I never know what surprise my post office box will hold — and this super-fun design, meticulously hand-sewn by Tracy Makanani in Cincinnati, definitely doesn’t disappoint!
use_meIt reads: Sarah! This campaign is AWESOME! I’m so glad to find others who are embracing the hand written note. I picked one of my cards to send you. I love saving vintage paper from landfills and giving them a second life. You made me smile today! Tracy #writemoreletters

This is so fabulous, Tracy! Thank you so much for writing in. You made me smile too. I love that you reuse what would be tossed, not to mention your cheeky work & retro vibe. Meanwhile your Gocco Printed designs are fabulous! I am beyond impressed you have a Borat card.

I am also so thrilled that we have a new sponsor, Scotch & Cream, who is sending a posh quartet of cards Tracy’s way. Illustrator and hand-letterer Robin Soltis — whom Stationery Trends readers will recognize as one of our 10 Designers to Watch in 2016 — is the “Cream” to her husband-business partner Alvin’s “Scotch.”

A huge fan of Mid Mod, Robin retools the sleek styles of the past into designs that feel entirely fresh. I can’t think of a sleeker way to reconnect with friends than with these “hello” selections, printed in the U.S. and assembled in their LA studio. The metallic envelopes are the icing on the cake. Thank you Robin & Alvin for your support (not to mention bringing this great design into the world)! You can see them in person in Booth 1942 at National Stationery Show this May.

Scotch scotch_2 scotch_3 scotch_4Meanwhile, do you want to score some free, fabulous stationery swag for yourself? Just drop me a quick note on your favorite paper (which is most likely gathering dust) and tell me what makes it so. My address is: P.O. Box 22133, Beachwood, Ohio 44122. And if you are interested in being sponsor, I’d love to hear from you!scotch_5

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