NSS 2011 Recipe Card Project

Sponsored by Legion Paper, organized by Flywheel Press, this recipe card project was absolutely my favorite at the National Stationery Show 2011!

Legion Paper is proud to announce its collaboration with 15 letterpress printers and designers on a project to promote the art of letterpress printing at the 2011 National Stationery Show from May 15-18, 2011.

The project consists of heirloom quality letterpress printed recipe cards, all printed on different papers sourced from around the world.  Legion Paper worked closely with each designer to hand-select the papers to perfectly complement the style and design of each card.

At Legion Paper booth, they gave out a recipe card box (how lovely! Letterpress-printed, of course.) and a card that indicated all the participants and their booth numbers to let your hunt begin.

Look at the awesome group of letterpress companies! (It was VERY nice meeting some of them.)

I couldn’t collect them all unfortunately… :( but look what I got!

Each recipe card says what kind of paper was used and company’s name.

This was such a great idea and now I have not only these beautiful recipe cards in a box, but also, all these paper samples that I can consider for my future projects!

Our Booth Giveaway at the NSS

One of the things I learned and enjoyed at the stationery show is a booth giveaway. Every booth/company had something for the audiences to take home with so they can remember the booth/company. Some are just catalogs and business cards (well, these are mandatory), but some had really creative fun giveaways. I couldn’t walk around much, but I’m sure there were tons more fresh ideas!

Our Ladies of Letterpress booth did an “Alter Ego ID card” giveaway (Maia from Dandy Lion Press came up with the idea and we all went with it. Elizabeth from Wildhorse Press designed the template, Kim from Paper Lovely designed the back of the card with all of our company names and Ladies of Letterpress logo). Each 11 of us came up with 2 alter egos, designed them and letterpress printed them so we had 22 different kinds of ID cards to choose from, we take picture of you, print it out, trim it out and ta-da — your alter ego card is ready. It was so fun to see people’s reactions and interact with people :) Who would your alter ego be?

and the papers we used were Holyoke Premium Cotton donated by Holyoke Fine Papers. Thank you!

Mine :)

We also hosted a breakfast one morning — it was fun to get together before the busy day and meet with other exhibitors, eat, drink and chat. The invitation was designed and letterpress printed by Nadia from Ink Petals.

And Kseniya from Thomas-Printers made these cute “Printer” badge and everyone wore it with our passes, we are all so proud! Thank you!

NSS – Ladies of Letterpress Booth

I could NOT have done the National Stationery Show without these amazing gals. They are all so professional, talented, and very fun to work with, I was really happy to be a part of this great group of people. Thank you so much to every single one of you (and your friends, spouses and families) for the wonderful show! You guys are THE BEST!!

I took everyone’s booth pictures and wanted to share — in alphabetical order, first up is:

Anemone Letterpress:

Super cute dachshund card <3 and love the colorful collections.

Cleanwash Letterpress:

There are so many funny and cute cards, made me smile :)

Dandy Lion Press:

Everything is hand-drawn by Maia, the artist, amazing stuff.

Ink Petals:

Great alphabets and numbers posters.

Lulabelle Letterpress:

Their wedding book was stunning also!

Painted Tongue Studios:

Love their beautiful nature inspired greeting cards.

Paper Lovely:

Love her simple and lovely cards <3

Studio SloMo:

These love themed cards are super cute :) <3


Co-founder of Ladies of Letterpress, Kseniya did so much for us, thank you again so much!! She had lots of beautiful invitations.

Wildhorse Press:

Love all of her colorful and fun work!

Heartfish Press Booth at the NSS

Finally, the final look of the Heartfish Press booth at the National Stationery Show 2011.

Wood Type Letterpress Greeting Cards above, Houndstooth Letterpress Greeting Cards below.

Pattern Note Cards both single cards and box sets:

I (blank) You Letterpress Cards:

Decorate your own Christmas Tree Card (both are featured on the Sweetest Occasion! Thank you!):

and last but not least, Love, Hello and Smile wood type prints:

I brought the paper flower I made with misprints and it was actually a big hit. I’ve been wanted to try making more and be able to sell them — maybe very soon!