National Stationery Show 2011 – Part 2

It’s already been a whirlwind couple of days at the National Stationery Show, and I can’t wait to share more images with all of you, including some seriously creative booth displays!  Of course, booth styling is always a huge part of exhibitor experience at the National Stationery Show, and this year’s show is no exception.  Mr. Boddington’s Studio had one of my favorite displays at last year’s show and this year they’re back with another stunning booth – both created by artist Donald Graham Hersey:

Gorgeous new boxed note sets from Mr. Boddington’s Studio

Mr. Boddington’s Studio

Another creative booth display, this time from a first time exhibitor: Nashville-based eco-friendly stationer Arboreal.  I’m loving the moss displays and the gorgeous wood sign, along with the beautiful Italian-inspired cards and gift tags.


Love the royal blue walls from another first time exhibitor Banquet Atelier and Workshop, which served as the perfect backdrop for Banquet’s nature-inspired prints, note cards, and patterned gift wrap.

Banquet Atelier and Workshop

I’ve been so happy to see (and meet!) so many new exhibitors at this year’s show.  Portland’s Two Guitars made its trade show debut this year, with an adorable selection of screen printed and letterpress note cards and notebooks.

Loving this vellum card layered over a vintage map!

Two Guitars

I’m totally smitten with the brand new wedding invitation and greeting card collection from The Nic Studio – all featuring Nicole’s playful and whimsical illustrations:

The Nic Studio

Even with all of the new exhibitors, it’s so nice to catch up with favorites from previous show.  I first fell for Urubbu‘s folk art and nature-inspired note cards at last year’s show, and I’m loving the new additions for this year’s collection!


That’s it for today, but I’ll have lots, lots more again tomorrow!

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Lauren + Dave’s Modern Red and White Letterpress Wedding Invitations

I’m taking another quick break from this year’s Stationery Show coverage to share these sweet wedding invitations from Three Fifteen Design, with letterpress printing by Czar Press.  For the invitation design, Ravyn from Three Fifteen Design combined modern graphic elements with a script font to complement the elegance of the wedding venue.  I’m loving the fall-inspired red and white color palette!


From Ravyn: This suite was largely influenced by the ornate and elegant wedding venue where the couple will be married this October.  While the couple was super excited about this really elegant location, they wanted to pull a few fun elements into the design as well.  For the save the date card, we decided to use a photo from their engagement session by Jim + Ravyn Photographers.  We paired the photo with the same script and graphic elements that would later be used on their wedding invitation suite.


Lauren and Dave are getting married in the Fall and wanted a warm hue, but not the typical orange.  We chose this rusty red to ad an element of rustic-sophistication. Because the save the date was a little less formal, they wanted to go all out for the invitations. We had them letterpress printed on beautiful, soft-white cotton stock.  Czar Press did an amazing job printing the invitations & the response cards.




Again, we tried to be a little more playful with the response card, by using graphics for the meal choices and again, using the flag/banner graphic from the invitation.




We finished everything off with kraft paper envelopes from Paper Source and a custom return address stamp from




Thank you so much Ravyn!  For more from Three Fifteen Design, check out their website right here!

Photo Credits: Three Fifteen Design

*Czar Press is a spon­sor of Oh So Beau­ti­ful Paper; for more on my edi­to­r­ial poli­cies please click here.

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