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.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

It's Here!! Our First Blog Hop Has Begun !

We are excited to announce our First Paper Traders Blog Hop.
We hope it will be a way for you to get to know a 
few of our group members better, see our art, 
and get a chance to win some nice prizes that are being offered by our members.
Maybe you'll even be inspired by what you see and want to join the group.

This blog hop officially opens at Midnight EST, April 19th.
Due to our international members being 5-6 hours ahead 
of us, some blogs will have already gone live with
their blog hop posts. If you find some members have
not posted their blog hop post, please check back with them.
Everyone should be coming on line by midnight.
Thanks for understanding.

The Blog Hop will be open the entire weekend of April 19-21, 2013. 
 Be sure to start here and follow the blog hop list of 
participating members below:

Each member will share a little bit about herself 
and offer either a handmade art piece or other quality prize
 that will be randomly awarded to blog readers 
who leave a warm, fuzzy comment.

The Mods are offering few prizes ourselves.
 Just comment below and provide a way for us to contact you 
and we will pick a randomly drawn name from those
 who leave a comment. 
 One entry per person, please.

We'd love to hear what you think about the new look
of our blog and our fabulous header designed by
our own Connie H.
(with thanks to Studio Manu who gave her permission
 to use her CU old books kit.)

Have fun on your journey and come back to visit us soon!

The Prize package from the PT Mods.

A Tag from Cathy C.

Gypsy Ribbon Doll from Beckie H.

Ephemera pack from Connie

And more to be added!!


Letha Richardson said...

What fun prizes! I love Paper Traders,and am honored to be a member. Wish I would have gotten my act together to be part of the blog hop, maybe next year :)

Donna B. Miller said...

What a beautiful tag and doll. You guys are awesome.

Cynthia said...

Oh my gosh! This is so cool. I didn't even know about Paper Traders until I saw this today on a blog that I follow. Love that Ribbon Doll. I'm going to visit every site that is listed. This is really cool!

Lynn said...

I found you site through Pam's blog.. I'm in awe of the designs! I'm so glad I found you!!! Gorgeous prizes as well!! What an awesome way to start the weekend!!! You can find me at

bockel24 said...

I just love the new header (not only because it features my Hydrangea book pages ;-)), and Beckie´s ribbon doll is a dream! I love our blog hop so far, hopping on now!

Jo Murray said...

Yeehah!!! A fun way to start my day...checking out creative bloggers. Thanks for this Mods!

Pattie McClimans said...

I just love this group. The blog hop is a great idea. Thank you so much for letting me be a member.

Sam Bonney said...

This blog hop is such a great way to meet new people, and view new techniques.

joy said...

Hello! I found my way here by way of Marion and am excited to check out the blogs along the hop. Love what I've seen so far.

Lisa Zimmerman said...

I just ran across this blog hop thanks to a Facebook post. How fun! I love altered art and art journaling, as well as my digital scrapbooking. Neat hop idea!

Beckie Holso said...

Hi Everyone! I hope you're all having fun and taking some time to get to know each of our participants a little better. I'm really enjoying this journey and everyone is offering such wonderful prizes. =)

Leann said...

What fun - love the new look! Vintage is right up my alley!


redjanfan said...

this is a wonderful idea = your blog hop, where we can get to know more about other scrappers and some of the designers whose work we know, but not about their lives. I've really enjoyed what I've read so far. Thanks for the event!

michelle said...

Love the new look for the blog and love seeing my page on the side bar ! happy to be a paper trader member !

Amanda Evans said...

Love the great new look of the page and what a great idea having the Blog Hop. I enjoy being a part of this very creative group and love all the inspiration here!

Take care.

Beverley Baird said...

What a fun blog hop - have just discovered you!
Love the prizes!

fairyrocks said...

Just hopped through the uber talented blogs of our Trading Partners. Keep smiling and creating one and all.

Cathy L. Calamas said...

Hey art bloggers!! Getting ready to go through the second half of our blog list. This has been so fun. What great prizes from everyone, too. Love learning about everyone.

JoAnne said...

What fun....can't wait to start hopping! I guess you could call me a silent member of this group. I joined intending to participate but life threw me a few curve balls and I spend more time than I like working outside the home.
Connie, what a beautiful header!!!! It draws you right in. Great giveaway..please count me in!

Gill said...

This is such fun! I stumbled across you for the first time today! and I love what I see!

stampgram said...

I hope you are all having a great time. I am off to finish my journey too. This was such a fun idea. THANKS!