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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Meet Little Bear Paper Co.

Please meet Platinum Boatman Geller Retailer, Little Bear Paper Co.! Little Bear Paper Co. was started in March 2011 and their mission is to provide you with stylish, affordable invitations, gifts, and stationery for all occasions that fit your personal style. Upon learning of reaching the Platinum level in our program, owner, Brooke Marquart said; "This is very exciting for me, especially since I'm a home-based retailer and this is what I do for fun when I'm home all day with my three little kids. I truly enjoy doing this and being able to connect with my customers and help them find the perfect gifts/stationery/invitations, etc. And it allows me to talk to adults! I'm very blessed to have great customers that continue to come back to me for orders, and I love recommending Boatman Geller products because of the quality of the products and the great customer service I receive working with Boatman Geller." 

1. Tell us how Little Bear Paper Co. got started:  I started Little Bear in March 2011. I am a stay-at-home mom of 3 girls (2.5 year old twins and a 9 month old baby) and wanted/needed a creative outlet other than talking to toddlers all day...and I wanted a way to earn some "fun money" of my own :). I had been thinking about getting into the stationery/invitation business for several years and finally got the courage to do it.

2. What are your future plans for Little Bear Paper Co? I want to continue to grow my customer base and hopefully begin to reach new people. I have some wonderfully loyal customers that have helped me get my business started but this year I'm focusing on reaching new customers too through Facebook and other outlets.

3. What is your favorite Boatman Geller item or top seller? My personal favorite is the cups! With young kids they are perfect for our family to use on an everyday basis. And I am in love with the new Letterpress stationery which I gave to my mom and sisters for Christmas this year - they loved it. Actually anything Letterpress is my favorite right now.

4. How did you end up in the world of stationery & gifts? I was friends with a girl that did my wedding invitations several years ago and always thought it looked like fun. After working with her on my wedding, I always knew doing invitations and stationery would be something I would really enjoy and the timing was finally right in March 2011.

5. What is the one item you never leave home without? My iphone 5 monogrammed tough case is something I could not live without. It's ALWAYS on my phone since my girls like to watch movies and play games on it too, and therefore it gets dropped quite a bit. The tough case does a great job of protecting my phone and I love my personalized case.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Sweet Exchanges!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and one of our favorite traditions is seeing the kids exchange valentine's cards! In addition to exchange cards, we also offer invitations, stickers and photocards. Check out some of our favorites below and click here to find a retailer!

1. Tugboat Valentine  2. Love Bird Valentine  3. Love Valentine Invitation  4. Hugs & Kisses Valentine
5. Mimi Mouse Valentine  6. Dump Truck Valentine  7. Candy Hearts Valentine

Friday, January 18, 2013

Meet Soirée San Francisco

We're excited to bring you a blog feature on Platinum Boatman Geller Retailer, Soirée San Francisco! Soirée is a stylish paper and gifts boutique located on a cozy street in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. Get to know Soirée from owners Kathy Swindle and Misty Meyer below. 

Tell us how Soirée got started: 
Soirée was started over ten years ago when two friends were fed up with their corporate jobs and would discuss business ideas upon our walks to work. I was engaged at the time and was not impressed with the offerings in San Francisco for wedding invitations. We both had and still have a combined love of beautiful and fun paper. We saw a need in the marketplace for a new, hip, service-oriented paper and gifts boutique. Soirée San Francisco has been morphing ever since. 
What are your future plans for Soirée? 
We are in 2013 planning mode as we speak, but we are going to work on our online presence and the marketing surrounding that this year. 
What are your favorite Boatman Geller items? 
Chevron cell phone case, Frost Flex Cups with anchor and whale, the New Letterpress Album - LOVE, and Lucite trays particularly in the Custom Collection. 
What are your favorite Color Combinations? 
Soirée: Pink & Green, Misty: Navy & Red, Kathy: Navy & Hot Pink.

1. Custom Chevron Cell Phone Case 2. Bursts Teal Square Tray 3. Letterpress Petite Folded Note
4. Custom Cup with Whale Icon 5. Letterpress Chevron Invitation 6. Ann Tile Raspberry Small Tray

Like Soirée on Facebook & visit their website 

Monday, January 7, 2013

Charity Give Back!

Back in October we told about our seasonal promotion for retailers to give back to their favorite charities. Each retailer who reached $1,000 in sales with us for the holiday season chose a charity to give back to. The numbers are in and we thought we'd share with you how we did! We are thrilled that the grand total raised was $12,700 and it was spread amongst 68 charities! Congratulations and a huge thank you to our 127 qualifying retailers!
a la cardKate's PlatesRJ Papers
All She WroteKensington PaperRock Paper Scissors - Ann Arbor
Anne Grace DesignsKristin Pearce DesignsRock Paper Scissors - AZ
AproposL.V. Harkness & CoRSVP Hingham
Ashley'sLayla GrayceSay Cheese & Thank You
Bells & WhistlesLettresScribbles Too!
Bespoke Custom GiftsLittle Bear Paper Co.Seasons
Broadcasting BabyLucky Day InkShadowbox
Brown Dog InkLuv The NameShop/Invite Me Invitations
Byrd & BleeckerMarguerite Peele Fine StationerySignature Collection
Carnegie Hill Papers and GiftsMellySimply Noted
Charlotte'sMonogram MerchantSmall Field Papers
Children's ChainMore Than PaperSoiree - CA
Classic Prep MonogramsMrs. MonogramSoLuxe
Clearly YoursNeiman MarcusSomething
Contemporary ImagesNewport Colony Paperie Stationer on Sunrise
Courtney's Custom PapersOccasions By SarahStationery Studio
Creative PaperworksOne Thing at a TimeStudio 26
Daphne F. Mitchell StationeryPalm Beach PapersSwoozie's Buckhead
Distinktive InkPaper & Ink by Betsy CoatsSwoozie's Dallas
Dorothy Goldsmith Printing ServicePaper Dolls, LLCSwoozie's Denver
ESJ DesignsPaper Ink - NYThe Dotted I
Express it Paper Lady - COThe Monogram Shop of Kansas City
Fabick'sPaper PetalsThe Peppermint Pea
Finestationery solutionsPaper Plus - VA The Pink Monogram
For Heaven's SakePapers & PresentsThe Pink Turtle
French BluePaperworks - VAThe Writing Place - NY
French PapersPapier - METhe Yachting Gourmet
Georgetown PaperiePapyrus Custom PrintingThings & Stuff of Seventh Street
Giggle InkParkbench DesignsTower Hill Shop
Girly-Twirly Gift Co.Parties & Paper - MDTwo Cherries - CO
GlowParty CatVellum
Greetings From The NestParty PartyWalton Street Stationers
Haley & the HoundPauline's PaperieWaverly Paperie, The
Happy Notes & MorePen & Paper - PAWheatie Gibb
Heads Up Apparel & SpecialtiesPenworksWrite for the Occasion!
Helanders, Inc.Pillow TalkWrite On! Larchmont
Initial OfferingsPortobello PapersWrite Stuff - AZ
Ink Papery Post Script PressWrite Time
Inkie DoodlePreppy Pink PonyWritefully Yours
InkworthyPurepaperYellow Bird
JJS ImpressionsQuintessence
Junior League of WashingtonRebecca Booma Fine Stationery

American Red Cross, Hurricane ReliefRowayton Civic AssociationSearch Dog Foundation
Indianapolis Children's MuseumThe Kempe FoundationCystinosis Research Network
JDRFThe Denver HospiceMichael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
Push AmericaGrosse Pointe Animal Adoption SocietyWellspring House Inc.
Project morryFriends of Torah Academy for GirlsCape Ann Animal Aid
Living Beyond Breast CancerReach Out and Read ColoradoCommunity Bible Study
American Cancer SocietyInternational Rhetts Syndrome FoundationProject A.L.S.
Houston SPCAChildren's Cancer Research FundMake-A-Wish Foundation
Sitar Arts CenterITP FoundationWaggies by Maggie & Friends
Sabin School, Portland ORAutism SpeaksAsthma & Allergy Foundation of America
Catalina Foothills School District FoundationThe Seton Fund, Pink ArmyThe Relief Nursery
Texas Children's HospitalThe Kentucky Equine Humane CenterHurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund
Mott Children's Hospital, Ann ArborMissouri Eating Disorders AssociationAlzheimer’s Association of Northeastern New York
Sojourner Truth House in MilwaukeeSt. Jude's HospitalHingham Education Foundation
Dress for Success, Worchester MAClearbrook in IllinoisSchool P.S. 527
Concordia Lutheran ChurchNational MS SocietyHope Clinic
Mount Sinai Medical CenterThe Running Brooke FundNational Students of AMF
Junior League of WashingtonLarchmont-Mamaroneck Hunger Task ForceFoundation Building Strength
St. Paul's Episcopal ChurchSandy Hook School Support FundPeter’s Place
Crossroads Community MinistriesBoston Children's HospitalBest Friends Animal Society
Noah's Arks RescueChildren's Tumor FoundationCASA of Southeast Texas Inc.
YMCA of the North ShoreRobin Hood Foundation for Sandy ReliefHurricane Sandy Relief, Joey Campise
Alzheimer's Association of AmericaThe Andrew McDonough
B+ Foundation

Friday, January 4, 2013

New Year, New You Giveaway Winner

Thank you for all of the comments for our New Year, New You Giveaway! We're so inspired by all of your responses that we have listed all of the ways you want to feel in 2013, check them out!

And now for the winner...we are excited to announce that Stacy, who wants to feel abundant in 2013 has won a FREE copy of The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte. Congratulations Stacy, please email us at to claim your prize! Thanks again to everyone that entered and Happy New Year!