Spring colours for…

April 3rd, 2014

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

Abby

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Washi Tape Cards

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.

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We got a lovely floral pattern in three different colour ways called “Shigemi” which translates to “thicket” in English.

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There are two different styles of geometric patterns in similar colour ways that look awesome together.

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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.

Jax

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And It Was Called Yellow

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.

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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!

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Nick

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5th Annual March Break Kids Collage Challenge!

March 8th, 2014

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It’s back!

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

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Crafting with Crepe

March 3rd, 2014

Recently a friend asked me to make up a batch of French macarons for a small get together she was having. After having made these finicky cookies only a couple times before, I am in no way an expert. But I do know one thing: regardless of how they look, they taste GOOD. I figured that just in case they turned out looking a bit less than impressive (which would be typical), I would make a little something to jazz them up. Enter fun crepe paper cupcake (or in this case macaron) toppers!

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These toppers were super easy to make, and when choosing the type of paper to use there was no question. Crepe paper is perfect for crafts such as this because it is both pliable and has a lot of give which makes it easily manipulated.

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For the candy shaped toppers I used styrofoam balls rolled inside the crepe, and simply tied at each end with a bit of thread. As for the pinwheels, an easy bit of cutting and folding alongside a bit of glue made for a super cute but super easy embellishment! Glue some toothpicks on the back and you’re ready to go!

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Another great thing about crepe paper is the intense saturation and brightness of the colours. For this craft, I choose the orchid colour (to match the macarons) alongside the teal to give a bit of a pop. I chose the double sided yellow/salmon coloured crepe for the pinwheels, which is perfect to use if you’re making something where both sides of the paper are visible.

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Plan yourself some crafts with crepe, and come in and take a look at our rainbow of crepe paper selections. The possibilities are endless!

- Emily

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