The National Stationery Show (er, a few days late)


Two weeks ago I had the distinct pleasure of attending the National Stationery Show. Talk about a kid in a candy store. There were so many talented designers present and such beautiful creations to oogle. I snapped a few iPhone photos while I weaved in and out of the aisles and aisles of paper—oh my! The worst part: you can look, but you can’t buy (until you finally have a stationery store and all your dreams are realized, ahem).

I was really taken with Fig 2 Design Studio. The Letters for Love project was one of my favorite finds–the team at Fig 2 teamed up with seasoned calligraphers to create beautiful cards (in neon pink!). A portion of the proceeds go to charity and these letter-loving gals aptly selected Oklahoma City tornado relief. I also was obsessed with the booth lady’s button: send more letters!

ss4There was lots of mail love friends. Meg, a soldier’s wife, is the mastermind behind Belle & Union. She sweetly partners with Operation Write Home, an incredible organization (and a whole other post) that sends stationery to soldiers overseas. Fracas Studios had total treasures with custom stamp cards and cute red and blue pencils. And Ink Meets Paper wow-ed with modern simplicity. I swoon over any encouragement of letter writing.

ss1I was totally taken with Puddleduck Paper Co. I loved the hand lettering, the kraft envelopes, the bold designs–I could go on and on! This gal really gets graphic patterning!

ss5I loved all the paper supplies, like gorgeous wrap from Mr. Boddington’s Studio, chic pens from Snow & Graham and some sweet mail-inspired stickers from 9th Letter Press.

ss3And the stamps! Oh the stamps. I loved the create-your-own kit from Yellow Owl Workshop and the gorgeous custom address stamps by Ladyfingers Letterpress.

ss6More post-inspired paper from Sugar Paper, letter writing kits from Pistachio Press and a nod to the postal workers from Grey Moggie Press (who’s motto is write more. on paper. –love!).

ss7I am always impressed by the cleverness of Sapling Press. I mean, the wit is just unmatched! And The Social Type blew me away with their glitter and shine! They had the most adorable matchboxes (which I failed to photograph, duh) that would pair perfectly with a deliciously scented candle.

It. Was. All. Amazing. If you ever have a chance to go, GO! Besides all the gorgeous paper, you’ll have unparalleled access to the designers, so you can ask super important questions like, “whats your favorite color,” wink!








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