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Living Life

I feel like I have dropped off the face of the (internet) world! This summer has been a whirlwind and I've been experiencing a little something different - not working! I mean, I am working, but I have been definitely sticking more to the 8-5 work day (ish) and taking the weekends off. I've been focusing on my clients only and leaving little time for those extra to-do's like blogging and social media, and it's been downright wonderful! Facebook emailed me last week about my page and said that 'Zero people are interested in my page'. Ouch!  photo live-life_Lauren-chism.jpg

I saw this quote on Pinterest and it really resonated with me, so I made my own little graphic. I wouldn't say I get burned out on work, but when it comes to designing, I wasn't feeling the most creative. Not only that, but my drive to go above and beyond my current client load (i.e. promoting myself, blogging, new designs, new ideas) has just been lacking. When I saw this quote, I realized that it was okay to take a break and just enjoy life, and the result is that I am feeling refreshed! I wasn't in a rut, I was just living life outside of my business and in turn it has inspired my work and it feels good to be excited about my business again. I have a new invitation collection idea brewing, new photographs of my latest work, and a new inspiring office space - did I mention we moved? Yep, it's been a big few months but it's good to be getting back to normal, whatever that will be.

Posted on August 9, 2013 and filed under Personal.

A Little R&R

 photo Carillon2013_1.jpg Last week, we took off for the emerald coast of Florida for 7 days of rest and relaxation with our best friends and their baby. Though the weather teased us a bit (it wouldn't be a vacation with Carter and I without a tropical storm lurking) but after one rainy day, it was sunny skies the rest of the time. Carillon Beach is near and dear to my heart (we were married there) but each time I go back I fall more and more in love with it. It's quiet, peaceful and beautiful, with irresistible sunsets and soft white sand. It's close to fun beach towns with great restaurants but far enough away that it seems like it's an amazing secret that no one else knows about. It feels like you have the beach to yourself sometimes. (and sometimes you really do!)

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My best friend, Carrie, who lives way-to-far away in Houston, had a baby last year, and I loved getting to spend time with them every day. We even had a grandma on hand to steal a few nights out as adults. It was just the right temperature - warm but comfortable evenings. Good times with really good friends!

 photo Carillon2013_3.jpg My favorite restaurant on 30-A, George's in Alys Beach

I love my iphone and instagram, because it has made me photograph things more, where normally I wouldn't have taken many (or any) pictures. These are a few of my favorite insta-photos from the week.

 photo Carillon2013_4.jpg Top: just arriving in Carillon (we look pretty darn good for spending 12 hours in the car), sunset drinks in Seaside, our view at dinner - Caliza in Alys Beach) Center: Our first sunny-ish day on the beach, the gorgeous Carillon dune walkovers, my cute date Bottom: the cutest little beach bum you ever did see, our spot on the beach, our house 'American Idyll' (all the houses have cute names)

Carter and I have had a crazy May and June, selling our condo, buying a house, doing a little work to the house, packing, and a family wedding thrown in there for just the max amount of busy. Oh, and I run my own business. Stress! This trip, though booked months ago was the perfect time to get us rested up for the big move. Can't wait to share some photos of the new casa!

Posted on June 18, 2013 and filed under Personal.

The National Stationery Show 2013

Last week, I jetted off to NYC to attend the National Stationery Show for a few days. You might remember my experience from last year, and while that was a blast, this year was even better (though my gals Lesa and Laura were really missed)!

Lauren Chism Fine Papers Row 1: a heart made of our polaroids in the Minted booth, entering Paper Party 2013, Kimberly and I brunching in SOHO Row 2: NY art print that I got to take home, Minted T Shirt (designed by Jill Means), Mintie and NSS standout, Meg Gleason of Moglea Row 3: NSS loot, Hope, Jen and Natasha manning the Minted booth, my Twine wedding invitation samples spotted in the booth.

I get asked a lot why I attend. Do I exhibit? Will I in the future? The short answer is no and probably not. I go to meet with Minted and network with fellow designers. It's a pleasurable business trip, if you will. Wholesale isn't part of my current business plan, but growing my work with Minted is, so spending days talking with their CEO, community managers, and merchandising group was invaluable and of course talking paper with all my design friends is icing on the cake. I might have even snuck in a few hours at the show, but I laugh that it certainly wasn't as much of a focus this year.

That's the short summary. Let's get to the details... those not interested in specifics, you are welcome to go on your merry way. I am about to give a play-by-play. You've been warned.

The only way to explain this trip is that it is a complete whirlwind. It flew by. I arrived on Sunday, getting in mid afternoon at exactly the same time (without planning) as my official NSS roomie, Kimberly FitzSimons. We shared a cab to the hotel, freshened up and headed to The Jane for an unofficial Minted happy hour organized by Jackie of Sincerely Jackie. It was the perfect way to start out our trip. New faces, familiar faces. It was so fun. Facebook groups have allowed us to communicate consistently, so it was really like seeing old friends instead of meeting in person for the first time. I can't say enough how nice these women are.

Lauren Chism Fine Papers.jpg Back:(L-R) Hailey Myziuk of Snow & Ivy,  Anita Brown of That Girl Press, Kristen Smith, Kimberly FitzSimons, Carolyn MacClaren, Melanie Severin, Lori Wemple, Chelsey Brennan of Chelsey Emery Middle:(L-R) Carrie O'Neal, Pasty Henspetter, Jill Means, Me, Amy Ehman of Design Lotus, Nam Bourassa of Gakemi Art & Design, Kristie Kern, Dawn Jasper Front:(L-R) Jen Wick of J.Wick Design, Hannah Graff of HannahCloud Design, Jackie Mangiolino of Sincerely Jackie
Lauren Chism Fine Papers.jpg Me and my roomie, Kimberly

We ended the night with dinner for 20 at Dos Caminos.  I ate dinner at 10pm almost every night. New York is really the city that never sleeps!

The next day, after some meetings with Minted, we hit the show. We browsed the design booths admiring all the beautiful work. It is truly inspiring, but kind of overwhelming. There is so much! Last year, I tried to see every. single. booth. and ended up exhausted. So this year, we took it easy and headed back to the hotel for a bit to do a little work and rest our feet for the big Minted party that night.

Lauren Chism Fine Papers (L to R) Kimberly, Me, Jen Wick, Kristen Smith, and Carrie O'Neal

The Minted party was at KTCHN and it was a great venue. Minted really threw a wonderful event and at the end, I even scored an art print in a drawing! I never win anything - but I guess I can't say that anymore! I chose Emily Potts' Type Study New York (seen in instagram photos above). It was my little souvenir of the week and I can't wait to hang it in my office.

Lauren Chism Fine Papers Me and Jill Means at the Minted Party
Lauren Chism Fine Papers (L to R) Susan Asbill, Jackie and Me

On Tuesday, we had pretty free morning, so instead of going straight to the show, Kimberly and I slept in and then headed to Soho. We ate a great brunch and shopped a little before heading to the show for the afternoon.

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Once at the show, we hit up a lot of the supply side, which includes suppliers for pretty much all things stationery: printers, packaging, binders, paper. Lots of samples to take home - even trying to keep my stash small, I still struggled fitting it all into my suitcase.

Tuesday night was our last event, the Paper Party, hosted by Oh So Beautiful Paper. It was a big event with a ton of amazing sponsors (Minted included).

Lauren Chism Fine Papers Back: (L to R) Eric Comstock of ERAY, Yolanda Chendak, Hope from Minted, Cambria Evans of J.Bartyn Design Front: (L to R) Jackie, Me, Kimberly, Jen

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On our way to the Paper Party, we passed by a packed restaurant, called Anejo Tequileria, and decided to head back to it for a little late night dinner. It was a beautiful evening and we sat outside and enjoyed an amazing last meal in the city.... and here, I thought I would be suffering from Mexican food withdrawal!

And that's all! What a week. Already looking forward to next year!

Posted on May 31, 2013 and filed under Minted, Personal.

Designers Care

A bunch of Minted designers, headed up by Jackie Mangiolino, of Believe Notes, got together to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Within days, she created Designers Care, an Etsy shop full of beautifully stamped cards and art work (donated by Minted designers), where 100% of the proceeds go to the Red Cross to help those effected by the storm! Their goal is to raise $2,000 and as of today they are at $860. They need your help! Designers Care

I don't know where else you can donate and get something so pretty in return! Visit their etsy shop to support their awesome efforts!

Posted on November 29, 2012 and filed under Minted, Personal.

One Year

confetti It's been one year since I quit my 'other' job to design full time, and so while I designed for years before, I consider today the true birthday of Palm Papers. My sweet little business is one. Whatever it was before wasn't anything like it became the day I decided to put 100% of my time into it.

I can't describe what it feels like to run your own business. It is so hard. It's sometimes lonely, always exhausting. But it is something I love so much and something I am so proud of. When I was brave enough to do it, I never dreamed it would be what it is today and I am pretty sure it's headed somewhere bigger, and for that I am so grateful.

So thank you, to my family, friends, clients and brides, for supporting me and my business. It certainly would be nothing without you!

Photo via My Little Fabric
Posted on November 1, 2012 and filed under Personal.