WARNING: Everyone who lives from Texas to Ohio might want to stop reading now.

While the Blizzard of 2011 stranded most of the country indoors I was stuck in sunny L.A., after attending the Craft and Hobby show. Of course, I would have rather been home with my family. But, if I had to be stuck somewhere, then this wasn’t a bad option for a girl from Chicago.

I visited our Southern California Paper Source stores during my extended stay. It was fun to see the Valentine products in the stores.

cards for love

The boxed set of Love Knows No Boundaries” cards grabbed me in a way I would have never experienced had I been around my loved ones! I felt like I wanted to send one home, but I think my Midwestern family would’ve wanted to punch me with that idyllic Cali scene on the front!

valentine cards

I couldn’t decide which Valentine card to buy while at the stores. We have a lot of different styles. I ended up buying one that wasn’t specifically for Valentine’s but rather just a plain “love” card from a company called Nourishing Notes. It has 2 Dover Soles letterpressed on the front and a recipe on the back. The front of the card reads, “sole mates.” It’s really cute. I hope my husband will like it, but when I get back and relieve him of blizzard babysitting duty, I think it might take the card PLUS a case of beer to make him truly happy!

–Gretchen, PS Buying Team
PS colors: fuchsia & moss
Latest fave: 2011 Paper Source Academic Grid Wall Calendar


4 Responses

  1. Anne says:

    Sounds like a lovely trip… but… erm… while Berkeley is a lovely part of *Northern* California… it’s not Southern Cali (according to your link). You should have taken a trip down here to the Costa Mesa store– great people and a wonderful shop! 😀

  2. Highland Park Paper Source says:

    Glad to have you back home and can’t wait to see what new things you & Linda discovered at the Craft & Hobby Show!

    We’re loving the new Ranger embossing powders at the Highland Park store — did you know that Rich Red used on Peacock turns FIG???? The translucent nature of the powder produces different effects on different papers — way kool!

  3. Paper Source says:

    @Anne Berkeley just happens to be the first location listed under our California store list. But, you’re right, it is equally lovely.

  4. Angie says:

    I too am from Central Illinois and was blessed to spend the week in San Jose. I also visited a Paper Source store in Santana Row, and bought my Valentine’s card. I also grabbed a 1/2 calendar and some notecards from the clearance section.

    But I have to tell you, walking into that store provoked two feelings: sensory overload and depression from not having time to make all the amazing things that your stores inspire.

    I will definitely be taking a road trip in the next month to one of your Chicago locations.