Journals & Collaborative Projects

Below you will find a sampling our members' work from previous collaborative projects.  Click on images to view them larger. We hope this will inspire you to come and play with us! If you are interested in joining our group, please visit us at:

Tutorials & Techniques

Below are some of our favorite tricks for adding depth and dimension to your art.  We hope you have fun giving these a try!

Current Group Swaps & Projects

Below is a list of current swaps and projects available to group members. If you are interested in joining our group and participating in these projects, please visit us at:  

For existing group members, you can sign up to participate  in these projects here: Swaps & Current Projects.  

We look forward to swapping with you.  Happy Arting!

Member Gallery for Group Swaps
Below you will find a sampling our members' work from previous group swaps and projects.  Click on images to view them larger. We hope this will inspire you to come and play with us! If you are interested in joining our group, please visit us at:
Come play with us... Join today!

Paper Traders is a friendly online community of artists from around the world. We nurture and value creativity, embrace new ideas, products, and techniques yet also value tried and true methods of artistic expression. Our projects consist primarily of paper arts, mixed media collage, artist trading cards, altered art, assemblages, collaborative journals, mail art, and more.

We are interested in creative individuals of varied skill levels who wish to challenge themselves artistically and help build a supportive community. We are at our best when we can share our creative efforts as well as techniques, resources, feedback, and insights. We encourage conversation about art, the art process, and what it means to be an artist.

Paper Traders is hosted on Yahoo Groups at
We hope you will consider joining us on an artistic journey!

In order to prevent spammers and to insure that all applicants are actual persons interested in creating art, a questionnaire will be sent to all potential members. When applying, please submit digital examples of your work or direct us to a website where we can view your art. The intent of the questionnaire is not to judge the merits of your art but to safeguard the integrity of our community.

Free Images for Download

Below you will find images that are owned by our group members and offered for your personal use as well as images found in the public domain. Images may be freely used in your personal artwork but may not be used for commercial purposes of any kind without written permission of the owner. No images may be used to create collage sheets or image collections for resale.

To download, follow the link provided. In some cases, you may be able to just click on the image to enlarge it, then right-click and select "save image as". Content changes frequently and many images are available for a limited time.  Please check back often for newly posted images to use in your art journey.

Open Art Challenges !

We're changing things up here at Paper Traders. Instead of the monthly challenges of the past, we'll now be hosting special challenges that might feature a specific technique or product and will be rewarded with actual prizes sponsored by our group members.

Our new challenge for 2013 is a year long word prompt journaling project/challenge. Each specific challenge will be open for one month and all art bloggers can participate, whether you are a Paper Traders member or not. Each artist will comment with a link to their blog post that features the artwork for that particular challenge. For each challenge, a winner will be selected whose art best exemplifies the challenge. The winning artist will be featured here and get a "Trader Treasure" blog button to display on their own blog. They also will receive one chance for each entry for the end of the year prize drawing. Watch this page for more details and challenge announcements.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Vintage Halloween Mini Books

This swap is for Paper Traders members only but we would love to have you join us.  Click on the purple Yahoo button on the right and start on your Paper Traders journey.
One-for-One Vintage Halloween Mini Books
Skill Level: 1 - Sprouting
Sign up Deadline: September 30th
Partners Announced: October 1st
Mail out Deadline: October 8th
Hosted by: Beckie Holso

Summer is soon coming to an end and Fall will be arriving on its heels (at least in the Northern Hemisphere)! Regardless of where you live, we invite you to join in the fun of our Vintage Halloween swap. This swap is inspired by those whimsical vintage postcards that everyone loves.

We're going to be making cute little mini books in the style of the Stampington ones found here: The Stampington sample has more pages than we're going to use for this swap - you only need to cut 3 pieces of cardstock (including the cover) and 2 pieces of vintage text to make our books. The finished size will be 2-1/2" high by 1-1/2" wide (after paper is folded in half). Each book should include a cover, title page, 7 decorated two-page spreads, and a closing page with the artist's information.

Obviously, your books should be made using your own Halloween-themed papers, embellishments, etc. and feature the child-like fun of the holiday (nothing too dark or scary). Need some inspiration? I found lots of freebies in this style here:

Don't forget to sign up by the September 30th deadline in the swaps database on the Paper Traders Yahoo Group.  This is a one-for-one swap but if enough people sign up, we will allow participants to make an extra book for swapping, if they want... So sign up early!

On October 1st, I will announce the swap partners and you will mail out your completed book(s) to your partner(s) by October 8th.

Don't forget to share photos of your little books in the project album on the Paper Traders Swaps Yahoo Group.

Happy Haunting!

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