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1023 Springdale Road, Building 6B
Austin, TX, 78721
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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. 

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D.I.Y.: Abstract + Modern Dessert Display

Pei Sim


Paper Craft Pantry DIY Abstract and Modern Painted Dessert Display

There's so much to love about summer! We've been spending our off days cooling off here in our new pool float, and we've also been working our way through our list of best fries in town!

Summer is also the season of hosting backyard barbecues and dinner parties. And if you plan on having friends over soon, take your hostess skills up a a few notches with this custom, one-of-a-kind D.I.Y. serving ware. From brunch to an afternoon tea, appetizers to desserts, this D.I.Y. display will steal the show at your next get together. And it only cost us about $20! 

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D.I.Y. ABSTRACT + MODERN DESSERT DISPLAY PROJECT DURATION: 30 MINS

*This painting technique works on any clean glass surface

1. Flip your glass serving dish upside down and wipe clean. (We deconstructed a plain glass + metal dessert tier from IKEA)

2. Start by layering on paint! We chose to do simple + minimal brush strokes in different weights to create an abstract feel. Let dry. 

3. Layer on a final coat of paint (or two) to create the background color of your plate! 

4. Let dry completely before popping it into the oven at about 250 degrees for 20 mins to set the paint. 

Optional: We added a quick coat of metallic gold spray paint to the formerly silver hardware of our glass + metal dessert tier. 

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We want to see how you D.I.Y. your next get together! Be sure to tag us @thepapercraftpantry so we can see your D.I.Y. dessert displays!

You may have seen
this D.I.Y. on
KXAN's Studio 512! 

We sat down with Amanda Tatom in The Paper + Craft Pantry studio to show off these D.I.Y. Abstract Dessert plates, and demonstrate how to make your very own! Check out the full video here!

How-To: Curate A Craft Cart

Pei Sim


Paper Craft Pantry Blog How-to Curate A Craft Cart

Most of us, as adults, probably have a bar cart of sorts in our homes. It's almost like an "adult-ing" right of passage — an excuse to now have friends over instead of going out. At least, that's our excuse, since we are on team homebody over here :)

But how many of us take the same amount of time to curate a craft cart? Think bar cart, but minus the booze and glassware and add all of your favorite crafting supplies! It's a fun way to keep all your tools and supplies in one place that also happens to be portable. And it doesn't hurt that it also looks so cute!! 

Paper Craft Pantry Blog How to Style a Craft Cart for Your Home 
Paper Craft Pantry Blog Curating an At-Home Craft Cart 

We've put together a free printable checklist, which we used to organize and style this fun + affordable teal cart from Ikea. So now you, too, can start curating your very own craft cart for your home! And when you're done, don't forget to tag us on Instagram or leave a comment below. We'd love to see yours turns out! 

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Recap: The Paper Wall Project

Pei Sim


Paper Craft Pantry Blog Paper Wall Project Recap Austin Texas

Earlier this year, we had this fun idea of expanding on our iconic wall mural outside the studio — to bring that fun inside! So we wrangled some of our favorite creative ladies in town and shared our vision for #thepaperwallproject. 

To celebrate the "opening" of this installation, we hosted a happy hour + reveal in our studio that included delicious cocktails from Martine Honey Suckle. And it couldn't have been a more perfect way to kick of the start of this year's SXSW. So without further ado, we'll introduce you to the ladies behind this creative + fun project (from left to right in the image above):

CHELSEA FRANCIS (@ohhhchelsea)
She moved to Austin, Texas two years ago, hit the ground running, and hasn't stopped since. Chelsea’s an extrovert through and through and loves meeting new people at coffee shops, but she also loves working from home alone while watching cheesy sitcoms + Shondaland shows. When she isn't furiously responding to emails (she's an inbox zero kinda gal!) she's fulfilling her childhood dream of being a photographer + getting to meet people from all over the United States

DENISE ROBERTS (@withlovefromding)
One of the last “unicorns” left in Austin - Denise is a born and raised Austinite. Staging & Interiors is what she wants to do when she grows up (check out her awesome business and online home goods store, Love Ding) and she tries to work towards and keep at her goals on a daily basis. She only writes on unlined paper and she drinks mimosas at night.

PEI SIM (@pspapershoppe)
Owner and founder of The Paper + Craft Pantry and self-declared paper hoarder/stationery aficionado since ’94, Pei has always had a bit of a paper problem. She still uses a paper planner and usually has about 7 notebooks at any given time within arms reach. Besides paper, Pei is also really passionate about French fries.

RACHEL GIBERSON (@rachelfromaustin)
A big fan of all things creative, she believes that making things is good for the soul. Rachel spends most of her time adventuring with her two rad little boys and cool husband, but also finds time to build custom art installations. She loves doo-wop music and Alfred Hitchcock and she realizes that this makes her sound like a grandma. 

If you missed the reveal party, don't worry! Stop by the studio anytime during business hours before the end of the month to get the chance to check out #thepaperwallproject. Don't forget to tag us in your photos for a chance to be featured on our Instagram!!

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Paper Craft Pantry Blog Paper Wall Project Art Installation Austin Texas
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Small Business Chats: Savannah Kurka

Pei Sim


We are so happy to have Savannah Kurka, the founder of Savvie Studio, back to The Paper + Craft Pantry to teach another workshop this week! We thought this time around, we would give you the inside scoop on all things Savvie so you can get as excited as we are!

What do you think your favorite thing is about teaching a class? 

My absolute favorite part of teaching classes is the moment that students step back and realize that they accomplished exactly what they aimed to do. During my weaving classes, students often get so caught up in the process and when it is time to take their woven masterpiece off the loom, there is this magical moment when they realize that they have created a real and beautiful piece of art!

What have you been inspired by lately?

Very recently, I have been so inspired by the colors of spring that have been popping up in my corner of North Texas. I have been in a huge rut when it comes to playing with color for a few months now and the bright hues my reignited my love for color!

When did you first start weaving? How did you learn it?

The first time I ever tried my hand at weaving was during art camp as a kiddo. I remember bringing home my little cardboard loom and weaving for hours upon hours. In college I had the opportunity to take weaving as an elective and that was when I really fell in love with the craft. It quickly became a form of stress relief for me and I started looking for any excuse to slip away to the weaving studio. After that first class, I took any opportunity to fill my schedule with fiber based classes. 

Any advice for someone who wants to get into weaving?

Take your time. It can be an intimidating process to learn but once you get the basics down, you will really surprise yourself with what you are capable of. I also suggest starting out with a lap loom, or something similar. There are a million different styles to choose from when it comes to a loom and they all have their own unique qualities. When I was re-learning weaving in college, I started out on a giant floor loom. It was an incredible experience but looking back, I think I would have eliminated a lot of initial frustration if I had started with something a bit more simple. 

2016 Weekly Worksheets

Pei Sim


It's crazy to think we are already well into 2016 as we near the end of January! By now, most of you have already set your rad goals for the year and are feeling really inspired to make this year your best year yet! 

But what happens as the months progress? Do you find yourself scrambling and frazzled towards to end of every year wondering where time has gone? 

We've whipped up a couple of weekly worksheets to help you stay on track and reach your goals! Each sheet was created with the intent to simplify and create a clear visual for the days ahead because planning = success! 

 

#MakeItHappen2016 Worksheet: A place for you to get organized and map out each week! 

What you'll find: 

  • Choose a weekly focus (This can be as simple as a word or even a short phrase/quote)
  • Identify your top three priorities (Non-negotiables that WILL get done this week!) 
  • Three categories of goals (Work, Personal and Health) 
  • Organized list of important meetings, calls and emails
  • A space to celebrate what you achieved during the week and a reminder space for what you did't get to, but will accomplish next week! 

Download the #MakeItHappen2016 Worksheet Here

The Weekly Wellness Tracker: If your accountability partner were a piece of paper, this would be it! 

What you'll find: 

  • Identify your weekly wellness and fitness goals
  • Plan and track your weekly workouts 
  • Weekday and weekend meal planning
  • A space for your grocery list

Download the Wellness Tracker Here

We've left room on both worksheets for you to get creative, doodle away, and really make these  fit into your life. 

Our hope is that these worksheets support you through the entire year, and can play a small role as you make 2016, YOUR year!