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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: Our Favorite Halloween D.I.Y. Party Projects

Grace McKinney


 Paper Craft Pantry blog round up of easy halloween party decoration ideas!

Call all your friends because we are going help you throw the best Halloween bash ever!

It’s time to use all your creativity and make some D.I.Y decor that will add that perfect personal touch to any event! Here are a few fun projects and pictures to help you get inspired.

We’ve done the research for you and rounded up some of our favorite halloween inspired D.I.Y.s just in time for some last minute party ideas!

SPIDER WEB TABLE CLOTH/PHOTO WALL

This is a perfect and super versatile project that can be used in many different ways to decorate! Although we may not love having an ACTUAL spider web in our house, we will let this one slide. (:

 The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: Spider Web D.I.Y table cloth spread out on a table with other decor.
 The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: Spider Web D.I.Y. table cloth hung up and used as a table cloth.

Photo Credit: The House that Lars Built

GHOST PINATAS

BOO! How could you be scared by these adorable ghost pinatas?!? They make for the perfect decor piece and as traditional use - hitting them for candy!

 The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: Black and white D.I.Y. ghost pinatas hung up making for the perfect decor or for the traditional use.

Photo credit: Make and Tell

PUMPKIN BALLOON BACKDROP

Depending on how big of an event this is, you could go ALL OUT with this pumpkin balloon display that seriously makes for the perfect photo wall. It might look like an overwhelming task to create, but this tutorial shows that it’s easier to do then you might think!

 The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: Pumpkin ballon backdrop hung up on a large wall making for the perfect photo wall.

Photo credit: The House that Lars Built

SPIDER STICKS:

Anyone with a fear of spiders might not want to participate in this D.I.Y. but we think it makes for a super fun party prop! It’s super easy and quick to make while still looking amazing.

 The Paper Craft Pantry Blog: Spider D.I.Y. ballon being used on a stick as a party prop.

Photo credit: Oh Happy Day

PRINTABLE PARTY FAVOR POPPERS

Did you say printable? You know we’re all about those freebies! This project makes for a great (and delicious) thank you gift for your party guests. It also gives you an excuse to eat a few pieces of treats while you stuff them inside your popper (it’s okay..we wont tell).

 The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: D.I.Y Halloween party poppers make for the best gift and fun activity for any event.

Photo credit: Oh Happy Day

We hope you enjoyed this round up and that it helped you get ideas for any Halloween celebration you join!! And thanks to all of these amazing creators that constantly inspire with their creativity and talent. How will YOU be spending Halloween this year?

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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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! 

D.I.Y. Round Up: 6 Holiday D.I.Ys To Try

Pei Sim


 The Paper + Craft Pantry Holiday D.I.Y. Best Picks

Happy Thanksgiving Week (and almost December)!

We don't know about you, but we're definitely the kind of folks who decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving, have classic Christmas movies playing and listen to Christmas music as soon as we get our first cold front, and we're not sorry about it at all!

Okay, we're officially 10 days from December and 35 days away from Christmas! Anyone else already guilty of listening to Christmas music or already decorating for the holidays? 

We've been scouring the internet for some of our favorite holiday and Christmas D.I.Y.s to share with you. So without further ado, here are our top 6 holiday D.I.Y. to try this year including one of our very own! 

BRB while we craft our little hearts out this week as we take a break from the shop to spend time with friends and family...

p.s. We're doing something fun for Small Business Saturday on November 25th that you're not going to want to miss - more details at the bottom of this post and how to RSVP!

 The Paper + Craft Pantry Winter Holiday DIY Round Up: Christmas Door Wreath

Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit than hanging a wreath on your front door don't you think? This simple D.I.Y. can transition through the seasons by adding or removing accent pieces! 

 The Paper + Craft Pantry Christmas DIY Round Up-Live Free Miranda + Live Free Creative Blog Wood & Brass Towel Holder

No time to redecorate every single room for all those holiday visitors? This wood + metal D.I.Y. is a great and fun way to spruce up your guest bath for all those holiday guests! 

Photo Credit: Live Free Creative Co.

 The Paper + Craft Pantry Christmas Round Up- The House That Lars Built: DIY Paper Christmas Cactus

Bring a little bit of the outdoors inside with this adorable paper cacti D.I.Y.! Such a fun twist on traditional holiday decor and table shapes! 

Photo Credit: The House That Lars Built

 The Paper + Craft Pantry Holiday DIY Round Up- A Beautiful Mess: Dress Up Dinner Napkins

Toss the traditional reds and greens aside for a more modern and updated dinner table this season! This colorful D.I.Y. is just the way to do that! p.s. Sewing isn't totally required for 2 of the 3 napkins pictured! 

Photo Credit: A Beautiful Mess

 The Paper + Craft Pantry 2017 DIY Round Up-Sugar & Cloth Holiday Blog: 3 DIY Winter Cheesecake Toppers

You didn't think we would get through this D.I.Y. roundup without one about dessert did you? This is right up our alley with how busy the holiday season can get. Baking from scratch is always lovely, but sometimes, all you have time for is store bought. But don't fret, these 3 delicious and gorgeous D.I.Y. ways to dress up a cheesecake will certainly wow your guests! 

Photo Credit: Sugar & Cloth

 The Paper + Craft Pantry 2017 Holiday Round Up- A Kailo Chic Life: Pool Float Ornaments
 The Paper + Craft Pantry 2017 Holiday Round Up- A Kailo Chic Life: Flamingo Pool Float Christmas Ornaments

This may be one of our favorite ornament D.I.Y. that's floating out in the internet. I mean, do we really need to say any more? 

Photo Credit: A Kailo Chic Life

 

Have a D.I.Y. idea you think we need to know about? Let us know in the comments below :) 


Join us for some post Thanksgiving fun + shopping at this year's American Express Small Business Saturday Pop-Up Party!

We'll be opening up our studio on Small Business Saturday for an afternoon full of surprises, treats and deals. Local vendors Bon Vivant + Rust & Pearls will also be popping up for the day with incredible goodies!


Round Up: Our Favorite Stationery Shops

Pei Sim


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We're team stationery with an "E" and we're guessing you are too!

 

From the West coast to the East, we're sharing some of our favorite paper shops across the U.S.A.  As true paper lovers, we're always on the hunt for new stationery stores to visit when we travel and love getting inspiration through Instagram from some of these spots we've yet to visit ourselves. 

Most of these places are exclusively focused on stationery and though some aren't necessarily just stationery, they qualify because they're independently owned and have a pretty rad selection of paper goodies, scroll down and check them all out!

So go ahead and add these darling shops to your must visit list :) And if you haven't already added us to your list, go ahead and do that too! 


Constellation & Co.

Seattle, WA


Shout And About

Echo Park, CA


Smitten On Paper

Monrovia, CA


urbanic

Venice, CA


Short Hand

Los Angeles, CA


Hammerpress

Kansas City, MO


Chirps & Cheers

Oklahoma City, OK


Merriment

Tulsa, OK



Lion Heart Prints

New Orleans, LA


Shindig Paperie

Fayetteville AR



Greer Chicago

Chicago, IL



Mac & Murphy

Charleston, SC


Paper Goat Post

Orlando, FL


Rifle Paper

Winterpark, FL



CW Pencil Enterprise

New York, NY 


Pink Olive

Brooklyn, NY

 

Did we miss some of your favorite shops? Let us know below so we can add to our list :)