Paper is fun. Paper is creative and interactive.  Paper is educational.  Even with a shift to “digital” paper remains essential in our everyday lives. Paper is sustainable. Paper employs. Throughout our blog we explore paper, the people behind the paper, the many uses of paper, the environment, industry news and more.

The Benefits of Journaling, Types of Journals, and Where to Start

Journaling is about the process of writing down words, in order to understand and process them more clearly. These words can include thoughts, feelings, goals, tasks, whatever it may be. Now, journaling may not be for everyone. Some may feel that they clearly understand themselves and have no reason to explore any further. However, many do find that deciding to keep a daily journal has improved their life in several ways. It’s already scientifically proven that writing on paper alone has mental benefits, so let’s take a look at why exactly journaling is good for you, and how you can go about getting started.

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Health Benefits of Crafting

I love the feeling I get after completing an art project that I was working on. I stare at it. Sit back and smile. That’s it! The joy of making something with your hands makes you feel amazing. You may be feeling stressed or tense before you start but at the end you feel calm and happy — satisfied deep in your soul. There is something to be said about crafting and its effects on one’s well-being.

More and more research is coming out that proves arts and crafts is not just good for fun but it’s good for your mental and physical health.

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For the Love of Comics and Paper

Nearly 10 years ago, Superman Action Comics #1 sold for over 3 million dollars.  That’s a lot of paper for, well, a little paper.  If you look at the artwork, it hasn’t aged all that well.  By today’s standards, this handywork wouldn’t even qualify for a student newspaper.  But it had the unique distinction of being #1.  It set expectations, it changed them as well.  It wasn’t just the artwork that connected with a generation, it was the messages tucked inside – good versus evil, heroism, random acts of kindness. These aren’t just dust collectors; this is heavy duty stuff!

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Paper in Education – Paper Manipulatives for Reading and Math

Educating children in 2021 looks very different than it has in the past. Hard held beliefs regarding hands-on learning and face-to-face interaction have had to be put aside in the name of health and safety. However, children learn best through multisensory learning, and it is especially the young students and those that struggle in school that are being most harmed by the move away from hands-on learning.

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Paper in Education – Classroom Expectations Board Design

Finding ways to decorate the classroom in a way that is educationally relevant, not distracting, and aesthetically appealing can be a hard balance to strike. One element of classroom décor that can (and should!) be found in every classroom, across grade levels and subjects, is some sort of display of the expectations of the classroom. This may exist as a reiteration of school policies, a poster of behavior expectations, or a list of classroom rules. However they appear, class expectations are a necessary part of the class ecosystem, and should be one of the first things discussed with students.

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2021 Craft and Color Trends

2020 was a tough year…amiright? It’s time to look forward to what will be trending this year for lifestyle, crafts and colors!

2020 had a huge influence in the trends we are seeing this year…with many people home more often and having more free time on their hands, crafting has exploded!  You will also see lifestyle and color trends are taking on a hopeful, refreshing feel.  Let’s take a look at some of the things we should be seeing and doing this year!

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PrintWorks – Different Types of Fabric Transfers

Are you working on a project that involves fabric transfers? If you take a look around, you will notice there are a few different types of fabric transfers to choose from. Some common types include heat transfer vinyl, sublimation transfers, and iron-on transfer paper (like ours). Understanding the differences between these types of transfers and the process for applying them will help you achieve the results you are looking for in your finished project! Below we’ve listed some of the key differences and features so you can choose the one that best fits your needs.

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