Need a good dose of fun? Drop by Paper Source at Phillips Place and play in the papers.
This Chicago-based shop first opened for business in 1983 and now operates 47 stores nationwide, with plans to open nine more this year.
Start by making your way through the many vignettes featuring funny gift-giving items like the Better than a Boyfriend Soap, made with fancy white tea and rosehips, and the Lucha Libre Thumb Wrestling Masks.
Mosey over to the craft counter to get tips on how to make greeting cards and invitations using stamping and embossing techniques.
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You will find inspiration as you stroll through the selection of fine glitter powders, glue pens, stamps and ink pads.
Among walls of decorative papers in many colors and pattern are possibilities for creating funky framed-art pieces at affordable prices.
Also ranking high in the fun factor are office supplies in themed designs, party-favor boxes, flea-market-style picture frames, candles, aprons and lots of crafting kits. The Silhouette Art kit, for example, produces art for hanging or for gifting the grandparents.
Are you into the cupcake craze? The store carries several books on making cupcakes, as well as decorative cupcake papers and supplies needed to make them unique.
The store's calendars feature cutout templates on the back of each page. At the end of the month you can re-use these decorative papers to make file folders, note cards, pillow boxes and more.
Sign up for one of Paper Source's upcoming classes, such as Rookie Rubber Stamping from 6:20-8 p.m. Feb. 24, or Mardi Gras Masks & Crowns from 6:30-8 p.m. March 3.
The store will host the Wedding Suites Event 11-1 p.m. Feb. 19. This event features everything needed to make two wedding suites utilizing some of Paper Source's newest additions to the PS Invitation line. Participants will learn PS tips and techniques to create the perfect invitation, along with options for incorporating favors and table accents in mix-and-match palettes.
Book seats for you and your wedding entourage and save $5 per seat; see the website for more information on classes and fees.