Archive for July, 2012

Literary Letter Writing Stationery Set

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

I have to admit, it wasn’t until after last week’s Letter Writing Summer Social here at The Paper Place (man, what a party!) that I found myself  really interested in incorporating stationery and writing long-hand letters into my everyday life. I mean, I always thought it would be nice to take some time and hand-write a letter to my best friend on the other side of the world (instead of  firing off an email), though I never seemed to find the time. But, watching everyone decorating envelopes and composing beautiful letters to friends and family made me lament my exclusive email and text message habits. After recovering from Thursday’s party, I took some time to make my own stationery. I revisited some letters my girlfriend and I exchanged years ago and saw that what we mostly wrote to each other about were the books we were reading, going so far as to include lengthy excerpts from whatever novel or poetry collection was inspiring us at the time. With that in mind, I decided to take apart some previously loved books and transform the pages into letter-writing paper and envelope liners.

I used the Paper Source Envelope Liner template to create liners for 4-bar sized envelopes (in Gravel). The clear template makes it easy to position your liner exactly where you want it on the page, so I was able to maximize the amount of text that would be visible in my envelope.

For the actual sheets of letter writing paper, I quickly thumbed through my book and tore out the pages that had the least amount of text on them (chapter headings and title pages work exceptionally well). I have to warn you though, this step is not for the faint of heart – resign yourself to the fact that you’ll never read this book ever again before you proceed! After tearing out about a dozen pages, I cut them down to 5×7 sheets.

I made sure that one side of the sheet was almost entirely blank  with just a bit of text at the top – without any other context, a simple line of text can be very poetic, mysterious, or just plain strange! The other side of the sheet is covered in text – I like the idea of my friend being able to read random excerpts from the novel when she`s done with my letter.

While Letter Writing Month might officially be over, I`m only just getting started and I hope you`ve found enough inspiration here throughout July to keep it going all-year-round!


– Kalpna


Letter Writing Summer Social Success!

Friday, July 27th, 2012

As many of you know, this July has been Letter Writing Month here at the Paper Place. This past Wednesday evening, we held our Letter Writing Summer Social at the store – an evening of letter writing, socializing and treats!

This was our first time having an event like this one and we had both unanticipated attendance and SUCH a good time! Guests had access to our craft stash, vintage typewriter and were invited to participate in The Love Lettering Project and sift through vintage stamps to mail their creations at the Pop-Up Postal Outlet! Thank you so much to everyone who came out and participated, wrote some letters, snacked on macarons, chatted and made beautiful things! We also extend a very special thanks to Lindsay of the Love Lettering Project, Jaime of Send More Mail and Kate of Toronto’s First Post Office for joining us for this fantastic evening!


Letter Writing Night

Letter Writing Night

Stamps from Toronto's First Post Office Museum

Letter Writing Night

Jaime of Send More Mail and our vintage typewriter!

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Our Nepalese Paper Garlands shine as a wedding backdrop over on Style Me Pretty!

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Check out this post on Style Me Pretty showcasing a whimsical Toronto wedding using our sewn Nepalese paper garlands as a backdrop!  So fun & colourful!



Letter Writing Summer Social – Pop-up Postal Outlet!

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

The Paper Place Letter Writing Summer Social is just days away!



Join us Wednesday from 7pm-9pm for all sorts of letter writing fun…

There will be paper, punches, paste and tape; Full access to an assortment of all the crafty goodness The Paper Place has to offer; Decorate, write and get ready to mail a lovely letter to a friend;  Try out a vintage typewriter and wax seal to make your letter just a little bit more special; Write a love letter to Toronto and be a part of The Love Lettering Project; Make your own envelope and liner out of decorative paper or collage a card for a friend!

The first 10 guests will receive a letter writing loot bag (1 of the bags will contain a Golden Ticket for a super secret gift)!

And if all that wasn’t enough reason to come… just added is a Pop-up Postal Outlet from Toronto’s First Post Office Museum!

Every letter needs postage to be complete!  TFPO will have a variety stamps available to mix and match and get your message on it’s way.  Not to mention, cool info and facts about the history of the Post Office in Toronto! Neat-o!


Toronto’s First Post Office is a museum, National Historic Site, and fully functioning Post Office operated by the Town of York Historical Society.  Dating back to 1833, this building is one of few left standing from the Old Town of York, and the oldest purpose-built PO in Canada.  From the cozy Reading Room, you can still write a letter with a quill pen, seal it with wax and even mail it from the same post office that served the citizens of the new city.  From this communications hub on Adelaide Street East, the Society continues to tell the story of the Town of York and early Toronto.


See you there!





Cursive Letters

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

I have always had a thing for neat cursive handwriting.  This paper reminded me of learning the art of cursive.  Plus the green looks like the old chalkboards in my childhood classrooms.

I think it’s high time we get down to writing some fine letters together.  I’ll be writing (and typing!) away at the Letter Writing Summer Social this Wednesday July 25th from 7 until 9 in the evening.  Let’s write!

P.S. I’m head over heels for the days of the week washi tape!  Aren’t you?



Items from this post available at The Paper Place:

-Cavallini Vintage inspired papers including Chalkboard Penmanship paper

-decorative vellum envelopes

-washi tape including the Days of the Week tape

-krafty cute Japanese address labels