Since I'm in the process of developing my own stationery line and since the bulk of my experience is in this area, I thought I'd share with you what's really inspiring me at the moment. I hope you feel the same way!
Illustrated Cards at Hello! Lucky: I've always love their cards, but I'm getting into a phase now where pretty engraving-style illustration isn't doing it for me anymore - too many people rely on it too heavily as a design aesthetic without bringing more to the table - I don't mean to say Hello! Lucky is among them, but that part of their collection is beginning to lose its sparkle for me. The illustrated half, however, is really starting to make a bigger impact on me. What I love about the quality of the artwork on these is how well they work to really please everyone - children and adults. When you look at a lot of card illustration on the mass market, it's not very well executed in general and the styles don't often make sense with what the card is for, or who it's for. I find it also inspiring because I can see how I can relate it to my own work, since I have a similar style, with bold line work (I can't help it, I'm a graphic designer!) and thinner line details.
Wallpaper Post Bound Books at Freshly Blended Press: If there's a binding I love most, it's definitely post binding. I love how distinctly modern it looks alongside other binding types, especially when matched with interesting textures and patterns on the covers of a book. I love how smart FB Press was to use vintage wallpaper in the place of bookcloth, but what I appreciate even more is how graphic the pattern on this one is. I think, even though it's not literally modern, it looks like a very hip, contemporary piece when paired with the post bind and the elastic band. In the past, I've bound books like this with bold pattern as well, but in paper rather than wall paper, so I'm really inspired to see other ways I can push my books to be more innovative and unique after looking at these.
Scallop Edged Notebooks at Nantaka Joy: She stole my scallops! No, just kidding of course, but in a lot of design work lately, I've been a little obsessed with scallops (you'll see that in some of my cards, and anyone who saw the original layout for TTAH knows my love for them). What I take away from these is that there are really great ways to use graphic, impactful shapes and patterns while still staying feminine by taking small details into consideration. Other than the scallop edge which I obviously love, I love the light metallics, and the decision to keep all the shapes organic-looking (one reminds me of flowers, the other looks like either mitocandria (don't ask... I may have failed the ink blot test on this one) or abstract pine cones).