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More Paper Projects!!

Friday, April 11th, 2014

I collected a lot of boxes over the holidays and they were hiding under my bed for quite a while. Being the crafter that I am, I couldn’t just throw them out because that would be tossing a potential project. “I’ll use them eventually”, I said. But let’s face it…they were pretty ugly boxes.

Uncovered Boxes

Uncovered Boxes

I was obviously going to cover them in paper, but which ones. There are so many options and it took me several days to figure it out (my co-workers can attest to that). I eventually chose a few different papers in a grey and black colour scheme.

The Final Papers

The Final Papers

I chose a decorative Chiyogami to add a bit of colour, two solid colour Nepalese papers in Black and Pebble, one Momi in Slate, one text weight paper in Gravel and one Linen Lightweight in Pewter. It was a bit trial and error when it came to how to fold everything properly and when it came to using the right adhesive. But overall, I am very happy with the results.

Awesome Boxes!!!

Awesome Boxes!!!

My brand new boxes are now proudly on display and hiding all of my junk. Yay!!!

—LEAH—

 

 

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Spring colours for…

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

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Recently, I found myself needing a hard cover portfolio book. I  was unimpressed with the boring colour selection available in stores (black, black and black), so, I thought I would give a go at making one for myself! Below is my final result.

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I used a blue-grey book cloth overtop Eska board and the pretty and durable Mokume paper on the inside- I love how subtle but interesting the woodgrain pattern is! To keep my portfolio covers together I used two brass Chicago screws, which are simple and decorative. Now, I can easily take pages in and out of my book!

I was looking to keep my colour palette for this project rather versatile, although, while I was planning my paper choices I was definitely taken with all of The Paper Place’s adorable spring inspired book binding materials! Take a look at the bright waxed linen thread we carry!

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Our pretty linen  texture and purple coloured book cloths are very spring inspired! Even our book binding awls and book board punches come in cute packages.We also have plenty of pretty patterned papers for end pages and inside covers!

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If you were inspired by this post come in to the store and have a look around. We have lots of instructional books on making your own books as well as materials in every colour in the rainbow.

Abby

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Crafting with Crepe

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Recently a friend asked me to make up a batch of French macarons for a small get together she was having. After having made these finicky cookies only a couple times before, I am in no way an expert. But I do know one thing: regardless of how they look, they taste GOOD. I figured that just in case they turned out looking a bit less than impressive (which would be typical), I would make a little something to jazz them up. Enter fun crepe paper cupcake (or in this case macaron) toppers!

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These toppers were super easy to make, and when choosing the type of paper to use there was no question. Crepe paper is perfect for crafts such as this because it is both pliable and has a lot of give which makes it easily manipulated.

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For the candy shaped toppers I used styrofoam balls rolled inside the crepe, and simply tied at each end with a bit of thread. As for the pinwheels, an easy bit of cutting and folding alongside a bit of glue made for a super cute but super easy embellishment! Glue some toothpicks on the back and you’re ready to go!

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Another great thing about crepe paper is the intense saturation and brightness of the colours. For this craft, I choose the orchid colour (to match the macarons) alongside the teal to give a bit of a pop. I chose the double sided yellow/salmon coloured crepe for the pinwheels, which is perfect to use if you’re making something where both sides of the paper are visible.

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Plan yourself some crafts with crepe, and come in and take a look at our rainbow of crepe paper selections. The possibilities are endless!

- Emily

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Old TV Stands, New TV Stands

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Living in a small apartment has its challenges.  My boyfriend and I live in a small one bedroom apartment downtown, which doesn’t leave any room for a dining room table.  Although we have a small bar cut-out (that doubles as our kitchen counter) most nights we end up eating on the couch.  I wanted to find some nice TV stands so we could comfortably eat our dinners without a real table.  My boyfriend’s Grandmother was generous enough to donate two TV stands she had from an old set from the 40′s.

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They’re in great condition although the faux wood veneer looked a little dated.  I wanted to give them a little facelift with a fresh coat of paint and some decorative paper on the tops.

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I spray painted (with a mask, always use a mask when spraying anything) the bottoms in a hunter green colour instead of the original dark brown.  The tops were primed so none of the old woodgrain pattern would show through the paper once I pasted it on the tops.

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I traced the tops and cut the papers a little larger than I needed so I could exactly trim them once the tops were glued on.  I wanted to make sure that they were covered right to the edges.  After pasting the papers on the tops of the stands they were covered in several coats of lacquer to protect them.  I wanted to make sure they would be usable, wipeable, and spill proof.  I used a low-fume spray lacquer.  I found that with the spray some of the smaller fibres lifted a bit making the surface a bit bumpy.  I used a fine steel wool to smooth out the tops in-between coats.

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I used the Katazome 35 (above left) and Katazome 187 (above right).  Now we have matching his and her’s TV tables.  Try reclaiming something of your own with some beautiful paper.

Jax

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Crafting with Dresden Trims

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Of course I had to wait until after the holidays to post photos of cards and crafts I made as gifts for Christmas this year. I’ve been really inspired by the Dresden Trims we carry in the store. Made in Germany from antique paper moulds, some of which are over 100 years old. We carry a variety of different shapes and colours of these fun paper shapes, most of them covered in gold foil. I was especially taken with the arrow and antler shapes we carry, and worked them into my holiday crafting.

I used the arrow shapes as inspiration for my cards this year. I thought I would play on the idea of seasonal fruits, I chose a pear, a clementine and an apple, and made it look as if a gold arrow had been shot through them! I used Nepalese papers and origami papers to make the fruits. I also made use of the Make Your Own Card packs we sell in the store in a variety of  sizes.

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The results were quite luxurious and rich. Paper cutting crafts can be time consuming, but using good quality tools can help. I made sure I used a self healing mat and a fresh Exacto blade when cutting papers, and I use Coccoina glue sticks for all my pasting. I used the left over Nepalese paper to make an envelope liner for the cards. A simple effective way to customize your cards even more!

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I also made a smaller simpler small gift item using the antler Dresden Trims and some of the wooden shapes we sell in the store. A wooden badge shape and the antlers, with a bit of help from a fine Le Pen, helped me make these cute, very canadian looking fridge magnets!

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These were so simple and easy to made. A dab of white glue and a stick on magnet roll is all you really need. I made a whole bunch of these and packaged them up with little tags for a cute little holiday craft that can stay on your fridge all year long!

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The store is full of little treasures that may inspire you to craft something this year. Being artistic doesn’t need to be complicated, sometimes you just need to find the right materials to work with!

Happy crafting in the New Year!

 

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