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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!


New Workshop: Making 3-D Spring Cards

We have a new workshop to kick off spring!  Fresh Folds – Spring Card Making takes place nationwide on Thursday, March 20th, 6 – 8 pm.

In this class you will learn simple techniques to add dynamic folds, layers and pop-up elements to 4 cards.  This vibrant collection incorporates our fresh new colors and favorite pattern trends—a perfect way to welcome spring! 

For each project you complete in this class, you will receive the how-to instructions to take home with you so you can do it again on your own.  What makes this class even better is all the ways you can use the techniques for other DIY projects!  You can check out our project inspiration on our Fresh Folds Pinterest board!  And sign up for the workshop today!


Custom Holiday Accents

There are a lot of ways to celebrate the holidays this season, but one of our favorite ways is to create a custom experience for you and your loved ones!

In addition to our gift wrap (we have everything from cute critters to bold solids, to Christmas classics), you can spice up your packaging with these customizable tags–sure to make your gift special before it’s even opened!

Having a holiday soiree? Whether you’re serving eggnog with all the traditional fixings, or planning a more contemporary fete, these napkins and coasters can be customized to fit your party’s personality. (We also like the idea of letting guests take home the coasters to re-use and remember the fun!)

What’s a party without some goodies to take home? Send your party go-ers home with treats nestled in these cutomizable bags! It’s the details that make the difference, and we love that these are pretty enough to display throughout your event!

We offer holiday accents that will help you celebrate the season with festive finishes and personal touches. See these and other personalized gifts and our assortment holiday decor online or at your local store.

Holiday Crafting Contest – Enter Now!

Last month we kicked off our Holiday Crafting Contest (which goes through December 31), and we can’t wait to see what you do!

This year we’re giving out first, second and third place prizes in THREE categories! Wow us with your creative use of Paper Source products in Food Gifting, Gift Wrapping or Card Making (you can enter each category once!). First place in each category gets a $100 Paper Source gift card, and second and third place each get a $50 Paper Source gift card.

Go ahead, dazzle us! Find official rules or enter the Holiday Crafting Contest today!

Behind the Scenes at Paper Source

We absolutely love hearing about your crafts, projects, and inspirational ideas. But, this time, we’re turning the camera on ourselves. Follow Paper Source Intern, Christina, as she takes you behind the scenes at the Paper Source home office…

Upon entering our front doors at our Chicago-based home office, a large paper wasp on a brightly colored wall greets visitors.

Why the name?

Founded in 1983 by Sue Lindstrom, Paper Source was created because of her love for the papermaking artistry of Japan. Sue opened the first Paper Source store in Chicago to showcase beautiful handcrafted papers from around the world, and since then Paper Source has grown to more than 60 locations around the country, with new stores opening every year!

Why a paper wasp?

It was Sue’s tribute to a fellow paper aficionado. Read more here.

As you walk down our halls, a wall of cards (a favorite of many) provides anything from a cry to a chuckle. And, if the cards aren’t enough to get you motivated, our open, loft-like office space is like a candy store of inspiration. (Our building is literally located across the street from a chocolate factory, but we feel like the real sweetness is here!)

The interior of Paper Source is designed with hints of vintage touches. We’re always bustling with new products, crafts, and designs, so it’s fun to walk around from department to department! Read the rest of this entry »

New Workshops For March!

Check out March’s great workshop offering. Remember workshop participants receive a coupon for 10% off purchases after every workshop, so these classes are a great way to learn and shop!

March 14 – Itajime Folded Dyed Japanese Papers Workshop

Featuring the artful technique of folding and dyeing Japanese papers (called Itajime Shibori), which is similar to tie dying, this workshop is designed to help you create a collection of four beautiful designs (like the samples featured above). The finished 18 1/2″ x 25″ sheets are perfect for gift wrapping, book binding, or card making. In addition, you will also make a small swatch book collection to recall the folding and dying techniques learned during the workshop.

March 23 – Chevron Tray with Paper Vessels Workshop

Learn box making techniques to create this contemporary gold chevron patterned tray. The workshop will teach you how to glue book board, along with wrapping tips for fine and decorative papers. We will also review uses of PVA & Methyl cellulose adhesives and tricks for cutting papers. To complete the collection, we’ll create DIY accents to accompany your finished tray. Perfect for gifting this Mother’s Day or to keep for your own home decor.

Find a store and see our full line up of workshops online.

An Invite to Chicago Brides…

Chicago brides are invited to visit us at Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party on Sunday, March 10! Be inspired by our 2013 Wedding Invitation Collection, unique DIY details, and so much more. For event details, click the photo below.

We can’t wait to see you there!

How-To: Easter Greeting Card

Easter card

We are bringing in the Easter holiday with our latest how-to — a handmade Easter greeting card! This project is suitable for little hands to help, and works with varying card colors too. Between this creative fun and our seasonal gifts, we’re hoping your bunny ears are perked and you’re ready to celebrate Spring!

Materials Needed:

  • Easter Greeting How-To PDF
  • Bunny & Chick Easter Ornament Kit
  • A2 Folded Card (your choice of color)
  • A2 Envelope (your choice of color)
  • 2 1/2″ Round Labels in color of choice
  • Happy Easter Rubber Stamp
  • Inkpad of choice
  • Ruler
  • Cutting Mat
  • Craft Knife or Paper Cutter
  • Glue Stick
  • Follow the assembly diagram outlined on the Easter Greeting How-To PDF, then use the left over punched out sheets and shapes from the kit to create simple Easter greetings.

    Option 1:

  • Cut a 4″ x 5 1/4″ rectangle from the punched out sheets leaving the negative shape of the egg at the center.
  • Option 2:

  • Adhere a 2 1/2″ round label to the center of an A2 folded card and top with a bunny or chick shape.
  • Stamp card using Happy Easter stamp.
  • -Claudia

    Favorite PS colors: curry & fuchsia
    Latest Fave: Red & White Paper Straws

    Lights, Camera…DIY! Oscars Party Inspiration

    Roll out the red carpet! It’s Oscars weekend, and the party is ON. Set the scene with a little DIY Oscars party inspiration from Paper Source!

    Bring the glamour of award season to your home with bold golds. This Friendsgiving Tablescape, created by a Paper Source Holiday Craft Contest winner, provides the perfect backdrop with our Chevron Table Wrapping Paper.

    oscars party

    Use Gold Chevron or Gold Confetti invitations to further accent your event. Print your menu, use as place settings or create an Oscars watching game.

    Or, you can simply print the Oscars Ballot we’ve created: 2013 Oscars Ballot

    2013 Oscars Ballot

    While you’re watching the red carpet, have each guest fill out their guesses for this year’s winners. Throughout the show, attendees can keep track of their votes. Up the stakes by pooling a cash prize or simply supply your own prize (like a PS Gift Card). Once all winners are announced, the guest with the most correct votes takes all!

    Oscars Party

    You can also gift your favorite bottle to the winner, and complete your theme with a gold rosette. Create large versions for decoration or scale back for an accent, using this How-To-Paper-Rosette PDF

    We’re sure this gold and glamour Oscars party will having you saying, “They like me, they really like me!”