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What Are You Doing September 25th?

Before we begin, please note that every word in this post depends on the “CoVid Situation” being at a manageable level this fall, and that state and local regulations will allow medium-to-large gatherings to take place!


We are *cautiously* proceeding in the hopes that we will be able to hold the Paper Anthology Papercrafters’ Garage Sale on September 25, 2021. To that end, if you’d like to be a vendor, please email to reserve a spot and obtain your number. Then, please read the rest of this post!

Vendor Information

1. Vendors need not be present at the sale, all items are displayed together, arranged roughly in categories, on tables inside and (weather permitting) outside Paper Anthology.

2. Each vendor will be given an individual number, which must be marked CLEARLY on all your items, along with the price you’ve set for that item.

3. Buyers will be able to pay for all their items in one transaction, and the amounts due to each vendor will be recorded at the register. At the end of the day, each vendor’s sales will be tallied and the total, less 5% vending fee, will be presented to you, the following week, in the form of a Paper Anthology Gift Card.

4. All sale items must be CLEARLY MARKED with your vendor number and your price. Yes, we already mentioned this in Point 1, but experience has taught us, we cannot possibly overstress the importance of clarity! If the cash register operator cannot decipher your price, they will have to GUESS. If they cannot decipher your vendor number, the sale will be recorded to Paper Anthology. We highly recommend un-smudge-able ink and nice sturdy stickers.

5. Prices must end in .25 cents, .50 cents, .75 cents or .00! If you have a bunch of items you’d like to price at .10 cents each, group them together in a little bag! (Grab bags and “collections” of miscellaneous paper or embellies generally sell really well; we all love a “surprise” assortment, right?)

6. Sale items may be dropped off no earlier than the Saturday before the sale (9.18.21) and picked up no later than the Saturday after the sale (10.2.21).

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The Return of Christmas Card Club?

Would you like to meet up at Paper Anthology for a brand new, IN PERSON edition of Christmas Card Club; the first in over a year? If so, please read this post CAREFULLY to the very end, there are some new and important CoVid-related details!!!

Some things are the same as they always were: We’ll each be making five cards from one design (pictured above) featuring LDRS’ “Snow Deer to Me” stamps and dies, Dare 2B Artzy’s “Snow Much Fun” collection and a cool new technique for making “snow transparency”. The price will be $25 and includes dinner. The date will be Friday, June 25th, 5pm-9pm.

Some things are NEWso this is the part to read carefully: We will be limiting this event to the first six fully vaccinated Paper Anthologists who reserve their spots by EMAILING AND including a photo of their vaccination card. (To give everyone equal footing, ONLY email requests will be taken at this time; no phone calls, FaceBook messages, etc. for this particular event.)

BUT don’t worry: If you can’t make the date, or you’re not vaccinated yet, or you aren’t one of the first six to email Elisabeth, there will be some kits available at a later date, to purchase and make at home; stay tuned for details on those!

We are excited about easing back to in person events and classes, and our first priority is the safety and peace of mind of all concerned. We will NOT be wearing masks or requiring class members to do so, but please note that all Paper Anthology staff members (Elisabeth, Shari, Betty and Lauren) are fully vaccinated and we’re still taking care to keep surfaces and hands extra clean. If you’d like to wear a mask during class you’re very welcome, but be aware that your (fully vaccinated) fellow participants will not be.

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My Girls

This layout featuring daughters Magda and Monika (also known as Henry, Emery and Tadzio’s moms) is made with papers and cardstock stickers from P13’s beautiful new collection, Stitched With Love. The title is done with PinkFresh’s Heather Uppercase and Heather Lowercase die sets, each character in both sets (the lower case also has the numerals 0-9) consists of both the letter AND that skinny skinny outline for a super sophisticated look. FYI: Pinkfresh’s Lea’s Ornate Uppercase and Lowercase have the same sort of outline; while their Kelly Uppercase and Lowercase die sets have a pretty pattern of hearts and leaves cut into each letter.

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Taking Note

Lawn Fawn’s Perfectly Plaid Mini Notebooks have just arrived at Paper Anthology! Super fun to decorate, these adorable mini notebooks come in packs of two, each sized 3.5 x 5″ with 32 lined sheets. Perfect to tuck into your purse, your pocket or even your glovebox! These notebooks are decorated with Lawn Fawn’s Dandy Day Flip Flop stamps and dies and Super Star Stamps.

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Take and Make Saturday

Stop by Paper Anthology this Saturday, June 5, 2021, for your free card kit. We’ll also have double punches for bag ladies, as well as 20% off all Stampendous stamps and Tombow markers; plus… we’d love to see your face in the place!

Take and Make card features Stampendous Blue Poppies Stamp Set, watercolored with Tombow Dual Brush Pens; medallion is cut with Pink Fresh Studio Essentials Braided Circles Dies, a set that is extremely versatile, take a look at the samples on the product page!

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What Can You Do With Collage Packs?

The short answer to the question, “What can you do with found and vintage paper?” is, use it EXACTLY the same way you use commercial patterned paper… just maybe handle it a tiny bit more carefully, but more on that in a minute. Paper Anthology currently has eight themed varieties of Deluxe Collage Assortments from Just Enough Stuff: Christmas, Sheet Music, Nature, Foreign Text, World Traveler, Crafty Lady, Text & Pattern, and Architecture. Each contains a curated mix of 20+ different sheets, and each is, of course unique. They’re listed in the online store under Stamping Surfaces and Specialty Papers; and each link has a photo which gives an idea of the sorts of items included, as well as an additional inspiration project. In the brick-and-mortar shop, they’re in the front room near the Dina Wakley Media.

Vintage and found papers are wonderful in collage, but “collage” can be used in all the crafty projects that you currently enjoy making: cards, ATC’s, art journal pages, junk journals and more.

Use just a little sheet music as a background with modern journal cards, washi and embellishments in a holiday card; or go all out and use LOTS of different text papers to cover all the surfaces of a larger wood or papier mache item.

The “handle with care” factor is lower than you may think, and mostly applies to being cautious with adhesives and inks; you will always want to test them on a corner of your paper. And while using a tape runner directly on vintage paper is never going to end well, there are great alternatives, like Scotch Gluestick, Distress Collage Medium and Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

If you need to make your vintage paper sturdier, apply the adhesive of your choice all over plain white cardstock, then carefully add the more fragile piece on top, taking care to avoid bubbles and wrinkles. Once your vintage paper is “backed” it’s sturdy enough to diecut, layer, stamp and stencil upon, or do pretty much anything else you’d do with cardstock!

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This Week’s Hours

Please note that there are a few changes this week, the biggest being that we’ll be CLOSED on Tuesday May 25th; but, instead, for this week only, we’ll be OPEN on Wednesday May 26th, from 10am to 5pm. Regular hours on Thursday & Friday evenings, 5pm to 9pm. Then CLOSED on Saturday May 29th, in observance of Memorial Day Weekend. Apologies for any inconvenience, and have an awesome week!

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Are You Beach Ready?!

No need to book a flight or stock up on sunscreen, because Catherine Pooler is bringing the “Beach Retreat” to you… in the form of four luscious new ocean-centric ink pads and re-inkers: Sea Glass, Bay Breeze, Tranquil and Cove Blue, to be precise. Available now at Paper Anthology, in-store and online! Be sure to check out the rest of the Catherine Pooler Ink Collection, there are seventy two gorgeous colors of premium dye inks in all!

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Salvaged Patina: Arriving Any Day!

Ranger and Tim Holtz are very excited to announce the newest Distress color to love, and Paper Anthology is eagerly awaiting its arrival, which *should* be early this week! Introducing Salvaged Patina, an intriguing blue-green, with a timeworn and reclaimed aesthetic. This new Distress color will be available in 8 different Distress products – Ink Pad, Ink Re-inker, Oxide® Pad, Oxide® Re-inker, Embossing Glaze, Spray Stain, Oxide® Spray, Flip Top Paint; and an Enamel Collector Pin!