NSS Round-Up

The National Stationery Show is one of our favorite times of the year. Like summer camp, our industry pals travel from all of the country and across the pond to showcase their latest and greatest. It's always so inspiring to see the works of other stationers. We love the diversity amongst style and relish in the creative energy flowing through The Javits. Getting to attend all the fabulous events that coincide with NSS week and meeting some of our most admired tastemakers is A DREAM. This year we were super honored to be a judge at the LOUIE Awards and a speaker at the blogging seminar. 

We've gathered up some shots of our booth and a few favorites from around the show to share with you! Enjoy.

We were lucky enough to have Bramble Workshop help with our booth decor. She created custom handmade cacti out of paper mache to sit on our table and hang from our walls. The honeycombs are from the newly launched Oh Happy Day Party Shop and the confetti we printed with our Silhouette Cameo machine out of vinyl.

The Banquet Workshop booth.

Egg Press booth

Claudia Pearson illustration booth

The Print Arms booth and their epic double sided pillow case!

Tootles!

Sabrina goes to the White House!

Sabrina had the incredible experience of being a guest at the state dinner honoring Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on April 28th, where she was seated at the head table right across from Michelle Obama!  It was amazing to be recognized as a small business owner and advocate for both locally crafted products and global trade via her Share Trade campaign.   The following week, our partner Tess Darrow, founder of Egg Press, was featured on the White House blog and got a shout-out from President Obama, who called their stationery "real nice!"  

Writing a hand-written thank you note, of course!

The menu and calligraphed escort card.

Read more about the state dinner here.

Write_On 2015!

Last April our friend Tess Darrow, founder of Egg Press, challenged us, our fans, and anyone who wanted in to write 30 letters in 30 days. Her motive was pure with its intention to reconnect people with the act of letter-writing. The campaign took on a life of its own with social media abuzz and thousands of letters flying out the door. We received more than double what we expected in sign-ups, an amazing response, and gave away 8,000 cards free of charge, all in hopes of promoting joy, creativity, expression and connection!

This year, Hello!Lucky and Egg Press will donate 5,000 kits to the cause (that's 20k cards)! We've also partnered with Sakura of America who has graciously donated 5k Gelly Roll pens, Paper Source who will be selling our Write_On exclusive super kit and dozens of boutiques nation-wide to distribute kits. You may also order a kit here on our newly launched Write_On website

We encourage you to take on the challenge and share your adventure through social media by tagging #write_on.

If you run out of steam, check out our Reasons to Write section for ideas! 

Write_On!

Share Trade

A campaign for small business makers & conscious consumers.

Here at Hello!Lucky, we believe that, given a choice, people consume products that represent their ideals and values and reflect who they wish to be in the world: from being creative and resourceful to supporting local communities.

This is why our co-founder, Sabrina Moyle, created Share Trade, a campaign aimed at removing barriers to selling overseas for small makers, and improving the quality of life of people worldwide through embracing global trade, local manufacturing, and conscious consumption.

We believe in expanding the global availability of products and services that embody universal human ideals -- joy, creativity, beauty, functionality, quality, affordability...just to name a few.  These products and services, and their ideals, should be able to be exported freely and easily.  Also, we believe that people worldwide deserve to have a hand in making what they consume: locally designed and manufactured products are a way to preserve our authenticity and maintain diversity, transparency, and creativity worldwide.

Through sharing trade, local manufacturing, and conscious consumption, we believe everyone's quality of life -- material, intellectual, social, spiritual -- can improve, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, age, or economic circumstances

Find out more about Share Trade here and help us spread awareness by getting involved!

Sign the petition to support TPA & TPP, and remove barriers to export for small and medium sized businesses.

 

 

William's Second Birthday- Superhero Style

Sabrina's youngest, William, just turned 2 and they celebrated in style. The party was well stocked with snacks, crafts, and a photo backdrop all themed to his favorite playtime activity. Perched high above San Francisco, the Randall Museum was the perfect venue for a superhero soiree. Special thanks to Kara Brodgesell for capturing the day!

Photographs by Kara Brodgesell

Holiday Wrap Ideas

One of our favorite parts about the holidays is decorations, the tree, the baked goods, and the presents. When it comes to gifts we like to make sure it's about the whole package. We have always found joy in the little things and believe a pretty package never fails to delight its recipient. Here's a few of our favorite Etsy sources for craft supplies. 

Plumule- for feathers

Midget Gems- Tassels and trims

Absolut Supplies- Tassels and beads

Yakutum- Jewelry findings

Harvard5f- Fabric

Ukrainian Woods- wood beads

Supply & Co- paper goods and party supplies

Check out our Wraptastic Pinterest board for more inspiration!

DIY: Peppermint Bark & Free Printable

Running out of ideas for holiday gifts? We have just the thing- Easy home recipe for delicious peppermint bark with printable packaging to top it off! 

SUPPLIES:

- 12 ounces good-quality semisweet chocolate, chopped into 1/2-inch piece

- 1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract

- 1 pound good-quality white chocolate, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces

- 3 candy canes or 12 round hard peppermint candies, crushed

- Jars (we used Weck’s)

- Ribbon & bakers twine (optional: for packaging)


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DIRECTIONS:

courtesy of food network

Line a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with aluminum foil, shiny-side up; smooth out any wrinkles. Heat 1 inch of water in a saucepan over low heat until steaming.

Put all but 3/4 cup of the semisweet chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Set the bowl over the saucepan of steaming water (do not let the bowl touch the water) and stir until one-third of the chocolate is melted. Remove the bowl from the saucepan; keep the steaming water over low heat. Gradually stir the reserved 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate into the bowl, a few pieces at a time, until all of the chocolate is melted. Return the bowl to the saucepan, 5 to 10 seconds at a time, to help melt the chocolate, if needed. Do not rush this step: It may take up to 10 minutes to melt the chocolate.

Wipe off any moisture from the bottom of the bowl. Stir 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract into the chocolate, then quickly pour into the prepared baking dish and spread in an even layer. Firmly tap the dish against the counter to remove any air bubbles. Set aside at room temperature until almost set, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, put all but 1 cup of the white chocolate in a large heatproof bowl and repeat the melting process over the steaming water; dry off the bottom of the bowl. Stir in the remaining 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract; pour over the semisweet chocolate and spread in an even layer. Sprinkle immediately with the crushed candy canes, gently pressing them into the white chocolate. Set aside at room temperature until firm, about 1 hour. Lift the bark out of the pan using the foil and break it into pieces. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

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New Holiday Cards

We are really excited about this round of holiday cards. We focused pretty heavily on hand-drawn designs finished in foil. Can't go wrong with that combination!

See the full collection here. Orders placed between 11/24/14- 11/28/14 will get free shipping with code HOLIDAY!

Permanent Press Editions

We are thrilled to announce this exciting project founded by Shana Faust and Alexa Mulvihill.

Permanent Press Editions is a print shop offering archival-quality prints at an affordable price. The prints featuring inanimate objects can be purchased inside or outside the frame in singles or groupings.

They have managed to make each subject thoughtful when it could otherwise be interpreted as mundane. It's a blend of simplicity and nostalgia, and as perfectly described by them- “Each image is a portrait, a memory, a sensation—the smell of salt air, the magic of a glitter-infused comb, the endless possibilities housed in a box of colored pencils. “.

We love this concept, and the execution is flawless. We are putting Permanent Press Editions on our Christmas list, that's for sure!

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Superhero Halloween

Halloween is one of our favorite Holidays at Hello!Lucky where we are all about embracing our inner-child. There’s really nothing better than getting to trot around the city dressed as a posse of Marvel characters and have it be 100% socially accepted.  Eunice and clan did just that in their costumes made custom for each family member by Eunice herself.

See the inspiration and the outcome below! 

Free Printable- Poison Wine Label

It's all about the details! Throw this free printable on a bottle of wine to impress (and maybe intimidate) guests. Free printable PDF below.

For application- we suggest printing on sticker paper or computer paper applied with Tombow double-sided adhesive.

Free poison label

*designed by Hello!Lucky

Free Printable Halloween Party Invite

Hosting a spookfest at your place this Halloween? We designed a few fill in invitations that you can print at home and send to your friends! 

* We recommend white cardstock and A6 envelopes (you can find them at Paper Source!). If you go for a black envelope try Gelly Roll's white ink pen for addressing.

Find our printable PDF's below!

Free printable PDF's:

Free printable Ghosties invite

Free printable Monsters invite

*Designed by Hello!Lucky

Mission Main Street Grant

Chase bank is dishing out 20 grants for $150k to small businesses. Help us get the 250 votes we need in order to qualify! All you need is a facebook account in order to vote (your vote will not be posted on your facebook page unless you want it to). It only takes a second, but we will be forever grateful! Visit the link here to vote for us for the $150k Mission Main St. Grant. Thanks for all your support!

Find out more about the grants here.

Monster S'more DIY & Candy Aisle Crafts Giveaway!

Halloween is quickly approaching and with party planning to do we flipped through our favorite edible crafts book for inspiration. If there’s one crucial aspect to planning a great Halloween party it’s making sure there are enough spooky & fun treats to go around and Candy Aisle Crafts has you covered. This book provides step x step directions to create your own sweet perfection! 

Along with this DIY we will be giving away a Candy Aisle Crafts book to two winners! To enter, tell us your best Halloween costume or story in the comments field below. Be sure to include your email address so we can notify you when we pick the winners next Wednesday. Our favorite costume/ story takes the cake! 

Monster S’mores are the perfect Halloween treat or activity. Easy to make & fun to eat!

 Materials:

·       Parchment paper

·       Assorted flat cookies- graham crackers, tea biscuits etc.

·       Thin flat chocolate bars- Hershey’s works great!

·       Scissors

·       Regular & mini marshmallows

·       Toothpick

·       Regular and mini chocolate chips

 Steps:

1.     Preheat the broiler.

2.     Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the cookies on the baking sheet and put a piece of chocolate bar on top of each one.

3.     To make the eyes, cut mini or regular marshmallows in half horizontally. Arrange the halves on top of the chocolate, sticky side own. Poke holes in the marshmallows with the toothpick, and dig around to enlarge the holes. Push a mini or regular chip into each hole, pointy side down.

4.     To make the teeth, cut angles pieces off the remaining mini or regular marshmallows and press the cut sides into the chocolate.

5.     Put the baking sheet in the oven and watch carefully. Remove as soon as the s’mores turn golden, about 45 seconds! Let them cool until they’re just warm before handling or eating

Credits:

Instructions by Candy Aisle Craft | Giveaway provided by Potter Style Publishers | Photos by Hello!Lucky.

Playful- Fun projects for kids!

We just got our copy of Playful: Fun Projects to Make With + For Kids in the mail and we couldn't be more excited! Playful features fun & easy craft projects with step x step directions & templates (and not to mention beautiful imagery to go by!). 

The book was just released on Amazon and we were thrilled to contribute a little something to the launch party grab bags! The party is next Tuesday the 23rd in Provo, UT if you can make it! We love the industry we are in so supporting our fellow paper & craft enthusiasts is something we hold dear to our hearts!

If you are looking for new ways to be creative at home then Merrilee Liddiard of Mer Mag's new book is a must have! Find it on Amazon here.

Be sure to check out the beautiful trailer she created with Jenner Brown below to get a feel for the book!

photo by Hello!Lucky

photo by Hello!Lucky

Film Trailer by Jenner Brown.