebrate! Now all we need is you!

Perhaps you scrap daily, or maybe it’s been a little while since you made a page. Either way, here’s a fantastic excuse to grab a favorite photo (or two or three…) and have some fun creating a page all about you. Your family. Your life.

Read below to find out all the details! Then, just post an image of your page here on the blog, or on our National Scrapbooking Day Challenge Facebook Event! There aren’t too many rules. We mostly just want you to have a great time creating something you love! The winner will be announced on Tuesday, May 10th so get scrappin’! Post any questions you might have here or on Facebook and I’ll get the answers!

 

“Scrappy” Holidays!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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A New Way To Connect With Paper Wishes!

 

Our Paper Wishes customers are just like family to us. And like a real family, we like to keep in touch! There are so many ways that you can connect with us here at Paper Wishes!

  • Check out our Weekly Webisodes! Every Wednesday, watch Paulette & Gail as they share new products complete with tips & technique, plus incredible project ideas that will have you absolutely inspired!
  • On the Paper Wishes Blog, you can find stunning and seasonal project ideas, the latest & greatest new crafting products, contests and giveaways, plus behind-the-scenes peeks of Paper Wishes!
  • You can also find us on Facebook & Twitter! Here, you will find more amazing project ideas, contests & giveaways, notices of our sales and even more behind-the-scenes fun!

 

Not enough for you?

That’s okay—starting April 21st, we are bringing you something new!

 

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“Explore the world through someone else’s eyes.”

 

Periscope is an app that lets us broadcast live video directly to you.

Straight from Paper Wishes.

No scripts, no editing, no second chances.

Maybe best of all, Periscope lets you interact directly with us in real time. Ask questions, make a comment or just show us some love!

 

How can you watch Paper Wishes through Periscope? Two ways.

  1. Smartphone or Tablet: Periscope is a free app available for your iOS or Android device. Download the Periscope app from the iTunes App Store or the Google Play Store, and enable notifications. Be sure to follow Paper Wishes (our “handle” is @PaperWishes)! You’ll receive an alert when we’re broadcasting live (which makes this the best option for viewing).

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  1. Desktop Computer (Mac or PC): You can also catch Paper Wishes’ LIVE Periscope broadcasts on a desktop computer using your Twitter account (sign up here for free)! Then, be sure to follow @mypaperwishes. You’ll be notified through Twitter when we go live!

 

However you choose to watch, Paper Wishes’ LIVE Periscope broadcasts will be available for 24 hours following the broadcast. It’s going to be a whole lot of fun, and probably even more laughs, so get ready to join us on Periscope! Download the Periscope app by April 21st when Paper Wishes will go LIVE at a special event. Don’t miss a moment!

If you have questions, ask them in the blog comments. It will probably help someone else, and I will do my best to answer them all!

See you soon!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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Brighten Up With Our “Colorist” Collection!

The February sun is shining down on Hot Off The Press today, and I could’ve swore I felt the tiniest twitch of spring fever. Not full-blown-can’t-focus-must-clean-my-house spring fever. Just a pinch. Enough to remind me that, eventually, winter will give way to springtime.

To shake off some of the winter grays, I’m sharing our new Colorist Collection with you! The 12″x12″ paper pack features black and white outline artwork on one side, with vibrantly colored, dotted patterns on the other! These are some of the most versatile papers for papercrafters EVER! The black and white motif, contrasted against the bold colors and simple polka dots allows these papers to really travel through the seasons.

Below, Gail’s adorable easel card was covered with Colorist papers, and her framed robin focal (cut from the Feathered Friends Colorist book) was colored in with Spectrum Noir™ markers. I love how she used a ribbon bow to prop up her card front! And the floral background paper inside is so striking when left black and white! Click on the card for Gail’s supplies and instructions.

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Susan’s card below features Colorist Scrapbooking Dazzles™ stickers, and I love the look of this card! For her greeting, she simply placed the Dazzles™ “Celebrate…” sticker onto matted Colorist papers. The flowers were made by placing Dazzles™ flower stickers onto Double-Sided Adhesive. She covered the adhesive with Crystal Micro Glitter, and backed the flowers with Colorist papers for beautiful sparkle and shine! Click her card for more details.

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Here’s a scrapbook page that LeNae created using Colorist papers, Colorist Scrapbooking Dazzles™ and Colorist ribbon. You can color these papers any way you like. Use markers, colored pencils, chalk, ink, anything… and make it your own! 🙂

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Designed by LeNae Gerig

 

This last card easily makes my “Top 10” list—take a look! LeNae has covered a Center Step card with Colorist papers that she colored in with ArtGrip Watercolor Pencils. The focal is Florals for Colorists Paper Tole which is a quick and easy way to get a gorgeous, playful look like this! You can click on the card for supplies and instructions.

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This paper pack is a natural choice for Easter (and beyond)! Click any of the products below for more info (and more project ideas too!)

 

Thanks for stopping by! 😀

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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Super Spooky Halloween Card With Dazzles™ & Vellum + Trick or Treat Page!

 

It’s Friday! And I have to say, I’m SO ready for Halloween! For me, Halloween is like the big kickoff to the whole holiday season! So to get in the spirit, here are a couple hauntingly creative project ideas—a card and a page. I couldn’t bring myself to choose between them, so you get both! These projects use Halloween papers from Hot Off The Press, which feature a really fun mix of spooky themes and patterns.

 

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The card you see was designed by Susan, and I just think it’s awesome. Backing her Spooky Dazzles™ cobwebs with vellum is so clever! The other cool thing Susan did was chalk her background text and flourishes papers with orange to get the exact look she desired.

 

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Designer’s Tip: Back the Spooky Dazzles™ spider webs with white vellum, and then burnish the back of the vellum inside the Dazzles™ with the stylus against the foam pad for a 3-dimensional look. Add pieces of 3-D Zots™ to the back of each piece to hold the shape.

Supplies:

  • Darkroom Double-Sided Paper Pack (link)
  • Halloween Papers (link)
  • 1 White Vellum Sheet (link)
  • Spooky Dazzles™ (link)
  • Silver Jewel Dazzles™ (link)
  • 5”x6 1/2″ blank white card (link)
  • Basic Chalk Set (link)
  • Paper Blossoms Paper Tool Kit & Case (link)
  • 3D Zots™ adhesive dots (link)
  • Black ink pad (link)
  • Glue stick (link)
  • Craft pen knife (link)
  • Foam pad or mouse pad

 

The other project I chose is this scrapbook page from LeNae, and really, it’s pretty amazing how she created such great visual impact from relatively simple supplies, like black ink, Halloween papers and Spooky Dazzles™ stickers!

 

Neighborhood Trick or Treat Page by LeNae Gerig

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Designer’s Tip: Embellish photo surfaces with Spooky Dazzles™, placing them along the tops and corners. Add spiders climbing around!

Supplies:

  • Halloween Papers (link)
  • Spooky Dazzles™ (link)
  • Black Cardstock (link)
  • White Cardstock (link)
  • Black Ink Pad (link)
  • Foam Tape (link)
  • Glue Stick (link)
  • Fine tip black pen (link) or computer printer

 

The long, vertical rectangles are a fun backdrop to your favorite Halloween pictures—in fact, I’d like to create my own version of this page sometime (if my girls would all hold still for the camera)! Are you doing any fun Halloween or harvest season papercraft projects? Share a picture or tell me about it in the comments below!

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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Spoiler Alert! Get Ready for Girlfriends Getaway & See The Kits (Photo)!

 

***Spoiler Alert: If you are attending this year’s Girlfriends Getaway, and want to be surprised by the goodies in your kit DO NOT READ THIS POST! We photographed the kits today, and I just had to show you!

 

September is whizzing by, and it’s hard to believe that Girlfriends Getaway is this Saturday! That means we are wrapping up all the final touches to make this the best Girlfriends ever! This year we’re expecting a record 167 creative folks to join us at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds here in our wonderful hometown of Canby, Oregon for a full day of laughing, eating and most importantly, creating!

 

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If you haven’t attended in the past, put this one on your bucket list! Attendees bring only a small cutting mat and a paper trimmer! We provide all the rest—all supplies, drinks, lunch, snacks, coffee, dessert and of course, Paulette.

Girlfriends Getaway is one of the few opportunities to meet Paulette and learn all of her tips and tricks in person. And if you watch the webisodes, you know that when it comes to paper crafting, she’s an expert! In addition to this, there are massive amounts of door prizes, freebies and giveaways.

 

One of last year’s winners trying to fit her very big prize in her very small car! 🙂

 

And the projects…. Each year Paulette chooses her favorite project ideas and craft products. She then incorporates the “best of the best” into your Girlfriends Getaway projects! It’s unbelievable fun and participants get to try all kinds of new techniques! We’re sold out for this year, but as I said before, put it on your list for next year!

 

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A stunning project from last year!

 

Now—are you ready for a sneak peek at this year’s Girlfriends Getaway 2015 Fabulous Kit?? Just take look below!

 

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In addition to the more obvious items (paper packs, dazzles, stencils, etc), included in the kit are three colors of mica powders, two shades of Color Burst powders, ribbons, gilding flakes and lots, lots more! If you couldn’t make it to Girlfriends this year, here is some good news. You can order your very own Girlfriends Getaway 2015 Kit! It comes with a link to a video featuring Paulette leading you through all the projects—it’s the next best thing to actually attending! The kits will ship out in October, but you can sign up now to be notified when the kits are here (supplies are limited to 100 kits).

 

Girlfriends Getaway will be held at the Canby Fairgrounds on Saturday, September 19th, 2015 from 9am to 5pm. Doors open for registration at 8:30am and there is parking across the street. Please bring a paper trimmer—we will provide the all rest! Feel free to post any questions you may have, and I will get them answered.  And yes, there will be coffee. 🙂

 

See you soon!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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Shhhh…. Here’s Your Fall Catalog Sneak Preview!!!

 

Well folks, your Fall 2015 Paper Wishes catalogs are in the mail, and this Saturday you’ll be able to see all the amazing new papers, stamps, cutting dies and so much more at PaperWishes.com! Now, I arguably have one of the best jobs here at Paper Wishes because I get to see all the new products and projects before they are even released. And after proofing this catalog, I already have my own personal wishlist that just keeps growing… (but that’s okay, it’s work-related)!

So, I thought you all might enjoy a little “early access” to some of the awesome craft supplies you’ll discover in your Fall 2015 Paper Wishes catalog!

 

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Page designed by Gail Booth

The Letterpress Scrapbooking Collection from Hot Off The Press features coordinating papers, die-cuts, paper tole & ribbons in gorgeous autumn colors. In fact, we loved these Letterpress papers so much that a large-scale version now graces the walls of our conference room! Each panel is 12″x12″ and this really lets you see all the layers of artwork in these papers.

 

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Take a closer look—each letter features its own special layers of text and swirls… just incredible!

 

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Also look for our three other new scrapbooking collections: Wildflowers, Serenity and Winter’s Garden! Our graphic designers really outdid themselves on all of these collections, and for once, I honestly can’t pick a favorite!

 

NEW PRODUCT! Half & Half: Snowflakes Cutting Die & Stamp Set (back cover)

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Card designed by Susan Cobb

Half & Half: Snowflakes Cutting Die & Stamp Set from Hot Off The Press features coordinating stamps and cutting dies packaged together for perfect results. You’ll get two cutting dies, 12 matching stamps including accent and greeting stamps! Perfect for mixing, matching and layering! Our design team has found they prefer to die cut the shapes first, and then stamp with the matching design. Also look for Half & Half: Stockings Cutting Die & Stamp Set—the Christmas stocking designs are incredibly adorable (I cannot overstate this!!) and this was one of the first new items to show up on my wishlist!

 

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(front view) Designed by LeNae Gerig

Card designed by LeNae Gerig

You might be familiar with Hot Off The Press’ “Everyday” Inside/Out Die-Cut Cards—Flower, Butterfly and Label. And now, we are SO excited to bring you three new designs just for the holidays—Inside/Out Snowflake, Poinsettia and Ornament die-cut cards! Each pack contains 4 cards, 4 envelopes, a project idea and lots of coordinating die-cuts to decorate and layer however you like! And just to make these cards even more fun, there’s also a Christmas Collection stamp set with designs to fit all of the Christmas Inside/Out Cards!

 

Too Cute To Spook Dazzles™ (page 73)

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Card designed by LeNae Gerig

 

These adorable Dazzles™ are a fun choice for fall and Halloween cards, goodie bag embellishments, party invitations and more! I can’t wait to add these Dazzles™ to my Halloween scrapbook pages this year! And if Christmas is more your thing, then get excited because there’s all kinds of new Christmas Dazzles™ in the Fall Paper Wishes®!

Overall, you’re going to find a great mix of fall, winter and holiday craft supplies, and as I said before, this is a just a tiny, tiny glimpse of what’s new! There are more new stamps, cutting dies, templates, embossing folders and much, much more! You’ll also be able to view over 100 new project ideas all here at Paper Wishes.com on Saturday (that means on Friday for VIPs)! See you then!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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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:

 

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Here’s the first page, close up:

 

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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!

 

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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.

 

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So here’s her first page:

 

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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!

 

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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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Watch Paper Wishes Live Here!

Hello everyone! I really hope you were able to join us this morning for Paper Wishes LIVE because it was an absolute blast!!! I enjoyed meeting Sara Naumann for the first time, and it was wonderful seeing her and Paulette together again! Gail wowed us with so many amazing cards that I lost count, and our “Secret Guest” Ann arrived just in time to show us a seriously incredible final offer!

If you weren’t able to catch us live, you can still watch all the fun and creativity simply by clicking play below! All of the Paper Wishes LIVE segments are now available for viewing!

Thank you again for being a part of the Paper Wishes family!

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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