The 2016 National Stationery Show: Sneak Peek!

Hi hi hi! I’m back in DC and back from the 2016 National Stationery Show. What a whirlwind! I just wanted to pop in to say that I’m still working on sorting and editing all of my photos from the show – we’ll be starting full show recaps and sharing photos from this year’s Paper Party this week! But in the meantime, I thought I’d share a little sneak peek of the show from my Instagram. You may have already seen these if you follow me over there, but there’s so much more still to come from this year’s show!

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: AHeirloom / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Obsessed with these new cocktail stir sticks from AHeirloom

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: Anne and Kate / Oh So Beautiful Paper

An art print for all the boss ladies out there by Anne and Kate

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: Antiquaria / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Beautiful gold foil on indigo by Antiquaria

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: Brylo Studio / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Modern California minimalist vibes from Brylo Studio

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: Dear Hancock / Oh So Beautiful Paper

I’m just so glad this Dear Hancock card exists

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: Emily McDowell Studio / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The perfect pregnancy card from Emily McDowell Studio

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: Fox and Fallow / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Hologram foil and tropical vibes from Fox & Fallow

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: Ink Meets Paper / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Love this new tone-on-tone card series from Ink Meets Paper

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: Ladyfingers Letterpress / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Aaaaalllll the hashtags from Ladyfingers Letterpress

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: Lionheart Prints / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Ha! By Lionheart Prints

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: Moglea / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Hand painted (truly and actually) over a letterpress half tone pattern by Moglea

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: Off Switch / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Pretty hand painted floral patterns in gold foil by Off Switch Shop

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: Power and Light Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Love this weekly notepad from Power and Light Press!

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: Richie Designs / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Yes and yes, from Richie Designs

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: Rifle Paper Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Brand new 12-month weekly agendas from Rifle Paper Co.!

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: Shannon Kirsten Illustration / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Yes, let’s! By Shannon Kirsten Illustration

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: Tack and Ward / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Love this card from Tack and Ward‘s new sanity series

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: The Good Twin / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The cutest new enamel pins from The Good Twin

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: The Great Lakes Goods / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Pastel rainbows from The Great Lakes Goods!

More to come from NSS 2016 soon!

National Stationery Show 2016 #fresh

This year’s National Stationery Show is just a few weeks away! I seriously look forward to the National Stationery Show ALL year long! Even though this will be my 8th (!!) year attending the show I still get excited to wander the aisles, catching up with old friends and discovering new-to-me talent. I’ve been browsing the exhibitor list and the NSS Planner to prepare my walking list for this year’s show, and I’m particularly excited to see the exhibitors in a special juried section of the show called #fresh that features new and up-and-coming companies. Some of my favorite discoveries from the #fresh section in the 2015 National Stationery Show included Fox & Fallow, Katie Leamon, and Tack and Ward!

National Stationery Show #fresh: Katie Leamon / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Katie Leamon (booth #1552)

National Stationery Show #fresh: Fox and Fallow / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Fox & Fallow (booth #1545)

National Stationery Show #fresh: Tack and Ward / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Tack and Ward, who “graduated” out of #fresh this year – they’ll be in booth #2270!

#fresh has been my first stop at the National Stationery Show since it made its debut two years ago. Now in its 3rd year, #fresh features approximately 100 emerging businesses in stationery and lifestyle gifts, with a focus on original and creative product design and packaging (so important!). Companies in #fresh can only have been in business for a maximum of five years and cannot have exhibited in the National Stationery Show for more than four years, which means it’s a great way for retailers and folks like me to discover new talent! Some #fresh exhibitors will already be familiar names to OSBP readers – like Ashkahn, AHeirloom, and Hartland Brooklyn – but others are still waiting to be discovered at the show!

National Stationery Show #fresh: Hartland Brooklyn / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Hartland Brooklyn (booth #1556)

National Stationery Show #fresh: AHeirloom / Oh So Beautiful Paper

AHeirloom (booth #1259)

National Stationery Show #fresh: Meeschmosh / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Meeschmosh (another #fresh graduate – they’ll be in booth #1854 this year!)

The 2016 National Stationery Show #fresh - Hartford Prints! / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Hartford Prints! (booth #1346)

National Stationery Show #fresh: Printable Wisdom / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Printable Wisdom (booth #1356)

I think what I love most about #fresh (other than discovering awesome new stationers, of course!) is that it reminds me of the reason I started OSBP in the first place, all the way back in 2008: to connect people with a stationery community that was bursting with fresh energy and new ideas, and to make sure that all the new artists and designers I was discovering wouldn’t get lost in an already rich crowd. I can’t wait to see who will be there this year, and I’ll be sure to report back here in May!

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NSS 2015 Mailers

Back in March, Emily and I shared some thoughts on pre-trade show mailers along with some of our favorite mailers from the 2014 National Stationery Show. I shared this year’s mailers over on Instagram, but I thought I’d share them here, too, so that you all have them in one place! I put them in alphabetical order just for my own sanity – and I’m loving the range of design styles and formats reflected in the mailers for this year’s show!


A beautiful tropical laser cut mailer from Alexis Mattox Design (and how great is that pineapple envelope liner?!)


I loved Antiquaria‘s peach box mailer with a little sample notebook inside – and that beautiful wax seal!


Dahlia Press

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National Stationery Show 2015, Part 13

After sharing more than 100 booths (!!) we’re wrapping up our coverage from this year’s National Stationery Show with one last recap. I can’t wait to do it all again next year!










Live Love Paper







Ditto Ditto







Paper Bandit Press

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National Stationery Show 2015, Part 12

Happy Monday everyone! We have a couple final recaps from the 2015 National Stationery Show today! First up – I always look forward to seeing the new exhibitors at the Ladies of Letterpress booth along with previous exhibitors that have moved into their own dedicated booths. Let’s start with the Ladies of Letterpress “alumni” at the show!


Ummm…. how GORGEOUS is that hand painted wall??






Love these botanical cards!





Noteworthy Paper & Press

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