National Stationery Show 2010 : Navy Obsession

I’m just about at the end of my National Stationery Show journey, but before I close things out I have to share some favorites in one of my new favorite colors: navy blue. If I was in your booth and spotted something navy, then I undoubtedly shared my new, somewhat unhealthy color obsession with you, and if you had something navy blue and pink, then I probably squeed out loud.

Another of my favorite wedding invitations from the show — I can’t stop looking at this navy letterpress beauty by Flywheel Press, a member of the Ladies of Letterpress.

Flywheel Press Letterpress Wedding Invitations

New York City style is showcased in these gorgeous wedding invites by Atelier Isabey. The thank you card features the couple with their dog, and the suite can be customized to your needs, as well.

Atelier Isabey Letterpress Wedding Invitations

My photos don’t do these letterpress invites by Gilah Press justice, but in person the soft, subtle pink against the bold navy was absolutely gorgeous.

Gilah Press Letterpress Wedding Invitations

All of the letterpress lovelies at the Gwyneth Paige booth were framed in these great antiqued frames. I really enjoyed the romantic, peony adorned Deanna suite. Love the navy envelope liner!

Gwyneth Paige Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Navy blue + navy blue and pink wedding invitations made me very happy at the Saima Says booth:

Saima Says Wedding Invitations

I really liked the pattern, not to mention the color, on these note cards by Kelp Designs.

Kelp Designs Note Cards

A sweet sentiment in navy blue and red from Two Trick Pony:

Two Trick Pony Missing You Card

photos by yours truly

National Stationery Show 2010 : Lovely Invites, Part 2

If you missed it, be sure to check out the first in the Lovely Invites series.

Chewing the Cud’s invitation album was full of letterpress lovelies like Rustic Florals (top) and A Woodland Affair (bottom). Ah, faux bois love!

Chewing the Cud Letterpress Wedding Invitations

A gorgeous selection of letterpress wedding invitations by Thomas Printers in the Ladies of Letterpress booth. My favorite had to be the adorable “love birds” invite on the right. Great typography, and such cute illustrations.

Thomas Printers Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Very cool letterpress wedding invitation designs going on at the Paper Boat Studios booth. I love the top invite — the organic lines remind me of a typographic map or a cross-section of sedimentary rock. Very cool.

Paper Boat Studios Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Gilah Press had an absolutely stunning wedding invitation album. Seriously, it was great. One of my favorite suites featured oh so clever venn diagram illustrations:

Gilah Press Letterpress Wedding Invitations

A beautiful collection of letterpress wedding invitations by Pistachio Press, also at the fabulous Ladies of Letterpress booth. Lovely pattern and color:

Pistachio Press Letterpress Wedding Invitations

A new collection of wonderfully bright and modern wedding invitations by Avie Designs:

Avie Designs Wedding Invitations

photos by yours truly

National Stationery Show 2010 : Lovely Invites, Part 1

So many absolutely gorgeous invitations to be found at the stationery show, including everything from clean, modern masterpieces to letterpress lovelies and invitations created using very unique techniques and materials.

Several of my favorite invitations came from the 42 Pressed booth, which was invitation eye candy from wall to wall. One of my favorite invites from the entire show was their Aylaberry design (below top) — great typography, clean design, and those colors! For me, there was just something about the crisp, black type combined with the soft pink envelope and yellow stripes. Just a few highlights from the 42 Pressed booth:

42 Pressed Letterpress Couture Wedding Invitations

I’m very excited about Elum’s new Umi line. Elum has teamed up with Envelopments for this line of affordable invitations, offering a selection of Envelopments envelopes, liners, and enclosures that you can incorporate for a truly custom package. The invitations in the Umi collection can be letterpress printed, or flat printed at a fraction of the cost, making them a great option for those of you who love great design but don’t have the budget for letterpress.

Erin was spot on about the Parallel suite (below top), another of my show favorites (swoon … blind deboss), when she said that it’s a design that will appeal to both women and men alike. Its beauty is in its simplicity, and I love that different patterns embellish the pieces in this suite.

Elum Umi Letterpress Affordable Wedding Invitations

Gorgeous invitation designs from Atelier Isabey, and a big thanks to Andrea from Gwyneth Paige for giving us a heads up about this booth because it was simply stunning. The custom laser cut invitation (below top) was amazing, as was Atelier Isabey’s attention to detail:

Atelier Isabey Luxury Wedding Invitations

Spark designs incredible letterpress invitations, but I have to admit that I got rather distracted by their fantastic new Stationery Love album. Hello, beautiful, die-cut calling cards!

Spark Letterpress Stationery Love Album

Gorgeous watercolor florals by Cat Seto make these suites a standout for the couple looking for wedding invitations with a more painterly, artistic flair:

Cat Seto Watercolor Wedding Invitations

Oh so lovely calligraphy, as well as great color and contrast — black and hot pink really make a statement, in the letterpress wedding invitation suites from Sweet Letter Press.

Sweet Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Twig & Fig’s use of unusual materials and techniques made their wedding invitations a must see. Hot pink laser etched lucite? Wow!

Twig & Fig Wedding Invitations

photos by yours truly

National Stationery Show 2010 : 2011 Calendar Preview

Over the past few years, calendar design — in independent stationery circles, at least — has grown to become an art, and I’m sure I’m not alone in anticipating what fantastic concepts, illustrations, and design I’ll see in the new batch of calendars every year. I’ve featured several 2011 calendars so far in my highlights from this year’s stationery show, but there are plenty that I haven’t shown you yet. Here’s a peek at what will be gracing walls and desks in 2011.

Letterpress Volcano and Tidal Wave calendars from Oddball Press, available in September.

Oddball Press 2011 Calendar

Wall calendars from Amy Smyth Made It, with plenty of space to write. I know how many of you will like that!

Amy Smyth Made It 2011 Calendar

2011 Map Wall Calendar from Igloo Press, with design by These Are Things.

Igloo Press 2011 Calendar

A selection of illustrations featured in the 2011 Egg Press desktop calendar.

Egg Press 2011 Calendar

An illustrated, woodland/nature themed letterpress 2011 calendar from Sycamore Street Press.

Sycamore Street Press 2011 Calendar

Flora & Fauna Press shows us a different take on woodland/nature themes in their 2011 letterpress wall calendar.

Flora & Fauna Press 2011 Calendar

A spectrum of color and pattern in Two Trick Pony’s 2011 screenprinted calendar.

Two Trick Pony Screenprinted 2011 Calendar

Cat Seto’s baby milestone calendar is the perfect gift for friends and family who will be welcoming a new member into their families.

Cat Seto Baby Milestone Calendar

Monthly selections from the Pearl & Marmalade 2011 letterpress wall calendar.

Pearl & Marmalade 2011 Letterpress Calendar

Illustrated goodness in Paisley Tree Press’ 2011 desktop calendar.

Paisley Tree Press 2011 Letterpress Calendar

photos by yours truly

Weekly Wrap #26 : Owl Post

Weekly Wrap

Owl Post

I can’t seem to resist anything owl-y, and these Owl Post Gift Box kits from the Celestefrittata Bottega caught my eye as soon as I spotted them. Each kit includes one gocco printed kraft pillow box, two shipping labels, tissue paper, self-adhesive owl post stamps, and a piece of hemp twine. What a cute idea for gift packaging, and the kits would be so much fun for little Harry Potter fans to play Owl Post Office.

Have a great weekend, everyone. I’ll be back next week with my final few National Stationery Show posts, including a 2011 calendar preview and lots of invitation love!

images from Celestefrittata Bottega