Posts Tagged ‘Books’

New Books, Great Craft Ideas!

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Looking for some great weekend craft ideas?  We just got some awesome new books in store!

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Want to make some paper flowers?  Paper to Petal is a great new book with lots of helpful pointers on how to create beautiful paper flowers.  We have tons of different colours of crepe paper to help you make the perfect flower for any occasion.

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Custom stamps are a great way to personalize gifts or cards.  Put Your Stamp On It is a new creative book if you want to start making your own stamps.  We have tools and kits for you to make your own stamps instore.

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Papercraft 2 has some beautiful 3-D decorative paper sculpture inspirations that you can create from almost anything.  Grab and x-acto and some paper and you’re ready to start constructing your own creations.

Hope you enjoy a crafty weekend!

Jax

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Production for Print by Mark Gatter

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Production for Print

Why, you may ask, would someone who is not a professional Graphic Designer care about the intricacies of preparing your images and documents for print? Loads of reasons.

If it’s ever been up to you to print a flyer or create a business card, and you just couldn’t understand why it looked so different in print than it did on your monitor, this book is an essentials guide that will make it all make sense. It is a simple and comprehensive guide to the secrets of tools like photoshop that will give you print production super powers. Even if you work with a Graphic Designer, and you think of all that stuff as their job, Production for Print will let you understand the tools and resources they need, and will help you help them do better work.

Maybe your job has absolutely nothing to do with Graphic Design and you don’t think you care about print production? Well, who doesn’t own a digital camera? Everyone takes photos of their families, friends, and the events that are important to them. Getting those images off your hard drive and turning them into real printed photos is a great way to preserve and share those memories.  Production for Print will teach you how to make a your dull photos bright, your dim photos shine, and make your colours jump out. By giving you the essential knowledge Production for Print will take your printed photos from okay, to awesome.

 

- Ian

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Lions and tigers and bears, origami!

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

I am not what you would call a blackbelt in the art of origami but I couldn’t help but be tempted when I saw Genuine Origami by Jun Maekawa on our shelves. This book really covers it all. The instructional diagrams are very detailed and easy to follow while the written portions of the book give fantastic context for the principles and mathematics behind the system of folding.

The 43 models taught in this book range from as few as 14 folds all the way up to 144. While I wasn’t brave enough to tackle the complex models right out of the gate, I found that both the simple and intermediate levels were very accessible for my limited skill set (and patience level).

This Japanese macaque was labeled as a basic level and even with 43 folds, it was relatively easy to complete. The beginning of the book has a great outline on the techniques used and is extremely helpful in ensuring that you don’t get lost in all the dotted lines.

I have named this macaque Phillip

The next item on my list  was the horse. An intermediate model seemed like a good challenge after my success with the primate. The folding methods used here were a little more complex than the last model and as you can see below, there were some very tiny folds to be made. This was where I really found the written theory in this book to be helpful.

This book is really an ideal starting place for new hobbyists as well as those who have been folding for a little while. The inclusion of mathematical principles and the history and theory behind it all really highlights the complexity of the art form while also making it very easy to understand as well as appreciate. While I didn’t find every design in the book extremely exciting, each one has a reason to be there and demonstrated a different theme in technique. I am sure that with enough time and patience even completely inexperienced crafters will be able to complete every design in this book.

As an added bonus, you also get to discover that there is actually a practical application for the quadratic equation you learned in high school. I bet you didn’t think it would be a paper horse!

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Adventures in Bookbinding

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Having never made a book before I thought that I would try it out for my sister’s birthday present.  I made a hardcover and a smaller soft cover book using the same materials but different methods.  I also got her a Katazome-shi covered tea tin (available in-store in several different sizes and patterns) and a pen holder to attach to her books (available in-store in silver and gold).  I made her a matching bookmark.

On both books I used the Kurotani #55 Tanabata (available in-store) for the cover paper, which is one of my favourite natural papers right now.  I love the flecks of colour on the beautiful Japanese handmade paper.  I wanted to add a little bit more colour to the inside and used the Moriki Kozo Raspberry for the end pages on both as well.  I added a teal ribbon (available in-store) for a little bit of something extra.  For the bookmark I covered on side of cardstock with the Kurotani #55 Tanabata and the other with the Moriki Kozo Raspberry.

I used a cardstock between the cover and end page on the soft cover book, which I also scored at the side to make it easier to write in.

I had a lot of fun making everything.  It was a nice challenge for my first book binding experience.

Jax

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Literary Letter Writing Stationery Set

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

I have to admit, it wasn’t until after last week’s Letter Writing Summer Social here at The Paper Place (man, what a party!) that I found myself  really interested in incorporating stationery and writing long-hand letters into my everyday life. I mean, I always thought it would be nice to take some time and hand-write a letter to my best friend on the other side of the world (instead of  firing off an email), though I never seemed to find the time. But, watching everyone decorating envelopes and composing beautiful letters to friends and family made me lament my exclusive email and text message habits. After recovering from Thursday’s party, I took some time to make my own stationery. I revisited some letters my girlfriend and I exchanged years ago and saw that what we mostly wrote to each other about were the books we were reading, going so far as to include lengthy excerpts from whatever novel or poetry collection was inspiring us at the time. With that in mind, I decided to take apart some previously loved books and transform the pages into letter-writing paper and envelope liners.

I used the Paper Source Envelope Liner template to create liners for 4-bar sized envelopes (in Gravel). The clear template makes it easy to position your liner exactly where you want it on the page, so I was able to maximize the amount of text that would be visible in my envelope.

For the actual sheets of letter writing paper, I quickly thumbed through my book and tore out the pages that had the least amount of text on them (chapter headings and title pages work exceptionally well). I have to warn you though, this step is not for the faint of heart – resign yourself to the fact that you’ll never read this book ever again before you proceed! After tearing out about a dozen pages, I cut them down to 5×7 sheets.

I made sure that one side of the sheet was almost entirely blank  with just a bit of text at the top – without any other context, a simple line of text can be very poetic, mysterious, or just plain strange! The other side of the sheet is covered in text – I like the idea of my friend being able to read random excerpts from the novel when she`s done with my letter.

While Letter Writing Month might officially be over, I`m only just getting started and I hope you`ve found enough inspiration here throughout July to keep it going all-year-round!

 

- Kalpna

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