Road to the Show: Part 2

Last I left-off, I had officially signed up to exhibit at NSS 2014 and now I’m realizing just how quickly it’s coming!  I’ve been reading so many helpful blogs and hope that this will serve for the future generations of first-timers. 

I’ve decided to make the booth on my own rather than outsourcing the cost. (Okay, not ENTIRELY on my own).  Since NYC is in close proximity, shipping won’t be an issue. I’ve gone with folding hardwood walls that can be assembled together on the Javits Center poles.  Each panel is about 4x4, with some extra space for the poles, and are hinged on one end. All together with a little bit of magic saw dust, we’ll have a booth soon!

After the walls are up and the paint is on, I’m pretty excited to put on my interior decorator hat (if I can find it).

Back in the studio, I’ve been pushing the collection in a slightly new direction. Mainly spicing it up with some wit, more gender-neutral designs, and perhaps a few unicorns.  The 2013 Out Loud Greetings would have not of that, but I’ll save the inner workings of the creative process for it’s own post. I’ve been filling up a new moleskin to the brim with thumbnails, bits of copy, and to-do lists galore. The goal is to expand the card collection tri-fold (or more). Since I scrapped some old designs, Out Loud Greetings has been operating on less than a dozen designs for several months.  Now, I’m hoping to push that number to at least 3-4 dozen!!

If there’s anything I’ve learned so far it’s that you can not start early enough for a show this size!

Some more #moodboarding going on while sketching out new designs! Stay tuned!

Some more #moodboarding going on while sketching out new designs! Stay tuned!

Okay, saw this, and had to feature it. Mariëlle over at MagicalDaydream has some of the most inspiring DIY projects I’ve seen. Kudos on the unicorn piñata, I think it just might inspire a birthday card. Learn how it’s done!

Okay, saw this, and had to feature it. Mariëlle over at MagicalDaydream has some of the most inspiring DIY projects I’ve seen. Kudos on the unicorn piñata, I think it just might inspire a birthday card. Learn how it’s done!

The Road to the Show: Part 1

Two years ago I was lucky enough to step foot into the most massive, fluorescent-flooded stationery bazaar I had ever seen: The NationalStationery Show. Talk about organized chaos. Even from a visitor’s eyes you could tell there was a degree of madness behind the perfectly placed cards and accessories propped up throughout the floor. Bags  full of samples flew by and chirpy booth barons stood at every corner.

I kinda loved it.

I had only just started Out Loud Greetings at the time and didn’t really consider that my still-incubating idea could be part of all of that. So on I went through the year at my snail’s pace producing cards and making a mention of it here and there. It wasn’t until this past year that the whole “playing small” wasn’t cutting it for me. I wanted more for Out Loud Greetings, So here I stand. Somehow signed up for the biggest stationery show in the country. Thanks to a successful Crowdfunding campaign and all the generous funders, this May you’ll be able to find me in my little 80sq foot land of dreams:

Booth 1664.

The coming months will be nothing short of a marathon. Plans to quadrupole the collection, design and build a booth, and maybe even open up into additional products (invitations and gift wrap anyone?) will have me busy busy busy. It’s all (two) hands on deck!

Why I Never Want to Be Just Like Straight People (And Why You Shouldn’t Either)

Noah Michelson Noah MichelsonEditor, HuffPost Gay Voices:

"Ideally, if and when we are truly equal, it will mean we will no longer judge those — queer or not — who are in "traditional" or "nontraditional" relationships, who do or don’t align with or conform to long-held idea(l)s about what a man or woman should look or act like, who are open and honest about their desires and longings and needs."

Read it here!

What’s Next for the Gay Rights Movement

You know I thought this needed a second wind. After a few conversations around gay culture and gender identity lately I was reminded how much I enjoyed this piece from Newsweek:

If we are lucky, this next phase of the rainbow revolution will make room not just for the transgender and gender variant, but also for straight and gender-consonant boys and men—and the girls and women who live with them. Right now, boys are still raised with the idea that they have to button it all up. They can’t express compassion. They can’t be soft. Man up. Boys don’t cry. But we lose a lot of humanity by forcing boys into the masculinity vise. Yes, it especially hurts transgender children and boys who will grow up to be gay, but it hurts all boys and men, leading to bullying, cruelty, mockery, and serious failures of empathy. Sexual violence has been linked to this toxic masculinity that permits no vulnerability.”

Fierce T-Rex by Elisha Hale

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