National Stationery Show 2010 : World of Illustration, Part 1

I have a soft spot for great illustration, and there was no shortage of fantastic illustrated greeting cards and stationery at this year’s stationery show. From the wonderfully fun creations of Brad Woods (Maginating Letterpress + Design) to Carolyn Gavin’s (Ecojot) illustrated notebooks for a great cause, there was so much to see.

The Maginating Letterpress + Design booth was so much fun. Even the grumpy clouds made me smile, and the From the Tools card is perfect for Father’s Day, which will be here before we know it:

Maginating Letterpress + Design

Lots of buzz about the Rifle Paper Co. booth, and with good reason. Anna Bond’s illustrated cards and invitations are absolutely beautiful. She really takes it to the next level, and I cannot wait until her line of personalized wedding and event invitation templates launches later this year.

Anna Bond Rifle Paper Co.

And these recipe boxes, made from reclaimed wood, plus coordinating recipe cards would make fantastic gifts. Plus, a calendar! Can’t wait until that’s released later this year.

Anna Bond Rifle Paper Co.

I cannot get enough of Cindy Tomczyk’s whimsical illustrations, and I had so much fun in the Let {her} Press booth, of which Paper Parasol, Cindy’s greeting card and stationery shop, was a part. A little more from Cindy later, but here’s a peek at her all occasion line:

Cindy Tomczyk Paper Parasol

Pie! Seriously, I’m gobbling up this print from Old School Stationers as soon as I spot it in their shop. They’ve really tapped into the do-it-yourself/back to the land zeitgeist with their In the Kitchen line, which features prints and letterpress cards in four designs:

Old School Stationers

Ecojot debuted a new line of notebooks, illustrated by Carolyn Gavin, at the stationery show. The line represents a new partnership with Jane Goodall, and a royalty from the purchase of each of the new wildlife notebooks will be given to the Jane Goodall Institute to help conserve an endangered species.

Ecojot Carolyn Gavin

photos by yours truly

Weekly Wrap #25 : National Stationery Show Edition

Weekly Wrap

I was on the hunt for gorgeous gift wrap at the National Stationery Show, and my search did not leave me disappointed. I spotted so many great options for gift wrap and packaging that will be truly standout:

National Stationery Show Gift Wrap

From top:

* The Ecojot booth was filled with colorful goodies, including whimsical gift wrap sheets featuring illustrations by Carolyn Gavin (left).

* Drool … I must have these gift wrap sheets by Sanna Annukka (right, top four), and the number/letter wrap by Sukie and Geisha wrap by The Good Life are fantastic, too. All spotted in the eye candy-filled Vigo booth. You can purchase everything shown from the UK based Nineteenseventythree.

* Loved the palette and pattern in these handmade gift wrap sheets from May Day Studio at the Ladies of Letterpress booth.

* Gorgeous fabric wraps from Chewing the Cud

* Lovely new gift wrap sheets by Avie Designs. Available soon in the Avie Designs shop!

* Oh so pretty letterpress self mailers from Tiselle.

I’m just getting started, so stay tuned next week for much, much more from the show. Have a great weekend, everyone!

images by yours truly

National Stationery Show 2010 : Overview


This year was my first at the National Stationery Show, and what a whirlwind it was! My NSS buddy, Erin Vale, and I had an absolute blast, and I was so happy to finally be able to meet so many of the talented paper gals and guys whose work I admire. I seriously felt like, for the two days I was there, I was walking around a huge eye candy store for paper lovers. Above: a rainbow of paper from the Envelopments booth.

It’s wonderful to check out paper goods online, and thank goodness for the internet because I don’t know what I’d do without my daily dose of pretty paper, but it’s even better to see high quality paper goods up close and personal, where you can feel the texture of the paper, run your fingers over the impressions (if it’s letterpress), and have the tactile experience that you can’t get online. I was so jazzed to see:

Monsieur Boudin

Monsieur Boudin! I’ve been completely enamored with this collection, illustrated by Labpartners, since it came out, and seeing it in person at the Vigo booth was fantastic.

Sycamore Street Press

Sycamore Street Press’ letterpress cards on display. Doesn’t the collection look lovely all together like this?

Hello Hanna

Fun, oh so whimsical, three dimensional Wishing Trees from Hello Hanna (available in July). These will be perfect for centerpieces at weddings, showers, birthdays, and other special days. I can definitely see why these won the NSS’s Best New Product award in the Party category.

Red Oak Press

Loved seeing Red Oak Press’ line in person, especially the William Morris letterpress cards (second shelf), which are even more beautiful in person. And their new Dog Wisdom line (third shelf) is so much fun.

Pomsicles by Cat Seto

Pomsicles from Cat Seto! Seriously, these are so cute, and I think that having a fuzzy pom pencil topper would make taking tests and writing grocery and to do list so much more fun.

Hello! Lucky Letterpress Cards

Just a few of the new letterpress cards from Hello! Lucky, including Sock Monkey Sam cards and mermaid and unicorn cards, illustrated by Julia Rothman.

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Milk and Cookies Printables

Free Printable Milk Carton

A little while back, Cyd from The Sweetest Occasion asked if I’d like to put together a guest post for her National Stationery Show week celebration, and I was honored to contribute. Cyd always finds such wonderfully inspiring celebrations to share with her readers, and I knew immediately that I wanted to do some sort of school day or milk and cookies theme.

I had so much fun with this project that I probably could’ve set up an entire party if I’d had the time to do so! Printables include the vintage milk carton favor boxes shown above, which will fit small cookies and all sorts of other goodies, and report card themed, printable recipe cards and envelopes that can be used as additional favors or place settings. You can check out more details over at The Sweetest Occasion, and while you’re there you’ll want to read the other awesome guests posts that are happening this week, including a fantastic letterpress birth announcement giveaway from Gus & Ruby Letterpress. Thanks for the opportunity, Cyd!

image from yours truly

Pattern Portraits by Benign Objects

Silhouette Pattern Portraits

Silhouettes are one of the hottest things in the paper design world right now, and Rachel from Benign Objects has taken the silhouette portrait and given it her own, unique twist by creating custom pattern portraits. You send in a high resolution photo of the subject you want to be made into a silhouette and, from there, you can choose custom colors, patterns, frames, and a size for your silhouette. These would make lovely items for the wall in any room, and they would also be wonderful as wedding gifts or gifts for any special occasion.

Here are just two examples of the types of silhouette portraits that Rachel can create for you:

Silhouette Pattern Portraits

image from Benign Objects