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Yard Yahtzee Date Night!

We are so excited for our first date night workshop tonight!! We will be making giant yard yahtzee sets complete with toss basket and score sheet clipboard! Can’t wait to see what all of custom sets our “students” create!

free printable:

DOWNLOAD MORE YAHTZEE SCORE SHEETS HERE

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Update! Thank you for all of our amazing Date Night attendees! We hope you had a blast!! Thank you to Lindsey from Darling Collections for hosting. :-*

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Fill your baskets & support local small business!

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   Hop on into Paperie + Pen for an egg-star special Easter event Friday 3/25 & Saturday 3/26 from 12-3:00! Design your own basket with all sorts of gourmet treats ALL priced at only $2 dollars each! Cake ballers cake balls, cookies, fun Easter surprises and more! Paperie + Pen has many goodies that go excellent with Cake Baller gourmet treats! Design specialists will be on hand if you need some creative input.

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:::INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY:::

We want to get the word out about all of the awesome Easter celebration at the Village at Meridian…and who doesn’t love a giveaway!?

So easy to enter:
1. FOLLOW @thecakeballers
2. FOLLOW @paperieandpen
3. TAG a friend in the comments of this photo- receive one entry for every friend tagged!

 

Giveaway Package:
*mint Jellycat super snuggly plush bunny
*package of Meri Meri carrot surprises
*illustrated Meri Meri deluxe die-cut bunny card
*an assorted dozen of delicious gourmet Cake Baller specialty treats

:::Easter Schedule at The Village at Meridian:::

Thursday 3.16 Instagram Giveaway Posted (winner announced Friday, 3.25)
Anytime 3.16-3.26  Shop Easter anytime at Paperie + Pen, Cake Baller pre-order available
Friday 3.25  12:00p-3:00p. Mix + Match Fill your Basket with Cake Ballers at Paperie + Pen
Saturday 3.26  10:00a-3:00p. Free bunny ears for the kids at Paperie + Pen (while supplies last)
Saturday 3.26  11:00a-3:00p. Capital Community Easter Egg Hunt at Kleiner Park
Saturday 3.26  12:00p-3:00p. Mix + Match Fill your Basket with Cake Ballers at Paperie + Pen
Saturday 3.26  11:00p-3:00p. Party with the Peeps in the Village Fountain Square
Sunday 3.27  Happy Easter! Village Businesses Closed for Holiday

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Let’s Learn Paper Heart Origami!

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So it was finally time to take down Christmas decor in my house…I know, right!? And I had all of this cute Rifle Paper Co gift wrap from some DIY decor that pained me to throw away! Since some of it was just cute red/pink patterns, I decided I needed to find a way that I would be able to salvage it and perhaps reuse for a Valentine’s Day craft!

Here we go- origami hearts! I included a more simple version as well as this AWESOME video tutorial for two-toned Winged Hearts from the Tadashi Mori Origami YouTube channel (both tutorials only use ONE sheet of paper!)

TIP: Try to use thin paper- if you are using a thicker paper (like our gift wrap sheets) it works better to go BIGGER. If you want to fold small, opt for origami or tissue paper.

The simple version is here:

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Here is the winged version (like the sample):

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

 

I can’t believe that December is already here! It has been snowing and cold in Idaho and everyone is in the mood for the happy holidays! If you are looking for all the right decor and adorable Holiday wrap and cards- look no further! We have the best selection and a lot of it can be shopped from our new webstore from your cozy home in your PJ’s! For an even better selection, brave the cold and come see us!

If you are a custom Christmas card giver- make sure you check out our great selection of custom card on Etsy. All designs can be customized with or without a photo. And can also be reformatted for any holiday parties. Check it out.

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Easy DIY Paper Pumpkins

A few weeks ago we did these quick and easy, little, paper pumpkins as a free craft in our store. We got a great response, but I know that a lot of our Instagram followers wished they could have been there. I figured- why not do a little tutorial so you all can make them at home? I know, Halloween is this weekend- but this is such an awesome craft for any fall decor (would be so cute in a cluster for a Thanksgiving centerpiece!) Plus they only take a few minutes- so why not?

This is an easy craft for kids or adults! I would love to see it done with patterned paper or as a garland (WOULD BE SOOO CUTE) but whatever you do- tag us @paperieandpen #radpaperhowto so we can see! 

The supplies are pretty simple and straight forward. The best paper would be a text weight (thin) paper like from an office copy machine. I think it would also work well to use wrapping paper or a non-cardstock scrapbook paper. If you would like to make a larger pumpkin, you can make the strips longer and use more of them. A normal hold punch works fine, just make sure you are punching the holes in the same place. But if you do a lot of hole-punching, a Crop-a-dile will be the best thing that has ever happened to you...since you can punch through a whole stack at once!
The supplies are pretty simple and straight forward. The best paper would be a text weight (thin) paper like from an office copy machine. I think it would also work well to use wrapping paper or a non-cardstock scrapbook paper. If you would like to make a larger pumpkin, you can make the strips longer and use more of them. A normal hold punch works fine, just make sure you are punching the holes in the same place. But if you do a lot of hole-punching, a Crop-a-dile will be the best thing that has ever happened to you…since you can punch through a whole stack at once!

Punch 2 equal holes in your paper strips- one on each end, and one in the center. You will then assemble a brad in the center hole and fan out your strips into an equal circle.

Take another brad (point side up) and start gathering the ends of the strips one by one until you for a nice spherical shape. It works best if you alternate strips that are across from each other. When you have collected all of the ends, loosely open the brad to keep it all together while you cut your leaves. 

Take your leaf paper and fold in half. Cut a leaf shape out of one side. If you would like to draw it first, you may- but you can just freehand with the scissors if you are daring.

Open up your leaf shape and make sure you like the size with your pumpkin, feel free to trim down if you would like. Once you are ready, punch a hole in the center of the leaves and the center of your brown rectangle. Then you can open the brad at the top of your pumpkin and add the leaves and brown, then re-open the brad and tightly fasten.

You can then start to scrunch and twist the brown paper into a stem. Be careful not to pull it off of the brad while you are doing this. But the more that you twist and manipulate the end upward- the more it looks like a stem.

You are finished! Feel free to add finishing touches to your pumpkin- we crinkled our leaves a little bit. We would love to see how yours turned out- make sure to tag us: @paperieandpen #radpaperhowto

Hope you had fun!

Meet the Staff!

Meet the staff: Amy!

Meet Amy! She is one of our ‘new girls’…in that Nichole still hasn’t made her a name tag. Although she may be quiet and have no on-hand jokes, this girl is pretty dang funny. She is always wearing the most adorable footwear and has this gorgeously-effortless simplistic thing going about her that I couldn’t even try to replicate. Don’t even ask her to be friends on facebook, because she’s anti-social-network, so she will probably never even read these nice things we have to say about her. We love us some Amy, and you will too–

Tell us a little bit about you and your background: Born and raised in Boise. Lived in Seattle for a hot minute after high school but glad to be back home

What is your favorite part about working at Paperie + Pen? My favorite part about working at P+P is being just as passionate about the product as the customers are. Every time new merchandise comes in, it’s like Christmas!

When your are not working, what do you enjoy doing in your free time? I don’t really have free time anymore because I just went back to college full-time after a 10 year hiatus (yikes) so when I’m not working I’m either doing homework or I’ve fallen asleep reading my textbooks. My favorite part of every day is seeing my pup after a long day.

What are 4 superficial things you can’t live without? My shoes, Garance Dore blog, Pinterest, Starbucks

Favorite P+P vendor and why: Favorite P+P vendor would have to be a tie between Garance Dore (I love her style so much!) and Rifle Paper. I love the French, nostalgic and classic vibe from both.

Favorite Restaurant in the Boise Area: My favorite restaurant around town is Red Feather. Their brunch is the best and I love their patio scene.

Favorite Movie: Favorite movie is a tie between When Harry Met Sally and the Bones Brigade documentary

Favorite Song/Singer/Band:  Favorite all-time singer is Tom Petty (I actually had a dream about hanging out with him last night haha – not in a creepy way though)

Favorite Thing(s) to order from Starbucks:  My go-to Starbucks drink is a Tall Coconut milk Latte

Favorite TV Shows: I love all types of TV shows but my favorites are the ones I can nerd out watching (PBS, John Oliver, Dateline) oh and CBS Sunday Morning (I’m basically an 80 yr old woman)

Favorite Celebrity Crush: Tom Hardy

What is your best on-hand joke? I have no jokes, eep!

Sum yourself up in a hashtag: #PizzaForLife

 

Meet the Staff!

Meet the Staff: Dani

Who would be a better employee to start off our new ‘meet the staff’ blog feature than our very own store manager: Dani? That’s right, no one…that’s why she is our first feature.

Miss Danielle Jackson is our go-to-gal for all things ‘muy importante’. She has the best smile on the block, some serious product knowledge, and probably some of the funniest facebook updates I have ever seen. And if you want to know the fastest way to Nichole & Frannie’s hearts- be a hard worker, and make us laugh. 

Photo by: Ampersand Studios
Photo by: Ampersand Studios

Tell us a little bit about you and your background: I’m a Boise State senior majoring in Communications, and long-lost best friend of Mindy Kaling and Lena Dunham (I’m sure). There are few things I love more than a campfire s’more and a good pair of wedges. While I love my big city birthplace of San Francisco and catching the occasional Giants game or musical, I have deep roots here and a love for all things Idaho. Who wouldn’t love a city where you can wake up to a skyline filled with hot air balloons?

What is your favorite part about working at Paperie + Pen? I love working for a small local business and the freedom we have to bring in whatever vendors and artists we want!! I think it’s so cool that we get to bring the prettiest little things from near and far to customers who are just as excited about them as we are!

When your are not working, what do you enjoy doing in your free time? I love hiking in the foothills with friends and then hydrating with a Prefunk brew (that’s healthy, right?). I love the farmer’s market on Saturday mornings, and Sunday brunches on patios (I’m president of the No Mimosa Left Behind campaign). And Hawks games are too much fun, even though my baseball knowledge is gleaned from my brief kindergarten T-ball stint.

What are 4 superficial things you can’t live without? Chapstick. I have 3 half-used tubes in my purse currently. It costs to be luscious. Cafe Rio salads. Pure perfection in a little tin bowl takeout dish… thingy. My Spotify account! Gotta have dem sick jamz at my fingertips at all times. Coffee. Caffeine is just good. Good for the body, mind, and soul. And that’s undebatable.

Favorite P+P vendor and why: It’s hard to choose, I love so many of the things we carry. But I’ll have to say ban.do. How can you not love a company whose tagline is “Have fun, OK?” Sure ban.do, if you insist!! Everything is just so colorful and fun, while also maintaining a trendy sophistication. And go ahead and add their artistic director Jen Gotch to aforementioned list of my long-lost soul sisters.

Favorite Restaurant in the Boise Area: Fork and Bittercreek Alehouse are tied for two of my most frequented restaurants. I could go on about how cool it is that they use mostly locally sourced ingredients and all, but mostly they’re just really freaking delicious. If you haven’t tried the grilled cheese and tomato basil fondue from Fork, well then honestly I don’t know what you’ve been doing with your life.

Favorite Movie: I’d have to say a strong go-to is Clueless. Still saving up my P+P paychecks to install my computerized rotating closet. Favorite Song/Singer/Band: I love Indie Rock, and have a soft spot for late 90’s early 2000’s hits. (Say My Name by Destiny’s child will forever be my power jam). Lately I can’t get enough of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. And I listen to the Weeknd’s “I Can’t Feel My Face” like, 5 times a day.

Favorite Thing(s) to order from Starbucks: Dirty Chai. It’s a real thing. FOR REAL!

Favorite TV Shows: The Office, The Mindy Project, Seinfeld, and Flight of the Conchords are the ones I’m proud to admit, but I definitely tune in weekly for The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. #Sorrynotsorry I believe is what the kids say.

Favorite Celebrity Crush: John Kransinski. Don’t make fun! I would be the PB to his J. (Pam Beesley to his Jim for people not in the Office Fan Club).

What is your best on-hand joke? Well, I would tell you a good chemistry joke, but all the good ones ARGON. (See what I did there?? Zing!)

Sum yourself up in a hashtag: #itsthefreakinweekendbabyimabouttohavemesomefun I know it’s long, but R.Kelly doesn’t care. R.Kelly does what he wants.

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Goodbye to our Fairview Location

This week, we said goodbye to an old frienemy. Although we officially closed after the holidays this year, it was time to clear out- forcing us to go through boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes of past invitation samples, old art-school projects and art supplies, and outdated design books. It was a bittersweet farewell, and though not a tear was shed, I think that Frannie and I can both agree that some heart strings were tugged. 

For those of you who are unfamiliar: the previous ‘Paper Express’ had over 10 years of business selling bulk paper and invitation-making supplies to offices and paper-lovers in the Treasure Valley. When the business was forced to close in the summer 2013, we took it as an opportunity to take the next step toward or dream of one day having a storefront for our Custom Wedding Stationery business that we had previously been meeting by appointment only in our private showroom (basement office space- now Soiree Weddings) and online. Frannie and I made a hasty deal with the previous Paper Express owners to then take over the store in a new fashion and a new name, “Paperie + Pen” was born. After only a couple of days of training with Mike of Paper Express, we were totally 100% ready to run a retail store…not. We realized we were probably in way over our heads and figuring it out one step at a time, as we have with every part of our business. After lots of successes and mistakes- we have formed a business model and brand that we can be proud of.

Closing our Fairview store made me realized a lot of truths, mainly that we have a hoarding problem, but more importantly: that I am SO thankful and so humbled everyday to do what I love. I am thankful for my business partner, who really couldn’t be a better fit. I am thankful for our loyal customers, who care about our existence and choose to shop in our store over big-box competitors and online. I am thankful for our employees, our backbone that we trust with our everything and represent the face of our store. I am thankful for hard work paying off so we can have a dream come true that is worth being proud of.

-Nichole Schoener

co-owner, paper-pusher, & fellow stationery-lover