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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

Paper Source How-To: Donut Invitation

If you’ve walked by our store windows lately (or checked out our website), you’ve probably noticed that we’re lusting over donuts. Here’s a cute way to take the sweet trend and DIY your own invites.



  • Construct paper donuts according to kit instructions.
  • Download the Donut Invite Template and print onto 8 1/2″ x 11″ Mint Cover.
  • Cut out invites using crop marks provided on PDF.
  • Layer donut of choice over invite so that the printed text is visible through the hole of the donut. Adhere donut in place and trim off excess as shown on How-To PDF.
  • Stamp and emboss invite using rubber stamp.
  • Fill in desired info and pair invite with an A7 envelope.

Employee Holiday Cards

Store holiday card submissions from (left to right, top to bottom): Scottsdale, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Ann Arbor, Denver, Brooklyn (Smith St.), Santana Row, Pasadena, Deer Park, Santa Barbara, Oakbrook, Austin.

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!


Holiday Crafting Contest

Crafting Contest

One thing we love about this season is that it sparks wonderful handmade moments.  We see so many customers in our stores who have inspiring ideas for card making, food gifting and wrapping.  So, along with celebrating the holidays, we are celebrating your creativity!

We are seeking submissions from avid crafters and beginners alike for our Holiday Crafting Contest.  If your creative side has been dormant, now is the time to awaken it!  Whether you get the prize or not, your project will be displayed on our website. Winners will be featured in a blog post and receive a Paper Source gift card.

There are three categories: Food Gifting, Wrapping and Card Making.  Each category will be awarded a first, second and third place prize.

Entering is easy! 

  1. Take a photo of your project
  2. Follow this link
  3. Upload your photo

We can’t wait to see what you’ve created!  For more details on the contest, click here.

Check out last year’s winners here.

Holiday Gift Wrap for Every Style

Wrapping is like an art form to some, but it’s easy enough that even a novice can create a masterpiece… and we have wraps, ribbons and adornments to make anyone look like an expert.

Here are some of our favorites for the holidays…

If you’re not sure where to start, we’re featuring our holiday gift wrap in collections this year — making inspiration easy to come by! Our design team grouped many necessities together to make coordinating your packages a painless task.

One of our favorites is the Merry Mistletoe series, which features our Watercolor Mistletoe Wrapping Paper; a classic theme with an updated and modern look.

If you want a sleeker look, check out the ever-popular Sophisticated Classics. The deep colors and classic icons create an elegant story. One of the best things about our wrapping paper is pairing traditional (like our Slate Pine Branch design) with modern (like our Slate Chevron or Red Glitter styles) for a fun yet cohesive look that carries across all your packages.

If you (or Santa!) are looking for ways to save time this year, our gift bag and gift box options offer the same great style you’ll find in our gift wrap and they save you time.

We also have a large assortment of single sheet styles that offer even more ways to personalize and style a package this holiday.

Add a flourish to your gift with decorative ribbon, gift tags, stamps and stickers. Or, pick from our collection of gifts and ornaments to accents your gift. We like the idea of adding one of our whimisical ornaments as a finishing touch. Here are just a few of our suggested pairings.

How will you wrap this year? Share your expert tips or tell us what style will take the stage this holiday.

Welcome Spring with Fresh Inspiration

Spring has sprung. Hop on over to our website, or find a store near you, to take a gander at our selection of gifts and crafts that were hand-picked for the season.

Easter is March 31! Celebrate with this egg-stra special garland! Decorate and display the Egg Garland Kit on a wall, mantel or doorway.

This colorful garland is 10 feet long and features 12 eggs, each 4 1/2″ x 6 1/4″. The kit includes pre-cut shapes, papers, ribbon, stickers and templates for creating our sample… but it’s also fun to customize with your own style using paper cuts, stickers and other embellishments.

You can even grab individual die-cut eggs for additional accents or coordinating craft ideas.

This Easter craft is a colorful addition to any home and the perfect kit for beginners or the time-strapped crafter.

See this and other Easter Kits online.

Easter crafts

If you enjoy handmade creations — crafts that give you a chance to add your own personal style — we have Easter card making ideas online, like the egg, chick and carrot cards featured above.

The Easter egg cups (also shown above) are easy to modify with your favorite PS colors and embellishments. Find this and other craft inspiration on the PS Blog.

Springtime always makes us crazy for daisies! The Daisy Wreath Kit is the perfect accent to mark today’s changing season. Crisp white daisies paired with clover green leaves feel spring fresh.

Make this wreath on a rainy afternoon and enjoy the cheer it brings! Adorn your front door, hang above a mantel or display in a window.

Daisy inspiration extends to our custom products too! Shop a variety of invitations, stationery and gifts featuring this happy sign of spring. We even have a few fine paper varieties that show off this lovely bloom.

See these and more daisy-inspired products online.

Today also brings Spring showers… and not just rain showers that offer ample time to craft and create. Many of our customers are also looking for baby, bridal and wedding shower gifts. Shop by recipient, category or price easily from our new Gifts page. Or, ask an associate at your local store for assistance. We’re always happy to help you create something unique.

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.

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

    Introducing the Evolution Embossing Tool

    The Evolution Embosser from Lifestyle Crafts has us inspired. This universal craft tool lets you die cut, emboss, and letterpress all with one lightweight and portable tool. From wedding favors and invitations to handmade cards and paper accents, here are just a few ways you can personalize your paper crafts with this incredible tool.

    evolution embosser

    Two embossing folders come packaged with the Evolution. These translucent folders can be used with 12×12 scrapbook paper, card stock or even paper bags. The sample above uses the “tide” embossing folder and soufflé pen accenting.

    embossed treat bag

    Make an impression on our kraft bags, then add washi tape and rubber stamp accents for an incredible look for an everyday favorite.

    embossed favor box

    Throwing a party? Use our favor box to accent your event. By running the lid through the Evolution and tying ribbon around the outside, this project idea is suitable for any occasion.

    pillow box

    These pillow boxes are transformed with the Evolution tool. Create a one-of-kind gift box by embossing and embellishing.

    Did you know? The Evolution is compatible with leading cutting dies and embossing folders, including Lifestyle Crafts, QuicKutz, and Sizzix accessories.

    We’re often asked how it compares to other tools on the market…

    • How does it compare to the Cricut?… or the Portrait?

      The Evolution is not an electronic cutter, instead shapes are manually cut using metal dies that are placed on a platform and run through the machine. The Cricut and Portraits are great for digital cutting projects, but they cannot emboss.

    • How does it compare to the Fuse?

      The Fuse adds inks to the pattern, cuts a shape, and presses a textured pattern all in one pass. It is also three times the price of the Evolution machine.

    • How does it compare to the Vandercook?

      Well, the Vandercook is a professional’s tool. While the Evolution has the ability to letterpress paper in a home setting, it does not replace a professional letterpress machine, like the Vadndercook. The Evolution provides access to letterpress techniques for the everyday crafter. It is important to note that the kit we are selling does not include components for the crafter to begin letterpressing at home right away – inks and plates are needed for letterpress projects. The Evolution kit does include tools to begin embossing and die cutting right away.

    Already own the Evolution? Tell us what are you making. Share some of your samples with us and help inspire a community of crafters!