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the national stationery show 2011

Though I can't attend the National Stationery Show (NSS) this year, I can live vicariously through the wonderful stationers and denizens of the internet who blog and tweet and vlog (and whatever other new thing we do) the entire show.  Like last year, I'll be updating this post until I can't find any new information: I love it when non-stationery people jump in.  Always a Blogsmaid stopped in and reported from Day 1 of the show. Emily...

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color inspiration #3

It can be tough to track original sources on tumblr.  Here's where I found this image.  Not sure who the photographer is.*photos in this series, unless otherwise noted, have not been taken by anyone at a fine press and can be seen in their original iteration by clicking through....

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stationer’s secret | number your RSVPs

Tracking RSVPs may be one of the largest challenges of inviting a large guest-list to an event.  Whether it's dealing with guests who take it on themselves to include a +1 or those who refuse to send their response card and, instead, call or email. A particularly challenging aspect is deciphering the handwriting of the respondent - is that "Mr. and Mrs. Barking Camel" or "Bruce Carson?"  An easy solution is personalized Response Cards, where each...

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color inspiration # 2

I love autumn.  Seeing as I've lived in Florida for the last eleven years, I haven't seen it in a while. Thanks to Leslie and her sister for this gorgeous reminder of how beautiful it is.*photos in this series, unless otherwise noted, have not been taken by anyone at a fine press and can be seen in their original iteration by clicking through....

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color inspiration | an introduction

Like many of you, I've recently been taken by Pinterest, a social media answer to the designer's inspiration board.  Besides the excellent social aspects of it, Pinterest is great because it lets users curate multiple boards, each with its own theme.  I've created boards of pretty food, tattoos, black and white photography, and great architecture, but one of my favorites is my color-inspiration board. I've decided to take the inspiration a step further by creating a...

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the cost of laser cut acrylic invitations

Lately, I've had a couple inquiries for laser-etched acrylic invitations.  Invariably, my first email in response (with a ballpark cost estimate) is met with sticker shock. On their own, laser-etching and an acrylic substrate both add to the cost of an invitation and the combination definitely pushes higher than the average invitation. A 20"x26" sheet of Crane's luxuriously thick 220# Lettra paper costs $5.76 directly from the manufacturer (and purchased in quantity).  A similar (though smaller,...

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it’s ADDY time

I'm humbled to share that a recent project of mine has won a Gold ADDY in the District 4 (Florida) competition and will be considered for a national ADDY award early next month.I submitted the Barrington Hill invitation for this year's competition.  The ADDYS are the awards program of the American Advertising Federation.  While the work I do is much more often private events than corporate image, I find great camaraderie in meeting with the...

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your advice, please

This is one of my tattoos.It's on my right forearm, just below the elbow. A fountain pen was an obvious choice for me.  It's led to some ribbing from friends, as you can imagine, but represents this point in my life pretty well.  I'm an avid fountain pen user and have become obsessed with the written word (or correspondence, at least). The dilemma is: what to get on the other arm?  I'd like to make this a...

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