Posts Tagged ‘japanese paper’

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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A little inspiration…

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

One thing you hear a lot from customers at The Paper Place is “What do you use all this paper for?” The answer is… well almost anything you can think of really. We carry many types of handmade and machine made papers people use for booking binding, origami, details in invitations for weddings…. the uses seem varied and infinite!

We also carry lots of quirky stationery, greeting cards, office supplies and small gift items! I thought it would be fun to pick some of my favourite papers in the store, and match some of our smaller items with them. Perfect for a little inspiration, or maybe a gift idea for a paper lover!

IMG_0452One of the most popular types of paper we sell is our Japanese Chiyogami papers which are silk screened with various designs on Kozo paper. We carry over 600 designs in store, and 900 on our online store! This one is newer to the store and one of my favourites, the background a beautiful mint colour and printed with layers of metallic cranes. We carry lots of little sample packs of different paper, such as this Japanese Paper Sampler, if you are shy of commitment to a full sheet. I chose a Katazome postcard with a beautiful floral print and matched it with a gold envelope and some Japanese brass pens and pencils to write and send some snail mail!

 

IMG_0445The nautical trend is always popular on the Runway for spring, but you can find some sailing inspired items in our store too! This Japanese Katazome paper is stencil printed with this rope pattern. I chose a letterpress notebook printed with all things beachy. If your giving a sea themed gift, don’t forget a laser cut card and some Jones paper pens to jot down a love note with.

 

IMG_0444We don’t only carry paper from Japan in store. We just received a new stock of patterned paper from Germany. Fun geometrics patterns come in wrapping sheets, journals (as pictured) origami paper and other little treasures. We are also restocked with popular clutch pencils and heavy brass sharpeners. Why not pair those with this cute embroidered pencil case?

 

IMG_0455Spring is in the air… and this modern printed wrap is leaving us hopeful for warmer weather. This chartreuse Ted Baker journal emulates the leather work on a pair of brogues. Some colourful and fun washi tape and some fine felt tip Le Pens make a lovely set!

 

IMG_0443Our Nepalese handmade papers come in many patterns and colour ways as well. This pattern printed in black on kraft paper has a bit of a creepy vintage feel. A Parisian inspired notebook, a luxurious set of Black Wing pencils and these pencil sharpeners made from vintage spools of thread. Top that off with a card that doubles as a palm reading guide, how fun is that!

- Jo

 

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Featured Artist: Mary Karavos

Friday, February 21st, 2014

I had the opportunity to meet Mary Karavos back in December at The One Of A Kind Craft and Art Show in Toronto. Mary is a paper collage artist from Guelph, Ontario who uses many of the Japanese and Nepalese papers we carry at The Paper Place in her artwork.

Mary Karavos Art

“Life Awaits” Mary Karavos

 

Mary’s work is incredibly detailed and thought out. She has an amazing eye for layering and arranging the papers in a way that almost makes the images come to life. It’s hard to imagine that everything is made from paper. My favourites are her abstract pieces. The layering and colours in each piece is amazing and very inspiring to me.

"Parallel Elements" Mary Karavos

“Parallel Elements” Mary Karavos

Please visit karavosart.com to discover more of Mary’s beautiful art.

We have everything you need to get a start with collage. Japanese papers , adhesives and brushes. Come on in and check it out.

Cheers,

-Leah

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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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Easy Gift Wrapping Ideas

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

You don’t have to be a pro to make a gift look extra special, it just takes a little bit of creativity.  We have plain kraft coloured boxes in various sizes available instore to help make any awkwardly shaped present beautiful.  I decorated the boxes in various different papers, tissue and embellishments.

All boxes

 

I added embellishments to the inside lids of the boxes for a little something extra.  Our smallest kraft box is perfect for small gifts like our music boxes, cell phone charms, little note papers, coin purses, etc.

small boxes

 

I made a custom gift tag for one which matched the box.  I added some hand spun and painted cotton mushrooms to compliment the  pattern.  I love how you can see the kraft colour through parts of the Kozo Tissue Itame, it creates a perfect woodgrain look.

mushroom tag

 

On the front of one of the envelopes I created a paper bow using strips of the same paper which was used on the box.  I used a white glue to adhere the strips together and topped it with a piece of washi tape.

carta pura bow

We have lots of great new embellishments available.  We recently received some gold foiled paper decorations made in antique paper moulds.  They add a great 3 dimensional look.

owl

Come on in and pick up anything or everything to wrap some of your own gifts you have to give.

Jax

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