NSS Sneaky Peek!

We’ve been busy, busy with weddings this season, which pushed back catalog prep for NSS. However, things are wrapping up (insert rimshot) with our new 2013 products and I’m excited to share a sneak peek!

We’ve expanded our catalog to not only include the wedding album, cards and calendars; but we will also have giftwrap, jotters and notepads (oh, and more cards and calendars)!

Here’s one of our Gift Wrap lines — Paint Splatter, which comes in 10 color palettes.
Super bright and will look great when all displayed together!

IMG_7513And my favorite new product, little briefcase jotters.
The patterns for these jotters have been in my head for a while now.
My daughter, who was born in the DRC in Africa, loves reading. There are a few
African-inspired books that she gravitates to when we read before bed. They depict a natural, undeveloped area of Africa contrasted by vibrantly patterned African clothing, commonly associated with African design. My daughter traveled home to us in such clothing, and I have been wanting to create something with an African feel ever since. I decided against bold colors and instead used a “skin” color palette to portray
our colorful family and a world of natural beauty.

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We will be using the patterns in other fun products to come.

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We hope to see you and meet you at National Stationery Show this year!
Look us up at Booth #1677 to see these new items in person.

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Welcome Joel – Outdoor Pastels

Joel makes me think of home. As in where I grew up — on a farm in Indiana.
It reminds me of meadows, fields, hot sun and a playful youth.

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I believe a couple needs to have a very certain style for this suite. It’s meant for outdoor or country weddings — more casual affairs that don’t involve fine crystal or tall glass vases. Because every country girl knows, once the dancin’ starts, there better not be
anything breakable around!

I used a pastel palette here, similar to the colors you’ll see next week with the Marcus suite. Because we’re using five colors here, I think pastels or a mix of tints from the same color work best. If using more bold colors, we can switch to using less colors like below.

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Below is a mix of inspirational images. Think backyards and ball jars,
sandals and lemonade, giggling flower girls and clear blue skies.

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See these photos in full and much more inspiration
on our Joel Outdoor Wedding Pinterest Board!

Welcome Wayde – Vintage Floral

One of my favorite long-time suites, but with an updated 2013 color twist.
Bring on the Mint trend; pastels and golds are hot, hot this year!

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The inspiration for Wayde began with a vintage floral custom wedding
invitation suite from our 2009 archive:

waydeinpirationThe use of vintage-inspired designs from fabric, wallpaper, vintage stationery, etc., can go with many wedding styles. It’s a perfect fit for outdoor storybook weddings, but glitzed up, a vintage design can be an unexpectedly worthy of a more formal affair.

I decided to play with the mint/emerald 2013 color trend. Emerald 17-5641 is Pantone’s color of the year and mint has stepped in as more of a subtle option, as Emerald is kind of a bold color for most weddings. Gold has been a popular pairing with mint and other pastels. Embracing the gold comeback, I included some lovely, shiny gold papers with this suite for my album sample (as always, the ink colors and paper choices can be customized at no additional cost — just in case you’re more of a silver gal. ; )

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Check out our Vintage Floral and Mint/Gold Pinterest board for more inspiration!