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Creativity, Unleashed -- What a Workshop!

We had a fun, festive time at the Valentine Collage Workshop last Thursday at Logan Hardware on 14th Street in Washington, DC. Six attendees spent their time cutting and pasting to their hearts' content (pardon the pun). We all enjoyed the colorful, luscious papers, tapes, and ephemera, and we also loved meeting and spending time with like-minded crafters. What a beautiful evening!

It was especially great for me to see the paper combinations the crafters used. They all had different perspectives, and I enjoyed seeing the colors/textures they put together.

Gina used her prompt, a quote on paper to help guide her toward our "Heart & Soul" theme, right on her collage. So did many of the other attendees.

 Jack's lovely work. He used 3D dots to build up the height of the multiple hearts.

Kay's playful collage, full of life and laughter.

Kim, a wonderful collage artist (I love collecting her cards!), had her way with words.

And I loved how Robbie used the dancing blue fish in her work!

Kristin's beautiful card contained a surprise...

CONFETTI!

Jack made a second card, also with paper elements inside.

 Robbie's second card made use of silhouettes. Nice!

Want to join us for our next workshop? Email me at papertraveler [at] gmail [dot] com, or join the AceHardwareDC.com mailing list. It's gonna be fabulous!

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Travel Here: Paper stores in Japan (Links)

As you may know, dear friends, I am in love with Japanese paper. There are scores of paper choices not available to us here in the US, and my dream is to visit Japan to satisfy my paper cravings. Here are links to some of the stores I've found online that look absolutely wonderful; now all I have to do is make a plan, and I am there! (Note: these are mostly review links, as they are written in English.)

Yanaka: Isetatsu Paper Store

http://bit.ly/1qr8deR

http://bit.ly/1xfNBeq

http://cnn.it/1BdO9Qy

 

Tokyo: Itoya

http://bit.ly/1unHcta

http://bit.ly/1BdOyCz

http://bit.ly/1pNIVs0

(at 5:33 in the video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nX4OuyXSHXE

Tokyo: Haibara

 http://bit.ly/1qA4ytU

Tokyo: Ozi Washi

http://bit.ly/1r83sD6

Osaka: Tanseido

http://global.tanseido.net/shop/info.html

Osaka: Winged Wheel Stationery

http://bit.ly/Wgbhhs

Kyoto:Kamiji Kakimoto

http://bit.ly/1qgBJnR

 

Are there stores you love that I've missed? I want to find them too, in my travels -- let me know @papertraveler.

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Travel Here: New-York Historical Society

I was thrilled beyond belief to visit -- and see my cards -- in the Museum Shop of the New-York Historical Society!

This bustling shop is part of New York's first museum; the hyphen in the name that seems strange, at first, is actually the way New-York was initially written in the early 1800's.

The museum shop is chock full of unique gifts (I saw these great purses made from old books, for example), jewelry, and lots and lots of cards (mine included, how many times can I say that!?!).

I can't wait to come back -- next time around, I'll get to wander the halls of the museum.

New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

170 Central Park West, New York City, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400

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Travel Here: Envelopper, New York, NY

I was pleased to find a stationery store in New York that I'd never before heard of: Envelopper Ink, located in the Chelsea/Flatiron/Gramercy district. I'm including all three because I'm not exactly sure of the official designation of this area! There was scaffolding in front which darkened the view, but Envelopper's colorful, beachy window display made everything sunny, bright, and inviting.

Envelopper is HUGE. In addition to a sweet and sassy card collection, the store stocks paper by the piece, stationery, journals, boxed cards, frames, scrapbooking supplies, and great gifts. Envelopper also handles custom invitations.

I roamed around the store for awhile, then spotted some of the Beverly Jones, Paper Traveler designs they ordered. Yippee!

It was wonderful to meet Paiam, one of the owners, and to see my work in such a pretty, pretty store!

Envelopper

45 W 21st St, New York, NY 10010
(212) 518-2303

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Travel Here: House of Cards & Curiosities, New York, NY

I combined business with pleasure when I traveled up to New York City earlier this month. In addition to seeing my lovely family and traipsing up and down the hills of Central Park, I was able to visit some of the stores that currently carry my collections.

I'd known about House of Cards & Curiosities for years and years, long before my days at PULP DC, around the same time that I found Hudson Street Papers (R.I.P., sweet store!) in its West Village days. House of Cards & Curiosities was one of the tiniest stores I'd ever seen, but it certainly packed a punch in the sheer volume of wonderful gifts stocked within. Tons of cards lined the walls. There were cute little gifts, day of the dead merchandise, and a nice selection of 2015 calendars. (Yes, it's that time of the year, lovely people -- buy your calendars now for the best selection!)

I was thrilled when they bought my cards! It's great to have Beverly Jones, Paper Traveler represented in New York.

House of Cards & Curiosities is located in the West Village; be sure to add it to your must-see list the next time you travel to the Big Apple!

House of Cards & Curiosities

23 8th Ave, New York, NY 10014

(212) 675-6178

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