1. Everything You Need For Your Holiday Cards

    Whether creating handmade Christmas cards are your yearly tradition or you are looking for a way to make your holiday photo card stand out, Paper Source can help you find a card that captures the magic of the season.

    Below is what you need from start to finish to “dress” your envelope and cards with thoughtful and heart-warming touches that are sure to spread holiday cheer!

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  2. How to Make the Perfect Bow

    Nothing makes a sweeter statement atop a gift than a perfectly tied bow. And with endless pattern and color combinations, it’s the perfect skill to master for any season. Follow our guide for all of the pro-bow tying tips you’ll ever need.

     

     

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  3. Meet the Maker Series: Designing S’well Water Bottles

    We are so thrilled to follow up with our Meet the Maker brand, S’well.  In this exclusive interview with Founder and CEO Sarah Kauss and Creative Director, Rachel Ivey we learned about how they have made hydration a business with sustainable style.  See our interview with each below!

     

     

    What does the development process look like when choosing designs and shapes of your water bottles?

    Our product line has grown incredibly and offers our Creative team a fun opportunity to marry style and function. We consider the current global trends each season when it comes to colors, patterns and finishes, while also making sure to stay true to our sustainable goals, drawing inspiration from the natural world. This is the fun part in working towards our ultimate goal of helping rid the world of single use plastic bottles! – Rachel

     

    Were their any specific textiles that inspired you?

    We look at trends that identify with people on a global scale – how they are feeling, what they are thinking, etc. and translate that into our designs. For our Fall/Holiday ’18 collection we took inspiration from both the natural world and global culture—from Japanese-inspired prints and vibrant European textile designs to classic American enamelware. -Rachel

     

    What lifestyle trends is S’well focusing on in the near future?

    I started S’well in 2010 with a mission to rid the world of plastic bottles by creating products that looked better and worked harder. This still holds true today, and our innovation strategy continues to communicate this, while emphasizing lifestyle in every form. – Sarah

     

    Do you plan on incorporating more features to your products in the near future? (Magnetic? Place card holder? Water filter? Dishwasher safe?)

    We have so many new developments for 2019 and beyond in the works. We have been busy conceptualizing our latest collections, innovating our next forms, and working on unique business initiatives. These are exciting times for S’well and I can’t wait to see everything unfold. – Sarah

     

    What makes S’well water bottles a good holiday gift?

    There is truly a S’well for everyone! From our new large-format Roamer to our giftable Cocktail Kit and workout-ready Sports Cap, S’well offers boundless ways to celebrate and stay hydrated in style this season! -Sarah

    For more information on Founder, Sarah Kauss and how she started her brand, read her first Meet the Maker interview here.

    Shop our full collection of S’well water bottles for your next holiday gift!

  4. Meet the Maker: Wild & Wolf

    Meet the Maker Series: Wild & Wolf

    This design forward brand brings whimsy and wonder to their product.  Learn more about this maker in our interview below!

     

    How did Wild & Wolf get started?

    We started out in 2005 in the historic city of Bath, in the UK, which is where you’ll find our headquarters today. In our first tiny office, we identified a gap in the market for garden tools that were functional but that also made beautiful gifts. Wrapped in pretty floral prints, our innovative 6-in-1 Hammer Tools, trowels and shears soon attracted the attention of the V&A, the world’s leading Museum of Art & Design, and we collaborated on our first licensed product program creating a range of tools featuring iconic prints from the archive of William Morris, William Kilburn and others.

     

    Where do you find inspiration for your products?

    We take inspiration from everywhere! There’s the inspiration we get from research and data, such as pouring over trend forecasts, looking for emerging trends in fashion, visiting leading design shows around the world as well as looking on social media. The more fun way is when inspiration strikes when we least expect it: out and about for a walk and spotting some architecture, a pattern, a texture, a color palette, anything visually interesting that inspires us in our daily lives. For example, the palm leaf print on our Pretty Useful Tools packaging was the result of a jolt of inspiration from one of the team’s designers whilst out on a stroll in an urban city centre!

     

    Tell us about your design-forward thinking approach to developing products?

    Rather than creating products for the sake of it, we pride ourselves in our thoughtful approach, both in terms of the materials we choose and the function and utility that the product offers. Our products are often described as being a perfect marriage of style and substance. In the early days of Wild & Wolf we often made reference to the William Morris quote “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” This quote still resonates with us today, so much so that we have it printed on our wall!

     

     

    How do you differentiate your offering from the many gifting items on the market?

    We understand that people are navigating very busy lifestyles and therefore we love to develop original, design-led products that offer useful solutions to enhance daily life and solve everyday challenges. When designing our Pretty Useful Tools Credit Card Tool, for example, our talented designers brainstormed 6 key tools that would offer practical uses for the urban young professional. This resulted in a multi-tool with a comb, bottle opener, nail file, box cutter, screwdriver and the ever important emergency hair tie holder!

    Since excellent design is at the heart of what we do, we devote just as much time and love to the product packaging as we do to our products. We take an approach of challenging the throwaway giftbox culture by making our packaging part of the gifting experience, which makes it that much more special and considered. This can be seen in our beautiful, premium gift tins that present products such as our Gentlemen’s Hardware Key Multi Tool and our Pretty Useful Tools Credit Card Tool as previously mentioned.

     

    What trends are you currently seeing?

    A trend not showing any signs of going away: Avocados! The cute green fruit has steadily remained a favorite over the past few seasons and we just had to join in the fun with Avocado Smash, our fresh take on the popular card game of Snap. Really tapping into the love for Avocados, we went beyond just an ‘Avocado-themed’ game by creating Avocado shaped packaging featuring a lifelike texture that also drove inspiration for the ‘avocado-textured’ playing cards..

    Organic, non-toxic, ‘reductarianism’ and vegan design approaches are propelling the trend for “Clean Living”. As people become more concerned about non-toxic ingredients, ethical sourcing and sustainable living, we’re anticipating a rise in products that seek to promote health and actively improve the environment.

    We’re also seeing a nostalgic decades influence, mostly in the form of a revival of retro color combinations and 90s inspired typography. This trend was the perfect inspiration when designing our new season’s collection of products for Yes Studio, including our ‘WAKE UP!’ and ‘It’s Not You, It’s Monday’ mugs, ‘Don’t Panic’ notebook and Mixed Emotions Club double-ended nail varnishes.

    There is currently a huge trend for products that are designed specifically with social media in mind: creating that eye-catching and scroll-stopping product that is totally Instagrammable. Products, for example, with a beautiful design aesthetic that lend themselves to the popular Instagram flatlay and that feature snappy or fun captions, like our ‘Feminist’ and ‘I Did Not Wake Up Like This’ mugs from Yes Studio.

     

     

    When developing new brands, what key qualities are important for you to consider?

    We love the detail of crafting thoughtful products that spread happiness, mean more, and live longer. We aim to create thoughtful gifts for every occasion – ones that you’ll be as excited to give as you are to receive. It’s very important that our new brands fit our Wild & Wolf umbrella brand’s ethos and values: creativity, innovation, approachability, integrity and above all excellent design. We also put a lot of thought into the individual brand’s identity: for example Yes Studio, our vibrant brand with something to say! The hallmarks of Yes Studio are the sassy and playful messages on drinkware, stationery and beauty accessories that help you to say it loud, proud, and like you mean it!!

     

    What do you envision for Wild & Wolf in the future?

    Our ultimate goal is to become the world’s most thoughtful gifting company. Whether you’re looking for a unique gift for a friend, something special for a family member or a fun new toy or game to excite a little one, we want Wild & Wolf to be the preferred choice, and a household name for unique, design led gifts. Being a creator of gifts is such a privilege because it means that we’re able to help people spread joy and happiness to friends and family. We envision a future where hopefully, when it comes time to buy a gift for a loved one for their birthday, Valentine’s Day, Christmas or any other gifting time, Wild & Wolf will be top of mind as a one stop shop for the perfect gift for everyone, from a stylish and functional unique tool, to a beautiful, sustainably-sourced children’s toy, and everything in between.

     

     

  5. My Planner, My Plan Series: Amber Kemp-Gerstel

    Meet PS Planner Ambassador: Amber Kemp-Gerstel

     

    Amber will go on record to say she “would rather lose my big toe than lose my calendar” and that is exactly why she has been the perfect fit as our next PS Planner Ambassador.  Formally, a child psychologist turned ultimate craft blogger she is always dreaming and planning her next project to share with her followers.  Her carefully curated and thoughtfully planned content has helped her define her space as a expert maker that has been featured in Domino Magazine, Food Network Magazine and HGTV.  Amber has several techniques for staying organized and making plans, including using a monthly calendar to have a large overview of her tasks.

     

     

     

    See our interview with Amber below for more on her creative organization tips and an inside look at her dream workspace.

     

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  6. The Art of Living, Giving, Celebrating, and Creating

    The Art of Paper Source

    On average, Americans check their phones 80 times a day. It seems like living in the present is a thing of past. But there’s an easy way to come back down to earth: crafting. While colored pens and stationary may not save the world, they do help us cherish all of life’s special moments, big and small – and there’s something to be said for that. Whether it’s a handwritten love letter you save for years to come or a memory book of your child’s first year, paper gives you a platform to master the Art of Living, Giving, Creating, and Celebrating.

     

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  7. Celebrating 35 Years of Creativity

    The Art of Paper Craft

    Paper is the canvas for capturing life’s moments and each moment we create becomes part of our story. We preserve life’s moments to pass them on so we can celebrate each moment for years to come. Paper Source has been here to help a community live, give, celebrate and create for thirty-five years and we look forward to having you with us on the next part of the journey. Discover your crafting personality here! target=”_blank”

    Celebrate with us!

    Join us in stores for our 35th anniversary event September 6-13 for special crafts, sales, gifts, raffle prizes & more!

    09/06 – 09/13 | Enter to win a Paper Source prize pack!
    Visit your local Paper Source and enter for a chance to win a Paper Source tote filled with our favorite products including a calendar, journal, and stickers or a private party workshop! Winners at each store will be announced at the 35th Anniversary Open House on 09/13.

    09/06 | Rifle Party launch
    Introducing Rifle Paper Co.’s first ever party collection, exclusively launching at Paper Source! Plates, napkins, cups and other party decor are adorned with Rifle’s signature floral print with gold trim. A perfect accessory for celebrating life’s biggest moments.

    09/07 | Make and Take Workshop
    Visit your local Paper Source and join us in a fun make and take workshop! Create a beautiful DIY postcard, featuring Paper Source designed artwork, for display or to send off to a friend. Embellish your card with stamps, washi tape, and fine paper!

    09/08 – 09/09 | Gift with $35+ Purchase
    Our gift to you! Celebrate our latest Paper Bar color offering and receive an exclusive FREE Jade tassel with any purchase over $35.

    09/13 | Open House
    Join us all day in-store for refreshments and shop our 35th Anniversary sales before they’re gone! Local sweepstakes winners will be announced during open house.

    Enter to Win!

    Can’t make it in-store? We didn’t forget about you! Click here and enter to win a Paper Source prize pack featuring a calendar, stamps, planners, Sugarfina gummies and more.

    Celebrate 35 Years with 35 Crafts

    We’re revisiting our favorite crafts from the Paper Source archives. Click on the photo to get inspired and create with us!

    Store Locations

    Find your nearest Paper Source here.

  8. My Planner, My Plan Series: Eva Amurri Martino

    Meet PS Planner Ambassador: Eva Amurri Martino

    With a natural desire to work hard, combined with her passion for style and love of her family, Eva Amurri Martino was able to create her own lifestyle blog where she can share her guide to life.  Eva’s lifestyle blog focuses on her passions but also creates a community for shared experiences as mothers and friends in a safe space.  Finding a balance between structure and flexibility has allowed her successfully manage the needs of her brand but also her family.  To do this best, she uses her planner with a weekly view to prioritize and respond quickly to new inspirations or opportunities.

     

     

     

     

    See our interview with Eva below for more on how she balances life between work, family and travel.

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  9. Women We Love: Marie Tillman

     

    As a leader of two business and a family of six, simplifying life has been a key strategy for Marie Tillman’s success.  This approach helps Marie stay true to the person she aspires to be and the life she wants to live.

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  10. My Planner, My Plan Series: Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co

    Meet PS Planning Ambassador: Anna Bond

    As co-founder and Creative Director of Rifle Paper Co, Anna Bond, has perfected her organization routine successfully taking a small business in her apartment to an internationally recognized brand. Known for her signature hand painted illustrations of vibrant floral patterns and travel inspired designs, Anna Bond has expanded her product offering to create complete lifestyle collections including an exclusive 17-month planner for Paper Source.

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