I’m honored to host a big party for the stationery industry during the National Stationery Show each May – and this year’s party took place on Tuesday night! I’m excited to share the party photos with you all next week, but in the meantime I thought I’d start with my favorite part of the entire party: the invitations! I was lucky to work with an amazingly talented team, including Moglea, Bella Figura, and Meant to Be Calligraphy – this year’s design features some amazing hand painted details paired with beautiful matte gold foil!
I’ve wanted to work with Meg from Moglea for years – and this was the perfect excuse! I love Meg’s painterly aesthetic and really wanted the invitation design to set the tone for the rest of the party decor. Meg hand painted the invitation background, which was digitally printed by Bella Figura on their new smooth cotton paper and paired with matte gold foil on the front of the invitation. I love the subtle shine of the matte foil against the dark navy and pale pink!
The amazingly talented Michele from Meant to Be Calligraphy addressed the envelopes in her Edwards style. We picked gold ink to complement the matte gold foil on the invitations and paired the gold calligraphy with new black and white floral postage stamps. Meg hand painted the STUNNING envelope liner design, which was also digitally printed by Bella Figura.
For a final detail, I borrowed a DIY trick from Meg and dip dyed each individual envelope in red Kool Aid! The dip dye resulted in such a subtle shade of pink – barely visible in the photos – but it really added a special touch to the envelopes and I love the way it looks with Michele’s calligraphy.
I really couldn’t be more thrilled with how the invitations turned out – I hope you love them as much as I do!
Printing: Bella Figura
Envelope Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy
Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper
The annual scavenger hunt organized by Amber of Flywheel Press and Legion Paper is one of my very favorite traditions at the National Stationery Show! This year the scavenger hunt involves postcards! Just visit the booths below – then swing by Legion Paper (Booth 2774 in the Supply Side!) to collect a few postcards contributed from non-exhibiting stationers and a beautiful box to carry them all home!
Farewell Paperie – 2158
Power and Light Press – 1950
Albertine Press – 1762
Sapling Press – 2353
Life is Funny Press – 2164
Haute Papier – 2144
Lady Pilot Letterpress – 1666
Blackbird Letterpress – 2059
Gilah Press – 2575
Smudge Ink – 2635
Bespoke Press – 1329
Igloo Press – 1664
Bruno Press – 1946
Iron Curtain Press – 1952
Maginating – 2863
Photo Credits: Legion Paper
After all of these sneak peeks I’m so excited to see everything in person at the 2015 National Stationery Show – starting this Sunday! Wild Ink Press is making their 5th appearance and the show and will have over 40 new designs debuting this weekend, including greeting cards, gift wrap, and coordinating boxed notes. Some of the new designs include a collections line and kid cards inspired by a request from our very own Emily, with 12 total designs – 6 vehicles and 6 animals. I’m particularly excited about the foil and flood card line below – hello copper foil!
Photo Credits: Wild Ink Press
This might just be my favorite NSS 2015 sneak peek yet! Meg from Belle & Union sent over a few of her newest offerings – everything from a genius new recipe greeting card series, to the most adorable pencil bag EVER, to letterpress journals, to cake toppers and pie picks! Meg also has some special goodies for the holidays, including new gift wrap, laser cut holiday garnishes (perfect for adorning presents or the tree!), and a holiday tea towel!
Seriously – how adorable is this pencil bag?!?
Photo Credits: Belle & Union
Our next NSS 2015 sneak peek comes to us from the London-based Katie Leamon (Booth #1443!), making their second appearance at the National Stationery Show! I’m loving the crisp black and white of their newest designs, along with the subtle feminine details like scallop edging and polka dot envelopes. Here’s a little preview of the collection making its debut at the show this weekend!
Photo Credits: Katie Leamon