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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,

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!

Courtney Smith

Courtney Smith

Welcome to Magazine Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend!

When Brandy offered me this internship, she cautioned that what I got out of it would be determined by what I put into it. My first couple days were a blur; I had no idea what was going on. To put it bluntly, my enthusiasm for paper crafts exceeded my ability… never a good combination.

Luckily for me, the Paper Crafts team was there to help at every step, and answer any and every question I had. I’ve learned a lot interning at Paper Crafts. Can you believe I’ve learned all this in two months?!

  • I finally learned what a die was. (Almost two months after starting here. I can’t tell you how many times I had to ask Brandy for clarification. Oops!)
  • I discovered or perhaps re-discovered my inner paper craftress. I will have you know that since starting at Paper Crafts, I have made five cards and a project. It’s a start!
  • I learned how to set up cards for photography shots.
  • I have learned how to write supply lists and instructions. After every set of instructions, I re-read them and think, “Hmmm. I think I could do that!”
  • As a result of said supply lists, I am a self-proclaimed expert with Papertrey Ink’s Perfect Match Cardstock. Aqua Mist, anyone?
  • I scratched the surface on learning the inner workings of a magazine.
  • I learned how to do “returns” – mailing projects and complimentary issues back to card designers.
  • I learned about trends in paper and product; I didn’t know there was so much product out there!
  • I’ve learned that I want to work here, and I wish my tenure as an intern with Paper Crafts was not coming to a close!

In short, I have loved every minute of working at Paper Crafts and I have learned more than I could in any other setting. I didn’t know what I was going into, but I learned along the way (with lots and lots of help!) and I will really miss my daily dose of creativity from you readers, and of course, the lovely ladies at Paper Crafts!

Your Paper Crafts Intern,

Pausing for a photo with my Paper Crafts friends.

Pausing for a photo with my Paper Crafts friends.

P.S. Kelly asked me to remind you that voting for Round 3 of Gallery Idol begins today at noon. Make sure you check out this week’s button-rific entries and cast your vote! (*Remember, voting doesn’t begin until noon (MST), so please vote anytime after 12:00 p.m.)

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the six winners from Jennifer’s Welcome Go-to Gal, Betsy Veldman post! Here they are:

1. Jeni (July 16, 5:07 p.m.)
2. Mindy (July 16, 11: 37 a.m.)
3. Lisa Smith (July 16, 2:42 p.m.)
4. Angela S. (July 16, 7: 21 a.m.)
5. Carla (July 16, 10:43 a.m.)
6. Sharon D (July 16, 9:59 a.m.)

Congrats, ladies! You’ve each won a stamp set from Papertrey Ink. Kelly will be contacting you shortly for your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left so many (527 and counting!) comments for Betsy! Make sure you check back here tomorrow when we reveal the identity of mystery Go-to Gal #5!

Courtney Smith

Courtney Smith

I have a bit of an obsession… magazines. I refuse to go to the self-checkout lanes at grocery stores because doing such would inhibit my magazine browsing while waiting for the checkout worker. There is something about the high-shine and glossiness of magazines that lures me in.

Working at a magazine is my ultimate dream. It combines two things I love: writing and magazines. And while I am a self-proclaimed connoisseur of reading magazines, I really had no idea what went into producing a magazine. So here is a brief glimpse into what really goes on between the pages.

Heres just a few of my favorite magazines right now. We just got out desk copies of Card Creations, Volume 7 this week! It hits newsstands on June 23!

Here's just a few of my favorite magazines right now. We just got our desk copies of Card Creations, Volume 7 this week! It hits newsstands on June 23! To preorder this fabulous special issue, click on the magazine image!

My first week was exciting, to say the least. Monday welcomed me with post mortem notes, submission reviews, and first proof reviews. I know. What? Let me explain a bit. Post mortem notes are essentially what we did and didn’t like about the previous issue; our favorite card, our favorite feature, and so on. Submission reviews consisted of me staring in awe at the incredible talent presented before me, while Susan explained the different classifications of cards and what we were looking for. As a bit of a grammatical fiend, I relished in first proofs later that day, where we went over rough copies of the upcoming issue, scanning for errors. Might I add, errors were few and far between.

Heres a peek into our weekly staff meeting, otherwise known as Rendezvous. As you can see, Matt is designing in his sleep, while Jennifer emphasizes a point with her pen.

Here's a peek into our weekly staff meeting, otherwise known as Rendezvous. As you can see, Matt is completely engrossed with Jennifer's meeting manager style. And yes, that thing in the middle of the table is a dog dish...filled with candy. That Stace has a wicked sense of humor!

Wednesday kicked off with our weekly Rendezvous meeting, where we discussed upcoming events like World Card Making Day, and the status of future magazine issues. After lunch, we judged submissions for the January/February 2010 edition, and my dormant romantic was awakened looking at all the Valentine’s Day projects. I found myself saying, “That would be great for….” Following the judgment, submissions were sorted and acceptances were sent out.

I toured the photography studio. I got to sit in on a meeting about the September/October cover. And I compiled supply lists and instructions for cards featured in the magazine. I listened as plans were hatched for upcoming issues, and I added my two cents on a new avatar being designed. On Friday, we handed the magazine off to design (Matt’s not sleeping anymore!).

And so, my first two weeks ended in a blur. I went grocery shopping, and left with a few extra reading materials. (Hey, I had a long weekend ahead of me!) And as I flipped through the glossy pages that night, careful not to smudge the pages, I found myself not only enjoying the spreads, but instead analyzing the format of the feature, the picture to accompany, the design of the layout. And I felt like a bit of an insider, because I had peeked into the world of magazines.

Long live my magazine obsession!
Courtney, Paper Crafts intern

P.S. It’s time to announce the two winners of Kelly’s Freebie Friday – The Eco Issue post! Here they are in no particular order:

1. 2ndhandstamps (June 14, 6:14 a.m.)
2. Debbi (June 12, 11:48 a.m.)

Congrats, ladies! Each of will receive a selection of Tinkering Ink’s “Becoming Green” papers, as well as Unity Stamp Company’s “Growing in Unity’ stamp set. Kelly will be e-mailing you shortly for your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left so many great comments!

P.P.S. It’s also time to announce the three winners from Brandy’s {{{Hugs}}} post! Here they are in no particular order:

1. Naz (June 12, 4:56 p.m.)
2. Kelly (June 11, 6:06 p.m.)
3. snarflemarfle (June 11, 6:49 p.m.)

Each of you has won a “Writer’s Block Backgrounder” stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms. Kelly will be e-mailing you shortly for your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

And, it’s also time to announce the winner from Susan’s Happy Paper Crafts Anniversary to Me! post!

Congrats to Linda E. (June 11, 7:56 p.m.)!

You’ve won a copy of our July/August issue, as well as four cards that appear in this issue. Susan will be contacting you shortly for your mailing address!

Courtney Smith

Courtney Smith

Hello fellow paper crafters! I’m super excited to be the new intern here at Paper Crafts! Thank you for all of your lovely comments in Jennifer’s post this week. I already feel right at home and am anxious to learn all that I can!

Forgive me, but I grew up with only brothers, so sports analogies are rampant in my family. And to you baseball fans out there, here’s one: I’ve been called up. As a rookie in the field of card making, accepting the Paper Crafts internship catapulted me into the major leagues. Let me preface…I am the patron saint of unfinished projects. 

A peek into my hallway closet reveals half-finished cards, reading “Merry Chri…” before tapering off to scraps and raw corners. Paper from seasons ago and dried glue sticks litter the closet. The interest is there. I spend hours meandering craft stores, leafing through piles of paper and vowing that this time is different. This time I will complete my project. I get home, set up shop in front of the TV watching The Food Network, and get to work. Eventually, I can’t decide where to put the sentiment, or how to arrange the embellishment, and life interrupts my creative juices. “I’ll work on this later,” I tell myself. “Later” turns into putting it in the hall closet for “safe keeping” until I can devote more attention to it. Like I said, the interest is there, the execution is lacking.

Thank goodness for my planner! Without it and my little to-do lists, I would be lost!

Thank goodness for my planner! Without it and my little to-do lists, I would be lost!

This, however, is my year of doing things I say I’m going to, tackling those “laters” head-on. I went bungee jumping, I backpacked through Europe, I’m running a marathon, and now, I am vowing (This time for real. I promise.) to complete my crafting projects. You, beloved readers, have my word. And while I am way out of my league, surrounded by unmatched talent and creativity, I couldn’t be more excited about this internship or this opportunity.

So feel free to share your card-making tips and tricks and any encouragement you may have. I need all the help I can get!

Your Paper Crafts Intern,

P.S. I’ve already made a card for my roommate, and an adorable homemade card and envelope set. I may have unleashed a monster.

Jennifer Schaerer

Jennifer Schaerer

If you look up intern in the dictionary, you’ll find things like “must be willing to learn” and “like it or not, you’re low man on the totem pole.” Okay, not really. But internships are pretty far from being a dream job in the eyes of many ambitious soon-to-be college graduates.

I will never forget the intern who told me that he’d let me keep my job when he became my boss. Funny though – he was shocked when his time in the marketing department ended much sooner than anticipated and he found himself off-loading UPS trucks in the shipping department. Heh.

We’ve been very lucky with our interns here at Paper Crafts, and even if they aren’t passionate paper people, they are well on the way to using their writing and design talents to build a career. Although her time here was up before I joined the team, Kalyn’s intern legacy lives on. And in the last several months Lindy, Brynn and our now our newest intern, Courtney Smith, have brought plenty of energy and can-do attitude.

Meet Courtney – she had a whirlwind first day!

Meet Courtney – she had a whirlwind first day!

From the literal minute she arrived for her first day, Courtney jumped right in and impressed all of us. She tested out product on a card design and took step-out photos along the way, got a crash course in blog writing from Kelly, reviewed January/February submissions with Susan, edited proofs for our September/October issue, and still smiled serenely for a headshot to go with the on-the-fly questions I asked her about two hours after she arrived:

Creative clutter or obsessively organized?

Courtney:   Obsessively organized – I can’t function without my to-do lists!

Early bird or night owl?

Courtney:  Night owl – although I wish I were an early bird! I’d probably be a lot more productive!

Handwritten or keyboard?

Courtney:  Keyboard – call it a testament to the preferred ease of youth, but my hand gets tired after two paragraphs!

We’re happy to have Courtney’s obsessively organized, night owl keyboard skills here for the next few months and you’ll hear more from her very soon. If you’d like to leave her a “welcome” or “good luck” comment, I’m sure she’d appreciate it!


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