Calendar + Custom Paper Pack Testers

Calendar + Custom Paper Pack Testers

The Sunday Paper #230

October 21, 2018

Paper of the Week: The Custom Paper Pack GIVEAWAY! (with a request)

I had such fun watching Elissa Campbell of Blue Roof Designs create the projects in the 2019 Twelve Months of Paper How-to Book & Calendar over on Instagram during the past two weeks. I asked her to do it, and was delighted that she said yes! Watching her make the projects gave me this idea: I’m going to make the projects in the early parts of November and December and it would be fun to have a couple of you make-along with me! I’m doing a giveaway and you can win a chance to make with me (online)! Two lucky winners will be chosen at random.
If you’ve already purchased a calendar, you are welcome to make-along too! I know many of you are giving these as holiday gifts, so I might repeat this in the new year. I look forward to seeing what we create!

Two lucky winners will receive a copy of the 2019 Twelve Months of Paper How-To Book & Calendar + the custom paper pack including everything needed to make the projects.

If you win, you should be willing to create and post about at least four of the projects in the calendar on social media in November and/or December (or you can share your images and thoughts via e-mail with me and I will share). Projects take about 30 minutes to create.
To enter (US residents only please): Please leave a comment on this post below (I’d love to hear which project or paper inspires you in this video). Please include an email address with your comment in order to be contacted if you win. Double your chances by following me and/or commenting on the giveaway post with this same picture over on Instagram. The giveaway ends on Friday, October 26th when two winners will be chosen at random and notified.


In the Studio:

I am making a bubble paper to take to the annual meeting of the Friends of Dard Hunter in Iowa City this week. If you’re in the area, I’ll be at the trade fair in the Iowa Memorial Union from 1-8pm this Thursday (October 25th) with a few papers, calendars, artist’s books and how-to books.


Papery Tidbits:


Sonja shared what she’s making in her studio this week over in Club Paper. Join us to share what you are creating, ask questions and get feedback.
Peace Paper always amazes me. The group travels around the world offering handmade paper as art therapy. I learned a bit more about the founder, Drew Matott, in this article.

“Benghazi” by Drew Matott, which reflects on violent revolutions around the world such as the London riots in 2011. The piece is made from military uniforms, Egyptian cotton and refugee clothing.

I never realized there were people whose job it is to make paper props for movies. Here’s a really cool video documenting Ross MacDonald’s career.

A huge shout out to those of you who send me interesting paperfacts from around the globe! Keep them coming. Here’s one I received this week featuring dancers in folded paper costumes by Montreal-based artists Melika Dez and Pauline Loctin – WOWZA!

Colored e-paper? What a concept! It looks pretty cool.


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  1. I am into handmade paper and bookbinding, but would like to add something new to my skills: paper weaving and crystal ornaments are my favorites.

  2. Michal says:

    I’m looking forward to trying the dragonfly pop up and the paper weaving! But I’m most inspired by the story behind the candy dish and the family working to make a difference with their modular origami. I listened to your interview with them. Amazing!

  3. Carole McNamee says:

    Have enjoyed Elissa’s Instagram executions of your calendar projects!!

  4. Jackie says:

    Helen! I’m a sucker for pop-ups and I can’t wait to do these!

  5. Leslie Stewart says:

    All of the projects are inspiring but I especially like the dragonfly pop-up with paste paper and the woven paper notebook. Thanks so much.

  6. Jan Sauer says:

    Still doing cards and loving it! My meditation.

  7. Kathleen Hartley says:

    Excited about all of the projects and happy that there are how-to videos this year. Thanks for all the work that it takes to put this together each year.

    • Helen says:

      Kathleen! You are a winner in the #12monthsofpaper giveaway. Please message me ( to redeem your prize (cal + ppk). I’ll need your snail mail address!

  8. Stacie Olson says:

    How on earth can I pick just one project?! They’re all lovely. But I would dearly love to try the paper weaving for the notebook.

  9. Rebecca Dills says:

    Paper is my passion. Love the calendar and paper projects.

  10. Lisa Solon says:

    It’s hard to pick a favorite project but the architectural one and the weaving one certainly inspire me!