I am a huge fan of beautiful paper and discovering pieces that are uniquely designed. Not only is it visually appealing, it is also incredibly versatile. Decorated paper can be used for gift wrapping, invitations, decoupage projects, scrapbooking or even framed for a unique wall hanging.
A terrific attribute of the Hudson Valley is how art flows throughout the area. As a result, there are lots of great places to obtain craft supplies, such as fine papers. I have found many wonderful pieces in both locally owned shops as well as chain stores located in and around the Hudson Valley. Below are a few of the great places & pieces available. Please comment on any other favorite places to obtain such paper products.
New Paltz, NY
Manny’s is one of my all time favorite stores. They have wonderful art supplies and whimsical items at great prices. Below is a sampling of some of the textured types of paper they have. In store, they have a larger variety of textured and printed paper. They also have an awesome assortment of envelopes which pair nicely with their paper for notes or projects.
(image from: http://www.mannysart.com/paper.html)
This store is a paper and fine goods enthusiast’s paradise. They have fantastic paper posters, table runners, and placemats (see image below) that can be used for their intended purpose or for any other paper crafting ideas. Some of their items can be purchased online, however, I also recommend a trip to the store as they always have such fabulous finds!
I first stumbled upon Paper Source several years ago while walking around Manhattan. A few years later, I was delighted when one opened up in Scarsdale, NY (note, they also have a location in Nanuet, NY). The store has a wonderful array of fine paper as well as lots of quirky office supplies, fun gifts, and stationary products and they hold in-store workshops as well. While the store is fun to peruse, they also have a full online store if you are unable to get to one of their locations.
While many associate Papyrus with their awesome card assortment, the store also sells individual wrapping sheets which are great for wrapping or crafting. One of my favorite Papyrus locations is in Bronxville, NY where it sits among many other quaint shops such as Womrath Books and Candy Rox. How nice would this print be framed in a kitchen?