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October 15th, 2014

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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!

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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?

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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.masksFinally, 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!

 

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Looking for a Part-time Seasonal Sales Associate!

October 2nd, 2014

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If you’re passionate about paper, have a proven sales background and would like the opportunity to join our small family, we would love to hear from you!

We are looking for an enthusiastic part time sales person who is able to learn quickly and adapt to a rapidly changing retail environment.  This is primarily a seasonal position but there is an opportunity for a permanent position after the holidays are over.

Requirements include proven sales experience in a retail setting, strong work ethic, a background in the material arts and availability that includes weekends (Saturdays are a must!) and some evenings.

Please include your resume and a cover letter highlighting your relevant retail job history and any experience you have in the paper arts. We are currently looking for someone 1-3 shifts per week on average. An ability to be flexible when more shifts are available (staff vacations, around the holidays, etc….) is an asset!

*Both a cover letter and resume must be submitted to be considered – thanks!*

Please reply to hiring(at)thepaperplace.ca

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2014/2015 School Year Planners Are Here!

September 29th, 2014

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You’ve been asking and we’ve been listening! The 2014/2015 school year agendas and day planners are here! With a selection of both dated and undated types, they’ll be sure to fulfill all your day planning needs in style.

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Be sure to come in and check them out soon, as they will sell out quickly!

- Emily

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Captivating Glances

September 20th, 2014

Ato Seitu is a compelling artist whose work draws you in and commands your attention. Ato, born in Kingston Jamaica, has been living in Canada since 1963 and creating his captivating images for over 30 years. Mostly using pen, pencil and acrylic, Ato frequently incorporates our Chiyogami paper in his work.

Below is just a sampling of his distinct work and his website atoseitu.com is a must visit.

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Nick

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Adventures in Marbling

September 3rd, 2014

Like many others this past long weekend I was fortunate enough to escape the city and get back to nature at a friend’s cottage. I knew going up there that it would be the perfect environment to do some material exploration so I brought along with me our Suminagashi Marbling kit and decided to try my hand at some floating ink marbling.

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Our store owner Heather had created some really beautiful samples using our Usu Kuchi Heavy, so I brought some of that along with me as well to test out along with a couple of sheets of our wood veneer. Being someone who enjoys working with natural and found materials I also harvested some birch bark from the woods surrounding the cottage to experiment with.

 

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Heather’s marbling samples using the Suminagashi Marbling kit and Usu Kuchi Heavy.

 

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The marbling kit works by filling a clean shallow pan with water and then dropping the high-grade cosmetic pigment ink onto a small circle of float paper that helps keep them on the surface. The ink can then be swirled and manipulated using a stick or your finger before you place the material (paper, cloth, hide, wood, etc) face down on the ink to let it sink in.

 

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I’ll admit that my first time cottage attempts at marbling didn’t turn out as well as Heather’s samples, but the process of doing it was really fun and I found the contrast of the bright marbled ink on the natural birch to be a really interesting juxtaposition even though the details of the marble didn’t come through as strongly as I had hoped.

 

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My first attempts on paper and wood veneer (which be warned, will curl in the water, but really soaks up the ink nicely).

 

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As far as cottage activities go the Marbling kit was both relaxing and meditative and fun to share with my friends. I can see it being both a great tool for artists wishing to create their own one of a kind patterned paper and a fun activity for kids to experiment with during craft time (the inks are non-toxic so safe for kids 6 and above to use). I’m definitely looking forward to more adventures in marbling and have a newfound appreciation for artists such as Robert Wu, whose prints we carry and sell in store, who have clearly mastered the technique.

- Justine

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