1. 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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  2. DIY Spooky-Sweet Treats for Halloween

    For some of us, Halloween is all about the candy, and with the holiday fast-approaching it’s time to stock up! Visit us online or in store today for 30% off Halloween supplies!

    For a fun and festive way to treat your Halloween party guests, why not offer adorable treat bags—stamped with your very own custom design?

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  3. Make like a tree and spruce up your holiday cards this season!

    Welcome in this holiday season (and welcome Spruce back into our colorscope!) with a deal on holiday cards that will let you cross everyone off your list! Buy two sets of holiday cards and get the third set 25% off!

    This year, why not inject a little (or a lot!) of magic into your messages with embellishments that send more than just Season’s Greetings – they really show how much you care.

    Read on for inspiration on how to make our holiday cards truly your own.

    Glitter embellishment

    Whether you consider yourself an accomplished artist or you just like to put your personal stamp on things, you can get as creative as you want with glitter! Our Paper Source exclusive designs are unique and beautiful, but don’t be afraid to embellish, adorn and bejewel to your heart’s content.

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  4. Go Cubs Go! Create your own game day pennants!


    Congratulations to the Chicago Cubs for their Game 3 win last night!

    Paper Source HQ is buzzing with excitement and we couldn’t help but put our own crafty spin on the W flag.


    Download the template to celebrate today!


    How will you celebrate Game 4? Share with us on social media and at #YestoPS!

  5. Frightfully Fool-Proof Halloween Party Tips


    Whether your guests are frightfully finicky eaters or ghostly gluttons, all you need is the recipe for the scariest soiree of the year! Check out some of the tricks and treats below that will scare your guests’ socks off!

    Killer Halloween Kits

    No one will say Boo! to these chillingly charming Monster Masks! Transform into a witch, mummy, Dracula or Frankenstein’s monster with a few scissor snips, some string and a little bit of glue. Set up a photo booth, decorate with ornaments and garlands, and host your own monster masquerade!


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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Create a D.I.Y. Photo Booth

    Photo booths are one of the most popular party trends – and for good reason, too! They’re interactive, fun and make for great keepsakes. We’ve come up with two great D.I.Y. options for popular summer events.


    To start, you’ll need roll wrap (we used solid wrapping paper, but patterns would be fun, too!) to use as the background. To create our sets, we pinned the paper to a cork board we had in the office, but you can also attach the paper to a ceiling or wall with heavy duty tape.

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