Friday, December 6, 2013

Shop Update - New packaging

A few weeks ago, I shared my sketches for the updated pencil packaging. Finally, they are here! 
Due to the request of my retailers, I've gotten rid of the cloth bags. Customers always had to open up the bags to see what was inside and it became a hassle for everyone. Now Paper Pastries pencils are packaged in clear bags, with a new sticker label on the front. They can be found in the shop here.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Feature in Sunset Magazine

December 4th?!? How did that happen? It's that crazy time of year over here at Paper Pastries world headquarters ;) It was made even crazier by our feature in this month's Sunset Magazine. It was very exciting to receive phone calls, texts, and emails from friends and family that had seen us in the issue.
Months ago, Sunset had emailed me, asking if I could make them a stamp but they needed it asap. They said it was for possible inclusion in their holiday gift guide. They said they couldn't guarantee it would be included, but then they called to confirm details so I had a pretty good feeling about it. But, it is still surreal to see it in person. Right there on page 12, there is something I made.
The orders have not stopped coming in! I think they are all from this feature. So, back to work I go, just wanted to check in. I still am updating on instagram from time to time. Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Lights, Camera, Mail!


This kickstarter project took an idea and made it a reality. Michael Polk and his awesome team traveled all around interviewing mail artists. The team happened to be in LA last spring, so we met up at ReForm School and they interviewed me. I hope I don't look too awkward and make sense! I tend to ramble on when I'm talking about something I'm excited about :)
The team has submitted Making Mail to the South by Southwest film festival, so here's sending good vibes that they get in. 
I'm really looking forward to seeing it and hearing what everyone else had to say about mail.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Rent Party

I just came across the shop Rent Party and am really into these paper collages. From their site- Rent Party is a place for artists to sell work created specifically for the site with the purpose of earning some honest dough in time to pay their rent. The work featured here is original or in limited runs and is available here exclusively. It aims to be affordably and fairly priced.  
These pieces are by Jamie Jones, aren't they awesome?
The colors and simple shapes really work well together. I want that hamburger!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Introducing - The Evergreen Tree Template by Paper Pastries

Yikes, I can't believe it's been a week since I checked in. I got pretty sick, then really busy all in a span of a few days. Then, we were up in LA this weekend. I am still playing catch up. If you follow me on instagram, you might have seen the sneek peek of this, our newest wooden template. 
 I didn't want to call it a "Christmas" tree, but you could easily turn it into one using a pencil eraser and some ink. Instant ornaments :)
Same as the Cat template, you can use it as a note page or an envelope. 
You can find it in the shop here.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Gifted No. 31

I always am happy to find a note in my mail box from far away friends and it's an added bonus when I get a package too! I met Mollye in our intro to photography class in college. In was in this class where we became instant friends. This is also where we learned about Weegee. I recognized this photo of his instantly.
Inside the package were two surprises. 
I'm not sure what kind of flower this is but isn't it cool? 
It's enclosed in a glass tube, ready to be put on display. I just need to find the perfect place for it. She also sent along a sweet little necklace. Thank you, Mollye! Miss you like crazy.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Introducing - The Cat Template by Paper Pastries

It's no secret that we love cats over here. After Tony figured out a way to make a cat shape into an envelope for my Ex Postal Facto submission, we figured we'd better turn it into a template. Introducing the latest Paper Pastries original- The Cat Note and Envelope Template. 
I am in love with this product. It's really special to get to see a project evolve from start to finish. We tweaked the design about 30 times but I am so happy with it. I love the dark walnut wood we decided to make them out of, the thickness, and the hand written then engraved instructions on the template. 
 We also made a stationery set of our cat shape. 
The set includes 6 cat shape notecards, 6 flat cards, and 6 envelopes. 
The great thing about the template/stationery is that you can use it two ways. If you'd like to send the cat as an envelope, just seal up the back with some washi tape. Be sure to write instructions, so the recipient doesn't cut it open like it's just an ordinary envelope. "unpeel tape to open" should do the trick. Or, if you'd like to use it as a note- just tuck the head into the slots. Easy-peasy and so cute! You can find them both in our shop.
This product is also available wholesale if you have a shop and would like to carry them. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Ex Postal Facto Submission

You all know I'm very excited about next year's Ex Postal Facto in San Francisco.  I wanted to submit a piece for the mail/art/book exhibit that will be there. Instagram is such a fun part of my life, I wanted to include it somehow. If you follow me on instagram, you know that it's mostly pictures of stationery/mail and cats. 
I picked up about 20 of my favorite images and printed them at a small size, about 2.5 inches square. I got out some of my most used rubber stamps, my photos, and some ink pads- I was ready to go! First, I needed the "book" part of this to be made. I like to work with what I have. 
I took a piece of air mail washi tape and, leaving a bit of space in between them, stuck two flat cards to the strip. Then I folded that strip over the top of the cards. I continued this until I had 6 cards connected accordion style. The plain gray looked just that- plain. So I got out some of my vintage paper stash and covered each card, front and back, with different vintage papers.
This is what it looked like when I was done covering each card. 
Now for the fun part- decorating! I figured out the way I wanted the photos arranged then using double stick tape, found a place for them. 
For some photos, I wrote captions. 
I had a lot of extra photos left over so I made an envelope out of one of my vintage ledger sheets and stuck the rest in there. 
I love this picture of Otto as a baby! So sweet :) There I was, with my "completed" piece. But something was missing...what? When Tony got home that day, I showed him what I had worked on. He immediately said "It would be really cool if the envelope that this was in, opened up to a cat shape."
I thought that was a crazy good idea. But, how to? I'm so lucky my genius, engineer husband has the desire to help me- he came up with this design on his own. After a few tweaks, it was perfect! I am so impressed by him, he is good at anything he tries (and it may have just turned into a new product for paper pastries...) 
When it was all done, I thought it was perfect. I stamped the address on the front and I was about to take it to the post office when I got a text from my brother in law. He had an idea, but didn't know if or how it could be used- Scratching Post Office. Do I have an amazing family or what? I quickly made a stamp that looks like a stamp cancellation mark and then it was complete! I am so excited to see what everyone else came up with. This was a very fun project.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Gifted No. 30 Ban.do

I miss my girlfriends from college so much! When I saw these heart necklaces from Ban.do, they reminded me of the "Best Friends" necklaces from when I was young.  
I got one for Lindsay, Allie, and Mollye and sent them off with a card, saying that I miss them and that I love them. 
I don't have enough "girl time," especially now that we all live so far away from each other. I think a trip is in order...

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Sent with Love No. 39

My mailbox has seen some pretty wonderful things this month! 
Donovan sent me her "wedding in a box." She covered this box with different pages from books and filled it with pieces from her wedding. She got married at a law library and that set the theme for the event. Aren't these invitations perfect? The colors, the different paper texture, the mix of letterpress and rubber stamps- I love them!
 I even got a favor of French sea salt and Tellicherry black pepper :)
I loved imagining what it all looked like. She sent a letter full of details- from the friday night festivities, to the big day, and being without a phone the day after.
 I even got some of her paper flowers made from old book pages. So cool!
 Two colorful postcards- one from Kate, one from Clare. 
Victoria sent me a very sweet note. She couldn't believe that it has been a year since my bridal shower! I couldn't believe it either.
 Allie sent me some love all the way from DC. Card by Power + Light Press.
Included with the note were a bunch of fun French labels. Thanks, friends and pen pals!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Shop Update - Affordable Gift Options

I know a lot of people (me included) look for high quality but affordable gift options during the holidays. Whether you need a small gift for a colleague or yourself, I'm hoping you can find it in our shop! Over the next few weeks, I am going to periodically be adding small gift items to the PP shop. Here included in the the first batch- adorable cat postcards.
 Landmark stamps.
 Cat wooden clips (I'll be honest- I bought extra of these to give as gifts and a set for myself! They are so cute)
Here are the cat clips and cat postcards in action :)
Vintage inspired mini tins. More to come soon!
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