Letterpressed & Foil Stamped Advent Calendar

We had so much fun coming up with this year's holiday card.  In fact, we started on it last December, when we had the idea, just a little too late!  We giggled as we came up with the facts behind the different windows, and teased Erin every time some one suggested free shipping as a promo (since she has the final say over accounting at Haute Papier, she always vetoes this one).

The card actually had several runs through several different printers to get to the end product.  First the fronts were letterpressed in red, followed by foil stamping in gold.  While those were then being die cut and scored, we worked on the insides.  Since we actually made two different versions of the card - one for Haute Box subscribers and one for our wholesale vendors, we had four runs for the inside red pieces.  And because our new white printer wouldn't print as big as the inside piece needed to be, we had to glue two pieces to the inside!  Finally, we glued on the backing to seal it all together.

And last, but not least, we ran the computer calligraphy on the red envelopes and put our elves (aka finishing department) to work placing the 4 stamps on the outside.  

We hope you enjoy the card as much as we enjoyed putting it together for you!  Happy Holidays!


At the National Stationery Show 2013

Phew!  What an amazing year at the National Stationery Show!  We are delighted to say we had our best show yet (5th year exhibiting and counting!) and loved seeing all our current vendors and meeting new stores too! Here are a few photos recapping our time in NYC.

Paper Party in Brooklyn

We're back and finally getting through shipping all of the orders from this year's National Stationery Show and are excited to share some photos from The Year of Party that we hosted with our friends from Dabney Lee and Rock Paper Scissors.  We had a blast previewing our new collections while sipping bubbly and loved seeing some of our favorite stores before the show started including Therese St. Clair, Sweet PaperLee's Specialty and Judy Paulen Designs - and we loved meeting new stores too! We hope you loved seeing what's new from each of us and look forward to continuing to bring bright and shiny new and old favorites to the market!

Vendor Spotlight: Bells & Whistles

I was delighted to have the opportunity to chat with Danielle from Bells & Whistles in Belmont, MA! Danielle and Kristyn have  an adorable store that carries a large selection of home goods and gifts!! With the great products to the fun atmosphere that the ladies provide it would be hard not to pop in for some goodies or just to say hello. I asked Danielle some questions and read below what she had to say!

How many years have you been in business? We have been in business for just 1 year!!

Do you have a website, if so, what's the address? www.bellsandwhistlesshop.com

If you were to sell something other than stationery, what would it be? This is so hard because my love is stationery. I think I would have to say Wallpaper. The designs are fabulous and it makes a statement in any room.

Besides the obvious (stationery), what is your favorite thing to give as a hostess gift? Anything personalized, I always try to put thought into my gifts. I love Toss Designs totes, coolers and wine bags with initial sticker monograms. You can grab them, stick a monogram on and you have a customized, thoughtful gift that's totally affordable!!

Here at Haute Papier, we love to eat!  When in NYC for the National Stationery Show, where is your favorite place to grab dinner? Le Colonial, an amazing French Vietnamese Restaurant. It has a calm atmosphere and great cocktails - just what you need after a long day of shopping!

Any other tidbits about your store you'd like to share? Our shop is a merge of two designers - I come from a graphic design background and handle all the stationery at the shop. My colleague comes from a background in Interior Design and handles all the home and gift buying. Together we have lots of creative fun and hope to inspire our customers. We try to offer a little something for everyone.

Thanks Danielle!