1. How to Upcycle Your 2015 Calendars & Planners


    As I turn the final page on my planner and flip the final month on my calendar, I am always excited, not just at the prospect of it being a new year, but also for the opportunity to buy a cute new calendar and planner. While Paper Source has me covered when it comes to beautiful products to replace my 2015 items, there is still that twinge of guilt when it comes to tossing out the old to make room for the new – there’s a reason I chose those artfully chic calendars and planners the year prior, and it pains me to see them get discarded. I can’t be the only one, though, right?

    Don’t cast aside those 2015 calendars and planners just yet, though! It’s about time to upcycle old datebooks, and I’m here to give you a few ways as to how to keep those designs alive for a bit longer (if not forever)!

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  2. Seasonal Silhouettes to Adorn Your Home

    If you have a Silhouette Cameo Machine, you can decorate your home with these fun silhouettes by adorning your front door or displaying the whole collection on an accent wall!

    Everyone knows the Man in Red, his trusty reindeer, Mrs. Claus and their loyal elves. Invite the whole festive family into your home with a fun project that can get the whole family creating.

    frosty the snowman silhouette

    Simply follow these directions to outfit your home for the holidays:
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  3. DIY Holiday Decor with Paper Source Kits with Guest Blogger Rachel Regal of Just Peachy Blog

    I love crafting. I grew up doing it just about every weekend and we even have a stocked craft room in my parent’s home.

    Christmas garland kit

    I also really love Christmas decor more than any other holiday – not surprisingly. So when I discovered the Paper Source holiday kits, I just knew I had to indulge. If you’re crafty enough to host a cookie decorating party, you should probably create your own decor. Like I did here!

    Christmas decorations from Paper Source

    Every single piece of this festive garland is included in the kit. So no, you don’t need anything extra like scissors or glitter glue or string to put it together. The only thing you would need is some way to hang the garland, like thumbtacks or tape.

    Merry Christmas garland pieces

    Every piece is pre-cut and glitter-fied so all you need to do is thread them along the string. You can even shake things up if you’re a true rule breaker and choose where to place the Santa, reindeer and trees.

    assembled Paper Source holiday garland

    The garland looked so cute in my parent’s kitchen dining room and so perfect as a backdrop for my cookie decorating party. I think I’ll keep it up in my apartment for the rest of the seasons to come. I also have a Christmas wreath kit just waiting to be put together and I can’t wait to hang it on my door. Maybe next year I’ll have a real one, because this one is just too cute. 😉

    assembled garland hanging in the window

    Paper Source offers all different types of cute kits for all kinds of occasions from holiday to birthday to baby shower! You can find them in all Paper Source stores or online.

    For more holiday decorating tips, gift guides and general fabulosity, visit Rachel at www.justpeachyblog.org, and don’t forget to share your pics with us at #YestoPS!

  4. 4 Festive Ways to Set Your Holiday Table

    This special season means arms full of presents, hearts full of cheer and homes full of family! Look forward to a festive feast with friends and family, whether you have a fully-packed kids table or an elegant and refined theme.

    Don’t get overwhelmed with shopping for presents and decking your halls. Paper Source is here to help you celebrate the season in style! Get inspired by some of our favorite table settings below (courtesy of our Creative Intern – Caroline!)

    Gold Glam

    Gold themed holiday place setting

    Your guests will certainly take a shine to your holiday table when you add elegant gold accents. When giving gifts, it’s the thought that counts, and we think there are no better thoughts than “Peace, Joy, Love.” These cellophane bags are perfect for wrapping ornaments or sweet treats for your guests. Before you wrap up your party, share a toast or two with family and friends. Getting into the holiday spirit is even easier when your holiday spirits are in a gold confetti tumbler!

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  5. Fringed Holiday Tree Tutorial

    …courtesy of our stellar Creative Intern, Caroline!

    Cute, customizable Christmas fun- what a tree-t! I made several of these fringy fellows and used them to decorate for a holiday tea party I held this past weekend.

    You’ll need:



    Use a plate to trace a perfect circle

    Cut a circle out of card stock. The bigger it is, the taller your tree will be. To cut a perfect circle, set a plate on your card stock and trace the outline in pencil.
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  6. Cookie Decorating Party with Guest Blogger Rachel Regal of Just Peachy Blog

    We all love a good cookie, right? I know I can’t resist, especially sugar cookies around Christmas time.

    Usually my aunt Sherry is the sugar cookie queen, but since she lives in Michigan and I so far away from there, I had to take the reigns this year and find my own little recipe. And I think it’s close to being perfected already!

    Holiday coolies look almost as great as they taste.

    I had to test it out for this beautiful cookie decorating party that I decorated with these Paper Source goodies! Keep reading for all the decorating steps and festive decor.
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  7. Paper Source Gift Boxes take the stress out of holiday shopping

    Are you struggling with a gift list that’s filled with your favorite people, but missing those special items that will make their day? We get it. Gift shopping can be overwhelming, but Paper Source is here to help! We have Gift Box ideas to inspire you and get you ready for a season of giving in style. Take a look at some of the fun, fancy and fresh gift ideas for her, him, and even kids!

    For the glamorous gal:

    A collection of fashionable gifts for someone stylish from Paper Source.

    This girl not only follows the trends, she sets them! Set her up in style this season with all the essentials for keeping her on-the-go in her fabulous heels.

    Create this box using these great gifts:

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  8. Tips for setting a crafty kids’ Christmas table – Free download included!

    Who says grown ups get to have all the fun? This year, the kids’ table is the place to be!

    Aunts and uncles will be trading their seats for a spot at this fun-filled table this holiday. With a Letter to Santa download, festive photo props and unlimited possibilities of what to create, you’re sure to craft a Christmas to remember!

    The keys to a creative Christmas kids’ table are color, crafts and easy clean-up. Set the scene for a stress-free dinner party by offering projects at your Christmas table that will help kids stay seated and occupied before, during and after the meal.

    holiday themed tablescape with gifts and activities for kids
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  9. Buyer’s Favorites: Holiday Gift Ideas from Sadie

    As your holiday wish list begins to take shape, you might be wondering how to narrow down our assortment of perfect presents and giftable sentiments.

    Paper Source buyers to the rescue! We asked our fabulous team for their favorite items this season and they were able to choose a few for you! Take a look and get inspired.

    Sadie’s Picks

    Sadie has been with Paper Source for over two years and is buyer for the following departments: Single Cards, Stationery, Personalized, Calendars and Planners. Her favorite fonts are Bombshell and Bonjour and her favorite paper is Paper Source Luxe Blush.

    2016 Wall Art Calendar

    wall calendars with featuring artwork

    “Every year, the Paper Source design team creates exclusive art for this calendar in our home office in Chicago, IL. Watching this calendar come to life is one of my favorite times of year. It repurposes into 12 office and wrap items!”
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  10. 6 Stylish Ways to Set Your Thanksgiving Table

    The season of giving thanks is here, meaning you can look forward to a festive feast with friends and family. Whether you have a fully-packed kids table or an elegant and refined theme, Paper Source is here to get you ready to give thanks in style. Get inspired by some of our favorite table sets below!

    (Plates and silverware courtesy of Sur La Table)

    Table setting with chalk outline

    Chalk it up to a good time at the kid’s table with adorable and customizable Pilgrim Place Cards and Chalkboard Table Runner! For a fun way to keep everyone occupied while waiting for seconds, let them draw on the table (runner, of course) and design their own place setting! Repurpose fine paper to build napkin rings to complete the set.
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