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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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The Paper + Craft Pantry blog is home to our latest DIY projects, current inspiration sources, and small business advice. 

How-To: D.I.Y. Painted Planters

Pei Sim


 Paper Craft Pantry 2018 Summer Craft Party

Every year, we host a community craft event called the Summer Craft Party! We open up our studio for the day so everyone in our community can come by and enjoy a complimentary D.I.Y. craft project. 

Our first year, we hosted over 50 guests creating painted canvas pouches, and last year we had a really fun plant shelfie project

In keeping with the plant theme (because you know we love our plants :) we kept it fun + simple with painted mini planters! We had SO much fun getting to meet new guests in our shop as well as get to see so many familiar faces. We also decided to host a little plant adoption event like we did over Earth Day where a portion of all our plant "adoption" fees went towards a local non-profit chapter in town. 

Word on the street is that a lot of y'all were a little bummed to miss out on our Summer Craft Party this year so we whipped up some simple instructions so you can host your very own Summer Craft Party for your friends + family! 

Just grab a few supplies you probably already have lying around at home, invite your friends and family for an afternoon of crafting fun.

D.I.Y. PAINTED PLANTERS

PROJECT TIME: 20 MIN

 The Paper + Craft Pantry Summer Craft Party D.I.Y. Supplies
  • MATERIALS
  • Small terracotta pots
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Succulents

D.I.Y. STEPS

1. Choose your color palette! We suggest starting with a few colors that go well together. 

*Pro-tip: we used recyclable trays for easy clean up!

2. Use your paint brush and create your master piece on the terra cotta pots! Use light and thin paint layers when you paint, you can always add more paint as you go. 

3. Allow your pots to dry for at least 10-15 minutes.

4. Pick your new succulent friend and pot it in it's new home.

5. Find the perfect place to put your beautiful new pot + plant!

 The Paper + Craft Pantry D.I.Y. Succulent Painted Pots
 The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: How To Host A DIY Craft Party
 The Paper + Craft Pantry D.I.Y. Succulent Pots
 The Paper + Craft Pantry D.I.Y. Blog Summer Succulents
 The Paper + Craft Pantry Annual Community Craft Event
 The Paper + Craft Pantry Do-It-Yourself Succulent Painted Pots Craft Party
 The Paper + Craft Pantry blog D.I.Y. Succulents 

Plan on hosting your own Summer Craft Party with this year's D.I.Y.? Don't forget to tag us in your pictures @thepapercraftpantry so we can see how much fun you had :) 


The Paper + Craft Pantry Apprenticeship x Acton Academy, Austin TexasAbout the co-author:

Kate is currently a 6th grader at the Acton Academy in Austin. Kate completed a 2 month apprenticeship as a part of her school credit where she learned the ins and outs of small business ownership with The Paper + Craft Pantry. She also is the co-author and editor of this blog post. Kate is a fellow small business owner who owns a soap company called Ridiculously Clean

 

 

 

Small Business School: How We Moved Our Shop + Studio

Pei Sim


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Hello from our new brick + mortar! 

In case you missed it, we moved last month and are wrapping up our third full week in our new home. And yet it feels like it's been longer than that, as well as feels like we just moved yesterday. 

It was definitely a little bitter sweet saying goodbye to our first storefront. We had so many great memories in there from our very first customers who have now become some of our friends, to the hundreds of workshops (and thousands of workshop students) we've had the honor of getting creative with. 

We turned an old, forgotten warehouse into a little slice of paradise with our incredible wall mural, selection of cards on our card wall, and by hosting weekly events for our community.  And we'll forever be grateful for our time on East 6th, especially for all of you who walked through our mint green door there! 

 The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: One last look at our card wall all filled up.
 The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: The card wall all packed up.

Some of you may have figured out through Instagram that we packed, moved, and unpacked just in time for our normally scheduled workshops in less than 48 full hours. Seriously, we spent a few hours packing on Monday, spent Tuesday morning moving + building out new fixtures in the new space, spent half of Wednesday setting up and hosted our first workshop that afternoon.

 Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: The view of our packing process from the back of the studio.

Many hands make light work, everything came together! But it wasn’t easy, it took a TON of preparation, planning, and effort on everyone’s part. Curious about what we learned from this move? Here are a few things to consider whether you are moving into your first brick + mortar, or relocating plus some sneak peeks of our new space!


 Paper Craft Pantry Blog: New shop layout + design plan.

1. Have a plan

I planned out our moving week schedule by designating a packing day, a moving day, and a day to solely set up, and a day to patch/paint the old shop before I turned in my keys. The packing day went a lot faster, it took 5 of us about 3 hours to completely pack up our old shop + all our inventory. 

We started our moving day at 6am...honestly purely to beat the heat and traffic. So we were completely done by 11am. 

Here's the kicker, by the time we went to patch and paint the old shop, our electricity had already been transferred to the new shop so it was perhaps the sweatiest and hardest part of this entire move since it was extremely toasty!

In addition to planning a schedule, having a floor plan mapped out for the new space beforehand enabled us to efficiently move things in and set up the space easily- be flexible, sometimes things don't fit or look the way you want but having a general floor plan takes the guess work out of it. 

2. Create a budget (cost of a uhaul or movers, things breaking, things need replacing, extra furnishings for the new layout, updated marketing materials (decals signage) 

Moving is always going to be an expense. Having a budget can help since you'll have some time leading up to your move to save up some money to help buffer the costs. Consider a uhaul (are you going to be using movers?), account for the fact you will likely need to replace some things when you move because things may get damaged from moving or you may figure out some things just need to be replaced. 

I left a little buffer for additional furnishings since I knew our space would be much larger and I also accounted for the fact I would need to beef up our inventory so the shop felt fresh + full when we reopened. 

One thing to also consider is that you may need to revamp or update your marketing/branding, for us it was for our window, decals as well as indoor + outdoor signage. Having a budget to present to our designer was crucial in prioritizing what needed to be done before we opened, and what could wait until we were settled in!

3. Make a list of places you'll need to update your address on (bills, banks, google, website, mail chimp, social media etc.) 

The biggest stress (and fear) about the move was worrying if guests or workshop students would be confused with where we were. So we made a pretty intensive list of every. single. place. our address would need to be updated to alleviate any confusion. 

First, obviously, your bank. Update the addresses on all your bills/utilities. 

Next we worked through our website, mail chimp, email, website, google, and all our social media platforms (note that it may take some time for all of it to update: it's taken a couple of weeks for everything to finally read as our new address!

4. Call ahead (to set up your electricity + internet) 

At least with Austin Energy, it takes 2-3 days for them to shut off your electricity and transfer the service. So it's a fine balance of making sure you're out of your old space and into the new one, with as little time between them with no electricity because it's HOT in the summer. Yay Texas! 

For our internet set up, we couldn't transfer our account over since the company we were using at our old location did not service this area. So it did take a few days for them to set up the new service. But as you all know we need the internet for our POS, speakers etc. A quick fix and little bandaid to this was to just use my personal phone as a hot spot to connect to the wifi to check people out/stream music. 

5. Ask for help

I feel extremely blessed and lucky to have truly amazing and supportive friends and family. Who volunteered to help with the move (again, in the summer, in Texas). There's no way I would have been able to have a pretty seamless transition over here without all hands on deck!

Also, the kind words of encouragement, customers who popped by to say hi and bring flowers, to even volunteers via Instagram (just even the fact there were folks offering to help meant SO much!)

 Paper Craft Pantry Blog: Our new and approved card wall.

Thinking about opening up a brick + mortar or looking to relocate/expand your current shop? Have any questions? Let us know in the comments below! 

BIG NEWS

Pei Sim


 The Paper + Craft Pantry is moving to a new location in East Austin!

I'm SO excited to finally be able to share the BIG news, we're officially moving!

I know a lot of you will have lots of questions as to why I'm taking this next step with the business, so I figured a blog post would be the best way to share with y'all the whys behind all of this as well as some juicy information on what to expect with the new Paper + Craft Pantry. 

This is a milestone kind of next step in my small business and I'm so excited to have you all along on this journey. The side of owning a small business that most people don't see are the behind the scenes and operational things, like this move. This has been in the works, through negotiations for almost 2 full years now- and I wanted to be 100% sure everything was aligned before sharing with all of you. 

It's been a long, tiring process, and to say stressful is putting it lightly, but I know it'll be the best thing for The Paper + Craft Pantry. This move will enable us to thrive and continue to grow within our community here in Austin. And I truly feel like we're on the right path to becoming your number one destination for all things stationery and paper, as well as for all your crafting and workshop needs! 

Please read through the questions below and feel free to leave a comment with any other questions or email me at hello@thepapercraftpantry.com :)

xo,

Pei


PLAY THIS VIDEO TO SEE WHERE WE'RE HEADED!

WHY IS THE PAPER + CRAFT PANTRY MOVING?

Since opening our doors in 2015, we've grown a ton- literally we are outgrowing our retail + workshop space. From stocking our selves with 16 designers and hosting 1 workshop a week, we now work with over 70+ designers and host anywhere from 3-4 workshops a week! Simply put, we need more room for more paper, and more crafty workshops! 

In addition to outgrowing the space, we totally understand that parking has become a bit of a struggle for so many of our guests, customers and workshop students. So it was on our priority list to find a spot that would make it easier for y'all to come visit us :) 

We also wanted to find a community within our new space, and we really think we hit the jackpot when we found a home with Springdale General. We're going to have some really cool and fun neighbors! 

WHERE IS THE PAPER + CRAFT PANTRY MOVING?

Don't fret! We're not going far :) We're headed about a mile (literally down the street) from our current space and will still call East Austin our home. We'll be joining the Springdale General community at 1023 Springdale. 

 The Paper + Craft Pantry in East Austin.

WHEN IS THE PAPER + CRAFT PANTRY MOVING?

We have plans to be in the new shop + studio by July 1st, 2018, our 2511 E. 6th shop + studio will remain open for the month of June. So come pay us a last visit this month (Bonus, you'll get first pick of a TON of new stationery we ordered while in New York for the National Stationery Show!)

But you're going to want to be sure you're following along as well as signed up for our newsletter in case we end up opening our new doors sooner! 

We will update you all with a firmer date as things unfurl for us! 

 The Paper + Craft Pantry is moving to Springdale General in Summer 2018.

OTHER THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

WHAT IF I'M SIGNED UP FOR AN UPCOMING WORKSHOP?

Don't worry, the show (workshops) will go on! 

You will personally be notified of any changes in workshop locations but for the month of June, all workshops will continue to be held in our current studio (2511 E. 6th Street) unless otherwise noted.

THE NEW PAPER + CRAFT PANTRY, WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE NEW SPACE? 

A card wall that is 4x the size of our current wall. I know, take a moment to let that sink in... thats over 500+ individual card designs!

A workshop studio space that will allow us to not only seat more students but to host workshops that we weren't previously able to.

So basically, a ton of stationery and a whole lot more workshop fun! 

WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TO THE PAPER + CRAFT PANTRY MURAL? 

We have plans to host one last hurrah in our current shop + studio where we will bid farewell to our beloved first home, and our iconic mural. We'll toast the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. 

You'll also have the opportunity to take some last pictures before our East 6th shop + studio front closes.

p.s. We're also working on something fun to let the mural live on in our new space so stay tuned. 

NO, WE'RE NOT OPENING A SECOND LOCATION.

Once we move into our new shop + studio, we will be closing our doors at 2511 E. 6th Street.

WHAT WILL YOUR HOURS BE?

Our hours will remain the same (for the month of June and after we move)!

Monday: Closed | Tuesday: 12pm-6pm | Wednesday: 12pm-6pm | Thursday: 12pm-6pm

Friday: 12pm-5pm| Saturday: 12pm-6pm | Sunday: 1pm-5pm

HOW CAN I SUPPORT THE PAPER + CRAFT PANTRY WITH THIS MOVE? 

Keep doing what y'all have already been doing :) Each and every one of you who come by our little shop to pick up your stationery goodies and gifts or our workshop students make a much larger impact than you may know. 

Your support means the world so keep visiting us for your paper needs, and sign up for that upcoming workshop you've been eyeing. 

Also, any words of encouragements or high fives will be accepted! 

Round Up: Best Local Mother's Day Gifts

Pei Sim


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Y'all we're officially just one week away from Mother's Day! We've had a ton of amazing Mother's Day cards out in the shop for the past few weeks and we're pleased to report that lots of moms this year are getting some cute cards. Shout out to everyone who came in early to scoop up the best cards for mom :) 

In case you're reading this and maybe are thinking "Oh crap...it's Mother's Day soon...?" Don't fret, we're giving you an insider peek to our favorite picks for this year. Best part? They're all local, woman owned businesses! And bonus, it's Small Business Week so extra points if you shop local this Mother's Day!

Also, if you really are a last minute kinda person, RSVP to our annual Mother's Day Market below to pick up fresh cookies, one-of-a-kind jewelry, darling home goods and ceramics! We'll also have a couple of Make & Take D.I.Y.s set up so you can make something handmade for mom! 

THE PAPER + CRAFT PANTRY

TAKE HEART

EAST CO.

SON OF A SAILOR

 

BURLAP BAG

 

VINTAGE FRESH

THATCHER


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YOU'RE INVITED!

D.I.Y. MAKE & TAKES: 

FLORAL BATH SOAKS

HANDPRINT + PAINTED CERAMICS

2018 VENDORS: 

BRUSHSTROKES POTTERY | BYRON & BLUE

THE DISTILLERY MARKET | PLANET DORTH

Round Up: Best Pens Ever!

Pei Sim


 Paper Craft Pantry Blog Favorite Pens Round Up

We love ourselves a good pen. It makes all the difference when you're trying to get stuff done and for all your to-do lists :) We pride ourselves in having the best collection of pens for all your writing, doodling and list making needs. So here's a quick round up of six of our favorite pens we currently have in store + online! 

BEST PEN #1: ARTLINE

These pens come in an array of colors and dry almost instantly! If you like organizing your tasks by color or like bullet journaling, you're going to love these!

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BEST PEN #2: MINIMAL PEN

We've had these pens for a while and our only complaint was that the ones we had in the past didn't have a clip on the cap. Et Voila! We found ones that have the clips so no more lost pen caps! These pens are sleek, minimal and are as smooth as they get. Perfect for those serious meetings and also for prop styling :) 

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BEST PEN #3: PASTEL SQUARE PEN

These muted pastel colored barrels are just so cute! They write in a fine point, in black ink and adds that little feminine touch to your office space. 

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BEST PEN #4: FRUIT PEN

These are by far one of our shop's favorite! They scream fun! And probably a good reminder for you to eat more fruit :) Also in a fine black inked point, these have become some of our customers favorite pens!

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BEST PEN #5: CACTI PEN

This pen speaks for itself. Especially if you're a crazy plant lady.

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BEST PEN #6: POCKY PEN

If you've never had a pocky, you haven't lived! And now you can have them at your desk, guilt free! Available in different "flavors" these pen all write in a lovely, smooth black ink!

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D.I.Y. Modern Fiber Home Decor

Pei Sim


 Paper Craft Pantry D.I.Y. Blog: Spring Modern Wall Hangings

It's finally Spring here in Austin and we've been enjoying some truly incredible weather! It has been nice enough that we've been leaving our front door open throughout the day and really cherishing the weather because we all know it only gets hotter from here on out. But until then, we're going to soak up every bit of Spring especially since a brand new coffee shop opened around the block, our new favorite spot for a quick lunch since our friends Bento Picnic opened up their store front and not one, but two food trucks set up shop just down the street! 

We don't know about you, but Springtime gets us in the mood for spring cleaning both at home and at the shop, we're loving this Spring Cleaning List to go through clutter. If you're needing some support with organizing, we love our friends over at Moxie Space. And if you just want to completely flip a room and elevate it in design, look no further than this Spruce Kit

Last but not least, to top off your cleaning, decorating and organizing spree, we've whipped up the simplest (yet cutest) way to add some D.I.Y. home decor to any space. With a few simple materials and in five easy steps, even you'll be amazed at how easy this project is! You can hang multiple on a wall or even use them as cute door hangers! 

MODERN FIBER HOME DECOR

D.I.Y. PROJECT TIME: 30 MIN

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  • MATERIALS
  • Natural cotton cord
  • Embroidery thread
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

1. Cut your cotton cord to your desired length (we cut our pieces to about 3ft)

2. Unwind your embroidery thread and lay the starting end pointing down about an inch and start wrapping the cord tightly downward.

3. Thread a needle to the end of your thread and carefully thread the needle back up and through the underside layer of thread.

4. Tug gently on both ends to tighten (you've essentially created a gathering knot!) 

5. Repeat using other colors to create a color block pattern.

*For a simpler version, just use a fast drying tacky glue instead of creating a gathering knot!

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Love this D.I.Y. project? Stay tuned as we're dreaming up a way to turn this into a community craft for our annual Summer Craft Party!