1. French Message Board workshop – join us TONIGHT!

    Paper_Source_French_Message_BoardSo many kids have enjoyed our ‘Tween Message Board craft during private workshops that we wanted to create a crafting project for our adults – the perfect elegant French Message Board!

    (Sorry this is not a kid’s class – this is for adults only – please see the policy page.)

    If you are the crafter who is afraid of glue this project we will show you how to wrap book board using super-tacky tape to secure PS papers. No worries, we will also help you navigate the layout for your ribbon too!

    There are still seats available for tonight’s class!! So sign up online or call your local store to get in on this wonderful French Message Board workshop.

    PS colors: paper bag & persimmon
    Latest fave: 2011 Paper Source Booklet Calendar

  2. How-to: new years party hats

    New Years party hats

    If you’re having a New Years party or are looking for New Years activities for your family, you must make these glittery gold New Years party hats! CBS 2 Chicago (click to view) even featured them as a fun way to get kids involved at New Years. You could, of course, use this party hat design in different colors with different stamped messages for other celebratory occasions!

    PS colors: gravel & beet
    Latest fave: Tree Trunk Tea Light and Japanese 8 1/4″ Scissors

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  3. How-to: gingerpaper advent calendar

    Gingerpaper Advent Calendar

    Advent calendars are so much fun for kids (and adults!) – a festive count down of the days til Christmas. We were so excited to come up with a way to create an advent calendar using our Gingerpaper House Kit, so that kids could actually make their own (yes, with some help from mom or dad)! By adding numbered shingles to the house, you have a way to mark the days – and because the roof opens, parents can hide candy or little gifts inside, as a surprise for each day.

    A great way to get the whole family into the holiday spirit!

    – Claudia
    PS colors: curry & fuchsia
    Latest fave: Mini Magnolia Paper Flower Kit

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  4. Paper monsters kids craft project

    My sister, a third grade teacher, is always looking for creative kids craft ideas. She recently asked me to come up with a fun project she could do with her students for Halloween. When I think Halloween, I think monsters, which led to these colorful paper monsters. The basic shapes are made from circle cards, printable labels, and scrap paper. For a fun dimensional look I combined two circle cards, folded the top card in half, adhered the top halves of each card together, and left the bottom halves free to create an open mouth.

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  5. 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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  6. The paper dolls now have homes!

    Who would have guessed that our new Paper Doll Kit would cause such a stir around here? The kids of Paper Source employees are showing their true creative roots in their continued excitement over our paper dolls!

    Nicole (9) and Nina (7), daughters of Sally our CEO, have gone to town with their kits, literally. In addition to creating all kinds of outfits, they have spent countless hours building homes for their dolls adding table clothes made from origami paper and rugs from our French canvas fabric. While out walking the dog after having introduced the kit to some friends, Sally said a car pulled up and a little girl shouted to her daughter out the window, “Hey Nina, have you finished your curtains?!!” Word is spreading quickly in their neck of the woods!

    Paper dolls house bedroom

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  7. How-to: chocolate puppy favor box

    Chocolate puppy favor boxCreated by one of our assistant store managers, these make great kid’s party favor boxes — or a rainy day project for kids to make themselves. Come by your local Paper Source store to see this favor box created in person!

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  8. Using fine paper in everyday ways

    PS envelope liners One of the things that is so stunning about Paper Source is all of the gorgeous fine papers from around the world. I walk in the store and pause to just say “ahh” at the beautiful ladders full of papers. Like many customers, however, I haven’t always been sure what to do with them (especially the papers I buy and save at home because they are “too special” to just wrap a present with). Some people are technically skilled at bookbinding or collaging and make incredible paper projects. My favorite uses are a bit more everyday– accessible techniques that are also inspiring and fun (relying on the artistry of the paper for a great result, rather than any required artistic perfection on my part!). Read More

  9. Tools & techniques: what is a Xyron?

    Xyron Create-a-Sticker, paper punches

    As useful and handy as this craft tool is, we think the word “Xyron” should be in the dictionary. Until it is, we figured we’d help explain for those who haven’t had the pleasure of getting to use one.

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  10. How-to: cupcake birthday card

    cupcake cutout card
    Hole punches are a super easy way to decorate a handmade card or invitation. With this birthday card, we repeated the punch using the cupcake cutouts to create impact with lettering. In addition to the cutouts, you can also use the negative spaces left by the hole punch to create little peekaboo windows into the inside of the card!

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