Monday, September 21, 2009
go there to meet this weeks fun and fabulous spotlight via our podcast interview, and to comment to get in on her GLITZ GIVEAWAY!!! Also, watch the critiques videos and join the message boards/community so much fun stuff coming there!!! Grab a blinky while your at it and have us over to your blog!
So excited for everything and promise that since I have my blog back lots of my personal paperlife stuff will be going up again here!
I too am a perfectionist when it comes to my crafting. I've done exactly what you've described and I've accepted the fact that I'll always be behind. Great idea on the tote and apron. Thanks for offering the blog readers this great giveaway!
15 September, 2009 18:23
Shawn get me your addy and phone# firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get it to Terri so you can chat about your fabulous custom prize! Congrats and be sure to share pics of what you end up getting with us at the message boards http://thepaperlife.ning.com!
Speaking of that, the new message boards are up and running for The Paperlife so come on over and join us and post pics of your work and paperlife there for all to see! http://thepaperlife.ning.com you can get there from our new location www.thepaperlife.com also at the top under message boards! And speaking of the new site we will move in tomorrow there!! And the spotlight is uber cool, with a fab giveaway and a podcast interview to boot so don't be late! And comment to get in on it!
So excited for the big launch tomorrow, remember grab a badge for you home on the web there and spread the word we moved. Spotlights will continue every Tuesday with a fabulous weekly giveaway! And join in on all the stuff we are continuing to add there it really is a fun place to hang with your paper peeps!
Until tomorrow, from the new home, www.thepaperlife.com, go make a beautiful mess of your paperlife and share pics with us at the new message boards http://thepaperlife.ning.com
ps so excited to get my blog back as well look for lots of posts here on what has been going on in my personal paperlife here from the last few weeks!
Friday, September 18, 2009
Ok enough of that and back to the lovely miss Terri from Memento and her cool twist on a Paperlife! Read one post down to get a look at her huge giveaway for you and read her entire spotlight oh and check out her studio too cool! But, I saved this next pic for last because I love it how cute would this be for you and your littlest paperlifer to wear? I have to have these for Jaycie Claire and I for sure! And the bags wow! love the bags, terrific heartfelt gifts for the holidays everyone!
Thank you Terri for sharing your beautiful take on much needed necessities for our paperlives just gorgeous work. Remember we draw for an apron and tote from Terri at midnight CST Sunday night as always so leave her a comment to get in. And then go check out her site http://www.shopmemento.com/ for tons of items like you see below and give her a jingle if you are wanting something custom!
Until Monday with the winner you can catch me on twitter or hanging out at the new http://www.thepaperlife.com/ message boards and go make a beautiful mess of your Paperlife.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Memento creates a timeless reminder of a special moment, person, place or time. It's a gift that's fun and creates smiles and laughter. It also represents a special sentiment or reminder that conjures up memories or tears. Most importantly, I want to offer products that make gift giving easy. I believe that our selection of products, with your personalized touch, offer your friends and loved ones a gift that is as unique and special as they are. From all of this, Memento was launched. And by the way, if you love our products, the greatest compliment you can pay us is to tell all of your friends, family and co-workers about Memento!
Etsy Shop: http://shopmemento.etsy.com/
And now for My Paperlife Spotlight Giveaway to you:
I’m a detail girl down to the littlest details. Sometimes that is a blessing when you area creative person and sometimes a curse. When I scrapbook a beach vacation I pull out every color of blue paper I have and hold my ocean pictures up to all the blues so I can pick the perfect one! When I scrapbook with friends they get multiple pages and layouts done and poor Terri might get 2 pages done if it’s a good day. I am so behind at the moment on both of my children’s scrapbooks…behind is an understatement. The true status, photos have been taken and not sorted, some not even ordered! I have kept all the things that would be perfect to eventually go in their books and written down all the memorable moments. So thankfully, I am organized and I have the details now to just do the work! When I use to go to a friend’s house or to a scrapbook class I would just load up my supplies in a box. Now, I have the perfect must have way to carry your supplies from one room to another or to take to a friends house. A collapsible market tote basket. They are open on top so you can stack them up and fill them with all kinds of papers, punches, stickers and everything else you need to make the perfect layout. I have customers that do weekends at a cabin with all their girlfriends and they carry their supplies in one market tote and then have one as their work in progress tote.
Another thing that I find very useful and helpful when I am creating is an apron with POCKETS! Not only do they keep the messy goodness off your clothes but, you always have things that you put down and wonder where are they when scrapping. I love keeping a pen, pencil, eraser and scissors and pins (if I am sewing) in my apron pockets. This way when I am sewing, Embroidering, making a card or layout I have exactly what I need right there on me. And when you are feeling creative and want to be inspired you have to wear an apron that is cute and sets the mood. I created these beautiful aprons for a customer and decided I would branch out and make some more for people who live a creative life.
I am happy to giveaway this week, in honor of my Paperlife spotlight, to a creative Paperlife reader a Personalized Market Tote Basket & Custom Apron!
So fun Terri to get a look inside where your Paperlife happens and by the way, love The Paperlife blue walls, great color choice LOL!!! I know, I know, who am I kidding that is actually Memento blue right? Still beautiful color choice.
Ok so, Paperlifers pretty awesome spotlight and giveaway again this week huh? As always, leave Terri a comment here on her Paperlife and we will draw CST midnight Sunday for both a Memento Tote and adorable apron.
On another note, we will be officially moved to the new site next week, our permanent home http://www.thepaperlife.com/ . And man do we have fun stuff planned there. GO now and here a podcast by me on what exactly we are about and doing there. Also, at the top under the critique boutique, the first product critique video is up and its a fun one watch that! And, please please leave me a comment letting me know you were there and what you think, afterall I want it to be your Paperlife home on the web as well. Thanks so much for all the support everybody! This is about you and I couldn't do any of this without you! So until later this week, we'll see you at The Paperlife and be sure to go make a beautiful mess of your Paperlife!!!!
Monday, September 14, 2009
Way too cute! I love the little dress up ginger bread.
10 September, 2009 03:15
Both sets are great though I really do like that Gingerbread stamp set. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.
08 September, 2009 12:01
You 2 are the Elle's studio winners! How exciting is that to start your week off with!!!
Ok girls e-mail me your addys and I will get them over to Elle so she can ship these asap and you can PLAY!! Thanks again Elle and Elle's Studio for everything, you have a fantastic Paperlife keep up all the good work for us!!!
Also, next week we will be officially launching our new home www.thepaperlife.com so grab a button for your blog and spread the news so much exciting stuff will be happening there. To learn some more about what we have planned head over there and listen to our first podcast and then later today our first video will release in the critique boutique and you don't want to miss that enabling goodness LOL!
So until tomorrow, check those bad boys out and then on back here to see this weeks fun and fabulous lady in The Paperlife spotlight, and as always, you can comment to get it on her equally fab giveaway......its a good one! See ya then, now go make a beautiful mess of your Paperlife!!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wow aren't these sooo fun!!! A mini album this Halloween out of these is a must for me. I am thinking my bind-it-all and those journal spots will be a spooky good little Halloween book! Thanks Elle and Elle's Studio for sharing everything with us this week and especially for a super generous double giveaway.......that's right leave Elle a comment on what you like best and you get in on the entire Halloween collection giveaway and the entire Christmas collection giveaway! Doesn't get much better than that these days!! I will be drawing the winners Sunday midnight CST as always so get your comment in before then!!
I think of my style as mixed – I love vintage items and incorporating them into layouts, but I also love all the new stuff, too!
Do you print your stuff at home or are they sent out to be printed? Where do you manufacture create your products? ie do you have a home office, a physical store/building?
We get everything printed at a local print shop that lets us work with them one-on-one. Quality and colors are very important to us! We then cut and packaged everything in our little studio/workplace. We do not have a retail store front.
What type of printer and program do you use?
We use a digital printer at our local print shop – I’m not sure of the exact name of it… sorry! And, for all our designing we use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
Whats your best organizational tip?
Hmm… this is a hard one because I’m not very organized when it comes to scrapbooking! I guess the best tip would be that it is okay to put unfinished projects away. I used to think you had to leave them out until they were complete – but that just turned into a disaster! So, I started putting them away when I couldn’t go any further on a project and found that that little break from the project helps you so much more and gives you a fresh, new perspective when you pull it out again! I’ve been able to get a lot more done and finished by doing this!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Hello! I’m Elle from Elle’s Studio, LLC. I started Elle’s Studio in early 2007 when I couldn’t find the things I was looking for at our local scrapbook store. I had been a Graphic Designer for quite awhile so I turned to my computer to create the things I needed. My friends started asking where I got them and after making tags for them and family they encouraged me to start selling them!
We are really excited about the future of Elle’s Studio and are really focusing on inspiration! We’ve added a new section to our site called “Projects” and have some fun things in store that will be coming soon! We are also planning on putting together a design team for 2010. We’ll be making an announcement about this in October!
Our home on the web is located here http://www.shopellesstudio.com/ and we love to have you visit and get inspiration from us anytime as well as shop our awesome products!
Ok Elle, so where you get your inspiration for these fabulous treasures you make?
Inspiration seems to be everywhere now days! I love reading all the scrapbooking blogs out there and seeing everyone’s scrapbooking creations! Flickr is a constant source of eye candy. Vintage books and current magazines are a huge favorite, too! I also love reading style blogs like Creature Comforts, Decor8, and Modish. I try to get through my blog list at least once a week to see what is new out there, but my list is getting longer and longer so it’s getting harder to keep up! Here is a list of my regular inspirational haunts:
Creature Comforts http://www.creaturecomforts.typepad.com/
Ok so we at The Paperlife want to know a little about how you design or come up with your designs for Elle.
I usually start with thinking of a subject or theme and brainstorm on it for a couple of days. Then, I sketch it out on paper and transfer it to a digital design on the computer. The design usually goes through a ton of revisions before it is finalized.
Elle inquiring minds want to know what are your top 3 favorite products from Elle's Studio and why?
Since Christmas is my favorite time of the year, I’ll have to go with items from our new holiday line… but it’s hard to narrow it down to just three :) I think our Gingerbread Dress-Up Doll is going to get a ton of use for making gift tags and cards from me this year. I also can’t wait to create a December mini with our number cut outs! And, I’m really in love with vintage things right now, so the Vintage Snowflake Circles are a big favorite, too! Here are pictures of my favorites and links to where you can get them:
Gingerbread dress up doll http://www.shopellesstudio.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=1&products_id=314
Number cut outs http://www.shopellesstudio.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=1&products_id=308
Vintage snowflakes http://www.shopellesstudio.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=1&products_id=307
So Elle do you still scrap? and if so tell us a little about that like who do you scrap? where do you scrap? why do you scrap?
I do! I don’t have any kids, but I do have a dog, which I consider my baby :) A lot of my scrapbooking ends up being about her or my family (mom, dad, sister and her husband). I tend to scrapbook moments that have memories that I never want to forget. I love looking back at the pages and being able to fall right back into that moment. We recently did a mini book workshop for summer at our blog and I’m loving all the memories it holds! I can’t wait to start on one for the holiday season! I’m a really, REALLY messy scrapbooker! I love spreading everything out and diving in, so my scrapbooking tends to be in large chunks of time. I’ll usually scrapbook for 2 to 4 days straight and then put everything away. I try to bring it all back out again every two to three weeks and get a couple pages done each time. Every time I pull it back out I find something new and end up getting inspired all over again!
Right now I’m working on my Christmas cards! Last year I received some homemade ones and they meant so much to me. So, this year I have challenged myself to make all my own cards! Getting an early start on this project was really important since the holiday season gets so busy!
Summer documented: http://shopellesstudio.com/summer2009.php
Now on to Elle's fantastic giveaway for you:
We have two giveaways for the Paperlife readers! A Christmas set and a Halloween set!! So we will have not one but two winners this week. How does that sound?? Here are pictures of both of the collections and you can always go to the Elle's Studio site to get better individual looks at the pieces.
Elle, these are just a must have for Halloween and Christmas "graphically, cute, and classic" I say and so versatile, all of the pieces can be used to accent many lines of paper on the market because the are so classic! Thank you so much for sharing your Paperlife with all of us. It is so fun to meet the people behind our favorite products and see that you truly live a Paperlife too! I hope you are rested up because, I have a feeling you are gonna be busy filling orders with all of this yummy stuff this holiday season! keep up the good work my friend you knocked it out of the park for us this release!!
OK so you want one of these I know, I know!! Well leave your comment here about your favorite item from the Elle's Studio release, and go ahead and ask Elle a question you might have about her Paperlife. Maybe we can get her to answer some this weekend. And like every other week here at The Paperlife, we will be drawing for the two giveaways (how cool is that!) at Midnight CST Sunday night so get it in before then. And spread the word, there are 2 giveaways going maybe you and a friend you send here will both win!
Thanks everybody, hope your Labor Day was fun and relaxing. It was here and I got all of my spring bulbs planted so, I am hoping for a beautiful Spring next year (if I planted them deep enough). Until we talk again this weekend, do what I am doing this week for sure, and go make a beautiful mess of your Paperlife!!
Monday, September 7, 2009
Lesley Langdon said...
I just found Label Tulip and was inspired to join for September!!! I am very excited to play with the "sure to be" yummy selection of products.
05 September, 2009 17:01
Wow! Lesley you are one lucky girl I must say I am a little green with envy;0)! You will see your full kit mid month, as that is when Label Tulip releases their kits and Jen will get it in the mail shortly after that so, get me your addy asap! And Lesley, send The Paperlife pictures of what you do with it and I will post them, we would all love to live vicariously through you and see!!!!
Now, paperlifers this is an awesome kit and if you didn't win it this week go on over and you can still get it for yourself at http://www.labeltulip.com/! Hang out for a while on the message boards while your there. They are a cool bunch of scrappin peeps! Also, tomorrow's spotlight and giveaway is rockin as well! This week we will be spotlighting an uber cool manufacturer and the giveaway is not only super awesome yummo but, there is going to be 2 of them!!
So same drill as always everybody, come here tomorrow and meet and get inspired by a wonderful fellow Paperlifer and comment to get in on their double giveaway, and then spread The Paperlife love by letting all your Paperlife friends know about us because we do this every week!!! Oh and last but not least go make a beautiful mess of your Paperlife! Congrats Lesley and thank you thank you Jen and Label Tulip! See ya tomorrow for another Paperlife spotlight!
ps we are almost ready to make the big move over to The Paperlife's permanent home http://www.thepaperlife.com/ go ahead and check it out! Leave me some feedback, just realize all the kinks aren't out yet ;0)! and get ready to have a new home for all our Paperlives there! So much planned and coming I am beyond excited and cannot wait to share. Also the new site will be taking sponsors to help us do all this so, let me know asap if you would like you or your business featured there as we are running a special pricing for the early birds and only have a limited number of spots! And as always, the spotlighted's cost will always be a giveaway from their heart to you the readers so if you want to be considered for that let me know!
pss if you do head over to check out www.thepaperlife.com be sure to take a badge for your Paperlife home on the web!!! They are actually done, working, and ready to go!!!! And check The Label Tulip blog because, Jen has put out a design team call you won't want to miss!
Friday, September 4, 2009
The September Main kit
Add on kit 1Add on kit 2
Thursday, September 3, 2009
So, who are the papercrafters that you love?
OK, Jen if you could only have 5 scrap products other that your trimmer and adhesive what would they be?
2. Ink pad -- if I can only pick one color, I guess brown. I love to use the ink pads to distress my work, especially the edges of cards. Ink adds such a great layer of texture and mystery.
3. Basic Grey Patterned Paper -- they make the best, so if you could only hand me one sheet, I know no matter which sheet it was, I could do something with it! If I get a second choice, definitely Graphic 45.
4. Thickers -- who CAN'T live without these?!
5. Cutter Bee Scissors -- you know, the yellow ones? They are the best scissors I have used and are great for cutting out images from patterned paper.
What is the best papercrafting advice you could give to fellow scrappers?
And look at this adorable birdhouse she did.....love the flowers on the roof:
Now BIG HINT coming here from Jen and Label Tulip, a little birdie told me it might be a REALLY good idea to subscribe to the Label Tulip newsletter...especially if you're interested in the Design Team! Act fast, as their newsletter is sent out at 6pm PST on 9/5 (tomorrow) also I heard a rumor that you can get an exclusive Paperlife sneak, sneak peak of the Label Tulip September kit here sometime today or tomorrow so make sure you check back for that golden nugget of exclusive information right here on The Paperlife!
Jen, thanks so much for sharing your paperlife with us and for following your dream so we can all benefit from your wonderful future Label Tulips kits. Your story is an inspiration for our hearts and your future with Label Tulip is inspiration for our creative souls.
Ok paperlifer's if you haven't already leave your comment for the entire September Label Tulip kit Jen designed. Its her debut kit don't miss it. You have until Sunday midnight CST and I will announce the lucky winner here on Monday! And remember we do this every week so come back for next weeks inspiring paperlifer and their awesome giveaway. Its a big one too!
Until Monday with the lucky winner, go hang out at Label Tulip and make a beautiful mess of your paperlife this weekend!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
I have spent most of my life in the arts, no matter what the specific discipline. Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia during the 70's and 80's, I was actively involved in children's theater both with my school and external theaters. In high school I continued my theater work, but also became very interested in photography and spent my senior year in the darkroom, smelling like the developer chemicals almost every day! Although I went through several majors in college before deciding on one, I finally graduated in 1997 with a BA degree in Film and Television with a minor in Theater.
After graduation I thought I had it all worked out; I was interning at a post-production house and was set to follow a path in Film and Television production; however, I soon realized that the actual business of filmmaking was a lot different than making student films -- it's a very cut-throat world and my sensitive personality isn't meant for that sort of life. So, I took a temp job with IBM and began to grow my IT career; as the daughter of an IBM'er, computer work came naturally to me even if it wasn't my favorite thing to do. I ended up working in the IT industry for more than 10 years, and when I lost my job last year, I was actually the Email Manager for over 5,000 users.
Although I had been scrapbooking on and off for a few years before I lost my job, I really started to get into it afterwards because I had more free time on my hands. Around the beginning of 2009, I realized that I really wanted to be a part of the scrapbooking industry, and not just a customer; I was intrigued with the family-like unity that many of the kit club message boards conveyed, and I had developed quite a passion for "everything paper". I began to look around for job opportunities within the online industry, and was lucky enough to be introduced to the then-owner of Label Tulip; she was interested in selling the business, and after talking with each other, we realized I was a perfect match to take over the business she had grown for more than 2 years.
I am so proud and honored to now be owner of Label Tulip! It truly is a dream come true and although it's a lot of hard work, it doesn't feel like it on most days because the customers are the greatest and I am blessed with the most talented design team around! I have so many awesome plans for the future of Label Tulip, I cannot wait to bring my fresh ideas and perspectives to an already thriving business. After being laid off last year and feeling like I'd never find a job, much less one that I loved, I think my story is a great example of "if you want something bad enough, and you work hard enough, you can making anything happen". I worked very hard to get where I am today, and it was not without a lot of obstacles and emotional times (my baby was in the NICU for 2 months right after I was laid off); but I never gave up and now, I just feel so humbly lucky and honored to say that I own Label Tulip, one of the internet's top scrapbooking kit clubs. Dreams do come true!
Ok Jen, now what we have all been waiting for, some questions about your exciting new Label Tulip adventure!
If you think Jen's Paperlife is exciting so far, hold on tight for her super amazing giveaway for all of you this week! It's a.........
.............................Label Tulip September Main Kit valued at $36! (yes you read that right!......now breathe!)
from Jen: I wish I could show you pictures of the kit now, but we are a mid month kit and our customers haven't even seen it yet! So, please check back on http://www.labeltulip.com/ for sneek peaks(and maybe even a few here Friday) and on September 15, the kit will be revealed! I will ship it out to the spotlight winner ASAP! I can promise you this, it's gorgeous and is definitely reflective of my "old meets new" style!
Thank you Jen, for letting us have a look inside your Paperlife, for caring enough about what this hobby is truly about to make it your life's work, and for inspiring us with your talent and story! I cannot wait to see what the future holds for you and Label Tulip! You are a SUPER STAR in my book! And now Paperlifers, comment here to get in on Jen's unbelievable LT kit giveaway and then hurry on over to http://www.labeltulip.com/ to get acquainted with their fabulous kit club and hop on their message boards to meet some new friends! (you may even see me hangin over there) And until Friday, when I will have some more weekend inspiration from Jen and Label Tulip, go make a beautiful mess of your Paperlife!
oooooh and almost forgot 2 more great Label Tulip links for you to check out:
Label Tulip Blog -- http://www.labeltulip.blogspot.com/
Label Tulip Design Girls--http://www.labeltulip.com/designers.shtml
SEE YA FRIDAY FOR MORE!