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Paper Source Mail Art Contest

mail art contest

Before I get too far ahead of myself, let me first give you background on Postal Art, Correspondent Art, or what we are calling Mail Art.

vintage mail art

At a very basic level, Mail Art is a small artful work sent through the postal service. As long as the postal service has been in service, you can find evidence of correspondent mail art. And, while considered unintentional, some examples date back to the 1890’s. Envelopes penned with notations, extra ink denoting a love note, landscape or seaside scribble from an oceanic journey, mathematical tributes or elaborate address corrections — these mail treatments paved the way to a world of artful correspondence.

Later artists began adding flourishes of ink, accents of color, or a collage of papers. Stamps became more common place, adding dimension to the expression sent through the mail. While no official name was given to those varietal, unintentional, tattooed letters of the early years, later artful letters coined the term, Mail Art.

[Image via A Polar Bear's Tale Ink illustration sent from Kingston to Whitstable in 1896]

From the early 1950’s through to the 1980’s there were several movements featuring elements of correspondence — envelopes, zines, postcards and more — which brought voice to art and the artist. From the famous artist to us ordinary folk, this means of expression is open to anyone who has the means to send something through the mail.

mail art[Image via Simpatico Home White ink illustrations on dark paper]

Now, we’re encouraging customers to rekindle their love of Mail Art with our Mail Art Contest. If you have a fist for lettering or knack with paper, then we want to see your best Mail Art. Enter our Mail Art Contest for a chance to win a $100 Paper Source Gift Card. Drop your correspondence in the mail by August 31, 2013 and help us bring light to this underground art form.

For entry details, visit our Mail Art Contest page.

For Mail Art inspiration, visit our Mail Art Pinterest Board.

Or, for a hands on approach to Mail Art, contact your local store to find out about upcoming Mail Art Workshops or to schedule a private party dedicated to correspondence!


– Linda, Head of Paper Source Workshops
PS colors: chartreuse & peacock
Latest fave: Academic Great Big Calendar

Holiday Craft Contest Winners

After reviewing more than 400 submission, our team couldn’t be more thrilled to announce the winners of the Paper Source Holiday Crafting Contest!

Drum roll, please…

Décor Category

#1 – Homemade Advent Calendar
advent calendar

#2 – Friends-giving Tablescape
table setting

#3 – Woodland Winter-land Garland

Wrapping Category

#1 – Shipping a Sweet Surprise
wrapped package

#2 – The Edible, no-so-abominable, Snowman
favor bags

#3 – Christmas Cottage with Gingerbread Santa
gingerbread house

Card Making Category

#1 – Under the Sea Christmas
handmade card

#2 – Sweet Treats & Warm Wishes
handmade card

#3 – Advice from a Snowman
handmade card

We enjoyed seeing the creative talents of so many customers. We hope those who participated enjoyed making personalized Christmas cards, decorating and wrapping packages for both the contest and the pleasure in exchanging and sharing them with all. We hope everyone finds a bit of inspiration from the entries. See them here:

Happy Holidays from all of us at Paper Source!

A Birthday Celebration for the PS Blog – Comment to Win $50

PS Blog

Notice something different? As a third birthday present, we treated the Paper Source blog to a fresh, new look. As we build out new content to fit our latest style, we look back at three years of inspiration, including some of our most memorable ideas:

Rubber Stamping with Powdered Sugar
A Baby Shower Game Honoring Dad
How-To: Summer Cup Covers
Confessions of a Wrapper
DIY Fine Paper Wallet
Maritime Knot Accent
Baby Shower Ideas: Something Sweet for Ann
Our ABCs Baby Shower for CEO Sally
How Do You Say… Will You Be My Bridesmaid
Festive Pennant Garland Gift Wrap
How-To: Father’s Day Nifty Necktie Notes
A Lovely Companion to a Wedding Guestbook
A Must-See Winter Wonderland Holiday Card
Postcards from my Sister
PS Real Weddings: Laura
Guest Blogger: Mary Vasquez
Artist Inspiration: Helen Musselwhite
Behind the Design: Lekker Haas Paper Cuts
Unwrapping the Mystery: Uses for Fine Paper

While reflecting on three years of ideas, we realize customers make this creative resource possible. Your projects, questions and events inspire us to Do Something Creative Every Day, pushing us to develop fresh, new projects.

So, for this birthday celebration, we want you to tell us why you come to Paper Source. What projects, products and resources keep you coming back to the store or clicking through our website?

Tell us your story by commenting to this post. On August 10th we will award one lucky participant a $50 Paper Source gift card to celebrate a new year of inspiring ideas.

Sweepstakes Rules: No purchase necessary to win. One entry per person. Contest ends August 9, 2012 at 11:59PM CST. Contest open to U.S. residents (excluding Puerto Rico), 18 years old or older at the time of entry. Employees of Paper Source Inc. and each of its respective affiliated companies, subsidiaries, and advertising or promotional agencies, and the immediate family members of, and any persons domiciled with such employees, are not eligible. The Paper Source Gift Card (valued at $50) can be redeemed for products at Paper Source store locations or online at

Season’s Greetings! Holiday photo cards are here.

holiday card sale

‘Tis the season to be smiling and the Paper Source Design Team has given us plenty of reason to grin. In fact, there are more than 100 ways to show off those smiles in our 2011 Holiday Photo Card Collection.

Our holiday assortment features dozens of festive styles, and new this year you can personalize the back of your card! With the option to choose your favorite backing style, we’ve given you more ways to do something creative – add a stylish pattern, more photos, even include a holiday letter. Between the clever designs and the exclusive Paper Source color palette these holiday greetings are sure to become a wonderful keepsake.
Holiday Photo Cards
We also invited PS Fans to submit photographs for our new holiday photo card line. From hundreds of lovely photographs, the Paper Source Design Team featured several families in the latest collection. Today we’re congratulating Grace K. and her beautiful family as the winner of our $100 Paper Source gift card drawing. You can find Grace and her family in the New Year multi-photo card featured here and other samples online and in our stores.

Browse our newly designed holiday assortment online, and save by ordering this month – through October 31st enjoy an early bird discount of 25% off your holiday photo card order.

Announcing: Holiday Photo Contest

holiday photo card submission

As we anxiously await the July launch of our new line of birth announcements, we wanted to let our fans know about another opportunity to inspire our designs – our 2011 Holiday Photo Card development is underway and we’re looking for families to feature in our catalogs, online and in our stores.

Send your favorite hi-resolution *photographs to by July 10, 2011 and your photographs will be considered for our product line and one family will win a $100 Paper Source gift card drawing.

Your photograph should be print quality (ideally 300 dpi) and approximately 5″ x 7″ when printed. We encourage you to submit either candid or staged shots; however, we insist that you own the copyrights to any image submitted. A photo release and consent form will be required for all selected photographs, so double check if submitting images that are not your own. Purchase not necessary to win. Must be submitted by July 10, 2011 to be considered.

We will announce the gift card winner with the launch of the 2012 Holiday Photo Cards in September.

Let the holiday card making begin!

As much as I hate to admit it, it is already October and whether I have my Halloween accents done or not, the holidays are just around the corner! Each year we like to do a kick-off Holiday Card Making Event that begins the season of stamping, stickling, heat embossing, and layering (both papers and good wishes) with plenty of creative ideas! This Thursday, October 7, from 7-9pm is our annual Girls Night Out: Holiday Card Making. This event usually sells out (some locations already have), but not to worry, we also have a Holiday Card & Tags Workshop coming up on October 21. Check with your local store on seat availability, or ask them about having your own private “Crafter’s Night Out” with 6 or more friends!

Here are a few holiday card samples the folks will be making tomorrow night. Left: We used our new Tombow Markers with rubber stamps to add fun hits of color! Right: Vintage distressing combined with our die-cut snowflake cards, layered over new 12×12 paper.


Below are a few card ideas sure to be winners for those who love creative embellishments like bakers twine or decorative cloth tape! (Some of these new ingredients are hot off the press and you’ll be the first to see them in this workshop – not yet available online).


Please stop into a store to view even more holiday card samples on our inspiration boards, and get a jump on your own creations just in time for the start of our 5th Annual Holiday Card Contest! This is the season we love to inspire correspondence between families and between friends. This is the rich part of life, sharing your thoughts and words with those you love. And, well…this is the fun part too, getting to “Do Something Creative Every Day!”

Cheers & Happy kickoff to the Holidays!

PS colors: chartreuse & pool
Latest fave: 2011 Paper Source Booklet Calendar

Love our crafting essentials? Be a guest blogger!

Essential Crafting Tools

We recently compiled a list of Crafting Essentials: our favorite tools that make projects easier and more professional…the tools we think everyone who loves doing creative things should have. Now we want you to tell us why these products are a must-have for you – tell us how you use any of our crafting essentials and we might share your story on our blog!

To Participate:
Review our Crafting Essentials and draft a blog post that describes how you use any of these products to Do Something Creative Every Day. Feel free to mention other complimentary PS products and include personal photographs to help tell the story of your staple product(s). Also, be sure to tell us your favorite PS product and your two favorite PS colors – just like we include in our blog signatures.

Submit Your Entry:
Email your blog post, photos, etc. to PSFan (AT) Paper-Source (DOT) com by Friday, July 9. We’ll select a guest blogger to be featured in a blog post the following Monday!

–PS Team

Congrats to our $100 gift card winner!

Thank you ALL for coming to our “birthday party!” We were delighted to see all of the enthusiastic comments and wonderful suggestions for things we can bring to the blog. We are touched to know that Paper Source has been a part of so many memories from weddings and births to birthdays and holidays. We promise to work hard this coming year to bring you more inspiration and creative ideas, including incorporating some of what you said you’d like to see!

Gift wrapped packagesAnd now, the winner of our $100 gift card give away is…

Terri from Dearborn Heights, Michigan!

Congratulations, Terri! We appreciate your support and hope you enjoy a little shopping on us.

–PS Team

Happy Birthday, PS Blog!

Update 6/9/10 – Congrats to Terri from Dearborn Heights, Michigan – our blog “birthday party” winner!

Put on your party hats – our blog is celebrating its 1st birthday and you could win a $100 Paper Source gift card! One full year of creative inspiration, how-to projects, store events, and more. We’re thrilled with the way things have shaped up and are so thankful to YOU for stopping by periodically to see what we’re up to.

We wanted to celebrate this occasion by sharing some of our (and your) favorite blog posts from our very first year.
Happy birthday blog2

5 steps to perfect rubber stamping
How-to: recycled origami hearts
Decorate your office with birthday banners!
Founder’s Day
A baby shower gift worth drooling over
Rubber stamping on chalkboards?!
How-to: bookworm baby shower invitation
Lovely paper jewelry
How-to: sweet treat keepsake
Rubber stamping with powdered sugar

Now we want to hear from you! What keeps you coming back to our blog…what types of things would you like to see more of…what new things can we bring to the blog? Share your thoughts and ideas as comments to this blog post. And because it’s a celebration, we’re going to give someone a $100 Paper Source gift card just for coming to our “party.” (Next week, we’ll choose at random someone from the comments to this post as our winner.)

Stay tuned! We have wonderful ideas and news to share right around the corner…three new PS colors, great ideas for 4th of July celebrations, our 2011 calendar lineup, keen new fall kits, and new store openings coast to coast!

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–PS Team