Workshop: Learn to Letterpress

Until recently, if you wanted to experience the rewards of letterpressing your own cards you needed to acquire a quite large (up to 4,000 lbs!) and quite expensive (up to $10,000!) machine. We don’t know about you, but we don’t have that much space in our dining room and we’re not sure we can commit to living on ramen to pay it off!

No need to go to any extreme measure–the Evolution machine now comes with a letterpress kit; making this an accessible and super easy art form!

If you’re curious to see how this works or just interested in dabbling in a new technique, join us for our Letterpress Stationery Collection Workshop this Saturday, August 23rd. During the workshop you’ll learn how to use the Evolution machine to emboss, letterpress and create your own stationery set. Your five card collection will also come with a pocket folio and textured accents like linen and wood. Added bonus: you can save 10% off the Evolution machine when you take the class!  Sign up here. We hope to see you Saturday!

Crafter’s Night Out: Flea Market Style

This Thursday we are hosting Crafter’s Night Out in all of our stores from 6 – 8 pm.  For this workshop, we were inspired by one of our favorite summer pasttimes: flea markets!  Some of our favorite market finds include vibrant oil cloth, unique vintage bottles and nostalgic black and white photos.  These beautiful objects sparked our creativity and the result was the projects for this class.  Join us to make colorful cards, tissue paper flowers and even etch a glass milk bottle!  The retro style pieces in this class are fun to complete and easy to repeat for summer party favors, gifts, personal stationery and more.  Find out more about the projects here.

Get in the flea market mood by checking out some of our inspiration.  We hope to see you on Thursday!

 

 

Workshop: Indigo Card Making

This post is brought to you by Rebecca B., who creates our workshops. Here she tells you how she found the inspiration for our newest workshop, Indigo Card Making, happening Thursday, June 19.

My latest crush is on Indigo.  I see it everywhere: clothing, textiles, home decor, ceramics, the list goes on.  I wanted to combine it with my other love, paper, so I created the Indigo Card Making Workshop!  With the stationery collection in this class I tried to capture some of my favorite forms of the trend: sun prints, Shibori dyeing, dip-dyeing, Ikat prints and mosaics.  You can take a look at some of my Indigo inspiration on this Pinterest board:

 

This roll-up-your-sleeves class is such great creative playtime!  Among the projects, you will learn how to create decorative paper with Shibori techniques that involve binding and dying paper with inkpads. Then you will use your beautiful hand-dyed paper to create stationery.  One of my favorite aspects of the class is the “reveal” moments when you unfold the bindings to discover the Indigo pattern.  Click here to learn more about the other projects in this workshop.

Classes are filling fast but many locations are running encores so be sure to call your local store if seats are sold out online.

Pinterest inspiration for our workshop. Check out more here.

Favorite PS colors: cement & coral
Favorite PS product:  Mint Patterned Napkins

Workshop: Mini Succulent Garden

This post is brought to you by Rebecca B., who creates our workshops. Here she tells you how she found the inspiration for our newest workshop, Mini Succulent Garden, happening Saturday, May 10. 

Time for me to confess: in a year’s span, I have lovingly built and slowly killed two terrariums.  I’d like to blame this on the amount of travel I did during said year, but regardless, I have decided my next terrarium is a paper one!

In 2013, we launched new succulent designs in gift wrap, stationery and our calendar collection.  When the teams in our Edina and Minneapolis stores saw them, they had a great idea – why not have a paper succulent class?  This year, when we added a new Succulent Wreath Kit to our assortment, it was the perfect prompt to make good on the request and create a succulent workshop.

This class is one of my favorites and includes 2 projects: a mini succulent garden in a burlap pouch (which you can easily transfer to your favorite container at home) and a canning jar terrarium card.  These are fun to make and look so sweet when completed.  The Mini Succulent Garden Workshop takes place Saturday May 10th, which means it would be a great gift for Mother’s Day (which is Sunday, May 11th!).  You can bring your mom for a fun experience, or you can take the class on your own and give her the little paper garden the next day.

Whether you keep your garden or give it away, the good news is there is no watering necessary!  Added bonus: once you learn how to make these succulents, you will be able to try other great paper succulent projects like these from out Workshops Pinterest board, too!  Sign up here!

Favorite PS colors: cement & coral
Favorite PS product:  Succulent Wreath Kit

Employee Holiday Cards

Store holiday card submissions from (left to right, top to bottom): Scottsdale, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Ann Arbor, Denver, Brooklyn (Smith St.), Santana Row, Pasadena, Deer Park, Santa Barbara, Oakbrook, Austin.

Every year, we put our store teams’ creative skills to the test with an Employee Holiday Card Contest.  Over the past couple of weeks, brightly-decorated envelopes have been showing up in our mailbox and now all the submissions are in!  Votes (from employees in our HQ) have been tallied and winners have been selected – but we can’t tell you who they are quite yet!

Look for our post in January to learn who came out on top!  And in the meantime, take a look at some of our favorite submissions (and feel free to predict which cards landed 1st, 2nd and 3rd place).

We hope you are feeling inspired, because it’s not too late to enter our customer Holiday Crafting Contest!

 

Holiday Hiring at Paper Source!

Just like at the North Pole, Paper Source gears up for the holiday season year-round.

…OK, maybe not ALL year, but it’s true that our buyers start scouring for the best goodies a year in advance, and final touches and planning for our holiday season take place well before the season starts. So, while you’re thinking of bar-b-ques we are thinking of holiday wrap and bags.

It should come as no surprise that we are already looking for fun, friendly, high energy associates that love the hustle and bustle of the holidays to help bring the season to life and have a passion for creativity and providing an outstanding customer experience.

This holiday season we’re committed to educating and inspiring people to indulge in doing something creative — anything from crafting holiday cards to helping find that perfect gift, to showing customers how to wrap gifts unique enough for the special recipient.

If this sounds like you (or someone you know!), we would love for you to consider a seasonal position with Paper Source. Feel free to stop in a Paper Source store location and pick up an application or apply online at: www.papersource.com/careers

Here’s to your holiday spirit!

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!

Behind-The-Scenes: 2014 Paper Source Calendars

teacup design

What year is it again? If you were to ask any of our designers right now, they would have to pause for a moment and think before answering. For 4 months of the year, 100% of their focus was on on 2014 dates and holidays! This is the most challenging and exciting time of the year for the Paper Source Design Team and we were able to catch a peek behind-the-scenes of this incredible process.

bird cage

They begin the process in January with an inspiration meeting to talk about trends and ideas to work on as potential illustrations for the new line of Paper Source calendars. (Also brainstorming ideas for new calendar formats that we have not tried before.) Each week, they meet and review each design, working through each month until it is perfect. 

lettering

Sloth

Calendar and date book development time is so important because it is these  designs that influence other Paper Source exclusive products. Our favorite designs carry over to wrapping paper, stationery, office products and more. This year, our designers drew inspiration from chalkboards, hand-lettering, sloths, terrariums and donuts!  

glasses design

feathers design

Take a look at our 2014 calendars and you’ll start to recognize a few of these designs. Perhaps you already have a favorite? Let us know by commenting! 

Upcoming Workshop: Letterpress Stationery

letterpress stationery

Our upcoming letterpress workshop has it all! We’ll teach you how to create letterpress stationery using the Evolution Letterpress Platform from Lifestyle Crafts, showing you how to brayer and ink-up your plates and teaching you how to use the embossing folders to create lovely blind-embossed touches.

letterpress finishes

Showcasing the machine’s versatility, we will also share tips and tricks for die-cutting, which will allow you to add little embellishments to any card or package. Round out the day with a few Versamark Ink Pad and embossing powder techniques, which are sure to make your collection exceptional.

letterpress favor bags

Sign up today for the August 15th workshop and leave with a wonderful collection of stationery, similar to the items featured above. Your designs will be neatly tucked into Kraft bags, and stylishly finished with letterpress or stamped accents and wrapped with bakers’ twine!

If the location near you is sold out online, then we encourage you to call directly to inquire about the upcoming encore dates.

letterpress evolution

Did we mention that you receive a 10% coupon after the class to purchase any of the product including the Evolution universal tool?  Plus, Lifestyle Crafts is now doing custom letterpress plates? Now is the time to get your machine and order your plates for those upcoming holiday cards and tags.

We also have a special bonus for PS customers to receive 10% off their custom plates – stop in or call your local store to learn how you can receive 10% off your personalized custom letterpress plate!