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Meet PS Planning Ambassador: Anna Bond

As co-founder and Creative Director of Rifle Paper Co, Anna Bond, has perfected her organization routine successfully taking a small business in her apartment to an internationally recognized brand. Known for her signature hand painted illustrations of vibrant floral patterns and travel inspired designs, Anna Bond has expanded her product offering to create complete lifestyle collections including an exclusive 17-month planner for Paper Source.


See our interview with Anna below for an inside look at her planning style.

What does your process for planning look like?

I dream big and then dig in to the day-to-day. I would like to say I am very good about completing tasks before moving on to the next but I tend to bounce around different projects at one time. I like to plan out my weeks and days with general lists of what needs to get done, but not necessarily the order I need to do them in.

Are you better at short term planning or long-term planning? Why?

I’m better at long-term planning. I’m not as much of a process person as I am a vision person. I always see where I want to go but sometimes figuring out the steps and day-to-day tasks to get there are challenging.

What did you like about the calendar or planner you chose?

I chose our Rifle Paper Co. 17-month planner. I love that it is small enough to fit in my tote bag but has enough space to write out everything I need to plan. It has both monthly and weekly views and the elastic closer helps keep notes and extra papers tucked into pages.

While planning, what “view” do you prefer: month at a glance, day at a glance or week at a glance? Why?

Both! I designed our planner with both views and all of the monthly views are grouped together in the beginning so that you can easily get an overview of the year. I love seeing everything from a high level. I use weekly views for tasks and scheduling meetings.

How do you accessorize your planner? Is it for personal style or functionality/productivity?

We added sticker sheets to our 17-month planners this year and I am very excited to use them throughout the pages. Some are functional (appointments, birthdays, deadlines) and others are more playful (flowers, icons, flourishes).

What was your favorite part about back to school shopping growing up?

I loved getting my list of supplies from school and going around to various stores with my mom to pick out new notebooks, pencils, rulers, and so on. Probably my favorite part was packing up my backpack the night before the first day and feeling so prepared and full of wonder about what the new school year would bring. I still feel so excited when I open up a new notebook for the first time and put the first word on a page.

What office accessories are essential in a meeting?

My go-to is always a pen and notebook. I take notes by hand and then type anything I need to remember or archive on the computer.

Do you have any organization hacks or tricks you can share?

Find a home for everything. It’s much easier to put things away when you know exactly where they should go. If I’m going to do a huge overhaul organization of a space I take everything out of the room, organize in piles of what to keep and what to get rid of, and then move everything back in the way it should be. I find that easier and even less time consuming than trying to re-organize within a space.

Would it be more chaotic losing your calendar for your personal/home life or work life? Why?

I have one calendar with both personal and work mixed together so things would be pretty dire if I lost it! At least there are other people in our office who are aware of my tasks and help schedule meetings and projects so I would be more worried about losing the personal aspects.

 What would your ideal desk and work space look like?

Ideally a clean, organized and light-filled environment. I love having a pin board to pin up inspiration and projects I am working on and I always have a separate area for painting. My home office is very organized, but my work office is always a work in progress. I have piles of things everywhere in there. But even when it’s messy, I love feeling surrounded by samples and projects I am working on.

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Meet PS Planning Ambassador: Jen Gotch

Ban.do is known across the country for empowering messages, all things pink and quirky illustrations from local artists, but it all started with a plan from Founder and Chief Creative Officer Jen Gotch. As a self-proclaimed non-planner, Jen understands the importance of planning and staying on track so she has surrounded herself with a supportive team. With that team, Jen was able to explore playful ideas and build an uplifting community into a fan-favorite brand. Ban.do wants life to be fun, offering an assortment of products from a day at the beach to working in the office, including the Paper Source exclusive 2018-2019 Ban.do Moonstone Planner.

Learn more about Jen’s planning style and creative process in our interview below.

What does your process for planning look like?

Well, I guess now is the time where I finally become exposed for the person I actually am – a non-planner! Yet, I have identified the importance and value of planning so I am sure to surround myself with “people who plan!”

Are you better at short-term planning or long-term planning? Why?

If short-term planning includes planning what I am going to have for dinner when I’m eating lunch…I would say short-term.

What did you like about the calendar or planner you chose?

I can do you one better and tell you why we created a planner like the ban.do planner. We wanted covers that felt cheerful, optimistic, and motivational. We wanted beautiful, hand drawn art throughout, in order to shine a light on artists in our community while also inspiring the user with words and design. We wanted it to feel really useful, but also very personal, so we added handwritten compliments throughout and then in an effort to remind everyone that it is just as important to schedule FUN, we added “fun to-do’s” throughout. I’ll also say that choosing a favorite planner is always so hard for me, but that moonstone definitely has my heart.

How do you accessorize your planner? Is it for personal style or functionality/productivity?

I accessorize everything with stickers!! Always have, always will.

What was your favorite part about back to school shopping growing up?

I still have such a clear memory of the feeling of optimism and excitement I would get at the start of the new school year. New teacher, new friends, new classroom, new things to learn and NEW SCHOOL SUPPLIES. I would say the standout was choosing which Trapper Keeper to use and it almost always was the one with kittens on the cover.

What office accessories are essential in a meeting?

A great pen, I am a long time LePen lover, but also think our glitter bomb pen is awesome, as told by my previous answer, I prefer to hand write meeting notes rather than type them, so I always have either a pink legal pad or a large ban.do spiral notebook, and then a thermal mug full of Bulletproof Coffee and my iPhone!

Do you have any organization hacks or tricks you can share?

Outside of hiring someone to stay organized – which I’ve done – I would say organization at its core has to do with personal accountability. No matter what your system for staying organized is, you have to commit to doing what’s on the list. If something stays on my list for longer than a couple weeks, I reevaluate its importance.

Would it be more chaotic losing your calendar for your personal/home life or work life? Why?

Ten years into ban.do and I still struggle with work/life balance so the calendar is one and the same and it would be tough to lose. I actually think it would be the opposite of chaotic, because I would technically have “nothing on the calendar” so I could just lay in bed all day.

What would your ideal desk and work space look like?

I have worked in some really beautiful offices in the past, and the one we have now is pretty spectacular too, but for me the ideal workspace has more to do with how I feel than how it looks. When I am feeling clear-headed, focused and intentional about my work every space is the ideal space.

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Meet PS Planning Ambassador:  Rosie O’Neill

Combining a passion for color and a quest to create the ultimate candy shop, Rosie O’Neill and her husband Josh, co-founded Sugarfina.  Sugarfina is a luxury candy boutique filled with artisanal candies that are packed to perfection for gifting or a little self-indulgence.  Although her day may sound sweet, filled with taste-testing and creating beautiful new gummies, Rosie manages many different roles at work and at home ensuring all runs smoothly.  With purposeful planning, goal setting and organizing, Rosie was able to turn her dream into a thriving business with over 25 boutiques across the country and develop exclusive partnerships with major retailers including Paper Source!

See our interview with Rosie below for more on how she plans for both work and family.

What does your process for planning look like?

Running a business can be very stressful and tiring, so my first priority when planning is to plan for balance.  This means carving out time for things like exercise, vacation, desk time and work-from-home days.  Taking care of yourself is one of the first things to fall by the wayside, so it’s important to prioritize that time and protect it! 

I also like to set aside time for strategizing and brainstorming with my team, whether it’s an all-day offsite meeting or a 3-hour working session. It’s easy to get caught up in day-to-day tasks, but those strategic sessions are where we get our biggest breakthroughs and our best ideas.  I try to put these meetings on the calendar several weeks or even months in advance to make sure they don’t get moved or interrupted.

Are you better at short-term planning or long-term planning? Why?

A little bit of both.  I enjoy the immediate satisfaction that comes from checking off a weekly to-do list, but I also like to map out the big goals for the year and make sure I don’t lose sight of them.  Sometimes the volume of things we need to accomplish is overwhelming, so I’m a big fan of breaking things up into smaller parts and scheduling them out over the coming months.

What did you like about the calendar or planner you chose?

I’m endlessly inspired by color, so this Paint Chip Calendar is my dream!  When I was a kid, I used to hang out in the paint aisle at Home Depot collecting paint chips and using them for arts and crafts. Today I collect things based on their color and keep a sort of object-based Pantone library in my work cabinet.  People are always amused when we’re talking about a packaging idea and I’ll exclaim, “I have the perfect color for that!” and then run to my cabinet to retrieve a tube of toothpaste I found in Italy that’s the perfect shade of lavender.  Color is my life, so this calendar soothes me and makes me very happy.

While planning, what “view” do you prefer: month at a glance, day at a glance or week at a glance? Why?

I travel a lot so it’s important to look at the full week, otherwise I might have a flight the next day and forget to pack.  I can’t look at a full month as it’s too overwhelming – there’s just too much to do and I want to crawl in bed and hide.  The weekly view is the perfect balance.

How do you accessorize your planner?  Is it for personal style or functionality/productivity?

I’m a minimalist, so I like my calendar clean and simple.  My one indulgence is colored Sharpies. I like to color code various activities depending on whether it’s travel (red), creative (purple), work (blue), personal (green) or family time (orange). 

What was your favorite part about back to school shopping growing up?

I loved sharpening brand new pencils.  I still do, and I don’t even use pencils, but I have this weird habit of collecting them. There’s something so nostalgic about the smell of a freshly-sharpened pencil – it takes me straight back to grade school.

What office accessories are essential in a meeting?

My iPhone because it’s an all-in-one tool – calculator, notepad, camera, display screen, search engine, calendar, email, and more.  Plus I have a tendency to lose whatever I’m carrying, so the fewer things I can carry the better!

Do you have any organization hacks or tricks you can share?

Block off time on your calendar for yourself, because if you don’t set aside that time, someone or something will take it.  For me, that means blocking off quiet time in the morning where I have an uninterrupted period to catch up on tasks and prepare for the day.  I live by the mantra “eat a frog for breakfast” which means doing your most dreaded/icky task first.  If you can cross that one thing off your list, the rest of the day feels a lot easier.

Would it be more chaotic losing your calendar for your personal/home life or work life? Why?

Definitely work life!  I’m usually fully booked with calls and meetings from 8am-6pm.  If I lost my calendar and missed a meeting, the chaos of trying to rebook the meeting would be huge.  My family is a lot more understanding if I forget something.

What would your ideal desk and work space look like?

My ideal work space would be completely empty except for a few pretty desk accessories and a nice-smelling candle.  I’m not a fan of paper. I don’t save anything, and if I write notes I try to transfer them to a to-do list or a digital file as quickly as I can.  My brain functions best when the space around me is clean and wide open.

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Meet PS Planning Ambassadors:  Elisa Marshall and Ben Sormonte

As co-owners of Maman, Elisa and Benjamin, have had to be proactive planners while also being open to possibilities of life’s spontaneity every day to create the artful and unique experience of their shops. Maman, is an ever-evolving bakery, coffee shop and event space with locations throughout New York and Toronto.  Inspired by fond memories in the kitchen growing up and wholesome family recipes, these business partners blended their ideas to create a welcoming setting for delivering quality food and exceptional experiences. Elisa and Ben each brought their own expertise and passion while concepting Maman but working together as a team has allowed them to expand locations and offerings, including their famous nutty chocolate chip cookies.

Learn more about how Elisa and Ben use planning tools while working together below.  

What does your process for planning look like?

Ben: Elisa loves to plan, have things lined up, goals to hit and things to work towards, but more and more we are realizing how in the big picture of life, how unrealistic that can sometimes be since things pop up at any given moment.

Elisa: Ben is very spontaneous. Balancing being both proactive and allowing yourself to be open to possibilities is reflected in our planners! You don’t know what tomorrow will hold. Goals are important, but you have to open to things!

 

Are you better at short term planning or long-term planning? Why?

Ben: Seeing the big picture has always been the priority. If short term plans change or we hit a bump in the road, we always adjust to reach our final vision. We’re a strong team, and we really balance each other out. As business owners, we learned early on that plans are always changing, so we always make sure to roll with the punches and do our best with what we have!

 

Why did you like about the calendar or planner you chose?

Elisa: I’m always running around, so this is easy to throw in my bag for on the go. I love the blue. It’s classic and matches the Maman aesthetic.

Ben:  I love the simplicity, space and Kraft look, as well as the functionality. 

While planning, what “view” do you prefer: month at a glance, day at a glance or week at a glance? Why?

Ben: With so many exciting dates and events to look forward to (professional and personal), we find ourselves bouncing between looking at month, week and day views to see what’s happening soon and what is more down the line!  Elisa has always been a “yes” person and very opportunistic. There is always something happening – workshops, dinner parties, events, weddings, showers, and more.

How do you accessorize your planner?  Is it for personal style or functionality/productivity?

Elisa: Both! Our cafes are designed to give multisensory experiences – a place to go where it smells beautiful, looks beautiful and tastes beautiful. Our planners reflect our personal style and the Maman style all in one while helping keep us organized. 

What was your favorite part about back to school shopping growing up?

Elisa: All of the accessories! Post-it notes, pretty pens, highlighters, and notebooks. These were important in our childhood and still important to this day. They help keep us organized.

 

What office accessories are essential in a meeting?

Elisa: Our planners are with us everywhere. It provides a break from looking at the phone all of the time. Call us old-fashioned, but we love it. We juggle multiple locations, pop-ups and activations, so there is a lot to keep track of. The planners help us see them all laid out in front of us

Do you have any organization hacks or tricks you can share?

Elisa: Keeping our planners neat and aligned with our aesthetic makes us naturally more drawn to them and encourages us to use them more. Write down everything!

 

Would it be more chaotic losing your calendar for your personal/home life or work life? Why?

Ben: Our work is so intertwined into our lives. Our personal calendars and work calendars always have to work together! We need to know when things are happening at our cafes and when things are happening in our personal lives in order to coordinate most efficiently for both parts of our lives. We do our best to balance and try to be conscious of it, though! We love taking vacations upstate and to Toronto and France for a break. It’s a great way to get inspired, try new things and buy vintage gems for the stores. That brings us a lot of joy.

 

What would your ideal desk and work space look like?

Elisa: Marché Maman – our retail marketplace in Soho! It’s filled with everything you need, flowers, accessories, beauty and bath products, tableware, and you can eat there too. It’s the best home away from home!

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Since our new 2019 planners just launched last week, we thought it would be fun to get a behind the scenes look at how these new designs were brought to life. We chatted with our in-house designers to see what their workspaces are like, how the design process begins, and what possible designs we might be seeing from them in the future!

What does your workspace look like?

Erin B.:
Sometimes a mess! I try to keep it tidy, but when we are busy (as we usually are) my desk will usually be full of sketches, proofs from another project, papers from meetings, and snacks.

Caroline M.:
Messier than it should be, with papers, sketchbooks, and notepads strewn about, which I try to justify by telling myself that messy desks are scientifically proven signs of creative geniuses.

Emily C.:
It looks messy but I swear I know where everything is…except my keys, I forgot my keys here last week!

Alison M.:
A “fun” cubicle.

Maria F.:
There’s always about 4 different sketchbooks laying around, loose sheets of tracing paper, multiple mugs filled with pens and pencils, a few watercolor palettes, and various cups of tea or coffee. And always snacks.

What tools do you use to design?

EB:
Almost all of our artwork starts on paper, whether it’s a first initial sketch to get the layout right or a full watercolor painting that is scanned in digitally. All final art is pulled into the computer so we can easily manipulate and send files to vendors, but we also do a good amount of digital illustration straight on the computer.

CM:
It depends on the design! In general, we start most projects manually so that they have a special, hand-drawn feel. I prefer to sketch things out in pencil first, then outline in pen and clean up the sketch before scanning it into the computer for further rendering. When illustrating geometric patterns, a computer is preferable, as it is more precise.

AM:
I usually start out with a pencil sketch and then use pens, paint, digital tools, or a combination of those.

MF:
I usually start out with sketches, then I use various pens. My favorite is the Pitt Artist Pen by Faber Castell. Then I scan and live trace in Illustrator, or tweak in Photoshop.

How does inspiration strike? Do you have an inspiration board?

EB:
As a team, we always meet before big seasons or endeavors like Dated launch and pull inspiration from all over of what ideas we are interested in exploring, what’s on trend, and simply what would make a really fun cover.

CM:
Individually, we create documents of our inspirations and try to find themes – colors, patterns, objects – and group them accordingly on the page. We then print out our inspiration documents and go over them together, in order to find common themes between all of our inspirations. If several people have something similar, then we know it’s a trend. We split up a design based on who’s most excited to work on it and/or who has an idea of how best to execute it.

AM:
Inspiration can strike anytime you see something that catches your attention whether it’s online or at an art museum. We create inspiration boards for each season based on things we are liking and how it intersects with current trends.

MF:
Sometimes I’m inspired by people on the streets – the combination of their outfit colors, or the pattern on a dress. I’m also always scouring blogs and Pinterest for inspiration and trends.

Once you get the ideas flowing, how do you focus that inspiration?

EB:
What has been helpful is separating our inspiration into groups: Color, feeling, style, texture, etc., rather than using an image for direct inspiration. That way you can kind of compile a lot of elements of different images together to get to the general feeling we want to develop.

AM:

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The world is all abuzz about the upcoming royal wedding of Prince Henry and Meghan Markle, which takes place on May 19th. Many brides-to-be will be watching the wedding, hoping to perhaps borrow some of the royal wedding elements to use in their own ceremonies. One place where it would be easy to replicate the style and look of the royal wedding is in the invitations.

Did you see how stunning these invitations are?

Via @KensingtonRoyal

As you might remember, Markle had a previous gig as a calligrapher and even worked at Paper Source in her early years. She has impeccable penmanship and it makes sense her invitations would also be beautifully written in calligraphy.

Like any bride-to-be, she probably didn’t have a lot of time to handwrite these herself. So if you want a stunning invitation without all the hassle, we have several beautiful wedding invitations that can get you the royal look without a royal price tag.

Our Beaded Border invitation is very popular with our brides! The embossed beaded border perfectly frames your event details and the script lettering and flourish adds a little romance. You can easily customize with gold ink and two-color thermography.

Vintage Crest Wedding Invitation

While you might not have your own crest like Prince Harry does, you can get a similar look with this Vintage Crest invitation. You can customize the crest with your two initials inside. Printed on our luxe grey paper which has a luxurious textured finish. Looks elegant with the slate ink color. You can also select letterpress printing for a more textured effect.

Gold Foil Stamped Topiary Wedding Invitation

Since the royal wedding invitations featured gold ink, we picked out the Gold Foil Stamped Topiary invitation for its shine. The dove gray ink and gold foil looks stunning together. The floral design is romantic and the gold foil element adds a touch of luxury. If gold isn’t your style, you can also choose from a silver or rose gold foil.

Also heavy on the gold foil is this ornate Baroque invitation. The foil border can be customized to be all foil, foil stamped with digital printing, or foil stamped with thermography printing. Your choice of gold, silver or rose gold foil.

Perhaps the most romantic invitation of them all is the Love Letter invitation! Can be letterpress or digitally printed on a blush card with a beautiful calligraphy font.

And if you’re looking for something more modern, you can’t go wrong with this Contemporary Wedding Invitation. Can be printed with Thermography or Letterpress for a more elegant feel.


A new feature we have for our wedding invitations is adding gilded or painted edges. Using a technique used by master bookbinders, you can accent your invitation with gold, silver, rose gold, slate, black or night edges on our double thick paper.

Now if you’re totally set on a DIY wedding, we have lots of ideas and inspiration to help you create your own invitations. One place you can start exploring is with color. Start by picking a color palette from our Paper Bar, where you can easily mix and match our paper and envelopes.

Don’t forget envelope liners! We have an Envelope Liner Template Kit that guides you on creating liners for 7 different sizes of envelopes. Choose a pretty pattern from one of our Handmade Papers, or create your own liner design with rubber stamps.

We also have print at home templates you can easily use. Just buy luxe paper and complementing envelopes from our Paper Bar and you’ll have first-class invitations at a reasonable price.

In a previous blog, we also shared some tips and helpful products that can help you with your hand lettering and calligraphy skills, ensuring beautifully addressed envelopes and invitations.

Still stuck on what to do? Make an appointment to come in and speak with one of our wedding experts. They can help you translate your vision into a wedding suite that matches your dream day.

Hopefully you’ve gotten some great inspiration for your wedding invitations! We look forward to helping you on your journey to create your ever after.

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This year marks our 35th anniversary of inspiring you to Do Something Creative Every Day! In honor of our milestone moment, we’ve recently redesigned PaperSource.com, making it easier for you explore our brand online.

Since butterflies are the perfect metaphor for profound change in one’s life, moving from one chapter to the next, we’ve been featuring fine paper butterflies in an array of our DIYs lately.

So in honor of our paper heritage, use our butterfly template, and do something creative with it!  With this fun butterfly embellishment, you can create a fun gift topper, frameable art, or decorate DIY cards, place cards, even a hair clip!

How-To:

  • Print your template
  • Trace
  • Cut out
  • Decorate and embellish
  • Place into a creative DIY project of your choosing!

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In April, we asked you to nominate the women in your life that empower you to be the best you, and with over 400 written nominations in stores, we’ve had the honor to catch a glimpse of these women who empower others through love, action and empathy. While one of these women has won a lovely illustration in her honor, courtesy of Lydia Ortiz, Illustrator of the Little Feminist series, every woman nominated deserves a spotlight for the little things she does on a daily basis to empower those around her.

Meet some of the Empowering Women we had the pleasure of reading about from your nominations, including our winner!

Starr M.

“A 37 year old heart disease survivor. She now has dedicated her life as a Women’s Heart Disease Patient Advocate. She is also telling her story to empower other women of all ages to know their bodies and to advocate for themselves to take their power back.”

Nominated by Alex M.

Julia F.

“Julia is a truly amazing woman. After being struck by a drunk driver, she has defied all odds and continues to inspire others through her philanthropy and community presence.”

Nominated by Emily S.

Luisa L.

“Luisa is strong, kind and unapologetically herself. She supports other women both by listening and advising, but most importantly by leading through example. She is a friend, role model, and a support system for me and countless others.”

Nominated by Effie K.

Dr. Brigitte A.

“She works against sexual assault, she is an emergency room physician, working towards LGBTQ rights and women’s rights. She wants people to do what they enjoy and speak out.”

Nominated by Sophie A.

Zebun A.

She was on the forefront of the feminist movement in Bangladesh. She came to this country during the late 80’s on a full scholarship. She continues to support women in all capacities of life. She is my mother.”

Nominated by Munia I.

Patricia K.

“Pat has shown me repeatedly the power of kindness, perseverance and leading by example. Ever since her entrance into my life as my college mentor, I’ve grown wiser and more joyful. I wish to thank her profoundly.”

Nominated by Anastasia K.

Mary B.

“She is a powerfully strong leader who goes for what she wants without fear. She is a mentor, leader, mother, entrepreneur and business woman. She inspires me to do better. She has had an incalculable influence on my life.”

Nominated by Samantha M.

Beverly B.

“After a 25 year “career,” Beverly began a faith ministry Juvenile Hall and Women’s Jail. She returned to school at seminary and, at age 68, was ordained. She works on social justice for youth, women and the disenfranchised.”

Nominated by Michael

Yoko A.

“My mother taught me to be strong and resilient no matter the circumstances. Kind and hard-working, she is still going strong at 80 years old and continues to inspire me!”

Nominated by Megumi L.

Marilynn S.

“My mother enlisted in the Marines back in 1963 as one of a few African American females during that time in the USMC.”

Nominated by Carla S.

Angelina M.

“My sister is a single mom, Ph.D student, domestic abuse survivor, and all around Latina feminist badass who does not fully recognize the incredible woman she is and who has inspired me to be the best version of myself always.”

Nominated by Stephanie

Mary D. – Sweepstakes Winner

“Badass pioneer with a lifetime career as a Philadelphia Public Defender who founded a court program for victims of sexual exploitation. She’s the president and founder of a safe home for trafficked women in Philadelphia. Mother of 5. New grandmother. Mentor to many.”

Nominated by Sarah R.


We hope these stories, and the stories you live daily inspire you to lead by example and lift each other up!

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DIY Moments: Vol. 18 No.5

Create a photo memory box to celebrate dad this Father’s Day – it’s an easy craft that’s perfect for his office and will remind him of all your favorite memories together.

What You’ll Need Gather
  • Collect your favorite photos with your dad, along with any ephemera that represents special memories with him
  • Pick out a decorative paper that fits his personality to cover the frame with
Prep

Punch circles out of the photos and ephemera with paper punches. You can also illustrate other favorite memories with stamps or by doodling!

Assemble

  • Pick a center image and mount it to an 8” x 10” sheet of cardstock.
  • Arrange your circles around the main image and adhere them to the surface. Leave space to add a title to the collage, such as “Our Favorite Memories with Dad”.
  • Draw lines with pen and ruler from the center circle to the outer circles.
  • Write captions along each line that define each memory.
Frame

  • Mount the collage in a simple frame.
  • Cut the decorative paper into strips that match the width of the frame.
  • Adhere the strips to the surface of the frame.

Share your with us how your DIY gift turned out at #PaperSource

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With the Royal Wedding almost upon us, we’re dusting off our fascinators (or making paper ones at our new Mini Workshop) and starting the kettle to celebrate the newest Royal Couple from across the pond. Of course we have to celebrate Meghan Markel and Prince Harry’s wedding in true Paper Source fashion, though, with a Royal Wedding Watch party fit for nobility.

Invites


This royal event calls for a formal invitation! Send the details of your event to all the dames and gents on your guest list with a handmade invitation. Since Meghan Markle spent some time working for Paper Source as a calligrapher, we’re following suit by hand-lettering our own initiations! Adding some interesting accents to the invites, we also paid tribute to her new home with some Vintage London Rubber Stamps. Add even more elegance to your invitations with custom liners.

Decorations

While it may not be St. George’s Chapel, with some swanky decorations, your living room can be transformed into an elegant room for a reception. Our watch party décor consisted of Mini Gold Party Crowns, Blush Floral Small Plates, Floral Stripe Small Napkins, Paper flowers, and DIY themed cupcake toppers. Even though the wedding is taking place at 6am CST, it’s never too early for cupcakes! Here’s how we made these cupcake toppers:

  • Size and print pictures of your choosing – We picked Meghan and Harry
  • Punch out with circle punch
  • Punch out slightly larger circles of various colors – we stayed on the Britain theme with red and blue
  • Run plain paper circles through Xyron
  • Cut coffee stirrers in half
  • Peel and stick to printed pictures with a coffee stirrer stick in between
  • Add more embellishments with various punches, banners, stickers, and embossing
  • Watch

    With festivities starting in the wee hours of the morning, it’s going to be a long day filled with pageantry. Make the viewing even more fun by playing our Royal Wedding Bingo! We’ve prepared a couple bingo sheets for you to print and pass around, including possible celebrity appearances, and likely commentator quotes.


    We’d love to see how you celebrate this joyous day – share your watch parties with us at #MyPSParty

    The post DIY a Royal Wedding Watch Party Fit for Nobility appeared first on Paper Source Blog.

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