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  • Will you be my bridesmaid?

    Meg Kowieski

    When it comes to weddings, popping the question is no longer just the groom’s responsibility. The tradition has taken new form, as brides begin to more formally ask their dearest friends, “Will you be my bridesmaid?” A simple and sweet question that’s been asked for years,…

  • How-to: cloud 9 valentine card

    Meg Kowieski

    With rubber stamps, labels and super cute googly eyes, making homemade valentine cards is easy as can be. Take this idea and substitute with your favorite Valentine rubber stamps and stamp pad colors. Be careful, googly eyes are totally addicting…you’ll be sticking them to everything…

  • New PDF templates for printable labels

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    Our printable labels are popular with Paper Source customers because their uses are endless. They make lovely mailing labels, but can just as easily be used for names on school cubbies, card making, or perfecting a scrapbook. You can even achieve total organization for your pretty as a picture…

  • How to make envelope liners

    Meg Kowieski

    For those of you who have tried it, you know, lining envelopes are oh, so satisfying! It’s an easy, instant upgrade to wedding invitations, stationery, and greeting cards, and even if you claim you’re not crafty, you will be able to do this. You can use almost any paper imaginable to make envelopes…

  • How-to: wall bulletin organizer

    Meg Kowieski

    I may not be heading back to school with a fresh supply of notebooks or have a locker in dire need of personalization, but that doesn’t stop my urge this time of year, to get organized. And of course, in the prettiest way possible! This cheery bulletin board made with our brand new Marigolds…

  • How-to: recycled origami hearts

    Meg Kowieski

    In honor of Earth Day tomorrow, we came up with these adorable origami hearts made from our own catalogs. This recycled craft really says, “I heart the planet.” In just six simple steps you can fold old catalog and magazine pages, even shopping bags, into wonderful decorations. String a…

  • How-to: camp stationery

    Meg Kowieski

    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…

  • Thanksgiving place card ideas

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    Thanksgiving is fun for SO many reasons. In my family, everybody works together to prepare the meal, each person with a specific task (the same task each year so we’re experts). I am in charge of the green bean casserole and place cards. I take each of these tasks VERY seriously, and I have a...…

  • Feeling gifty with 300 nifty new items!

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    As a long time fan, and first time employee of Paper Source, I felt like a journalist with an incredible scoop when the batch of new products arrived at my desk last week. More than 300 goodies not yet seen by our customers, ooo la la! The gift giver in me instantly started indexing items... The…

  • Paper Source Workshop: Wedding Suites

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    We had such a great turn out for our Paper Wedding and Morning Tea events. What fun it was to show off our new wedding invitation collection, as well as to have the chance for our customers to experiment with wedding rubber stamps and assorted stamp pads at the demo and make & take tables....…

  • Love note to Persimmon & Paper Bag

    Meg Kowieski

    We recently noticed that many PS bloggers list their favorite PS colors as Persimmon & Paper Bag. It’s true! These new colors have quickly found their way into many of our craft projects & product designs. Persimmon, bold, happy and bright, tempered by the earthiness of Paper Bag. It’s a…

  • Extra special stationery for a first-time camper

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    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…

  • How-to: paper covered pencils

    Meg Kowieski

    Make the mundane magnificent by covering mechanical pencils with beautiful papers! Improving on an already classic idea and using refillable – not disposable – pencils makes complete sense in this time of reusing and recycling. Enjoy the fruits of your labor over and over (and over…

  • How-to: wedding cake wish box

    Meg Kowieski

    Brides are always looking for unique wedding ideas, and we think we have just the thing! This wedding cake wish box is the perfect addition to a wedding guest book table or to display on the way into the reception area. Guests can write well wishes onto small slips of paper, then open the lid...…

  • How-to: tweet mother’s day card

    Meg Kowieski

    Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate moms young and old. Our adorable chick mother’s day card is perfect for a new mom, or change the message and give it to any special mother. Made from mostly labels, this card is easy to make and is even a card kids can make for mom with... The post…

  • Recipe for love

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    Okay I’ll admit, the past few years I have not been so lucky in love. None the less, I am still a hopeless romantic, so I decided to create my own “recipe for love” Valentine cards using our Mini File Folders. Now this isn’t Hogwarts and these concoctions may not work, but…

  • How-to: foxy valentine favors

    Meg Kowieski

    This pocketbook favor box has been totally disguised as a fox – perfectly festive for your Foxy Valentine! This is a super easy Valentine craft – just use our How To PDF to trace and cut a few simple paper shapes. Fill with Valentine goodies, or give as Valentine cards (sure to…

  • How-to: Halloween treat bags

    Meg Kowieski

    The mood at your next Halloween shindig won’t be “grave” when your guests see these hauntingly fun treat bags! Our Tombstone Place Cards, which are great for marking the seats of your un-dead guests, also work boo-tifully tucked into our small cellophane bags filled with treats as…

  • Spooky-fun Halloween favor boxes!

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    These fun square favor boxes – made using the Martha Stewart Scoring Board – are perfect for tucking in yummy Halloween treats! Here are a few of my classic 1, 2, 3… steps for making these spooktacular little boxes using our Halloween Witches 12×12 Paper (or try the text weight…

  • Congrats to our $100 gift card winner!

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    Thank you ALL for coming to our “birthday party!” We were delighted to see all of the enthusiastic comments and wonderful suggestions for things we can bring to the blog. We are touched to know that Paper Source has been a part of so many memories from weddings and births to birthdays…

  • PS Real Weddings: Laurel

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    We were so excited when our Atlanta store manager, Carol, shared this wonderful wedding invitation with us. Her customer, Laurel, a Graphic Designer from that area, put this clever, colorful invitation suite together for her wedding in Vegas! Here’s her real wedding story: When Brayden (a Las Vegas…

  • Learn card making tricks from the pros!

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    Like you, we know how much fun it is making cards for those special occasions, where your own imagination is the secret ingredient! This Thursday’s Creative Card Making Collection Workshop offers the perfect opportunity to roll up your sleeves and learn plenty of easy tips and tricks for…

  • Bridal shower invites – handy registry cards

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    I recently helped my mom make bridal shower invitations for a bride-to-be who will be getting married in Costa Rica. My mom wanted a subtle tropical theme and a unique wedding invite that she could design on her own. We browsed the wedding inspiration boards at the Evanston store for ideas, and…

  • Welcome to the family Peacock, Persimmon & Sunshine!

    Meg Kowieski

    We are just so thrilled to show off our three new colors (well, four when you include beloved Paper Bag from earlier this year!). Selecting new colors for Paper Source is a lot of fun, but a big responsibility. In order to make one new color, we have to commit to 10,000 pounds of paper.... The post…

  • Paper Source Workshop: Perfect Shower Invites

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    When it comes to throwing a party, big or small, we hear from customers that one of the more challenging things is creating a theme. If you’re planning bridal shower or bachelorette party, you want it to be special for your guests and the bride-to-be. Lucky for you, we’ve pulled together some…

  • Bike love

    Meg Kowieski

    Anytime we work on new product development at Paper Source, it starts with a creative idea and then it leads to seeking out visual inspiration. Right now we’re working on our 2011 Paper Source Wall Art Calendar, and we wanted to include one of my favorite icons: a bicycle. I looked towards…

  • Girl Power – tween crafting party!

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    Did you know that Paper Source is the perfect place for a private party? Recently, a group of tween girls finished a soccer game in the morning, and then headed straight to our Evanston store for some fun creative time! We loved learning all about what inspires this age group – what are their…

  • Paper Source Workshop: Adults & Kids Valentines Classes

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    For our Valentine workshop this year, we had a hard time deciding between a kids class or an adult class…so we created both! For our hopelessly romantic Girls Night Out gals, we have a workshop in which we’ll share our love of Victorian folded Valentine creations embellished with Paper…

  • How-to: easter egg cups

    Meg Kowieski

    These sweet egg cup holders will make an adorable addition to your easter table or spring gathering. Nestle ready-to-eat hard cooked eggs inside or proudly display the dyed and decorated variety. Another great tip – use them as place card holders! Just make the grassy coil tighter, write…

  • Go ahead…color outside the lines!

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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…

  • We’re making a list! Share your favorite expression of gratitude.

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    In flipping through a back issue of Budget Travel, I read the article “50 Top Tips From the World’s Smartest Cruisers.” The tips were pretty good, running the gamut of planning scenarios, but one, in particular, stood out to me: #37- “Reward Good Service” Since I am…

  • Guest blogger: Mary Vasquez

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    If you ever feel nostalgic for those sticker collections of early childhood, then let me introduce you to my new crafty best friend, the Xyron Create A Sticker. It brings back memories of carefree days and transforms all sorts of beautiful paper into stickers I can use for grown-up things like…

  • Creative gift card wrapping

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    I love gifting. I enjoy the challenge of finding something that fits the recipient’s interests, something they would not expect you to know. I revel in the surprise of giving something so perfectly them. With this also comes an aversion to gift cards. But two of the most creative people I know are…

  • Buyer’s favorite: Stocking stuffers for all ages

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    At my house the stockings have always been my very favorite thing at Christmastime, both opening mine and shopping for them. And, here at Paper Source, we have tons of great items for stockings, from candy to toys to little coin purses. Even glitter or stamps make great stocking stuffers! The…

  • Peek in our windows!

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    Early this spring, we challenged our stores to do something creative in their windows inspired by our Paper Doll Kit. To quote our fearless leader, the results were “awesome”! Each store worked with the same guidelines: 1. Create an oversize template of our paper doll kit 2. Use a…

  • How-to: button baby banner

    Meg Kowieski

    Welcome baby with a banner that’s cute as a button! You can easily customize the colors using any combination of our circle cards and labels. Further personalize by changing the message on the banner – use baby names or special greetings. Makes for great nursery décor too! –Annie…

  • Wedding menu ideas

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    In addition to centerpieces, wedding place cards, dinnerware and custom wedding napkins, wedding menus are staples of a wedding reception table. Not only do they wet your guests’ appetites by listing the culinary elements of the meal, menu cards offer another opportunity to present your wedding…

  • The ultimate PS color guide

    Meg Kowieski

    Our new swatchbooks have arrived and with them our yummy new colors, peacock, persimmon, sunshine and paper bag. We’re all about color here in the Design Department, and there is a certain giddy vibe that comes over us when the new swatchbooks are ready. It’s sort of like the satisfaction of…

  • Letterpress Machine…tell me more!

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    “Letterpress is undeniably special and luscious. This print method originated in the 15th century and is known for its timeless beauty and rich, tactile feel. Type and image are impressed into the paper through the pressure of a clam-shell-like printing press, resulting in a luxuriously…

  • Lovely paper jewelry

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    My sister, Stacey, is a talented artist and photographer who is always surprising me with fun things to wear to work, among other places. Her latest creation pays homage to the fabulous Paper Source catalog, which Stacey immediately opens and pores over for inspiration when it arrives in her…

  • Spotted! Cupcake apron in Sex and the City 2

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    One trend that I am totally into is the selection of cute and funky aprons on the market right now. We have been selling the adorable ruffled bohemian aprons from Funktion for years, like the Gia Apron, which is very fresh and springy in yellows and pinks. Funktion’s owner, Tara flies to…

  • Get organized – get naked!

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    I love my job! Part of the fun comes when our buyers find a new product that screams creative possibilities – the new Naked Binder (fun name, but I can’t take credit for that) is one of my latest favorites and is the feature of our Creative Organization Workshop taking place this Thursday,…

  • How-to: tissue pomettes

    Meg Kowieski

    We love these easy Halloween decorations for doorways and hallways. Our tissue paper pomettes (mini pom-poms) can be done in any color for any occasion – here the combination of black and poppy adds a touch of Halloween flair. Spooky fun! –Annie PS colors: peacock & paper bag Latest…

  • How-to: lovely leaf lights

    Meg Kowieski

    Add rustic charm to your Thanksgiving table using recycled jars and our Small Leaves Die Cut Pack. Assemble a cluster of jars at your table’s center and dress up mantles or shelves to add a warm welcoming glow. –Annie PS colors: peacock & paper bag Latest fave: Spritzer Rubber Stamp…

  • Paper Source Workshop: Wedding Favors

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    With so many Paper Source favor boxes to choose from it’s easy to see why we love sharing our countless wedding favor ideas. Though our favor box assortment means endless possibilities to us, we know that our customers can feel overwhelmed by all of the choices. That’s why we’re always…

  • You asked for it – Crafting Studio!

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    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…

  • Easy holiday card display

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    Looking for an easy way to display Christmas cards or place cards at your holiday table? In just a few short steps you can create pocketed tabs that hold the corners of the items you want to display. 1. Start with paper cut into rectangular shapes where the width is twice the height 2. Follow...…

  • How-to: Pretty printable place cards

    Meg Kowieski

    I love the ease of our printable place cards, especially during this busy, bustling, holiday season…it allows just enough time for me to get my craft on! An edging of ink color from a rubber stamp ink pad and a simple raffia bow adds that perfect dash of warmth to my Thanksgiving table. Bon…