Friday, October 30, 2009

Challenge 148

Hello! :)

We are challenging you with a sketch this week. If you would like to play and don't know all there is to know about our challenges there is a post here to fix that for you. :)

If you are a speedy scrapper you still have a day or so to lift Dani's layouts here. There are prizes :)

And last, but certainly not least, we have a Design Team call out. If you would like to join our team and push your art to the limit, then this is for you. Here is the call and all it's glorious details! :)

Ready?? Here's the layouts from our wonderful Design Team.



detail, Carol used glimmer mist on her lace, it was white before.



Keandra made a mini album

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wanna be on the Team?

Hey check it out! It's time for a new design team to spend their time with us for a few months of creative magic and we want YOU! Our current team wraps up their term at the end of November and I know there are more fabulous, talented scrappers out there just itching for a turn with our team. The next term runs for six months from December to May. Interested?

Read the stuff below to find out the details of the Open Call...
You are:
creative, passionate, committed and know the importance of deadlines and also that your best work is what you want others to know you by.

You love your art and the excitement of sharing it with others. You also understand that as much as you like receiving praise for a job well done that others do too and are eager to share the love. You are social, positive and enthusiastic...even when you're not really feelin' it.

We (Lotus Paperie) are:
first and foremost, a business but we understand that it's the people who make our business. We openly welcome all your ideas and suggestions, and are eager to make being on the Design Team as positive an experience as humanly possible for all involved. We are deeply committed to bringing creativity & joy to the lives of those who share in our passion for paper arts and all forms of crafting and have great respect for what others share with us. We are a warm and grateful group and eagerly anticipate growing the Lotus Paperie Team!

To make a submission you will need to email the following:
-3 of your best pages, one of which needs to be brand new (never ever published anywhere) and created from the sketch found at the bottom of this post. Please only submit your sketch-inspired layout to this call and we politely request that you refrain from publishing it elsewhere until you hear back as to whether or not you are invited to join our team. We want that page to be a big surprise to all our faithful blog readers, after which time we encourage you to share it with EVERYONE!!!

technical sidenote: please ensure that your images are sent in .jpg format and please don't send humongous files.

-write a brief bio about yourself including your scrapbooking interests/experience, as well as links to your blogs/online galleries and other design teams that you are on currently or have been in the past. Please be sure to include your mailing address & email address in your bio. Please be sure to include a photo of yourself. For our ease of file management, please include your bio as a Word file attached to your email. Please do not send your bio as the body of your email. :)

-email the above items to and put "Design Team Submission" in the subject line. Emails received after 9:00pm PST on November 20, 2009 will not be considered this time.

Here's the deal if you are invited to join the Design Team:
-You agree to make pages/projects reflecting each of the weekly challenges posted to the Yahoo group throughout the entire duration of your 6 month term (November 1, 2009 - May 31, 2010). We understand that inspiration can peter out near the end of the term but please try not to let that be reflected in your work or your timeliness of uploading layouts.

-You will commit to doing a tutorial to be posted on the blog. Themes/topics will be assigned when the new team is in place. Designers will alternate weekly so you may only be asked to do 3 or 4 throughout your term. Vanessa & Tania will be doing the actual posting of the tutorials but you will need to write the "how to" part of your tutorial in Word (not the Vista version) with as many photos as you want. More is better. You will email the tutorial to our email and we'll do any editing before posting.

-Artwork can be created all at once or week by week, whatever works best for you. You will not be contacted if your submission misses the weekly deadline (thursday night, 12:00pm pacific time). It sucks if your work is regularly late. We schedule our posts to go "live" at 4:00am on Friday so that our east-coast readers can check out the challenges with their morning coffee. That means we are writing the post on Thursday. We want all the art to be ready for that time.

-You will submit well photographed/scanned digital images of your artwork. You will make efforts to eliminate unsightly glare & shadows from your submissions. Poorly captured images will not be posted however, those who are invited to join the team will be given pointers to help them make the best possible digital reproductions of their work if needed. Please request this information if you need it. Macro/detail images are welcomed to accompany your full-frame layout images.

-You will promote Lotus Paperie on your blog each week sharing your layout with a link to our blog. You will also keep the Lotus Paperie Design Team button on your sidebar with a link. It is important that you maintain your blog because our blog readers do click the links to all the DT's blogs and we want to give them lots of great stuff to read.

-You will not post pages created for the DT anywhere on the web (except for our private Yahoo group- see next point) until AFTER they have been published to the blog. NO EXCEPTIONS. If this is not respected, you will be dismissed and your spot will be available to someone new.

-You will upload your pages to our private Yahoo group. You will receive an email invitation to join the group where there will be an album for you to upload your pages to.

-You will regularly visit our Flickr group and leave positive feedback on as many of the uploads as possible to keep everyone's mojo going. Everyone likes kind words said about their work and it's important for our challenge participants to know that we are seeing their contributions.

-You will participate in the once-monthly request to select your favourite submissions to our Flickr group. You will be asked to email links to your favourite page to us so we can post a poll for our blog readers to vote on. You will be permitted to cast a vote.

-If you need to terminate your position, please try to give us as much notice as possible so that we can find someone else to take your place in the team.

Having said all that, we are regular folks just like you and sometimes things happen that get in the way of our plans. We are pretty flexible and understanding. We want this to work for you as much as we want it to work for us. We want you to be happy so if life gets in the way of something crazy has happened like the dog ACTUALLY ate your page, dude, let us know so that we can come up with a solution together!

international applications are totally okay! Bring it on!!. Please make all submissions by 12:00pm PST, November 20, 2009. The new DT members will be announced in early December and will be introduced throughout December.

One more thing, if you are a new scrapper or you've never been on a Design Team before, don't let that stop you from applying. We want to see everyone's work! Show us what you're made of!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

missed one!

Gudrun's layout got missed on Friday. Woops! Here it is. Gorgeous as always :)

Friday, October 23, 2009

Challenge 147

Well, if you are like me, you love ribbon of all sorts. And if you love ribbon of all sorts, you very likely hold on to all those pretty ribbon scraps thinking one day you will use them for something brilliant. Well, guess what? Now's your chance. This week we challenge you to actually
use your ribbon scraps!
We still have just over a week to lift Dani's layouts as well. If you are new to our challenges or just need more info here's our FAQ page to help you along.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Time to choose a favorite!

Late, I know. My bad. We had SUCH a hard time narrowing it down to just 3 layouts. You guys are effin' amazing! Have I told you that lately? You are such dynamic artists and I'm immeasurably grateful that you participate in our weekly challenges. Thanks so much. We are inspired by you and your creativity and we're delighted that you are inspired by our ideas!

Okay. On with the good stuff...

Jenneke Knol
We'll let the poll run for a full two weeks (like we normally would, even tho it's going up late) so that means it closes November 6th at 12:00pm PST. Spread the word and get everyone you know to vote. Blog it, share it on your chat groups/forums/facebook. Rock it! Let's go!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Challenge 146

Oh how exciting. I am heading off for a delicious weekend with 13 other ladies where we'll scrapbook, laugh, probably drink a little and scrapbook some more! Oh yeah, I'm talking about the weekend retreat at Sundog. It's only 10 minutes down the road from my house but it's so serene and the cabins are beautiful and the food - my god, the food!- it's such a great couple of days away from our regular lives and the result of such a weekend is a happy, mellow, creatively-recharged mom/wife/sister.

But before I head out the door, let's talk about this week's challenge. We've got a super awesome sketch (see below) as well as a few contests.

We've got Dani with us this month as our Guest Designer Check out this post to find out more about her and to see her three favorite layouts. You're invited to take some inspiration from those layouts and share the link to your scraplift in the comments section of Dani's introduction post. You have until the end of the month to get the link uploaded. Go on, you can do it. Let's see your stuff!

If you want to participate in the challenge below but are new to our challenges, please go to our FAQ page to learn more about how we roll!

So now, without further ado...

Sunday, October 11, 2009

So about that giveaway...

Remember that giveaway? Well, I finallly had a minute to conduct my very scientific method of selecting winners...I asked my 10 year old to pick a number between one and five (cuz that's all the entries there were). He picked #3 (for the red ones) and #4 (for the green ones). So, that means that if you are "Christine AKA Stine" and "Jessica" you are the lucky winners! Please email me at info at lotuspaperie dot com with your mailing address so we can get your recipe cards to you! Thanks for playing and congratulations!!

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving, by the way.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Challenge 145

Well hello there Friday. How are you? Things have been soooo busy since the last time we were together. I'm happy to see you always make me feel mellow and ready for a little R&R. Thanks for coming :)

The week was so full of stuff. I had this long list of stuff to get done and I feel like I hardly touched it. But. Today is a new day. Time to re-write the list and make room for new (fun) tasks. The snow is falling and that just makes me wanna hunker down inside with a fire roaring and yummy food bubbling away in the slow cooker. Yum.

This week we've got a super fun challenge. Check it out. All you gotta do is

Use a little color in hand-journaling

That's not too hard, right? I loved taking the time to color in my letters. I wanna see how you guys rock it this week...

Oh, and let's not forget all the other goodness that's afoot right scraplifting Dani's killer layouts which you can see here. Leave the link to your lift in the comments section of that post so we can find it, okie doke? You have all month to upload your creative genius to that post, btw.

And, if you haven't already joined our Lotus Paperie Network (it's a little like FB) please do so. It's super fun to see your layouts and all that jazz!

IF you are new to our challenges, please read this stuff so you know how it all works. You can upload your challenge layouts to your profile on our network but if they're not in the Flickr Pool, they might get missed (one day we'll just do everything in the same place).

Alright. Let's get to it!

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