On Clementine’s 4th birthday last year, I started daydreaming about collaborating with beloved stationery designers on a few custom cards. I had plenty of time. But as the months went on, I talked myself out of it: maybe it would be asking too much; or the project wouldn’t make sense to customers; and I couldn’t ask some designers but not others. So, I shelved the idea. But the year went on and the daydream still tapped lightly, so I went for it. I emailed each designer, asking them to jump in. I hope my joy in this project translates, but for a little extra, Nole + I are giving away a full set of everything to one card-loving reader! –Emily of Clementine
As designers said yes, I emailed back with two things: 1) What I loved most about their work and 2) a few ideas for what I’d love to see them try. Through this process, the goal became clear: I wanted to highlight the joy that stationery has brought to Clementine, and I wanted to give die-hard stationery lovers a set of cards they could use to send love and laughter into their world. Here are the 14 cards:
Carissa of People I’ve Loved understands all of the parts of being human that I love. Joy, frustration, maybe both together.
I knew Rosanna of Iron Curtain Press would nail the lightning bolts that fly in love and friendship when you’re such a fan.
There’s no one to better to capture the sweet Vermont-Americana than Meg of Belle + Union Co. And there’s no creamee better than a maple creamee, in case you needed a reason to visit Vermont.
I askedColleen of Letter + Lark to capture something between parent and child. Her cards are so poetic and the back and forth between us made me cry more than once.
I sent Ali, of E. Frances, a phrase that my momma said to me. I hope other families love her Brussels sprouts as much as I do (as always, the back of the card has a little love surprise!)
I’ve long wanted Kelly of May Day Studio to add another sweet bold card to her stack, this silver lullaby was an easy choice.
I’ve been saying this phrase to mama friends for a while now and there was no-one better than Lisa from Sapling Press to conspire with to print it.
Mina and Ian of Birdwalk Press know how to pack a punch into beautiful foil type. I wanted a card to send to friends in moments of “I don’t think I can.”
Speaking of friendship, I knew Sam from Near Modern Disaster was the lady to design a card about the unspoken rules of true friends.
I asked Allison + Daniel of Ink Meets Paper to balance the light side of friendship and family with how deep those bonds can be.
Lately, I’m drawn to cards that celebrate people just for being. I knew Sarah of Parrot Design Studio could mix neon and pattern to produce the perfect punch of love.
Abbey of Marnetta sketched this saying on instagram and I tracked her down to say: Please make this into a card. Lots of donuts ensued.
I just wanted Catherine of Printerette to make a card that felt like hugs. She did it with rainbows.
I sent Sarah of Banquet Workshop a photo of a watermelon my grandmother painted 40+ years ago. Sarah got it, plus a sentiment I couldn’t love more.
These last few weeks were a whirlwind of drafts, designs and sweet surprises. Several designers said no too, for good reason: time, energy, the constraints of the project didn’t fit with their style. I know I am lucky to be in a world where so many people said yes. Thank you. It brought bushels of joy and fun (and I would probably do it every year for ever in case anyone is wondering.)
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