national stationery show 2012: that's a wrap!

wrapping up my first trip to the national stationery show with one last round-up of favorite booths. thanks for indulging me as i share the highlights of the 2012 show -- as you can see, there was SO much to check out and i definitely could have spent a week there and probably still miss things, but for my first visit i was pretty happy with what i got to do and see.

first -- a little shout out to anyone considering a booth in the future. katie, the owner of kelp designs, is also the creator of tradeshow bootcamp -- a small business guide to doing tradeshows for the stationery industry. workshops cover topics like booth design & logistics, product strategies for the wholesale market, marketing outreach & social media, networking with buyers & sales reps, and follow-up strategies for after the show. more info here -- this workshop is PERFECT for anyone who's been seriously (or not-so-seriously) considering getting their own booth at a future stationery show. more than FORTY bootcamp alumni had booths at this year's NSS!

loved the bright colors and fun designs at the man vs. george booth. they had a kickstarter campaign set up to help them get to NSS this year, and they made their goal! congrats. ryan and tilney also invented these cool mini-shelfs to help exhibit their trademark wrap-around card designs.

couldn't wait to check out the marsupial paper booth after i toured their headquarters last year, and they didn't disappoint! new offerings for this year like thermography printing and new envelopes -- so pretty.

more pretty things from susy jack -- love these designer sets in such fun colors. turquoise, anyone? :)

i wore my "send more letters" pin with pride at the show! thanks to carina from crow & canary for that sweet little accessory.

loved all the brightly colored cards and fun illustrations in the happy cactus booth. such a great company name too!

me with some of the talented designers of brightside prints -- so fun to have stationery-loving friends. (and once again, please ignore my crazy rain hair ;)

all in all, i had a BLAST at the national stationery show. i kind of can't believe i was there last week -- feels like a dream. i hope i get to go back again one day!

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