Monday, February 27, 2012

Light Grey Art Lab Grand Opening Artshow!


March is almost here, and you know what that means?! Light Grey Art Lab's Grand Opening is almost here! On Friday, March 16th from 7- 10pm, party down with us and our best friends as we celebrate the grand opening of our new space!

See tons of great art from the first round of Light Grey Art Lab instructors: Andres Guzman, Nic Skrade, Jesse Riggle, Francesca Buchko, Alsyssa Nassner, Lindsay Nohl and Chris Hajny!

There will be dope music, tasty refreshments, nice and stylish people and even free art!

Don't just enjoy the beautiful art, take some home with you! There will be a sweet raffle for some great artwork and products designed by us here at Paper Bicycle!

Make sure you're there and bring all your friends and family!

Remember, Friday, March 16th from 7- 10pm! We're located on the corner of Stevens Ave and 26th Street - right across from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design (Street parking is available on Stevens, 26th and 1st Ave).

And don't forget to follow our Light Grey Art Lab Blog for all the sweetest news and info about what's going on there!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Booked & Excited! NYC Trip Surtex & the Stationery Show!

A cute picture of Mary Nelson & Taisha Bosher from last year's NYC trip!

Well, we're booked! We had an overwhelmingly positive response to our New York City travel workshop hosted by Light Grey Art Lab!

We're headed to the Surtex and Stationery Show in May!! We couldn't believe that we completely booked up under three days and had to wiggle some things around to extend our original 8 slots to our now-11 person excursion!

So far so good! We're booked at a great hotel in Chelsea, and we're in the process of getting all 11 of them registered for the show, getting all of the workshop materials ready, and getting some fancy gift bags ready for all the awesome people attending our workshop!

We're planning a couple more excursions later in the year and we'll keep you posted!
Exciting news! I hope you guys can make it to next year's NYC trip!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

New Studio Renovations!

Sorry for the radio silence on our end, it's been a busy week. BUT It's official - we're all moved in to our new studio space on 26th street! We're super excited to be here, and although we still need to do a little unpacking / cleaning / rearranging the place looks amazing. We've posted a handful of pictures on the new Light Grey Art Lab blog, but here's a few shots of the studio before / during renovations. Keep checking back for updates!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Paper Bicycle Printables: Wood You Be Mine?

Okay - now it's REALLY down to the wire. Today is Valentine's Day! If you haven't done so already you better run to the grocery store to pick up some roses, swoop up the last box of chocolate, and print out this romantic beaver card for your sweetheart.

Happy Valentine's Day from the gang at Paper Bicycle - hopefully it's everything you hoped and more, or if you're anything like me, you've got an exciting date with your computer planned. Either way, we love you!

Download the printable version here! Folds down to a 4.25x5.5 in. card.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Paper Bicycle Printables: Otterly Adorable

A little late, but worth the wait! Can you believe Valentine's Day is tomorrow! If you're still scrambling to get your gifts in order, why not skip the trip to the drug store and print out this sweet card!? Better yet, it's free, and there's an otter. What more could you ask for?

Download the card here. Folds down to be a 5x5 inch card.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sweet Love

It's easy to fall in love with a pretty face, but it's even easier to fall in love with a face that's attached to a person that's attached to a passion.


Friday, February 10, 2012

Super Love Returns

I guess after Isara joined the Valentine's Day fun, her husband Chris Schons couldn't resist!

And what could express pure love and joy better than video games? Nothing! Nothing at all!

Schons Valentine

Download a printable version here!

Take This.

Do you think love can bloom, even on on a battlefield? Great minds have pondered that question for ages.

Love is like a cold, steely blade; it's always good to have by your side.


Download a printable version here!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Lovely Rain

Today's cute Valentine comes from our good friend Isara! I don't know if it's her adorable new baby, or maybe it's her always-charming and talented husband Chris, but something has her in the mood for love!

Isara Valentine

Download a printable version here for your loved one! Thanks Isara!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Paper Bicycle Printables: 'Owl Always Love You'

I recently heard in a trend report that owls are most definitely still in this year! (a moment of silence for the trends that didn't make the cut - aka cupcakes) That's great for me though, because few other animals work this well for a pun. Whoo-Whoooo will you give this super cute Valentine to?

You can download the printable version here to make a 5.5 x 4.25 inch folded card!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Paper Bicycle Printables: I Choo-Choo Choose You!

In keeping with my Animal Valentine theme I thought I'd throw a reptile...and a train into the mix. When I think of cheesy love cards the phrase "I choo-choo choose you" always comes to mind, mostly because of The Simpsons. Does anyone remember the card Ralph gives to Lisa for Valentines? You guessed it - it's a train card! The best train card, in fact...until now.

You can download a larger size of this image from here, you know - for a DIY (aka last minute) Valentine greeting. Enjoy!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Los Angeles: CHA 2012

This past weekend Lindsay, Francesca, and Alyssa made the trek to Los Angeles, CA to attend the 2012 CHA show. It was great to trade the cold, grey Minneapolis weather for sunny skies and temperatures fluttering in the high 70's for a weekend. Although we're glad to be home, after our trip we can definitely understand why people brave the earthquakes, mudslides, and crazy natural disasters to live on the golden coast. Here are a few snapshots from our fantastic weekend:

We don't have any pictures from our first day in Cali, but we spent Friday eating delicious New Orleans fare at The Grove Farmer's Market, cruising up and down Melrose, and snatching up all the awesome treasures downtown in Little Toyko. It was a long, but awesome day that got us geared up for the rest of the weekend.

One of the main goals of the trip was to eat as much delicious, fresh Cali food as possible. Originally we had planned to break down the three main meals into a bunch of smaller meals throughout the day to maximize our eating potential. This task proved to be harder than expected. As witnessed by those MASSIVE salads above - some meals were hard to resist. Our lunch from Monster Salad was super delicious (and healthy) paired with kale lemonade, and cucumber mint lemonade.

After lunch (and second lunch) we made our way to Santa Monica beach. The views of the pier from the beach were breathtaking, and because it was a beautiful Saturday afternoon the entire neighborhood was buzzing with people.

We had fun exploring the beach, playing on the beach, and dipping our toes into the surf. We also had the chance to explore underneath the pier which was amazing. It was really fascinating to see all the barnacles growing up the side of the pillars, and the light was so beautiful it made it feel as if we were walking within a painting.

We closed the day out riding the ferris wheel in Pacific Park. We timed our ride perfectly with the sunset, and the lighting up of all the rides on the pier.

Overall it was an awesome trip, and addition to our time spent wandering the streets of LA we had a great time at the CHA show talking to a bunch of great companies. Everyone is glad to be back in Minneapolis, but now we're super fueled up for our trip to NYC in May!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Paper Bicycle Printables: 'Love Doesn't Grow on Trees' Valentine

Maybe you like your romance a little more somber and grey? Then have I got the Valentine's Day card for you!


Download a full-scale, printable one your for sweetie here!

Paper Bicycle Printables: 'Infinite Love' Valentine

"Similar to my love for donuts - my love for you is infinite". If that's not true love folks, I don't know what is! Continuing on my holiday/sweets theme I decided a donut card was essential to my printable collection. Now I'm hungry...

The printable version of this card makes a 4"x6" folded card! If you print it on some heavier card stock it will look super pro! I promise!

Download the printable version here, and share this donut greeting with your friends!