The Paper Bead Boutique

Sharing My Love of Paper Beading!

It’s Christmas in July!

 

Good Evening Paper Bead Friends!

Well July is upon us and guess what that means? It’s Christmas in July at The Paper Bead Boutique! Yes, that’s right! Our sale begins tomorrow, June 30th at 9pm PST and runs thru Sunday, July 9th, 9pm PST!

For every three sets of paper beads you buy, you get one FREE of equal or lesser value! Limited to stock on hand, No special orders! You must list your freebie sets in the notes to seller box and not with your purchased beads or you will be charged for them!

Feel free to contact me before placing your order if you have any questions and I will certainly get back to you in a timely manner! If you’ve ever wanted to try paper beads in any of your jewelry or crafting projects, now is the time!

So browse away and start your wish lists!!! Sale begins tomorrow night! Until next time, Happy Beading!

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What type of Paper Do You Use?

Good Morning Paper Bead Friends! I’ve recently been told that I don’t have enough of a selection of paper bead strips in my shop for beading so I decided this week, that was going to be my goal! I’ve been cutting like a mad woman! I think I now have a pretty nice variety! But as I’ve been cutting, it got me thinking…What does everyone else use to make their paper beads? There are sooooo many types of paper that can be used for beads, I really am curious what everyone else uses! My main source is scrapbook paper! I am always on the hunt for the newest, most colorful papers I can find! I’ve always been obsessed with scrapbook paper! The above pictures are two of my latest strips!

Other types of paper I like to dabble with are, wallpaper, tyvec paper, which is the paper your priority envelopes are made from! I love to make coiled paper beads from colorful napkins! I’ve even tried making my own designs on paper or handpainted paper in the past!

So what do you use? Do you use scrapbook paper? Do you prefer newspaper? Do you paint your beads? I’d love for you to share your preferences! Drop me a line or leave a comment! Until next time, Happy Beading!

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My Sealing Process!

Good Evening My Paper Bead Friends! 
So many have asked and I thought I had already posted my sealing process
 but after checking, I realize I loaded the pics and nothing more...
I currently am using a dipping method for sealing my paper beads! 
This is the box that I have 10 cup hooks screwed in to the top of the box
 to hold my strands once I dip. As you can see at the end of my strands, 
I have what I call "junk beads"! They are beads I roll out of junk paper
 that I put at the end of the strands to catch the excess gloss.
 I dip the beads and allow the excess to drip back into the can
 to save as much as I can. Once I've dipped them, I allow them to dry
 at least 12 hrs. but 24 hrs is better!
Once dry, I pull them off the hooks and pop them apart. They usually just
 snap apart but occasionally they are left with a bit of residue
 and when that happens, I will either sand them down or trim the excess
 with a pair of small tipped scissors!
That is the process that currently works for me! What's working for you? 
I'd love to hear about it! Until next time, Happy Beading!
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Yes, We Are OPEN!

Good Evening Paper Bead Friends!

We are coming up on the 1st Saturday in May, May 6th to be exact, and The Paper Bead Boutique will be Open For Business! Our Grand Opening was a huge success with so many old friends and new ones as well, taking time out of their busy schedules to come out and check us out! It was so much fun and I am hopeful for this Saturday as well! So once again, our business hours will be 11 am – 4 pm! Our address is 17425 SE 346th ST Auburn 98092! We hope you can make it out! Feel free to share with your friends! Until next time, Happy Beading!DSC00060

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Open to the Public!

Good Morning Paper Bead Friends!

I have some exciting news to share with you! The Paper Bead Boutique will now be open to the public! We will now open on the 1st Saturday of each month from 11am til 4pm, beginning Saturday, April 1st!!! NO JOKE!!!

Come join us for drawings, giveaways, freebies with your purchases and yummy treats! So many folks in my area have asked why they can’t come to the studio since they are close…I thought about it and decided how fun it might be to open one day a month for those that want to see paper beading up close and personal!

We are very excited to be bringing you some exclusive designs not available in our Etsy shop! We will have demo’s for you to try it yourself! Come join us! It will be fun!

If you’re in the area and would like me to mail you a postcard reminder, please msg me with your name and address and I will be happy to mail you a postcard! Bring your postcard with you for a FREE GIFT!

We are off of Auburn/Blk Diamond Way in Auburn, WA at 17425 SE 346th ST, 98092. Hope to see you there! Please feel free to email me with additional questions at shannon.mccollum65@gmail.com!

Until next time, Happy Friday and Happy Beading Everyone!DSC09844

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Saturday Samplers Coming to The Paper Bead Boutique!

 

Good Morning My Paper Bead Friends and Happy Holidays! I have some exciting news to share with you all…

SATURDAY SAMPLERS ARE COMING TO THE PAPER BEAD BOUTIQUE! What are Saturday Samplers you ask? Beginning in January, on the 1st Saturday of each month, we will be offering 2 -4 paper bead designs in quantities of 25 each for only $2!!! Yes, that’s right, I said $2 each!!! Can you believe it? I am offering my handmade paper beads at this discounted price for you to: A- Give them a try! B- Score a great deal! C- Keep you coming back to my Etsy shop! Please know, these beads will be in very limited quantities! And when I say limited, I mean limited! It will be on a first come, first serve basis and you will be limited to a quantity of 1 of any sampler design! Limited to stock on hand, no rain checks, sorry! They will be posted on the 1st Saturday morning of each month!

Two of January’s Saturday Sampler’s are shown above! Plan your crafts and come back each month to see what our Sampler’s will be! See you on Saturday, January 7th!

Until next time, Happy Beading

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My Newest Challenge!

dsc00142Hello My Paper Bead Friends!

It’s been soooo long since my last blog post and I don’t have a good reason as to why except for the fact that I’ve just not made time for it! But I was excited to share with you my latest project that I’ve taken up! I made my first Dream Catcher, incorporating my paper beads in it! I think it turned out pretty nice for my first one! Definitely, lots to learn about this amazing craft!

I was unaware of the meaning behind dream catchers until most recently and am fascinated with the myth!

According to what I’ve read, Dream Catchers are suppost to be hung above one’s bed to catch all the bad dreams within the web. And the small hole in the middle? It is suppost to allow all the good dreams to flow thru and down into ones mind, leaving them with good dream recollection!

I have many ideas for dream catchers, incorporating my paper beads within them! Be watching for them in my Etsy shop!

Until next time, Happy Beading!

 

 

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My next donation in the making!

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Good Evening Paper Bead Friends!

Well as you see I’ve been busy! I got so much personal joy out of making my last donation of paper bead bracelets, I went home right away and began making the beads to my 2nd local donation, which will go to the Multi Care Clinic in Covington! So here is what I’ll be doing this weekend!!! How about you? What amazing paper bead projects do you have planned this weekend?

Until next time, Happy Beading!

 

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Paying it Forward with a Donation!

Good Morning Paper Bead Friends!
I am proud to say I have finished my first batch of paper bead bracelets for our Valley Breast Center! They turned out so beautiful and I can’t wait to make the delivery! I got the idea when I went in last weekend to get my annual mammogram. It also happened to be the anniversary of my sister’s passing and if you’ve read the “about me” section at ThePaperBeadBoutique.etsy.com, you’ll know my paper beading stemmed with my sister’s illness. So, heading to my appt., I had my sister Mindy on my mind and I thought “How nice would it be to make a donation in her honor”! I’ve often seen little baskets of things people have donated in the dressing rooms, things like bookmarks, quotes, etc. that you are welcome to take if you or a loved one has been touched by cancer. So I asked when I was in that day. She took my card and passed it on to the office manager. I spoke to her this week and was told they’d love my donation! I was so excited and felt honored to be able to do this special project! I will drop them off this week! I know Mindy would be so proud!
I challenge any of my followers to pay it forward by making a local donation! You get such a good feeling in your heart and an even better feeling knowing you’ve touched the life of someone else!
Until next time, Happy Beading!
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Look What’s New and Coming to The Paper Bead Boutique!

I am so excited to be bringing you something brand new to The Paper Bead Boutique! I have played around with coiled paper in the past and even have a couple pieces in my shop but because of the amount of time it takes, I never gave much thought to the idea of introducing coiled paper beads into my line! My that has changed and my newest addition is being introduced to you, here first! I will have paper beads, sold in sets of 12 and I will also offer pendants! So time consuming but so much fun for me to do! Be looking for them and additional coiled paper items at http://www.ThePaperBeadBoutique.etsy.com!

Until next time, Happy Beading!

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