Archive for August, 2011

Dreaming of becoming . . .

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Pinocchio first appeared in 1883 and he dreamed of becoming a real boy after Geppetto carved him out of wood. Well, we wish him luck and in the mean time this wooden case holds 12 pencil crayons and of course, the nose sharpens them. Available in store just in time for back to school.

The Little Boy Made of Wood.


Little Red Riding Hood gets in the spirit as well.


Back to Class!

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Summer is almost over and class is nearly back in session.  For us stationery nerds, the best part about going back to school is getting all your supplies in order!  Here are some things to make note taking a little more enjoyable.

– eco friendly, staple free stapler
– boombox pen case
– slide clips for binding papers
– cute and colourful pens
– animal paperclips
– the only pencil sharpener you will ever need again, made in Germany
– moleskine ruled notebook
– puzzle point makers to mark your page or important notes
– sleek brass pen
– pen holder to hook your pen to your notebook
– durable and stickable pockets for stashing bits


– fill in the date day planners, jump in and out of the week/month as you wish
– fountain pen and colourful ink cartridges 
– scribble hair and highlighter heads for crossing out the mistakes and marking the important dates
– numbered month tabs

These are just a few of the things we have in store to make going back to class just a little sweeter!



Monster Make – Creating Board Games on Nepalese Paper!!

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

We love seeing all the creative things that people do with our paper – this one is very unique!! Stephen, our very own web designer, has recently starting a company called Monster Make designing and producing handmade board games. When it came to printing his Potions game he wanted an old world feel to go with the look and theme and choose our lovely Nepalese Lotka paper. The game board was printed and then backed onto canvas. The results are beautiful!

Stephen also used some decorative Nepalese papers to back his handmade game boards and decorate his elf doors.

Check out his website for more of his games or you can visit him in person this weekend at Fan Expo!


Fun Paper Petal Lanterns!

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Inspired by this tutorial on the Martha Stewart website, I decided to glam up a few basic white paper lanterns that we had hanging in the store.

The project is super easy, with only a few materials needed: paper lanterns, tissue paper circles, and a tape runner (or double sided tape.) I used Unryu tissue in light green, light blue, dark yellow, and raspberry. You can either use a circle cutter, or cut the circles out by hand. It’s important to use a tissue that is thick enough to cut nicely, but thin enough for the light to show through.

Head over to Martha’s tutorial here for the step-by-step process!

Above: The glowing lanterns! / They look great even with the lights off! / The paper layering process.


Great Lakes Decoupaged Dressers for our Cottage Bunkie!

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Our family has grown a lot over the last few years and to fit us all at the cottage we have built two cozy bunkies. We needed some inexpensive but cottage appropriate storage and when we got this amazing Great Lakes printed paper in from Kid Icarus – I knew I had to use it somehow!

I did a bit of research and decided on these dressers from Ikea.  They are unfinished wood and just calling out for some embellishment!

After assembling the frame (which always takes longer than you think with Ikea furniture!) I wanted to paint them a bright fun colour for the kids.  I pulled the lovely blue out from the Great Lakes paper and set to work painting the frames and the drawer interiors.  I know it is a pain to paint the inside of the drawers but it gives a much more finished look if you do.

I let the drawers fronts dry overnight and started decoupaging the map paper on.  I used Mod Podge to glue the paper down and coated the fronts lightly so that the paper wouldn’t absorb the tiny fingerprints that seem to want to endlessly point out interesting bits on the map!

Once the drawer fronts were complete, I assembled both dressers, added some old fashioned crystal knobs and put them in place.

They have been happily housing bathing suits, sunscreen, etc… ever since!