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Friday May 30th, 2014

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Twigg’s Bindery

After 10 years of covering the National Stationery Show, few booths have ever jumped out at me the way Twigg’s Bindery did this year. Max and I split up trade show duties this year and when I went back to cover the rows left on our list, I was thrilled to find that mine included…

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Tuesday November 12th, 2013

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Perennial Calendar from Saipua + Brown Parcel Press

The interconnectedness of the creative community is endlessly inspiring to me. Hearing about people working together, even in completely different materials or niches, always makes me want to reach out and try something totally new with someone in our broad creative world here in New York. One great example is this new calendar from Saipua…

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Monday September 23rd, 2013

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Forest & Waves

Forest & Waves is the new lines of cards, prints and home goods from designer and artist Ed Juan. I had the pleasure of working with Ed at the Portland Bazaar for the past two years and he is, without a doubt, one of the nicest designers I’ve ever met. His new collection includes some…

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Monday August 5th, 2013

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Ferme a Papier

For the past few years, I’ve built some serious street cred as a major card hoarder. I had boxes upon boxes of cards- all for different occasions- stored in the office. From colorful birthday cards and thank yous to wildly patterned love cards and “just because” notes, I was ready– on the off chance that…

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Tuesday June 11th, 2013

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Frances Lab

This year I had to share some of my yearly trade show responsibilities with Max and Amy because I was home watching Hope. She’s got some minor separation anxiety issues so I’m slowly getting her used to being alone for smaller chunks of time. As much as I enjoyed ICFF, I really missed not getting…

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Monday June 3rd, 2013

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5 Colorful Rugs + Blankets From Fossik

I will never ever ever turn down a beautiful rug. As much as my love of hardwood floors rules my home life, it also comes with the very real need to constantly have an arsenal of area rugs to choose from. Because as nice as wooden floors are, they’re not always super warm or snuggly…

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Thursday May 30th, 2013

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12 Bold, Beautiful Paper Goods

We’ve had color on the brain this month so it’s not a surprise that Max and I gravitated toward the most colorful, bright paper products in the show. At the 2013 Stationery Show, trends from the past couple of years are still going strong and that goes triple for the neon and geometric trends –…

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Wednesday May 29th, 2013

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Monday March 18th, 2013

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20 Great Easter Cards

Easter is around the corner, so I thought I’d round up a few cute cards for the holiday. I love any excuse to send a card with a cute rabbit on it, and this year it looks like designers have given bunny fans plenty of options. I hope you’ll find something in here that’s perfect…

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Monday February 4th, 2013

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60 Great Valentine’s Day Cards

This weekend when everyone else was watching the Super Bowl, I decided to indulge in some old romantic comedy favorites (one of which is tomorrow’s Living In subject) and work on a roundup of Valentine’s Day cards. Though I did take a break to watch Beyoncé, I spent close to six hours scouring the internet…

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Tuesday January 22nd, 2013

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25 Great Diaries + Planners

Inspired by Max’s Living In pick for today, I decided to go on the hunt for beautiful diaries and planners. Paper planners are starting to become more of my jam lately, as they’re more difficult to ignore than a tab on my browser I can easily close. I’ve been using a hot pink Rollbahn notebook…

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Thursday January 17th, 2013

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Inkkit Glittery Notions

Max’s washi tape picture frame project has had me hunting down cute tapes online for months now. Our office walls are awfully white, so I’ve been dreaming up fun ways to replicate the patterns he used in larger-scale ways. During my searching, I landed on INKKIT’s Etsy page. The shop is chock-full of sparkly, glittery,…

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Wednesday January 2nd, 2013

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2013 Calendars

One of the few resolutions I try to make (and keep) at the beginning of every year is to be more organized. I usually start off strong with cleaning and organizing goals, then quickly slip into chaos. So this year, I’m going to put some tools to use, including an actual print calendar. I’ve been…

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Monday December 10th, 2012

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Beaded Gift Tags

I have such a weakness for beads. I collect them in our office like a total weirdo and hope that one day they’ll reveal their greater purpose. Until then, I keep scouring the web for fun DIY ideas that use them as the primary material. These pretty beaded gift tags are a collaboration between Patricia…

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Thursday December 6th, 2012

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Erin Jang + Paperless Post

I love the concept of Paperless Post — the convenience of Evite with a vastly improved card selection. For their latest collection, Paperless Post partnered with graphic designer and illustrator Erin Jang. (Many of her designs are also available in paper versions.) Formerly an art director at Martha Stewart Living and Esquire, Erin has a…

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Tuesday December 4th, 2012

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Shanna Murray Holiday Shop

I always get excited for a Shanna Murray shop update. Her work makes me smile, and when gold glitter is involved? I mean, come on. I can’t say no to those tiny glittery bows. I already ordered a set of her new holiday cards, but there’s so much more to choose from in her new…

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Monday November 26th, 2012

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New: Stamps from Fawnsberg

I love customized stamps. They are not only cute and fun to use, but they also encourage real paper mail, which is so special to receive this time of year. One thing that can make paper mail easier to send (especially if you have a lot of cards to mail) is having an address stamp…

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Wednesday November 21st, 2012

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Little Cat Design Co.

The holidays are right around the corner, and while I dread the idea of crowded stores and holiday shopping, I always look forward to holiday wrapping. The outside of packages is always the most exciting part for me, and with an abundance of great options on the market right now, it makes sitting down to…

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Friday October 26th, 2012

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Weekly Wrap Up + New from Satsuma Press

I’m always excited to see what Lynn at Satsuma Press is making. Her sweet and delicate letterpress is an exercise in elegant restraint. I love letterpress best when it’s used sparingly, and her latest designs do just that. Her new 2013 calendar (a seven-color beauty) and card series are dainty and have little foxes, trees…

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