Saturday, April 28, 2007

PaperIllusion Instructions

I've just learned that for some reason not every box of PaperIllusion that comes from Village contains instructions. While the box itself contains instructions on them (it's very simple...3 easy steps), many people like to have a piece of paper with how-to instructions printed on them.

Well, I gave the actual instructions that was included in all purchases of Paper Illusions in a blog post a while back, so if you didn't get a sheet in your box, you can still get them now. You can email the post to yourself by clicking the little envelope in the bottom right hand corner of the post with the arrow on it and print it out that way.

Click here for the Paper Illusion instructions.

I Hate Spam!

I just spent the last 30 minutes deleting users from our discussion forum that were blatant spammers. I'm 1/17th of the way through my list of "members" to comb through. What a pain!

If I accidentally delete you, I am very sorry. I am bleary-eyed at this point. I tried to err on the side of caution and keep the "members" that looked like regular people. But for the most part, if there was a link to a website on your profile and the website had anything to do with mortgages, casino games and rated R material, I deleted you.

Because of people like this, our forum had to basically shut down for several months because it was just way too much for me to moderate on my own. But after several conversations with my husband, he convinced me how valuable this forum is to people who are genuinely interested in the Paper Illusion product and what it could do for them, I had to find a way to make it work.

So, earlier this week, I upgraded the software to the newest version and implemented some security features. Now, anyone registering on the forum needs to fill out a field indicating they are a real person (and not some computer robot-thing-y) who can read a graphic. Also, I am personally reviewing every person who registers to see if they appear legit. Red flags for me are what I would consider inappropriate websites and email addresses that promote inappropriate material.

Eventually I'll make up a list of "unacceptable" words and load that into the software, so anyone trying to use those words in their profile or posts will not be permitted to do so.

Of course, this shouldn't effect anyone who is genuinely interested in what is being discussed at the forum, since we're not about mortgages, gambling and mature-marriage-practices. But if you happen to be in the mortgage business and are interested in Paper Illusions, please forgive me if I deleted you. Mortgage brokers are not bad's just unfortunate that people who spam a lot happen to be spamming on behalf of mortgage companies.

Anyway, the forum is "open" for discussion again to new & registered users. Please bear with me as I finish "cleaning house". I'm on there everyday and there's plenty of people genuinely interested in discussing Paper Illusions and the projects that can and have been done, so feel free to join in! (Unless of course you're only interest is to sell mortgages, promote gambling and/or sexually explicit guys can just take your keyboards and go take an ecourse on discussion forum etiquette.)

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

NEW! Paper Illusions Blog

I'm so glad to be able to bring to you our new blog. Now I have a new place to keep you all informed of what's happening in the world of PaperIllusion.

For those who have subscribed to Paper It Fun!, I will still email you with tips and project ideas every few weeks. But for those who want to be able to go someplace to find this information anytime, this blog's for you!

Some things you can expect to find here are:
  • Project ideas & step-by-step instructions
  • Product Information Updates (i.e. when something NEW comes on the scene or a color/pattern goes DISCONTINUED)
  • Interviews with people in the PaperIllusion industry
  • Tips & Testimonials from fellow PaperIllusion enthusiasts
  • Special Promotions and Event Announcements
  • and more...
And finally, what's so great about having a blog is hearing from you! In 99% of the cases you will be able to comment on any post. So if you have a question or something to share, you have a place to state it and be heard! AND others can respond to your comments besides just me. I'm loving that.

So, I encourage you to share to your heart's content. Enjoy!

Discussion Forum being upgraded...

For a few months now I've been in a quandry as to what to do with our discussion forum. We were getting hit with so much SPAM that it was miserable trying to stay on top of it. Eventually I had to practically shut it down. I left it up for people to read because there's some great content in there, but I had to block everyone from posting. Of course, this put a HUGE damper on our community.

Well, a few weeks ago, it dawned on me that I could upgrade it. After all, it's been out there for several years and I know there were newer versions available. But, given the circumstances in my life I wasn't ready to try and figure out how to do it yet.

Then...last night, I had the bright idea of contacting customer support at phpbb for help, and lo and behold they helped me! I've had such bad luck with customer support staff on other web applications, I just expected to get the same kind of run around. But nope, a gentleman in the UK set me straight.

So, I'm working on upgrading the discussion forum at this time. There'll be some quirky things happening, but bear with me, I'll get it smooth going soon enough. I'm committed to see it through!

Some of the improved features include:
  • Private Messaging
  • Registration Process
  • Search Capabilities
But what I'm really excited about are these NEW features:
  • Attachments: Users can post attachments (photos) themselves
  • Reports: Users can report spammers!
  • Mail/Print topics: Users can easily mail or print project instructions and other detailed posts
  • Forum Subscriptions: Users can subscribe to forum categories...when a new project is posted, registered users can be contacted automatically.
  • and more...
I'll keep you posted when the upgraded version is completely installed, and we'll celebrate!

Paper Illusions Photo Gallery - UPDATED!

I'm excited to present MORE pictures submitted by our subscribers over the past few months! Thank you to all who have contributed. Be sure to check it out!

If you have a photo of your PaperIllusion project that you would like to submit to be featured here, please contact us. We'd love to share it!

How to Hang Paper Illusions Wallpaper

PaperIllusion is the easy way to faux finish. This is a new and unique way to decorate your home.

Each design is first created by an artist and then printed on special prepasted, breathable paper to re-create the original, hand-painted look.

Due to the nature of the paper and the design, there may be slight color variations from one roll to the next. This is inherent to PaperIllusion and only enhances the beauty of the end result.

Remove existing wallpaper. Walls must be smooth, clean, and free of mildew, grease and stain. Follow with an application of wallcovering primer/sealer.

Gather Tools

Smoothing tool, sponge, trim knife, water tray or bucket.

85 square feet of PaperIllusion covers an 8' x 9' wall.
  • Multiply length by height of each wall and add together
  • Deduct for doors and windows to determine size of area to be covered
Now the fun begins with 3 Easy Steps!

Begin by tearing paper randomly into irregular shapes. Tear larger peices first (approximately 8" x 12"), then smaller pieces as needed.

Start with straight-edge pieces.
These shapes should be used along edges, ceiling lines, baseboards, doors and windows, to minimize trimming required.

Dip pieces of paper into warm water
and make sure the entire pasted side is wet. Allow excess water to drip off into the water trays or bucket.

Apply to your primed wall or ceiling
. Use your smoothing tool to remove excess water and wipe with a slightly moistened sponge. Place the second piece with its edges slightly overlapping the first piece, smooth and sponge firmly. Any remaining bubbles will disappear as the piece dries tight to the wall.

It's that easy!
  • Corners--when applying pieces in corners, gently press your smoothing tool into the corner to mold the paper to the corner.
  • Trimming--to complete your project, use the smoothing tool and trim knife to trim around doorframes, windowsills, light switches, vanities, counter tops or even the pipes in your bathroom, as needed.
  • Left over pieces--cover waste baskets, picture frames, lampshades, switchplate covers, etc to create a coordinated decor look.
Remember with Paper Illusion wallpaper it is easy to start and stop--clean-up is a breeze--and you can do as much or little as you like each time without having the entire room in disarray.

Easy to remove. Moisten with warm water repeating until pieces peel off.

Reprinted from instructions included with packaging of PaperIllusion product by Village.