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Gift wrapping workshop with May Arts Ribbon – Recap

We recently held a gift wrapping workshop here at our Syracuse print shop in collaboration with our friends at May Arts Ribbon. Each attendee learned how to get the perfect gift wrapping measurements, how to make an invisible seam, and how to put together some really cute gift toppers. In addition the gift toppers, guests were able to dress up their gifts with some festive, holiday-themed May Arts ribbons — we came up with so many fun wrap pairings! Take a peek at the event and some of the final wrapped presents below. You’ll even catch a sneak peek at some of our brand new gift wraps that will soon be available! 

Gift wrapping workshop signage from SmockSmock's Jen DeRoberts teaching gift wrapping workshop attendees how to make gift toppers at a gift wrapping workshopSea-urchin style DIY gift topper from SmockSmock gift wrapping workshop with May Arts Ribbon Smock gift wrapping workshop with May Arts Ribbon Smock gift wrapping workshop with May Arts Ribbon Smock gift wrapping workshop with May Arts RibbonHoliday gift wrapping workshop with Smock + May Arts Ribbon

Join us at the 2016 Buy Local Bash

If you’re in the Syracuse area, please join us next Monday at the 7th Annual Buy Local Bash! We’ll be there with a variety of products (including coasters, holiday cards, and notebooks!), and you’ll have the opportunity to discover lots of other great local businesses, too – enjoy live music, food and beverage samples, and shopping at this unique social event. The Buy Local Bash is a fundraiser for Syracuse First,  a local organization dedicated to shifting the community to buy local as often as possible. Pre-sale tickets are available online, and you can follow along on Facebook for updates leading up to the event. We hope to see you there! 

Visit Smock at the 2016 Buy Local Bash

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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2016 Smock Sidewalk Sale

Save the date! Our 2016 Sidewalk Sale will take place on Thursday, August 18th from 10am-5pm and Friday, August 19th from 8am-4pm. Letterpress cards, calendars, art prints, gift wrap, keepsake boxes, and other stationery goods that are all made right here in Central New York will be available for sale at deeply discounted prices. We’ll also be offering a carnival-style prize wheel — for $1 each, you can spin the  wheel for a chance to win prizes ranging from free cards and notebooks to Smock gift cards — with all proceeds benefitting Onondaga Earth Corps, a local organization dedicated to empowering area youth through urban forestry projects.

Shop the 2016 Smock Sidewalk Sale

One of our favorites parts of the Sidewalk Sale? The food trucks! PB&J’s Lunchbox and Gannon’s Ice Cream will be joining us again for lunch on both days of the sale (and PB&J’s will be serving up breakfast Friday, too!). Toss ‘n’ Fire Pizza will also be at the sale on Thursday, and Cafe Kubal and the Salt City Food Truck will at the sale on Friday. Follow along on our Facebook event page for updates! 

We’re hiring!

If you love stationery and weddings, and have a knack for writing, we’d like to hear from you! We’re looking for a part-time marketing assistant to join our team here in Syracuse to help develop content for our blogs and social media — if you’re interested, email work@smockpaper.com with your resume, cover letter, and at least 3 writing samples! 

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Visit us during the 2015 Delavan Center Open Studio

It’s almost time: the Delavan Center Open Studio event is almost here! The Open Studio will be held from 5-8pm on Friday, November 6, and from 10am-4pm on Saturday, November 7, and over 40 studios in the building will be open during the event. With the holidays just around the corner, it’s a great time to shop and support local artists! We’ll have shopping, tours, printing demonstrations, refreshments, coloring sheets for the kids, and more. You’ll have an opportunity to pull your own letterpress prints on our Vandercook and Heidelberg presses, and back by popular demand: we’ll be hosting wreath-making workshops again this year! If you’re interested in joining us, please sign up below. 

We’ll be posting sneak peeks of the products that will be available for sale during the Open Studio on our Facebook event page, so be sure to follow along for updates! 

Visit Smock during the Delavan Center open studio on November 6-7

Workshop sessions will be $12 each, and will last for about an hour. 3 sessions will be available during the times listed below. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your session. If you’re unable to attend a session, we’ll also have kits with wreath supplies available for sale at the event!

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2014 Open Studio Event

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be participating in the Delavan Center Open Studio event again this November! The Open Studio will be held from 5-8pm on Friday, November 7, and 10am-4pm on Saturday, November 8. Our shop is located at 509 West Fayette Street, Studio 135. We’ll have shopping, tours, printing demonstrations, refreshments, crafting, coloring sheets for the kids, and more! Over 40 studios in the building will also be opening their doors to the public, so it’s a great opportunity to see a variety of Syracuse artists in one day. We’ll also be hosting a wreath-making workshop series, where you can make a wreath like the one shown below! We’ll have a variety of paper patterns available, including holiday, so whether you want to make a wreath using only one of our gift wrap patterns or several, you’ll get the chance to make your own! wreath Workshop sessions will be $12 each, and will last for about an hour. 3 sessions will be available during the times listed below. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your session. If you’re unable to attend a session, we’ll also have kits with wreath supplies available for sale at the event!

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Shop Our 2014 Sidewalk Sale on August 13-14 from 11am-5:30pm!

Visit Smock's 2014 Sidewalk Sale! 11am-5:30pm on August 13 & 14

Last year we held our first ever Sidewalk Sale, and the event was a huge success! This year, we’re planning another Sidewalk Sale with even more product offerings, more food trucks, ice cream from Gannon’s Ice Cream, letterpress printing demonstrations, and even a paper airplane golf course! Event attendees can enter to win a $100 Smock gift card, and we’ll be donating $5 to Onondaga Earth Corps for every person who completes our paper airplane course. Be sure to RSVP to the Sidewalk Sale on Facebook!

Many thanks to the following local vendors for partnering with us for the 2014 Sidewalk Sale: Street Eats, Ladybug Lunchbox, Smoke Inc., PB&J’s Lunchbox, Recess Coffee, Cafe Kubal, and Gannon’s Ice Cream!

*In the event of rain, the Sidewalk Sale will be moved inside to the Delavan Center Art Gallery – enter at the 501 entrance!

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