Archive for May, 2011

More inspirations on letter-writing by Jaime Maddalena!

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

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Since the city is all filled with flowers lately this Italian decorative paper seemed fitting to use for some letter-writing.

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I took two large sheets of paper and cut out and glued together envelopes then trimmed down some small sheets of paper to fit.  This yielded eight envelopes and tons of writing paper.

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Instead of labels I typed the addresses on green and blue tissue paper and glued them onto the envelopes.  Add a few vintage provincial flower stamps and it’s complete!

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Here are a few things that make for fun letter-writing on hot summery days like today:
– Ice cream sandwich breaks.
– Homemade lemonade.
– Taking a blanket and writing supplies to the park for some breezy outdoor writing.

Thanks Jaime!

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Origami Pinwheels!

Friday, May 27th, 2011

To celebrate the spring and sunny days I decided to create my own pinwheels. All you need is a little paper, straws, and a pin.


I chose some brightly coloured nepalese paper, paper straws, and craft brads; it came together so quickly!

It’s a great craft idea to go along with a day in the park and some ice cream.
Have fun!


Paper Runway – Amazing New Magazine for us Paper Freaks!

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

If you haven’t heard of Paper Runway yet, allow us to introduce you to this amazing new publication.  In their own words:

Paper Runway is a quarterly magazine that offers you a mix of paper goodness, hot paper products, fabulous features, beautiful paper, party inspirations, features about the hottest paper sculptors, artists, illustrators, creators and quick DIY projects.

Each issue will be packed with pages of inspiring images, easy DIY projects, the hottest products in the stores, ideas and projects that are affordable, stylish, practical and pretty, and caters for anyone looking to add a personal touch.

Paper Runway is ageless, ambitious, creative, subtle and a mix of bold-funky-so-now pieces, which provides a wonderful platform for you to cosy up with a beautiful letter set and pen your loved one hello…

We are happy to be included with some other amazing companies who donated prizes for a weekly subscriber giveaway.  For the first thirteen weeks since the launch, subscribers are entered into a draw for fabulous prizes.  We are week 11!  Please do take a peek at this delicious publication, it is photographed beautifully and is brimming with fantastic paper inspiration including the work of Toronto artist Cybele Young known for her delicate work with Washi (Japanese paper).


Unique Idea to Make Your Own Washi Tape Dispenser!

Friday, May 20th, 2011

I recently came across this idea (thanks to one of our washi tape suppliers!) for making a washi tape dispenser out of wax paper box.  What a great idea!  Click here for the full tutorial over at the blog Choosing Simplicity.


body-uncon: how long has this been going on

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

We are thrilled to announce that our very own Nick Rubi is having a show of his drawings and collages at Type Books (next door to us)! Nick’s work will be on view from May 26th to June 26, 2011. Opening night is Thursday May 26, 2011. Check it out.

Type Books is pleased to present “body un-con: how long has this been going on” an exhibition by Toronto artist Nick Rubi. “body-uncon” showcases Nick’s unique and dramatic perspective on the female form within the unconventionality of the fashion world. The show is composed of drawings and collages from Nick’s collection of works that reveal his interpretation of women, their objectification and how they are portrayed in fashion publications.

Recently, Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue magazine commented on how fashion has taken a turn from “body-conscious” dressing to “body-unconscious” dressing, revealing the way women have changed their emphasis on their bodies, the way they dress and the new silhouette that covers them. In “body-uncon” Nick shows his artistic view of body shape and this distinctly new proportional way of dressing. Nick’s use of line and innate sense of design and space infuses all of his work. His work is highly aesthetically driven and filled with humour and playfulness. Each piece evokes conversation without seeking approval.

“When I was going through all of my drawings, I realized there were many references to fashion magazines and ideas of both covering and exposing the body. Presenting them in a venue with as much character as Type was an idea that was irresistible and conjured up images of Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face. After all, her character’s transformation into an unconventional beauty started in a bookstore.” – Nick