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Your days go fast. You've got no time to be trapped in a dizzying aisle of mass-market cards.
OR. Overpriced, bland stationery that just gets the job done. What's the joy in that?
You want to let friends and family know how much you care. Because you do. But life is busy, and sometimes things fall through the cracks. Especially time for yourself.
Made with luxurious papers, coaxing old-world machinery into feats of modern design for discerning and not at all stuffy stationery enthusiasts.
so that you can
I'm Julie Franklin and I founded Bumblebee Press to create things that are
Over the past few decades, I've created, designed, and letterpress printed countless of thousands of projects for friends and clients who have become friends.
Personal stationery for A-list celebrities. Original art and decor for Ethan Allen, The Conran Shop, Sundance, + along with stationery for hundreds of retailers, designers, and boutique stores around the globe. Fun fact: my framed pressed botanicals appeared on Friends.
EVERY project that graces our door gets our full attention, inspiration, and dedication. We like it that way.
We opened our doors with a simple mission that still holds true:
We're a huge fan of simplicity and the highest quality of materials.
We've always held firm that joy in the process is critical in creating beautiful work.
Our vendors are our partners, and our clients, our muses —inspiring us to create new things and to do what we love.
Making things is fun and better when it's shared.
Create a business that leverages and shares the power of wonder, sustainability, and compassion on an individual, community, and global level.
Some have asked...
Mmm. I'd say luck. I left my job in NYC to work on a family project back in Georgia. So I was out of work and very soon, flat broke. I know. Doesn't sound lucky. But if I hadn't had to fish for my supper... this card-carrying introvert would've never started selling that first collection of stationery.
I put that card in a file when I got back to the shop [we were in full swing as a botanical press by then] and I'd pull it out every once in a while just to hold it. Look at it. How was it possible that a piece of paper could make me so happy? I bought my first press, a 1920s Chandler & Price Craftsman, from "Wild Bill" and I've never looked back.
And I'd say wonder is the bedrock of our company. It's gotten us far; we're keeping it. (And you're invited.)
Julie Franklin is the CEO and founder of Bumblebee Press, serving stationery enthusiasts to get their happy paper fixes and upscale retailers to bring creative products to market.
She's worked with major brands to design and produce original collections including Ethan Allen, The Conran Shop, and Sundance Catalog. She's been featured in Better Homes and Garden, CNN, House Beautiful, and more. Julie lives in Atlanta with her family, including their dog Finnegan, and Bean, the cat that graciously adopted them.
Take your shoes off, grab a cup of tea. We won't make you get ink on your hands or sit in a yoga pose (yet!) but we will dish up some delectable stationery love for you.
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"It is like getting a present every month, but even better because you get to share it with people to make them feel special too!" —Elizabeth Seidle
"This is a little treasure chest full of love that you get each month." —Joe B.
"It’s a way to ensure a little box of beauty arrives each month. And everything inside the box is yours to share...a perfect gift". —Amy Fitzharris
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