Creative party planning: NYE Photo booth

January 3rd, 2015

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A photo booth can be a really fun way to provide a platform for guests to capture memories at parties or events. This past New Years Eve I decided to construct one at a friend’s masquerade party using some curtains, some paper and a few of our remaining holiday decorations.

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I strung up our Meri Meri Pop diamond boxes and Meri Meri Pinwheels ($22.95) using our Knot and Bow Cotton twine ($9.95) to create some 3-dimensional details in the foreground and used the gold string that came with the diamond boxes with long strips of some of our metallic papers to create a garland for the backdrop. The strips were cut from our Metal Momi and Metal Midare papers which are very sturdy and luminous and looked great with their varying textures.

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Guests of the party had a lot of fun using the photo booth to take portraits as everyone awaited midnight. Most of the masks we had were purchased from Malabar, however friends Tom and Ainslie impressed everyone with their custom deer and fox paper masks from Wintercroft. Wintercroft offers really interesting geometric pattern mask templates that are easily downloaded off of their website, printed, and constructed out of 8 1/2 x 11 paper. Can you imagine how great some of these masks would look made from our Chiyogami paper?

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We have a variety of ever changing party decorations just like these at our store so come in and stock up so you’re more equipped for your next party.

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-Justine

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Twas the night . . .

December 21st, 2014

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even . . . a felted mouse

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or polar bear

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floppy eared bunny

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or, adorable raccoon.

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Happy Holidays!

Nick

 

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Need Last Minute Wrap Ideas? We’ve Got ‘Em!

December 15th, 2014

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As we draw ever nearer to Christmas (eek!) it always seems that people, including myself, begin to panic when they just can’t find the right wrapping or box for those few last gifts. Well look no further, we’ve got you covered! Whether it’s boxes, bags, tissue or tags, you can find it here!

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I feel like most people would agree with me when I say that when it comes to wrapping a last minute gift, a bag is the easiest way to go. Grab some fun tissue (we have it in many colours and patterns) and get bagging!

 

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To answer a question we frequently get, YES we do carry boxes! Along with our standard kraft box sizes, we’ve also got some fancy holiday ones. And lots of holiday wrapping sheets to cover them!

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As for pretty finishing touches, we’ve got loads of packaging, washi tapes, and fun ribbons to get your presents looking extra special.

Come check it out today and get your Christmas (and every day) wrapping under control! Happy wrapping!

– Emily

 

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Christmas Tree Light Garland

December 11th, 2014

I love Christmas and I love Christmas crafting projects.  There’s no better time to start something than when it’s cold and snowy out.  If you’re like me there’s always a trade off between practicality and holiday festivities if you live in a small space.  I love real trees, but unfortunately I don’t really have room for one.  This year I decided to put my tree on the wall!  Seen here with the Christmas garland I made last year.

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I cut the lights from four different coloured cardstocks we carry and added the end bits out of our Titanium cardstock.  I used about one 8.5×11″ size sheet for each colour .  I strung them on our twine and topped it with one of our great Dresden Trim stars.  I used washi tape to hang it up on the wall.

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The perfect thing if you don’t have any floor space to spare.

Jax

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Canadiana Stitched Pamphlet

December 8th, 2014

With my background in publishing, I jumped at the chance to make a book for this week’s blog post. And being new to Canada (moving from Ireland to Toronto last April), I’m also still enjoying the honeymoon phase with all things Canadiana. The Canadian flag, designed by George Stanley in 1964 to be ‘instantly recognizable, and simple enough so that school children could draw it’, lends itself to tweaks and manipulation in a way that only a handful of national ensigns do.

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Pamphlet stitch, p. 21 of Sheena LaPlantz’ Cover to Cover ($19.95)

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Tools for making a stitched pamphlet


Using Sheena LaPlantz’ book, Cover to Cover: creative techniques for making beautiful books, journals & albums, as my guide, I set about making a very simple 16-page stitched pamphlet, using Japanese ivory linen cardstock and red WNP cardstock for the cover and ivory WNP text paper for the pages inside. After cutting all sheets in half (lengthways), I took a further 1″ off the width of the ivory linen (so that it’s shorter than the red cardstock) and roughly 1/4″ off the width and the height of the ivory text (so that it’s tucked inside the pamphlet).

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Finishing the very, very simple stitch


I positioned the first hole I made with the awl exactly in the centre of the crease and the second and third holes (above and below the first), I positioned 3/4″ from the top and bottom of the signature. The book binding tape is just over 1″ wide and I cut each strip (3 in total) to a length of 4¾″. I snipped a 1/4″ into either end of each strip so that it would fold into the pamphlet, on either side of the spine.

 

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Reindeer face wood shape ($1.00) used as an outline on the red text weight paper


And for the central image of the cover, I couldn’t resist the wooden holiday shapes, choosing the reindeer face to replace the customary maple leaf. Using a light pencil, I traced around the shape on the red cardstock and then cut it out carefully using a small scissors. I glued her to the front of the pamphlet using one of our small rice glue sticks.

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The finished, 16-page, stitched pamphlet


I set myself the task of making a stitched pamphlet which would give a respectful and humorous nod to my new habitat. I hope you like it as much as I do! Now I just have to decide who to send it to . . .

Aoife

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