Tuesday, 27 November 2012


Those of you who have a copy of issue ten will have noticed our 'inner cover', those of you who haven't, it looks like this...

Pretty rad yeah?!? It's a collage of things you can make from our zine, tools you need, craft books we love!but we can't take all the credit, we stole the idea from the inlay and CD print from (one of Seleena's for sure*) one of our favourite albums, WE ARE SHAMPOO....

Yeah and for those who aren't sure about Shampoo, then you are FOOLS! here is something from We Are Shampoo....

And something that isn't, but it's SO GOOD I had to put it here....

*when I (Seleena) was 10/11 I used to go record shopping with my big sister. in Piccadilly Records, there used to be a girl who worked there who looked like a member of Shampoo, she wore big plastic rings and foam wedge shoes, I LOVED HER, she was a fashion idol!

Monday, 19 November 2012

All I want for Christmas....

So last year on our Sugar paper Christmas list, I stated that I wanted a pair of snazzy tap shoes and Kandy wanted a ticket to the HP tour. Well I got my tap shoes, sadly Kandy didn't get her HP tour ticket, but it's OK she got her sen one for her birthday and we all went and had a rad time.

So it's that time of year where we give you a helping hand to buy the perfect gift for your loved ones...

For your twittering twin:  By this I mean someone who loves, or is an owl, not someone who you speak to only in 140 characters (although you can get them this too, you might only have virtual friends, or your virtual friends might be nicer than your actual friends) ANYWAY for those who likes owls, then you need to get this from Camille Rose Garcia !
Camille Rose Garcia makes amazing arts and creates some of the best characters, so imagine my delight when I saw these! Get a Hoot here!

For your mystical mate:  So maybe, like me you decided to finally watch Buffy in it's it entirety and now you feel like you are best friends with Willow Rosenberg and want to get her a present (not for Christmas, she's Jewish) or maybe you have an actual friend who is mystical. Well then they need this Ouija Board Cushion by our very own Kandy's Knit and Destroy. She also has a load of other witchy stuff that GLOWS IN THE DARK TOO. All from HERE!

For your forsaken friend: Do you have a serial dating friend? Or someone who dates the wrong guys (like my pal Buffy, oh wait she's not my friend!) Then they will probably see the funny side of Camille Smithwick's WLTM range. Check out these posters of two from the WLTM book! Get in touch with Camille to get one!

For your pukey pal; everyone has one of those friends who loves a bit of vom, gets excited by pustules, and partial to a missing tooth gag, then you need to get them a special Garbage Felt Kid of themselves made by me (Seleena Laverne Daye!)
Get in touch to order one!

For you're bunny buddy: This one is for your friend who likes all things hoppy and furry (not your friend Anya as she is frightened of bunnies!). Jessicka Addams used to front the rad band Jack Off Jill and now she makes awesome art! get a bunny pin HERE

For your cranky crony: If you have a friend who loves cats and is a bit cranky then you need to  get them one of Alison Erika Forde's art brooches! And if they don't like cats, she has other designs that are equally awesome to Cranky cat. get it HERE

For your Apocalyptic ally: Well, apparently the world is gonna end before Christmas, or so you're friend keeps telling you! You know what that friend needs? An omnibus copy of Grant Morrison's The Invisibles! If nothing else, they can use it as a weapon against whatever it is they meet on the Apocalypse!

What everyone you know wants: Well if the world is going to end before Christmas, you might not want to waste your money, so you should just enter the Sugar Paper Raffle. First of all it's cheap, second if you don't win something for you you might win something for a friend. Third, if you don't win something for you, it doesn't matter the world 's going to end. And lastly if you do win, something for EVERYONE then it will arrive before the Apocalypse so you will be able to give you're gifts to everyone. GET YOUR TICKET HERE!

Sunday, 11 November 2012

I gotta 99 problems but a zine ain't one...

You may have already heard that Sugar Paper #10 is out now and can be bought HERE.

We've also added Kandy's roller derby zine, I don't Bruise Easy to the shop...

Get that HERE!

And last Sunday I managed to get myself a copy of Alison Erika Forde's new art zine (it's sooooo good)

You can get yourself a copy from her web shop, which she has updated with super cute badges and Christmas cards CHECK IT OUT HERE!!!

And the title of this post was inspired by this video....

Monday, 5 November 2012

Issue ten OUT NOW!

Issue ten is out now. A little later than we planned, some things in the zine might have to wait until next year, or not, you can make and do what you want when you want!!

Because we are TEN we have a double cover affair, with the 'dust jacket' being a hand printed sugar paper thing and the inside a colour collage.

In the zine we have a PARTY issue, with party food, party shoes, party nails, party knit bangle, party boardgames and over stuff that is party and non party!!

You also get some free Hama beads. YES!!!


ps check back on Thursday for an improtant announcement!

Sunday, 4 November 2012


"Life is nothing if you're not obsessed"

"it's ok to love something a little too much, as long as it's real to you"

I was intending to write this blog about how I think I've finally come to terms with being an obsessive and how it can totally be a healthy thing. But it might end up as an appreciation post of one of my oldest friends. Let's see.

The title of the blog comes from said friend. For anyone who doesn't know THIS is Barrier Kid.
Barrier Kid, represent to us, and so many others I'm sure, that feeling of being a fan of something, loving something to your very bones.

Recently my friend and I had a super awesome trip that fuelled our obsessions and she said to me 'We are all barrier Kid'

The first quote in the blog comes from one of my favourite directors/writers/general people of all time. John waters. John is an unashamed obsessive, he's a collector, he has a fuck tonne magazine subscription, he makes lots of lists on index cards, he just has one of those brains. He gets it!

The second quote comes from Gerard Way. It's an excerpt from a larger quote about standing in a crowd of sweaty people at a gig. This is the guy that had a notebook entitled Star Wars notes. He gets it!

I've been obsessed with stuff from a young age, I think pretty much always. Like that time when I was a teenager I found an old school book from when I was young where I had dedicated a couple of back pages to Winona Ryder. I had a picture of her, a few stickers from Smash Hits and a quote from some other magazine about how The Catcher in The Rye was her favourite book.
I'm also a collector, I've collected pretty much everything, stickers, rubbers, pencils, snow globes, ornamental mushrooms, handbags. I like to collect.

When I like something I LOVE SOMETHING. I become all consumed by it, it's everything I need! I'm not faddy, some things I might not love as much as I once did, and yeah maybe the odd ting I go, jeez what was I thinking, but mostly I just like to love and obsess over stuff!.

In my adult life I have surround myself with friends who love things just that little too much. But I don't even know what that means, who set the standards? Who said casually loving something was the cool way to do stuff? If it's real to me then what does it matter?

I'm not obsessive I'm passionate!

OK I am obsessive and I'm (finally) cool with that.
Most things I do are inspired by my obsessions. Write, sew, make and do. Most of what comes out of me is related to popular culture. Stuff I'm obsessed with. I don't know what I'd do without it.
I would have to just come up with stuff out of my own head!!! How does that work?!?

What would I do if I wasn't obsessed, how would I spend every waking hour, John was right, life is nothing unless you're obsessed!
Quite often I do (despite my band of crazy obsessos!) feel like this FANATIC!! I think I bet nobody else gets this wrapped up over something, I bet other people aren't being rubber cat masks to look like a fictional character, I bet other people aren't getting their hair cut like their favourite band member, what;s wrong with me! But when I met my good friend Holly I found a fellow obsessive.

To cut a long story short we met when we were like 15 via Teletext. She loved Bis I loved Bis, she turned out to be a massive obsessive, the first one I had possibly met, defiantly the first one who obsessed over similar stuff to me.

Holly is great for a number of reasons A. she's an obsessive 2. She supports fellow obsessives D. she's a massive egger on (something which obsessives love and hate). She also makes some of the best mixtapes ever and the one that made me cool, even though I just pretend I was made this way, credit where credits due.

I have shared some amazing obsessive moments with Holly. But two that were really life changing. (I won't go on about them too much).
The first one was in 2001.
We both attended Ladyfest Glasgow. We were just 17 (Literally, Holly had her 17th birthday there). I don't know why we went but I'm pretty sure it's because we were obsessives who couldn't miss out on this, despite our lack of funds and youthful naivety. One of the best weekends of my life.

The second one was in 2012.
We both attended Morrisoncon in Las Vegas.
I made the decision that we should go the date the tickets went on sale. But I only made that decision knowing that I would have a fellow obsessive by my side. I'm glad we did, it was the best weekend I've had since 2001!

So I'm here, having life changing weekends, having fun obsessing with all my friends, and all that, but it's learning to direct this obsessiveness that made me decide to call it healthy.

As I said above, everything I make comes from being an obsessive. So that's what I learnt to do, I learnt not to completely put all my energies into obsessing, but get something back and that something just happens to be making awesome shit (well I think it's awesome!)  inspired by it all!

I'm not sure if this reached any conclusion at all, if it has any point. maybe one day I will get Kandy and I to list all the things we have ever been obsessed with and post it here!

Let's have a Springer style after thought....

As I get older, I get totally emotional seeing other obsessives. I think you're me, I'm you, you get it, WE ARE ALL BARRIER KID!!

(picture from Holly thanks!!)

Vegas in visuals Part 3....