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wayyyy back in May, I had the opportunity to play hooky and attend The National Stationery Show at the Javits Center in New York City. this industry event features the best of the best in stationery, paper goods, and gift items and is not open to the public. fortunately, friend and colleague Matt of Pittsburgh’s Alternate Histories hooked me up with a pass to come in and scope out the show (thank you thank you thank you Matt!) Bryan of Yardsale Press also procured a pass and we spent the day roaming around, checking out the awesome work, and chatting with friends and vendors about their NSS experiences. I picked up a ton of fun catalogues, cards, and other paper paraphernalia- I am hoping to one day be a vendor at NSS and was gathering inspiration. I took so many notes, wrote down so many names of companies, but honestly? there is just too much to type and I don’t want to bore you with lists. instead, I took photos of some of the coolest things I picked up by some really talented designers and printers. here is my photo recap of NSS 2013:

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as I quickly learned, there’s a million ways to layout a wholesale catalogue. the above photo is a stack of some of my favorite examples.

Becki from Everyday Balloons told us about a scavenger hunt that anyone could participate in- all we had to do was pick up a game board. thanks for the tip, Becki! we had a great time hunting down the squares to fill in our “bingo” cards, provided by Legion Paper:

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each pack of bingo cards came with two boards with shaded in images and a list of participating vendors. at each booth, you picked up the full color pieces to fill in each board. here’s all of the colored pieces:

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this is the list of participating vendors and what type of paper they used to print their full color pieces, along with the bingo “chips” to use when properly playing bingo:

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here is some of the other cool, paper-nerd swag I came home with, grouped by kind:

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Studio on Fire is a company out of Minneapolis who made these amazing promotional coasters that came in an equally beautiful printed box. talk about a striking presentation- and the guys at the booth were super nice to boot!

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I picked up some other cool coasters as well- my favorite is in the bottom right-hand corner, a fun alternative to a traditional business card. sadly, i don’t remember who made it 😦

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speaking of business cards, these were some of the most unique/colorful/memorable business cards I picked up, counter-clockwise from the top left: hello! Lucky, Belle & Union, L2 Design Collective, Studio On Fire (again!), Katharine Watson, Wishbone Letterpress, The Regional Assembly of Text, Fugu Fugu Press, and Ladyfingers Letterpress.

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we stopped in to see our friends from Black Heart Letterpress, who were sharing a booth with the Ladies of Letterpress. the ladies of the letterpress were handing out these fun artist trading card packs featuring cards by Ari Press, Les Bois Letterpress, Creativity Cards, Noteworthy Paper and Press, Grey Moggie Press, Steel Petal Press, Pressbound, 12 Fifteen, and Bowerbox Press, in addition to Black Heart.

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stickers! even better- cat stickers! the nerd cat is from fancy seeing you here and the bottom two stickers are from these are things.

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i like these fancy postcards: counter clockwise from the top left: Vicki Latimer Roan, Rifle paper company, Vicki Latimer Roan, ink meets paper press, and Dinara Mirtalipova.

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 . . . and finally, here is a bunch of random cool things that don’t really fit into any particular category! clockwise from the top pinata printed toy: Bench Pressed, Dolce Press, Fig. 2, The Regional Assembly of Text, Egg Press, ilee paper goods, Fifty Five Hi’s, “seed money” from ?, The Paper Cub Co, and Hammerpress.

while walking the show, Bryan and I spoke with a whole bunch of alumni from the Trade Show Bootcamp program. everyone had overwhelmingly positive things to say about the crash course in trade show prep! typically, TSB is held on the West Coast, but this year, organizer Katie Hunt of Kelp Designs decided to bring a stationery-specific version to the east coast. after returning from NSS, we both quickly applied to the program and this weekend we are headed to Washington D.C. to attend Paper Camp! I’m so excited to meet all of the attendees and soak up the trade show knowledge 🙂

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spring craft season has officially spring! two weekends ago, the day after the Go West! Craft Fest, nick and i headed to Ardmore’s Clover Market to check the scene. if you haven’t seen my schedule, i am participating in May’s market and i’m very excited! anyhow, check out some of the work by the talented vendors who participated in April’s market:

loved these vibrant fabric flowers by little blue studio! all the way from maryland 🙂

i enjoyed these mega-detailed prints by the 50/50 company, especially this philadelphia one that i picked up.

have you had a taste of a beverage from the new hope fountain? holy moly, sooo delicious- i urge you to check them out! i enjoyed my first beverage by them at montgomeryville’s grilled cheese place melt down.

i’m such a sucker for a) plush food and b) plush food with a moustache. check out val’s art studio for all kinds of needlefelted goodies.

nick and i picked up a sweet wedding card from rachel ink- she had all kinds of adorable stationery that you can find in her etsy shop.

adorable stitched silver lined clouds by chez sucre chez. not only were her contemporary cross stitched creations awesome, her booth setup was very cohesive and creative.

i wrote about them back in november, and i’m still just as smitten with their work- almanac industries has these sweet letterpress nautical-themed cards.

 . . . also a sucker for owls. check out this plush owl catching some Zzz’s by emily ann’s kloset!

elegant silkscreened cards by press no. 9

i know this isn’t art related, but how freakin’ cute is this fat corgi nugg?!

there was a variety of vintage vendors throughout the market, but i was really surprised to happen upon these letters from the keswick theater! pretty cool find, circa dee!

here’s a pic of our purchases from the market- we were obviously on the hunt for wedding cards for our 4 upcoming weddings this year. the fork and spoon is by rachel ink, as mentioned prior. the “let’s party” card is by my local fav, black heart letterpress. the tiered cake congrats card is by rifle paper co. – we actually found it elsewhere in ardmore, at paper source in suburban square. we walked in just as they were closing- i can’t wait to go back!

i have been on the hunt for fruit scented sugar scrub and alas i found it at sweet sally’s booth! i didn’t realize it at the time, but they came all the way from lewisburg, pa- the home of bucknell, where i used to teach! pretty cool.

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