Create a fun paper project every month!

Registration for The Paper Year is currently closed. It will open again from December 22, 2023 – January 5. 2024. 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!

2023 is the third Paper Year! Here are some fun features:

  • Those of you who join will have access to all past projects (January 2021 – present).
  • In addition to the monthly project/technique, I incorporate a Paper Twist to spark ideas for variations on each of the monthly projects.

All In Plan Only

  • We have monthly 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. These sessions are held on alternating Thursdays and Fridays (the third or fourth week of the month) from 10am – noon MST (Denver). These sessions are recorded. 
  • We 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. In general, our monthly Zoom meetings alternate monthly between the second Thursday and Saturday of the month and are held from noon – 1pm, MST (Denver). 
  • Every quarter, we have a live online workshop featuring a surface design technique, usually with a guest artist. These are generally held on Saturdays and last two hours. They are recorded for those who cannot make it live.

Please Note:

  • The annual payment plan is only available December 22 – January 5, but you can also sign up to pay by-the-month. Registration opens April 1-10, July 1-10 and October 1-10. 
  • You can cancel your subscription at any time.
Choose Your Plan
Project PDF
Paper Twist
Project Video Tutorial
Monthly Motivation
Resource Library
Online Community
Monthly Zoom Meetings
Open Studio Zoom Sessions
Quarterly Surface Design Workshop
Project Library
Other Class Discounts

All In

Private on Ruzuku and Facebook Group
Videos and PDFs

Just the PDFs

Facebook Group
PDFs only

Hold My Spot


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, 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), a live online zoom session with me and four guest artists throughout the year, access to a growing project library filled with video tutorials and PDF how-to guides, first dibs on my quarterly curated paper collections featuring unique papers from around the world, and discounts on my online classes.

When does it start? Monthly projects will be released on the first Monday of every month.

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 the following year, 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 one-hour virtual gatherings take place on alternating 2nd Thursdays/2nd Saturdays of the month at 2pm EST. Come meet face-to-face and share your work, ask questions, meet the quarterly guest artists and more.

How do payments work? Once you subscribe, your credit card will be charged monthly, or annually, according to the option you choose. You can cancel any time. Annual subscribers can decide whether to continue for another year in December.


Feel free to contact Helen if you have any other questions!