Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

Dot Dot Dot

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Polka dots pack what we call “pretty power” and we’re covered in them! Or at least we carry all kinds of things that are. Period (DOT)!

Peter Pauper Press Locking Journal

Peter Pauper Press Locking Journal

Mini Dots Paper Straws

Mini Dots Paper Straws

Xenia Taler Card Set

Xenia Taler Card Set

Nepalese "Pois" Paper

Nepalese “Pois” Paper

Nick

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All that glitters…

Friday, July 18th, 2014

As a lover of all things gold and shiny, and of design from the early 20th century, I am glad  to see Art Deco inspiration still going strong for stationery this year! We recently got some new items for all of those who still enjoy writing things by hand…

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I love having boxed cards around the house. Usually a more economical choice than individual greetings cards. It’s nice to have a supply laying around for those unexpected last minute birthday parties, also (as I can tell you from experience) a random unexpected hand written note in the mail is pretty exciting! These cards are black and white with gold foil details and pretty gold envelopes. Pick a bright coloured Le Pen to write your note, seal it up with washi tape, and you’re set

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The trend carries over to more personal stationery items as well. These pretty foiled journals are the perfect size to carry with you and maybe for an unexpected moment to journal in the park. Of course, we also have matching pencils… cause why not?

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Naturally… it all comes back to the paper. Our Nepalese hand screened papers also come in a variety of art deco inspired prints with metallic pigments. Great for wrapping something special, embellishing invites or as a hanging print.

Stay Gold!

Jo

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Washi Tape Nails!

Monday, July 7th, 2014

I’ve been wanting to try out washi tape nails for a while now and with such amazing patterns and colours I just couldn’t resist any longer. It’s a little finicky at first, but once you get a system going it’s pretty quick and easy! To do your own, all you need is:

- A roll of your favourite washi tape
- A pair of scissors (the smaller the better)
- Nail clippers
- Something to flatten out the creases from the washi (I used a cuticle tool)
- Clear top coat
-Base polish (optional)

Here’s how I did it!

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Before I started, I did a quick coat of white nail polish just to make the tape pop a bit more, but it isn’t totally necessary. I then cut the washi tape into strips long enough to cover my entire nail and have a bit extra.

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I then flattened out the washi tape onto my nail, and used the cuticle tool to create an outline around it. I’ve also seen a pencil used to trace around the nail, but decided against it as it marks up the tape.

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Next I took the tape off my nail and used scissors to cut around the outline/crease I had made. I reapplied it to my nail and did my best to flatten out all the creases. I left the length of the tape long and then used nail clippers to shape the tape to my nail.

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…Repeat times ten, topcoat, and you’ve got a super easy and fun manicure! I think in total the whole process only took about 25 minutes. Not to mention how much more cost effective this is in comparison to nail strips, or even polish!

And just as a teaser…here is part of our washi tape selection here at the store.

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Happy taping!

-Emily

 

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Frame It.

Monday, May 26th, 2014

We sell a wide variety of 12 x 12″ patterned card stocks. Most of them are double sided and would be perfect for the scrapbooking enthusiast in your life.

If you don’t scrapbook, they look great framed and instantly liven up an Ikea frame.

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Nick

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Spring Is Finally Here!

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

It seems like we’ve been waiting forever for the cold winter weather to end here in Toronto.  We can now start to see the beginnings of a beautiful spring and summer.  Looking around the city you can really be inspired by the lush colours starting to pop up everywhere.

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We currently have some amazing Batik Mums Nepalese papers in our windows that really let the light shine through.

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Looks like we’re finally being rewarded for the long, cold winter that we had to endure.

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Jax

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