National Stationery Show
Our time at the National Stationery Show (NSS) in New York meant that we had the chance to check out the best of the best in paper products, from across the country (and in some cases, the world!). While there were new vendors we were excited to meet, we also had the chance to visit some of our favorite artists we currently carry at Rock Paper Scissors, to say hello, catch up, and check out their new designs. Hand-drawn and awesome? Damn straight! The Ladyfingers Letterpress booth was a sight to behold! There's nothing better than a wall full of hand drawn, letterpress printed cards (many with adorable illustrations and almost all with a clever quip or pun!). Not to mention that these ladies are some of the nicest people ever. We spent a solid amount of time swooning over Ladyfinger's new releases, including this birthday card featuring a constellation star guide. The piece has moving parts, so you can see how the night sky changes on each day of the year! Message reads: "Wishing You A Stellar Birthday!" The number of booths with great new goods made for long days walking the NSS exhibit floor - and made cases of hangry a real possibility. (That's hungry + angry, for those who may not be familiar with the term, or rather, angry 'cause you're hungry. The Aretha Franklin / Liza Minnelli Snicker's Superbowl commercial is a great reference material regarding the hangry concept). Needless to say, we loved the adorable Emergency Hangry Snacks bags from Ladyfingers (pictured above). Speaking of adorable, how about this pregnancy card?!?! The lettering, the letterpress, the pop-out detail?! We're loving this new release from Ladyfingers Letterpress (pictured above). In fact, this card, and all the other new guys, are each headed to Rock Paper Scissors in Ann Arbor! At NSS, we also got our first sneak peek of the newest cards from The Social Type, including the adorable union wedding cards above (two brides/grooms are better than one), and the "Forever + Ever" card below. Awesome lettering, gorgeous foil, and sweet sentiments, perfect for the big day! The Social Type's new, funky lettering style carried over onto additional new releases we loved, including the "poppin' bottles for you" card pictured above (perfect for a wedding, birthday, or really any sort of congratulations). With the graffiti type and the foil hologram, it's clear that the 90s are finally making their long awaited comeback. We were also fans of the "you make my heart go boom boom boom" card (pictured below), with its bright pink lettering against a white background. These, and many other new cards from The Social Type, are headed to Ann Arbor soon! Rifle Paper Co. is another current RPS vendor booth we enjoyed visiting with while checking out the new goods! We loved their gorgeous booth, as well as their new items, many of which had fun, bright color palettes, like this illustrated travel journal pictured below. The bright colors of their pink and chartreuse gold foil floral journals are a breath of fresh air! We love the new take on Rifle's signature floral patterns in these notebooks, which come two per set. Rifle has also recently released these new swan and flamingo illustrated notebooks, just in time for warmer weather. The bright, summery floral coaster set pictured below comes in a gorgeous patterned box. It's one of many new takes on the Rifle Paper signature floral style that we're gave two thumbs up. Stay tuned to see all the beautiful new cards and products heading our way from Rifle Paper Co. It was so fun getting to spend time chatting with the friendly duo behind Ink Meets Paper. They had plenty of new designs for us to discover (each so lovely that we had to order them all!) The walls filled with new releases (one of many, pictured above) were just beaaaauuuutiful! I was particularly fond of the pattern, color choices, and lettering on the "you are so lovely" card, as well as the adorable arrow "hello" card (pictured above). I'm also a sucker for paper airplane details (reminiscent one of my favorite previous Ink Meets Paper releases), so I had to snap a shot of the perfectly pressed "happy birthday" card below. Each of these new kids on the block are headed to Rock Paper Scissors! Loving the new finds from our talented NSS friends? Be sure to follow Rock Paper Scissors on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram to see when the new goods from NSS arrive in the store! Enjoying our snapshots from the National Stationery Show? You can check out our first post, featuring New York themed hand lettering, as well as featured cards and goods from Moglea, Bench Pressed, Linda & Harriet, and Compendium, by clicking here.
If you've been following RPS on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, than you've likely noticed that we spent part of this past week in fabulous New York City, attending the National Stationery Show! NSS gives us a front row seat to the latest and greatest of the stationery world. From wrap and wedding suites, to letterpress calendars and cards, this event showcases it all. The talented vendors and exhibitors spend the year creating new designs and products, and it all comes together in the beautiful booth displays at NSS. Over the next few days, we'll be sharing some of our favorite snapshots, products, and booth displays from the event on the blog. Feel free to let us know what your favorites are in the comments, and stay tuned online - we'll keep you posted on FB, Insta, and Twitter when our newly ordered goods arrive in the store! We kicked off the trip with a quote from Jay-Z 's Empire State of Mind (of course!), lettered by RPS' in-house designer, the talented Kristen Drozdowski: ...and this (pictured below) is where the stationery magic happens each year - the Javits Center in Manhattan. Through that doorway lies aisles upon aisles of rows upon rows of paper goodness. Linda & Harriet had both a beautifully painted booth and gorgeous letterpress goods. We swooned over their calendar, displayed with other paintings in their gorgeous, black and white booth with pops of color. We also could not get enough of their boxed notecards. It's a seasonal set, with 4 different illustrated cards for each season! Spring has rainbows, kites, pineapples, and leaves, summer features anchors, fish, sailboats, and waves, fall is all about pinecones, ferns, fig leaves, and mums, and winter features snow, hearts, trees, and holly. It's basically a rainbow of adorable. Each card is paired with light gray envelopes and packaged in a turquoise plaid keepsake box. Yes, please. (Not to fret, both items are heading to Ann Arbor soon!) To put it simply, Moglea's booth was a STUNNER. Meg Gleason, the woman behind the brand, really outdid herself with gorgeous hand painted walls and a bunch of new items! We LOVED the envelope liner on this handlettered bride to be loveliness. Copper foil and dip dye? Don't mind if we do! We love the gorgeous, painterly backgrounds featured in some of Moglea's recent releases, like this parent-to-be card! We've got some great Moglea goods in stock already, and can't wait to add to our collection in Ann Arbor! We LOVE these journals, available in almost every color of the rainbow! With various sayings printed in small, simple, clean gold foil, you can choose whatever sentiment speaks to you! Bench Pressed, another RPS favorite, understands our love of expletives, as evidenced in this "Shit F*ck Damn Sorry" card. They also created some hilarious birthday greetings, such as this "Dead in Dog Years" card and the "Congrats on Being the Oldest You've Ever Been!" We just had to order both. Stay tuned, as there's tons more favorites from the National Stationery Show that we can't wait to share with you! We'll be posting more soon, and are bringing these bad boys home to Michigan!
Before we head to the airport for NSS in NYC, we wanted to share some more of our favorite mailers! Chickity check out how much energy and detail went into these pieces! We truly appreciate them and are so excited to see these booths and artists in person! 1) Power & Light Press. We love a good peep show, especially if it involves letterpress! 2) Moglea. The patterns, the paper flower, the gold foil, our love for the thick museum board they print on, we can't get to Booth #2046 quick enough! 3) Smock & Bella Figura. Two of our favorite wedding invitation brands took our breath away with the gold foil, the blind press, and the patterns! We're in love. 4) 9th Letterpress. You guys, they have a PINEAPPLE wax seal. They pressed gold on dark paper. They provided us their favorite places to check out in the city. They gave us a coffee sleeve for a cup o' coffee. Can't wait to catch up and see what's new with these lovely ladies! 5) Oh Hello Friend. Oh Hello Friend is new to us, but their mailer definitely got us excited to get to know them better! We're loving the vellum envelope, the fun tags , the awesome temporary tattoo (be awesome today? heck yes!), but our hearts skipped a beat when we saw the show notepad to help us organize our NSS trip! Thank you to all the wonderful vendors who sent us some truly awesome mail over the past few weeks. For those we've known for a while, we can't wait to catch up and see your new releases - and for the new faces in the crowd, we're delighted that we'll be meeting you soon! If you love paper as much as we do at RPS, follow along with the NSS fun by following us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, where we'll be sharing photos and asking opinions on new trends and soliciting advice on what we should add to the inventory at Rock Paper Scissors. (And be sure to visit the blog to see our favorites of the day!)