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Marbled bookbinding

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Pajaki chandelier

lettering

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papercutting

8 PAPER TRENDS

34 ORIGAMI KNOW-HOW

56 PAPERCUTTING KNOW-HOW

We can’t get enough of these lovely ideas

All the tools and tips to get you started

All the tools and tips to get you started

10 DIY ROUND-UP

36 PAPER BIRDS

58 TEA & CHAT WITH ROB RYAN

Whip up the sweetest decorations

Pinterest editor Zoë Pearson shows you how to spread a little joy with a paper pigeon

The prolific papercut artist explains how he developed his distinctive and much-loved style

All the tools and tips to get you started

38 TEA & CHAT WITH ESTHER THORPE

63 PAPERCUT PERFECTION

16 CALLIGRAPHY GUIDE

Meet the designer with a talent for 3D origami structures and a passion for teaching others

Paper product designer Sarah Louise Matthews shares her top tips for papercutting – and her exclusive templates

14 LETTERING KNOW-HOW

Have a go at beautiful calligraphy with Lauren Cooper of Oh Wonder

41 STATEMENT VASE

Show off your handiwork with pretty cards

Fold and press your way to a stunning vase with Esther Thorpe’s origami tutorial

22 TEA & CHAT WITH CHIARA PERANO

44 PULL-OUT ORIGAMI PAPERS

21 DIP-DYED GREETING CARDS & TAGS

Catch up with the queen of modern calligraphy

26 PAINTED ENAMELWARE

Gorgeous papers from top designers for you to transform into show-stopping decorations

Lovely lettering isn’t just for paper…

53 GEOMETRIC WALL ART

31 BRUSH LETTERING BANNER

Add a dash of personality to your home with Lara Messer’s on-trend geometric masterpiece

Personalise your wall with a feelgood phrase

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PULL-OUT TEMPLATES Snip and fold your way to Sarah’s six gorgeous projects: woven papercut wall art, sweet wreath card, zesty lemon card, pretty floral mandala, fabulous message banner and a constellation design on gold mirror card.


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SARAH LOUISE MATTHEWS Paper crafter, Sarah, shares components to make at least 5 exclusive designs (our clever alphabet means you can make much, much more!)

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Honeycomb tissue poms

journaling

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100 PAPER PARTY KNOW-HOW

All the tools and tips to get you started

All the tools and tips to get you started

72 WHY I JOURNAL

102 TEA & CHAT WITH LIA GRIFFITH

Kristi Prokopiak on what scrapbooking means to her – and why you should try it

It all began with a paper flower tutorial…

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Welcome guests with Lia’s enchanted wreath

107 WOODLAND WREATH

Print out your Instagram photos to make a scrapbook-style memory you can frame

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78 TEA & CHAT WITH ARNE & CARLOS

114 PLANT DECALS

Known for their quirky knitting patterns, the Norwegian and Swedish duo have always journaled their creative process

84 MODERN, MARBLED BOOKBINDING

Hang up this showpiece, it’s sure to impress Create a tropical jungle for your wall

116 FLOWER WALL HANGING DIY Enjoy fresh blooms all year round

JOURNALING LABELS AND SHEETS

JILLY P STUDIO Jillian Phillips has created an exclusive set of journaling labels, tags and lined paper to add to your notebook musings.

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88 PULL-OUT JOURNALING PAPERS

124 SUPERSIZED PARTY BALLOONS

Get started assembling your journal using Jilly P Studio’s sweet and colourful papers

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120 HONEYCOMB TISSUE POM POMS Always admired these poms? Make your own! Throw a tropical fiesta with Lana Red’s decs

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What drew you to train as an illustrator and designer? Drawing has made me happy for as long as I can remember. As a child I illustrated stories written on a beloved typewriter, made birthday cards, did patterns on my nails – that kind of thing! One summer holiday, around 1996, I made an entire magazine by hand (pre computer), with drawings instead of photographs, featuring lots of bubble writing. I’ve been learning ever since.

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CHIARA PERANO

A love of lettering led Chiara to launch her own illustrated calligraphy business.We sat down to fnd out her creative secrets

Words: JUDY DARLEY Photographs: INGRID RASMUSSEN AND MAXEEN KIM

After falling in love with typography as a child, Chiara Perano studied illustration and design at University of the Arts London, before developing her hand lettering further by training herself in the art of calligraphy. After spending seven years working in the design industry, she launched Lamplighter London in 2012. She creates ornate calligraphy-based artwork, often used as a fnishing touch at events ranging from weddings to fashion shows. Notable clients to date have included Nike, Nescafé, Dolce 22 MOLLIE MAKES CREATIVITY

Gusto, Jimmy Choo, Superdrug, Katharine Pooley, Selfridges, Cath Kidston, and Dove, not to mention members of the Greek Royal Family. Her frst book, Nib & Ink was released earlier this year. Today Chiara’s team is based at Seven Sisters in London, where she admits to surrounding herself with enough materials to open a small art shop. We stopped by for a chat about her inspiration, the challenges of balancing her time, and how she built her passion into a shining indie brand.

What attracted you to calligraphy? I love type, lettering and illustration, and calligraphy is an art form in itself, so I was excited to start learning a few years ago. It’s harder than it looks so I’m constantly improving my styles, developing my technique and exploring new angles. The word calligraphy derives from the Greek kalligrafos, meaning ‘to write beautifully’, which obviously appeals to me. How did this lead you to launch Lamplighter London? I started the business with the aim of ofering an extra-special stationery destination for people wanting creative illustrated paper goods to celebrate events. Calligraphy is a major part of this, and I personalise everything for my clients. I ofer a fully bespoke design service, adding in extras such as luxury print fnishes, handmade envelopes, wax seals, ribbons, stamps, illustrations, all the way through to signage and ‘on the day’ stationery. Can you tell us about the inspiration behind the company name? Lamplighter was my favourite poem from


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a book by Robert Louis Stevenson that my mum and I used to read together when I was growing up. It’s called A Child’s Garden of Verses and our copy belonged to my nana, and has her name written in the front from when she was a child in 1938. It’s very special to us. What were the major challenges in the early days? Oh gosh, many! Getting my business hat on; reaching out to new clients; keeping on top of admin, records and invoicing were my main challenges. My chinks lie more in the business side of things – I’m a creative brain with big ambitions, so I’ve really had to get to grips with the admin, whilst managing a full time creative role. How has the business developed since? Enormously. I run my own modern calligraphy workshops in London now; Subscribe at molliemakes.com

I’m working with some phenomenal clients on bespoke artwork and calligraphy jobs and I have a range of stationery products. How did you go about attracting such a variety of notable clients? I didn’t have a black book of contacts, I just tried to brand Lamplighter well, and worked really hard at making every job extra special. It paid of, and the business has grown through word of mouth.

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oblique pen holder

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marble prints,

pink ink.

botanics, vintage

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of bespoke wedding

boxes upon boxes

stationery and lined

of stationery.

envelopes.

What do you enjoy most about work? I’m a creative at heart so I absolutely love working on an exciting brief, and there’s nothing better than a client coming back to me after the frst round of design directions to say they love it. I’m also quite entrepreneurial, so I really enjoy working on innovative, fun projects and events, and developing the newer sides of my business, such as products and workshops. MOLLIE MAKES CREATIVITY 23


Woven papercut 01 Cut along each cut-line on the pink sheet. 02 Fold back each strip. 03 Glue each folded strip down. 04 Cut an identically-sized piece of orange card and attach it behind the pink layer using glue or double-sided tape. Use a metal ruler and craft knife to trim around the edge to neaten up if required. YOU WILL NEED ■ Orange (or any colour) card

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HOW TO MAKE… PAPERCUT ART You’ll find all the templates for these artworks in the pull-out section. Before you begin a papercutting project it’s worth taking a little time to set up properly, and then keep a few ‘rules’ in mind as you go along.

Lemon card 01 Cut out all of the shapes from the bright yellow, pastel yellow and white pieces of the lemon card. 02 Fold along the dashed lines – it helps to use a ruler and scoring or embossing tool to score the line first to make sure the fold is clean and precise. 03 Layer the pieces from inside to outside: bright yellow, pastel yellow, white, and secure each layer to the next using either a line of glue or double-sided tape along the top of the back of the card, just below the fold.

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Don’t worry, there aren’t many of them! Set up your workspace with a self-healing cutting mat, ensuring you have space around you to move your arms while you work. Now put some music on and set some time aside for a crafting

session. Always begin with a new blade. It’s important to change your craft knife blade regularly while you work to ensure clean and precise cuts. It’s most comfortable to hold the craft knife like a pen, keeping the


Wreaths 01 Cut out the green and pink layers of the wreaths. Take one green and one pink layer and align the green on top of the pink to practise positioning the layers. 02 Use glue or double-sided tape to attach the two layers together. 03 Tie a length of ribbon through the centre of the wreath to hang it up. 04 Repeat with the remaining two wreaths. YOU WILL NEED ■ Ribbon

blade at a 45 degree angle. And always cut towards you – this way you have the most control over the knife so it’s the safest way to work. It’s best to hold the paper with your other hand, and rotate it, so you can keep cutting in the same

direction. Remember to hold the paper as still as you can as you cut. When cutting straight lines, use a metal ruler for the cleanest cuts. Cut away from corners rather than into them, and begin with the most delicate, detailed part of the

design, working your way through to the biggest shapes. Finally, papercutting should be fun, so be playful and don’t worry if it comes out a bit differently to your original design – you can just adapt it, or recycle it!

Floral mandala 01 Cut out all of the shapes from the white, green and yellow sheets, including cutting along the halfleaf lines on the white layer. (The pink layer is a solid layer, so nothing to cut there!) 02 Fold back the half-cut leaves. 03 Layer the sheets from front to back – white, green, yellow, pink – and attach each layer to the next using either glue or double-sided tape. Use a metal ruler and craft knife to trim around the edge to neaten up if required.

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MATERIALS ■ Notebooks, Hay, available at www.libertylondon.com, and Nikki Strange, www.nikkistrange.co.uk ■ Letter stamps, pens, rubber, letter stickers, mini bunting, all from Tiger http://uk.flyingtiger.com/ en-gb ■ Leaf stamp, Papermash, www.papermash.co.uk ■ Mini ink pads, Papermania, available at www.docrafts. com/Products/papermania ■ Washi tape, Paperchase, www.paperchase.co.uk

JUST THE THING FOR JOURNALING

Some supplies to help you on your journaling way A place to gather thoughts, drawings, cuttings, inspiration… what could be more creatively freeing than keeping a journal? Here’s some tips from the experts before you get started: 01 The difference between a diary and a journal is that a diary records your reactions to the daily happenings in your life. A journal also includes the things that interest and inspire you, while also giving you space to grow creatively. 02 Find a style of journal that works for you – it might be a jotter, a handmade notebook or a ring-bound album. If journaling is something you want to do on the move, or you’d rather spend time on it at home, your choice should reflect that. 03 Learn to love your handwriting - for ease and immediacy with your thoughts, you can’t beat handwritten journals. Take a look at pages 16 to 21 if you’d like to brush up!

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PHOTOGRAPH: FRANCESCA STONE, WWW.FALLFORDIY.COM

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Get the party started! Throw a truly tropical fiesta with help from Lana Red’s show-stopping balloons

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HOW TO MAKE… PARTY BALLOONS MATERIALS ■ Transparent latex balloons ■ Helium cannister ■ Funnel ■ Crepe or tissue paper ■ Paper confetti ■ Scissors ■ Twine ■ Stapler

We’ve always admired those XXL-sized party balloons that are de rigueur at parties these days – and now we know how to make our own versions, thanks to Lana Red. Pick the lightest paper possible in order to get your balloons to really float. Top tip: rub the balloons over a wool blanket – the static will help the confetti stick to the sides. Flower garland balloon 01 Cut two shades of crepe paper into long strips the same width and length. Cut a third piece of crepe paper to the same length but half the width. Fold all three separately using accordion folds.

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02 Round the edges of the two larger folded strips using your scissors. For the smaller strip, cut into the sides to create a frayed look. 03 Unfold the strips and place them on top of each other, smallest on top. Now repeat the accordion fold with all three together. 04 Grab your twine and wrap it around the middle of the folded strips once, securing with a knot. 05 Here comes the fun part: reveal your flower. Pull at the stacked paper, making sure the twine stays in the middle. Carefully pull each individual piece of paper, opening the creases gradually.

06 Use a funnel to fill the balloons with paper confetti, pushing it inside the balloon using your fingers or the end of a pencil. Fill your balloons with helium according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Attach the flowers to the balloon. Your blooms may be heavy depending on the paper you used, so you might need a big balloon or a couple of smaller balloons to lift the weight.

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Mollie Makes Creativity Sampler  

Inside this special edition: Calligraphy • Journaling • Origami • Papercutting • Fab paper party makes • Interviews with Rob Ryan, Arne & Ca...

Mollie Makes Creativity Sampler  

Inside this special edition: Calligraphy • Journaling • Origami • Papercutting • Fab paper party makes • Interviews with Rob Ryan, Arne & Ca...