Archive for December, 2011

The Gift of Gratitude

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

One part of the holidays that is almost as important as giving and receiving lovely gifts is saying thank you to our friends and loved ones who give us lovely things. What better way to spend a crummy early-January day than by making them beautiful cards to show appreciation?!

Here is a small round-up of cards made with our Make-Your-Own-Card Kits and beautiful decorative papers:

A few different cards

Good inspiration could be taken from any gifts that you received. Personally, I was given several sweaters this year!

This one has a surprise envelope liner made from the paper around the cut-out!

Another is inspired by artist Rob Ryan’s beautiful paper cut-outs. We have lots of products adorned with his beautiful artwork in the store as well, including notebooks, bunting, umbrellas and plates!

Cut out of handmade Nepalese paper.

Warm hats, mitts, and scarves; a staple for any Canadian Christmas!

A project like this could also be a great way to recycle wrapping paper. Why not try making cards out of the paper that your gifts came wrapped in!


Happy Holidays from all of us at The Paper Place!

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

We have had a very hectic holiday season here at the store.  It has been amazing to see so many of our fantastic customers stop by.  We wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Holiday season.  Thanks for making 2011 such an amazing year for us here at the store.


Winner of The 2nd Great Chiyogami Giveaway!!

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

We are pleased to announce that the winner of The 2nd Great Chiyogami Giveaway is origami enthusiast Maria of Go Origami. See some of her beautiful work below! We are very excited to see what she makes with all this gorgeous paper.


Lots of Gift Ideas and Extended Hours? What more could you ask for…..

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

We are well known for our paper selection but around the holidays we really bulk up on our gift offerings as well. Here are a few shots from around the store to give you a sense of what we have.

Our very popular Makedo kits that allow you to turn a regular cardboard box into an amazing playhouse or a robot.  Also shown is a fantastic paint by number set.

DIY Kits from Fidoodle, Set of 24 Natural Beewax Crayons and the yummy nostalgic Mr. Sketch markers.

Sunography Kit and The World’s Smallest Post Service!

Why should work be boring?  Our wall of fun Japanese office supplies will perk up your day and make great stocking stuffers!

Pins by two amazing local artists!

Wall of goodness…….

Fun felted Gnome Ornament who, of course, needs a bunny companion….

A wide variety of journals….. we also carry (not shown) many leather bound journals as well.

May the force be with you (is force supposed to be capitalized?)!

Star Wars Moleskines, Large Ruled & Plain Interior, Small Ruled & Plain Interior

Some divine Red Riding Hood and friends desktop accesssories, Rob Ryan Giftware Goodness

Charming Handmade Ornaments by Sumiko Saito

The ever popular Buddha Boards, in the traditional format and laptop!


Handmade Fuzzy Felted Cat Ornaments!

Gorgeous Canal Paper Pads from our friends at St. Armand

Once you have purchased all your amazing gifts we, of course, have everything you need to package them up!

Whimsical Holiday Wrap!

Sparkling Ribbons and Ornament Blanks!

Packaging and Labels for Sweet Treats!

Washi Tape & Divine Twine for Wrapping and Labeling!


It’s snowing origami snowflakes!

Monday, December 19th, 2011


These paper snowflakes look quite complex, but should be no problem for the intermediate paper folder to master.  The model was created by origamist Dennis Walker and has been demonstrated in an easy to follow video by Sara Adams.



The Snowflake starts from a hexagon. Cutting an accurate hexagon might be the hardest part to making these little lovelies, but Sara has also posted a great tutorial on how to do that without too much trouble.  Once you have that part down the actual folding should be a breeze!

I tried making this sweet snowflake out of a few different papers. I got the best results from two Japanese papers I tested, Tarasen dots and one of the many pretty Sukashi patterned papers. The translucency of these two papers makes for a beautiful effect when the snowfakes are placed against a window or somewhere else light passes through.


Since these may just be the only snow we see in Toronto this December… why not make a cup of cocca, settle in and fold yourself your very own paper winter wonderland!