No visit to National Stationery Show is complete without a quick jaunt through the Best New Product Awards, so let’s back up a bit and begin there, okay? Please pardon all shadows, bad lighting, crooked angles — they are no fault of the product, just my (lack of) photography skills!

Here is beve‘s multi-functional paper doll giftwrap and gift tags — both adorable and brilliant! Love the little girl in combat boots, though Ms. Saddle Shoes comes in a close second.IMG_9555 copyAdult coloring was all over the show — I loved this rosy-cheeked calendar contribution from Canadian exhibitor Draw Me a Lion.
drawmealionOddball Press also hails from Cleveland — and their quirky spirit, distinctive to our neck of the woods, comes right through in their letterpressed offerings.oddballoddball2Tay Ham nails offbeat sentiments with dead-on celebrity likenesses.tayhamOn the more welcoming side, DIY is not just about coloring these days — witness these posh crepe paper flowers from Lia GriffithliagriffithSpeaking of which, this Cake Topper Kit from Inklings Paperie turns baked confections into an instant party, complete with pom poms.inklings How sweet are these woodblock cards from Heartell Press? They’re like sending a friend a little peaceful oasis. heartellClean and retro notebooks from Designworks Ink have not only a band to hold all those thoughts in order, but a ribbon marker so you don’t lose your spot!
designworksI am big on all-inclusive kits — they just keep life simple, no? — and this Bridesmaid Box from Giddy Paperie just makes a huge statement with not such a huge expenditure of energy. giddy Speaking of which, Classic Cocktail Coasters from Wild Ink Press took the Best New Product honors in the Lifestyle category. Congratulations — is it too early in the day for a celebratory cocktail?

Stay tuned for more NSS highlights in upcoming posts!

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