NSS 2015 Sneak Peek: Katie Leamon

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

DIY Midcentury Modern Table Runner

This project was inspired by photo I recently saw online of a partition in a restaurant decked out in midcentury modern decor. I couldn’t get it off my mind, and so I decided to translate it to a hand-cut runner to bring a little Palm Springs vibe to your tabletop. It’s the perfect project for vinyl or leather. While I usually begin by describing my tutorials as “easy,” I’m going to give it to you straight – this one isn’t the easiest or the fastest. While the skill level is by no means advanced, this one is a bit tedious and time consuming, but it’s oh so worth it!  – Mandy Pellegrin of Craftcourse

DIY Midcentury Modern Table Runner by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Midcentury Modern Table Runner by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Vinyl cut to 8″ wide by desired length
Metal Ruler
Craft Knife

DIY Midcentury Modern Table Runner by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step One: Begin by marking a 1/2″ border all the way around the back of the vinyl. This will act as the perimeter for all of your cuts.

DIY Midcentury Modern Table Runner by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Two: First, ensure that your prepared template is as tall as the strip of vinyl is wide (i.e. 8″). Align the center line of the template with one of the shorter borders, and trace.

DIY Midcentury Modern Table Runner by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Midcentury Modern Table Runner by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Midcentury Modern Table Runner by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Three: Tile the templates and trace until you’ve filled up the entire runner, making sure that all the lines align appropriately.

DIY Midcentury Modern Table Runner by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Four: Use the metal ruler and craft knife to carefully cut out the pattern. In total, it took me about 45 minutes to cut out an entire 3′ runner.

DIY Midcentury Modern Table Runner by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper


DIY Midcentury Modern Table Runner by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Midcentury Modern Table Runner by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Photo Credits: Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2015 Sneak Peek: Sugar Paper

If there’s one booth that I absolutely cannot under any circumstances miss at the National Stationery Show, it’s got to be Sugar Paper. And this year is no exception. Between a brand new collaboration with illustrator Jennifer Vallez of Sophie and Lili (!!!) and an amazing new line of brass desk accessories, I can’t wait to see everything in person in just a few days!






Photo Credits: Sugar Paper

Brick + Mortar: I don’t know what the prize is, but you won it.

A few weeks ago, Near Modern Disaster posted a photo of the custom USPS stamps she made for her NSS mailers. I was impressed, so I commented: I don’t know what the prize is, but you won it. She replied: Can I make that into a card? And I said: Yes! (and thought: ohmygod, is that how cards are born? That was so easy. Let’s make more!)  I am not in the business of making cards, though. I am in the business of following you, watching your lines grow, waiting to pounce on a new design. In doing so, I’m acutely aware of how hard you’re all working and I am grateful; that you share your pre-NSS journey and post sneak peeks of what’s to come. I thought the least I could do was make up a few fake awards to celebrate what I’m loving most in this pre-season. So here we are, in a make-believe award season, born from the #nss2015 instagram hashtag and I don’t even have a dress.*(*Kidding, I totally have a dress).  ~ Emily of Clementine


Illustration by Emily McDowell for Oh So Beautiful Paper

WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, let’s give out some awards!

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TO Near Modern Disaster for alerting us to the fact that instead of holding up the line at the post office you could just make your own stamp. (Are you already imagining the possibilities? Me too.)

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TO Live Love Studio for adding a little bit of rhythm to NSS this year (and thus reminding me to wear sensible shoes).

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TO Life is Funny LA, for making a Valentine’s Day card for the other 364 days.

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TO Carolyn Suzuki for reminding me of those sweet few months I secretly/illegally had a kitten living in my college dorm room and for giving me a card that makes me an honorary cat-lady again, despite in-house(/marriage) allergies.

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TO Iron Curtain Press for making me dig through a few closets to find that bulletin board. Also, for challenging me to correctly spell bulletin board twice.

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TO Gold Teeth Brooklyn for reminding us to bring snacks (and start a weeks long black + white cookie craving) because no one has time to wait in line at the Javits for that Starbucks donut.

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TO Sapling Press, in collaboration with Braden Graeber, for giving me something to text to my friends weeks before I buy it. (Photo by Shindig Paperie)

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TO Big Wheel Press for being the honorary dude in the Ladies of Letterpress booth and for busting out this incredible collaboration with Molly Hatch.

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TO Angela Liguori for finding those scissors I thought I’d have to steal from someone else’s desk, but now they’ll have to steal from my desk, because: Look at them!

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TO Frances Lab for showing me the booth details that will make me marvel into wasting endless hours at home trying to recreate them.

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TO 9th Letter Press for starting the party early, while exquisitely bowing out of this year’s show with a mailer so mind-blowing, we need a new word for it. (A Boxer maybe?)

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TO Bramble Workshop (for Hello Lucky Cards) for making me wonder, in advance, if the cacti are for sale and if they’re sold in threes or sixes (or just given away to the retailer who writes a blog post about them?)

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TO Ghost Academy (via Crow & Canary) for reminding me that I’ll find things that need to be said, in ways I’ve never seen.

What items are you excited to see / what awards would you add? Share them (with a link!) in the comments section.  I wish I could help set up all of your booths (not in my fake award season dress, though, this thing is fancy). I will see you in a few days, and I’m totally cheering for you. xoxo – Emily

(Unless noted, all photos were swiped from the artist’s instagram feed as the gentle reminder to their spouse/parent/self that instagram is, in fact, work.)

Printable Hand Lettered Watercolor Wedding Stationery

Wedding season is in full effect y’all. Place cards, escort cards, and wedding details are taking over Instagram – and I love seeing all the pretty! When Avery reached out about partnering on some printable wedding stationery templates using their products, I jumped at the chance! We collaborated with the super-talented Kim of Bright Room Studio on the designs, which feature whimsical watercolor details and hand lettering. You’ll see how we customized each item below, and you can find the free downloads at the bottom of the post!


We may have gone a wee bit overboard creating options for you! Here are the products that match the printable designs from Bright Room Studio:

Square Tags

Scallop Round Tags

Round Labels

Square Labels

Printable Tags with Strings


Tent Cards



The tags and labels are ideal for wedding favors – can’t you imagine the round labels on jars of homemade jam or local treats for a summer wedding?? We also loved the idea of pairing the printable tags with welcome bags for out of town guests. I just love the gradients in the watercolor lettering and illustrations!



For the postcards, we wanted to mix things up a bit – we thought they would make a wonderful alternative guestbook! And these postcards are the easiest things in the world to use. Just print and fold along the fine perforated lines – no cutting or measuring required!




The tent cards make the most perfect place cards and escort cards! And as much as I love calligraphy, I know it’s not always in the budget. And that’s the beauty of these printables – just add your own text using your favorite fonts! I used two fonts from calligrapher Molly Jacques – Brushy (one of my all time faves) and Asterism.




Kim made all of the designs in ready-to-use formats to match Avery’s templates, but if you’re at all worried about spacing and alignment, just use Avery’s free Design and Print Online tool! Just enter your Avery product number, upload the design – and print! You can even add your own text using Avery’s free tool. SO EASY.


If you’re like me and you think dessert is the best part of any party – you can also use the tent cards to highlight flavors of a donut, cookie, or macaron bar!



Grab the free printables right here!

Square Tags: JPGWord / PDF

Scallop Tags: JPGWord / PDF

Round Labels: JPGWord / PDF

Square Labels: JPGWord / PDF

Printable Tags with String: JPGWord / PDF

Postcards: JPGWord / PDF

Tent Cards: JPGWord / PDF

Last but not least, the Avery wedding sweepstakes! You can enter from now until June 30th to win a monthly prize of $1,000 and one grand prize of $4,500! Just visit this page and pin one of the images from that page – or one of your own images! Such a great opportunity.

Design: Bright Room Studio

Photography and Styling: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

This post is sponsored by Avery, a company that makes it easy to create beautiful labels, cards, and tags. Thank you for supporting the brands that help Oh So Beautiful Paper create new and inspiring content!