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Elyse Harris

So now that you’ve all seen my face and learned about a few of the things I do here at Paper Crafts, I think I’ll introduce my busy schedule to you. First off, I’m majoring in English (minor in editing) at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. 

So aside from being a full-time student, I also have two jobs and this internship. I work at The Pizza Factory in Provo, and usually work there about 12 to 15 hours a week. I’m also a research assistant for one of my former religion professors. My co-worker and I usually try to get in six to eight hours a week. And finally, I have this internship. It takes me about 30 minutes to get here and 30 minutes to drive back. I try to come in three times a week, and I usually stay for three to four hours each time. So have you been keeping track? That’s a total of 21 to 27 hours of work a week. And that doesn’t even include driving time. Or school. Or homework. Fortunately, that’s not every week. Just most weeks.            

So as promised from my last post, I have a few creations to show you! When I began working on my cards, I quickly learned that paper crafting requires a lot of creativity. I started out rather apprehensive about the whole thing. Not because I wasn’t excited…I just knew that much more experienced paper crafters were going to be seeing these projects. But as I relaxed a little and told myself that it’s okay to start out inexperienced (because who starts anything experienced?), I actually began to enjoy myself. And it helps to have some yummy product to work with! Love the new lines by Cosmo Cricket! 

I used Cosmo's Garden Variety on my Two Peas in a Pod Card.

And Cosmo's Material Girl collection on my Sew Sweet Card.

I know they’re pretty simple, but I was pleased with the results. I’ll admit that I’m pretty nervous about sharing these cards with all of you because there’s a lot a talented readers out there. If you have any ideas on how I can improve my cards or what I can do in general to improve my paper crafting technique, please let me know! 

With my busy schedule, I found time to create my cards after work and before going to bed. How do you fit paper crafting into your schedules? Are you a night owl? A weekend crafter? Whatever it is, I’d love to hear from you! 

Your Paper Crafts Intern,
Elyse Harris

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Elyse Harris

Well, hello, hello Paper Crafts readers! You’ve probably already noticed that my face looks new – that’s because I’m the new editorial intern here at the magazine. I’ve only been here for two months, but already I’ve learned so much.

My first task was to complete a technical writing assignment – writing supply lists and instructions for the projects you see in the magazine. My first thought was “Okay, this shouldn’t be too hard.” Boy was I wrong! After writing the first draft, I had to edit it over and over again. Every time I looked at it, there were several mistakes that I had missed the previous time! How did so much escape from me?! Especially since I’m an English/editing major! Well, all I have to say is now have a new-found respect for the writers here. It’s definitely much harder than it looks. Trust me.

Cataloguing projects for an upcoming issue gave me a chance to fully appreciate the projects our talented readers create.

For my next assignment, I had the wonderful opportunity of sorting cards. Truthfully, this has been my favorite task so far because not only did I get to open tons of packages (I mean, who doesn’t love opening packages?), but I also got to see all the gorgeous cards in them!

Okay, truth time. *Cringe* I’ve never actually made a card before. There, I said it! But you can breathe a sigh of relief because after writing all those supply lists and sorting cards for the next issue, I’ve come to the realization that I may have been missing out. Card making and paper crafting in general looks like so much fun! Plus, maybe it will impress some cute boy. 🙂

Something you all should know about me is that I’m up to trying anything new. Trust me, I really do mean anything. (This past October I completed a triathlon. And have I mentioned that I am not athletic? I used to hate running.) Anyway, I’ve decided to buckle down and get started on my new hobby of paper crafting. I can’t promise that it’ll last forever, but if I could become half as amazing as some of our Paper Crafts Go-to Gals, like Betsy Veldman or Kim Kesti, then I’d be pretty happy with myself. Time to get to work!

Your Paper Crafts Intern,
Elyse Harris

P.S. I’ll be writing two more blog posts before my internship ends. Hopefully by then I’ll have a few projects to show off.

Sarie Smith

Welcome to Magazine Monday! I love the start of a new week. The time when you can forget your mistakes, incorporate new strengths and move forward with renewed motivation and energy. 

Soon I’ll be leaving Paper Crafts to explore other endeavors, so I’m also doing a little reflecting today. I have learned so much here, and truth be told, I’ll be sad to leave. 

However, I’ve been thinking about a Facebook thread that started last week on the Paper Crafts Fan Page, and since I previously promise to reveal more office secrets, I think I’ll let you all in on some great tips that go right along with it. 

The thread asked the question, “How do you use the supply lists that appear in all of our issues?”  

Many readers replied with comments like: 

  • “I love to see new products and find out more about them”
  • “I look at the supplies so I can find the manufacturer online and buy it”  
  • “I always look at the supplies list and take the magazine with me when I go shopping”                                                                                                

I loved reading all of these comments because I spend A LOT of time writing them to ensure their accuracy. However, there were a few readers who commented that: 

  • “Most of them [are too] confusing to sort through”
  • “I do get frustrated when I find out that paper(s) used are last year’s and hard to find”

Whether you fit in with the first group of commenters or the second, I think you will find these tips very helpful. Of course, every manufacturer (MFR) is referenced, so that’s the first place to start. 

First I am going to break down this online bonus card from our January/February issue as an example:  

Turtle Love Card by Maren Benedict

SUPPLIES:  Cardstock: (Ocean Tides) Papertrey Ink  Patterned paper: (Cheerful Charlie, Handsome Henry, Elements from Lil’ Man collection) Cosmo Cricket  Rubber stamp: (turtle, heart from You + Me = Happy set) Unity Stamp Co.  Dye ink: (Tuxedo Black) Tsukineko  Rub-on: (sentiment) Cosmo Cricket  Fibers: (red ribbon) Michaels  Finished size: 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ 

  • The category of the supply is always italicized. Highlighted in yellow.
  • The product name or description and the collection or set it comes from are always in parenthesis. If there is more than one patterned paper from the same company it will be separated by commas in the parenthesis. If there are papers from different designers there will be more than one set of parenthesis in the same category. Products highlighted in green, collections/ sets highlighted in pink.
  • The MFR always follows the parenthesis that has their product in it. Highlighted in blue.

More tips for a few tricky categories: 

  1. Patterned paper is referenced by name and collection, so when you look up the manufacturer the easiest way to find it is to look for the collection. This way you can find the specific paper used and a lot of other great coordinating papers and elements as well.
  2. Stamps are listed by name or description and set. Some companies sell stamps individually, so a set name won’t be listed. Don’t worry…just find the manufacturer and use their web site search engine. Also, if you search a keyword (“Love” instead of “Love Your Face”) on their site, other stamps along those same lines will show up and you might even find a different one that fits your style better.
  3. Embellishments are usually commonized and just listed with the MFR because we want you to know you can really use anything like it. If there is a certain element that you thought worked perfect with the papers and you see it’s the same manufacturer that made the paper, look at the embellishments from that same collection—it’s probably there.

***If you still can’t find the item you are wanting because it’s older product or the manufacturer doesn’t sell product on their web site, Google the item name or collection and the company. Then click on the shopping results link. This usually brings up the right product and gives you several options of places to buy from. You can find great deals by doing this. 

Thanks for stopping by today. Hopefully some of these tips have been helpful to you. I’m off to write my next supply list! 

Your Paper Crafts Intern,
Sarie Smith 

P.S. If you’re not a member of the Paper Crafts Fan Page on Facebook, then you’re missing out on lots of great conversation and tips from designers alike. You should take a quick break from reading this and become a fan RIGHT NOW! (I hear the editors are posting lots of fun sneak peeks from CHA!) 

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners of Kelly’s Off to CHA We Go post! 

1. Christy Q. (Jan. 22, 6:44 a.m.)
2. Rose (Jan. 22, 11:29 a.m.)
3. Chris (Jan. 22, 4:55 p.m.)
 

Congrats, winners! You’ve won one of our sassy new t-shirts! So many of you said “Betty” was the ideal name, so stay tuned to see if this becomes official. Winners, Kelly will be contacting you later this week to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

Sarie Smith

Christmas week is finally here! Are you excited? Are you ready? I’m one of those people who shops all year long to find the perfect gifts. For me the joy of Christmas is in watching the people I love be excited upon opening my gift. However, I married to my true opposite. He doesn’t like to shop for himself, let alone go figure out what someone else would like, so he procrastinates Christmas shopping until this week.

If you are like me, then you’re probably just counting down the hours until your dad or brother or child has that special how-did-you-know-I wanted-this smile spread across their face!

If you are like my husband, then you’re probably wishing you had a few more days to figure out your shopping list and then time to go out and find it all. So, I poked my head around the office to see what people were giving this year to give you some inspiration. 

  • For the book nerd: A bestseller book from this year and a personal bookmark. 
  • For the cowboy in your life: An awesome belt buckle.
  • For the little princess: A purse filled with goodies.
  • For the movie junkie: A movie basket with movies, treats, popcorn and drinks.
  • For the neighbors: Cookie cutters with sugar cookie mix.
  • For the one who has everything: A donation in their name to their favorite charity.
  • For the one who lives in the snow: A scarf and mittens, possibly tied up with some hot cocoa.
  • For the sporty boy: Any ball: football, basketball, soccer ball, etc. 
  • For the woman you appreciate: Jewelry – a nice necklace goes a long way.
  • For the moved-out child: A nice serving dish for special occasions.  
  • For the stockings: Batteries, postal stamps, gum, popcorn balls and nail polish.

Of course, all presents should be accompanied by a handmade card to show how much you care, but I’m sure you’re already all over that. If you have all of your shopping done and are feeling creative, try making cards that match the gift and the season. I just love Dawn McVey’s festive card from Holiday Cards &  More, Volume 4!

Wishes for Your Christmas Card by Dawn McVey

I wish you a wonderful week with family and friends. Merry Christmas and good luck!

Your Paper Crafts Intern,
Sarie Smith

P.S. And let’s not forget the perfect gift for the paper crafter in your life…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.

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Kelly’s “Sweet” Holiday Memories post!

1. shyone (Dec. 18, 11:31 a.m.)
2. conniemelancon (Dec. 18, 7:59 p.m.)
3. Donna VW (Dec. 18, 6:47 a.m.)

Congrats, ladies! You’ve each won a fun holiday collection from Bo Bunny! Kelly will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who shared their favorite holiday sweets!

Sarie

Sarie Smith

Welcome to Magazine Monday! I’m Sarie Smith, Paper Crafts’ newest editorial intern. (If you’re all wondering how to pronounce my name, it rhymes with “Carrie”. Does that help?)

For introduction’s sake, here’s a few facts about me:

  • I laugh a lot, mostly at myself.
  • I have the cutest puppy in the world who just happens to be turning four in a week.
  • When all is said and done my one true love is soccer.
  • I’m so excited to be working in this office! I love magazine writing and editing.
  • This is my temporary headshot. I’m really not a Bridezilla. Promise.

My first day at Paper Crafts I learned three important things about my next three months as an intern. The first was that this is not an observe-and-then-you-work internship. Nope, this is a learn-as-you-go internship. Only 15 minutes after arriving, I spent the rest of the day in meetings coming up with workshop ideas, judging cards and tweaking cover call-outs for our January/February issue. I was thrilled to be part of the all the action!

The second thing was that EVERYONE on the Paper Crafts team has their own distinct style and preferences. Me included. I’m glad I will be able to express my own ideas here. I’ve decided that’s one of the reasons Paper Crafts has so many fun interesting projects – there’s a wide range of styles! It’s great to have a so many creative geniuses working together.

The third thing I realized was this: I’m going to have to dust off my card making skills to remember what all the hype is about. The awesome people in this office get so excited about all the projects they receive. Submission judging meetings are more like parties here. Readers, you are full of ideas that inspire us, and that in turn helps us fashion each and every magazine. Please keep your amazing cards rolling across our desks!

I’m also glad that one of the perks as an intern is that I get to write blogs every now and then. So make sure to check back for some office secrets only the office intern can reveal. 

Your Paper Crafts Intern,
Sarie Smith

P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Jennifer’s 365 Days of Card Making Inspiration post and the three winners from Kelly’s Make a Card a Day post!

Jennifer’s winners:

1. Kaye (Nov. 6, 9:18 a.m.)
2. Peggy W. (Nov. 5, 6:24 p.m.)
3. Sherry D. (Nov. 5, 10:42 a.m.)

Kelly’s winners:

1. Shelly Kettel (Nov. 6, 3:12 p.m.)
2. Diana N. (Nov. 6, 1:57 p.m.)
3. Carla G. (Nov. 6, 7:45 a.m.)

Congrats, winners! You’ve each won a copy of our brand new book A Card a Day! Kelly will be e-mailing you shortly to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

P.P.S. If you didn’t win a free copy of A Card a Day, there’s still time to receive free shipping on your order! Hurry because this special offer is only good through 5:00 p.m. (EST) today. Click HERE to reserve your copy!

Nicki Kezerian

Nicki Kezerian

My time here at Paper Crafts is drawing to a close, and I’m sad to say that this is my last blog post.

I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to learn from the editors…they have taught me so much! I’ve learned not only about the card making business and this creative field, but also how to effectively and efficiently run a successful magazine. Here is my summary of the wonderful (and way too short-lived!) time I have spent here:

  • I’ve been so fortunate in that each member of the Paper Crafts team has been so helpful in teaching me the inner works of a magazine. They’ve all been willing to let me follow them around and ask questions specific to their job, and have also been willing to answer my constant questions! 
  • The ins and outs of the magazine world are so exciting! The fun meetings, the card selection process, and even returning the accepted cards have been an adventure!
  • This office simply exudes creativity, and has motivated me even more to fulfill my dream of working for a magazine!
  • The contributions people make to this magazine never ceases to amaze me. Every day I saw a new card or craft that was absolutely stunning!
  • I have become a huge fan of card making! I’m determined to keep up on the newest trends and embrace this new hobby!
Not one to break traditions, heres my official intern picture with the team!

Not one to break traditions, here's my official intern picture with the team!

Speaking of embracing my new favorite hobby, I want to thank you, our supportive readers, for the wonderful ideas you left on my last blog! I asked for any advice or ideas for using paper crafts in my wedding, and the response was overwhelming! I read so many great ideas and I will be using many of them. As promised, we have selected two winners!

1. cards4ever (Sept. 25, 9:42 p.m.)
2. Mel (Sept. 24, 11:13 a.m.)

Congrats, winners! Kelly will be contacting you shortly to discuss your prizes and get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left so many great ideas!

Your Paper Crafts Intern,
Nicki

P.S. It’s time to announce the five winners from Kelly’s November/December I-Spy post. Here they are in no particular order:

1. Lynda aka arlsmom (Oct. 9, 12:16 p.m.)
2. Amy Everson (Oct. 11, 4:01 p.m.)
3. Linda L. (Oct. 9, 12:35 p.m.)
4. Daniela (Oct. 9, 1:10 p.m.)
5. Barbara (Oct. 10, 9:18 p.m.)

P.P.S. Happy Columbus Day! Since Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492, we’re hosting a two-day sail-a-bration! Visit our three online stores either today or tomorrow and save 30% off your entire order! Just enter the promo code COLU-1492-1DAY during checkout. This promo code will work in all three of the following stores:

Nicki Kezerian
Nicki Kezerian

It’s official! I thought I would let our loyal readers know that I finally got engaged last Tuesday after dating my now-fiancé (wow that feels weird to say!), Todd, for three years. We went to look at the stars (with a telescope borrowed from his neighbor) at our favorite place in our favorite canyon, and after a while of him acting nervous and fidgety, he got on one knee and asked me. I couldn’t have asked for anything better—it was personal, thoughtful, and just our style. 

Almost immediately, I started thinking about the long “to-do” list that I need to finish before my winter wedding—I decided on black, white and gold for my colors, and I was even able to book my dream reception hall last weekend! But more than anything, I want everything possible to be as personal and thoughtful as Todd’s proposal.

Heres my sweetie and me showing off my new ring.

And here's my new favorite piece of jewelry!

Of course, when I came to the Paper Crafts office the next day, I started getting excited about all the personal touches I could add to my big day with my own paper crafts. And this is where the loyal readers and contributors come in. After discussing it with the amazingly creative editor, Kelly, we decided that it would be fun (and also helpful for me!) to see what wedding ideas you paper crafters have. Any paper craft related to a wedding would be fun—from invitations and thank-you cards to favors and reception décor! And since no idea is a bad idea, I’ll randomly pick two people to win a wedding-themed clear stamp set. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Friday, Sept. 25.

Thanks for all of the contributions you make to Paper Crafts. I’m excited to see whatever ideas and advice are given to me—I need all that I can get!

Your Paper Crafts intern,
Nicki

P.S. Today just happens to be Brandy’s birthday! I’m sure we’ll be posting pictures of her new birthday sign very soon! Happy birthday to one cute momma-to-be!

Nicki Kezerian

Nicki Kezerian

Hello everyone! My name is Nicki Kezerian and I am the new intern here at Paper Crafts. I am so excited to be a part of this team! Just walking into the offices, I knew that it would be easy to soak in some of the creativity that comes from the awesome editors.

I had some great first impressions when I started here a few weeks ago. I was really excited/nervous when I came in, but the people here (especially the extremely helpful Brandy!) have been more than welcoming. And so far, the fun things I get to see and do have exceeded all my expectations. I have been impressed by the entire industry – not just the magazines and editing, but the work and incredible talent people put into their paper crafts. So much of what goes on here is made possible by the high quality (and adorable) submissions you all make!

Here are a few of the impressions I experienced when I first walked into the Paper Crafts offices (if you have ever visited before, you might have felt the same!):

  • Walking through the long hall of impressive-looking magazine covers was at first intimidating, and then exciting, because I would be able to work with the people who put it all together. (You can see pictures from Kelly’s post).
  • The setting of all the offices was so inviting and fun. There were cute banners hanging from the ceiling of each of the editors, and it was bright and cheery – so different from any offices I have been in before!
  • Everyone here is outgoing and so helpful. I never could have expected everyone to be so willing to help me with my projects; each person has made me feel like a part of the team, and every assignment has been a huge learning experience. 

I feel so lucky to be here, and I am so motivated to do more paper crafting from all of the submissions I have seen. I’m sure I will continue this hobby long after I leave the internship!

Your Paper Crafts intern,
Nicki

P.S. I will be making a few more “intern” posts during the next couple of months, so keep checking back for more!

P.P.S. And now it’s time to announce the 16 winners from Holiday Cards & More Week!

Magazine Monday – Meet Jennifer Beason:

1. Carol Metully (August 24, 11:51 a.m.)
2. Melinda Wilson (August 24, 9:20 a.m.)
3. Skeeter-OR (August 24, 11:35 p.m.)

Tuesday – Gorgoeous Gifts with a Handmade Twist:

1. J.J. Clark (August 25, 9:18 p.m.)
2. Jennifer (August 25, 8:48 a.m.)
3. Shanon Gibson (August 25, 7:59 a.m.)

With the Pros Wednesday – ‘Tis the Season:

1. Veronica (August 26, 2:53 p.m.)
2. Courtney B (August 26, 8:11 a.m.)
3. Ramona West (August 26, 2:00 p.m.)

Hang a Handmade Memory on the Highest Bough:

1. Cassi (August 27, 12:43 p.m.)
2. Jenny Matthews (August 27, 12:25 p.m.)
3. Liz (August 27, 8:44 a.m.)

Freebie Friday – Holly Jolly Christmas Cards:

1. Ann (August 28, 5:28 a.m.)
2. Jen H (August 28, 2:24 p.m.)
3. Rhonda Miller (August 28, 2:02 p.m.)

Grand Prize Winner: Alison Yarrish (August 28, 6:22 a.m.)

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

Susan R. Opel

Susan R. Opel

It’s no secret that I have a serious case of wanderlust. As a matter of fact I think that I was born with it. And now that I work for Paper Crafts magazine, I get a pretty regular chance to feed my travel addiction. This year alone I’ve been to Anaheim, Louisville, and Manchester, NH, for work-related adventures (as well as trips to San Francisco and an upcoming one to Michigan for pleasure). And I still have one more business trip to Nashville in September. Last week work took me on an odyssey of sorts all over the USA.

Early last Monday morning (July 27th), my sister escorted Cath and me to the Salt Lake City airport for the first leg of my trip. Cath and I were headed to Orlando, FL, to see what was new and hot in the land of paper crafting at CHA (the Craft and Hobby Association trade show). And let me tell you, it is pretty hot in Florida in July. Whew! It was a mistake to attempt doing my hair with hot rollers. Okay – and now for a random side note… Cath and I both pulled out the exact same book (Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan) on the airplane. How wild is that?

One of the best parts of CHA is hanging out with the talented manufacturers and designers! It’s fun to give them all a big old hug in person!

One of the best parts of CHA is hanging out with the talented manufacturers and designers! It’s fun to give them all a big old hug in person!

Cath and I walked the show floor for two solid days (Tuesday and Wednesday) at the Orange County Convention Center, drooling over new products and glad-handing with manufacturers and designers alike. It’s a dirty job, but somebody needs to do it. 😉

Here’s a little peek of what we saw on Tuesday at the trade show.

Here’s a little peek of what we saw on Tuesday at the trade show.

Thursday morning was a super early one for me since I had to be in the lobby of our hotel at 5:50 a.m. to catch a shuttle to the airport. Now I will admit I am a morning person, but not quite THAT much. I didn’t sleep well at all worrying that I might miss my alarm, so I developed quite a headache. But the Paper Crafts show must go on! My Thursday morning flight was headed north to Philadelphia where I’d catch another shuttle to Valley Forge, PA, to teach classes at CKC (Creating Keepsakes Convention).

Once in Valley Forge, I was delighted to find a comfy bed to rest my weary head, a jetted tub for a rejuvenating bath, and complimentary Internet service so I could catch up on Facebook. Huzzah! It was a welcome bit of solace and allowed me to gear up for the two days of teaching that lay ahead.

On Friday and Saturday I taught eight fabulous classes to countless eager students (men – yes, that’s plural – and women alike). I can only hope that I instilled a little bit of card making love in their hearts. They certainly seemed to enjoy every last minute of it. And I’ll admit the teaching came back to me in a hurry. Those 16 years of teaching junior high and high school really paid off.

One of my eager students was adorable Kalyn Kepner.

One of my eager students was adorable Kalyn Kepner.

You might remember Kalyn as our faithful Paper Crafts intern last summer. She and I had a delightful and chat-filled dinner after my classes on Saturday.

On Sunday, I finally headed back to Utah after quite an eventful week of work-related fun. First I had to brave a pretty fierce thunderstorm stranded in a plane on the tarmac in Philadelphia for almost two hours, which meant I’d miss my connection in Denver. But I gotta send a shout out to Southwest Airlines for squeezing me in on the next available flight to SLC.

Whew! So my triangle trip – SLC to Orlando to Philly to SLC – was complete. What a week! It was definitely fun, but I am pooped!

How would you feel about getting your hands on some of the brand new stuff that debuted at the CHA summer show? You’d like that, wouldn’t you? I have two sets of some brand new papers from Pink Paislee to give away. Leave a comment by midnight MDT on Friday, August 7th for a chance to win.

Your expert Paper Crafts traveler,
Susan

P.S. In all my whirlwind travels, I forgot to announce the five winners from my Welcome Go-to Gal, Teri Anderson post! Here they are in no particular order:

1. Gina (July 23, 12:09 p.m.)
2. Janet L. (July 23, 5:51 a.m.)
3. mloukirby (July 23, 9:06 a.m.)
4. Yvonne C. (July 24, 8:56 a.m.)
5. Julie Masse (July 23, 6:37 a.m.)

Congrats, winners! You each win three sets of Art Declassified stamps! Kelly will be contacting you shortly for your e-mail addresses. Thanks to all who left so many welcoming comments for Teri!

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,
Courtney

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!

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