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Smock + Bella Figura Trunk Show at The Dandelion Patch

Join us this week with our BFF Bella Figura for a trunk show event at The Dandelion Patch! Clients who attend the trunk show and order before March 16, 2015, will receive 25 free invitations* with the purchase of 75 invitations or more. Reserve your spot today – we can’t wait to see you there!

Smock + Bella Figura Trunk Show at The Dandelion Patch

*The fine print: buy 75 get 25 promotion applies to wedding orders and can include invitations, reply cards, save the dates, menus, programs, or any other wedding-related stationery item. 

Beautiful window display + paper dress at Seaside Papery

We saw a peek of the gorgeous window display that’s up right now at Seaside Papery over on Instagram and just had to see more! Check out the amazing display that Jori and her team created — fluttering butterflies, glowing paper lanterns, papel picado and our favorite: an inspired dress made out of paper roses! The dress features a variety of papers in shades of pink, red, and papaya, including our Jute double-sided gift wrap.

Beautiful springtime window display at Seaside Papery  Beautiful springtime window display at Seaside Papery Beautiful springtime window display at Seaside PaperyBeautiful springtime window display at Seaside Papery

Photographs courtesy of Seaside Papery

Smock Store Spotlight: Marissa Allie Designs

Today we’re sharing a peek inside Marissa Allie Designs, a custom stationery studio based in New York City. Her sweet space is bright and cheery, with pops of pink and lots of artwork. Take a look inside!

Smock retailer Marissa Allie Designs

How she got started: When I began college, I started out studying graphic design at the School of Visual Arts. I learned the importance of typography, and grew to love the many ways a font can express the written word. Throughout my schooling, I explored various outlets such as visual presentation, fine arts & fashion merchandising.

All of those years of experience led to what I believe is my passion. I finally figured out that I could do something that let me continuously explore my creativity while guiding people to discover their wedding paper dreams…it was a no brainer! Friends and family began to ask me to help them with all sorts of paper items and eventually Marissa Allie Designs was up and running!

Smock retailer Marissa Allie Designs

Highlights and challenges: I love the look on clients face when they get to see the final invitation suite. It’s an accomplishment that we worked together to achieve, but it also means that their wedding day is becoming more and more of a reality!

The most challenging part is fitting within a clients budget while ensuring them that it is all worth it. Even though budgets can be a tricky task sometimes, I love taking on the challenge to make it work for the client without disappointments. I take pride in spending the time to make adjustments to an invitation suite without compromising the overall aesthetic the client is going for. This way we are all happy and always pleasantly surprised!

Smock retailer Marissa Allie Designs

5 prized possessions:

  1. A Jade bracelet that my husband bought for me on our honeymoon when we made a stop in Hong Kong. I wear it everyday, and it symbolizes protection.
  2. An oversized gold flower ring which was my Nana, Emma’s.  When she passed, each grandchild was given something of hers, and I always admired this ring.
  3. Another ring! This one from my other grandma Nanny, Lillian.  A pinky ring which is gold with rubies.  Since my hand is much smaller, it fits on my ring finger just right, it is a gem!
  4. My dogs memory box that I created, to store all of his things from when we first picked him up from the airport. He is a 2 year old Goldendoodle named Hudson Hoosier, and he is my furry little baby.
  5. Old photographs of my family from when my sister, brother and I were kids. We were so happy and our parents gave us so much love and support. Every now and then I glance at them and smile, because it reminds me how lucky I am to have an older sister who taught me the ropes and a younger brother to take care of!

Smock retailer Marissa Allie Designs

Essential stops in your neighborhood:  My shop is located in the heart of NYC, and as I tell my family & friends…I thrive off of this city.  There are endless amounts of places to explore.  I love taking walks over to Madison Square Park and making a pit stop at Eataly, before I head over to the Union Square Green Market.  In between, I hit up the local art & paper supply store Paper Presentation, as well as many of my fave stores on 5th Avenue!  From the time I leave my studio and get to Union Square I have had my share of sight seeing and entertainment for the day!

Many thanks to Marissa for giving us a peek inside her studio!

Smock Store Spotlight on Annie P. Paperie!

We recently had the pleasure of hosting Jessica Garwood, the art director and store manager of Annie P. Paperie in Perth, Australia. Jessica was in New York for the National Stationery Show and flew up to Syracuse for an afternoon to tour our studio. Today we’re sharing a tour of the Annie P. Paperie boutique and a little Q&A with Jessica – take a look!

Annie P. Paperie began its life 30 years ago as an art supply store. Then in 2002 the owner, Bob Poolman, decided to change everything and create a design stationery boutique, including designing our own range of papers. Today our main passion is working with our clients to design and print their ideal invitations and being able to offer Smock and Bella Figura’s wonderful range of letterpress and foil invitations gives us great joy! We love to source unique products from around the world so that our customers in Perth have access to the best of the best.

Inside Annie P. Paperie, a Smock retailer in Perth, AustraliaSmock albums on display at Annie P. Paperie in Perth, Australia

What do you love most about your job? What’s the most challenging part? I love coming to work in a creative environment every day, being surrounded by beautiful things and all of the great friends I’ve made since I started working at Annie P. Paperie. Most challenging is probably the drive to and from work – especially with the amount of road works we have in Perth at the moment!

Inside Annie P. Paperie, a Smock retailer in Perth, Australia

Does your shop support any special causes? Yes, we love to support local causes when we can! This includes donations of products and children’s birthday party workshops for fundraising events and providing boxes of our paper offcuts to nearby schools. Every year we also support the annual Variety WA Kids Christmas Party, which brings joy to sick, disadvantaged and special needs children at Christmas time.

Hottest color palette right now? Navy, blush and gold

Inside Annie P. Paperie, a Smock retailer in Perth, Australia

Name your top 5 prized possessions:  1. My cocker spaniel, Jack  2. Having Begun I Had To Go On – a screen print by Australian artist, James Jirat Patradoon 3. A collection of ceramic sugar skulls from Mexico 4. Photos of my family and friends. For the past 2 years I have been taking a photo a day and uploading it on Instagram. It’s great to reflect back on those memories. 5. My oblique pen holder and nibs. I started learning calligraphy last year and it has opened up a whole new world for me.

If someone is visiting your shop, what are the other essential stops in your neighborhood? Hire Society – just over the road – is a mecca for everything you would want to hire for an event or party. Typika – our favourite local café to visit for breakfast or lunch. It serves up delicious food and has a great atmosphere. Martineau’s Patisserie – our go to when we need a sweet treat. They have the best French pastries. Corner Store – a great selection of fun vintage homewares and gifts. Touched by Angels – amazing wedding stylists.

Inside Annie P. Paperie, a Smock retailer in Perth, Australia

Many thanks to Jessica for giving us a peek inside Annie P. Paperie!

Jessica from Annie P. Paperie visits Smock!

We were thrilled to host Jessica from Annie P. Paperie – one of our wonderful Smock dealers based halfway around the world in Perth, Australia! Jessica has been traveling through the U.S. and will be heading to the National Stationery Show next week. She flew up to Syracuse to meet the Smock team and take a tour. While she was here, Cathy showed her how to print on one of our Vandercook presses. Many thanks to Jessica for taking the time to come see us!

Jessica from Annie P. Paperie visited Smock + Boxcar Press this week!

Happy 4th Birthday, Gus & Ruby!

In August, we had the opportunity to be a part of Gus and Ruby’s 4th Birthday! We wanted to share some of the amazing photos taken by Emilie Inc Photography from the event. I jumped on the chance to travel to Portsmouth, New Hampshire to help them celebrate, and what fun we had! Samantha and Whitney are some pretty incredible ladies, and their impeccably curated store shows their passion and knowledge for beautiful paper goods. The space was dressed to the nines for the event, complete with a huge display of Smock product, a treats table (did someone say Blueberry Lemonade Popsicles?), and a pinwheel craft station. All in all, it was a perfect way to celebrate 4 successful years of business….here’s to 40 more!  

 
Smock teamed up with Gus & Ruby to celebrate their 4th birthday Gus & Ruby's 4th birthday party with Smock

Amy Graham Stigler’s Monograham Paper Boutique Celebrates 2 Year Anniversary!

We’re sending lots of happy birthday wishes to Monograham Paper & Gifts as the shop turns two today! Monograham is a carefully curated paper and gift boutique owned by Smock’s Creative Director, Amy Graham Stigler, and located in the heart of historic downtown Delafield, Wisconsin. The shop offers a lovely selection of stationery and letterpress cards, soaps, perfume, jewelry, books, frames, and more from many small independent businesses. Amy sources both local and national artisans to offer an inspired, eclectic mix of handcrafted goods. Here’s a peek inside Amy’s beautiful stationery boutique!

Letterpress card designer Amy Graham Stigler, creative director of Smock and owner of Monograham Paper, poses in her Delafield, WI paper boutique

Amy Graham Stigler, Creative Director of Smock, owns Monograham Paper & Gifts, a curated stationery & gift boutique in Delafield, WI

Check out the design studio of Smock's Creative Director, Amy Graham Stigler

Monograham Paper & Gifts is a stationery & gift shop in Delafield Wisconsin

Today we’re celebrating from afar, but we hear there’s a party going on in Delafield! Here are a few photos from last year’s celebration — doesn’t the festive decor make you wish you were there!? If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by today for Monograham’s two year anniversary celebration!

Monograham Paper celebrates their 2 year anniversary today!

Smock Trunk Show at Lion in the Sun on June 12!

Attention Brooklyn Brides: we’re having a trunk show at Lion in the Sun! Join us on June 12 to view our brand new collection and work with design experts from Smock to create the letterpress wedding invitations of your dreams. Our new wedding album contains 24 gorgeous designs, an exclusive new calligraphy font by Molly Jacques, and some really exciting new offerings (digital printing! blind embossing! new foil colors! new sleeves!), so don’t miss it — contact Lion in the Sun to RSVP today!

View Smock's brand new letterpress wedding invitations and foil stamped invitations at Lion in the Sun in Brooklyn

Smock Trunk Show at Judy Paulen Designs on May 22 — Come see our brand new album!

If you’re a bride in the New York City area, come be among the first to see our brand new collection out in the world at an exclusive trunk show event on Wednesday, May 22nd at Judy Paulen Designs. Our new wedding album contains 24 gorgeous designs and some really exciting new offerings (digital printing! blind embossing! new foil colors! new sleeves!). We’ll have design experts from Smock available to help you create the invitations of your dreams, so be sure to RSVP today!

Smock will introduce a new wedding album in May 2013

Smock Store Spotlight: Shindig Paperie

Trisha Logan, a paper and textile obsessed designer, and owner of Shindig Paperie in Fayetteville, Arkansas is joining us today with a spectacular spotlight on her charming storefront. We love the way she incorporates Smock products throughout the shop — the pops of bright colors contrast beautifully next to crisp, clean whites.

Behind the scenes of Shindig Paperie. My background is in textile and apparel design, but I’ve worked as the art director and designer for a large gift and paper line for 9 years. I saw so much beautiful product at trade shows and in my trend research. In addition, I’m very attached and connected to my quaint college town, Fayetteville. Eventually, over many late night conversations with my good friend Brooke, a former shop owner and sales rep, we decided to open a shop to bring some of these fabulous lines to our eclectic little downtown district.  No similar concepts for a store existed in the area, and many local brides were frustrated by the lack of great paper here. Most chose to go online for unique invitations despite the surging trend and movement toward “buying local”. We had been in love with Smock for a long time and knew it would be the first line we wanted to get for the shop.

Stationery Love. My favorite part has to be discovering new lines, bringing them to town, then seeing people go crazy for them at the store, on Instagram, and on Facebook. I also love helping people add unique, personal touches to their weddings and special occasions. I’ve always gone a little nuts with my own parties and this way I get to do it more often! The most challenging part is definitely trying to juggle the different roles of being a small business owner, art director for another company, mother, and wife. It gets a little crazy. Thankfully I have a great business partner in Brooke and an understanding, supportive family.

Supporting local + green businesses. We make an effort to carry as many green lines as possible; I would say they make up about 70% of the store. We also try to carry as many local and regional lines and artists as possible. In addition, we donate pretty regularly to various fundraising efforts in our area, through both design work and product. We’re also in the process of starting a monthly group focused on writing letters and cards to area residents going through rough times.

Must-see stops in Fayetteville, Arkansas. I love my town, and one reason is the locally-owned retail renaissance of recent years. We have a great relationship with a lot of stores in our downtown neighborhood, and they truly are some of favorite places to shop: the Mustache, Savoir-Faire, Mae’s Heirloom’s, Riffraff and Good Things, just to name a few.

If you happen to live near (or visit!) Fayetteville, be sure you stop in and explore Shindig Paperie. Thanks so much Trisha (and Brooke!) for letting us get a peek inside your beautiful shop!

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