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The Best of The National Stationery Show Part 2

I’m back with more highlights from my whirlwind weekend in NYC this past May. Let’s first start with a line I can’t wait to debut later this month on Brown Ink…

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image-1Read Between the Lines, created by Belinda Jones, is fresh and expresses exactly how I feel.

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No surprise, BANQUET atelier & workshop arrived with elegant colors and beautiful illustrations.

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Look for this fabulous advent calendar from Banquet in our Holiday Collection early Fall.ML-S38_DahliaThankYou

The creative and local force behind Old Tom Foolery launched a new line last year, Modern Lore, which brings in fresh imagery from different photographers throughout the country.

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I’m crazy about the floral images with copper foil text and the succulent gift tags! So much so, Modern Lore is joining Brown Ink Paper Goods boutique this summer.
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I’ve been a distant fan of Danni from Oh Hello Friend for years so it was such a treat to meet her in person and check out her thoughtful selection of handmade goods and stationery.

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The watercolor and dip-dyed effect is still alive and kicking, my favorite coming from Moglea.

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sugar paper brought some serious eye candy to the show this year and I left dreaming of the detailed gold foil notebooks, soon to hit Brown Ink as well. Sweet goods.

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OSBP-NSS-2014-Sugar-Paper-12OSBP-NSS-2014-Sugar-Paper-22OSBP-NSS-2014-Sugar-Paper-40Back soon for more Best Of’s from the show and cheers, once again, to Oh So Beautiful Paper for sharing a few of their images (it’s pretty impossible to shoot all of the booths during my two days!). If you are still reading at this point, you’re in luck. I’ve continued my 4th of July Sale thru Monday for all those out-of-towners. Use code: Holiday25 for 25% OFF all goods. Now go relax!

The Beating Heart

One week to go, still plenty of time to find or create the Valentine’s Day card that suits you and your sidekick best. 

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Sycamore Street Press crosses their X’s and circles their O’s with this cheerful celebration of love created by hand with an intricate copper foil stamping.

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A good reminder to that person in your life you couldn’t live without, thanks to Steel Petal Press.

When it comes down to it, it’s all about the simple heart. And Banquet Atelier & Workshop out of Vancouver has it nailed with their Neon Pink Heart Card, pure and simple.

Printable Valentines | Camille Styles

Who can resist an easy and free downloadable template when time is short? Camille Styles is here to save the day with the simple but tasteful printable cards!

If you want to create a memorable Valentine’s card, place it in one of these fabulous dyed bags.

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Oh So Beautiful Paper makes it look simple enough to create these beauties, used on Valentine’s and throughout the year!

Here’s one for the romantic brought to us from Design Sponge; create a catalogue of love.

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Using library cards, replace the book numbers with important dates in your lives. Of course, these could always be handwritten vs. typed. The point is to collect the important moments in one location which will last for generations to come.

If you are still looking for ideas, check out these paper goods in our recent post from Brown Ink Paper Goods to give you a hand (guaranteed delivery by Thursday if you order by next Tuesday!)

Don’t forget you Minnesotans, lots of love tomorrow over at Mille for the first Makers Market…

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 We’ll have our Valentine’s selection and other featured goods waiting to be loved. Come swing by, fill your cup with bubbly, and let that beating heart be warmed on a chilly, sunny day.

40 More to Go

Before the summer season officially comes to an end this Sunday evening, (to be precise, the Fall Equinox begins at 10:29 P.M), I felt it might be a good time to file away my 40th Birthday cards which have been displayed on my desk for almost a month now (birthdays are a big deal in this household and we tend to hold on to cards for a long time, no surprise there).

Maybe it was because I was turning the big 4-0 this year, but I was dizzy with the awesomeness of the variety of birthday cards I received. I thought, why not share my favorites with the rest of you all? So, here goes my first (and potentially annual) “Best Birthday Card” on-line award ceremony. Drum roll please…

The Award for “Best Advice Card”, we had a three-way tie…

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Kelly with Interesting over 40Bernard Baruch quote from Cynthia & Tim, and Alecia’s hinting it’s good to Make Mistakes in life. Way to make me feel young, friends!

The award for “Most Thinking-Outside-the-Box Card” goes to a few as well…

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Aunt Wendy with my favorite children’s illustrator, Lois Lenski Fireside Poems, and “Portland” Katie with her daughter Ruby’s, handmade card titled Animals. High on originality, folks.

For the “Most Beautifully Written Card” the award goes to….

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..Michelle for her appreciation of the gorgeous Banquet art!! (she sells large prints at her store).

For the “Most Appropriate Card” drum roll for…

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 …both Ron & Mekea, since we consumed a few tacos that evening! (both with fab print, btw)

For simply the “Most Beautiful Card” it’s yet another three-way tie…

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between Alison’s Flowering Tree card, Mary’s artsy scene from screech owl design, and Cindy’s circus card from Beatrice Coron’s beautiful cut art. Difficult to select one as you can see.

And for the “Most Lovely Handmade Card”…

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 …applause to Ms. Lervick, the James’s kiddos, Italian Amy, Nicole and Ollie. These are my favs!

Before finishing my award ceremony, I need to give a few bonus points for the following categories, starting with wrapping paper, a three-way tie…

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Alecia for crafty re-use of our bedroom wallpaper sample, Jill who hand wrote the entire paper, and Mark & Jean for using their architectural scraps. Oh-so-wonderfully green, my friends!

Big smiles to my dear Jean who created beautifully, personalized letterpress stationery for me.(..which you can also find for yourself at her new Pomegranate Press Etsy store!)

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Adored my illustrated 40…

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from Ms. Jenni, commissioned from the artist Emily Synder, aka Queen Quills.

And lastly, to the most thoughtful, homemade gift…

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…a hand sewn 40th book from Vicki, for friends to write wishes for the Birthday Girl. Just lovely.

So, I hope to have not come across as boastful! Truly, it’s all about the love and excitement around the presentation of one’s writing and my hope to inspire others in finding the enjoyment of not only giving but writing!! Here’s to 40 more years of my handwriting.

Surprise

Who doesn’t love a good surprise? Indeed!! As you may have noticed, Brown Ink recently launched a new site with the addition of Paper Goods arriving this Fall. Nick and I have been enjoying the process of creating the new site and we’ve been fortunate to have a brilliant team of players around us. A big round of applause to Kate Arends from Wit & Delight who ran the Brand Developing, Eric Price from The Walker Art Center is the Graphic Designer, Scott Anderson at Room 34 is the Developer, and Louisa Podlich from Louisa Marion Photography who shot our images. Thanks to everyone for the talent, creative juices and energy surrounding Brown Ink!!

The Paper Goods store has been an idea swirling inside my brain for the past year. After last year’s National Stationery Show, many blogs featured stationery lines new to me. At the same time, I saw several small, one-man-band companies found only in a handful of boutiques or online. Which was when it dawned on me…Brown Ink needs to provide the opportunity for others to enjoy these lovely products too!! But alas, you must hold your excitement until the Fall when our e-commerce store will open.

We thought we’d give you a sneak preview of last week’s New York trip where I met dozens of charming paper lovers and suppliers!!

My dear friend Jean Glenn from Pomegranate Press and I about to inhale a sea of booths!!!

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It was a treat to meet St. Paul gal, Catherine Polacek from Printerette Press. Check out her fabulous note pads which debuted at the show.

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The stationery and prints at Banquet atelier & workshop were even more beautiful in person!!

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Bright colors and Aztec were strong themes at the show seen here at Anemone Letterpress

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The Yellow Owl Workshop booth was not to be missed with hand-painted, rainbows of color. I’m a bit crazy over their selection of stamps!

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One of my favorite new lines was Sideshow Press which used outdoor camping as their inspiration.

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If you’d like to experience even more from the Stationery Show, head to Oh So Beautiful Paper where Nole Garey and her team captured the event remarkably well (so much so, it was impossible to not use a few of her images!!). I promise to highlight a few more of my favorites from the show in the month ahead.

The day before the show I had the chance to meet two inspirational women creating paper treasures from their home studios in Brooklyn. Artist Jonna Twigg creates unbelievably gorgeous journals, both leather and fabric bound, for her Twigg’s Bindery line.

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And the poised Emily Johnson from hartland brooklyn left her career in the fashion industry to design stationery full time.

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I also had the chance to check out paper goods scattered throughout New York, one of my favorites being Greenwich Letterpress, where they sell their own line as well.

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Lastly, a thanks to you, readers, for staying with us on this journey!! Here’s to a summer of writing, wonder, and expectations of good things to come from Brown Ink.

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Most Minnesotans are questioning the validity of today’s Spring Equinox what with all our snow and temps in the single digits. It doesn’t help when we’re reminded that last year at this time we were spoiled with an unusually early spring with green grass and flip-flops weather for most of March (cut to deep breath HERE). However, our typical weather is not breaking me down, especially after my California spring pick-me-up last weekend.

My recommendation to all you numb-toed souls is this; purchase some Watch ’em Grow forced bulb garden, pull out your Easter chicks and Passover decor, and let your inner warmth shine while writing or making cards!!

Start by heading to Paper Source to find your Easter supplies. Yesterday I stopped in to find a sea of pastels, bunnies and eggs in every direction.

Even if you are short on time with the kids, stamping a few easter eggs with silver bunnies and handwriting a message is fresh and unique. Also pretty adorable.  And while you’re at it, pick up some cards to send to a family member who’s away for the spring holiday. Some of my favs….

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Decorated Easter Eggs from Rifle Paper Co.

Funny Easter Card. Peep Easter Card. Blank Easter Card.

For the Peeps fanatic from, handmade from Julie Ann Art

Happy Easter Lily from Banquet

And the cards from Sugar Paper are lovely…

Sweet Easter wishes

Easter Nest 

Easter Galore

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PRINTABLE Bunny Ears Easter Card

To make things really simple, a printable Easter Ears card from Zest and Lime

 Tree of Life - Happy Passover card (684762)

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simple expression says it all

If you are looking to surprise the table guests at this year’s spring holiday gathering, check out these ideas…

Cheryl Cooper’s passover setting for her grandchildren

Easter surprises for Emmett and Oliver thanks to Grandma Sally

Find a way to bring some brightness to your day. It might feel like winter for some of us but spring has, really, truly, arrived and thankfully our sunlight is lasting longer (dissolve to final deep breath before we fade to black). Hippity Hop!