NSS 2013: new stationery trends

i couldn't go to the national stationery show this year, but i sent a fellow lindsay in my stead -- my friend lindsay bowerman from linnie bell attended and put together some fantastic recaps for us! alllllmost as good as being there. ;) today's post is all about the cool trends & themes throughout the show. take it away, lindsay!

Thanks Lyndsey for inviting me to contribute this week! I have been fortunate to attend the Stationery Show several times over the years, and this trip was by far the best yet. Attending the show always leaves me feeling completely inspired by all the sheer talent and dedication by so many people in the stationery industry.

I first met Lyndsey while working at American Crafts, and lucky for me, our paths keep crossing! I'm currently working as an Art Director at AC, and love creating product for the crafting industry.


Nautical elements have been popping up in different industries over the last few years, and I'm loving all the fun and unique takes on this theme. I fell in love with this card set by Igloo Letterpress --the limited colors, illustration style and type are perfection!

A few other faves (from top left, clockwise): "Notes" and "Lists" journals and jotters by Night Owl Paper Goods (with the covers printed on their signature wood--more on that in a bit!), a nautical perpetual calendar by Blackbird Letterpress (with a bird identification list on the back), and Yellow Owl Workshop's nautical flag card set. Love all the variety within the same theme!

Another favorite trend is geography-inspired stationery. Thimblepress has a beautiful map of the United States--each state's shape is filled with an illustration of the state's flower.

(image via Thimblepress)

I think it's fitting to include these little guys in the "geography" trend--Power & Light Press, the name behind the Movable Type truck, pays homage to the tiny post offices in small towns across the U.S. Totally and completely adorable! (Visit the tumblr page for more detail.)

One Canoe Two's State Prints are awesome--each one with a charming little ditty about each state. (Have to give a little love to Utah ♥ !) Pistachio Press combines navy and gold foil in their state prints. Loving the stripe detail in the heart!

Wood doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, and if the trend keeps reinventing itself, I'm totally fine with keeping it around! Something about the texture and added depth and detail makes the product feel a little extra special. Ghost Academy has some fun iconic pin buttons with sweet little hand drawn illustrations: cats, dogs, teacups, bikes and more. One Canoe Two's wood recipe box--so simple,  yet a total must-have!

The simplicity of Ladyfingers Letterpress's booth signage totally caught my eye! Beautiful lettering + wood. Perfection.

As mentioned a little earlier, Night Owl Paper Goods is known for their wood-based products. I can't get over how cute the owl calendar is--I have the perfect spot on my desk for it! I thought about slipping these colored pencils and rulers in my pocket, too, but I somehow resisted.

These letterpressed family trees by Flywheel Press were beautiful, one for each "season" depending on the color palette you prefer. I wish I had captured a more detailed image of these prints! I'd be nervous to write on these, out of fear that I'd mess up!

see all of the stationery place's 2013 national stationery show coverage here

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