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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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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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!



“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).



  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.


Click for instructions!


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.


Click for instructions!


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! 🙂


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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Click for instructions!


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


Colorist Collection

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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.




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.


BOO! Card by Susan Cobb






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.


  • 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



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


  • 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!


Click here to view a google map!


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!



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!




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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