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Meet Our Incredible Teachers - Laura Knepler

As part of our on-going series about our fabulously talented teachers: we sat down with maker, crafter, writer Laura Knepler who does SEO writing by day and moonlights many creative pursuits (you should see her sewn collages)!

 

My name is...and my nickname or people call me...Laura Beth, and many call me LB.

My passion is...learning new things. Somewhere along the line of life, I came to believe that I could take on most any discipline. This outlook has led to myriad experiences— working as a writer, devouring literature by the Russian ‘greats’, hiking on the Appalachian Trail from eastern Tennessee to the southern border of Virginia, illustrating a children’s story, directing plays and musicals, competing in athletics from my preteens through college, playing in a female-fronted ukulele rock band, teaching at an outdoors school stationed in Rocky Mountain National Park, summiting Longs Peak before sunrise. Of course, these are some of my more colorful pursuits, and I’ve come to find that learning new things is as possible in your current locale as it can be in a new country. One doesn’t have to go far to challenge themselves.    

You might not guess this about me, but....I was on a German dancing team all four years of high school. Our team performed traditional dances at cultural festivals throughout the state of Illinois. We were called the Schühplatters, and I wore a dirndl.

If I could give one piece of advice to someone at the the start of their creative journey/or next project it would be...share about what you’re doing. For some, this might be talking about your doubts or misgivings. For others, you might be so excited about your ideas that you cannot contain them. Sharing allows you to establish accountability for your creative project, and it also provides the opportunity to inspire those around you in their own creative pursuits.

I believe in snail mail because....there is power in the written word. To write someone, you have to set aside time, you have to consider the words you’ll use, and you have to acquire the necessary materials to send your letter. As a snail mail addict, I am always surprised to learn that someone does not have stamps on hand at all times : )

What I love about teaching at the Paper Seahorse is....the lively individuals I encounter. The team at the Paper Seahorse is supportive to its teachers, and the students who seek out classes are interested in exploring their creativity. It’s a refreshing environment!

Meet Our Incredible Teachers - Gianna Pergamo

This summer we will be featuring our amazing teachers so you can get to know them better.  They are the makers and creators who keep our creative community vibrant and alive.

We are lucky to have Gianna Pergamo who designs a very successful line of stationery products, Pergamo Paper Goods.  She teaches a Collage Class and Suminagashi class here at The Paper Seahorse. We sat down with her to get the skinny:

My name is…and my nickname or people call me…

Hi! My name is Gianna.

My passion is…

My passion is taking plain things and making them beautiful, and also taking beautiful things and making them weird. I am mainly a collage artist, and I like taking pretty mundane materials and cutting them up to make something exciting. I also really love my dogs!

You might not guess this about me, but….

I run Tampa Bay Pug Lovers, a pug meetup group! It's very silly but a lot of fun.

If I could give one piece of advice to someone at the the start of their creative journey/or next project it would be…

I would advise to try a lot of different things until you find a way of making that sticks. Maybe you got into art because you were good at drawing, but ultimately that might not be your choice medium in your life or for a specific project. Also, if you want to get good at something, practice!

I believe in snail mail because….

Snail mail is the best because you are giving someone a little present in an envelope. Your handwritten words just mean more. I love receiving hand written letters and cards, and sometimes I carry them around with me for months just for a little pick me up.

What I love about teaching at the Paper Seahorse is….

The Paper Seahorse always has the best students. Everyone brings different experiences to the table, and whether they know it or not they have something to contribute. I love meeting and learning about each person that takes my classes. Also, the Paper Seahorse has the best snacks :)

And of course anything else you would want your fans to know….

Art and making is important for everyone. Having that outlet is good even for people who don't consider themselves "artistic." It doesn't matter what you do for a living, you can still enjoy making something beautiful and feel good about it!

Thanks Gianna!  We love your quirky designs and are proud to carry them in the paperie online and in our Tampa location.

Meet Our Incredible Teachers: Karen Gillman

Karen Gillman teaches our kids classes as well as Mini-Resin Collage.  She is uber creative and has an amazing zest for life.  Learn more about her wonderful spirit:

My name is KAREN GILLMAN

and my nickname or people call me… SHUG, SHUGGY, CARE BEAR AND MOM

My passion is…  CRAFTING, HOME MAKING, COOKING AND FAMILY.

You might not guess this about me, but…. I AM 49 YEARS OLD, A WIFE, MOTHER OF TWO CHILDREN (AGES 4 AND 5), AUTHOR, AND AM A BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL BY DAY.  I’VE BEEN CRAFTING SINCE MY EARLY CHILDHOOD AND CANT PASS BY A BOWL OF BEADS OR GLITTER WITHOUT A GASP OF DELIGHT TO SAVE MY LIFE!  

If I could give one piece of advice to someone at the the start of their creative journey/or next project it would be…  LEAVE YOUR INHIBITIONS AT THE DOOR!  JUMP IN WITH BOTH FEET AND THOROUGHLY ENJOY THE PROCESS.  CREATIVE JOURNEYS ARE MEANT TO BE ENJOYED!  

I believe in snail mail because….  I LOVE TO GIVE IT…AND BEST OF ALL – RECEIVE IT.  WHEN I OPEN MY MAILBOX MY HEART SKIPS A BEAT WHEN I SEE A HAND WRITTEN ENVELOPE.  

What I love about teaching at the Paper Seahorse is….  I KNOW A GOOD TIME IS IN STORE WHEN WE GATHER AROUND THE TABLE AND CREATE TOGETHER.  WE ARRIVE AS STRANGERS AND LEAVE AS FRIENDS!  ALL AGES, ALL SKILL LEVELS, CREATING ALL ONE-OF-A-KIND TREASURES!  

And of course anything else you would want your fans to know….  PINTEREST.COM, ETSY.COM AND HOBBY LOBBY ARE SOME OF MY FAVORITE PLACES TO VISIT WHEN PLANNING MY NEXT CRAFT!

How to Join Several Refills in a Midori Traveler's Notebook

Part of the great fun of the Midori Traveler's Notebook system is combining different refills in your notebook to truly personalize and customize your notebook for your lifestyle.  

What You Need:

  1. 021 Connecting Rubber Bands <Regular>
  2. 011 Connecting Rubber Bands  <Passport>
  3. Your choice of refills

 

Paper Seahorse carries the entire line of Traveler's Company Japan Notebooks

Featured in this video:
Regular Size Traveler's Notebook in Camel
#021 Regular Size Binding Bands
#017 Regular Size Monthly Planner Diary Notebook Refill
#005 Regular Size Free Diary Notebook Refill
#012 Regular Size Sketch Paper Notebook Refill
#020 Regular Size Kraft File

 

Here is how to connect 2 refills:

How to connect Midor Traveler's Notebook Refill

1. Using one CONNECTING RUBBER BAND. Put a refill between the rubber band and cover. 

Set the connecting band to the refill.

2. Set the connecting band to the refill.

Pass the second refill through the connecting band.

3. Pass the second refill through the connecting band.

finish

4. That's it.

Here is how to connect 3 refills:

Here is how to connect 3 Midori Traveler's Notebook refills:

 

1. Line up two refills of your choice. Open their central pages, and bring them together back-to-back. 

Put the refill through the connecting band.

2. Put the refill through the connecting band.

Put them on the leather cover and pull the original rubber band out of the chink.Put them on the leather cover and pull the original rubber band out of the chink.

3. Put them on the leather cover and pull the original rubber band out of the chink.

Pass the third refill through the original band.

4. Pass the third refill through the original band.

Done

5. Done.

 

Blackwing Limited Edition Vol. 56 is now availabe

 

Just in time for the All-Star Game is the new collector's Blackwing Vol. 56, the Joe DiMaggio Edition.

Joe DiMaggio’s legacy is cemented by numbers. In a historic 13 year career, his teams won 10 American League pennants and 9 World Series championships. He appeared in 13 All-Star games and was named American League MVP 3 times. However, the number he is best known for is 56.

DiMaggio’s exploits from May 15, 1941 through July 16, 1941 are inconceivable. He hit safely in 56 consecutive games while posting a slash of .408 (BA) / .440 (OBP) / .717 (SLG). That’s an OPS of 1.157. When the streak began, the Yankees were in fourth place with a record of 14-14. After Game No. 56 of the streak, New York was 55-27, in first place with a 6-game lead over Cleveland. His streak remains one of the most unreachable records in all of sports.

The Blackwing 56 pays tribute to the Yankee Clipper during the 75th anniversary of his famous streak. The blue pinstripe barrel is a nod to the uniform he wore with the utmost class and dignity, while the gold imprint and ferrule draw inspiration from the Commissioner’s Trophy his Yankee squad hoisted at the end of that magical 1941 season. This pencil features a firm graphite core and Blackwing’s signature extendable eraser, ideal for scoring a ballgame.