Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Thanks for the Memories - Micki

Hello eP Nation,   Micki here for my final post for eclectic Paperie!  

We have had a fabulous run as members of the eclectic Paperie Design Team and wish to thank you all for your interest and support over the years. With the eP blog coming to a close at the end of the month, we all wanted to do something special to celebrate the fabulous friendships, tons of inspiration from other team members, from Kim, and from all those who participated in our challenges. Each of the current DT members is taking a day to post some of her favorite makes from her time on the eclectic Paperie team. We hope you enjoy the look back.

I waited until the last minute to draft up this post.  I’ve never been good at writing, much less writing about my feelings.  And then there is that daunting task to highlight some of my favorite eP projects.  How can I choose, when each and every project taught me something new, made me step out of my comfort zone and stretch my artistic capabilities?  But I think I’ve narrowed it down to half a dozen (insert cheesy grin).

First up is Sassy Attitude:
Although I love to throw everything but the kitchen sink into my art making, when it comes to creating cards , I truly tend to create in a clean and simple style.  I tend to use white card base and colored card stock for a pop of color.  Using designer paper and colored card stock as a base is hard for me.  And then to try and add a lot of embellishments such flowers, buttons, ribbons and lace – ha, now we’re talking a project time frame of, ummm, several hours.  I truly surprised myself when I created my  Sassy Attitude card.  Not only did I use a non-white card base, I incorporated stencil, distress paint, lots of layers, punched edge panels AND a bit of embellishments.

This is the project I really fell in love with my Faber-Castell Gelatos.  
This little canvas took no time at all to create.

Then there was Be True To You:
Made out of recycled cardboard.  This was totally inspired by Sherry.  Although no where near as gorgeous as Sherry’s creations,  I was proud of my flowers and the ruffled ribbon edging all mixed in with a bit of mixed media.

And then there was Hello Distress Paints:
What’s not to love about the splats!  
This card came about by just playing with the (then new) Distress Paints.

Ah yes, not being a “scrapbooker”, 
I was totally inspired by Mary-Ann to create Say Cheese:
Mixed media meets scrapbooking and 
I absolutely loved it so much that I created several more!!

My first video tutorial showing how I created 
a face from start to finish with Keep Calm and Do:
All I can say about this project is that I once again amazed myself.  And in fast forward, I look like I knew exactly what I was doing.

And finally, another one of those projects that had me second guessing why I decided to start on this project but finishing it anyway. 

These are just a few of my favorite projects.  Each project created for eP made me stretch outside of my comfort zone and on quite a few occasions would end up totally different then what it had started out.  Oh and then there were those “hiccups” or “creative opportunities”…..but I can truthfully say that I've found inspiration from every team member and these inspirations can be found in all of my projects.

Words can not express how thankful and grateful I am to eclectic Paperie.   To Daisy for asking me to be on the design team when the original E-Team was created.  To Kim for asking me to continue on the team.  To the design team and to YOU, eP fans!  I could go on and on and still not convey my feelings.  To each of you……..For believing in me and cheering me on.  For unconditional support…… Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. 

With lots of love and inky fingers.......






Monday, October 20, 2014

Thanks for the Memories - Mary-Ann

I think that by now, you have the understanding that eP is coming to an end.  We, as design team members at eclectic Paperie, have our hearts filled with sadness and understanding.  We all also feel honored to work along side such talented ladies over the last few years.  There is a time to move on for all of us.  Kim has made an incredibly important decision for her family that everyone can completely understand.  I will miss the daily activity on this blog, but each of the talented designers have other avenues to display their work.  If you have continually been inspired by one or all of the girls on the team, head to their blogs and follow them on their next adventure.

Kim Schofield (owner)

Here are a couple of my favorite projects I created over my time here at eP.  As a well known, "clean" girl, I did attempt getting dirty a couple of times.  But very lightly!





Thank you for all the encouraging messages you have left for me over the years.  I will miss eP, the DT girls and the eP friends.  May God bless you all and may you continue to create.





Friday, October 17, 2014

Thanks for the Memories - Karen

Hello, eP fans.  By now you know that eclectic Paperie is closing it's doors.  That also means the end of the blog and the design team.

We have had a fabulous run as members of the eclectic Paperie Design Team and wish to thank you all for your interest and support over the years. With the eP blog coming to a close at the end of the month, we all wanted to do something special to celebrate the fabulous friendships, tons of inspiration from other team members, from Kim, and from all those who participated in our challenges. Each of the current DT members is taking a day to post some of her favorite makes from her time on the eclectic Paperie team. We hope you enjoy the look back.

Karen here today and I seriously can't believe this is my last post here at eP.  It seems like this month has flown by and today came so fast that I really am not ready for this to end.  I have SO enjoyed this DTteam.  These amazing women are nothing but supportive, kind and amazingly creative.  The opportunity to work with them and be inspired by their work has been wonderful. Kim, I don't think I have enough time or space here on the blog to thank her enough for believing in me and trusting me to work with her team.  Being a part of this community has led me to stretch my creativity.  Here are a couple of my favorite creative stretches ...










So I hope you enjoyed my favorite projects, I know I enjoyed creating them for you all!!  Thank you all so much for reading along with us and supporting the eP.  Make sure to keep in touch!!!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thanks for the Memories - Julia's Final eP Post

We have had a fabulous run as members of the eclectic Paperie Design Team and wish to thank you all for your interest and support over the years. With the eP blog coming to a close at the end of the month, we all wanted to do something special to celebrate the fabulous friendships, tons of inspiration from other team members, from Kim, and from all those who participated in our challenges. Each of the current DT members is taking a day to post some of her favourite makes from her time on the eclectic Paperie team. We hope you enjoy the look back.

Julia here today-  with my final post here on the eclectic Paperie Blog (sob!)  Thank you Kim, for the wonderful opportunity you gave me to work with the other talented members of your Design Team!
Here are some of my projects created with products from the eclectic Paperie shop. 
 (you can click on the titles to connect to my posts for more details on each project)

 
 
 
 
Thanks so much for stopping by the eclectic Paperie blog today!
 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Thanks for the Memories ~ Bonnie

Hello, eP fans.  By now you know that eclectic Paperie is closing it's doors.  That also means the end of the blog and the design team.

We have had a fabulous run as members of the eclectic Paperie Design Team and wish to thank you all for your interest and support over the years. With the eP blog coming to a close at the end of the month, we all wanted to do something special to celebrate the fabulous friendships, tons of inspiration from other team members, from Kim, and from all those who participated in our challenges. Each of the current DT members is taking a day to post some of her favorite makes from her time on the eclectic Paperie team. We hope you enjoy the look back.

Bonnie here today.This is my opportunity to reflect on my wonderful time on the eclectic Paperie Design Team. I have experienced so much growth... (and we're not just talking hips here) ...in my art, in my confidence, in my knowledge, and in my personal life during my time here at eP. There have been so many friendships forged, so much wonderful sharing of support, encouragement, talent, and joy. I am grateful for everyone I have had the blessing to get to know  from Kim and the amazing and generous DT members past and present, to the fabulous folks like you who have followed, encouraged, celebrated with us, and shared your talent and creativity. For all of the learning I have done, for all of the discoveries I have made, and the warmth I have felt, I thank you all.

For Kim, an extra special Canadian hug and a gigantic thank you for the opportunities you have given me, for the faith you have placed in me, and for your wonderful friendship. I wouldn't trade a moment of our marathon phone calls. Love you, girlie!

Here is a look back at some of my favourite makes from my time at eP:

My altered bee book

Quiet Your Mind journal spread

Altered Game board


altered wooden houses


art journal page where I actually left white spaces!


Thanks for joining me today on my walk down Memory Lane. I'm delighted you were here today just as I am glad you have been along for all of this incredible journey!

Bonnie

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Thanks for the Memories

Hey...Kim here today to share a post on some of my favorite memories over the past two years.  I thought about posting projects, because I have so many faves that have been created thanks to the inspiration from so many wonderful artists.  However, the more I thought about my favorite projects, the more I realized that I couldn't just post crafty photos without highlighting the people, which has been the best part of this journey, so bear with me as I share some of my best experiences since 2012...(Photos listed in no particular order!)
Julie Balzer - Not only is this girl hysterically funny (oh, how I love dry humor!), but her ability to help you step outside of your artistic comfort zone is perhaps one of her best qualities.  Julie has a way of putting into words what is "missing" from your artwork in a way I haven't been able to grasp...until now.  As she said, "once you can articulate what is missing from your art, you can fix the problem."  Julie drove home the need for open and clear communication.  Not only is that a benefit when you're creating art and developing your own style, but it's vitally important with all relationships.  The need to clearly articulate will stay with me for a lifetime.
Cheryl Boglioli - I met Cheryl almost five years ago, when I was working at a scrapbook store, and I liked her immediately.  She's a wonderful instructor and has a great presence so I was excited when she offered to come and teach for eP...just a few months after I purchased the online store.  I rented a table space at a friend's studio and Cheryl taught two packed classes, where we explored Pan Pastels and encaustic wax.  I again had a lovely time learning from Cheryl.  I adore her sense of artistic adventure and the fact that she'll dive into any medium, becoming an expert who can then effectively teach others.
Stayce DeWid - Stayce is a barrel full of fun and the photo above (Stayce is in the far left) shows the very first class I had at the studio.  Stayce was going to be in the New England area and was looking for some teaching spots.  Her being available to teach meant I had to get the entire studio set up in two weeks.  Oh man, what a whirlwind!  It was so worth it!  I needed the push to get busy with decorating the new space and spending an afternoon with Stayce was a blast!  Stayce has a fabulous product line, I adore Art Anthology products, is wildly creative, and a great teacher.  I also love that I can freely call her "cupcake..."
Catherine Scanlon - I'm not sure how it's possible but I have no photos of Catherine teaching in the studio so I'll share just one of her beautiful pieces of art.  I think I got Catherine's name through a friend of a friend...or something like that...and I'm so glad that I've had the opportunity to not only learn from her but to also watch her teach (and see her design her own line of stamps and stencils!).  Her Gelli Plate class stands out as one of my favorite classes, where I somehow managed to create almost 30 art journal backgrounds in a day!  Catherine is an accomplished designer - her drawings are stunning - and an all around delightful individual to spend time with.  She has a wonderful witty charm, while being down to earth and approachable.  Catherine has just opened a small art studio in ME so if you're in the area, look her up!
Dina Wakley - Oh, what fun times I've had with Ms. Dina!  She is such a lovely teacher and her art speaks to my sense of style.  (Even if I continue to struggle with covering up all of the white space!)  I've taken six or seven of Dina's classes and I learn something new at each one.  I love that she seems to never get flustered or stressed out about creating (you mean that's not normal??) and art seems to just kind of flow out of her.  I also credit Dina with helping me overcome the huge fear of attempting to draw faces, and even to share my progress in public, on a blog.  When I say that I can barely draw a straight line, I'm dead serious, so the fact that I can now draw something that looks almost human is nearly a miracle to me.  It still makes me giddy and causes me want to run around with my art journal, showing everyone I meet that I can draw a face!  Thank you, Dina, you making learning so much fun!  (On the left is one of eP's studio instructors, Shari Garrett-Miller...who makes the most amazing creations with paper!  Thank you, Shari, for sharing your art with us...it's been a delight!)
Opening of the first studio space (with Donna Marie Cecere, Laurel McNeil, & Julie Masse) - This seems like so long ago...  When I first decided to try and see if a studio would be successful, a sweet friend of mine offered to let me share her small studio space and a number of wonderful friends came out in support of that first opening.  Donna Marie Cecere was on our original design team and she was a valuable asset to the group.  Not only is she a stunning clothing designer and paper artist, but she spend many hours listening to me "air my grievances" about the stresses of store ownership.  She also has a wonderfully creative mind that was a great inspiration.

Laurel McNeil is the sweetest thing out there and was so helpful in promoting not only the grand opening (at both locations), but also spreading the word about our classes.  She's also been a wonderful business resource and a great help with many questions.  Laurel manages the New England Paper Crafts blog so head on over and say hi!

And, my dear friend Julie.  In addition to running her household, teaching her five sweet kiddos, and designing she also agreed to take care of the product uploading so that I could take a break from my many hours on the computer.  (And the product uploading was torture...LOL!)  I never could have managed without her initial help and support.  A HUGE thank you goes out to these wonderful three ladies!!
Kit of the Month - (run by Mary-Ann Maldonado) - My sweet, ever bubbly friend Mary-Ann (shown on the left).  Keeper of all things scrappy, who learned how to integrate "getting dirty" (well, she never got that dirty) into scrapbooking, and ran the most fun Kit of the Month evah!  We all had so much fun with this girlie that we're now invading her house every month to create!  Mary-Ann makes the most beautiful scrapbook pages on the planet and I can't wait to have more free time to just hang out and craft with her (and all the girlies!)  Thank you for all the wonderful breakfast break, for helping with all those kits, and for getting my Beanie boy to stop chewing his fingernails.
Nancy Lefko - Yet another amazing teacher and no photo!  I need to fix that!  However, here are a few of us at the end of one of her classes, showing off our canvases.  Nancy was another recommendation from a friend, maybe Laurel, and I'm so glad that we made a connection.  Nancy taught a number of classes at the store and not only do I love her art but I love how easy she makes creating.  I don't normally do well with collage art, but Nancy did such a great job of breaking down the creation of her pieces into easy steps that by the end of the class I had a much better understanding of how to develop a foundation for my art.  I loved the final results and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Nancy.
Seth Apter - You know what I have to say about Seth Apter?  I love this guy...Loved having him in the store, loved indulging in a sushi night (yes, there is amazing sushi to be found in NH) with him, and loved taking his 52-card pick up class!  Seth and I connected months before he ever made the journey to NH and right away I thought, "I like this guy..."  He's witty, down to earth, and genuine.  He has a style that is all his own and I love how he's transitioned from a "non-art" career to making art for a living...how cool is that?!  And, of course, he's from NY so he's got that going for him. **giggle**  If you have the opportunity, take a class with Seth, you won't regret it!

Donna Downey - Meeting Donna was a serious highlight for me.  I love her style, but more importantly I love that she takes risks, tries crazy combinations of colors and textures, and doesn't take herself too seriously.  Watching Donna's Inspiration Wednesday videos (they're coming back in 2015!!) made me realize that I could just be myself in my own videos.  I make so many mistakes that sometimes it's frustrating, but the truth is that being a bit "flakey" is who I am in real life (sorry, kids!) so I made the decision to just be myself...and boy have I had so much more fun!  So, thank you Donna for helping me to just go with the flow!

  
Lynne Forsythe - The photo kind of says it all...Lynne is like a ray of sunshine, no matter what's going on in her life.  She is always excited to teach, excited about art, and excited to see friends.  Lynne can create the most stunning flowers out of whatever happens to be lying on her studio table and creates beautiful and dimensional projects that will make your mouth drop.  This girlie is such a talented designer and a super sweet instructor.  I'll so miss this face at The Collins Group next spring...I might have to stow away in someone's luggage...

Wendy Vecchi -Oh, goodness, I could gush on Wendy Vecchi all day long.  I am so glad that I've had an opportunity to not only take a few of Wendy's classes, but to also get to know her on a more personal level.  Wendy is one hard working person, who also happens to be wildly creative, amazingly sweet, and genuine.  (Just take one of her classes or check out her blog to see what I mean)  She spends many hours developing her own techniques and uses those techniques in amazing ways.  A pumpkin from a ball of string?  Really?  Who does that!?  Wendy's products have continued to be eP's top sellers and seeing her products go from the store, for good, have been one of the saddest moments of closing. I am happy that I'll have the opportunity to continue hosting her Facebook fan page and hope that I'll have more time in the future to be more active on the page and to spend more time creating with Wendy's wonderful products.  Wendy is most definitely one of the highlights of owning eP...

As I close today's post, I have to also mention many others that have been so special and supportive over the past few years.  (I just don't have photos!)  Our DT Manager, Bonnie Irvine, has been such an important part of our team.  Not only did she spend countless hours uploading products into the store, while always looking for ways to improve the function or layout, but she also did a tremendous job of managing our design team.  Bonnie helped to write blog posts, keep everyone on track, kept communication lines open within the team, found guest designers, gave advice, and listened for many hours when I'd call her late at night to gab.  And she even surprised me with lovely little pieces of her own art for the studio (that's so special!)  The only downside to Bonnie is that she doesn't live next door...seriously, I've asked her to move to NH...like a lot.

The rest of the design team have been so amazing!  A HUGE thank you to Sherry Cheever, for totally understands this industry and was someone I could email or call and knew she would totally undersstand the frustrations, for Micki Harper, who sent me her very first face painting (oh, how I LOVE it!) and always inspired me with her ongoing quest for learning and practice.  Broni Holcombe who has an wonderful talent for weaving together clean and simple with mixed media, Adriana Templeton, who besides being a great designer is a blast and always sent me fun and silly emails.  Sue Lelli, an ongoing source of encouragement and artistic inspiration and Sue Carrington, whose artwork always blows me away.  Even to our newest members...Julia Aston, who I've known for many years, decided to jump into mixed media with both feet and has continued to amaze me with her design talents and Steph Ackerman, who participated in many of our challenges, was a guest designer, and delighted us with her artwork.  Karen Crossen who makes the most amazing things with paper and paint, Toni Burrows, another darling and super talented designer, who consistently wow'd me with her art.  Ladies, you are all talented artists and have been a wonderful and supportive team!  Your art and blogs have been such an encouragement and help, not only to me personally, but to this business and industry.  I am forever grateful for the time we've been able to spend together on this team.

In closing, I need to also thank my precious family.  My husband has been my biggest supporter and source of encouragement.  He has helped me from the first day of store ownership; helping me to pack and ship to caring for our boys so I could work, has taken on extra work so I have more freedom to follow this crazy dream, has done all the heavy lifting at the studio and spent many hours setting things up, painting, moving, etc.  I couldn't ask for a better partner.  And my sweet boys, who have never complained about all the time that I'm away from home or working on the business.  They have kept me company at the store, have helped carry boxes, and understood when I needed to finish "one more thing."  It is because of them that I made the decision to close, so I can now give more back to them.  They are the greatest earthly blessing God has given to me...they are the most precious gift and I don't want to miss another minute of time with them.

Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this journey (I'm sure I've missed people, please forgive me)...it has been a great ride and I'm thankful that I had an opportunity to have this experience.  Thank you to Daisy Sparks for creating a great customer base and thank you to all of our amazing, loyal customers who have not only kept eP afloat over many years, but has helped in making the business grow and prosper over the past two and a half years.  I will miss all those emails and seeing your smiling faces in the studio each week.  You are a biggest reason that I adore this industry...the collective group of designers and customers really have been my greatest joy!

Thank you....

Monday, October 13, 2014

Thanks for the Memories Tour Kickoff

Hello, eP fans.  By now you know that eclectic Paperie is closing it's doors.  That also means the end of the blog and the design team.

We have had a fabulous run as members of the eclectic Paperie Design Team and wish to thank you all for your interest and support over the years. With the eP blog coming to a close at the end of the month, we all wanted to do something special to celebrate the fabulous friendships, tons of inspiration from other team members, from Kim, and from all those who participated in our challenges. Each of the current DT members is taking a day to post some of her favorite makes from her time on the eclectic Paperie team. We hope you enjoy the look back.

Hi, it's Broni here and I'm kicking off our "Thanks for the Memories" tour.  I'd like to share a few of my favorite projects from my time on the eP team. 

Last Christmas I was just started to play with a Gelli plate and this Snowman Card was a favorite project of mine.


 I have learned during my time here that I really love working with vibrant colors.  I had a blast making these Altered Playing Cards:


Another project that took me out of my comfort zone was working with a canvas bag and paint to create this soft floral gift bag for a special friend.


 Yet another favorite project using vibrant colors and a material that is out of my norm is this Altered Water Bottle I created using Studio 490 Clearly For Art.


And last but not least is one of my more recent projects that took me back to my roots and my love of water color - my Water Color Flower Maiden.


I have SO enjoyed my time on the eP design team and will always treasure the memories of all the wonderful people I've had the pleasure of getting to know and "playing" alongside.  Kim has been a wonderful friend and mentor along the way.  And all of these ladies on the team have been such a great inspiration to me.  I feel like I've grown so much as an artist thanks to their kindness, friendship and encouragement.  I will truly miss these ladies and all of you fantastic fans who have been here right along with us.  Thanks so much for your loyalty, your inspiration, and your encouragement!

Now I would like to encourage all of you to stretch your imagination and to become the artist you were meant to be!

Happy crafting!