Category Archives: Featured Artists

Mailin Jewelry Celebrate

During my recent trip to Toronto I was taken back by not only the beauty of the city, but the creativity that surrounds it. Not to mention, all the amazing paper stores! While visiting Fringe Festival, I was introduced to the lovely and extremely talented Marlissa of Mai Lin Jewelry. I instantly connected with her as she was so passionate about her work and couldn’t have been sweeter. Her jewelry stood apart from others with style that was distinct and very much like her: delicate, strong and beautiful. Her collection of bracelets can be worn alone or, as I like, stacked together. The bracelets are made of delicate silk with gold or silver plated beads and semi-precious stones. It’s not only the beautiful bracelets that caught eye, but the attention to detail and thoughtful words on each package that makes this the perfect gift for your loved ones or even a treat for yourself.

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I’ve been fortunate enough to have had such supportive friends during the beginning stages of 8Balloons. One of those friends was Cristy Flores, who eventually became one of my favorite guest bloggers. Cristy always had an eye for fashion and could make anything ordinary look unique. It wasn’t shocking when she told me about her new design venture, California Ave. with her friend Carly. California Ave. pairs their love of colorful designs with jewelry and other fun accessories. Everything from the simple, yet distinct packaging to the eclectic mixture of pieces makes me oh so happy.

{all images via California Ave.}

California Ave. packaging

California Ave Purple

Key NecklaceWish BraceletsHair TiesPink Quartz




A few weeks ago, after feeling a bit defeated in “start-up land,” I saw Eric of Spofford Press post one of his new letterpress prints from their summer collection and immediately felt inspired. There are many reasons Spofford Press stood out to me, among them being from the Northeast (just like me!). They continually create unique and fun letterpress cards and prints, all hand-drawn and printed on thick cotton paper with hand-mixed ink. Being in the start-up community myself, I can always appreciate a company that matches their creativity to how passionate they are with their work.

You can check out more of their note card sets, prints and new releases throughout the months on their site here!

Spofford Press You Got This

Quit Slackin

Ship In A Bottle

Jimmy Smithimages via Spofford Press


Nothing stirs my holiday cheer each year more than picking my favorite letterpress holiday cards to share with the most important people in my life. At this point, it’s almost expected that they’ll receive a beautiful card which, of course, puts no pressure whatsoever on me (wink). Although finding that perfect holiday gift can sometimes be painstaking and difficult on budgets, personalizing something special to share with those you love is important.

That’s why I love sending a unique, beautiful card that serves as a gift in itself! Here are some of my picks from my favorite shops that I have personally bought from for my family and friends. Ssshhh don’t tell. Just like Santa, I know whether you’ve been naughty or nice.

Spofford Press

I first found Eric Hoffman and his shop via Instagram—and I’m so glad I did because his talent is only surpassed by his passion for letterpress. For those of you now in the know, my favorite pick is the Christmas Lights Card above.


via Spofford Press

Cherry Laurel Studio

My mom’s favorite holiday movie is A Christmas Story, so I had to buy this card by  Cherry Laurel Studio.


I adore this card by DeLuce Design and can’t wait to give it to my friend’s little ones.


A very cute card for my little cousins by Fat Bunny Press.


For the foodies in your life by Echo Letterpress


Looking forward to giving this card by McBittersons Shop to all my guy friends. They all loved it last year.

Hartland Brooklyn

My girlfriends loved this dainty card I gave out last year by  Hartland Brooklyn.









Happy Fall everyone! Fall has always been my favorite time of year especially with so many fun things in the mix to write about. There are many exciting projects and plans coming up in the next few months for me, including a quick trip to San Francisco in October for a little work and play. While vacationing, most people will find the tourist attractions a must see, but for me, I always look up the best stationary and letterpress studios in the area. I am making a list of the must see letterpress studios, and Hello Lucky Press is on the top of my list. Hello Lucky Press was founded in 2003 by sisters Eunice and Sabrina Moyle as a specialty letterpress printer and design studio creating wedding invitations, greeting cards and personalized stationary. They now have offices in San Francisco and London with clients ranging from Anthropologie, Kate’s Paperie, and Liberty of London.

Recently I was reminiscing about all the great memories of states I have had the opportunity to live and visit. As I was searching for a unique way to remember these memories, I came across these beautiful illustrations of all the states by Kelsey Oseid of Kelzuki. Kelsey illustrates each state according to patterns and colors found on the state’s official bird. Now I can be reminded of the below states daily and that fills my heart with happiness!

I first stumbled upon Perideau Designs a year ago after finding their organizing printables so helpful. Perideau Designs then became my daily go-to for all the fun, modern, and clean stationary designs offered. The woman behind this beautiful brand is Bridgett Edwards. She is a wife, mother, business owner, and all around extremely creative woman whose work I adore. I always wanted to reach out to her and ask for a q&a, and when I finally did she was so generous to reach back and agree!

What led you to create Perideau Designs?

I’ve always loved creating and drawing so after realizing planning weddings wasn’t my niche, I turned to creating accessories for parties.

As a paper lover myself, why did you choose paper as your medium?

I love the touch and feel and getting beautifully designed invitations and notecards in the mail.

Do you use paper more so than online apps to stay organized?

I tend to waiver between the 2. Right now I’m using digital apps like Things and Google calendar since they are both easy to sync between my desktop and iPhone. But I love a good ol’ fashion pen and notebook when brainstorming ideas.

How do you begin a “theme” for your party designs?

From my lovely customers. They always have the best ideas and are so creative.

Your pieces are so clean, modern, bright and colorful, what’s your favorite color?

Hands down green, hence the business name Perideau (a homophone of peridot, my green birthstone) : )

Do you ever feel “artist’s block”, and if so how do you overcome it?

All the time! I take it as a sign that I need a break from work and go play with my children, workout or design for fun.

How would you describe your style?

Simple, clean, modern and fun

What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?

My family. We’re a bunch of goofballs.

You’re a very busy woman, how do you stay so organized and how does it help you achieve your success?

I don’t like to stay still. I need to have an agenda, a direction so to speak, to function. I tend to get “lost” if I go with the flow.

I discuss artist’s “creative spaces” a lot on the blog, can you describe yours and how you like to keep it?

We turned our bonus room into an office. I use 2/3 of the space and my husband uses 1/3. We painted the walls a khaki with a green accent wall. I need to work in an organized space so everything has it’s place. My workspace mimics my design aesthetic so it’s very inspirational.


Thanks again Bridgett!

To learn more about Bridgett visit Perideau Designs and her lovely blog, Bridgett Edwards



Yes! Letterpress Print by Tae Won Yu

Buy Olympia has always been a go-to site for me when it comes to fun purchases and discovering new artists. A few weeks ago I saw the below print entitled, Elephant Stories and I was smitten! I had to know more about who created this and just knew I would enjoy everything else this artist designed. His name is Tae Won Yu and he has designed everything from book covers, record covers, to posters. It even turns out I have seen his work for many years since he has created record covers for one of my all time favorite bands, Built To Spill. His work stands out to me with his choice of colors, illustration, typography, and how he combines letterpress with photography. Below are some of my favorite prints he has designed and can be found on Buy Olympia. I have also included his site to see more of his originals.

first image Yes! Letterpress Print

Elephant Stories by Tae Won Yu

Elephant Stories

We Can Send Letters by Tae Won Yu

We Can Send Letters Print

Built to Spill Perfect From Now On Print

Built to Spill Perfect From Now On Print

Summer Songs Print

Summer Songs Print


Tae Won Yu

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Valentine's Day Candid Card Letterpress Postcard Set

My favorite thing about Valentine’s Day was being in elementary school and collecting at the end of the day all the fun little cards and candies in the cubbies from other students. Remember that? Well receiving a sweet card, especially a letter p

ressed one is still by far my favorite part of this holiday and any other day for that matter. I was first introduced to Amanda Mello of Mello Press at this time last year when I purchased her Valentine’s Day Candid Card Letterpress set and it was a huge hit with my friends. I have been fortunate enough to now call her a very close friend of mine. This year Amanda was super sweet enough to give my viewers a chance to win a set for themselves!

How to enter:

Pretty Simple! Like Mello Press’s Facebook and comment below saying you “liked it”.

Bonus Entry: Tweet about the giveaway and feel free to copy/paste the tweet below:

Valentine’s Giveaway alert! @8balloons is giving away an @amandamello Valentine’s Day Letterpress Card Set!

Entry ends: February 3, 2012 6 PM EST

Update: The winner is…Claudia!

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DIY Paper Flowers

Flowers are such a nice way to cheer up a room, and paper is such a versatile, inexpensive, potentially colourful and easily available medium. The key to paper flowers is finding a way of making them that is simple and straightforward enough that one can make an entire bouquet’s worth without it taking the entire day. Here’s one such method – cute, simple and quick. (more…)