Before I write a longer post about all the great kid stuff I saw at the National Stationery Show, I must single out one particular newcomer whose work I adore. Debut exhibitor Double Bravo was one of my favorite finds of the show because it combines 3 of my favorite things: keepsakes, letterpress, and geography. Designer/mom/seasoned traveller Barbara Buenz has created several collections that you will love:
First, “Baby Firsts” cards are little letterpress gems noting baby’s first accomplishment on the front of the card…plus a sweet tagline on the reverse. These are so sweet whether you fill them out for out-of-town grandparents, drop them into your baby’s keepsake box, or even frame a small collection. They are not at Barbara’s Etsy shop at the moment, but I think she will be selling them both individually or in sets (perfect baby shower gift!).
Next are these fantastic city-themed letterpress cards to commemorate The Year You Were Born. These are not your standard “news of the day” keepsakes, but instead have wry pop culture tidbits. Look closely at this New York one:
And for new brides and grooms, check out these city-themed wedding cards: The Year We Said “I Do”. The London version for 2011 is my favorite, of course.
The “Year” cards are petite (they measure 5 x 7″) but there is definitely enough room to fill each one in neatly, and at just $6.25 a pop at Barbara’s Etsy Shop, you can easily complete and frame one of these as an affordable and thoughtful engagement, bridal shower, or wedding gift.
Go visit Double Bravo Designs to see more!