21. Nov 2010

How to make a wooden masking tape dispenser

Handmade wooden tape dispenser

Who doesn’t love masking tapes? These days it seems like they’re everywhere and I tried to find a good way to organize my little collection. So last week I built a wooden tape dispenser to hold them and I thought you might like to build one too. This one can hold up to 7 rolls of masking tape – but you can also built a larger one…

Handmade wooden tape dispenser

What you need
– wood (12 x 28 cm, 12 mm thick / 5 x 11 inches, 0.5 inches thick)
– a rod with 2,5 mm (1 inch), 16 cm long (6.4 inches)
– a rod with 6 mm (0.3 inches), 16 cm long (6.4 inches)
– 6 nails
– wood glue

Tools
– saw
– hammer
– drill

Step 1: Cut the wood in 3 pieces: the bottom and the two side panels.

Handmade wooden tape dispenser

Step 2: Draw the side panel slots on both side panel and cut.

Handmade wooden tape dispenser

Step 3: Mark the position for the small rod and drill the holes.

Step 4: Mark the position for the side panels on the bottom and hammer the nails through the bottom into the side panels.

Step 5: Put some glue in the holes and insert the small rod.

Step 6: Put your masking tapes on the larger rod and put in place.

Handmade wooden tape dispenser

Voila! There you have your own wooden tape dispenser.
If you like, you can also paint it.

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14. Apr 2010

Paper Shopping Berlin: R.S.V.P.

R.S.V.P. Paper Shop in Berlin-Mitte
R.S.V.P. Paper Shop in Berlin-Mitte
R.S.V.P. Paper Shop in Berlin-Mitte

On my second day in Berlin I went to this lovely little shop called R.S.V.P. – a french abbreviation (Répondez s’il vous plaît) often used in formal invitations to ask for someones reply. I’ve had their website and webshop bookmarked for quite a while and was very happy to finally pay them a short visit.

The shop is really sweet and tiny, with beautiful wooden shelfs filled with the most delightful paper products: kraft paper journals, letterpress cards, labels and stickers as well as pens – and even a small but fine selection of masking tapes. Definitely a must-see-place for any paperloving Berlin visitor.


R.S.V.P. – Papier in Mitte
Mulackstrasse 14
10119 Berlin-Mitte

Mo-Sa 12.00-19.00 Uhr
On the Map

www.rsvp-berlin.de

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10. Apr 2010

Packing for Berlin

paperama cards

I’m in the middle of packing and off to Berlin tomorrow – looking forward to meet some old friends, listen to some interesting talks and meet some people at the re:publica conference, take tons of photos and eat lots of yummie food.

I finally ordered some cards to take with me to Berlin but looks like they won’t arrive until monday, so I made some myself last night – well, at least they’re handmade now.

Unfortuanetly I missed the great Etsy Party by just a few days, but who knows, maybe I’ll be able to stop by and at least say Hi. I’m also hoping to be able to visit Fräulein Herz when she gets back to her shop on the 16th – doesn’t it look lovely? And there are some more wonderful things on my list: like visiting Paul Knopf and Frau Tulpe, having a coffee at Café Fleury and a piece of cake at Barcomis. And maybe some Berlin paper-shopping at RSVP, Leporello and Schwesterherz.

And maybe you have some more tipps for me? Any wonderful Papeterie I shouldn’t miss? Or a fleamarket? I’d love to hear from you.

 

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28. Feb 2010

Paper Shopping Cologne: Balloni

Papier / Paper Shopping, Balloni Cologne
Papier / Paper Shopping, Balloni Cologne
Papier / Paper Shopping, Balloni Cologne
Papier / Paper Shopping, Balloni Cologne
Papier / Paper Shopping, Balloni Cologne
Papier / Paper Shopping, Balloni Cologne
Papier / Paper Shopping, Balloni Cologne

Last week I finally made it to the Balloni store here in Cologne for the first time. As the name suggests they carry tons of balloons and other party decorations. But as I discovered they also have a huge selection of beautiful wrapping papers, walls covered with ribbons in every color and design you can imagine, as well as tables filled with wonderful paper goods.

I bought a sheet of this beautiful red Hiawatha paper that you can see in the second photo (btw a new addition to the good life series from NineteenSeventyThree, which I blogged about previously) and am thinking about using it to make a large photoalbum. The wooden toy crocodile also caught my eye. It’s handmade by a local designer and I’ll have to try and find out the name again.


BALLONI
Ehrenfeldgürtel 88-94
50823 Köln
On the Map

www.balloni.de

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4. Feb 2010

Death by paper a.k.a. Paperworld Frankfurt

Bindewerk Papiere / Jackie Paper
Bindewerk Journals
Bindewerk Journals

Paperworld Frankfurt - Carta Pura - Paper + Bookbinding supplies
Paperworld Frankfurt - Carta Pura - Paper + Bookbinding supplies

Brevi Manu
Brevi Manu
Brevi Manu

Paperworld is a huge fair for paper, stationery, crafts and office supplies in Frankfurt – and a must-see for any paperlover. I feel like I’m still recovering from all the wonderful impressions…

My personal highlights: Beautiful journals and new paper designs by Jackie for Bindewerk, finally a catalogue from Carta Pura (Munich) so I can order via E-Mail and a secret tip from Brevi Manu on where we’ll soon be able to find their amazing journals, tapes and notepads in Cologne!
I’ll keep you posted!

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25. Nov 2009

100% recycled paperlove

Large sketchbook handbound in recycled paper by NineteenSeventyThree

This is one of the lovely papers I found this year, designed by NineteenSeventyThree and printed on really nice & heavy recycled brown paper, which makes it fantastic for bookbinding. It is part of a series called the good life.

NineteenSeventyThree is a british design company started in 2003 by James & Emma Emmerson and named after the year they were born. They collaborate with some amazing artists like Pintuck and Sukie – you might already have seen one of the papers Sukie designed in this post here.

What were your favorite paper finds this year?

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18. Nov 2009

Tiny little Owl Post

Owl Post - Eulenpost

Tomorrow I will send a little Owl Post on its way, to someone secret.
Secret because I don’t know who will receive it myself. But I hope it arrives well and maybe I will tell you a bit more later…

I made the tag from an old kraft envelope using a punch. The tiny envelopes I found on our last holidays in Lisboa.


If you like owls, I think you will also like the Brown Owls blog.

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10. Nov 2009

Handmade paper bags

Handmade paper bags
Handmade paper bags

Last weekend I made some cute little paper bags using my newest paper find. Sandra of herzensart was so kind to share a little tutorial on how to make these little handmade paper bags on her blog.

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30. May 2009

Paper Collection at the German National Library

Today while searching for book end papers I discovered an amazing and inspiring paper collection “Sammlung Bartsch” on the german national library website. It includes lithographic prints, book end papers as well as paste papers (not sure how to translate Tunk- und Kleisterpapiere) from all over the world:

Book End Paper - D. Voigt & Co., Kopenhagen, 1906
Book End Paper / Vorsatzpapier – D. Voigt & Co., Kopenhagen, 1906

Tunkpapier - Trepplin, Georg, Berlin,-Rixdorf, 1909
Tunkpapier – Trepplin, Georg, Berlin,-Rixdorf, 1909


Book End Paper / Vorsatzpapier – Hoffmann, Josef, Wien, 1902

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1. Feb 2009

Butterfly projects

A few weeks ago I bought two awesome butterfly paper punches in different sizes.
I got a butterfly punch...

So far I made some decoration by sewing the small butteflies together:

More paper butterflies on a string

And I used some butterflies to decorate these two handbound journals
Butterfly album

Butterfly album with 50 pages of white 170g paper

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