Posts Tagged ‘writing’

On the seventh day of December The Paper Place gave to me….. A notebook & Jonsey pen prize pack!!

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Notebook Prize Pack!

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Gifts for the Wordy

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

November is Novel-Writing Month! It’s also near the time of year when gift-giving is on the mind. I thought I’d combine the two and show you some ideal presents for your imaginative, writerly friends and family. As evidenced by the above, I go through a lot of journals and notebooks, many of which I bought at The Paper Place before I even started working here. We have such a large assortment, so many that I can only represent a small fraction of them, but here are some of my favourites.

The Cavellini Leather-Bound Journals

These come in two styles, the first is smaller, and the cover thicker. In this style the pages are lined. They come in black, red, and dark brown. I have one in black, pictured above. Important to note: they close with a thin leather strap. I left it undone one day on my desk and my cat got to it. So, no more strap. Lesson learned: cats like string-like things and destroying all I hold dear. Also, please note the above was written while in a moving vehicle. Though my penmanship is often atrocious even in stationary situations.

The second style is larger, feels softer, and has more pages. This journal comes in black, red, tan and dark brown. The pages themselves are unlined, so it’s a great journal for those who like to write and draw. The edges are also marbled. It’s a very pretty book that ages beautifully.

Modern Composition Notebooks

Appealing in their simplicity, these slender notebooks are great for throwing in your bag, for school or for fun.

The Old School Composition Notebooks

I can’t decide which one I want… (Mustard… ivory or black… or all of them.) Slim and lined these books are great for school, and work perfectly as drafting books for short stories. The paper also feel ultra-smooth, so pens move easily across the page.


Popular and trendy, but for good reason. These minimalistic, sturdy notebooks are versatile, coming in a range of styles and specialties. I’ve used the lined for writing, the blank for drawing, the grid for everything, and the storyboard for photo composition plans and sketches. The Paper Place carries an excellent selection of styles and formats.


We also have a collection of notebooks with cute and/or absurd illustrated covers. I love this one because it looks like my cats! And I’m a crazy person.

(Bunny does not see the resemblance.)

Note: we also have black Micron pens back in stock, they come in fine and super-fine. They write beautifully and don’t bleed. I love them, they are the best.


Letter Writing Summer Social Success!

Friday, July 27th, 2012

As many of you know, this July has been Letter Writing Month here at the Paper Place. This past Wednesday evening, we held our Letter Writing Summer Social at the store – an evening of letter writing, socializing and treats!

This was our first time having an event like this one and we had both unanticipated attendance and SUCH a good time! Guests had access to our craft stash, vintage typewriter and were invited to participate in The Love Lettering Project and sift through vintage stamps to mail their creations at the Pop-Up Postal Outlet! Thank you so much to everyone who came out and participated, wrote some letters, snacked on macarons, chatted and made beautiful things! We also extend a very special thanks to Lindsay of the Love Lettering Project, Jaime of Send More Mail and Kate of Toronto’s First Post Office for joining us for this fantastic evening!


Letter Writing Night

Letter Writing Night

Stamps from Toronto's First Post Office Museum

Letter Writing Night

Jaime of Send More Mail and our vintage typewriter!

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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.