Posts Tagged ‘Paper’

More Paper Projects!!

Friday, April 11th, 2014

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.

Uncovered Boxes

Uncovered 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.

The Final Papers

The Final Papers

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.

Awesome Boxes!!!

Awesome Boxes!!!

My brand new boxes are now proudly on display and hiding all of my junk. Yay!!!

—LEAH—

 

 

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And It Was Called Yellow

Friday, March 21st, 2014

On a recent trip to somewhere warm I was inspired by the abundance and unabashed use of colour everywhere.

Toronto had a storm that week by the way. HA!

Anyway, this yellow painted staircase brought to mind some of the delightful yellow Nepalese papers that we sell at the store.

yellow stairs

Pictured below are Kongpo yellow with red, Deco yellow and Beans yellow with white. These lotka papers are hand made in Nepal and adapt to almost any project . Here comes the Sun! I hope!

yellow paper

Nick

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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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Crafting with Dresden Trims

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Of course I had to wait until after the holidays to post photos of cards and crafts I made as gifts for Christmas this year. I’ve been really inspired by the Dresden Trims we carry in the store. Made in Germany from antique paper moulds, some of which are over 100 years old. We carry a variety of different shapes and colours of these fun paper shapes, most of them covered in gold foil. I was especially taken with the arrow and antler shapes we carry, and worked them into my holiday crafting.

I used the arrow shapes as inspiration for my cards this year. I thought I would play on the idea of seasonal fruits, I chose a pear, a clementine and an apple, and made it look as if a gold arrow had been shot through them! I used Nepalese papers and origami papers to make the fruits. I also made use of the Make Your Own Card packs we sell in the store in a variety of  sizes.

pear

 

The results were quite luxurious and rich. Paper cutting crafts can be time consuming, but using good quality tools can help. I made sure I used a self healing mat and a fresh Exacto blade when cutting papers, and I use Coccoina glue sticks for all my pasting. I used the left over Nepalese paper to make an envelope liner for the cards. A simple effective way to customize your cards even more!

cards

I also made a smaller simpler small gift item using the antler Dresden Trims and some of the wooden shapes we sell in the store. A wooden badge shape and the antlers, with a bit of help from a fine Le Pen, helped me make these cute, very canadian looking fridge magnets!

antlers

 

These were so simple and easy to made. A dab of white glue and a stick on magnet roll is all you really need. I made a whole bunch of these and packaged them up with little tags for a cute little holiday craft that can stay on your fridge all year long!

tag

 

The store is full of little treasures that may inspire you to craft something this year. Being artistic doesn’t need to be complicated, sometimes you just need to find the right materials to work with!

Happy crafting in the New Year!

 

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It’s time for…

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

 

holiday wrapping

Hopefully this post isn’t discouraging to those shoppers who have not quite crossed the final item off their list this season, but with the 25th drawing near it’s time to focus on not what is inside the box but out!

The perfect gift needs the perfect wrapping to complete the experience. The outside of your present is a chance to get creative and The Paper Place has all sorts of neat little extras to make your gift stand out under the tree.

The first step of a fantastic gift is the wrap itself! Have a look at our beautiful and colourful sheets and rolls!

wraps

Every perfectly wrapped present needs a pretty ribbon or bow! We have rolls upon rolls of ribbon by the metre as well as adorable divine twine that is appropriate for any gift.

christmas twine

Keep track of who is getting what with some cute printed kraft tags or enclosure cards!

kraft tags

If anyone is looking for some wrap inspiration take a look at these presents done up in holiday coloured Chiyogami and funky nepalese papers, topped with our sparkly and satin ribbons.

nepalese present

chiyo present

tags and ribbon

 

Personalizing your own christmas tags is a fun holiday craft. We have lots of tags in various colours in packs of 25 just waiting to be decorated! The tags shown here were stamped with red and gold pigment, and tied with some fun cord.

I hope this post has gotten everyone excited to start their wrapping! If you’re feeling inspired come on in to The Paper Place to explore all of our festive goodies, you’re presents will be too pretty to open!

-Abby

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