Holiday Travel Made Easy

Traveling during the holidays can be stressful- but we have some fun products to make your trip a breeze! Whether you’re planning a road trip or cross-country flight, these clever items will keep you organized for a joyful holiday journey.

 

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Pack smart with items that are both useful and compact. Our space-saving bags and handy kits are sure to make your holiday journey joyful.

Keep your phone energized  with this Power Bank Charger. It comes with a mini USB cord and iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/6, and Samsung charge adapters for a quick charge on the go. When you’re done, tuck your cords into the included zipper pouch to keep your kit organized.

Another great item for your carry-on? These OCD Hand Wipes help you stay tidy this holiday season. Throw these lightly-scented wipes in your bag for quick clean up wherever you go.

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Travel smart with these OCD Hand Wipes and a Power Bank Charger.

 

Travel light with this colorful Echo Circles Roll Up Bag. It’s great for transporting gifts or snacks and rolls up into a tight little roll that fits easily in a purse or suitcase.

You can’t pack everything but with our Minimergency Kit, you’ll always feel prepared. With 17 must-have tools like hairspray, clear nail polish, safety pins, and dental floss (and much, much more), this tiny bag is a traveler’s best friend.

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Our Echo Circles Roll Up Bag stays together with a simple snap. Pack it in your purse next to our         Gold Stripe Minimergency Kit, perfect on the go.

 

This Gentleman’s Wash Bag and matching Buff & Shine Shoe Polish Kit are the perfect pair for a stylish traveler. The shoe kit comes with 2 brushes (one hard, one soft), black and neutral polish and cleaning cloth. Both bags feature a handsome felt design with faux leather detail. With this classic duo, you’ll be groomed and polished no matter where the road takes you.

 

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No “Are we there yet?!” for you!  Keep your little travelers happy with simple snacks and easy-to-pack activities.

These lunch boxes and snack containers are both cute and collapsible. Our Nesting Stainless Steel Food Containers are BPA-free and leak-proof for worry-free snack time. After you’re done, they fit together for easy packing.

Another great option for your snack bag is our silicone Collapsible Lunch box. When you’re done, it lays flat to save space. Finally, add our Sweat Free Ice pack and Insulated Sky Blue Food Jar to keep food cold without the mess!

 

Beat travel boredom with our On The Go Game Pad!  This paper pad has five games to choose from and 60 pages of travel-friendly fun. All you need is a partner and a pen for hours of festive fun.

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Our On The Go Game Pad are a fun way to keep the kids busy on your next trip.                               (Oh, and don’t forget your pens and pencils!)

 

Eating on the go just got a lot easier. This Reusable Coloring Alphabet Animals Placemat is fun for your little one and makes clean up super easy for you. Made from FDA-approved, food-grade, anti-microbial silicone, this adorable mat comes with washable markers that come off with a quick wipe down. It rolls up for easy portability without creasing or ripping- just toss it in your travel bag and you’re on your way!

 

 

Behind the Scenes: Making our Holiday Window

It’s probably no surprise that we love making our store festive for the holidays, and that starts with our holiday window display (after all, it’s the very first thing you see)! Here, we take a look behind the scenes with our Director of Visual Merchandising, Rick V., on what it takes to make the holiday window come to life!

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How do you decide what’s highlighted in the window?
Our windows typically relate to one of our exclusive Paper Source-designed kits. This year we had a few options that we thought would make a good window and would also tie into our holiday gift assortment.

Initially I started with another concept but kept gravitating back to the Nutcracker Doll Kit. The Nutcracker Dolls have a traditional holiday feeling that evoke a lot of memories and capture the essence of the season. Once we decided on the Nutcracker Dolls, I started sketching and we layered in a variety of wrapped packages focusing on our Gold and Glitter gift wraps (completed with red accents, ribbons and bows) that also highlight our new Gold Foil assortment we introduced in our Holiday Photo Card line this year.  

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Knowing we would be featuring Nutcracker Dolls in our windows, and that they are meant to be ballet dancers, I really wanted to find a way to incorporate movement. The twirling of the Sugar Plum Fairy recreates the animation of traditional holiday windows, as well as emphasizes the original ballet. She spins in our windows atop one of the gold glitter boxes in her Plum tutu – all while secretly running on a battery operated spinner hidden beneath a glittery star!

When do you start thinking about the window displays?
We began with the inspiration and design for the holiday windows all the way in early June once our Paper Source holiday kits are finalized!

What goes into planning a window display? How long does it take to get it perfect?
Once the window theme was solidified, I worked to recreate enlarged versions of the Nutcracker Dolls.  In order to get the scale correct, I created three sets of dolls before deciding on the correct size for our feature windows. I then installed the “window” in our Chicago office using the final prototype sizes. This ensures all of the components are provided to stores for them to recreate the window, and that everything looks great.

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All of the pieces required to construct the window are packaged into store window “kits” in much the same way our regular kits are prepared! Each one is hand-assembled in our Chicago office by our dedicated team (a truly remarkable feat given the quantity!).

Who assembles the window displays?
We provide a comprehensive step-by-step for each store to reference along with any templates and files to assist store teams. Stores then sketch their window out based on size, and once the sketch has been reviewed, they create everything from the pieces received!

All the elements for this window were cut on our Silhouette Cameo using the 12” x 24” cutting mat. Each store then embellishes their Nutcracker Dolls to create a unique look. We love it when the windows come “alive” and showcase the creative talents of our associates!  

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Paper Source Evanston’s store window!

What do we do with the window pieces when they’re uninstalled?
Once the windows are taken down, stores work within their community and donate the removed kits to local charities, organizations and schools as requests are made with the store.

 

So there you have it! Thanks to Rick for giving us a peek inside the process of designing our Holiday window! What’s your favorite window we’ve done? Tell us in the comments below!

Weekend Wants: Gobble it Up

In honor of Thanksgiving next week, here are some of our favorite turkey items to help you celebrate the day.

You won’t believe it’s not turkey. This funny addition (it’s an Inflatable Turkey!) is so convincing you’ll have to make sure your guests don’t try to dig in. Don’t worry about cooking your turkey to perfection–you’ll have this beautiful bird on standby!

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Kids will gobble this up. Make the most of being with your loved ones by crafting this Turkey Puppet Kit. Act out a puppet show with the kids for instant fun.

 

A place for every turkey. Set the perfect table with this Turkey Place Card Kit. The handmade touch will ensure a festive tablescape.

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Thoughtful Thanksgiving Journals

Stay grateful long past your turkey dinner with these unique journals.  With the busy holiday season quickly approaching, these thoughtful books are a wonderful way to slow down and reflect on your year.

Why not give the gift of gratitude? Charming designs and engaging writing prompts make these diaries a great present for yourself or a friend.

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This cheerful Gratitude Journal is filled with a year’s worth of insightful prompts, inspiring quotes, and ample room for your own reflection. Based on positive psychology exercises, this journal helps focus your mind on the little joys of daily life.  Brightly colored and beautifully designed, this journal will add a little bit of sunshine to even the gloomiest winter day.

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The soft linen cover and beautifully illustrated pages of  Happily Grateful  makes it a great addition to your coffee table this Thanksgiving. Filled with inspiring messages of gratitude, this lovely little book is a wonderful compliment to your joyful  holiday celebrations.

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Looking for a quick way to capture your thoughts? The Five-Minute Journal is your perfect fit. This book offers short morning and evening prompts to inspire your day from beginning to end. With weekly goal setting and positive thought starters, this little linen journal is great way to stay positive when you’re on-the-go.

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Weekend Wants: Thanksgiving Kits

Thanksgiving is coming up and we’re loving these kits! Make them with your family and friends for a fun activity to get the season of thanks started! Get these quick, while supplies last, or stop by a store!

Decorate with thanks. Do you go around the Thanksgiving table and say what you’re thankful for? Add a new twist to the classic holiday tradition by having friends and family write their blessings on the leaves of this Grateful Wreath Kit. Then assemble them together and display throughout the year as a handmade reminder!

 

A Thankful Table. Hosting dinner this year? Decorate your space with this Give Thanks Garland. Hang it on the wall, a mantel or across the front of a buffet for a truly polished look.

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Picture-perfect Thanksgiving. This might seem like an nontraditional pick, but we love the Woodland Masks Kit for a fun Thanksgiving! Spend time together making the masks, then strike a pose for some silly family photos!

 

Festive and Cozy Thanksgiving Table Settings

Create a welcoming space your guests will love with these beautiful decor ideas. From gorgeous table runners and place mats to thoughtful place cards, we can help you set a memorable Thanksgiving table with style .

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Set the tone for your grateful gathering with this beautiful We Are Thankful Table Runner. An artful addition to any festive setting, this screen printed design features animals, objects, and silhouettes hidden in the branches of an intricately illustrated tree .

The simple and bright fabric will easily compliment your favorite fall decorations. But, it’s not only beautiful, it’s also machine washable- making this table cloth perfect for quick post-meal cleanup.

 

Thanksgiving Trimmings 

Elegant patterned papers create the beautiful fanned feathers of this beautiful decoration. Our Turkey Rosettes Centerpiece is a stunning yet simple addition to your Thanksgiving table.

 

This Thanksgiving Napkin Ring Kit makes a great Thanksgiving Day activity. Fun and easy, this set contains almost everything you need to create your own holiday characters.  Wrap your napkins with these festive bands, then use them for a mini puppet show after your meal!

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Our Thanksgiving Napkin Ring Kit is festive and fun! Just don’t forget your Scissors, glue, and a ruler! (not included)

 

Your little turkeys will love this Thanksgiving craft activity. This kit makes great place cards and will keep the kids busy while you make dinner.

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We love this arrangement from Design Roots featuring our Turkey Place Card Kit.

 

Create these thoughtful place cards to accent your Thanksgiving feast. Embellish one side with a Happy Thanksgiving Escorial Stamp and your guest’s name. On the other side, decorate with our I Am Thankful For Rubber Stamp and encourage each person to write a message of gratitude to share. Our Sketch Turkey Rubber Stamp, Pastel Washi Tape Set, and Glitter Fall Leaves Repeat Stickers also make great additions to any Thanksgiving place card.

 

Make your table glow with these beautiful place mats cut from our Chevron Table Wrapping Paper. This contemporary design adds a personal touch to each seat with a monogram craft letter to specify a place setting for each guest. Finally, keep your beautiful paper settings dry with our Thanksgiving Typography Letterpress Coasters to add a hint of color to your polished look.

 

One 50 ft roll of Chevron Table Wrapping Paper can go a long way in your holiday decoration. After your Thanksgiving celebration, use this elegant paper to wrap your holiday gifts!

Adorn your packages with Gold & Red Double-Sided Satin Ribbon and compliment with our Red Glitter Wrapping Paper. (Oh, and don’t forget the Super Tacky Tape! This double-faced makes wrapping your sparkly packages easy and flawless.)

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Workshop: DIY Calendar

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2015 is just around the corner which means it’s time to get your calendar ready. We have many beautiful designs to choose from but one of the most creative calendars we have is one that lets you be the designer!  Our DIY Calendar comes with 12 monthly grids printed on recycled paper and a gem case for desktop display.  Looking for some creative inspiration to get you started? Join us for our DIY Calendar Workshop on Saturday, November 15th to make yours. The calendar and supplies are included in the class and we will show you different ways to embellish each month. Beginner and experienced crafters alike are welcomed!

Many of the techniques we will teach you in the workshop look great replicated across a whole year.  Here are a few favorites:

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The Pennant Punch: Pick your favorite decorative papers and pair them with coordinating solids – then punch away!  This is also a clever way to use up your scrap paper.

 

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Washi Tape:  So fun and easy to use we even have a whole book filled with ideas.

 

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Color Wash: Achieve an elegant watercolor look with your favorite ink colors and a Sponge Dauber.

 

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Handmade calendars make beautiful gifts.  You can design each calendar to match the recipients personal style.  If you attend the workshop, you can use your 10% off coupon to save on all the supplies you need to create your holiday presents!

 

Weekend Wants: Holiday Photo Cards

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As we approach the holidays, we’re gearing up for the annual Holiday Christmas card collection we all inevitably have! Whether you display yours on the fridge, in a tree shape, or on twinkle lights, you definitely want to make sure the card you send takes center stage! Here are three of our favorite new designs sure to make an impression (plus pick a fun back and colorful envelope)! Oh, and right now they’re 30% off!

Luxe Foil. Add some glamour to this year’s greeting with this real foil – available in gold, red or silver!

 

Touch of Glam. Your note will pop with this touch of faux glitter (no mess!) and a bold design – and the rounded corners add a unique touch!

 

“Chalk” Full of Info. Detail the highlights of your year with this fun design!

Holiday Gift Guide Preview

We know, we know… its not even Thanksgiving yet- but we are just bursting with fun ideas for holiday gifts!

Here is a quick preview of some of our favorite products for the upcoming season. Whether you’re brainstorming gift ideas for your dad or your daughter’s favorite teacher, we have thoughtful presents for everyone on your list.

For the Guys 

Whether you’re looking for a fun gift for a silly bachelor or a sophisticated present for a modern man, our Gifts For Him Pinterest board has holiday ideas for all the men in your life.

Here’s one go-to choice that is sure to please. This brass-plated money clip is a practical and personal choice for any guy. It comes in a simple but sophisticated gift box for a modern look that is easy to wrap. This sweet gift even comes with the message ” for you” engraved on the back- but you can tell him you had it personalized. We won’t tell.

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This Money Clip is a sleek choice your for favorite gentleman.

 

For your Gals

Whether the women in your life are animal-lovers or book worms, perfect hostesses or a jet setters, we have the right gift for all of your ladies. Our Gifts for Her Pinterest board offers plenty of ideas to help you find a unique holiday gift.

One of our favorite gifts this year is our customized journals! These personalized books let you choose the perfect design. Choose from over 40 different exclusive cover artwork then add the lucky recipient’s name in their favorite font. You can even choose the style of your pages-blank, lined, graph, or datebook.

 

For Kids

We’ve collected all of our favorite gifts for kids on our (you guessed it) Gifts for Kids Pinterest board!  Our guide is overflowing with fun options, but here are two we just can’t help but mention.

This Lille Huset Paper Dollhouse is the perfect match for a crafty kid. The kit is easy to assemble and take apart and includes paper cutouts for wall art and decorating. The adorable layout is made from 100% recycled paper materials and the walls are laminated for easy redecorating.

Your little designer will love making this house their own. Fill the rooms with your own furnishings made from Paper Source papers, washi tape and stickers (not included- but adorable) for a truly unique paper home.

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Lille Huset Paper Dollhouse shown with Paper Source decor, not included.

 

Lights, camera, ACTION! Your little director will love creating mini movies with this Clay Animation Movie Kit. This set includes everything you need to create your own scenes: modeling clay, backdrops, camera stand, and, of course, googly eyes! Once the scene is set, capture your story with a camera phone (not included) and use the free downloadable app to create your own fun production. This set is a great choice for all your creative kiddos (8 and up).

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For the Creative & Crafty

Every creative mind needs a great space to work. This All-Purpose Folding Table makes a great gift for any crafty friend. Compact and sleek, this table easily folds up to save space. The framed chalkboard is a perfect place to draft artsy ideas or write a favorite inspirational quote and is visible whether the table is down or tucked away. Both practical and personal, this simple design has plenty of storage for crafty materials. This thoughtful gift is sure to spark the imagination of any crafty companion.

Looking for more unique ideas for your artsy friend? Check out our Gifts for Creatives page on our website for more gift ideas.

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For Teachers 

We give our Gifts for Teachers webpage an A+. From unique desk calendars to fun magnets for the white board, we have plenty of ideas for your favorite teacher.

Why not give a gift a teacher will use all year long? Our Custom Stamp Set lets your favorite teacher choose a personalized stamp for their classroom. This self-inking stamp will make labeling easy- we can’t say the same for grading all those papers.

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Our Custom Stamp Gift Set is the perfect gift for the teacher in your life. You buy the set, they go online to choose their favorite personalized stamp. Shown here: our Paper Source exclusive Classroom Apple Custom Stamp and     Mini Bookplate Custom Stamp.