Sigh… the 2012 National Stationery Show is officially over. Â And while I’m happy to be back home (and even happier to rest my aching feet!), I’m already going through pretty paper withdrawal and missing all my friends in the stationery industry. Â I was excited to see a ton of new exhibitors at this year’s show, so today I thought I’d focus in on a few of the first-time exhibitor booths. Â First up, the whimsical stationery from Rocket Ink; every design features hand lettering and/or a hand-drawn illustration or pattern. Â Beautiful!
Pei Design might win the award for most adorable stationery collection from this year’s show. Â I love the clean and modern aesthetic of the letterpress cards and fill-in invitations, not to mention the foil stamp pattern note cards and edge painted notebooks!
I loved all the modern black + white minimalism happening over at Pawling, from an incredibly cool topographic 2013 calendar (and corresponding cards) to geometric pattern newsprint gift wrap, art prints, tote bags, and notebooks.
The Regional Assembly of Text was one of several Canadian exhibitors at this year’s show. Â This Vancouver-based duo presented a collection of super-cute note cards and corresponding buttons. Â So fun!
There were so many fun things happening over in the Jigsaw Graphics booth! Â I’m constantly re-organizing and re-arranging things in my home, so I instantly fell in love with the dry erase labels and tags â€“ so perfect for someone like me. Â And the customizable letterpress stationery is pretty amazing; Jigsaw Graphics can take any signature and/or illustration, scan it in, and create personalized note cards for kids and adults. Â Turns out that kids really love to write letters to their friends, so hooray for the future generation of letter-writers!
I loved the home library vibe of the Papillon Press booth (another Canadian exhibitor!). Â Their collection of letterpress greeting cards was both pretty and incredibly funny â€“ such a great combination! Â I particularly enjoyed the Victorian card series with phrases and tips from an antique etiquette guide.
I’m so happy I came across The Permanent Collection booth â€“ so many fantastic letterpress cards and prints! Â And I can’t get over the large scale letterpress prints of wedding vows and birth announcement details… such a great way to commemorate a momentous occasion (and surprisingly affordable, too!).
I’m still working my way through all the photos from the show, but I’ll be back with more soon!
Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper