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aw, but it's cold outside!

Winter Wonderland...is that what we call this frozen tundra I'm living in right now?  In a repeat of this time last year, school has been closed for today.  NOT because of mounds of snow (which is actually kind of fun), but because of frigid…
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2014 National Stationery Show Recap

Phew!  The AFB Team just got back from our whirlwind trip to New York to visit Surtex and the National Stationery Show.  I am still processing Surtex, so more on that in a future post, but there is a lot to say about the Stationery Show,…
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Sneak Peeks, Surtex & NYC!

Some sneak peeks of what we've been working on for Surtex...Birthday, Christmas and Kids.  There is so much fantastic work to show, it's all just waiting to be placed on your fabulous products.  Gift wrap?  Cards? Fabric?  Accessories? …
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It's All About Surtex!

The Bunch are in a last minute whirlwind of final Surtex preparations.  New art is being polished and look books are being finalized.  It's exciting, but right now it's our eyes that are a bit crossed from reviewing all the fabulous art. …
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New Art for Surtex and NYC

It's that time of year again!  The AFB team are getting ready to go to New York to walk Surtex (we're plotting our booth for next year), trend spot at the National Stationery Show and ICFF, and connect with clients past, present and future. …
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The Moon from My Attic Blog

You gotta love the internet.  I was perusing an industry LinkedIN group I'm a member of one day and saw that the talented and fabulous Alex Colombo was looking for someone to attend the Chicago based International Home and Housewares show to…
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features on Print & Pattern blog and The Paper Chronicles blog

The Bunch is feeling a little famous today! The lovely Marie of the famous Print & Pattern blog kindly featured some of our Valentine's work here, followed by a fantastic feature by the charming and supportive Sarah Schwartz of The Paper…
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New Designers!

Hello, world!  Posts have been a bit erratic over here as we have navigated the effects of the Polar Vortex on Chicago (read: piles of snow, freezing cold, and snow days for kids) while also managing a very full slate of client work.  The…
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2014!

Hello, 2014! For many, myself included, New Year's is a time of reflection and goal-setting for the New Year.   What's important to me this year?  What do I want to accomplish?  The questions that lead to these New Year's personal and professional…
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Countdown to Christmas!

Rolls of wrapping paper, scads of tape, ribbons & gift tags, we're knee deep in Christmas preparations here, and we're also SO excited for 2014.  Why? - new designs in the Marketplace - new pricing in the Marketplace (already rolled out…