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Thursday January 5th, 2012

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julia kostreva

It’s freezing outside today, so I’m feeling a major need for a dose of bright color. As much as I love (and prefer) to surround myself in cool neutrals these days, sometimes you just need that electric zing of bright pink or bright yellow to bring you back to life. These colorful notebooks, pillows and…

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Friday December 23rd, 2011

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alison citron

I finally finished my last bit of Christmas shopping yesterday and now I’ve moved on to filling out all the cards I meant to finish filling out last year. While going through my pile I found a stack of cards I’d been meaning to write about since the book tour, but that got lost in…

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Monday December 19th, 2011

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left field cards

I don’t watch a lot of baseball, but I’ve always enjoyed people who collected baseball cards. They seem like such a fun way to celebrate the history of a sport and its players, and I love this creative spin on them from a local designer here in Brooklyn, Amelie Mancini. After moving from Paris to…

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Wednesday December 14th, 2011

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yours is the earth

Yours is the Earth is a new collaboration between artists Allie Peach and Jamie Wyckoff. Allie and Jamie created a line of illustrated posters, prints, cards and kitchen-based goods that just launched last month. I love the stamps and canning labels because they really help anyone looking to make handmade gifts take things up a…

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Tuesday November 29th, 2011

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studio slomo + leah duncan

I love it when talented designers team up to create something special. This series of tea towels and recipe cards ($38 for the set) was a joint effort from designers Leah Duncan and Sarah Wymer of Studio Slomo. Leah and Sarah chose a pattern with a southwestern feel (a nod to their roots) and a…

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Wednesday November 23rd, 2011

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holidays with shanna murray

I love Shanna Murray’s work. I’ve been dreaming of having her make a giant decal for our office door for a few weeks now, and after seeing her new holiday collection, it’s seeming like an even better idea. Shanna just released her new holiday decals and stationery (I love the little holly wreath decals) yesterday,…

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Thursday November 10th, 2011

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papel picado wedding invitations

Last night at our Denver book party, we got to meet April and Jeremy, the adorable couple behind what is easily my favorite wedding post ever (their San Francisco elopement video). Since their love story has inspired me for over a year now, it seemed fitting to kick off today with beautiful wedding invitations designed…

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Thursday November 3rd, 2011

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amy marcella 2012 calendars

If I have to embrace November getting here way too quickly, at least I can do it with a pretty new calendar page. The designs above and below are from Amy Marcella’s new 2012 wall calendar. Printed on 100% recycled Mohawk stock, each calendar has illustrations that can be trimmed off for framing once the…

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Wednesday November 2nd, 2011

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altitude memo block

After 18 cities, I’ve finally started adjusting to life on the road. One thing that’s been helpful is letting go of my digital list-making and embracing paper to-do lists again. Something about crumpling up a real piece of paper and throwing it away when the list is finished beats that “crinkling paper” noise my computer’s trashcan…

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ink meets paper QR cards

I love people using technology to connect more deeply with a handmade process or artist. When I was in Charleston last week, a number of people suggested we check out local designers Ink Meets Paper. They created a series of letterpress cards that come with a scannable QR code that brings up a video (on…

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Monday October 31st, 2011

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tattoo it yourself cards

Well, hello, my new favorite cards in the world. These clever little cards from Andrew Kolb let you share your own custom drawings or messages with the recipient by “tattooing” them on banners (or bodies). I love cards that let the buyer customize them in some way, and these are especially fun because they encourage…

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Friday October 28th, 2011

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holiday cards from hello! lucky

It feels as though time goes into hyperdrive come fall. Halloween is right around the corner; before you know it, we’ll be deep in the holiday season! If you’re looking to get a jump-start on your holiday spirit, or if you’re great at planning ahead, you should check out the new collection of holiday cards…

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Thursday October 20th, 2011

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forma

I love finding out what an artist’s inspiration is. These days, nature and found materials tend to be the root inspiration for a lot of things, so it was nice to see this new series inspired by Russian Constructivism. I studied Russian literature and art in college, and it’s awesome seeing people drawing on Russia’s…

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Thursday October 13th, 2011

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the blackbird sings

I’ve been a bit of an Etsy fiend lately, but just to browse. Must keep the impulse purchases to a minimum! If there were one item to break my savings streak, however, it’s this gorgeous painted plate by London-based artist Natasha Newton of The Blackbird Sings. The grain of the sycamore wood sets off the…

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Tuesday October 11th, 2011

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friends with benefits

I love when small worlds collide. I’ve been a fan of Jen Mussari’s work for a while and was excited to meet her at the San Francisco book tour stop last month. She brought a beautiful print with her (the cake print below) that popped up in my inbox this weekend as part of a…

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new 3D cards from blackbird letterpress

When I was little, I loved sculptural things made out of paper: pop-up books, paper dolls, fold-out dioramas, you name it. These adorable 3D letterpress camper cards from Blackbird Letterpress take me right back to being a kid again — I can’t wait to get my hands on one and assemble it! I’m not alone…

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Wednesday October 5th, 2011

Thursday September 29th, 2011

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block printed notecards from love & reason

There are many objects from my childhood that left such a strong impression on me that I can picture them vividly, even after a decade of not seeing them. My pink-and-yellow Swatch watch nightgown, which I wore to threads; the covers of my sister’s Sweet Valley High books, which seemed very adult and foreign to…

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Monday September 26th, 2011

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howkapow

I’ve got major jetlag brain this morning. All I can muster are three words: I want everything. Howkapow (I love that name; it sounds like something a superhero would say after punching someone in a comic strip.) is a new UK-based design shop that specializes in promoting indie designers and illustrators. From cushions, cards and…

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Friday September 23rd, 2011