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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.

-Rebecca

Favorite PS colors: cement & coral
Favorite PS product:  Graphic Shapes Rubber Stamp Set

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.

New Workshops For February!

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!

Find a store and see our full line up of workshops online.

Upcoming Paper Source workshop: DIY journal

DIY photo book

What could be more perfect than combining photos, scrapbooking and rubber stamping to create your own personal journal?!

Register for our upcoming Make Your Own Spiral Book Workshop and learn an easy way to create a DIY journal or keepsake using the Zutter Bind-It-All.

DIY Journal

I love seeing fun photos shared via email or on FB, but I long for the days when I also get to see them printed on paper. In this class, you get to bring 10 – 12 photos from home — from contact sheet size to 5×7 — to create journal pages or a wonderful keepsake gift. We will provide chip board covers, binding materials and pages, along with an assortment of paper, punches, rubber stamps, inks and embossing powders to use for decorating. Plus, we will share great techniques for distressing and texturing surfaces.

Zutter Bind-It-All

Learn to punch and assemble your own wire-bound book and have a lot fun with other creative customers and our staff. Take this class at your local Paper Source store – register online today!

–Linda
PS colors: paper bag & persimmon
Latest fave: Zutter Bind-It-All

Upcoming event: Crafter’s Night Out this Thursday!

We have so many splendid ideas to share with you at our Annual Seasonal Table Event that I couldn’t resist providing a little sneak peek at the collection of ideas we are featuring at Thursday’s Crafter’s Night Out.

Seasonal Table Workshop

These colorful holiday favor pouches provide the perfect opportunity to create something unique. We will be adding stamped accents to make them fun and personal. Imagine these on your holiday table?!

cookie favors

Or, perhaps you are a cookie aficionado – baking goodie bags for your work colleagues, like so many of us at Paper Source. (I know. Aren’t we lucky?!) These cellophane bags will be the perfect inspiration for your holiday confections, complete with fun retro accents cut from 12×12 decorative paper.

holiday stamps

We also have other unique ideas using our new rubber stamps, like this one from a wonderful French Canadian vendor. They are sure to add charm to your seasonal presentation.

Be sure to sign up early, and enjoy $5 off your seat when you sign up with a friend! Sip wine with fellow crafters, nibble on treats, create stunning decorations and shop the night away with your 10% off coupon.’

Seasonal Table Collection of Ideas – Crafter’s Night Out
Thursday, November 10th
6pm – 8pm (local time)
To sign up, stop by your local Paper Source store or register online today.

–Linda
PS colors: paper bag & persimmon
Latest fave: Academic Great Big Calendar

The perfect DIY calendar

2012 calendar

Are you always on the look out for personalized projects that are great for anyone on your list, including those hard to shop for folks?! Well, our new 2012 DIY Calendar is perfect! With 12 months to work with and a manageable size, all you need is inspiration… and a little time to create!

And, speaking of time, we totally have that covered! On Thursday, September 8 join us for our Crafter’s Night Out event. From from 6-8pm you can use our supplies, including stamps, ink pads, punches, paper cutters, decorative papers, glitters, and more, to create your own calendar. Learn tips and techniques from our craft experts and leave with a completely finished calendar – ready for giving or for treating yourself!

Paper Source Workshop
For details or to reserve your seat, check out the Paper Source Workshops page. Remember: You can save $5 off the seat price when you register with a friend.

Cheers,

–Linda
PS colors: paper bag & persimmon
Latest fave: Academic Great Big Calendar

Upcoming workshop: Mono-Print & Stitched Booklet

diy_monoprints

In grad school I fell in love with the rich colors and layered textures of mono-prints, so you can imagine my thrill when I discovered the Letterpress Machine Combo Kit can recreate these luscious prints. Using the components of the kit, plus a few extra ink colors, rubber stamp resists and accents, I printed on our wonderful collection of papers. It took only a few minutes to create dramatic results!

art_workshopLearn some of these wonderful techniques at our upcoming workshop.

Mono-Print & Stitched Booklet Workshop
Thursday, August 4th
4 – 6 pm (local time)
Register online or contact your local store

You’ll love the results and the versatility this machine offers for artistic endeavors, not to mention the opportunity to learn how to stitch simple booklets.

–Linda
PS colors: paper bag & persimmon
Latest fave: Academic Great Big Calendar

Crafter’s Night Out: Join us Thursday for Bastille Day

bastille_day_craft

This month it seems we have a love affair with all things French! From Lauren’s experiences in the color-filled countryside to our recent Parisian-inspired bridal shower, we’re smitten with the sights and sounds of France. And, to top it off, tomorrow is Bastille Day!

Get inspired at the Bastille Day Crafter’s Night Out happening tomorrow night (July 14)! We’ll have wonderful crafts, including stamped favor bags, paper covered magnets, and baby envelopes and stationery using Cavallini papers. Enjoy creating with fellow crafters while listening to classic French music and nibbling on light hors d’œuvre.

Sign up, find out more, and discover other inspiring Paper Source Workshops.

–Linda
PS colors: paper bag & persimmon
Latest fave: Academic Great Big Calendar

Get in on the monkey business

Walnut Street Paper Source
What’s more fun than barrel of monkeys? Gigantic paper bag monkeys with Paper Source style.

diy halloween costumesInspired by the Paper Source Halloween costume contest of 2010 (see image), our store teams started monkeying around with life-sized versions of our Monkey Puppet Kit, dressing windows with hilarious scenes of mischief and mayhem. It hass become a bit of a contest among our associates… so we’d like you to weigh in!

Head over to the Paper Source Facebook Page and check out the monkey business happening at each store location, then vote for your favorite photo using the “like” button. You can lead your favorite to victory by inviting friends and family to join in the fun – It’s a barrel of laughs for all ages!

Winners will be announced on Thursday, June 30th.

Winners update: Congratulations to Bethesda (97 likes), Walnut Street (93 likes) and Carlsbad (51 likes) – Thanks for inspiring us with your monkey business!

Looking for monkey business for the weekend? Check out Saturday’s Family Fun Workshop!

–Hayley, visual director
PS colors: chartreuse & beet
Latest fave: Yuzen Beet Flower Fine Paper