Monthly Archives: February 2012

Mr Yen talks Jenny Grigg

Hello and welcome 2012.  For the first post of the year I thought I would feature the creative paper designs of Jenny Grigg.

On her website, Jenny has a great range of paper pieces that range from book covers to identities created for companies. Jenny is an Australian designer who has worked in advertising, publishing and the music industry and has also spent time working at Pentagram in London where she has designed book covers for Faber & Faber.
In the images above you can see some of the paper pieces that were used for book cover designs created by Jenny, but to see more of her great work you should visit her website here. You will find lots of projects using paper, silhouettes, vibrant colours and interesting concepts. Mixed in with identity design and editorial work, Jenny has created a wide range of exciting and simplistic book covers that are beautiful enough to make anyone want to read what’s inside.
The combination of clever concepts and themes that Jenny uses creates striking imagery for book covers which makes them stand out from others! I would love to see the paper pieces that were used for the cover designs as they look so delicate and fragile – I think they’re made from a very light tissue paper!

Mr Yen (also known as Jonathan Chapman) studied at Leeds College of Art and gained a BA HONS in Graphic Design. After leaving University in 2010 he had the opportunity to work on a few freelance design projects for companies such as Computer Arts Magazine and LYNX. In between freelance projects he creates hand cut papercut artwork that is for sale here. Visit him online at  and


All loved up

Happy Valentines Day

Greet each day
with your eyes
open to beauty,
your mind
open to change
and your heart
open to love
{Paula Finn}

Looking for a little last minute Valentine’s Day inspiration check out these free printables from

To download visit online

Have a happy day
x Nikki and Maree

One Fine Day

To celebrate the release of Issue 4 the lovely Eleanor and Angus allowed us to take over their window display of their shop One Fine Day.  One Fine Day is located in the not so sleepy town of Bangalow.  Bangalow is known for shops full of eclectic mix of wares, great coffee, good food (you have got to try Satiate!), antiques and old wares.  One Fine Day is filled to the brim with beautiful things, that are sure to bring a smile to your face.  I think it is simply impossible to leave the shop empty handed.

It was a fun afternoon (in the pouring rain), Angus pouring us wine (as you do) and a very beautiful and pregnant Eleanor giving art direction from the comfort of her chair (although she didn’t sit still for too long).

Angus and Eleanor are truly salt of the earth people who support Australian design and products.  If you are in Bangalow do drop in and say hello …

Thank you to Simone Barter from Style.Life.Home for styling the window and making the hanging globe and bunting.

More pictures …

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One Fine Day
Station Street Bangalow

Welcome Kit Palaskas

We are excited to introduce you to the very talented Kit Palaskas and welcome her to the Paper Runway team.  Kit will join us on the blog each week and once a month she will inspire you to get making with a fabulous DIY.  We are humbled to have Kit as part of the Paper Runway team given that her list of projects include event management and curation for Sydney Bicycle Film Festival, costume and prop work for bands like Wolfmother and Operator Please, craft workshops and DIY for Etsy, and projects for clients like SBS, Sydney Design, FBi Radio and more. To read more about Kit have a look her website.

Kit describes herself as

a craft-based designer and artist based in Sydney, Australia. I enjoy polka-dots, thrift shopping, and eating dessert for dinner. I work in the craft department at Better Homes and Gardens Magazine and moonlight as a creative workshop tutor, Etsy team captain, and maker of anything tactile and fun. You can often find me behind a sewing machine, buried under piles of textas, stickers and paper scraps, and/or frantically bedazzling anything in sight.

You can read more about Kit on her website, blog or email

Thanks for joining us Kit and welcome.

x Nikki and Maree

DIY Papercutting

Kyleigh Orlebar is the talented designer behind our DIY papercut in Issue 4.   Kyleigh is a graphic designer (as well as a busy wife and mother) with a professional background in print and digital design. She has a love of beautiful typefaces and typography; coupled with a head full of lyrics Kyleigh’s papercuts are made with love and joy.

Kyleigh was kind enough to share her papercutting secrets with us.  To download the full DIY instructions (as seen on page 30 of Paper Runway Issue 4) click DIY papercut.  We would love to see your creations!

You can visit Kyleigh online at



Scrumptious Reads

The start of 2012 began with a day trip to Brisbane for me. I took my daughter to se Angelina Ballerina with her cousin and Aunt. While they watched the performance at QPAC I made a bee line for Scrumptious Reads down the road.

I met Reyna at the Finders Keepers market last year and she told me about her shop, and I had to see it for myself. It is an installation store full to the brim with foodie books and designer nick nacks. But the best thing is it is made of paper cups. Yes, the shelving, the handing installation, all made from paper coffee cups.

Check out the pics below… my camera ran out of battery, so sorry in advance for the phone snaps!

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The store will be relocating next month as it is a tempoarary space.
Can’t wait to see what they come up with next.


A Paper Etsy roundup with Shannon Morton

I was so excited when I was asked to do some guest blogging for Paper Runway magazine! I love Paper Runway and I love Etsy so what could be better than combining the two. There is so many amazing paper products on Etsy so it was very hard to narrow it down but here are a few of my favourites – happy shopping!

1 Origami paper rose |

2 Recycled book paper wreath |

3 Papier-maché raccoon mask |

4 Paper sculpture shoes |

5 Origami paper bowl | 

6 Cardboard typewriter |

7 Recycled book banner | 

Shannon x

Shannon Morton has spent the last 15 years working in the publishing industry and has been the Art Director of many magazines including Donna Hay magazine in Australia and Livingetc magazine in the UK. She now runs her own graphic design company and enjoys creating lovely things for people and their businesses.

Visit Shannon at and