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I can’t remember the last time I was so inspired! Last Tuesday I cruised around the Go-to Gals & Friends Blog Hop like many of you, and what a spectacular hop it was! Seeing so many different styles and takes on each sketch was like unwrapping gift after gift at an extravagant birthday party.
That night I opened Go-to Sketches and marked over 20 sketches that I can’t wait to use. The funny thing is that I’ve worked on this issue since its inception last September, but seeing your reactions has been so exciting. I’ve created an album on Facebook where I’ll share my Go-to Sketches Quest.
And you know what? I really needed this push. I’m afraid I’ve become more of a supply collector, organizer and purger than an actual paper crafter. It’s been a long time since I set up a challenge for myself (honestly, I haven’t had a good goal for myself since I tried out for Creating Keepsakes magazine’s Hall of Fame and Scrapbooker of the Year contests). There’s a bit of a misconception that we are creating cards in the office every day. And the answer to that is: not so. There’s much to do in our corporate office environment.
It’s based on Go-to Gal Teri Anderson’s sketch on pg. 16.
While I know that this special issue with 66 sketches will keep me busy for a while, you can be assured that the ideas will never run out. Go-to Sketches is actually based on a regular column in the magazine. Each issue offers two new sketches and ten examples of the sketches in use (eight in the magazine and 2 online). As a matter of fact, here is one of the sketches in the May/June 2010 issue that is officially on sale today!
I love this sketch (designed by Go-to Gal Jessica Witty), especially for the balanced design. By using the rule of thirds, the sentiment ends up in the “sweet” spot in the bottom right third of the card front.
And as you learned last week in this post over at the Moxie Fab World blog, sketches can be turned every which way! I love how designer Sarah Martina Parker rotated the sketch 90 degrees to the left, not to mention her gorgeous color combination and heart-stopping houndstooth butterfly!
How would you like one last chance to win a copy of Go-to Sketches so that you can join me in my Go-to Sketch Quest? Leave a comment telling me about any of your paper crafting goals, and one person will win this sought-after issue! All comments must be received by at midnight (MDT) on Wednesday, April 14.
*Shhhhhhh!!! Don’t tell anyone, but I think I might sneak out of the office early to create!*
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!
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!
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.
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!
Welcome to Magazine Monday! Is it really March 1st? Already? I swear it was Christmas just a week ago. I guess times flies when you’re having fun…and fun we most definitely had last week! I hope you enjoyed the five glorious days all dedicated to our new special issue Stamp It! Cards.
I was so inspired after last week’s festivities that I went home and stamped all 12 of my cards for our monthly card group. To put us in the mood for St. Patrick’s Day, the theme was “green”. I loved picking out my favorite green paper and ribbon and then turned to stamping for the sentiment and focal image on my all occasion card. Loved the finished result!
Fellow card group co-chair (and CK’s creative editor) Megan Hoeppner just posted all of our green cards on her blog. Hop on over to take a look! And while you there, make sure to wish Megan a belated happy birthday. She just turned 29 last Thursday! (And unlike the rest of us, she really is 29!)
But before March comes in like a lion, let’s bid farewell to February by honoring our February Gallery Challenge winners! These three ladies not only aced our Valentine/Love-themed challenge, but they reminded us that every day is the perfect day to send a “heart”felt greeting.
Winner #1 – Andrea Vernagus:
Winner #2 – Julie Masse:
Winner #3 – Pat Sergeant:
Congratulations, ladies! Each of you has won either a one-year subscription or the special issue of your choice. I’ll be contacting you shortly to discuss your prizes. If you’re interested in seeing all the Valentine/Love-themed projects from the February challenge, please visit our gallery HERE.
Wanna join the fun and participate in our next challenge? We just launched our March Gallery Challenge! Since it’s the season of spring and new beginnings, we want to see your projects that are themed “babies” or “brides”. For inspiration, please turn to the “Thanks & Congrats” feature in our March/April 2010 issue. This three-week challenge will run through midnight (MST) on Monday, March 22. Click HERE for all the details!
P.S. It’s time to announce the winner from Brandy’s Save MONEY and Use Your Stamps post!
1. Veronica Z. (Feb. 25, 9:33 a.m.)
Congrats, Veronica! You’ve won all six sets featured in the Stamp It! 3-Ways section of Stamp It! Cards! I’ll be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address. Thanks to all who left comments and visited our Go-to Gals’ blogs!
P.P.S. Check back with us tomorrow when I announce the grand prize winner of our Royal Stamping Jackpot! (If you still haven’t left a comment to be eligible to win, I’m extending the deadline until midnight (MST) tonight!)
Yep, Fat Tuesday (also known as Shrove Tuesday), and no, I’m not calling you fat!
Protestants around the globe are preparing for the beginning of Lent tomorrow on Ash Wednesday. Fat Tuesday is known as the traditional last day of decadence before the 40 days of fasting associated with Lent.
Many associate this day with Mardi Gras in New Orleans complete with King Cakes, parades and beads. Back in 2005, my sister and I took an amazing Spring Break trip to New Orleans, and though we missed Mardi Gras, we were still able to capture the vibe of one of the coolest cities in the country!
But I digress! When I was growing up as a little Lutheran girl, my mom liked to celebrate Fat Tuesday by serving pancakes for dinner (yummo!). You see the word fat is in reference to the idea that all of the remaining sugar, fat and eggs needed to be used up to herald the fasting of Lent. That’s not to say that we fasted, but an excuse to eat pancakes for supper? Count me in!
Another yummy Fat Tuesday tradition in my family came from the large Polish Catholic community in my hometown of Bay City, Michigan, (let’s just say Krzysiak’s was one of our favorite restaurants in town). Paczki (pronounced punch-key) are deep-fried pastries much like a jelly doughnut. There was nothing like licking the dusty powdered sugar off my sticky fingers.
And so, after all of those calories and all of that fat and gluttony, Lent begins. You may know of the tradition of giving something up for Lent. It’s not a requirement for Lutherans, but I often choose something. It’s a good lesson in self-control, ya know? And that certainly never hurts. And then, once those 40 days are done, the ultimate is here! Easter! And hopefully full-fledged spring!
Speaking of spring, today the March/April issue of Paper Crafts magazine hits the newsstands! Dig inside for amazing ideas to bring abundant fresh air into your February life!
Giving you permission to eat paczki and pancakes today!
I know it’s cliché, but time flies when you’re having fun. I distinctly remember talking with the Paper Crafts team and dreaming up a blog full of interactive challenges, beautiful pictures and prizes galore! Sure enough, two blinks of an eye and one year later here we are!
One of our goals when we concepted this blog was to encourage people to serve those around them. After all, card making is innately generous. We make cards for our loved ones to celebrate events, give condolences and simply say “hi.”
As I think back over the past 12 months, we’ve not only had the chance to give back, but we’ve also had a lot of fun doing it. So put on your magical time machine hats (you’ve all got one, right?) and join me for a quick trip down memory lane.
Last Fall Kelly joined forces with some crafty friends to crop for Cystic Fibrosis. Not only did all the proceeds go to a great cause, but it was also a chance to meet new people and create into the wee hours of the morning!
In November we continued our tradition of decorating and donating a tree (complete with oodles of donations from manufacturers and designers) to the Festival of Trees. All the money raised at this event goes to the patients at Primary Children’s Medical Center, and over the past three years our trees have made more than $5000 for this great cause.
Even our Go-to Gals got into the act this year! Ms. Maren shared a delicious assortment of chocolate-covered creations (accompanied by a hearty dose of papery goodness) ideal for teacher gifts. With two former teachers on our team, we love and respect the fine people who teach our children each day.
In December we joined forces with Creating Keepsakes magazine and Creativity Heals. This program encourages people to donate time, creativity or extra crafting supplies towards improving the lives of others. We invited all of you to donate cards to Operation Write Home and were blown away by the generosity you showed on our blog and Facebook pages. We’ve been associated with this charity for years and love their support for our nation’s armed forces. We also donated hundreds of cards to this charity following our World Card Making Day Card Contest in October.
At each turn we have been struck by the kindness and willingness to give all of you readers have shown. Thanks for making 2009 a year of giving back. As a thank you I’d like to give ONE lucky person two copies of our new special issue Stamp It! Cards, two Fiskars stamp sets and two of our sassy Betty t-shirts. All that I ask is that you keep one prize package for yourself and give the other to a friend. To be eligible to win, please leave a comment telling me how you like to give back to those around you. Perhaps we’ll be able to take something YOU do and work it into 2010. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Wednesday, Feb. 3.
Thanks and love,
1. Diane S. (Jan. 29, 7:59 p.m.)
2. Carisa (Jan. 28, 3:17 p.m.)
3. Brandy Jarvis (Jan. 28, 2:12 p.m.)
4. Tammy Wisterman (Jan. 28, 8:08 p.m.)
5. Carol (Jan. 28, 3:31 p.m.)
6. Iris Soscia (Jan. 28, 1:48 p.m.)
7. Diana N. (Jan. 28, 6:40 p.m.)
8. Sue B. (Jan. 29, 7:56 p.m.)
9. Letisia Chubbuck (Jan. 28, 6:43 p.m.)
10. Jennifer Hansen (Jan. 28, 11:15 p.m.)
1. Carol H. (Jan. 29, 9:53 a.m.)
2. cards4ever (Jan. 29, 10:39 p.m.)
3. Wendy M. (Jan. 30, 8:47 a.m.)
4. Kerry A. (Jan. 31, 9:43 a.m.)
5. Mary Ashby (Jan. 29, 8:04 a.m.)
Congrats, winners! Kelly will be contacting you shortly to discuss your prizes and get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!
Welcome to Magazine Monday! As a friend of the Paper Crafts family (former PC editor), I’m delighted to be guest blogging here today. My name is Megan Hoeppner and I’m the creative editor for Creating Keepsakes magazine.
In this month of goal setting, I’m here to share an idea inspired by “Taking Inventory,” an organization idea I featured in my January “Tips & Tricks” column. It’s an easy-to-use tracking system to help you remember the supplies you have, using the Inventory Tracking Sheets below. In this example, I transformed the sheet for my supply of pink and red inkpads.
Download your own free tracking sheets here.
Inspired by these sheets, I want to share a few additional ways to keep track of the product manufacturers on your supplies, so you can toss the packaging but remember all the information you need. So often we sort our goodies by color or type, which can complicate replacing and/or sourcing products for projects (such as when you submit your work to Paper Crafts and CK, of course). Here are a few easy tricks for remembering where your product delights came from, long after you’ve tossed the packaging.
Thanks to digital cameras, snapping pictures is free and easy. Create a product file on your computer and take a pic of your product packages before you discard/recycle them. If you want to take this idea a step further, print small pics of these images and write the product info on the image. Here’s how I created an inventory card for photos of some of my accents before I separated them.
If, like me, you file patterned paper by color and occasionally find yourself wanting to reunite a collection, you’ll like this simple solution. Punch out small samples from the collection sheet (the one that comes in the paper pack) and adhere them to a note card with the collection name and the manufacturer.
Stamps (Clear and Rubber)
Remember which images came together in a stamp set by visiting the company web site and saving the image of each stamp set you own. Then write or type the name of the set and company on a card with the images. Don’t forget the name of the stamp set, the item number (if you want to get that specific) and the company name. This way you can keep track of your original sets, even if they get divided up over time or due to your unique filing system.
Ribbon scraps oftentimes end up in jars, which can make sourcing them a challenge. Remember who made your favorite trims with cards containing small scraps of the ribbons.
With the new year upon us, I hope these tips get you off to an organized start. Speaking of organized, I’m always on the lookout for fresh organization ideas to feature in my “Tips & Tricks” column. I’d love to read your ideas in the comments section of this blog. I know you Paper Crafts peeps are a super creative, organized lot, so I’m going to take advantage of this opportunity while I’m here visiting. Thanks for letting me stop by!
Welcome to Freebie Friday! I love this special time of year. Not only am I mesmerized by the magic of the season, but I love how everyone seems to have a little more patience, a little more kindness and a little more love for their fellow man.
Just this week Brandy announced our new joint venture with Creating Keepsakes magazine called “Creativity Heals”. The objective is simple: donate your time, creativity and supplies toward improving the lives of others. We’ve partnered with Operation Write Home, whose mission is to support our nation’s armed forces by sending blank greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them. Thanks to all who have already sent off cards to OWH and to those who are organizing their shipments right now.
Around the office, we also get into the spirit of giving. Last year a few of us participated in a Secret Santa exchange. My little elf just happened to be “Matthew McConaughey” and every day he would leave me a gift, along with a cute note. What was so remarkable was how well he knew me…he left me bottles of Coke, KitKat candy bars and even little treats for my dog Lexus.
Since I know you’re all dying to see the “note”, here’s a close-up view:
It turns out my Secret Santa was actually the sneaky Miss Susan R. Opel. At the big reveal, she presented me with a gorgeous card she had made. Inside was a gift card to one of my favorite stores. And while I was sad to see my daily visits from “Matthew” disappear, it sure made my holidays a little bit brighter. Just another reminder that gift giving can be so much fun – especially when it comes from the heart.
I recently stumbled across our Simple Sentiments from Holiday Cards & More, Volume 4. One of my favorite quotes by Hamilton Wright Mabie is: “Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” And, of course, you can’t go wrong with good ol’ Dr. Seuss…
If you would like to download these festive sentiments, please click HERE. Ready for today’s giveaway? I’d love to hear all the fun ways you’ve spread Christmas cheer to your fellow man. Leave “Santa” a comment and he’ll pick three winners to take home a copy of Holiday Cards & More, Vol. 4, plus some fun paper crafting product. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Sunday, Dec. 13.
P.S. It’s time to announce the two winners from Teri’s Christmastime is Ornament Swap Time post!
1. Savannah O’Gwynn (Dec. 9, 9:12 a.m.)
2. Shirley K. (Dec. 9, 7:28 a.m.)
Congrats, ladies! You’ve each won a snowman ornament from Teri! I’ll be contacting you shortly to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!
P.P.S. Here’s another freebie for everyone! This holiday, we invite you to share the inspiration of paper crafting with a friend or relative–at a GREAT DEAL! Subscribe or renew your subscription to Paper Crafts at our special low rate and we’ll give a one-year gift subscription to a friend absolutely FREE! That’s two subscriptions for the price of one! This special holiday offer won’t last long…so click on over today! Offer valid in the U.S. only.
The holidays are officially upon us and I can’t help but feel the magic of the season. The bell ringers are in front of my local Wal-Mart and tonight will be spent caroling with the youth in my neighborhood. We’re delivering treats to a few surrounding families in need of extra cheer. I sincerely believe that many ailments from loneliness to sickness can be healed with a dose of love and attention.
This is why I’m so excited to bring you the “Creativity Heals” campaign created by our sister publication, Creating Keepsakes magazine.
Creating Keepsakes recognizes the inspiring and healing power that creativity brings into our lives and the lives of others. Since Creating Keepsakes is encouraging everyone to donate time, creativity or extra crafting supplies towards improving the lives of others, we’ve decided to partner with one of our very favorite charities: Operation Write Home.
This amazing charity’s mission is to support our nation’s armed forces by sending blank greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them. As of November 29, 279,487 cards have been sent to deployed heroes! Let’s add to this number by donating a few cards of our own. I know you’ve got extra cards lying around so please put them to good use by sending them to a good home.
I’ll be donating several versions of this card (sans glitter):
Drop me a line letting me know if you donated any cards. Everyone who donates will be entered into a drawing to win an assortment of paper crafting supplies. All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Wednesday, Dec. 9.
Yours in festive giving,
P.S. We just added a “Creativity Heals” tab to our menu bar. Any time you want to learn more about giving back or to see what charities we’re supporting, please click HERE.
I think I had been on the job for about a month when someone started asking about editorial outlines for the books we were planning for the upcoming year.
Books. Seriously? I was still trying to figure out how a magazine works!
Luckily for me, the team raised their collective hand and suggested an inspiring idea by Wendy Sue Anderson…our friend, regular contributor, and – as of yesterday! – brand new member of the Creating Keepsakes 2010 Dream Team.
She had noted that, while cleaning up her scrapbook room and organizing stacks of idea books, she was struck with the thought of how many of them were so similar – in concept and content. She had then started thinking about what she’d like to see in an idea book – something new and different. That’s when the concept of “a card a day” popped into her head.
The rest is history, and with the expertise of our business partners at Leisure Arts, we’ve published A Card a Day: Your Ultimate Resource for Inspiration, Design, Tips & Techniques. And it seemed only natural to ask Wendy to create the cards that would open each month of the book. By now you’ve probably already seen the sneak peek, but if you haven’t then hop to it!
Speaking of sneak peeks, Wendy and I had a hoot of a time getting our official shot for the editor’s note in the book. Switching shirts, getting close, and completely trusting the experts on the shutter-clicking side of the camera to capture the excitement we had for this fun project!
Just because we don’t want the fun and excitement to end, we’re making a special offer for the next 36 hours — order your copy now (guess what? It’s even in stock…so hurry!) and get free shipping! Make sure you place your order by 5:00 p.m. (EST) tomorrow (Nov. 6) to take advantage.
Better yet? I’ve got THREE copies sitting right here, ready to ship out to three lucky (and random!) winners. Let me know by Saturday, Nov. 7 at midnight (MST) what your favorite card making occasion is and I’ll select three of you to receive your very own copy.
Who knows, maybe your new favorite occasion will be National Chocolate Cupcake Day, or even Talk Like a Pirate Day!
Hoping you find ANY excuse to make and send a handmade card,
P.S. Can you guess what the giveaway will be for tomorrow’s Freebie Friday post?
Welcome to Freebie Friday! As you probably already know, we take holidays very seriously around here. Maybe it’s because we put so much thought into covering them in our regular and special issues (usually six months ahead of time!), that when the real holiday comes around, we feel like we have to acknowledge it a big way – just so the circle is complete.
Here at the office we’re finalizing the details for our team Halloween costume. And while I can’t reveal what the actual theme is (there’s a lot of Creating Keepsakes spies around here!), I can tell you it’s absolutely perfect for our team of eight women and one man. (I know some of you think you know, but it’s not what you think!) Let’s just say when next Friday rolls around, we’re going to give the CK team a run for their money in our company’s annual Halloween costume contest. We’ll show you pictures the following Monday!
For all of you moms and grandmas out there who plan on making your child/grandchild’s costume, I tip my hat to you. My own grandma is an amazing seamstress and made so many of my costumes growing up. Sadly that sewing gene was not passed down to me – even despite her best attempts to teach me. I wonder what happened to that little sewing machine she bought me?
Back to the kiddie costumes… I was leafing through our September/October issue and came across Davinie Fiero’s Boo Crew Halloween Decor on p. 32. Is that not the cutest picture/project you’ve ever seen? And it’s 5 steps or less! Make sure you click on Davinie’s blog to read the cute story behind the photo and to see the layout she created using a similar image.
Recently I came across this team picture from last year’s Halloween festivities. I’m thinking about recreating Davinie’s fun project and instead of the cute kiddos, it will be the groovy PC chicks! What do you think?
So while I won’t be sewing my costume this year (or any year to come!), I can definitely have fun paper crafting my priceless memories. For today’s giveaway, I have three sets of the Craft Fair collection from American Crafts. For all you crafty sewers out there, this collection is right up your alley! And even if you don’t sew, it’s still some cool product to play with! To be entered to win, leave a comment telling me a talent you possess. Whether you’re a butcher, baker or candlestick maker, I want to hear all about it! All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Sunday, Oct. 25.
P.S. If you plan on making some fun Halloween projects this weekend, why not enter them in our October Gallery Challenge? We have almost 400 entries so far! The deadline is midnight (MDT) on Monday, Oct. 26, so don’t delay!
P.P.S. It’s time to announce the winner of Kim Kesti’s The Christmas Rush post!
1. Heidi Stock (Oct. 21, 2:48 p.m.)
Congrats, Heidi! You’ve won all of Kim’s cards featured in this post! I’ll be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address. Thanks to all who left comments!