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It’s my favorite time of the year! The National Stationery Show recaps are here and I’m thrilled to relive the three days I spent in New York meeting new-to-us stationers, hugging old ones and finding the loveliest wedding stationery around. (Okay, and there’s a really good dose of just plain cute and just adorably Southern stuff in here, too.) With Ruthie of Ruth Eileen Photography by my side, we spent hours ooh-ing and ahh-ing over hundreds of booths. You may have seen up posting up a storm on Instagram (here and here)! Join us in reliving the magic?

Knot & Bow have been familiar to us for quite some time — we love their packaging supplies! But we we happy to see a new collection of gold foil confetti cards, confetti packs, and giant confetti-filled balloons in their lineup — they’d make quite the festive addition to any wedding!

I know Marissa loves this booth as much as I do, being the two resident pug lovers at SW! Emily and Lisa had me hooked when they gave me a Lydia & Pugs calendar for Christmas, so I may have been overly excited when I introduced myself to Dawn, the talent behind these adorable paper goodies. The wedding collection of pugs riding off into married bliss is perfect for dog-lovers everywhere!

The Lifeguard Press both, featuring Lilly Pulitzer, Ban.Do, and Kate Spade was impressive as always. We were most thrilled to hear about a new wedding stationery line from Kate Spade that’s soon to release! Ruthie and I got a sneak peek from our friend Natalie Chang, and all we can say is that y’all are going to love it! (Just a hint: they didn’t stop at stationery — one of my favorite new items requires a needle a thread!)

We’re sure any Southern belle and beau would love to see these sweetly wrapped gifts at their bridal shower. Monogrammed gift wrap and gold foil state cards from Ann Page stopped us in our tracks. (I mean really, y’all — monogrammed gift wrap.)

We were so excited to find Emily Ley’s booth within our first hour of walking the show. As many of y’all know, she’s a good friend of ours and her Simplified Series has helped us stay connected to what matters most, both in work and life. Her new collection of journals and notepads are a beautiful way to keep track of wedding to-dos! (Also, how gorgeous are those flower arrangements by Michelle Edgemont?)

Wonderful surprises were found at Parrott Studio’s booth! Parrott’s newest addition of gold cake toppers was a fun find, and we loved that they were displayed on custom wedding cakes.

We got a good dose of Southern design when we stopped to visit SW friends, Stephanie Creekmur (top image) and Southern Fried Design Barn (bottom image). Y’all might remember seeing Stephanie’s “Sweet as a Peach” print in V5. Southern Fried Design helped us create sweet tea packet business cards!

I love the idea of using Paper Lovely’s letterpresses tags to dress up bridesmaid gifts or bridal shower presents. Not to get ahead of ourselves here, but we had to snap a photo of the “Hello Little One” card! Gals — save this one in your brain for Southern mamas-to-be!

The charm and warmth we found in E. Frances’ booth made us want to stay there and rest awhile. Their adorably illustrated cards were new to us, and we especially loved the gold foil and watercolor collection. Our favorite piece from the booth read, “forget the honeymoon, have a honey life.” Our sentiments exactly!

Part of the fun of walking the Stationery Show is seeing how everyone decorates their booth. Ave Estudio hand painted the lovelies pink blooms on her cream walls. We were hooked as soon as we saw her sweet illustrations and this bright pink gingham card!

We were quite familiar with Betsy White’s wedding collection, but loved seeing them roll out items that are for more every day use! I thought the sticker packs were perfect for dressing up outgoing love letters and paired nicely with their custom stamps.

Gold foil pulled at our heartstrings again and again. Haute Papier’s Haute Papier’s new marriage certificates spoke to us — we love wedding day keepsakes and can imagine these looking amazing framed in a newlywed home! Ruthie and I both spent a lot of time at Dallas-based Read Between the Lines’s booth. They’re all about keeping it simple and heartfelt.

Tammy Smith Design’s embroidery prints reminded me of my mom — we used to embroider pillows and wall art all the time! I love that this tradition lives on with a state-based twist. Just choose your state and follow the lines to add your own embroidery.

Do y’all have a favorite design from this batch? I loved sweet illustrations at E. Frances. Don’t forget to stay turned — there are plenty more paper goodies left to explore!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
12 Comments
  1. avatar Hannah reply

    E. Frances’ watercolor collection is my favorite and there are far too many “runners-up” to name! :)

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    So hard to choose favorites, but the gold foil state notecards and everything by Betsy White is especially catching my eye!

  3. avatar Emily reply

    Oh my goodness – so many goodies just in one post! I think my favorite might be the “Will you be my bridesmaid” cards from Southern Fried Paper :)

  4. avatar Molly reply

    loved Ave Estudio’s booth! and she was just so so lovely to talk to, too!

    • avatar Ave Estudio reply

      Thanks for posting this beautiful photos of our booth! Thank you so much Molly for your lovely comment, it was such a pleasure to meet you this year at NSS!

  5. avatar Sadie Schureck reply

    Too much loveliness to choose a favorite, but I am a sucker for any of Emily Ley’s products!

  6. avatar Emily Ley reply

    You gals are the sweetest! Loved seeing Nicole and Ruthie in NYC! Thanks for including our booth in your recap today! xo

  7. avatar Stephanie Creekmur reply

    Thank you SO much for including me in your NSS round up! It was so nice to finally meet you in person, Nicole! And so nice to meet you as well, Ruthie! :)

  8. avatar Erin / Knot & Bow reply

    What a lovely round-up! And it was so nice to see some Chapel Hill love in our booth at the show :) Thanks so much for including us!

  9. avatar maghon reply

    LOVE those gold foil state cards!! I need those in my life.

  10. avatar Bridget reply

    Every one of these National Wedding Show posts is incredible – I’ve got to plan a vacation to go see the show in person next year!

  11. avatar Dorothy Collier reply

    Getting so excited! I’ll be in booth #2630 this year with my line, Dorothy Art! Can’t wait!

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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
4 Comments
  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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