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Hello Birdie!

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Here’s a great idea for making a mobile for a baby’s room … study … or … anywhere. Using Chiyogami paper we folded these birds from the Robin pattern in Florence Sakade’s book ORIGAMI – JAPANESE PAPER FOLDING.

bird 1

Using waxed linen thread we strung the birds together.

bird 2

Not wanting to perform a “balancing act” we simply hung the winged ones from a KIKKERLAND PHOTO MOBLIE.

bird 3

Tweet Tweet!

bird 4



Origami Flower Card

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

Spring is here, and I thought I would fold some Origami flowers. I found a variety of origami flower inspiration in the book, “Origami Flowers” by Kazuo Kobayashi.

For this project I used the Morning Glory instructions found on page 23. It was a fairly simple flower to fold.


After I had folded a variety of Morning Glory flower sizes, I arranged and pasted them on a card, made of Nepalese paper.


This card was super fun and easy to make. I’m going to send it to my mom for Mother’s Day. :)




DIY Bunting

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Bunting is a classic party decoration and best of all, you can keep it up  all year round!


For this project I used Italian Decorative Papers, which come in 26 different and amazing patterns!

You will also need the following supplies:

-cutting mat

-utility knife


-ribbon punch

– Italian Decorative Paper

– flag template (instructions found on pages 16-21 of the Paper & Craft book by Chronicle Books).




This is an easy way to personalize your party decor and really fun to make. I made this in a snap! Check it out! :)



I love the way all the Italian Decorative paper patterns work together! Happy DIY crafting!



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 . . .



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.


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.


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.


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.


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