Help Us Clear Some Space!


Come in soon to save!

We need to clear some space for all of the NEW collections & other great new products on their way!  At the moment, we have more than TWO DOZEN new paper collections headed to the store!  Fall, Halloween & Christmas collections of course, but also some fantastic new lines for travel, birthdays, kids, pets, artistic pursuits, friendship and SO much more!

Now, to make room for all of that, we’re marking down prices on much of our current inventory.  (So, this is sort of a “good news and better news” kind of post!)  Right now you can save 25% off selected paper collections, Project Life kits and Lucky 8 punches by We R Memory Keepers.  Save 20% off all Cut & Paste collections by My Mind’s Eye, too!

Don’t forget to check out our clearance section for savings of 35% or more AND the Bargain Bin at the front counter with selected remaining papers at the incredible price of just .35 cents per sheet!

All sale items are limited to the remaining quantity on hand, so pass the word – these deals won’t last long!

The Budweiser Clydesdales are Coming to Washington!

Pulling4WashingtonThe world-renowned Budweiser Clydesdales will be in Washington the week of August 18 – 24!

The Washington Chamber of Commerce has been hard at work pulling this together, as the opportunity for this amazing visit came together fairly quickly.  We are all extremely grateful to have this fantastic experience thanks to Brewer’s Distributing as a show of support for the ongoing rebuilding of so much of our community.  There will be MANY chances to see these amazing horses in action and at rest in their temporary home!  The horses will be joining festivities in town all week, including the Taste of Washington, the Washington Arts Festival and more!

PASSPORT GAME:  You can show your support for local businesses AND have a chance to win $1,000 in gift certificates!  Pick up a passport from any participating business (like US, for example!) or at the Chamber of Commerce office.  You can also download it here: Passport Game Card.

(Please be sure to review the rules; there is no purchase necessary for the Passport or for participating.)

Here’s the full schedule:

Monday, August 18

The Clydesdales arrive at Uftring Chevy of Washington and get settled in.  No public appearances today.  The horses need their beauty sleep!

Tuesday, August 19

7th Annual Taste of Washington at Mt. Vernon & Constitution

Local food vendors – Dunk Tank – DJ & Music – Photo Booth

Horses get their beauty treatment: baths & brushings

Viewing times: 10am to 7pm

Wednesday, August 20

Park District Run at Five Points

Horses at start & finish lines

After Party at Five Points with appearance by the Clydesdales

6:30pm – 8:30pm

Thursday, August 21

Visit the Clydesdales at their Enhanced Stable Experience

Visit the horses at their temporary home.  The Clydesdales will be housed on the north side of the Uftring Chevrolet of Washington building at 1880 Washington Road, Washington, IL.  Access to parking is available on Mt. Vernon Street and Constitution Avenue

Clydesdales Full Hitch at Cherry Tree Center: 5pm – 7pm

Work on filling up your Passport Game Card

Friday, August 22

Orange & Black Night at WCHS

Meet all fall teams

Watch first scrimmage

Preview the Marching Panthers

Saturday, August 23

Parade from Washington Square to Washington Park – featuring the full hitch of Clydesdales and honoring first responders to our city on November 17th – come out and line the streets to say THANK YOU to them!

Washington Arts Festival (hosted by Washington Park District) held at Washington Park, 11am to 5pm

Juried Artists – Crafters – Musicians – Food – Fun for All

Sunday, August 24

Washington Arts Festival at Washington Park, 11am to 5pm

Juried Artists – Crafters – Musicians – Food – Fun for All

Last Appearance of the Clydesdales

Tombow Dual Brush Markers Now Here


Adding another option for coloring cards and more, we now have a great selection of Dual Brush Markers by Tombow!


These water-based markers can be used with a variety of techniques for all of your projects.  Use them like water color paints for a soft blended look or color with the fine tip for bold, true colors!  We plan to begin offering classes using these soon – watch for updates!

Tombow Dual Brush Markers:  $3.19 individually; assortment sets of 10 coming soon


New Design Team Members Wanted!

You’ve seen the amazing work from our current Design Team members in the store and here online.  We are VERY grateful to have had such a talented group of ladies the past six months sharing their talents with us!  It’s time to begin a new season, so we’re opening up the application process for new designers to join the team!  (Current Design Team members have the option to continue for one additional back-to-back season.)  If you love to create scrapbook layouts, cards and more, you may just be one of our next designers!  Find out all about how our Design Team works and download an application HERE.  Applications must be submitted (with samples of your work) by August 28.

You can also pick up a copy of the application and learn more in the store.  We’d love to hear from you and see your work!

Now Accepting Applications!

We are looking for someone to join our team here at The Paper Forest!   This will be a part-time position, including some evenings & weekends.  Our work environment is positive, encouraging, supportive and generally a lot of fun, but we do have a few really important requirements.  One of the things that truly makes our store special is the quality of our staff!  Knowledge of paper crafting and a passion for creating and helping others learn and grow in their own skills is absolutely essential.  Shoppers come to us for our outstanding products, classes and constantly changing inventory; they also come to us expecting expert advice and guidance.  Sales experience would be helpful for applicants also – but knowledge and experience with scrapbooking, card making, stamping etc. are key.  Basic computer skills are also required, as well as a high-school diploma or equivalent.

If you or someone you know is interested in a part-time position, loves to craft with paper & ink, willing to work flexible hours and come to work in a creative, positive setting, stop by and pick up an application!  (And yes, employees do enjoy a discount!)

Making Room, Making Plans & Making Deals!

This is the time of year when all the paper craft industry companies begin showing their new designs and upcoming releases.  It’s always so much fun to preview all the great products, design collections and ideas!  It’s also always a BIG challenge to decide what to bring in to the store!  There is only so much space, after all!

So while we make our selections for all the new products for fall and winter, we have a lot of planning to do.  Making room requires rearranging and making decisions about not only what we will begin carrying, but also sometimes what we will not carry going forward.  For example, we will soon be stocking Tombow Dual Tip Markers in  a wide range of colors, along with blending kits and watercolor paper.  Watch for news about the arrival of our new stock of Tombow, as well as classes on how to use them!

At the same time, we’ve place all remaining Spectrum Noir markers on sale at 50% off!  We will no longer be stocking these pens, but we will continue to serve our customers who’ve purchased them in the past.  If you need refills, replacements or other items for your Spectrum pens, we can order those for you.  Stop in soon to pick up color sets from what we have left – they are going fast.

Watch for sneak peeks of some of the paper collections we’ve pre-ordered so far – those will be posted all next week!  Of course, we still have MANY products to review and select from, too!  The most important thing we always consider when making product buying decisions is YOU – our customer!  That’s why we offer you the chance to give your input on some of the products we are looking at.  Come in to see some samples of paper collections right now from BoBunny and Kaisercraft.  Let us know what you think!  Love it, hate it – we want to hear from you!

Our regular customers also know by now that when we start talking about NEW products, that also means existing items going on sale!  As we begin to make room for all these amazing new releases, stop by to see the latest great deals and discounts!

Since we know many of you follow blogs and watch for updates from your own favorite companies, if you have seen a sneak peek of something that you just can’t wait to see in person, tell us about it!  Leave us a comment about any new or upcoming release you’d like to see in our store and tell us why you love it!


Small Business Saturday in Washington

SBS_Summer_WebUsually, Small Business Saturday is held on the Saturday following Black Friday, but last November the town of Washington – along with East Peoria and other communities around Central Illinois – was still reeling from the devastation of a string of severe tornados.  So the Washington Chamber of Commerce decided to postpone the event until summer.  Washington is rebuilding and going strong now and we want everyone to see all that this great town has to offer!  So THIS SATURDAY, come out to Washington to shop, eat and visit some terrific locally owned businesses! There is a coupon flyer compiled by the Chamber of Commerce with special offers on everything from coffee to eye care, from collectibles to dining (and of course, scrapbook supplies)!  We will have special reusable tote bags to carry home your new purchases, copies of the coupon booklet and more. The Paper Forest is proud to be a part of this community and we are very grateful to all our loyal friends & customers for the support and caring that kept us going as the town struggled in the wake of the November storms.  Having been open barely one year when the storms brought such an impact, it was the support of the community that helped us to stay strong.  We love serving each and every one of you and hope you will show the same kind of support to other local businesses so we can all grow and build together!  Let this Saturday be a chance to discover something new right here in your own backyard – a new favorite shop, a new hair stylist, a new favorite restaurant or just rediscover one you’ve missed for a while.  Download the complete list of Washington Summer SBS Coupons or just come by and pick up a copy in the store!  Hope to see you Saturday!

Final Make ‘n Take for Christmas in July!


Join us Friday, July 25, from 5pm – 7pm for a mini-album Make ‘n Take!  This adorable little pocket-size album is made using cardstock, patterned paper and simple embellishments.  All base pieces will be pre-cut to make this easy & fun for all!  No need to sign up ahead of time, we will take everyone on a first-come first-served basis.  Cost is just $6.00, available while supplies last.




New Lawn Fawn Coming Soon!

Attention all Lawn Fawn fans:  All NEW stamps & dies are now available for pre-order!

If you are already a fan, you know how awesome and versatile the stamps from Lawn Fawn are… if you haven’t yet started your collection, this is the season to begin!  There are stamps for fall, winter, Christmas and all occasion – of course with matching high-quality steel dies.  Some of our favorite classic sets have new matching dies as well, such as “Critters in the Sea”, “Hats Off to You” and others.  Two new alphabets, stitched nesting rectangles in two sizes, new background & border dies are in this upcoming release too!

All of these great new products are expected to ship in mid-late August, but why wait?  Come in to see the preview images & place your order now!  This is the best way to make sure you get your favorites as soon as possible without worrying that we’ll be sold out before you can get here.  All preorders must be paid in full at the time the order is placed and must be placed in person.  Come by soon and see all the fun new designs!!

What’s that?  You want a little sneak peek?  Okay – here are just a FEW: (click on the images for a larger full view)







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Make ‘n Take – 7/16/2014

Join us for the first of our Christmas in July Make ‘n Take projects on Wednesday, July 16, from 12noon until 3pm!  You’ll learn how to easily make a decorative tag with a dimensional flower.  The flower is made using basic circle punches and can easily be adapted to any season or theme!  For our Christmas tag, we’re going for a poinsettia look.  Here are a couple of samples:

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There are a selection of cards to use so that you can give your tag your own look.  Cost to do this project is just $2.50!  Come by anytime from 12pm – 3pm and we’ll show you how easy it is!