Spotlight: Kitchen Textiles

Paper Source has tons of new textiles for the kitchen divas out there. Choose patterns from feathers to foxes to flowers and go cute or quirky with Paper Source exclusive designs. Matching textile sets (sold separately) make a great gift for someone who needs to add some fun to their kitchen; and a tea towel set alone makes a perfect hostess gift!

This sweet set in a delectable donut design is the perfect inspiration for a pro baker- or even someone still finding their way around the kitchen!

 

These fantastic feathers and arrows add a whimsical touch to your kitchen style.

 

Be foxy (we couldn’t resist that pun…) in the kitchen with this feisty set!

 

Looking for more fun kitchen additions? Check out all of our gifts for the chef in your life (we have everything from aprons to juice glasses to cutting boards). And don’t forget hostess gifts, too! Which apron design is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!

 

DIY: Washi Tape Ideas

One of our favorite and simplest ways to get crafty is….with tape! We love washi and paper tape! With these DIY projects, your everyday items will look new, colorful and fun. Washi tape originates from Japan and has a typical masking tape texture, but is far from dull and beige. Washi tape is most often made from the bark of trees native to Japan (this is why some tape that is similar to washi tape is simply called paper tape if it does not come from Japan).

Washi tape can literally be used on anything. It appears delicate but can actually withstand a lot. The best part? If you don’t like where you put it, just take it right off. It won’t damage or leave sticky marks on anything! It is the easiest DIY crafting you’ll ever do, so even if you think you aren’t too crafty this will quickly change your mind.

We offer multiple different styles and designs of tape - washi tape being just one of them. Below you’ll see what we’ve done to add a little color to things that you can find around your home. In addition to the washi tape, we just couldn’t help but get our hands on the Paper Source-designed Gold Foil Lace Tape. It adds a look of charm and elegance without being too flashy.

 

If you’re looking for even more tape inspiration, the internet has an abundance! Pinterest especially has some beautiful images (we just searched “washi tape ideas” for the search below.

 

Some of our favorites include DIY twist ties, gift wrap/tags, coasters, and taping down a car track for the younger ones!

Images from BuzzFeed

 

What’s your favorite thing you’ve DIY’ed with tape? Tell us in the comments!

Spotlight: Gold Glam

We are loving gold this summer, and we have plenty of metallic goodies to help you show off your glamorous side! Gold is the perfect way to add a bit of shine to your style, elegance to your summer parties and glitz to your office.

Paper Source’s exclusive Mint Confetti iPhone case is a stylish way to protect your phone. Freshen up your phone’s look with this cool color, and bubbly design (doesn’t it remind you of a glass of champagne?!). It includes a white rubber inner liner, so no worries it if falls while you’re on the go!

 This white scarf printed with gold metallic elephants is a great addition to any outfit in need of a little flair. Throw it in your bag for chilly summer nights, or use it to add an unexpected pop of shine to a solid colored dress or top.  Treat yourself or make it a gift for your most fabulous friend!

The Mint & Gold Flipside Clutch is the perfect purchase for those of us who are a little indecisive. You can wear this clutch on the gold side, the mint side, with the strap or without the strap. It’s like four bags in one! The “have fun” decorative zipper pull is a unique touch guaranteed  to get you noticed. Use the gold side as a neutral; it’s perfect with any color- patterns too! Wear the mint side to add a pop of color to a white dress. Another plus- it matches the mint confetti phone case! Try a matching gold and mint mani, featured on our Pinterest page, if you want to go all out glam!

Gold isn’t just for the fashionistas out there; Paper Source has tons of fine gold metallic papers for crafts and party decorations galore!

Any one of Paper Sources unique fine paper designs can add some glimmer to your arts and crafts or party projects. Use your paper of choice as a background to a bulletin board in need of a new look or try one of Paper Source’s fine paper projects! Feeling ambitious? Try the paper dress project in gold for truly outstanding decoration in a walk in closet.

For elegant summer parties, make a paper lantern in gold to hang above a beautifully set table. An easy table decoration is home made confetti using gold paper, just pick your favorite shape and punch away!

Not the crafty type? Use the paper as a simple gift wrap; it’ll make any gift you give seem like solid gold!

Paper Source also carries Kate Spade accessories, like this playful gold polka dot agenda. This agenda has both monthly and weekly spreads, along with extra pages for contacts and notes. Functional can also be fun! Laminated tabs ensure ease for organization and a clean cut look for your schedule all the time! Quotes throughout the agenda, along with the shiny gold polka dots are sure to brighten up even your busiest days.  

Check out papersource.com for even more glamorous gold or shop your local Paper Source store! For even more gold glam inspiration, take a look at our Pinterest board and add a little more sparkle and shine to your life!




Crafter’s Night Out: Flea Market Style

This Thursday we are hosting Crafter’s Night Out in all of our stores from 6 – 8 pm.  For this workshop, we were inspired by one of our favorite summer pasttimes: flea markets!  Some of our favorite market finds include vibrant oil cloth, unique vintage bottles and nostalgic black and white photos.  These beautiful objects sparked our creativity and the result was the projects for this class.  Join us to make colorful cards, tissue paper flowers and even etch a glass milk bottle!  The retro style pieces in this class are fun to complete and easy to repeat for summer party favors, gifts, personal stationery and more.  Find out more about the projects here.

Get in the flea market mood by checking out some of our inspiration.  We hope to see you on Thursday!

 

 

Spotlight: New Personalized Note Pads

Looking to brighten up your work space this summer? Dress up your desk with one of our new bright & playful note pad designs! Choose what complements your style the best; from whimsical to floral to traditional. Write notes, make lists and send sweet sentiments with note pads that are distinctly…you!

All of our customized note pad sets come with five pieces in three different sizes for scrawling quick notes, recording longer thoughts and getting organized with lists (included: two note pads, two mini note pads and one list pad with 70 pages each). Find what fits your style, or help deck out a friend’s space with these great gifts!

Channel the outdoors with our new Herbs and Succulents mixed note pad sets that show off these unique and increasingly popular foliage, but are also still sophisticated with more subdued color palettes. Great for the gardener in you, or that friend with a green thumb!

 

If you’re looking for a brighter floral to add a feminine touch to your correspondence, we love these new Bouquet and Peonies sets. And with even more florals, including: hydrangeas, marigolds, roses and more, you can find the bud that speaks to you!

 

Note pads are the perfect time to add some whimsy and fun into your stationery! We love these new designs (Colorful Confetti and Watercolor Balloons) that are reminiscent of a perpetual party and sure to delight!

 

If you’re searching for a great wedding gift, try this Border Monogram design with the bride or groom’s new initials (what bride-to-be doesn’t love a place to make lists?). Plus, there are 18 color options to help find the perfect hue. And if you’re the bride, try this Gold Glitter Chevron set for your bridesmaids to show your thanks!

 

Our custom note pad sets are $35 for a set of 5, and we’re thrilled about our new designs. What’s your favorite?

Crafting for July 4th with Straws!

Independence Day is just around the corner, with just enough time to spruce up your place with some patriotic details! Our favorite crafting tool might surprise you….straws!

These red and white paper straws are bright and cheerful, and work in three different crafts! We originally drew inspiration from a Straw Wreath How-To we’ve featured on our blog before. Although it was originally meant for Christmas, we love that all you need to change about this is the ribbon color (try Royal or Lake) and you have a whole new look that screams U-S-A. (Check out the step by step instructions here.)

If you’re looking for something simpler, try one of our favorite summer kits, the Nautical Sailboat Kit to add a little playfulness to your bash. These are fun to make with kids, and make great place cards, too!

 

We also love this classic Paper Bag Pinwheels Kit for a timeless and whimsical addition to decor. Best of all, you can reuse these for future occasions!

 

In need of more crafty ideas or patriotic decor for your 4th of July bash? Head over to our Pinterest page and get inspired!

 

A Summer Bash for the Books

With all this warm weather and sunshine, you don’t need a reason to celebrate this summer! Whether it’s a graduation party, pool party or just a fun neighborhood get together, Paper Source can help all of your summertime soirées!

First impressions are everything. With bright colors that pop, your guests won’t be forgetting this party invite! Send the Spotlight Party Invitation or the Citrus Party Invitation for a kickoff before the party even starts.

The 2 most refreshing things to enjoy during the summer are fresh watermelon and cold popsicles, of course! Hang these garlands from your backyard trees or a snack table.  They are a great craft for the kids to work on, too! So fun!

A hot summer is never complete without your favorite drink to cool you down. Fill up these vintage milk bottles with your favorite refreshing summer drink and sip it through these festive straws. This You’re A Peach Iced Tea with our exclusive design would be great to serve in these fun bottles!

Credit: Let’sPartyCreations, etsy.com

Be sure to feed your guests with this lively PS designed-Color Pop Plate Set- great for mini burgers hot off the grill and some fresh fruit salad (plus they’re melamine, so they won’t break!).

Credit: Miss Cheeky Chic, Mini Burgers; Celebrations At Home, Last Minute Summer Cookout + Recipes; SL by Stephanie Lynn, Tailgate Ice Cream Party

With kids running around, spills are expected. Clean up with this sweet and delicious looking Ice Pop Tea Towel, or just hang it from the oven to brighten up your kitchen! (And this could make a great hostess gift, as well!)

Paper Source How-To: Ice Pop Invitation

 

Start your festive July 4th bash with this fun and patriotic ice pop-themed party invitation! Download the instructions and get crafting for your USA tribute!

 

MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Download How-To
  • At the bottom of card, stamp three ice pops with VersaMark ink and apply Aqua embossing powder. 
  • Set the embossing powder using the heat tool. 
  • Fill in center section of ice pops with white pen. 
  • Use X-Mas Red stickles to accent top portion of ice pops and allow to dry. 
  • Format your invite text to fit into a 4″ w x 3 3/4″ h rectangle. 
  • Trim out text layer and adhere to stamped card.

Workshop: Indigo Card Making

This post is brought to you by Rebecca B., who creates our workshops. Here she tells you how she found the inspiration for our newest workshop, Indigo Card Making, happening Thursday, June 19.

My latest crush is on Indigo.  I see it everywhere: clothing, textiles, home decor, ceramics, the list goes on.  I wanted to combine it with my other love, paper, so I created the Indigo Card Making Workshop!  With the stationery collection in this class I tried to capture some of my favorite forms of the trend: sun prints, Shibori dyeing, dip-dyeing, Ikat prints and mosaics.  You can take a look at some of my Indigo inspiration on this Pinterest board:

 

This roll-up-your-sleeves class is such great creative playtime!  Among the projects, you will learn how to create decorative paper with Shibori techniques that involve binding and dying paper with inkpads. Then you will use your beautiful hand-dyed paper to create stationery.  One of my favorite aspects of the class is the “reveal” moments when you unfold the bindings to discover the Indigo pattern.  Click here to learn more about the other projects in this workshop.

Classes are filling fast but many locations are running encores so be sure to call your local store if seats are sold out online.

Pinterest inspiration for our workshop. Check out more here.

Favorite PS colors: cement & coral
Favorite PS product:  Mint Patterned Napkins