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Card Swap Deadline: December 3rd

Just a reminder to our 2022 Holiday Card Swap participants, please drop off your five cards before 5pm this coming Saturday, December 3rd. We’ve got a record number of twenty-one swappers this year, and based on the three or four early-bird drop-offs we’ve seen so far, the cards are more clever and beautiful than ever. By the way, if you make an optional 6th card, we’ll be proud to display it in the store for everyone to see and admire!

PS: The cards in the photo above feature Prima Marketing’s Candy Cane Lane collection, now available in-store.

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Mistletoe Magic Class with Shari

Join Shari For this lovely holiday class where you will create a 4 card set and matching box. The box is sized to hold A2 cards, but would also be perfect for that special present… or give the box and cards as a gift set! The class features the ever popular create-in-quads stencils from Taylored Expressions. The lovely sentiment set is from Taylored Expressions as well. Please bring your basic class kit as well as a Wendy Vecchi Staytion, if you have one. (We all highly endorse this wonderful tool when working with stencils!)

Dates available: Friday, December 2nd: 6 pm – 9 pm OR Saturday, December 10th: 12 pm – 3 pm. Cost is $28. Please email elisabeth@paperanthology to reserve your spot!

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Holiday Card Swap 2022

Would you like to receive five beautiful, unique, handmade holiday cards, created by your fellow Paper Anthologists? Then join us for the 2022 Paper Anthology Holiday Card Swap! To join the fun, email elisabeth@paperanthology to sign up by Friday, November 25th. Then make five holiday cards (they can be all be of the same design, or different!) and drop them (with appropriate envelopes!) off at Paper Anthology by December 3rd. Your swap cards will be ready for you to pick up on Saturday, December 10th. Participants who make a 6th card will have it displayed in the store.

Please note: For this event we request that no products from demonstrator companies (such as Stampin’ Up or Close to My Heart) be included in your card designs.

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NEW Autumn Harvest Class

Join Elisabeth for a harvest of fall-inspired cards featuring stamps from Taylored Expressions, Lawn Fawn and Stampendous with a bounty of techniques: stencils, ink blending, heat embossing, Copic Marker coloring and even watercoloring with the new Distress watercolor pencils!

Dates available: Thursday, October 20th: 6pm – 9 pm; Saturday, October 29th: 12 pm – 3 pm; Friday, November 4th: 6 pm – 9 pm. Cost is $24. Students are requested to bring their basic class kit. Email elisabeth@paperanthology to reserve your spot!

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Save the Date!

It’s time to talk Anniversary party!

When: November 12 and 13th, 2022

Where: Paper Anthology

Why: We’re celebrating 11 years!

Come along and help us make it extra special! There will be four (4!) free Make and Takes, yummy treats, a fab little anniversary gift and of course the infamous Spinning Wheel of Prizes; the only thing missing is you!

Paper Anthology is located at 716 Highway 46 Kenvil, New Jersey (<–click for an interactive map) in the heart of beautiful Morris County. Grab some friends, assemble a playlist and make a crafty day of it!

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Best Day EVER!

Elisabeth greets the crowd at 10am

Many thanks to EVERYONE who helped make Saturday’s Papercrafters’ Garage Sale our best ever! We were excited to see so many NEW faces (welcome to our newest blog readers!) as well as lots of our old friends. Even the weather cooperated fully to make the day perfect!

Shoppers, we appreciate your patience and good humor as you waited in line, and your help in sorting your items so we could ring them quickly; we hope you made some new friends and are thrilled with your bargains.

Vendors, you did an AWESOME job of labeling your items clearly with prices and vendor numbers; we are truly grateful for your clarity and conscientiousness. Gift cards should be ready for pick up on Thursday evening; we will send you an official email when they’re in the store.

Stay tuned for a “Save the Date” announcement about the Anniversary Party, which will be held at the beginning of November. Can’t wait to see you all again!  In the meantime, you can shop the Paper Anthology Online Store 24/7; the brick and mortar store is open Mondays 10-2; Tuesdays 10-5; Thursday and Friday evenings from 5-9pm and Saturdays 10-5. 

Let’s get this party started!
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Garage Sale: It’s Almost Time!

What are you doing on Saturday, September 24th? If you’re a bargain-loving papercrafter within driving distance of Morris County, New Jersey, we have a REALLY great suggestion!

WHAT: The famous Paper Anthology Papercrafters’ Garage Sale!

WHEN: Saturday, September 24, 2022 10am-5pm

WHERE: At Paper Anthology, 717 US Highway 46, Kenvil, NJ 07847 (<< click link for map!)

WHO: Thirty vendors… the most ever!

WHY: Because we all looooooooove bargains, right?!

BRING: Your own bag!!!

If you’ve never been to Paper Anthology, this once-a-year event is definitely worth the trip! In addition to our amazing selection of brand new stamps, dies, stencils, paper, embellishments, paint, ink, embossing powder and pretty much anything else your papercrafting heart desires; this sale offers a unique opportunity to purchase gently used items at bargain prices. What amazing goodies will our THIRTY (yes, 30!) vendors be bringing along? The only way to find out is to come to the sale! Wear comfy shoes (there’s LOTS to see!) and please bring your own reusable bags. Just a reminder that this is one of the few days in our year that we don’t award punches on loyalty cards.


Reminder of Vendor Info

If you signed up in June to be a vendor, here’s a recap of the important points to remember. If you missed the sign-up phase, make sure to subscribe to the blog, so you’ll get the notice directly to your inbox next June, and you can be a vendor next year!

Vendor Information

1. Each vendor was given an individual number, which must be marked CLEARLY on all your items. If you’re not absolutely sure what your number was, do take a minute to call the store (at 973- 927-1210) or email elisabeth@paperanthology to check. If the wrong number is on your items, your sales will be allocated to the person who has that number!!! The employees working the sale have NO way of detecting wrongly labelled items!

2. Sale items may be dropped off no earlier than the Saturday before the sale (9.17.22) and picked up no later than the Saturday after the sale (10.1.22).

3. All sale items must be CLEARLY MARKED with your vendor number and your price. Yes, we have mentioned this before, but experience has taught us that it’s impossible to 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.

4. 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?)

5. 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.

6. If you drop off your items in bags, boxes or bins that you want back, please label them with your last name, so we can be sure to keep them straight. If you’re kind enough to lend tables, the same thing applies! (And thank you very much!)

Once again, If you have any questions at all, feel free to call the store (at 973- 927-1210) or email elisabeth@paperanthology to check; we want you to make LOTS of money while you clear out your older goodies!

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Emboss Like a Boss

Basics of Embossing

What’s the first thing we all said when we someone demonstrated heat embossing? WOW! And WOW Embossing Powders continue to do everything possible to help crafters create that feeling. They have a huge selection of colors and finishes (at last count we have nearly 40 varieties in stock at Paper Anthology!) but also, did you know they have an amazing collection of videos showing everything from the most basic procedures to incredibly creative and artistic techniques? In this post we’ve collected just a few of our favorites to get you started! PS: Our entire stock of WOW products is now available in the online store; or stop by to see them all in person!

Embossing Through a Stencil
5 Ways to Use Clear Embossing Powder
Embossed Pouncing Technique
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How Do You Doodle? (Hint: With Stamps!)

Everyone knows we are HUGE Wendy Vecchi fans here at Paper Anthology, so here’s a class that features three of Wendy’s newest MAKE ART Stamp Sets: Doodle Town, Doodle Celebration and Floral Doodles; as well as some older Studio 490 goodies like her Simply Stripes Background (double stamped to make our own custom plaid), Thank You Stamp, Die and Stencil Set, Rectangle Grate Stencil and Rectangular Stitching Template. We’ll “watercolor” with Archival Inks, paint and blend with Liquid Pearls, do a little hand-stitching (there’s an alternative for non-sewing types) and quite a bit of fussycutting. Join Lauren on Saturday, September 10th from 12-3pm; Monday, September 12th from 11am-2pm; or Monday October 3rd from 11am-2pm. Cost is $24. Please bring your basic kit and your favorite scissors!