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Canadiana Stitched Pamphlet

Monday, December 8th, 2014

With my background in publishing, I jumped at the chance to make a book for this week’s blog post. And being new to Canada (moving from Ireland to Toronto last April), I’m also still enjoying the honeymoon phase with all things Canadiana. The Canadian flag, designed by George Stanley in 1964 to be ‘instantly recognizable, and simple enough so that school children could draw it’, lends itself to tweaks and manipulation in a way that only a handful of national ensigns do.

1. Stitched pamphlet  Cover to Cover[7]

Pamphlet stitch, p. 21 of Sheena LaPlantz’ Cover to Cover ($19.95)

 

2. Stitched pamphlet tools[10]

Tools for making a stitched pamphlet


Using Sheena LaPlantz’ book, Cover to Cover: creative techniques for making beautiful books, journals & albums, as my guide, I set about making a very simple 16-page stitched pamphlet, using Japanese ivory linen cardstock and red WNP cardstock for the cover and ivory WNP text paper for the pages inside. After cutting all sheets in half (lengthways), I took a further 1″ off the width of the ivory linen (so that it’s shorter than the red cardstock) and roughly 1/4″ off the width and the height of the ivory text (so that it’s tucked inside the pamphlet).

3. Stitched pamphlet stitch[9]

Finishing the very, very simple stitch


I positioned the first hole I made with the awl exactly in the centre of the crease and the second and third holes (above and below the first), I positioned 3/4″ from the top and bottom of the signature. The book binding tape is just over 1″ wide and I cut each strip (3 in total) to a length of 4¾″. I snipped a 1/4″ into either end of each strip so that it would fold into the pamphlet, on either side of the spine.

 

4. Stitched pamphlet reindeer wood shape[7]

Reindeer face wood shape ($1.00) used as an outline on the red text weight paper


And for the central image of the cover, I couldn’t resist the wooden holiday shapes, choosing the reindeer face to replace the customary maple leaf. Using a light pencil, I traced around the shape on the red cardstock and then cut it out carefully using a small scissors. I glued her to the front of the pamphlet using one of our small rice glue sticks.

5. Canadiana reindeer stitched pamphlet[4]

The finished, 16-page, stitched pamphlet


I set myself the task of making a stitched pamphlet which would give a respectful and humorous nod to my new habitat. I hope you like it as much as I do! Now I just have to decide who to send it to . . .

Aoife

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A New Year of Memories

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

If you’re anything like me, every year you promise yourself to keep a better record of the years events, but can never seem to stick to it. Well, let us at The Paper Place help with that! With these “life story” journals there is no easier or more exciting way to stick to regular journaling.

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With a seemingly endless number of pages, this gold-paged Life Story is literally a diary for your whole life. Including map pages for travel documentation, pages for photos, and lots of blank space for writing, this gorgeous diary will stick with you forever.

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For those who are a little less committed to journaling for life, and maybe don’t have an interest in writing long entries, this Every Day memory book has a dated page for each day of the year. With five lined sections (one for each year) on each page, you can build a comparative record of your life over five years by simply jotting down a thought or event each day. Simple, and not so time-consuming for those with busy lives.

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Finally, for those who are less interested in writing about their lives, but maybe more creatively inclined, here is My Beautiful Life; your autobiography in drawings. Each page has a different topic or subject to draw, some as simple as “what inspires me”, to more obscure and fun topics such as “contents of my sock drawer”. With an array of fun and commemorative topics, this silver-paged journal is sure to keep your life creative without the commitment of dated pages.

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Come on in and take a look at these (and many more) journals available at the store, and start your year of memories off right!

- Emily

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New Books, Great Craft Ideas!

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Looking for some great weekend craft ideas?  We just got some awesome new books in store!

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Want to make some paper flowers?  Paper to Petal is a great new book with lots of helpful pointers on how to create beautiful paper flowers.  We have tons of different colours of crepe paper to help you make the perfect flower for any occasion.

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Custom stamps are a great way to personalize gifts or cards.  Put Your Stamp On It is a new creative book if you want to start making your own stamps.  We have tools and kits for you to make your own stamps instore.

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Papercraft 2 has some beautiful 3-D decorative paper sculpture inspirations that you can create from almost anything.  Grab and x-acto and some paper and you’re ready to start constructing your own creations.

Hope you enjoy a crafty weekend!

Jax

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What do people do with this paper?

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

One of the questions we get asked all of the time is “what do people do with this paper”? One example would be the use of our chiyogami   paper used to cover these books. One is a lovely sized guest book and the other a sturdy journal. The guest book measures 7 x 9″ and has blank pages so your guests can add a personal message. The journal is 5 x 7″ and has blank pages to allow you to express your thoughts with words or drawings. I’m sure there is one covered in a pattern to suit your tastes.

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Nick

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Mastering Calligraphy by Gaye Godfrey-Nicholls

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Since handwriting is a thing we all do all the time it’s tempting to think that calligraphy shouldn’t offer too much of a challenge. I’ve always just assumed I should be able to create beautiful lettering if I wanted to, but have been consistently unimpressed with my own efforts. Gaye Godfrey-Nicholls’ Mastering Calligraphy reveals the depth and complexity of the art form while offering meaningful and thorough information for the beginning calligrapher.

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Godfrey-Nicholls provides penmanship exercises, information on tools and papers, and instruction on different lettering styles. All the things you need to know to sit down and start practicing. However, Mastering Calligraphy also includes a historical look at the development of different styles and their uses, and profiles of a variety of artists.

The book is also packed with beautiful reproductions from the work of contemporary calligraphers, showing that calligraphy is not just a stuffy craft for writing names on boring looking certificates, but a vibrant and colourful art form. With a little work, some study of the fundaments, and a lot of practice, Mastering Calligraphy can help you gain some serious lettering skills and inspire you to create some beautiful and exciting words.

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