5th Annual March Break Kids Collage Challenge!

March 8th, 2014

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It’s back!

The kiddies are out of school with idle hands, keep them busy with the 5th Annual March Break Kids Collage Challenge!  Challenge their creativity to use the materials they have to make something awesome!

REGISTER IN STORE BETWEEN

SAT MARCH 8 – SUN MARCH 16

TO RECEIVE YOUR FREE COLLAGE PACK

 

RETURN YOUR COMPLETED COLLAGE BY

SUN MARCH 23 TO SEE YOUR WORK DISPLAYED IN THE PAPER PLACE WINDOW! 

12 AND UNDER – ONE PER CHILD

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Crafting with Crepe

March 3rd, 2014

Recently a friend asked me to make up a batch of French macarons for a small get together she was having. After having made these finicky cookies only a couple times before, I am in no way an expert. But I do know one thing: regardless of how they look, they taste GOOD. I figured that just in case they turned out looking a bit less than impressive (which would be typical), I would make a little something to jazz them up. Enter fun crepe paper cupcake (or in this case macaron) toppers!

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These toppers were super easy to make, and when choosing the type of paper to use there was no question. Crepe paper is perfect for crafts such as this because it is both pliable and has a lot of give which makes it easily manipulated.

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For the candy shaped toppers I used styrofoam balls rolled inside the crepe, and simply tied at each end with a bit of thread. As for the pinwheels, an easy bit of cutting and folding alongside a bit of glue made for a super cute but super easy embellishment! Glue some toothpicks on the back and you’re ready to go!

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Another great thing about crepe paper is the intense saturation and brightness of the colours. For this craft, I choose the orchid colour (to match the macarons) alongside the teal to give a bit of a pop. I chose the double sided yellow/salmon coloured crepe for the pinwheels, which is perfect to use if you’re making something where both sides of the paper are visible.

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Plan yourself some crafts with crepe, and come in and take a look at our rainbow of crepe paper selections. The possibilities are endless!

- Emily

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A little inspiration…

February 27th, 2014

One thing you hear a lot from customers at The Paper Place is “What do you use all this paper for?” The answer is… well almost anything you can think of really. We carry many types of handmade and machine made papers people use for booking binding, origami, details in invitations for weddings…. the uses seem varied and infinite!

We also carry lots of quirky stationery, greeting cards, office supplies and small gift items! I thought it would be fun to pick some of my favourite papers in the store, and match some of our smaller items with them. Perfect for a little inspiration, or maybe a gift idea for a paper lover!

IMG_0452One of the most popular types of paper we sell is our Japanese Chiyogami papers which are silk screened with various designs on Kozo paper. We carry over 600 designs in store, and 900 on our online store! This one is newer to the store and one of my favourites, the background a beautiful mint colour and printed with layers of metallic cranes. We carry lots of little sample packs of different paper, such as this Japanese Paper Sampler, if you are shy of commitment to a full sheet. I chose a Katazome postcard with a beautiful floral print and matched it with a gold envelope and some Japanese brass pens and pencils to write and send some snail mail!

 

IMG_0445The nautical trend is always popular on the Runway for spring, but you can find some sailing inspired items in our store too! This Japanese Katazome paper is stencil printed with this rope pattern. I chose a letterpress notebook printed with all things beachy. If your giving a sea themed gift, don’t forget a laser cut card and some Jones paper pens to jot down a love note with.

 

IMG_0444We don’t only carry paper from Japan in store. We just received a new stock of patterned paper from Germany. Fun geometrics patterns come in wrapping sheets, journals (as pictured) origami paper and other little treasures. We are also restocked with popular clutch pencils and heavy brass sharpeners. Why not pair those with this cute embroidered pencil case?

 

IMG_0455Spring is in the air… and this modern printed wrap is leaving us hopeful for warmer weather. This chartreuse Ted Baker journal emulates the leather work on a pair of brogues. Some colourful and fun washi tape and some fine felt tip Le Pens make a lovely set!

 

IMG_0443Our Nepalese handmade papers come in many patterns and colour ways as well. This pattern printed in black on kraft paper has a bit of a creepy vintage feel. A Parisian inspired notebook, a luxurious set of Black Wing pencils and these pencil sharpeners made from vintage spools of thread. Top that off with a card that doubles as a palm reading guide, how fun is that!

- Jo

 

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Featured Artist: Mary Karavos

February 21st, 2014

I had the opportunity to meet Mary Karavos back in December at The One Of A Kind Craft and Art Show in Toronto. Mary is a paper collage artist from Guelph, Ontario who uses many of the Japanese and Nepalese papers we carry at The Paper Place in her artwork.

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“Life Awaits” Mary Karavos

 

Mary’s work is incredibly detailed and thought out. She has an amazing eye for layering and arranging the papers in a way that almost makes the images come to life. It’s hard to imagine that everything is made from paper. My favourites are her abstract pieces. The layering and colours in each piece is amazing and very inspiring to me.

"Parallel Elements" Mary Karavos

“Parallel Elements” Mary Karavos

Please visit karavosart.com to discover more of Mary’s beautiful art.

We have everything you need to get a start with collage. Japanese papers , adhesives and brushes. Come on in and check it out.

Cheers,

-Leah

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Red and Pink Everywhere!

February 11th, 2014

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, The Paper Place is sweet on all things pink, red and lovey dovey. Wether you have a significant other in your life, an amazing friend or maybe an amazing cat, we have some fun little tokens of love for everyone!

Firstly, I present to you the classic box of Valentines cards with a twist; Scratch and Sniff! Nothing says ‘I love you’ more than strawberry scented desserts! Keeping with the scratch surprise theme we also have adorable little heart-shaped notes that reveal secret messages of admiration. If you are planning on showing someone you care with small treats this February 14th we also carry a set of six matchboxes with playful Valentines graphics and patterned bitty bags, perfect for chocolate-better yet truffles.

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Looking for a Valentine’s Day card? We have stocked up on lots of lovely single cards for your special someone. Check out these cheeky and heart warming options!

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If you are looking to craft your own declarations of love this year, we have convenient packs of red flat cards with pretty scalloped edges. We have endless supplies at the store to fancify your Valentines- like these cute heart stickers embellished with little arrow graphics. And why not tuck a small surprise into the envelope of your card? This sparkly Tattly heart temporary tattoo is the perfect size and straight up fun!

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I hope this post has inspired everyone to spread the love this February 14th and show the special people in your life how much they mean to you. May your Valentine’s Day be filled with cinnamon hearts!

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