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By the middle of Day 1, Whitney and I had seen more pretty paper products than we could imagine, but there was still so much more to see!

(Bottom right image snagged from my iPhone)

Ladyfingers Letterpress hand draws all of their designs, and they sure are cute! My favorite part of the day was getting to witness Arley Rose’s hand lettering in person. She wrote out the first half of Southern Wedding’s favorite phrase!

Mr. Boddington’s Studio was dressed up in stuffed fabric kites and sweet designs. Their signature illustrated style was most adorable on their recipe cards, in my opinion!

One of my favorite new exhibitors was 9th Letter Press. Isabel, the creative brain behind it all, has been hard at work for the past year creating the most adorable cards and prints. Whitney and I had a great time getting to know her and joking about this card in particular. One of my favorites was the measuring chart above. It would be adorable framed in a newlywed kitchen!

Paper Lovely and Fat Bunny Press may have had one of my favorite booths at NSS this year. The pretty garland and mint colored walls kill me! In addition, Paper Lovely had a few darling mason jar and herbs cards that I’d love to add to my paper collection for everyday notes.

Checkerboard’s booth was crowded every time we passed it, and for good reason. Their new line of wedding invitations is inspired by classic romances like the Great Gatsby and Gone with the Wind. Their envelope shapes were positively gorgeous, y’all. They also started making custom wedding plates! Perfect for cutting that first piece of cake, no?

We always swoon over samples that Smock sends us in the mail, so seeing their booth was a great treat! They are masters of gorgeous letterpressed invitation suites and letterpress packages. My favorites were the cream and black script invitations and the nautical cheery red suite.

Printerette’s designs are just as darling as their name. Their single-color letterpressed invitation at the top left caught my eye first. The heart is a fluorescent and beautiful in person. Whitney and I also squealed a bit when we saw their summer calendar print. It reminds me a bit of our Blue Ribbon Bounty feature from V5.

Rifle Paper Co. had a stunning booth — hand painted by Anna Rifle Bond herself the night before the show and decorated in beautiful floral arrangements! I wanted to walk away with their new tin recipe boxes, but I managed to practice some self control.

See Part 1 here and stay tuned for more from NSS tomorrow!

All photos by Whitney Porter unless otherwise noted.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Lisa reply

    I have a serious Rifle Paper Company obsession–this post is just fueling that! Love the invitation suites from Smock Paper and the pretty Checkerboard calligraphy as well. Looks like you had so much fun! :)

  2. avatar Emily reply

    Oh my word, where to begin?? I love the “hold on tight!” wine tags, Mr. Boddington’s peach card, the bears + honey card, Printerette’s summer calendar, and Rifle’s new recipe boxes, to start!!

  3. avatar Morgan reply

    Will you all be selling the featured thank you note with the pink flower labeled GC-106? If not, do you know where I can find them? If so, please let me know when you have them for sale!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Morgan! I’m not sure which card you’re referring to, but we don’t currently have plans to sell anything in this post. I’d suggest checking directly with the stationer or checking their website to see a list of retailers!

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Hi, friends! Sierra and I are actually in Charleston today producing our first shoot for V4! (Yippee!!) Meanwhile, I thought I’d fill you in on the ridiculous paper goodness I saw while attending the National Stationery Show in NYC last week. Some of you may have seen my tweets on Tuesday, but now I’m ready to share the full scoop! I was so, so lucky to have photographer Trent Bailey Cobb along with me to document everything. Trent and I had a great time together and also found we have freakishly similar taste, which made for a fun and interesting day.

The National Stationery Show is an annual trade show for paper people to share their wares with buyers and editors. I went because 1) I am obsessed with paper (obviously) and 2) I wanted to find the freshest designs to share with y’all! I’ll be sharing the goods both today and tomorrow, so let’s get started, shall we?

After picking up our press passes, Trent and I first headed to meet with the fine people of Checkerboard. We looked through their two wedding binders and found lots to love. See me taking iPhone photos? Yep, there was a lot of that throughout the day.

Checkerboard was our only sit-down meeting of the day, so after that we were on our feet, prowling the aisles for paper goodness. And oh my did we find it!

We loved these calendars at One Canoe Two. Each one comes with a tree stump holder! Find them in their Etsy shop.

Below we have a GORGEOUS “blackberry pie” suite from Karen at Grapevine on the left, and classic letter sheets from Fawnsberry on the right. Wouldn’t those sheets be perfect for a groom? (Perhaps to write a sweet note to his fiancee the morning of the wedding?)

Our next stop, Printerette Press, was one of my favorites of the day! Her cards were so sweet and Southern, and her booth was adorable! The vendors really go all out with their booth design, and it was so fun to see the different ways people expressed their brand and style.

Mr. Boddington’s booth was as cheery and cheeky as always. Wedding guests, take note: their cards would be perfect for style-savvy newlyweds!

I’ll be back with more soon! Trust me, y’all have got a FULL day of paper goodness ahead of you!

All photos by the talented and wonderful Trent Bailey.

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Madi reply

    I love the Missouri stationary featured in the background up top! I feel like this Missouri girl got a little shout out on her favorite blog today! :)

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