It’s finally getting a little cooler here in Chicago (where Paper Source HQ is located), and we’re gearing up for Fall. If it’s too early for you to deck out your place in Halloween gear–try these classic autumnal accents.
Burlap Chic. We love this Burlap Wreath Kit. It’s so classic and elegant, and makes for a gorgeous neutral on any door, over a mantle or as a striking centeripiece (picture it lying flat with gold pillar candles in the middle). Plus, it’s the perfect indoor activity on a chilly day!
Leaves We Love. Leaves you don’t mind getting in the house! Use these Wooden Fall Leaves as place cards at a family dinner, or on a mantle or tablescape for added decor.
A strand of color. This Felt Leaf Garland is featured in this month’s Woman’s Day and is bold and vibrant with the seasonal colors we love. String on the mantle for an inviting pop of color.
It might not come as a surprise that we take our motto, “Do Something Creative Every Day,” pretty seriously here at Paper Source. In fact, we even carry it into our work spaces! We love being creative in every aspect of our jobs, and being surrounded by beautiful things. Our Chicago headquarters is a fun, colorful space that’s filled with things we love, things we’ve made, and things co-workers surprise us with. Here’s a quick peek at a few desk spaces we found inspiring this week! How do you express yourself at work?
We love our Paper Source foxes. They’re designed in-house here in Chicago and are cute with a little bit of and edge (let’s face it, the foxes are known for being the slyest of the woodland creatures). Here are our favorite ways to celebrate these furry friends.
P.S. Read until the end for a holiday sneak peek.
Drink up. We love these retro-juice Fox Glasses–each with a different caricature.
For the fridge. Use these colorful Fox Magnets to hold up all of your notes and favorite things. We also love these for back to school time–great for lockers!
Kitchen flair. Decorate your kitchen with the Fox Tea Towels (set of 3!). 100% cotton and perfect for everyday use.
Psst…. We love foxes so much, we’re adding a new holiday wrap featuring them front and center! Make room under the tree for these jolly foxes…. (coming soon on papersource.com).
The turn of the season always brings with it a creative spark. As Fall approaches we have warm colors and rich patterns in mind for our upcoming card making workshop: Colorful Paper Tapestry. Our inspiration for these card designs comes from vibrant textiles and embroidery. We played with punches, stamps and twine to find ways to translate this artistry from fabric to paper.
This workshop is great for a crafting beginner who wants to learn some card making basics but also gives the more experienced crafter the chance to try some new techniques with stamping, layering, braiding and knotting.
The techniques in this class also translate well to holiday card making – like this example from the creative team at our Ann Arbor store:
We hope you join us on September 13th to get crafty! Sign up here or contact your local store for more details. If you can’t make it on the 13th but still want to take the class, ask your local store about setting up a private class for you and 4 – 7 of your friends!
As we start the long weekend, here are three things we’re loving right now at Paper Source.
TOTEally crazy about cats. Perhaps it’s our vision of spending the last holiday of the summer on the beach with all our favorite gear in tow, but we’re digging this cute cat tote. It’s got a plastic coating and webbed nylon handles–material that will make it through the wear and tear of the sand, and can be used to carry supplies for after-school activities. The quirky critters on the front make us laugh, and are a hit with every generation.
We’ll pencil you in. This long weekend is the perfect time to tackle getting ready and organized for the school year (or just the upcoming holiday season!). We love this new Academic Booklet Gold Foil Calendar. With bright colors on the front and a touch of gold foil for class, it’s the perfect combination of fun and functional, with monthly views to plan out your year. Super slim and fits easily into a purse or backpack!
Crazy for critters. We love these bold zebras on this Set of 4 Glasses. They’re super vivid and fun and, combined with the slim juice glass design, remind us of vintage drinkware while still being modern and chic. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that they’re on sale right now for 30% off!
- How-To PDF
- Flower Petal Templates
- 3-4 different colors and patterns of Fine Paper
- 2-3 Colors of 8 1/2″ x 11″ Text Weight Paper
- 1 Sheet of 20″ x 26″ Cover Weight Paper
- Circle Hole Punches (we used 1/4″, 1/2″, 1″ and 2 1/4″ circle punches and a 2″ Scallop Circle punch)
- Double-Sided Tape
- Foam Squares
- Frame (optional)
- Download How-To PDF and Flower Petal Templates
- To create the backer for your fine paper creation, trim a large sheet of cover weight paper to the desired size. (If framing, trim to fit inside frame.)
- Use sheet of flower templates to trace and cut petals from fine papers.
- Layer the shapes to create blooms; mixing and matching patterns and colors.
- Adhere the shapes together using both double-sided tape and foam squares as desired to create dimension.
- Create the centers of the blooms by punching circles in a variety of sizes and colors.
- Cut, fringe, punch and layer circles (see diagram on How-To PDF).
- Adhere center in place.
- Arrange blooms as desired onto backer and adhere composition in place.
With long school days coming up (or for some of you, already starting!), kids need a good lunch to get them through the day. But between rushed mornings, picky eaters and repetitive food options, packing a lunch can be a hassle! We have a few tips and some products to help get you through a lunchtime rut.
Theses stainless steel containers are an earth-friendly way to pack a lunch. Having multiple sets and washing them right when the kids come home from school will help you to avoid going through dozens of plastic bags each week!
The Sweat Free Ice Pack has a recycled pouch- making it earth friendly while also keeping moisture off of food!
This insulated jar stays cool to the touch even with hot food inside. And if you want to make sure your food stays extra hot, here’s a tip: boil water, pour it into the thermos and let it sit before draining it and putting in your food. The hot water heats it up, so it’ll stay warm for longer (think of it like serving hot food on a warm plate!).
The collapsible lunch box is another great earth-friendly option for lunch. No plastic bags or silverware required. Have a picky eater who can’t stand when their foods are touching? If the two dividers aren’t enough, use cupcake papers for small snacks and veggies instead of plastic!
Let your child express their style with a fun lunch box!
The Packit Lunch Bag is freezable. Pop it in the freezer overnight and it’ll stay cold as ice for 10 hours- no ice pack required!
What kid wouldn’t be excited for their lunch with this super cute hedgehog lunch box!
Stick this dry erase board in the most convenient spot in your kitchen and create a lunch chart. Create four columns; one each for protein, grain, fruit/veggie, and a fun snack. Pick from the columns randomly on days that you’re stumped to make packing go a little quicker! When you start getting tired of the options, simply erase and come up with something new!
Anther helpful hint to make lunch packing a breeze is to set up a lunch packing station! Have a cabinet or drawer with only lunch foods. Sort snacks into bins and keep them at kid level so the little ones can help put together lunches themselves! Do the same in the fridge- have a section for just lunch items. When everything is in one place it’s easy to just grab and go!
Another idea? Freeze sandwiches and smoothies at the beginning of the week- they double as ice packs and will thaw by lunch! (But when you freeze a sandwich make sure condiments go in between the meat and cheese (not on the bread) to avoid a soggy mess!)
What are some of your lunchtime shortcuts? Tell us in the comments!
Until recently, if you wanted to experience the rewards of letterpressing your own cards you needed to acquire a quite large (up to 4,000 lbs!) and quite expensive (up to $10,000!) machine. We don’t know about you, but we don’t have that much space in our dining room and we’re not sure we can commit to living on ramen to pay it off!
No need to go to any extreme measure–the Evolution machine now comes with a letterpress kit; making this an accessible and super easy art form!
If you’re curious to see how this works or just interested in dabbling in a new technique, join us for our Letterpress Stationery Collection Workshop this Saturday, August 23rd. During the workshop you’ll learn how to use the Evolution machine to emboss, letterpress and create your own stationery set. Your five card collection will also come with a pocket folio and textured accents like linen and wood. Added bonus: you can save 10% off the Evolution machine when you take the class! Sign up here. We hope to see you Saturday!
As you gear up for the school year, one great way to cheer up your little student is to give them the greatest looking locker around. From wallpapers to magnets, to mini chandeliers, there are endless ways to deck out a school locker!
Paper Source has decorations ready made for a locker. The locker rug fits standard locker sizes, and is sure to give your student a home away from home while at school. The hanging chandelier is a perfect touch of glamour for a dingy locker. It’s magnetic for easy installation, and even has a motion sensor. The chandelier is battery operated- so there’s no power needed! The aqua locker wallpaper (also available in black) instantly dresses up any locker wall- and won’t damage its surfaces. The wall paper is easy to cut- so it fits any space, and comes with 20 magnets. With just a few items your locker diva is ready for the new year!
Paper Source has an endless supply of wrapping paper, and there’s one out there to fit your kid’s individual style. Use some painter’s tape or glue dots to safely adhere wrapping paper to locker walls. These are our picks for a boy’s locker!
These papers are perfect for your super girly-girl who needs a little pink in her life!
Have a kid who can’t get enough sweets and snacks? Satisfy their cravings with a delectable foodie locker wrap!
Another option for a locker interior is a chalkboard wallie. They are available in pink and black. It’s removable and won’t damage the inside of a locker. Great for doodles or jotting down homework assignments! Chalk is in included, but when you run out try some dustless chalk- it’ll keep school supplies clean!
With wrapped locker walls, your student can go crazy with fun accessories and knick-knacks. These sticky notes are pennant shaped, so you can write a fun message and display it in a banner! A perfectly playful touch for the top of a locker!
Washi Tapes are another great way to add some personality and style to a locker interior. Just have your student pick their favorite and the decorating possibilities are endless. Use them as a border around the locker or around a magnetic mirror. Or use them to tape up and frame pictures!
These talk bubble white board magnets are a fun addition to any space. Students can leave them outside of their locker for friends to stop by and write a friendly note! Don’t forget vibrant dry erase markers!
With a fun locker set up, stopping for next period’s textbooks doesn’t have to be such a drag. Check out our Pinterest for more locker style inspiration and organization tips. Happy back to school season!