Thursday, April 29, 2010

Card & Paper House - QVB Sydney!

Love how the colour from the stained glass windows is carried through the shop!

Stationery fans in Sydney, I hope you know about this great little find! Tucked away in the Queen Victoria Building on George St, Sydney, the Card & Paper House is seriously worth the slight detour.

Love the Wrapping Paper wall!

I had the immense pleasure of browsing through her fine stationery collection in one of the most well fitted-out shops I have been in for a while. It is a little bit out of the way - if you didn't know it was there you might not stumble upon it. The fact that I (not a Sydney-sider) was a little but lost was probably how I came upon it.

It's really well merchandised, I love the O-Check Rulers!

But it is Shop 75, Lower Level in the QVB, 455 George St, right in the CBD. Get along and tell everybody you know who is into stationery about it!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wax Seals aren't 'fuddy duddy' anymore!

Wax seals and sealing wax have a rich history that most people into stationery are at least somewhat acquainted with. In short, it was way back in 1670 that J Herbin returned from India and started making sealing wax.

And like any clever Frenchman, he knew the way to popularise his creation - to get King Louis 14's approval! When the King started receiving his letters sealed with wax, it meant that they were tamper-proof and allowed the king of indulgence to add just a little more ceremony to his daily if that were possible!

With all of that rich, classicist french style and history behind them, it's easy to see wax seals as a bit, well, 'naf' really. I was really impressed at the work of in bringing sealing wax up to date. Check out their gallery for some, dare I say it, perfectly contemporary uses of sealing wax. Black wax, some Art Deco fonts, some highlights here and there. Love it!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Moleskine Hand of the Designer

The Hand of the Designer, Moleskine's latest special project.

We recently learned of the Moleskine Hand of the Architect, an impressive Special Project by Moleskine to compile hundreds of original sketches by renowned architects into a 228 page Hardcover A4 book. It's a beautiful item and a really great idea, proving that paper and pencil still rule well into the CAD era.

A Sketch from the Hand of the Architect

And now, a new project has been undertaken by Moleskine, being the Hand of the Designer. It is a new book similar to the Hand of the Architect and also an exhibition of over 450 sketches from noteworthy designers.

The Hand of the Designer has some cool sketches.

You can check out all of Moleskine Special Projects and buy their stuff from NoteMaker. And a nice little novelty piece is the DoDo Case, a new iPad case fashioned in the image of everybody's favourite style of notebook.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Masking Tape Competition!

MT was made to be used on everything everywhere all the time!

You know Japanese Masking Tape? That super fun, uber cute stationery delight? Well, Australian distributors Telegram Paper Goods are running an MT Tape competition!

This is from Coming Up Roses in Balmoral QLD. You can click here to find someone local to buy your MT.

You can check out for more info. But basically, you buy some tape, use it, photograph it, send it in and win an awesome prize! These photos were taken at Coming Up Roses in Balmoral, Queensland - what a lovely shop!

Look at those Swing Tags! Great Idea, Coming Up Roses!

More MT Tape! This stuff really is a joy. You can improve notebooks with it, make Paper Planes with it, come up with the cutest home made gift tags with it!

Love those paper planes!

So go now, get some tape, tape something (everything even!) and win!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Burger Zines via Design Fetish

Why didn't somebody show me this earlier? Design Fetish is my new favourite blog and the work of 25 year old designer, Yasmine, who works in Beirut, Lebanon.

And this is the cutest thing I've seen in ages. Burger zines are little bite sized, hand cut paper and card sandwiches where each page is an ingredient.

They are the offspring of Stephanie Anderson's Original Hamburger Zine and you can see more here.

And the fun doesn't stop there - I also love the LCD Write Your Own Message Card. A limited Edition design from Yellow Owl Workshop, the LCD cards can be bought here in Australia from Upon A Fold and are about as charming as greeting cards get.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Blog of the Week - The Daily Smudge

Origami Jewellery via the Daily Smudge

I just got through the last couple of sheets on my Origami Sticky Notes recently and suddenly had an urge to do some Origami. But without my helpful little how-to instructions, I was lost! So i started checking out the blogosphere for some inspiration and was pleasantly surprised.

Origami Jewellery - a pleasant surprise indeed!

Now, whilst i found a lot more than just this, i have to say that my favourite post was from The Daily Smudge about Origami Jewels.

A Chance Encounter - very cute!

I love the photography of paper origami animals wearing the origami jewels and in fact, i love everything about the Daily Smudge. It is the past time of Emily, a graphic designer by trade but paper and print admirer by heart. She has plenty of gorgeous posts, including the above, A Chance Encounter. Check it out.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Q & A: Telegram Paper Goods

Telegram Paper Goods bless us daily with O-Check stationery!

We all like to know the stories of people who bring us things we love. I mean, everyone loves a good biography or interview. Well, for me, i love stationery. So whilst some celebrity's life story might not quite turn me on, behind the scenes stationery goss always appeals to me.

Mecho - the style black book - has recently posted a Q&A with founders of Telegram Paper Goods, Matt & Scott. You can read it here to see what the folks who bring us Rhodia, O-Check and many other great things are like.

You can get to know MMMG designers at NoteMaker.

Even more behind the scenes, you can get to know stationery designers thanks to a Q&A page on NoteMaker. The one clear thing from the Q&A's is that stationery is all consuming, not just a job but a passion. Now that, I get!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Now In Australia: Yellow Owl Workshop!

Look at how cute that muslin baggie is!

Well this is very exciting for all of us stationery fiends, the long neglected and overlooked fans of the well designed, functional and aesthetically amazing stuff we call paper goods.

Original correspondence sets - love the engraved pencil.

Yellow Owl Workshop, a boutique San Francisco group of expert paper goods merchants is now easy to find in Australia! We used to covet their rubber stamps from afar via their official website, but learned yesterday that NoteMaker now has almost the full range ready and flying out the door for all of Australia to enjoy.

Hand painted Acrylic on wood is so cute!

And we're not the only excited party - the Inside Out Blog is on to it as well, digging on the ceramic sculpture range!

They even make Ceramics! This 1970s inspired Polaroid is so cool!

I could go on for a while about how much I love the look of Yellow Owl, but I'll just let the products themselves tell you all about it.