Paper-Ya on Granville Island

always fresh always fun always new

Paper-Ya offers the creative individual a unique and inspired collection of decorative and unusual papers from around the world. We specialize in all areas of contemporary personal and office stationery including photo albums and wedding invitational papers.

Midori Traveler’s Notebook: For all the travelers who have a free spirit.

The Midori Traveler's Notebook has been a favorite at Paper-Ya, and who better to describe the wonderful journal than the makers themselves!

"Traveler’s notebook has a leather cover, which the more you use, the better quality it becomes, and the simple notebook (that comes in two sizes) is easy to use. We hope it tempts you to go traveling having this notebook in your hand. Please write down at random what you feel or what you think in the café you dropped into during your travel, which will surely be your precious treasure. Besides, you may find a new feature every day, going to work, having this notebook in your hand. It may change your life!"

"Each leather cover is made by hand in Chiangmai, northern city of Thailand. It appeals its own raison d’etre by the simplicity; roughly cut leather and a rubber band (that can be replaced with different colors) with the clasp made of tin. The inside notebook is made in Japan carefully and has Midori’s original paper made to pursue the highest comfortability to write."

"The inside can be changed with the refills for this notebook (plain, squared, lined, perforated edges, planners in many different styles, etc.). After using for a long time when the leather quality changes and scratches remain as your memories, this notebook will be more precious than ever to you." 

The traveler's notebook will surely inspire the free spirit in you. "The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page" - St. Augustine. Here's to reading more pages!

Keep The Little Ones Busy & Creating These Final Summer Days!

With Fall looming on the horizon, here are a few ideas to keep the little ones busy and engage their creativity in these final summer days and evenings before it's back to school! Whether it's learning origami, drawing, painting, cutting, pasting, or writing, kids tend to love creating if they are given the chance. 

Origami is fun and fairly easy for a little one to learn, especially with our paper sets! Not only can they choose to create giraffes, paper airplanes, dinosaurs and more, some even suggest that by creating those little origami animals it can help develop their brains. That's a pretty good deal! 

Setting them down with a blank page and giving them colored pencils, brush pens, or paint sets can be a fun (and perhaps messy!) way to see what their imaginations can come up with! If they are having a hard time coming up with something on their own, then we also have sketchbooks that give them ideas and prompts to help spark that individuality. 

Have them color in postcards to send to their friends living in other cities or send one to their grandparents, let them create maps of their favorite places, draw a flamingo-giraffe, or just write about their favorite part of the day. There are so many different ways to let children start enjoying art and creation from an early age, and although the final days of summer can be bittersweet, let them be full of fun and creativity! 

The Perfect Guest Book for Any Occasion

Guest books can be used for any occasion. Whether it's for a wedding, retirement party, summer house guests, or more, guest books make wonderful keepsakes!

Lines are more formal, while blank pages can be more expressive. Get a few guests you know well to begin the entries. That way, they can set the tone for the entire book. If the first person puts an address and name down, it's likely the next person will do the same. However, if the first person writes a heartfelt note or draws a picture, that will lead the guests following to feel as though they can do the same!

Make sure to provide a variety of writing tools, a pot of colored pencils, or a few pens for your guests to choose from, so they can add some personality and creativity to your treasured keepsake.