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.
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.
I 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.
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.
March 6th, 2015
Tuesday March 24th, 6:30-9:30pm – $65 + HST
Come flex your creative muscles and learn a brand new skill in our Stitched Spine Collage Journal workshop! Hand-bound books are not only incredibly satisfying to make, but they also make great (and impressive!) gifts for friends and family. Combining the art of collage with our beautiful Japanese papers, this darling little journal is the perfect introduction to the world of bookbinding.
Payment is required upon registration for all workshops to guarantee a space. You may register in person at the store or by phone with a credit card. Withdrawal allowed up to three days before the workshop. There are no refunds after that time. Unfortunately we do not have access to washroom facilities at the store. Adult participants only please (unless specifically stated).
Call us at: (416) 703-0089 – 887 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON. M6J 1G5
March 4th, 2015
A few months ago when thinking about what else I could possibly cover with washi tape next, it occured to me…laptop keyboard!
Here’s how it turned out:
Basically I chose my tapes, then made a quick template for the key sizes and went to it! I’d suggest choosing tapes that are either a lighter colour or have some white spaces (like the plus sign tape above) so that you’re still able to see which keys are which. The navy with polka dots that I chose is a bit dark, but if I put my keyboard backlight all the way up I can still figure out what’s what.
Here are some fun colour and pattern combos to try out on your own keyboard!
Bright and geometric!
And last but not least…travel/airmail themed!
So go ahead and try it for yourself! We have these tapes, plus many many more in the store, and we frequently get new ones. I’m happy to report that after about 5 months of use, my keyboard makeover is still holding up quite well.
March 3rd, 2015
Bunting is a classic party decoration and best of all, you can keep it up all year round!
For this project I used Italian Decorative Papers, which come in 26 different and amazing patterns!
You will also need the following supplies:
– Italian Decorative Paper
– flag template (instructions found on pages 16-21 of the Paper & Craft book by Chronicle Books).
This is an easy way to personalize your party decor and really fun to make. I made this in a snap! Check it out!
I love the way all the Italian Decorative paper patterns work together! Happy DIY crafting!
February 9th, 2015
Every year I always try to make fun Valentine’s cards for my close girl friends. It started when the majority of us were all single and has just kept on going through the years. This year I made some fun retro inspired popsicle cards.
I used cardstock and covered them with our Candyflake papers and popsicle sticks. You can break them apart to reveal the message inside.
Hope you have a happy Valentine’s Day!