It’s not often I find a new approach to the everyday greeting card I haven’t already seen. Believe me, it’s one of my favorite past times (ex. 8balloons.com 2011-present). My dear friend Alex (and ladies, he’s cute and single), continually sends me great paper finds and they never disappoint. I was lucky enough to be introduced to his friend Angela Deane of Scratch Off Greetings and have stayed a fan ever since. Each card holds a special treat you have to scratch to find. I remember the excitement I always received when my aunt would give me a scratch off ticket for Christmas. I rarely won anything but it was still exciting. Angela said it best on why we love scratch off tickets so much, “the space between is all about hope”. I love that. The idea we can give cheer to someone’s day and also a little hope just by reminding them we are thinking of them with a fun card, it doesn’t get better than that.

Scratchoff 1

Scratchoff2Scratchoff4

Whiskey

 


With school starting for many and fall almost here, I thought we could all use some fun printables to begin the month with. Here’s a few of my favorites from some great sites.

September 2014via Happiness is…

month at a glance

via Thirty Handmade Days

To do

via the creativity exchange

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Since dedicating more of my time to meal planning at home, I have been collecting recipes to cook throughout the week. With that said, how could a paper lover like myself just collect magazine and online recipes without placing them on fun recipe cards. Here’s to my new project for the week! Below are some creative printable recipe cards that would also be great to give as a gift. Bon Appetit!

vintage recipe card{via Love vs. Design}

lovevsdesign{via Love vs. Design}

Skip to my Lou{via Skip to my Lou}

 


It may almost be the weekend but I thought we could start the beginning of August a little more organized and motivated with these printables. Happy Friday!

August{via Buzz of the Bees}

The Week I will{via The Pretty Blog}

Things to Do

{via Saved by Love Creations}


I never liked the traditional business cards or other ways of going about signing your name all that much. Although, I am obsessed with all things paper, I sometimes don’t love the fact that stationary can also be very costly so you cannot change it up so often. A great way of solving this is to create a custom stamp for all your needs. Sometimes a stamped business card or stamped return address can stand out even more.

Sparkvites

{via Sparkvites}

rubber stamp press{via Rubber Stamp Press}

paper sushi{via paper sushi}

From the Desk of{via Sparkvites}

Bike Nerds{via Business Card Stamps)

the small object{via the small object}


Every time I continue my quest to find other paper arts, it is hard not to always come across paper flowers. I have had a love for them for quite some time but have found it difficult lately to come across new and unique designs. Below are a few great designs I have found and someday will try to create…or just purchase. How can you not justify spending money on a bouquet that will last forever!

stellaspetals{via Stellas Petals}

PulpPetals{via Pulp Petals}

The Paper Flowerbed {via the paper flowerbed}

Paper Flowers Garland{via Land of Flowers}


There’s no better way to continue my series on paper stores visited in Toronto then to share my experience at Kid Icarus. Located in Kensington Market, Kid Icarus is more than just a stationary and gift shop. Not only do they have one of the largest selections of handmade and letterpress cards, but also the best curated gifts a paper lover could dream of (think if Etsy was a real life shop!). Everywhere I turned, I saw something new and couldn’t get enough….literally.

Kid Icarus

Kid Icarus shop

Cards

Kid Icarus Cards

Kid Icarus books


I’ve been fortunate enough to have had such supportive friends during the beginning stages of 8Balloons. One of those friends was Cristy Flores, who eventually became one of my favorite guest bloggers. Cristy always had an eye for fashion and could make anything ordinary look unique. It wasn’t shocking when she told me about her new design venture, California Ave. with her friend Carly. California Ave. pairs their love of colorful designs with jewelry and other fun accessories. Everything from the simple, yet distinct packaging to the eclectic mixture of pieces makes me oh so happy.

{all images via California Ave.}

California Ave. packaging

California Ave Purple

Key NecklaceWish BraceletsHair TiesPink Quartz

 

 

 


A few weeks ago, after feeling a bit defeated in “start-up land,” I saw Eric of Spofford Press post one of his new letterpress prints from their summer collection and immediately felt inspired. There are many reasons Spofford Press stood out to me, among them being from the Northeast (just like me!). They continually create unique and fun letterpress cards and prints, all hand-drawn and printed on thick cotton paper with hand-mixed ink. Being in the start-up community myself, I can always appreciate a company that matches their creativity to how passionate they are with their work.

You can check out more of their note card sets, prints and new releases throughout the months on their site here!

Spofford Press You Got This

Quit Slackin

Ship In A Bottle

Jimmy Smithimages via Spofford Press


I had the chance last weekend to venture to beautiful Toronto and it did not disappoint. Toronto is such a fun city with so much to offer with everything including their food, art, outside markets, and people, including my wonderful cousins! I really am amazed at how the city has some of the best paper stores around and has embraced them all. With the help of my cousins and friend Susanna’s recommendations, I was introduced to many more. Since I toured so many, I thought it would be fun to feature one weekly starting with Good Egg.

good egg

Good Egg is one of the best curated stores I have been to and is located in Kensington Market. Their main focus is books for the foodie with other fun culinary products for your home. Their unique selection of books doesn’t just stop with food, they have every other subject as well. In every corner, you can also find beautiful stationary, journals, and prints. All in all, it was a fun shop with great atmosphere, and so many fun treasures to explore.

Good Egg store Good Egg books good egg journals good egg eggs