Picture Perfect: Make the Most of Photo Albums

We love taking traditional photo albums and giving them a modern update. There are so many great ways to use and gift photo albums, and with the new Kinsho line, there are formats for any use (from pocket-sized, to traditional albums, to photo journals/scrapbooks). With luxe details like cloth-bound covers, nature-inspired colors, acid-free and archival paper, interior pockets and elastic enclosures, the new albums are practical enough for everyday use with a superior quality that makes a thoughtful gift. Here are some of our favorite ideas for using and gifting these classic products.

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Store wedding memories. Photo albums are a classic way to store wedding and engagement pictures, but here are three different ways to use albums in your wedding plans (the Kinsho Ivory Photo Album has room for 200 photos and plenty of writing space).

  • Photobooth displays. Photobooths are a current wedding trend, and so is displaying the photobooth pics. But don’t forget to gather those up at the end of the night! Store them in a photo album so you’ll have them close by.

    Photo from Weddingomania

    Photo from Weddingomania

  • Candid moments. If you’re not doing a photobooth, give every table a disposable or Polaroid camera and collect the prints at the end for a look at the reception you might not have seen!
  • A custom guest book. Request that your guests bring a photo of them with the happy couple and place it in the album along with well wishes.

 

A thoughtful graduation gift. Send off your new graduate by asking friends and family to bring their favorite pic with the new grad. Have each guest store their photo and write a favorite memory or tip for “the real world” for a gift they can keep forever (this Kinsho Pocket Photo Album is small and portable for wherever life might take the new grad).

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Create a memorable baby shower. Have your close friends bring baby photos of themselves and collect them in an album. Ask them to write a sweet message, fond memory, or tips on parenting, on the side. Keep it as a baby keepsake for years to come in the Kinsho Photo Journal – which features scrapbook sheets with room to write on the side.

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Whichever way you’re using your album, unique pens, stickers, washi tape and stamps can make a difference (they’re not just for scrapbooking – you can customize your photo albums however you like).

With smartphones and screens becoming the popular way to store photos, we love the idea of printing out memories and having a tangible album holding some of life’s biggest moments. What are your favorite ways to use photo albums?

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!)

Weekend Wants: Easter Basket

Easter is coming, and with it one of the most favored traditions: the Easter basket. Here’s a special Weekend Wants with some of our top toys and treats to help make your custom basket the best ever.

A better basket. Everyone will adore this Felt Bunny Basket instead of the traditional wicker basket or bucket. Once your little one takes out the treats, they have a handy basket to use for their Easter egg hunt.

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The grass is greener. And here’s a necessary basket builder: Paper Grass. Not only does it make your basket a little prettier, it makes it seem fuller, as well!

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A little surprise. These Surprise Bunnies are not just cute, but super fun, too! Pull back the tissue paper exterior to reveal jokes, temporary tattoos and other fun surprises.

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A spec-tacular bunny. Bring on the laughs with these cute Funny Bunny Glasses. These are the perfect gift to start a fun game of dress-up, or to take a funny family photo.

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Cute critters. These bright and squishy Light Up Chicks are always a fun toy to add to the basket. When squeezed or shaken, these little guys light up – super fun for kids!

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Sweet treats. Don’t forget the candy! No basket is complete without sweet treats like these super cute pastel Good Eggs (exclusive to Paper Source) or Easter Dots!

 

Sunny stickers. And if you’re looking for a fun and unexpected basket filler, try these Easter Stickers. So cute and perfect for Easter crafts!

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For even more ideas, check out all of our Easter goodies!

 

Weekend Wants: Bicycles

We are in love with our new and exclusive (designed by our team in Chicago!) print: bicycles! This print is a little neon, a lot of fun, and definitely a great unisex gift.

Drink up. These Ride On glass tumblers are perfect for a home bar. They’re 3.5″ tall and hold 8 oz. A classic shape and size that anyone will love. Plus, they’re dishwasher safe and under $20!

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The perfect gift. Our new print is also available in a set of two Ride On Tea Towels. This dark fabric is decorated with bright bikes, and is perfect for the active host or hostess. It’s also available in an apron, oven mitt set and tote bag!

 

Write it down. This set of three Mini Bicycle Journals is the perfect little everyday gift! Whether they’re for a cycling enthusiast or a note fiend, anyone will appreciate the gesture.

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Check out all of our new bicycle gifts here!

Weekend Wants: Valentine’s Day Cards

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to send love notes to your favorite people. Whether you’re going for funny or sweet, here are some of our favorite valentine greetings, all designed by the Paper Source team in Chicago.

Just plain sweet. We love this You Are My Happy Place card because it’s sweet and colorful with a great pop of gold foil. This lovely message can be sent to a partner, friend or family member.

 

You + Me, sitting in a tree. K-I-S-S-I-N-G. This new letterpress You + Me card gives us nostalgia. A perfectly romantic card for you and your significant other, the letterpress printing gives it a textured feel for a unique finish.

 

#Tooreal. This card is for all the tech lovers out there. Show your mate how truly serious you are with this Give Up My Phone valentine, displaying the lengths you would (but hopefully don’t have to) go for them.

Weekend Wants: Valentine’s Day Gifts

Looking for a great gift for your sweetie pie? Here are a few of our favorite gifts for Valentine’s Day.

Heart of Gold. We love this new Heart of Gold porcelain mug that has a sweet message for any loved one. Designed by our team in Chicago, the gold heart really pops, and can be used year-round for your favorite beverage (try our You Are So Incredibly Awesome Tea)!

 

Man candy. If you can’t find the perfect man…buy him! This Chocolate Perfect Man is a great gift for all the single ladies in your life (and probably some married ones, too)! Solid chocolate and delicious – a fun gift this Valentine’s Day!

 

Love notes. These Sweet Sentiments Mini Journals are great lovely little gifts. Brand new and designed by Paper Source, you can give them as a set, or break them up and give individual journals as part of a gift bag!

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Weekend Wants: Valentine’s Day Décor

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to add some lovely touches to your home décor; here are some of our favorite picks that are great enough to display year-round. (Psst! They’re all brand new!)

Awesome color. This colorblock You Are So Awesome Tea Towel is bright and fun, and features gold lettering that pops. Give to a friend, or as a hostess gift (this is one tea towel they’ll be thrilled to display)! Designed by our creative team in Chicago, you won’t find this anywhere else!

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Brighten up your space. This You Are My Sunshine Wood Art Print is made from laser-cut wood and features a bright yellow inlay for a cheery message you’ll want to show off daily.

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No, I love YOU more. This new Love You More Pillow features an exclusive Paper Source, bold typographic design that will seamlessly fit into any space.

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Weekend Wants: Journals

When starting off the new year, it’s always important to stay focused on your goals and to take time to reflect. Here are three of our favorite journals and notebooks that are sure to make writing a lot more fun.

It only takes five minutes. We’ve all been there: we resolve to record our daily thoughts more, and then stop after only a few weeks. If this sounds like you, you’re going to love The Five Minute Journal. Each day only takes about five minutes, and includes prompts for both morning and night to keep the positivity flowing. (If you like the idea of being prompted every day, you should also check out our One Line a Day journals, Q&A a Day 5 Year Journal and the Q&A a Day for Kids 3 Year Journal.)

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Sweet words. This brand new Follow Your Heart spiral notebook is perfect for daily thoughts and notes. Gold foil lettering and a bright pink heart make a dramatic statement against the black background. This journal provides a positive message year-round.

 

Make it your own. We’re super excited about our new personalized journals! With over 40 original designs (all exclusive to Paper Source!) to choose from, plus 25 fonts and 4 inner page designs, you can create a custom design that’s perfectly you.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

Looking for some last-minute stocking stuffers? Head over to a Paper Source store to stock up on some of our favorite goodies!

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1. Get a little candy crazy with this unique Hammond’s Pigs & Taters Chocolate Bar. Perfect for adults and kids alike, this milk chocolate bar features pieces of potato chips and bacon.

2. Kids will love this Mini Neon Cubebot. The wooden limbs and elastic band muscles make this cube fun to manipulate.

3. We’re not saying you should give anyone actual coal, but if you have a friend who’s been a little naughty, give them this funny hint. It’s actually Coal Bubble Gum, so they’ll get a nice treat out of it.

4. These Junior Mints Peppermint Crunch are a fun take on a classic treat.

5. These Neon Hair Ties are functional but super cute, too. Pretty enough to wear on your wrist when not in use, and they won’t tear your hair!

6. Our newest Joy Love Cheer Tea comes in a travel tin that’s perfect for adult stockings. It feature Paper Source exclusive artwork and the black tea leaves create a robust base for this spicy infusion, while apples and a hint of licorice sweeten each sip.