Monday, June 30, 2014

New Calendars are Here!

The new calendars are up in the shop right here! I may have already mentioned how excited I am about these. I decided to design them when I couldn't find a write-in calendar to hang in my studio that wasn't either free from the bank or featuring cute kitten photos (not that I don't love those.) So I decided to take on the project myself and came up with this 12-month wall calendar.

Each month features a different block printed design that was then scanned and added to the grid so there is plenty of space to write events and appointments. Then, the whole thing was offset printed, bound and hole punched so it is ready to hang. 

I think I'll be hanging mine up now even though it doesn't start for another six months.

Monday, June 9, 2014

The 2014 National Stationery Show

We are back from the National Stationery Show, and it was another good one! This was my fourth year prepping like crazy and hauling everything from the studio down to the Javits Center in NYC. It's definitely the finals week of the stationery world. But this year felt easier after three previous shows; I was prepared for all the roadbumps including calendars that were never delivered (we got replacements) and shelf brackets that wouldn't hold a shelf (thanks IKEA!) After three years, I knew these things were coming and gave myself plenty of extra time to set up and get everything ironed out just in time.

It was definitely my favorite booth yet! I loved the dark teal color on the walls, and all the late nights spent printing before the show paid off when I got to display all the new products. We launched a new 2015 write-in calendar and a lot of other products I am so excited about. They'll all be going up in the shop in the next few weeks, and we are taking orders through hello (at) as well.

I always need a few days on the couch to recover from the show: long days of standing, selling, smiling and mingling really take it out of you. But I'm back in the studio and in the midst of shipping out orders to a ton of new stores. I'll be updating the Stores List once everything is shipped out!

Overall it was another fruitful NSS with lots of great contacts and leads made, and hopefully a few exciting projects coming down the line!

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