Paper House “Went Wild” at the 2017 Go Wild Planner Conference

We just got back from Nashville for the 2017 Go Wild Planners Conference and it was, in a word, AMAZING! This was the planning event’s second year, and it is quickly becoming one of the largest gathering of planning enthusiasts in the country. This year, Opryland hosted over 700 attendees.

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While it’s always great to see what people are making and get inspiration for our own projects, the event was so much more than that. It demonstrates the strong community of planner enthusiasts, and it’s a chance for them to come together and celebrate their work. In just three short years, their Facebook group already has over 39,000 members (and counting!). This year, tickets for the conference sold out in all of three minutes. We made tons of new friends, and it was reaffirming to see the support of the community.

That’s not to mention all the awesome swag. Michael’s donated a huge bag of some of the great products they carry, including a Fiskar’s punch and an Instax camera, and don’t even get us started on all the great stickers and washi!

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Using planners is more than just keeping track of your to-do list. They help us engage with our lives, and break down our aspirations into manageable tasks and actions so we can make them happen. We were most inspired by Michelle Carter, an Olympic gold medalist and conference keynote. During her empowering talk, she spoke about how planners have helped her to overcome life’s setbacks, to organize her goals, and to focus on the daily actions she needed to take to reach those goals.

The power of planners comes from writing down your goals and dreams and creating actionability. We were so inspired by this year’s conference, and we hope to see you at the next one!

-Shaena and Gretchen


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In Case You Missed It: The Best Travel-Themed Creations from Our Design Team

At Paper House, we’ve been working with great designers making incredible work for over thirty years. Recently, we’ve had the joys of travel on our minds after our trip to Japan (read about it here!), and we’ve rounded up some of the best travel-themed crafting projects to help inspire your next project. In case you missed it, here’s some of our favorites from the last couple of months.

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First up, we’ve got Christine Meyer’s rustic commemoration of her trip to Boston. Christine was inspired by the color palette of the Let Freedom Ring Boston paper crafting kit. Be sure to see how she took her project to the next level with her creative use of string art in her tutorial video

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Renee Timmerman has been crafting amazing projects with Paper House products for years! Renee used a variety of different kits to create a lasting tribute to her time on the road, including the Discover USA kit, the Road Is Life scrapbook paper kit, and the Road Trip Mixed card pack. Visit her blog for more of her amazing work!

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Melinda Beltran’s epic birthday card was made with the Southwest Adventure paper crafting kit. Melinda used foam tape to give some dimension for multiple layers to form something really special. View a couple more of her Southwest-inspired creations here.

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Finally, Samantha Taylor captured her trip with her husband in one of her favorite formats: mini-albums. Like Renee, Samantha combined a variety of different Paper House products to help realize her vision. She combines the Cruise and Paradise Found double-sided scrapbook paper kits with the Discover The World and Island Life 3D sticker packs. As Samantha describes her approach, “small photo albums this size are perfect for using lots of stickers as embellishments!”

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Journey To Create: Finding Inspiration in Japan

Last month, the Paper House team traveled all the way to Japan to see the sights, hear the sounds, and learn more about the country’s ancient culture.

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Why did we travel halfway across the world to look at paper?

We believe it’s important to always be discovering – to understand what’s useful and trending, not just from our computers and in our own space, but globally. To be inspired, as artists, by new cultures & their lifestyles; by materials, makers and processes that were developed literally hundreds of years before us. And, to bring that knowledge and creativity back with us to develop a new product line that will totally blow you away! This product line will be a perfect fusion between old and new, between us back home and our experiences here.

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Nowhere in the world have we seen such a love for all things paper than in Japan. From sublime elegance to whimsical kawaii, the culture celebrates stationery, crafting, origami and writing like no other country.

Perhaps it’s because of the intimacy that comes from living together so closely that so many Japanese choose to communicate through physical means, like stationery. As a hard-working society, paper, stickers, diaries, and planners allow them to show a playful side of their disciplined lives. The adorable characters they love are like avatars, allowing them to have fun and laugh together.

There were so many types of crafts here that we don’t often see in the US. We saw many aisles devoted to resin crafting, epoxy jewelry and decor, miniatures and even leather-crafting. We were surprised to see the difference in space devoted to paper crafting versus other types of crafts. In the states, we’re much more heavily focused on scrapbooking and paper crafts. We’re excited to see what opportunities there are for us in new and different product categories!

In one store called Loft, we even saw two customers actively shopping for Paper House stickers while we were standing right there! Seeing products we’ve designed in such a major retail space, halfway across the world from us, was incredible. It was amazingly inspiring and humbling at the same time.

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Unlike Hijemi Castle, it’s certainly difficult for paper goods to last for half a millennium (even with acid & lignin free materials!). But we hope and know that our products—especially scrapbooks—give people the tools to pass down their memories and share their legacies with their children, grandchildren and beyond. We’re not building a castle per se, but we’re so thankful to be a part of helping people build their stories.

Having shipped about fifteen pounds of assorted products back to the states from the trip, we’re definitely bringing a considerable piece of our experience and those new ideas home with us, and we can’t wait to share with all of you what we’re planning. Stay tuned!

-Shaena, Sean, Roni, and Don
Paper House Productions