Design Team Call Extended

Looking for a new creative challenge?

One of the best things about coming to a local craft store is the chance to see finished samples and inspirational ideas in person!  We have been VERY grateful for the work of our design teams so far and could not be more impressed with all the talent and amazing ideas they have shared with us!  With fall and the holidays approaching, we want to make sure we give everyone who is interested the chance to show off their work and apply to join us for a new 6-month term as a designer!  You’ll be provided with a fresh packet of materials to work with each month and asked to make a set of projects to be displayed in the store and online.  Design team members also enjoy a discount on all purchases made during their term as our way to say Thank You!

Since we choose the packet materials for you, each month provides the chance to really challenge yourself creatively.  This has been one of the things that all of our past designers have truly enjoyed, as it means working outside of your own regular choices and style at times!

For all the details, please click here. 

We know how talented our customers are and we’d love to help you show off your work and inspire others!  So if you’ve been holding back, why not give it a try?

New Graphic 45 has ARRIVED!

The long-awaited newest collections from Graphic 45 have arrived and are in stock now!

Raining Cats & Dogs and Twas the Night Before Christmas are available as open stock, all individual papers, embellishments etc. sold separately.  Also in stock are the two Deluxe Collectors’ Editions, Baby 2 Bride and Times Nouveau!  These are early collections that have been out of print, now re-released with added embellishments never before available!  These special collections are available ONLY in the collectors’ packs and in VERY limited quantities.

Don’t wait – shop early on all these great new products!  These collections will be in demand and likely to sell out quickly; we’ve had some people calling and on our waiting list for many weeks anxiously waiting for these to come in!


G45_Baby2Bride  G45_TimesNouveau

New Stamps, Dies & More!

Arriving today, please meet the “Party Grumplings”!  These cling stamps are so much fun and can be used in so many ways, especially combined with the matching die set.  The faces on these little critters are just priceless!  For all your Halloween cards, party invitations and decorations, Taylored Expressions also has a great new emobossing folder to create an awesome spider web texture!

Many new collections for fall & Christmas continue to arrive, too.  We have a number of fall items from last season on sale as well.  Come visit soon to get inspired for all your fall projects!









Coming Soon – Fall Issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today


The weather is turning cooler, the kids are back in school and fall is nearly here!  Just in time for your fall projects featuring  all the great new collections, the new fall issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine will be arriving soon!  Regular customers know this is a fantastic publication just bursting with inspiration, tutorials, product reviews, sketches and much more.  The magazine is -NOT- available for sale, however.  The only way to get your copy is to shop with us soon so we can give you a copy for FREE!  Just spend $30 or more on your visit and a copy will be our gift to say “Thank You!”

We will send out an email to announce the arrival of the new issue, so if you want to be sure to be one of the FIRST to know please make sure we have your email address.  Only a limited number of copies are available and once they are gone, they are GONE!  Watch for the arrival announcement and plan to visit soon!


New Fall Collections & Classes Available

We’ve been very hard at work rearranging and setting up for all the many, many new collections and products on their way!  Many of the new fall and Halloween items have arrived and are now AVAILABLE!  Come in to see new collections from Simple Stories, Carta Bella, Graphic 45, Doodlebug Designs, Lawn Fawn and more!

Added to our famous color wall are a few new items too – like the amazing ultra-mini paperclips from Doodlebug Designs.  Once you start using them, you’ll keep finding MORE uses for them!  They are available in a wide assortment of colors, including two special mixes for fall and Halloween.

Christmas collections are starting to arrive as well – we have the beautiful new “Cozy Christmas” collection from Simple Stories and Lawn Fawn’s adorable and fun “Snow Day” available now.  More collections are coming soon, so you’ll want to keep checking back!

Our class calendar is filling up for fall, too!  Check the calendar for new classes like these:

There is always another reason to visit The Paper Forest – if you haven’t been in for a while, aren’t you curious what you might be missing?  🙂

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!)