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.
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!
It’s that special time of year again! To celebrate, we’re hosting one of our FREE Holiday Demo Days this Saturday, November 10th from 11:00a.m.-4:00p.m.
Stop by your local store for ideas on gifting little treats, food and other goodies; the wonder of zip dry adhesive paired with the super- sparkle of silver halo glitter, embossing with pine bough rubber stamps for the perfect holiday card, and creating whimsical gift tags to make every package look spectacular! To cap off the day, we’ll be sharing fun and beautiful ideas for wrapping your gifts this holiday!
Added bonus: Attendees can enter a raffle to win a Card Making Party for 4-6 people! Two party gift certificates will be given away at each location!
Our Paper Source demos are definitely a highlight of the holiday season. Mark your calendars and come join us for the day!
Paper Source holiday planning takes place amidst the heat of summer, and now that we have fallen into autumn it’s time to turn our heads to hiring for the 2012 Holiday Season. Our associates – permanent and seasonal – make the Paper Source holiday experience come alive.
Who wouldn’t want to create holiday buzz around the great product and paper that lives in our stores?
As a former Training Store Manager, and now Recruiting Coordinator with Paper Source, the anticipation of the season begins with assessing my team and planning who I need to hire to support a fun, successful holiday. I remember one of my years as Store Manager… My management team and I were getting excited about the holidays in early September and asked one of our customers, who was pulling together a fun project with her friend, “What are you doing for the holiday season this year?!”
As it turned out she was moving to the Chicago area in the next month and would be looking for work. The customer came in the following day for an in-person interview and impressed us with her positive energy, creativity and flexible availability – a professional background as sales manager for a local boutique in her hometown and obvious affinity for her recent Paper Source shopping experience was also a plus. We hired her the next day and had a successful season working together. And, after holiday, our store experienced some shifting, so she stayed on and grew with us after the season concluded.
This holiday season we are committed to educating and inspiring people to indulge in doing something creative — anything from holiday cards to searching for the perfect gift or finding a beautiful gift wrap presentation to engaging customers in a demo, workshop or private party. If this sounds like you or someone you know, Paper Source is beginning to seek seasonal associates and will be conducting interviews with interested candidates this month.
If you are someone who is excited about sharing the holiday spirit, has a passion for the Paper Source culture and product, possess flexible availability to work part-time hours in a busy retail store, and has a selling and service background, we would love for you to consider a Seasonal Associate position with Paper Source. Feel free to stop in your local Paper Source store and pick up an application or apply online at: www.paper-source.com/careers
Happy Crafting! Happy (Upcoming) Holidays!
-Leah, Paper Source Recruiting Coordinator
Lately, we’ve been playing around with a new saying: If it isn’t neon; it shouldn’t be on. Neon has certainly become an A-lister in the world of fashion, making it a noteworthy must-have for your crafting creations.
Whether you’re penciling in a slue of dates and engagements, designing a card or adding decorative flair to an ingenius idea, bright and bold is the way to go. And our new NEON accents offer a few bright ideas.
Tell us, what are your favorite neon looks?
Celebrate fall’s favorite hobby with our fresh-picked Canning Jar designs. These canning products might inspire you to ransack the garden or your craft closet to celebrate this timeless tradition.
Scarlett C., an associate at Paper Source Bethesda, shared her own touching story about the craft of canning:
“Last fall, my grandmother, whom I was very close with, passed away. In the wake of her death, I was left with the huge responsibility of settling her affairs and estate. Given this very literal pile of legalities and paperwork, I found myself having a hard time actually accepting the loss.
This summer, I tried to find some sort of mental peace and quiet, to really come to terms with what had happened in the past year. In this journey I looked to several hobbies and pursuits that I thought might help me finally unwind and process. I had a long list of things to try… yoga,camping, road trips, and oddly enough, canning.
I’m not really sure where the canning part of that list came from. Between all of the wonderful farmers’ markets in the DC area, a twinge of homesickness and memories of the orchards and farms that surround my hometown, came the desire to roll up my sleeves and try to ‘put up’ food the old fashioned way.
The very next day, I walked into the Bethesda Paper Source to work. As fate would have it, we received our first copies of Food in Jars in that day’s shipment. Naturally, I took this as some sort of sign, and immediately purchased a copy, and of course called my mother.
“Isn’t that CRAZY?! I mean, I was just talking about this LAST NIGHT, and here this book shows up. It’s a sign. I need to go to Ace Hardware and buy supplies!”
My mom had an even better idea: drive back to Strasburg, Virginia, and use my grandmother’s canning equipment.
Later that week, my mother and I found ourselves sitting in the cool basement of my grandmother’s house loading up dozens of Mason jars, pots, lids and seals, all for me to cart back to DC and can to my heart’s content. Though canning was not necessarily a huge part of my grandmother’s life, something about using her things resonated with me. This was different than hanging a picture of her in my apartment, or wearing her wedding band on a chain around my neck. It was as if I was discovering a hidden treasure she had left for me, something she could share with me even if she couldn’t be there herself.
I selected several recipes from Food in Jars, and promptly took over the kitchen with my canning mission. I had success with Strawberry Vanilla Jam and also with Blueberry Butter, the last of which I brought in to share with my PS family.
With an introduction like this, you can imagine my excitement for each new Canning Jars product that comes into the store. Each notebook and tea towel is a reminder to me that sometimes that ‘thing’ you are looking for might be on its way, without you even suspecting it.
To celebrate this discovery I wanted to share some things I’ve made at the demo cart in our store, as well as a gift basket example of some commonly themed items. Enjoy!”
The tag attached to the basket reads:
We hope that our new Canning Jars artwork inspires you as much as it does us! Take your creative projects to the kitchen this fall and try your hand at canning. Food in Jars is an excellent how-to and cookbook guide to preserving foods. Our file folders, notebooks and notepad provide great organization for new recipes and grocery lists as well! Show off your new hobby with our tea towels and magnets- they’ll be sure to complement your kitchen with all of your new preserves! Lastly, browse our notecards, gift tags, burlap bags, stamps and autumnal inks to send out your homemade goodies in style.
Paper Source is gearing up for the Summer Games!
Hosting a get-together of your own? Sport Team USA inspired designs –note the wreath made of olive leaves!– and catch the crafty Olympic fever our Summit location is sporting.
Tell us, what’s your favorite event?
It seems Night and Papaya are the season’s hot trend at Paper Source! Recently, a good number of us showed up in this cheerful combination, and we couldn’t help but think: PS color combinations look smashing in terms of paper crafts and home decor, why wouldn’t they be great in fashion too!
So, tell us: What colorscope wardrobe combinations do you see or love to wear?
Last week, Paper Source store locations used the Silhouette CAMEO Electronic Cutting Tool to create vintage-inspired subway art posters. Teams were provided with a list of phrases and words and were instructed to maintain a red, white, and blue color order from top to bottom.
Check out nearly 40 inventive store window concepts, like this one, on Pinterest! We invite you to pin or like your favorite patriotic poster concept. A winner will be named on July 4th.
Cheers to your red, white and blue inspiration!