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Need Last Minute Wrap Ideas? We’ve Got ‘Em!

Monday, December 15th, 2014

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As we draw ever nearer to Christmas (eek!) it always seems that people, including myself, begin to panic when they just can’t find the right wrapping or box for those few last gifts. Well look no further, we’ve got you covered! Whether it’s boxes, bags, tissue or tags, you can find it here!

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I feel like most people would agree with me when I say that when it comes to wrapping a last minute gift, a bag is the easiest way to go. Grab some fun tissue (we have it in many colours and patterns) and get bagging!

 

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To answer a question we frequently get, YES we do carry boxes! Along with our standard kraft box sizes, we’ve also got some fancy holiday ones. And lots of holiday wrapping sheets to cover them!

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As for pretty finishing touches, we’ve got loads of packaging, washi tapes, and fun ribbons to get your presents looking extra special.

Come check it out today and get your Christmas (and every day) wrapping under control! Happy wrapping!

- Emily

 

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Christmas Tree Light Garland

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

I love Christmas and I love Christmas crafting projects.  There’s no better time to start something than when it’s cold and snowy out.  If you’re like me there’s always a trade off between practicality and holiday festivities if you live in a small space.  I love real trees, but unfortunately I don’t really have room for one.  This year I decided to put my tree on the wall!  Seen here with the Christmas garland I made last year.

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I cut the lights from four different coloured cardstocks we carry and added the end bits out of our Titanium cardstock.  I used about one 8.5×11″ size sheet for each colour .  I strung them on our twine and topped it with one of our great Dresden Trim stars.  I used washi tape to hang it up on the wall.

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The perfect thing if you don’t have any floor space to spare.

Jax

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Kraft Paper Party

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Guys, I have  confession… I love kraft paper. Probably more than anyone should, really. I love drawing on it, wrapping with it, decorating with it… And here at The Paper Place, we have a plethora of super cool paper products that really do capture that “paper bag” aesthetic that is so on trend right now.

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I used some of these products at a family birthday party recently, and let me tell you, they looked fantastic.

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On the table as a runner is one of our decorative kraft rolls (this one is called “French Receipts”). It not only looks fantastic, but it makes cleaning up super easy. Just pick it up and throw it away! No washing required.

IMG_2404I also used the DIY shop pennant banner to create some custom decor for the occasion. People were pretty impressed at our personalized banner, and all I used was a sharpie!

IMG_2407I guess all I’m trying to say here is, give kraft paper a chance! It’s simple and versatile and works for any occasion. And stop by The Paper Place to see more fun kraft paper products! Hope to see you soon!

 

 

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Printed Washi Cards

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

I recently went on a family vacation to Quito and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.  It was truly an amazing experience.  Everything was so beautiful.  Using some of the papers from our Natural Washi Sampler (available instore) I printed out some of the pictures I took. I then mounted them on the Photo Frame Die-Cut Cards we carry instore (8 cards and 8 matching envelopes to a pack).  A perfect way to send out some easy cards when all you wanna do is recover.

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I was able to get some great results printing on the Washi, but I would always test print before committing to any paper.  Every printer is different so it’s hard to say what will work best for you and your project.  The Natural Washi Sampler is great to play around printing with because they’re already cut to 8.5×11″ sheets.  If you wanted to test out different papers, than are in the sampler, you could always cut them down yourself as well.

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I printed a picture from the Cloud Forest in Mindo on the Gampi Smooth (left) and of Darwin’s Lake in Targus Cove on Isabela Island on Kozuke (right).  I loved the texture the fleck in the Gampi Smooth gave the picture of the forest floor.  I really wanted to work the beautiful nature of the paper into each picture.

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On the back side of the print you can see the natural fleck in the paper a little better.  I thought this would be a great pairing and add another layer to the photo.

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I think the thing I loved the most was the Lava Fields, there was so much raw texture everywhere you looked.  I printed a picture of the Lava Fields on Santiago Island on Usu Kuchi Heavy (left) and Elizabeth Bay on Isabela Island on Sekishu Tsuru Large (right).  The photos almost look three dimensional printed on the light paper and then mounted on the cards.  Again you can see the natural fibre inclusion in the clouds (right picture).

Hope your printing projects work just as well as mine did!

Jax

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Washi Tape Jack o Lanterns

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Looking for a fun and unique way to decorate your pumpkins this Halloween? Try using washi tape to accent your design! We have an entire wall of colours, patterns and textures of washi tape (prices ranging from $2.95 to $11.95) that will surely serve as a point of inspiration for your next project.

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Make sure your pumpkin is clean and dry before attempting to tape. If you intend on carving your pumpkin as well I would recommend doing this first before taping. I found the metallic sharpies that we sell in store work very well on pumpkins for drawing out your design before carving.

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One of the benefits of working with washi is its slight translucency which makes it very interesting to layer patterns and manipulate colours. I had a lot of fun cutting and manipulating washi to create this skull face. For precision cutting I would recommend picking up a pair of detail scissors that we have in store (prices ranging from $5.95 to $10.95).

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Using washi tape on your pumpkins is a really great no-cut alternative for young children who are too young to carve. While adults can use washi to create a stylish alternative to the classic Jack o Lantern face. I achieved the above look by simply layering strips of washi which was very easy and created an interesting ombre effect.

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Try something new this Halloween and impress all those ghosts and ghouls.

-Justine

 

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