Polka dots pack what we call “pretty power” and we’re covered in them! Or at least we carry all kinds of things that are. Period (DOT)!
It seems like we’ve been waiting forever for the cold winter weather to end here in Toronto. We can now start to see the beginnings of a beautiful spring and summer. Looking around the city you can really be inspired by the lush colours starting to pop up everywhere.
We currently have some amazing Batik Mums Nepalese papers in our windows that really let the light shine through.
Looks like we’re finally being rewarded for the long, cold winter that we had to endure.
I collected a lot of boxes over the holidays and they were hiding under my bed for quite a while. Being the crafter that I am, I couldn’t just throw them out because that would be tossing a potential project. “I’ll use them eventually”, I said. But let’s face it…they were pretty ugly boxes.
I was obviously going to cover them in paper, but which ones. There are so many options and it took me several days to figure it out (my co-workers can attest to that). I eventually chose a few different papers in a grey and black colour scheme.
I chose a decorative Chiyogami to add a bit of colour, two solid colour Nepalese papers in Black and Pebble, one Momi in Slate, one text weight paper in Gravel and one Linen Lightweight in Pewter. It was a bit trial and error when it came to how to fold everything properly and when it came to using the right adhesive. But overall, I am very happy with the results.
My brand new boxes are now proudly on display and hiding all of my junk. Yay!!!
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!
One 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!
The 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.
We 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?
Spring 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!
Our 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!
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’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.
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.