Tuesday, June 20, 2017

DIY: Cyanotype Tote Bags

Cyanotypes are a total treat to make. You can go on a treasure hunt to find plants, press them, and design some adorable prints. Or, you can gather random household materials: utensils lace, doilies, ribbon, etc. and make prints from them. You can also make your own collage or papercut art, or even create a negative from a photograph, and create a print of that. collage has an awesome selection of random ephemera to explore, which make for great cyanotype print. We also have a plethora of surfaces to print on: fancy paper, canvas pouches, tote bags, backpacks, and more!




To create our cyanotype tote bags, we used the two-part cyanotype set by Jacquard. We have several cyanotype options however, like the pre-coated cyanotype paper packs, which are a better option for kids—either way, it’s a great project for a lazy summer day.

Read on to learn more about how to make cyanotypes prints.

All supplies available at collage!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Father's Day is Sunday, June 18th and swiftly approaching! Sometimes it’s hard to buy gifts for dads. Luckily we have a ton of gift and DIY possibilities at collage. Check out these cute trophies that you can decorate:

Great for kids or adults: decorate these trophies with acrylic paint and anything you can hot glue onto it!

We also have some great gifts at our gift store, the annex, see pictures below. Feel free to also browse our archive of DIYs on our blog for more ideas.

Available at the annex: hats for the dad that loves the outdoors, and lots of goodies for those who love the Pacific Northwest.

A beautiful book for the stylish dad, with profiles on guys from Johnny Cash to Oscar Wilde.

Check out more Father's Day gifts, after the jump.

Monday, June 5, 2017

New Products Roundup: June Edition

We have a variety of new merchandise in at the stores, and we would love to share it with you! From new crafting kits, to new paint pens, we are stocked up for some serious summer crafting fun. 

Stock may vary by location, so be sure to call ahead if you have a certain product in mind!

Cute fish pouches, great for holding pens and other art supplies. Also, check out the backdrop: we carry this beautiful mermaid paper too!

New creative kid kits, including: diy masks, butterfly wings, and sunglasses to decorate.
More pictures, after the jump!


Saturday, May 27, 2017

New Products: Washi Tape Edition

It’s always exciting when we get in new styles of washi tape. In the last few days we have received a lot of new styles, see below!

Thin pastel washi tape on the left. A collection of chairs, tables, animals, and Studio Ghibli on the right (check out the tiny Miyazaki)!
We love rainbow washi tape. We also have some new cat and dog themed tape!
However, even though we are enamored with washi tape, customers often ask, “What is washi tape?” or, “What do I do with washi tape”? So, we thought we would dedicate a blog post to answer those very questions!

Washi tape is a high-quality masking tape made from natural fibers like bamboo, mulberry, or hemp (the word “washi” means “Japanese paper”). You can conveniently tear it with your hand, and it’s usually translucent. You can use it to wrap gifts, to seal envelopes, or to decorate and organize a planner or calendar. You can also write on top of washi tape, so it can be used for labeling too.

All of the collage stores have LARGE selections of washi tape; the most diverse and abundant collection of styles is at our Alberta St Store, where we have nicknamed it the #greatwallofwashi.

A section of our massive #greatwallofwashi at our Alberta St location!

























Click below to learn more about the history of washi tape, and to see some washi tape DIYs!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Product Spotlight: DIY Crafting Books for Your Summer Party!

Summer is almost here, which means a lot of graduations, weddings, and summer parties are just around the corner. We recently got in a few books at the store that include some awesome ideas for party decorations, gift wrapping, and card making.

Paper crystals, "collage" pop-up card, and gift bag created from DIYs in the books Oh Joy!Sunshine Spaces, and Hello Tokyo


Keep reading to see sneak peeks of these books and get fun ideas for party decor. All books and supplies for these DIYs are available at collage, although the stock on books is limited; be sure to call before visiting if you have a certain book in mind!


Click the link below to read more about these awesome books!



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Product Spotlight: Das Air Hardening Modeling Clay

We love Das Modeling Clay! It’s affordable, it’s great for kids, and adults can have fun with it too. It's easy to sculpt, it's non-toxic, and it looks great when you paint it. Plus, there are a million things you can make with it: trinket trays, beads, decorations, figurines, ornaments, magnets, coasters, and more! 





Mother's Day is this weekend (May 14th), and if you're still thinking about making a handmade gift, consider Das clay. We have some helpful hints and tips for working with it, below!

All supplies are available at collage!


Monday, May 1, 2017

New Products Roundup: the Annex Edition!

Mother’s Day is May 14th, and with so many people shopping for gifts for their loved ones, we thought we’d remind you about our fun gift shop, collage annex! 

We opened the annex in October 2016. It’s located on NE Alberta Street, on the same block as our original supply store, just a few doors down, at 1607 NE Alberta St.
The annex is open from 10am-6pm every day.

If you’re wondering how the annex is different from the original collage store, the annex focuses on fun home décor, accessories, and creative gifts. We found that people were asking for more gifty and pre-made items, and we just couldn’t fit all of it into our original supply store! We also couldn’t resist all of the creative gifts we were coming across. 

The annex will feature thematic displays of items that will rotate and change, so check back often for new goodies.  Currently the themes include: celestial/space, garden, woman power, beach/ocean, pacific northwest, cats and dogs.  Alongside the themed displays are an assortment of other curated gifts such as beautiful candles, glassware, party and home decor and patches, pins, and prints by some local artists.

Classic cat goodies.

Below are some photos of new products for you to check out, and be sure to stop by next time you get the chance! While you're there, you might also stop by our supply store, where you'll find lots of ideas to make your own creative gift for Mother's Day; you can also check out our recent DIYs, including paper flowers, and textile kits for some ideas!