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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Have Your Way With Paper Newsletter - April 2010

Hi friends! Hard to believe another month has flown by, and while March at Paper was a pretty quiet month, cards and layouts and wall hangings continued to flood the gallery. In the quiet, seeds were planted, plans were made and as we enter spring, a time for new things, our community too will blossom. We're going to do things a little differently, a little more focused on giving back to our members. We've always had more than a few challenges and sketches available to provide inspiration. Starting this month, there will be prizes given for some lucky members that complete those challenges! There will be one 'prize challenge' each week!! Challenges will be posted on Fridays, just in time for you to plan your scrappy weekend! We hope you stop by to check it out starting Friday, April 2nd!

We are VERY excited to be working with Cosmo Cricket as our sponsor this month!! This company and their products just ooze fun! If you don't believe me, check out their website! You'll also find an amazing idea gallery, directions on where to get your hands on their MUST HAVE products, and even an escape hatch if your hubby catches you browsing for "more paper?? Seriously?" Be sure to keep an eye on our team this month to see the wonders they work with the Joyride, Material Girl and Garden Variety lines we can't wait to work with!

How long since you stopped by the boards to say Hi? Or the gallery to leave some love, or leave a layout to be loved on? No matter...we're always glad to see you!! Happy Spring!
Easter Photo Tips

Easter is right around the corner, and it’s time to think about those pictures we will want to scrap once the holiday has passed. Here are some ideas to get you started. You may even want to start snapping those pictures before Sunday!

*The Easter Bunny shot…Need I say more?
*Dying eggs - Lots of great opportunities to get some very colorful close ups!
*Looking spiffy for the day! - Outdoor pictures are always great for showing off those Easter outfits.
*Pictures of the Easter decorations – Wreaths, rugs, serving plates, etc!
*Pictures of the Easter food table – Be sure to take it BEFORE eating and not with people eating at the time the picture is taken. Take some closer shots of the food that makes the Easter meal the Easter meal!
*The Easter Baskets – Wouldn’t it be a fun layout to show the before, during and after the Easter basket madness?
*The Egg Hunt – Get that camera setting ready for action!
*Spring animals – There are lots of ducks, geese, chicks, baby birds, etc around!
*Blooming flowers- How beautiful are tulips and daffodils? Capture those and use them to accent your spring layouts.
*Of course, don’t forget those family pictures that include YOU too!
Submitted by Erin Bailey (aunt e)
Sponsor of the Month
From the Cosmo Cricket website:
To prove that they were certifiably insane, three years ago Eric and Julie Comstock, two artists, decided to start their own company. They launched Cosmo Cricket in the summer of 2006 at the Craft and Hobby Association trade show. The idea was to have the best designed paper, really cool embellishments and a lot of fun. Things took off much faster than predicted and the first year was a scramble just trying to keep up. However, now, three years later, they are running like a well oiled machine that only has a few loose bolts.

Here's how they do it: A really great sales guy. Lindsay Moore has been with Cosmo Cricket since the beginning. Julie called him up one day and said that they were starting a scrapbooking company and they were told he was the best. She continued that they would love to have him work for them and that there was one other thing....... they had no money and he wouldn't get paid for at least three months. He of course said, "Sign me up!" Because of his charming personality, or the fact that they didn't want him getting away, they decided to make him a partner. "He's stuck with us now," says Julie with a wicked grin.

f you would like to learn even more about Cosmo Cricket and the people that make up the company, visit their blog where you are sure to find more information than you could possibly have ever wanted.
Check out the message board and gallery to see what our Design Team creates with these wonderful products!
April through June Guest Design Team Member

Joining our team for a month in the spotlight is Michelle! Michelle has been a great addition to our forums, sharing cute stories about her kids, amazing photos from her travels and recipes from her kitchen! If it weren't enough that she has become 'one of us' on the message board, we've been blessed to have her share her creations in the gallery! Her layout style changes some from page to page, but all of her work is eye catching and full of love for her family. In fact, one layout in particular caught the eye of Lindsay, the sales guy from Cosmo Cricket, when he popped in to visit our gallery! We're so glad her hubby decided it was OK for her to share that page! Thanks Greg!

Michelle's Questionnaire:

What is your middle name? Lynne
What do you consider your best accomplishments to this day? My three kids
When do you scrap the most? When my 3 yr naps or at night when the house is quiet.
Do you prefer to scrap alone or with others? I scrap alone these days. I think I get more done.
What is your favorite food indulgence? Chocolate!
Who is someone you admire? My neighbor and my boss. My neighbor lost her husband 2.5 years ago and has two little kids. She is such a strong person! My boss as well because it was her son that passed away. They have been through so much the last few years.
What scrapbookers do you find talented and more fitted to your style? Lynn Ghahary, Kelly Goree and Julie Bonner
Describe your scrap space in 3 words: in total disarray
What is on your to-do list? Cooking (finishing up the last couple of weeks for the tax office), painting my office, moving my scrap room upstairs
What is your favorite scrap store? Archiver's
What is your favorite scrap line? Do I have to choose one??
What do you check out first when you come to HYWWP? The chit chat portion of the message board
What are your favorite TV shows? I really don't watch TV
What are your Top 5 Favorite movies? Pursuit of Happiness, Bourne Identity, 27 Dresses, PS I love You, The Notebook
What are your Top 5 favorite books? I don't read many books lately.. but my two favorites are Marley and Me and Time Travelers Wife
Describe your fashion style. comfortable.. or mom chic... I am a jeans and comfy shirt, no make up, hair up.. not fussy.
What is your favorite chore? I don't know that I necessarily have a favorite, but I guess I don't mind vacuuming
What is your least favorite chore? dishes and cleaning bathrooms
Ongoing Challenges for April!

There's always something fun happening at our message board! Chatty contests, RAK giveaways, weekly challenges (now with prizes!!!!), and more! Come on over to the message board and check out the ongoing list of challenges: Click Here
(You must be a registered user to view challenges)

Sneak Peek at Roe's card sketch challenge:

April Gallery Inspiration

"Hoppy Easter!" by Chelsea
"Eggs*pert Hunters" by Wendi
"Time to Color the Eggs" by Roe
"Easter '09" by Krissy
Sketch of the Month
This month's sketch is brought to you by one of our very own Design Team members, Trisha! Trisha has a newly created Ning Network site that she has made to share her wonderful sketches! Please visit it and join today: Sketch Inspiration

We'd love to see your creations based on this sketch...please upload to our gallery or on the message board to show us what you've done. Enjoy!
Don't forget to check out our online gallery for lots of inspiration and great projects!
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