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It’s Time to Celebrate

I returned home Tuesday night after attending the National Stationery Show and I am completely enthused from all I encountered. Thrilled for the new designers who will soon join the Brown Ink Paper Goods boutique as well as fresh work from our current lines. It’s all so good, especially to see the world of handwriting and paper goods alive and well. Before I share my favorites from the show, let’s move on to a few pressing matters at hand; gifts for the graduate or teacher in your life. A few ideas, starting with the graduate…

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The Personalized Handwriting Necklace is a lovely gift for the young adult who may need a bit of family (mother, father, grandmother) close to her heart as she heads off to college.

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For the craftsman in the family, send a student off with this do-it-yourself wooden base desk lamp, thanks to the minds behind Poppy Talk. It’s handsome, functional and handmade with love. Also ideal size for the dorm room desk (Make sure to include of few of these below!).

Of course, no Graduate should leave for college without a collection of fine pens or pencils….

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 The Delfonic pen and pencil selection is perfect for both College Freshmen and Freshwomen who’d like to appear both smart and hip even if they are writing vs. typing.

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A writing journal is a beautiful gift for a Graduate. They might be even more likely to download the numerous changes in their new lives’ with this proper and stylish journal by their side.

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Leather Journals made by Twigg’s Bindery are simply stunning, a keeper for lifetime. Or a larger, Fabric Journal can hold concert stubs, airline tickets and other memorabilia (as a side note, Jonna Twigg just won Best New Product Award for this Fabric Journal at the Stationery Show!).

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There may be a greater chance you’ll hear a few snippets of your child’s life if you send them off with stationery they will actually enjoy using like this Road Trip set from Scouts Honor Co.

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And include a dozen stamps while you’re at it (what 18 year-old doesn’t love a little Jimi Hendrix?).

For the glorious Teachers….

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Handwritten Teacher Name Stamp created by St.Paulite letter girl will be well loved and used.

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For the teacher who appreciates a handwritten letter, the recently released Letters of Note would be a beautiful summer read, filled with extraordinary letters which will fill their soul.

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 For Teachers with more freedom in the Summer, a Journal can be a needed creative outlet.

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Gabrielle from Design Mom came up with these beautiful DIY painted pencil boxes. A great project with a child over the weekend. Add in a few pencils and note from their student, and you’ll find yourself a happy, full-hearted Teacher.

You could even include a lovely stationery set which fits the personality of the Teacher…

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For the Bird Watcher from Small Adventure…

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…to the traveler from Ferme A Papier and Dear Hancock.

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Gifts are always lovely but, from what I’ve been told, a written letter from a student is the best gift a Teacher could ask for on any day.

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Of course, a few handfuls of these sparkles from The Great Lakes Goods never hurts! Let’s CELEBRATE these accomplished individuals, the Graduates and Teachers who have made us proud.

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We at Brown Ink Paper Goods have been busy restocking, finding or creating fresh, new lines for all you paper goods fans. Enjoy…and more to come soon!

Once again we collaborated with Pomegranate Press to create a line of heartfelt cards which I’m crazy about!! These notes are perfect to send to a friend or loved one for Valentine’s Day but also can be easily used for any occasion. The XOXO’s were made from wood blocks and both the heart notecards were created with vintage letterpress type.

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Starry Heart Card Set

We also asked Jonna at Twigg’s Bindery to create a few more colors from her Cardinal Long-stitch Leather Journals series since they were so popular last year.

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Let’s get our PINK & RED ON with a variety of goods from Brown Ink…

To Do List in hot pink by le typographer helps keep life in order.

Delfonics makes a sweet baby pink Ballpoint Wood Pen for all your scribbles of love.

Poppy colored Kraft Journal from Sideshow Press would make any writer warm inside! Also ideal for children for story writing or adventures over the winter months.

Octavo Long-stitch Fabric Journal in hot pink, another fabulous product from Twigg’s Bindery, can be the catalyst for a journal you write with a child or your other-half. Or a personal, inspirational journal of all that you love and wish for in the years ahead. 

Use the Peony Ticket List as a coupon book for your favorite mate (good for cleaning the car, movie date in the VIP section,  alone time in house, foot rub, etc.).

We still have a few items left for SALE in our Holiday collection for those looking for a deal.  Too much goodness to go untouched. So spread the word that love is in the Brown Ink house!

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With Brown Ink Paper Goods opening for business soon, we wanted to share with you a little preview of good things to come.  Since we carefully selected the lines which will be sold on our site, we were given the opportunity to connect with the designers on a more personal level. We felt it was important to share with our readers the history and passion found in the lives of the designers.

A Featured Designer page was created for just this reason, which can be found on the bottom of the Home Page.

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Every few months a new designer will be featured on the Home Page. To kick off our very first Featured Designer, we are honored to dive into the life and work of book binder Jonna Twigg from Twigg’s Bindery.  Jonna has been a supporter of Brown Ink from the first moment we connected and even came up with the idea to create a journal design exclusive to our store. You’ll have to read her story to get to know her products, but believe us, you will be blown away by her beautiful, hand-made work.

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We encourage you to take the time to get to know our designers. We believe the more one understands the background to each product, both how and why a piece was created, the more one will appreciate and value these goods when they get into your hands.

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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.