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Friday October 19th, 2012

Friday September 21st, 2012

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emily isabella

Anything that reminds me of Back in the Day Bakery in Savannah, Georgia is a good thing. Cheryl and Griff’s bakery feels like a warm & welcoming family kitchen in a city that has always felt like a second home to me. So when I saw that artist and SCAD alum Emily Isabella dedicated two…

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Wednesday September 12th, 2012

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Karolin Schnoor cards

Karolin Schnoor has a real knack for designing things that elicit “ooh”s and “ahh”s from me. From her gift wrap and floral prints to animal cards and metallic notebooks and cards, she always nails it. Her metallic cards from the National Stationery Show were one of my personal favorites, so I was thrilled to see…

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Tuesday September 11th, 2012

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michoucas design (aka the cutest cards ever)

I’m an admitted card-a-holic. I collect them like no one’s business, and occasionally it comes in handy when someone needs a card quickly. I think I have just about every possible event covered in my big box of stationery. But I now have a new favorite that desperately needs to join my collection: Michoucas Design…

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Monday August 20th, 2012

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security pattern paper bags

I’m a sucker for cute paper products, plain and simple. Last week, Max and I went into the city to photograph Hesta Prynn for At Home With and ended up trekking around town looking for patterned paper we could use in projects. After coming home with our arms full of wallpaper and wrapping paper, I realized…

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Thursday June 14th, 2012

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becca stadtlander cards

Amy and I admired Becca Stadtlander’s illustrated cards at the National Stationery Show, and I was happy to see them for sale at Etsy this week. Becca has such a sweet illustrative style, and I love the way she plays with tiny flecks of color that add just the slightest hint of detail. She’s got…

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Wednesday June 6th, 2012

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hand-carved stamps: 50 of my favorite

I’ve been thinking about written letters a lot lately and how much I love them as an excuse to use stamps. I’m a bit of a stamp hoarder (thankfully I can hide them at my office now), so I thought it would be fun to round up my favorite hand-carved examples on Etsy. There are…

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Friday June 1st, 2012

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pink and gold forever

If I could sum up my life’s color palette over the past year, it would be pink + coral + gold = happy Grace. From last year’s D*S book to our new office tables and front door, these same colors keep popping up over and over again. So when I saw these gilded insect cards…

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Tuesday May 29th, 2012

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national stationery show: best of the rest

Good morning guys! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend and were able to rest up and recover. I’m still adjusting to the heat here (time to break out the AC units), so until I can cool down my apartment, I thought I’d share some final photos from last week’s national stationery show….

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Friday May 25th, 2012

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national stationery show: seed house

I feel like this post should be titled, “Shauna and Stephen never sleep”. The incredibly talented duo behind Something’s Hiding in Here and Forage Bowties have done it again, launching yet another fantastic design project called Seed House. Seed House launched at this year’s NSS and included a beautiful selection of cards, tags, paper scents…

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Wednesday May 23rd, 2012

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national stationery show 2012: sweet nothings

For me, cards are almost always about telling someone special that you care about them. I’ve gotten better at sending “just because” cards, but I always prefer to send something sweet. So for today’s National Stationery Show post, I wanted to share my favorite lovey-dovey cards. These would be perfect to tuck inside someone’s bag…

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Tuesday May 22nd, 2012

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national stationery show 2012: neon!

This past weekend it was 80 degrees and sunny in NYC — absolutely perfect outdoor weather. So naturally I decided to pack up my camera and spend two days walking around the Javits Center checking out ICFF and the National Stationery Show. While I hated being away from the sun so much (it’s like a…

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Friday May 18th, 2012

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new: dear hancock

The National Stationery Show is finally around the corner (!!), and I can’t wait to see the new cards the studios have in store for us. Naturally I’m on the hunt for neon again (pink, please), and these bright pink cards from Dear Hancock are on my list to check out in person (they’ll be…

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Wednesday May 16th, 2012

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new: banquet stationery

I have a feeling that this year’s stationery show is going to be a good one. After a few hit-or-miss years, I’m loving the little peeks of new designs I’ve been seeing. One of the studios I’m most excited to see in person is Vancouver’s Banquet. They’ve always got beautiful cards, but this year they’re…

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Tuesday May 15th, 2012

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fig. 2 design studio

It can be slightly embarrassing to realize that your design obsessions are known outside of your own home. I got an email from Claudia at Fig. 2 Design mentioning my addiction to dip dye, and I could only shake my head and say, “She knows me well.” Claudia is debuting this colorful new line of…

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Friday May 11th, 2012

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printerette

The National Stationery Show is coming up soon, and I cannot wait. Every year it’s my favorite part of design season, namely because it’s full of girls, cards and cupcakes. What’s not to love? Printerette made some of my favorite cards last year, and these pieces from the new collection are equally awesome. Plus, they’re…

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Thursday May 3rd, 2012

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tea for two

After a truly epic six-month coffee binge, I’ve decided to give my beloved lattes a rest, as they introduced an equally epic era of heartburn. Try as I might, I can’t embrace tea in quite the same way, but I’m trying my best. As much as I don’t love tea, I do love tea and…

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Wednesday May 2nd, 2012

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good voyage

I mentioned my love of constellation art last week, and these new posters and cards from Good Voyage are definitely in that realm. Inspired by constellations, each card ($10 for 5) and print ($20) has that “connect the dots” feel that I love, with little images like arrows, tents and mountains popping up here and there….

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Thursday April 19th, 2012

Wednesday April 18th, 2012

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in haus press

Today marks the first day that I get a break from working on the summer newspaper. We finally handed over the files to our designer, and now we get a few weeks to dive back into regular site work. It’s funny how an intense project can make returning to regular day-to-day work seem positively leisurely….

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