So Noted: Scrapbooks

Jessica Helfand has recently authored Scrapbooks: An American History. This richly illustrated book, published by Yale University Press, is the first to focus close attention on the history of American scrapbooks—their origins, their makers, their diverse forms, the reasons for their popularity, and their place in American cultural life.

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Spring Art Thing

’tis the moment to be pastel, whether you’re a bud, a Spring sweater, or an Easter egg. A Crafty Mom (CM) of our acquaintance recently came up with quite the bright idea for egg-dyeing supplies. When her children were finished coloring their eggs, CM let them paint greeting cards. The wax crayon from the kit was irresistible {like this pun} for printing the message.

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Bon mots from Bell’occhio

Bell’occhio, whose last three syllables are the same as Pinocchio, is greater than the sumptuousness of its parts: an exquisite shop, a simple-yet-superb website, and gift presentations that have charmed recipients for over 20 years now. Bell’occhio gets lots of great press for its whimsy, but I want to show you some of its wit.

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Strutting Their Strathmore

The winners of The Strathmore Show for the first quarter of 2009 have been selected. I chatted with someone at each of the three design firms and hope you will enjoy this up-close-and-papery reportage. Thought-provoking question: What do these three projects have in common {other than that they are all printed on Strathmore}? The first five readers to respond will receive The Editor’s Spring Stamp Fling.

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Everybody Dance Now

I’ve been involved with the translation of dance to the printed page for many years, first as designer and art director of a magazine called Dance Ink, and later as the designer and editor of 2wice. Both are on display until May 22nd at the AIGA in New York, in a retrospective of the two publications.

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Reform School

Gelatobaby’s recent post on knitting sent me straight to ReForm School. Being obsessed with paper, I was drawn to their literature section and found The Most Perfect Card on the Paper Planet.

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