When I'm not designing greeting cards at my work-from-home job, developing products and directing artwork during my day job or trying to sleep but without any real success (who needs sleep anyway?) - that's when I get to take a creative break and say "Paper Goodness!" The dedicated blog of my paper company, TamTam Design Studio, Paper Goodness represents the many divine inspirations dear to my heart. If you have any comments, thoughts, ideas, or inspirations - or if you make the coolest things ever - I would love to hear from you! Happiness and Hugs =) xoxo, tam
That's right folks... we are proud to announce that our latest paper goodness is finally here! The first four of many custom invites by TamTam Design Studio are now available for pre-order in the etsy shop until our invitation site build-out is complete. So, be sure to check them out bothhere and here and a very special thank you to Daily Candy for helping us announce our newest line introduction! So exciting! Yah!
Please note: Invites begin shipping October 31st, 2009, but you are able to pre-order the goodies on ETSY starting today! Thanks for stopping by!
Hello Lovelies! I've been so busy but I don't want to keep the photos away (or suspense up) for any longer! The Grand Opening of Paper Stories was such a huge success! A very special thank you to all of my wonderful friends and family who traveled both near and far to celebrate with both Kelly and I. It was a fabulous turnout and I already miss seeing each of your faces already!
For those of you who could not make it- thank you for all the sweet notes and phone calls... you were all in my thoughts too! Hope to see more of you in the coming weeks, we still have lots of goodies in store and more coming soon!!!
Now if you'll please forgive my non-color corrected photography.... shipping 1000 cards in the next 2 weeks ;)
Here is the Grand Internet Reveal of PAPER STORIES- Boutique and Workspace:
Paper Stories is an eco-friendly paper boutique and workspace located at the Shops of Station Square, on the nationally acclaimed Prairie Crossing conservation community in Grayslake, IL. An eclectic mix of modern style and motif, two in-house designers, and bursts of color counterbalance vintage printing presses and a reflection on creating art as it was done in the past. From the refinement and revival of the handwritten note to the painstakingly hand-set type of a story written long ago - this is our Paper Stories.
Paper Storiesis the shared vision and common goal of both Kelly Maron (of Paper Stories Letterpress) and Tami Rasmussen (of TamTam Design Studio).
Our concept includes:
Providing unique workshops and creative classes that explore each the book and paper arts, independent craft movement, and DIY generation.
Reflecting on and preserving the creation of art as it was once done in the past.
Promoting the art of correspondence and reviving and refining the lost art of the handwritten note.
Creating a boutique to sell our designs as well as the designs of other eco-friendly, independent artists whom we both admire.
Encouraging collaboration and creativity through the sharing of workspace.
Always doing the best we can by our precious planet earth.
If you have any questions or comments you can reach both Tami and Kelly in one place via: email@example.com
And just in case you are confused or wondering... ;)
We will still be producing our own independent wholesale and custom card lines under our same name and company. Nothing has changed there... except that TamTam Design Studio Headquarters now reside within the Paper Stories - Boutique and Workspace, alongside Paper Stories Letterpress, and we no longer sprinkle cards with glitter in our kitchen! Wahoo! We are the same company- only better. And we get to work with our dear paper friend in a hip, new place. Yah!
If you are in Chicago - We'd love you to join us at the Paper Stories Grand Opening!
Mila at GCA just sent me a few photos from the LOUIE'S Gala last month and I wanted to share just this one. Not the best photo of me- but of course my mom says she thinks it's good and that I look sooo happy! (Don't all mother's say that!) But really... it truely was a surreal and VERY proud and happy evening. Yah!
Thanks to to all of you for supporting me and my lil' card company. We love you.. and without all of you this little dream of mine would never be possible!
(Pictured from left to right: Presenter: GCA Executive VP - Valerie Cooper, CAE, Me - Accepting Card of the Year Honors, and Presenter: GCA President - Steve Laserson, American Greetings)
I wanted to share a few more photos from my very first NSS Booth #1930 with you all, and in addition I have some very exciting news to share!
I am happy to announce that while attending the 2009 National Stationery Show we took home our very first LOUIE Award as the "Rising Star" winner in the Above $3 category. This was such an honor alone that I could really not believe my own ears when TamTam was called at the end of the evening and awarded the 2008 LOUIE "Card of the Year" Award! (I don't think I have ever won anything in my life besides a coloring contest! Haha!) Both LOUIE'S went to the same "Sweet Birthday Wishes" card.
So here it is! My Cupcakes in all their sparkling glory!
The LOUIE Awards -the greeting card equivalent of the Academy Awards, took place Monday evening at a gala at the Capitalein NYC. Rising Star was a new category open to companies under 3 years in the industry- so cool! We were also a finalist for our "Merry and Bright" Christmas Greeting, which MeriMeri took the LOUIE home for. (Congrats to MM- I am a big fan of their cards!) Sharing the honor of Card of the Year is Compendium for it's win in the Under $3 category. They were also very deserving of the win and I was happy to share the designation with them. (Sweet couple too!)
Read more about this year's LOUIE Awards here orhere too if you are interested!
Anyhow, I am slowly getting back to reality and home working non-stop on orders, entering contacts, getting organized, and designing new items for a fall printing! It's been awhile since I have been this inspired and I must say - it feels amazing!
Here are some more booth photos, as promised!
All dressed up and ready to go!
My favorite part of the whole booth!
The tabletop display.
Sweet Bowl o' Business Cards!
Notice the LOUIE made an appearance on the teal cake stand!
I am happy to say we have arrived in NYC, the TamTam Booth is ready to go, and NSS begins tomorrow!!! Yah!
Here are a few peeks from Set-Up... and then it's my last BEDTIME before SHOWTIME!!!! I'll try to post more tomorrow! (Hope to see many of you then!)
Entering the Javitz to Register... I love it here.
Welcome TamTam Design Studio!
The Booth (and Mom) - fairly close to arrival time.
I was to busy admiring the walls that my mom started assembling before I remembered to take a "before" pic. Ooops! The wall were installed for me by Manny Stone Decorators and built before my arrival. Turned out awesome = immediate sigh of relief. (Please let rest of show be this easy!) The sign you see in the background comes with your booth and company name printed on it. Yuck! It was torn down almost immediately but, of course, I had to save it anyway. It will be coming home with me in my already-full suitcase. Haha.
No photos because....
We were working hard for 8+ hours.
Here we are nearing the finish line... Mom and Booth - Almost Done!
She did so good... I love my mom!
(Sorry, the photos are pretty bad and I have no time for photoshop... or make-up at this point! Eeek!)
Well, thats all for tonight, more photos tomorrow if possible. And don't forget - stop by the TamTam Booth #1930 this week if your in NYC... I promise it's even prettier in person! Yah!
In all the excitement of launching the blog and first posts last Sunday, I somehow caught the stomach flu and have been completely and utterly wiped out until today. No fun at all. Thankfully, I've turned a new corner today and am finally starting to feel like myself again. Many naps and of cups of chamomile tea to thank for that! I'm going to be taking it easy for a few more days - but wanted to pop by and re-announce that a lot of great things are in the works at Paper Goodness and I'll officially "start over" my week of posts on Sunday. (Let's just hope that any lil' bugs stay far, far away this time!)
It surely has been an eventful month around here at TamTam - so much happening and no blogging to capture it these past few weeks! Those of you in Chicago know how bitterly cold it's been as well. I've been hibernating since the New Year and anxiously awaiting Spring, even if I know it's only wishful thinking before February. Perhaps a blessing in disguise, all the snow and cold-inducing weather has given me even more reason to stay inside, drink coffee to my heart's content, and officially kept my first new years resolution EVER... A NEW BLOG!
"Paper Goodness" is officially here and super I'm excited that this new blog - while still a work in progress - is certainly a more representative image of what is to come (and much improved from the standard blogger template I've been posting to for the past year!)
Paper Goodness is meant as a scrapbook of sorts to all things inspiring my life and art. You'll find all sorts of pieces of me here in the month's to come and I hope you'll feel free to share any of your own great ideas, inspirations, artwork with me as well! Please take a minute to bookmark the new blog and submit your email to our RSS feed in the top left corner as I hope you will join me on my newest, great "internet" adventure! Don't forget to stop by TamTam Design as well and see what is new in the Studio after the daily reads!