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After NSS – Getting Our Album Ready

Since we returned from the National Stationery Show we’ve been on cloud nine!  But….we’ve also been working like crazy.  The excitement of our first show made us want to come home and add a few things to the album.   We thought you’d like to see a little of our work in progress as well.

We had some hand calligraphy words ready to debut at the show, but once there we knew we needed more!  We originally had 24, we increased that to 36.  Some words you can combine and that’s shown in the Alexandria invitation.  We’re excited to see how our retailers will combine these for various customers.  We’re so thrilled to offer these at no additional charge; it’s just like choosing any of our motifs or monograms!   Here we show a print out so we can get the spacing of the codes just right.

Isabella James - Hand Calligraphy Words - Work in Progress

For each design we looked at the various liner choices to pair with the invitations.  Here’s a snapshot of that process.  What do you think of our ultimate choice?  More liners were also selected after we returned from New York!

Isabella James Fine Stationery - Laser Cut Pocket - Hand Calligr

With all of the choices and additions made, we started assembly on the albums.

Ink samples ready to go into the album.

Isabella James - Ink Color Choices - Work in Progress

Liners, liners and more liners.  Yes, hundreds had to be die cut (some printed too) and each envelope had to be hand lined.  No worries, it’s something we do each day!

Isabella James - Liners - Work in Progress

The albums will arrive at our new retailer partners next week.  We can’t wait for them to receive them.  We’re in a constant state of excitement!

Would you like to join our family?  It’s not too late; email us at retailer@shopisabellajames.com for more information!


NSS 2016 – Recap

Wow, what an adventure…

Our first National Stationery Show was wonderful.  We met so many wonderful people and came home with a Louie!

A few weeks before we left for New York, we mailed potential retailers an invitation to come by to see our album, meet us and enjoy some engaging events.

The brochure, which is featured in our album as the Carrie invitation, is a laser cut pocket and the cards are gold, foil stamping.

Isabella James - NSS2016 - Show Mailer - Laser Cut - Skyline - Foil Stamping - Branding

Our first day, Sunday, featured a Sundaes on Sunday event.  By far the most popular of all of the events we had, so many wonderful people stopped by to learn about us.

Isabella James - NSS2016 - Sundaes on Sunday - Ice Cream Sundaes - Branding

Day two, Monday, featured the realization that morning that we had won the Louie award!  Wow, what a great start to a day!

Isabella James - NSS2016 - Louie Award - Charotte Invitation

Next up, we had Mimosas and Muffins.  Attendees enjoyed this so much.

Isabella James - NSS2016 - Mimosas and Muffins - Branding

On Tuesday, we had Notes and Totes.  Again, the reception was great!

Isabella James - NSS2016 - Foil Stamped Notes - Notes and Totes - Branding

 

Wonderful Wednesday featured a couple of giveaways and goodbyes to our neighbors and industry counterparts.

Each day we offered a cell phone charging station.  That day’s featured the Carrie invitation.

Isabella James - NSS2016 - Carrie Invitation - Cell Phone Charging Station - Branding

Water bottles were also available for thirsty passers-by.

Isabella James - NSS2016 - Water Bottles - Logo - Branding

We were thrilled with how many albums we sold and even the number that have been ordered after the show.  We’re still taking orders and we’ve even extended our show special since we could not respond to the last minute inquiries.  Our show special is:

$275 for the album + free freight + three $100 coupons to use on your first three orders

So, if you’re interested, sign up before June 15 by emailing us at retailer@shopisabellajames.com!

 


Louie Award Finalist – Charlotte Invitation

Isabella James Fine Stationery - Charlotte - with Liner - Reich - Savoy - Cotton Paper - Copper Foil - Edge Painting - Bevel - Classic Invitation - NSS - Louie Award Finalist - Web

It’s our first official year in business, and we’re a finalist for a Louie Award. The Charlotte invitation, foil stamped on luxurious heavy weight cotton, and edge painted, That’s the annual Greeting Card Association’s Award for stationery excellence. We could not be more excited and appreciative. We’d love for you to come and see it in person at the National Stationery Show in May. We’ll be in booth #2554; come see us!

Teal Annual Louie Awards FINALIST


Stunning Shapes

Invitations don’t have to be square or rectangle; shapes can be stunning. Using a process of die cutting, or cutting paper into predetermined shapes, can provide interests to invitations.  Here’s the Melissa invitation paired with the die used to cut out that shape.

Isabella James - Melissa - Die - Charleston - Oak Tree - Magnolia - Middleton Place

The Isabella James album features Melissa and Maria; let us use these shapes to create something unique for you.


Wedding Invitations – Hotels, Websites and More

The best way to communicate information like hotels, wedding websites and even additional events to which everyone is invited, is with guest information cards.  These cards can be a variety of sizes and still compliment the wedding invitation.

Here’s the Katelyn invitation suite featuring a hotel information card.

Isabella James - Katelyn - All Script - Black - Modern - Invitation - Response - Guest Card - Typography

The Megan invitation suite guest card provides information on accommodations, the wedding website and even a note on shoes to be considered for the wedding.

Isabella James - Megan - Small - Simple - Grey and Blush - Lace Liner - Invitation - Guest Card - Typography


Delightful Details – Envelope Liners

Delightful Details

How do you subtly show attention to detail?  Envelope liners!

Here are some foil liners die cut and ready for lining.

Isabella James - Envelope Liners - Foil Stamp - Copper - Gold - Silver

Did you know the foil liners are available in any foil color we offer?  Also, the digital liners are available in any ink color offered?  Choices are great!


Elegant Embossing

Embossing is a colorless printing style.  The Adrienne invitation features a double embossed border.

Embossing isn’t just for symmetrical borders, it’s beautifully presented in a floral pattern on the Claire invitation.

Isabella James - Claire - Close Up - Embossed Wedding Invitation with Ribbon

This versatile invitation is perfect for those who value subtle details.  To see this invitation and others from Isabella James, please visit a fine stationer near you.