The Perfect Pool Party

One of the most fun ways to cool off during the summer is a pool party with friends. Here are some of our must-haves for a great summer bash.

 

Essentials

First thing’s first: you need a way to haul your stuff! This Red Stripe Tote Bag is durable and cute. Even better? It’s got plenty of room for this super cute Beach Radio, because a pool party is nothing without music!  We love this vintage-looking radio because you can plug in your iPod or smart phone to stream your own playlist. And of course you’ll need a pool float! Lounge around and catch some rays on this funny Pizza Slice Float.

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Fun & Games

Whether you’re a kid or a kid-at-heart, these games are sure to be a hit. Use the Big Kahuna Bouncing Water Ball or the Orgo Sport Beach Game for group games in the pool. When you need a break from the water, we love this Picnic Activity Mat, which includes three different game options sure to keep you busy on a sunny day!

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Food & Drink

Enjoy drinks poolside with these recyclable and reusable (and shatterproof) Govino Wine Cups.  If you’re going without vino, these cute Jam Jar Juice Glasses are super cute and acrylic, so they won’t break. In need of ice? And of course you’ll need some food! Keep everything chilled in this funky Watermelon Cooler.

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These are just a few of our favorite picks from our Summer assortment. What are your party must-haves?

The Ultimate 4th of July Drink

 

Are you throwing a July 4th bash? Don’t forget the drinks! We love this recipe from mom.me that can be made with or without alcohol. Serve it in this super patriotic drink station for a really festive look.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Sprite/Champagne/Sparkling Water
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries/Raspberries
  • Anchor Ice Tray

DIRECTIONS:

  1. To start, fill the Anchor Ice Tray with whole or crushed berries. Pour water over them and freeze.
  2. Use cranberry juice to fill another tray. Freeze.
  3. Once the ice cubes are frozen use them to complement your favorite cocktail (or mocktail). The clear drink dispenser is perfect for displaying these pops of colors. Put the fruity ice in a cocktail, mocktail, or fruit punch and serve!

 

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Happy celebrating!

 

Remember, you must be 21 or older to drink alcohol – and please don’t drink and drive.

“Meteor” Shower (A Paper Source Baby Shower)

One of the great things about working at Paper Source, with tons of creative people, is the ability to celebrate our friends and co-workers’ life moments in meaningful ways. With baby showers, especially, it’s always fun to think of themes that really resonate with the mom-to-be. For this baby shower, we knew we wanted to have a celestial-themed bash that coordinated with her nursery motif. Since we’d already thrown one “stellar” baby shower, we wanted to make this one unique. We started by calling it a “meteor” shower with an emphasis on planets and the solar system.

Invitations

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For these invites we used Night Circle Cards and printed a band to look like a planetary ring on Sunshine Text Weight Paper. Before attaching the band, we made a template with cutouts where we wanted striations to be. We put the cutout on top of the circle cards and used ink pads to rub directly onto the card. Once dry, we attached the middle band. The band was secured on the back with a 4″ round label, which was printed with more shower details.

 

Food

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Since the shower was in the afternoon, we went with a fun “Neptune’s Nacho Bar” and light snacks and desserts. We labeled everything with a mis of place cards and “punny” names.

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Decor

For decor we punched stars out in a variety of solar shades on text weight paper. Then we used double-sided tape to attach them to Blue & White Baker’s Twine with 1.25″ Round Labels for added interest.

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We wrapped the gifts in Constellations Gift Wrap and Silver Stars Fine Paper for a really beautiful gift basket.

We love giving mom something sentimental to take home. We handed out extra star cutouts and asked attendees to write down their wishes for baby. Then we collected them in an A7 Box Mailer that was covered with fine paper; something cute to keep on a bookshelf.

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Have we inspired you? Send us your Paper Source baby shower pictures to press@papersource.com and we might feature you!

 

 

Emojis Speak Louder Than Words

Emojis are a fun way to text, but we love the idea of using Emoji Stickers as a way to communicate messages in everyday life. Here are some of our favorite ideas on how to use these sassy icons.

Use them to mark your planner for an upcoming summer getaway….

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Or create a personalized message on an invitation (like this one for date night)

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Stick them in your friend’s schedule to let her know drinks are on the books.

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Or use them as fun motivational notes.

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And emojis are always perfect for when you can’t find the words to ask someone on the perfect date…

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How will you use your Emoji Stickers this summer? Share your pictures with us on Instagram @papersource!

Paper Source How-To: Father’s Day Anchor Card

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Dad’s big day is coming up (Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21) and we love the idea of making a card with a personal touch. This nautical-themed greeting is the perfect idea for a dad that loves the water. Stop by a store near you to get these supplies in time!

 

MATERIALS NEEDED

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Download this free label template and print it on the circle labels.
  2. Adhere the Royal Blue paper to the 4 bar folded card with double-sided tape or a tape runner.
  3. Stick the circle label to the front of the assembled card.
  4. Stamp the Anchor stamp with Versamark or red ink.
  5. Coat the anchor with red embossing powder and heat set  (watch our embossing video here).
  6. Tie Baker’s Twine around the spine of the card.
  7. Line the envelope with the Anchors and Waves gift wrap (watch our envelope lining video here).

From a Recruiter: How Our Store Samples Are Made

Our new “From a Recruiter” series will give an inside look at what it’s like to interview and work for Paper Source. Written by Cara Pacholski, our Field Recruitment Manager, you’ll get a sneak peek at stories, tips and tricks from our store recruitment team. 

 

Paper Source has so many inspiring things happening behind the scenes, and we love sharing some of the unique people and processes that go into making our stores such creative spaces.

Store samples. Did you know that every single craft sample you see in stores is hand-crafted at our Paper Source headquarters in Chicago? Our sample makers, Estela and Maria Olga, make 130 samples of each craft design you see at your local store!

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Samples are made for everything from stationery, gift tags, kits and more. Our goal is for people to walk into any store and get inspired by all of the possibilities our crafting supplies can make. None of this would be possible without Estela and Maria!

Samples are made seasonally and to refresh store displays so we’re featuring the newest and most exciting designs and products. They also start from scratch and create all of the samples we need every time we open a new store (we’re opening 10 this year)!

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Some of the samples you see, but might not realize they created, are:

  • Every store rosette
  • Flower samples
  • All rubber stamp samples with embossing
  • All kit samples
  • Everyday invitation/cards/announcement samples with lined envelopes
  • Store window display pieces

And not only do they do all of this, but they do it with a level of perfection that even our most devoted crafters are in awe of! We couldn’t do it without them!

 

Another thing we do behind-the-scenes that might surprise you… we plan out all of our store window displays! Before the pieces get to Maria and Estela, we have a dedicated team that finds inspiration in our latest products and crafts, and transforms them into large-scale inviting displays.

It’s probably no shock that right now we’re focused on our new Calendars and Planners. Our 2016 line includes new and updated products with design call-outs like:

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So how do we show all of these great designs off? …. We put them in our store window! Here’s a sneak peek at our upcoming windows, which are currently under construction! We start but laying out design out on the floor, and later hang it up with clear wire in a mock-window. Once our design is finalized, the pieces are sent to Maria and Estela, who prepare all the pieces for the stores.

Stop by our stores for a better look at our intricate samples and engaging windows!

 

 

Father’s Day Finds

As Father’s Day quickly approaches, make sure you give dad something he’ll really love. Here are some of our favorite, and truly unique, gift ideas for all dads!

 

For the cook: Surprise your chef with these innovative kitchen tools! Whether amateur or professional, any cook is guaranteed to appreciate the extra conveniences these gifts provide. From the Bar10der tool (with TEN tools in one!) to Whiskey Rocks that will keep dad’s next drink cool. what’s best for you pop?

 

For the DIY’er: These gifts are for the dad who loves to figure things out on his own. From repairing his own bike to having a survival credit card, he’ll be sure to use these practical gifts for his next project!

 

For the outdoorsman: If your dad considers himself a version of Bear Grylls, here are great gift ideas for him. These tools are essential for a weekend trip away or a summer camping adventure.

 

For the BEST.DAD.EVER.: No matter what your dad is into, he will love getting these reminders of just how awesome you think he is.

 

Father’s Day is a great time to show dad just how much he means to you. Whatever you get your pop, we hope it comes from the heart! (And don’t forget the card!)

A Chic Office

Designing your perfect workspace doesn’t have to be hard. Here are some quick and easy ideas sure to take your desk from drab to fab.

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The most important thing is finding that perfect planner or calendar. We’re excited to launch our new Personalized Planners for a truly unique look that reflects your personality. With bold graphics and designs exclusively from Paper Source, plus the chance to add your own text and font choices, you’ll end up with one amazing agenda. The inside is just as impressive – with a front pocket for storing receipts and reminders, laminated tabs for easy navigation plus monthly and weekly views with plenty of room for notes.

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Once you’ve found your ideal planner, add desk accessories that complement your style. If you can make the little, everyday things more fun, you’ll likely be more productive. For instance, you could use a basic pen – but why? We love this Kate Spade New York Polka Dot Ballpoint Pen that will make even the most mundane notes feel a little fancy. You could also go for some bold ink with LePen, or clever sayings from ban.do. Old school clipboards are back in – but this Gold Clipboard is definitely a more elevated version than you’re used to. Use it for notes on the go, or as a super quick way to hang an art print!

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You can use Chalkboard Wallies to plan out big projects without causing any clutter (don’t forget the Chalk Markers). And speaking of avoiding clutter, keep your phone and tech gear all in one place with the Wooden USB Organizer, which also corrals stray pens and pencils. Our new and exclusive Painted Brushstrokes Foil Pocket Folders (set of 2) are not only colorful, but super modern with a touch of gold foil. And finally, your office should reflect you! Display pictures, postcards, ticket stubs and more with this Hangit Display, which can be shown horizontally or vertically.

How are you decking out your desk? Share your favorite planner design and office tips in the comments section!

Paper Source How-To: Bike Decor

You may have noticed, but we’re kind of digging bikes lately. They look great on aprons, journals, glassware and more. Here are some ideas on how to turn this athletic theme into decor perfect for any space. The great thing? These statement pieces are super easy!

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Take your custom artwork to the next level! We simply placed our Bike Art Print on top of Peacock Cover Weight Paper (sized larger than the print) in frame.

 

Colorful Bikes
Brighten up any space with these special spokes. To copy the look, craft the bikes from the Bicycle Garland Kit and adhere them to Black & White Herringbone fine paper.

 

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If you’re looking for something a little more advanced, try this statement piece. Download the Silhouette file (note: you need to have a CAMEO machine for this one!) and produce the letters (we used Peacock and Chartreuse Cover Weight Paper). Adhere with Foam Squares on top of Black & White Striped Wrapping Paper.

 

Which one’s your favorite?