Weekend Wants: Bicycles

We are in love with our new and exclusive (designed by our team in Chicago!) print: bicycles! This print is a little neon, a lot of fun, and definitely a great unisex gift.

Drink up. These Ride On glass tumblers are perfect for a home bar. They’re 3.5″ tall and hold 8 oz. A classic shape and size that anyone will love. Plus, they’re dishwasher safe and under $20!

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The perfect gift. Our new print is also available in a set of two Ride On Tea Towels. This dark fabric is decorated with bright bikes, and is perfect for the active host or hostess. It’s also available in an apron, oven mitt set and tote bag!

 

Write it down. This set of three Mini Bicycle Journals is the perfect little everyday gift! Whether they’re for a cycling enthusiast or a note fiend, anyone will appreciate the gesture.

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Check out all of our new bicycle gifts here!

Snow Day Fun With Kids

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We all remember impatiently waiting for the news that we didn’t have to go to school because there was a snow day. It meant a day of relaxation and fun including playing inside drinking hot cocoa to making snowmen in the fresh fallen snow.

Now if you have children of your own you know it may not be so easy to keep them entertained while you carry on with your day to day business. (Moms never seem to get snow days.) So, we compiled some fun indoor games and crafts to keep them happy and you happy. You may even want to join them!

Lights. Camera. Action. Give your little one the chance to produce and direct their very own movie at home. The Clay Animation Movie Kit allows your child to morph his or her own characters out of clay and let a story unfold against a choice of backdrops.

Now these characters need voices of course! Your kid can use the World’s Smallest Voice Changer to change his or her voice into four distinct voices. That way each character will truly come to life.

Lastly, you have to film your motion picture! Use any smartphone to film the movie and then watch it on this Smart Phone Projector. Its just like an old-fashioned projector and it only uses cardboard and a glass lens, which makes it incredibly easy to set up. Grab some popcorn and watch your child’s film come to life. Bravo!

 

Paper party. Watch your child create cute and creative paper dogs from this Doggy Kit. Make one that looks like your hound at home or even make a garland to hang across the wall. All you need is the kit, scissors ,glue stick, pencil, and a black pen.

Another source of fun can be found with the Photo Props Kit. You and your kids can make up to 22 props that will lead to hours of creativity and crafts. Once you are done you can stage a photo shoot to show off all of your new creations!

 

Mmm… donuts. As your children wrap up their day of delightful fun, give them a warm hot cocoa in a deliciously cute donut mug. One of our favorite winter treats is Smores Hot Chocolate found at minimalistbaker.com.

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Smores Hot Cocoa Courtesy of minimalistbaker.com

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

Weekend Wants: Valentine’s Day Cards

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to send love notes to your favorite people. Whether you’re going for funny or sweet, here are some of our favorite valentine greetings, all designed by the Paper Source team in Chicago.

Just plain sweet. We love this You Are My Happy Place card because it’s sweet and colorful with a great pop of gold foil. This lovely message can be sent to a partner, friend or family member.

 

You + Me, sitting in a tree. K-I-S-S-I-N-G. This new letterpress You + Me card gives us nostalgia. A perfectly romantic card for you and your significant other, the letterpress printing gives it a textured feel for a unique finish.

 

#Tooreal. This card is for all the tech lovers out there. Show your mate how truly serious you are with this Give Up My Phone valentine, displaying the lengths you would (but hopefully don’t have to) go for them.

DIY Valentines: Part 1

One of the best things about Valentine’s Day is that it gives us another reason to create handmade cards with thoughtful messages for the people we care about the most.  If you are looking for a way you can share a little love with those who are dear to your heart, we have a few ideas for you. We’ve been busy D.I.Y.-ing Valentines and “Galentines” with some of our favorite new products – pick your favorite and give it a try!  For even more inspiration, visit one of our stores.

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  1. Cut a 3.75″ x 5″ panel out of Gold Glitter Wrap and mount it to a Superfine Soft White A2 folded card
  2. Download and print the Heart of Gold PDF on Mint text paper and cut it out
  3. Add a Gold Foil Heart Sticker and a strip of heart tape to the Mint paper
  4. Mount the Mint paper to the card with Super Tacky Tape
  5. Line a Mint envelope with Gold Glitter Wrap using our Envelope Liner Templates 

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Bottle up some love!

  1. Stamp the Canning Jar Stamp on white cover paper and heat emboss with Gold Embossing Powder
  2. Cut out the jar, stick 3 Gold Glitter Heart Stickers to it and tie a bow around the lid with some Gold Shimmer Twine.
  3. Mount the jar to  a Luxe Blush A2 Card with Foam Squares (we rounded the corners with a Corner Rounder first!)
  4. Stamp Happy Valentine’s Day on the card and heat emboss with gold powder.
  5. Pair with a Slate A2 Envelope 

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This Sweetheart card is simple:

  1. Punch a heart out of the Heart Shapes Kit, cover it with glue or Xyron and coat it with glitter.
  2. Mount it to a Gravel 4 bar folded card with Foam Squares.
  3. Use the Prima Press to stamp your message on the card.  We heat embossed ours with Pink Embossing Powder.
  4. Pair with a Blossom 4 bar envelope.

 

Girls’ Night In

 Valentine’s Day doesn’t just have to be a celebration of love between you and a special someone. Instead, have just as much fun with your girl friends in a festive themed party.

Decorate with hearts and glitter and bake sweet treats while sipping sugary cocktails. What more could you ask for? Here’s everything you need to make your party a hit.

Red and Gold. Create delectable drinks in these charming gold tumblers. Add a festive paper straw and your drink becomes a work of art. We love The Red Valentine Cocktail recipe found at The Stylish Type Blog.

 

Follow Your Heart. Get your home ready with this adorable pillow. Add more cushions and colors to create cozy seating for guests.

 

Inspo. We adore this pillow styling inspiration from The TomKat Studio.

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I pick you. What’s a cocktail party without hors d’oeuvres? Make them special for Valentine’s Day with these festive heart party picks.  Even decorate sweets and cupcakes with this simple statement decoration.

 

Candy Hunk. Laugh with friends over this mini dream man. Who needs a date when you have the “perfect man” candy? Now you’re really ready for a Valentine’s Day themed cocktail party for a girl’s night in!

 

Guess The Name Game. Now that everyone is enjoying the festive decor with drinks in hand you can play the hilarious Charades-like game found at Lifestyle Tweets. The steps are simple, just follow the rules of Charades but the actors can only be romantic characters- like Romeo and Juliet!

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Courtesy of Lifestyle Tweets 

Weekend Wants: Valentine’s Day Gifts

Looking for a great gift for your sweetie pie? Here are a few of our favorite gifts for Valentine’s Day.

Heart of Gold. We love this new Heart of Gold porcelain mug that has a sweet message for any loved one. Designed by our team in Chicago, the gold heart really pops, and can be used year-round for your favorite beverage (try our You Are So Incredibly Awesome Tea)!

 

Man candy. If you can’t find the perfect man…buy him! This Chocolate Perfect Man is a great gift for all the single ladies in your life (and probably some married ones, too)! Solid chocolate and delicious – a fun gift this Valentine’s Day!

 

Love notes. These Sweet Sentiments Mini Journals are great lovely little gifts. Brand new and designed by Paper Source, you can give them as a set, or break them up and give individual journals as part of a gift bag!

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Weekend Wants: Valentine’s Day Décor

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to add some lovely touches to your home décor; here are some of our favorite picks that are great enough to display year-round. (Psst! They’re all brand new!)

Awesome color. This colorblock You Are So Awesome Tea Towel is bright and fun, and features gold lettering that pops. Give to a friend, or as a hostess gift (this is one tea towel they’ll be thrilled to display)! Designed by our creative team in Chicago, you won’t find this anywhere else!

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Brighten up your space. This You Are My Sunshine Wood Art Print is made from laser-cut wood and features a bright yellow inlay for a cheery message you’ll want to show off daily.

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No, I love YOU more. This new Love You More Pillow features an exclusive Paper Source, bold typographic design that will seamlessly fit into any space.

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