Archive for November, 2011

Introducing The Paper Place Card Club with Rajiv Surendra Thursday Dec. 1st, from 5-8pm!

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Just in time for the Holidays!! We are SO excited to announce to everyone the creation of The Paper Place Card Club, which will be introduced in store on Thursday Dec.1st.  Our Card Club will allow customers the opportunity to collect a stamp for each individual greeting card they purchase and, after 11 stamps, you will get the 12th card for free!

In celebration we are, once again, proud to host the talents of Rajiv Surendra in our front window from 5pm-8pm.  Please bring one item (perhaps a recently purchased card that needs an envelope addressed?) for Rajiv to work his magic upon.

Rajiv has developed his own unique style of calligraphy drawing inspiration from penmanship styles of the eighteenth and nineteenth century. The last time Rajiv joined us the event was a huge success – see pictures below!!


Tags for all Seasons

Thursday, November 24th, 2011


Here at The Paper Place, we are bursting with new goodies and gifts. Come by and check out our ever expanding collection of tags.

We have gift tags….



Japanese labels and tags made by local artists….

Sticky Holiday Labels…


And a rainbow of shipping tags…


There’s something for everyone!







Holiday Workshops

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Frosty Watermark Tissue Wreath, $65, Wed. Nov.30th 6:30-8:30pm. Pretty Package Paper Toppers, $45, Tues. Dec.6th 6:30-8:30pm. Holiday Cardmaking 101, $40, Wed. Dec. 7th 6:30-8:30pm


Our Paper Featured in Canadian Living!

Friday, November 18th, 2011

In the December issue of Canadian Living, the talented Corinna vanGerwen used many items from our store to create gorgeous packages from a plain kraft box.  We are lucky enough to be hosting two workshops in our upcoming holiday schedule taught by Corinna.  Stay tuned – you won’t be disappointed!

Click on images for a larger view!

Items available in store at The Paper Place: Indian metallic striped paper

Items available in store at The Paper Place: Kingin Orange paper (please note the article gives The Japanese Paper Place as a resource for some products. The Japanese Paper Place is wholesale company that does not sell to the public but the products featured can be found at our store), Washi tape, Shipping Tags, Handmade Nepalese Batik Pois paper.

Items available in store at The Paper Place: Candyflake glitter paper, Chiyogami 839 (online as well), Gira Pearl Pink paperweight, Washi tape


Whimsical Washi and Curious Creatures! Alea Drain at Gallery 129

Monday, November 14th, 2011

It is always a wonderful surprise to discover the intuitive ways in which Japanese washi paper can be manipulated, presented, and experienced. What a delight it was to come into The Paper Place last Monday morning to find an invitation to artist Alea Drain’s upcoming exhibition on our staff message board. Drain, whose most recent body of work will be given a well-deserved reception at Gallery 129 on December 1, 7-10 pm, interacts with washi paper in a way that is both idiosyncratic and produces whimsical images.

Employing the downward puncturing motion of a sewing machine, Drain excises her delicate drawings in a gesture interestingly opposite to the additive technique of traditional drawing. The outcome, bundles of curved white tendrils, are made visible by backlights built into the artist’s self-constructed shadow boxes. Her uncanny yet charming creatures all but crawl off the washi paper, tempting even the most obstinate art lover to entertain their childhood daydreams once more.

Visit Alea Drain’s exhibit, Threaded Lightly, at Gallery 129 between November 30-December 22 to begin to get to know the intriguing qualities of Japanese washi paper! Perhaps Drain might inspire you to recombine your own skills with washi paper, producing innovative visual material yourself!

To see her past art work, including evocative pieces executed with ink, acrylic wash, and Letraset on paper, see her personal website.