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.



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.




Valentine’s Day in the Classroom

There’s nothing like the excitement of a Class Valentine’s Day Party in grade school… remember the thrill of going through your big box of cards and hoping for a special valentine from your crush?

Make this Valentine’s Day extra-special by making homemade cards and crafts with your little one. Here are some fun and adorable ideas that you can make together to carry on the tradition!

Get creative and giggle with these Mustache Valentine Cards. There are endless possibilities from pirates, to top hats, to magicians, oh my! Also choose from many other kits that were designed by us for you.mustache blog 1


You’re sharp! Add a gift that the students can use long after the holiday is over. Valentine Pencil Arrows Kit gives you and your little one a chance to decorate these pencils and all you’ll need is scissors, glue and some imagination!

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Tie it together. Now that you have helped create dozens of fun and original Valentine’s cards, send them away in these Heart Cellophane Bags. Add some candy for a sugary surprise.

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Love Monster. Don’t forget about a sweet gift for your youngster. Watch them wind up this Candy Dispenser and you’ll enjoy laughs as the toy drops candies. Add it to a gift basket or as an after school surprise!

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Weekend Wants: Valentine Kits

Valentine’s Day is dedicated to celebrating love and here at Paper Source we’re making it easy to send sweet greetings. Here are a few of our favorite kits to make that even Cupid would be impressed with! [Inside Info: these are all designed by our team in Chicago and exclusive to Paper Source!] 

Sweet as can be. Make this super cute Fruit Friends Valentine Kit and send sweet wishes to all!

Your love is out of this world. 3, 2, 1, blast off – this Valentine Rockets Kit  is perfect for boys and girls and includes a pack for tiny treats.

Love is ruff. Whether your crush is a dog or a cat person, you’ll have the perfect, dog-gone cute, valentine with this Puppies & Kittens Valentine Kit.

Paper Source How-To: Heart of Gold Valentine Box

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Make your Valentine’s Day gift extra-special with this hand-crafted mini Heart of Gold box!



  • Download How-To PDF.
  • Use brush to cover top and sides of box lid with PVA adhesive and sprinkle generously with gold glitter.
  • Shake off any excess and allow to dry.
  • If necessary, add more adhesive and glitter on any bare spots.
  • Adhere gold foil lace tape in place around sides of box base.
  • Punch out Superfine Softwhite cover weight paper using tag punch and create a hole at the top of the newly created tag using the 1/8″ punch.
  • Position a gold glitter heart sticker as desired on tag and adhere in place.
  • Write message using gold pen.

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Weekend Wants: Journals

When starting off the new year, it’s always important to stay focused on your goals and to take time to reflect. Here are three of our favorite journals and notebooks that are sure to make writing a lot more fun.

It only takes five minutes. We’ve all been there: we resolve to record our daily thoughts more, and then stop after only a few weeks. If this sounds like you, you’re going to love The Five Minute Journal. Each day only takes about five minutes, and includes prompts for both morning and night to keep the positivity flowing. (If you like the idea of being prompted every day, you should also check out our One Line a Day journals, Q&A a Day 5 Year Journal and the Q&A a Day for Kids 3 Year Journal.)



Sweet words. This brand new Follow Your Heart spiral notebook is perfect for daily thoughts and notes. Gold foil lettering and a bright pink heart make a dramatic statement against the black background. This journal provides a positive message year-round.


Make it your own. We’re super excited about our new personalized journals! With over 40 original designs (all exclusive to Paper Source!) to choose from, plus 25 fonts and 4 inner page designs, you can create a custom design that’s perfectly you.


Holiday Card Contest Winners

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We had an amazing response to our annual card contests this past h0liday!  Customer submissions were posted to Instagram (via #papersourceholidaycontest) between October 15th and December 15th, plus we also ran a holiday card contest for our store employees! We were wowed by everyone’s creativity!  Thank you to all who participated – you certainly made our decision difficult. Take a glimpse at the winners of both contests below.

Customer Contest: 1st place, Camie D. (Freshbakedpapergoods)

Camie D. came up with a very clever way to show off her family photos with her card.  This paper version of a retro View Master sparks a little nostalgia and is fun to interact with.

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Customer Contest: 2nd place, Claire D. (Clairedefouw)

Claire D. created a lovely card that combines paper cutting, stamping and a little sparkle with the help of some glitter.  The fine paper is the perfect choice for complimenting envelopes!

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Customer Contest: 3rd place, Bebe L. (Kalice_design)

This rustic card by Bebe carries a sweet holiday sentiment without saying a word.  This was a nice use of wood grain paper and wood moose adornments.  By double-stamping the Cardinal in Tree stamp, Bebe created a lovely forest for them to meet in.

3rd place


Customer Contest: Most Creative Use of Decorative Paper, Amy H. (Amyheairet)

For the full effect of this card, check out amyheairet’s instagram video.  This labor-intensive pop-up card was a very clever use of our feather gift wrap and had us signing the Sleigh Ride carol!

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Customer Contest: Most Creative Use of Decorative Tape, Kelly N. (Kellynino)

Among our most popular holiday crafting products this past season were the Christmas Washi Tape and the Christmas Tree Punch.  Kelly N. found a fun way to use them both and top them off with whimsical Santa Hat Stickers!

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Customer Contest: Most Creative Use of Stamping, Steph S. (Stefanysummer)

We love adorable critters – especially this hedgehog stamp!  Steph S. thought outside of the box and turned them into playful holiday ornaments.

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Employee Contest: 1st Place, Theresa S., Naperville Store

Pictures don’t do this one justice!  This gnome does a surprisingly zippy twirl as he spins down the hill.  Very clever mechanics, nice use of glitter paper and stamping and great craftsmanship!

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Employee Contest: 2nd Place, Theresa B., Southport Store

This retro card combines vibrant colors and wood grain.  Great use of fine paper, Silhouette machine and our new gold foil tape.  There was a lot of detail and layering that went into this card and the result was bright and fun!


Employee Contest: 3rd Place, Susanne S., Austin Store

This pop-up surprise delighted everyone!  When you open this little gift the trees and reindeer spring up like a jack-in-the-box.  Great use of paper and stamping and very well executed!

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Employee Contest: Creative Use of Decorative Paper: Laura P.,  Naperville Store

This playful card shows a clever use of red glitter and holiday plaid papers in combination with the cat stamp.  All the color choices come together to make a fresh yet classic look.



Employee Contest: Creative Use of Decorative Tape: Amy T., Lincoln Park Store

These sweet little packages look great wrapped up in washi—and the gift tag, too.  This card plays up the trend of Coral and Gold very nicely.  Simple yet lovely!



Employee Contest: Creative Use of Stamping: Lindsay E., Walnut Creek Store

This starry night sky shows off a very artful use of stamps, inks, embossing powder and glitter.



For more card submissions search the hashtag #papersourceholidaycontest on Instagram.  We hope you join in the fun next season!  Until then, feel free to show off your handmade Valentine creativity on Instagram by hashtagging your picture #mypapersourcevalentine

Weekend Wants: 2015 Calendars

The new year always makes us so excited to get organized. 2015 is the perfect opportunity for a fresh start, and our Paper Source calendars make it easy. Here are a few of our favorites (and they’re all exclusive to Paper Source!).

The Classic. Our Great Big Calendar is the ultimate in clean design and simple organization. Printed on recycled Paper Bag paper, each month features a new color in a modern typeface. With ample room to write meeting times and appointments, this is a stylish addition to any space.


Pretty plans. Never miss a beat with this new Mint & Gold Confetti Planner. It features monthly and weekly views, gold foil detailing, a hard cover for durability and string binding so it lays completely flat. As functional as it is pretty.

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An artful addition. Our classic Wall Art Calendar features new and exclusive artwork each month in a range of themes. Not only does it offer a unique aesthetic, but it’s also eco-friendly. When you’re done with a month, use the included templates to create boxes, bookmarks, cards and more

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Weekend Wants: New Year’s Party

Are you ready to ring in the new year? Here are some of our favorite things to make your party perfect. Pick them up at your local store!

Photo Booth Fun. Brand new for this year, this New Year’s Photo Props Kit will provide tons of fun for a D.I.Y. photobooth. Have everyone take goofy pics as a way to start the year off right!



The no-hassle tassel. This striking Black, White & Gold Tissue Paper Tassel Garland is a festive party decor piece that couldn’t be simpler. Hang these along a buffet, across a mantel or use it as the background in the D.I.Y. photobooth we mentioned above! Another plus, this color scheme is a Paper Source exclusive that can’t be found anywhere else!



Colorful confetti. Hand these Confetti Poppers out to all your guests to celebrate midnight in colorful style. An added benefit: they can reused year after year!



Fun Accents. From glassware to table decor, we have the perfect accents for your New Year’s Eve Celebration. For example, this paper rosette accent piece is the perfect backdrop for guests to take photos. Hang on a wall or use behind your serving table for the perfect festive touch.


Find pretty pops of color for any style in our Entertaining Essentials category.

Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

Looking for some last-minute stocking stuffers? Head over to a Paper Source store to stock up on some of our favorite goodies!

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1. Get a little candy crazy with this unique Hammond’s Pigs & Taters Chocolate Bar. Perfect for adults and kids alike, this milk chocolate bar features pieces of potato chips and bacon.

2. Kids will love this Mini Neon Cubebot. The wooden limbs and elastic band muscles make this cube fun to manipulate.

3. We’re not saying you should give anyone actual coal, but if you have a friend who’s been a little naughty, give them this funny hint. It’s actually Coal Bubble Gum, so they’ll get a nice treat out of it.

4. These Junior Mints Peppermint Crunch are a fun take on a classic treat.

5. These Neon Hair Ties are functional but super cute, too. Pretty enough to wear on your wrist when not in use, and they won’t tear your hair!

6. Our newest Joy Love Cheer Tea comes in a travel tin that’s perfect for adult stockings. It feature Paper Source exclusive artwork and the black tea leaves create a robust base for this spicy infusion, while apples and a hint of licorice sweeten each sip.