February 3rd, 2014
Living in a small apartment has its challenges. My boyfriend and I live in a small one bedroom apartment downtown, which doesn’t leave any room for a dining room table. Although we have a small bar cut-out (that doubles as our kitchen counter) most nights we end up eating on the couch. I wanted to find some nice TV stands so we could comfortably eat our dinners without a real table. My boyfriend’s Grandmother was generous enough to donate two TV stands she had from an old set from the 40′s.
They’re in great condition although the faux wood veneer looked a little dated. I wanted to give them a little facelift with a fresh coat of paint and some decorative paper on the tops.
I spray painted (with a mask, always use a mask when spraying anything) the bottoms in a hunter green colour instead of the original dark brown. The tops were primed so none of the old woodgrain pattern would show through the paper once I pasted it on the tops.
I traced the tops and cut the papers a little larger than I needed so I could exactly trim them once the tops were glued on. I wanted to make sure that they were covered right to the edges. After pasting the papers on the tops of the stands they were covered in several coats of lacquer to protect them. I wanted to make sure they would be usable, wipeable, and spill proof. I used a low-fume spray lacquer. I found that with the spray some of the smaller fibres lifted a bit making the surface a bit bumpy. I used a fine steel wool to smooth out the tops in-between coats.
I used the Katazome 35 (above left) and Katazome 187 (above right). Now we have matching his and her’s TV tables. Try reclaiming something of your own with some beautiful paper.
January 28th, 2014
My friend is Harajuku Girl obsessed and it naturally became the theme for her most recent birthday. For her gift I made a simple paper cut and put it in an inexpensive Ikea frame. Holla! As an added bonus I folded cranes using brightly coloured chiyogami and them embellished them with tiny satin bows. Holla, Crane style! Everyone dressed up in costume but I am a not a dress up kind of person so I made some masks to wear. Gwen Stefani eat your heart out. Holla!
Paper Cut Out
January 23rd, 2014
Oooh La La! On a recent trip to new York I made the trek to Dumbo (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) to check out a few galleries and to the Brooklyn Museum to see the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit. Bon! His collection of designs is unbelievable and a must see for anyone interested in fashion, art or design. I wanted to share a couple of photographs that I took and realized that we had a few papers that reflected some of the genius and whimsy of his work. The papers are part of our Nepalese collection and truly are works of art in their own right.
Mermaid of Guilded Desire.
Scallops with Dots.
Black with White Stripes.
January 11th, 2014
If you’re anything like me, every year you promise yourself to keep a better record of the years events, but can never seem to stick to it. Well, let us at The Paper Place help with that! With these “life story” journals there is no easier or more exciting way to stick to regular journaling.
With a seemingly endless number of pages, this gold-paged Life Story is literally a diary for your whole life. Including map pages for travel documentation, pages for photos, and lots of blank space for writing, this gorgeous diary will stick with you forever.
For those who are a little less committed to journaling for life, and maybe don’t have an interest in writing long entries, this Every Day memory book has a dated page for each day of the year. With five lined sections (one for each year) on each page, you can build a comparative record of your life over five years by simply jotting down a thought or event each day. Simple, and not so time-consuming for those with busy lives.
Finally, for those who are less interested in writing about their lives, but maybe more creatively inclined, here is My Beautiful Life; your autobiography in drawings. Each page has a different topic or subject to draw, some as simple as “what inspires me”, to more obscure and fun topics such as “contents of my sock drawer”. With an array of fun and commemorative topics, this silver-paged journal is sure to keep your life creative without the commitment of dated pages.
Come on in and take a look at these (and many more) journals available at the store, and start your year of memories off right!
January 6th, 2014
Some of us old soul types can always use a place to put our daily thoughts and ideas down onto paper. What better place than these beautifully vintage styled journals.
They come in four styles with a touch of old Parisian design. Inside you will find three styles of paper; lined pages, grid on kraft paper and perforated blank sheets for those quick notes. The Musique styled one even comes with 122 pages of sheet music for that new tune you may be playing around with.
Two of my favourite things are vintage styles and a good sized notebook. With a total 288 pages, that should give you plenty of space to write to your heart’s content. Come in and take a look at them.