It has been a special week with the launch of two new columns, but I’m about to make it even more so by sharing a special project I’ve been working on for the past few weeks! I was lucky enough to help curate the holiday card collection at Red Barn Mercantile, a lovely local shop in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia (just across the river from DC). Amy, the owner, first proposed the idea over the summer, so it’s really fun to finally see our collaboration come together. The collection was unveiled during Red Barn Mercantile’s annual Holiday Open House last week – along with a special window display highlighting our collaboration!
Yep, that’s my name on a store window. Seriously, pinch me!
Amy’s window designer put together the fun display, complete with real mailboxes and gifts wrapped in kraft paper. The wonderful folks at Mohawk were kind enough to send dozens of their envelopes, which practically covered the entire window!
Located right on King Street, Red Barn Mercantile has the most lovely selection of home furnishings, decor, gifts, entertaining pieces – and yes, some beautiful stationery! It’s the kind of store designed to get me into a lot of trouble.
Here’s a sample of the holiday card collection! So many pretty holiday cards all in one place! I had a lot of fun pulling my ideas together, but it was a completely different way of thinking for me. Lots of things to keep in mind, from Amy’s customers to minimum order requirements to the range of design styles. I learned a lot in the process!
For those of you in the DC/VA area, you can check out the collection in person at Red Barn Mercantile, located at 1117 King Street in Alexandria. A big thanks to Amy for inviting me to help with such a special project!
Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper
Photo Credit: Belle & Union via Instagram
We’re observing Veterans Day today, but I’ll be back tomorrow with new posts – including two brand new columns launching this week! In the meantime, our thoughts and support are with all of those who have served our country, including veterans, foreign service officers, civil service offers, and their families.
If you like, you can help support troops deployed overseas through Belle & Union’s Flag boxed note cards. Proceeds go to Operation Write Home, a non-profit organization that helps soldiers keep in touch with loved ones back home.
You’ve already heard me sing the praises of Tradeshow Bootcamp – a series of webinars to help prepare stationers for the National Stationery Show and other major trade shows. Well, Tradeshow Bootcamp has now branched out into in-person workshops called Paper Camp, and I’m thrilled to announce that they’ll be coming to the East Coast this fall!
Seriously, I could not be more excited about this. Paper Camp will take place right here in DC this October! Paper Camp is an amazing two-day paper retreat with an awesome roster of speakers and invaluable opportunities for building long-term relationships. Paper Camp covers everything from booth logistics to album and product standards to working with retailers – and of course I’ll be there to talk about working with the media! Paper Camp is limited to 25 seats, so you’ll want to sign up soon!
Paper Camp has helped more than 250 stationery and gift companies grow their businesses, and about 60 alums & speakers will be exhibiting at NSS this year! And for any stationers walking NSS this year, Katie Hunt (the founder of Tradeshow Bootcamp) will be available to answer questions about Paper Camp at in booth #1775.
You can find more details and register to attend Paper Camp right here. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone in October!
Update: The application period for this position is now closed. Thank you for your interest!
Oh So Beautiful Paper is hiring! I’m looking to add a motivated social media coordinator to our expanding team. If you love paper and can’t get enough of social media, I’d love to hear from you!
I’m looking for a smart and creative person to help with daily social media outreach for Oh So Beautiful Paper! This is a remote, part-time paid position with flexible hours and the potential for future growth. The right candidate will be detail-oriented, enthusiastic, and obsessed with stationery and all things design-related, and enjoys working independently. Excellent proficiency with all major social media sites including but not limited to Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest is required. Prior blogging experience, particularly experience with WordPress, is a major plus.
If you’re interested in joining the team, I’d love to hear from you! To be considered, email me with your resume on or before Friday, May 10 and be sure to include a brief personal bio along with the following:
- Your hobbies and interests
- A list of three favorite blogs and the reasons you love them
- And the answers to the following questions:
- What is your favorite quote and why?
- Three favorite design trends
- If you could live anywhere, where would that be?
This position requires access to a personal computer and the ability to be online for the majority of the business day. No equipment is provided. Residents of the United States and Canada are welcome to apply. I can’t wait to hear from you!
I couldn’t let this week go by without mentioning a program that is near and dear to my heart – and geared just towards stationers – Tradeshow Bootcamp! I’ve had the honor of participating in this fabulous program for the last couple of years, and there’s a new webinar series just around the corner starting March 7th.
Tradeshow Bootcamp is an invaluable resource for those of you thinking about exhibiting at a tradeshow like the National Stationery Show or the New York International Gift Fair. Organized by Katie Hunt of Kelp Designs, Tradeshow Bootcamp covers everything you need to know about getting your business ready for the wholesale market and prepared for a major tradeshow, from industry standards for products, booth logistics, sales tools, and retailer expectations, with a group of panelists from all areas of the stationery industry. I’m happy to be participating in the the marketing workshop of the upcoming 6-week webinar series – Claudia of Fig. 2 Design Studio and I will cover tips for pre and post-show marketing, driving foot traffic to your booth, and how to best approach the media. I can’t wait!
You can sign up for Tradeshow Bootcamp’s webinar series here! Tradeshow Bootcamp is also giving away one full tuition scholarship for the upcoming Webinar Series to a driven designer who will be exhibiting at their first tradeshow in 2013. You can submit your application on the TSBC website. The deadline is Friday, February 15 at 11:59pm PT!