Create a fun paper project every month!
Registration for The Paper Year is currently closed. It will be open again from April 1-10, 2022. Please click on the Hold My Spot button below the chart to let me know which program you’re interested in (don’t worry, you can change your mind before you sign up). I will send you a reminder when registration opens.
Each month, you will receive project instructions designed to spark ideas that keep you creating for the rest of the month
Explore creative paper techniques, including origami, pop-ups, paper weaving, book arts, paper cutting and more.
Join our growing community of paper lovers online to learn and share in a warm, encouraging, supportive, creative community.
Watch the video!
New! 2022 is the second Paper Year, and I’m implementing some fun new features.
- If you join mid-year, you will have access to all past projects.
- I’ll be incorporating a Paper Twist to spark ideas for variations on each of the monthly projects.
All In Plan Only
- I’m adding a Monthly Motivation to enhance your creative process: this might be a quick writing exercise, an artistic inspiration or a prompt to explore a particular facet of paper.
- I’ll be introducing Open Studio Zoom Sessions where you can carve out time to complete the monthly project; hang out and/or share your work or a technique with other members.
- We’ll have a special guest each month, which will either be a guest artist, a paper supplier (with a special discount for us), or a surface design workshop instructor.
Just the PDFs
I definitely want to continue with my membership! Even although I “cherry pick” projects to do, I find the techniques that are discussed, and the questions about them, to be very interesting and informative, and I enjoy seeing the completed projects that have been made by other members. I think you are getting some very impressive results, which is a result of your excellent instructions combined with the masterful way you have of handling the class (my apologies for reverting back to my former life as a Fine Arts prof!). – Chuck Crockford
I am interested in pursuing with Paper Year. I decided that it was well worth the investment even if I don’t do every single project. My inner-perfectionist has learned to make peace with that and to simply enjoy what I do get to do when I get around to doing it. Being part of creative groups such as yours keeps me motivated to create. I am truly grateful for this opportunity. – Micheline Brunelle
About Your Guide Helen Hiebert:
My initial interest in paper began on a trip to Japan 30 years ago when I was inspired by light filtering through traditional shoji screens. I took classes at the NY Center for Book Arts with Hedi Kyle, Susan Share, Barbara Mauriello and others. Soon afterwards, I began developing workshops combining book arts, papercraft, design and lighting techniques. I’m the author of six books about paper crafts and papermaking. I teach, lecture and exhibit my work internationally and have an extensive network of paper colleagues around the world. My interest in how things are made (from paper) keep me up-to-date on current paper trends, which I write about in my weekly blog, The Sunday Paper. I host the podcast Paper Talk, offer an annual paper retreat and host two papermaking master classes in my Red Cliff, Colorado studio each summer + fall.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What will I get each month? If you subscribe to The PDF Plan, you will receive a link to an online classroom, where you’ll find the project PDF every month, an invitation to join a private Facebook group, where you can share what you create, access to a growing project library filled with PDF how-to guides, and you’ll gain access to The Paper Advisor, where you’ll find my most popular papermaking and papercraft resources.
If you subscribe to the All In Plan, you will receive everything listed above plus the project video tutorial, a private online community (this is where the magic happens as you share your work and get inspired by the work of others), two live online zoom sessions per month (with me and guest artists + paper suppliers), a quarterly online surface design workshop, access to a growing project library filled with video tutorials and PDF how-to guides, and discounts on my online classes.
When does it start? Monthly projects will be released on the first Monday of every month. The first project for The Paper Year 2022 will be available on January 3rd.
How do I join mid-year? Registration will re-open quarterly, and if you join mid-year, you’ll pay the monthly rate. If you decide to continue into 2023, you’ll be offered the annual rate. Mid-year subscribers receive access to the growing library of monthly projects.
What tools and supplies do I need? I’m guessing that you probably have most of the tools on hand, and of course you’ll need paper! I will send you a list of tools and materials for each month’s project ahead of time.
What kind of experience is required? This class is for all levels but expect some challenges. You should be comfortable using a craft knife. I have taught and mentored all levels, from beginners to experienced artists.
Where is the online community? The All In Plan subscribers will join Helen’s private community on Ruzuku, a place to share your work and expertise, ask questions, be inspired by creative ideas, explore new techniques and discuss paper-related topics with other paper lovers. PDF Plan subscribers will get access to the monthly how-to guides and will be able to join my ongoing private facebook group, The Paper Studio.
When are the live Zoom sessions? A feature of the All In Plan, these virtual gatherings take place on Zoom. Come meet face-to-face and share your work, ask questions, meet the guest artists and more.
How do payments work? Once you subscribe, your credit card will be charged monthly, or annually, according to the plan you choose. You can cancel any time.
Feel free to contact Helen if you have any other questions!