Monday, August 10, 2009

This weeks Paperlife Spotlight is.............

UPDATE:......thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, this thing is taking off and going places I never dreamed thanks to all of you supporting me and each other! I am pretty much booked for the year with weekly spotlights and have officially started to book 2010 WOW! Keep checking back hope to do a few other innovative things with the spotlight in the next couple weeks plus, you want to get in on the giveaway each week. Thank you all again and good luck with this weeks contest. I will draw Sunday night! Till then spread the word and go out and make a beautiful mess of your paperlife by creating something!








...........well, The PaperLife Spotlight! Yes, I am kicking this idea off by spotlighting and explaining what I am trying to do here for scrapbooking, scrap artists, scrap products, and well just anything remotely "scrapbooky", inspirational, and cool. And yes, the above pics are my giveaway including a $20 Michael's gift card. And darn it, I want to spice up everybody's life in this stinkin' economy by having everybody who is promoted here's only contribution be a chance for you, my readers and peeps, to win a fabulous prize from them too. Quite a concept huh?

Here is my why: we are in desperate need of promoting and growing this awesome hobby we do. We are loosing avenues for this everyday from magazines shutting down, stores closing, the economy in general, and fewer opportunities for us to publish our work and "make" the dwindling design teams to promote our art all around. So this is a "grassroots," "pull yourself up by the bootstraps, Amy" idea of mine to change all that.

Basically, each Tuesday I will have a scrapbook talent, product, or company in The Paperlife Spotlight to promote and let everyone get to know. They will have a giveaway of their choosing and I will be promoting them the "Spotlighted," through many various avenues that I have on board with me on the web. And, what you, the reader, gets is a chance to be inspred, get to know them, and possibly win a great giveaway each and every week!

The future: well, long term, if this thing takes off, and if you guys help me spread the word and the traffic grows I want to branch this off into its own Paperlife Spotlight website for us to use as a tool to promote ourselves and what we do, to put some spice into our week with a chance to win a great prize, and a centralized location of inspiration from highlighted scrap talent out there!

But, this is all dependant on you, my readers, and your spreading the word that this place http://www.amyspaperlife.blogspot.com/ exists all over the web. And, by visiting here and the "spotlighted's" blog yourselves each week and leaving a comment on the weekly spotlight post to be entered in the giveaway. All that adds up to traffic numbers and higher traffic numbers adds up to cool peeps wanting to be spotlighted, inspire, and do cool giveaways here for you!!!

So lets get on to the fun stuff! If you can believe it or not this idea has been received so well I only have one or two weeks left for the rest of the year to Spotlight someone or thing and then we are scheduling into 2010! Wow, pretty exciting given I had this idea in the middle of the night, about 4 days ago, and this is the first Paperlife Spotlight ever! Geez, I have no idea how this happened but, I am humbled by all of you who are supporting me in this by jumping on board to do a spotlight week. And the names and spotlights I have booked already, and the giveaways they have planned for you, I promise you are going to be some inspired and happy little campers out there! I am speechless as to what some of these big name industry people and talents are willing to give to you the reader to make this thing happen. I now truly know this is the wonderful and best hobby to be in that I have always thought it to be. My cup overfloweth!!!

So, thats my story and spotlight on The Paperlife Spotlight. What it is, where I want it to go, and how an idea is nothing until you have a community help you to make it happen! So now, what you have really been waiting for ............what is my kick-off giveaway in the Spotlight this week:

Lets kick off with Teresa Collin's new friendship line, and
2 new kukoyo tape runners, and
Tim Holtz Grunge Paper,and
a kaiser craft mini album,and
some stickles,and
some k and company Bling, and
Michael's gerber flowers, and
ranger distress embossing powder, and
anything else I can fit in that flat rate ship box.
Oh, wait and best of all a $20 Michaels gift card that you can use to buy whatever your heart desires!
Now again this all can be yours just leave me a comment on this post letting me know who you would like to see spotlighted here on the Paperlife! And if that happens to be yourself get ahold of me via e-mail at acs1174@aol.com and we will discuss scheduling your spotlight week! You can even help build your scrap resume by noting you were a Paperlife Spotlight of the Week (didn't think about that perk did ya?). Fun stuff huh? Do all that by midnight cst Sunday night and I will announce the winner on Monday.
So go out my friends and spread the word about this site and the idea so we can make it something big for all of us! And last, but not least, a little tip, start a favorites bookmark file on your computer to store all the inspiring blogs you are about to receive and refer back to them.
luv ya all,
Amy Coon

63 comments:

Kim Strother said...

This is a great idea Amy! I'm sure all the ladies at paperclipping will support you. I will add a link on my blog!! Good luck!

Jennifer said...

Awesome idea! I've only started 'collecting' blogs from some of the blog-hops right before CHA and there are some great, inspiring, talented people out there! My 'favorite' link is all ready to go!

Jenn in Vancouver

Jocelyn said...

What a great idea!!!! Good Luck with this!!!! Wishing you the very best!!! I found you on Kim's Blog and I just adore her!!!! Have a great day filled with smiles!!!! :)

Bart and Cindy said...

Not sure who I would like to see spotlighted, but I am really into mini albums right now so maybe someone who does great minis would be cool!

Moe said...

what a wonderful idea.
I would love to see:
1.Noelle from Papperclipping, I just can't get enough of her.
2.I've always loved the simply style of Beth Proudfoot.
3.Jessica Sprague is my scrapbook idol, she has inspired me in so many ways!

missusem said...

Amy, I love your fun idea!

Will add this link on my blog :)

xoxo
Sue

Staci said...

I'd love to see Lisa Tutman-Oglesby featured. She is so multi talented! I'm adding a link on my blog! :-)

Nicole K/GothamGal said...

I would definitely like to work on maybe a post about you. Discussing with what you're doing and such. Let me know when you have some time. My email is the same as my username (GothamGal) at Gmail.com.

I totally think Sprague or Kristina Werner are two of the Scrappy Goddesses I'd love to read about.

Take care!

Sheri (Aunt Re Re) said...

Love this idea Amy! So excited about what it will do for your site and it's great info for all of us who love this hobby! I'm linking you on my site as well!

Suz said...

Great idea Amy! I'm all about grassroots so that really spoke to me...I'll add a link to my blog.

I think a variety is what will make it interesting. A combo of celebs & other talented people

Erin Bassett said...

I'm really looking forward to my spotlight week! I think this is something my friend Jessica would like to do too. I'll let her know about it, but if you want to see her stuff go to: http://jessicaguthrie.blogspot.com

Crissy said...

Look at you Amy, already generating traffic on the first day of your spotlight! I would like to see "tips and techniques" people on here (people who offer tutorials/classes online). Since I can't physically get to classes, I am always up for new web options.

Dedra Long said...

Look at you go girl!
I will add your site link to my blog!

Can't wait to see who the next spotlight is!

Loves.
D.

Beaner said...

Love the idea Amy! Can't wait to see how it takes off! Jill (:

Amy said...

Hey! You should spotlight Tammy Morrill - she's got the style. I totally dig everything she does. If you need an introduction, let me know!

Jodee said...

This all sounds great! I hope this really takes off for you! I'm adding your site to my favs and will be checking in regularly! Thanks for the great giveaway too! Wow!

Jackie B from MI said...

I am new to this blogging and to be honest, don't quite understand it but I certainly am inspired by the creativity and am determined to carve out room in my day to get my ideas and photos on paper! Thanks for your work. Jackie B from MI

Melissa LaFavers said...

Amy, what a great idea! I'll do what I can. Have you heard of Jessica Acs? She is an awesome maker of mini books. She wrote a book, and she has a blog. Really innovative and creative lady! I wonder if she would like to be spotlighted?

I will definitely promote your blog on my own and on my scrappin' Yahoo group. I really like that you are doing something positive and not just taking these tough economic times lying down. : )

Mel

Suzy said...

Great idea Amy! I'm adding a link to my blog and sent you an email :)

Melissa Bove (SCS ~ Melissa1872) said...

What an awesome idea!! Good luck with this!! I love to see all new and relatively unseen people to be spotlighted!! Everyone deserves a little in the spotlight!! There is so much talent to be found out there!! What a great thing you are doing!!

Hugs....

dclouser said...

So glad to discover your blog, thanks to Scrap Scene! How about featuring Chelsea Cook's scrapbooking style? She's amazing - very young, but very talented! Thanks for the chance to win such wonderful blog candy!

carpediem said...

Such a great idea! I love Wendy Vecchi's work. Her new release of Studio 490 stamps are awesome. Check out her blog!

PattiM said...

Great idea, good luck!! Will add you to my blog roll..

Gabrielle Pollacco/Such a pretty mess, she creates some beautiful LO's and has an etsy store that has homemade embellies and LO's for sale.

Ingvild Bolme/My Paper Art creates some awesome LO's and uses alot of prima, great inspiration to me..

And of course, Jessica Sprague (love her classes) & Downey Downey ) love her style.

Hugs,

PattiM
(Pattie's passion)

I Scrap So All Moments Are Remembered!

jules said...

I would love anything spotlighted about bling-stuff. ( glitters, buttons, sequins, rhinestones, etc) I love adding that to most of what i scrapbook or alter.

Connie F. said...

My favorite is Melody(Langworthy)Cousineau. She makes awesome mini albums and layouts. You can check out her work here: http://melodeelangworthy.typepad.com/

This is such a great idea - Thanks

lori said...

well what a wonderful blog!! already saved to my favorites!! i heard about your blog on scrapscene and i will be back to check in and follow what is going on!! okay, who do i want you to spotlight?? tim holtz... he is so creative, genuine and i am sure that he would do it!!

wishing you all the best! i will be along to enjoy your journey....

Kristin said...

Now that you have been featured on Scrap Scene, you will gain a lot of followers. I honestly am more interested in seeing what techniques "the everyday scrapper" is doing than the stars in the field right now, there are a ton of other sites I can go to. Like I love to see what people are doing at crops, I love to look at everyones pages. Hope you understand what I am saying? Kristin

Char- The Mad Shopper said...

I know of an outstanding, multi-talented lady that you should spotlight. Her name is Jan Hennings and here is her blog: Papercraft Pleasures
Check out her resume in the bar on the right side of her blog.

StacyC said...

What an awesome idea... So glad it has been well received... Can't wait to see all the spotlights... I will add a link on my blog...

Lesley said...

awesome idea and what a fablous blog to be featured on. cant wait to see what the future holds for amyspaperlife. i really want some grunge paper, so i hope i win. hugs

Sara-Jane said...

Love the blog. Spotlight? How about Melissa Frances? I met her at the CK convention in New Hampshire. Not only is a breast cancer survivor, but she just move her business to the United States from Canada. It would be interesting to hear her outlook on the business end of scrapbooking. Also, how about spotlighting owners of local paper/hobby stores about how they are doing in this economy? Good luck!!!

DebL said...

What a great idea! I would love to see more from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer (her blog is http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/). She is a terrific artist and a totally down-to-earth human being who always inspires me to try something new!

Amy said...

I love your idea! I am still beginning so i don't think I am ready to be spotlighted but maybe someday! I would like to see Kathryn from thescrapbeach.blogspot.com She makes mini albums and scrapbook pages and is very talented! She has the best video tutorials for mini's I have seen yet and I have learned so much from her! Can't wait to see who you choose!!!

Jingle said...

Wow! What a great idea! I would love to see some people who don't always get the spotlight, actually! There is some amazing talent out there and I would love to see new names here on your blog! That would be awesome!

susan m said...

I don't know many designers, but love Teresa Collins. Maybe she could be spotlighted once (or heck - maybe twice).

Carmen said...

It's already happening. I found you via http://hungryheffycrafts.com/archives/1368 and am so pleased to see she is going to be spotlighted.

As to who would I love to see, I have to admit I really don't know 'the names' very well apart from Marah Johnson so her maybe? But I would love to see some 'unknowns' show us their talent too.

Sandy said...

I would love to see you highlight Megan Aaron. She is UBER-talented! I will happily provide contact information. A terrific double-header would be Megan Aaron and Sassafras Lass. Best of luck to you!!!

Sandy said...

I would love to see you highlight Megan Aaron. She is UBER-talented! I will happily provide contact information. A terrific double-header would be Megan Aaron and Sassafras Lass. Best of luck to you!!!

Krista said...

I would love to see the Sudio Calico kit club in the spotlight. they are the best

Laura Stewart said...

good idea!

Sweetjones said...

Amy I am really not a blog person, I dont even have a blog set up yet but I may have to get one started so you can spotlight me....but untill then i would like to see Noelle from paperclipping spotlighted and I will make sure I announce you paperlife spotlight.

Kwani in San Antonio

Pink Heather said...

I can't wait to see who and what you get on your blog in the coming months. I'd love to see Nic Howard spotlighted. Just love her stuff.
I've got you listed in my 'scrap places to check out' on my blog.

Christi Williams said...

Great Idea, I would like to know more about the husband and wife team behind October Afternoon.

matts_mom_shari said...

great! i'd love to see more talented people featured! :)
hmmmm i'll nominate leah fung! :) one of my fave's! :)
i also love jessica from K2R! :)
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Anne said...

This is a great idea. I'm looking forward to finding out about people I didn't know about previously. Well done!

Aunt Nancy said...

Great idea, Amy
Abby's aunt

The Gunter Family said...

I would love to see you spotlight the different paper companies and their product designers. You could have them explain their thoughts behind their latest line and how all the little details work together.
--and of course you know you have to spotlight Noell and Izzy!!
--Kristyn G

Kaytee said...

Amy, this is a great idea!!!! I would love to see www.badgirlskits.com spotlighted. The owner, Wendy Rago, is and amazing artist and scrapper! Such an inspiration!!

Mia said...

Amy, this is really an awesome idea! So glad to be a part of it!

Keesha said...

Awesome wonderful idea!! I have let all my scrapper friends know about the blog. I hear that Heidi Grace Designs has been purchased from Fiskars by Colorbok... I would love to see what she's got in store for us.

Moe said...

I thought of another few:
Becky Fleck of Page maps and Julie Bonner of http://52sketches52weeks.com

Nitasha said...

I'm so into finding the coolest blogging scrappers right now and of course the coolest companies...I would like to see veronica jennings (cocoa daisy),katie watson (kenner road) the girls loft, label tulip, and scarlet lime (just to name a few) LOL! Thanks for asking for our input and for the giveaway.

TrayChic said...

What a great idea! It's so hard these days for "regular joes" to get spotlighted. All of my scrapping friends are SO talented, it's a shame that they get "overshadowed" by the big-wigs in the business. You have been officially added to my Blogs I Follow list!

gemscraps said...

What a great idea. I would love to see some of the newer compaines spotlighted, the ones that just came on the scene in the past year or so.

kreativeimagination said...

Superb idea! It is a great way to spread the word about new and old paper crafting companies. I would love to see Crafters's companion spot lighted.
Off to spread the word.
thanks!

everythingscrappn.com said...

Oops I posted on the wrong post before LOL. Anyway again I think what you are doing is a great idea. We need all the help we can get in this industry.
Good Luck
Heather

Kim Strother said...

Hi Amy- I t looks like this is taking off. Congrats! How about giving us a sneak on who will see spotlighted???
Did you have any luck with the blinky?? Let me know because I want to add it to my blog!

PamPal said...

Love your blog. Awesome. Give away! Thanks for the chance to win.

CynthiaMarie said...

Amy! Love the idea of spotlighting different companies and designers who promote oru art of telling our stories. You blog has become a daily visit. Cheers, Cindy

Pamela said...

wow I'm number 60 unbelievable! this is a wonderful idea I will definitely be spreadig the word! Everone else do the same and we could make this something very big for all of us!

Ibis said...

Sounds like a most generous idea! Thank you!

I would love to see TrayChic from the paperclipping community spotlighted!

Tabitha aka Abby said...

Great idea!

I live about 40 miles from Bloomington. When I go there once a month for SB shopping, I always go to Scrapbook Friendz. It's a lovely store and the ladies there are so friendly and helpful.

Thanks,
Abby

Lesley said...

what an excellent spotlight, and a great prize to win. thanks for everything!