P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Magazine Monday! Did everyone have a good weekend? I hope you managed to squeeze some paper crafting into your busy schedules. (FYI: We’re currently accepting submissions for our September/October 2010 issue! Click HERE for more details!)  

I don’t know about you, but I usually have to be inspired before I sit down and create. Sometimes a photograph sparks my creativity, sometimes it’s a heartfelt quote, but most of the time, it always comes down to gorgeous product. And if sparkles, even better!

So when our friends at Doodlebug Design invited us and the Creating Keepsakes team to their new building, all of us envisioned a bright, happy place dripping in sparkling glitter. And the good news is we weren’t wrong! Besides viewing their new product lines, they also gave us a tour of their brightly painted offices, warehouse, conference rooms, exercise room and even their bathrooms! Talk about a rainbow of color! 

Brady Lovell, their graphic designer extraordinaire, greeted us under their colorful sign.

And yes, that’s a stapler in Brady’s hand. Only at magical Doodlebug does an ordinary stapler transform itself into an actual working telephone! 

Being the owner definitely has its perks! Here's Cynthea Sandoval's pretty pink office.

This vintage license plate can also be found in Cynthea's office.

Yes, this dress is made from paper. It's called White Flourish (1436). Did I mention it's paper?

Just in case the employees are inspired to work out before or after work, Doodlebug has their own gym, complete with staff lockers.

With Doodlebug's Tonya Prawitt looking on, Creating Keepsakes' Megan Hoeppner flexes her muscles for us!

Need a shower after that workout? Here's the boys' blue bathroom.

Even the shampoo and conditioner is color-coordinated! The girls' bathroom has pink and green bottles to match the pink walls!

Next on the tour was their very tidy warehouse. Row after row of gorgeous paper, stickers and embellishments. Can I get lost now?

Where was this sticker when I needed it on Valentine's Day?

No field trip is complete without a team picture on a comfy couch!

Thanks for the fun tour, Doodlebug! I now know the secret to their success…color-coordinated shampoo and conditioner! In all seriousness, I couldn’t agree more with this Doodlebug philosophy: “Surrounding yourself with playful colors promotes creativity and will brighten your day!”

Now our friends at Doodlebug want to brighten you day! They just released six new collections: Feeling Groovy, Mother Nature, Summertime, Great Getaways, On the Go, and Barnyard. Leave a comment telling me what color of paint you would pick for your Doodlebug office (we can all dream, right?). Three random winners will each receive one of the aforementioned collections! All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Tuesday, March 9. 

Happy Monday!

P.S. It’s time to pick the three winners from my It’s a Cosmo Kind of Day post! 

1. Laura (March 5, 11:17 a.m.)
2. Marla (March 5, 8:25 a.m.)
3. Star Davis (March 5, 9:12 a.m.)

Congrats, winners! You’ve each won a fun collection from Cosmo Cricket! I’ll be contacting you shortly to discuss your prizes and get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!