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scraps, lace & red ink

Valentine’s Day is soon approaching, so you know what that means? That’s right, time to get creative. If you recall, last year I got my creative groove on while taking a crafting class at Paper Source. This year they are offering another inspiring class called My Sweet Valentine Crafters Night Out where they’ll give you the materials and inspiration to make creations you’ve dreamed only Martha Stewart could create. Jump to it you Twin Citians!

heart

But if crafting isn’t your thing and you’d rather be in the kitchen check out this next idea.

Box

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The Things I Love About You Box seen on frolic combines both talents in the kitchen and a personal handwritten list of the favorite things you adore about your sweetheart. So simple yet so sweet.

Of course if you are the traditionalist it’s never too early to load up on Valentine’s Cards.

I adore the whimsical feel to Banquet’s doily Valentines Day Cards.

Pucker up with neon pink lips from one of my favorite lines, Gold Teeth Brooklyn.

Valentine's Day Postcards

This postcard set from Rifle Paper Co. is perfect for a few heartfelt lines for friends.

Wild Ink Press creates beautiful Valentine’s Cards with their in-house letterpress machines.

If this year you’d like to add a surprise element but need a bit of support, allow me lead you to the Poetry Salon.

 

Poem + Message in a CorkPoem + Handmade Paper

Here professional poetry writers will use your thoughts, feelings and personal details to form a one-of-a-kind poem for your sweetheart. The salon offers a dozen options on how they display the poems, my favorite being hand embroidered on a vintage bag.

Poem + Handmade Bag

As much as I appreciate the “Hallmark Holiday” with its boxes of chocolates, bouquets of red roses and shiny love notes, you can most likely find what you need to create a card right in your home.

photo222One year after cutting out paper hearts with Emmett for his school Valentine’s Card I gathered the scraps, grabbed my red marker and created Nick’s valentine on a white board. Best card ever I thought (still sits in our tool closet to be seen by the lucky few). Hearts filled with handwritten letters. Maybe next time I’ll add a little lace or a few lines that rhyme.

Stationery Nirvana Part 1

I’ve been in a stationery fog this past week (being 34 weeks pregnant with insomnia probably doesn’t help. Ha!). It all started with last weekend’s National Stationery Show.  It’s this annual, mega-stationery trade show in NYC where all the hot-shot stores and designers, large and small, display their current paper products. My heart starts to beat faster when I imagine walking the aisles, scouring all the creative displays, letterpress cards, colorful notepads, etc. (As a side note, I have dreams of one day opening a brown ink paper store so you all can have direct access to the most unique, beautiful material around!).

For the past few weeks, I’ve been drooling over the many blogs featuring the hundreds of vendors, my favorite being Oh So Beautiful Paper with a 12-part series of the show.  Thought I’d share a few lines that caught my eye…

Studio Olivine from Portland, OR

Fat Bunny Press from San Francisco

 

Dear Hancock from LA

 

Banquet Atelier & Workshop from Vancouver

Sesame Letterpress from Brooklyn

Seedhouse from Philadelphia

Fine Day Press from Brooklyn

And Printerette Press from St.Paul. Speaking of local…

Since I was unable to attend the show this year, my other option was to create my own adventure. I decided to throw the boys in the minivan and take an afternoon trip to Mara-Mi in Stillwater, MN. Just to give you some background, I first noticed Mara-Mi at Target a few months ago. Their bold print and fantastic prices made it an easy purchase.

I soon realized this was the same stationery company my father had been raving about located right in his little old downtown. Of course it doesn’t hurt they sell tasty Izzy’s ice cream right there in the store just to help you get your happy feet on.

The store is not only filled with Mara-Mi lines (my favorite was the Bazaar Collection, see below), but they also sell Russell & Hazel, Moleskin, and more. I promise it’s worth a trip out east for you Twin Citians.

And just when you thought my week of paper madness ended in Stillwater, another local go-to stationery source, Lunalux, is back to their old tricks with tomorrow’s Stationery Saturday. With Father’s Day around the corner, they have dads in mind and are using a collection of lead dingbats including purple Jolly Roger, red griffin, green tree or blue pan.

If you can’t catch tomorrow’s run, head back to Lunalux for their Letterpress Lock-In, a part of the Northern Spark event June 9th-10th. And please report back to brown ink all about the overnight letterpress creations! Now off to dream of paper clouds.