Monday, 29 July 2013

From Melt Pot to Christmas ... all in one weekend!

Well I may have been off for a week, but I did pop along to the shop for Craft Night on Thursday, our first Christmas craft night of the year, we even had the tinsel up!  There was also a good bit of glamour dust  and not always on our cards, right??

Our next Christmas craft night will be on Thursday 19th September and places are filling fast, Christmas is coming!

On Saturday, our very own Kath Stewart taught two workshops using the Melt Pot.  These classes were very busy and we sold out of Melt Pots on the day and more are on order!  If you missed out, Kath will holding a melting pot demo 10 - noon and make and takes 1 - 3 pm on
Saturday 17th August, so why don't you pop along and have a play!

Here's some pictures (courtesy of Kath Stewart) from Saturday morning's workshop.

This is the lovely canvas made in the morning class.

So, if Saturday wasn't busy enough, on Sunday we had a lovely visit from Erika Gunter who was demonstrating Christmas cards with Spellbinders.  It was busy all day, will all seats taken up!


Here are the cards that Erika made.  You may spot some of the lovely Nordic papers in some of her cards, which sold out!



And look at this beautiful box Erika made, it really is gorgeous!


Looking ahead to this week, on Tuesday 30th July, we are running another kids class, I will share photos of what was made later in the week.

This Saturday, 3rd August, our very own Charlotte will be teaching a class from 2 - 4 pm, themed on Vintage Christmas Stamping where 4 cards will be made!

There are still places available, so give us a call on 01224 802337 and book yourself a place!  It's never too early to get started with this year's Christmas cards!

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Kids Crafts

Yesterday was one of my kids crafty class days, and I thought I'd share the project we were making with you all.

This week we were making a door hanger, and Rheia kindly let me show you her one...

this is one side of her project and here's the other side...

didn't she do a fabulous job?
we've still got a few places left for the remaining 2 kids classes on 30th July and 6th August, 10am - 11am, cost £6 - so call the shop on 01224 802337 to reserve your space. 

We're getting all organised for Christmas this week - with our Christmas themed craft night on Thursday, and then a fab Spellbinders demo from the supremely talented Erika Gunter who is affectionately known as Gertrude ;) on Sunday from 11am - 4pm

Monday, 22 July 2013

The heat is on ...

The heat is truly on!  What an outstanding three weeks, of the most gorgeous weather.  The downside to this, has been the fact that we have been working our little socks off, indoors in soaring temperatures!  I am sure we are not the only ones working with electric fans blowing everything around, while trying to keep cool! 

We have had an incredibly busy fortnight as you may know, with our fabulous special guests,
Sue Wilson and Barbara Gray, but behind the scenes we have also been very busy with weddings!  Lots of weddings in July and August and therefore lots of  requests for table plans, place settings, menus, table toppers etc.  Charlotte is making a very special table plan this week, a very special request, perhaps we may be able to share this later, after the wedding has passed, but it's going to be amazing!

Christmas in July?

Yep, that's right, Christmas in July!  We have already received lots of Christmas stock in the last two weeks and we are making room on our shelves for it!  And to follow on from this, this Thursday's Craft Night is going to be a Christmas one! ( I really must get up into the attic and bring my Christmas stash down ... where do you keep yours?)

Christmas stock wasn't the only thing arriving in the post this week ... we also received a very special parcel from Sue Wilson.  Sue found time in her very busy schedule, and before jetting off, to make some of her special 'cookies' for us.  They are truly delicious and we are making our way through them.  Thank you Sue, they are lovely!

And there were at least four layers of these cookies!

DIY Wedding

This weekend, Charlotte ran another of her very popular DIY wedding classes.  It was a busy one!  Hopefully everyone picked up some tips, techniques and of course some ideas to help them create their own wedding stationery.  But, we are always there if anyone needs some help or advice!

Now, I'm having a week off this week (apart from Craft Night), so before I go, here's a run down of what's coming up at The Papeterie.
Tuesday 23rd July
10 - 11 am
Kids Crafts
Cost: £6 per child

Thursday 25th July
Christmas Craft Night
6.30 - 9pm
Come along to our fun evening where you can create up to 5 projects.  We provide a free buffet and refreshment and all attendees will receive 10% discount on their purchases on the night.
Cost: £10
Saturday 27th July
Kath's Klub
Introducing a regular new series of classes from our inimitable local celebrity, Kath Stewart. Each attendee will receive a free stamp to take home.
10am - 12pm
1pm - 3pm
Both classes are different, giving you the option to book both or either.
Cost: £20 per class

Sunday 28th July
Spellbinder Christmas Demonstration Day
11am - 4pm
The fantastic Erika is back for this FREE Spellbinders demonstration.  Don't miss this opportunity to see our very own Spellbinders Queen in action.
Cost: FREE
Fingers crossed the sun continues to shine this week so that I can enjoy it outside!!




Monday, 15 July 2013

When Barbara Gray came to town ...

I don't think our feet have touched the ground these last couple of weeks.  We've been very busy little bees as you may know, cleaning, re-arranging and stocking in preparation last week for the arrival of Sue Wilson, so thankfully we were well prepared for our next special visitor Barbara Gray!

We had three, very large boxes, arrive from Clarity Stamps this week, with lots of lovely goodies.  There were lots of stamps, some you may be familiar with and some that are new, and one particular, very special set, which Barbara launched here on Friday at The Papeterie.  There were also masks, designed to be used with the Gelli plate, in two sizes.

Now, you may be asking yourself what this newly launched stamp set was.  Well, it was a set of three, Scottish themed mounted stamps.  The largest being a frame with the names of cities in Scotland as the border, a Scottish flag and pole and an image of Edinburgh Castle, all for the great price of £19.99! These sets sold like hot cakes especially when customers could see they various ways in which these could be used!

Barbara created her own background here with the fabulous Gelli plate and masks and acrylic paints and has used two of the stamps in the new collection.

How about this fabulous creation Barbara took along with her!  It was created using a wooden house frame (which we have in stock), patterned papers, ribbons etc and Barbara's new set of doll's house stamps.  It is utterly fabulous!
 Of course no fabulous demonstration would be complete without some fabulous crafty folk!


Now Barbara is a very entertaining, as well as a very talented lady, but I wish I could remember what made this particular crafty lady laugh!

Charlotte was a very lucky lady on Friday.  We had two lovely crafters from Elgin that brought these lovely roses for her, what a lovely thought!

Here are a couple of the other samples Barbara created.

Of course, it was another hot day on Friday, the windows were open early and fans were in full swing, but Barbara and all our crafty visitors were troopers coping with these very unusual temperatures for Aberdeen!

We still have some Barbara Gray demo mugs available, but sadly we no longer have Barbara around to sign them for you!  Here's Charlotte's mug, signed by Barbara.

Now Barbara said she loves it up here and can't wait to come back.  She added that Charlotte runs a brilliant shop and that it is going from strength to strength, how fabulous is that? 
Now I can let you into a bit of a secret ...there will be regular Clarity classes at The Papeterie with a special guest running them, watch this space ...
Now, just a quickie reminder of some classes coming up this week:
Tuesday 16th July
10 - 11 am
Kids Crafts
Debbi's class for school-age children
Cost:  £6 per child
Sunday 21st July
DIY Wedding Stationery
2 - 4 pm
Charlotte's very popular class where she shows the design process and then how to put together your own wedding stationery, from save-the-dates to order of service and place cards and everything in-between.


Saturday, 13 July 2013

A long soppy one

Hello all, it's not often that I actually post, it is normally Debbi and Paula who keep you all up to date with the latest news, but I thought I really needed to post to say THANK YOU!

I want to say a huge thank you. most importantly to all of our fantastic customers who continue to support us by attending events like the Sue and Barbara demos. Without you there would be no point at all for us organising these days. So my promise to you all is that if you keep coming we will keep delivering fantastic free demos!!! And if you thought this July was good wait till you see what I have planned for the rest of the year and next. I would also like to say thank you to all of those customers who have become like friends over the years, it truly means the world to myself and all the team at the shop.

pic copyright The Papeterie

A big thank you to Sue Wilson for giving up her time to raise money for a very worthwhile cause, and giving all of us some great memories of a brilliant demonstration day. It was definitely memories I know I will cherish forever, and cant wait to have you back up to the Papeterie again, as it truly felt as though we had a friend demonstrating at the shop!!

Photo: Barely time to catch our breath from having one crafty superstar here, but its only 2 more sleeps until we have the very charismatic and incredibly talented Barbara Gray joining us for a full day of amazing demos from 11am - 4pm. Don't miss it!!
A massive thank you to a true inspiration, Barbara Gray, she never ceases to amaze me - not just by how talented she is, but by how truly kind she is. I have been privileged to call Barbara a friend for a few years now and it is a real joy when she visits the shop and it is always one of my favourite days of the year. Roll on next year to have her and Dave back up to the shop again!

I need to say a big thank you to our adopted Papeterie family members...

Kath Stewart who generously gave up her time on Saturday at the Sue Wilson demo to take some wonderful photos, help things tick over smoothly and add some of her usual humour to an already great day. Although next time I think Buddy needs to make an appearance.

Morgen our very helpful tea girl who worked in the scorching heat at both  the Sue and Barbara demo days to sell tea and coffee and the all important Aberdeen buttery to some very grateful ladies. She did a fantastic job and helped raise money for Archway.

And our other tea girl who helped on Saturday, and did a great job even though it was her first day at the shop!

My grandma Jenny for giving up her time and producing her ever popular cupcakes, which were so popular there were none left for me by the end of the day.

Ryan from the mill's IT department for giving up his free time on Saturday to film the events for our charity dvd, and the countless hours spent since editing and making DVDs.

Barry from Alba Bagpiping for giving up his free time to welcome Sue to the shop in style along with giving some of the service users from archway a great experience. You did a fabulous job in that blistering heat!

And lastly but by no means least my Papeterie family...
Cover Photo

Paula Stronach, who gave up so much time along with every one else to make sure that the shop was truly ready for our visitors, and for her amazing efforts during the Sue Wilson demo. Paula managed to sit through out the entire demo in the scorching heat and help Sue without one word of complaint. Its true testament to how good a job she did by the fact Sue has asked her to be her helper again next year!

Debbi,for not just the work she does in the shop, but all of the work she does at home, work she does with classes and for always saying "go for it" when I have crazy ideas like asking celebrity crafters up to the shop.

and finally

Pearl Robb, if it wasn't for you we would never have learnt about such a fantastic charity nor would we have had the very talented Sue Wilson in the shop. You are such an inspiration for not only all the hard work you put into the shop, but your attitude to life as well.

Phew I bet you're all glad I don't post very often, but I do truly appreciate all of the hard work done by my team, and all of the other people who help make the Papeterie fantastic.

Love from
Charlotte xx

Thursday, 11 July 2013


Just one more sleep until we have the fabulous Barbara Gray demoing from 11am - 4pm - we're so chuffed to welcome Barbara back, there really is no-one like her. And as if that wasn't enough, Barbara will be launching her new Scottish stamp set - and we can tell you, it's stunning, just wait til you see it!!

We got something very special in the post today - and we thought we'd share it with everyone who reads our blog because it really made our day....

Thankyou Annette, Joyce, Brenda and Mary - we loved it, shame you can't join us again tomorrow to see Barbara, but we're sure we'll see you again soon.

And I'll leave you with a couple of Sue's cards from last weekend.....

Monday, 8 July 2013

The day has arrived ... it's time for Sue Wilson!


What a busy week it has been at The Papeterie. We have been cleaning, rearranging, merchandising new stock (and there was lots of new stock), filling our shelves with lots of card/paper from our mill, oh and there was takeaway!  Yes, we needed fed while we worked late into the evening! It all culminated in a fantastic day of crafting demonstrations from the wonderfully talented, Queen of Spellbinders, Sue Wilson!

We were delighted and very grateful to have Sue visit our store and help us raise lots of money for a very worthy charity, Archway (a charity close to our hearts), more of how much was raised later!

Archway is an independent Aberdeen charity that provides a service to both children and adults who have learning difficulties.  Sue and her husband Colin, popped along with Charlotte and Pearl on Friday evening to the branch of Archway in Dyce and met some of the staff and service users.  We were joined by some of them again on Saturday morning to greet Sue at our store.

photo copyright of Kath Stewart 
And joined now with Charlotte, Pearl and Darren.

photo copyright of Paula Stronach  
 As you will see, Sue was also greeted by a rather smart, and very warm piper (but I'm sure he's used to wearing all his regalia on sunny days).  A lovely surprise for Sue and all the wonderful crafters who came along, we are very grateful to him for giving up his time.  (Would you believe, when I went home at night, I was entertained with some live piping and drumming from my next door neighbours garden, I never tire from listening to piping, very emotive!)

 photo copyright of Kath Stewart 
photo copyright of Kath Stewart 

Looks like Sue, Colin and our crafters were loving our pipers arrival.

Sue set herself the challenge of making 20, lavishly adorned, stunning cards!  I had the enviable job of Sue's assistant for the day, I was a tad nervous I have to say, I had to get what was needed for each card as Sue needed them, but I needn't have worried, Sue was so organised, I knew just what to lay my hands on.  I was totally engrossed in her demonstrations and had a great vantage point, I could tell by all the faces in the crowd that everyone was just as engrossed, in deep concentration!  Luckily for me, Sue has asked for me to be her helper next time!  (Oops, did I say next time?  I think I may have let the cat out the bag, watch this space!)  The wonderful thing is we can watch Sue do it all again when it comes out on DVD!  All the profits from the sale of the DVD will also go to Archway, and we have orders for several hundred! WOW!  We must thank our adopted Papeterie staff member for the day, Ryan from IT, for setting up and filming this event!  The projected screen also ensured everyone, even those at the back, could get a good view of Sue!

 photo copyright of Kath Stewart 

It was warm in there, (I should know, LOL)  but we opened as much windows as possible (unfortunately the painters have painted the back ones stuck) and we had a couple of fans going, but it's an old building and doesn't have air conditioning!  However, us crafters are made of strong stuff, and anyway, what other craft shop would have the space to have so many people attend a free demonstration, and by such a talented person too, but Scotland's best craft shop, The Papeterie!! 

 photo copyright of Debbi Glennie
 photo copyright of Debbi Glennie
We must also thank our two helpers in charge of refreshments, Morgan and Eve, for keeping everyone hydrated and fed!  We must also thank Charlotte's Grandma for making those delicious cupcakes, what a star!

Of course, while I was being entertained by Sue, Charlotte, Pearl and Debbi were manning the tills along with another adopted staff member for the day, our very own, and very talented Kath Stewart, who also took the photos from the day!  I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Kath for taking the photos and giving us permission to use them in our blog!

If you are wondering where Sue's husband, Colin, spent his day, well Colin spent the afternoon on Stonehaven's golf course with Steve and Bill from Accounts, and I believe they also visited the very popular Aunt Betty's, just wish they'd brought some ice-cream back!

We shall be displaying the cards that Sue brought with her, in the shop, you can still pick up a sheet with everything needed to make these cards, from our shop (and there is still time to order a DVD, just call 01224 802337).

Here are just a few of the cards Sue made.

 photo copyright of Debbi Glennie
 photo copyright of Debbi Glennie
 photo copyright of Paula Stronach
(I won this card, above, in the raffle)
photo copyright of Paula Stronach 
Did I mention raffle??  We raised over £400 from the sale of raffle tickets, all 20 of Sue's cards were given away in the raffle and also Archway mugs, keyfobs and teddy, kindly donated by one of our regular customers, Joyce, who also made the t-shirts that we wore on the day, thank you Joyce for your donations!  The top prize of course was the Grand Calibur, signed by Sue, here's our very lucky winner, Tina.
 photo copyright of Kath Stewart 
The monies raised from the raffle and from the sale of refreshments pushed our total raised so far this year for Archway to over £3,000, and we still have the profit from the sale of the DVDs to be added to this!
And, at the end of a very long day, Sue stayed on to personally sign the raffled cards and get some photographs taken! 
Here's Sue's lovely message to myself, isn't she lovely!
photo copyright of Paula Stronach  

So what's next? 

Well, we've got another fabulous visitor this week, Barbara Gray is coming to town!  Yes, this Friday, the 12th July, Barbara will be back at The Papeterie demonstrating.  I was at Barbara's demonstration last year and it was brilliant, a very talented and very entertaining lady!  Why not come along between 11am and 4pm and watch this uber talented lady!

Well, that was a long one!  I'll be back blogging after Barbara's visit!

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