Monday, August 30, 2010
Happy Monday everyone! I want to share with you some paper art in the most unique form: toilet paper rolls (yes, that's right, TP tubes). I happened upon these wonderful little creations a few months ago and saw them again today so I took that as a sign to share their magnificence with my fellow paper lovers.
These creations are from the hands of French artist Anastassia Elias. You MUST visit this website to see her other scenes. . .simply amazing! I'm not sure what I love the most: the detail, the tiny little images (because everything is cuter when it's tiny) or the brilliance of creating art in something that is typically viewed as garbage. What's in your trash or recycling? Take a look, you might be inspired! --Kim
Friday, August 27, 2010
We headed down NE 15th handing out candy, buttons, magnets and stickers.
We were followed by a group of pirates that took a liking to our youngest representative.
Back at the booth we were handing out balloons and doing Monkey Puppet make and takes.
By the way, you can come into any of our stores this weekend and make a free Monkey Puppet--they are a really easy project and we had a great response from the kids AND adults!
A fun time was had by all. Thanks Shoreline for putting on such a wonderful event! We will definitely see you again next year!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Step 2 - Adhere
Cut the photo to size and adhere it to the canvas using an ATG gun or any adhesive you have on hand. Next, take a foam brush and brush the Mod Podge all over the photo to create a finished, glossy look. You can put different textures on the photo with varied strokes of the brush or use Matte Mod Podge for a matte finish (I used Glossy Mod Podge for my project).
Step 3 - Embellish!
I wanted my gift to be simple, so I left it as is – but you can embellish these with rhinestones, glitter, or even tie a little ribbon to the top for it to hang from a wall. Tie them up with a pretty ribbon, and your mini photo art is ready to be gifted. This is the perfect time to get started on these for holiday gift giving too, they make perfect stocking stuffers and are so, so cute on the mini easels that we sell. Happy gifting! --Lauren
Monday, August 23, 2010
I know it's not even the end of August, and Halloween is a ways around the corner, BUT I have to write about Halloween because the new product arriving in Paper Zone stores is so freakin' cute! Kudos to our buyers for this years' picks, because we have a ton of stamps for only 99 cents that makes me want to become a stampin' zombie. Seriously how cute is this card made by our Jedi Paper Master, Teresa, in Shoreline? I think it's quite possible she had this awesome little card whipped up within an hour of the product arriving in our store!
Bellevue also had some fun with the stamps: blowing up the great little skeleton stamp on the copy machine and making a fun party banner to go along with a cute little favor bag (using more of the awesome stamps!). So, okay, I love our new Halloween stamps and yes, I think it's crazy early. But it's never too early when the end results are as frightfully awesome as these. Plus, now that you know they have arrived, I'm looking forward to seeing all the SPOOKY creations you all come up with.
Now I'm off to have my bite size Snickers. :) --Kim
Friday, August 20, 2010
I wanted to share with you all a project I just finished, it is a Birthday crown for my daughter's first Birthday! Everything I used is from PZ including the glitter cardstock that I'm slightly obsessed with! ( ...yes I featured it in my last post too!)
One thing that I was excited about is that I was able to punch the thick glitter cardstock with my Marvy circle punch! I wasn't quite sure it was going to work, but it did!
I was inspired by the talented Molley in our Bellevue store. She has made a few paper crowns and they were so cute I knew I just had to make one! Thanks for the inspiration Molley!
Happy Crafting everyone!
Happy Birthday Baby M!
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Cupcakes seem to be a big rage these days. There are specialty cupcake shops, cute decorative cupcake liners, wrappers to go around the cupcakes, and cute boxes for carrying the cupcakes. People are serving cupcakes at parties instead of a layer cake or sheet cake; and even at weddings, brides are opting to use cupcakes arranged on tiered displays instead of a traditional wedding cake.
As soon as I see something made of paper, I start to think how I can make it myself. That is what I did with the idea of a cupcake box. I created this cupcake box that can be used as a favor box in order to keep the cupcake safe and avoid the smooshing (yes, that is a word) of the cake and the frosting.
Of course, you can't have a cupcake box without a cupcake, so I also had to make up a batch of these yummy almond/coconut cupcakes.
Two 6.5 squares of cardstock
One 3 7/8’ piece of Acetate cardstock
Ribbon or desired embellishments
Turn the cardstock 90 degrees and score at 8" and 4". There will be nine 4" squares scored on your cardstock.
Score the four corner squares diagonally from the outside corner in towards the middle square.
Prefold all scores. Fold the diagonal scores in towards the middle of the box.
Put adhesive on the 4 middle outside square edges on the right side of the paper and on the diagonal score lines on the flip side of the paper.
Take one 6.5" piece of cardstock score it at 1" on each side.
Cut a verticle line at the corners of the paper until it intersects with the horizontal lines. Cut again on one scoreline at the corners to remove 4 small triangles. This creates the glue tabs for the lid. Using the circle cutter, cut a 3 inch circle in the middle of the square.
Adhere the 3 7/8” acetate square on the underside of the square
With the right side of the lid facing up, add adhesive to the glue tabs and adhere to the adjacent flat to create the lid
Take the other 6.5” piece of cardstock and score it at 1.25” on each side.
Using the circle cutter, cut a 2.5 inch circle in the middle of the square with the circle cutter. And cut out the corners of the cardstock at the score lines
Fold down the flaps at the score lines and place inside the box.
Decorate with ribbon or desired embellishments
The materials and tools I used to create this box are:
6 large egg yolks
1 cup milk separated
2 1/4 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups sifted cake flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon + teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons softened butter
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Scoop batter into lined cupcake pans, filling to about ¾ full.. Bake 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely.
1 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
½ cup of heavy whipping cream whipped
1 cup of chocolate chips (optional)
Beat sugar, butter, cream, vanilla and almond extract with electric mixer at low speed until spreading consistency. Set aside. Whip cream and fold into frosting. Frost Cupcakes and immediately dip each cupcake into a bowl of coconut to coat.
Melt one cup of chocolate chips in microwave on high, stirring at 30 second intervals until smooth. Be careful not to over cook the chocolate. Drizzle the chocolate over the coconut.
Happy Crafting and Baking from me to you.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Handmade papers are great for all types of craft projects from wedding invitations to scrapbooking to wall art. They are also wonderful gift wrap. I'm going to try my hand at bookbinding (again) and use one of the purple ones for a cover. We are having a big sale this weekend, so now is a great time pick some up! -Amanda
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
I kind of feel like it’s my birthday and the last day of camp/school all rolled up together. My birthday because I got dressed up to come to work today, my last day at the Paper Zone, and there was even a cupcake with my name on it waiting for me!
It’s also like the last day of camp/school because I’m saying goodbye to a lovely crew of people I’ve gotten to share the last two years with. My PZ pals are going down in my memory book in a pretty fantastic time of life. 2008-2010: my worker-owned bike shop was starting and my own personal business has grown. It’s with a fond farewell that I say goodbye to my blue PZ apron, and my coworkers- though we’ll be keeping in touch. I can catch them at local craft shows. Did you know that most of the associates at the Portland store are also self-employed? I’ll be keeping tabs on Andrea’s BeeTwixt shop, Barb’s Ciao Birdie Designs, Devan’s Nimbi Designs, Mari’s Trulee Twisted Jewelry, Liz’s graphic design. Since I won’t be working on the weekends anymore, I am definitely finding Mayzie’s table at the Portland Zine Symposium, and stopping by on Sundays to talk with Paola about new food dishes to try out at home. Since I mentioned everyone else by name, I also want to give a shout out to Jack, Portland’s captain, I’ll miss working with you all.
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Each R.D.B-K.I.T., uses:
1/3- sheet of a scrapbooking 12x12
2- 3/4”circles (punched from scrap pieces of the 12x12s)
1- 10” piece of baker’s twine (ribbon, raffia, or string will also work!)
Tools you will find helpful in assembly are:
3/4” circle punch
3/16” hole punch
1. Come to the Portland Store and pick out paper and have us cut your envelopes (“eps,” in hip paper store lingo) on our Accucut machine. Ask for your scraps! ( If
3. Since you remembered to ask for your scraps (step 1), you have extra paper to punch out circles. Using your ¾” circle punch, punch two circles that will be used to loop the string/twine/ribbon around for closing the eps.
4. Use your 3/16” handheld hole punch to do just that, punch out a hole in the middle of your little circles. A brad will go through this hole, and through the pre-cut holes of the eps to secure the circle. (see the collage below)
Sometimes a contrasting color makes everything pop!
5. Cut 10” of string, twine or ribbon, that you like, to match your eps.
6. Locate the top flap of the eps. The top flap has the brad/circle dealy-bobber closer to the edge. Wrap the twine underneath the paper circle with enough of a tale to tie a knot.
8. Fill with your K.I.T. goodies and loop the twine under and around the brad circles, and give to your BFFs to whom you have to say TTYL.
Good-Bye Paper Zone. I miss you already. Let’s Keep In Touch.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Appreciation Week in May. Thanks for all your help and donations! --Lauren
Friday, August 6, 2010
Speaking of hitting the open road, have you come across Cosmo Cricket's Joy Ride line? In case you hadn't guessed, this line is all about travel, and I must say that it is really getting me geared up to make some cards to send from the road, even if, for the time being, that road only extends in and around Washington! Check it out!