December 11, 2014

Paper

I have always had a bit of an obsession with paper. I think I was first turned on to the whole sticker and stationary phenomena back when I was a youngster - My beautiful and crafty Aunt Carolyn would always pick me up and take me shopping, whether it be to the mall where they had The Rainbow shop (chock full of Hello Kitty and other goodies) or to the Ithaca Commons where there was the shop, Shalimar. A sweet store filled with stickers and stationary. We could literally browse all day.

We were also letter writers and exchanged letters sometimes as often as once a month. When I went off to college, it was less, but it was always such a treat to get a letter from her and return one to her.
I'm not sure what it was about paper that had me so smitten. I could always find cute stickers (which I still use to dress up my gift boxes by the way) and beautiful papers with printed designs- anything with a graphic on it has my heart.

I recently discovered this magazine called Flow: Magazine for Paper Lovers- picked up a copy at Barnes and Noble this week. It's a spendy little bugger though, at $22.50 but I think it's worth every penny. Lots of really wonderful articles, not only about crafting, and artists, but also tips on how to live your life more simply, and how to appreciate yourself, feel connected, live mindfully and spoil yourself.  After I got home and flipped through, I ended up seeing an ad for this book "Flow: Book for Paper Lovers"  put out by the same publisher.
Literally 300 pages of paper goodies such as post cards, note cards, stationary, stickers, paper garland, gift wrap, paper dolls, etc. etc. etc. I'm in HEAVEN!

















 Isn't this paper garland adorable? It also came with the Book!



Everything is so cute, I can't even stand it.
I wish I could get my hands on Volume 1 but they are sold out.
The only thing about this is, you have to order it through the Netherlands. My bank
put a hold on my account because they thought it was fraudulent. :) But
hey, I'm glad they caught it. 
The shipping also was very fast!!

I bought a back issue of the magazine, and the book- and it came to about $44.

Well worth it, I think!


3 comments:

  1. I too love this magazine full of gorgeous paper, articles, art, book plates, etc. I bought an issue in the Amsterdam airport as a gift to myself, and I look through it all the time. I drool over the issues I find in the book stores here, but I find it hard to spend over 20 bucks on a magazine. I'll look into this book, however. Thanks for posting about it. I'm in my 40s and still use stickers, too. Love paper!

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  2. So cute and so many projects! Jan P

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  3. Thanks for the heads up on Instagram regarding this publication! I now follow them on Issuu and will have to see if I can find the paper one at B&N. In my opinion, these artist created magazines are well worth the extra money because of the quality and fantastic content and especially for the fact that you're supporting their passion.

    I traveled yesterday and listened to a great podcast called, "After the Jump" with Grace Bonney of Design Sponge. It was on the subject of these independent magazines. She spoke with the publishers of Sweet Paul, Uppercase and Gather magazine. Great interview - it would make you feel even better for spending your hard earned $ on this magazine. XOXO

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