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!

Inspiration: DIY Hot Air Balloon Paper Mobile

In need of a unique baby shower gift or an extra special touch to your own nursery? Try these adorable paper hot air balloons! They make for super cute decor and an eye-catching mobile.

We received this great idea from Paper Source fan Michelle N. Michelle found 3D paper air balloon designs online and created her own pattern. She then used PS paper and card stock  to create the balloon and basket, which she stamped and embossed . To finish off, she added some baker’s twine to hang the balloons and embellished the baskets with ribbon and washi tape. Michelle created her paper balloons for a gender neutral woodlands-themed nursery, but different papers and stamps could transform her idea for any room!

We love seeing what crafts you come up with–share your own ideas in the comments, or email them to press@paper-source.com! 

 

Spotlight: Calendars + Gift Card Sweepstakes

 

The best thing about the new school year? If you ask us, its getting your calendar! We’re going to take you through the steps of prepping your planner for the year ahead, and how you can win a $200 gift card PLUS your favorite Paper Source calendar!

 

Step 1: Pick your favorite!

Paper Source has a calendar or planner that fits every schedule and style! Always on the move? A date book is the way to go.

Check out our all new date books to find the best fit for you (hint: we’re definitely into gold right now)! The gold foil booklet is one of our most compact agendas – perfect for slipping into a backpack or purse. It’s printed on 100% recycled paper- so it’s extra ec0-friendly, too! Our black and gold spiral bound planner features both monthly and weekly spreads, and is sophisticated and stylish (plus the hard cover is sturdy). The mint and gold confetti planner also features a hard cover, plus it’s string bound so it lies completely flat when you open it! The Kate Spade agenda is filled with extra note pages and fun quotes- great for brainstorming and jotting ideas on the go.

If you like to see your schedule on display, try a hanging wall calendar!

Need tons and tons of space for writing in your dates? These giant calendars would be perfect!

If you’re looking for the perfect desk companion, try these pretty additions. The DIY calendar comes blank with just the date, so you can dress it up however you wish!

 

Step 2: Break Your Calendar In!

Use pensstampswashi tape (check out our last post for even more awesome washi ideas) and stickers to organize your schedule!

For more sophisticated looks, the gold foil confetti planner is scrawled with calligraphy pen and the paint chip calendar has a metallic touch with a gold and silver pen.

Are you more playful? The colorful chalk calendar is decorated with onesieracing bikedonut, and cupcake stickers! And the gold foil booklet was colored with fun gel pens.

 

Step 3: Display Your Work!

Show off your planning and prettifying with pride. Your calendar is an expression of YOU!

Great Big Calendar with pastel and neon washi tape and fine point chalk markers.

We love calendars and beautiful agendas so much that we’re sponsoring an exciting new sweepstakes! Visit our #myPScalendar page to enter. The winner will get a $200 Paper Source gift card PLUS a Paper Source calendar to organize your year right! You can enter more than once by “Liking” us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and Pinterest and sharing photos of your cute calendar. We can’t wait to see how you “cal”!

The Perfect Gift (Wrap!)

Don’t wait for the holidays to get into gift wrap! Birthdays, anniversaries, graduations…every celebration needs the perfect gift to accompany it! But as we all know, it’s all about presentation. No one wants to receive a gift that looks like it just arrived in the mail hours before the party! One of the best parts about receiving gifts is examining the beautiful wrapping the gifts are encased in. Paper Source has a variety of unique gift wrap for all occasions to give your gifts a perfect extra amount of style!

Let’s talk about a few issues many of us face when wrapping multiple gifts. How do you signify that although your gifts may be different sizes, they are all extremely meaningful? One way to spice up the presentation of many gifts is to have each gift wrapped in their own paper, and all brought together by the tie of a ribbon!

Paper Source Gift Wrap Ideas

Different patterns can compliment each other extremely well and make each individual gift pop  with color! The top package is wrapped in our chic mint fine paper with gold dots  and the bottom package is wrapped in our mint floral wrapping paper.  These two differently sized gifts are brought together by a fuchsia organdy ribbon, with a paper flower design on top in place of a traditional bow (hint: find our solid papers here and a paper flower how-to here).

Let’s say a friend invites you over for dinner or a house warming party. You don’t want to want to seem rude, so you bring a bottle of  wine as a gift to the host or hostess. Once again you are puzzled as how to provide your kind gesture without pretty much unscrewing the cork at the host or hostess’s doorstep.

Gift Wrap Ideas for Bottles of Wine

This wine bottle is also wrapped in our mint fine paper and tied with a fuchsia organdy ribbon at the neck of the bottle. This wrapping shows more elegance and leaves a slight element of surprise as to what you arrived with, rather than just having a plastic bag from the grocery store dangling on your arm. (It’s also a great example of how to use the same materials in different ways!)

Wine bottles definitely are not the only gifts that are tricky to wrap with paper alone. Well who said that all gifts have to be covered in paper alone? Gift bags and boxes are far from boring with Paper Source’s designs!

Happy Birthday Chalk Gift Bags

These Happy Birthday Chalkboard Gift Bags are perfect for all birthday celebrations! Whether your gifts are for a boy or a girl, these multi-sized bags serve the purpose of holding all kinds of birthday treasures, while the exterior is elegant and keeps the mystery of the gifts alive.

Prism Gift Boxes

Feeling generous and don’t have a specific occasion for giving gifts? No problem. These Prism Gift Boxes  last way longer than the moment of gift giving. They are sturdy and can be used for storage and decorative pieces for a life long after the gift has been given.

Gifts are not the only things that can be wrapped with printed paper. Anything in your home can be spiced up with one of many prints from Paper Source! 

Chevron Gift Wrap and Dots Gift Wrap

Transform your plain wooden coffee table by adding a slate chevron design or decorate your desk drawers with mini dot paper! Giving your everyday furniture a boost will not only give your room a new sense of energy, but also many compliments!

Last but not least, presents are meant to be sent and received all year round, whether it is a special or occasion or not at all. 

Butterfly Gift Wrap, Zebra Gift Wrap and Floral Gift Wrap

Whether you are fond of butterfly print, a fun and friendly zebra pattern, or a lovely floral pattern,  these are just a few examples of how gifts can be made memorable from the start just from the wrapping paper alone!

What are your favorite wrapping paper designs? Let us know in the comments section!

 

Purr-fect Cat Gifts & Accessories

Need something purr-fect for the cat lover in your life? We’ve got some great new options that are sure to be loved. Get them right meow!

Does your cat lover (maybe it’s yourself…) love to cook? How adorable is this new Paper Source Cat Apron? Complete the look with this tea towel (which comes in a set of 3) for a feline finish. The towels also make a great hostess gift for your favorite cat aficionado!

 

What if they (or, um…..you) like to write? We’ve got something for that, too! A set of mini notebooks, a spiral notebook and a pouch for pencils and pens! Deck out your home office or head back to school in style with this chic print!

 

If you love taking pictures of your feline friend, hang them up with these cat magnets! Add them to your fridge or file cabinet in your office, or give to your favorite student for locker decor!

 

Finish it off by keeping all of these fun gifts in this cat patterned tote! Great for a day at the beach, carrying some groceries or holding your yoga mat and water bottle.

What’s your fur-vorite feline find? Tell us in the comments!

Spotlight: Kitchen Textiles

Paper Source has tons of new textiles for the kitchen divas out there. Choose patterns from feathers to foxes to flowers and go cute or quirky with Paper Source exclusive designs. Matching textile sets (sold separately) make a great gift for someone who needs to add some fun to their kitchen; and a tea towel set alone makes a perfect hostess gift!

This sweet set in a delectable donut design is the perfect inspiration for a pro baker- or even someone still finding their way around the kitchen!

 

These fantastic feathers and arrows add a whimsical touch to your kitchen style.

 

Be foxy (we couldn’t resist that pun…) in the kitchen with this feisty set!

 

Looking for more fun kitchen additions? Check out all of our gifts for the chef in your life (we have everything from aprons to juice glasses to cutting boards). And don’t forget hostess gifts, too! Which apron design is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!

 

DIY: Washi Tape Ideas

One of our favorite and simplest ways to get crafty is….with tape! We love washi and paper tape! With these DIY projects, your everyday items will look new, colorful and fun. Washi tape originates from Japan and has a typical masking tape texture, but is far from dull and beige. Washi tape is most often made from the bark of trees native to Japan (this is why some tape that is similar to washi tape is simply called paper tape if it does not come from Japan).

Washi tape can literally be used on anything. It appears delicate but can actually withstand a lot. The best part? If you don’t like where you put it, just take it right off. It won’t damage or leave sticky marks on anything! It is the easiest DIY crafting you’ll ever do, so even if you think you aren’t too crafty this will quickly change your mind.

We offer multiple different styles and designs of tape - washi tape being just one of them. Below you’ll see what we’ve done to add a little color to things that you can find around your home. In addition to the washi tape, we just couldn’t help but get our hands on the Paper Source-designed Gold Foil Lace Tape. It adds a look of charm and elegance without being too flashy.

 

If you’re looking for even more tape inspiration, the internet has an abundance! Pinterest especially has some beautiful images (we just searched “washi tape ideas” for the search below.

 

Some of our favorites include DIY twist ties, gift wrap/tags, coasters, and taping down a car track for the younger ones!

Images from BuzzFeed

 

What’s your favorite thing you’ve DIY’ed with tape? Tell us in the comments!

Spotlight: Gold Glam

We are loving gold this summer, and we have plenty of metallic goodies to help you show off your glamorous side! Gold is the perfect way to add a bit of shine to your style, elegance to your summer parties and glitz to your office.

Paper Source’s exclusive Mint Confetti iPhone case is a stylish way to protect your phone. Freshen up your phone’s look with this cool color, and bubbly design (doesn’t it remind you of a glass of champagne?!). It includes a white rubber inner liner, so no worries it if falls while you’re on the go!

 This white scarf printed with gold metallic elephants is a great addition to any outfit in need of a little flair. Throw it in your bag for chilly summer nights, or use it to add an unexpected pop of shine to a solid colored dress or top.  Treat yourself or make it a gift for your most fabulous friend!

The Mint & Gold Flipside Clutch is the perfect purchase for those of us who are a little indecisive. You can wear this clutch on the gold side, the mint side, with the strap or without the strap. It’s like four bags in one! The “have fun” decorative zipper pull is a unique touch guaranteed  to get you noticed. Use the gold side as a neutral; it’s perfect with any color- patterns too! Wear the mint side to add a pop of color to a white dress. Another plus- it matches the mint confetti phone case! Try a matching gold and mint mani, featured on our Pinterest page, if you want to go all out glam!

Gold isn’t just for the fashionistas out there; Paper Source has tons of fine gold metallic papers for crafts and party decorations galore!

Any one of Paper Sources unique fine paper designs can add some glimmer to your arts and crafts or party projects. Use your paper of choice as a background to a bulletin board in need of a new look or try one of Paper Source’s fine paper projects! Feeling ambitious? Try the paper dress project in gold for truly outstanding decoration in a walk in closet.

For elegant summer parties, make a paper lantern in gold to hang above a beautifully set table. An easy table decoration is home made confetti using gold paper, just pick your favorite shape and punch away!

Not the crafty type? Use the paper as a simple gift wrap; it’ll make any gift you give seem like solid gold!

Paper Source also carries Kate Spade accessories, like this playful gold polka dot agenda. This agenda has both monthly and weekly spreads, along with extra pages for contacts and notes. Functional can also be fun! Laminated tabs ensure ease for organization and a clean cut look for your schedule all the time! Quotes throughout the agenda, along with the shiny gold polka dots are sure to brighten up even your busiest days.  

Check out papersource.com for even more glamorous gold or shop your local Paper Source store! For even more gold glam inspiration, take a look at our Pinterest board and add a little more sparkle and shine to your life!




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!