Featured Designer, LeNae Gerig ~

Q&A session with LeNae Gerig


Being one of the newest members of HOTP, I’ve soon learned a lot about all the wonderful people that I work with. LeNae Gerig, one of our fabulous designers has been apart of HOTP, since 1994. So I thought it would be great to get to know LeNae just a little bit more….


Cristina: Tell us a little history about yourself:

LeNae: A few years after graduating from Western Oregon State University with a BS Degree in History I was newly married, working in a local bakery and wondering what to do next. That’s when, in 1994, Hot Off The Press came into my life. I took a job as a Technical Editor, proofreading designer submissions and testing instructions by recreating their designs and photographing them step by step for our craft instruction books. This job became a wonderful training ground for learning the basics of design.


Cristina: Tell us about the changes that you’ve seen over the years with HOTP:

LeNae: The company has gone though many changes in those years. For years we were a publisher that relied almost exclusively on instructional craft books. We published books on a variety of subjects: Floral arrangements, polymer clay, jewelry making, stamping and embellishing paper mache just to name a few. It was a wonderful training ground for me and soon I became an in-house designer, creating books of my own.  When the scrapbooking craze became popular,

HOTP became a manufacturer of scrapbooking papers. My roll changed from a general craft designer to a scrapbook page designer. Eventually, Paper Wishes, HOTP’s retail catalog, was created to better reach our customers and card making and paper crafts became a part of my life.


Cristina: This may be a hard one, but tell us about your Favorite products & tools and of course why:

LeNae: The Paper Wishes catalog enables me to work with many wonderful tools created by manufacturers from all over the world. Because I get to play with these items all day long, I have developed a few favorites.  Recently I have become enamored with the Silhouette Cameo™ electronic cutting tool. I can use it for so many things. Last month I made party favor bags for my daughter’s birthday party. Another favorite tool is the Tonic Border System and punches. My most used punch is the Scallop Edger punch, for sure.  I’m so excited that we now manufacturer double sided paper!

The Kaleidoscope Paper Pack is so versatile. I love using it with the new Playful Pinwheels Template. Another great product, that I just can’t live with out is the Chocolate Dipped Artful Card Kit. Just punch out the pieces and in minutes you have a wonderful layered look for your card. I love the color combination of red, green, blue and brown! Check these products out. I’m sure you will enjoy using them as much as I do!


A few of LeNae’s Projects:


Thanks so much LeNae for sharing with us, and keep up the great work and inspiration you provide for all of us!


This week in our message board, we will be doing a Designer’s Challenge. Please click on the link to get all the information. Thanks again for taking the time to read our little blog! We love hearing from you…let me know what you think or if you have any ideas that you’d love to share 🙂  ~ Cristina

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I Heart Buttons!!!

Some of my fondest memories are with my grandmother; she was a very talented crafter. She made her own quilt patterns and hand stitched them. She was very much ahead of her time using color combinations and other materials rather than just fabric. One thing she loved to give us grandchildren were handmade quilts for “special” occasions such as graduation, weddings, or with the birth of our children. I do still have all the quilts she made for my kids and me.

There’s one quilt she made for my oldest son, it was all lions and for the eyes she used buttons. I remember sitting by her and going through her button basket and touching all the different buttons. It was like a treasure hunt that I loved just running my fingers through all the colors.

My sister, who is a crafter, uses buttons as well. The other day as her daughter and I sat on her bed, we just had to pull out her button box and it took us back to my grandma. My grandma would always tell us there are so many reasons to have sooo many buttons. You can use them on just about anything. And especially when grandpa loses one on his shirts!

I love how our designers are often using buttons on their projects. Buttons are soo much fun! Who would have thought they would go so well with most of the projects that we create. In fact, with most of our paper packs you’ll usually find a button collection that goes very well with it. I’ve pointed out a couple down below.

Another fun thing about buttons is that you can also use them in stand-alone projects such as wall hangings or ornaments. As you scroll down and see all the fun things with buttons, just keep in mind these are just a few ideas that I found on our Paper Wishes.com site! You might have noticed, WE LOVE BUTTONS TOO!!!



Making Cards with Stamps, Ribbons & Buttons



Spring Button Mix

Celebrate Cake pocket card


Day dream Buttons



Father’s Day Card


Argyle Button Mix


Sew Sweet Card


Buttons Embossing Punch


8×8 Our Story Album


Buttons Chipboard Mini Set

Heart Buttons


Blue Candy Dots Buttons


Black Vintage Buttons


Love Binder



Here are some other ideas you can use to create just using buttons.


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What’s the fuss about Doilies?


What’s the Fuss about Doilies??


Hope everyone is having a wonderful week. Something that has recently caught my eye has been how popular doilies have become in our creative world. I’ve seen them in sooo many projects. Funny thing is when I think of doilies I immediately remember my grandmother and how she made fun little things from her doilies. She would make little teacups with saucers underneath and starched them to stay in place. I wished I had a photo to show you!

I recently did a search on the internet just to see how many projects were using doilies and BOY, was I shocked. They are coming up in everything. I wondered why our 8” square white paper doilies have stayed on our “Best Sellers” list week after week. Now I understand! I’ve listed all the items related to doilies that we currently have on Paper Wishes, as well as projects! Hope you enjoy 😉

Here’s a list of all the items we currently have:


Cream Flower Crochet Doilies 2pk these come in both cream & White

8″ Square White Paper Doilies

4″ Heart Paper Doilies

4″ Round Paper Doilies

6″ Round Paper Doilies

6¼”x9¾” Oval Paper Doilies

Lace & Doilies Scrapbooking Dazzles™

Square Doily Punch 1 1/2″x1 1/2″

Lace & Doilies Stamps

10 Romance Stencils



Birthday Card

Boutique Scrapbook page

Creative Canvas

Lacy Card

Lacy Red Scrapbook Page






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New Catalog is HERE….We picked our Favorites!

Happy New Year everyone! Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. 2012 is all about NEW, EXCITING and learning a about a new tool or technique! Hope you are all ready! As we are coming into the New Year, a lot is going on around here at HOTP. Our new catalog is about to hit the mail, as some of you might have already gotten one. Also, our new virtual catalog is online…couple weeks before the printed catalogs hit homes.

This catalog is packed with 220 NEW IDEA and 364 NEW ITEMS! I know I can’t believe it myself. I gave some of my co-workers a little homework task, asking them to pick out some of their favorites from the new catalog, along with myself! Let’s take a quick peak at what they choose:


Debbie Samples, Personal Shopper Assistant, favorite picks:

Metal Patera Charms, pg 59

I like the vintage/feminine feel of the charms. I love that they are embossed, but you can still personalize them with words, charms or even a photo. Definitely ordering a set of these.

Wooden Tray – pg 9

I am all about showing off pictures in new, interesting ways. Gives a whole new twist on “Can I show you the latest pictures of the Grandkids”

Epic Tool – pg 28

I am not even sure I understand what all this machine does-(Die cutting, embossing, letter press, printing) but I am willing to learn and fall in love with it!!


Talia Sanderson, Project Specialist & Designer favorite picks:

Two of my favorite things from the new catalog are Teresa’s Folded & Fabulous Cards CD (back cover pg) and the Kaleidoscope Papers (pg 73). Plus, they really make a great pair! Being an avid card maker, it is easy to run out of ideas or reuse the same design over and over. This new CD adds an additional 52 fold ideas to your repertoire, shows you 104 samples, and includes a video of each fold! Such a great selection and a great way to use the new Kaleidoscope Papers! These papers are so fun and well coordinated! One side is more subtle and the other a louder pattern. There is really a scheme to fit any card-making occasion!


Stan Rickert, Buyer favorite pick,

I have so many favorites, but if I had to pick one it would be the Cinch v2 (pg 19) from WeR Memories.

I like it for many reasons, but mainly because it’s a tool…I like tools! They make me feel manly when I’m crafting. Not only is it heavy duty and versatile it’s also super easy to use and will punch through just about any material you want to make a book out of with little effort…Heavy Chipboard, Lighter metals and even thin leather (manly material) You know, because I’m so macho!

* This was also featured on a Weekly Webisode on December 27th, you can check it out today!


Thanks Debbie, Talia and Stan! I love getting all the feedback, from everyone! I’ll be asking more and more questions to all of my co-workers in the future.


Cristina’s Favorite Picks!

Boutique Paper Pack and all the goodies that goes with it. From the ribbons, to the Papier Tole (2 different types), to the Scrapbook Dazzles™…LOVE IT!  Just love all the colors of the set; they are all on pg 9

Boutique Ribbon Set, Floral Boutique Foil Papier Tole, Artful  Boutique Scrapbook Dazzles™ and Postcard Pyramid Papier Tole


9 Draw storage units – Pg 28

Can’t wait to get one of these and decorate it myself. My desk at home can sure use a little added organization, but I just didn’t want to get just a regular “plastic” bin for my desk. And I’ll probably use the Boutique papers to cover it, just it shown in the picture!

I could go on and on, there’s aleast 40 more of my favorites in the catalog! But I’ll cap it to those two items!  I also wanted to mention that Week of Webisodes is coming Jan 9th, first day we will featuring Teresa’s DVD!!!

We want to here from you! Don’t be shy….we want to know your favorite picks are and why they are your favorite!

Thank-you and Enjoy

~ Cristina 🙂

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