YOU Be the Client: An Open Call for Paper Projectscomments (28) October 6th, 2008
Let's think of it as an employer/employee relationship with you (the reader) assuming the role of boss and me (the paper blogger) assuming the role of unpaid intern.
As I have mentioned before in this post, some of my very best projects have come as a result of working together with great clients on great ideas. A quick look at some of my previous posts (French Paper Wigs, among others) will reveal what good results can come from working with a creative partner. I think of these relationships as collaborations, though I do seem to be the one who ends up doing all the laborious cutting and folding and gluing. All the same, being creative with someone creative is an activity I cannot praise too highly. A good client will push me to go further than I would ever push myself to go. In turn, I always strive to deliver projects that exceed not only their expectations but my own expectations as well.
So this week I am foregoing a how-to project in this space and, instead, am putting out a call to the CraftStylish readers asking them—YOU—what you'd like to see me fabricate in paper. I encourage you to think big. Big ideas can usually be scaled back to something "possible," while small ideas rarely scale up to anything "impressive."
Please leave your suggestions in the comment section at the bottom of this post. I promise to review all ideas submitted and choose the one I feel is most interesting, most challenging, or just most outlandish. Then I will (endeavor) create that project as a DIY tutorial for this site. I'd like to make this challenge interesting by offering a large cash reward or cruise tickets for two to some warm clime. However, my means being modest and our economy being on the verge of collapse, I can only offer something modest as a prize: a specially designed, hand-cut, paper keepsake box along with a note of appreciation from me (and, if you liked my thank-you note, you'll likely love my note of appreciation).
I know some of you out there are keen to offer up some impossibly complicated projects, but I would encourage everyone to think broadly about this. If you, yourself, are working on a project and you've reached an impasse, let me know what it is and I'll try to offer a reasonable solution. If you're trying to achieve a certain effect with paper and are having difficulty, let me turn my time to the task and perhaps I can offer a way for you to reach your objective.
I'm throwing down the gauntlet (well, gently placing it down, perhaps). I'm here at your service, scissors in hand, and ready to work. Start suggesting.