Hello, crafty friends! We have a little something to share with your all and it's not exactly good news :(
First off, we want to thank you ALL for the overwhelming support with our Paper Dolls blog! It means so much to us that so many of you support what we are doing and without you all, this blog would have never taken off. However, with mixed feelings, we've decided to close down the Paper Dolls blog.
We've both got a lot going on and more important things are being pushed back because of blog duties when they should be a priority. I'm sure most of you know that we each are married and have three children. Running the Paper Dolls blog has taken much more time from our daily lives than we thought it would. Constant blogs posts, emails, gathering files, guest designers, etc.. along with projects we are 'required' to do weekly. I am sure you all know too well that it's VERY hard to create when you're stressed or just not in the mood to be crafty.
We had HIGH hopes to kick this blog off and get tons of traffic and interest.. and yes, it had a GREAT and very overwhelming start and we couldn't have been happier. Now we don't even have time to add new content, make new projects, etc. We're at the point where we must choose what's most important and we hope you all understand. We each have our own blogs and they have been neglected compared to how much content we would add before Paper Dolls came along.
We've thought long and hard about this and feel horrible for having to cancel so suddenly on our upcoming Featured Artists who we were so excited to work with. We have contacted them and offered these FA's to be featured on our individual blogs in return. It won't be as in depth and detailed, but we'd love to let people know about these designers!
Again, this is with mixed feelings and we hate to do this, but it needs to be done. We hope there are no hard feelings and you all continue to follow our work on our personal craft blogs, Mod Paperie and Happy Life, Crafty Wife.
I (Tamara) also want to add that we each have our own design team duties as well.. Thienly is designing for My Thoughts Exactly stamps and I recently started designing for Echo Park Paper. I just want you all to know that I got this offer from EP AFTER Thienly and I decided to shut this blog down. I'm not leaving Paper Dolls to move on to other things and I would hate for anyone to think that. I also want to add that my duties for Echo Park are not as time consuming and scheduled as doing things for Paper Dolls is. I had to miss fireworks with my family on the 4th of July because I had to rush home and get a certain post done.. that's not right, you know? I know I really don't have to explain my actions, but I just don't want anyone to think anything bad. I will say that this blog was my idea and I approached Thienly about it, so the LAST thing I wanted to see happen was it to fail. (Same goes for Thienly.. we were BOTH so excited about this and it makes us very sad..)
With that said, Thienly has been AMAZING! She is on top of everything, replies to emails way more than I ever got a chance to, always knew what was going on with the designers/schedules, etc. I'm just not that organized, lol... Without her I would have gone nutso a week into this blog thing! She has also been on a schedule and I know it got stressful for her and she's neglected family time to make sure we had things done for Paper Dolls first. Many super late nights of crafting and getting things done. I pink fluffy heart love this girl! <3
Thank you for understanding! We will feature our last artist on July 29th and the last challenge will be held on July 25th.
-Tamara & Thienly