Signature Mix Marketplace is less thank a month off, and I cannot possibly be the only one who is getting excited. The show itself offers so much promise and inspiration, but since the locale is New York City, there is of course so much to do off the floor as well. …

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The Stationery Trends Awards — also known as the The Trendys — grew out of a desire to provide retailers with a voice on the latest trends in greeting cards, gifts and all things stationery. These awards recognize the best in the industry. This year’s talented crop was announced yesterday, and …

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It’s so fun to share these and watch the pile of letters on my desk decrease, if only by a little bit. This lovely emerald envelope travelled all the way from Munich. I love that stamp, and once again, an international envelope arrived pretty much completely pristine. The elegant card …

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I’m admittedly a little late to the party here, but I just discovered yesterday that National Library Week is April 13-19. While I spent hours in our local branch as a child, once I got to NYU and discovered wondrous venues like Strand Bookstore, Shakespeare and Company and Rizzoli, libraries were long forgotten. Fast-forward about 20 …

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Lucky LOUIE: Emily McDowell


I have judged the LOUIEs several times now — including the most recent one, for which winners will be announced next month — and it is an interesting process on so many levels. You review anywhere from say 6 to 40 entries per category, and there are if you can …

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Finally, spring is in the air! (I am simply ignoring the snow forecast here for tomorrow evening.) Wendy Brown of Brown Ink kindly sent me some of their new introductions to review in person, and I’m completely enamored with the selections she’s just introduced from Brown Parcel Press. Established in 2007, the …

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