Saturday, 25 February 2012

It's GIVEAWAY time!!

Yes, it's time for another Giveaway! Why? Plenty of reasons!! 

Our little blog has 30+ followers 
Our blog has received 1400+ hits in less than a month
Our Facebook Page has received 900+ likes
Our website is getting ready...
We shared Sneak Peeks of our first kits with you...

We at Pretty Paper Studio like to celebrate the littlest things in life and we would love to celebrate it with YOU by giving you an opportunity to win AED 50 Gift Voucher to Pretty Paper Studio. 

What do you have to do? Six simple steps to get SIX chances to win. 

  1. Leave a comment here - Simple!!
  2. Visit our website and register for our updates. Then leave a comment here.
  3. Like us on Facebook and leave a comment here. If you have already liked us, you can still leave a comment. 
  4. Share this post on your Facebook page or Blog and leave another comment.
  5. Follow PPS on Twitter and tweet about our Giveaway. Leave a comment here saying you have followed and tweeted. 
  6. Follow this blog through the Blogger Follower button and leave another comment. 
More entries you leave here, more chances to win our giveaway. 

You have until March 2nd, 1200hrs, Abu Dhabi time, to enter. We will announce the winner here on March 4th, 1000hrs Abu Dhabi time. 

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Sneak Peeks! Sneak Peeks! Sneak Peeks!

We are excited and super happy to share few sneaks from our first Scrapbooking and Cardmaking Kits. 

Scrapbooking Kit Sneak #1

Scrapbooking Kit Sneak #2

Cardmaking Kit Sneak #1
Cardmaking Kit Sneak #2
Do visit our Facebook Page to Like and Comment on these photos. We would love to hear your thoughts. And stay tuned for sneaks from our Project Kit!!

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Challenge #2: Create a NO-PHOTO layout

Hello! Hello! After a fantastic first challenge, we felt we should throw another challenge at you. Let's make this one a scrapbook only challenge ya?

Here are the conditions: -
Create a scrapbook page / layout without any photos in it - only journalling and embellishments. 
Subject/theme of the layout can be anything and it can be of any size. 
You have to be a follower of our blog to participate in this challenge. 
Submit your project by leaving your URL in the comment box below. If you do not have an online gallery or blog, you could email your layout to with 'Challenge #2' in the subject line. 
Last date for subsmissions - March 6, 2012
What's in it for the winner? A 50 AED (Arab Emirates Dirhams) Gift Voucher to Pretty Paper Studio.

And here are the layouts created by our Design Team. 





What are you waiting for?? Get crafting!! ;)

Monday, 20 February 2012

Please welcome Nielouphar Abdurahiman

This is really awkward - me introducing myself. So I'am going to keep this very short. :D

I'am Nielouphar Abdurahiman (you can call me Neelu). I've been living in Dubai since May, 2001. I'am a stay-at-home mom to two kiddos - Talha Ahmed, almost 4 years old; and Aisha Khulood, a year old. 

I started scrapbooking in 2011. Although, I must say that I've always loved scribbling next to my travel photos and collecting memorabilia wherever I went. I didn't know it was called 'scrapbooking' back then. Silly me! 

I would say my scrapbooking style is 'clean and simple'. Although, lately, I've been playing a lot with watercolours, ink, mists and acrylics. What I love the most about scrapbooking is that I can play around with a lot of tools and I don't feel 'constrained' with this hobby. 

Here are a few of my favourite projects that I would like to show off today. 

I also love to crochet - it's ironic that I'am saying it now as there was a time when I used to hate anything to do with wool and needle. ha! In the layout above, I used crocheted hearts as embellishments. I also crocheted the headband my daughter Aisha is wearing. ;) 

Few not-so-fun facts about me: -
  • I'am a hardcore foodie. You will never be disappointed if you invite me for lunch / dinner.  
  • I'am a sucker for comedy sitcoms. I've watched F.R.I.E.N.D.S like a zillion times and I still laugh at their jokes like it's the first time I'am hearing them. My family think I'am nuts. 
  • I love making lists and checking things off.  
  • I laugh hard and cry even harder. 
  • I've been procrastinating about running a 10k for too long. (I did run a 3k though. Will that count?)
  • I shy away from discussing Islam or India as they are too close to my heart. 

I think that's enough about me for today. :D Do check out my blog and gallery for more of my projects. I hope you will like what you see. 


I hope all of you will join Irene, Donna, Shruti and me in this new adventure of ours. I hope that Pretty Paper Studio will help you cherish and preserve your memories. I hope and pray that Pretty Paper Studio will become a community where all of us can share and help each other in every way possible. Ameen!

Happy crafting

Friday, 17 February 2012

Please Welcome Irene Retuya

Today we would like to welcome Irene Retuya to our Design Team. Irene is a registered Nurse by profession and one of THE most committed individual we have ever met. She has been living in Dubai since 1995. She has been card making on and off for 15 years and started making digital cards and printing them out.

In 2011 she started cardmaking and scrapbooking the traditional way (yaay for us ;)). Irene's style is clean and simple. However, lately she has started to love adding more details, layering, punching and dry embossing.

Some fun facts about Irene for you: -

Likes Punching, dry embossing, embellishments such as flowers, ribbons, butterflies, lace, stikles, buttons and rhinestones.

Loves to
Travel {wish I have more money to do that}

Can’t live without
My cuppa coffee and when there’s a cake with it, I’m on cloud 9!

Gotta watch these TV series 
Alcatraz, NCIS, NCIS LA, Hawaii Five O and Criminal Minds.

My natural highs
·        Losing all track of time and completely immersing myself in card making, scrapbooking and crafting.
·        Being really productive and crossing things off my to-do list.
·        Spending time out with friends. 

I’m frustrated by
·      My lack of will power to diet and exercise
·      Not having enough time to get everything done
·      Not going to bed early and waking up late
·      Laundry & ironing clothes…ugh!*?*

My Reverse Bucket List For when I am feeling discouraged and like my life isn't as fulfilling and exciting as I want it to be), to remind me that I have already lived quite a lot.
·        Graduated from nursing.
·        Working abroad.
·        Been white water rafting
·        Jumped off  a 21 feet high stone cliff (graduation ceremony from water rafting)
·        Been in love.
·        Had my heart broken.
·        Seen the Chalice Wells and Stonehenge
·        Traveled to 9 countries.
·        Hold a snake in my shoulder in a zoo. {will scrap this one}
·        Had picture taken with chimpanzee {will scrap this one too}

And here are few of her gorgeous projects.

A minialbum she made for her friend.

We could stare at this circular layout for hours and hours and still find something new! 

And a card she made for Pretty Paper Studio's 'YOU' challenge. Aren't her projects just as pretty as her? Do leave her some love here and on her blog.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

We have a WINNER!!

We have a winner for our First Challenge

Her non traditional Valentine's Day card just blew our mind away! 

Hussena, please send your mailing address to 

Thank you everyone for playing along. We were really happy to see all of your gorgeous creations.  We have another cute challenge coming up. Stay tuned! :)

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Please Welcome Shruti Menon

Second Design Team Member whom we would like to introduce today is Shruti Menon. Shruti is ONE helluva Krafty Artist. You don't believe us? Wait till we show you some of her projects. 

Shruti is a media planner by profession and a crafter by passion. She currently lives in Hyderabad, India and is moving to Dubai in a couple of months. We are waiting for you to get here Shruti! 

Few random facts about Shruti that she would like to share with us: -
I am a lifelong die hard romantic! :-|
I am a self-taught “artist”. I enjoy both sketching and painting. I just love to dip my bushes into color and forget the world and paint away to glory.  Art and craft make me super happy and rejuvenates me!
My favorite board game is Scrabble…and I know how to kick butt at it! *winks*
I enjoy making food for my near and dear ones, especially my husband, and love it even more when they appreciate it.. hehe! ;)
I love the color pink!! I think it’s the prettiest and the happiest color.
I am a die-hard music buff.  I want some music playing at every moment of my life!!
I simply love chocolates, mint candies, Chinese food and Pasta!

Shruti says she is a new card maker on the block. We don't believe her. We think she is just being modest. She describes her style as a mixture of detailed, cutesy, clean and simple. She can't do without a bit of bling, a butterfly or a flower (we can see that Shruti *wink wink*). Her favourite techniques include rubber stamping, punch craft, layering, pearl/gem detailing and distressing. Woah! A long list Shruti!! Hope we can keep up with you. We are very honoured to have you in our team and looking forward to a wonderful journey together. 

Do make Shruti feel welcome by leaving some love here or on her blog

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Please Welcome Donna Espiritu

Our first design team member whom we would like to introduce today is Donna Espiritu. Donna or 'scrappy Donna', as she likes to call herself, is originally from Manila, Philippines and currently lives in Saudi Arabia with her husband.

She loves doodling, paint and crunching the heart out of papers. We would like to call her scrapbook style "free-style" and even "eclectic". She incorporates a lot of techniques and styles in one page. Layering and adding dimensions to a page is her strength. She also does a lot of digital scrapbooking and hybrids, which means we will get to learn a lot from her.

When we asked Donna to share some fun facts about herself, this is what she had to say:

I love to sing! But singing doesn't like me.

I love pink/grey/yellow

At times when I want to concentrate (or can't sleep), I put on my headphone and listen to alternative or heavy metal songs (weird, i know).
I've contemplated on having a tattoo...someday.

I still doodle hearts and stars... on my *work* notes.

I'm really a shy person but most people don't believe me.

I'm so flat-footed/clumsy I trip even when I'm just standing.

Can't stop laughing after reading that. LOL. Donna, we are very happy to have you in our Design Team and we look forward to a fun filled adventure. :)

Oh, and here are a few projects created by Donna. 

Don't they just blow your mind away? You can view more of her work at her gallery. Do pay her blog a visit and leave some love. You will, won't you? :)

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Pretty Ladies of Pretty Paper Studio

It's time to announce Pretty Paper Studio's first ever Design Team. Here are the Awesome Foursome of PPS. **drumroll please**....

                                                            Donna Espiritu

                                                              Irene Retuya

                                                             Shruti Menon

                                                     Nielouphar Abdurahiman

You can view their personal blogs by clicking on their names above. We will be doing a detailed introduction of all four ladies with their gorgeous creations from tomorrow. Stay tuned. :)

Thursday, 9 February 2012

It's GIVEAWAY time!!!

Our Facebook page has received over 500 Likes and we are celebrating with a cute little giveaway there. You don't want to miss it, do you? Go, go, go!

Monday, 6 February 2012

An inspiration for our first challenge

After seeing all your lovely submissions for our first challenge, I couldn't stop myself from creating a layout about my daughter Aisha who turned one on January 23rd. Hope you like it and inspires you to create. :))

Journal: I still remember how impatient I was during my last trimester to see your little toes and fingers, feel your hair and hear your voice.. And now you are all grown up: almost running, crying and laughing at the same time, kissing me when you feel happy... I'am waiting with bated breath to see you grow into a beautiful girl...

Let's keep connected

Hello Hello!

We are loving all the submissions for our very first Challenge. You can view all the submissions together in our gallery at Facebook Page. Thank you everyone for participating. There is still a lot of time left for you to submit more projects. 

We would like to inform you that we are working hard on our very own website which will have some really cool features. Let's keep them a surprise until then, shall we? ;)

To keep connected with our members and fans, we have created a Facebook page, a Twitter account and also our very own board on Pinterest. We would love to see you all there sharing your thoughts and creations. 

Happy Crafting!