From a Recruiter: Opening a New Store

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. 


What inspired me to join this organization seven years ago was the big picture plan to grow a small company. I remember my first day here at Paper Source; at the time, we had 21 stores and eight more were planned to open that year. We had an aggressive expansion plan and we were building our strategy from the ground up. Needless to say, it was a fun few years of getting teams built and functioning collaboratively for success. It was an amazing time of working together, and the success of seeing that first store I helped open is still exciting after all these years.

Here at Paper Source, every department is involved in opening our new stores. Everyone has a role; from reviewing leases, to traveling to site inspections, to overseeing construction, to picking and shipping products from our warehouse, to ensuring the store fixtures arrive on time (right down to the toilet paper holder), to, of course, hiring our new associates… a lot goes into opening a new location! Hiring the team for a new store is like putting together a puzzle. My recruitment team visits each new location to find the top creative talent. We speak with community members, schools, restaurants and other retailers in an effort to spread the word about Paper Source.

When the puzzle of hiring for a new store is completed, the feeling is amazing. But that’s where much of the work starts! Training is a huge priority at Paper Source, but especially in new stores. We put time and care into making sure our new team members feel like a knowledgeable part of our creative community.

That being said, we’d like to welcome the newest members of our Paper Source “family”… a big hello to our Tampa, Florida store, which opened in late June!



If you’re interest in joining our creative team, please visit our careers website.Interested in opportunities to join our “family”, please visit our careers website.


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….



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



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



Or use them as fun motivational notes.



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

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!




  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).

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.


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.


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 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!


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!

Ride On decor

A Custom Mat
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.


Ride On!
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?

Easy Mother’s Day (Paper) Upgrades

Breakfast in bed and a bouquet of pretty flowers are a Mother’s Day favorite for a reason. Kids and adults alike can participate; plus it’s a simple and cost effective way to show mom how much she means.

If you’re treating mom with these classics this year, add more detail with these fine paper finishing touches. (Hint: Pick a paper with mom’s favorite colors!)

Line her breakfast tray. Measure the surface of the tray and cut a piece of paper to size. Simply place it in the bottom for a look that screams posh & pampered.

breakfast tray

Also pictured and available in most stores: Vintage Milk Bottle with paper tape, Best Mom Ever Mug, Home is Where Your Mom Is Tea Towel and Poppies Flower Kit.


Wrap it up. Cover up the dingy store plastic and make your buds really shine.

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For this look, you can use fine paper or wrapping paper. Use a wrap with a pattern mom will love, or dress up a solid with stamps or writing (especially cute from the kids). Watch our video below to see the step-by-step wrapping process. And when you’ve got the paper all set, finish with twine, a piece of washi tape or a hand-drawn tag.


We love these quick little touches that elevate the finished gift. Which will you try out?

[Pictured: Silver Dots on Slate Fine Paper with Cotton Wrapping Twine; Paper Bag Solid Wrapping Paper with Large Rose Rubber Stamp and Patch Tsugihagi Washi Tape; Sketch Flower Wrapping Paper with Black & White Baker's Twine, Scallop Punch and Paper; Paper Bag Solid Wrapping Paper with writing in White Chalk Ink Marker and Cotton Wrapping Twine.] 


Paper Source How-To: Customized Candles

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Mother’s Day is a great time to give a personalized and thoughtful gift. We love this candle customization; it’s easy to do for kids and adults, and is the perfect present for the mom who loves to take a bath (consider gifting with bath oils and a good book), or for cute mantel decor.



  • Sharpies
  • Scissors
  • Embossing Heat Tool
  • Wax Paper
  • Shape Punch
  • Tissue Paper


INSTRUCTIONS (for a candle with writing, as seen in middle)

  • Use sharpies to draw a design or message on wax paper.
  • Cut out your design, cropping it as closely as possible.
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  • Place the wax paper design on the candle and wrap a bigger piece of wax paper all the way around the candle to hold it in place.
  • Heat set the wax paper design with a heat tool for about 30 – 40 seconds, using sweeping motions.
  • Remove the outer layer of wax paper.


INSTRUCTIONS (for a candle with tissue paper, as seen on right)

  • Punch shapes out of tissue paper with a paper punch (we used the Mini Flower Paper Punch).
  • Place your flowers on the surface of the candle one section at a time.
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  • Wrap a piece of wax paper around the candle to hold the flowers in place.
  • Heat set the flowers with a heat tool for a about 30 -40 seconds, using sweeping motions.
  • Remove the wax paper and repeat steps 2 – 4 until the whole candle is covered.



  • Use a wide pillar candle, it will be easier to handle and provides a larger “canvas” for your work!
  • If you can’t decide which technique to use, try them both! Tissue paper would look great with writing on top.
  • If you’re looking for a fun way to wrap your candle, cover it in the middle with fine paper, twine and a gift tag (as shown on left).

Paper Source How-To: A Photo Card for Mom


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We have some unique cards for Mother’s Day, but if you’re looking for a D.I.Y. that’s uniquely personal, here’s a quick and easy photo card tutorial.



  • Start with a photo of you and mom that will fit on the front of a card.
  • Measure your photo size, then allow for a border on each side. With your new measurement, cut a solid paper background. (For instance, a 2″ x 3″ photo with a 1/2″ border on each side would need a 3″ x 4″ background.) Paste the photo on the paper with a glue stick.
  • Cut a piece of fine paper or wrapping paper to size for your chosen card, leaving an approximate 1/4″ – 1/2″ border on the front of the card. Paste into place with a glue stick.
  • Adhere the photo and solid paper in the center of the card that is now covered with fine paper.
  • Punch out the front card using the Real Estate Paper Punch.
  • Stamp onto the punched out card and emboss with the embossing heat tool.
  • Adhere punched card to front of greeting card using foam squares.

Creative Card Making: Sunny Greetings


Are you looking for some creative playtime to brighten your day?  Join us for our card making workshop next Thursday, March 26th.  We will make a set of cheery cards and teach you how to stamp, emboss, make paper bows, line envelopes and more!

The cards for this class were inspired by some of our favorite products for spring.  We were especially drawn to pineapples, words of encouragement, sunny sentiments, bows and bright colors.

sunny greetings inspiration

Here are couple of highlights from the class.  Check out this pop-out-banner card in this video demo:


Take a closer look at this tag: we will teach you a neat trick to give your paper a resin-like shine before turning it into a bow:

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These sunny cards are perfect to tuck away for a rainy day.  We hope you join us!  Check with your local store for seat availability or sign up online.