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In May, I attended the National Stationery Show in New York and I have ordered some new lines and I am still obsessing over others that I will be carrying soon!  I learned after last year not to order everything at one time… it’s more fun to be receiving new items all throughout the year!

Coming Soon…  Gorgeous Wooden Recipe Boxes and Recipe Cards (above).  I love these recipe boxes!  Suzy Jack put so much thought into these; from the customizable label on the front to the little notch cut into the top of the box for your card to fit into.  The card design itself is beautiful and there are 3 to choose from and matching linen towels as well.

Neon… I’m a child of the 80’s and have to laugh at all of the neon making a comeback.  I think that officially makes me old.  I do love some of the neon I saw at the show and am still obsessing over these cards:

Letterpress your own signature!  I love this idea from Jigsaw Graphics.  Have your signature or have your children design their own letterpress stationery.  Wedding Gift?  Have the bride & groom sign their names to a card and send it in to Jigsaw and they will create an amazing gift for the newly married couple!

Ridding the world of ugly notebooks!  I fell in love with these little notebooks with their bright colors, great price point and personalization options… these are available through the studio now!

There is too much more to mention, but you can bet I will be posting more as I add more products to the studio.


The art created by Brian Dettmer is nothing short of jaw-dropping genius. This Atlanta-based paper prodigy works in the medium of what he calls “altered books.” Says the artist about his process:

In this work I begin with an existing book and seal its edges, creating an enclosed vessel full of unearthed potential. I cut into the surface of the book and dissect through it from the front. I work with knives, tweezers and surgical tools to carve one page at a time, exposing each layer while cutting around ideas and images of interest. Nothing inside the books is relocated or implanted, only removed. Images and ideas are revealed to expose alternate histories and memories. My work is a collaboration with the existing material and its past creators and the completed pieces expose new relationships of the book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception.

Brian Dettmer starts with old books, often those that are bound for the landfill, and transforms them into objects of wonder in a new form.

Take a look at this video of an interview with Brian Detter on CBS News, where you can get a glimpse into his incredible talent and the way he works.{© 2011 Blog Boutique | Holly of Salutations | Photos © Brian Dettmer | Video © CBS News}

Smock is an eco stationery line specializing in luxury letterpress goods. Handmade in an Upstate New York artisan print shop by a company with a passion for fine art letterpress printing, Smock’s collection is produced with a commitment to making truly beautiful handcrafted stationery and paper goods for all occasions.

Smock was the first print shop in the United States to offer printing on a luxury bamboo paper. They developed this paper with the help of a historic European paper mill, because they wanted a truly sustainable paper that happened to be gorgeous ~ and is it ever.

Smock’s designs are the work of Amy Graham Stigler, whose unique sense of style is informed by her art history background and her love for vintage wallpapers, hand-lettering, vintage ephemera, antique embroidered linens, and slightly tattered architecture.

About Smock’s Environmental Commitment

Smock is a true environmental letterpress and stationery line – in addition to printing on sustainable bamboo and 100% post consumer recycled papers, Smock is also wind powered, a member of Green America’s Green Business Network and donates 1% of sales to environmental causes as a member of 1% For the Planet. Smock offers free bus passes to employees to help encourage use of public transit and subsidizes 20-week Community Supported Agriculture memberships with a local organic farm. Smock regularly partners with organizations such as the Amazon Conservation Association, the Pesticide Action Network, and American Forests to help promote environmental causes that affect the globe.

You can see more of this fabulous line of custom letterpressed wedding invitations by visiting Stone Hill Paperie in Skippack, Pennsylvania.

{© 2011 Blog Boutique | Smock | Photo © Smock}