Posts Tagged ‘craft’

Bunnies and Blooms!

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Easter is this weekend and spring has sprung!!! Come into the store to check out our cute easter and spring inspired goodies!

photo[2]We have a few Easter craft kits, like this bunny dress up kit, that would be a fun project to do with little ones. Also, for the young at heart, a super cute bunny embroidery kit! As always, we have an array of craft and gift items in lots of different patterns and colours! Floral print paper straws, tiny spun cotton mushrooms, ALL the washi tape you could ever want and even cute glue sticks! Take a spring stroll on Queen Street and pick up some sweet stuff!

 

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Washi Tape Cards

Wednesday, 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.

flags

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

multi box

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

diagonal stripes

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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Old TV Stands, New TV Stands

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Living in a small apartment has its challenges.  My boyfriend and I live in a small one bedroom apartment downtown, which doesn’t leave any room for a dining room table.  Although we have a small bar cut-out (that doubles as our kitchen counter) most nights we end up eating on the couch.  I wanted to find some nice TV stands so we could comfortably eat our dinners without a real table.  My boyfriend’s Grandmother was generous enough to donate two TV stands she had from an old set from the 40′s.

tables before

They’re in great condition although the faux wood veneer looked a little dated.  I wanted to give them a little facelift with a fresh coat of paint and some decorative paper on the tops.

tables middle

I spray painted (with a mask, always use a mask when spraying anything) the bottoms in a hunter green colour instead of the original dark brown.  The tops were primed so none of the old woodgrain pattern would show through the paper once I pasted it on the tops.

tables finished

I traced the tops and cut the papers a little larger than I needed so I could exactly trim them once the tops were glued on.  I wanted to make sure that they were covered right to the edges.  After pasting the papers on the tops of the stands they were covered in several coats of lacquer to protect them.  I wanted to make sure they would be usable, wipeable, and spill proof.  I used a low-fume spray lacquer.  I found that with the spray some of the smaller fibres lifted a bit making the surface a bit bumpy.  I used a fine steel wool to smooth out the tops in-between coats.

patterns

I used the Katazome 35 (above left) and Katazome 187 (above right).  Now we have matching his and her’s TV tables.  Try reclaiming something of your own with some beautiful paper.

Jax

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Crafting with Dresden Trims

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Of course I had to wait until after the holidays to post photos of cards and crafts I made as gifts for Christmas this year. I’ve been really inspired by the Dresden Trims we carry in the store. Made in Germany from antique paper moulds, some of which are over 100 years old. We carry a variety of different shapes and colours of these fun paper shapes, most of them covered in gold foil. I was especially taken with the arrow and antler shapes we carry, and worked them into my holiday crafting.

I used the arrow shapes as inspiration for my cards this year. I thought I would play on the idea of seasonal fruits, I chose a pear, a clementine and an apple, and made it look as if a gold arrow had been shot through them! I used Nepalese papers and origami papers to make the fruits. I also made use of the Make Your Own Card packs we sell in the store in a variety of  sizes.

pear

 

The results were quite luxurious and rich. Paper cutting crafts can be time consuming, but using good quality tools can help. I made sure I used a self healing mat and a fresh Exacto blade when cutting papers, and I use Coccoina glue sticks for all my pasting. I used the left over Nepalese paper to make an envelope liner for the cards. A simple effective way to customize your cards even more!

cards

I also made a smaller simpler small gift item using the antler Dresden Trims and some of the wooden shapes we sell in the store. A wooden badge shape and the antlers, with a bit of help from a fine Le Pen, helped me make these cute, very canadian looking fridge magnets!

antlers

 

These were so simple and easy to made. A dab of white glue and a stick on magnet roll is all you really need. I made a whole bunch of these and packaged them up with little tags for a cute little holiday craft that can stay on your fridge all year long!

tag

 

The store is full of little treasures that may inspire you to craft something this year. Being artistic doesn’t need to be complicated, sometimes you just need to find the right materials to work with!

Happy crafting in the New Year!

 

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On the 11th day of December The Paper Place gave to me…. A Mini Maker Prize Pack!

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Mini Maker Prize Pack!

Click to enter!

 

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