Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Handmade Holidays: Paper Crush

collage is obsessed with pretty papers. At all three locations we have a large selection of 12"x12" patterned papers, which are perfect for holiday cards!

These two cards were made from just two sheets of paper! Most of the patterned papers are double sided, making it easy to add visual dimension to your cards.

You can use paper to make ornaments too! Learn how to make these paper baubles here.

We hope you're enjoying the holiday season. See you soon!



Thursday, December 3, 2015

Handmade Holiday: Ornaments

Making ornaments is a great way to commemorate each holiday year! We have loads of blank ornaments to get you started and endless decoration options. 

Choose from ceramic, glass, or paper:

Pick your embellishments:

Enjoy your one of a kind holiday decoration!

See you soon!


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Homemade Holidays: Painting Fabric

The holiday season is our favorite! There are always so many reasons to make for friends & family, but during this time of year we are extra motivated to show the love through making! It's also a great time of year to try new crafts you've been wondering about. Gift making is a perfect excuse for experimenting. Here are some of our favorite hand painted & printed gift ideas:

This beautifully complicated pattern is deceptively easy to make! 
Supplies: Cotton Scarf & Tumble Dye

Sneaker Painting
Did you know Jacquard textile paints work on leather and canvas? Take a boring canvas shoe and turn it into  a statement piece. This is also a great gift for yourself: who doesn't need some revitalized sneakers?

Blockwallah Stamped Handkerchief 

Blockwallah stamps work so well on fabric. Using Jacquard Textile Paint, these hand made stamps make beautiful prints that will last through washing. Jacquard Paint hardly effects the hand of the fabric, so your printed items stay super soft. 

Forever Inspired: Stamp, Stencil, Paint

Need more project ideas for painting fabric and more? Stamp, Stencil, Paint by local designer Anna Joyce is an endless source of ideas and inspiration. She includes 23 projects with refreshingly clear instruction and beautifully composed step by step photos. Projects include: Crosshatch Zipper Pouch, Handmade Wrapping Paper (pictured above), Brushstroke Kitchen Linens, and more. 

See you soon.

xoxo collage

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Little Boxes is Coming--Are You Ready to Play???

We are so excited to be involved in Little Boxes again this year.
What is Little Boxes you ask??

Little boxes is a uniquely Portland event that celebrates the richness and variety of our town's independent retail scene. Join us the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving for this Portland-wide shopping event and raffle. It's *free* to enter, and the more shops you visit, the more chances you'll have to win prizes like a trip to Hawaii, an iPad, a $600 shopping spree, and TONS more goodies!

Full details and rules are available at the Little Boxes website, or stop by the shop to pick up your 2015 Passport with all the details you'll need to play along. If you're an iPhone user, download the Little Boxes app for your iPhone to play along digitally.

So, pop in during Little Boxes to enter the raffle and take a look around
Mark your calendars now! 
Friday, November 27th & Saturday November 28th, 10am-6pm.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Handmade Holidays

Seeking inspiration for your handmade holiday gifts this season? Here are some ideas!
Making your own jewelry is easier than you think! Check out this tutorial on metal stamping.
Supplies: metal stamps, hammer, steel block, metal tags, jump rings, and bracelet or necklace

Making your own cards is always more fun than buying! Learn how to carve and print your own stamp here: Lino Carved Holiday Cards.
Supplies: lino carving tools, brayer, lino block, ink, cards

Making candles is a great hobby year round, but they are especially lovely in winter! Learn how to make this cozy gift here: Candles
Supplies: wax, wick, wick tabs, glue dots (to hold wick tab down), pencil, double boiler

Compile your favorite photographs of your loved one! We have tons of scrap book and photo album options. 
Supplies: photo album, photos

We have supplies to make all these lovely projects in our stores. Stop in and start making gifts today! See you soon.


Monday, November 16, 2015

Loads of NEW Fresh, Fall-Themed Products Have Arrived!

All of our stores are stocked with fall-themed products!
Come on by and check out all the new goods.

Friday, October 23, 2015

DIY Roundup

There are so many inspiring DIY's out there this week! Here's a couple of our favorites:

Supplies we suggest: Wool Felt in a variety of fall colors + black, Cellophane Bags, 
Black and brown embroidery floss, Scissors, Sewing Needle, Straight Pins, Sewing machine (optional) with brown thread (all materials available at all stores)

 Supplies we suggest: 1/16" Holepunch, Decorative Paper, Twine, Googly Eye (or make your own out of paper!), PVA Glue
(all supplies available at all stores)

Supplies we suggest: Fabriano Cold Press Watercolor Paper, 8,  6, and 2/0 Round Brushes, Palette, and Cotman Watercolors in Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Blue, Cadmium Red, and Cadmium Yellow (individual tubes of water color available at Alberta and Division)

Friday, October 9, 2015

Pumpkin Decorating

Carving pumpkins is definitely fun, but very messy! Painting is just as fun, but there is no pumpkin goo to deal with.

We had to get in on the Donald Trumpkin trend, so our first pumpkin is in the likeness of Trump himself.
Supplies: Pencil, Acrylic Paint, Thin Round Brush, Raffia, Hot Glue

With a pencil, lightly sketch out a face. 

Start adding paint over your sketch lines. We just used black, but you could definitely add more color!

Gather your rafia and hot glue it to the top of the pumpkin, in comb over Trump style.

Enjoy your very own Trumpkin!

If free handing isn't your thing, stenciling pumpkins (or squash!) is also an option. You may remember we posted a DIY stencil treat bag a couple weeks back. Well here's another chance to use that Halloween stencil!

Supplies: tape, stencil, stencil brush and acrylic paint

Secure the stencil with tape. If you stencil is very detailed you may want to use repositionable spray mount for a more stable bond. 

Using a dabbing motion, apply the paint.

When you're finished painting, immediately remove the stencil (and wash it!). 

If you want to a more graphic option, you can use Permapaque Pens to outline your stencil.

If you want to decorate a pumpkin, but don't feel like carving or painting we have stick on rhinestones available!

Have fun decorating!

xoxo collage

DIY Roundup: Day of the Dead

It's no secret that we love Day of the Dead. Here are our favorite DIY's to incorporate flowers into your loved one's altar!

Supplies we suggest: Tissue or Crepe, Floral Wire, Scissors 

Supplies we suggest: Foam Skull, Flowers or make your own  Paper Flowers
Foam Skulls in currently in stock at all stores!

Enjoy making your altars!


Product Haul: Fall

We are so relieved that fall is here! Some of our favorite cozy products include:

*Autumn Scenes Stencil Book: full of reusable stencils!
*Gold Acorn Place Cards
*You are Invited Stamp
*Beeswax Candle
*Butter to Orange Ombre Ink Pad
*Knit Purl Stamp
*Golden Leaves Washi Tape
*Yellow Owl Workshop Fall Stamps
*Fox Folder
*Cork Instagram Album

Enjoy the cooler weather!

See you soon.

xoxo collage

Stock varies by store and is in constant flux. Please call before you come if you're looking for something specific!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Copic Marker Special!

Now at all 3 collage locations: Buy 12 or more COPICS and get 20% off + a free case.
Essentially, this is $96 worth of markers for  $76.80 and is like getting 2+ markers free! 
---Limited to stock on hand---

A little about Copics: Copic makes the highest quality alcohol markers in the world. Developed for—and widely adopted by—the Japanese manga industry, Copic markers are ideal for all styles of art, design, illustration, and crafts. Durable, refillable, and featuring replaceable nibs, you only need to buy a Copic marker once.


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Don Colley Demo At Division!

Illustrator Don Colley will be demonstrating how to draw with Faber Castell Pitt Pens at our Division location on Thursday, October 1st from 12-2PM.

Watch Don in action here and come to our Division location to meet him next week! 

Check out more of Don's work below!

See you there!


Product Haul: Glow in the Dark!

Glow in the Dark is fun any time of the year, but especially when Halloween is around the corner!

From Left to Right (roughly):
1) Thread (comes in Green, Pink, Yellow, Off White, & Orange)
2) Paint
3) Duck Tape
4) Ceiling Stars
5) Rocks
6) Journal
7) Sculpey Clay
8) Glitter
9) Silly Putty
10) Twine
11) Embroidery Floss

Use these glow elements to jazz up your costume, make cute creatures, or add mood lighting to your home! 

All of these products are in stock at Division and most are stocked at Sellwood and Alberta. Call before you come to check stock levels!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

DIY Halloween Treat Bags!

Are you having a Halloween Party this year and want to have the coolest treat bags ever? Well you're in luck because we have a DIY just for you!

1) Stencil
2) Stencil Brush
3) Jacquard Textile Paint
4) Tape
5) Muslin Bag
6) Piece of Cardboard that fits in your bag

First, secure your stencil to your bag. This can be done with washi tape or repositionable spray mount if you have a more complicated stencil. Then put a piece of cardboard or thick paper in the bag to avoid the paint getting on the back of your bag.

When stenciling it's important to not have gobs of paint on your brush. After you dip your brush in paint, take off excess by dabbing a piece of paper towel. If you have too much paint on your brush it can seep under the stencil and make your print messy!

With a dabbing motion, start filling in your stencil. Don't sweep the brush from side to side, this can also cause the paint to go where you don't want it to.

After the paint has dried. iron the bag to heat set the paint.

If you love the bags, but aren't feeling crafty we sell them pre-stenciled for $3 each. They are currently stocked at Division and will be in the other stores soon!

See you soon!