You don’t have to be an editor or a blogger to spot talent — sometimes you just need eyes. That was my conclusion at least at last year’s National Stationery Show, when I stumbled across Emily McDowell.

I had already viewed Emily’s work online, but seeing it in person was a whole other experience. Her designs have a certain harmony in imagery, type contrast and message that is not only distinctive, it’s borderline addictive. Here’s a few snaps I took in her booth.IMG_5772 IMG_5773

It’s not really a big surprise that I selected Emily as one of Stationery Trends’ 10 Designers to Watch in 2014, in fact it was a no-brainer. Now, not only are New Yorkers lucky enough to have an event like Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party this Sunday, they can also meet Emily in person two Saturdays after that at the East Village’s Pink Olive!

Read all about it below, and if you can go, make sure you RSVP for the free event here.


Grace Kang is not only the energetic dynamo behind the Pink Olive, she is also the creator behind both the Olive Box and Card Box. This month’s Card Box — with a LOVE theme — is almost ready to be shipped, and since Grace kindly sent me one, I can personally attest that it’s fabulous.

It features selections from Emily McDowell (you can see it below) as well as Design Parlour, E. Francis Paper Studio, Laura Hooper Calligraphy, bellajenna, Dinglewood Design & Press, plus wee precious pink heart stamps to seal all that purple, pithy prose with.


Grace has offered both TPC and Stationery Trends readers a 10%  off  coupon code through 1/28 for monthly and annual Card Box subscriptions. The regular prices are $25/month or $150/year, plus shipping, for the bi-monthly boxed treats.

It’s a great way to get yourself to write all those letters you’re always meaning to send, or to gift that special correspondent close to your heart. Just use the code stationerytrends-10 through 1/28, and you soon be seeing (and spreading) the love!



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