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2016 Holiday Shop Recap

Last weekend we kicked off the holiday season with a 2-day holiday shopping event complete with crafting and calligraphy workshops at our studio here in Syracuse, New York. In-house designer Jessica Downs (creative lead for our sister company Bella Figura) hand lettered a huge chalkboard sign complete with Bayberry inspired greenery to welcome shoppers to the event.

Hand-lettered chalkboard signage at the 2016 Smock Holiday Shop2016 Smock Holiday Shop Recap

We had so much fun hosting NYC-based calligrapher Virginia Lucas Hart, who taught an intro to modern calligraphy course on each day of the event. Each guest received a personalized calligraphy starter kit during the course, which included two hours of instruction. We loved seeing how many people were inspired to learn this beautiful art form! 

Calligraphy workshops with Virginia Lucas Hart at Smock's 2016 Holiday ShopCalligraphy workshop materials from Virginia Lucas HartCalligraphy workshops with Virginia Lucas Hart at Smock's 2016 Holiday ShopCalligraphy workshops with Virginia Lucas Hart at Smock's 2016 Holiday ShopCalligraphy workshops with Virginia Lucas Hart at Smock's 2016 Holiday Shop

During the event, shoppers stopped in to stock up on holiday cards, gift wrap, gift boxes and more – and many took home limited-edition calendars! The calendars feature Virginia Hart’s hand calligraphy, and pair letterpress printing with digital printing in the loveliest shades of blue. If you missed out on the event but want to snag a calendar, be sure to follow us on Instagram – we’ve got a few left, and we’ll be  hosting a giveaway soon! 

shs_a11a0262Limited edition calendar created in collaboration with Smock + Virginia Lucas Hart for the Smock 2016 Holiday ShopSmock 2016 Holiday Shop / Warehouse Sale

Our in-house crafting expert Jennifer DeRoberts taught wreath-making workshops throughout the weekend as well, showing attendees how to craft festive paper wreaths with upcycled, die-cut leaves made from our gift wrap and excess envelope liners from custom orders (we loved seeing foil liners sprinkled in throughout the wreath designs!).

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Join us for a gift wrapping workshop on Thursday, December 8

Join us for a gift wrapping workshop on Thursday, December 8 from 6-8pm! The class will be held in our studio, which is located at 509 West Fayette Street in Syracuse. Learn how to wrap like a pro during this 2-hour gift-wrapping session – your $30 class fee includes wrapping materials for 3 medium-sized gifts, and we’ll show you how to make unique gift toppers and create an invisible seam (each attendee will get 3 full sheets of gift wrap to work with, so if you have lots of smaller gifts, that’s fine too!). All proceeds from the workshop will be donated to our friends at Onondaga Earth Corps. You’ll have the opportunity to stock up on additional gift wrapping essentials during the event as well. Sign up below to secure your spot! 

Gift wrapping essentials from Smock

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Romantic garden inspired custom wedding invitations

These elegant custom wedding invitations feature a unique combination of both blind embossed and blind debossed florals, making for a beautifully textured design. Inside the invitation envelopes, colorful florals and greenery were bursting right off the envelope liners, which featured lovely pastels in shades of blues, greens, and purples. Letterpress printing in wisteria ink was used for the text throughout the suite, accented by a sweet script font to highlight names and key details. 

Elegant garden inspired custom wedding invitations featuring blind embossing and blind debossingElegant garden inspired wedding invitations featuring blind embossing and blind debossing  Elegant garden inspired wedding invitations featuring blind embossing and blind debossing

letterpress inks: wisteria + blind deboss | blind embossing | fonts + design: Nublia & Graham, custom | paper: 1-ply + 2-ply ivory bamboo | size: S-8 + S-6 + S-5 | envelope liner: custom submitted artwork | customization #34393 | Lion in the Sun

Cute custom holiday photo cards

How cute are these custom holiday photo cards that we created in collaboration with our friends at Rugg Road Paper Company?! Red shine foil adds a festive, holiday feel and coordinates perfectly with the red hats featured in the family photos throughout this folded card. We love how they shared highlights from their Disney vacation on the backside of the card, and the red foil stamped envelope liners made for a gorgeous finish! 

Digitally printed custom holiday photo cards with red foil stamping Digitally printed custom holiday photo cards with red foil stampingDigitally printed custom holiday photo cards with red foil stamping

foil color: red shine | digital ink color: CMYK process | fonts: Isabella + Worthington | paper: 1-ply white | size: S-8F | envelope liner: Marav pattern in red shine foil | customization #31297 | Rugg Road Paper Company 

Sign up for a wreath-making workshop during our 2016 Holiday Shop

We’re hosting a shopping event on Friday, November 4th from 3-8pm and Saturday, November 5th from 10am-4pm to kick off the holiday season! Come by our Syracuse print shop to stock up on holiday cards, keepsake gift boxes, and gift wrapping essentials. We’ll also have lots of great gifts under $20, like coasters, calendars, art prints, and notebooks. And we’re bringing back our popular wreath-making workshops, too! Join us for a fun crafting session that’s great for adults and for kids (we recommend ages 8 & up). Sign up for a workshop below! Calligrapher Virginia Lucas Hart will also be here offering two calligraphy workshops during the event – 6pm on Friday and 1pm on Saturday – learn more and sign up today

Sign up for a wreath-making workshop at Smock Sign up for a wreath-making workshop at Smock

We will be offering three separate wreath-making workshop sessions during the event: 4:30pm Friday, and 10:30am and 3:30pm on Saturday. Workshop sessions will be $20 each, and will last for about an hour. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your session. If you’re unable to attend a session, we’ll also have wreath-making kits available for sale! 

Enter the sale at our 519 entrance – the address is:
519 West Fayette Street
Syracuse, New York 13204

Follow along with our Facebook event for updates and sneak peeks! 

Visit our 2016 Holiday Shop + sign up for a calligraphy workshop!

In a few weeks we’ll be hosting our 2016 Holiday Shop! Join us on Friday, November 4th from 3-8pm and Saturday, November 5th from 10am-4pm at our Syracuse print shop for a warehouse sale and several workshops. It’s the perfect opportunity to stock up on gifts, cards, calendars, and gift wrapping essentials to prepare for the upcoming holiday season. We’re excited to be welcoming calligrapher Virginia Lucas Hart to offer calligraphy workshops on each day of the event (sign up here!) and we’ll also be bringing back our popular wreath-making workshops this year, too! Virginia is a talented calligrapher based out of New York City and we’re thrilled to be hosting her at our event. Take a peek at the photos below to see some of  Virginia’s past workshops for an idea of what to expect! 

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Photography by Virginia Hart and Naomi Davis

Bayberry Gift Wrap featured in Gifts & Decorative Accessories Magazine

We were excited to spot our double-sided Bayberry gift wrap in the September 2016 issue of Gifts and Decorative Accessories Magazine. The feature was all about gift wrapping, and making the exterior of your gift look just as special as what’s inside. Our double-sided gift wraps make it easy to dress up a gift – use the alternating patterns on a gift with multiple boxes, or use a strip of the opposite side of the wrap like ribbon as a finishing touch. Many thanks to Gifts & Decorative Accessories for including Smock in this feature! 

Smock's double-sided Bayberry gift wrap featured in Gifts & Decorative Accessories magazineSmock's double-sided Bayberry gift wrap featured in Gifts & Decorative Accessories magazine

Painterly rose gold birth announcements

We worked with our friends at Fat Cat Paperie to create Clio’s painterly rose gold birth announcements and coordinating envelope liners. Her parents drew inspiration from our Ellory invitation suite to create the cards, which paired a digitally printed watercolor wash with our rose gold foil. What a sweet way to welcome a new baby! 

Painterly rose gold birth announcements from Smock Painterly rose gold birth announcements from Smock Painterly rose gold birth announcements from Smock

foil color: rose gold shine | digital ink color: papaya | fonts + design: greenway + hutton, Ellory design | paper: 1-ply white | size: S-6 | envelope liner: miette pattern | customization #34589 | Fat Cat Paperie – Center Moriches 

Navy + gold pineapple wedding invitations

Danielle and Jeffrey worked with our friends at Lion in the Sun to create chic navy and gold pineapple wedding invitations for their Montego Bay celebration in May. We letterpress printed their invitations in navy ink, and highlighted their names with gold matte foil. Bold navy striped envelope liners reflected the seaside locale, while the gold pineapple motif gave a nod to the Round Hill Resort logo. We created a navy combination card that invited guests to both the welcome dinner and the farewell brunch, which resulted in a beautiful layered effect when the invitations were assembled and wrapped with their bellybands. 

Navy + gold pineapple wedding invitations from SmockNavy + gold pineapple wedding invitations from Smock Navy + gold pineapple wedding invitations from Smock 

letterpress ink: navy | foil color: gold matte | fonts: Smock Ruby + Gill | paper: 1-ply + 2-ply white | sizes: S-8 + S-6 + S-5 | envelope liners: bar pattern in navy ink | belly band: digitally printed navy ink + gold matte foil | customization #:31082 | Lion in the Sun

Harbour Island Wedding in the Bahamas

Melissa and John worked with Colin at Pulp & Ink for their wedding invitations and stationery for their fairytale wedding in the Bahamas. The couple selected our ombre Amira suite and personalized each piece in the same shade of pink that the bride chose for her custom Vera Wang wedding gown. Read on for their beautiful love story!

Custom pink Vera Wang wedding gownPink ombre wedding invitations from Smock

John Jacobs and Melissa Posh first met on June 9, 1994 at a party at Lake Point Towers. John, having just had shoulder surgery, was on major pain relief medication, causing his sense for adventure to be higher than usual. Melissa walked in, John approached, words were exchanged, and chemistry began to operate. For John it was ignited by Melissa’s spark of contagious energy and for Melissa, it was the aura of excitement and wit that attracted her. In a matter of minutes a romance had begun that culminated 22 years later in a fairy tale wedding for the ages.

John is a conservative wealth manager for the Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) and Melissa is an entrepreneur in the food, fitness and fashion arenas. Although on paper, they were exact opposites, we all have heard the old saying “Opposites attract”. The twenty-two years seemed to fly by and there was never a day that Melissa did not get excited when John walked through their door at night. 

Their high rise home looked over Lake Michigan and it kept them in touch with their mutual love for the water. John had many hobbies: he was a pilot, an artist, a reader and musician with interests in the guitar and the piano.  Melissa was a creative type. She loved to exercise, run marathons, practice yoga, bake and cook, shop for fashions and always seemed to find the perfect gift to give to a friend or member of her large family. She was also an event planner, organizing a golf outing in honor of her father, Ed Posh, who was the head golf professional for 37 years. The event has raised over $700,000 for college scholarships for local area youth.

Beach wedding ceremony   Beach wedding ceremony seating

Most of all both Melissa and John were in love with deep-sea fishing and spent myriad hours cruising and fishing in the Caribbean waters.  John had bought a large fishing yacht naturally christened  “The Melissa”.  One of their first marine adventures was a trip to Harbour Island in the Bahamas. It was “Love at first Docking”. The island offered fantastic fishing for John and a three mile long pink sand beach for Melissa. You could even ride horses on the sand. The island was a match made in island heaven. It offered first class gourmet restaurants, fabulous libations, a sprinkling of beautiful boutiques, and it was small and intimate to boot. It was enough to keep them and John’s two children, JR and Lindsay, as well as several of their friends, family and clients coming back year after year.

On June 5th, 2015, twenty-one years after their first meeting, John flew Melissa down to the Island.  By now he had his own plane. He’d made a reservation at their favorite restaurant, The Rock House, and over the course of the evening actually got down on one knee and proposed. I bet none of you are scratching your heads over her immediate response.

Digitally addressed wedding invitation envelopes from SmockPink ombre wedding invitations from Smock (more…)

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