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!
In June, we were thrilled to invite our customers to honor the art of letter writing through our first-ever Mail Art Contest. Participants were encouraged to create an original piece of correspondence using note cards, envelopes, box mailers and embellishments.
After admiring several innovative submission, we proudly present to you the WINNING MAIL ART SUBMISSION: David D. from Kansas City, MO!
This wonder came to us with one side wrapped using our recycled Paper Source shopping bag and the opposite side decorated with our paper bag string and button envelopes, adorned with little paper punched catalog and old school wrap accents. The submission is covered bookboard, so the weight made it a substantial delivery and the joy of finding little surprises tucked inside each of the smaller envelopes made it a special treat to receive.
There were so many wonderful entries that we’d like to share a few more. We hope you’ll be as impressed as we were with the detail found in each submission — from hand-stitched treatments that really wowed us, to little handmade envelopes made of packing tape, to various Paper Source catalog accents used to adorn several submissions.
2nd Place: We fell in love with the amazing detail that Julia P. from Lagrange, KY had on her submission. From the tiny stitched flags (don’t you just love them?) to foxes cut out from the catalog, we all want to become her pen pal!
3rd Place: Who wouldn’t run to the mailbox to get this fun, layered mail art creation? We think Kathie M. from Santa Barbara, CA mixed the right amount of fun, and we were awed by the awesome lined envelope touch created using our shopping bag (what a perfect way to highlight our favorite wasp!).
4th Place: How about this A7 box mailer turned into a fantastic little suitcase, complete with travel -stamped icons by Katie N. from Chicago, IL?
We want to extend a great big thank you to everyone who entered the contest. You have inspired each of us to send more letters through the mail in unique and unusual ways.
Few products unite us more than gift wrap. Our associates could spend hours discovering new ways to style packages, and our customers could recall numerous events that were made memorable by a neatly wrapped gift. And while we continue to share in these discoveries and special moments each day, our designers continue to concept new designs that fuel this fodder and inspire new ideas.
The latest designs are no exception…
Who can resist the retro fun of this Terrarium design. This Paper Source gift wrap style honors the art without the mess!
It’s the perfect style for the Donuts Note Pad Set.
A customer favorite, the new Prism gift wrap is the perfect staple for your wrapping station. Great for birthday gifts, festive crafts and other celebrations.
Enthusiasm for this colorful pixel print inspired our team to create a different kind of wrap — an iPhone case that wraps your smartphone in style! This stylish cover (and other Paper Source exclusive design) will be available this month.
Flock to your local store for this Feathers wrapping paper design. The mix of feathers and arrows matched with our Paper Source exclusive color palette make this an interesting print for so many occasions.
Still not seeing something you like? Check out our Glasses wrapping paper or our Zebras wrapping paper. Both offer coordinate perfectly with other products, like Paper Source designed stationery, to help you create the perfect gift.
Speaking of gifts, we know some of you are already thinking about the holidays. To help inspire your holiday gift vision, we are now offering holiday gift wrap online. All styles will be available in stores by November, but you early-birds can find it here: http://www.paper-source.com/cgi-bin/paper/giftwrap/holiday-wrapping-paper.html
If you picked up our catalog, you probably noticed that we’re kind of crazy about kits. These expertly coordinated paper projects are great because they are a fun DIY project for any skill level and can be styled to suite many tastes.
Whether you’re looking for color, class, or crafting fun, these autumn kits are pretty amazing.
One of our favorites this season is our Feather Kit. These are bold and bright and add a festive touch to any room or party, which is great for kids (they love to make them too!).
Or bring bright, bold color to more a sophisticated adult settings, by creating an incredible place setting for your next dinner party, shower or at your Thanksgiving table.
If you appreciate a more subdued color palette, try our new Burlap Wreath! Made from burlap, metallic shimmer papers, and glitter paper with alternating shades of cream and gold, this wreath is a showstopper without overshadowing your existing design! A great accent that’s appropriate throughout season.
Looking for something that has a classic fall feel? This Fall Leaf Wreath is a favorite. Great to re-use season after season, because these leaves won’t wilt and the colors will stay vibrant long after nature’s leaves die down. This can also be used as a captivating centerpiece (picture it flat on your table with a vase of flowers, or gourds in the middle!).
Fall is a great time for feasting with family. Once you have your table set, give it a fall feel with any of these fun critter accents. Not only are they the perfect afternoon craft for kids, but the finished piece can be used separately or can be combined with other sets to make a forest of friends right on your table top.
Without a huge budget for her wedding, but with a certain level of quality in mind, Houston PS fan Kristina and her husband knew just where to go for quality, accessibility, and the perfect color palette. With a hand from PS, a lovely bridesmaid, and creativity, Kristina found the essentials she needed for her Paper & Pool themed wedding.
When it was time to start our wedding budget I knew we had to really save money and do the whole wedding with paper. One, I am a huge paper fan, and two, it was something that seemed to fit our personalities and theme. I have always loved the pool color from Paper Source so we went and bought all of the components of what we needed for our day. I didn’t go in with a real plan. All I knew I wanted was pinwheels!!
Kristina wanted a light and organic environment for her Houston wedding. Invitations and Save the Dates where chosen from Pool, Soft White, Shimmer Silver, and to tie it all together, Paper Bag. To add detail, Kristina bought a PS stamp and embossed the corners of cards and envelopes.
The actual reception was all paper. When you walked into the reception area you were greeted by these amazing HUGE white flowers, which my best friend, who was my bridesmaid, made out of poster paper!
The ceilings were draped with paper pom poms, the tables had paper placemats, and pin wheels made out of 12 x 12 scrapbook paper with embossed stamp textures added some shimmer. We also printed our names on small paper bags to use for the candy station. Our programs were made with the same paper as our invites, and we sewed spines in to add a little DIY touch! And I even made my own cake topper!
Thank you Paper Source Highland Village – for making me an embossing fanatic and helping inspire me to use different textures and styles!
We’re so proud to know that we could help Kristina fulfill her dream of an extraordinary Houston wedding. Paper Source’s mission to inspire you to “Do Something Creative Every Day” combined with our customers’ visions make for some excellent celebrations, and we hope to continue the inspiration combination!
If there’s one thing we love, it’s throwing a party… and one of our favorite aspects of hosting an event are the favors. Not only are favors a wonderful treat for your guests, but they also offer a blank canvas for creating wonderful little packages.
Here are a few of our DIY favor ideas…
Small Cello Bags are a fabulous option when its contents are something colorful: gumdrops, jellybeans or confetti, perhaps? They take an easy, modern turn when sealed and decorated with a bit of washi tape.
Want to strike a vintage vibe? Our Burlap Drawstring Bags and Muslin Bags are an elegant (and reusable!) option on their own but their real charm comes through when decorated with ribbons, gift tags and even ink embellishment!
For directions on how to make these or to find other DIY favor bag ideas, visit: www.paper-source.com/favor-bag-ideas
Truth time: One of my least favorite things to do as a child was to write thank you notes (I know, big shocker. Was there ever a child who liked this?). But, like many kids, it was the first to-do after every birthday, Christmas, or any other event where I was gifted something. I even to had a format for my thank you notes!
It went something like this:
A hello message.
A thank you for the gift (where I was told I MUST mention the specific gift).
An explanation of how I might use it or why I liked it.
Then a farewell message.
I had it down to a boring, typical science.
But, everything changed when I was given my first set of personalized stationery. It wasn’t anything fancy, just your standard first name set, but all of a sudden I felt I could put more of a ‘mark’ on the messages I was sending… and that changed everything!
Writing thank you notes suddenly became fun. I got to express myself through my letter, without using more words (win-win!).
And, when it comes to self-expression, Paper Source has fantastic stationery, notepads, and personalized options right now — perfect for letter writers and letter writing occasions.
Here are some of my favorites right now…
Thank You Cards: We’re really into Chalkboard Lettering, and I think the lettering on this thank you card is classic, but the chalkboard technique gives it a little edge. The Neon Pink Letterpress thank yous are a perfect example of being feminine without too over-the-top. And the Pinstripe Thank You Notes make a great everyday addition, and are classic and clean, with pops of color.
These could be great for kids and teens, but are still good for adults, too! They all have a sense of whimsy, without being too childish, which is usually a must for a discerning child.
Everyday Stationery: This Ostrich Hello set makes me laugh every time I see it. This Feathers set is vibrant and bold, I love all of the colors it has while still being modern. And these Two Elephants seem so sweet–how could you not want to send this to a friend?
Personalized Stationery: I’m so in love with this black and white Chevron Stationery! Such a bold and modern statement, and you can customize the colors if black isn’t your thing! I use washi tape for everything (wrapping gifts, appointments in my planner, labels, etc.) so it makes sense I would love this set of Washi Tape Mixed Notepads. They come in three sizes (only one shown here) per set, and are super cute! And lastly, I love this Stitch Stationery, perfect for a subtle sewing cue in your stationery.
Tall or short, clear or colorful, empty or full, on paper or in person (or even on a tea towel) – we are crazy for canning jars! These classic jars charm us with their endless possibilities. They are, of course, perfect for canning fruits, vegetables and your favorite jelly or salsa – but if you don’t own a jar wrench yet, there are still plenty of way to express your love for canning!
They make for great storage with our chalkboard stickers or tags.
W & P Design Company re-purposed Ball Jars for a fresh take on the cocktail shaker. Shake up a refreshing cocktail with the Mason Jar Cocktail Shaker. You can find fun, seasonal cocktail and mocktail recipes on the W & P website or on Instagram for lots of delicious ideas!
And if that doesn’t give you enough to work, go to Pinterest for a plethora of easy DIY mixes perfectly presented in mason jars. Here are a few of our favorites.
For more, check out our Crazy for Canning Pinterest page!
Claudia, a member of the Paper Source Design Team, creates many of our terrific kits. Today, she offers up a project that is perfect for back-to-school. Learn to make an extra-special Chalkboard Pencil Box using one of our paper maché boxes.
Start with the following materials:
- Paint top, sides and inside (optional) of pencil box using chalkboard paint and poly brush. Paint 2-3 coats, allowing box to fully dry in between coats.
- Decorate with washi tape as desired.
- Use a ruler and pencil to mark the center of the box approximately 1/2″ in from the bottom edge of the lid and on the front side of the box, approximately 1/2″ from the bottom.
- Punch holes and thread a length of ribbon through each hole, securing ribbons in place with knots on the inside.
- Prior to use, rub the entire surface you will be writing on with chalk.
- Wipe off and use chalk to write desired name, message or a design of your own!
- Now your custom box is ready to fill with back-to-school goodies!
With a craft this easy, you can make one for all of your kids. (And maybe the teacher, too. Who knows? There may be bonus points awarded!)