Whether your guests are frightfully finicky eaters or ghostly gluttons, all you need is the recipe for the scariest soiree of the year! Check out some of the tricks and treats below that will scare your guests’ socks off!
Killer Halloween Kits
No one will say Boo! to these chillingly charming Monster Masks! Transform into a witch, mummy, Dracula or Frankenstein’s monster with a few scissor snips, some string and a little bit of glue. Set up a photo booth, decorate with ornaments and garlands, and host your own monster masquerade!
Dreadfully Daring Drink Recipes
Like a witch’s spell, your guests won’t be able to resist coming back to your dreadfully delicious drink table for seconds! Add a splash of blood red orange juice to a classic Moscow Mule for a bloodcurdling bit of booze! Or, mix sour mix with vodka and toss in some blueberries and gummy worms to create a pest-filled potion.
Customize your treat table with festive flair, like colored ice molds or using LED bottle lights to create scary luminaries!
You can also fill festive treat bags with favors like a Box of Boogers, Pumpkin Pop Rocks and supplies to make some sweet but scary Halloween Paper Dolls! Dress these lil’ monsters up any way you like and act out your own horror show.
How will you plan your scary celebration? Share with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at #YestoPS!
As a bite of colder weather creeps into the autumn air you might be looking for fun ways to entertain yourself. Rather than lamenting the last days of summer, why not get crafty at one of our upcoming workshops? You’ll be able to bring home your works of art, along with new-found knowledge for keeping yourself busy when the real cold comes (let’s not think about that right now)!
Buy two seats at the same time and save 10% off each seat! All classes come with a 10%-off coupon! Visit our site for store locations, dates and times.
Halloween Card-Making Workshop – Saturday, Sept. 26th
Get ready for Halloween with this festive card-making workshop. Learn essential DIY techniques including stamping, embossing and envelope-lining and come away with four handmade cards!
Halloween Party Decor Workshop – Saturday, Sept. 26th
Whether you have a party planned or just want to add a festive touch to your home, join us to learn how to decorate for Halloween! We will be teaching some of our favorite projects: tissue poms, paper rosettes and tassel garlands using a clever fringe cutter. These versatile elements work for wall décor, photo booth backdrops, tablescapes and more. Put the icing on the cake with other essential DIY details, including: table tents, place cards and cupcake toppers.
Halloween Rosette Workshop – Saturday, Sept. 26th
Create stunning Halloween rosettes from an assortment of decorative papers. Learn how to use a scoring board to create perfect folds and transform flat sheets into these dimensional fans. Your finished project will make a festive display on your front door or elsewhere in your home. Once you’ve learned how easy these are to create, you can make them for any holiday or celebration! Paper selection and embellishments vary by store.
DIY Invitations Workshop – October 15th
Learn the essentials of DIY invitations. In this workshop you will gain understanding of paper types, printer compatibility and the anatomy of an invitation suite. After laying the foundation with these requisites, explore a wide range of card design techniques in a hands-on crafting session. This workshop will include stamping, heat embossing, digital cutting, letterpress and more. In addition, find out how to create a complete, polished look with simple details like envelope liners, fine paper sashes and envelope addressing tips. You will leave the class with all of your practice pieces and guidance on how to apply the methods from this workshop in different ways to get the style you want.
* Can’t make it at these times? Ask us how you can schedule this class as a private event with 5 or more of your friends. Or check out our other class options in your local store.
** Unless otherwise indicated, workshops at Paper Source are designed for adults – please check with the store for age appropriateness of projects 16 and under. Please read our Workshops Registration Policy (including cancellation and refund information) before signing up for our classes.
….and don’t forget to share your creations with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter at #YestoPS!
Seasonal hiring is upon us and we’re excited to expand our store teams! If you’ve ever been delighted by our store windows, inspired by our workshops or envious of our catalog pages, Paper Source might be a great fit for you!
Not only will you be a member of our creative community, but our part-time seasonal team members get a 30% discount on great holidays gifts and crafting supplies– perfect for kick-starting your own holiday projects.
If you’re interested in a fun holiday career, here are some things we’re looking for in our new associates:
- Passion for Paper Source and our products
- Fast, fun and friendly people
- Experience working in a busy retail environment delivering a high level of customer service
- Flexibility and availability to work the upcoming holiday season including nights, weekends and holidays
Vanessa, who began with Paper Source as a holiday associate two seasons ago, has continued to grow with us. Here is her story.
“I joined Paper Source because I had been at home for six months with my new baby and knew I needed to get out and connect with people again. I come from food service/retail management background and I really enjoyed showing people new things and building relationships with customers — and I love crafting! I figured Paper Source would be an awesome place to learn new things and share them with others. Plus, the Store Manager was so welcoming and straight forward during my interview, I knew it would be awesome!
From day one I knew I had found “my people” here at Paper Source. It was so incredibly refreshing to work in an environment where everyone is helpful and knowledgeable. Plus, they are all amazingly crafty and inspiring! It is so fun getting to know our customers and hearing their stories! My husband refers to me as the detective at home! I love to help bring customers’ ideas to their full potential. It is very gratifying!
If you or someone you know think Paper Source’s holiday positions could be a good fit for you, be sure to apply today at your local Paper Source store or online at: www.papersource.com/careers.
Have a great holiday season!
– Paper Source Recruitment Team
The idea of a world without hand-written letters is too tragic to contemplate.
Don’t get me wrong – I feel a physical need to have my phone on me at all times so I can dash off a quick text or email. But there is nothing quite like the feeling you get when you see a hand-addressed envelope waiting for you in your mailbox, between the coupon booklets and fliers for car repair shops in your area.
But, if you are going to take time to put pen to paper, you want the recipient to cherish that gift— not toss it in the garbage can! You want to make it to the refrigerator or mantle! So, why not upgrade your stationery set with some unique embellishments that will elevate your letter to keepsake status?
The boring old letter stops here.
What makes the iconic Louboutin pump so recognizable? Their lipstick-red bottoms of course! Use that little secret splash of color as your inspiration for note-worthy notes and include a liner of fine paper inside your envelopes! You can dress up everyday envelopes with festive holiday paper for a sweet seasonal surprise. Or, choose fresh new patterns that really enhance the experience for your friend, family member or pen pal.
Check these liners out – you can make these!
Paper Source even has an envelope liner kit to get you started!
Put your stamp on it – literally! Rubber stamps are a fun way to personalize, embellish and adorn your envelopes. Don’t just reach for any old inkpad, though. You can find inks in rich colors like Warm Violet, Delicate Gold and Sunflower at Paper Source. Go a stamp further with a heat embossing tool to create one-of-a-kind works of art.
Get inspired by what some of our fans have created – custom wrapping paper and adorable envelopes! (photo credits: @robertthomasdulaneyiii / @kmcmillan)
Regardless if you’ve been schooled in the intricate art of calligraphy, or you just like to try your hand creating sweeping script, let your creativity run wild! Calligraphy is a show-stopping way to hand-address your letters and they really show the recipient you care.
Don’t stop at calligraphy! Decorate with washii tape and stickers too!
(photo credits: @masgrimes / @krisspdesigner)
How will you send a smile through the mail? Take advantage of Paper Source’s bulk stationery discount and Instagram pics of your lovely letters!
Ban.do is the fresh, funky, bold brand responsible for the gorgeous floral patterns, bright neon colors and punchy, inspirational quotes that add a much-needed dose of fun to your day.
The fun-loving women that make up this L.A.-based company include the founder, Jen Gotch, who has big dreams and an even bigger personality!
Along with some of her besties, Gotch was handcrafting high-end floral headbands and halos back in 2008. They got inspired by the French word for headband – bandeaux – and Voila! a brand was born.
Trend-setting celebrities like Taylor Swift and Katy Perry fell in love with ban.do and the brand has been featured in popular publications like Real Simple, Seventeen, InStyle and Allure – proof ban.do’s pieces pack a heckuva punch.
These ladies love all things quirky, cool, cute and unconventional and that passion is infectious when you pick up a pen that tells you just how awesome you are – “better than unicorns!” Their “I AM VERY BUSY” folders have your back, along with the sticky notes that exclaim OMG! for those days when you just need a break from everyday school and office supplies.
Ban.do products are the perfect addition to any office, dorm room, countertop or desk space that is in need of a pop of funky fresh color. For a shot of inspiration, look no further than ban.do’s line of quirky planners, note cards and other items that will get you over that three o’clock hump.
Decorate your desk space with ban.do items that will go that extra mile with bright colors and pretty patterns.
Put their pack of positive sticky notes into action as page markers, reminders or just fun décor. With one large 1 large adhesive notepad, 3 medium adhesive notepads and 4 small adhesive flags your desk, countertop or dorm room is going to get a ton more fun! Keep your schedule, secrets and stories in the bright, bold journal that comes equipped to hold all your notes with interior pockets and the message “Your Face is Like Sunshine” greeting you in the centerfold.
How will you decorate your space with ban.do? Tell us in the comments or show us on Instagram!
As Autumn arrives, it’s time again to ask yourself, “What’s my Colorscope?“
Identifying your Paper Source Colorscope sign is easy, especially with our newest Paper Source color, Antique Gold. Our hues are here to provide your creative side with more ways to express yourself through color. Go ahead, find your two favorite Paper Source colors, check out our Colorscope readings, and tell us what you discover!
We now made it possible to shop by color on our site, starting with the ever-popular Antique Gold, Sunshine and Mint.
Audrey is an Arizona girl turned Chicagoan, and loves DIY projects, coffee, calligraphy and dabbling in yoga. She works full time in digital marketing, but spends her spare time blogging over at Love Always, Audrey.
I’m obsessed with Paper Source. The obsession started when I lived literally 5 minutes from the Scottsdale, AZ location, and grew even more when I moved to Chicago. Did you guys know they’re based here? And thank goodness for that, because I love knowing that I’m not more than 15 minutes from a store wherever I am in the city.
I love all things handmade (it even says so in my bio). So of course I make my own business cards, right? I’ve been making my cards this way for a little over a year now, and they’re such a great conversation starter! I love being able to say I made ’em myself. And now, I’m passing the instructions on to you!
- Printable business cards (I used a mix of the Soft White and Paper Bag colors)
- Hole punch
- Gold paper (pictured above is a cut down and flattened version)
- Gold washi tape
- Glassine envelopes
- A computer and printer
Step One: Download the business card template on your computer and get to working! I found that making one design and then copy/pasting into the other fields worked really well. I used Apple Pages, but you can certainly use Microsoft Word or Adobe InDesign as well.
Step Two: Print those suckers out. Be gentle when tearing them apart! Luckily, they’re perforated for your convenience.
Step Three: Make it rain (confetti). I’m not going to lie – this is painstaking and cramped my hand a little bit. But it was so worth it! It helps to stack two sheets at once – then you get double the confetti!
Step Four: Stuff ’em and tape ’em. I love this washi tape set because I was able to have more than one pattern adorning the envelopes. Don’t forget to add a pinch (or two) of confetti!
So what do you think? Will you try this new business card idea at home?
If you’re creating something with Paper Source materials, we want to see it! Send us an email with photos and a description to firstname.lastname@example.org and you might see yourself here!
We’re making back to school even more fun with free downloads of our exclusive Paper Source designs! We picked three of our favorite designs from our calendars for you to use as backgrounds on your phone and desktop. Enjoy this free perk – our way of making your tech a little more beautiful!
Watercolor Backgrounds (as seen in our Foil Watercolor Calendar)
Color Pop Backgrounds (as seen in our Color Pop Foil Easel Calendar)
Painted Brushstroke Backgrounds (as seen in our Brushstroke Hidden Spiral Foil Planner)
Which one is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below!
Rebecca is a mom to two young kiddos and, in her spare time (ha!), likes to pretend she’s a back-up dancer, craft cocktails and run long distances. A relatively recent SAHM, she blogs family-friendly activities, DIYs and celebration fun at Not-So-SAHM.
I love, love the relaxed nature of summer. Sure, we have some scheduled activities, but we also spend lots of time puttering about the house, splashing at the pool, and running free outdoors. Around this time of August however, that running free starts to feel like running wild. And we all start to crave a little organization. We’re not quite ready for school to start up again, but I am more than ready for the kids to start picking up their wet bathing suits off the floor and realizing that soon we’ll have a schedule again. And I was so happy to find The Land of Nod’s “Gobs of Jobs” to help my summer-loving kids make that transition!
We like to make everything a festive occasion in our home, so in addition to putting together this fabulous chore chart for the kids, we decided to add a little incentive by using Paper Source’s Dot’s Paper Chain Kit to spell out some rewards. The kids LOVED this craft (which is very easy for kids to put together and would be great decoration for any occasion. It also happens to totally color coordinate with the Nod chart). They had a great time dreaming up rewards for which they’re willing to work, and using some super cool puffy gelly roll pens to write out their wishes (another good way to ease them back to academia — they’re at quite different writing levels and neither one particularly likes to practice). We’re still negotiating how many stars are needed to earn everything, but so far they’ve identified a Monopoly game, Avengers LEGOs, each a new haircut, two dollars, a mani/pedi, and jewelry as their initial goals. Cami also initially wanted to include “friendship,” but we decided that was a freebie.
Once they’d identified goals, we worked together to pick out chores for a particular week. One of the things I love most about Nod’s “Gobs of Jobs” is that the chores range from simple and aspirational (Reach for the Stars!) to more advanced for older kids (Take out the Trash). My kids are in serious need of real chores, so that’s what we stuck to for the first week. Now I can’t say that they do everything every day, but the fact that the chart has worked to even get a few things done each day is awesome. Here’s to getting everyone in shape before school starts!
What are you doing to get ready for school? Tell us in the comments below! And, as a special offer to our readers, use the code NODDY for 10% off anything at The Land of Nod. (Offer ends August 24, 2015.)