“The stationery and paper goods industry is a pretty special and remarkable place. In what other industry is the focus on sharing and spreading more love?”
Allison and Jamie Nadeau, NSS exhibitors and co-owners, INK MEETS PAPER
Married since 2003, Jamie and I have always enjoyed working on various creative projects with one another. Running a business has been a natural extension of that ability to work well with each other. INK MEETS PAPER initially started as a side/hobby project back in 2006, when I designed and printed custom stationery and invitations for friends and family. The love for the craft of letterpress printing came in 2008 with a class at a local art gallery/studio in Charleston. After spending so much time behind the screen, we realized how refreshing is was to be so hands-on and involved in the physical process of creating a printed piece. That same year, we purchased our first (and currently only) press: a 1,000+ pound Chandler & Price.
As we became comfortable printing on antique equipment, we started to explore more segments of the paper industry (stationery/greeting cards, wedding invitations, custom printing for others). In particular, the idea of connecting people with handwritten correspondence really resonated with both of us, and we saw greeting cards as an accessible way of encouraging people to text less and write more. With that passion for the handcrafted and the handwritten, we launched the INK MEETS PAPER wholesale line in 2010.
Lots of inspiration for our cards comes from relationships (often our own), and the sweet or quirky phrases that come from those. The sentiments for INK MEETS PAPER cards are honest and heartfelt; for example, “I Love You Even More Today Than Yesterday” or “Let’s Grow Old Together and Still Hold Hands”. They focus on the importance of sending handwritten love, from birthday cards and happy new home cards to friendship cards and love + anniversary cards.
The wholesale greeting card and paper goods line makes up the majority of the business, and we especially love getting to work with so many other small business owners and stationery enthusiasts. The stationery and paper goods industry is a pretty special and remarkable place. In what other industry is the focus on sharing and spreading more love? There are few things in life that can universally elicit a smile and a feeling of being loved, and receiving a handwritten card in the mail is one of them.