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Back to School with S+K

Back to School with S+K

For my kids it’s the dreaded last week before school starts back up again. That means we have to try to cram a million things into one week that we’ve wanted to do all summer. I don’t know how it goes so fast! We have a beach boardwalk day planned, the movies, a birthday to celebrate and probably some last minute shopping. I always try to get all of their school supplies before school starts so at least that’s out of the way. I know I will need to go out the first week anyway because there will be some oddball item on a teacher’s list that I didn’t get! To help with your sanity and also to make your kid a superstar at school, why not shop online for personalized school supplies? We have a great selection of school products at Frecklebox.com, everything from binders to lunch boxes all in coordinating patterns. The hardest part for you will be getting your little cutie to pick their favorite. To see all of our patterns click on the Frecklebox link above or to go to these designs specifically, Rainbow Chevron, Cutie Birds and Floral...
Simon+Kabuki Wallpaper and Bed Frames

Simon+Kabuki Wallpaper and Bed Frames

Have you checked out Guildery.com yet? If not you should stop reading and head on over there! With Guildery you are able to have a perfectly color coordinated home with the most beautiful fabrics, furniture and paint. They make it easy and eliminate the guesswork. Everything is super high-quality and manufactured in the USA. The founders are Shane Reilly (founder of Decorati, acquired by Gilt Groupe), and Kelly Berger (co-founder of Tiny Prints, acquired by Shutterfly) so they know what they are doing. S+K is so happy to be a part of this group. You can check out our Swing Time Collection and have some fun mixing and matching. They’ve just launched headboards and wallpaper, see some selections below! So pretty and so many options. Have...
Our new S+K Web Site is Live!!

Our new S+K Web Site is Live!!

SURTEX is right around the corner, May 17-19, less than a week away! We have lots of fun new collections to debut but we are really excited to debut our new website! We hope you have fun checking out our newest collections and seeing what we are up to at Simon and Kabuki. We tried to make it fun and informative. We’d love your feedback and for you to drop by and see our agent’s booth, Jewel Branding, Booth 417. If you do stop by make sure to ask for a cute S+K...
Ready for SURTEX? Introducing Geometric Flair

Ready for SURTEX? Introducing Geometric Flair

SURTEX is right around the corner, May 17-19, and we’ve been spending a lot of time preparing new artwork. We have lots of fun new collections to debut and a snazzy new website that’s almost ready! We’d love for you to drop by and see our work at our agent’s booth, Jewel Branding, Booth 417. If you do stop by make sure to ask for a cute S+K...
New Simon+Kabuki Note Pads

New Simon+Kabuki Note Pads

We have some new notepads on Finestationery.com that we are excited to show you. There are the longer note pads perfect for to-do lists and grocery lists or the rectangle note pads which would be great for thank you notes. Coming soon matching journals and notebooks. We hope you can stop by and visit our agent, Jewel Branding, at Surtex, May 17-19. She will be at booth 417. We have some cute S+K note pads that you can pick up while you are there looking at some of our new...
Celebrate National Letter Writing Month!

Celebrate National Letter Writing Month!

Did you know there was an entire month devoted to letter writing? Me neither! It’s an annual effort to promote literacy and celebrate the art of letter writing. Letter writing is a way of preserving history. We all know that everyone has a stash of special letters saved. I still look at all of my notes/letters passed during high school and college. I love getting letters and packages from people it is so fun. I know we can all send email thank yous and party invites but isn’t getting something in the mail so much more meaningful? I always have my kids send thank yous after Christmas or their birthdays. It’s fun to add in pictures or drawings as well. I know my parents love getting hand written notes from their grandkids, they keep them on the frig for all to see. Here are some links to note cards we’ve designed: SimplytoImpress.com Tinyprints.com Invitationbox.com...

S+K Floral Monogram Collection on Frecklebox

Check out our new collection of products on Frecklebox.com! This is using our Bright Bouquet design collection. There’s wall art, journals, binders, bookmarks and lots of other fun stuff. I might need a cool new journal with a lower case i! Curious how the original collection looked? Check out some of the swatches below....

New Simon+Kabuki Products

We have a bunch of fun new products that are just hitting stores and a few that are still in production. We have rugs and mats with Bungalow Flooring, drink coasters with ThirstyStone and kitchen cutting boards with Magic Slice. We also will be launching our new Floral Monogram collection on Frecklebox.com soon. Here are a few of our newest...

Sip and See Party Inspiration

Not interested in a traditional baby shower? Why not try a “sip and see” shower. Guests can meet the new baby and celebrate with mommy and daddy in a more relaxed setting. You can do a cocktail party or keep it sweet with a tea party menu. This sweet invitation combines soft pink stripes and sassy glitter, great inspiration for your shin dig! Invitation Cake Tableware Pom Poms Mercury Glass Glitter...

Your New Bundle of Joy!

Getting ready to announce your new bundle of joy? We are thrilled to have partnered with FineStationery.com to offer the Simon+Kabuki line of stationery, including some new birth announcements. I love the different paper and envelope choices they offer and adding an envelope liner adds a sweet pop of color. Do you have a favorite announcement for your new...

Simon+Kabuki now on FineStationery.com

We are super excited to announce our newest online retailer, FineStationery.com. We designed Baby Announcements, Valentine’s and Save the Date cards. We will continue to add new cards throughout the year and some fun gift items. Just in time for Valentine’s Day are our cute classroom personalized Valentine’s. Perfect for your little cuties. Hope you like them! If you are looking for the perfect gift for your little cutie, check out our large selection of gifts at...

Imagine – New Year, New Outlook

Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? I usually don’t make any except maybe a couple of silly ones, like always buy the correct sized clothes – I sometimes grab things just because they are on sale 🙂 I make a lot of lists so I feel like I cover most things in my lists. I have a house list, a garden list, a books I want to read list, movies I want to see list, places to visit list and of course a work list. One of the things we are trying to figure out at work is if we want to manufacture and sell our designs on our own as well as license. It seems like these days you have to try a little bit of everything. If you have any thoughts to share we are all ears. I’ve read a lot about picking a word for the year, to live by. I’ve decided that my word will be Imagine! Isn’t that an awesome word?! It holds so many possibilities and it can mean so many things big and small. What about you, have you picked a word? We didn’t go out of town over the break, just stayed local, but looking at my camera roll, it feels like we did. We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world. Here are some pictures – from a crazy, huge, amazing rainbow (we finally got some rain here in California), to hiking in the mountains, to days at the beach. It was a great break. I can only IMAGINE what 2015 will...

Last Minute Gift Ideas

  8 more days until Christmas!! Yikes! Sadly I have not done our family Christmas Card yet. With one kid in college the photo opportunities happen less frequently. For some reason we could not find the time at Thanksgiving. So if I do a card this year it will have to be a New Years card, we’ll see how motivated I am after the holidays to get that done! 😉 I usually buy a couple of extra gifts to have on hand in case I’m invited to a party or one of my kids are invited to something. There are a lot of super easy gifts that can be had either by baking or just running to the grocery store. Here are a few of my favorite: 10 Last Minute Gift Ideas 1. Magazine subscription – This one is so easy. Just grab their favorite magazine at the supermarket  and wrap it with a note saying it includes a year long subscription. 2. Food Basket – Got a foodie on your list? Head to World Market or Whole Foods. Buy flavored oils, salts a nice balsamic vinegar and toss in some crackers or bread. 3. Food Basket 2 – Got a sweet tooth? Gourmet chocolates from Whole Foods, yum! 4. Coffee or Travel Mug – You can fill it with hot chocolate mix or Starbucks gift card. 5. Fun Socks – Perfect for kids. There are tons of fun patterns, you can’t go wrong. 6. Office Supplies – Head to your local office supply store and pick up some fun note pads, quirky paper clips and writing utensils. 7. Baked Goods – Everyone loves home made cookies, candy...

Simon+Kabuki Gift Guide

Christmas is right around the corner and I’m pretty much done. Yippee!! Now I just need to start the laborious task of wrapping. I always end up with a bad back and sore knees after a marathon evening of wrapping. Today I am planning on going through everything I bought and make sure I’m really done. I don’t want to be out shopping the week of Christmas! Here are some fun gifts from various S+K retailers. Hope you like them. Click on the picture to link to the site and purchase. Check our Where to Buy link for other options and all of our holiday cards as...

Pantone Color of the Year and Cool Designer Gifts

Every year Pantone chooses it’s color of the year. This year the color Marsala was chosen. Here is how Pantone describes Marsala, “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.” I’m not sure about all of that but I do know that it is a major transition from the colors over the past few years which were brighter, happier colors. Are we seeing a trend back towards earthier colors over the next few years? Is Avocado Green next? 🙂 Pantone also has some really fun gifts that any designer on your list will drool over! Check them out...

Gift Guide – Etsy Favorites

I love, love, love shopping on Etsy. I love getting and giving hand-made gifts. The selection at Etsy is amazing, especially if you are looking for something special like a t-shirt based on a favorite book. I usually make a few gifts myself every year and also purchase some fun stuff from Etsy. Links are below, prices for every budget! So hard to narrow my list down but here are a few of my favorite things… 1. Hand Embroidered Bookmarks 2. Laser Cut Street Maps 3. Arm Warmers 4. Watercolor Deer 5. Custom Globe 6. Custom Necklace 7. Glass Cloche 8. Bunny Necklace 9. Dinosaur Model Kit 10. Sheep...

Simon+Kabuki Holiday Cards on Picaboo

There are a lot of options to choose from when it comes to personalized holiday cards. It wasn’t that long ago that it was only TinyPrints and KodakGallery and a few other pioneers. We are proud to be have been one of the original designers on TinyPrints and KodakGallery. We’ve expanded our line to many different vendors. One of our favorite vendors to work with is Picaboo. They are a really nice group to work with and their product quality is excellent. So if you are looking around make sure to keep them in mind. Here are a few of our cards and links. Plus there are a lot of great sales going on right now. Check out their CyberMonday deal, 50% off your order today only! Use code CYBER14, ends tonight. We also have a large selection of holiday cards at...

Holiday Party Inspiration

It’s time to start planning your holiday soiree. What better way to set the mood than with our elegant black, red and touch of blue Simon+Kabuki invitation. Make decorating easy by adding lots of candy canes and send your guests home with a set of yummy cookies! Invitation, Fa La La Napkins, Jingle Bell Napkin Rings, Christmas...

New S+K Holiday Cards – 50% off

Check out our newest holiday cards that just launched at Frecklebox.com! For the next few days you can get them for 50% off, that’s a huge discount. The sale ends at midnight on Sunday, November 2nd. While you are there you can pick up lot’s of other fun personalized gifts for your friends and family. Here are links to a few of our other Simon+Kabuki holiday cards: Simply to Impress Picaboo InvitationBox...

New Simon+Kabuki Holiday Coloring Book

Lot’s of fun S+K holiday products are just starting to launch. I will have our newest holiday cards to show you tomorrow plus a big sale! In the meantime though, check out our new personalized holiday coloring book at Frecklebox.com. At only $6.95, these make great gifts for the kids. They can spend the holidays coloring while you are cooking or entertaining. Each page can be personalized with your child’s...

Halloween Haunts – Party Ideas

Are you ready for Halloween? Did you plan your party or buy candy yet? There’s still time. Here are some Simon+Kabuki Halloween cards to help you set the mood and to help you set the table, head on over to Frecklebox for a great assortment of party day fun with placemats, stickers and coloring pages. If you use code Boo20 at Frecklebox you can get 20% off your Halloween order through October 10th. While you are there,  print free personalized coloring pages for all the kids at your...

Disneyland Tricks and Treats

Last week my kids had the week off from school and we decided to head to Disneyland for a super fun vacation. My son who is at SDSU and his girlfriend at UCSB met us for a couple of days also. It was an awesome trip and I wish we had even more time at the parks. I felt like we didn’t get to do everything. We got City Passes which include a 3 day hopper pass, a Universal Studios pass and a Seaworld pass. We used everything but Seaworld. We also bought tickets to the Halloween Party which was our first time doing that. If I could live in Disneyland I would, maybe without the crowds 🙂 Here are my top 10 tricks and treats. 1. Disneyland Silhouette Studio – Every time we go we get silhouettes (real cut paper silhouettes) done from the silhouette shop on Main Street. They are inexpensive ($10) and a great souvenir. Bonnie has been cutting the silhouettes at Disneyland for the last 40 years!! 2. Download the Disneyland Wait Time app. This saved us a lot of time running around. 3. Long lines? Choose the single rider line. The Cars ride which is amazing never had less than a 60 minute wait but the single rider line was always around 10-15 minutes. We often got into the same car or at least raced against each other. This may not work if you have little kids though. 4. Get in line for Peter Pan as soon as the park opens. In general try to do Fantasyland first. These rides do not have fast...

Let’s get Crafty!

I had this really cool pillow that I loved but after a couple of years the burlap backing was tattered and torn so I decided to re-purpose it. I bought a decorative chipboard shape at Hobby Lobby a while ago. At the time I just thought it was cool and that it would come in handy some day. I was originally thinking to mount a watercolor photo on it and I may need to go back and get another one for that project but in the meantime it worked great for this project. Let’s get Started You will need Mod Podge, a sponge applicator or brush, an old credit card and any surface for mounting. You could use old barn wood, maybe glass, cork – just use your imagination! I figured out approximately where I wanted the bird to be and then cut down my fabric to be just slightly larger. Apply a generous amount of mod podge and apply fabric. Use your credit card to smooth out any bubbles. I then used mod podge on the sides and attached the fabric there as well. You could cut it out to be the exact shape and finish with a ribbon trim or paint also. These would make great Christmas gifts and easy enough for your kids to do for their friends. You could also buy pre-made cork squares and cover those for a cute cork board....

A Few of my Favorite Things

I love discovering new stuff. These are a few of my new favorites. Have you heard of or tried the app Waterlogue? It’s not a free app, it’s $2.99, but so worth it. It turns your ordinary photos into beautiful watercolors. I love the results and these would look beautiful printed on watercolor paper and framed. Here are a few examples from my photo library (before and afters), aren’t they dreamy? I also just discovered a super cool new font collection, Harman. The collection can be bought from Creative Market, which in itself is a super cool site. The collection comes with several fonts in script, inline, regular and some fun extras. Great fonts for all of our stationery designing! Last, but certainly not least and certainly not a new discovery, DISNEYLAND! Yep, I’m going in a couple of weeks. Can’t wait. It’s my favorite place on earth! What will be new for me is that I am going to go to Disney’s Halloween Party and also taking a day to go to Universal Studios. Plus I have not been to Disney since they opened Cars. Super Excited! Have you been to the party before, any advice? Oh and if my kids are good I might bring them with me....

S+K Save the Dates

Check out some of our new Save the Date designs. These will be debuting soon on Picaboo.com. I will update our Where to Buy page as soon as these go live. Hope you like the sneak...