A Good-bye, Some Promotions & a Few Hellos

By June 19, 2008General

First, a good-bye…
I will never forget the day that I emailed Taylor to ask her if she would like to be a part of our team.  It was WAY back in January of 2007, before we had even had our first release.  When Taylor replied, she ecstatically accepted my invitation and it was honestly one of the best things that could have happened to our company.  Many of you are already familiar with Taylor’s signature, eclectic style and her bright & bubbly personality.  Her contributions during the last sixteen (OMG!  16!!!)  releases have been of such a high caliber, I knew that she had something special that would take her many places as she developed within the industry.

Taylor is now taking that signature style and investing it whole-heartedly in her own business venture, Taylored Expressions.  A wonderful paper crafting resource for those who are always saying to themselves, "I wanna be like Taylor when I grow up!".  The web store is full of all of Taylor’s favorite things that she is so passionate about.  Speaking of passion, Taylor’s full of it, along with dedication & commitment.  I have no doubt in my mind, as Taylor travels down this new path, that she will see nothing but the biggest of successes!

We will surely miss Taylor and her contributions to the team, especially since she has been with us since the company’s conception.  But with the sadness, comes a sense of pride & joy that one of *my girls* is dreaming big and reaching for the stars! We wish you all the best, Taylor!

A promotion…

With Taylor’s departure, we have promoted Lauren Meader to be a member of our Senior Design Team.  Lauren’s incredible work ethic, energetic enthusiasm and mind-boggling creativity have contributed to this decision.  Her perspective of a new stamp set is always different from what I had in mind as I was designing it, and it is this perspective that I think helps Lauren to always aid in those *lightbulb* moments.  We are beyond excited to see what Lauren does while executing the tasks associated with her new title!


Promotions: take two! 

Lynn Mercurio will now officially have the title of Newsletter Editor.  Within the next few months she will be aiding us in remodeling the Papertrey Newsletter into the type of publication I had always dreamed it would be, but just didn’t have the time to execute.  Lynn’s passion for helping others has been apparent in our forum since she joined the team, and we are looking forward to harnessing this amazing trait.  She has an uncanny ability to explain everything with such articulate precision, that even the most novice stamper can understand. That is exactly what we need to help bring a fresh face lift to our weekly publication!


Jennifer Ellefson and I met briefly at a CHA show last year.  I was immediately impressed with both her demeanor and good ol’ fashioned manners.  Since that fateful meeting, Jennifer has stepped up to the plate on a few occasions and gone above and beyond to help me with her knowledge of the industry.   While her contributions to the Design Team have been  a wonderful addition this year, I have now asked her to take on the role of my Personal Assistant.  She will be organizing my schedules and task lists, helping to organize & answer email, and all the other little things that take time away from me being able to do what I really love, designing stamps & using them!

…and the hellos

Michelle Wooderson (or Mish as she is sometimes called) is one of the happiest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.  Michelle and I always have short little email exchanges that only
contain one or two lines.  In just a few words she always brightens my
day!  This effervescent personality of hers shines through both her projects & her blog.  Her style is a fun mix of shabby-chic &  Martha, all rolled into one.  I love the real life spin she puts on everything she does, making us all feel like "Yeah, I can do that!".   Words can hardly begin to express how elated I am to have Michelle contributing to our team, and I know you will be excited to see what she comes up with for each and every release!

I am also pleased to bring you Dawn McVey.  Dawn & I met at a stamping store in Kansas that I was assigned to for World Card Making Day last year when I still worked for Paper Crafts magazine.  She was so excited to be there and was eager to seek out advice as to how to get into the publishing industry.  We exchanged phone numbers that day and have had several lengthy conversations since!  Little did I know how much amazing talent, clean & simple style, was held inside such a wonderfully positive woman.  I am confident that her contributions to the team will be welcomed warmly and her fresh perspective inspiring!

And last but not least, I present you with Niki Estes!  She could easily be voted as one of the most dedicated Papertrey fans ever!  Pair that enthusiasm with unmistakable talent and a softly sweet personality, and you have a group of characteristics fitting for a member of our team!  I will never forget the excitement in Niki’s voice when I called her on Monday to formally invite her to join the team.  We are really looking forward to exhibiting Niki’s work and the warmth that it exudes.


Thanks for allowing me to share all our big news with you!  The July release will be here before you know it and you will be able to see all of this amazing talent in action soon enough!


Nichole Heady

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Join the discussion 47 Comments

  • 1
    Sandy Kay says:

    Oh, this is SOOO exciting! I love all these gals’ work! I even hinted at a couple of them in the past couple of months! Congratulations and welcome, ladies! I will miss Taylor’s contributions, but will continue to “stalk” her blog!

  • 2
    Heather J. says:

    How exciting! Congratulations, ladies. I look forward to seeing the work of the new designers. Heather

  • 3
    Karen says:

    Hi Nichole… wow what exciting news for the additions and best wishes to Taylor for her continued success in her own venture too. I am excited to see your promotions and see that you’ve added people here that I already admire … talent talent talent !! Congratulations to all! Karen

  • 4
    Annapurna says:

    Goodbye to Taylor and Congratulations to the new team! You will all do well under the direction of a young super star. Now who would that be? I will let you keep guessing:-)

  • 5
    Regan says:

    Bye Taylor…sniff, I’ll continue to stalk your blog daily!!

    HUGE congrats to Lauren, Mish, Lynn, Niki, and Dawn

  • 6
    Regan says:

    ooops and Jennifer too

  • 7
    Deanna says:

    Holy Crap! Love Taylor and we’ll miss you fo sho! Congrats to you ladies with the promotions! Fun Fun Fun!

    Also, Congrats newbies! Look forward to seeing whatcha got… total joke as I stalk your blogs all the time! LOL

  • 8
    Steph says:

    Congrats on the promotions and to the new DT girls! I can’t wait to see what they come up with in the coming releases!

  • 9
    pam wilson says:

    Good luck to Taylor on all of her new adventures.

    I must say, you have a boat load of talent on your design team. Congrats to each and everyone!

  • 10
    mcbetty says:

    Hoorah!!!! I well remember Dawn’s excitement when she got to enroll in your class in Kansas. You’ve done great with this team of yours.

  • 11
    krystie lee says:

    Great choices! I’m especially thrilled to see Dawn join your team! Go Dawn!!! 🙂

  • 12
    diane mcvey says:

    Wow, that is all wonderful news! I hate to see Taylor go, but the new additions are GREAT. And Taylor will still be doing what she loves. I can’t wait for the next round of stamp sets, and creations by this GREAT team!!! Congratulations to all of you! 😀

  • 13
    Julie Masse says:

    Wow! Great great team!! Congrats to the new members! I look forward to seeing more fabulous work! 🙂

  • 14
    aviator girl says:

    While I am sad to see Taylor go I understand that she has her own dreams to follow and I can still happily stalk her!

    I am excited about your promotions and new DT members. It’s funny that not only is PTI my favorite stamp company but all 3 of the new girls are my favs and on my google reader!

  • 15
    sandygail says:

    Wow, these ladies are all so talented and friendly on their blogs. And I thought for a while that Niki was already a part of the PTI team because her projects were so professional. Congratulations to every one of you ladies. And congratulations to Taylor for new adventures.

  • 16
    Bonnie Sharp says:

    Congratulations to all the promotions and to the “new” gals!! and goodbye to sweet Taylor. We will sure miss you!

  • 17
    Susy says:

    Wow, some big exciting changes. Congrats to all the new team members.

  • 18
    Dawn says:

    Goodbye Taylor and good luck!! Congrats and welcome to the rest of the very talented ladies!! Woo hoo! I can’t wait to see what wonderful things you guys have in store for us now! Great picks Nichole!! Fabulous release this month too!!!

  • 19

    Awesome! This was a wonderful post. Good things and good people. All the best to everyone, and that includes you Nichole.

  • 20
    Latrice says:

    I am super jealous of these girls. Congrats to all the promotion getters and taylor will be missed. Can’t wait to see some work!!

  • 21
    Emilia says:

    Wow!!!!!! All these ladies are so talented!! Their blogs are on my google reader and I love their creativity! WHAT A GREAT TEAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 22
    Adoree says:

    Good luck to Taylor on her exciting adventure.
    Congratulations Nichole for an awesome….I mean AWESOME TEAM you have put together! What a group of talented women!
    Nichole and Papertrey RULES!!!

  • 23
    Heidi S says:

    This is fantastic!! What a team!!! Congratulations ladies! Good Luck Taylor!

  • 24
    Beth Silaika says:

    I think this is *FABULOUS* for everyone! I {heart} Mish, Niki and Dawn! I will miss Taylor’s cards, but she is destined for the greatest of things!

    Nicole – this is wonderful news.

    Congratulations to everyone!

  • 25
    CherylQuilts at SCS says:

    Great news…except we’ll miss Taylor…but wish her fabulous continued success. PTI just keeps getting better! Congrats to all and God bless you all!

  • 26
    Robyn, Maine says:

    Excellent choices Nichole! Looking forward to July’s releases…..my June package
    arrived safely yesterday and we had a box opening party! We know what I’ll be doing for the next week or so! Wishing the new team great success!

  • 27

    WHat exciting news! Congrats everyone! Woo hoo!

  • 28
    Tracy says:

    Congrats Niki, Dawn, and Mish! And a big congrats to Taylor on her new venture and to Lynn, Lauren, and Jennifer on their promotions. Such a wonderful team of talented women!!!

  • 29
    Julie aka grace01 says:

    wow you guys. this is sooooo awesome. I will miss Taylor but will continue to check out her blog daily. This is a great new line up that I am very excited to see what will bring!!

  • 30
    sarita says:

    congrats to ALL – i have been to all of your blogs many times – so can’t wait to see what’s in the future for you…

  • 31
    Sara says:

    Good luck Taylor on your adventure, I really enjoy your work and can’t wait to see what you have in store for us.

    Congrats to Niki, Dawn and Michelle Welcome aboard the PTI train, can’t wiat to see more creations from you.

    Lauren, Lynn and Jennifer congrats on your promotions you are a wonderful asset to PTI.

    Such great news, a Happy Stamp Day indeed!

  • 32
    denise:) says:

    Congrats to you, Nichole! It sounds like your “little stamp company” is growing up!! And Dawn is one of my top favs! A special thanks to everyone on the design team and the “behind the scenes” team that make PTI so hugely wonderful!

  • 33
    Teresa says:

    Wow! Congrats to the newest members of the PTI team (and those who received “promotions”) and a fond farewell to Taylor!!!

  • 34

    I will so miss Taylor! I wish you all the best! You are so amazingly talented! HUGE congrats to all of the promotions and new additions! You have such an amazing team, Nichole! I look forward to all you have in store for the future! Congrats to everyone! 🙂

  • 35
    Bee says:

    Congratulations to everyone! Looking forward to see (more of) their talent in action! 🙂

  • 36

    Exciting news indeed! We will miss Taylor’s but cheer her on in her new business venture! And wow, what exciting new talent you have picked for your new design team! Mish has always been one of my very favorite, and I just discoverd the talent of Dawn recently! Can’t wait to see what July has in store for your next release!

  • 37
    Candice says:

    Congrats ladies and welcome to the team! We will miss you Taylor, but it seems like you have the next chapter of your personal book already open 😉

  • 38
    Dee says:

    Good Luck Taylor..Congrats..much Success!!
    Congrats to ALL..and “Best Wishes”!!!

  • 39
    Barb W says:

    I am so happy to see Dawn McVey joining you team. I have fallen in love with your stamps and the designs used, and Dawn’s design are exactly what I use, ALL THE TIME. When I first found her blog I was hooked and always anxious to see what she posts each day. You have made a fantastic choice and I can’t wait to see what is up and coming. I’m not familiar with Michelle and Niki but anxious to check out what they post. I am one of those ‘touble thinking outside the box’ and need these ladies for my ideas. Good luck to all.

  • 40
    Sibilance7 says:

    Oh, I have always loved Dawn’s and Niki’s work, and I’m sure Michelle’s will be fabulous too when I see it! Congrats to everyone!

  • 41
    Sarah Moore says:

    congrats to everyone… I love to see such successful women! You are all an inspiration!

  • 42
    Sarah C. (WAstamper on SCS) says:

    WOW! Congrats to the new design team members. I frequently stop by Mish’s, Dawn’s, and Niki’s blogs for inspiration…can’t wait to see more of their designs with Papertrey. And I will certainly continue to follow Taylor’s work as well. She’ll be missed!

  • 43
    Kristen Carpinello says:

    I am thrilled to see that Lauren Meader has been promoted. Her creations are always among my favorites, and often times, the ones that persuade me to purchase sets (so I can replicate hers). Congratulations on making a great decision. She is fantastic.

  • 44
    Ellen says:

    You’ve got one dynamite team lined up. Super talented ladies. You just keep getting better and better.!!!

  • 45
    Renee V. (happystamper05) says:

    Wow! Congratulations to all of you! All my favorites, all in one place! I’m so happy and proud of all of you!
    Taylor – I wish you all the best in your new venture. I really enjoyed seeing your work!

  • 46

    Wonderful new additions Nicole! And best wishes to our friend Taylor! She’s a doll and will be missed at PTI!

  • 47

    YAY for Niki and Mish! I *heart* you two girls and know you will do AWESOME things for Papertrey! You go GIRLIES!!!

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