Thursday, April 30, 2009

Meet Amy!

Dude. Vee Jennings was such an amazing contributor as our Guest Designer for April. We're sad to see her go (don't be a stranger, Vee!) Now, I just re-read my last 2 posts and realized that I kinda forgot to remind you guys to scraplift one of the LO's Vee shared with us when we introduced here HERE. Please note that I've extended the window within which to upload the link to you scraplift by one week (that means by May 7). I want to see what you can do with Vee's incredibly inspiring pages and show us your stuff! Post the link to your page in the comments section of the post hotlinked above :) We'll pick a favorite layout and give ya some killer scrap stuff, okie doke?

Vee, thanks so much for sharing your wicked layouts with us. I for one had my mojo super-invigorated every time I saw your layouts (and my mojo has been on a bit of a hiatus lately) so YAY to that! Hope you visit us from time to time :)

And so having said that, it's now time for me to introduce you to another wicked-awesome scrapper whom you may or may not know (that is, if you've been living under a rock you may not know who she is!)

Now, if you've been following our modest little blog - which started in 2006 (holy crap, has it really been that long?!) you would know that many moons ago like, sometime in January of last year we sponsored OLW with our killer scrap kits...Amy Tangerine was the winner. Read that post here. I love it when stuff like this happens, when life comes full-circle!

Amy answered a few questions for us so we could get to know her a bit better. She also shared her 3 favorite layouts of all time too! You get to scraplift them and share the link in the comments section of this post. Go on. You know you wanna! We'll choose a favorite at the end of May and tell you who gets the goodies for playin' along.

Here's Amy ::

Q:Tell us a bit about you and your family.

A: I am an only child. My parents were both born in India and lived there until they moved to the States in 1970. I was born in the suburbs of Chicago in 1978. I grew up with my grandparents close by and moved down to Atlanta, GA in 1992 to attend high school and live with my father. After 25 years of marriage, my parents got divorced and I love them both very much.

Q: How long have you been scrapbooking and where did you get your start in this craft?

A: I have been scrapbooking since 2007 and got my start after taking a class from Emily Falconbridge. We became friends and she would come over and sew stuff and I would work with paper. I was immediately addicted, and still am.

Q:What inspires your creativity when you are scrapbooking?

A: The products really inspire me to create something fun, but the memory is really what I try to savor. Because there are so many great products out there, I think it helps fuel creativity when I am in a slump. I also enjoy looking through challenge sites for different prompts. I used to just scrapbook events and things in my life, but I think I am now looking at things in a different way thanks to this hobby.

Q:Describe your creative style

A: Colorful, a bit quirky, with a twist.

Q:What are your three favorite products/techniques right now?

A: I love embellishments of all kinds, Thickers, and sewing on layouts

Q:What project(s) are you currently working on?

A: All kinds of good stuff! Working on several baby albums for a client, some home projects for a class I am currently co-teaching on, preparing for a class In am teaching in Tennessee in June, and enjoying life.

Q:Describe your perfect day

A: A beautiful sunny day where I had nothing on my to-do list besides whatever I felt like doing... which would likely include eating some delicious meals, playing with the dogs on the beach, being a little silly, being a little creative and productive, and then cuddling up with a good read and a good man at night.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Challenge 121

Hello Friday. Your arrival made me smile. I've waited all week for you! Today is a day fuller than full and the challenge this week is cooler than cool! Get a load of what the gals cranked out for the challenge! We are so pleased with their artwork, it's such a thrill to share what they make each week with all you amazing readers. We love that our work inspires you to create more incredible artwork.

Speaking of which, can I just publicly say "Holy smokes!". You guys have been busy! We have 109 members in our Flickr Group which is just beyone wicked! It's so much fun to see all your layouts and I must admit, it's especially exciting when I see that another person has joined the coolness that is our Flickr Group. Makes me very happy. We've worked very hard to make our blog & these challenges something that you guys wanna be a part of. Makes me a little proud :) So thanks, all of you who participate in your own small way in making our community so cool.

A few reminders, for a chance to win some super fun scrap supplies check out this post and leave a link to your scraplift of Vee's favorite layouts of all time. Super easy, super fun...why the heck wouldn't ya play along on that one!

Second, we have a definite winner in the polls! Keely Yowler, your layout titled 100% BOY was chosen as the winner! Email me (info at lotuspaperie dot com) with your mailing information and I'll get your prize all packaged up and into the post for ya! YAY!

Third, don't miss out on THIS! Read all the details and get your submissions entered...there's only a few days left!

So now that THAT's out of the's the goods on this week's challenge. All you gotta do is...



Friday, April 17, 2009

Time to choose your favorite!

We're well into another month of challenges and I have to tell you, what is being shared in our Flickr Group is just out of control! You guys are unbelievable! You talent is awe-inspiring. I am truly overwhelmed at the sheer awesomeness of your layouts.

April was clearly a month bursting with inspiration! The Design Team and I had our work cut out for us when it came time to select finalists for the Flickr Favorites contest but we did come up with these three...

Cast your vote by Friday, April 27 and the winner will be announced shortly thereafter. Incredible work everyone, let's see some more for April's challenges!

Remember, you are welcome to announce this contest anywhere you like. If you belong to a forum/chat or there's a message board you participate in, please do mention this poll. Promote your layout anywhere and everywhere you can! Good luck ladies :)

Challenge 120

Here's what's going down this week...

There is still some time to apply for the Design Team, all the information for applying is on this post. Come join the fun! :)

For an extra chance at winning a RAK, lift one of Vee's favourite layouts and post it here.

The challenge for this week is based on a sketch. You can use the sketch as a starting point, turn it, use elements from it, find and use a basic design from it. There is so much you can get out of using them, as you can see from what our talented Design Team came up with. Play along and post your layouts on our flickr page and you will have a chance to be picked as one of our top three finalists!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Challenge 119

edited 6:00pm PST all delayed layouts are now posted. Thanks for your patience.

Here's the scoop for this week...

We are calling on all designers to show us what ya got! Submit your layouts to us and try out for the Design Team, it's full of fun! :) Check here for details.

Our Guest Designer for the month of April is Vee Jennings. Lift one of her favourite layouts and link it up to here for a chance to win a RAK.

On with the challenge. This week the challenge is to stamp with corrugated cardboard. I love a challenge that combines unique items with paint, love it. If you would like to join us, load up your layout to our flickr gallery for a chance to win some goodies. Please don't forget to label your layout with the challenge #, no space (ex. challenge119), so it doesn't get lost.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Challenge 118

Ack! I really don't like it when life gets in the way of my favorite things! As you may or may not know I've started working part time on top of the other five million things I do in a day. That makes it really hard to scrounge up the time to scrap but despite today's post being a wee bit late, here we are with a pile of greatness to get your mojo rockin'!! Funny, I actually forgot I'd scrapped this week's sketch a little while ago and ended up with two layouts this week. So I guess that puts me ahead of things.

This is the beginning of a brand new month of challenges so we want to see your work in our Flickr Gallery. Remember to 'tag' your layout with the challenge number (this week's tag: "challenge118" no space). Who knows, you may find that your layout makes its way into the finals!!

We also said goodbye to our Guest Designer, Glenda at the end of March and on Wednesday, we introduced you to Vee who is our Designer for April. Go HERE to read more about her if you haven't already done so and check out her fave layouts. Don't forget to scraplift one and share the link to your lift in the comments section of her intro post.

Wanna see whose page was chosen as the winner for scraplifting Glenda? See it here. Michelle LaPoint Rydell, you are the lucky winner! Email me at with your mailing info and I'll get your prize in the mail.

So this week's challenge is a great, simple sketch. Everyone rocked it in their own fab way. I know you're gonna want to try your hand at this bad boy!

(the first one)
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