Every year, we put our store teams’ creative skills to the test with an Employee Holiday Card Contest. Over the past couple of weeks, brightly-decorated envelopes have been showing up in our mailbox and now all the submissions are in! Votes (from employees in our HQ) have been tallied and winners have been selected – but we can’t tell you who they are quite yet!
Look for our post in January to learn who came out on top! And in the meantime, take a look at some of our favorite submissions (and feel free to predict which cards landed 1st, 2nd and 3rd place).
We hope you are feeling inspired, because it’s not too late to enter our customer Holiday Crafting Contest!
Just like at the North Pole, Paper Source gears up for the holiday season year-round.
…OK, maybe not ALL year, but it’s true that our buyers start scouring for the best goodies a year in advance, and final touches and planning for our holiday season take place well before the season starts. So, while you’re thinking of bar-b-ques we are thinking of holiday wrap and bags.
It should come as no surprise that we are already looking for fun, friendly, high energy associates that love the hustle and bustle of the holidays to help bring the season to life and have a passion for creativity and providing an outstanding customer experience.
This holiday season we’re committed to educating and inspiring people to indulge in doing something creative — anything from crafting holiday cards to helping find that perfect gift, to showing customers how to wrap gifts unique enough for the special recipient.
If this sounds like you (or someone you know!), we would love for you to consider a seasonal position with Paper Source. Feel free to stop in a Paper Source store location and pick up an application or apply online at: www.paper-source.com/careers
Here’s to your holiday spirit!
There is a very special feeling about shopping for new school supplies. Nothing defines the possibilities of a new year better than a fresh notebook or a bright accessory. Shopping for supplies at Paper Source offers everyone the chance to add something unique and stylish to the the run-of-mill supply list.
Here are a few of our favorite finds…
Skip the standard black spiral notebook and opt for something that features incredible design. You can even coordinate a set of notebooks and folders featuring one of our favorite themes of the season: foxes, chevrons or ostriches.
Keep your thoughts, notes and papers together with office supplies that are both fun and functional.
Pebbles Colored Clothespins – $5.95
Clipiola Paper Clips – $7.70
Neon Colored Pencils – $9.95
Large Colorful Paper Clips – $7.95
Guitar Paper Clips – $5.95
Le Pen Pack (10 Pens) – $17.95
Store those cool pens, bright pencils and keen items in one of these eye-catching pencil cases.
Cosmetic Case (in Neon Pink & Turquoise) – $7.95
Accessory Pouch (in Neon Orange & Yellow) – $8.95
Canvas Colorblock Pouches (in Red & Turquoise) – $12.95
Color Palette Pencil Case – $6.95
No. 3 Canvas Pouch – $7.95
Shoes Cosmetic Bag – $24.95
You can even give your lunch routine a little makeover with our latest selection of insulated bags.
Black & White Dots Lunch Bag from Built – $24.95
Mini Dots Lunch Bag from Built – $24.95
Sugar Skulls Lunch Bag by Sugar Booger – $19.95
Zinneas Lunch Bag – $29.95
Sky’s The Limit Lunch Bag – $16.95
Zebra Munch Lunch Bag – $16.95
We also love this new line of foldable lunch bags — just chill and pack!
Ikat Cooler Lunch Bag from PackIt – $22.95
Stripe Cooler Lunch Bag from PackIt – $22.95
We also have an assortment of lunch containers that make the inside just as unique as the outside. Check out the Lunchskins resuable snack bags (with cool designs) or the Collapsable Lunch Box in bags and totes.
With accessories this unique, Paper Source makes going back to school (or the office) a little bit cooler and lot more coordinated! Shop our entire Back to School assortment online or at a store location near you!
What year is it again? If you were to ask any of our designers right now, they would have to pause for a moment and think before answering. For 4 months of the year, 100% of their focus was on on 2014 dates and holidays! This is the most challenging and exciting time of the year for the Paper Source Design Team and we were able to catch a peek behind-the-scenes of this incredible process.
They begin the process in January with an inspiration meeting to talk about trends and ideas to work on as potential illustrations for the new line of Paper Source calendars. (Also brainstorming ideas for new calendar formats that we have not tried before.) Each week, they meet and review each design, working through each month until it is perfect.
Calendar and date book development time is so important because it is these designs that influence other Paper Source exclusive products. Our favorite designs carry over to wrapping paper, stationery, office products and more. This year, our designers drew inspiration from chalkboards, hand-lettering, sloths, terrariums and donuts!
Take a look at our 2014 calendars and you’ll start to recognize a few of these designs. Perhaps you already have a favorite? Let us know by commenting!
Our upcoming letterpress workshop has it all! We’ll teach you how to create letterpress stationery using the Evolution Letterpress Platform from Lifestyle Crafts, showing you how to brayer and ink-up your plates and teaching you how to use the embossing folders to create lovely blind-embossed touches.
Showcasing the machine’s versatility, we will also share tips and tricks for die-cutting, which will allow you to add little embellishments to any card or package. Round out the day with a few Versamark Ink Pad and embossing powder techniques, which are sure to make your collection exceptional.
Sign up today for the August 15th workshop and leave with a wonderful collection of stationery, similar to the items featured above. Your designs will be neatly tucked into Kraft bags, and stylishly finished with letterpress or stamped accents and wrapped with bakers’ twine!
If the location near you is sold out online, then we encourage you to call directly to inquire about the upcoming encore dates.
Did we mention that you receive a 10% coupon after the class to purchase any of the product including the Evolution universal tool? Plus, Lifestyle Crafts is now doing custom letterpress plates? Now is the time to get your machine and order your plates for those upcoming holiday cards and tags.
We also have a special bonus for PS customers to receive 10% off their custom plates – stop in or call your local store to learn how you can receive 10% off your personalized custom letterpress plate!
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