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industrial inspirations + studio expansion

1. metal task lamp  2. industrial bookshelves  3. industrial light  4. Roman & Williams interiors  5. telephone print  6. Hendrix Desk  7. woven rug  8. vintage wooden flat file (another option here)  9. brass table lamp  10. soren chair


We're so thrilled to see how Rifle Paper Co. has continued to grow over these past 2 years (officially 2 years in November!). It's been a TON of hard work but it's also been incredibly rewarding to watch the line grow from our little 1 bedroom apartment to a full-blown operation. It seems we've already grown out of our current studio space so we signed the lease on the building next to us and are currently in the process of combining the two (they're literally drilling a big hole in the wall this week!).

Our office has been a mess for the past few months with boxes everywhere so with this new space I'm determined to find a home for everything and create an incredibly organized operation (we'll see.. I'm naturally a horribly messy person). Our current space will still have our storefront and behind it will be our production area where we box up cards and assemble all of our product by hand, a shipping nook, and storage for all of our cards & products. The new space has a bit of a different layout than our current building. It's set up running parallel to the street with lots of big windows. We'll move most of the desk/work space in there and are building out a meeting room and a closed off office space for myself. I am SUPER excited. I basically live at this office so it feels like I'm planning out my new home :) 

Above is my inspiration palette for the new space. I love Roman & Williams interiors/architecture and am trying to bring in the warm industrial look. Contrary to most of our designs, my interior design taste leans more toward simple and masculine with a lot of wood rather than feminine and colorful.. but I also think that helps keep things timeless and fresh. I'm on a tight budget because buildouts get ridiculously pricey extremely fast but I'm having fun scouring the internet for cool finds..


 Above: our new light-filled new studio expansion. the wall at the back of the photo connects to our current space & will have an opening with steps. It looks pretty bare but we're supposedly on track to move in in a couple weeks...


new goods in the shop


we've got some new goods in the shop including new recipe cards, greeting cards and art prints!

and... enjoy 15% off the Featured section now through Aug. 1 with code 'SUMMER15'



new calendars & notepads

sooo, I had no idea it's been almost a month since my last post! ...apparently I've been really busy. well, I've known I've been busy but I guess I didn't realize the extent of it. 

above are a few photos of new products that will be available soon.. 2 new 2012 calendars (a larger botanical wall calendar and a smaller fruit calendar). We also have 4 new notepads that will be in the shop sometime in the next few weeks.

we'll also be adding a whole slew of new cards to the store early next week.. 


Rifle Paper Co. job openings

we currently have 2 job openings at Rifle Paper Co., a graphic design position and an assistant/project manager.

click here to read the full job descriptions and instructions on how to apply!


jennifer & alex custom wedding suite

I know last year was crazy because I realized that I hadn't shared, or even taken photos of, some of my favorite custom wedding sets that I now designed over a year and a half ago. I started Rifle Paper Co. by designing custom wedding invitations and it's something I absolutely love but while our little company has grown I haven't had as much time to do full custom sets. This set is one of my favorites though so I thought I would finally share it!

The couple got married at the Bowery Hotel in NY. The bride is from NY and her fiancé is from London so the illustration on the front of the invite reflected both locations in the background. The inspiration for the set was the vintage style interior of the Bowery Hotel (one of my favorite hotels) and we also took inspiration from the beautiful Saipua floral arrangements that would be at the wedding (view photos of the couple's actual florals here). The color palette used pastel pinks & greens for the Spring wedding but grounded in blacks & muted tones to add sophistication to the set.

We worked together on the day of pieces as well (escort cards, menu, table numbers, etc.) which was really fun. One of my favorite pieces we did for that was the little wedding program with three pages tied together with Angela Ligouri's Italian cotton ribbon, which I'm obsessed with.

view photos from the couple's wedding here. florals by saipua here.



p.s. have a lovely Memorial Day weekend! I'm hoping that I'll finally have time to finish that Paris recommendations post ;) ...and on Monday I'm going to post a couple awesome job openings at Rifle! 

all work & images by Anna Bond © Rifle Paper Co./Rifle Inc. 


post NSS trip to Anthropologie & Terrain

Well, if anyone knows me they know I'm quite a big fan of Anthropologie so I was beyond excited when they asked Nathan & I if we wanted to visit their offices after the stationery show to say hello and have a few meetings. I tried very hard to contain my bursting excitement when we arrived and snapped a few photos to share with you!

Above are a few photos of the Anthro building (the complex in the naval yard has buildings for each brand such as Urban OutfittersBHLDN, & Free People). I loved big open & bright space. It seemed like such a bustling creative environment with swatches of fabric and color everywhere you looked.

The photos above show the main entrance lobby & table, a view to the open workspace, beautiful terrariums on the front table, an amazing bike from India? that we were told would be sold in a few stores during the holidays, and the exterior of the building. 

Nathan and I decided to make a day trip out of our visit so from there we headed 30 min. south to Terrain at Styer's (also owned by Anthro) for shopping and dinner the cafe...

I LOVED Terrain. It was absolutely gorgeous between the outdoor nursery and the greenhouse style shop & cafe. Everything about it was so well done. As poor Nathan can attest I spent way too much time circling the shop a million times looking at everything and trying to pick out a late Mother's Day gift for my mom. The cafe was amazing as well. I especially enjoyed the baked bread in the terra cotta pot with the most delicious lavender honey butter.. yum.

In the photos above... hydrangeas & flowers, entrance sign, furniture gallery building, the inside of the shop, amazing bread baked in terra cotta pots, checking out the card wall (Terrain carries a few Rifle Paper Co. cards!), awesome ketchup label, beautiful items in the shop, and a view of the nursery


all photos by anna bond


NSS recap

photos from the show (top to bottom)our finished booth, new notepads, calendars, coaster sets, one of our new holiday cards with gold foil printing, and photos from setting up (it's a mad house in there until the show opens).. our aisle, my mom painting (mom's are the best), and Nathan & Bethany setting up furniture


Soo, the madness that is the National Stationery Show is finally over. It was actually a lot of fun but I am honestly a little relieved because I went a bit crazy the weeks before the show creating a slew of new designs and products and my mind needs a little creative break. It was a blur of late nights, coffee binges, and all-nighters but I'm so excited for all of the new items we'll have a available soon (some should be in the shop as early as this week).

As for the show itself, it was so fun to be there for the second time. We knew more about what to expect and the nervousness of being there for the first time was gone. It was also so fun to be able to chat with so many people I only know through the internet and some of you awesome readers of this blog. Huge thanks to those of you who were there and said hello! 

Above are a few photos from our booth. I just realized that I didn't take as many photos as I thought I did but it gives you a glimpse of our setup and some of our new goods. My approach to our booth design is clean & simple to let the products stand out but I was highly impressed by some other booths who had crazy things like windows and bikes make out of foamcore.

If you have any questions about the show or our new goods feel free to ask in the comments..

a few other kind blogs took some photos of our booth in their NSS roundups.. feel free to check 'em out if you interested or super bored at work..  design*spongeoh so beautiful paperthe obsessive imagist


Stationery Show preview!!

Assorted 'Hello' cards with gold foil printing.

1. Just a Little Note Card  2. Botanical Coaster Set (8 coasters, 4 designs)  3. Vintage Happy Birthday Mermaid Card with gold foil & matching gold envelope  4. Girlie Dog Set  5. Vintage Telephone Message Notepad

these are previews of new products. we expect most items to be available in our online store over the summer.

a snapshot of my office wall during stationery show planning & designing... and oh boy, is it a mess in there..


For those who are unaware, the National Stationery Show is an industry trade show for stationery in New York. It's held once a year and it's primarily for retail buyers to purchase wholesale cards along with press and a platform to debut new goods. 

Last year was our debut show (crazy!) and we're very excited to be going back again. I think I've just about doubled our collection and have created the most new products since our debut. I'm so excited to share these previews and there's even more to come. We've added lots of new cards, coaster sets, notepads, new recipe cards and more. I'll be sure to let you know when the items are in our online store which we expect to be sometime this summer.

if you happen to be going to the show please stop by and say hello! We're in booths 3124 & 3126.


all images & designs © rifle paper co.


Paris Trip Part 1: getting there

photos of the The Seine & me standing in the Place de la Concorde (Champs-Elysées & Arc de Triomphe in background).

Paris Trip Part 1: Getting There

I can't believe it's already been a couple weeks since i've returned from Paris but I had the most wonderful time. Time is now flying by as I prepare for the National Stationery Show in New York but I wanted to post about my trip before too long.

I thought I'd post in 3 parts.. why i decided to go, my pictures , and my compilation of suggestions and tips for those planning their own Parisian getaway.

I decided to go to Paris very last minute and started planning the trip about 2 weeks before I left. I've been working so hard, non-stop for the past year and a half and it really started to take a toll on me after the new year. I felt like I just needed to get away for a week to recharge and find some new creative inspiration. So, I gave myself a reasonable budget and started looking at renting a house or apartment in a US city. On a whim I researched the cost of a trip to Paris (it's always been a dream to go) and was shocked to find it was coming out around the same price. So, why not? I hunted down a great 1 bedroom apartment for an amazing rate in Le Marais and booked the trip. 

I'm not a big planner, especially when I travel. I like to have some things planned and to be prepared to find my way around but I also love being spontaneous and the freedom to just wing it. So, I gathered all your wonderful suggestions (which were so helpful and I will organize & post into Part 3), downloaded some great apps (Paris Metro, maps, and a translator) and was on my way! 

the corner of the apartment building I stayed in in Le Marais (4th Arr.) and my work desk overlooking the courtyard.

The point of the trip was to see new things/creative inspiration, work on new product designs, and try to promote Rifle Paper Co. to a some shops in Paris. I rented an apartment so that I'd have a great workspace during the trip and immediately set up a desk area by my courtyard window. My overseas office consisted of my painting materials (paints, paper, and brushes), my laptop, travel scanner, and portable hard drive. 

I decided to explore the city each morning for inspiration and then came back to the apartment late afternoon to relax , sketch, and work. I have to say, it worked out wonderfully and I fell in love with Paris. It was everything (and more) that I hoped it would be. Oh, the cafes! I don't think you have to go far away or exotic to be able to recharge but it's something that I think is so important for anyone who works hard. It made me realize how little time I was taking on a daily basis to just relax and enjoy myself so I'm trying to make that a priority and I already see how it helps me work better. For example, I used to rush out to get lunch and often brought it back to eat at my desk while i worked. I've decided to take a longer lunch break and walk, instead of drive, to a place to eat and read a book while I'm there.. that little change has already made a huge difference. It's easy to forget that the breaks can actually make you work more efficiently. So, in that sense, the trip was wonderful for me. I feel refreshed, recharged, and full of new ideas.

On monday I'll post my photos from the trip and on wednesday i'll organize your tips and my own for visiting Paris (and traveling solo)...


p.s. Happy Easter Weekend!

all photos by Anna Bond


book-themed invitations for Martha Stewart Living


my mom just texted me (love it) that the May issue of Martha Stewart Living is out which features our illustrated book-themed baby shower invitations. I was so excited to work on this suite. The theme is SO adorable and I love how the whole feature came out.. so whimsical and charming and I love everything about vintage children's books. 

You can also download the clip art for the invite, bookmark, and bookplate on the Martha Stewart website for free right here!

p.s. I am back home in Florida after a wonderful trip to Paris. Yes, I am going through pastry withdrawal but I'm also happy to be back home with Nathan and back to work refreshed with loads of new inspiration. I hope to recap the trip with lots of pictures later this week!



new spring goods in the shop!

We've got some new spring stationery in the shop! I've been working hard on lots of new goods, most of which will debut at the National Stationery Show in May, but some before then like these. As you can probably see, I've been inspired by bold colors and florals and these new cards are happy and fun to welcome in the new season. 

check out all of the new goods here (including Easter cards) and enjoy 10% off everything in our Featured section of favorite picks by using code SPRING10 at checkout now through March 28th.

Left to Right, Top to Bottom: assorted insect card set, 8x10 citrus print, garden thank you card, whimsical forest thank you card, floral burst birthday card, citrus card (also avail. assorted).


rifle paper co. 2011 sneak peek! 

I thought I'd share a little sneak peek of some of our new 2011 designs! I'm working hard to create lots of new products that will be debuting at the National Stationery Show in May and can't wait to share more. I'm so excited about the new goods and have definitely been inspired by bold florals and loads of color.

One of my favorite new products is the notebook set that I did in collaboration with Chronicle Books. The set comes with all 3 colors and they're spiced up with foiled text on the covers and metallic ink on the interiors. Pre-orders should be available soon but I believe they'll hit stores around the Fall...

There's also a new thank you card and assorted insect set that will be available in stores this Spring (ahead of the show). The ladybug card is part of an exclusive insect character collection for Anthropologie shops.

hope you everything like so far!


p.s... check out a little interview that I did over on Lottie Loves today.. if you'd like


custom couple print giveaway!

I'm doing a custom couple print giveaway in time for Valentine's Day! To enter, leave a comment below sharing what you love most about who you'd give this to. I'll pick a random winner tomorrow evening at 5pm (EST).

about the prints:

prints are 8"x10" (the winner's will include a frame) and there are two design options available.. each with multiple colors. Prints include hand-painted custom couple illustrations, hand-lettering, and customizable text at the bottom. Printed on archival watercolor paper.

We'll make sure your print arrives in time for Valentine's Day.

Open to U.S. customers only (sorry, it's due to shipping)

**UPDATE: be sure to leave your email address when you comment. No one will see it but me and I'll need it to get in touch with you if you're the winner. 

**GIVEAWAY ENDED** the giveaway is now closed and I randomly generated a winner. stay tuned for the announcement as well as a few discount codes to use in the shop.


valentine's day goods...

our Valentine's Day goods are in the shop! We've got some new cards, an assorted set, and new custom illustrated portrait prints

check out the collection here and save 10% on all Valentine's goods now through Jan. 24 by using code 'LOVE10' at checkout.

images by Rifle Paper Co.


Studio Tour Pt. 3: Grand Opening Party

all photos by Studio222 Photography

Here are a few photos (taken by friends Studio222 Photography) from our store opening party that we held for family, friends and associates in November. I was incredibly busy around the time so I really didn't do too much in the way of planning or decorating. However, with the help of the talented Janelle who works with us, there were lots of gold glitter stars and paper decorations made with our pine wrapping sheets hanging from the ceiling.

We served cupcakes from Blue Bird Bake Shop, my mother-in-law's amazing homemade pies, beer & champagne. We also played old records on our tabletop record player.

It was a great night and it was so fun to be able to celebrate with those closest to us to kick off the opening of the shop! 

photos by Studio222

p.s. that's yours truly holding the beer & wearing my favorite sequin skirt.