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One of the most impressive parts of the Stationery Show — aside from the truly vast amount of booths in one building — is the amount of personality in the convention center. Seeing each designer’s take on similar themes, from indie to preppy and sarcastic to sentimental, makes the trip consistently packed with visual stimulation. Part of why we love paper is the same as why we love weddings: each design represents a unique story. Though our feet were aching by the time we reached this part of the show, we couldn’t resist continuing until it ended for the day just so we could see more designers’ takes on traditional greeting card sentiments!

Oh, Belle and Union! You get us every time. It was so difficult culling down the dozens of photos we took of this booth to just a few. Designer, Meg and her sweet Southern products are such a perfect fit for SW that we couldn’t resist sharing more than a peek at her amazing booth and just a few of her new products. My favorite parts of her booth were the Southern vintage hardware and the produce-stuffed floral arrangement — the perfect complement to Meg’s tea towels, recipe cards and wooden recipe box.

Belle and Union makes our favorite Southern phrases even cuter than usual!

Dear Hancock’s booth is always a favorite of mine. Their floral illustrations are bright and cheery, making their cards a great option for spring weddings! How fun is that football card for groomsmen?

We got a good laugh perusing Emily McDowell’s designs, but Ruthie and I both let out an “aww” when we saw these two cards on display.

Farewell Paperie (top) spoke our language with their new marriage card — Sweet Tea Society perfection, we think! At the Pink Orchid Press booth (bottom), interactive connect-the-dots cards made us want to receive them from our beaus!

Love and warm fuzzy feelings were rampant at the Oh Hello Friend booth. Their cards put sentiments we’ve all felt into adorable paper form, and we loved seeing little packaging details throughout the shelves! Heart-printed tape and wooden gift tags would be adorable for wedding favors and gifts!

Whimsical hand lettering and fun die-cut shapes at Creative Lab Press drew us in immediately and we instantly fell in love with this new-to-us stationer. We were positively smitten with the state-shaped greeting cards! Luckily, more states (including Texas and other Southern gems) are being added to the collection soon. We think they’d be perfect for relocated newlyweds!

Two more letterpressed favorites were discovered at the Ladies of Letterpress booth (a collective of letterpress-savvy gals with tons of creativity). The beautifully pressed invitation suite from Smokey Road Press was both rustic and bright at the same time. On the other side, Missive crafts four words into the best combination we know.

It was as if these “happy engagement” cards from Iron Curtain Press came straight from my own thoughts! When you’re happy about an impending marriage, sometimes all that needs to be said is, “EEEE!!!”

Praxium Press was another Southern favorite at the show. Cards based on banana pudding, sweet potatoes and okra go right up our alley.

Ruthie and I were so happy to meet the couple behind Betsy Ann Paper. Their happy yellow booth was a welcome boost toward the end of the day, too, and displayed the sweetest illustrations and paintings. Their wedding collection was a darling mix of traditional and whimsical. I adore the chapel card!

While we love pretty prints, we especially appreciate those that have a message. On the left, the “Bless this home” print from Fawnsberg would make a thoughtful wedding shower gift. On the right, Starshaped Press’ Farmer’s Market print reminds us of Southern retro design and the bounty of the South.

Stay tuned, y’all! I’m only halfway done sharing our favorites from the Stationery Show. Which design do you think fits your personality best?

All photos by Ruth Eileen Photography.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Emily reply

    The Creative Lab Press state cards are definitely my favorite from today’s round-up! So cute!

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    I want to send that “Eeeeee!” card to everyone I know that gets engaged!!

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My flight back to North Carolina was in the evening on Day 3 of NSS, so after stopping by Ladurée for macarons, I headed back to the Javits Center by myself to explore NSS for my own fun (and because the International Contemporary Furniture Fair was downstairs! Way cool, y’all.). I’m so glad I did because I came across a few amazing booths that I somehow missed the first two times.

I spotted Avie Design the day before with Whitney and was drawn in by their peachy stripes. The booth boasted gorgeous laser-cut invitation suites and hand folded stationery with some of the prettiest envelopes I’ve seen!

Kitchen Papers was a favorite of mine. Whitney and I must have spent a long time in their booth flipping through their placemat designs and discussing the many dinner parties we must immediately have. I adore how easy they make entertaining and just about died when I saw they had a new collegiate collection! Too perfect for parties and tailgates, no?

These little coasters spouting the new rules of etiquette were a fun find at the Grey Moggie Press booth. How fun for dinner parties at your new married digs!

(Letter C and Moglea images taken by me)

I moseyed on over to Letter C Design and Moglea on my last day at the show and fell in love with their different takes on simple designs with thoughtful purpose. Letter C’s merry bunting cards and heart pencils were absolutely snap-worthy. Y’all might recognize Moglea from their stock at Anthropologie, so you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled for their newest design, a mini letterguette. This jotter-like notepad has tear off thank you notes and envelopes!

(Cardtorial and Iron Curtain Press images by me)

Cardtorial’s booth was a simple beauty. Her fun sayings are laser-cut into real wood — you can even still smell the cedar! I also loved Iron Curtain Press’s Southern greetings. How fun would it be receive one of these in the mail?

(All May Designs photos taken by me)

May Designs rolled out even more patterned notebooks this year! I adored their new gingham address book, but knew y’all would love their new Sorority Row! These sorority-approved notebooks are perfect for planning events and keeping track of to-dos.

(All Ink Meets Paper images taken by me)

I was smitten with Allison and Daniel of Ink Meets Paper. Their tagline, “Every card has a story” perfectly describes their paper products. The best part of their notecards is a surprise note inside the envelope that says “handwritten happiness.”

(Rigel Stuhmiller image taken by me)

I was on my way to find a designer I wanted to meet when I spied Rigel Stuhmiller and had to turn around! Rigel is a talented artist and all of her products are block prints or reproductions of block prints. Though I squealed inside when I saw that she had a pug card, it was her chicken tea towels that sealed the deal.

(All Dear Hancock photos snapped by me)

I came across Dear Hancock on my way out of the show and couldn’t believe I missed seeing their adorable booth the first time around! The adorable painted dog and desk made them an instant favorite, but I also loved seeing their peony in a mason jar card and their illustrated desk collection. The details are so well thought-out!

Be sure to check out all of the fun designs at NSS! (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.)

A giant thanks again to Whitney Porter for taking these photos!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Emily reply

    That “more than all the stars in the sky” card is too pretty!

  2. avatar Chloe reply

    So many cute ones to choose from!!

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My sixth and final National Stationery Show recap contains some SUPER Southern gems. Let’s get started!

I just about died and went to Southern heaven when I walked into the Belle & Union booth! It was their first time exhibiting, and they sure bowled me over. Expect to see a lot more of this Southern goodness coming at you over the next few months!

Of course, old favorites are always nice to see, too, like our talented friends at Rifle Paper Co! Did I tell you that they designed my future sister in law’s wedding invitations? They did, and they were beautiful!

Up next was May Books, another new one to me. I loved their colorful patterned covers, and their motto – “life is too short for ugly notebooks.” Indeed! These customizable gems would make another great bridesmaid gift.

I was so excited to get to the Fig. 2 Design booth, not only because I love Claudia’s invitations and stationery, but because we had recently been corresponding about a fun collaboration for V5! You’ll have to wait until the fall for the reveal, but it’s goooood!

I loved this sweet little ribbon and gold shimmery backdrop at the Great Lakes Goods booth.

Don’t you love traveling halfway across the country only to meet someone from the next town over? That’s what happened with This Paper Ship, one of my favorite new exhibitors! Their booth was so cute, and I loved that they’re our Chapel Hill neighbors.

I thought this month-by-month watercolor calendar from Fine Day Press was especially beautiful.

As always, Dear Hancock had some beautiful hand-drawn and watercolored cards, but I especially liked their new product, the stand-in peony, which is meant to sit on your desk when you can’t have fresh flowers! Such a sweet idea!

The fill-in card for the year you were married was my favorite design at the Double Bravo booth. Again, such a great frame-able keepsake!

Flywheel Press was showing an assortment of adorable and just plain cool cards. I’m not even sure how those metallic, ombre-looking cards were printed, but they were really neat!

Last but most certainly not least was Rebecca from Wild Ink Press. I loved her sweet + cute greeting cards! Also, her business cards were THE COOLEST.

And that concludes my coverage of the 2012 National Stationery Show! I hoped you enjoyed seeing all the paper goodness that was on display this year. Let’s give one last huge thank you to Cyn Kain, who snapped all of these photos for your viewing pleasure!

In case you missed a segment…
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Until next year!

Cyn Kain is a fabulous member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
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