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Warm weather is here and it is time to have fun in the sun! Our June tech download will give you summer feelings and head out of the office.

Our exclusive print highlights the icons of summer to bring you every day cheer while you are on the go.  We hope that our print encourages you to dive right into summer with a big splash!

Embrace the season with a few of our favorite essentials that are must-haves for when you’re “Out of Office”! Our avocado pool float and pool boy tumbler are perfect for an afternoon at pool.  We highly recommend visiting the beach with our “Out of Office” beach towel and a pineapple cooler to keep drinks chill all day.

Click the links below to download our exclusive summer icon print!

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*Please note that these designs are for personal use only and not available for any commercial purposes including any promotional use on social media.

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Enter to win you own set of new, custom barware during the month of June!

The Details

We are celebrating the new arrival of custom skewers, coasters and drink stirrers at Paper Source.  These acrylic pieces come in a variety of colors to match your style.

One winner will be chosen weekly starting June 2nd through June 23rd.  Each winner will receive a full collection of the items below in the color of their choice.

  • 1 set of 4 coasters
  • 1 set of 4 stirrers
  • 1 set of 4 skewers

Enter below for your chance to win!



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Summer wedding season is here!  Let us help you find the perfect and most thoughtful gifts for the newlyweds with our wedding gift guide.  Be inspired to off the registry and the happy couple will thank you.

Personalized Stationery

This is our go-to gift for many occasions. Above all, stationery is at the top of our list for wedding gifts because along with being so thoughtful, it is so practical! Creating custom stationery for the new couple is symbolic of their union and new household they will be starting together.  Similarly, with marriage sometimes comes a name change and new stationery is an exciting, simple way to debut the change. Not only is personalized stationery a special, one-of-a-kind gift, but it will come in handy with the many, many thank you notes that couples will have to write!

Custom Barware

Our newest collection is a fun way to toast and celebrate the new couple! Choose from an array of colors to create monogram acrylic coasters, drink stirrers and skewers with the couple’s new initials. Elegant and bold, these laser-cut custom gifts are a way to add a personal touch to their home. This gift set will be something the newlyweds will want to show off as they host their first party together.  Try pairing with a fun cocktail book or their favorite spirit for the ultimate, well-stocked bar cart.

A Treasured Moment

We are big fans of a handmade gift!  Our Treasured Moment DIY project will truly be a one-of-a-kind gift.  Weddings have many celebratory moments that the couple will want to remember.  You can capture the sentiment in your thoughtfully-crafted creation.  We suggest framing the wedding invitation or beautiful displaying the couple’s vows.  Other treasured moments could include passages or poems that will be inspire the couple as they start this next chapter in their lives.  Artful and handmade, this sentimental gift will be treasured for many years.

Handmade Memory Book

Chances are, the new couple has a ton of digital photos of special people and events, yet how often do they look at them? Why not create a handmade memory book where the couple can easily view and appreciate these moments that make them smile! Follow our “How to Make A Memory Book” guide to capture memories from special events, vacations, everyday moments and more.  Invite those closest to the couple to share their photos for an easy, inclusive group gifting option.

Holiday Photo Cards

The big day has come and gone, now the couple will be left with an abundance of pictures that captured all their favorite moments of the wedding. One of the most exciting ways to share these photos as a new couple is on the Holiday photo cards that go out to all their family and friends. The couple will be thankful for your forward thinking. Giving the gift of Holiday photo cards is a unique way to extend their celebration!  We have specific wedding-themed holiday photo cards and we feature a wide selection of exclusive design partners for the couple to choose a photo card that matches their personal style. For this gift, simply find your favorite greeting card and slip in a Paper Source gift card with instructions for future use.

Artful Gift Wrap

We are here to help! We offer gift wrapping services no matter what gift you decide to give the couple or what registry it came from.  With our expert gift wrap services and our curated collection of luxe gift wrapping materials, we can transform your gift into a thoughtfully wrapped package and beautiful presentation.  Stop into your local store for more ways we can help you during life’s big celebrations!

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Our newest maker has been a fan favorite in the stationery community for a while, but we are excited to share an inside look at their brand and how they are helping us create our own in office oasis!

“At Elūm we believe in celebrating life. We’re makers and doers, dreamers and collaborators, endless learners and glass-half-fullers.” With this enthusiasm for life, it is only fitting that we feature this maker at Paper Source where we inspire our community to give, live, create and celebrate each day. 

Below is our interview with Elūm that gives us an inside look at their brand and appreciation for quality goods.

What does being a “Maker” at Elūm look like?

Our design philosophy is, “If we can dream, it we can make it.” Creativity is valued and celebrated and we are empowered to cultivate ideas and develop concepts from scratch. One day we’ll be sitting around sketching unicorns, the next day we’ll be brainstorming a dozen different products for Valentine’s Day. We’re a hands on bunch: painting, drawing, drafting and crafting. And we collab like crazy! With so many talented people on board, we’re incredibly lucky to work in a tight knit team where we support and encourage one another. We laugh, cry, daydream and create together. Being a maker at Elūm is like being part of a big joyous and rowdy wedding party. Something wonderful and unexpected is always happening….and someone always brings cake.

How does Elūm celebrate daily life?

We are celebration professionals. We value and appreciate one another, and are incredibly fortunate to work in a culture that encourages us to express our gratitude, joy and creativity.  If someone has a birthday you bet we’re going to celebrate.  Happy hours, yoga, dog walks, taco fests: there is always something fun and social going on. We thrive on creating connections and special moments for one another. It fuels our creativity and sense of shared purpose.  Our products are designed to help folks celebrate, create and connect, and our work environment embraces this goal. We’re not doing our job right unless someone is sweeping confetti off the floor!

What is Elūm most recognized for?

Our roots are in hand-crafted letterpress printing. We’re proud to be spearheading the movement to reintroduce artisanal, high-quality, hand-finished paper products and stationery to the marketplace. We are passionate about design and strive to bring beauty, quality and a lightness of touch to all our products. Our hope is that when you pick up one of our journals or cards or passport holders it makes you smile. Our stationery is about joy and whimsy, about personal little luxuries, unexpected details and award winning design. From our hand-printed wedding invitations to our Wine and Naps Pouch our mission is to help create and celebrate one-of-kind moments in life.

What are the must have items for summer?

Sunscreen! We’re based in San Diego, where it’s always sunny, so we need all the protection we can get. And beer! Seriously, our office is located right in the center of a hub of local breweries and micro-brewers and as the weather warms we are obsessing about cold and fruity IPAs. A lot of us have kids so cute beach towels, Minnidip Inflatable Pools, paper plates and block parties are also on our minds. And as we never stop dreaming about Island getaways our adorable Luggage Markers and Turquoise Travel Journal are must-haves for us this summer.

What is something Paper Source customers should know about Elūm?

We are passionate. We are inclusive. We are always ready to party! Elūm is a small company with a big love for paper and a mission to create amazing stationery and home-goods. We believe in supporting and empowering women and lead by example. Our all female design team is led by a female Art Director and Creative Director, and we engage with our community and actively work to raise fierce and fearless girls here in San Diego. We believe the world needs more female engineers, scientists, leaders and makers. We also believe in Thank You notes, good times, good friends, unicorns and disco. We never stop learning and celebrating, and every single day we go to work, we focus on creating one-of-a-kind products that bring people joy.

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Summer is on! Fill your extra hours of sunlight by getting crafty and socializing with friends. Our new workshops are here for skill-building fun. Read below for an overview of each class and visit us online to reserve your spot now!

Keepsake Book Workshop

Saturday, June 1st

1:00-3:00pm

$40.00

Design and build your own personal yearbook! In this beginner-level class you will bind a hardcover memory book and create page layouts with photo mats, page pockets and more! Customers are welcome to bring photos and paper ephemera for the pages but it is not required.

Japanese Bookbinding Workshop

Wednesday, June 5th

6:00-8:00pm

$40.00

Hand-bind your own journal! Learn a simple, exposed-stitch Japanese binding technique and create a book with your favorite paper and colorful twine. The finished result is perfect for a heartfelt gift or for your own, personalized journaling practice.

Paper Flowers Workshop

Saturday, June 22nd

1:00-3:00pm

$40.00

Let your creativity bloom at our paper flowers workshop! Learn how to cut, shape and assemble petals to create gorgeous flora in a variety shapes and sizes. You will leave class with several completed flowers and materials to make more at home to create an arrangement you love.

Monoprint Workshop

Saturday, June 29

1:00-3:00pm

$40.00

Learn the free form art of monoprint! This is an easy, “no mistakes” form of printmaking that involves making impressions from a re-printable block. Each image is unique and can be built upon with collage and embossing. We will have fun making prints and then we will turn them into colorful stationery.

Handlettering and Creative Lettering Classes

Every Thursday!

6:00-8:00pm

$40

Classes vary by location and offer a variety of options for crafters at every skill level! Begin with Hand Lettering Hacks and then work your way up to Creative Hand Lettering or Brush Hand Lettering for next level penmanship.

We also offer lettering classes for Kids and Teens to refine their handwriting skills.

Paper Source Kids Art Camp

Camp sessions do not start until June, but this is the last month to sign up early and save! Our full class list is now available and seats are going fast. Learn more and reserve your spots today.

Can’t make it to one of our scheduled classes?  Book your own private party!  Get inspiration from one of our private party packages or contact your local store to coordinate your own event.

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Learn our tips and tricks for giving guests the ultimate welcome package! Whether you are welcoming guest for a destination wedding or just want to make your guest room at home extra special these personal bags are easy to customize.

Things You Will Need: Building Your Welcome Bag

To begin, start by determining the needs of your welcome bag.  Will your guest need a snack or water upon arrival? Do they need to have an itinerary or directions for an event? Once you decide what necessities are needed in the package, you can then decided on additional fillers!  We suggest these are more personal such as hometown treat or thoughtful moment to commemorate their stay. This can also help inform the theme of your welcome bag.

Once you finalize the pieces inside your welcome bag and the overall theme, you will need to look at decorative packaging needs and your color palette.  We were inspired by a rustic, mountain wedding and wanted the guests to feel right at home. To achieve this look, we opted for a earthy pallet of wood grain fine paper and accents of eucalyptus paper.  Below is how we packaged each piece of our guest bag for a cohesive and memorable look.  Once each piece is complete, bundle them together in a personalized gift bag for the ultimate welcome!

Favor Boxes

A pillow gift box is perfect for  locally made spa products or to collect emergency items that are nice to have on hand such as band-aids and pain relievers.

  1. Cut your decorative paper of choice into a 3.5″ x 11″ sash.
  2. Trim a solid piece of text weight paper into 2″ x 11″ strip.
  3. Wrap the wide sash around the pillow box and seal on the back using the tape runner.
  4. Wrap the narrow sash over your wide sash and adhere the same way.
  5. Then, select your ribbon or twine to tie a gift tag around the box.  We used a raffia to match our rustic theme.  Your gift tag should be a small message about the contents of the box.
  6. Fill the favor box with your items of your choice!
Enclosure Folder

An enclosure folder is a great way to compile information about the event.  This could be a schedule, map and other important information or it is a special way to highlight local attractions and suggested restaurants.

  1. Select a folder enclosure color of your choice.
  2. Tuck your paper contents inside of the folder.
  3. Using your decorative paper, cut a 5″x5″ panel and adhere it to the top flap of the pocket folder enclosure with double sided tape or tape runner.
  4. Next, cut a 2.5″ x 11″ sash of your matching colored text paper.
  5. Wrap your colored sash around the entire folder and seal it on the backside with double sided tape or tape runner.
  6. Add your finishing details including ribbon and gift tag.

Personalized Beverage

Whether you are including a local bottle of wine, vintage soda or just a simple bottled beverage this simple DIY can really elevate your welcome!

  1. Trim your colored text weight paper to a size that will cover the label on the bottle.
  2. Wrap the paper around the bottle and adhere using the tape runner or double-sided tape.
  3. Next, customize your message on a printable label.  This can be a name, date of event or a fun message.
  4. Adhere to the printed label over the colored paper for a custom made look.

Using this technique, we were also able make our simple candle feel custom for the event!

Extra Details and Handmade Gift Tag

Adding little accents such as ribbon, gift tags and labels are the perfect way to add personal elements to your welcome bag. For example, adding a gift tag and ribbon around simple packing like a cello bag will make your treat feel like an artisinal delight! Cello bags are so versatile for showcasing handmade snacks or candies that your guests will want to dive into after a long day.  Below is how we made our handmade gift tag to coordinate.

  1. Using your coordinating text weight paper, select a paper punch to cut out dimensional shapes.  We used a five leaf branch punch to fit our theme.
  2. To add dimension, crease the center of the leaves and fold to give them shape.
  3. Adhere the shape to your gift tag using the tape runner and add a personal message.
  4. Tie this gift tag using ribbon to the larger custom gift bag.

Finally, we suggest adding a hand written note and place all your pieces inside the gift bag.  Then simply wait for your guests to arrive for the ultimate welcome.

Share your ideas for a guest welcome bag using #papersource.

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Perfect the art of a handwritten letter with our guide to creating beautiful crafted letters and meaningful messages for a treasured gift.

Handwritten Message

A simple notecard is the perfect canvas for writing thoughtful words.  With a variety of colors and sizes, the Paper Bar is a great foundation for building your stationery wardrobe.  Your personal message will be the highlight of any card, but you can embellish with washi tape or a stamp for added personality.  For inspiration on creating your stationery suite, read “Three Easy Ways to Create Beautiful Stationery” or “The Art of a Handwritten Note” for tips on writing your beautiful message.

Unexpected Embellishments

Make your letter unique by adding artful embellishments to the envelope. Similar to your notecard, washi tape or stamps are an easy way to add a quick decoration.  You can also use brush markers or watercolors to create a painterly, one-of-a-kind envelope.  Using the lettermate addressing guide will help design the layout of your envelope space.  “The Art of Brush Lettering” and “Hand Lettering for Relaxation” are both great guides for perfecting this look.

Alternatively,  you can create your own envelopes!  A DIY envelope allows for optimal personality and thoughtfulness.  When you creating your own envelope, our handmade papers and flat wraps offer a variety of options to match your creativity or vision.  Once complete, you can even add more embellishments like a detail-gold edge by heat embossing or sealing your letter closed with a wax seal.

The Ultimate Treasured Moment

Your handwritten message and embellished are truly a artful gift! Whether you are giving a thoughtful letter or received a treasured card you can make the memory last by putting them on display.

Here are tips for creating your treasured moment:

  • First, find a shadow box frame.  We used an 8″x 10″ white frame.
  • Next, cut out an 8″x 10″ sheet of cardstock in your favorite color.  You can even add decorative edges (like scallops) for added detail.
  • Then, follow our steps above for writing and embellishing your notecard and envelopes.
  • With your letter on display, you cannot forget about the inside of the envelope!  At Paper Source, we love to add envelope liners to all of our envelopes for a unexpected, artful detail.
  • Mount the open envelope cardstock using a tape runner.
  • Using foam squares, mount the card overlapping with the envelope.
  • Craft your favorite paper flower and add it to your arrangement with a glue gun.
  • Once dry, frame it up!
  • Finally, if you are giving your letter as a gift, check out our tips for gift wrapping and making the perfect bow!

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Who else has the travel bug? Indulge your wanderlust vibes daily with this month’s exclusive tech download.

Our exclusive Vintage Travel Stamp design features many of our customer favorite prints and critters from the archives to create a series of vintage stamps.

Carry these vintage stamps with you on daily adventures and be inspired to plan your next trip!  Going the distance?  Our travel tote, umbrella and journals will help you along the way or explore our full travel collection for more.

Click the links below to download our exclusive Vintage Stamp design!

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*Please note that these designs are for personal use only and not available for any commercial purposes including any promotional use on social media.

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This May we are celebrating Cinco De Mayo and marking it our official moment to kick off the summer!  Here are our must-haves for the ultimate fiesta.

We teamed up with local stylist, Elise of @chicfromchicago to help us bring our dream to life and inspire you all to “rock out with your guac out” all season long!

Choosing a Theme

Avocados are having a moment and we are fully supporting this trend with a party.  We had a bunch of great new arrivals we were excited to share and Elise pulled them all together with the perfect theme – “Rock Out With Your Guac Out!”  Having a theme helps to guide the party from invitations to food and more.

Invitations

Having invitations helps to set up the day to run smoothly and lets your guests know what to expect! We love these easy fill-in invitations for a quick get together or something more personal like these colorful custom invites for advanced planning. Custom invitations are the perfect choice for a theme party and with a wide selection of options you can personalize the right one for you!

Find Inspiration

Of course when you think of Cinco de Mayo, you think of margaritas and tacos.  We picked up a copy of Taco Tuesday to find the best recipes for the day!  Not only did we find recipes for tacos, but sauces, dips and more.  Basically, we can have tacos and festive drink pairings at any time of day. We suggest a sweet treat for the road like these Sugarfina margarita or light beer gummy bears. Once the menu is set, decorating and activity planning can begin.

For a full coordinated theme party, we went all out from avocado plates, to balloons to adding a festive llama friend who makes appearances throughout the day.  The party shop has the elements needed for making the day feel festive. Adding an activity to party allows people to mix, mingle and makes for a fun memory.  Our llama craft kit was a simple way to add to do this!

What are your tips for throwing a theme party?  Share with us your celebrations using #papersource.

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We have royal baby fever and knew we had to celebrate! Luckily, our friend and event planner Jen of Girl Meets Party knew just how to celebrate with us.  Inspired by a simple blush and gold color palette, Jen shows us how to throw a baby shower fit for a prince or princess.

What better way to celebrate the latest addition to the royal family than with a royal baby shower?!  Meghan Markle is due oh so soon so the timing was perfect!  While we didn’t see too many details from Meghan Markle’s shower, I can only assume it was stunning and elegant.  Paper Source recently added these adorable pink teacups to their store sets.  When I saw them, I knew they had to be part of the royal baby shower.

Designing the theme

I’m a sucker for a simple blush and gold baby shower so I immediately gravitated towards those colors based on the teacup.  However, if you look closely, there’s a pop of navy in the teacup, too!  So, I added a navy napkin to the table to tie it all together.  Keeping everything light, bright and springy was certainly the goal.  Finding the right invitation is also key.  The primrose invitation fits perfectly!

Setting the table

Elegant china was a must-have for this shower.  Lenox is always my go-to for china, and I adore the golden waterfall line they’ve designed.  It’s simple yet adds to the table decor.  I love to add something fun to the salad plate that brings decor to the table.  Enter the giant tissue paper blooms!  They were too perfect for the table.  Then, I found yellow ranunculus, light pink spray roses, and white roses to create a stunning vase. Plus, don’t forget about place cards!  Hand lettered place cards are my favorite.  One of my favorites is from my baby announcement brunch.  I also love the Quickie Glue from Paper Source, which you can use with embossing powder.

Creating the royal baby shower menu 

A tea time baby shower calls for tea-themed food, right?  Little tea sandwiches are a must-have and so easy to prepare.  When hosting a baby shower, it’s crucial to ensure all food is pregnancy friendly.  Plus, I always create a veggie option.  My recommendation is a chicken salad with grapes and cucumber and dill cream cheese sandwiches.  Placing them on a tower cues high-tea and is perfect for guests to nibble throughout the party.

I love to design creative events for clients and Paper Source makes it even more fun!  To shop this event, head to the Paper Source Pinterest page.  For more information on Girl Meets Party, follow me on Instagram, take a peek at my favorite events or join me on the blog! Thinking of planning something?  Send me an email and let’s collaborate!

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