Back to School: Lunchtime Tips

With long school days coming up (or for some of you, already starting!), kids need a good lunch to get them through the day. But between rushed mornings, picky eaters and repetitive food options, packing a lunch can be a hassle! We have a few tips and some products to help get you through a lunchtime rut.

Theses stainless steel containers are an earth-friendly way to pack a lunch. Having multiple sets and washing them right when the kids come home from school will help you to avoid going through dozens of plastic bags each week!

The Sweat Free Ice Pack has a recycled pouch- making it earth friendly while also keeping moisture off of food!

This insulated jar stays cool to the touch even with hot food inside. And if you want to make sure your food stays extra hot, here’s a tip: boil water, pour it into the thermos and let it sit before draining it and putting in your food. The hot water heats it up, so it’ll stay warm for longer (think of it like serving hot food on a warm plate!).

The collapsible lunch box is another great earth-friendly option for lunch. No plastic bags or silverware required. Have a picky eater who can’t stand when their foods are touching? If the two dividers aren’t enough, use cupcake papers for small snacks and veggies instead of plastic!

Let your child express their style with a fun lunch box!

The Packit Lunch Bag is freezable. Pop it in the freezer overnight and it’ll stay cold as ice for 10 hours- no ice pack required!

The black and white dots and coral stripe lunch bags are a cute way to tote around a lunch. They’re neoprene and will stay insulated for up to 4 hours.

What kid wouldn’t be excited for their lunch with this super cute hedgehog lunch box!

Stick this dry erase board in the most convenient spot in your kitchen and create a lunch chart. Create four columns; one each for protein, grain, fruit/veggie, and a fun snack. Pick from the columns randomly on days that you’re stumped to make packing go a little quicker! When you start getting tired of the options, simply erase and come up with something new!

Anther helpful hint to make lunch packing a breeze is to set up a lunch packing station! Have a cabinet or drawer with only lunch foods. Sort snacks into bins and keep them at kid level so the little ones can help put together lunches themselves! Do the same in the fridge- have a section for just lunch items. When everything is in one place it’s easy to just grab and go!

Another idea? Freeze sandwiches and smoothies at the beginning of the week- they double as ice packs and will thaw by lunch! (But when you freeze a sandwich make sure condiments go in between the meat and cheese (not on the bread) to avoid a soggy mess!)

What are some of your lunchtime shortcuts? Tell us in the comments!

Back to School: Locker Style

As you gear up for the school year, one great way to cheer up your little student is to give them the greatest looking locker around. From wallpapers to magnets, to mini chandeliers, there are endless ways to deck out a school locker!

Paper Source has decorations ready made for a locker. The locker rug fits standard locker sizes, and is sure to give your student a home away from home while at school. The hanging chandelier is a perfect touch of glamour for a dingy locker. It’s magnetic for easy installation, and even has a motion sensor. The chandelier is battery operated- so there’s no power needed! The aqua locker wallpaper (also available in black) instantly dresses up any locker wall- and won’t damage its surfaces. The wall paper is easy to cut- so it fits any space, and comes with 20 magnets. With just a few items your locker diva is ready for the new year!

Are you more of a do-it-yourself-er? Even better! Paper Source’s papers, washi tapes and desk accessories can definitely find a place in a school locker!

Paper Source has an endless supply of wrapping paper, and there’s one out there to fit your kid’s individual style. Use some painter’s  tape or glue dots to safely adhere wrapping paper to locker walls. These are our picks for a boy’s locker!

These papers are perfect for your super girly-girl who needs a little pink in her life!

Have a kid who can’t get enough sweets and snacks? Satisfy their cravings with a delectable foodie locker wrap!

Don’t see quite the right wrap here? Check out all of our other gift wraps and fine papers- at least one will strike your fancy!

Another option for a locker interior is a chalkboard wallie. They are available in pink and black. It’s removable and won’t damage the inside of a locker. Great for doodles or jotting down homework assignments! Chalk is in included, but when you run out try some dustless chalk- it’ll keep school supplies clean!

With wrapped locker walls, your student can go crazy with fun accessories and knick-knacks. These sticky notes are pennant shaped, so you can write a fun message and display it in a banner! A perfectly playful touch for the top of a locker!

Stash some quirky pencils in your child’s locker-  they won’t mind taking notes with these!

Washi Tapes are another great way to add some personality and style to a locker interior. Just have your student pick their favorite and the decorating possibilities are endless. Use them as a border around the locker or around a magnetic mirror. Or use them to tape up and frame pictures!

Magnets are a must  for keeping pictures and assignments from getting crumpled underneath textbooks. Paper Source carries styles from sophisticated flowers to feisty foxes.

These talk bubble white board magnets are a fun addition to any space. Students can leave them outside of their locker for friends to stop by and write a friendly note! Don’t forget vibrant dry erase markers!

 

With a fun locker set up, stopping for next period’s textbooks doesn’t have to be such a drag. Check out our Pinterest for more locker style inspiration and organization tips. Happy back to school season!

Gold Glam: Back to School

A-B-C, 1-2-3, G-O-L-D! It’s already time to start preparing for back to school shopping! Everyone loves new clothes but don’t forget about accessories and backpack must-haves. This year, we are raving about gold. We just can’t get enough!

Whether your student wants something classic or prefers something a little more retro, we’ve got it all. With something like this Elegant Notes Journal or this Gold Foil Triangles Pink Spiral Notebook, you’ll never forget to take notes again! (Doodling is also acceptable.)

If you’re going to take notes then you’ll need something to write with. Whether you’re confident with a pen or prefer the less permanent pencil, you’ll find the perfect writing utensil for your new notebook(s). Kate Spade makes some adorable pencils and bright erasers; or try this six color pen!

Losing something as bright and fun as these pens and pencils is never a good thing, so keep everything in one place with a pouch! Use it for your pens and pencils, or for lunch money!

Gold and Red Colorblock Pouches (Additional colors available.)

One accessory that never leaves our side is our cell phone. Dress it up and show your personality with an energizing case! Need to actually energize your phone on the go? Try a Back Me Up! mobile charger which gives your phone juice when an outlet’s nowhere in sight.
“Oh no! A science test today?” Don’t forget about any tests or projects with a new 2015 calendar or planner. With agendas this cute, why wouldn’t you want to write things down all the time?
With these school and work accessories, you’re sure to have a great year ahead! What’s your favorite school supply? Tell us in the comments!

Scary, Spooky, Crafty, Kooky…Halloween Ideas

October means one thing here at Paper Source— Countdown to Halloween! This haunting holiday presents great crafting opportunities that are scary, spooky and kooky… which is the perfect recipe for fun in our book! Here are a few of our favorite Halloween ideas to get you ready to celebrate the tricks and treats of the season.

Get Your Stoop Spooktacular: Ways to Prep for Trick or Treaters

Whether or not you have kids in your home, trick or treating can seem daunting. If you’re planning a night out with your kids or prepping your home for visitors at your doorstep, here’s how to make October 31st a fun and easy event!

Before your trick or treaters arrive, make sure your door is prepped and ready for the little guests. Adding pumpkins to a stoop is sure to make your house more inviting. Here’s a fun alternative to carving (that takes less skill and time!): Sticky Pumpkin Face Kit.

Either on a natural pumpkin, or fun painted ones.

Photography by Roberto Caruso. Original post.

Not feeling like you want to dress up? Don a mask from our Halloween Masks Kit for an easy way to entertain the kids. You can switch them out through the night to keep things interesting.

Paper Source Halloween Masks Kit

Time to give out treats! We love the idea of using treat bags (pictured below) to hold fun-sized candy bars or an assortment of goodies. Not only is this packaging festive, but it gives kids an extra little surprise when they open them at home. BONUS: You’ll curb the urge kids have to sift through your basket to find the best stuff!

Try our bags with stamps, stickers, or washi tape (or your own combination of the three).

Bootiful Decorations

Ready to throw a Halloween hangout? Here are some ideas to get your space looking ready to fright and delight.

Set the tone with garlands, which can be placed across a mantle or on a wall. These adornments are sure to spook-up your space.

If you need more decorations, try these Sticky Bats, which are re-positionable and come in a ‘colony’ (pack of 16).

Freaky Flyers! Sticky Bats Kit

Need to serve up some drinks? We’re drinking up this creepy Kool-Aid. Ad when you’re serving it up, instead of plain Solo cups, try using Chalk stickers so guests can get creative and doodle or write their character name for the night.

Photography by Kevin Kennefick for Storey Publishing. Original Post.

And finally, you might need some tasty treats to send guests home with (or serve up right at the party). How yummy do these popcorn balls look? Dress them up with your favorite Halloween-colored toppings.

Chocolate Covered Caramel Popcorn Balls. Photography and recipe from Diethood.

Serve them up with style in these homemade Take Out Boxes (step by step instructions can be found in the link!)—stamp and decorate as you wish.

A great way to create and celebrate!

Paper Source How-To: Chalkboard Pencil Box

DIY Pencil Case

Claudia, a member of the Paper Source Design Team, creates many of our terrific kits. Today, she offers up a project that is perfect for back-to-school. Learn to make an extra-special Chalkboard Pencil Box using one of our paper maché boxes.

Start with the following materials:

  • Dexter Pencil Box
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Teal and White Twill Ribbon
  • Neon Washi Tape Set
  • White Chalk
  • 1″ Poly Brushes
  • Heavy Duty 1/8″ Punch
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Instructions:

    1. Paint top, sides and inside (optional) of pencil box using chalkboard paint and poly brush.  Paint 2-3 coats, allowing box to fully dry in between coats.
    2. Decorate with washi tape as desired.
    3. Use a ruler and pencil to mark the center of the box approximately 1/2″ in from the bottom edge of the lid and on the front side of the box, approximately 1/2″ from the bottom.
    4. Punch holes and thread a length of ribbon through each hole, securing ribbons in place with knots on the inside.
    5. Prior to use, rub the entire surface you will be writing on with chalk.
    6. Wipe off and use chalk to write desired name, message or a design of your own!
    7. Now your custom box is ready to fill with back-to-school goodies!

    With a craft this easy, you can make one for all of your kids. (And maybe the teacher, too.  Who knows?  There may be bonus points awarded!)

     

    Back to School Shopping Guide

    Back to School Shopping

    There is a very special feeling about shopping for new school supplies. Nothing defines the possibilities of a new year better than a fresh notebook or a bright accessory. Shopping for supplies at Paper Source offers everyone the chance to add something unique and stylish to the the run-of-mill supply list.

    Here are a few of our favorite finds…

    spiral notebooks

    Skip the standard black spiral notebook and opt for something that features incredible design. You can even coordinate a set of notebooks and folders featuring one of our favorite themes of the season: foxes, chevrons or ostriches.

    school supplies

    Keep your thoughts, notes and papers together with office supplies that are both fun and functional.

    Like these:

    Pebbles Colored Clothespins – $5.95

    Clipiola Paper Clips – $7.70

    Neon Colored Pencils – $9.95

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    Large Colorful Paper Clips – $7.95

    Guitar Paper Clips – $5.95

    Le Pen Pack (10 Pens) – $17.95

    Neon Pencil Cases

    Store those cool pens, bright pencils and keen items in one of these eye-catching pencil cases.

    Cosmetic Case (in Neon Pink & Turquoise) – $7.95

    Accessory Pouch (in Neon Orange & Yellow) – $8.95

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    Canvas Colorblock Pouches (in Red & Turquoise) – $12.95

    Color Palette Pencil Case – $6.95

    No. 3 Canvas Pouch – $7.95

    Shoes Cosmetic Bag – $24.95

    lunch bag

    You can even give your lunch routine a little makeover with our latest selection of insulated bags.

    Black & White Dots Lunch Bag from Built – $24.95

    Mini Dots Lunch Bag from Built – $24.95

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    Sugar Skulls Lunch Bag by Sugar Booger – $19.95

    Zinneas Lunch Bag – $29.95

    Sky’s The Limit Lunch Bag – $16.95

    Zebra Munch Lunch Bag – $16.95

    lunch coolers

    We also love this new line of foldable lunch bags — just chill and pack!

    Ikat Cooler Lunch Bag from PackIt – $22.95

    Stripe Cooler Lunch Bag from PackIt – $22.95

    We also have an assortment of lunch containers that make the inside just as unique as the outside. Check out the Lunchskins resuable snack bags (with cool designs) or the Collapsable Lunch Box in bags and totes.

    With accessories this unique, Paper Source makes going back to school (or the office) a little bit cooler and lot more coordinated! Shop our entire Back to School assortment online or at a store location near you!

    Ice Pop Garland Kit (Recipes Too!)

    Just because the kids are heading back to school doesn’t mean that summer is over. The new Ice Pop Garland Kit is the perfect reminder of refreshing, sun-filled days ahead. The promise of something sweet and cold in bright cheery colors is enough to inspire a party.

    Since these colorful paper treats are a hit among kids and adults, we scoured Pinterest for equally delightful recipes that would complement a summer party or after-school gathering.

    ice pop

    Take a bite out of these delicious treats:

    1. Apricot & Strawberry Yogurt Pops from 3191 Miles Apart
    2. Nutella Fudgecicles from The Daily Waffle
    3. Stawberry & Banana Pops from Williams-Sonoma
    4. Assorted Fruit Pops from Chez Beeper Bebe

    Kids love making their own treats. And, the best part for you?… It’s still nice out, so they can enjoy them outside, where sticky hands can be hosed off afterwards!

    Paper Source Spotted: Jenna Bush Hager’s Bookworm Baby Shower

    Image from NBC

    Earlier this month, TODAY Show correspondent Jenna Bush Hager and her soon-to-arrive firstborn were honored by the NBC family. Her NBC co-hosts and friends threw a book themed baby shower at the Peter Callahan Catering Studio in New York. With a theme centered around books and words of wisdom, the event included a few key accents from Paper Source.

    Image from NBC

    Jenna’s four-tiered diaper cake was wrapped in Burlap Ribbon, draped in peaceful Olive Leaves, accented with our Burlap Flowers, and topped with the ever-popular Sophie the Giraffe.

    kraft lettersImage from NBC

    The hosts tied in an alphabet element by hanging kraft letters with burlap ribbon for an educational and adorable accent to the day’s events.

    Image from NBC

    Gifts and wishes were offered to mom and baby in the form of books! Inside covers were signed by friends in good humor and wisdom, a trend that is likely to start a bookworm baby boom. Journals and books are a fun and unique way to share moments with friends, loved ones and newborns!

    Image from NBC

    Favors were presented in burlap bags, which complimented the diaper cake perfectly. Guests were given a few seasonal treats like earrings and nail polish. The items were stuffed with Paper Source Wasp printed tissue paper and tied off with decorative ribbon from our collection.

    We were excited to see how our products inspired this special event and even more tickled to learn that Jenna, Henry and their families welcomed Margaret Laura ‘Mila’ Hager to the world this weekend. We look forward to the creative celebrations that follow!

    Throwing a shower of your own? See other baby shower ideas from Paper Source.

    Welcome Spring with Fresh Inspiration

    Spring has sprung. Hop on over to our website, or find a store near you, to take a gander at our selection of gifts and crafts that were hand-picked for the season.

    Easter is March 31! Celebrate with this egg-stra special garland! Decorate and display the Egg Garland Kit on a wall, mantel or doorway.

    This colorful garland is 10 feet long and features 12 eggs, each 4 1/2″ x 6 1/4″. The kit includes pre-cut shapes, papers, ribbon, stickers and templates for creating our sample… but it’s also fun to customize with your own style using paper cuts, stickers and other embellishments.

    You can even grab individual die-cut eggs for additional accents or coordinating craft ideas.

    This Easter craft is a colorful addition to any home and the perfect kit for beginners or the time-strapped crafter.

    See this and other Easter Kits online.

    Easter crafts

    If you enjoy handmade creations — crafts that give you a chance to add your own personal style — we have Easter card making ideas online, like the egg, chick and carrot cards featured above.

    The Easter egg cups (also shown above) are easy to modify with your favorite PS colors and embellishments. Find this and other craft inspiration on the PS Blog.

    Springtime always makes us crazy for daisies! The Daisy Wreath Kit is the perfect accent to mark today’s changing season. Crisp white daisies paired with clover green leaves feel spring fresh.

    Make this wreath on a rainy afternoon and enjoy the cheer it brings! Adorn your front door, hang above a mantel or display in a window.

    Daisy inspiration extends to our custom products too! Shop a variety of invitations, stationery and gifts featuring this happy sign of spring. We even have a few fine paper varieties that show off this lovely bloom.

    See these and more daisy-inspired products online.

    Today also brings Spring showers… and not just rain showers that offer ample time to craft and create. Many of our customers are also looking for baby, bridal and wedding shower gifts. Shop by recipient, category or price easily from our new Gifts page. Or, ask an associate at your local store for assistance. We’re always happy to help you create something unique.