Tuesday, April 27, 2010

"Me Challenge" - What's In My Purse?

You know the old adage, "What's in a name, what's in a name?" - Well, I'm here to bring you this week's ME challenge: "What's in my purse?" I'd like you to focus on what YOUR purse says about YOU! Let your imagination be the limit with this one! You can focus on the style, the contents, the lack of contents, etc!

Here's my take on this challenge (please forgive the lack of photograph quality):

This challenge will run through next Sunday, May 2nd. Please feel free to use any Paper Posies kit(s). Join us in the challenge over at www.paperposies.ning.com.

May's Kit Reveal

May's kit is now on the website!

Let us know what you think of all this scrappy goodness!!! This has been one fun kit to work with!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Sneak Peeks of May's Kit!!!!

Sooooooo, let us know what you think!!!

Sketch Challenge by April Guest Designer, Julie Bonner (Week of 4/19)

I am SOOOO excited to bring you this weeks' challenge by April Guest Designer and amazing sketch artist, Julie Bonner! She creative this beautiful sketch exclusively for Paper Posies:

Here's her sample to go along with the challenge:

I hope that you can all join in this month's challenge. Please join us over on our NEW message board: www.paperposies.ning.com Feel free to use any Paper Posies kit(s) for this challenge. Challenge goes through Sunday night, April 25th.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Getting to Know Guest Designer, Julie Bonner

It has been a pleasure to have Julie join us as a guest designer this month. I hope that you've enjoyed seeing her work as much as I have! Stay tuned for the 3rd Monday of this month when Julie will host a challenge!

I've asked Julie to tell us a little bit about herself:

Hello everyone!! My name is Julie Bonner & I live in Crownsville, Maryland. I am a stay at home mother to my adorable 3 year old son, Ryan, and have been married to my husband, Justin, for 6 wonderful years! I have always enjoyed preserving pictures, cards, newspaper clippings, and mementos in albums but it wasn't until the birth of my son that I threw myself completely into all the wonderful products & techniques the industry has to offer. I love to use hand-sewing, inking, pen detail, stamping, and distressing techniques to add that special touch to my projects - while still maintaining a focus on my photos. I also LOVE dreaming up different combinations of elements on a page, hence my love of creating page sketches!! I have been fortunate enough to design for 3 fabulous manufacturers - GCD Studios, Imaginisce & Scrap Within Reach - as well as be published in Scrapbook Trends & a number of ezines. I was ECSTATIC to have been asked to work with one of Michele's wonderful kits - thanks so much Paper Posies for having me here this month :)

Favorite trimmer: Fiskars Desktop 12" rotary trimmer
Favorite Scrapbooking Tool: I am currently obsessed with border punches - love them!!
Favorite Ink: For Distressing - Colorbox Chalk Ink
For Stamping - Ranger Archival Ink Pads
For Misting - Maya Road Mists
Favorite Photo Developer: ME :) I do all my printing at home :)
Favorite Magazine: This is a tough one - I love them all!!! I am always looking for inspiration & new ideas :)
Favorite Patterned Paper: Again, a tough one :) I have a few that are my "go-to" manufacturers but really I love playing with any paper :)
Favorite Cardstock: I have always stuck by Bazzill but am recently having fun with Core'dinations - such a fun product!!!
Favorite Thing I've Created: A Christmas scene shadowbox frame I made - I am not one to typically create altered items but I love how this one turned out :)
New Scrapbook Goodie/Trend: Okay - I think I am a bit late on this one but I have recently entered the world of misting this year and love it. There are so many neat things you can do with this product!!
Scrapbooking Style: I am the type of scrapper who is always trying new techniques & "looks" so I feel like my actual style is always changing. However, I feel that having a structured design to my pages is always present. I am always thinking through how the overall layout design will be as I create a page.
Why I Love Scrapbooking: It is my "release", my "me" time, the part of the day where I get to play with all kinds of beautiful papers & embellishments :) And best of all, after a long, busy, day - I get to spend my evenings truly reflecting on all the special moments in my life - while creating these pages :)
Best Organizational Tip: Clean up after each project!!! I am a pretty messy scrapper when it comes down to it, so it is essential for me to reorganize after each project so that every page has a fresh start :)

Monday, April 12, 2010

More Inspiration Using Your April Kit!

I hope you enjoy the additional inspiration brought to you by our amazing design team and guest designer, Julie Bonner.

Designs by Julie Bonner:

Designs by MaryAnn Metcalf:

Winner of March Challenges Announced!

Ladies, it is time for me to announce the winner of the March challenges. Using the random number generator, the winner is....

Drum roll, please...

Are you in suspense yet???

Purplepenguin!!!!!! Congratulations, Amie! You will be receiving a Paper Posies prize packet.

Thanks to all of you for participating! I enjoyed seeing all your takes on last months' challenges! :)

Challenge! Week of 4/12-4/18

Happy Monday everyone!

Wasn't last week's challenge fun? You all made some amazing mini cards!

So, I'm bringing you this week's challenge and I hope you enjoy it. :)

This year, as you probably know by now, I'm using the book, 52 more Scrapbooking Challenges by Elizabeth Kartchner. We've been going through each section of the book each month and picking out one of the challenges she presented. This month we're on the fourth section entitled, "Around The House, " bring everyday life into your Scrapbooks. There were several great options in this section, but the one I decided to use to challenge you was this one:

"Incorporate Book Pages or Sheet Music Into Your Layouts"

With this section, Elizabeth talked about NOT limiting yourself to only using scrapbook paper on your projects. It's fun to add a tiny bit of vintage feeling to your pages with a little pop of an old dictionary page or sheet music. Also, books often may have a fun print or color combination that can add a fun element to your page. Suggestions include looking for journal covers, dollar bin children photo books and older music/dictionary pages and using them as a block or punching them out to make into accents.

For my example I used the January 2010 Paper Posies kit. The photo I wanted to scrap was more of an "everyday moment" rather than an event so I thought it would be fun to use some old dictionary pages and add some accents to the page. I also printed my photo in black and white in hopes of making it feel a bit timeless. I punched several layers of a dictionary page, spritzed them with some ink, pop dotted them and added a brad to make an accent. I also punched some circles to add as accents and to tie the page together. To finish it all off, I spritzed some ink across the whole page (except for the photo). I was quite happy with the way the page turned out!

It's your turn!

1. Grab a Paper Posies Kit. Any kit will do - it doesn't have to be the most current!
2. Incorporate a page from a book or music into your page in any form!
3. Load your creation(s) into the gallery and link us to it by next Sunday, April 18th.

Have fun! I can't wait to see what you create!