Friday, November 30, 2018

Lia Griffith: book signing and demo, paper flowers, and more!

collage is excited to host Portland's own paper flower goddess, Lia Griffith, for a demo this coming Saturday, December 1, from 12-2pm at our Alberta supply store located at 1639 NE Alberta Street.

Lia Griffith is an internationally renowned DIY designer, educator, photographer, stylist, creative director, and author. Lia is a leader in the craft industry and has her own line of crepe papers, frosted tissue papers, DIY kits, and craft tools with Fiskars. From her studio here in Portland, OR, she teaches crafters at every level how to tap into their creative spirit by sharing patterns and tutorials on 

 collage is excited to carry an array of Lia's crepe paper as well as her fabulous new crepe paper flowers book.  

We tried some of the projects from Lia's new book and had a lot of fun!  Click on the jump below to see some progress shots.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

DIY - Paperclay leaves

This easy DIY utilizes the falling leaves around us, and is a great creative project to make with kids! 
All supplies available at collage, except leaves!

Supplies needed:

Creative Paperclay
Acrylic Paint (we used Martha Stewart craft paints!)
Paint brushes
X-acto knife
leaves for pressing
wire for hanging
acrylic medium (optional)

Open clay and flatten out to about 1/4" thick.  press leaves into clay to create an impression.  Use x-acto knife to cut around the leaves.  Remove leaves and cut out a circle where you'd like to make a hanger.  Allow to dry 24-48 hours.

Paint leaves with diluted acrylic paint (dilute with water, as shown above, or with acrylic medium).  Paint as many washes as you need to create the desired effect.  Let dry completely.

When the paint is dry, use wire to hang your masterpiece!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Crafty Creations for Your Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is in less than two weeks!  Decorating our table can be such a fun project, especially for the kiddos.  You can find all sorts of things to make an extra cosy and special table this year at collage!

Blank place cards are a great jumping off point for making a special place at the table for everyone.  We have tons of holiday stamps, paper, and colorful pens (we love the LePen) for decorating!

For those who love to practice hand-lettering, a few fancy pens are all you need.  Delve into colors, brush pens, and fancy metallic pens in our fabulous pen section!

We also carry letter stamps and clearstamp sets to make uniform personalized placecards.

Don't forget washi tape!  We have some adorable autumnal tapes in our supply stores that make decorating a breeze.

We have some adorable autumn stickers for decoration as well!  Stop on into one of our supply stores to check them out.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Product Feature: NEW how-to and project books!

Our supply stores are chock full of brand new how-to books on cute crafts, drawing how-tos, and activities!

Check out these inspirational books on illustration, intuitive painting, and projects for your home.

Inktober is over, and we want to keep drawing!  We love these drawing how-to books.

One of our favorite artists, Gemma Correll, has some fun new books out on how to draw our favorite fur friends!

kSome of our favorite activity books for relaxation on long road trips or whenever are these beautiful scratch off activity books!