Paper Source How-To: Father’s Day Card

If you’re looking to make a card for dad this year (Father’s Day is June 15!), we think you’ll love this one! Download the instructions and get to crafting for the world’s best dad!

 

MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Download How-To
  • To create origami shirt, cut a piece of fine paper measuring 4″ x 6″ and fold, pattern side down, using the steps shown in the How-To PDF.
  • Use template (within the How-To PDF) to trace and cut out tie shape from the second patterned paper.
  • Tuck tie under shirt’s collar and adhere in place with a small piece of double stick tape.
  • Cut a piece of Royal Blue cover measuring 4″ x 5 1/4″ and adhere to front of Gravel folded card.
  • Adhere shirt and tie to card and write desired message using white pen.

Paper Source How-To: Mother’s Day Wreath

We’ve found a great way to show mom some love easily using a pre-existing kit plus a few extra supplies! So get crafting this Mother’s Day and give mom something she can display year-round!

 

MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Construct Succulent Wreath kit according to instructions.
  • Download the Love You Mom Banner Template and print onto 8 1/2″ x 11″ coral text weight paper.
  • Cut out banner using dotted lines provided as a guide.
  • Fold banner in half as indicated, sandwiching approximately 18 inches of jute cord between the front and back of banner before adhering sides together.
  • Secure ends of cord to back of wreath form using transparent tape.
  • Trim off excess cord and present to your favorite person on Mother’s Day!

Spotlight: The Forest Feast

From The Forest Feast: Watermelon Salad (p. 110) and Green Salad (p. 118)

Our buying department at Paper Source sees a lot of really great books year-round, but one in particular had more than a few people sneaking the book away to turn the pages. The Forest Feast is a captivating cookbook from Erin Gleeson, formerly of the James Beard Foundation and The New York Times Dining section.

Although it’s typical to see some mouthwatering food imagery in a cookbook, The Forest Feast awed everyone here; the combination of food and art (the author doubles as the artist and pairs photography and watercolor) makes this a standout. Every page is chock full of color, and every single recipe has a full-page image of the finished dish alongside the raw ingredients used, plus instructions and illustrations. Let’s just say this isn’t your mom’s all-text-cookbook staple; you’re going to have as much fun digesting the visuals as you will the food.

Speaking of which, each of these vegetarian creations is made of six ingredients or less; making these stunning dishes within reach for a cook at any level.

From The Forest Feast: Strawberry-Cucumber Ribbon Salad (p. 114)

Our buying team loved it so much, everyone made a dish from the book to celebrate with a Forest Feast lunch at our Chicago headquarters! As our book buyer said, “within six days, I had made 10 of the recipes at home!”

Paper Source is one of the first shops to carry The Forest Feast, and we can tell we’re not the only ones in love; it’s been out for only a couple of weeks now and is already one of our most popular titles!

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

Finding Inspiration: Geometric Workshop

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, Geometric Decor, happening Thursday, April 24. 

 

Two of my favorite trends at the moment are geometric patterns and gold-dipped accents.  I love the fresh, bold punch geometrics can bring to a room and how fun and easy it is to create different patterns.  I also like a little bit of gold with everything, so the two seemed like a perfect match. This, in a nutshell, was how the Geometric Decor workshop was born!

Creating this workshop, I was inspired by everything from garlands, to artwork to throw rugs.  You can check out some of my inspiration on our workshop Pinterest board.

I was also inspired by some of my favorite Paper Source geometric products!

The Geometric Decor workshop is on Thursday, April 24th, from 6 – 8 p.m. and is going to be a fun night with refreshments and creativity!  After taking the class, you’ll walk away with a dimensional prism mobile that looks great hanging on a wall or suspended from the ceiling. You’ll also tap your inner artist to create an 8″ x 10″ piece of art – you get to customize it by picking your palette (Mint or Fuchsia) and pattern (3 choices available). And you will also come away with a geometric embossed stationery set.

Throughout it all you’ll get DIY instructions and templates to help you recreate each item at home, along with tips and inspiration to utilize the techniques in other projects!  Find a location near you and join us in the fun!

Take the technique home: After the class we hope you’ll find inspiration in the everyday things. We love the idea of cutting up Instagram photos and arranging them using techniques that we’ll teach in class.

-Rebecca

Favorite PS colors: cement & coral
Favorite PS product:  Graphic Shapes Rubber Stamp Set

Fill Up Your Easter Basket!

 

Easter is just around the corner (it’s Sunday, April 20!) and we can’t wait to celebrate!

If you’re making Easter a family get-together, there’s no better way to celebrate than doing some crafts with everyone. We love this Egg Garland Kit for a few reasons: not only does it get everyone together to make something, it’s a lot less messy than “traditional” Easter egg decorating (but you still get to design your own!) and it also doubles as festive décor when you’re finished.

Now that you’ve got your place decorated for the holiday, it’s time to figure out what the “Easter Bunny” will be bringing. But first you’ll need a basket! We love these non-traditional options that are super cute!

To make sure your little one loves their basket fillings, check out these goodies! From a bunny popper that can be used as a fun weapon, to a little bunny that can walk itself across the table, to lip gloss that looks just as sweet as it tastes, you can’t go wrong with any of our tiny treats.

[Clockwise from top left] Bunny PopperEaster PuttyMini Wind-Up BunnyLight Up ChickDonuts Lip GlossBunny Coin PurseItems not shown to scale.

And if you’re looking to add a fun twist to this year’s celebration, try our Funny Bunny Mask Kit, perfect for impromptu photo ops with all your loved ones!

In addition to being online, these Easter finds are available at most Paper Source locations.

Happy Easter!

A Welcome Sign with Chevron Detail

When we welcome a new employee at Paper Source we like to make them feel welcome, and it’s probably no surprise that more often than not, that involves crafting! Check out this welcome sign for our new associate Jenny M.!

This chevron and floral masterpiece went right over her desk to brighten up her new space and give her a big Paper Source “Hello!”. What’s even better, this sign was made using techniques from our recent spring workshop Fresh Folds (we wrote a blog about it here).

We love the detail and thought that went into this piece, and we’re even happier to show these techniques to you! If you missed the Fresh Folds workshop, make sure to call your local store–it was so popular, some stores are having encores! In the meantime, enjoy some more detail of the sign below.

 

Paper Source How-To: Donut Invitation

If you’ve walked by our store windows lately (or checked out our website), you’ve probably noticed that we’re lusting over donuts. Here’s a cute way to take the sweet trend and DIY your own invites.

MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Construct paper donuts according to kit instructions.
  • Download the Donut Invite Template and print onto 8 1/2″ x 11″ Mint Cover.
  • Cut out invites using crop marks provided on PDF.
  • Layer donut of choice over invite so that the printed text is visible through the hole of the donut. Adhere donut in place and trim off excess as shown on How-To PDF.
  • Stamp and emboss invite using rubber stamp.
  • Fill in desired info and pair invite with an A7 envelope.

New Workshop: Making 3-D Spring Cards



We have a new workshop to kick off spring!  Fresh Folds – Spring Card Making takes place nationwide on Thursday, March 20th, 6 – 8 pm.

In this class you will learn simple techniques to add dynamic folds, layers and pop-up elements to 4 cards.  This vibrant collection incorporates our fresh new colors and favorite pattern trends—a perfect way to welcome spring! 

For each project you complete in this class, you will receive the how-to instructions to take home with you so you can do it again on your own.  What makes this class even better is all the ways you can use the techniques for other DIY projects!  You can check out our project inspiration on our Fresh Folds Pinterest board!  And sign up for the workshop today!