The Beauty of Paper to create keepsakes and treasures

EMILY’S BITES OF FUN: 

The Beauty of Paper:  One reason papercrafting is so popular is because the essential material, paper, is available in such variety, abundance, color and pattern.  Paper is everywhere and it is not intimidating at all. It is a realistic staple that we reach for with purpose in mind – to jot down a note, make a list, write to a friend or family member.  We use it to enter into all manner of exchange with ourselves and others almost daily.  What is remarkable about paper is that it is simple.  Not meant to remain in its natural state, paper is about change – we can crease it, apply a thin line in shapely swirls that become meaningful words, brush on pats of color, cut into new shapes, or fold it into wonderful creations.  With a new and pristine sheet of paper in hand, we may hesitate just slightly before making that first crease, tear, cut, or drafting that first line, but once we have crossed over that threshold, there is little to curtail our progress as we manipulate or decorate paper to create beautiful keepsakes to be treasured for a lifetime.  What is your next project with paper?  Send me an email and let me know – I would love to see it!

A NOTE FROM EMILY –

Hey Everyone!  My gift certificates will make great stocking stuffers for Christmas or as a New Year Resolution gift to get “crafty?” I am offering specials on classes and gift certificates for classes now through November 14th only.  Use them anytime!

Check out my specials below:

    • First 8 people: If you sign up now for a class (the first 8 people) you will automatically receive a snowflake patter and paper to get started with your first snowflake of the season!
    • Gift Certificates for Classes: Save with gift certificates,  2 classes for $50 and 3 classes for $75.  This is a great savings.  See below also if you buy 3 classes here:
    • If you buy 3 Classes at Impress you get a free class at Vintage: If you buy 3 classes on a gift certificate above at Impress Craft and Cards, you will get a free evening class at Vintage.
    • NOTE: 1) My first November class at Impress is November 12th and my first Vintage class is November 14th.  2) All of these classes for these specials will have to be done through email with me and not through my site.  Please email me at Emily@emilyspapercrafts.com.3) The gift certificate classes also count as part of the loyalty program explained below.  Buy 2-2 class certificates and get that 5th class for $15.

CLASSES FOR OCTOBER:

(See December classes on my website HERE.)

Emily’s Papercrafts Class Loyalty Program. Some of the classes offered below (all “Evening Out” classes) qualify for a loyalty program. You take 4 classes at full price ($30), get the 5th class half-off, or for $15

NOVEMBER EVENING NIGHTS OUT AT VINTAGE:

Holiday Paper Flowers Nov. 14, 2017 6-8:30pm at Vintage Vino and Espresso (next to the Maple Valley Fred Meyer). Come make your very own bouquet of holiday flowers to showcase your paper-folding abilities. Cost is $30 which covers all supplies including a medium-size hot/cold drink. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program. Reserve your seat here.

Winter Greeting Cards Nov. 15, 2017 6-8:30pm at Vintage Vino and Espresso (next to the Maple Valley Fred Meyer). Come get a head start on your homemade greeting cards. We’ll make at least 3 cards during this class. Cost is $30 which covers all supplies including a medium-size hot/cold drink. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program. Reserve your seat here.

OTHER NOVEMBER CLASSES:

Holiday FlowersNov. 12 2:30-4:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E, across the street from Lowe’s next to the SouthCenter Mall). Learn how to fold a simple yet beautiful bouquet of origami flowers using paper on-hand at Impress. You’ll make at least 4 flowers in this class. Please bring or purchase 2 or more 12″ square sheets or a 6″ Christmas variety pack. Cost is $30. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

Holiday FlowersNov. 25 10:30-12:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village(just north of University of Washington campus). Learn how to fold a simple yet beautiful bouquet of origami flowers using paper on-hand at Impress. You’ll make at least 4 flowers in this class. Please bring or purchase 2 or more 12″ square sheets or a 6″ Christmas variety pack. Cost is $30. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Elegant SnowflakesNov. 19 2:30-4:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E, across the street from Lowe’s next to the SouthCenter Mall). Do you want to make a snowflake? Come learn quilling techniques to create elegant and dainty snowflakes ideal for hanging on a Christmas tree or on a greeting card. You’ll make at least 2 snowflakes and a snowman might join the snowflake party too! All supplies are provided. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

Elegant Snowflakes, Nov. 25 1:30-3:30 at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village (just north of University of Washington campus). Do you want to make a snowflake? Come learn quilling techniques to create elegant and dainty snowflakes ideal for hanging on a Christmas tree or on a greeting card. You’ll make at least 2 snowflakes and a snowman might join the snowflake party too! All supplies are provided. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Loving paper!
~Emily

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I see the turning of a leaf dancing in an Autumn sun, and brilliant shades of crimson glowing when a day is done. ~Hazelmarie Mattie Elliott

EMILY’S BITES OF FUN: 

Part of Carol’s story about papercrafting:

I remember the year my mother taught us how to make heart-shaped baskets out of paper.  We sat together in our little kitchen, the soft hiss of the radiator forcing heat into the room.  Snow was falling  silently on roofs and on newly planted evergreens and pudgy hydrants in a just-built postwar neighborhood in the mid 1950’s.  A pair of scissors and sheets of shiny red paper strips, saying to “thread and loop, thread and loop” as she deftly guided the bands through and around each other until the weaving was done.

I carried forward the tradition of making things with my own children, keeping all sorts of supplies handy, especially at Christmas, when it was our custom to exchange one gift that was handmade.

Make something by hand – it will be a dwelling place for your spirit for all time.  A simple ornament to hang on a tree, yes, but over time, more than that, it will stand as a symbol of tradition, a little place holder in life that embodies all you were and all you were meant to become.

A NOTE FROM EMILY –

My life is a lot like Carol’s.  I grew up crafting and sewing and I also enjoy doing that with my children.  I try to make art available to them and to let them use their imaginations in the process.  Hopefully, it will be a tradition in their homes also with their children.

As in the quote above by Hazelmarie, I don’t know about where you live but where i live it has really been glowing around here lately.  The evenings during twilight and the mornings as the sun rises is giving an amazing glow that shines through the gold, yellow and red leaves and the sky.  Just magic!

Join me for a class – it’s fun to get out of the house and meet others that want a night out.  Or, if you want a day class, check out those below at Impress.  Hope to see you soon!

CLASSES FOR OCTOBER:

(See December classes on my website HERE.)

Emily’s Papercrafts Class Loyalty Program. Some of the classes offered below (all “Evening Out” classes) qualify for a loyalty program. You take 4 classes at full price ($30), get the 5th class half-off, or for $15

NOVEMBER EVENING NIGHTS OUT AT VINTAGE:

Holiday Paper Flowers Nov. 14, 2017 6-8:30pm at Vintage Vino and Espresso (next to the Maple Valley Fred Meyer). Come make your very own bouquet of holiday flowers to showcase your paper-folding abilities. Cost is $30 which covers all supplies including a medium-size hot/cold drink. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program. Reserve your seat here.

Winter Greeting Cards Nov. 15, 2017 6-8:30pm at Vintage Vino and Espresso (next to the Maple Valley Fred Meyer). Come get a head start on your homemade greeting cards. We’ll make at least 3 cards during this class. Cost is $30 which covers all supplies including a medium-size hot/cold drink. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program. Reserve your seat here.

OTHER NOVEMBER CLASSES:

Holiday Flowers, Nov. 12 2:30-4:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E, across the street from Lowe’s next to the SouthCenter Mall). Learn how to fold a simple yet beautiful bouquet of origami flowers using paper on-hand at Impress. You’ll make at least 4 flowers in this class. Please bring or purchase 2 or more 12″ square sheets or a 6″ Christmas variety pack. Cost is $30. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

Holiday Flowers, Nov. 25 10:30-12:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village (just north of University of Washington campus). Learn how to fold a simple yet beautiful bouquet of origami flowers using paper on-hand at Impress. You’ll make at least 4 flowers in this class. Please bring or purchase 2 or more 12″ square sheets or a 6″ Christmas variety pack. Cost is $30. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Elegant Snowflakes, Nov. 19 2:30-4:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E, across the street from Lowe’s next to the SouthCenter Mall). Do you want to make a snowflake? Come learn quilling techniques to create elegant and dainty snowflakes ideal for hanging on a Christmas tree or on a greeting card. You’ll make at least 2 snowflakes and a snowman might join the snowflake party too! All supplies are provided. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

Elegant Snowflakes, Nov. 25 1:30-3:30 at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village (just north of University of Washington campus). Do you want to make a snowflake? Come learn quilling techniques to create elegant and dainty snowflakes ideal for hanging on a Christmas tree or on a greeting card. You’ll make at least 2 snowflakes and a snowman might join the snowflake party too! All supplies are provided. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Busy and Loving it!
~Emily

     Paper Crafts, Pumpkins and Candy Corn

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” ~ Edgar Degas

 

Emily’s Bites of Fun:

THE HISTORY OF PAPER AND PAPER CRAFTS

By the end of seventeenth century German and Swiss Scherenschnitte, which literally translates as “scissor cuts” in German, had become the popular folk art in these countries.  At that time they were using white or black paper for crafting according to the needs of the projects.  Scherenschnitte continues today and is considered one of the finest paper crafts in the world.

Today, paper crafting provides a simple, enjoyable hobby that can help bring charm in to your life. It can take your attention away from difficulties for a short time, give you a sense of productivity and achievement and is an excellent way to stimulate creativity. Recycling materials as craft products is not only environmental friendly but also a good idea to save money too by using materials that are available and converting them into attractive items such as gifts for friends or family members. (Taken from  Paper Save on WordPress – See their site HERE.

A Note From Emily: 

I have been doing a lot of cards and getting  more and more ideas for Harvest, Halloween & Autumn. Check out my website and my Facebook page for even more inspiration and instructions.  Here is my new pumpkin card that I added a recipe for pumpkin cookies to.

There are so many things to choose from and experiment with, my mind explodes!  Add a recipe,  poem,  favorite family tradition for others to start, etc.

 

Get crafting this Autumn and let me know what you come up with.  And, take a class!

CLASSES FOR OCTOBER:

(See November and December classes on my website at Classes.)

  • Emily’s Papercrafts Class Loyalty Program. Some of the classes offered below (all “Evening Out” classes) qualify for a loyalty program. You take 4 classes at full price ($30), get the 5th class half-off, or for $15

EVENING NIGHT OUT AT VINTAGE:

  • Autumn Wall Hangings Oct. 17, 2017 6-8:30pm at Vintage Vino and Espresso. In this class, you get to make a custom 4″x6″ wall hanging from several autumn (or not) design options ranging from scarecrows to mice to sunflowers. At the end of the evening, you’ll take home a matted and framed finished wall hanging. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program. Reserve your seat here.
  • Sweet Tooth Greeting Cards: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017 6-8:30pm at Vintage Vino and Espresso (next the Maple Valley WA Fred Meyer). Come create 3 greeting cards involving sweets–and while enjoying some sweets too! Cost is $30 which covers all supplies including a medium-size hot/cold drink. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program. Reserve your seat here.

IMPRESS CARDS AND CRAFTS CLASSES:

  • Indulge Your Sweet Tooth Greeting Cards: Oct. 6 5:30-7:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E, across the street from Lowe’s next to the SouthCenter Mall). Come enjoy some sweets while making “sweet” cards that are perfect for Halloween or for any time of the year when something sweet is needed. You’ll make at least 3 cards using quilling and sweets! Please bring to the class: roller tape and detail scissors and a slight appetite. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.
  • Indulge Your Sweet Tooth Greeting Cards: Oct, 21 10:30-12:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village (just north of University of Washington campus). Come enjoy some sweets while making “sweet” cards that are perfect for Halloween or for any time of the year when something sweet is needed. You’ll make at least 3 cards using quilling and sweets! Please bring to the class: roller tape and detail scissors and a slight appetite. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.
  • Autumn Animals: Oct. 15 2:30-4:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E, across the street from Lowe’s next to the SouthCenter Mall). Learn how to make some spooky autumn animals, a bat, spider, and cat using quilling and embossing techniques. Please bring to the class: roller tape and detail scissors. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.
  • Autumn Animals: Oct. 21 1:30-3:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village (just north of University of Washington campus). Learn how to make some spooky autumn animals, a bat, spider, and cat using quilling and embossing techniques. Please bring to the class: roller tape and detail scissors. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Happy Fall,
~Emily

September, School and seattle greeting cards

“Being creative is NOT a hobby, it’s a way of life.”
Anonymous

Emily’s Bites of Fun:

School starts this week for some and for some it has already started.  It’s amazing how fast August really went and as I consider that my little girl will be going to pre-school next week, I realize that life goes fast.  She was just a baby and now she’s out the door. I know, it’s only a few days a week, but so it begins.  I am excited for her.  Excited for her to meet new friends, learn new things,  learn to work as a team and be a part of a cool class of kids and teachers. Yes, she will learn hard things, like not everyone wanting to do what she wants to do at the time that she wants to do it but she will get good friends and companions, learn to listen and obey her teacher and all that “fun” stuff.  I really am smiling, I promise!

 

Here’s a paragraph taken from, “The Book of Paper Quilling” by Malinda Johnston:

  • “Quilling spread from England to the American colonies, where it found a home in the New England area.  So popular did this craft become that newspaper advertisements for some boarding schools listed “Quill-Work” among the subjects taught.  Most of the American pieces still in existence are sconces (wall brackets for candles) that were made during the period between 1825 and 1850.  The quillwork on these was often embellished with shells, was flowers, twisted wire, and mica or ground glass.  The fine particles of rock and glass must have looked wonderful by candlelight.”

A Note From Emily: 
The last week I have been spending time quilling examples for cards and wall hangings for vendors that buy my work. It’s fun coming up with new ideas and helps my brain relax as I am doing things with my hands.  My dad is good with his hands, I think that may be where I get it from.  How about you?  What do you do to relax?  Ever considered a hobby?  It might be just what you need.  You don’t know if you don’t try one out.  Papercrafting is an amazing and rewarding hobby.  Sign up for one of my classes at Vintage in September and try it out!  (Classes to be posted soon – you can also email my from my site for more info in the meantime).

Classes: 

Saturday, September 2nd, from 11 am to 1 pm “Love Seattle Greeting Cards”,  at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village (just north of University of Washington campus). Come learn how to create papercrafted greeting cards showcasing highlights of Seattle using die cuts, stamping, sliders, and quilling. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.
(More classes to come, check back soon)

Keep calm and craft on,
~Emily