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Workshop: Learn to Letterpress

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!

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!



Workshop: Indigo Card Making

This post is brought to you by Rebecca B., who creates our workshops. Here she tells you how she found the inspiration for our newest workshop, Indigo Card Making, happening Thursday, June 19.

My latest crush is on Indigo.  I see it everywhere: clothing, textiles, home decor, ceramics, the list goes on.  I wanted to combine it with my other love, paper, so I created the Indigo Card Making Workshop!  With the stationery collection in this class I tried to capture some of my favorite forms of the trend: sun prints, Shibori dyeing, dip-dyeing, Ikat prints and mosaics.  You can take a look at some of my Indigo inspiration on this Pinterest board:


This roll-up-your-sleeves class is such great creative playtime!  Among the projects, you will learn how to create decorative paper with Shibori techniques that involve binding and dying paper with inkpads. Then you will use your beautiful hand-dyed paper to create stationery.  One of my favorite aspects of the class is the “reveal” moments when you unfold the bindings to discover the Indigo pattern.  Click here to learn more about the other projects in this workshop.

Classes are filling fast but many locations are running encores so be sure to call your local store if seats are sold out online.

Pinterest inspiration for our workshop. Check out more here.

Favorite PS colors: cement & coral
Favorite PS product:  Mint Patterned Napkins

Finding Inspiration: Geometric Workshop

This post is brought to you by Rebecca B., who creates our workshops. Here she tells you how she found the inspiration for our newest workshop, Geometric Decor, happening Thursday, April 24. 


Two of my favorite trends at the moment are geometric patterns and gold-dipped accents.  I love the fresh, bold punch geometrics can bring to a room and how fun and easy it is to create different patterns.  I also like a little bit of gold with everything, so the two seemed like a perfect match. This, in a nutshell, was how the Geometric Decor workshop was born!

Creating this workshop, I was inspired by everything from garlands, to artwork to throw rugs.  You can check out some of my inspiration on our workshop Pinterest board.

I was also inspired by some of my favorite Paper Source geometric products!

The Geometric Decor workshop is on Thursday, April 24th, from 6 – 8 p.m. and is going to be a fun night with refreshments and creativity!  After taking the class, you’ll walk away with a dimensional prism mobile that looks great hanging on a wall or suspended from the ceiling. You’ll also tap your inner artist to create an 8″ x 10″ piece of art – you get to customize it by picking your palette (Mint or Fuchsia) and pattern (3 choices available). And you will also come away with a geometric embossed stationery set.

Throughout it all you’ll get DIY instructions and templates to help you recreate each item at home, along with tips and inspiration to utilize the techniques in other projects!  Find a location near you and join us in the fun!

Take the technique home: After the class we hope you’ll find inspiration in the everyday things. We love the idea of cutting up Instagram photos and arranging them using techniques that we’ll teach in class.


Favorite PS colors: cement & coral
Favorite PS product:  Graphic Shapes Rubber Stamp Set

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.

New Workshops For February!

Our teams have been inspired to create fresh, new projects for 2013 and our store team has found the perfect way to turn these ideas into workshops and classes you’re sure to enjoy.

Check out some of our faves for Feb!

February 16 – Party time Banner & Accents Workshop

Create a party collection that includes a decorative banner, stamped treat bags, place cards and more. Discover new tools like Tonic cutters and X-acto knives, decorative punches and the new Evolution die-cutting/embossing machine and learn techniques for folding, layering, and stamping to create this festive collection for any occasion! Register online!

February 21 – Cabbage Rose Wreath Workshop

Using the new Evolution die cut machine and an assortment of tissues, create this lovely soft palette cabbage rose wreath. Perfect for spring, this project looks pretty hanging on the wall or as your table centerpiece. We’ll introduce you to a few simple tools and let you discover new techniques. This class is not to be missed! Register Online!

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

Upcoming Paper Source workshop: DIY journal

DIY photo book

What could be more perfect than combining photos, scrapbooking and rubber stamping to create your own personal journal?!

Register for our upcoming Make Your Own Spiral Book Workshop and learn an easy way to create a DIY journal or keepsake using the Zutter Bind-It-All.

DIY Journal

I love seeing fun photos shared via email or on FB, but I long for the days when I also get to see them printed on paper. In this class, you get to bring 10 – 12 photos from home — from contact sheet size to 5×7 — to create journal pages or a wonderful keepsake gift. We will provide chip board covers, binding materials and pages, along with an assortment of paper, punches, rubber stamps, inks and embossing powders to use for decorating. Plus, we will share great techniques for distressing and texturing surfaces.

Zutter Bind-It-All

Learn to punch and assemble your own wire-bound book and have a lot fun with other creative customers and our staff. Take this class at your local Paper Source store – register online today!

PS colors: paper bag & persimmon
Latest fave: Zutter Bind-It-All

Upcoming event: Crafter’s Night Out this Thursday!

We have so many splendid ideas to share with you at our Annual Seasonal Table Event that I couldn’t resist providing a little sneak peek at the collection of ideas we are featuring at Thursday’s Crafter’s Night Out.

Seasonal Table Workshop

These colorful holiday favor pouches provide the perfect opportunity to create something unique. We will be adding stamped accents to make them fun and personal. Imagine these on your holiday table?!

cookie favors

Or, perhaps you are a cookie aficionado – baking goodie bags for your work colleagues, like so many of us at Paper Source. (I know. Aren’t we lucky?!) These cellophane bags will be the perfect inspiration for your holiday confections, complete with fun retro accents cut from 12×12 decorative paper.

holiday stamps

We also have other unique ideas using our new rubber stamps, like this one from a wonderful French Canadian vendor. They are sure to add charm to your seasonal presentation.

Be sure to sign up early, and enjoy $5 off your seat when you sign up with a friend! Sip wine with fellow crafters, nibble on treats, create stunning decorations and shop the night away with your 10% off coupon.’

Seasonal Table Collection of Ideas – Crafter’s Night Out
Thursday, November 10th
6pm – 8pm (local time)
To sign up, stop by your local Paper Source store or register online today.

PS colors: paper bag & persimmon
Latest fave: Academic Great Big Calendar

The perfect DIY calendar

2012 calendar

Are you always on the look out for personalized projects that are great for anyone on your list, including those hard to shop for folks?! Well, our new 2012 DIY Calendar is perfect! With 12 months to work with and a manageable size, all you need is inspiration… and a little time to create!

And, speaking of time, we totally have that covered! On Thursday, September 8 join us for our Crafter’s Night Out event. From from 6-8pm you can use our supplies, including stamps, ink pads, punches, paper cutters, decorative papers, glitters, and more, to create your own calendar. Learn tips and techniques from our craft experts and leave with a completely finished calendar – ready for giving or for treating yourself!

Paper Source Workshop
For details or to reserve your seat, check out the Paper Source Workshops page. Remember: You can save $5 off the seat price when you register with a friend.


PS colors: paper bag & persimmon
Latest fave: Academic Great Big Calendar