Posts Tagged ‘instructions’

Paper Star Tutorial Round-up!

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Every year around this time, I start looking at different paper ornament instructions online to add to my ever growing collection. There are so many out there but what always pulls me in are the paper stars. Here are some to try out.

P.S. If you need some paper, I know a great place……

Beautiful origami star from How About Orange:

3 gorgeous different styles of stars over at

From Origami USA


Paper bag flower from
Super simple paper stars from


Traditional Moravian Star from

A stunning variety of patterns from

And lastly, a beautiful paper star lantern….

Happy Star Making!!


Sewn Booklet Project by Arounna Khounnoraj

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Another great project from our friend Arounna at Bookhou.
This project is making simple and easy journals using batik papers from Nepal.
This project requires a sewing machine.  If you don’t have one, you can use a needle and book binding thread, however, it is advisable to pre-make holes using an awl. (these materials can be found at The Paper Place)

Sewn Book - what you need

Things you need:

–  Batik Nepalese paper (cut to 4.25 x 5.5 in.)
–  Paper for your pages (anything will do.  A great opportunity use up papers you may already have) –  cut this paper to 4 x 5.25in. I used 8 sheets in each book.
–  Sewing machine (or thread and needle)
–  Craft knife
–  Metal ruler
–  Cutting mat

Sewn Book - step 1

Step one:

Once the paper is cut to size, lay the pages inside the book cover and score down the middle with your finger.

Sewn Book - step 2

step 2-3:

Sew along the centre of the book – holding all the pieces together.  If you like, you can use a close pin to hold all the pieces together so that the pages don’t move.

Sewn Book - finished product

All done – make lots and give them to friends and family for sketching, note taking, journalling or for lists.


Envelope Liner Project – by Arounna Khounnoraj

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Another guest appearance by Arounna Khounnoraj of bookhou.

This project is a wonderful way to add a little special touch to your envelopes – The Paper Place has so many papers, from solids to patterns, to choose from that would be ideal for this project.

what you will need

what you will need

what you will need:


glue stick

scissors/craft knife



cutting mat

patterned or coloured paper (I used chiyogami paper)

scrap paper for gluing

folding bone (optional)

step one:

I flip over the paper and trace the envelope on the back side – if you are doing multiple liners you can get a larger sheet – TPP sells their papers in both full size sheets as well as small cut pieces which are great if you want variety.


step 1

step two:

you can use either scissors or a craft knife to cut out the line.

step 2

step 2

step three:

measure 1.5 cm from the bottom of the liner and cut

step 3

step 3

step four:

insert the liner into the envelope

step 4

step 4

step five:

use a folding bone to fold down the liner flap and apply glue – you can use a scrap piece of paper to put underneath so that you don’t get glue on your envelope.

step 5

step 5

step six:

once you apply the glue it’s a good idea to rub the surface with a folding bone or your fingers.

step 6

step 6

All done!

finished product

finished product


Collage Incorporating Japanese Tissues!

Monday, March 29th, 2010

dust_tea_eluk‘Dust Tea’, Eunice Luk

Tarasen Dots” is one of my favourite Japanese Tissues to incorporate into my art lately. It’s translucent quality is excellent to layer with for experimentation. The fun and balanced characteristic of the print adds an interesting layer of texture over any darker collaged work. Think of the possibilities!

Materials – Small left-over pieces of eska board, vibrant photos from old books, and of course, an arranagement of Japanese Tissues.
Tools – Ruler, Detail Scissors, Bone Folder, Pencil, Glue Stick/Rice Paste and a Craft Knife (all available at our Queen Street store in Toronto.)


First, start with a vibrant picture from an old book that interests you. If you are experimenting with Tarasen Dots, try an image that is quite dark in tone – to contrast the white pattern on the tissue.


Next, trim the photo to a desired size and paste it onto the eska board with your glue. I really enjoy how the eska board looks as a border, so I tend to cut a border off around the collaged photograph.


Next, I pasted a drawing that I made on watercolour paper to compose a scene. Have fun with this!


The layering of the tissue begins by cutting your tissue 3/4 of an inch bigger than your final piece – so that you can wrap it behind the board afterward. Once you have that, trace onto the tissue the parts of the collage you want to be revealed and cut those traced areas off with a craft knife on a self-healing mat.



Once you have your tissue traced and cut to size, you can cut the tissue corners like this so it wraps gently and neatly around the edges of the board. On a piece of scrap paper, apply your gluestick to the back of the tissue – be careful around the cutouts and edges. Then gently smooth out the tissue onto the piece, making sure the tissue is not wrinkled. Fold the extra tissue on the side to the back of the piece neatly. Burnish the surface with a bone folder.  You can also define the raised collage parts on the pieces by burnishing around the edges.


Feel free to add different coloured tissues on top of the piece to add colour and depth. I layered small pieces of green tissue on top of my clouds. Explore with drawing directly onto the tissue as well. Make sure to test the medium on a scrap piece of tissue first for the desired appearance. Have fun!


Finished Artwork – for more of my illustrations please check out my website at


Two books by Esther K. Smith – “How to Make Books” and “The Paper Bride”

Sunday, February 7th, 2010


How To Make Books and The Paper Bride are two books we carry by Esther K. Smith.

How To Make Books is an ideal book for anyone who is interested in making simple and fun books. The book features many different projects – from “instant books” to “stab stitching” with colourful hand-drawn instructions. Full of visual inspirations and simple bookbinding tips.

Esther K. Smith

Simple instructions for a pamphlet stitched book.

Esther K. Smith

The Paper Bride contains many do-it-yourself projects for weddings. From wedding proposal books, fancy wedding programs to your own personalized guest book, the projects are all very inspirational.

esther k smith

Paper flowers to decorate your wedding event.