1. Stationery Reboot: Turbo Charge Your Correspondence


    The idea of a world without hand-written letters is too tragic to contemplate.

    Don’t get me wrong – I feel a physical need to have my phone on me at all times so I can dash off a quick text or email. But there is nothing quite like the feeling you get when you see a hand-addressed envelope waiting for you in your mailbox, between the coupon booklets and fliers for car repair shops in your area.

    But, if you are going to take time to put pen to paper, you want the recipient to cherish that gift— not toss it in the garbage can! You want to make it to the refrigerator or mantle! So, why not upgrade your stationery set with some unique embellishments that will elevate your letter to keepsake status?

    The boring old letter stops here.

    Envelope liners

    What makes the iconic Louboutin pump so recognizable?  Their lipstick-red bottoms of course! Use that little secret splash of color as your inspiration for note-worthy notes and include a liner of fine paper inside your envelopes! You can dress up everyday envelopes with festive holiday paper for a sweet seasonal surprise. Or, choose fresh new patterns that really enhance the experience for your friend, family member or pen pal.


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  2. What You Need to Know About ban.do


    Ban.do is the fresh, funky, bold brand responsible for the gorgeous floral patterns, bright neon colors and punchy, inspirational quotes that add a much-needed dose of fun to your day.

    The fun-loving women that make up this L.A.-based company include the founder, Jen Gotch, who has big dreams and an even bigger personality!

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  3. The 2015 Paper Source Colorscope is HERE!

    PS-2015-ColorscopeAs Autumn arrives, it’s time again to ask yourself, “What’s my Colorscope?

    Identifying your Paper Source Colorscope sign is easy, especially with our newest Paper Source color, Antique Gold. Our hues are here to provide your creative side with more ways to express yourself through color. Go ahead, find your two favorite Paper Source colors, check out our Colorscope readings, and tell us what you discover!

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  4. Guest Post: DIY Business Cards

    Audrey is an Arizona girl turned Chicagoan, and loves DIY projects, coffee, calligraphy and dabbling in yoga. She works full time in digital marketing, but spends her spare time blogging over at Love Always, Audrey.


    I’m obsessed with Paper Source. The obsession started when I lived literally 5 minutes from the Scottsdale, AZ location, and grew even more when I moved to Chicago. Did you guys know they’re based here? And thank goodness for that, because I love knowing that I’m not more than 15 minutes from a store wherever I am in the city.

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  5. Back to School: Free Tech Wallpaper Downloads

    We’re making back to school even more fun with free downloads of our exclusive Paper Source designs! We picked three of our favorite designs from our calendars for you to use as backgrounds on your phone and desktop. Enjoy this free perk – our way of making your tech a little more beautiful!


    Watercolor Backgrounds (as seen in our Foil Watercolor Calendar)


    Desktop 2880 x 1800  |   Desktop 2560 x 1440   |   iPad Mini   |   iPad   |   iPhone 5   |   iPhone 6


    Color Pop Backgrounds (as seen in our Color Pop Foil Easel Calendar)


    Desktop 2880 x 1800  |   Desktop 2560 x 1440   |   iPad Mini   |   iPad   |   iPhone 5   |   iPhone 6


    Painted Brushstroke Backgrounds (as seen in our Brushstroke Hidden Spiral Foil Planner)


    Desktop 2880 x 1800  |   Desktop 2560 x 1440   |   iPad Mini   |   iPad   |   iPhone 5   |   iPhone 6

    Which one is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below!

  6. Guest Post: Gobs of Jobs

    Rebecca is a mom to two young kiddos and, in her spare time (ha!), likes to pretend she’s a back-up dancer, craft cocktails and run long distances. A relatively recent SAHM, she blogs family-friendly activities, DIYs and celebration fun at Not-So-SAHM



    I love, love the relaxed nature of summer. Sure, we have some scheduled activities, but we also spend lots of time puttering about the house, splashing at the pool, and running free outdoors. Around this time of August however, that running free starts to feel like running wild. And we all start to crave a little organization. We’re not quite ready for school to start up again, but I am more than ready for the kids to start picking up their wet bathing suits off the floor and realizing that soon we’ll have a schedule again. And I was so happy to find The Land of Nod’s “Gobs of Jobs” to help my summer-loving kids make that transition!

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  7. Back to School with Paper Source

    We are ready to go back to school with our updated, exclusive designs for notebooks, file folders, planners and calendars. Whether you are a student, teacher or parent, Paper Source is here to help you make the transition from pool bags to book bags!


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  8. Easy Weekend Entertaining: Brunch Ideas

    The time has come to acknowledge something we all know to be true – brunch blows every other meal out of the water. Not quite breakfast, not quite lunch, we love brunch because it is all about choice. In the mood for something sweet? Savory? Alcohol before noon? Brunch does not judge us! Here at Paper Source, we have everything you need to host a brunch right out of the comfort of your own home in three easy steps.


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  9. Our Designers’ Favorite Wedding Invitations

    It’s wedding season and we’re getting inspired by our original Wedding Invitations designs. Even if the wedding bells aren’t in your future, you can still swoon over these amazing invites. Paper Source offers over 90 exclusive 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. To get a better sense of their inspiration (as well as insight into our tastemakers’ design range), we asked four of our designers to pick a favorite that they’ve designed, and their picks are below.

    Maria Filar says,

    My favorite is the Vintage Floral suiteI love the vintage feel, but at the same time it’s crisp and modern. Vintage floral, engraved-style illustration is always going to be my favorite, and it will never feel dated or trendy. The inspiration behind this suite is old letterpress and engraved illustrations of botanicals.

    This look can be styled in a variety of ways – pair with all white and hits of black for a simple, clean and elegant look. Or pair it with Luxe Blush for a soft, romantic feel. Or it could be paired with more casual components like Paper Bag.

    Vintage Floral-Suite copy

    Erin Burke says,

    My favorite suite is the Bouquet suite. I think this invitation suite is one of the most energetic and graphic suites in our current line. The inspiration behind this suite was vintage floral illustrations from encyclopedias and garden manuals.

    It is unique enough to stand out, but general enough to complement any garden wedding – and the typography makes it modern and sophisticated. It also pairs well with bright, fun colors.

    Bouquet Main Wedding 2014 copy


    Karen Davis says,

    My favorite is the Foil Stamped Laurel Branches. First, I love the play of the clean, modern font used for the bride and groom’s name, paired with the ancient and elegant laurel wreath.

    Although this suite was inspired by some traditional elements, I love that they all suddenly feel updated with a small twist of a modern font and fresh color.

    I really enjoy the color pairing as shown – rose gold foil with white paper and a blush envelope. This suite would also be beautiful in white and gold, or cream and rose gold.

    Foil Laurel Branches Suite copy


    Vane Palacio says,

    I think the Foil Stamped Confetti Wedding Invitation  is elegant and classic, but modern at the same time, and could work for a variety of wedding styles. I like the gold foil confetti dots because they are subtle and give the invitation a special touch, and it comes in other foil color options!

    I also like how the names are big, it’s the first thing I notice when I see the invitation.

    I love the way the suite is shown, with the mint envelope and accents, but it could also be paired with any other color.

    Foil Confetti Suite copy


    Which of our original wedding invitation suites are your favorite? Tell us in the comments below, and check out our Pinterest board for more invitation inspiration.

  10. A Mermaid Party

    Mermaids are a huge summer trend and make a great party theme. We’re obsessed with this Mermaid Party created by Natalie Thomas over at Nat’s Next Adventure. Natalie was throwing a Sprinkle (a baby shower for a woman who already has a child), but many of these ideas (like the paper dolls) would translate well for a kid’s birthday party, too!

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