Card of the Month: November

How is it already November?!

The year is already nearing its end. Things always get a bit crazy during the holidays around here (and I'm sure for you, too). But one thing that keeps us grounded, especially in November, is thankfulness.

It's so important to wake up everyday and reflect on what you're grateful for. There's no better way to stay level-headed and joyful. But, it's easy to forget to be thankful, so we'll use November and Thanksgiving as a reminder and a chance to re-center ourselves around gratefulness. 

This card from one of our new collections, Deep Breath TWO, is simple and sweet. It's a little nudge to remind you that while everyday might bring a lot of reasons to complain or to dwell in the bad stuff, there's always at least one thing (and usually many more things than one) that is "good" and deserving of a smile and a thanks. What's the point in dwelling on the bad? Look at your life this season - your family, friends, home - and say a few thank yous.

And don't forget to also be thankful for yourself and who you are, because you are a-w-e-s-o-m-e.

(Psst... Remember to keep checking back here and on Instagram for the #CardOfTheMonth)

 

 

Posted on November 3, 2017 .

#BeBreathless

We love cards for a lot of reasons, but one of the best and most important reasons is because of the reminder they serve. No matter where you are, who you're with or what you're doing, you can carry that card with you, gaze at it, and remember the person who gave it to you and why. For a second, no matter what, you can escape to that moment. 

That's why we're inspired to begin our #BeBreathless series and contest. When we were in New York for the NY NOW trade show, we snapped a pic of one of our cards while out and about in the city (see below), and we thought, "wow, we'd love to see where our customers end up taking our cards, and what cool places they go to." 

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That's what #BeBreathless is all about. We want you to show us where and to who our cards travel to! Snap pics like the one you see below (or in whatever style you want!), post on Instagram and hashtag #BeBreathless, tag @BreathlessPaper, and be entered to win $500 worth of cards to gift to your loved ones or keep for yourself.

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The contest will run through the end of the year (December 31) with the winner announced on January 1 - just in time for the New Year! Check out our Instagram where we'll feature entries and announce the winner. 

We want to encourage you to give, share, and #BeBreathless.

Old Try Collaboration

Collaborating with other makers is one of my favorite things about being in this industry. Recently, we got together with one of our favorite companies, Old Try, to create some amazing (if we do say so ourselves) cards inspired by the South that we love so much. 

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By putting our talents together, we've created this line of cards that glorifies the "new south" and all of its corners and crevices. Plus, they're so pretty you may just want to frame one and stare at it. 

Wholesalers - contact me to place an order! Everyone else, check out your local boutiques to purchase a card, and keep your eyes peeled for an announcement on the next place you can buy ;)

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Card of the Month: October

Hey Y'all! We're so excited to announce our "Card of the Month" series. From here on out, we'll be choosing a card to highlight and show off each month - because we think every one of our designs deserves a time and place to shine.

Check back here and on our Instagram every month to see what's in the spotlight!


OCTOBER:

"Dream Big, Work Hard, Stay Humble" - Breath of Inspiration

As we approach the holiday season (quickly!) we think this card is an important reminder. Always remember to "dream big" - especially as we approach this season of miracles. "Work hard" so that you can play hard and make for an amazing few months of celebration with your loved ones, and "stay humble" through it all. Good advice for always, but especially now.

Here's to October! 

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We're Loving Nash!

Almost a year ago now (where has the time gone?!) we moved our little family and business to Nashville. Despite the typical stresses of moving, the city seemed to welcome us with open arms. 

We made the move because of an AWESOME opportunity for my Breathless counterpart, husband and best friend. Matt is killing it at his dream job as an Art Director with Sony Music Nashville. He gets to work with what he loves: music. All week long, he helps musicians get their music 'out there' by designing album covers and logos, and capturing amazing photos of the artists. 

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The best part? Our kids love music too, so we could not be happier.

Here's a bit of what we're loving in our new city:

Nashville is full of music, creativity, positivity and good energy. You'll find it in every corner and crevice, especially in the neat little boutiques, restaurants and music venues. 

Fave shops so far:

Serendipity

Whites Mercantile

Two Old Hippies

You're Invited

Philips Toy Mart

Spruce

Fave spots to eat so far:

Taqueria Del Sol 12 South (with the kids!) 

Hattie B's

Caviar and Bananas

Adele's 

Local Taco

Caviar and Bananas

Caviar and Bananas

Local Taco

Local Taco

What We're Listening To:

Tyler Childers 

Ryan Bingham

The Sisterhood

Fairground Saints 

Holly Williams 

Jason isbell

Josh Ritter 

Cam 

Ivan & Alyosha

The Sisterhood

The Sisterhood

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River's Faves: 

Levon 

Brothers Osborne 

Jason Isabel

Scout's Faves: 

Cam

The Sisterhood 

Shake it off - Taylor Swift 

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Thanks, Nashville, for treating us so well! We're so happy to grow our family and business in Music City. 

Trade Show Recap: From ATL to NY

As summer comes to an end, so does the summer trade show season. We’ve been from the south to the north at shows in Atlanta and New York City.

Trade shows are hard work, but they’re so worth it. We’re excited to share with you some highlights from our time in both cities. 


ATL: AmericasMart

Constructing our booth... always a feat! 

Constructing our booth... always a feat! 

Serving amazing Walker's cocktails to our booth visitors!

Serving amazing Walker's cocktails to our booth visitors!

We're in love with the way all our cards & paper goods look all set up! 

We're in love with the way all our cards & paper goods look all set up! 

How gorgeous is this Old Whaling Co. display?!

How gorgeous is this Old Whaling Co. display?!

heirloomed collection always perfects her booth. 

heirloomed collection always perfects her booth. 


NYC: NYNOW

Arriving at the Javits Center, ready to go!

Arriving at the Javits Center, ready to go!

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Bringing a bit of the south to the Big Apple with one of our collaboration cards with Old Try

Bringing a bit of the south to the Big Apple with one of our collaboration cards with Old Try

All set up in NYC and excited to share our designs in the greatest city!

All set up in NYC and excited to share our designs in the greatest city!


We had such a blast showing off our classic designs and our newest creations (that we're totally head over heels for). Not to mention, we got to meet tons of retailers and amazing makers from across the country. But just because this trade show season is over, doesn't mean you can't get your orders in, too! Reach out if something catches your eye: breathlesspaperco@gmail.com

Thanks for supporting Breathless Paper Co. & makers everywhere. 

XOXO,

BPC

Meet: Ashley Galloza of The Rootless Wanderer

The Rootless Wanderer is a unique online boutique that carries the best of the best American made goods. Ashley Galloza, founder and creative mind behind the boutique, has an eye for maker-made goods. We're honored that she carries Breathless Paper Co.! We talked to Ashley about The Rootless Wanderer and her relationship with Breathless. Read on for her story and philosophy behind her online boutique. 


Breathless Paper Co.: How long has The Rootless Wanderer been around?

Ashley Galloza: The Rootless Wanderer made its Instagram presence November 2016, and the website launched January 1st, 2017. I just missed the ending of market season so I found my inventory through my personal Instagram following. For so long I followed artist and markers that one day I hoped to carry in my shop.

BPC: Tell us a little bit about the mission behind your company.

AG: I am a military spouse, my husband serves in the United States Marine Corps. I have become a rootless wanderer due to this military lifestyle. Most would never understand it unless you are living it. My mission behind my company is to embrace Handmade and American Made Goods.

BPC: What do you love most about your job?

AG: I love creating and building my own brand. But I absolutely love being a buyer and going to markets to search for goods. Getting to meet the artists and markers behind such inspirational stories. Then I get to share with the world a unique collection of my favorite things.

BPC: How long have you been working with Breathless Paper Co.?

AG: I met Jessica at the Atlanta Market in January of 2017.

BPC: How do you select the other products you carry?

AG: There are four ways that I selected the products that I carry in my shop. It has to be Handmade and American Made. Has to have a good story, sense of inspiration, and I have to get this "excitement" feeling over the product. 

BPC:  What's your favorite part about working with artists and makers? Why is it important?

AG: Creating and maintaining a relationship with artists and makers is one of my favorite parts. I think being as excited about their product as they are is important. I love doing collaborations.

BPC: If you weren't running The Rootless Wanderer what would you be doing?

AG: If I wasn't running The Rootless Wanderer and weren't living this military lifestyle I would have a brick and mortar. It has always been a dream of mine since I was young to open a boutique.

BPC: What's your favorite BPC card or item? Why?

AG: My favorite BPC item is the tiny cards, big words message cards. I think they are just so inspirational and an every day reminder.


Check out The Rootless Wanderer for all of your American made and handmade goods needs. We can't get enough of Ashley's curated collection! 

Posted on August 18, 2017 .

Meet: Michael Colton

So many amazing people help make the dream work here at Breathless Paper Co. when it comes to producing our cards and paper goods, and getting them to you guys. We wanted to share with you one of those people, Michael Colton, who's been making our fabulous wooden card displays for years. He's a rockstar. Read on for his tidbits about why handmade is important, and why sending cards is, too. 


Breathless Paper Co.: How long have you been a carpenter?

Michael Colton: Actually I'm not a real carpenter. My background is in advertising and graphic design. When I bought my house in 1985 I wanted an old pine armoire that would hide all of my electronics (which took up more space back then) but I could never could find the right one, at the right price. So I started thinking about how a rancher or farmer would make an armoire 150 years ago, especially if they had limited tools and no formal training. That's how I got started making what I term rustic furniture for ranch, farm or home. And the displays followed along that same theme. 

BPC: What do you love most about your job?

MC: What I love is working collaboratively with clients to solving some type of problem. Whether that be an issue related to size, color or function, or all three.  A shared creative  solution is usually the best, and often the most rewarding.

BPC: How long have you been working with Breathless Paper Co.?

MC: I'm guessing I've been working with Breathless Paper Company for about five years. 

BPC: What's fun about making displays for Jessica?

MC: What's really fun is delivering displays to Jessica and not getting a call about a rough edge on a piece of wood or metal. Jessica tends to be very particular about quality control issues even though these displays are made one at a time, just like pieces of 3-D artwork. It's so great to please the client.

BPC: What do you consider when making displays for various companies?

MC: The point of any display is to sell something. On the creative side, if the personality of a display can enhance a product or extend it's brand personality, then that usually leads to customer interest and that increases the chance for a sale. On the practical side, there are always the real world issues of cost, assembly and shipping. 

BPC: Why is it important to have a handmade display piece?

MC: To my way of thinking, a hand made display begins to tell a story about the company it represents. By appealing to visual as well as tactile sensiblty it usually indicates that the company founders have an affection for their product which they feel is unique or in some way different.  The display is the vehicle that helps send that message.

BPC: If you weren't a carpenter, what would you be doing?

MC: What I would be doing is what I used to do. I was a creative director for a number of design firms, including my own. My area of expertise was creating retail environments with visual personalities that extended to the individual graphic identity of the store as well as the displays within the stores. But since selling my graphic design firm and leaving the corporate world, I turned back to making things by hand one at a time, rather than having things mass produced.  It's a different way to think. 

BPC: What's your favorite BPC card or product?

MC: My favorite Breathless Paper Company card is any card that can be used to say "Thank You", because so few people send cards like that anymore. It's a one of a kind type of thing. 


Shout out to people like Michael (and so many more) who help make the Breathless Paper vision a reality, everyday. You guys rock. 

XOXO,

Breathless Paper Co.

Posted on June 30, 2017 .

A Weekend at CMA Fest!

One of the best parts of living in Nashville is the music. A couple of weekends ago, our family experienced Music City at its best at the CMA Festival, all while cheering on the Preds!

We were so lucky to get to experience the weekend to the fullest, thanks to Matt's job with Sony! The first show we went to was Brothers Osborne at the Riverfront Stage (River's fave band). They were awesome and we totally recommend. Then - of course - we got CMA tees for the kids, and they were super excited about them. I had to wash River's every night so he could wear it everyday of the festival. 

Saturday morning we saw Fairground Saints (Matt did their logo!) at the Hard Rock Stage - they're a huge favorite of mine and I LOVED it! Check out River with his Fairground Saints tattoo below. 

The rest of the day we hung back on the lawn listening to lots of musicians at the Budweiser and Cracker Barrel Stage (the Budweiser sign was amazing!)

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Admist all of the music excitement, the city was buzzing over the Preds! We became total hockey fans. Matt and the little ones were so into it. 

On Sunday we saw Levon (Matt did their logo, too!) and then headed to Barlines for the rest of the day to see all the acts Sony had planned. We saw Ben Gallager - a killer guitarist you should keep an eye out for - and Walker Hayes who's so fun to watch.

While we were there eating and drinking, we saw the Luke Combs coasters Matt had photographed for! Needless to say, we totally have our own set at home now. 

The kids stopped by the Sony space at the Omni Hotel and got lots of fun stuff: Miranda Lambert pink sunglasses, Kenny Chesney brush, Kane brown bag & more. They became even bigger fans of music and Music City that weekend for sure. They were so adorable and absolutely decked out!

It was a blast of a weekend, and we're all totally in love with Nashville. We saw some of the greatest music, munched on great eats like Retro Sno Cones, and got to experience the city come alive over music and hockey all at once. 

Posted on June 30, 2017 .

A Decade of Paper + Laughter

A decade. 10 years. That's how long Breathless Paper Co. has been churning out cards and crafting sayings and -- most of all -- working to spread love and laughter through paper goods. 

Read on for a look at some of our favorite cards... from the originals to the new stuff.


THE FIRST BREATHLESS PAPER CREATIONS:

Made by Matt and I in the light of our living room, while laughing a lot. 


SOME "DEEP BREATH" FAVES:

Inspired by our daughter, Scout.


FOR BIRTHDAYS: "BLOWING CANDLES"

Bright + celebratory stationery.


NEWER & BRIGHTER PICKS FROM "FRESH BREATH":

All about adding some color to your life and your cheeks. 


We want to send a warm, loving THANK YOU to all of the Breathless Paper Co. supporters, card-buyers, note-writers and paper-lovers out there. You guys have kept us going these past 10 years, and we wouldn't trade a second of it. Stay tuned for more new stuff from Breathless Paper Co. in the near and distant future, because we're in this for the long-haul. 

XOXO,

Breathless Paper Co.


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