November 21st, 2014
Guys, I have confession… I love kraft paper. Probably more than anyone should, really. I love drawing on it, wrapping with it, decorating with it… And here at The Paper Place, we have a plethora of super cool paper products that really do capture that “paper bag” aesthetic that is so on trend right now.
I used some of these products at a family birthday party recently, and let me tell you, they looked fantastic.
On the table as a runner is one of our decorative kraft rolls (this one is called “French Receipts”). It not only looks fantastic, but it makes cleaning up super easy. Just pick it up and throw it away! No washing required.
I also used the DIY shop pennant banner to create some custom decor for the occasion. People were pretty impressed at our personalized banner, and all I used was a sharpie!
I guess all I’m trying to say here is, give kraft paper a chance! It’s simple and versatile and works for any occasion. And stop by The Paper Place to see more fun kraft paper products! Hope to see you soon!
November 5th, 2014
We recently moved into a main-floor apartment and couldn’t be happier, having said that, our bedroom window looks directly onto our shared porch. We needed at least a bit of privacy from the neighbourhood, and we needed it on a budget.
A couple of sheets of batik print nepalese paper and a tube of rice paste later and we were ready to begin our privacy screen. We applied the paste directly to the paper, starting from the centre and working our way out to the edges. After coating the pages, we applied them to the window panes.
Once applied, we needed to work out any air bubbles. For this we used a tiny squeegee, but a credit card would work just as well. The paste works well here because it gave us a bit of time to move the paper around and find the best edges. After giving it a couple of minutes to set, we went to work with a utility knife and cleaned up the edges. The end result was exactly what we needed, a privacy screen that also lets through a lovely amount of light.
Have fun with it,
October 29th, 2014
I recently went on a family vacation to Quito and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. It was truly an amazing experience. Everything was so beautiful. Using some of the papers from our Natural Washi Sampler (available instore) I printed out some of the pictures I took. I then mounted them on the Photo Frame Die-Cut Cards we carry instore (8 cards and 8 matching envelopes to a pack). A perfect way to send out some easy cards when all you wanna do is recover.
I was able to get some great results printing on the Washi, but I would always test print before committing to any paper. Every printer is different so it’s hard to say what will work best for you and your project. The Natural Washi Sampler is great to play around printing with because they’re already cut to 8.5×11″ sheets. If you wanted to test out different papers, than are in the sampler, you could always cut them down yourself as well.
I printed a picture from the Cloud Forest in Mindo on the Gampi Smooth (left) and of Darwin’s Lake in Targus Cove on Isabela Island on Kozuke (right). I loved the texture the fleck in the Gampi Smooth gave the picture of the forest floor. I really wanted to work the beautiful nature of the paper into each picture.
On the back side of the print you can see the natural fleck in the paper a little better. I thought this would be a great pairing and add another layer to the photo.
I think the thing I loved the most was the Lava Fields, there was so much raw texture everywhere you looked. I printed a picture of the Lava Fields on Santiago Island on Usu Kuchi Heavy (left) and Elizabeth Bay on Isabela Island on Sekishu Tsuru Large (right). The photos almost look three dimensional printed on the light paper and then mounted on the cards. Again you can see the natural fibre inclusion in the clouds (right picture).
Hope your printing projects work just as well as mine did!
October 24th, 2014
Looking for a fun and unique way to decorate your pumpkins this Halloween? Try using washi tape to accent your design! We have an entire wall of colours, patterns and textures of washi tape (prices ranging from $2.95 to $11.95) that will surely serve as a point of inspiration for your next project.
Make sure your pumpkin is clean and dry before attempting to tape. If you intend on carving your pumpkin as well I would recommend doing this first before taping. I found the metallic sharpies that we sell in store work very well on pumpkins for drawing out your design before carving.
One of the benefits of working with washi is its slight translucency which makes it very interesting to layer patterns and manipulate colours. I had a lot of fun cutting and manipulating washi to create this skull face. For precision cutting I would recommend picking up a pair of detail scissors that we have in store (prices ranging from $5.95 to $10.95).
Using washi tape on your pumpkins is a really great no-cut alternative for young children who are too young to carve. While adults can use washi to create a stylish alternative to the classic Jack o Lantern face. I achieved the above look by simply layering strips of washi which was very easy and created an interesting ombre effect.
Try something new this Halloween and impress all those ghosts and ghouls.
October 15th, 2014
The Paper Place is ready to help deck out your Halloween parties! Take a look at all of the festive loot we’ve stocked, orange, black and spooky galore!
Check out our festive paper straws in black and orange dots and stripes, they’re perfect for Halloween cocktails (Bloody Mary anyone?!). Our Zombie Virus coasters add the perfect amount of morbid fun to any spooky shindig and why not send your guests off with a personalized thank you note written on our gold skull and cross bones card?
Black and orange ‘Divine Twine’ is perfect for tying loot bags and the ‘Something Wicked’ paper garland is a great touch for the snack table. Our green and black Halloween themed tape is a decoration staple, just like our neon green Witchy straws.Finally, you can’t have a Halloween party without some dress up! These detailed paper masks make great additions to all sorts of costumes and are great to have on hand for stubborn guests who come to the party as ‘themselves’…
Stop by the store to see our full stock of spooky Halloween goodies and your festive party is sure to be a hit!