discover paper

Just when you think you have found everything on the internet, something like discover paper comes along and blows your mind all over the place.

How have I never known you????

I am already apologizing to myself for the hours… correction, days that will be lost to perusing this beautiful collection of paper loveliness.   Note to self, install password protected blocker system asap– Wait, no, don’t do that.  Go.  Look.  Dream.  Be inspired.  Drool a little bit.  Just set a timer.

And, as if the site wasn’t enough, they have released a meticulously curated Holiday Guide full of scrumptious paper goodies for all your holiday giftees.

Before you continue, I recommend grabbing a hanky, you will drool and it will be embarrassing.

Also, pop over to discover paper for a giveaway!  That’s right folks, $400+ of paperie magica for one lucky soul.  Wait, actually, don’t bother.  I got this one in the bag (i wish i wish i wish).

paper paperie gold embossed invites

i just love antiquaria. they are responsible for leading me to discover paper in the first place. lots of diy tools for paperie loveliness.

gift giving guides for your entire list

lovely

the guide even includes DIY’s, printables and more for your creative energies this season.

You can thank me later.

2 of my great loves in one weekend

A while back, a getaway was planned.  Just me and the Mister.  Some much needed time to reconnect.

No problems, we are happy and in love…

It’s just that life, and work and a 2 year-old can tend to take more time than a marriage.  They are louder, bossier, and don’t easily take the back seat.

We hadn’t even realize how little we talk, like really talk, not just about the day, or the daughter, but about our dreams and thoughts and hopes and wishes. And then we spent 3 days, with each other, with nothing to pull us out of the moment.

And we said, “hey, I remember you.”

And then we said, “we have to do this more often.”  And we promised to, as much as is realistically possible with a young and growing family.

I, per usual, forgot about taking pictures (even though I am REALLY trying to get better at this).

That is, until we arrived at The Paper Place.

The Paper Place is my dream shop.  If I ever dare to own retail space myself, this is what it would be like.  Here, the paper is king.

Sure, there are gifts and cutsie things, and journals and cards, but here, the paper rules.  There is section upon section of every kind of paper imaginable.  The back of the store holds every color and size of solid stock and paper and binder upon binder for invitation inspiration… a DIYers dream.  They had adhesives I had never heard of, including something that will turn paper into a tougher, almost fabric like quality, so you can use if for a variety of purposes without risking a tear.  There was book binding supplies a-plenty, and bolts and bolts of specialty Japanese papers.  I left with handfuls of Chiyogami papers and boat loads of inspiration.

paper curtian

Like this curtian… strips of the most luxurious of papers, sewn together…YUM!

If you can’t make it to Toronto, you should take a look at their website, lots of inspiration and ideas and projects.  You can order all, well most all of their papers online.  Their catalog is efficient and easy to use.  you can search by color, or pattern, and every paper is numbered so you can easily track and re-find your faves.  And if you call them, you will be able to talk to a person, who is nuts about paper and knows just how to help you find any paper related supplies, fix any paper crisis, solve any paper problem.

There may be a border crossing separating us, but you have not seen the last of me Paper Place.  Oh no, I have been looking for a friend like you for a long time.  So glad to have met you!

Goodies, Twine and Whiskers

I can’t wait to share the invitation that I just finished designing.  This twine will make an appearance.

It was shipped to me mighty fast and it came with these extra goodies.  I love.love.love getting extra goodies with a purchace!

In fact, if I were to have a list of favorite things, “getting extra goodies in the mail” would probably be on it.  It’s nothing much, just some stickers and a few pieces of twine, but it’s the surprise of it, that makes my day!

Thanks Whisker Graphics.  You have made a believer out of me.

being inspired by: handmade paper

It is no secret that I adore paper.  Fine, specialty paper… well, that is just a-whole-nother level of obsession.

While reading this awesome post from Paper Source on the background of handmade papers, I realized it had been awhile since I did some fine paper browsing.  So I have this beauty to share and you can bet that you will see something made from this in the near future.  So summery!

blue coral bright summer layered paper A sampling of some more paper love

And be sure to check out the post from Paper Source blog!  (they don’t pay by the way, I just enjoy them very much.)  It shows all about the process of making some of these gorgeous handmade papers.  Enjoy!!

All photos from Paper Source

tiny paper hearts

Spoiler alert… If you are receiving a subscription and want to be surprised…there will be pictures in the post of a new design headed your way!

I have been waiting and waiting for a stinking craft spatula to arrive in the mail.  And it has really delayed the shipment of the 1st installment of the subscriptions, but after taking matters into my own hands and doing creative tweezing…I think we are finally on our way.  I will get all these finished tonight and in the mail tomorrow.  I feel pretty bad about the shipping delay, and I hope that the goodies will just make all my faithful subscribers forget about the wait.

I have been thinking about these cards for awhile and I love how they came out.  If you remember, a while back I mentioned that I invested in a silhouette cameo.  I have not had as much time as I would like to play with the lovely piece of equipment, that is sure to make my life much easier when it comes to producing larger orders.  Not having to hand punch or cut or roll plates through a machine will be a huge time saver.

I thought a heart would be a simple image to draw that would give me some practice using the software and I had an idea in mind, so I got to work.  I was able to design the heart in about 30 mins or so, which included me familiarizing myself with the machine and it’s software.  After replicating the image across the page, I was able to cut 70 paper hearts from one sheet of paper in a matter of minutes!  SO much faster and easier on my hand joints.  A step toward preventing arthritis!

valentines colorful paper hearts I still had to glue each of the little suckers to the card, and I found my trusty glue stick to work the best.  I started with a roller tape adhesive, but I found that even the narrowest pen I could find, still made getting to the edges difficult and left the heart looking like it was going to pop off the page.

Once all glued, I use a Paper Source alphabet set and Tsukineko Versafine ink (2 products I love) and I stamped i and u on two of the hearts and viola!

I can’t tell you specifically what cardstock colors these are, they are just what I had lying around.  Probably from those multi-packs you get at Michael’s…Recollections I think??

It came out just as I pictured.

cut hearts colorful valentine