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Feeling in the holiday crafting mood? We have kits for that!

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

 

If you’re anything like me, you have the best intentions to be crafty around the holiday season, but are also so so busy! We have lots of craft supplies in the store, the handmade holiday options are endless. To make your holiday projects a little easier, we have lots of craft packs to help you make gifts and decorations if you don’t have a lot of time.

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These make your own garland packs are a quick and easy decorative craft. White snowflake garlands have a clean modern feel, and the pine cone garland has a more rustic feel, with a little sparkle! No scissors or glue needed! These are great crafts for kids!

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Christmas crackers are one of my favourite holiday dinner traditions, but more times then not the gifts inside them are lack lustre. Impress your dinner guests with personalized crackers. Gift cards, gourmet candies even jewellery! Put anything you want in them, as long as it’s mini. (ps we have an amazing collection of miniature stuff in the store too!

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One of our most popular items this time of year are our make your own card packs. Ten blank cards and envelopes all packed up and ready for you to customize! They come in a variety of sizes too!

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Our section of holiday stickers and paper cut outs make custom card a little easier too! Delicate white snowflakes, fun peppermint candies, snowmen with a vintage feel or my personal favourite, gold and silver antlers from Dresden Trims! We have an amazing selection!

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Of course, the perfect way to finish your custom cards is with fun writing tools! Gel pens are perfect from writing on dark paper, as are metallic Sharpies! A customer favourite are the Le Pens, a fine japanese felt tip marker that comes in a rainbow of colours!

There are lots of more quick craft options in the store! We have also recently put out all our single christmas cards and gift wrap supplies! Also make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for product updates!

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Tissue Paper Jar Lanterns

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

Now that the chilly weather is behind us I have started thinking only of summer crafts – I made these lanterns with the idea that they could be hung outside on warm summer nights or to swing in the breeze of an open window. I picked my favorite tissue – Circle Mesh Gold for these to give them a rustic but elegant look – perfect for an outdoor wedding or a BBQ!

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I used white glue to attach the tissue to the jars, but Mod Podge would work really well too. To make the loops for hanging them I used a medium gauge craft wire and pliers, you have to make sure that the wire around the rim of the jar is tight so that it can support the hanging weight of the jar. How lovely would these look with a lacy Watermark Tissue or with the light shining through a Katazome print!?

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L O V E

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

If our front window bursting with giant red hearts is any indication, LOVE is definitely in the air here at The Paper Place! With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, now is a great time to pick up a small gift or a witty greeting card for your loved one(s). We also hope to inspire you with love-themed craft supplies such as pink & red Divine Twine, wooden hearts and heart-shaped rubber stamps.


Nick hung these big hearts in the window by weaving strips of Nepalese paper through slits in the hearts. I made the little heart garlands (on the right side of the photo) by threading Divine Twine through small cut-out heart shapes.


Any of these items would make a great Valentine’s Day gift… Wooden Love Birds & Squirrelly Love sets, Love Me Tender & Love Story music boxes, You’re Sew Sweet greeting card.


Another great gift idea… Rob Ryan His ‘n’ Her Mug set. We also have a decorative plate set featuring his intricate paper cut-outs.


For the many loves in your life… Happy Valentine’s Day boxed cards! And to decorate… heart shaped Nepalese paper garlands, and pink washi tape.


We have an enormous selection of Valentine’s Day greeting cards available at the store. From left, Saving All My Love For You card by Egg Press (hearts in jars!) You’re A Fox card and beautifully illustrated Happy Valentine’s Day card by Rifle Paper Co.


This is For You by Rob Ryan, You’re Growing On Me and You Float My Boat cards by Egg Press (love the hairy dude!) wooden hearts, and pink, red & white Divine Twine for Valentine’s Day crafting.

Also available… fancy paper treat bags, cupcake stands, scrapbooking stacks, and heart shapes paperclips!

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New Year, New Crafts!

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

New Year’s is a time for self-reflection and, in an effort to improve upon the previous twelve months, resolutions are often made. Many of us at The Paper Place are ambitious in our art project planning throughout the year–so much so that, at times, the end of the year is accompanied by the realisation that not all of our projects were brought to fruition!

This year, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to get an early start on some of the artful endeavours I’ve been fantasizing about since last year. Many of them are timely and have even helped to commemorate the fun I had tying up 2011.

Making your own picture frame is fun and fairly simple given the online materials that books like Paper + Craft supply you with. Photo frames are great when paired with all of the fun pictures you snapped over the holiday season. Take a look at this one of my best friend, Belinda, and I!

Making this frame was as easy as selecting one 8 1/2 x 11 ” piece of card stock and two same-sized pieces of paper weight. From the wide variety of material The Paper Place carries, I chose black for the card stock, “paper bag” for one of the pieces of paper, and “linen ivory lightweight” for the second. From there I downloaded templates from the Paper + Craft link above, layered my frame cut-outs, and added a playful safety pin detail using a paper punch. Divine Twin is a great way to hang my framed photo as it isn’t very heavy.

Even though many parties occurred during the month of December, January finds us with plenty of reasons to celebrate, including Chinese New Year, a new job, or a new baby in the family! Why not adorn wine, juice, or water glasses during social gatherings with silhouette animal glass markers? They are playful and help you remember which glass is yours!

I made these using black card stock, animal stencils, and an X-Acto knife. The cut-outs can be adhered using Yamato rice paste with no harm to your glassware as the adhesive is water-soluble and non-toxic. Alternatively, double-sided tape will do the trick!

Speaking of silhouettes, many brides-to-be have begun to come in to plan and design their wedding invitations. I always like to give my dear friends a black paper-cut silhouette wedding portrait to capture such an exciting and memorable event in life. Starting early is key if I have learned anything over the years, so January isn’t too soon to start planning to collect materials and tools! Take a look at the last two I executed!

From all of us at The Paper Place, best of luck in 2012 and take the new year as inspiration to plan so fun, artsy projects!

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The Gift of Gratitude

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

One part of the holidays that is almost as important as giving and receiving lovely gifts is saying thank you to our friends and loved ones who give us lovely things. What better way to spend a crummy early-January day than by making them beautiful cards to show appreciation?!

Here is a small round-up of cards made with our Make-Your-Own-Card Kits and beautiful decorative papers:

A few different cards

Good inspiration could be taken from any gifts that you received. Personally, I was given several sweaters this year!

This one has a surprise envelope liner made from the paper around the cut-out!

Another is inspired by artist Rob Ryan’s beautiful paper cut-outs. We have lots of products adorned with his beautiful artwork in the store as well, including notebooks, bunting, umbrellas and plates!

Cut out of handmade Nepalese paper.

Warm hats, mitts, and scarves; a staple for any Canadian Christmas!

A project like this could also be a great way to recycle wrapping paper. Why not try making cards out of the paper that your gifts came wrapped in!

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