Something NEW for Wednesdays!


The rumors are true—there will be no October Paper Wishes catalog!

To bring you even more new products and ideas AND to make it easier for you to shop, Paper Wishes is  excited to announce we’ll be adding NEW items every week! Just look for:


  • Every Wednesday, we’ll be adding fabulous & creative new items to our site for you to shop anytime!


  • Now, you don’t have to wait for a new catalog—just visit us every Wednesday to see the latest arrivals.


  • “What’s NEW Wednesday” kicks off on this coming Wednesday, October 5th so be sure to come back & join us in one week to discover what’s new including new cutting dies from Hot Off The Press, new Thanksgiving stamps and lots more!



Just one of our new dies available on October 5th!


Designed by Susan Cobb












Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you this coming Wednesday!


Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog


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Join Us for World Cardmaking Day 2016!!!


The arrival of fall means that World Cardmaking Day is just around the corner, and this year it falls on Saturday, October 1st! In the past, we’ve done sketch challenges, but this year I thought we’d try something new.

Working at Paper Wishes, I’m thankful everyday for the love, support and creativity that comes directly from our Paper Wishers. You applaud and cheer our successes, and if we make a mistake, together we work to make it right (hey, no one’s perfect)! But above and beyond that, your creativity is practically infinite! You post pictures in our galleries, on Facebook and even mail us the amazing projects you create. You’ve created a wonderful community on the Paper Wishes Message Board where you connect and craft with boundless enthusiasm. You travel from out-of-state to attend our local Girlfriends Getaway just to create with us!

You choose Paper Wishes, and support Hot Off The Press products. And that’s the biggest (and most humbling) reward because truly, we’re here to inspire your creative spirit. When you buy our products, it means we’ve done our job.


Some of our girlfriends! 🙂


So this year for World Cardmaking Day, I thought I’d challenge you all to create cards around a simple theme: Thankfulness.

While you could also be inspired by the season, this “thankfulness” theme can be interpreted any way you wish! Maybe it’s a fall-themed greeting card, but it could also be a  “thank you” card! Or a special card created just for someone you’re thankful for. Whatever you decide, we want you to join us in creating a special Thankfulness card!


Click here to view!


Post your card(s) here in the comments, or post them to our Facebook WCMD event page! Our contest closes on Monday, October 3rd, 2016 at 8am PST so you have one week to express your creativity and show us what “thankfulness” means to you. I can’t wait to see!

Thank you all for being part of the Paper Wishes family!


Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog


***PS*** The Paper Wishes Message Board will be hosting even more World Cardmaking Day fun—view the details here!!!

Stop by and register to join our Message Board community (it’s free!) for all kinds of cardmaking and scrapbooking fun! They’ll definitely keep you inspired with unique swaps, challenges and activities year round!

Once you’ve registered, check out Sam’s post on getting started: New To The Board? Start Here!


See those pink shirts? Say hello to some of the Paper Wishes Message Board!

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Paper Wishes Celebrates “Live Creative” Day!

September 14th is National Live Creative Day and we all know that creativity comes in many, many forms! The people who work at Paper Wishes are certainly a creative bunch, and their creativity is manifested in lots of ways beyond card making and papercrafting (although there’s lots of that too). I’d like to share with you some of the people I work with here at Paper Wishes, and the creative endeavors that they pursue!

LeNae is a member of our Design Team, and as of this September, she’s been at Paper Wishes for 22 years! She is all kinds of creative, and environmentally conscious as well. She felted an old wool sweater in hot water and sewed it into a very pretty tote bag!




Meet Melissa from Customer Service! Her customer service skills are surpassed only by her fabulous sense of humor and possibly her horsemanship! Here she is riding while wearing what’s been dubbed as the “Hel-hat!” Melissa created this striking helmet/hat combo to protect herself from falls as well as sunburn! Very creative!





Kelly is one of our wonderful, irreplaceable Warehouse Assistants, and she’s also an incredibly gifted quilter! Here are two of her latest projects—a couple of fall-themed mini quilts!




Brittany is our new Editor/Proofer and she probably has one of the most decorated offices here! She has created lots of rustic-yet-glittery art for her walls—here she is with one of her favorite, colorful accents!




You all know Gail from our webisodes, and she’s a true artist! Here are just two of the many drawings and illustrations she’s created.




The Christmas Tree is from a series of drawings she created for her family, and “Disconnected” is an illustration that was published in Perceptions, a local art & poetry publication. Here’s a closeup!




Next up is Cristina from Marketing! She uses her Silhouette Cameo to create amazing invitations, signs & more! Here’s one of her recent projects…



















Victoria, another longtime member of the Paper Wishes team, creates our Paper Wishes catalogs, Personal Shopper newsletters and lots more! An avid spinner and knitter, she hand knitted this shawl from silk & wool yarn she spun herself—wow!!




And finally, here’s me! After photographing everybody else, I figured I’d better pony up with something too! Here are a couple of the cards I’ve had fun making recently!




AND I plan on making even more cards at Girlfriends Getaway on Sept. 17th! This year I’ll get to be there, along with my mom, to get in on the fun and hopefully provide a little behind-the-scenes coverage!

This is a sold-out event, but you can still craft along with us by ordering the 2016 Girlfriends Getaway Kit! The kit comes with everything you need to create the same projects we will make at Girlfriends Getaway PLUS you get Paulette’s DVD that guides you through step by step! There is a limited number of kits and soon you’ll be able to sign up to be notified when the kit becomes available so stay tuned! 😀

What will we be making at Girlfriends Getaway this year? I’m glad you asked because I have one more creative item to share with you! Susan from our Design Team came up with this fabulous clock (yes, a real clock!) that everyone who attends Girlfriends Getaway (or orders the kit) will have a chance to make—take a look!

















I love this, and I can’t wait to create one at Girlfriends Getaway! I hope you enjoyed getting to meet some of the Paper Wishes team, and we hope that you will find a special way to celebrate National Live Creative Day! Let us know what you’ll be creating in the comments below—share a photo if you have one! We’d love to see!


Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog


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Sneak Peek! NEW Christmas Wonder Collection from Hot Off The Press


Well friends, here it is! Christmas Wonder is Hot Off The Press’  holiday collection for 2016, and I have to say, these designs really do inspire that feeling of holiday magic! Christmas Wonder features an elegant vintage poinsettia motif with a fun, modern touch—lots of golden, shimmering sparkles! This collection has something for everyone, no matter your crafting style, with coordinating papers, Dazzles™ stickers, embellishments & more.

Here’s a look at a few Christmas Wonder projects from our lovely & talented designer, Gail Booth!


Joy Card

Joy Card from Gail Booth

by Gail Booth

Merry Christmas Center Step Card

Gail Booth

by Gail Booth


Believe Page

by Gail Booth

by Gail Booth


Get ready to fall in love with Christmas this year! With stunning double-sided papers, the shiniest, flashiest gold Dazzles™ you’ve ever seen & other coordinating items, your cards, pages, gift tags and more are sure to absolutely delight your friends and family. The Christmas Wonder Collection will be available September 3rd at! Don’t want to wait?


Join us for our webisode on Wednesday, August 31st to purchase Christmas Wonder early!


I hope you enjoyed this behind-the-scenes look at Paper Wishes’ 2016 holiday collection from Hot Off The Press—Christmas Wonder! Mark your calendars & stop by next week to discover Christmas Wonder, along with fabulous, new projects from Teresa Welch! Have a great weekend!


Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog


Christmas Wonder from Hot Off The Press

Christmas Wonder Scrapbooking Papers

Christmas Wonder Scrapbooking Papers


Christmas Wonder Scrapbooking Dazzles™ Stickers


Christmas Wonder Foiled Fancies™

Christmas Wonder Foiled Fancies™

Christmas Fancy Patterns Stamp Set

Christmas Fancy Patterns Stamp Set
















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Friday Freebie Download (We’re On A Roll!)

Happy Friday! We have another stunning quote for you to print from our Art Director, Kyla! What I love about this one (besides that fact it’s SO TRUE) is that it looks like what would result if you were to combine our Bohemian Dreams & Letterpress collections (see below)!

Click here to download!

Click here to download!


Now to prove my point! If you love the look of this quote, check out our papers and more, below!

Bohemian Dreams 12x12 Scrapbooking Papers

Bohemian Dreams 12×12 Scrapbooking Papers













Letterpress 12x12 Scrapbooking Papers

Letterpress 12×12 Scrapbooking Papers













Bohemian Dreams Paper Tole

Letterpress Paper Tole

Letterpress Paper Tole












Flowers & Lace Foiled Fancies™

Flowers & Lace Foiled Fancies™


Letterpress Die-Cuts












Here’s a card Susan created using Bohemian Dreams as well as the Layered Labels Design Tool Kit #10 Template:

Click here for instructions!

Click here for Susan’s instructions!


And for the Letterpress fans—an amazing scrapbook page from Gail:

Click here for instructions!

Click here for Gail’s instructions!

I just love the romance of this page! Thanks Kyla, for your inspiring art! Looks like I’m going to be up to my elbows in Bohemian Dreams this weekend!

How about you? Let us know what you’ll be creating in the comments below! And tell me your favorite—Bohemian Dreams? Or Letterpress?!


Have an incredible weekend!


Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog






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Happy Friday, Paper Wishers: FREE Printable Download!

*** Update: We have updated the artwork download below, removing an extra “the.” Our apologies for any inconvenience!



Welcome! We are updating the look of the Paper Wishes Facebook page with this artwork from Kyla, our wonderfully creative Art Director. (For anyone who follows the Paper Wishes dogs, this is Wiley’s mom.)


Kyla Cesca, Art Director at Paper Wishes & Hot Off The Press


Wiley showing off one of his many tricks (and a little Oregon State pride)!


Kyla thought our Paper Wishers might enjoy this gorgeous design as much as we do! So she went ahead created a special 8.5″x11″ printable piece (below) just for you!

Click here to download your free 8.5″x11″ printable!


Print this beautiful page and slip it into the front of a binder, add it into a journal or even frame it. We hope you enjoy this beautiful, daily reminder to make the best of everything!

Here at Hot Off The Press, we’ve been busy as always. We just finished putting together our 2016 Fall Paper Wishes® catalog (online Sept. 3rd) and I’ll be bringing you some sneak peeks here on the blog, and also on the Paper Wishes Facebook page. If you’re on Twitter, be sure to follow us there too!

Again, thank you for being a part of the Paper Wishes family! I wish you all a wonderful, paper-filled weekend! 😀


Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog


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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.



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:


Designed by Linda Holt


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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Spring 2016: Card Kits, Planners, Watercolors & Spring Cleaning!


Here at Paper Wishes, spring has officially sprung! Just as we’re seeing signs of new life outside, we have lots of fresh new items that debuted in the Early Spring 2016 Paper Wishes® Special Edition catalog (all available now at! This catalog has a lot to get excited about, so here’s a peek at a few of my favorites (love my job)! 🙂


Rose Garden Foiled Die-Cut Topper Kit 

First I want to share something that’s both new and spectacularly gorgeous—the Rose Garden Foiled Topper Kit! Gail demo-ed this kit during her appearance on HSN and it completely sold out. If you didn’t get yours, here’s your chance! Supplies are limited.


A luxurious, foiled card topper kit in vivid fuchsia, lime and teal florals.

  • 160 stunning, gold-foiled die-cuts
  • 16  patterned papers (8.5″x11″)
  • 24 blank white cards (5″x6.5″) and 24 envelopes
  • idea sheet

Here are a couple of project ideas, although clearly you’ll have TONS of beautiful options to play with!


Some of the toppers are so large that they make a perfect shaped card! Designed by Debbie Samples.




You can layer the toppers, and yes—that beautiful, lacy paper is part of the set! Designed by Gail Booth.


Carpe Diem Planner Collection

Another favorite (especially among Paper Wishes employees) is the Carpe Diem Planner Collection from Simple Stories! Apparently, we all needed to get organized—but doing so also had to be fun and creative. The planner already comes with everything you need. Then, just choose coordinating Carpe Diem planner extras to customize it—take a look!



Carpe Diem Planner in Platinum


Carpe Diem Planner in Coral


Carpe Diem Planner in Black





Planner comes with foiled acetate insert; 12 monthly calendar pages; 12 monthly tabbed dividers; 72 weekly inserts; 7 decorative inserts; one A5 notepad tablet


Here are all the fun extras—with even more coming in April 2016!


Carpe Diem Magnetic Bookmarks


Carpe Diem Bits ‘N Pieces Die-Cuts


Carpe Diem Sticky Note Bookmark



Carpe Diem Pocket Inserts


Carpe Diem Calendar Stickers


















And one of our graphic designers, Kristen, had a fabulous idea—use the weekly pages as a journal! You can still plan ahead on the monthly calendar AND have a place to jot down those precious daily moments that we forget all too easily! Genius!


Stackable Caddy Organizer (Deflecto)

Embracing some much-needed organization, I also picked up one of these!

caddyMoms and grandmas, do you see this!? This caddy features three compartments with snapping lids to keep little fingers out! You can even turn the containers so the lid latches on the inside (close to the handle) keeping your “helpers” away from anything sharp, sticky or permanent. The lids are removable if this isn’t a concern for you, but you probably have a good sense of where I’m coming from… 😉 Another cool feature? You can stack multiple caddies and lock them together. This is a storage solution that I LOVE and it’s perfect to hold all your “basics.”


NEW Watercolor Basics

Another fun trend we are seeing lots of is watercolor. Personally, I love to paint. A simple watercolor background is an easy way to give your cards, pages and projects an extra layer of mixed-media-loveliness, so I’m very excited that now carries everything you’ll need to get started!


Tri-fold Watercolor Tin


No. 1 Watercolor Brush


9″x12″ Watercolor Pad










Watercolor Coloring Book

Here’s one of the pages from this incredible watercolor coloring book. I haven’t tried this book out yet, but it’s definitely on my wish list (along with this one).


So there you have just a few of my Spring Special Edition favorites! Post any comments or questions you might have below, and I’d love to hear—what were some of your favorites?

See you soon!


Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog


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