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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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.

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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.

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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.

 

MATERIALS NEEDED

  • 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.
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  • 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.

 

TIPS

  • 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.

MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

  • 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

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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.

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

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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.

 

Fresh Ideas: Easter Egg Decorating

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Ready to decorate some Easter eggs? If you’re looking for unique ways to style your shells this Easter, here are some options we’re in love with.

Easter Egg Gold Letters

Monogram it! We love the idea of personalizing eggs, either as a way to sign your creation, or as a special way to Easter egg hunt (like the first person to find letters that create a word, wins). Here are two ways to get the look.

1. After dying, place a Gold Glitter Alphabet Sticker on for a quick and easy finish! (pictured above)
2. If you want to step up your alphabet game, try placing an Alphabet Sticker on before dying your egg. When the dye is dry, remove the sticker and use a White Uniball pen to create a design. (pictured below)

Easter Egg Letters

 

Create dimension. After dying your eggs, use Stickles glitter glue to create a raised and shimmering design. Or, doodle on the surface with White Uniball and puffy pastel Souffle Pens and add the Stickles for a sparkly finishing touch!

Easter Egg Stickles

 

Decoupage. Use up extra scraps of paper you have lying around by cutting out shapes (we used White Ducks fine paper) and securing the design with Mod Podge (don’t forget the brush!).

Easter Egg Swan

 

Washi time! And lastly, one of our favorite (and one of the easiest!) ways to decorate eggs is by simply applying washi tape in a unique design. We used Twist CordPatch Tsugihagi, Gold Dot and Metallic washi tapes.

Easter Egg Washi

 

Also shown above: an adorable bunny design sketched with Sharpie markers and a design made with cut pieces of gold tape. You can find the Lime Green Paper Grass here.

Paper Source How-To: Easter Card

Easter card

Send a hand-crafted Easter greeting to some-bunny special!

MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Download How-To PDF
  • Stamp and emboss Happy Easter message in the center of the folded card.
  • Using the mini flower punch set, begin punching Mint and Clover shapes.
  • Mix mini flower shapes and colors, arranging them into a wreath shape around stamped message.
  • Adhere shapes in place using small glue dots.
  • Punch several flower shapes from Sunshine and Coral paper.
  • Layer shapes and, if desired, use 1/4″ hole punch to embellish centers using gold glitter paper.
  • Adhere flowers in place as desired on wreath.
  • Create a small bow using Coral ribbon and adhere in place to bottom center of wreath.

Stylish Office Transformation

As we move closer to spring, we begin to want a refresher in all aspects of our lives. If a full on spring cleaning isn’t quite your thing, you could add some new elegance and color to your home or work office with some simple and stylish changes.

Before you know it you will feel renewed and happy to tackle all the times ahead. Here are seven of our favorite picks that can help you transition into a stylish spring, even if the weather doesn’t quite seem like it is.

Fashionably on time. You will want to take this Gold Foil Confetti Planner every where you go. Keep your life in order with both style and fun. Who knew organization could look so good?

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Let the mug do the talking. Sometimes we just have to speak the truth. Let everyone know how you really feel with this Damn Good Coffee Mug.

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Marbled, marvelous. You’ll want to write a note to everyone in your address book with these handsome Marble Stationary Cards.  Not only are they sleek but also simply aesthetic with the swirl of natural color and texture, they are pretty enough to frame.

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To the point. This is not your #2 pencil from grade school. Add a pop of color and fun to your office with I Think You’re Sharp Pencils. You may even give some away as a small gift to show someone how witty you really think they are.  

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Polished and Professional. Store all of your important papers in this beautiful portfolio. Simple yet unique, you could even bring this Metallic Gold Folio to an interview to show off your fancy side.

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Lush Artwork. Our exclusive 2015 Paper Source Wall Art Calendar is a classic way to add fun to your office. On trend and delightful, this calender will allow you a colorful way to keep track of your days. (Hint: Each page gives you templates to inspire you to up-cycle each design when the month is over.)

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Peel. Stick. Repeat.  Don’t feel confined to only put these Wallies Removable Chalkboard Panels in your office. They are peel and stick which allows you to add your own notes and doodles to every room you like. Chalk is included, or you can add bursts of color with Colored Chalk!

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DIY Valentines: Part 2

We love to D.I.Y. valentines – it’s the perfect way to show just how much you care. Here are more how-tos to get your creative juices flowing. (And check out Part 1 here.)

 

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Add dimension to your Valentine with heart shaped party picks and gold heart doilies!

  1. Stick a Heart Doily on a Superfine White A6 folded card with glue stick or double-sided tape
  2. Spear the doily with a Party Pick
  3. Cut a narrow strip of paper for your banner and write a message on it (we used White Uniball Pen)
  4. Adhere your banner with Zots or glue stick.
  5. Pair with a Persimmon A6 envelope.|

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Gold foil tape is an easy way to add a bold, graphic look to your card:

  1. Adhere strips of Gold Metallic Tape to a Fuchsia 4 bar folded card
  2. Stamp “Love You More” on a small piece of card stock and heat emboss it with gold powder.
  3. Cut out the message and adhere it to the card with foam squares
  4. We labeled our envelope with printable Gold Foil Rectangle Labels