p.s. Marianne Cook’s Green stationery venture is making a difference

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[Tom Biederbeck] Marianne Cook already had an extensive retail career in the greeting card industry when she began to notice something that concerned her. As a buyer for national powers like Target, she saw a lack of attention to the sustainability of the paper we use every day. It was an epiphany that led her to change her career. She left the corporate world and launched her firm Green Stationery, which offers eco-friendly stationery for home and office. We asked Cook about her path to entrepreneurship and what makes her venture unique.

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Angelica Berrie on the enduring magic of corresponding on paper

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Continuing our coverage of the National Stationery Show, we asked Angelica Berrie, CEO of Kate’s Paperie, to comment on the role of paper in our lives. “Paper,” says Berrie, “is the canvas on which we transmit ideas, project our image and reflect our personal style.”

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Minted.com’s fresh idea: an online invitation meritocracy where design rules

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[Alyson Kuhn] Mariam Naficy founded Minted.com in 2007. The company sells wedding (and other) invitations, holiday photo cards and social stationery online. Here’s the twist, or rather the sprig: Almost all of the designs they offer are selected by their users. It’s more than a community — it’s a meritocracy. And it’s thriving.

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National Stationery Show: The Monday morning swag report

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[Alyson Kuhn] I am in New York for the National Stationery Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, which I think of as The Jumbo J. Actually, I guess I could shorten that to The Jumbo, or even just Jumbo, a city within a city, like SoHo, NoHo and Dumbo. Sunday was opening day at the show, and I’d like to show you some of my swag du jour.

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Mohawk pick of the week: Scavenger Hunt!

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Are calling cards a thing of the past? Banish the thought! Thornwillow Press, a producer of elegant, quirky and colorful engraved notecards, fine bindings and paste papers (sold, for example, in the Felt & Wire Shop), is having a contest featuring these tiny pieces of print.

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Beautiful butterfly alights on big envelopes

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On Monday, May 17, the US Postal Service debuts a 64¢ stamp, created especially for mailing large greeting cards (taller than 6-1/8 inches). Scoop up a flight of these Monarchs, and you will no longer wonder how much postage you need. Ha

ving a lovely stamp especially for this rate is a very square deal. Why, yes, that is a pun, because this stamp will also work on square envelopes (which likewise require extra postage).

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