1. Our paper dolls are ready for Halloween!

    Halloween paper dolls
    Halloween is my all time favorite holiday, and I thought our paper dolls should get into the Halloween spirit too! I decided that our paper dolls had classic style and would probably choose traditional Halloween costumes…if they could talk, that is. So I made a Halloween costume collection that included a witch, mummy, ghost, pumpkin and devil.

    Mummy paper doll
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  2. Cloudy day fun with owls

    Owl placecards
    It doesn’t rain very often in Los Angeles, so we don’t worry much about saving things for a rainy day. However, the skies do cloud over in Autumn. During such gloomy days, we’ve found that Paper Source kits are the perfect way to gather the family around the table – away from TV, Internet and video games.

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  3. Easy gift wrapping with cellophane bags!

    We welcome one of our newest crafting accessories: clear cellophane bags! Though the product itself is really basic (how exciting can clear bags be?), there are literally hundreds of ways you can fill and decorate these handy food-safe bags. Here a few easy gift wrapping ideas, perfect for the upcoming holiday season!

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  4. 5 steps to perfect rubber stamping

    Here it is, your step by step guide to perfect rubber stamping and heat embossing, just in time for holiday card making*. You see us using these techniques all the time, and there’s a reason for that – they’re super easy and add a professional decorative look to all types of projects. Give it a try and have fun experimenting!

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  5. How-to: halloween wreath card

    Halloween wreath cardIn my world, wreaths aren’t just for Christmas. By using a black and orange color palette, presto-change-o… a spooktacular Halloween card is born! When I find a technique or idea that I love, I use it for all types of occasions throughout the year by making simple changes to the design. This card is super easy to make using our shape hole punches – perfect leaf shapes every time!

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  6. Paper Source Special Event: The Grateful Table

    Grateful Table recipe cards

    Grateful Table favor box

    While planning our Girls Night Out: The Grateful Table we listened closely to the many customer requests we have received this year. Your wish list for a pre-holiday social crafting night included:

    • A fun evening of inspiring ideas and some “not too serious” crafting
    • Table accents appropriate for Thanksgiving, as well as for the holidays
    • Secrets for packaging “fast and easy” hostess gifts
    • An event early enough in the season to allow time to make all of the great ideas, at home
    • Ideas for building new family traditions at the Thanksgiving table…my favorite request of all

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  7. How-to: new home greeting card

    New home greeting card

    My brother and sister-in-law recently bought their first house, so I wanted to send an extra special handmade card to their new address. To honor this significant life step I went with the theme, “Moving on up!”. With a few easy cuts I was able to create a fun pop-up, and heat embossing provided realistic texture for my design. I can’t wait for them to receive it in the mail!

    –Rachel, Paper Source Alexandria Store
    PS colors: curry & gravel
    Latest fave: VersaMarker Pen

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  8. Paper Source Workshop: Carve Your Own Rubber Stamps

    Make Your Own Rubber Stamps
    If you’ve ever had trouble finding just the right rubber stamp or if you’ve wanted to create a custom rubber stamp for a wedding or special event, consider making your own rubber stamps! This month we’re running a Carve Your Own Stamps workshop at all of our stores. We’ll take you through the start to finish process from creating an original drawing to carving your rubber stamp design. You’ll leave the workshop with a kit and the know-how to make plenty more custom rubber stamps at home. Design a few custom rubber stamps for your holiday cards and gift wrapping this year, and create one-of-a-kind holiday gifts for friends and family!

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  9. European-inspired colors: Part 1

    Italian market artichokes

    Italian market squash

    Italian market tomatoes

    I’ve already professed my love for the farmer’s markets here in Chicago, but if I had my way I would spend my time traveling through the markets across Europe. There’s something about the way they present the food and the idea that locals go there everyday to buy fresh ingredients for that night’s meal. Set up in open plazas or packed into narrow cobblestone alleys, they are always charming and always inspiring.

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