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Part of the fun of being creative is having the opportunity to play with some old favorites, but in a new way. Faber-Castell Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils have long been a favorite of mine and I was thrilled when we picked up this set of 12 colors. Here’s an easy way to create fun stationery or note cards with just a rubber stamp, ink pad, Aquash Water Brush and these colored pencils. The five quick steps below will show you how to make any ordinary image a bit more like magic.
1. Ink Your Stamp: Select a rubber stamp with some open space for fill in opportunities and room for things to flow outside the lines! This little Dandelion Rubber Stamp is one of my favorites. Ink up your stamp with Black Color Box Inkpad.
2. Create Your Stamp Impression: Stamp your design in a repeat pattern along the bottom of a card. I’m using our new paper bag note card. Remember you can stamp off the edge onto scrap paper for more layering. Heat set your image with a heat embosser to prevent the ink from bleeding too much.
3. Add Color with Pencils: Read the rest of this entry »
My oldest daughter just went to sleep-away camp for the first time. It’s a big deal for both of us – she’s a bit reserved and home-based, and I like having her around! Of course I wanted to send her off with materials to write our family lots of letters (we’re five days in and nothing has arrived yet). She left with a cool set of Sukie stationery with 4 different types of writing paper and patterned envelopes (available in stores only at this point).
More importantly, I wanted to send her special notes each day to let her know how proud we are of her new independence (and how much I miss her, though this cannot be written too much!). I am so proud of the awesome camp stationery that I made using Martha Stewart camp-themed 12×12 scrapbook paper and stickers, tied to some of my favorite colors in envelopes and cardstock (peacock, persimmon, paper bag, curry, and pool). I lined envelopes using the envelope liner template kit with bandana, wood grain, ladybug and gnome-in-the-woods paper patterns. I cut the 12x12s into smaller cards or just trimmed them to fold into my A2 cards. Stickers went on scalloped cards to created 3D campfire scenes or corresponded to an icon in the liner pattern (e.g. an owl, bunny, trail sign, gnome). Most of these “ingredients” are still available in stores, but not all are online (though various interpretations are possible!).
My hope is that every note she gets makes her feel good because it is a connection from home, but also because each one is so cool that she will feel proud and show them off. When we dropped her at the bus for the ride there, I gave her a note written on a piece of 12×12 paper. I used a white uniball pen to write on the side that looked like a tree trunk (wood grain pattern), and then gate-folded it so that the opposite side pattern (woodland gnomes and creatures) came together and was sealed with a cool 3D gnome sticker. One of her friends looked over and said, “That’s cool. You’re so lucky your mom works at Paper Source”. So true!!
My how time flies when you’re having fun – we can hardly believe this is our 4th Annual “Summertime Girl’s Night Out”! You told us you wanted more stationery, more rubber stamping, plus new kool and unusual ideas to take you outside the proverbial creative box! Our upcoming Girl’s Night Out “Sassy Personal Stationery” is everything you’ve asked for and more. We’ve pulled together some really easy, fun and sophisticated ways to create personal stationery, and you get a lovely linen folio to hold all of your goodies.
So ladies, come join us on Thursday, July 15 from 7-9pm for an evening of crafting with the girls, complete with beverages and snacks – a true night out! This event is already half sold out, so call your gal pals and sign up quickly while seats are still available! (plus, receive $5 off when you book seats together.)
Hope to see you there!
Before the kids head off to summer camp, squeeze in some craft time to create this camp stationery set. Note cards, envelopes, address labels and postage stamps are all neatly packed inside a little backpack, which you can add to their favorite stuffed animal!
Kids will have a fun time making their own stationery set, and then filling them in later so you can hear all about their summertime fun!
We want to provide you more playtime in our stores! Honestly, isn’t that what creating is all about? Getting so lost in the “play” of a project that you feel, when you resurface, both invigorated and proud. We love that our customers have asked us for more play time, it gave US a chance to create something too! Like our new Crafting Studio – the perfect balance of time to craft on your own combined with our instruction on quick techniques. At our one hour Wednesday night Crafting Studios, we’ll feature select products or specific projects, provide some keen tips, and then allow about 30 minutes to simply play. You’ll love…
Indeed, we think we’ve created the perfect blend of what you’ve been looking for – a creative escape! Our first Crafting Studio will be on Wednesday, March 31 from 6-7pm at all store locations. We’re excited to feature the wonders of Color Box Chalk Inkpads and teach you the rubber stamping technique of masking. With these tools you’ll create perfect quick stationery sets.
Space is limited to only 12 people per store, so register now! As an added bonus we’ll have a few raffles, along with a 10% off coupon* to use towards product purchases made that evening. *Discounts cannot be used towards custom orders.
What could be more personal than creating custom stationery for a special friend? By choosing specific paper colors, embellishments, and adding their name you are honoring their personality and creating a one-of-a-kind gift. A stationery set can be as simple as a collection of note cards and envelopes, but by adding other letter writing components like labels and pens, or personalizing the stationery with rubber stamps, you create something truly unique.
To take it over the top include a custom return address embosser plate – an easy and elegant way to add a return address to envelopes. Finally, be creative in your presentation – put all of your stationery items into an adorable suitcase, or organize them inside a linen folio.
Here are some things you might need:
• Flat cards & folded cards
• 8.5″ x 11″ text paper
• Return address embosser plate
• Rubber stamps – try alphabet rubber stamps to add a name or monogram
As the holidays approach, consider making a set of personalized stationery for family members, or as a thank you gift for a teacher who has made a difference in your child’s life.
p.s. If you’re looking for inspiration on making your own stationery, sign up for our Personal Stationery – Handmade Gifts Workshop taking place at all stores tomorrow – Thursday, November 12.
One of the things that is so stunning about Paper Source is all of the gorgeous fine papers from around the world. I walk in the store and pause to just say “ahh” at the beautiful ladders full of papers. Like many customers, however, I haven’t always been sure what to do with them (especially the papers I buy and save at home because they are “too special” to just wrap a present with). Some people are technically skilled at bookbinding or collaging and make incredible paper projects. My favorite uses are a bit more everyday– accessible techniques that are also inspiring and fun (relying on the artistry of the paper for a great result, rather than any required artistic perfection on my part!). Read the rest of this entry »