Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Designer Spotlight: Printerette Press!

I am just beyond excited to finally tell y'all about one of our newest albums: Printerette Press. When Whitney and I discovered Printerette Press at the National Stationery Show this past May, we squealed out loud in her booth as we poured through her album.  For reals, friends, this album is LEGIT. 

I'm totally ga-ga over just about everything that designer Catherine Polacek has put together for this gorgeous line.  The work is all beautifully printed by hand on her 100 year old press in St. Paul, MN, but it's her whimsical design and illustration that really spoke to me.  We had been looking for a hand-illustrated line to add to our collection of invitation albums and all the pretty in the Printerette book just took my breath away. 

I did a serious happy dance when I came upon her Lake of the Woods suite (immediately below) and her Redwood suite (2nd suite below).  Each illustration is done by hand and can be totally customized for your event/venue/whims. We've already had a couple customize one of these with illustrations of the camp where they'll be married next month.  It was mucho adorbs.

And, as if custom illustration on your invitations is SUPER RAD enough, Printerette went ahead and added watercolor detailing (digitally printed) to some of her letterpress designs. Watercolor + beautiful printing + totally fresh design = Awesomesauce.  Check out a few of the Printerette designs below and then schedule an appointment to come in and swoon over this album in person.  You will fall in love (all over again).

Saturday, August 25, 2012

back to school?!!!

This weekend is this weekend. And next is Labor Day weekend.


Crazy but true. I have looked at the calendar three times today to be sure that I am not losing my mind. You all don't seem very phased though... coming in to the shop and picking up all of our notepads and agendas and fun erasers... and goodies to decorate your dorm rooms with (oh, how I miss the days of decorating my dorm room!)

I'm glad you're all pumped though, because in truth, I am too! While it totally freaks me out that summer flew by so quickly, it makes me infinitely happy to think about sweater weather.  I love sweater weather more than most anything else in life!

A good sign of the approach of back-to-school in the shop is our calendar and agenda selection. We want to help you keep things pretty in the office and on the work table, and so we've collected a whole lot of new lovely in the time tracking department to make your lives easier.

I've been raving about our new Russell & Hazel agendas on facebook all week (and a great new use for washi tape that pairs planning and pretty - what more could you ask for?!) We also have a fun assortment of Jonathan Adler agendas and Bob's Your Uncle perpetual agendas in full desktop and smaller pocket sizes.

And for those of you anticipating a bit of text book wrapping in the next few weeks, we have so many beautiful new wrap sheets, including patterns from Belle & Union, Rifle Paper Co. and Fig 2. Designs! Swing by and we can help you pick a bunch of coordinating sheets, and assist in the physical book wrapping. Now that's one stop shopping, if you ask me! :)

Alright, I have to get back to the custies! Hope you're all enjoying the weekend, and cannot wait to ee you around the shop soon.

All our love (and oodles of exciting well-wishes to you on the start of the new school year - kids and Moms & Dads alike!)
XO Lizzy

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Morning pals!

Liz here.
Long time no talk. How have you all been?
Things have been nutty crazy BANANAS busy here at the shop. That's right. Bananas.

While meeting and greeting all of you lovelies when you come to visit, I've also been buzzing around re-merchandising the shop and wanted to share a few bright and lovely newbies with ya. Heck, maybe you'll even get two product-related blog posts out of me this week. You lucky ducks! ;)

The company I'd like to share with you today is Fig. 2 Designs. I fell in love with just about everything Claudia had on her website last year, just before the holiday. Plus with neon and foil stamping trending big time in the stationery world, it was a sure fire bet that she'd be a great fit in the shop. We started off carrying just a small assortment of her chevron patterned gift tags and foil stamped notecards, but this year at the National Stationery Show Claudia launched some of the most fun and colorful goods we'd ever seen! Her gift wrap sheets make my heart go pitter-pat, and I LOVE her new watercolor stained notecards.

Wouldn't these patterns be so fun to use as book covers for the kids textbooks this year? Or to wrap around some old tin cans and use for pencils and school supplies at their desk?

Not to mention she launched some pretty hilarious new greeting cards that make her line a great one-stop shopping spot for us! A little bit of laughs and lovely certainly does the Gus & Ruby gang good!

Can't wait to see what Miss. Claudia has up her sleeve for holiday 2012 :)

Talk soon!!!!


Monday, August 6, 2012

Celebrate our 3rd birthday with us!

This coming weekend, we'll be celebrating our 3rd birthday! Can you believe it? Neither can we. Three whole years of paper bliss! We've had a pretty amazing 3rd year: Liz, our store manager is now with us full time, we hired two fabulous new employees (Laura & Smash), and had our custom work featured in Martha Stewart Weddings magazine (wahoo!!!)!  

In honor of our big birthday, all weekend long (Friday, August 10th - Sunday, August 12th), we'll be offering  

30% OFF
 any single item*

Been eying a snazzy metallic Seabag? Or coveting a new Milkweed bowtie? If so - now's your chance to snag a fabulous goodie at an amazing discount! Be sure to mention this blog (or our email or Facebook posts if you get those, too!) in order to receive your discount as we're saving this special just for you, our best clients & friends.    

And, we want to take a moment to thank you, our incredible friends, family, clients and colleagues, for your continued support and encouragement.  We truly are blessed to have each and every one of you along for the ride on this adventure. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your inspiration, laughter and friendship.

Here's to another year of paper and parties in Portsmouth!

Sam & Whit
Gus & Ruby

 *Discount does not apply to custom orders, sale items or previous purchases. One discounted item per customer, per day.