Archive for August, 2012

Washi Tape Racing Stripes!

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Few things have changed my life as drastically as washi tape and my new bicycle. So naturally, I decided to bring them together. Ever since I was little, any newly acquired object – a lunch box, crisp new notebook, a camera, computer, anything really – was immediately adorned with stickers. Gradually the stickers would fade or peel away, leaving an icky gunk on my latest prized possession. I vowed I would spare my new bike that grubby fate, and abstained from covering it in sparkly monkey stickers. But my life-long habit of embellishing virtually everything I own got the best of me, and I couldn’t stand that this new bicycle I was spending all my time with lacked the personal touches I require for…well, everything. The versatility of washi tape (Japanese paper tape that comes in a variety of colours and patterns, and is easy to remove and reposition) was the ideal solution.

I decided not to go too crazy the first time, and limited myself to three simple stripes in various shades of green washi tape (all currently in stock at the shop) wrapped around the front fender, forks, and handlebars. And when I get tired of them, I can just peel it off without worrying about gunking up the metal underneath, and apply new colours and patterns. I predict my new bike will have monthly makeovers, especially considering all the great tapes we’ve got in store right now!



Making A Family Album Unique

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Many people come to The Paper Place looking for scrap-booking and album supplies. We carry a lovely selection of albums that serve duel purpose with their flat pages, velum separators and forgiving spines. They also come in a range of prices, from the Nepalese paper to Rag & Bone raw-silk-covered albums.

Albums are such a personal item and it’s a good idea to think of the individuals you are reflecting inside them before making your selection of book and embellishments.

I have chosen two Semi-Kolon albums reminiscent of our old album covers to make a new home for my photographs.

My first album, the one in orange, will focus on my late Grandmother, who raised me. In putting it together I decided to eschew the idea of chronology and instead try to form short narratives on a page.

I’m somewhat notorious for minimalism– I can’t even wear two different colours at once, but my Grammy loved colours and floral patterns; she once dressed like Ikea, at Ikea. I felt it was important to reflect her personality by dressing up some of the pages with backgrounds of Italian Decorative papers– delicate but cheerful prints she would have loved.


In cutting the papers to size I measured the album pages from the projected bend of the page, just beyond where the vellum rests. If you make a mistake in cutting, being off by just a little bit won’t hurt, just paste from the outer edge of the page, the slight difference in the gutter space won’t be noticeable. The pages may warp a bit from the glue but the pressure and weight on the pages when closed will flatten them out soon enough.

On the pages with decorative background I used the photo corners-giving more of a vintage feel. On other pages I went with archival adhesive squares for a clean look.

The album project is something I waited for a while to do, letting enough time pass.  The timing coincides with photographs recalling my Gram being included in a publication and exhibition at LE Gallery. The show will run from August 23rd to September 1st.

Paper Place supplies used:

Semi-Kolon albums in x-large: ciel & medium: orange, Cavellini photo corners, Yamato Glue stick, Italian Decorative papers


Secret Animal Scratch Sticker Cards

Friday, August 17th, 2012

I used some of the new animal scratch stickers (available instore) to make some interesting cards for some friends and family recently.

I used washi tape to decorate one side and glued a penny for scratching for a birthday card.  I made an envelope from the Floral Sukashi paper and stamped the corners with a scroll stamp in Robin’s Egg Pigment (all available instore).

I made an “Congratulations, It’s a Boy” card for my sister with the little lion scratch sticker.

I also added a scratch sticker to a letter I was sending to my pen-pal with a secret message in it.



One-Of-A-Kind Paper Craft Tools

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

When choosing a tool, quality and function are supremely important.  They have to work and they have to last.  But, it is the icing on the cake when quality and function meet beauty and good design, as seen in these handmade awls and bone folders, new at The Paper Place.


These lovely awls have hand carved wooden handles and are suitable for punching holes in paper, board and leather.  Their old-world feel and cork caps are just so charming. Each one is different, each one is truly one-of-a-kind!

These luscious bone folders are hand carved from wild-harvested elk bone found in the forests of the Pacific Northwest.  Tremendous care has been taken to craft these perfectly smooth and beautiful tools, they really are artworks all on their own.  They are perfect for scoring, folding, smoothing and burnishing.

The bone folder and awl combined are a paper crafter’s dream team!

I think I’m in love!

Update: The tools are handmade in the tiny town of Santa, Idaho by master bookbinder, Jim Croft. The awl wood is salvaged from burn piles and fallen trees. The elk bone is either wild-harvested from the forest or donated by local hunters.




Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

The story is set in the 1990’s, which for the people of the 1960’s would have been the future.  It seems that in the early 90’s, civilization was being constantly threatened by giant monsters and aliens!  The earths only defense against these horrible creatures was an organization called the Science Special Search Party, the SSSP, that had in their arsenal all the most advance scientific weapons and tools.  However, the SSSP didn’t always come through to defeat the monsters.  Luckily for everyone the SSSP’s best member, Shin Hayata, had a secret talent.  When things get tough, Hayata uses the ‘Beta Capsule’ to transform into the super-humanoid-powered giant from space known as ULTRAMAN!

Ultraman is a Japanese television series that ran from 1966 – 1967.  The characters of Ultraman were created by Eiji Tsuburaya of Tsuburaya Productions, a special effects pioneer whom brought to life many classic monsters, most famously Godzilla!


Fold your very own Ultraman to help protect earth from evil monsters! Ultraman Origami Kit is now available at The Paper Place.