These can be a great gift for those that like to personalize their messages. These self inking stamps are from Knock Knock, sometimes the best gifts are the ones that make you smile and not the ones that cost a lot. For more affordable gift ideas click here.
The Butter Custom Design
These designs are all from The Butter, a place where custom designs are made all day long. They provide custom stationery, rubber stamps, labels and even sticky notes. If you have an idea for your business or family stationery, this is a great place to start at. I really liked their style and the variety of things they can make, it's a great place for stationery ideas too. For more on The Butter, click here.
With so much digital access, Illustration is sometimes seen as an older art form. The natural and organic look of illustrations really bring things to a simpler and more exciting level. The fact that an illustration is unique every time is drawn is what makes it so special. These prints above are from 1canoe2, they hand make every print using wood cutouts or letterpress. Their pieces are available on Etsy. If you want to see more of their posters click here.
Handmade Journals from Derrick Velasquez
A notebook is the perfect blank canvas for creativity, these notebooks are all handmade by Derrik Velasquez. There are two sizes available and plenty of colors and patterns to choose from. The variety is mesmerizing, how do you choose one from so many fun covers? I found them a the Renegade Craft Fair in Los Angeles and they are super well made. You can check the online store here.
While I was at the Renegade Craft Fair I learned about new talented artists designing paper goods. The fair was filled with good work so here is one of the companies that caught my eye. They are Paper Pastries, they have super sweet designs and a great color selection. There were some really cute greeting cards and notebooks on sale at their booth, if you have a sweet tooth for paper goods this is a great place to start, click here to visit their website .
Pattern design is one of those things that is extremely hard to do but the final result is always so beautiful and simple. I am a big admirer of artists that dedicate their life to making new patterns everyday. This is a skill that opens opportunities to so many mediums, Olive Manna is a great place to find patterns being applied to a variety of products. At Olive Manna you can see the designer's patterns printed on notebooks, fabrics, tags and even plates. This place is a piece of heaven for me. I not only love the product but also the way the site is made to be welcoming and simple. Take a break and check Olive Manna here, you'll be inspired.
The best part is that through the month of June Olive Manna is offering all Putucos readers a 10% off discount with the code PUTUCOS at checkout. Enjoy!!!
I saw this website today and I was excited to see Paperfinger delicate style and beautiful usage of handwritten messages. You can buy a rubber stamp with a message handwritten or you can make props for weddings, events and stationery pieces. Everything is custom made to match your needs, visit Paperfinger here and also check it out in their Etsy store. The options are endless!
The Orange County based letterpress studio Elum has the most adorable designs for greeting cards and stationery sets in the area. Elum works really hard to keep things classic, fresh and environmentally friendly. These are the cards that you receive and keep forever, you can see the amount passion and work that goes into each card. It was hard to just pick four cards to show you so if you like these ones you should visit their website here to see the rest of line of paper goods.
500 Color Pencils by Social Designer
Color pencils were always my favorite gift as a kid. I never had enough colors in my pencil case. This is why I was very excited to see the Social Designer's website, they offer a subscription to ship 25 color pencils monthly for 20 months; this way you can pay for them slowly and be the proud owner of an incredible 500 color pencil set!.
As you can imagine, 500 color pencils will not be your ordinary art set, this is something worth displaying. Social Designer sells four different types of displays, they are all fantastic ways to show this beautiful collection. I can't stop looking at their images. They inspire me to take my color pencils out and start drawing.
Publish Your Own Book
Blurb is a website where you design you own books, anything from photo albums to a cook book. Blurb provides the software and you bring your ideas, making everything exactly the way you want it. Once you are finished you can order it and have your family or friends order their own books through the Blurb website.
Blurb takes photo sharing to the next level, the options are infinite. I found many artists and photographers selling their books here, it seems like a simpler way to make you book ideas a reality. I also see newlyweds making their wedding photo albums here and sharing them with their families. The books go anywhere between $14 and $100 depending on the size, number of pages and if you want it with a soft or hard cover.
I think this would also be a great gift for kids and parents, maybe it's a book with photos of their birthday party or a customized story book for a child. Go to Blurb.com and bring your creativity along, you might come up with some other book ideas tha...