2017 was an incredible year for Papertrey Ink. We celebrated our 10th Anniversary in February and we look forward to celebrating our 11th in a few short months. When we first started Papertrey Ink over 10 years ago, we had no idea where it would go, but thanks to all of you, we’re heading to great places!
Since it’s the end of the year, we thought we’d take a look down memory lane and relive some of our favorite memories from this past year and share a few sneak peaks for the coming year.
1. Our 10th Anniversary
On February 15, 2017, we celebrated our 10th Anniversary with a big celebration. For 10 days, we celebrated our milestone online with blog posts, a special stitching project from Lizzie Jones, and lots of giveaways. Our special anniversary set – Grand Finale – was a big hit with all of you and we loved seeing all your creations.
We held our sixth annual online Stamp-a-faire in August. It’s one of our favorites events each year because we love seeing your creations. For over a week we challenged you to bring your projects and designs to new heights. And boy did you guys deliver! Since we were celebrating our 10th Anniversary this year, we challenged you to use traditional anniversary gifts, like paper, wood, and bronze, to make your designs.
3. Live Release Party
On October 1st, 2017, we held our first ever Release Party Live on Facebook! Who doesn’t love a live party? So many of you joined us for this fun event. Designers Stephanie Gold and Lizzie Jones shared some of their projects and answered all your questions. Congratulations to our lucky giveaway winners and look for more live release parties in 2018!
4. New Product Designers
In 2017, we welcomed two new product designers – Kimberly Crawford and Rebecca Luminarias. Kimberly, a former elementary school teacher turned passionate paper crafter, introduced two kits, Modern + Marbled and Envelope Envy. Rebecca, a graphic designer from Orange County, California and Papertrey Ink Packaging Ambassador, brought us Good Tidings.
5. New Die Series
Betsy Veldman introduced the new Mix & Mat die series this past year, which became an instant hit. With Betsy’s clever design, each collection contained three dies that could be used alone or all together. Not only do these dies offer tons of incredible versatility, but each Mix & Mat die is so unique you’ll want to collect all of them for years to come.
6. Honey Nut
No, we’re not talking about Cheerios here! Every year we love looking back on the top ink and paper colors. Honey Nut was a color that really topped the top 10 charts in 2017. This beautiful color offers a warm caramel hue that can be used as a base color or an accent color. It’s one of the most versatile colors we sell. Heather Nichols called it the new Kraft!
7. Flowers Galore!
Flowers are always a popular trend at Papertrey Ink. Dawn McVey is the queen when it comes to flower sets. Gran’s Garden was a popular stamp set that offers a variety of multi-step floral images that are versatile for any card from Mother’s Day to wedding invitations. Take a look at a few of our designer’s creations with Gran’s Garden.
8. Make It Market Mini Kits
Betsy Veldman’s Make It Market Mini Kits are always an instant favorite. What’s not to love? You get everything you need to create the perfect card. From Halloween Hugs to Holiday Tag Along to Bloom & Grow, look for new kits coming in the new year.
9. Our New Blog
Have you noticed things look a little different around here? We decided to freshen things up a bit and launched our brand new Papertrey Ink Blog on December 5, 2017. Be on the lookout for a whole new website design in the new year. We can’t wait for you to see it!
10. Looking forward to 2018
As 2017 comes to a close, we look forward to an even bigger and better 2018. We have some exciting things planned for the coming year and can’t wait to share it with you all soon. Since we don’t want to give away all our secrets at the moment, we’ll give you a little sneak peek about what to expect in the coming year ahead. Expect more videos, new designs, and lots of fun challenges, and a big 11th Anniversary celebration to come in February!
Now that we have shared our favorite moments from 2017, it’s time for you to share yours! What’s your favorite stamps, dies, and kits? What do you want to see more of in 2018?