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Bunnies and Blooms!

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Easter is this weekend and spring has sprung!!! Come into the store to check out our cute easter and spring inspired goodies!

photo[2]We have a few Easter craft kits, like this bunny dress up kit, that would be a fun project to do with little ones. Also, for the young at heart, a super cute bunny embroidery kit! As always, we have an array of craft and gift items in lots of different patterns and colours! Floral print paper straws, tiny spun cotton mushrooms, ALL the washi tape you could ever want and even cute glue sticks! Take a spring stroll on Queen Street and pick up some sweet stuff!

 

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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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And It Was Called Yellow

Friday, March 21st, 2014

On a recent trip to somewhere warm I was inspired by the abundance and unabashed use of colour everywhere.

Toronto had a storm that week by the way. HA!

Anyway, this yellow painted staircase brought to mind some of the delightful yellow Nepalese papers that we sell at the store.

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Pictured below are Kongpo yellow with red, Deco yellow and Beans yellow with white. These lotka papers are hand made in Nepal and adapt to almost any project . Here comes the Sun! I hope!

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Nick

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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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