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A Very Environmental Offering – AVEO

AVEO is a new Paper Line offered by Reich Paper Mill. We now have stock on our floor with the offering of White Sugar and Brown Sugar.  This product is offered with 3 weights, see weights listed at bottom with example products associated.

This paper line is naturally TREE FREE due to being manufactured with 90% Sugar Cane stalk remnants and 10% Textile linen/hemp remnants.

Our 1 line summary of AVEO would be: Creativity and responsible Ingenuity all rolled into one paper line!

Checkout this new product and let us know how it works for your projects!

To better explain the process, below is a more extensive explanation from the Manufacturer’s swatch book:

“A Very Environmental Offering — AVEO is a tree free paper manufactured from 90% Sugar Cane fiber (bagasse) which is left over after the sugar cane stalks are crushed to extract their juice. This sustainable and renewable resource has traditionally been burned or placed in a landfill.
The balance 10% of AVEO is a combination of linen and hemp which are both left over from the textile industry. This material is added to offer additional folding and strength characteristics and would also end up in a landfill if it were not used to make AVEO.
Because AVEO paper is made from mostly sugarcane pulp, sometimes small particles of the stalk can be seen and is to be expected. Although usually very clean, sometimes small brown spots or brown fibers can appear in White Sugar and sometimes small white spots can appear in Brown Sugar.
AVEO is recyclable, biodegradable, acid free and elemental chlorine free. AVEO® is a registered trademark of Reich Paper”

 

Aveo 80 TEXT (reminder, this is NOT card stock – feels like quality letterhead paper)

Aveo 92 COVER  – Card Stock Paper

Aveo 118 COVER – Card Stock Paper

Metallic Paper Hydrangea Wreath

Fall_Hydrangea_Paper_WreathWhat a beautiful way to decorate for fall! Make this DIY paper hydrangea wreath for your front door or to style your living space. For the petals of this hydrangea project I chose my favorite metallic text weight sheets in Ruby, Punch, Kunzite, Violette  and Opal and to add an extra layer of color, printed them with a watercolor wash on a laser printer. You can dowload the purple, blue and green washes here. I then chose three leaf colors, Botanic, Emerald & Fairway.  I picked the Emerald to pull out the color of my front door so you may choose a more traditional green if you prefer.

For this project I cut all of my paper petals with my Cricut Explore. You can download the SVG cut files below for your cutting machine or the PDF template to hand cut. For the full step-by-step photo tutorial just pop on over to my site! ~ Lia

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DIY Paper Dahlia

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It is time for another paper flower! Dahlia’s are one of my all-time favorites, partly because my name is included in the letters of this luscious bloom. Dahlias come in a variety of colors and shapes so I picked a rich plum with a irregular petal pattern as my inspiration. I will not lie, this is not the simplest flower I have made. With so many petals to cut and form, it takes some commitment, but is worth every minute when you see how gorgeous it looks complete

 

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Pop over to my blog to see the step-by-step tutorial to follow. Remember that this kind of flower does work better with a text weight rather than a card stock paper since the latter does not curl smoothly. For the flowers in these photos I have used a metallic plum text weight called Ruby. You may even try small glue dots rather than hot glue to avoid glue strings. For the pattern click here. Enjoy! ~ Lia

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DIY Paper Orchid Plant

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I do love orchids! I almost always have a plant in my home and here is a way to have these beautiful flowers even without a green thumb! It is just gorgeous and I am thinking that these might be my live orchid replacement. You can use Ice Silver metallic paper in text weight to get that beautiful shimmering white that real orchids have. Check out my step-by-step tutorial on my blog and download the printable template to make your own gorgeous orchid plant. Enjoy! ~ Lia

 

Easy Spiral Paper Rose Centerpiece

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Love this simple but yet elegant and lovely paper rose branch. This is a great DIY project for wedding reception decor or to decorate any elegant party or even your office space or living room. You will just need a tree branch for each piece, paper and the materials to create a base for your arrangement. In the tutorial, I give you the step-by-steps on how I created this centerpiece. You can use this free template I have provided for you here. My one hint is to use a text weight paper rather than the heavier card stock, the metallic Cryogen White would work beautifully with this project. This will let the spiral form and curl with ease while still holding the finished shape.  Enjoy! ~ Lia

 

Metallic Paper Dendrobium Orchids

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It is time to make another gorgeous metallic paper flower! How about a dendrobium orchid with 5 blooms per stem. Today I made my stems in an assortment of my favorite purple metallic papers. I used Violet, Amethyst and Punch all in the text weight. These flower are tiny to cut but once that is done the assembly is quite easy. For the full step-by-step tutorial, just pop over to my post right here.  Below you can download the printable template or the SVG file for your cutting machine. Enjoy! ~ Lia

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Translucent Paper

Paper has many trends it will travel and one popular trend has been the colorful translucent paper. This unique paper is usually added to an existing project as an overlay or accent. Unfortunately this type of paper has shown a trend decline over the past years. As all can expect, the demand drives the market and since this demand as significantly reduce, so has the making of this paper. One line strongly affected by this industry change has been CT Translucent color choices. As we work on keeping demanding products on our floor for quick ship, this product’s “color selections” are being sold out with no replenish date for now.  Currently all colors are on sale and will remain on clearance until all stock has been depleted.

We will continue to stock and replenish most of the Clear / White Translucent paper including the VERY popular Inkjet Translucent.

Another trend we have noticed is Color Shimmer/Metallic Papers coupled with the white translucent papers. Presuming since the shimmer papers have expanded to lovely palette, most customers have decided to bring the color to their projects with heavy card stock and compliment with these neutral translucent papers.

However you best create, we wish you the most enjoyment and look forward to seeing your magnificent works of art!!

 

 

Make a Metallic Paper Lei

DIY_Paper_Flower_LeiThere is nothing more tropical than a colorful lei and what a better way to make these for your summer parties than with paper! I have designed a set of tropical blooms that are perfect for a lei and other party decorations like these simple floral straws. For her lei in these photos she used our metallic papers in text weight in Punch, Amethyst, Lime Satin and Gold. Of course you can choose any colors that match your theme as we have a wonderful color selection.

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Here are the links for you to download the printable template or SVG file for your cutting machine. Once you have cut your flowers, you can find the step-by-step tutorial for the lei over in my post. Enjoy! ~ Lia

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DIY Paper Flower Chandelier

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Being the paper flower crafter that I am, it is a must that I add some of my DIY paper blooms to my own home decor. . . without over doing it. So when I was looking at how I might create a dynamic entryway, I knew that the light fixture on the high ceiling was going to get a paper flower makeover. To make this chandelier, I was able to recycle the flowers from the paper garland tutorial using letter weight (not card stock) SageGold, and Poison Ivory, though it can be easily adapted to your needed color pallet.. This was not enough to finish the look but it did give me a good head start. I found a vintage wire basket for the frame of my paper chandelier and started stringing and hanging the long strands of blooms. 

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This piece is about 12 inches across and 30 inches tall. I strung 12 blooms 3-4 inches apart on each twine strand and made 36 strands to finish the piece. That is a lot of flowers, but so worth it. The chandelier was hung over the white round light fixture which is now surrounded by the wire frame. The finished piece gives the entryway the drama and mood I was hoping for. See my tutorial here for the steps I took to create this gorgeous piece. I can see something like this used as a hanging centerpiece for a bridal shower or ladies brunch. So many ideas. At the end of the post you can download the template for the flowers. I did add a few leaves at the top, mostly to cover the ends of the string. Enjoy! ~ Lia

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DIY Paper Rose

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Happy July everyone! Let’s start the month off with another version of a paper flower. . . the all time favorite and my first flower to make for blog readers. . . the paper rose. Ice Silver, Rose Quartz, and Red Lacquer will make some classic white, pink and red roses, but I can imagine some beautiful yellow roses using this same metallic paper in Lime. I suggest you use a letter or text weight paper as the card stock or even scrapbook paper does not curl as smoothly. The wire stem makes the rose very useful as you can add it into a bouquet or trim and curl the wire end. If you want to make a rose without the stem, you can refer to my How to Make a Paper Rose video. The only difference is using a florist wire or a removable bamboo skewer to create your rose center. You can download and print onto your selected paper the rose and the leaf pattern below and visit my blog to get the full tutorial! Enjoy! ~ Lia

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