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 I passing up Friday Funnies to tip my hat to them. Congratulations to the winning companies, and everyone who worked hard to make these products work so well! Here are the categories and winners:



Andy Warhol So Many Stars Board Book

This 26-page picture book, filled with whimsical illustrations by Andy Warhol, will delight youngsters of all ages.



Allie Munroe

White Wedding

Two-color silkscreen acrylic wedding invitation with a cover weight mailer and Moiré pattern liner. A circular, matte white, monogram wax seal keeps the invitation soft and romantic.



Blackbird Letterpress

Letterpress Recycled City Notepad

Letterpress printed city map illustrated notepads measure 3″x5½” with whitewashed recycled pages inside. More than 20 cities available.


Greeting Card

Ladyfingers Letterpress

So Psyched Neon Letterpressed Greeting Card

This neon offering makes a big splash with engaged couples, newlyweds or baby havers!Ladyfingers_LR


Birchcraft Studios 

Holly and Berry Border Photo Ornament

A photo is surrounded by a holly and berry border on this ornament card, personal greeting printed on the back.Birchcraft_LR


Three Designing Women

Signature Stationery

Office stationery tells a story; personalized stamps and embossers allow it be one of cohesive elegance. 


The first round was voted on by anyone who desired to, and I was honored to be asked to help judge the second round. Also joining me in that difficult task were: Audrey Woollen, Urbanic Paper Boutique; Carina Murray, Crow & Canary; Carly Totten, Carly Is Inspired; Erin Sage Thomas, Between The Sheets Co.; Lauren Kay, XO Group Inc.; Jessica Southwick, Jesswick Creative Studio; Julie O’Brien, Sweet Paper; Katie Strzok, Broadway Paper; Kristen Magee, Invitation Crush; Cristi Dannelley, Magna IV Communications; Lyndsey Wells, The Stationery Place; Marcie Carson, MIXT Studio; Theresa Anderson, Sweet Paper; and Wendy Brown, Brown Ink Paper Goods.

Winner and finalist products will be on display at the National Stationery Show, now part of signature mix marketplace, at Stationery Trends’ booth, #2556.

Finally, some good reads for the weekend:

Here’s an interesting New Yorker piece on the Moleskine notebooks — once a must-have for Picasso and Hemingway, now preferred by Lena Dunham and Lady Gaga — and how the company is “at the forefront of the “analog-digital continuum.”

Loving this duds, courtesy of the NY Times. I agree: a profusion of flowers is a lavish visual metaphor for the promise of spring.

I’ll be skipping the mom jean fashion trend, however.

I never realized how much I liked big busts, the statuesque kind at least.

Want to know the main trends at the recent High Point Furniture Market? Here’s a nice visual rundown, courtesy of HGTV.

Finally, this wedding suite from Lucky Luxe brings a whole new dimension to the farm-to-table concept.

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