Archive for January, 2012

Part Time Sales Position Available at The Paper Place!

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

If you’re passionate about paper and would like the opportunity to join our small family, we would love to hear from you!

We are looking for an enthusiastic and outgoing part time sales person who is able to learn quickly and adapt to a rapidly changing retail environment.

Requirements include sales experience in a retail setting, a background in the material arts and availability that includes weekends.

Please include your resume and a cover letter highlighting your relevant job history and any experience you have in the paper arts. Both a cover letter and resume must be submitted to be considered – thanks! We are currently looking for someone 3-4 shifts per week.

Please submit your application to hiring(at)


Amazing Video filmed next door to us at Type Books!

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Check out this amazing video created next door at the amazing Type Books. Our front door makes a brief cameo at about 1:35! Amazing – we LOVE real books. I would love to share the name of the artist but I can’t seem to locate it. Please chime in if anyone has more information.


Hunger Games Effie Wearing Paper Eyelashes!!

Monday, January 9th, 2012

First things first, I have to admit I am a huge Hunger Games Fan.  My copies of the books are well worn at this point as they have been lent out to anyone I can convince to read them.  So you can imagine how it tickled my paper loving heart to see Effie Trinket sporting paper eyelashes (available here at The Paper Place).  I love it when my worlds collide!

The picture is from an ad campaign for China Glaze’s Capitol Colors line that is being released in conjunction with the upcoming film.  If you want Effie’s look the style of paper lash is called Deer and Butterfly but there are many other patterns available here at the store!



January Origami Anyone?

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

Well hello January! Aren’t you cold and dreary.

I’m sure I’m not the only one dreaming of a beach right now. My plan to battle this grey January is a big cup of tea and a little taste of the beach in the shape of this origami mobile. You could make a mobile using a variety of origami patterns but my thoughts are sea side and these sailboats were just too cute.

I really didn’t need much to get started on this project.


I chose to work with Chiyogami paper because it folds so nicely and there are so many patterns to choose from.

After finding a basic pattern I used a glue stick to adhere two boats together. This created a three dimensional boat to hang down from my frame.

I used a needle to thread some waxed linen through the centre of the boats and hung them from bamboo sticks. That was it!

 With a little persistence it all balanced to create my mobile!


New Year, New Crafts!

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

New Year’s is a time for self-reflection and, in an effort to improve upon the previous twelve months, resolutions are often made. Many of us at The Paper Place are ambitious in our art project planning throughout the year–so much so that, at times, the end of the year is accompanied by the realisation that not all of our projects were brought to fruition!

This year, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to get an early start on some of the artful endeavours I’ve been fantasizing about since last year. Many of them are timely and have even helped to commemorate the fun I had tying up 2011.

Making your own picture frame is fun and fairly simple given the online materials that books like Paper + Craft supply you with. Photo frames are great when paired with all of the fun pictures you snapped over the holiday season. Take a look at this one of my best friend, Belinda, and I!

Making this frame was as easy as selecting one 8 1/2 x 11 ” piece of card stock and two same-sized pieces of paper weight. From the wide variety of material The Paper Place carries, I chose black for the card stock, “paper bag” for one of the pieces of paper, and “linen ivory lightweight” for the second. From there I downloaded templates from the Paper + Craft link above, layered my frame cut-outs, and added a playful safety pin detail using a paper punch. Divine Twin is a great way to hang my framed photo as it isn’t very heavy.

Even though many parties occurred during the month of December, January finds us with plenty of reasons to celebrate, including Chinese New Year, a new job, or a new baby in the family! Why not adorn wine, juice, or water glasses during social gatherings with silhouette animal glass markers? They are playful and help you remember which glass is yours!

I made these using black card stock, animal stencils, and an X-Acto knife. The cut-outs can be adhered using Yamato rice paste with no harm to your glassware as the adhesive is water-soluble and non-toxic. Alternatively, double-sided tape will do the trick!

Speaking of silhouettes, many brides-to-be have begun to come in to plan and design their wedding invitations. I always like to give my dear friends a black paper-cut silhouette wedding portrait to capture such an exciting and memorable event in life. Starting early is key if I have learned anything over the years, so January isn’t too soon to start planning to collect materials and tools! Take a look at the last two I executed!

From all of us at The Paper Place, best of luck in 2012 and take the new year as inspiration to plan so fun, artsy projects!