12 Great Ways to Expand Your Paper Crafting Skills

Do you spend your days dreaming of what you'll do in 2021 when the world's wheels finally begin to turn again? I sure do, but meanwhile I'm appreciating that artist, papermaker, teacher, and author Helen Hiebert recognized that many are at loose ends while staying close to home. So... new for 2021, she switched up her annual Paper Year calendar/planner to an online subscription paper crafting club called The Paper Year.

grid showing twelve paper craft projects included in an onlince class

It's a year-long online class that will kick off in January, featuring a new paper project each month. You'll be inspired by video and written project instructions designed to spark ideas that will keep you creating all month long. Consider The Paper Year a ticket to more fun and less loneliness while you craft twelve useful objects alongside a group of like-minded paper enthusiasts.


two collapsible paper forms with string lights in one

You'll explore creative paper techniques, including origami, pop-ups, paper weaving, book arts, paper cutting, and more. In addition to eight projects designed by Helen, four well-known paper artists are contributing a project, including Susan Joy Share, Elissa Campbell, Paula Beardell Krieg, and Shawn Sheehy. 

standing accordion book with decorated pages spread open

There are two ways to join: The PDF Plan is a basic plan, featuring a pdf with instructions delivered to you every month. The All In Plan includes the PDF plus a video tutorial along with an interactive online community and a monthly Zoom meeting. 


lighted paper cut lighthouse card

All In Plan subscribers also get discounts on Helen's other online classes as well as first dibs on her new quarterly curated paper collections that feature unique papers from around the world.


paper patchwork window hanging

Helen is hosting a free online event via Zoom to kick off The Paper Year 2021 on January 3rd at 2pm EST, 1pm CST, 12pm MST, 11am PST. It is open to all. 


paper pop up lantern

She designed a special pop-up lantern and will show you how to make it during the presentation. You’ll receive a list of the basic necessary supplies when you register. During the event, you will also learn more about The Paper Year and be able to ask Helen questions about it. 


Here's a quick look at all twelve projects included in the course:





I bet you can guess in which month this clever mask-like lantern will star!



lighted paper skull lantern

What a great way to learn and share in a warm, encouraging, supportive, and creative community. Visit All About the Paper Year to find out more and hold your spot. Registration will be open January 1-10, 2021. 


paper stencil screen with cut swirls design

Need even more incentive to check out the course? Helen is offering an Instagram giveaway over at @allthingspaper now through Saturday, December 19. One lucky winner will receive a FREE year-long PDF subscription to The Paper Year 2021... and since the class is online, this is a worldwide giveaway!


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