Creative Party Planning: Nautical Theme Party

July 23rd, 2015


After the success of this past New Year’s Eve Masquerade Photobooth, good friends Evan and Rich asked me to help them decorate their Palmerston apartment once again for their annual nautical themed summer costume party. With so many nautical gems hidden throughout The Paper Place I couldn’t wait to bring them all together and help make their apartment a little bit more sea-worthy.


Blue triangle flag bunting ($5.95) was strung above the bar area, while our Italian Decorative Papers ($4 per 19.5 x 27″ sheet) were used to add detail to drink dispensers.


Wave motifs were cut from some of our Obonai Feather and Momi papers ($4-4.50 per 21 x 31″ sheet) and taped behind the couch to create a fun backdrop for guests sitting on the sandy coloured cushions.


Our Sailing Kite (Yes, it’s a kite!) acted both as a handy costume prop and decorative centrepiece ($34.95).


Using a glue stick I adhered one of our gold anchor dresden trims ($7.95 for a pack of 22) to a piece of Katazome-shi paper and washi taped it to the door so guests could easily find the party. This paper would later inspire a knot-tying contest between hosts on the apartment’s upper deck.


Polaroids hung on a string with our mini clothes pegs ($4.95 for a pack of 50) were backed by sheets of our tall ships gift wrap ($4 per 20 x 30″ sheet) in the hallway so party guests could relive memories of years prior.

Interested in hosting your own nautical party? Be sure to pay us a visit. There is a pirate’s bounty of treasure and inspiration to be found.




You Light Light Up My Life

July 10th, 2015

We have some really interesting papers in the shop right now and a few of them really stand out. Especially when illuminated.

Nepalese Marbled Momi

Nepalese Marbled Momi

Almost any paper can be used to update a tired lamp or glam up inexpensive Ikea lights.

Amate Weave Rainbow, Gossamer Natural, Numerology White

Amate Weave Rainbow, Gossamer Natural, Numerology White

Shine bright like a diamond.



Trend Spotting: Pink Flamingos

July 3rd, 2015

I’ve noticed a new trend in the store recently, and I’m definitely a fan.


A flock of flamingo product!

If you or someone you know is a fan of the Pink Flamingo, you better get down to the store!


“Stand Tall Darling Flamingo” 8×10 print – $29.95 from Lily&Val Flamingo Washi Tape 7m – $3.95 from Masté

 How about some flamingo wall art? You can even put it up with some flamingo washi tape!

"2 Birds of a Feather" Notebooks - $19.95 form Rifle Paper co. "Flamingos" Journal - $15.95 from Wrap

“2 Birds of a Feather” Notebooks – $19.95 form Rifle Paper co.
“Flamingos” Journal – $15.95 from Wrap

We also have not one, but TWO styles of flamingo notebooks!

Pink Le Pen - $2.95 Japanese Dot Pen - $9.95 Foil Stamped Flamingo Pencil - $1.95

Pink Le Pen – $2.95
Japanese Dot Pen – $9.95
Foil Stamped Flamingo Pencil – $1.95

And don’t forget the matching pens and pencils.

Flamingo Wrap - $5 from Wrap "Flamingo Hello!" Card - $5.95 from Amy Heitman

Flamingo Wrap – $5 from Wrap
“Flamingo Hello!” Card – $5.95 from Amy Heitman

Wrap it all up with some flamingo themed stationary! Who wouldn’t smile at a perfect pink flamingo themed present??

Happy Summer!



Artist Spotlight: John Werlich

June 29th, 2015

I’m continually amazed and impressed to discover what some of the artists that frequent our shop do with our papers. John Werlich is a skilled paper artist who creates beautiful mosaic style scenes with some of our Chiyogami and Japanese decorative papers. A descendant of artists, his great-grandfather being a master weaver, John has inherited a great skill and perfected a practice that requires a keen sense of attention to detail and precision. I particularly love the dramatic contrast John achieves by using our black and gold Tairei papers in so many of his backgrounds. Be sure to click each image below to enlarge them and view their details.

geometricGeometric #1 from Geometric series

georgian BayNorthern Pines #1 (3) from Georgian Bay series

gnarled pinesGnarled Pine #2 ‘ayr’ from Gnarled Pine Series

northern landscapeNorthern Landscape ‘ayr’ from Northern Landscapes Gallery

wetland2Wetland ‘ayr’ from Wetlands Series

To see more of John Werlich’s art, learn more about his practice, or inquire about prices visit



Hello Birdie!

May 28th, 2015

Here’s a great idea for making a mobile for a baby’s room … study … or … anywhere. Using Chiyogami paper we folded these birds from the Robin pattern in Florence Sakade’s book ORIGAMI – JAPANESE PAPER FOLDING.

bird 1

Using waxed linen thread we strung the birds together.

bird 2

Not wanting to perform a “balancing act” we simply hung the winged ones from a KIKKERLAND PHOTO MOBLIE.

bird 3

Tweet Tweet!

bird 4