Archive for the ‘Paper’ Category

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.

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Using waxed linen thread we strung the birds together.

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

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Tweet Tweet!

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Nick

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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.

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

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

-Margaret

 

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Super Fun Summertime Product Update!

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

We’ve started getting a taste of spring and summer in the shop lately with some fun new products! They’re sure to make your dreams of summer picnics a reality!

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New notebooks, pencils, popsicle shaped birthday cards, as well as our selection of Rifle Iphone cases are all available in store.

Also, fun new summertime sheets of wrap!

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Come in and check it out! Get summer started early.

-Emily 


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For those that need to get away

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

I was recently fortunate enough to escape a few weeks of this cold Canadian winter on a trip to Costa Rica. Upon returning I found I had travel on the brain more than ever and found myself gravitating towards items in the store that reflected my nomadic spirit.

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We have a multitude of products in store to appeal to those looking to travel or interested in geography. Everything from travel journals, notecards, stickers, maps, and papers that depict patterns from around the globe.

jm-for-blog-450x257I found I was especially drawn to our patterned wave and botanical Chiyogami, Zuiun, and Shibori Handmade Japanese decorative papers. I found it hard to look at them and not see swirling sand, tropical plants, and the beautiful gradients of the sunsets I had watched in the prior weeks. For those that scrapbook or create photo albums after travel be sure to browse through our binders in store because you may find treasures like these papers that you never knew about before.

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Scratching off Costa Rica on our display interactive Scratch Map by Luckies of London ($29.95) was one of the first things I did upon arrival back to the store. These maps are a great way of tracking where you’ve been and where you want to go next. Travel aficionados feel free to make your mark on our map next time you’re in store to share where you’ve been. I know I can’t wait to be able to scratch more destinations off.

-Justine

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Candy/Treasure/Secret Gift Boxes

Friday, January 30th, 2015

I love boxes! Wooden boxes, porcelain boxes, clay boxes, cardboard boxes. Even if they’re empty, I just love their potential to hold something old or new, something edible or something forever. And they are logical, symmetrical and perfectly constructed. I used to make these kinds of templates in technical drawing class, so they appeal to the younger me too.

In time for Valentine’s Day, we are stocking three different types of gift box templates so that you can make your own to present to that someone special in your life. Naturally then, I couldn’t resist trying out some different paper and card combos on these boxes.

Papers, cardstocks and tools for making out gift boxes.

Papers, cardstocks and tools for making out gift boxes.

For the five I made for this week’s blog, I chose the following:

– Petite Gift Box Template with Heart Topper ($9.95)
– Heart Gift Box Template ($8.95)
– Square Gift Box Template ($7.95)
– Vellum (8.5″ x 11″, $0.75 per sheet or $13.95 per 25 sheet pack)
– Glassine Frost (27″ x 39″, $2.50)
– Ito-iri White Weave Japanese paper (8.5″ x 11″, $1.20)
– Gira Pearl Coral Heavy WNP paper (8.5″ x 11″, $1.10)
– Mokume Japanese paper (8.5″ x 11″, $0.90)
– Antique Gold WNP paper (8.5″ x 11″, $0.85)
– Double-sided crate paper (12″ x 12″, black & white heart/stripes, $2.50)
– Double-sided crate paper (12″ x 12″, playtime/floral, $2.50)
– 4” bone folder ($6.95)
– Scalpel knife or scissors ($5.95 or $5.95)
– HB pencil
– glue stick ($5.95)

The gift boxes assembled. Clockwise from top: double-sided cardstock/crate paper; Antique Gold & Mokume; Vellum & Glassine Frost; Gira Pearl Coral Heavy cardstock & Ito-iri White Weave and (centre) double-sided cardstock/crate paper.

The gift boxes assembled. Clockwise from top: double-sided cardstock/crate paper; Antique Gold & Mokume; Vellum & Glassine Frost; Gira Pearl Coral Heavy cardstock & Ito-iri White Weave and (centre) double-sided cardstock/crate paper.

I chose to put the Vellum and the Glassine Frost, the Ito-iri White Weave and the Gira Pearl Coral and the Mokume, and the Antique Gold together to create boxes with an internal and an external appeal. I chose the Mokume and the Ito-iri White Weave in particular for their wood and fabric aspects respectively. I glued these sheets together using the glue stick and then simply traced around my chosen template with the pencil. Don’t forget to trace the slits which will allow the heart-topped box to close. The crate paper is already double-sided so you can choose which side you want to face out!

Then I just cut out the trace, using the scissors in a slow, fluid way to get the curves really curvy. Once cut out, I used the scalpel knife to cut out the slits. I also used the back of the scalpel knife to score along the folds (along the base of the heart-topped box and the sides of the heart-shaped box) although I think the bone folder itself would have been enough to do this. It is nice when a box has bends but not super-defined corners.

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The boxes filled with Mendiant chocolates and M&Ms!

Then, carefully, I folded the boxes into their respective shapes. This is best done slowly and gently so as not to tear the more delicate parts of the box (flaps etc). After that I only had to choose what to put into them. Mendiant chocolates had just arrived from my brother and his family in France and I always have M&Ms just lying around!

These boxes, especially ones made from one of our cardstocks, are perfect for sweets, pieces of jewellery or love messages. They are a breeze to to make and the paper or card you choose is guaranteed to put your own personal mark on them.

 

Aoife

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