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Come and join our PaperLove Street Team!

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Would you like to help us spread the PaperLove passion in your local area?

Do you have local stores, groups, bookshops or community noticeboards locally where you can help spread the word about paper love passion?

We are looking for enthusiastic members of our creative community to distribute flyers and a few posters to help promote our next class – starting on Monday 3 November 2014. In return, we will be giving 10 people a free spot on the PaperLove class OR a gift voucher for a friend. {worth £159}

Ideas for places to distribute:

  • Local coffee shops
  • Church/community notice boards
  • Shop windows that offer free advertising
  • Women’s social groups
  • Local craft and art stores
  • Local scrapbooking, art and craft meetups
  • Independent bookshops
  • Any others you think could be good!

Sound great to you? Here is how to sign up!

  • Click here to add your name and details including a few ideas of places you can distribute in your area. Please sign up by 11.59pm GMT Friday 3 October 2014.
  • We will mail you 100-200 flyers and a few posters through the post and send distribution suggestions by email by Friday 16 October
  • Please then distribute anytime between 19 October – 31 October
  • Once all delivered, please email us with a brief outline of where you delivered and any feedback you have or received. Please send us images of where you distribute so we can share on our facebook page also. Please confirm and send images to us by Friday 31 October.
  • We will then notify the winners and announce publicly on the blog week of 3 November.

Paper Lover Interview: Dana Reynolds

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Today we bring you a short interview with Dana Reynolds, author of the novel “Ink and Honey“. Dana took part in our very first PaperLove ecourse back in June. We are so happy to be sharing more of Dana’s beautiful paper passions in today’s post.

How did you discover your paper passion?

One afternoon when I was five years old my grandmother introduced me to Betsy McCall paper dolls. Every month in the back of McCall’s Magazine (a U.S. publication) there was a page of images of dresses, accessories, and a Betsy McCall paper doll to cut out. I began collecting paper dolls after that and eventually making my own designs and dolls to cut out. Through the years my girlhood past-time grew into my love for collage-making.

What is it you love most about paper? Please share 1-3 images of past projects you have worked on and a little sentence about them.

Paper affords my creative spirit endless ways of self-expression. Folded paper, book-making, collage, mail art….the list is only limited by the imagination. I find collaged box-building to be especially satisfying and also collage-making as a form of visual prayer. Little booklets can be made so simply and then filled with stories, poetry, drawings….perfect for gift giving from the heart.

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What kind of paper do you love to create with the most? (hand-made, recycled, upcycled)

I prefer vintage and upcycled papers. Old ledger books, newsprint, well worn maps, etc. It’s a joy to take used paper and to imagine a way to repurpose it to give it another life and meaning.

What excited you most about taking part in the Paper Love ecourse?

In all honesty, I was smitten the moment I first came upon Rachel’s beautiful video invitation to the course. I’m a very visual person and the video that displayed Rachel’s lovely studio space, the materials, etc. stirred my senses and creative spirit. I signed up immediately and couldn’t wait to begin. It was especially wonderful to connect online with women in other parts of the world to share our projects and creative fervor.

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Which was your favourite week and why?

Oh, this is a tough question! I guess I would have to say Week One: Paper. I adored making the found paper journal. Rachel’s guidance, and the freedom of choices she encouraged made it so much fun. I plan on making several more found paper journals to give as Christmas gifts this year.

In what ways did the course open up a new world of paper passion for you?

I’m a writer and spiritual director by profession. This course was a delicious wake-up call to help me remember how much I adore hand-crafts, playing with paper, collage-making, and creative community. My reconnection to my paper passion has actually inspired my writing and been nourishing for my spiritual life.

What are some of the areas covered in the class, that you would like to continue to explore?

Found paper journals, box-building, origami….oh! and definitely snail mail art!

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What would you say when recommending this class to a friend

Don’t hesitate to sign up! You are about to be inspired beyond imagining and discover a community of kindred spirits. Rachel’s teaching methods are playful, informative, and encouraging. Just wait until you see what you are capable of creating with her guidance! Prepare to be inspired!

Connect here: Website | Facebook

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Do you have a passion for paper? We would love to share your creations through a Paper Passion Interview. Please email us here for more information.

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Join our next class

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Do you obsess about stationery, love the idea of creating your own books and boxes, enjoy sending real snail mail, and lust over the delight of words?

If so this course is for you!

Join us to discover the delights of PAPER (week 1), COLLAGE (week 2), WORD (week 3), BOOK (week 4), MAIL (week 5). Our next class starts on Monday 3 November, 2014 and registration is open here

 

Paper Passion Interview: Denyce Aresti

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Today we bring you a short interview with Denyce Aresti. Denyce took part in our very first PaperLove ecourse back in June. We are so happy to be sharing more of Denyce’s beautiful paper passions in today’s post.

How did you discover your paper passion?

I’ve always had a passion for paper! I started to read when I was very young, and I used to scribble and draw on everything I could find. I’ve always loved to write, and handwriting led me onto calligraphy, and then to bookbinding. Through my love of reading and books, I discovered a whole new world related to paper and I haven’t looked back since!

What is it you love most about paper?

I love the versatility of paper and am always encouraged and inspired by the numerous ways it enhances my life and my creative instincts. I stock pile paper at home and at work and am never able to resist buying more and more of it.

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What kind of paper do you love to create with the most?

I love ephemera especially, and making collages and creating stories out of it. I cut it out and make narratives from it, alter books with it, sew onto it. My current obsession is tissue paper and tea bag paper….

What excited you most about taking part in the Paper Love ecourse?

I always enjoy finding out about new things, and I knew the Paper Love course would afford me the opportunity to do just that. I knew I’d get to make some things and be challenged by them, and I’d find some references to new ideas and makers who would inspire me.

Which was your favourite week and why?

My favourite week was the book week. I love bookbinding, and making books out of random pieces of paper, being able to choose them and riffle through my paper stash, was just brilliant!

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In what ways did the course open up a new world of paper passion for you?

The course generated a whole new range of ideas for me. Also, it made me realise that I should take more time to create and make paper wonderfulness a lot more often – it makes me much happier when I’m surrounded by paper and rubber stamps and glue.

What are some of the areas covered in the class, that you would like to continue to explore?

I would like to make more boxes and expand my artists book ideas, as well as creating a lot more collage.

What would you say when recommending this class to a friend

I have recommended this course to a friend! I told her it was really inspiring and an exciting way to spend time every day for five weeks. And such good value too!

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Do you have a passion for paper? We would love to share your creations through a Paper Passion Interview. Please email us here for more information.

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Join our next class

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Do you obsess about stationery, love the idea of creating your own books and boxes, enjoy sending real snail mail, and lust over the delight of words?

If so this course is for you!

Join us to discover the delights of PAPER (week 1), COLLAGE (week 2), WORD (week 3), BOOK (week 4), MAIL (week 5). Our next class starts on Monday 3 November, 2014 and registration is open here

Paper Passion Interview: Sue Leslie

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Today we bring you a short interview with Sue Leslie from A Thousand Paper Wishes Sue took part in our very first PaperLove ecourse back in June. We are so happy to be sharing more of Sue’s beautiful paper passions in today’s post.

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How did you discover your paper passion?
I think paper has always been part of my life I can remember making paper dolls with my mother before I went to school. But at age 7 or 8 I had a lovely teacher called Miss Butterworth who showed us how to fold paper and make lanterns, baskets, houses and little books. Suddenly paper took on another dimension!

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What is it you love most about paper?
Everything. The huge variety of textures, colours and patterns that are available. I love everything from magazine pages, old ledgers, business envelopes, damaged books and maps to handmade Japanese papers, hand marbled paper to pristine sheets of white paper.

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What kind of paper do you love to create with the most?
I think I get most pleasure using paper that would other be thrown away.

What excited you most about taking part in the Paper Love ecourse?
I really enjoyed being part of an online group and seeing how other people interpreted the tasks.

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Which was your favourite week and why?
I really enjoyed the week when we made the little concertina books. I have used this method in my work already using a combination of paper, monoprinting, fabric and stitch.

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What are some of the areas covered in the class, that you would like to continue to explore?
I really want to learn more ways of making books.

What would you say when recommending this class to a friend
Go for it, work at your own speed and follow what other members of the group are doing on Facebook.

Connect with Sue here: Website | Facebook

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Do you have a passion for paper? We would love to share your creations through a Paper Passion Interview. Please email us here for more information.

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Join our next class

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Do you obsess about stationery, love the idea of creating your own books and boxes, enjoy sending real snail mail, and lust over the delight of words?

If so this course is for you!

Join us to discover the delights of PAPER (week 1), COLLAGE (week 2), WORD (week 3), BOOK (week 4), MAIL (week 5). Our next class starts on Monday 3 November, 2014 and registration opens on 29 September 2014. 

Please join the email list here to receive the special offer when registration opens.


Paper Love ecourse: Student Showcase part 5 {June 2014 class}

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Excited to showcase more beautiful work from our very first Paper Love ecourse which ran in June 2014. Here is part 5 of our showcase with some love notes from participants about week 5 – all about mail art!

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“This week was more fun than I could have imagined and left me wanting more on so many fronts. The whole course fulfilled all my hopes for loosening the laces on my imagination and opening my mind to so much more ways of creating with book binding particularly, and really pushed my boundaries.  Rachel’s enthusiasm for all we did was wonderful ” -  Susan Hague

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“It was exciting to reach out to the other members of the class with real, physical mail art. This course has been a significant creative point in my life – it’s thrown up questions, ideas and ways of thinking that have been very inspiring (not to mention sometimes, even therapeutic!), taken me out of my comfort zone and introduced me to new concepts of self expression, and all with a gently supportive and encouraging tone which made it easy to feel like I was right where I belonged and that this course was almost designed for ME! I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending the course to anyone interested in finding, re-aquainting themselves with, or even boosting their own inner creativity.” – Joy Gosney

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“I loved being introduced to Mail Art, something I didn’t even know existed” – Jo Caskie

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“Falling back in love with the postal system. Making time to send a real/hold-able message. Thanks again for such a brilliant experience and sharing your passion and knowledge. I feel so inspired, I’ve enjoyed it all! (I didn’t watch television for the five weeks). I found the posts/ your writing/the videos so accessible and full of personality! ” -  Ceri Amphlett

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“How I have loved these arriving from different parts of the world!  Each envelope creates a closer connection to people I have got to know through the course and one special envelope is being circulated from member to member, what a journey that one is making!  I also enjoyed making my own collection of origami envelopes and posting them with a small surprise inside. ” – Sandie Cottee

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Do you obsess about stationery, love the idea of creating your own books and boxes, enjoy sending real snail mail, and lust over the delight of words?

If so this course is for you!

Join us to discover the delights of PAPER (week 1), COLLAGE (week 2), WORD (week 3), BOOK (week 4), MAIL (week 5). Our next class starts on Monday 3 November, 2014 and registration opens on 29 September 2014. 

Please join the email list here to receive the special offer when registration opens.