Snail Mail Inspo

While I may almost have enough greeting cards in my stash to open a mini-sized paper boutique, I am forever adding to my stationery arsenal. I have always been a snail mailer, sending cards to mark occasions or for no reason at all, other than to spread a little love. When I wholeheartedly embraced the…

Avocado & Rosé

Avocados are the new Rosé and Rosé is the new Sriracha. We all know the haters that are over all three things because of how trendy they’ve become. I want to believe those haters are secretly going home and consuming all of them. Either way, all three are continually celebrated and should be-they are delicious. These designers…

Paper Epiphanies

  I recently met Victoria of Paper Epiphanies at the National Stationery Show and was smitten with their office goods and their empowering letterpress line. We all know I love a good quote, but lately I have not found many new statements and designs that resonate with me. When I entered their booth I was immediately fixed on each…

Featured Designer: ILootPaperie

Doris and Alice are the creative sisters behind the funny, cute and all around fantastic ILootPaperie. Their designs range from hilariously punny to cheeky, with gems like ‘thanks for being my super gyro’. Hula hooping unicorns and surfing cactuses make their way onto greeting cards, sure to make you smile. In addition to seriously cool…

Featured Designer: Good Juju Ink

As we walked the aisles of the National Stationery Show, Julie and I had the great fortune of stopping to chat with a seriously lovely couple – an exuberant and animated gal named Juliana and the oh-so-sweet and engaging Ryan. We talked snail mail, humor, young love and commitment to charitable giving. Julie and I walked…

Keep Your Pin Game Strong

Enamel pins are everywhere. And, we can’t get enough of them. From food, to unicorns to pop culture icons – these pins are the cutest adornments for jean jackets, lapels or totes. It’s hard not to be obsessed with collecting all the pins. ilootpaperie’s fries are adorable. And, the little snail mail pin has to become part of…

Oh Canada!

Tough Luck Co. We Canadians celebrate Canada Day today. In addition to bringing you maple syrup, basketball, Drake, The Weekend, Ryan Gosling and Pacey Joshua Jackson, the country is home to loads of fab greeting card designers. I can’t possibly cover all of the talented purveyors of paper, but I can do a round up of…

NSS 2016 Round Up

When I first began 8Balloons over 5 years ago, the idea of attending the National Stationery Show didn’t even factor into the grand scheme. I was just hoping to create great content on my favorite greeting cards. I have been so happy to see the progression of designers over the past few years and am…

Featured Designer: Amy Heitman

Amy Heitman is a purveyor of beautifully-designed stationery. She pairs her illustrations, oft inspired by florals and nature, with classic type. Amy’s designs are seriously pretty, with a charming style that evokes days gone by. She took part in the National Stationery show for the first time this year, and her booth was simply gorgeous, wallpapered…

Featured Designer: Aparna of Green Bean Studio

Aparna Varma is the sweet as sugar designer behind Green Bean Studio, a Toronto-based stationery line and design studio. Aparna’s personality comes through in her cards, which are sure to make you smile with punny sentiments and hand drawn characters inspired by her background in animation. One of my favorite parts of the Green Bean line…