Feature Friday: Guest Blogger Krista Wells!

Happy Friday everyone! It’s Krista Wells here, part of The Paperie’s monthly kit design team, popping in for a guest blogging spot today.

I hope some of you were lucky enough to get your hands on our January kit but even if you weren’t, you can certainly benefit from my tips today using any chipboard letters you have in your stash.

For the January kit I made this layout of my adorable godson Liam. I wanted a simple title but I wanted something that stood out against the white and gold-misted background without being too much. So, I grabbed my American Crafts pen and a set of letters that I had punched out using some cardstock and the Accucut machine at The Paperie and set to work.

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I lined up my letters, starting on the right to make sure I had enough room for the words that I wanted. Then I traced them with the blue American Crafts pen. Any pen will do really! Now, if you are a perfectionist like me you might hate when you trace a line and it’s a little ‘off’ or a little wobbly. Well, I’ve mastered the “perfectionist way” of fixing this. When I’m done all my letters I simply take away the chipboard letters and retrace my lines, letting them be a little ‘imperfect’. I’m not usually a doodler but I like this technique a lot. It’s an ‘imperfect’ perfect for me.

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Of course this is a great technique for the doodler too. If you like doodling you’ll love this technique, which can be used with any die-cut shapes you’ve purchased or cut out yourself.

This is a great way to make titles when you runn out of certain letters. I am always short an ‘e’ when I create layouts. For the same reason, this technique is great for long titles because you don’t need the physical letters.

It’s also a good way to keep a layout from being too bulky. In fact, this would be perfect for titles for a project life album or Smash Book to prevent your album from getting too chunky.

I hope I’ve given you some motivation to try this technique. You just might find that you like it! If you try this technique and want to share, upload your layout to The Paperie Community page on Facebook!

Have a wonderful weekend!


For more of Krista’s work please visit her blog ‘Confessions of a Twenty Something Artist’.

Design Team Spotlight


Today we have all of our December Design Team projects to share with you from this months Club Kit. Big thanks to our DT members, Rae Lynn O’Keefe & Wendy Skinner, for getting their projects made and in our hands during the busiest month of the year. We are now sold out of December Kits. Be sure to subscribe to The Paperie Club Kit if you would like to be the first to get your hands on our January Kit!

Now, feast your eyes on these wonderful projects – and be sure to pop by the store to see them in person, the pictures don’t do them justice! For your chance to win some of that awesome Red fabric tape, just comment here and let us know your favourite project from each DT member!  The first 10 pictures are Rae Lynn’s (I couldn’t resist sharing the whole mini-album – the ornaments are all so cute) and the rest of the pictures are Wendy’s.

We asked Wendy to feature the beautiful Basic Grey fabric flowers in her Shadow box, and although they aren’t part of the club kit they work nicely with her paper choice. We still have some of these great flowers in stock – they make beautiful brooches too! A quick and easy Christmas gift! 🙂

November Spotlight… Week 1?

Let’s just pretend for a moment that today is the first Friday of November. It really is amazing how times flies, can you believe that there are only 36 days left until Christmas? I apologise for the reminder, but Santa Claus is coming to town in 5 weeks whether you’re ready or not 🙂

Today we have a layout to share with you by Colleen Ryan, a talented paper crafter who will be celebrating her first Christmas as a mother this year – what a truly special and momentus occasion.

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This double page spread is a great use of space, the seagulls flying off on the right make the perfect embellishment. We have a new AccuCut die that is very similar to that background accent paper – this would make a great sketch to use with that die-cut!

Have you noticed our headings (tabs) at the top of our Blog? If you click on the first tab, you will find our AccuCut list – a visual reminder of all the dies in our workshop. It’s not quite complete yet, but it might help you out next time you’re thinking about coming in to our workshop to use the AccuCut System 🙂
Did you know that next Saturday is Small Business Saturday? We fully support this mentality every day of the year, but we hope to see you out shopping locally on Saturday, November 26th!  🙂

November Spotlight – Week 3

We’re back on track this month with our Blog Spotlight, featuring Colleen Ryan throughout the month of November. Up first we have a beautiful soft layout featuring baby Hudson’s first lullaby.

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I love how Colleen typed up the lyrics to Baby Beluga for one of the background pages, it is such a sweet design element.  The soft, muted tones of the papers and embellishments make for the perfect baby page, and the border of brown ribbon helps draw your eye right to the photograph.

Thanks for sharing another great layout with us Colleen! We will post another one of your layouts tomorrow to catch up with the Blog Spotlight schedule.

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend, and if you’re looking for an excuse to get inky and creative, join us for Cathie Reed’s December Daily Class this Sunday! See our Class Schedule for more details and call 726-5323 to register.

Mojo Monday – Pinspirations

First it was Myspace, then Facebook, then Twitter… now the latest internet rage is Pinterest. In a nutshell, Pinterest is an online Bulletin board where you can “pin” inspirational ideas you see all over the internet. There are tons of recipes to try, cute gift ideas, loads of layouts and cards to scraplift, and so much more. Have a look at my Pinterest boards to get a better idea of how it works, but be warned – it’s addictive! 😉

We have fallen a little behind with our blogging while we were preparing for our Scrapbooking Retreat, but we’re back with a Blog Spotlight and Mojo Monday Challenge in one!

The Retreat is always a great place to spot some talented folks for our monthly Spotlight, and we saw so many fantastic layouts and cards! This month we will be featuring Colleen Ryan in the Spotlight, sharing a variety of layouts she made while she was at The Retreat.

The challenge this week is to create a layout or card based on this scrapbook page by Colleen, which she scraplifted {from this layout on Pinterest}…

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If you play along, be sure to upload your approach to this “Pinspiration” on our Facebook Mojo Monday Gallery. This challenge is just for fun, so there’s no pressure! 🙂

Hope you’re having a great week!

Wendy & Krista thinking pink!

Today we’re sharing TWO of the projects that were uploaded to our Mojo Monday Gallery on Facebook for the Think Pink October challenge. The first is a beautiful holiday card from Wendy Skinner…

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This card features the Hero Arts – Basic Grey poinsettia stamp, the glittered edge and pink pearl center add a lovely touch, and the strip of patterned paper from the Basic Grey Sweet Threads 6×6 Paper pad brings in another splash of pink. Thank you for participating in the Think Pink challenge Wendy!

Next up is a layout from last months Spotlight alumni, Krista Wells…

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Love everything about this layout, the pictures and the journaling really tell the story here which is what we like our layouts to do. If a layout doesn’t tell a story then what are you going to remember about it in 50 years? Thanks for sharing this with us Krista!

Don’t forget to upload your PINK projects to Mojo Monday Gallery on Facebook all month long for your chance to win a great prize! See our previous blog post for more details.

Have a great weekend everybody!