National Stationery 2013 Recap
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National Stationery Show 2013


Alright fellow paper lovers, get ready!!! I’m giving you one, giant National Stationery Show recap today! As most of you know, I was lucky enough to attend NSS this year (for the first time) and it really blew me away! Now, if you want the ins and outs of all the booths and products, I suggest you head over to Oh So Beautiful Paper where Nole is covering it in-depth, but I wanted to share a few of my absolute favorite booth elements and products that I spotted. All party oriented, of course. You know I have a one-track mind! This is an epic post, but I hope you stationery nerds like me enjoy! Disclaimer: I cannot take photos without natural light to save my life, so please excuse the less-than-perfect quality!

This. Desk. I wanted to take it home with me, so badly. Dear Hancock rocked it. This is by far my favorite booth design element. It is genius, making their famous desk illustrations life-size! I’ve also always been obsessed with their truck/car cards forever. The birthday theme ones are just too awesome! Every card at Dear Hancock I want to frame and hang on my wall.

Dear Hancock Desk

Dear Hancock Birthday Cards

Dear Hancock Birthday Card

Dear Hancock Gem Cards

Above Designs by Dear Hancock

Kites! I’ve been wanting to do some kite DIYs for awhile and the Mr. Boddington’s Studio booth has that desire reignited! I loved the kite backdrop they created, and I also loved their gift wrap. How cute is the popsicle one for summer gifting!?

Mr Boddingtons Studio Kite Wall

Mr Boddingtons Studio Holiday Wrap Mr Boddington Studio Popsicle Paper

Above Designs by Mr. Boddington’s Studio

Balloon spotting! I wanted to live in the Sugar Paper booth, with striped walls, giant balloons and string lights hanging above. They also use a hefty amount of gold, so you know I’m sold. I think the gift tags may have been my favorite product, I kind of want to turn them into bunting.

Geronimo Balloon at Sugar Paper

Sugar Paper Birthday Cards Sugar Paper Gift Tags

Sugar Paper Thank You Notes

Above Designs by Sugar Paper

It was a true party up in The Great Lakes Goods booth. Fringe curtains, balloons, confetti, the works! We speak the same language. I think I told them 345 times how obsessed I was with those giant wooden jingle bells. Is it Christmas yet!?

The Great Lakes Goods Fringe Wall

The Great Lakes Goods Ribbon The Great Lakes Goods Confetti Pack

The Great Lakes Goods Confetti The Great Lakes Goods Wooden Jingle Bells

Above Designs by The Great Lakes Goods

The painterly walls at Yellow Owl Workshop made me want to do a copy-cat photo backdrop, and they even had some new cards to match! Gorgeous.

Yellow Owl Workshop

Above Booth by Yellow Owl Workshop

I don’t know if it’s because my birthday is coming up or what, but I had birthdays on the brain and was drawn to all things of the sort. Here’s a few more of my fave products from the show, with a heavy birthday emphasis, from around the show (with designers listed underneath each!).

The Iron Curtain Press Yay Card

The sweetest little Yay Cards by The Iron Curtain Press!

Fig 2 Design Gold Foil Wrapping Paper Fig 2 Design Birthday Card

Gold foil gift wrap (AH!) and Festive Birthday Cards by Fig. 2 Design Studio.

Hello Lucky Gold Foil Cards

Gold Foil Cards (Umm, those are gold bows guys. You know I love my bows!) by Hello!Lucky.

Pei Design Gold Thank You Cards

More Gold Foil Amazingness (Are you sensing a trend in my favorites!?) by Pei Design!

Social Type Matchboxes

These are matchboxes from The Social Type!! We all know the word needs nice matchboxes, I am obsessed!

Rifle Paper Co Notebooks Rifle Paper Co Wrapping Paper

Rifle Paper Co Just Married Card Rifle Paper Hello Stationery

Oh Rifle Paper Co, you own my heart. All Four Products Above by Rifle Paper Company

Bench Pressed Pinata Business Card

These were so awesome! Piñata business cards by Bench Pressed that when spun looked like the piñata was breaking open!

Ladyfingers Letterpress Holiday Card Champagne Bags Ladyfingers Letterpress

The ladies of Ladyfingers Letterpress were some of the sweetest (They’re also responsible for the most beautiful piece of stationery I’ve ever held in my hands), how fun are those champagne bags!?

Sesame Letterpress Calendar

June is the best month, as evidenced by Sesame Letterpress

Mogle Dip-Dyed Card

These cards from Moglea were dipped with kool-aid! Awesome!

Smarty Pants Paper Co Lunchbox Notes

The sweetest little lunchbox notes by Smarty Pants Paper Co.!

The Paper Cub Pinata Card The Paper Cub Birthday Card

The Paper Cub Hooray Card

I always love checking out Shannon’s designs, and her newest The Paper Cub collection clearly fit my birthday obsession!

Papillon Press Party Hat Card Party Hat Rhino Card Papillon Press

Animals in party hats, can you go wrong? I loved this whole line from Papillon Press

I was so excited to learn that Shana Frase (work below) is based right near me here in LA! I’m over the moon in love with the colors in her work so her booth had me going crazy! How fun is the Christmas cracker print!? Shana made it because it’s her family tradition to crack a few of these open each holiday season!

 Shana Frase Christmas Crackers

Shana Frase Wrapping Paper

Above Designs by Shana Frase

And to end on a note you all love… paper flowers. Snow & Graham brought it, covering their entire booth in these beauties!

Paper Flower Wall Snow and Graham

Above Booth by Snow & Graham

And that’s a wrap! You still with me!? I think this will go down as my longest post of all time, but I just had so much to share!! Did any of you guys go to the show? Did you have a fave booth, designer or product!?

psst… Be sure to check out the Paper Party 2013 recap on OSBP! I got my craft on for it, big time!


  • Michelle

    That’s so awesome you went to NSS! I’d love to go one day. Great pics and great roundup. I think I like Sugar Paper’s booth the best!

  • Gwendolyn

    Hi Kelly! Thanks for the great photos!

  • Callie

    WOW! So much amazing stuff. I can only imagine how awesome it must have been to walk through and see everything.

  • lyndsay

    ohmigosh i am absolutely paper DROOLING over all the goodies.

    you lucky girl you, attending the show!

    love dear hancock’s paper fake desk, and those lunchbox notes are killing me with cuteness! and, eeps that rifle paper co floral wrapping paper? can you even imagine receiving a gift wrapped in that… swoon!!


  • Fiona

    love those pinata cards, sounds like a clever design too. Now all I need to do is re-do my business cards and come up with an equally as cool idea 😛

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