Weekend Wants: Personalized Stationery

Personalized stationery is one of those gifts that just doesn’t go out of style. Perfect for hostesses, newlyweds, grads and yourself, there’s a style for everyone. In addition to being chic and unique, personalized stationery is currently 20% OFF! The sale ends September 30, so hurry up and order your perfect notes now. To get you started, here are some of our favorites.

 

Monograms. Perfect for a newly married couple ready to celebrate having the same last name!

Single Monogram and Escorial Circle Monogram Personalized Stationery

 

Feminine and delicate. These sweet notes are beautiful and ready for lovely sentiments to friends and family.

Chalkboard Frame and Filigree Personalized Stationery

 

Modern and chic. Sleek and clean design with a timelessly chic feel. Perfect for anyone on your list.

Colorful Border and Diagonal Stripes Border Personalized Stationery

Paper Source How-To: Calendar Stickers

Add easy reminders and fun pops of color with these DIY stickers; perfect for any Paper Source calendar!

MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Download the How-To and Template PDFs.
  • Print the stickers onto sheets of 1.25″ round labels.
  • Peel and stick as desired to organize your schedule.
  • Add fun tapes, markers and more to top it off!

Weekend Wants: New Journals

Whether you’re passing time on a rainy day, recording your favorite memories or doodling in the sun, the weekend is the perfect time to journal! Our Journal Buyer, Sadie P, talks about three of her favorites right now.

Paper Source Exclusive. “Rifle Paper Company’s mint floral print is one of my all-time favorites, and they’re offering this mint floral journal exclusively to Paper Source. It’s a must-have.”

 

Textured Covers. “Wood is a huge trend we’re seeing in the market right now, and I appreciate this artist’s take on a literal tree trunk as the cover: textured, raw and colorful. Just like nature. [The covers of this set of three are embossed for a raised texture.] Bonus points because this is a really strong dual-gender gift; great for my not-so-girly girlfriends, and husband alike!” 

 

Gold Foil. “I love spiral journals. I love that they lay flat when you’re writing on them, and the combination of mint with gold foil complements this cover perfectly. The little details are also adorable: the edge of each page is color-coated with one of four colors, to easily separate subjects or ideas.”

 

Sadie’s Favorite PS Product: Silver Crushed Glass Glitter, because I enjoy adding a little to my letters and notes to best friends that live across the country. It adds jazz to any greeting card.
Sadie’s Favorite PS Color: Luxe Blush, all the way!

 

Weekend Wants: Fall Must-Haves

It’s finally getting a little cooler here in Chicago (where Paper Source HQ is located), and we’re gearing up for Fall. If it’s too early for you to deck out your place in Halloween gear–try these classic autumnal accents.

Burlap Chic. We love this Burlap Wreath Kit. It’s so classic and elegant, and makes for a gorgeous neutral on any door, over a mantle or as a striking centeripiece (picture it lying flat with gold pillar candles in the middle). Plus, it’s the perfect indoor activity on a chilly day!

 

Leaves We Love. Leaves you don’t mind getting in the house! Use these Wooden Fall Leaves as place cards at a family dinner, or on a mantle or tablescape for added decor.

 

A strand of color. This Felt Leaf Garland is featured in this month’s Woman’s Day and is bold and vibrant with the seasonal colors we love. String on the mantle for an inviting pop of color.

Inspired By: Paper Source Desks

It might not come as a surprise that we take our motto, “Do Something Creative Every Day,” pretty seriously here at Paper Source. In fact, we even carry it into our work spaces! We love being creative in every aspect of our jobs, and being surrounded by beautiful things. Our Chicago headquarters is a fun, colorful space that’s filled with things we love, things we’ve made, and things co-workers surprise us with. Here’s a quick peek at a few desk spaces we found inspiring this week! How do you express yourself at work?

Hand-made banner for Rebecca using the Silhouette machine!

Above a PS employee’s desk — Celebrate banner and rosettes.

We’re welcoming Fall with these autumnal-colored rosettes!

 

 

Weekend Wants: We’re Feeling Foxy

We love our Paper Source foxes. They’re designed in-house here in Chicago and are cute with a little bit of and edge (let’s face it, the foxes are known for being the slyest of the woodland creatures). Here are our favorite ways to celebrate these furry friends.

P.S. Read until the end for a holiday sneak peek.

Drink up. We love these retro-juice Fox Glasses–each with a different caricature.

 

For the fridge. Use these colorful Fox Magnets to hold up all of your notes and favorite things. We also love these for back to school time–great for lockers!

 

Kitchen flair. Decorate your kitchen with the Fox Tea Towels (set of 3!). 100% cotton and perfect for everyday use.

 

Psst…. We love foxes so much, we’re adding a new holiday wrap featuring them front and center! Make room under the tree for these jolly foxes…. (coming soon on papersource.com).

 

 

Workshop: Fall Card Making

The turn of the season always brings with it a creative spark.  As Fall approaches we have warm colors and rich patterns in mind for our upcoming card making workshop: Colorful Paper Tapestry.  Our inspiration for these card designs comes from vibrant textiles and embroidery.  We played with punches, stamps and twine to find ways to translate this artistry from fabric to paper.

Our Pinterest board holds our inspiration for this class!

This workshop is great for a crafting beginner who wants to learn some card making basics but also gives the more experienced crafter the chance to try some new techniques with stamping, layering, braiding and knotting.

The techniques in this class also translate well to holiday card making – like this example from the creative team at our Ann Arbor store:

We hope you join us on September 13th to get crafty!  Sign up here or contact your local store for more details.  If you can’t make it on the 13th but still want to take the class, ask your local store about setting up a private class for you and 4 – 7 of your friends!

Weekend Wants: Labor Day

As we start the long weekend, here are three things we’re loving right now at Paper Source.

TOTEally crazy about cats. Perhaps it’s our vision of spending the last holiday of the summer on the beach with all our favorite gear in tow, but we’re digging this cute cat tote. It’s got a plastic coating and webbed nylon handles–material that will make it through the wear and tear of the sand, and can be used to carry supplies for after-school activities. The quirky critters on the front make us laugh, and are a hit with every generation.

 

We’ll pencil you in. This long weekend is the perfect time to tackle getting ready and organized for the school year (or just the upcoming holiday season!). We love this new Academic Booklet Gold Foil Calendar. With bright colors on the front and a touch of gold foil for class, it’s the perfect combination of fun and functional, with monthly views to plan out your year. Super slim and fits easily into a purse or backpack!

 

Crazy for critters. We love these bold zebras on this Set of 4 Glasses. They’re super vivid and fun and, combined with the slim juice glass design, remind us of vintage drinkware while still being modern and chic. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that they’re on sale right now for 30% off!

Paper Source How-To: Fine Paper Flower Art


Add festive decor to your space with this eye-catching work of art made with fine paper!

MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Download How-To PDF and Flower Petal Templates
  • To create the backer for your fine paper creation, trim a large sheet of cover weight paper to the desired size. (If framing, trim to fit inside frame.)
  • Use sheet of flower templates to trace and cut petals from fine papers.
  • Layer the shapes to create blooms; mixing and matching patterns and colors.
  • Adhere the shapes together using both double-sided tape and foam squares as desired to create dimension.
  • Create the centers of the blooms by punching circles in a variety of sizes and colors.
  • Cut, fringe, punch and layer circles (see diagram on How-To PDF).
  • Adhere center in place.
  • Arrange blooms as desired onto backer and adhere composition in place.