Hope you’ve enjoyed my round-ups of the National Stationery Show. There’s more I will show you in bits and pieces in the coming weeks, but this is the last round-up. So here, with no particular theme or order, is the “Best of the Rest”:
Compendium Incorporated had a display of positive, inspirational products that nicely balanced the satirical cards & gifts elsewhere in the show: What Are Little Boys Made Of?” and “What are Little Girls Made Of?” gift books ($4.95 each)
Compendium also treated me to a copy of the new “The 1 Book” By Dan Zadra & Kobi Yamada ($14.95), full of single ideas to help you make a difference in the world. Love the way they displayed the books (and thanks for my copy).
You’ve probably seen kids’ party invitations by Meri Meri (and their “Zoomerang” line) in local stationery stores or gift shops. Here are some of their latest designs:
I was given a personal tour of the Crane’s booth, thanks to the knowledgeable Peter Hopkins who manages their Twitter account (don’t you love that an old-school stationery company like Crane’s “tweets”? ).
First, props (literally) to Crane’s for scoring this “vintage” typewriter for one of their displays. Can’t you just picture Peggy from Mad Men furiously typing away on one of these? I think a Crane’s staffer told me it came from the prop room of Kate’s Paperie:
You know Crane’s signature hand-bordered stationery? They had one of their expert “borderers” on site showing visitors how it’s done. It takes precision, accuracy, and patience…and the finished product is exquisite.
Crane’s not only is on Twitter now, but it also is enticing younger customers with its brand-new Studio Line (not yet available online). An artist competition was held to pick winners who would create a fresh new aesthetic for Crane’s to take it in a fresh new design-savvy direction. Take a look:
I always like to stop by the Galison booth; I spotted these Paris Mini Sticky Notes (available online this June):
Just like last year, letterpress company Smock had a calligrapher on hand to make samples for you. Here she is writing my daughter’s name out for her. R. loved it. Wish I knew how to do this!
I love these sumptuous Grand Silk Stationery Boxes by Haute Paperie. Wouldn’t this be a grand wedding gift for a June bride?
Simple dot-patterned and striped cards ($12 for a box of 4) by newcomer Max and Bunny:
Since I’m a Halloween baby, I had to snap a picture of these Vintage Pumpkin Illustration Cards ($15 for a box of 10) by Jennifer Carroll Designs. Anyone need a birthday gift idea for me?
More Parisian imagery…here is a pretty display of products by Mara Mi. Sorry I didn’t get close enough to see what’s what, and their website is under construction.
Ideas in Bloom Studios was a newcomer to the show this year. I loved the fun designs, bright colors, and especially the shimmery paper and cardstock. Plus, they had the best “press kits” in the entire press room; these fun buckets (see below) were filled with information and samples.
New to the list of eco-friendly exhibitors at the show, Regreet makes recycled greeting cards that you “recycle” again by sending them along to the next recipient (check the site’s video to see how it works). You can track the “journey” online too. I think I like Flat Stanley better, but it’s still a fun idea.
Phew! That’s it. There are a few others I want to tell you about, but I’m going to take a stationery breather for a bit. Hope you’ve enjoyed my coverage of this year’s National Stationery Show.