Archive for April, 2011

Box Purses- by Kaarina Talvila

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

A delightful email arrived this week from a Vancouver artist who uses our papers in her newest creation.

Take a look…

These ‘box’ purses, by Kaarina Talvila, are made primarily from recycled and reclaimed materials. She then accents them with some of our papers.

What wonderful creations!


Sunday Afternoon Letter Writing – Jaime Maddalena

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

We are very excited to debut our newest guest blogger, the super talented Jaime Maddalena of Joseph +Jamie Photography and Send More Mail.  Also by Jaime, wonderful vintage stamp packs available in store!  We are having trouble keeping the basket of stamps full!

This past week, Jaime came by the shop and picked out some of the most wonderful papers and stationery items that we have to offer. Waxed brown paper envelopes and polka-dot origami papers are featured in her letter writing…so lovely!  Enjoy…   – Judith

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Sunday afternoons have been declared letter-writing time in my home lately.  I usually surround myself with lots of pretty paper, envelopes, tape, glue, stamps and my trusty old typewriter – it was actually my mom’s eighth grade graduation gift and still going strong!  Last weekend resulted in some darn cute letters going out in translucent wax paper bags sealed with polka dot tape.  As always, I used vintage stamps to make up 59 cents worth of postage.  Some of my favourite stamps are these 12 cent schooners from 1977!

Since I’m a big lover of lists here are some of my favourite springtime things:

– Pink tulips in the planters in front of my building.
– Anything polka dot.
– Daytripping.
– Reading in the park.
– Riding around town on my vintage green bicycle.

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Please, please, please…write more letters!!!


Toilet Paper Roll + Scenic Collage = Amazing! by Anastassia Elias

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

I love these miniature ‘tunnel’ scenes by French artist Anastassia Elias.



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Living with Washi – June Workshops

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

In conjunction with The Japanese Paper Place’s Living with Washi: Japanese Paper Inspiring Daily Life we will be running a series of Washi inspired workshops through the month of June!

Paper Covered Lamps
Tuesday June 7th, 2011 – 6:30-8:30pm

The Japanese decorative papers that we are famous for are transformed by light. Subtle textures and under layed colours are revealed when they are illuminated. Each participant will receive a glass lamp to cover and access to a variety of fine Japanese decorative papers and tissues. Explore the possibilities of illuminated collage work while learning the technique of adhering paper to glass.

Papercut for Home Décor
Tuesday June 14th, 2011 – 6:30-8:30pm

Join us for an evening as we take the mystery out of paper cutting. Learn to draw and pull 3-dimensional forms out of paper with a craft knife. You will be inspired to create forms for use in all kinds of home décor

Chiyogami Bijou
Tuesday June 21st, 2011 – 6:30-8:30pm

Dive into our secret stash of off-cuts to create unique jewelry pieces out of Japanese Chiyogami paper. You will have fun experimenting with glass mounted paper pendants, paper covered wooden bangles, broaches, and lacquered origami pieces.

Tuesday June 28th, 2011 – 6:30-8:30pm

Best known in Japan as a food, konnyaku – or Devil’s Tongue Root starch – has also been used for centuries to make kamiko (paper clothing). Applied to washi paper and worked in by hand, this starch allows you to add wonderful textures, strength and durability. Papers treated with konnyaku can be used to make momigami for use in book covers and other projects where tough paper is needed. They are also suitable for stitching and dyeing. In this workshop you will learn the preparation of konnyaku, techniques for applying starch to a variety of papers, as well as be inspired by examples of what creative projects become possible with momigami.


Don’t forget, there’s still room left in our spring workshops, hurry to sign up before they go!



Washi Tape Easter Eggs!

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Here is some inspiration for you from one of our washi tape suppliers. Lovely!!