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Snark is the New Black at NSS 2015

Greetings from The National Stationery Show! If I had a quarter for every swear word at this show, I'd be rich! Just kidding, no really, everyone is kidding. Humor abounds this year. Snark is the new black and profanity is OK if it's hand-lettered calligraphy. Throw some letterpress and foil in the mix and you can get away with anything. Here's a collection of a few examples seen at the show. —By Julie McCallum, Gift Shop Magazine editor-in-chief…  » Read more

5 Beautiful Booths at National Stationery Show

5 Beautiful Booths at National Stationery Show

Wow — what an adventure! I had the pleasure of attending my first-ever National Stationery Show this year. And while I was there, I walked the floor with Mindy Lockard, of The Gracious Girl, filming for the #KENROcam. We’ve been busy, to say the least, but we’ve had so much fun getting to know the industry and the fabulous people that support it. Between hours of filming and editing, I put together a list of “5 Beautiful Booths” that appealed to all of my senses — and added a little extra at the end. Enjoy! Emily Ley I’m a sucker for Emily Ley’s Simplified Planner, but much to my surprise, I was even more attracted to her booth. It was simple and elegant and had a pop of color in all the right places. And she’s a sweetheart — I met her while filming for……  » Read more

5 Delectable Designs at National Stationery Show 2014

5 Delectable Designs at National Stationery Show 2014

As I walked the floor of National Stationery Show, I was amazed and inspired with all of the creative designs displayed in each booth throughout the show. I fell in love with so many gorgeously designed products — each unique in its own way — that I find it extremely difficult to simply choose “5 Delectable Designs.” Although I would love to write about all of the lovely products that I saw at the show, here are a few that especially caught my eye and inspired me in my own personal design. Writeables | Booth #2233 It truly amazes me how the feminine form and simple, classic design are always on trend, but it’s easy to see why. I love the clean outline of the figures and black and white color scheme in these vintage cards from Writeables’ line. Reminiscent of a simpler era, the……  » Read more

5 Fabulous Finds at National Stationery Show 2014

5 Fabulous Finds at National Stationery Show 2014

When we started talking about writing blog posts at the end of each day of National Stationery Show, I was really excited to share some of my favorite picks from the show. But then I remembered: it is incredibly difficult to choose! There are hundreds and hundreds of gorgeous and inspired products in every aisle of the show. And to pick just “5 Fabulous Finds” is a daunting task. But I’m going to try. First, let me include a shameless plug for the Stationery Trends booth. We’re featuring the finalists and winners from The Trendy Awards. And let me just tell you: there are some great products there you won’t want to miss. Stop by booth #2556 throughout the show to check them out for yourself. Now, onto my “5 Fabulous Finds” — though, really, these are just five of the many products I fell……  » Read more

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