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.

Written Gratitude

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.



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.




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.


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.


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).



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.



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.


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.

Weekend Wants: Skulls

In honor of Dia de los Muertos (or the Day of the Dead on Nov 1), here are some of our favorite skull items! Hurry and grab these up, because they’re all ON SALE now, while supplies last!

Festive shots. Get the party started with these festive Skull Shot Glasses. The gold  artwork makes an impactful statement without being cheesy!


Wipe Down. A graphic skull and bold pattern takes center stage in this set of three Sugar Skull Tea Towels. They come wrapped in a natural bow and make a great hostess gift!


Not so cookie cutter. Nothing looks sweet about these treats! Make some festive cookies with these unique Sugar Skull Cookie Cutters!

It’s a Monster Mash Bash!

It’s almost Halloween and we’re ready to party! Throw your little ghouls and goblins a Monster Mash Bash with these easy tricks and treats.

Monster Mash inspiration from Hostess with the Mostess blog.

Monster Mash inspiration from Hostess with the Mostess.


Monstrous  Invitations

Use our fun stickers and stamps to add creepy details to your party invitations. Wrap your note with playful washi tape or monster-themed paper tape to finish your scary stationery.

Monster Invitation

Everything you need for fun and freaky invites: Poppy and Beet cards and envelopes with Halloween Monsters Circle Stickers and our Little Monsters Rubber Stamp Set . Tie your design together with Monsters Paper Tape and Skinny Orange & Black Ribbon.    Items not shown to scale.



Haunted house

Your little monsters will howl for these adorable door designs. Just paste black paper circles to the back of paper plates to create eyes for your monster. Streamers and cut paper make great hair for your monster and our pre-cut spiders add an easy, creepy touch to any door.


Creative door ideas from Good to Know Family

Creative door ideas from Good to Know Family

Greet your guests a scary start by playing a Halloween soundtrack or sound machine.


These little monsters are too cute to be scary. They’re simple to make. Just fluff our pre-made tissue pom poms, cut some black and white circles for eyes, and glue together for fun and frightful monsters. Hang from the ceiling or use as table decorations.

We love these Monster Tissue Pom Poms from Persia Lou. Use Diamond Blue and Coral Tissue Paper Poms to create the look. (Don’t forget the scissors and glue!)



Scary Snacks

Your guests will gobble up these bright and silly monster cookies.

Kooky monster cookies from Lil' Luna

Kooky monster cookies from Lil’ Luna

These playful cups are easy to make- just add some monster eye stickers to a party cup and top with a fun straw. Cut washi tape to easily add a festive pennant.


Check out these creative monster cups from Simply Creative Insanity. Our fun Black & White Paper Straws and Spooky Eyes Stickers are perfect for this project. Fold a piece of cut Party Washi Tape to create a cute flag for your straw.  Items not shown to scale.


Party time

Wrap coffee cans with fun Halloween paper tape, add some monster eyes and stack for a fun ball-toss carnival game. You could also fill balloons with a small treat, add silly faces and let your little ones pick a balloon to pop.

Party game photos from Catch My Party

Party game photos from Catch My Party

Your guests will love getting crafty with these fun creatures. Build your own creepy paper monsters using this fun kit then use your dolls to put on a puppet show!


Tricky treats

When your Monster Mash is done, send your guests home with these spirited treat bags.

Everything you need for these cute critters: Kraft Treat Bags with a Circle Punch for the eyes, Flag Hole Punch or Pennant Hole Punch for the teeth, and fun washi tape for extra decoration.

Everything you need for these cute critters: Kraft Treat Bags with a Circle Punch for the eyes, Flag Hole Punch or Pennant Hole Punch for the teeth, and fun washi tape for extra decoration.

Decorate colorful paper bags with a silly and simple paper face. Our paper punches make cutting perfect circles a snap. Flag-shaped or triangle punches make great teeth for your little ghouls. When you’re done,  fill with little zany treats like the ones below to thrill your visitors.


Some frightening favors! Fill your bag with Finger Monsters, Flashing Bouncing Eyeballs, Light-up Pumpkin Balls, and fizzy Halloween Pop Rocks.

Weekend Wants: Halloween Costumes

You might not know it, but Paper Source is the go-to for quick and easy Halloween costumes! Here are some of our favorites when it comes to dressing up in a pinch and putting your scariest face forward.

Halloween Classics. Dress up easily with this Halloween Masks Kit – all the main parts are included for quick at-home assembly! Perfect if you don’t want to spend a fortune looking festive, but want to be in the spirit when you’re handing out candy. Pair these with coordinating colored clothes for the complete effect (like an all white outfit for the mummy).


Get your head in the game. Top off your look with these fun hats! Pair any of them with an all-black ensemble for a scary witch or wicked devil!


Bad to the bone. Skeletons are a classic! Make yourself into one with these bony tattoos and scary face mask!


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.

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



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!