Paper Source How-To: Ice Pop Invitation

 

Start your festive July 4th bash with this fun and patriotic ice pop-themed party invitation! Download the instructions and get crafting for your USA tribute!

 

MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Download How-To
  • At the bottom of card, stamp three ice pops with VersaMark ink and apply Aqua embossing powder. 
  • Set the embossing powder using the heat tool. 
  • Fill in center section of ice pops with white pen. 
  • Use X-Mas Red stickles to accent top portion of ice pops and allow to dry. 
  • Format your invite text to fit into a 4″ w x 3 3/4″ h rectangle. 
  • Trim out text layer and adhere to stamped card.

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

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.