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.

2022 Craft and Color Trends

With the rollercoaster years of 2020 and 2021, this year, 2022, the trends cover a range of emotions, but most come back to the notions of personal well-being, individualism and being “extra” with everything you do. There are too many trends to cover in this blog, so we will share just a few of the ones we found to be interesting.

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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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