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2511 East 6th St, Bldg 4 Unit A
Austin, TX 78702

Austin's favorite stationery shop and workshop studio.

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Round Up: Last Minute Valentine's D.I.Y. Projects

Pei Sim


Paper Craft Pantry Blog: 2018 Best Valentine's D.I.Y. Round Up

Whether you celebrate Valentine's or not, we'd be lying if we said we don't love any excuse to go overboard with glitter, pink and all things girly! We've rounded up the best last minute Valentine's + Galentine's themed Do-It-Yourself projects on the web just for you to crafty this week! 

Felt Heart Tassels

We're all about these adorable felt tassel charms that would be so cute hanging on a door knob or just on a wall! These would also be really cute as a gift wrapping embellishment! 

Photo by: Studio DIY

Paper Craft Pantry Blog: 2018 Valentine's D.I.Y Round Up Herat Door Tassel
Paper Craft Pantry Blog: 2018 Valentine's D.I.Y Round Up Babe Heart Tassel

Heart Donuts

If you've got a sweet tooth like we do, then this D.I.Y. project is for you! Just look at how cute these donuts are, dare we say even cuter than normal donuts just because they're heart shaped? 

Photo credit: Aww Sam

Paper Craft Pantry Blog: 2018 Valentine's D.I.Y Round Up Heart Donuts

Colorful Heart Throw Pillow

Kara is one of our favorite local D.I.Y. bloggers for so many reasons not limited to the fact she's the sweetest soul ever, and her love of COLOR! These gradient pillows are so cute and add that holiday pop of color! 

Photo Credit: A Kailo Chic Life

Paper Craft Pantry Blog: 2018 Valentine's D.I.Y Gradient Heart Pillow

Giant Chocolate Gift Boxes

Looking to add some F-U-N to your gift giving for Valentine's or really any day? We're so in love with this fun idea of turning gift boxes into giant chocolates! They'er all so adorable but we may be partial to the one with sprinkles :) 

Photo Credit: Lovely Indeed

Paper Craft Pantry Blog: 2018 Valentine's D.I.Y Round Up Chocolate Boxes

Conversation Heart Pet Toy

Did you think we would forget about your fur babies this Valentine's? These are such a cute way to get your pup or cat in the spirit of love! 

Photo Credit: A Beautiful Mess

Paper Craft Pantry Blog: 2018 Valentine's D.I.Y Round Up Pet Treat Gifts
Paper Craft Pantry Blog: 2018 Valentine's D.I.Y Round Up Pet Goodies

Glitter Confetti Tumbler

An oldie we dug up from last year because we loved it so much! No better way to hydrate throughout the workday than in the most fun tumbler filled with all the glitter and confetti! 

Paper Craft Pantry Blog: Galentine's Glitter Tumbler D.I.Y.

Round Up: Best Galentine's Gifts in Texas

Pei Sim


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Once a year, we host an extra special workshop in our studio for Galentine's Day because we feel like it's so important to celebrate sisterhood and women owned businesses! And also partially because we love any excuse to throw a fun craft party! 

We've hosted over 50+ women for this special class over the past two years and are just days away from our third Galentine's Craft Party! What makes this particular workshop so special? Besides surprise D.I.Y.s, and fun treats, our attendees receive one heck of a goody bag sponsored by some of the very best, women owned businesses we know and love. 

The talents of these women never ceases to amaze us, from their evolving product line to incredible design, and how they inspire us every single day to do what we love. 

And this year, although our workshop sold out in record time and we know some of you feel like you missed out, don't fret! We're giving you a peek ahead at what you can find inside these goody bags so you too, can treat yourself (or your best gal pal) this Galentine's!

 

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Sam Wish 

Get ready to meet your new favorite natural apothecary line! Sam does an incredible job using all natural ingredients to formulate recipes and blends that not only smell good, but have specific properties to suit your body's needs. We're a huge fan of her scrubs and essential oil blends like self love and her magical get un-sick stick!  


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LATIKA SOAP 

It just takes one look at Latika's bath bombs for us to day dream of some self care time unwinding in the bath. You're going to have a hard time figuring out which scent is your favorite since they're all incredible! p.s. Latika only uses the highest quality oils and ingredients in all of their products so no need to worry about artificial additives! Our current favorite bath bomb scents are relaxing and fun but we can't wait to try this one next!


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HERLAND HOME

We don't know about you, but we're huge fans of candles. And consider ourselves self-proclaimed candle experts :) So naturally we were blown away when we found out that these beautiful candles were made with coconut wax and not the other traditional waxes used in most candles. Besides their unique wax, we can't even begin to tell you how incredible Priscilla's scent combinations are. Our current favorite is a tie between this warm scent and this dreamy scent


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SHAWNA SMYTH STUDIO

If you don't already know of Shawna, you're going to want to give this talented North Texas gal a follow. We're partial to her incredible talents with her hand lettering as well as her love for turning her love of cats into the cutest stationery and pins


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TEDDY V. PATISSERIE 

Y'all, Elisia makes hands-down, the very best chocolate chip cookies in the entire state. Maybe even the entire world. It's times like these we love that everything is bigger in Texas because these cookies are gigantic + delicious. She even has a gluten free version with walnuts! You can place an order for pick up or delivery in Austin


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SWEET ELISE

We were smitten the moment we came across Sweet Elise, a home based bakery serving up some adorable decorated cookies! Just take a peek at their Instagram and get ready to get a very real sugar craving! You can place your order with your choice of cookies, cakes, mini deserts and cupcakes! 


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KATIE MADE THAT

We first met Katie when she joined us for one of the biggest markets and events we host in our studio. Not only is she one of the kindest souls you will ever meet, but she's one seriously talented gal! From impeccably designed stationery to gorgeous art prints, there's not much this girl can't do! We personally have this print but have also been eyeing this one (and this one too!)


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RUST AND PEARLS 

There's nothing we love more than supporting fellow women business owners, and it's just an added bonus that the gal behind Rust and Pearls is one of the best people we know! She has an eye for designing some of the best jewelry pieces using designs that are timeless and wearable for every day. Did we also mention that her jewelry is incredibly accessible and won't break the bank? So treat yourself this Valentines to something you'll have in your accessory wardrobe for years to come! 


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PINK CHAMPAGNE PAPER

Not only is Kelly one of the best wedding invitation designers out there, she's also the queen of calligraphy and lettering! Kelly has been one of our in-house calligraphy workshop instructors for over a year and we just love having her share her talents with our community! If you're ever in the need of all things invitations, she's your gal


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ALLIE BIDDLE 

Allie was one of the first stationery designers we started working with when we opened! We fell in love with her darling designs and use of little hand stitched elements in her cards. This talented gal is also our hand embroidery instructor and shares her love of stitching with us through her stationery and talents. We're currently big fans of her new mini cards


Be sure to check out these incredible small business owners and support them this Valentine's Day (and all year long too)! Know of other small Texas based businesses we should know about? Let us know in the comments! 

How-To: Hygge For Every Day

Pei Sim


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In case you missed it, we read The Little Book of Hygge back in November for our studio's book club. It was THAT good we are actually reading his second book The Little Book of Lykke for our first book club meeting of the year that's happening this month! 

For those of you who may not know what Hygge is,  we thought it was a funky name for a piece of Ikea furniture at first too! Hygge is pronounced "hoo-ga" and has been defined as "coziness of the soul", "taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things", and "cozy togetherness".

In a world that glorifies busyness, and where everything happens so fast, the idea of Hygge really struck a cord with us and we were intrigued with how we could apply some Hygge to not only our personal life, but to add some hygge for your business as well. We're sharing some of our best practices for incorporating this feeling of cozy into our every day both at home and at work. And we're also sharing a fun collaboration we worked on that is inspired by this whole idea of hygge below!

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3 Hygge tips for our home

  • Candles: 

The number one thing you need to create that feeling of hygge. Instead of saving that coveted candle you were gifted, indulge and light it (and enjoy)! 

  • Create a nook: 

Channel all things cozy, your favorite blanket, a mug of your favorite tea, that handmade bud vase from a local maker, this spot can become your refuge!

  • Treat yourself: 

We love that the Danes are so great at not letting an association of guilt accompany a little indulgence. Keep a bar of your favorite chocolate in your pantry and enjoy a piece when you want!

3 Hygge tips for our business

  • Candles:

Noticing a trend here? During the weekends and during workshops we keep a candle burning. A combination of fresh flowers, fresh candle and essential oil mist keeps our shop + studio smelling cozy and inviting! 

  • Slowing down:

We want guests in our shop to feel comfortable slowing down when they come in our door. Giving them the space and time to browse through our shelves while taking a moment for themselves! We encourage folks to take their time to find that perfect card, or to pick out that special gift their looking for. 

  • Business as a home:

We treat our brick and mortar like it's our home! When someone walks in the door, they're not a customer but rather a guest in our "home". We love genuinely connecting with our community that comes in and truly love that first timers always become regulars! 

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We're committed to adding a bit of hygge into our every day! If you are too, you're going to definitely want to pick up this book, and this one too. While you're at it, you're probably going to need this candle (or this one) and probably add to your sock collection! Our friend Denise with Love Ding also shares all about hygge on her blog here where you can find even more downloadable and has a very hygge inspired DIY we cannot wait to try! 

Want a daily reminder of hygge?

Check out our favorites from our collaboration with Love Ding for downloadable desktop and phone background pattern play inspired by all things cozy! 

HYGGE INSPIRED

DESKTOP DOWNLOADABLES

HYGGE INSPIRED

PHONE SCREENSAVER DOWNLOADABLES

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Printable: Weekly Check-In

Pei Sim


Paper Craft Pantry 2018 Printable Worksheet for Small Business + Every Day

We're officially one day away from wrapping up the first month of 2018! We've gotten so many requests to bring back a fun printable and we couldn't think of a better time to share our brand new Weekly Check-In worksheet! 

It's perfect to use as an accountability partner as you tackle each of the upcoming weeks, and a great companion to all your 2018 goals. This sheet reminds you to check in at the end of each week to reflect back on what happened, and cleans the slate for a new week ahead! Getting caught up with a ton of to-do's and our busy lives can quickly get overwhelming, so the idea of a simple worksheet being able to re-center your focus is pretty powerful. We've been doing this sheet every Sunday as we close up shop for the week - it's a wonderful way to carve out 5-10 minutes to create a little weekly ritual that has anchored our weeks and allowed us to finish out each work week with some "umph". 

We've even included a habit tracker because we really believe that by making day-to-day things a habit, we end up making it a part of our routine which allows us to remove it from our to-do list! And with each month taking us further away from the fresh feelings of the New Year, we're committed to using these sheets to hold us accountable and carry on this momentum on for the rest of the year! 

Want to join us in this weekly ritual? Download this sheet for free and print it out weekly (bonus if you share this fun new resource with a friend)! Be sure to tag us on Instagram so we can see your weekly worksheets in action :) 

Paper Craft Pantry Free Printable Weekly Worksheet

Click on the image of our 2018 Weekly Check-In Worksheet to download it for free! 

 

How To Use: 

  • Print out one for each week
  • Designate a day + time each week to fill in this worksheet
  • Reflect back on the week
  • Use the habit tracker to track your daily goals

Share your worksheets in action with us by tagging @thepapercraftpantry on Instagram!

Paper Craft Pantry Small Business Printable Worksheet

Round Up: Best Planners of 2018

Pei Sim


Paper Craft Pantry Round Up of Best Agendas + Planners 2018

How has everyone week been? It's been finally warming up here in Austin and we couldn't be happier. Let's just say, having an official "snow" day last week through our schedules for a loop! And also, Texans just can't deal with that kind of cold. 

We've gotten a ton of messages and questions from you guys about what some of our favorite planners are. Although we carry a very small selection of planners that are undated (because they're so seasonal, we don't stock a ton of planners for just that reason), we definitely can point you in the direction of some of our personal favorites :) 

There truly are so many options out there, that we really do believe there is the "one" out there for you regardless of budget or interior content you are looking for your planner to have. Some people love having a ton of structure, space for to-dos, lovely quotes while some just want to create their own lay out with a bullet journal. 

These are our top picks for 2018 if you're still on the market for a planner, or just save this info for the next year! 

1. Custom Agenda - Golden Coil

Meet:

The planner that has, literally, anything you want. 

Why we love it:

There are loads of customizable planners and agenda companies out there, but Golden Coil stands out to us because it's truly one of the easiest to navigate to create the planner of your dreams. You choose your start and end date, can even upload events and holidays to be printed on the pages that may not be the traditional holidays on most calendars, choose from several vertical and horizontal layouts, additional pages that can help track your budget or even meal plan, project planning pages... do we need to say more? 

Definitely our top pick for the custom agenda + planner of your dreams! 

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2. 2018 Classic Chip Board - Get To Work Book

Meet:

The planner that doubles as your daily motivator.

Why we love it: 

We love the monthly overviews and the beautiful typography quotes on the first tab of each month. These aren't your average inspirational quotes, they are real, powerful and meaningful. The minimally designed pages inside has tasks sections for you to customize week to week, a graph note section on the bottom for notes or project tracking as well. 

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3. Dateless Foil Planner - Clap Clap

Meet:

The planner you're not going to want to put down. Seriously.

Why we love it: 

We're not joking when we say this is the softest + smoothest planner cover we've ever laid our hands on. Not to mention the pops of gold foil accents, this planner adds a tiny bit of flair to any desk. This is a dateless planner, which means you have to fill in the months + dates on the pages - and we love this because you can start using your planner at any point you choose! This planner is filled with weekly, monthly and yearly pages plus an additional 58 grid pages for all your note taking needs. 

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4. 2018 Signature Agenda - Sugar Paper

Meet:

The planner that is classic, simple and a tried & true workhorse. 

Why we love it: 

If you're looking for something a little more traditional, this planner is it! With a monthly over view that's broken down into weeks and a simple notes + don't forget section with each week, this planner makes simplicity elegant and timeless. The linen chambray cover feels luxurious and is understated. And we love the subtle hint of blush cotton ribbon as page markers! 

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5. Desire Map Planner - Danielle LaPorte

Meet:

The planner that checks in with you weekly to keep you on track.

Why we love it: 

Each month starts with a core check-in, prompting you to check-in with how you are feeling to set up for the upcoming month. These are broken down further weekly with sections like "3 things", "stop doing", "want to change" and "gratitude". There's no better accountability buddy than this planner if your goal this year is to commit to trusting your gut and aligning your actions with your feelings! 

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6. Dot Grid Journal - Archer & Olive

Meet:

The planner that is your blank canvas, ready for you to turn it into your masterpiece. 

Why we love it: 

This is the dot grid journal you've been looking for! With extra thick pages, your favorite pens + markers won't bleed through - they're even thick enough for you to paint on! If you're not sure what dot grid journaling is, don't say we didn't warn you about the Pandora's box you are about to open. It's so incredible how people have turned dot grid pages into the most magnificent planners, weekly trackers and so much more! Bonus? This journal has a pocket on the back that's perfect for keeping your bits & bobs!

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Have a favorite planner you think we need to know about? Let us know in the comments below :)

Small Business School: A Year In Review 2017

Pei Sim


Paper Craft Pantry Small Business Blog 2017 Year In Review

Happy 2018!

Even as we are making our way through the third week of the year, I feel that it's really important to always take time to reflect back on the previous year. I wrote a 2016 review last year and from all the positive feedback, I am so excited to share how 2017 looked for us.

Since our post last year, we've gained a lot of new readers, customers, followers and friends :)  So I'll just share a short intro! 

I'm Pei — the owner + founder of The Paper + Craft Pantry. As a stationery fiend and D.I.Y.er, The Paper Craft Pantry has allowed me to share two things I love the most and create a thriving small business right here in Austin. 

If I'm being completely transparent, I've had this post drafted for weeks now but had been finding it hard to hit publish because I'm not certain what I've shared below is what people want to hear. But in the spirit of honesty, I think we should all be vulnerable and open up about what struggles we run into and how we grow from all of it. So here goes nothing! 

Here are the top 5 things I've learned this year as a small business owner:

1. Time management + being intentional with how I choose to spend my time as it relates to business has been crucial. 

One of the things that hasn't changed from year to year, is the amount of emails I get asking me why I got started, how I got started, how I managed to take on a small business financially, how I acquire clients and customers, how to turn those customers into loyal fans, how I grew my community etc. 

Although I do my very best to respond to everyone, and at the very least direct them to one of the posts on our blog that may help guide them, it truly is impossible to carve out precious time of the work day. I know that may seem a little harsh, but every 3-5 minutes dedicated to responding to every email adds up and that takes time away from me actually focusing on growing my business. Don't get me wrong, I'm always supportive of the community and am happy to lend knowledge to fellow business owners. But I will prioritize folks I have built a relationship with, a relationship that gives and takes — not just takes if you know what I mean. 

It's so much more meaningful and powerful for me to invest time into quality business relationships and support them thoroughly vs. randomly answering business questions for dozens of business owners. I learned how to politely decline or direct someone to someone else who may be better able to support them - and to offer monthly business mentoring, one small business at a time. 

2. Predicting the future is impossible. 

From workshops to stationery we stock on our shelves, there's no shortage of amazing class content or paper goods we can offer to our community. But boy is it hard trying to guess what people will want or be interested in. 

Choosing our workshop instructors happens fairly organically and that's the best part! I pay attention to what our community is asking for and saying to know what kind of class content they are interested in, and I'll sift through instructor submissions to see if someone is the right fit or if there is a current instructor who would be wonderful to host a workshop with! It helps that one of our parameters is that our instructors have to own their own business so it makes the selection process a lot easier! 

With product, it's easy to get sucked into seasons and trends but trying to stay true to high quality and timeless designs has turned our shop into the destination for unique stationery. If you're curious on how we decide what stationers to work with, you can read more here. 

There's no telling what we just can't keep in stock because they keep flying off the shelves, or what workshops will sell out in mere hours. So instead of trying to predict, I've been working on listening to my gut about workshop + stationery decisions because they always turn out to be what's best for the business. 

3. Slow and steady wins the race. 

It just takes time y'all. There's no secret sauce or recipe (at least no one told me about it) to success. When The Paper + Craft Pantry first opened, we had a huge opening weekend with a media night, grand opening party in addition to several workshops over that weekend. Our first official day open, was a miserably cold and wet November day - and not a single person came into the shop. My first thought (besides that it was freezing cold) was "oh s$%t, what have I gotten myself into...". 

Even though I felt like I had done the work in the many months leading up to opening, the work wasn't done. It takes time for folks to learn about what we were, where we were and who we were. And I'm proud to say that we're putting down really solid roots here in Austin as we've grown! 

As for our events and workshops, we started out by hosting 1 workshop or event a week. And slowly built our community and generated buzz about each event. As we grew our community, we listened to what they asked for and were able to slowly add in more workshops and events we knew folks were interested in. 

I've  played around with timing of workshops, certain dates and days, pricing, class content, ads, giveaway collaborations, you name it, I've done it. Because at the end of the day, this studio is here to serve each of you and that will always be top of mind when deciding what workshops or events to put on our calendar. 

4. Running a business has many facets and taking time to look inward to see how I can grow the business has allowed me to evaluate what my business needs. And how to truly grow my audience.

Social media is definitely a hot topic between small business owners. It's so easy to get sucked into the numbers game, battling algorithms, feeling the need to have an Ad Spend budget for all forms of social media, and walking the line on sending out the right amount of newsletters, just to name a few — comes up in conversations between small business owners all the time. 

Yes, there's Instagram and their ever evolving algorithm. For me personally, I had to take a step back and realize that followers didn't translate to $. And each like didn't necessarily translate to $ either. I've chosen to use Instagram to connect with our community of followers, inform them of what's happening, and hopefully, to inspire in some small way. 

The thing I've been working really hard on is to grow our newsletter list and to create simple yet powerful emails that go out to our subscribers weekly. I love that they chose to give us a way to connect back with them so it's special to be able to offer our subscribers insider tips + deals! 

5. Doing it all doesn't exist. 

I get asked all the time, even praised, on how I'm able to do it all. Have a personal life, a family, regular work outs, vacation time etc. all while running a business. 

Fact: I don't do it all. 

There are some days I feel like I'm nailing this whole small business things and there are other days I feel completely overwhelmed! There are days I feel like I'm a better friend and business owner while letting my workouts fall to the side. And there are days I'm focused on other aspects more than others - and that's okay. To me, balance ebbs and flows. 

6. Sometimes, things don't work out the way you think or would like. And it stinks. But it's okay.

There have definitely been some hard days (even weeks), and I think just giving myself some time to feel down, feel a little defeated is an important part of this whole process. Learning to dust myself off, and audibly telling myself "You can do this" helps me refocus and get back to work, as silly as it may sounds.

Having a great support system and community is also another huge factor, there's nothing more reassuring when you share with a fellow small business owner some of your struggles and them exclaiming that they're feeling the same way or are going through the same thing!

Okay, real reality, I've also learned to be a little more cautious about business related relationships. There have been several instances I felt "burned" by things that had transpired from a place of community over competition. They are few and far between, but they do happen and when they do, it really stinks! But everything is a lesson to be learned, and trust me when I say I've learned from these situations! 

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I truly hope this incredibly honest post resonates with you. Even if it helps you realize you're not alone! 

If you have any additional questions feel free to leave them in the comments, below. I'd love to hear from you! 

Cheers to another amazing year,

Pei