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Visit Smock at the Buy Local Bash on November 25!

We can’t wait to be a part of the 2013 Buy Local Bash! This year’s event is being presented by AmeriCu Credit Union and supports SyracuseFirst, an amazing organization that helps promote local businesses in the Syracuse area. Come out for a night of fun — the Buy Local Bash will feature live music, local artists, indie retailers, and lots of delicious local food & beverages! The event will take place on Monday, November 25 from 6-9:30pm at The Most and tickets are still available. We’ll be selling exclusive coasters to benefit SyracuseFirst, too, so be sure to stop by and see us at the event!

Visit Smock at Syracuse's 2013 Buy Local Bash

100% of the profits from Smock's Buy Local coasters benefit Syracuse First. These coasters will be available at the Buy Local Bash 100% of the profits from Smock's Buy Local coasters benefit Syracuse First. These coasters will be available at the Buy Local Bash

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!

Glamorous Gold Everyday Foil + Letterpress Cards for Weddings

Over the past few months we’ve added lots of new foil + letterpress cards to our collection, and we can’t get enough of the shimmer and shine! Here are some of our favorite new gold foil cards, which would be perfect for wedding thank you notes or well wishes to newlyweds. So if you’re about to tie the knot or will be attending a wedding in the near future, check out our new foil cards today!

Thank you notes, congratulations and happy wedding cards with gold and silver foil are new from Smock

Clockwise from top: Thank you script | Happy Wedding | Tying the Knot | Heartfelt Congratulations 

The 2012 Smock + Urbanic Summer Social Recap

As the crisp weather of fall starts to settle in, we can’t help but daydream about warm summer days and fabulous paper parties. Earlier this year, a few members of the Smock team headed out to Los Angeles for the second Urbanic Summer Social, and the event was a smashing success! Guests enjoyed sweet treats from Snow Con Amor, and freshly popped popcorn was served up in festive cones made from our double-sided gift wrap! A DIY Smock postcard station was enjoyed by all, and Danielle and Kevin from The Why We Love were there to capture some amazing photographs of the event. Big thanks to Audrey and the team at Urbanic for hosting!

Want to head to a Smock event? If you live in Texas, you’re in luck! We’ll be hosting a trunk show with Paper & Chocolate in Dallas on Friday, October 19. More details coming soon, but for now, take a look at our 2012 Summer Social recap!

Summer 2012 Press Features

Over the summer, greeting cards and letterpress invitations from Smock were featured in some outstanding publications, and it’s time to thank the wonderful editors for their recognition! First up, Traditional Home — which featured three Smock cards in their “Hot Stuff” feature in the May 2012 issue: Botanical Thanks, Cayman and Eaton were selected for the piece.

Inside Weddings magazine featured a beautiful letterpress customization of our Ossa invitation design in their Summer 2012 issue (see the wedding here!).

Stationery Trends Magazine included several pieces from Smock in their summer issue — a preppy customization of our Dawson design, our Crochet keepsake boxes and our new Palmes design were all selected for the latest issue.

Smart Retailer magazine included our Persimmon jotter notepads in the “Write On!” feature of their May/June 2012 issue.

Gifts and Decorative Accessories included our “Thanks a Bunch” folded offset note cards for the stationery feature in their May 2012 issue.

Smock has been spotted around the web, too — many thanks to Discover Paper, Oh So Beautiful Paper, Young House Love, Papercrave, Dearest Nature, Married in Milwaukee, In Tandem Fair Trade Weddings, Syracuse First, Poppytalk via Babble, and The Stationery Place for mentioning Smock on your lovely sites!

Guest Post: DIY Hand-Lettered Invitations on Smock Lettersheets from Rock Paper Scissors!

Today’s guest post comes from Lisa at Rock Paper Scissors in Ann Arbor, Michigan and features some amazing birthday party invitations that were made with our nautical lettersheets!

At Rock Paper Scissors, we get REALLY excited about celebrations. We love everything about them: from the paper, to the place settings, to the details (and even the gift wrapping!). We also have a huge obsession with all things nautical. So this month, when Rock Paper Scissors teammate and craft aficionado, Coco, turned 21 and set sail to create the PERFECT nautical 21st birthday party—we went overboard with excitement! She chose the Oxford, Ridley and Anchor patterned Smock lettersheets with beautiful blue and nautical prints on the back and rope and anchor watermark details on the front that went perfectly with the nautical theme of her 21st birthday dinner!
Nautical party invitations with hand lettering

Here’s how she did it: 

  1. Using a fine tip blue marker, she wrote out the details of the event in fun styles on plain computer paper.
  2. She then scanned her design and used Photoshop to scale it to the proper size.
  3. After adjusting her computer’s printer settings to accommodate the size of the stationery, she simply fed the stationery sheets into her printer to create perfectly printed, customized invitations.
  4. To complete the look, she dolled up the envelopes with rubber stamps in nautical designs and bedecked them with the addresses of her hopeful attendees.
  5. Dropped them in the {SNAIL} mail and waited for her guest’s reactions!

The party itself was decked out in Smock goodies—from the birthday present from her parents (using Smock’s double-sided Oxford gift wrap) and the cupcake liners (also using the gift wrap), Courtney’s party sent us sailing! We love this custom, hand-lettered invite and party details and can’t wait  for the next opportunity to celebrate EVERYTHING with creative paper goods! DIY nautical party invites, nautical cupcakes and nautical gift wrap!

Thanks so much to Lisa for sharing this fabulous DIY project and nautical party with us! Have a creative DIY project of your own that features Smock products? Send it to us today!

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