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Lots of Gift Ideas and Extended Hours? What more could you ask for…..

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

We are well known for our paper selection but around the holidays we really bulk up on our gift offerings as well. Here are a few shots from around the store to give you a sense of what we have.

Our very popular Makedo kits that allow you to turn a regular cardboard box into an amazing playhouse or a robot.  Also shown is a fantastic paint by number set.

DIY Kits from Fidoodle, Set of 24 Natural Beewax Crayons and the yummy nostalgic Mr. Sketch markers.

Sunography Kit and The World’s Smallest Post Service!

Why should work be boring?  Our wall of fun Japanese office supplies will perk up your day and make great stocking stuffers!

Pins by two amazing local artists!

Wall of goodness…….

Fun felted Gnome Ornament who, of course, needs a bunny companion….

A wide variety of journals….. we also carry (not shown) many leather bound journals as well.

May the force be with you (is force supposed to be capitalized?)!

Star Wars Moleskines, Large Ruled & Plain Interior, Small Ruled & Plain Interior

Some divine Red Riding Hood and friends desktop accesssories, Rob Ryan Giftware Goodness

Charming Handmade Ornaments by Sumiko Saito

The ever popular Buddha Boards, in the traditional format and laptop!


Handmade Fuzzy Felted Cat Ornaments!

Gorgeous Canal Paper Pads from our friends at St. Armand

Once you have purchased all your amazing gifts we, of course, have everything you need to package them up!

Whimsical Holiday Wrap!

Sparkling Ribbons and Ornament Blanks!

Packaging and Labels for Sweet Treats!

Washi Tape & Divine Twine for Wrapping and Labeling!


Lindsay Zier-Vogel – Bookmaking 2011!

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Looking back on 2009, I realized early in 2010 that my book making had petered out. I’d get ideas, but the execution of even a small run seemed daunting. But I missed it. To me, there’s nothing like that moment when a bunch of paper stuck together becomes a book. I’ve taught bookbinding in the school system for years, and that ‘aha’ moment is my very favourite moment of every single workshop. I never get sick of it.Lindsay Zier-Vogel Bookmaking

So in January of 2010, I decided that I would make one book a month, just one. Of course, I ended up making small runs every now and then, but the goal was just one, and it was totally manageable. In fact, it was exciting – I’d spend the month thinking, gathering, collecting and sketching out ideas. It was a far more thoughtful process than my previous manic-crazy-run-out-of-paper-mid-way-through-book-making adventures.

Truth be told, many books got made at midnight on the 31st of the month, but I still did it, a book every single month. And I pushed myself to experiment with different ideas I’d often been meaning to play with – paper cutting, letterpressing and pop-ups (still need to play around more with this one!).

Looking at them all now, it’s clear that I am smitten with Nepalese paper for its forgiving nature and almost fabric-like texture. I also love St. Armand paper. It cuts like a dream, and holds letterpressed ink like nobody’s business.

I’m going to continue the book-a-month project in 2011. I was thinking I should push myself and try new papers…and I will, but I’m going to focus on collaborations this year. Songwriter-photographer-fibre-and-art friends, beware!

Happy making. 2011’s going to be a good one, I can feel it!

ps: here’s a run down of my 2010 books


Lindsay Zier-Vogel tells us of inspiration in papercuts

Monday, September 27th, 2010

When I left the Art Farm in Nebraska, I left a whole bunch of off cuts and paper bits with my fabulous housemate, Adele Phillips, architect and magic-maker extraordinaire…case and point: this amazing paper cut postcard she created out of those scraps of paper.

I must admit, I am impatient as all get out and not very precise when it comes to x-acto knives, but she’s inspired me to get paper cutting.  She promises the St. Armand cotton rag papers “cut like butter.”

And finding art like this toilet paper roll forest, created by artist Yuken Teruya, only further inspires…


Writing, Bookbinding, and Letterpress in Nebraska

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Reflections from Lindsay Zier-Vogel on her residency in Nebraska.

I spent the last month at a writing (and letterpress!) residency at Art Farm in Nebraska – it was brilliantly inspiring.  I created a writing studio in the back of what will one day be a fully functional print shop.  The space houses towers of salvaged paper, 240 fonts and a bunch of printing presses.  This is where I set to work learning how to use the letterpress.

lzv letterpressing, photo by jJenny Lederer

I printed two books while I was down there – each page was hand-set and hand-cranked, and of course, hand-bound.

Using the press required me to slow down my process.  No more crank it out in an evening books.  Instead, I’d spend days setting the type, prepping the paper, and getting the ink exactly right.


18-point font seems huge in the land of computers, but I tell you, those commas were the teeniest little things. As soon as I got to the press and rolled the heavy handle, though, I’d forget about all the curse words and foot stomping and fumbling fingers of typesetting and be delighted and amazed at each printed page.


I printed my first book, love. on salvaged paper, with maps of Nebraska for the end papers and cover detail, with my favourite Nepalese paper from The Paper Place for the cover. The paper’s fabric-y enough to hold sewing machine stitches easily.


For A Miracle Somehow, I used a variety of papers including found gridded paper, and the most glorious ivory cotton St. Armand papers that I brought down with me (also from The Paper Place.) The text was so clear and rich and printed so beautifully, it’s all I ever want to print on from here on in.


I’m now home and can’t wait to start playing around with more Letterpress in Toronto.


Lindsay Zier-Vogel – On The Road With Letterpress!

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Another blog contribution from Lindsay Zier-Vogel…on the road!

I’m in rural Nebraska doing a writing residency and in additions to corn and soybean fields that go on longer than my eyes can make sense of, hot, hot winds and an even hotter sun, barns filled with art and artists and more lightening bugs than I’ve ever seen in my life, there are nine printing presses and the 240 fonts all in little perfect drawers.

Drawer of Type

Drawer of Type

Not only am I falling in love with the metal type and the thick gooey ink, letterpress terminology is amazing: you fill a ‘composing stick’ with each letter, ‘the quoin key’ locks the type in place (called, ‘locking up the chase’) and the ‘furniture’ fills in the space around the text.

Press all locked up!

Press all locked up!

After a few days of cleaning up the 100-year-old press, I inked it up and printed my first sheet – only to discover I had forgotten the “n” in “sounds.” Oops. With the “n” firmly in place, I started playing with papers of different weights.



It certainly is a labour intensive process and totally changes how I feel about words. It’s so easy to toss words around these days – it just takes a finger against a key, but back in the day, each letter had to be chosen, then placed, stringing words together so painstakingly.

I dream in letterpress now and have a notebook full of book ideas and a huge stash of delightful St. Armand’s I brought down in my suitcase…more to come…

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