Halloween and Paper

Not quite as synonymous with  the seasonal juggernaut Christmas, paper and card can be put to a lot of uses at Halloween. Think of all the wonderful decoartions and costume accessories you can make from them. It’s a brilliantly creative time of year, and we always get into the swing of things at Priory Press, be it a spot of trick or treating, or just being plain old scary around the office.

Priory Press been scouring the internet for inventive spooky items to make out of paper and card. The best we have found is this cunning way to make a spider! Click on the link and prepare to be dazzled.


We’re all prepared for a weekend of wickedness, so if you can think of anything else we can make out of paper to scare the wits out of our customers, please get in touch.

Happy Halloween!





Recycled Paper Bridge

Have a look at artist Steve Messam’s latest installation commissioned by Lakes Culture in the Lake District National Park in the UK.  Messam has created a temporary, recyclable bridge made out of 20,000 sheets of red paper. Eyecatching or what?


Messam hasn’t used any adhesive or fixings to keep the paper bridge intact. Instead, his structure relies on traditional architectural principles that are local to the area to keep his bridge standing. Even though it’s only paper, the bridge is apparently strong enough for people to walk over. So if you find yourself in the area this weekend, give it a try.

Recycle all you can to preserve our trees!


Facts About Paper Bags

With shopping bags taking up a serious amount of column inches in the national papers, we’ve been thinking about them a lot here at Priory Press.

We believe in sustainable printing and if your shop uses branded carrier bags, have you thought about making the switch to paper bags. We’re involved with the Woodland Trust to replace all the trees we need to produce promotional materials for our customers.

Here’s a few interesting facts about Paper Bag production:


  • About two-thirds of the power used to make paper comes from carbon-neutral, renewable sources.


  • The recovery rate for paper bags is four times greater than that of plastic bags.
  • Paper bags’ and sacks’ recovery rate is 49.5 per cent, which helps keep them out of landfills.
  • Every ton of paper that is recovered for recycling saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.
  • 96 per cent of the UK has access to paper and paperboard community recycling programs.
  • 65.4 percent of paper used in the UK was recovered for recycling.


  • Paper bags are ideal as a container to hold compostable waste.
  • Paper bags are readily compostable, as evidenced by its use throughout the country in municipal leaf mulching programs.

Energy Efficient

  • Paper bags help reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere by requiring less energy to produce than plastic bags. On average, two-thirds of the energy used to make paper is carbon-neutral or renewable. When biomass such as wood is combusted for energy, it releases carbon dioxide that it had absorbed dur- ing growth back into the atmosphere. When harvested biomass is replanted, it once again absorbs carbon dioxide. In contrast, the combustion of fossil fuel is not carbon neutral.


Get in touch with us if you like our idea of about changing up from plastic bags to paper bags. We can help you choose from a range of options.

Paper Bags: Will Your Business Charge Customers 5p For Plastic Bags?

Will Your Business Charge Customers 5p For Plastic Bags?

If so, have you considered replacing your company carrier bags with paper bags?

Not only are you contributing to the welfare of our planet but it’s also an opportunity to show your customers that you care. A switch from designed and printed carrier bags to designed and printed paper bag is a canny move and demonstrates that you are interested in current affairs and contributing to your communities welfare.

Priory Press is a supporter of the Woodland Trust and we are involved in schemes that replace the wood we use with more trees, so the switch from plastic bags is an ethical and repsonsible choice.

Here’s a link to an article on bbc.co.uk/news with some background information about the new charge.

Call our friendly sales team today to discuss your options. Make your company even more repsonsible for the earth’s future.







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Top 10 Longest Novels of All Time

Priory Press has undertaken some giant jobs in the past, but try to imagine for a second the scale of printing these giants en-masse.

For your reading pleasure: THE TOP 10 LONGEST NOVELS OF ALL TIME!

Also have any of you ever read any of these? Save us some time and tell us any of them are worth two years of our time!

I think they’re editors were scared to make changes or suggestions to chop bits, what do you think?



The Son of Ponni by Kalki Krishnamurthy

900,000 words/2,400 pages


Kelidar by Mahmoud Dowlatabadi

950,000 words/2,836 pages



Joseph and His Brothers by Thomas Mann

1,492 pages



Clarissa, or, the History of a Young Lady by Samuel Richardson

984,870 words/1,534 pages



My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgård

1,000,000 words/3,600 pages



Zettels Traum by Arno Schmidt

1,100,000 words/1,536 pages/6,800,000 characters



The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil

1774 pages



Mission Earth by L. Ron Hubbard

1,200,000 words/3,992 pages



In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust

1,267,069 words/3,031 pages/9,609,000 characters



Cyrus the Great by Georges de Scudéry & Madeleine de Scudéry

2,100,000 words/13,095 pages




Photo: broke by books








The Ten Weirdest Things Ever Made With a 3D Printer

This article will blow your mind.



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Inventor of the Printing Press

MTE5NTU2MzE2MjM4MDg3NjkxWho invented the printing press?

You’d be surprised at how often this question comes up in a pub quiz. The answer was Johanes Gutenberg.

The first printing press was developed in the 15th Century in around 1440 in Germany. He was an inventor who found a way to create multiple copies of the books without having to painstakingly write each one individually by hand.

His press design is the template for printing devices well into the 20th century. In 1450, Gutenberg entered into a partnership with Johann Fust who lent him money to finance the production of a Bible. Gutenberg introduced efficient methods into book production, leading to a boom in the production of texts in Europe — in large part, owing to the popularity of the Gutenberg Bibles, the first mass-produced work. Even so, Gutenberg was a poor businessman, and made little money from his printing system.

The earliest dated specimens of printing by Gutenberg are papal indulgences (notes given to Christians by the Pope, pardoning their sins) issued in Mainz in 1454. In 1455, Gutenberg demonstrated the power of the printing press by selling copies of a two-volume Bible for a price that was the equivalent of approximately three years’ wages for an average clerk, but it was significantly cheaper than a handwritten Bible that could take a single monk 20 years to transcribe.




August’s Tree of the Month – The Common Apple Tree (malus pumila)

The common apple tree is a member of the rose family. It is native to western Asia and it spread to Europe in ancient times by traders. It was introduced to the Americas in the 18th Century.


Priory Press has picked the common apple tree because now is the optimum time to go apple picking. And we love apples. The wood itself is of little use to a paper mill or a printer because of it’s unsuitable grain, but it’s fruit is. Who doesn’t eat apples with enjoyment?

The common apple tree has scaly bark that ranges in colours from pink-brown to grey-brown. The leaves of the tree are oval, flat and broad with toothed edges. Leaves are generally 5 inches long and 2.5 inches wide. At full maturity trees can measure up to 25 feet tall. In the spring the tree produces blossom. The apples reach ripeness in the late summer to early autumn.


The fruit from the common apple tree can be used for jams, pies, cider and other food products. The wood is used to make small pieces of furniture and wood art. The tree also provides food stores and shelter for wildlife of all kinds.


Photos by Will Cook




  • The Common Apple tree has scaly bark that ranges in color from pink-brown to gray-brown. The leaves of the tree are oval, flat and broad with toothed edges. Leaves can grow to be 5 inches long and 2 1/2 inches wide. Mature trees range in height from 15 to 25 feet with canopy spreads that can reach 25 feet. Tree trunk diameters on mature trees are commonly around 24 inches. In the spring the tree produces white blossoms that have five petals. These blossoms are often tinged with pink. The tree develops fruit in the summer which can be red, yellow or green. The fruit reaches ripeness in the fall.

Growing Conditions

  • The tree prefers to grow in full sunlight and can thrive in most any soil type as long as it is moist and well draining. Because most apple trees do not self-pollinate, two or more trees of different species should be planted together so the trees will bear fruit. Planting different species of trees that have similar blooming times will provide healthier, more abundant fruit.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/about_5316187_common-apple-tree-information.html

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How To Make Paper From a Tree

Everybody knows that paper is made from trees, bees make honey and ants make sugar (hang on…) but have you ever thought about the actual process that goes into making it?

image2There’s an almost alchemic process to making paper as we know it that has been developed from ancient times when our ancestors would write on a form of paper made from reeds known as papyrus.

First, workers harvest trees, mostly from special tree-growing areas called tree farms. After the trees are removed, more trees are planted in their place. While they are growing, the young trees produce lots of oxygen, and provide great habitat for deer, quail, turkeys and other wildlife.

The logs are transported to the paper company where they get a bath to rinse away dirt and other impurities before being turned into small chips of wood. The chips are then sorted according to size, and moved to the pulping operation, where they will be turned into pulp for making paper.

In the pulping stage, the individual wood fibers in the chips must be separated from one another. This can be accomplished using one or more pulping techniques. The type of paper that’s being made determines the pulping process that is used. The finished pulp looks like a mushy, watery solution. But if you look at it under a microscope, you will see that the individual wood fibers have all been separated.

Now it’s time to make paper out of our pulp. That mainly means getting the water out of the wood-fiber soup, since this papermaking stock is about 99% water. The first area in which this takes place is called the wet end of the papermaking machine.

First, papermakers spray the stock onto a long, wide screen, called a wire. Immediately, water begins to drain out the bottom of the wire. This water is collected so that it can be reused over and over again. Meanwhile, the pulp fibers are caught on the top side of the wire, and begin to bond together in a very thin mat. The fiber mat remaining on the wire is then squeezed between felt-covered press rollers to absorb more of the water.

Even when this wet end work is over, the pulpy stuff on the wire is still about 60% water. But now it’s time for the dry end.

In the dry end, huge metal cylinders are heated by filling them with steam. The wet paper, which can be up to 30 feet wide, passes through these hot rollers – sometimes dozens of them, and often in three to five groups. Heating and drying the wet sheet seals the fibers closer and closer together, turning them gradually from pulp into paper.

When you look at a piece of paper, can you find any difference in thickness in that single sheet? Probably not, thanks to a part of the paper machine called the calender – big, heavy cast iron rollers that press the drying paper smooth and uniform in thickness.

Sometimes the paper is coated, often with fine clay, to make it glossier and easier to print on.

A bit more drying, then rolled onto a big spool or reel, the pulp – a miraculous mat of fibers from trees – has become paper, ready for a thousand different uses.

Picture from pdtissues.com

Edited from an artivcle – paper college



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Why Printing Is a Great Learning Tool


Priory Press is definitely entralled with the ‘tech’ that comes out almost weekly and we do wonder if the need to have a printed hard copy of our labours will one day become a thing of the past. But as the trusty ‘paper’ book has proved the printed word has endured and continues too.

Tablets, iPads, Kindle and other devices are almost commonplace in homes, schools and universities. Priory Press thinks that it’s amazing to experience such an array of interactive learning.

But print, paper and pencil still retain their place particularly in the school and university. They are still an essential tools in the learning process.

Ever wondered how ‘print learning’ can achieve goals where digital technology cannot?

Priory Press are obvious envoys for all things print and we are keen to tell people about its benefits. The below list highlights how print is still an integral part of learning and literacy.


  1. Learning to write benefits academic performance.
  2. Children remembered more details from stories that they read on paper than ones they had read in e-books with interactive animations, videos and games.
  3. When children composed text by hand, they produced more words quicker than on a keyboard and expressed they more ideas.
  4. Students reading print achieve better results in reading comprehension tests than those who read digitally.
  5. 90% students preferred paper to computer when studying.
  6. Students read printed matter quicker.
  7. Students experience less mental fatigue when reading print – it takes more effort to concentrate and yield meaning when reading from a computer screen.
  8. Students experience less eye fatigue when reading print.
  9. Students find it easier to concentrate on print.
  10. Laptops offer more distractions to students note taking.


photo from cnet