Posts Tagged ‘katazome’

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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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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Nautical Themed Boxes

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Spring is finally here!  And you know what that means… it’s spring cleaning and organizing time.  You can ask anyone, I like things neat, clean and organized.  The recent beautiful weather has inspired me to start tidying around my tiny apartment.  Seeing as I don’t have  lot of space at home I need some practical storage options that are also easy on the eyes.  I had covered a pre-existing box I had in Katazome 165 on top and Moriki Kozo Natural White on the bottom to hide some of my craft supplies.  I wanted a couple more boxes to go with it in different papers.

katazome-shi box

I made two simple boxes with some leftover Eska Board I had and covered the bottoms with Moriki Kozo Natural White so they would match each other and covered the insides with washi tape.  I made one with a Nepalese paper on top and a divider in the middle to hold my washi tapes and some other goodies inside.

nepalese

The other I used a Cavallini world map paper for the top.  The box is for some of my tools and adhesives.  All materials are available instore.

Cavallini Map

All together they’re very nautical and perfect for hiding crafting clutter.

3 boxes

 

Jax

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Accordion Bookbinding Workshop!

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Don’t miss out, there are still a few spots left for this fantastic Accordion Bookbinding Workshop! It takes place Wednesday, March 27, 2013, from 6:30pm – 8:30pm for $50.

Accordion books make beautiful sketchbooks, storybooks or photo albums.  The continuous folded interior can be spread out long to be viewed all at once or flipped through like an ordinary book making the possibilities for it’s uses endless!  In this workshop you will learn the techniques to complete a 4 x 6 inch hardcover accordion book using hand stenciled Japanese Katazome-shi for the cover and pages.

accordion book - flat low res

accordion book - 02 spread low res

accordion book - spread low res

accordion book - front and back low res

Payment is required upon registration for all workshops to guarantee a space. You may register in person at the store or by phone with a credit card. Withdrawal allowed up to three days before the workshop. There are no refunds after that time. Unfortunately we do not have access to washroom facilities at the store. Adult participants only please (unless specifically stated).

Call us at: (416) 703-0089 – 887 Queen St. West, Toronto, On. M6J 1G5

 

 

 

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On the 7th Day of December The Paper Place gave to me….. A Cardmaking/Collage Prize Pack!!

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Let your creative spirit out with our large Chiyogami sampler, a mini Katazome-shi sample pack, our ever popular scrapbag and some blank cards. Sample some of the best papers we have on offer – you will be a convert!

Click here to be taken to the contest entry page!!

 

 

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