The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example. – Benjamin Disraeli
Hello, and welcome to the new OSBP! You may notice that things look a bit different over here today (and for those of you reading through a reader or via email, click on through to check it out!).
This change has been a long time coming, and I’m thrilled to finally share our new look with you – I hope you like it as much as I do! I was thrilled to work with Liz from Linda & Harriett, who contributed her beautiful hand lettering and illustrations to the new design, and Eli Van Zoeren, who worked his magic to bring our design to life on screen – including our first ever responsive (and mobile friendly) design!
We’ve also updated the navigation to make it easier to find content and move around the site, updated the Designer Rolodex (featuring a brand new logo by Meant to Be Calligraphy), and made our curated shopping galleries front and center with the new Market List section. Have fun exploring!
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!