Posts tagged #stationery

Looking Back: The Atlanta Trade Show

We did this Atlanta Gift Show a little different than usual.

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We drove from Nashville to Chattanooga and stayed there, just the four of us, for the night. We have all been working so much and needed a rest and just a fun hang out!! It was like a little day vacation.

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We stayed at the {really beautiful} Read Hotel. It’s such a great cozy place, I highly recommend it! They have a pool and room service; our little buddies favorite!

It’s close to everything in Chattanooga too.

We rested, ordered dinner and laughed a lot! We went out for dessert though.

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The next morning we hit the road to Atlanta. We got there, dropped our buddies off and got right to work setting up. We set up Sunday through Tuesday and the show started bright and early Wednesday.

It’s such a grueling job- getting set up and then to actually work and help each and every customer. But, helping the wonderful customers we see each and every show and meeting so many new ones always makes it worth it! 

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Two of the days, our littles had to be with me. And let me tell you, they were so amazing! They helped all of us, were so patient and wonderful. I can never thank them enough for just simply being them. 

We launched two brand new entire collections, one is our children’s line Breathless Paper Co. Junior, added beautiful handmade special bowls and new cards throughout our lines! 

Stay tuned for a feature on all our new goods. 

Card of the Month: August

August = Back to School.

It seems to creep up on us every year! Summer may be winding down, but honestly, school starting is just as exciting — especially when you’ve got little ones!

It only made since to pick one of our NEW Breathless Paper Co. Junior cards. They’re too cute. And the perfect way for your kiddo to say “Happy Back to School” or “Thanks for spending the summer with me” to their friends. Or to say hello to new classmates!

This card, Thanks for Being My Friend, just melts our heart.


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Order it wholesale now, and on our retail site soon!

Contact us to order now: breathlesspaperco@gmail.com


Card of the Month: July

July is… HOT. At least here in Nashville! We’re doing everything we can to cool off and enjoy family time while school’s out. We’re also prepping for trade show season! Things are busy, but we’re making time for quality time.

This month’s Card of the Month seemed fitting: Collect Moments, Not Things from our Heartward Collection.

This card sums up summer. Moments. Making memories. Taking trips. Playing outside until daark. It’s what we’re all about.


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Our Heartward collection is all about encouraging loving-kindness and leading with your heart. See more here.


This card is a perfect “just because” card and a great reminder to send to anyone and everyone in your life.

Remember: Write More Love Notes.

Happy Summer!

XOXO,

Breathless Paper Co.

Card of the Month: June

Summer is nearly HERE! It’s grad season, wedding season, outdoor party season… the list goes on and on.

So we thought, what better Card of the Month to highlight than our Tiny Cards. Big Words. card packs. They’re newly designed and better than ever.

We’re obsessed with them.

With categorized packs (Strong Women, Love, Everyday, and Children), no one is left out.

Gift ‘em, keep ‘em, decorate with ‘em.

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Card of the Month: May

This month, we’re excited to highlight one of our favorite cards from our collaboration with Old Try. We love their aesthetic, and this message is one of our simplest.

“Y’all” is one of those southern-staple words that’s comforting, warm and a reminder that you’re home.

This card is special because of how open-ended it is. Sending a card just to say “hey” is something none of us do enough, and we hope that seeing this card can remind you to reach out to a friend or loved one and just check in. It makes a difference.

Remember: Never. Stop. Sending. Love. Notes.


Card of the Month: October

Fall is HERE! We’re so excited for it to finally cool down, and for things to get cozy.

That being said, this month’s Card of the Month was an easy choice. Our Climb Every Mountain card from our Heartward collection represents an awesome part of fall: being outside.

To order this card or more from our Heartward collection, reach out to us!

> breathlesspaperco@gmail.com <

 

Meet: Caitlin of Cash Color

One of our newest lines is a collaboration with Cash Color — a project by Caitlin Shirock, a lifelong artist and designer. Having the artist’s touch on our cards has been amazing and we loved hearing about Caitlin’s path to starting Cash Color. Read on and check out the line! Click here to order.


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Breathless Paper Co: How long have you been an artist? 

Caitlin: Since I can remember! My mom always tells this story about how I would comment on the colors of the leaves during fall time and how beautiful they were and she just knew someday I would do something creative.

BPC: Tell us a little about the scope of what you do and how it all began. 

C: I’ve always loved creating beautiful things. I studied fine art and then design, and went on to work in the apparel industry for a few years designing t-shirt graphics for Abercrombie & Fitch. That job was the perfect mix of graphic design and art because we did a lot of work with different typefaces which I loved and then we would also paint beach scenes and sailboats which I also loved. It was there that I fell in love with the medium, Gouache. I had never used it before but now it’s what I create 90% of my work with. I then moved to Nashville (and shortly after married my high school best bud/crush) and started freelancing here doing everything from logos, branding and identity to custom illustrated invitations for brides and other events.

I launched Cash Color last year when I realized how badly I needed to really focus in on one thing rather than trying to master them all. So thats when I started to put the time into really thinking about what I love to paint most and how I can create a brand around that. It has always been this far fetched dream to run my own business and sell my own happy, bright, fun artwork. Although extremely challenging at times, I just love learning the ins and outs of running a small biz and being the artist behind it all. It makes me so happy knowing my artwork sits in peoples beloved homes and hopefully brings them joy every single day when they look at it. I have dreams to grow into putting the art on fabrics, wallpapers, and continuing to do more fine art in the years to come!

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BPC: What do you love most about your job? 

C: I love that every day is different. I love that I can do business tasks and then use the other side of my brain and be weird, get messy and be creative :)

BPC: How did you begin working with Breathless Paper Co. (BPC)? 

C: I met Jessica at a WeWork event, I loved her cards and introduced myself — little did I know we would soon work together and partner up! She is such a sincere person and I could just tell that from the first minute of speaking with her. We later did a pop up together and got to connect even more, exchange information, supported one another and made a coffee date! I was so excited to get to know her story and how she established her amazing brand of over 10 years.

I’m so impressed by BPC, her office is adorable, her kids of course are too, and I just love how she collabs with so many different brands and creates fun products. She gets stuff done. I totally look up to her and feel blessed to have crossed paths with her.

BPC: Describe to us a little bit about the line you designed with BPC.  

C: The art is taken from my Neutral Abstract Letter Art collection. Her husband does Graphic Design and I have that in me too, so I think thats what caught their attention to the line… It’s a very well balanced, yet artful collection of all 26 letters painting in an abstract way. I grew up surrounded by monograms and have always wanted to make them more funky! This is my interpretation of that. 

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BPC: If you weren't an artist, what would you be doing? 

C: Ive honestly never really given this much thought because being an artist was just always my passion... I have always said I wanted to be an interior designer, but instead of put rooms together I get to work with designers who style my art in their gorgeous homes and rooms — so thats even more fun for me! I am a really good organizer, it comes naturally and I oddly enjoy it, so sometimes I think I should be going into homes and reorganizing peoples spaces!

BPC: BPC believes in the importance of a handwritten note and sending snail mail -- what are your thoughts on this? 

C: I am a huge advocate of this. I have in the past created personal stationery and I absolutely believe in the power of a handwritten letter. I have one in particular that has changed my life. It’s from my (now) husband and it is probably my top 5 most favorite things I own — a piece of paper with words that he took the time to thoughtfully write to me, from his heart and then mail it out! Changed my life and I hold it so dear. I love the feeling of writing a card, putting it in the mail, and sending it off to make someones day. Something so magical about it and it really works. 

BPC: Do you have a favorite type of client / project? 

C: I love working with women that just love decorating their homes and have fun with it. It is so so fun and I feel honored every time I can help bring brightness and joy into their homes by adding art to make their house a home. What's your favorite BPC card in the Cash Color line? What's your favorite BPC card not in the line? I honestly love the L” haha, I don’t know why but there is something so soothing about it and my eye just loves it! A lot of people buy they letter art just for abstract art or for the color, so I hang the L in my home for that reason, that and to me, it stands for Love.

In the BPC lines: I love the Heartward collection and specifically the “Grow through what you Go through”. Need I explain? It’s so good and so true and a good reminder everyday! But they’re all so good!!


>> Check out CashColor.com for other collections <<


Meet: Angela of Angela Elliot Design

For our Fall 2018 catalog, we added tons of fun new cards and products. One of our new lines was a collaboration with Atlanta designer Angela Wingard. We’re thrilled with how these holiday cards turned out — they’re fun, sweet and sassy, just how we like it.

We chatted with Angela a bit about her work in Atlanta, being neighbors with Jess and Matt, and the importance of a handwritten card. Keep reading to learn more about the holiday line cards she helped create.

Yes, the holidays are creeping up. I know, we can’t believe it either.

CONTACT US TO ORDER: BREATHLESSPAPERCO@GMAIL.COM


Breathless Paper Co.: How long have you been designing / illustrating?

Angela Wingard: 11 years! 

BPC: Tell us a little about the scope of what you do and how it all began.

AW: I’ve been freelancing since college and in 2008 one of my clients was a startup at ATDC (GA Tech’s tech incubator). When the economy crashed, I took the company up on their offer to go full time as their Creative Director. Almost 10 years and an acquisition later, I finally left the company to go back to freelancing and working for myself full time. I had freelanced on the side all these years doing design and photography, and just felt it was time to be my own boss again.

My corporate experience was invaluable and while it was sometimes brutal, I wouldn’t trade it for anything but I am loving being my own boss again and creating my own schedule.

As far as what I do, I’m a freelance graphic designer and photographer. I’m basically a one-woman creative firm. When a client comes to me with a desire to brand or rebrand, I do everything from logo design to web design, their marketing collateral they’ll need like presentations and brochures, business cards…and the perk is that since I do photography as well, I can usually shoot all the content for the site.

For photography, I also do families and portraits, which is a nice break sometimes from being inside designing all the time.

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BPC: What do you love most about your job?

AW: For design, its playing a small role in helping someone achieve their dream. Launching a business, a side business, or a hobby, its always inspiring to be a part of. For photography, its capturing those candid moments that they didn’t know what happened or letting them see the beauty that they offer because everyone is so critical of themselves.

My favorite part of either component is hearing “I LOVE IT” when seeing my work. 

BPC: How did you begin working with Breathless Paper Co.?

AW: I’ve known Jessica and Matt for YEARS. We were neighbors in Atlanta and became fast friends. We’ve always stayed in touch and talked about our businesses, goals, dreams, etc. The talk of collaborating has always been there, it just took Jessica and I to finally stop talking and start doing :)

BPC: Describe to us a little bit about the line you designed with BPC.

AW: We did a holiday focused line for BPC because it was something they didn’t have quite yet. I loved being humorous in the taglines we created. While I love the holidays, I’m always drawn to the cards and gifts that are dripping in sarcasm so that was the main push behind these but we threw in some feel good designs too. 

BPC: Why do you think handwritten cards are important?

AW: That moment you receive a hand written card, that feel good moment…that connection. Thats what its all about. 

BPC: Do you have a favorite type of client / project?

AW: I love branding and designing. Obviously if there are no limits and I have creative freedom, those are always fun! 

BPC: What's your favorite BPC card in the line?

AW: The pine needles one. All the way! 

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CONTACT US TO ORDER: BREATHLESSPAPERCO@GMAIL.COM

Birthday Season!

We've had a busy few months of what's known around our house as "birthday season." Me (Jess), Matt, River and Scout all have birthdays within the same few months in the summer, and as hectic as it is it's so so fun to get to celebrate all of my favorite people.

I wanted to share with you some snapshots from all these celebrations, because sharing little tidbits of my family with you all is something I just love. 

Plus, birthdays are probably the most notorious time to give a card and write a handwritten note to someone you care about. We think that's so special, and we're glad to get to be a part of that tradition. See some of our favorite birthday cards below, too! 

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In addition to celebrating at home, we did a joint party for the two kiddos, and it was sports themed and so much fun – not to mention chaotic... :)

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For Matt's birthday, we went to the Ryman. One of his favorite places in Music City (and mine!)

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For my birthday, I was gifted my favorite things from my favorite people: flowers, and the sweetest handwritten notes.

A Breathless Paper Christmas ♥

This Christmas, our family is venturing back to Atlanta to spend time with extended family. 

Back in Nashville, though, our tree is all decorated with ornaments picked out by our little ones -- mostly from our family shop, Urban Cottage in Atlanta. 

I am so excited to tackle Christmas Eve dinner this year for not only my little family, but for my parents, sister and her new husband. I'll be whipping up apps, dinner and cocktails. Of course, Scout and River will be helping too. They're especially looking forward to being on cookie decorating duty. 

Music is a huge thing for us, and so we'll definitely be jamming out to Christmas tunes allllll weekend and while we cook and open presents. Not gonna lie... it's pretty cute watching them dance and sing to all the classics. 

We'll be continuing some traditions from my own childhood, like exchanging gifts on Christmas Eve after dinner, and opening Santa gifts on Christmas morning. 

While we love giving gifts, we try to keep it minimal. We want the togetherness to be the focus, not the receiving of gifts. 

This year we focused our time, energy, and funds toward donating to two families to allow them to have a Christmas. 

We hope you & yours have the most beautiful, warm, peaceful & giving holiday this year. And if you're giving a Breathless Paper Co. card, we'd love to see what you're giving! Remember to tag #BeBreathless ;)

Still need a card or two? Order on our retail site! Right now, get 15% orders of $20 or more. Because we love you guys.

XOXO,

Breathless Paper Co.


P.S. Don't forget to take part in our #BeBreathless campaign now through the end of February, 2018! We want you to show us where and to who our cards travel to! Snap pics of one (or more!) of our cards out in the world and post on Instagram. Hashtag #BeBreathless, tag @BreathlessPaper, and be entered to win $500 worth of cards to gift to your loved ones or keep for yourself. Winner announced after close of contest.