Best DIY Cards

Paper Palace

Step away from the Hallmark aisle. Put down that overpriced boutique birthday card. Paper Palace, in Solon, is your chance to spread some shit out on the living-room floor and make something -- an ¨ber-cool greeting card, to be exact. The store houses the region's best selections of paper and craft supplies, the perfect ingredients for a birthday or I'm Sorry card that screams "creative." And the shop, while small, is staffed by crazy-helpful and knowledgeable folks, who will be way too patient while you fumble around looking for the perfect paper. The Palace also offers lessons and classes -- including Christmas and Halloween-card workshops.