10 Things I Love about Paper Crafts magazine

Susan 10 Things I Love about Paper Crafts magazine

Susan R. Opel

Happy Valentine’s Day, dear readers of Paper Crafts Connection!

I sure hope you’re feeling the love from family and friends today. I bet you sent a mailbox full of pretty paper-crafted cards to celebrate this auspicious occasion, right?

In my mind, there’s nothing better than a day to express your love for the people who make your life rich. It’s a day to contemplate what you love. And how can you not love that? So in the spirit of love, I thought I’d share with you:

10 Things I Love about Paper Crafts magazine

1. I love special issues. Beside our magazine issues, these issues give you just a little more, with abundant inspiration and learning experiences. Here are three of my all-time favorites: Card Design Handbook, 75 Creative Card Challenges, and Color Inspiration for Card Makers.

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2. I love our videos. We know you live in an online world, so we’ve been working hard to put together instructional videos to help you learn and grow in your craft. Be sure to check them out! Here’s a still shot of Senior Editor P. Kelly Smith last June setting up for a segment about creative uses of embellishments.

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3. I love paper crafting products. And don’t we all? There’s just something invigorating and thrilling about organizing them and looking at them, and YES, using them!

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4. I love our Pinterest boards. And Pinterest as a whole, truth be told! Head on over to our Pinterest page, and you’re sure to find inspiration right away. I especially love browsing the Free Downloadable Sentiment board. There are some pretty fun Valentine sentiments you could snag and use today.

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5. I love paper crafting cruises. We’re planning another humdinger of a cruise with our sisters from Creating Keepsakes magazine. Won’t you join us as we set sail on the beautiful blue Caribbean come this September? Awesome sponsors. Amazing ship. Is it legal to have this much fun? Here’s a picture from our last cruise in 2011.

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6. I love Operation Write Home. Our friends at Operation Write Home work very hard to send boxes of handmade cards to our deployed troops so that they can keep in touch with their loved ones at home. Through our mail-in contests, we are able to send thousands of cards to this amazing organization!

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7. I love our digital issues. Not sure why this is a big secret, but our digital issues (FREE to subscribers) have a wealth of projects that don’t appear in the paper issues. Check out this blog post and this one, too, to unlock what you’ve been missing in our digital issues.

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8. I love making connections. Ask most paper crafters what they love about this hobby, and they’ll likely mention the people they’ve met. I’m no different. Since the first time I walked through the door of a scrapbook store in Fort Wayne, IN, 10 years ago, I’ve met some of my favorite people. We just get each other. It’s pretty phenomenal, if you ask me!

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9. I love making cards. Shocking, I know. But really, making cards allows me to put to use all of the knowledge I get from our special issues and from watching all of the talented people I’ve come into contact with. It gives me a chance to use all of that glorious product AND brighten someone’s day at the same time! Here’s a card I made in honor of today using non-traditional mustard paired with pink.

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PinExt 10 Things I Love about Paper Crafts magazine10. I love this job. How could you not? Thank you for letting me do what I do.

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Today, I want to share the love with you! Leave a comment about what you love, and one lucky commenter will win my three favorite special issues and the Lots of Love stamp set and cherry grosgrain ribbon from our friends at Avery Elle! Just leave your comment by Monday, February 18th at 5 pm MST.

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I love Paper Crafts magazine!

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199 Responses to 10 Things I Love about Paper Crafts magazine

  1. Mary-Anne V. says:

    I love making cards…little packages of joy sent with much love. Its pretty special to see or hear back from the person who opens that envelope and sees what you have sent. Thats what I love.

  2. I love my kids. With all my heart!

  3. Therese says:

    What can I say, I love to make cards (Oh, and my hubby and 2 furchildren I love them too)!
    Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  4. Katie B. says:

    I love my family, my two cats, doing anything creative – making cards is one of those outlets! I always find inspiration on this blog, and I did not know you did videos. I will have to check that out. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  5. JoAnn Pollock says:

    I love my family and making special cards for each of them.

  6. Macy says:

    Simple and sweet – I love my family :D

  7. Sandy Lewis says:

    Love your list. Other than the family, friends, pets list, I love Paper Crafts magazine for the fabulous inspiration it provides me (not to mention the wonderful eye candy). I love paper crafting – it is my chosen craft and I love every.single.thing about it! I love my Silhouette Cameo – it has opened new doors to creativity and gift making. I love my craft room – WOW – has my craft life improved since we changed the family room to my craft room! I love my Workbox, because it holds almost all of my paper crafting and provides me a desk to craft at. I love my Scrap’n Easel – I’ve made more layouts since I received it for Christmas than I’ve made in the past 2 years!

  8. I love God and family!

  9. Jessica Canham says:

    I love that I have my own stamp room and can connect with so many talented stampers and card makers via the internet!

  10. Frann says:

    I love that I’m retired and can play with paper all day if I want to. That makes me happy and I get to make others happy.

  11. Lilly says:

    I love books.

  12. Julie says:

    I love creating pretty things, especially out of paper.

  13. Leanne S says:

    I love making cards & the inspiration on Pinterest drives me nuts.

  14. calamityjane says:

    Besides card making, I love the products. Seeing all of the lovelies in my craft room waiting for me to play. Reading each issue and especially the special issues. Reading blogs!!! This craft has reached a part of me that no other hobby has…..and I LOVE THAT!!!!

  15. Marie says:

    I love being creative (and, of course, chocolate =)

  16. JulieZ says:

    Oh my, so many loves, but I don’t think you want a comment as long as your post lol! I’ll TRY to cut it down! So, I guess beyond my love for family, friends, and my animals……would be my love for this lifelong hobby that has been with me and grown with me for so many years and yet I’ve never “tired of it”. Often people pick up a hobby and tire of it in just a couple years. I’ve been stamping (seriously) for almost 30 years and have been papercrafting probably since I was a little girl. It always brings so much enjoyment and there’s always something new to try out or learn. And besides, the creations bring such joy – to myself and others.

  17. Heather Sweet says:

    I love my husband and my family and friends! I love that they support my obsession, I mean paper crafting hobby! I love paper crafting EVERYTHING (cards, scrapbook layouts, Project Life, mini albums, etc.) and I especially love the products and shopping for the products!

  18. Charlene M. says:

    I love colors and seeing color all around me. Thanks for a chance to win such an awesome prize!

  19. B Vincent says:

    I whole-heartedly agree with your list! You do indeed have a great job :)

  20. Alyssa S says:

    1. I love everything that you love :)
    2. I love the whole submission/acceptance and even rejection part of crafting. I’ve recently reached out to other papercrafters and have learned new things about design.
    3. I love the camaraderie in the blogging/papercrafting world.
    4. I love what a wonderful cheerleader and supporter you are to all the papercrafting folk!

    Thanks for the chance! :o )

  21. I absolutely LOOOVE my little boys!! Yesterday, I spent ALL day at school with them at their Valentine’s Day parties! They were so ADORABLE! I was just so in love with them! They make life worth living!! Sometimes, as a stay-at-home Mom, I feel like I don’t do anything worthwhile. But watching them yesterday, I realize my job is so much more important than people think!! They really know how to “re-charge” my batteries!!

  22. Peggy B says:

    I love many things – including making cards using great inspiration from Paper Crafts. Thank you!

  23. Katherine Harrison says:

    JUST starting to explore this site and I am seeing so very much I want to try!!!! I love this magazine and site because it is bringing me whole new world of adventure!!!

  24. kellystar says:

    I love being inspired by others (and sometimes I think I get to inspire others too)…everyone is happy!

  25. wendymc says:

    I love finding inspiration in everyday things – something that I’ve learned from several PaperCrafts issues! Thanks for the chance to win, and for all the great inspiration you’ve provided over the years.

  26. Jackie says:

    I love the Special Issues too. So much inspiration packed in one bundle!

  27. erin t says:

    I’m glad you like making cards!!!

  28. Lin M. says:

    I love crafting – making cards, scrapbooks, and anything else. I love the inspiration I get for crafting from your magazines and blog. Thanks for a chance to win some more inspiration. :)

  29. Trena P says:

    I love shopping for scrapbooking craft items, making cards and all thing crafty

  30. Candyce says:

    1. I love my family and friends.
    2. I love paper crafting.
    3. I love, love, love the Paper Crafts Cruise….the last one was amazing!
    4. I love getting inspired by the Paper Crafts Magazine.
    5. I love entering your drawings, and I would really love to win one!

  31. Mary Ann says:

    I love my family and paper crafting.

  32. Kim H says:

    I love God and my family, especially my new baby girl =)

  33. Carmen says:

    I love my husband, little girl, baking and especially crafting!

  34. Terri E. says:

    God, my kids, hubby and creating.

    Terri E.

  35. Julie A. Shearer says:

    I love my family and friends and all things crafty . Scrapbooking , card making , painting , and pressed flower art. I have to say I also love gardening . Thank you for a chance to win .

  36. Helen Lebrett says:

    yep, you are a lucky lady with that job that you have!!! I love my kiddo’s, my hubby, God, and crafting with Papercrafts magazine!!!

  37. Naomi Hanson says:

    I love my family and animals!

  38. Kate says:

    I love seeing what other people make!

  39. cjs says:

    I love that there are always new and exciting products that come out for us to ‘play’ with when we create cards or scrapbook!

  40. Beatrice Lawson says:

    I love my paper crafts – the supplies, the memories you create, the friends you meet, the fun videos and blogs… it’s all combined to make me happy that I share this fabulous hobby.

  41. I love the joy I feel pouring my creativity into a project and browseeing other talented ladies blogs and Pinterest boards!

  42. Loly Borda says:

    I love life, period. I appeciate every minute I have in this world, and I love making cards because it’s a nice (easy) way to give love.

  43. Aundria B. says:

    I love all of the inspiration I find in perusing cardmakers’ blogs and your wonderful publications. When I want to make some cards, I just start going through magazines and blogs until I find something new to try or that just catches my eye, and jump on in!

    Thank you for the chance to win these wonderful goodies!

  44. Laura K says:

    I love crafting with my friends.

  45. Megan Smith says:

    I love my two guys – my husband Andrew and my son Liam!

  46. Isha says:

    I love my family, friends, crafting, nature….I love myself :)

  47. Shay says:

    If we are just talking papercrafts (because otherwise I would be writing books) I love stamps, paper, magazines, blogs, websites, dies, tools, kit clubs, subscriptions and everything else that can used to create cards and other papercrafting projects. Thanks for the chance to win!

  48. Corinna says:

    I love Paper Crafts magazine too! :)

  49. mimi says:

    i love making papercraft goodies and give them away to friends. Love to see their reaction to them :-)

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