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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Fresh Folds

May 31st, 2014

A few years ago, inspired by some simple origami my partner Jeff had been playing around with, my dear friend and photographer Evonne asked him to collaborate on a series of photos. Evonne headed to The Paper Place, collected origami papers that suited the feeling she wanted to capture, and picked up the book ” Folding Techniques for Designers” by Paul Jackson.

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Hundreds of pieces of paper and crisp precise folds later ( I watched this all happen from my couch) an array of beautiful geometric models were born.

Evonne shot the pieces close up, in a studio with bright natural lighting. The photos have been made into large scale prints, the images so wonderful, it’s hard to tell if it’s a painting, a photo, or that its even an image of paper. These pieces have been shown at the Trinity Bellwoods Art Crawl and were feature at the 2013 Artists Project.


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You can see more of Evonne’s artwork at http://www.evonnebellfleur.com

Thanks for taking a look!

Jo

 

 

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Frame It.

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!

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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