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Vibrant foil stamped Bat Mitzvah invitations

Our playful Confetti design set the stage for Lindsey’s celebration this past November. We worked with The Write Occasion to create these vibrant foil stamped Bat Mitzvah invitations. The design includes touches of a whimsical script font in gold matte foil combined with confetti accents in shades of purple and turquoise. We were thrilled to see our revel pattern printed in gold foil over a digitally printed flood of violet ink on the envelope liner as a fun way to wrap it all up. There’s nothing better than incorporating different yet complementary patterns into a suite to create a show-stopper like this!

Vibrant foil stamped bat mitzvah invitations from Smock

Vibrant foil stamped bat mitzvah invitations from Smock

Vibrant foil stamped bat mitzvah invitations from Smock

foil stamping color: gold matte | digital ink color: violet, tiffany, shimmer, ocean, sea mist, cloud | fonts: Darling, Festus | paper: 1 ply white bamboo | size: S8 | envelope liner: Revel pattern in gold matte and violet | customization: 35530 | The Write Occasion

Romantic watercolor wedding invitations with rose gold envelope liner

Sarah and Colby customized our Barnesly design for their wedding at the Silverleaf Country Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. These romantic watercolor wedding invitations showcase our rose gold foil in a charming way against a blush background. To keep the invitation and various insert cards safe and sound, an eye-catching monogrammed sleeve with foil accents was added to the mix. A rose gold envelope liner in our classic amble pattern tied everything together as the finishing touch to this sweet suite.

Romantic watercolor wedding invitations from Smock

Romantic watercolor wedding invitations from Smock

foil stamping color: rose gold shine | digital ink color: CMYK | fonts: Durham, Covington | paper: 2 ply white bamboo, 1 ply white bamboo | size: S8 | envelope liner: Amble pattern in rose gold shine | customization: 35391 | No Regrets – OK

Contemporary bridal shower invitations with bold foil brushstrokes

We worked with Danielle at Creative Touch to create these contemporary bridal shower invitations for Lindsay. This statement-maker was printed in tawny matte foil accented with modern brushstrokes. They decided to pair the invitation with a vibrant envelope liner to add a pop of color to this chic set. The shimmer background against this painterly foil pattern gives the liner that wow factor.  Look out Boca Raton — our Lennon design has never looked better thanks to this bold customization!

contemporary bridal shower invitations

contemporary bridal shower invitations

contemporary bridal shower invitations

foil stamping color: tawny matte | fonts: Hello Beautiful, AT Sackers Gothic | paper: 1 ply white bamboo | size: S6 | envelope liner: Flynn pattern in shimmer and tawny matte | customization: 35555 | Creative Touch

Kick off Summer at the 5th Annual Smock Sidewalk Sale!

Help us welcome summer at the 5th Annual Smock Sidewalk Sale on Wednesday, June 21 from 10am – 7pm. We’ve made some changes to the sale this year (like extending the hours!) to accommodate our loyal shoppers throughout the day. In addition to our deeply discounted cards, gift wraps, and other stationery delights, we’ve brought back some of our favorite local food trucks for the sale this year, too! PB&J’s Lunchbox and Toss & Fire Pizza will be here all day long, so whether you’re stopping by on your lunch hour or after work on your way home, you’ll be able to grab a bite of some delicious local foods. New for this year, we’re excited to welcome our friends at The Sweet Praxis, and to help you keep your cool, Gannon’s Ice Cream and Skippy’s Ice Cream will be joining us throughout the day too!

We’re also pleased to be bringing back a carnival-style fundraiser to benefit our friends at Onondaga Earth Corps — for a $1 donation, you can spin a colorful prize wheel for a chance to win prizes from Smock, as well as some of our participating vendors! Say you’ll be there and stay tuned for event updates on Facebook

Shop the 2017 Smock Sidewalk Sale on Wednesday, June 21

Letterpress wedding menus from Smock featured on Style Me Pretty

We were thrilled to see our Exeter letterpress wedding menus featured on Style Me Pretty this week! Veronica from Type A Society led the styling and creative direction for the shoot, which was all about springtime cherry blossoms. The floral applique details on the model’s dress gave a nice nod to the cherry blossom theme, while fresh florals made the shoot come to life. Angela Newton Roy captured the entire inspiration shoot beautifully – check out some of our favorite shots below, and be sure to visit Style Me Pretty to see the full gallery! 

Cherry Blossom wedding inspiration | photos by Angela Newton Roy Photography

Cherry Blossom wedding inspiration featuring letterpress wedding menus by Smock and photos by Angela Newton Roy Photography

Cherry Blossom wedding inspiration | photos by Angela Newton Roy Photography

Cherry Blossom wedding inspiration shoot featuring letterpress wedding menus by Smock and photos by Angela Newton Roy Photography

Cherry Blossom wedding inspiration | photos by Angela Newton Roy Photography

Cherry Blossom wedding vintage postage stamps | photos by Angela Newton Roy Photography

Cherry Blossom wedding inspiration | photos by Angela Newton Roy Photography

Cherry Blossom wedding inspiration featuring letterpress wedding menus by Smock and photos by Angela Newton Roy Photography

Cherry Blossom wedding inspiration | photos by Angela Newton Roy Photography

Cherry Blossom wedding inspiration featuring letterpress wedding menus by Smock and photos by Angela Newton Roy Photography

Cherry Blossom wedding inspiration | photos by Angela Newton Roy Photography

Cherry Blossom wedding inspiration | photos by Angela Newton Roy Photography

Cherry Blossom wedding inspiration featuring letterpress wedding menus by Smock and photos by Angela Newton Roy Photography

Photography: Angela Newton Roy Photography | Floral Design: Wild Green Yonder | Creative Direction & Styling: Type A Society | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Wedding Dress: Gossamer | Veil & Crown: Twigs & Honey | Shoes: Bella Belle | Rentals: Something Vintage Rentals | Invitations + Calligraphy: Written Word Calligraphy | Hair & Make Up: Anna Breeding

Custom venue-inspired wedding invitations and save the dates

It’s always fun to see the finishing touches that our clients make when it comes to their wedding invitations and save the dates. For Chelsea and JohnMichael’s May wedding at The Hempstead House, we worked with Jill from Jilly P Invitations & Gifts to create a set of custom, venue-inspired wedding invitations and save the dates. Jill shared some background with us on the inspiration for this suite – we’ll let her take it from here! 

Whenever I work with a customer, my goal is to always make their dreams become a reality. For this invitation, the bride wanted a drawing of the castle where the event was being held. So as to hint at the incredible night ahead, we first used a hand drawn image of the castle on the save the date. As we continued the process, we then included the castle design on the direction card in the pocketfold invitation, and to tie it all together, we designed a beautiful stamp incorporating the castle. In finalizing the entire package, we added a wax seal on the back of the envelope with the bride and groom’s initials as a perfect finishing touch for what will be the most magical night of their lives.

Custom pocketfold wedding invitations with matching monogram wax seal from Smock

Custom save the dates from Smock with matching custom postage stamps

Custom save the dates from Smock with matching custom postage stamps

Custom pocketfold monogrammed wedding invitations with matching monogram postage stamp

Custom foil, letterpress and digitally printed wedding invitation suite and save the dates from Smock

letterpress ink: jute |  foil: tawny matte | digital inks: jute + espresso | fonts: smock plaza + wallis | paper: 1-ply white  bamboo | sizes: S-8 folio + S-6 + S-5 | folio interior + exterior: sinclair pattern in jute | envelope liners: metallic camel design: custom library featuring submitted artwork | customization #:35310 + 35404 | Jilly P Invitations & Gifts

Black and Gold Art Deco Wedding Invitations

Anna and Peter customized our Emory design for their LA wedding at the Cicada Club – an art deco venue with vintage 1920’s flair. They chose a classic color palette of black letterpress with gold matte foil stamped accents for their invitations and incorporated an art deco patterned border on their reply cards to keep with the theme. They complemented the set with a striped patterned envelope liner, printed in black ink on metallic gold leaf paper for a subtle yet glamorous finishing touch. 

Black and gold art deco wedding invitations from Smock

Black and gold art deco wedding invitations from Smock

Black and gold art deco wedding invitations from Smock

letterpress ink color: black | foil color: gold matte |  fonts: Smock Plaza + Inigo | paper: 1-ply ivory bamboo | size: S-8 + S-5 | envelope liner: Seneca stripes pattern in black on metallic gold leaf paper | customization #34568 | William Ernest Brown

Smock Store Spotlight on The Stationery Station

Today we’re shining the spotlight on The Stationery Station, a paper + gift shop based in Highland Park, Illinois celebrating 40 years in business! We sat down with the owner, Sheryl Oberman, to learn about the shop and how everything got started. 

Sheryl Oberman, owner of the Stationery Station

I have loved paper and party planning since I was a child, watching my mom, who had some flair, create accessories for events she would host. She also planned a beautiful wedding for me! My college degree is in teaching high school English, with a minor in Rhetoric – so you can see where this is going. I took that background and love for paper several steps beyond. Totally by coincidence a friend, who also loved paper, went to a local shop to buy party goods for me since I had just recently moved to this town and had a newborn baby and was having a party. I knew little about our neighborhood and could not yet get out to explore. She came back and told me the lady was selling her business. Without blinking an eye I said, “let’s buy it!”. The shop was in a converted old home and I suggested the name Stationery Station and my partner agreed, with the stipulation that we use a station master as our logo. We had a lamp post out front so we hung our sign and suddenly became stationers!!

A peek inside The Stationery Station in Highland Park, Illinois

Our husbands were agreeable and the former shop owner mentored us for a few months. My partner was pregnant at the time and once her child was born we alternated days and our babies napped in a crib we added upstairs. When the babies were a bit older they sometimes crawled around the carpeted floors as we worked with customers! My daughter once chewed on a package of napkins. Later on, the kids were with day care, our families, or preschool.  After about 3 years we split up and I moved the shop to the main street a block away.

About 20 years ago I opened a second store in Chicago with someone who had worked for me as a teenager. I licensed my name to her and she had the shop for several years until she started a family and moved back to our town. 16 years ago I moved the shop a few doors away to our current location. It was 2 shops so that our retail merchandise could be in one room and our custom invitations in a smaller room. This allowed us to offer a quieter area to give total attention to our customers with a more personal touch.

The Stationery Station in Highland Park, Illinois, was featured recently by the Daily North Shore newspaper

Two years ago I recognized that children’s invitations were not selling well and had become more of an online item. They were displayed on 2 units so that was my cue to downsize! We linked up on our website with a few large vendors that sell the kids’ items and that is working out nicely. The “old” store still offers cool desk accessories, leather items, notepads, and my favorite – ribbon and wrap! The custom room has imprintables along with a few other related items but primarily has many, many invitation albums, as well as loose samples from Smock, Bella Figura and other vendors. Brides, in particular, like to view loose samples, and we also show these on a screen and in boxes so that their customization options are evident. 

I enjoy creating invitations and bringing a customer’s vision to reality. It’s rewarding to me to know that someone puts our store on their list of places to go on any day. My education and knowledge of proper etiquette and grammar, combined with our design sensibility, plays a part in our status of being one of the finest stationers on our North Shore.

A peek inside at the ribbon wall at The Stationery Station in Highland Park, Illinois

I believe that being able to open a shop 40 years ago and calling it our own was and is special. The freedom to be able to pursue a course that was never clearly my dream but became my love is genuinely amazing to me. Women at this time were teachers, as I was initially, doctors, attorneys, and so on… yet owning a shop seemed rare and slightly difficult to explain to the bank. One last love about the store is to be still creating an invitation or even wrapping a gift for our customers and seeing them genuinely thrilled! A recent customer just wrote me a wonderful note, and these testimonials and calls make us feel respected and rewarded. It is a heartwarming business and our goal is to fulfill a customer’s vision and offer them our valued advice.

 Does your store support any charities or special causes? We offer a donation or place an ad nearly every week with several charities, schools, and local or needy organizations. At the time of our 35th anniversary, we donated a portion of our sales to a group that supports women getting into the workforce. This year I am considering other options. One of the retail lines I carry is called Monkey Business and we sell their beaded animals and a few bowls made from phone wires. They are in South Africa and the company benefits the women who make these. Many of our customers who have traveled to Africa recognize these and buy them or comment on how wonderful it is that they are so well made and the women reap the benefits.

A peek inside at the selection of custom stationery albums available at The Stationery Station in Highland Park, Illinois

If someone is visiting your shop, what are the other essential stops in your neighborhood? Our town has wonderful cultural features. One is actually across one of our town’s main streets in the next town but it is literally 5-10 minutes away. This is the Chicago Botanic Gardens. They feature exhibits throughout the year, events take place there and it is truly a beautiful, cultivated sight. I run there in the warm weather on one of their tree lined paths! Another is the wonderful Ravinia Festival. It is an outdoor performance venue featuring major symphonies, renown musicians and performers. There are children’s features throughout the year as well. Tickets may be purchased for a covered pavilion or many, many people from all over the Chicago area come to have casual or elaborate picnics on the lawn. Restaurants are plentiful in all price ranges and it is an amazing feature in our town.

Since Highland Park is located on Lake Michigan we are very excited to have stunning beaches. One was redone recently with walking trails, bluffs, rock formations and a lovely glass building in which they offer children’s classes. Last June I made myself a birthday party on the boardwalk (luckily on a beautiful evening) and was joined by my amazing staff (see below). 

Stationery Station staff celebrates owner Sheryl's 70th birthday last summer

 In my shop, I love my ribbons and wrap. I do custom gift wrapping and was chosen and flown to NYC along with 7 other people a few years ago to be in Scotch brand gift wrap contest. It was very exciting and although I did not win, being chosen as one of 8 was very cool! 

The Stationery Station's entry into the Scotch most gift wrapper contest

Our current favorite trend is really a trend I was naively offering my customers and yet had little knowledge of 35 or more years ago! I love combining letterpress with foil stamping. It adds just the right amount of flair when done subtly. In our early years we worked with a man who owned a foil stamping company, and since he lived in Chicago we became friendly with him and he would print our stock for note cards or invitations. At that time, we carried Crane and a vendor called Fante. Once in a while, we would need to go to his home to pick up an order and he would show us his machinery which in those days used individual pieces of lead. He showed us how he pressed these pieces of lead into the machine! Aha! Letterpressing! He would remind us to limit the copy on an invite so he would not run out of letters!

Many thanks to Sheryl for giving us a glimpse inside her shop – and congratulations on 40 years in business! Here’s to many more! 

Grommeted paper fan wedding programs

We created cute paper fan wedding programs for Allison and Nick’s laid-back summer wedding in Lake Tahoe last summer. Letterpress printed in desert ink with rose gold foil stamped accents, the programs feature four panels that were secured together with a gold grommet. Each panel included all of the essential details for their big day, from the date and location to the wedding party and the (somewhat cheeky) order of the ceremony. The final panel of the program talked about Allison’s “something borrowed” – her great great great grandmother’s wedding veil and a family heirloom that had been worn by several generations of women in the family. Such a sweet detail! 

Letterpress + foil stamped paper fan wedding programs from Smock

Letterpress + foil stamped paper fan wedding programs from Smock

Letterpress + foil stamped paper fan wedding programs from Smock

letterpress ink color: desert | foil color: rose gold shine | fonts + artwork: customer supplied | paper: 1-ply ivory bamboo | size: 5.5 x 8.5 die-cut CD-16 | customization #34883 | Union Street Papery

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