Stationery A-Z: Back to School Supplies!

Happy Monday everyone! DC public schools start back up this week, so I thought I’d start the week off with a round up of some of my favorite back to school supplies! We’re talking notepads, notebooks, pens and pencils, rulers – even an awesome pencil cup that I want on MY desk. My own daughter is starting her second year of preschool (DC starts at age 3), but sadly there aren’t a lot of fun school supplies involved at the preK stage. So this round up is geared more towards middle school through college and grad school – and plenty of it doubles as office stationery for those of you who are (thankfully) all done with school. I hope you find it useful!

Stationery A-Z: Back to School Supplies / Oh So Beautiful Paper

1. There are so many great notepad options, it’s really impossible to go wrong! This one is from The Good Twin – I love the color palette!

2. Compliment pencils in all the best colors from Ban.do

3. If you need to take notes (or sketch!) during class, you might as well do it in a pretty notebook! I like this pink, kraft, and gold notebook from Katie Leamon

4. These gold foil notebooks from Smitten on Paper are super cute, and small enough to carry around easily!

5. IRIDESCENT LEATHER PENCIL CASE. ‘Nuff said, right? By Tracey Tanner Studio!

6. Pens! I love the colors of these pens from Ban.do and these tropical leaf pens from Idlewild Co.

7. Colorful highlighters (and markers!) from Poppin

8. Pep talk pencils from Richie Designs

9. Rulers! I love the colorful rulers from Poppin and these brass rulers

10. Sugar Paper has an amazing assortment of notebooks – I’m loving this chambray fabric cover notebook, and you can even add a gold foil monogram!

11. Use this gold foil pocket notebook from Antiquaria to keep track of goals and ideas for the school year

12. Endless notepad options from Rifle Paper Co.

13. So many beautiful hand painted spiral bound notebooks from Moglea – perfect for making lists and taking notes

14. Perhaps the cutest eraser ever, by Sugar Paper for Target!

15. These brass number clips work great as bookmarks for textbooks – or even for marking important pages in notebooks and folders

16. This cute zippered pouch from Maika is perfect for carrying pens, pencils, binder clips, and erasers!

17. Loving the mint interior of this hexagon pencil cup from CB2

18. Cute sticky note blocks from Idlewild Co.Moglea also has some really pretty options

19. Copper binder clips for keeping important documents together! 

20. Gorgeous floral pencils from Rifle Paper Co.

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Sugar Paper

Okay everyone, hang on to your hats! It’s the final week before the National Stationery Show, and I’ve got some MAJOR sneak peeks lined up for you. And we’re starting with some serious gorgeousness from the queens of gorgeous: Sugar Paper! I think the ladies of Sugar Paper may have finally outdone themselves this year. The new release includes everything from a chambray agenda, tons of beautiful leather, new gold foil gift wrap, and the option to add gold foil monograms to journals and leather goods! Can you even handle all the pretty???

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Sugar Paper / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From Sugar Paper: We finally took everything we learned about planners and boiled it down into the perfect high-end planner. Our favorite layout, a simple and sophisticated design, chambray (because who doesn’t love chambray?) and gold foil touches throughout. We worked hard to get the wire ring perfectly gold and we added sections to track thank you notes and birthdays. It’s designed for smart, stylish, sophisticated women.

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Sugar Paper / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Aaaaaand then we added leather. Italian leather, handmade in LA. Agenda Case, business card holder, key fob, and an envelope clutch. We’re not messing around. The leather agenda cover and accessories will all debut alongside the Agenda at NSS, and will be available for purchase on our website and through our retailers at the end of the summer.

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Sugar Paper / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Sugar Paper / Oh So Beautiful Paper

But, we didn’t stop there. We’re smitten over our brand new gold foil wrapping paper, and we couldn’t design perfect wrap without creating the perfect ribbon to match. And on top of that, we created tailored fabric-bound journals, our Signature Pens in two new colors, and an option to have a gold foil-stamped monogram added to journals and all leather products to make it all your own. It’s our best release yet. We’re in love.

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Sugar Paper / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Sugar Paper / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Sugar Paper / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Sugar Paper / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Aaaaaaaaahhhhh!! I can’t wait to see it all in person next week! But in the meantime, you can find more from Sugar Paper right here!

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Richie Designs

For this week’s final NSS 2016 sneak peek (I have lots more planned for next week!), we’re getting a glimpse of some of the new products from Richele at Richie Designs! In addition to some seriously cute new greeting card designs, Richele will also debut new mugs, notepads, and pencils at this year’s show! One of the notepads is an adorable grocery list that Richele has been developing for the past few months – and it organizes your shopping list based on the sections and aisles at the grocery store. The notepad measures 8.5” x 5.5” and comes with 50 sheets for nearly a year of weekly shopping trips. SO smart!

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Richie Designs / Oh So Beautiful Paper

 

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Richie Designs / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Richie Designs / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Richie Designs / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Richie Designs / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Richie Designs / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Richie Designs / Oh So Beautiful Paper

More from Richie Designs right here!

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek – Paper Epiphanies

Our next NSS 2016 Sneak Peek comes from Victoria of Paper Epiphanies – exhibiting solo for the very first time at the show in booth #2054! Victoria will debut a brand new collection of office stationery to empower women called Kiss My Pumps! The collection will include journals (some with hologram foil!!), notepads, mugs, and art prints, and was created with the goal of inspiring, celebrating, and supporting a new wave of female leaders and entrepreneurs. A portion of the proceeds from Kiss My Pumps will directly benefit the Girl Up campaign of the United Nations Foundation. Victoria will also add some designs to her existing collection of sassy greeting cards, including new pen-friendly foil printed cards that are black on the outside, white on the inside, and paired with patterned envelopes!

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Paper Epiphanies / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Paper Epiphanies / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Paper Epiphanies / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Paper Epiphanies / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Paper Epiphanies / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Paper Epiphanies / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Victoria!

 

How to Make Marbled Paper – plus new Marbled Notebooks and Calendars from May Designs!

Making marbled paper is something that I’ve always wanted to try, but, thanks to the extensive supply list and unfamiliar ingredients, I’ve been too scared to even attempt. But today we’re in luck! Heather, Creative Director at May Designs, is here to demystify paper marbling and walk us through the entire process. The team at May Designs basically spent an entire day playing around with marbled paper patterns, with some seriously stunning results. We’ll start with Heather’s detailed tutorial (thanks Heather!!) for how to make marbled paper, followed by some photos of the GORGEOUS new May Designs collection inspired by their marbling experiments!

May Designs Marbled Notebooks / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Supplies

100% cotton paper

Alum

Methocel

Spray bottle

Measuring spoons

Whisk

Dish soap

Large shallow tray

Bucket or large bowl (must have a capacity greater than one gallon)

Acrylic paint

Small cups

Coffee straws

Clothesline + clothespins

How to Make Marbled Paper / May Designs via Oh So Beautiful Paper

How to make marbled paper:

Step 1. First, prep your paper. Fill a spray bottle with warm water. Add 2 tablespoons of alum and mix well. Let the mixture cool and spray a thin layer onto your cotton paper. Lay flat to dry! Make sure to mark the side that you sprayed because it can be hard to tell once it’s dried.

Step 2. Next, prepare the water bath. In a bucket, mix 4 tablespoons of Methocel with 1 gallon warm, distilled water, and one tablespoon of ammonia. Mix with a whisk. Find a shallow tray that is just a little larger than your paper. We found the perfect shallow tray to use for our water bath at a restaurant supply store (these trays from Amazon will also work!). Pour water mixture into shallow dish and let sit until all bubbles are gone! This can take a while, sometimes an hour or so.

Step 3. You’ll also need to add a dispersant to your water bath. To mix a dispersant, fill a cup with ½ cup water and a few drops of dish soap and mix.

Step 4. Gather up your favorite colors of acrylic paints and squeeze them into cups. Add water to each color until you have the consistency of whole milk. Add one drop of dispersant/dish soap mixture to each color of paint. (A coffee straw works well for this!)

Step 5. Next, add diluted paint to the water bath. This is the fun part! Using coffee straws begin to drop paint onto the surface of the water bath. Keep dropping paint onto the water bath until it is pretty well covered with color.

Step 6. Time to Marble! Take a clean straw and begin to drag it across the top of the water bath to create designs. You can also use the dispersant mixture you made to move the paint around, but only use a small drop to start. A little goes a LONG way.

Step 7. Once you have a design that you like, take your prepped paper and gently lay it face down on the top of the bath. (Make sure you are placing the paper, prepped side down). Pat it down to make sure there are no air bubbles and then pull the paper up out of the bath starting with one corner and peeling it all the way up.

Step 8. Rinse paper with water. Don’t be afraid to get in there and clean the paper off with your hands. The paint is there to stay. Hang paper to dry!

How to Make Marbled Paper / May Designs via Oh So Beautiful Paper

How to Make Marbled Paper / May Designs via Oh So Beautiful Paper

How to Make Marbled Paper / May Designs via Oh So Beautiful Paper

How to Make Marbled Paper / May Designs via Oh So Beautiful Paper

How to Make Marbled Paper / May Designs via Oh So Beautiful Paper

How to Make Marbled Paper / May Designs via Oh So Beautiful Paper

How to Make Marbled Paper / May Designs via Oh So Beautiful Paper

How to Make Marbled Paper / May Designs via Oh So Beautiful Paper

How to Make Marbled Paper / May Designs via Oh So Beautiful Paper

How to Make Marbled Paper / May Designs via Oh So Beautiful Paper

How to Make Marbled Paper / May Designs via Oh So Beautiful Paper

How to Make Marbled Paper / May Designs via Oh So Beautiful Paper

How to Make Marbled Paper / May Designs via Oh So Beautiful Paper

How to Make Marbled Paper / May Designs via Oh So Beautiful Paper

From Heather: We’ve been excited to introduce this fun trend as a pattern collection since spotting it at the National Stationery Show. We first envisioned it as a collaboration. We thought we might need an expert, to guide us through the process, so that we could get the results we desired for the collection. BUT, when Mica had the idea to incorporate the marbling process into our brand new Desk Calendars, it changed our timeline quite a bit and we decided to roll up our sleeves and get our hands dirty!

We set aside a day that same week to set up our very own marble workshop in the studio. We’ve hosted a few different workshops in the studio; calligraphy, painting, cocktail classes, etc., but this was my personal favorite. The process is so free and each piece almost creates itself! We collected tips and tricks from several different videos and blogs to create the process outlined in the tutorial above. Here’s a list of little things that we feel made this a success:

  • Cotton paper is a must! The other papers we tried broke down in the water bath
  • Don’t go on a crazy search for fancy “dispersant” – dish soap works the same way! Oh and remember, a little goes a LONG way!
  • Turns out, restaurant supply stores have the perfect large, shallow dishes for water bath. And they’re white!

We hoped that by the end of the day, we would have 12 gorgeous pieces to work with, but the pressure was off. It was SUCH a fun day. Doors open, messy desks, lunch ordered in (of course) and selfies galore. A perfect exercise for our team to let loose and bond, and BONUS… we ended the day with walls covered in gorgeous marbled paper. We are so happy with the end result! The new calendars are are beautiful and the pattern collection for notebooks is a new favorite!

May Designs Marbled Calendar / Oh So Beautiful Paper

May Designs Marbled Calendar / Oh So Beautiful Paper

May Designs Marbled Calendar / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Photo Credits: May Designs