1. Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas


    Valentine’s Day is fast approaching this weekend. Whether you’ve been planning for weeks or you’re still scrambling for a perfect night with your sweetie, check out our top picks for last minute gifts, fun date ideas, and favorite love songs.

    Gifts

    1. Need a quick gift that still has a personal touch? Customize this journal with all of your favorite things about your special someone.
    2. what I love About You Journal

    3. Show your love with this cozy accent pillow with a heartfelt message.
    4. I love you more pillow

    5. Give a stylish gift that can be taken everywhere with our Valentine’s Day tumbler cup.
    6. love potion tumbler

    7. Need something sleek and sophisticated? Look no farther than our whiskey wedge. This gift is designed to chill your favorite spirits without watering them down.
    8. whiskey wedge

    9. A polished twist on a classic gift, this journal is a great last minute gift that is both effortless and thoughtful.
    10. journal with marbled cover

    11. Is your partner always on the move? Help them stay organized in style with this travel wallet.
    12. travel wallet

    Dates

    1. Take a class: check out this website to find classes in your city! Filter by activity, price, or distance! Dabble finds activities in your area and shows you where to purchase tickets.
    2. Host a paint & sip: Perfect no matter who your Valentine is. Get together with couples, friends, family, or your significant other for a crafty night in! With some basic art materials and a few bottles of wine, this last minute get together is guaranteed fun.
    3. Relax: A perfect way to unwind before your night out, look up local spas in your area and book some quality downtime with your Valentine.
    4. Gift Mission: Make a date out of finding gifts for each other! Spend the day maneuvering book shops, record stores, and boutiques together. Split up at each location and look for gifts your sweetheart will love. At the end of the day, exchange gifts.
    5. Re-create your first V-Day together: Celebrate another milestone together by taking a walk down memory lane. Re-create your first Valentine’s Day together by revisiting restaurant’s, photos, movies, or soundtracks.
    6. Songs

      1. Come Away with Me by Norah Jones
      2. You and I by Ingrid Michaelson
      3. Make you feel my love (cover) by Adele
      4. Come talk to me by Bon Iver
      5. Stay with You by John Legend
      6. Lover Lay Down by Dave Matthews Band
      7. I just called to say I Love You by Stevie Wonder
      8. To Know Him is to Love Him (cover) by Amy Winehouse
      9. How Deep is your Love by the BeeGees
      10. Laundry Room by The Avett Brothers
  2. Celebrate the Magic of the Embossing Heat Tool


    Take your rubber stamp crafts to the next level with heat embossing – an amazing technique that adds dimension, texture and a professional finish. Our perfectly designed heat embossing tool melts color or clear embossing powder to enhance the look of your rubber stamped designs. Watch our video to see how quick and easy it is to add a brilliant finish to stamp projects.


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  3. Valentine Date Night In with Guest Blogger Nicole L. from Probably Polka Dots


    Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, I am planning the ultimate date night in. And yes, you read that right…I’m planning Valentine’s Day this year.

    Ladies, we have to admit that we set our Valentine’s Day expectations a little high.

    Sometimes, they’re met or even surpassed. Other times, we’re left wondering where the disconnect was. Either way, there’s a lot of pressure on our partners to create a great date, and this year, I am taking the pressure off of my husband and preparing a date just for him:

    A Valentine’s Day Date Night In

    When I thought about what the perfect date night in would look like for my husband, I thought about a few of his favorite things, and tops of the list is a good beer. Admittedly, I am not a huge beer drinker, but for this sweet holiday, I can make an exception.

    I also knew that a great date night in couldn’t stop with beer…we had to eat, too! And that’s when it came to me: we love charcuterie platters when we go out to dinner, and while typically paired with wine, who says you can’t pair beer with cheese? Finally, we would need a little entertainment, and for that, we’ll be relying on good old Netflix (complete with candy, of course). After all, the couple that presses play together, stays together.

    an apple TV remote and some candy
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  4. How to Throw a Galentine’s Day Brunch with Guest Blogger Love Always, Audrey


    Call me a cheeseball, but I think Valentine’s Day is just the best. While I’ll celebrate love any day of the year, I think taking one day (or one month in my case) to spoil your loved ones is so, so great. Plus, my favorite color is pink, sooo…

    Who all watches Parks & Rec here? Thanks to this hilarious show, a semi-new phenomenon called Galentine’s Day has been making its rounds through women’s apartments everywhere. This holiday typically includes mimosas, some kind of sweet treat (or 7), lots of laughs, and a tooooon of pics. The best part? You don’t have to be single to partake. That’s right! As Leslie Knope said,

    “Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home and we just come and kick it breakfast style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.”

    Well, who would I be if I didn’t throw a Galentine’s Day soiree of my own? I sure did throw a party, and I’m going to show you how I did it using the vast amount of Valentine’s Day supplies Paper Source has to offer. Read on, lady loves!

    Step One: Invite your gal pals over, and have everyone bring something. Potlucks are fun! I personally made a frittata and Funfetti cupcakes. Am I the only person who prefers out-of-the-box Funfetti cupcakes to gourmet ones?

    heart shaped confetti
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  5. Winter Game Night In with Guest Blogger Rebecca G. from Not-So-SAHM

    father and daughter sitting at a decorated table

    Happy Groundhog Day, everyone! No matter if he saw his shadow or not, we still have some wintertime to get through.

    Given that we spend so much time indoors during the winter, I’m always on the lookout for simple ways to make family time fun. We’ve been playing a lot of games together lately, so I thought I’d shake things up a bit and try something different other than traditional board games. Paper Source has a great selection of “outside the box” family games. And when you add in a few little festive details, the kids are extra surprised and excited to try something new!

    snacks and drinks on a festive table
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  6. Gift Ideas For Those Who Deserve Something Sweet


    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and Paper Source is here to help you spread the love. Find gifts for all the loved ones in your life with these three collections designed to take away the pressure of searching for the perfect gift. Choose your gift set and select which items your Valentine will love! Can’t get enough? Check out all of our gift ideas here!



    Classroom Crushes
    Stress less with our classroom collection of valentines. Complete the kit with candy and cards, and these lovable llamas are sure to steal the hearts of everyone in homeroom. Easy to make and fun for all, this kit is your one-stop shop for classroom valentines.

    Scratch and Sniff Assorted Valentine Stickers | Flip Flop Bracelets | Sweethearts Candy | Llama Love Valentines Kit | I Think You’re Sharp Pencils | | Buy them all with one click here
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  7. DIY Valentines — Sweet Without the Sugar! with Guest Blogger Rebecca G. from Not-So-SAHM


    a child writing in a valentine's day card

    I have to admit that I fall firmly into the camp of loving Valentine’s Day. And I love that my kids are on that bandwagon too. They love to think of kind (and often elaborate) gestures to show people dear to them how they feel. And that includes each other. Seriously.

    Now, don’t get me wrong. They spend plenty of time bickering over the most trivial things possible, but when pressed, they’d both answer that they are each other’s best friend. But because so much of the holiday is fueled by candy, I like to help them put together a sweet valentine for each other that sends the love without the sugar.
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  8. A Crafternoon with Paper Source


    Last Thursday, Paper Source headquarters hosted a charming group of fifth grade Girl Scouts for an afternoon of crafting Valentine’s Day kits!

    rubber stamps, colored ink, and other crafting supplies

    After receiving instruction from our crafting expert on how to use some of our most popular crafting tools, the girls assembled and decorated our pre-cut kits to make some Valentines for their pal-entines.

    many young girls around a table crafting

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  9. More New Year’s Resolutions (and how to keep them!) – From our Buyers

    Still wondering how to keep your resolutions this year?

    Our buyers wanted to share their resolutions and how our fabulous products will help them stay on track. Check out their plans below, and get inspired by how they plans to stick to them!

    Kyle W.’s major new year’s resolution is to streamline her office and desk organization using our sassy and stylish pocket folders by ban.do and kate spade! It’s easy to get motivated for meetings with colorful folders and an oversized blotter to keep your schedule on track.


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  10. Spotlight Series with Wedding Stationery Designer Maria Filar


    We know that some of our fans are ready to start planning for their wedding day, and what better way to start than by getting inspired by our gorgeous collection of new Wedding Invitation Suites?

    We asked our designers to pick their favorite and share with you.

    Even if you can’t hear wedding bells just yet, you can still swoon over these amazing invites. Paper Source offers exclusive, customizable wedding suites, all designed in-house by our team in Chicago. Our designers create a variety of invitations for every taste (from classic to contemporary), all while incorporating their own unique style.

    Designer Maria Filar:

    1.) Q: Which invitation suite is your favorite this year?

    A: My favorite is a tie between the Watercolor Garden suite and the Paintbrush Foil design.

    Watercolor GardenPaintbrush Foil
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