Mesmerizing Paper Cuts

July 4th, 2014

Recently, I came across the ever so detailed, intricate paper cuttings of Elsa Mora and fell in love.  She completes each of her imaginative paper cuts by hand with an X-Acto knife and self healing mat.

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I find the delicacy of her work very inspiring, I think the next paper project on my list is to delve into my own exploration of the craft. If you’re interested in trying your hand at paper cutting we have numerous books at the store to help get you started. Have a flip through ‘Paper Cutting’ for some inspiration-the beautiful cover is the work of Elsa Mora. 

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If you would like to see more of Elsa’s work you can visit her website at www.artisaway.com

 

Happy paper cutting!

-Abby

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Constellation Charts

June 27th, 2014

I made two Constellation Charts for a friend of mine.  They’re all the constellations that can be seen in the night sky, in Canada, in June and October.

Star ChartsI used the Sumi-e ink on the 6×8″ pieces of Etchu Hagaki for the background.  Using a Metallic Silver Sharpie I drew the oval and the Roman Numerals.  The holes were created using an awl as well as the Martha Stewart Screw Punch for the larger ones.  I then connected the dots with a pencil.

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I liked the subtle look of the pencil on the black ink.  You get a different experience close-up and far away.  I used floating frames to really let the light shine through the holes.

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Jax

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Chiyogami Card Holder

June 22nd, 2014

We have these great business card holders at the store. Covered in chiyogami paper they are as sturdy as they are attractive.

3.75 x 2.25"

3.75 x 2.25″

You can fill them with cards you have collected or our gorgeous hand made meishi business card.

Amazing.

Amazing.

Nick

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making a book

June 17th, 2014

I’m the new guy at the store and this is my first blog post, so you’re going to have to bear with me through this. I’ve been wanting to get back into bookbinding for a while now, and starting work here at The Paper Place was the perfect excuse to do so. We have everything you’d need; bone folders, adhesives, assembled book blocks, eska board, mull cloth, and of course a huge selection of beautiful papers for covering.

image-4I started out with some eska board, which I cut down to the size of my medium book block using an utility knife and metal ruler. All that was needed was a quarter sheet of chiyogami and some starch paste to complete the cover of the book. After attaching the book block to the hardcover, I decided to embellish it a touch with a sheet of walnut wood veneer on the inside cover.

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book finishIn the end, the project took about an afternoon plus the drying time for the paste, and I was left with a fresh chiyogami covered journal/sketchbook. A quick and easy way to give a personal touch to your bookshelf, or perhaps a great gift for the more creative minded person in your life.

 

-michael

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Neon Paper Mania!

June 8th, 2014

I am really into neon colours right now! I guess it is all this sunshine we’ve been having making it really feel like summer. So, naturally I have become obsessed with all our new neon Paper Mania products. They are super cute, super bright and a little bit weird. Check them out!

First we have Paper Mania Mini Pencil Letters.  These crazy coloured pencils are envelopes for wee little pencil shaped note cards that fit inside! They are beyond cute, and would make adorable bookmarks once the note has been passed to the recipient.

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Next is an assortment of gift boxes.  Bow shaped for your girly friends and pyramid shaped gentlemen for your friends that enjoy something quirky. They are perfect for holding candies or small gifts and each come in a set of 3.

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These little geometric notes are the coolest things! They come in a long accordion strip, with mini peek-a-boo cut out envelopes to match. Just snip them apart and you have 10 mini cards. I think there is major potential to do something awesome with the full strip… just have not figured out what yet!

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I saved the best for last! These weirdos are my favourite! They are note pads that fold in half and then rock back and forth like the creepiest clowns you have ever seen. I can’t wait to leave clown messages all over the house!

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So much neon, so much pattern, so much awesome!

-H.

 

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