Posts Tagged ‘Mail’

The Art of Correspondence

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

My friend Wolfgang and I have been writing letters to each other for over a decade. We are both artists and over the years shared not only words but ideas and images. The letters themselves have turned into pieces of art. Larger sheets of Japanese paper such as Kozuke or Gampi Smooth give our letters an old world feel especially after they have been folded and put through the mail. Japanese decorative papers such as Edo Kosome Grey add more of a playful feel to what is being written.

Be creative. It will be appreciated.






Personalized Stationery & Gifts

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

It’s Letter Writing Month!


This should be my favourite time of the year, given my reputation for verbosity when it comes to personal correspondence* (and now, blog posts), and yet… I haven’t written a physical letter in months. This is probably due to my terrible penmanship and specific distrust of the postal service. What do you mean my parcel will be in Germany tomorrow night?! How are you getting the horses across the water?!  I blame my inability to understand the workings of mail systems on the fact that I am secretly 98 years old. Maybe also why my penmanship is so terrible…


You know that feeling you get when you pick up your mail and amidst the bills and useless flyers for floor waxing is something sweet and personal from a friend? I decided it’s time to put aside the anxious eccentricities and spread that feeling. My friends know that I love making playlists, so my idea was to create small packages of cd’s paired with letters– adding an extra dancey-oomph to mail.



I used our kraft cd cases and Waste Not paper stocks to start my packages. I wanted to express myself in my choice of stationery, so I decided on a minimal palette of colours I love, and embellishments to tie everything together: ivory, kraft, hot pink, and gold . My first colourway, used in the packages photographed was kraft, ivory and gold. The second, not pictured, swapped gold for hot pink. I also wanted the packages to reflect the recipients, using stamp motifs to represent their personalities. In addition I used the same colourway to compose letters for those not receiving cd’s (mum & dad).


Making your own stationery, like putting together a mix cd, is about knowing how to edit yourself, building the impact by allowing your elements to stand out.



Paper Place Materials Used: Waste Not Paper (paper, cardstock, envelopes), Waste Not sheeted labels, Knot & Bow twine, Gelly Roll gold pen, Color Box stamp pigments, Kraft CD cases, Glue Runner (your new best friend).

BONUS SUMMER PLAYLIST: 1. M83 – Midnight City   2. Santigold – Disparate Youth   3. Phantogram – Don’t Move   4. Tricky – Far Away   5. Us Baby Bear Bones – You   6. The Birthday Massacre – To Die For  7. Blouse – Firestarter   8. New Young Pony Club – Lost a Girl   9. The Dandy Warhols – Holding Me Up   10. Imperial Teen – Butch  11. Giant Drag – This Isn’t It   12. Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks   13. American Analog Set – Punk As…   14. Mice Parade – Focus On the Roller Coaster   15. Papercuts – Charades   16. Labyrinth Ear – Amber   17. M83 – Wait

*True fact: My emails include footnotes.

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Vintage Inspired Stationery

Friday, July 6th, 2012

This month is Letter Writing Month here at The Paper Place; and who doesn’t love getting a little something special sent to them in the mail? I recently made some vintage inspired stationery for some dear pen-pals of mine.

I think that the Gampi Silk Tissue is probably one of my favourite papers right now.  It kind of reminds me of old onion skin paper, which I love.  I backed it with a piece of cardstock, attaching the two with Airmail Divine Twine. I used small rubber stamps for the text; which remind me of a vintage typewriter.  On the back cardstock I used navy Par Avion stamps by Cavallini (available instore).  To finish I used washi tape to create an airmail pattern on a plain white envelope. For postage I used vintage Canadian stamps from SendMoreMail (both available instore).


I also cut a piece of Kingin Stationery in half then stitched it to some colourful cardstock to brighten it up a little bit.  I thought that such a lovely handmade paper deserved a handwritten letter. I love its small gold flecks and the handmade edge.




Penpal Stationery

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

I made some stationery sets this week to send to some of my international penpals.


I used a 4×6 inch wooden postcard and glued Katazome-shi and punched shapes in black text weight paper.


I used 5×7 inch luxe white precut cardstock with washi tape and an “abc” rubber stamp set with a bronze pigment ink pad.


I used 4×6 inch Etchu Hagaki with the “Flora and Fauna” rubber stamp set with a bronze pigment ink pad and an “abc” rubber stamp set with a black pigment ink pad.

Make some at home and send them, because who doesn’t like getting mail that isn’t bills or flyers.



Decorative Paper Envelopes and Liners

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

I believe that first impressions are most important.  The outside should be just as special as the inside, so why not try setting the mood with handmade decorative paper envelopes!

Envelopes can be made out of just about any kind of paper you like.  I chose papers that complemented the notes and cards I was mailing. Matching the paper inside to the envelope to create an unique set. I made them even better by adding corresponding liners to the inside of the envelopes.  What a nice surprise to receive in your mailbox!

Katazome-shi and Nepalese handmade paper combined for some nautical inspiration!

Soft and pretty Italian paper note to send to someone sweet!

Bright floral Chiyogami lined in Japanese metallic to hold a special Katazome-shi postcard!

Washi tape embellished escort cards enclosed in baby Kiri-ita paper envelopes, so cute!

I made all of these envelopes and liners with super easy to use template kits!  New in store at The Paper Place, these kits have standard mailing sizes 4bar, A2, A6, A7, 5.75 square as well as a little baby coin envelope.  Definitely a must have for any avid card crafter!