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P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Magazine Monday! Is everyone getting excited for St. Patrick’s Day? Make sure you check back with us on Wednesday for Kim Hughes’ Groovin’ with the Go-to Gals post. She’s designed three cards using three different shades of green and will announce some fun challenges for anyone who wants to play along.

Since we’re in full St. Patty’s countdown mode, I thought I would share some of the cards we made at our last card group. I gave everyone the option of making either St. Patrick’s Day cards or cards of a different theme. The only catch…they all had to incorporate glorious green!

From left to right: Tracy's Luck Card, Rox's Green Clover Card, Beth's Celebrate Card and Andrew's Just Keep Swimming Card.

From left to right: Becky's Thoughts of You Card, Brenda's Green and Groovy Card, Brady's Thank You Leaf Card and Kalyn's Hello Tree Card.

From left to right: Jennifer's Masculine Birthday Card, my Love Helps Card and Megan's Graphic Hi Card.

Once again, we gathered around Jennifer's dining room table for a night of crafting.

Since new momma Brandy was at home with her new little man, she sat out last month’s card group. Which means…I just happen to have an extra set of these lovely green cards. Leave a comment telling me your favorite shade of green and I’ll pick one lucky person to take home all 11 cards! All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Tuesday, March 16.

Happy Monday!
Kelly

P.S. It’s time to announce the winner of my Luck of the Irish post!

Jennifer Post (March 12, 2:03 p.m.)

Congrats, Jennifer! You’ve won Little Yellow Bicycle’s Lucky Me collection. I’ll be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address. Thanks to all who left comments!

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Jennifer Schaerer

We’re a tight-knit team around here, and because of that we all feel like we’ve just had a baby.

Okay, not really.

But ohmygosh…we were so excited when Brandy let us know it was finally our turn to meet Cooper Kaleb Jesperson! Yesterday was the day, so we swung by a local restaurant to grab Brandy’s favorite meal and headed over to her house for lunch.

We were so enthralled with this little man that we almost forgot to eat.

Hi everyone! Meet Cooper!

Do babies get any sweeter than this?

Prying him away from Cath was the challenge of the day. Auntie Cath just loooooves babies!

Cooper loves him some Cath time!

Cooper was a great sport about being passed around, which is a good thing because the line of cradling arms was growing impatiently.

Ah, the experience of being a mom to three. Brenda swaddled Cooper and snuggled him right up!

Kelly in a focused moment with Cooper, trying to find the exact right spot for that binky while Brandy takes a break.

Hunger calls, though, and Cooper let us know when he was more than ready for Brandy to be back on duty.

Hey, you're not my mom.

So Brandy, in her deft and impossibly comfortable way, let Cooper join in the lunchtime occasion. And boy, can he ever mow through a bottle!

If someone can be a natural mother, Brandy is it!

Although we would have spent the entire afternoon at Brandy’s house, just admiring her little miracle and getting our Brandy “fix” until she returns to the office, we still had the small matter of a few magazines to produce.

So, we did what tight-knit teams do and grabbed a quick group shot with our new #1 little man.

Cooper and his harem of admirers

I spent the visit at a distance to protect Cooper from my late-season sniffles, but just being with Brandy and absorbing her happiness as a new mom was more than enough for me.

Since it really is the season for babies (and brides, too!), if you’re inspired to join the fun during our Babies and Brides Gallery Challenge, please do!

Basking in the baby bliss,
Jennifer

Susan R. Opel

In the last year, we’ve shared all sorts of crazy Paper Crafts fun with you. If you scroll through the last 12 months of our blog, you’ll see that we work really hard, but we also have lots of good times, too. Having a great job is all well and good, but when you can call your colleagues friends, that’s pretty stinkin’ cool.  

Kelly recently called me the team cheerleader (ooh, I like that title!), so I’ve gathered a synopsis of the silly, mundane and cool things that we’ve done since this blog’s inception.

Can I get a Go! Fight! Win! Paper Crafts

This is one of my favorite pictures of the Paper Crafts team.

We’ve had six interns in the last year, and each has brought her own personality to our team. I always loved seeing their blog posts with their impressions of what it’s like to work in our office. I think we’ve turned a few of them into paper crafters. But really, how can they resist? 

Thanks Courtney, Brynn, Lindy, Nicki, Melinda, and Sarie!

You also got the chance to look into our daily lives with meetings, an office tour, photo shoot preparation and us just generally loving each other. We keep busy in our offices and cubicles bringing you the magazine, but we take time to chit-chat sometimes, too. 

Getting the job done, Paper Crafts’s style

But we’re not confined to the office, no siree! We’ve been out in the world together on many occasions. A crew of us visited Disneyland, four of us saw Celine Dion in concert, the whole gang painted plates at a do-it-yourself pottery place, many of us participated in card group and we even had a field trip to the Making Memories office. 

We work and play hard!

As a card making magazine, it probably comes as no surprise that we LOVE to celebrate every little holiday possible. From Halloween (oh, those polygamist brides of Frankenstein!) to St. Patrick’s Day (any reason to dress in a theme) to the Super Bowl (don’t let that Steelers jersey fool you – Go COLTS!). 

Give us a holiday, and we’ll find a way to celebrate!

And what would we do without our friends? We love having visitors stop by, and when they do it’s hugs all around. When are you going to stop by? 

We love to grab a picture when friends stop by.

So what do you want to see in the upcoming months from the Paper Crafts team? I’ve got three new Imaginisce collections and three of our Betty t-shirts to give away to three lucky commenters. Leave a comment by Friday, Feb. 5 at midnight (MST), and you might just win! 

Your Paper Crafts cheerleader,
Susan

P.S. It’s time to announce the winner from Brandy’s A Year of Giving Back post!

Jess (Feb. 2, 8:53 a.m.)

Congrats, Jess! You’ve won two prize packages! One for yourself and one to give to a friend! Kelly will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address. Thanks to all who left comments!

Jennifer Schaerer

Sometime during the months leading into December, my life becomes one that is characterized by Christmas carols because I start thinking in lyrics. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and it’s definitely the most wonderful time of the year

Although I love the drama of the decor, the sweet sounds of singing voices and the promise of tasty pastries and other festive holiday foods, it’s the spirit of giving that really helps me dance my way through the season. There’s nothing better than the feeling of helping those who need it most. 

In the spirit of giving, the elves in the Paper Crafts workshop have been busy the last few weeks. Monday was decorating day for our donated tree for Utah’s Festival of Trees, and this year’s labor of love is now complete. 

This was Holly's very first Festival of the Trees. Judging from that big smile, she really enjoyed herself.

Cath, our moxie fab elf, helped us wire ornaments.

Our chief wire elves Brenda and Kelly whistled while they worked.

Brandy became our chief garland elf and did a great job.

Susan was our chief bag elf since she went around and picked up little bits of trash. After all, every artist needs a clean workspace!

And every artist needs a canvas to paint on. I happily took on the role as chief tree elf. Does it look straight?

Ta da! What do you think of our finished tree?

This event is an annual fundraiser for the patients at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, and every penny raised at the event goes directly to the children at the hospital who couldn’t otherwise pay for treatment. 

Brandy Jesperson, our managing editor, has been involved with this fundraiser for 10 years after being a patient at Primary Children’s as a teenager. She urged us to get involved, and we decorated our first Paper Crafts team tree a few years ago and have been doing it ever since. 

Here's last year's "Home for the Holidays" tree.

This year’s tree was auctioned off to the highest bidder and we’re certain that it brought a generous sum for the hospital. All of us at Paper Crafts are grateful to the manufacturers who helped make this tree possible with their heartfelt donations: 

We’d also like to say a very special thanks to all the designers who sent in handmade card sets for us to include with the tree: 

All of our lovely donated cards!

It’s definitely the most wonderful time of the year!
Jennifer

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Magazine Monday! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Even though we’re still a few days away from Thanksgiving, a massive snowstorm blew in this weekend reminding us that Santa Claus will be here very soon. Luckily, a few of us magazine editors are well-prepared because we just swapped Christmas tags at our monthly card group.

Our little group (which just celebrated its one-year anniversary!) met at Jennifer’s house on Saturday. Since there’s always so much going on in December, we deliberately don’t meet this month – which means we swap Christmas tags in November. We each made 12 tags of the same design, swapped them with our fellow card group members and took home 12 different designs. I know I’m a little bit bias, but I think our tags are gorgeous!

Here's all of our lovely Christmas tags...just waiting to be swapped!

After we swap cards/tags, I like to have some crafty activity prepared for us to do. In the past we’ve paper crafted calendars, wooden picture frames, recipe books, gift bags, magnet boards, treat containers, etc. Since we’ve been meeting for a while now, it’s getting harder and harder to come up with new activities that are not only fun, but can be completed in a couple of hours. Lucky for me, I stumbled across this inspiring blog post from designer Lisa Johnson. Her little holiday planners immediately put me in the Christmas spirit and made me think, “Let’s make these in card group!”

Lisa Johnson's cute holiday planner was all the inspiration I needed.

Lisa Johnson's holiday planner was all the inspiration I needed!

The icing on the cake is I just happen to stock up on composition books during all the back-to-school sales. I found them for 53 cents a piece! What’s great about this project is you can adapt it for so many occasions. In addition to holiday planners, these make great journals (pregnancy/weight loss/travel), sketch books, appointment books, etc.

Once again we gathered in Jennifer's cozy dining room to unleash our creativity.

I had everyone bring their favorite Christmas-themed paper and I provided the “Christmas Lists” title and the stamped envelopes that said “Coupons” and “Receipts”. (Just paste the envelopes in the front and back covers!) And it was so fun incorporating a pen into the design of the planner. Who doesn’t need a pen when they’re making their “naughty” and “nice” lists!

Here's Brenda and her completed holiday planner.

Here's Brenda and her festive holiday planner.

Sarah and Brandy show off their cute planners and Brandy's baby bump!

The Three Musketeers (Jennifer, Beth and Tracy) proudly display their planners.

Megan arrived a little late to the party, so she missed our fun activity. She kindly agreed to stand up with me to show you the "before" and "after" look.

So there you have it…November’s card group is in the bag! If you’re itching to do a fun project, I highly recommend these cute holiday planners. Why not make a whole bunch and give them away? Tis the season, after all!

Happy Monday!
Kelly

P. S. It’s time to announce the two winners from my Freebie Friday – I’m Thankful For… post!

1. Kellie B. (Nov. 22, 12:43 p.m.)
2. dahlhousedesigns (Nov. 21, 5:27 p.m.)

Congrats, winners! You each won Reminisce’s Autumn Forest collection! I’ll be contacting you shortly to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

P.P.S. There’s still time to upload your holiday treat containers to our November Gallery Challenge! Three winners will receive a 1-year subscription to Paper Crafts (or a special issue of their choice) and be featured on this blog on Monday, Dec. 7. You better act fast…this challenge ends at midnight (MDT) tonight. Click here for the details!

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P. Kelly Smith

Happy Halloween! Yesterday I revealed the theme of our highly anticipated team costume: The Seven Brides of Frankenstein. (Well, technically it was nine brides since our two interns agreed to join in on the fun! The more the merrier, right?)

Jennifer was kind enough to make all the brides these amazing black and white tulle veils. Add a wardrobe of black fish net stockings, a little black dress and some ghoulish make-up and hair, and we’re ready to meet our handsome Frankie at the Paper Crafts alter.

Here comes the brides! What do you think of our official wedding portrait?

Frankenstein a.k.a. Matt Anderson

Black Widow Bride a.k.a. Jennifer Schaerer

Creative Bride a.k.a. Cath Edvalson

Somber-But-Not-Sober Bride a.k.a. Cath Edvalson

Bun-In-The-Oven Bride a.k.a. Brandy Jesperson

Diamond Ice Bride a.k.a. P. Kelly Smith

Fiery Vixen Bride a.k.a. Susan R. Opel

Don't-Mess-With-Me Bride a.k.a. Brenda Peterson

Happy-Go-Lucky Bride a.k.a. Holly Mills

Mysterious Vamp Bride a.k.a. Melinda Dann

Not-So-Sure Bride a.k.a. Sarie Smith

As you can see, we had a very good time at the wedding! A special thanks goes out to “Frankie” for putting up with nine crazy, hormonal bridezillas!

Here’s hoping your Halloween is a memorable one!
Kelly

P.S. Make sure you check back with us on Monday when we spotlight the three winners from our October Gallery Challenge! With 469 submissions, there was a lot of spooktacular projects to choose from!

Wendy Johnson, Founding Paper Crafts Pro

Wendy Johnson

‘Tis the season for ribbons, paper galore and homemade gifts tied up in pretty things! As we celebrate an early Christmas this week on the ol’ Paper Crafts blog, I’m excited to share with you a tag I created for this very fun special issue that is overflowing with amazing holiday creations. 

The little diddy shown below and featured in Holiday Cards & More, Vol. 4 was made with love from the super cute KI Memories collection, “Festive.” I love the bright colors and whimsical design that captures the fun side of the holiday season, and I’d love to give away a set of this collection along with a copy of this extra special holiday issue. Just leave me a comment by Friday, August 28 at midnight MDT and I’ll choose three winners.

Christmas Heart Tag (p. 106)

I can’t believe that we’re already gearing up for this season and all that it brings. It seems that every season sneaks up on us whether we are prepared for it or not! I also know that along with the seasons of fall, winter, summer and spring, there comes other seasons in our lives… all of which serve a purpose and shape who we are. I love this little reminder that is perched on my mantle that helps me remember that there truly is a season and time for every purpose in our lives. 

This lovely quote greets me each and every day.

Six years ago, seeds were planted during a time of my life that has grown and flourished and become one of my most bountiful seasons. Those seeds were planted in the rich soil of Paper Crafts and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to have grown and flourished within the pages of this magazine, as they themselves grew from a single issue. I was there in the beginning and have thoroughly enjoyed this little season of my life. My greatest accomplishment has come within the pages of The Joy of Card Making and The Joy of Card Making: A Second Helping special issues.

I’m so grateful for Valerie Pingree and Jennafer Martin for their vision and belief in me as we worked together to bring you little card recipes for you to use in your card making. I will never forget the late night hours with two sleeping little ones tucked in their beds, as I worked on sketches and cards to share with you, our beloved readers. After the success of both issues, I was then asked to become a Paper Crafts Pro and continued to share with you my love and passion for paper crafting each month. I have also traveled across the country to Canada and even on a Caribbean Cruise to teach eager students who are ready to learn and share in this amazing hobby! 

As this season of my life comes to a close, I can’t say goodbye without saying thank you to those that have helped shape my life during this season…

  • Valerie Pingree – who saw something in me the very first day and captured the vision of The Joy of Card Making from the first moment she laid eyes on it. I owe this all to you!
  • Jennafer Martin – oh, how I have missed her! The e-mails and phone calls over the years as we worked together on The Joy of Card Making series and other special issues when she was managing editor of Paper Crafts.  Jennafer, you are one of the most amazing and influential women in the editorial department and I’m so proud to have worked with you. You deserve your new title more than ANYONE, and I’m a better person for having known you!
  • Nichole Heady – we became Paper Crafts Pro buddies from the very beginning. We’ve shared moments of laughter and late night talks as we discussed everything from our children, snakes that roam her Tennessee backyard and the latest and greatest in paper, ribbon and stamps. I’m so proud of you and your risk to make your dreams come true… Papertrey Ink. I love ya, friend!
  • Alisa Bangerter – There isn’t anyone that is more genuine, honest and sincere than this dear friend. Alisa, you are so very talented and I’m so proud of you! I love watching your segments on KSL as you have taken flight in your own new adventures. I will be the first in line to buy your book… so you better get it written!
  • Melissa Phillips – Seriously, can there be anyone sweeter than you?! Oh, sweet Melissa, how I love ya, girlie! You are THE MOST talented gal I know and best little mommy! Thank you for always being there, listening to me and being a part of this season in my life!
  • Sue Neal – If you haven’t taken a class from Sue, then you are truly missing out! She is one of the best teachers I know and is so full of life. I’m so glad we share some Idaho roots and that we have become such good friends! Best of luck with your cute card kits and I’ll see you at the conventions!
  • Stacy Croninger – There was no one better to take the helm of Paper Crafts after Valerie stepped down than you! I have missed your Laffy Taffy jokes and fun sense of humor! I’m so grateful that you are still a part of this huge family and that I get to see you at the Creating Keepsakes Conventions… I’m such a lucky gal!
  • Cath Edvalson – There really aren’t any words to adequately describe this amazing lady! We have spent several years working together and I have learned so much from her! Cath, I will never forget when you told me you had an “emotional reaction” over a picture frame I created years ago… that is my greatest compliment from you. Thank you!
  • Brenda Peterson – The glue that holds the entire Paper Crafts family together. I have worked with Brenda since that very first day and she is still here to keep everyone going! Thank you for your hard work and making sure I get paid!
  •  Jennifer, Brandy, Kelly and Susan – The rest of the gals that round out the amazing editorial staff of Paper Crafts magazine. Although our time spent together was very short, I’m so grateful that I have had the opportunity to have known and worked with you. Brandy, thank you for your wonderful home where we met many times to brainstorm, laugh and enjoy good food! Kelly, you have taken the blogging world by fire and you are amazing with what you do. Susan, you have added a whole other element to this family… thank you for your presence and hard work! Jennifer – everyone is in good hands with you leading the team. Thank you for your help and understanding during very difficult times.
  • Paper Crafts Loyal Readers – all I can say is… thank you. Thank you for your loyal support every month as you read the pages of this amazing magazine. We all love you!

As with every season in our lives, when one comes to a close, another one begins to come to life. And so it is with my own little journey in life. Although my season with Paper Crafts magazine has come to a close, I’m beyond excited and thrilled for my new season that is just beginning to sprout. As the new Education Coordinator for Piggy Tales, I will be designing classes and traveling across the country doing what I love the very most… teaching! I will also be designing projects galore through our monthly kit club, PTA, and many other assignments and adventures that are about to unfold. So, drop by our web site and you will be able to continue to see me in all that Piggy Tales has to offer… you don’t want to miss out!

And last, but not least, I must thank my sweet husband. He was there that very first day when I had the idea to submit my work. He has encouraged me every step of the way, washed dishes, mopped floors and wiped runny noses from two little faces when I have been buried in deadlines! If it weren’t for him, my dreams would have never come true! I love you, babe!

May we each remember that there truly is a “season and a time to every purpose” as we each journey through life… may you live each season that comes your way to the very fullest!

Wendy, Founding Paper Crafts Pro

P.S. If you’re a new reader and interested in learning more about The Joy of Card Making special issues, we’re currently offering a “Buy One, Get One” sale. If you buy the first volume, you’ll get “A Second Helping” for FREE! Click HERE to reserve your copies today!

P. Kelly Smith

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Magazine Monday! Two weeks ago, Nicole, one of our readers, left this comment on Brandy’s Finding New Friends post:

“I’m not sure if this has been done before I started following the blog, but I would love to see a tour of the Paper Crafts office. I do remember seeing a picture of the lobby a few months back, but a photo tour would be cool.”

Well, Nicole, your wish is my command! Sit back and enjoy “walking” through the hallways of 14850 Pony Express Rd. We’ll also show you pictures of each team member’s cubicle or office. We have them decorated a little differently, so we’ll share why we have what we have and why we love it. That made sense, right?

Heres the front of our office building. The flowers are still blooming!

Here's the front of our office building. The flowers are still blooming!

Heres what you see when your first walk in our lobby. Last year our lobby got a little makeover. With IKEA literally in our backyard, it was a no brainer.

Here's what you see when your first walk through our doors. Our lobby got a little makeover last year. With IKEA literally in our backyard, it was a no brainer.

Heres what on the other side of the lobby. The digital picture frame constantly cycles through pictures of us, the Creating Keepsakes team and others in our building.

Here's what's on the other side of the lobby. The digital frame constantly cycles through pictures of us, the Creating Keepsakes team and others in our building.

If you take a right youll see a long hallway that houses pictures of all of our covers over the years.

If you take a right from the lobby, you'll see a long hallway that houses pictures of all our magazine covers. It's amazing to walk down it and see how far we've come!

Since were on this side of the building, Ill take you into our storage room. Here we store all of our magazines, supplies, Christmas decorations, etc.

Since we're on this side of the building, I'll take you into our storage room. Here we store all of our surplus magazines, supplies, Christmas decorations, etc.

The storage room also houses designers projects that have already been photographed in the studio and are waiting to be mailed back.

The storage room also holds designers' projects that have been photographed in the studio and are waiting to be mailed back.

Now lets take a quick peek into our warehouse. Not very tidy, but it definitely serves its purpose. In addition to being a very large storage room for all departments, packages are shipped and received here.

Now let's take a quick peek into our warehouse. Not very tidy, but it definitely serves its purpose. In addition to being a very large storage room for all departments, packages are shipped and received here.

Now lets go eat! Off to the break room we go... Here we eat our lunches, conduct company-wide meetings and pick up our mail.

Now let's go eat! Off to the break room we go... Here we eat our lunches, conduct company-wide meetings and pick up our mail.

This is the free table. It sits in the break room and whatever is on it is up for grabs. I once made the mistake of setting down some sweepstakes product while I grabbed a glass of water. Youve never seen so many women go crazy!

This is the "free table". It sits in the break room and anything on it is up for grabs. I once made the mistake of setting down some sweepstakes product while I grabbed a glass of water. You've never seen so many grown women go crazy!

With our bellies full, its time to go back to work. Lets head down this hallway to Jennifers office. On this wall youll see all of our black and white headshots.

With our bellies full, it's time to go back to work. Let's head down this hallway to Jennifer's office. On this wall you'll see all of our black and white headshots.

And here we are in Jennifers office. Hold for a minute while Jennifer applies a fresh coat of tinted lip gloss. (I did the exact same thing!)

And here we are in Jennifer's office. Hold for a minute while Jennifer applies a fresh coat of tinted lip gloss. (I did the exact same thing, so don't judge!)

Jennifer loves the color green, so this is her little green oasis. She even liked this piece of patterned paper so much, she even framed it!

Jennifer loves the color green, so this is her little green oasis.

Why Jennifer Loves Her Office Space: 

“I think the most obvious part of my office is the wall color – Crisp Celery (by Behr) is the color name. It’s a warm yellowish green that was inspired by my love of anything green and also by this particular patterned paper that is now framed and hanging on my wall:

The color green is known for being a restful and natural influence, providing balance and healing to surroundings. Almost everyone who comes into my office comments on how bright and happy it feels, and I even find myself studying the color as it changes with the light throughout the day.”

Right next door is Matts office. He was just promoted to art director and as you can see, hes taking his new responsibilities very seriously!

Right next door is Matt's office. He was recently promoted to art director and as you can see, he's taking his new responsibilities very seriously!

Matt really is just a big kid. Even though hes only been in his office a couple of weeks, hes already lined up his prized Star Wars figurines.

Matt really is just a big kid. Even though he's only been in his office two weeks, he's already lined up his prized Star Wars figures. May the force be with you, Matt!

Why Matt Loves His Office Space:
 
“Well, seeing that I just moved from cube to an office, I like having four walls around me. I feel I can concentrate more and focus on the project at hand.”
On the other side of Jennifers office is our beloved Brighton conference room. All the conference rooms here are named after Utah ski resorts. We have Brighton, Sundance and Alta (although Alta went away to become someones office!). Here we hold all of our concepting and submission judging meetings, as well as our weekly staff meeting called Rendezvous.

On the other side of Jennifer's office is our Brighton conference room. All the conference rooms are named after Utah ski resorts. There's Brighton, Sundance and Alta (although Alta went away to become someone's office!). Here we hold all of our concepting and submission judging meetings, as well as our staff meeting called Rendezvous. Looks like someone needs to clean the white board!

Now lets go back down the hall to Brandys office. She decided to paint her walls a soft, buttery yellow.

Now let's go back down the hall to Brandy's office. She decided to paint her walls a soft, buttery yellow. The rose picture is from IKEA. And yes, it's always this neat!

Heres a close-up view of some items in Brandys bookcase.

Here's a close-up view of some items in Brandy's bookcase.

Why Brandy Loves Her Office Space:

“My office doesn’t have any windows, so the first thing I did before I moved in was paint two of the walls a soft yellow. This helps bring the sunshine in even on the dreariest of days. I don’t work well in a messy or cluttered environment, so everything in my office is neat and tidy. My magazines are stored in chronological order in matching holders. I have two magnetic boards from IKEA (love that store!) that are used to display cards from designers, magazine covers in progress and little mementos. My office is often the storing place for projects while I’m preparing assignments for writers and final editing. To keep the chaos to a minimum, I have lots of empty shelves that can easily be filled with totes and binders. I’ve found that using the vertical space around me keeps my desk and floor clutter-free and in turn keeps me sane in a sea of cards, gift wraps and home décor items!”

From Brandys office, we walk down an aisle that houses the rest of our cubicles. We first stop at Caths cube.

From Brandy's office, we walk down an aisle that houses the rest of our cubicles. We first stop at Cath's cube, aka Ms. Edvalson. As a former teacher, she still uses her teacher voice every now and then to keep us in line.

 
Why Cath Loves Her Office Space:
 
“What I love most is the wall of ephemera in my cube. I have trinkets from shows, cards that have been sent by industry friends and photos that I’ve accumulated over the four years that I’ve been here at Paper Crafts.”
  
Behind Cath sits Susan. Like Brandy, Susan is very tidy, too. And she LOVES the color orange!

Behind Cath sits Susan. Susan is also very tidy. And she loves the color orange!

Heres a few of Susans favorite things. See what I mean about the color orange!

Here's a few of Susan's favorite things. See what I mean about the color orange!

Why Susan Loves Her Office Space: 

 
“The obvious thing that I love about my cube is its juicy orangeness. Orange is my favorite color, and I try to incorporate it in as many ways as possible from scissors, file folders and push pins to monograms, storage bins and flowers. It’s an awfully happy little space to read, write and create! I’ve also peppered my work area with fun photos and memorabilia from my teaching days as well as things I’ve picked up while working for Paper Crafts magazine. I definitely like to keep things neat and tidy in my area!” 

Next on our tour is my cube. I sit right across from Susan and behind Brenda.

Next on our tour is my little cube. I sit right across from Susan and behind Brenda.

My favorite wall is this one. I, too, collect quotes, cards, pictures, etc.

Here's my wall of memorabilia. Like Cath, I also collect quotes, cards, pictures, etc.

Why I Love My Office Space:
 
“I have a wall of memorabilia that greets me each and every day. Here I store all of the memories I have created at Paper Crafts. A lot of the larger pictures are ones where our former graphic designer Photoshopped my face on some famous actresses’ bodies. So far in my career I’ve played Vivien Leigh in Gone With the Wind and Jennifer Lopez in The Wedding Planner. And yes, that’s a REAL autographed picture of Matthew McConaughey sitting on my desk. Now you know where all my inspiration comes from!”
And last on our tour is Brendas cube. Its been said many times before, but she is the glue that keeps us together. If you have a question, just ask Brenda!

And last on our tour is Brenda's cube. It's been said before, but she is the glue that keeps us together. If you have a question, just ask Brenda!

Heres what inspires Brenda... her three cute kids!

Here's what inspires Brenda... her three cute kids!

Why Brenda Loves Her Office Space:

“I love my little corner of the office called my cube. It is my home away from home. I have collected little momentos along the way that remind me of fun events we have celebrated here at Paper Crafts. My favorite is my collection of little crafts that we have done throughout the years, most recently our name plates.”

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed your three-hour tour of the Paper Crafts office. Remember to collect all personal belongings, exit carefully from the bus and tip your driver generously!

See ya around the water cooler!
Kelly

P.S. It’s time to announce the two winners from Jennifer’s Foot Stompin’ Enthusiasm post and the three winners from my Got Vintage post! Here they are in no particular order:

Jennifer’s winners:

1. Kelly (August 14, 5:56 p.m.)
2. Erika (August 13, 2:27 p.m.)

My winners:

1. Steph (August 14, 9:04 p.m.)
2. Katie M (August 14, 8:06 a.m.)
3. Sherry Campbell (August 14, 9:01 a.m.)

Congrats, winners! I’ll be e-mailing you shortly to get your mailing addresses and discuss your prizes. Thanks to all who left comments!

Jennifer Schaerer

Jennifer Schaerer

I spent the better part of yesterday thinking back on my first year here at Paper Crafts (I know! It’s been a YEAR!), and one of the most satisfying parts of being part of this community is the enthusiasm and support for this oh-so-creative hobby of paper crafting.

And last week my cup, um, overfloweth with enthusiasm when I got to attend the annual convention for Stampin’ Up! demonstrators. Ever seen clips from a Hannah Montana concert? Yeah, it was sorta like that, but with grown women in the audience.

Before the tidal wave of energy arrived

Before the tidal wave of energy arrived

With a theme of Inspire. Create. Share. and some vibrant colors and set design to go with it, there was plenty of all three to go around. The most exciting part was hearing about the new design software being released Fall 2009: My Digital Studio. Let me tell you, this is one powerful and versatile tool, my friends. Keep an eye out for more information when the product is released.

Stampin’ Up! also unveiled its partnership with Build-A-Bear, releasing dies, designer paper and stamp sets that delightfully capture the charm of these furry do-it-yourself critters in paper crafted form.

Kelly Smith, Brittany Beattie, me, Megan Hoeppner and Brenda Peterson “sharing” the fun!

Kelly Smith, Brittany Beattie, me, Megan Hoeppner and Brenda Peterson “sharing” the fun!

After the general session broke for lunch, we (Kelly Smith, Brenda Peterson, plus our Creating Keepsakes peeps Megan Hoeppner and Brittany Beattie rounded our group) wandered through the lunchroom to see the project displays. I somehow managed to pick up my jaw from the floor and dig out my camera to start manically snapping photos of each color-themed section.

Until my battery died. And I’m not even kidding you.

But I was able to capture a good dozen shots, and I’m here to share the wealth. Get set to scroll through some catchy color combinations and lovely layering ideas. Ready? Go!

The lunch area was packed with hundreds of enthusiastic demonstrators refueling for two more days of Stampin’ Up! fun, so we gave a big inspired sigh and went back to our magazine world for the rest of the day.

Looking forward to another year as enjoyable as the past one,
Jennifer

P.S. I’d love to hear what aspect of paper crafting makes your cup overfloweth with enthusiasm. Leave a comment and I’ll pick two winners to each receive a Stampin’ Up! stamp set. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Friday, August 14.

Jennifer Schaerer

Jennifer Schaerer

I admit that I’ve definitely been a slow adopter of gift cards as a gift. To me, it’s always seemed so impersonal and sort of a cop-out to grab one at the cashier station and then just hand it over to the recipient. Convenient? Of course. But personal? Not so much.

If you’re with me on that, let me tell you about something extra wonderful in our newest special issue 225 Cards & Gifts: an entire feature on wrapping a gift card in some clever paper crafting love! There are 26 original ideas to make a gift card into something that shows you care, and I know I’ll be using every one of these ideas in some way.

I especially love this one by Anabelle O’Malley, because it’s a gift for now (mmmm…tasty treats!) and a gift card for later:

Isn’t this fresh design just perfect for honoring mom on Mother’s Day?

Isn’t this fresh design just perfect for honoring mom on Mother’s Day?

These tins are so versatile, too – just look at what Nichole Heady of Papertrey Ink did with a similar tin:

After the gift card is removed, the box becomes a comfy resting place for special pieces of jewelry!

After the gift card is removed, the box becomes a comfy resting place for special pieces of jewelry!

Nichole and her eye for all things gorgeous even took this project to the loveliest of levels by adding a card, a bracelet and a poem:

And guess what? Since it’s a special week around here, we’ve got some of these tins from Papertrey Ink to give away! Leave me a comment by midnight MDT this Thursday, April 23 letting me know what gift card you give most often. Five random (and lucky!) winners will each get a window tin and a large hinged tin to gussy up a few gift cards themselves! And a copy of 225 Cards & Gifts!

And make sure you head over to Moxie Fab World today! Cath is giving away gorgeous flowers, ribbons and trims from nine different manufacturers!

Jennifer

P.S.  Speaking of celebrations, tomorrow is Administrative Professionals Day and we’ll be honoring our own Editorial Assistant Brenda Peterson with an extra dose of Paper Crafts love. She is the glue that holds things together around here.

We’re giving her an extra cheer, too, for losing 67 pounds and being healthier than she’s ever been. We couldn’t be more proud of her!

We’re giving her an extra cheer, too, for losing 67 pounds and being healthier than she’s ever been. We couldn’t be more proud of her!

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