National Stationery Show 2011 – Part 1: Big Debuts

This is always an exciting week, but this year there are a ton of new exhibitors making their trade show debut at the 2011 National Stationery Show.  So for my first recap post, I thought I’d highlight a few of the booths making an awesome debut this year.  First up, Minneapolis-based Printerette Press, with an adorable booth chock full of stunning letterpress greeting cards.  From illustrations to recipe note cards to brightly colored chevron strips, this booth was simply impossible to resist.

Love those astrology/constellation note cards – so pretty!

Printerette Press

McBitterson’s has its share of snarky cards, including some pretty hilarious holiday cards that I’m sure will make another appearance later in the year.  But I couldn’t resist the adorable letterpress animal note cards:


I was pleasantly surprised to run into another DC resident, Katharine Watson, making her Stationery Show debut with her folk art-inspired block printed note cards, tea towels, notebooks, and canvas pouches:

Katharine Watson

Super cute and brightly colored note cards, all lovingly screen printed by hand from Fisk & Fern:

Fisk & Fern

My friend (and another fellow DC resident) Claudia from Fig. 2 Design Studio made her Stationery Show debut with a collection of neon-infused letterpress greeting cards, modern wedding invitations, and adorable gift tags.  I can’t wait to give you a more in depth look at Claudia’s new collection after the show!

Fig. 2 Design Studio

You saw a sneak peek of the new Fawnsberg collection last week, and the Fawnsberg ladies created the cutest and coziest booth to help showcase their boxed correspondence sets.  From the vintage map to the hand carved wood sign, each detail perfectly complemented the new collection.


Coming all the way from Ottawa, Canada, I’m loving this quirky collection from Dempsey Press!

Dempsey Press

I’ll be back with more from the National Stationery Show tomorrow!

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Dauphine Press Wedding Invitation Collection

I love getting to see all the new collections and goodies that make their debut at the National Stationery Show; it’s one of my favorite parts of the whole show.  This year, Dauphine Press has a whole new wedding invitation collection, and you get to see it first!  The new collection features lots of fun design details, from edge painting to foiling to beautiful envelope liners, combined with Dauphine’s classic yet modern style.


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So pretty!  You can check out more from the Dauphine Press wedding invitation collection right here.

Coming up, coverage from the Stationery Show!

Photo Credits: Dauphine Press

Today I love… Our Trip to Italy

“Positano bites deep.  It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone” – John Steinbeck

I feel like the Steinbeck quote applies to our entire two weeks in Italy.  I’ve been home for nearly two weeks and the entire trip still feels like an amazing dream.  Above all, it was so wonderful to see my husband after three months apart, but heartbreakingly difficult to say goodbye for another three months when it came time to come back home.  We visited Sorrento, Positano, and Rome, started each day with the most delicious cappuccinos, ate gelato every afternoon, had the most amazing pizzas we’ve ever tasted, and did an absolutely insane amount of walking in each city.  Here are a few highlights from our trip…


So much wisteria I could barely stand it…


The view from our hotel room at the Villa delle Palme – so perfect…


Vatican City…

We visited Rome and The Vatican just a couple days before the beatification of Pope John Paul II – the city was totally packed!

Photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

{happy weekend!}

The big weekend is finally here – the Stationery Show starts on Sunday!  I head up to New York tomorrow and can’t wait to catch up with everyone at the show.  Speaking of the Stationery Show (which as of the last few days has been all the time, I know), I’ll be participating in a panel about the importance of written correspondence in the digital age.  I’d love to be able to share a few anecdotes from my readers, particularly why you enjoy sending and receiving stationery.  So if you have a few moments, please share your thoughts and help answer a few short questions right here!  But in the meantime…


…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

I’m planning a rare Saturday post so that I can share the photos from our trip to Italy, finally!  Have a wonderful weekend everyone! xoxo

Photo Credit: Samantha Lamb

Stationery Show Sneak Peek – Hello!Lucky and Fawnsberg

Happy Friday everyone!  I have a couple of final National Stationery Show sneak peeks to help close out the week.  One of my favorite calligraphers, Primele, is making their Stationery Show debut with a new stationery line called Fawnsberg.  I’m loving the pretty boxed note card sets with sweet illustrations and calligraphed phrases.



As a Stationery Show veteran, Hello!Lucky always impresses me with creative booth displays and an endless supply of cute paper goodies.  Here’s a quick peek at some of the cards, including collaborations with illustrators Julia Rothman and Esther Aarts, making their debut at this year’s show!



Check back next week for Stationery Show recaps from New York!

Photo Credits: Fawnsberg and Hello!Lucky

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