April 11th, 2014
I collected a lot of boxes over the holidays and they were hiding under my bed for quite a while. Being the crafter that I am, I couldn’t just throw them out because that would be tossing a potential project. “I’ll use them eventually”, I said. But let’s face it…they were pretty ugly boxes.
I was obviously going to cover them in paper, but which ones. There are so many options and it took me several days to figure it out (my co-workers can attest to that). I eventually chose a few different papers in a grey and black colour scheme.
The Final Papers
I chose a decorative Chiyogami to add a bit of colour, two solid colour Nepalese papers in Black and Pebble, one Momi in Slate, one text weight paper in Gravel and one Linen Lightweight in Pewter. It was a bit trial and error when it came to how to fold everything properly and when it came to using the right adhesive. But overall, I am very happy with the results.
My brand new boxes are now proudly on display and hiding all of my junk. Yay!!!
April 3rd, 2014
Recently, I found myself needing a hard cover portfolio book. I was unimpressed with the boring colour selection available in stores (black, black and black), so, I thought I would give a go at making one for myself! Below is my final result.
I used a blue-grey book cloth overtop Eska board and the pretty and durable Mokume paper on the inside- I love how subtle but interesting the woodgrain pattern is! To keep my portfolio covers together I used two brass Chicago screws, which are simple and decorative. Now, I can easily take pages in and out of my book!
I was looking to keep my colour palette for this project rather versatile, although, while I was planning my paper choices I was definitely taken with all of The Paper Place’s adorable spring inspired book binding materials! Take a look at the bright waxed linen thread we carry!
Our pretty linen texture and purple coloured book cloths are very spring inspired! Even our book binding awls and book board punches come in cute packages.We also have plenty of pretty patterned papers for end pages and inside covers!
If you were inspired by this post come in to the store and have a look around. We have lots of instructional books on making your own books as well as materials in every colour in the rainbow.
March 26th, 2014
We recently got in some new styles of Washi Tape. There are some awesome new patterns that I thought would make great cards using our blank folded card packs. We got in the same pattern in multiple colours which creates interesting graphics when combined. I love how simple and easy adding Washi Tape can be with such a polished look.
We got a lovely floral pattern in three different colour ways called “Shigemi” which translates to “thicket” in English.
There are two different styles of geometric patterns in similar colour ways that look awesome together.
The electric pink and blue colours make for an eye catching stripe.
Come on in and take a look at what we carry in store.
March 21st, 2014
On a recent trip to somewhere warm I was inspired by the abundance and unabashed use of colour everywhere.
Toronto had a storm that week by the way. HA!
Anyway, this yellow painted staircase brought to mind some of the delightful yellow Nepalese papers that we sell at the store.
Pictured below are Kongpo yellow with red, Deco yellow and Beans yellow with white. These lotka papers are hand made in Nepal and adapt to almost any project . Here comes the Sun! I hope!
March 8th, 2014
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