Designers Wanted – Join Our Team!

The Paper Forest, central Illinois’ premier scrapbook and paper crafting boutique, is looking for new design team members!

The goal of the design team is to provide inspiration for everyone in our store.  If you love creating and sharing beautiful scrapbook page layouts, cards and altered projects, keep reading!   Design team members commit to a 6 month term to complete the following projects each month:

  • 2 scrapbook pages (or a 2 page layout)
  • 1 – 2 cards
  • 1 altered project (mini album, home décor piece, jewelry item, etc.)

We provide a packet of products & supplies for each round of projects.  Each monthly project set will be due according to the schedule below.  Completed projects will always be returned to the designer after they are removed from display.

In addition to the chance to be first to work with new products and create projects for free, design team members enjoy a 20% discount on all purchases during their 6 month term! (*Cameo and Portrait machines by Silhouette excluded.)

To apply for this exciting creative opportunity, you will need to submit your application & agreement form (available here online or in the store).  Along with the form you will be asked to provide a little background about yourself & your crafting experience, special skills or other facts you think we should know about, your primary focus in crafting, areas of expertise, etc. as well as samples of your work or address where photos of your work can be viewed online (samples may also be brought in to show in person).

Click HERE for more information and a link to the application form.

Send your application information and/or questions to Mary Duitsman at .  All applications must be submitted by May 9, 2015.  We will announce the new Team May 15, 2015.


Meet Our Newest Design Team

We are very pleased to announce that our Design Team for Fall-Winter 2014 is in place and already at work creating samples & inspiring projects for you to enjoy!  Each of these talented ladies will be sharing their work with us each month to help you be inspired with ideas and ways to create your own projects using products available in the store.  You can learn more about each of them and their personal “top 5 must-have items” on our Design Team page.  Watch for pictures of their projects to be posted in the Designer Gallery each month, too!

Design Team Call Extended

Looking for a new creative challenge?

One of the best things about coming to a local craft store is the chance to see finished samples and inspirational ideas in person!  We have been VERY grateful for the work of our design teams so far and could not be more impressed with all the talent and amazing ideas they have shared with us!  With fall and the holidays approaching, we want to make sure we give everyone who is interested the chance to show off their work and apply to join us for a new 6-month term as a designer!  You’ll be provided with a fresh packet of materials to work with each month and asked to make a set of projects to be displayed in the store and online.  Design team members also enjoy a discount on all purchases made during their term as our way to say Thank You!

Since we choose the packet materials for you, each month provides the chance to really challenge yourself creatively.  This has been one of the things that all of our past designers have truly enjoyed, as it means working outside of your own regular choices and style at times!

For all the details, please click here. 

We know how talented our customers are and we’d love to help you show off your work and inspire others!  So if you’ve been holding back, why not give it a try?

New Design Team Members Wanted!

You’ve seen the amazing work from our current Design Team members in the store and here online.  We are VERY grateful to have had such a talented group of ladies the past six months sharing their talents with us!  It’s time to begin a new season, so we’re opening up the application process for new designers to join the team!  (Current Design Team members have the option to continue for one additional back-to-back season.)  If you love to create scrapbook layouts, cards and more, you may just be one of our next designers!  Find out all about how our Design Team works and download an application HERE.  Applications must be submitted (with samples of your work) by August 28.

You can also pick up a copy of the application and learn more in the store.  We’d love to hear from you and see your work!