From independent record stores to indie beauty products and indie swimsuit brands, it’s no secret that we love supporting independent companies. Our latest indie obsession is a romantic’s dream. Yep, we’re talking hand-crafted stationery, people! Sure, most of the time an email or a printable would suffice, but there’s something so intimate about receiving an artisanal note that we think it’s high time to bring back the old school practice for good. Scroll through these 16 indie paper goods stores for all the cutesy cards, dynamic prints and beautiful notebooks that you could ever want.

Dear Lola

1. Dear Lola Letterpress: The founder of Dear Lola Letterpress, Sabrena, grew up making cards for her family and friends, but she had no idea that her passion would eventually transform into a full-time business. Providing letterpress stationery for the masses, Dear Lola Letterpress is a one-stop shop of beautiful cards for all occasions. (via Dear Lola Letterpress)

Sonia Cavallini

2. Sonia Cavallini: A freelance illustrator based in Lyon, France, Sonia Cavallini’s designs are oh so cute. From pretty pastel journals to hang-on-your-wall worthy cards, if you’re looking for something sweet, we definitely suggest a scroll. (via Sonia Cavallini)

Little Alexander

3. Little Alexander: The days of plain paper notebooks are behind us. Transforming everyday materials into breathtaking works of art, this eco-friendly home studio of two is definitely worth the browse. (via Little Alexander)

The Print Room

4. The Print Room: With each bold and bright product hand crafted in Melbourne, it’s clear that the ladies behind the Print Room love their paper. Along with their spectacular notebooks, greeting cards and calendars, they also offer up some cheeky DIY ideas on their blog too — including this cute DIY floral ice cubes tutorial. (via The Print Room)

Yellow Owl Workshop

5. Yellow Owl Workshop: Whether you’re looking for unicorn prints or gingham gift tags, this quirky San Francisco studio has just about everything you could want. Pairing bold primary colors with one-of-a-kind designs, it’s an online shop worthy of a splurge. (via Yellow Owl Workshop)

Banquet Workshop

6. Banquet Atelier & Workshop: If you’re browsing for something elegant, look no further. Based out of Vancouver, the dynamic duo behind this workshop simply looks out upon their scenic surroundings whenever they need a little inspiration. Let’s just say that it’s easy to tell they’ve found it. (via Banquet Atelier & Workshop)

The Good Twin Co

7. The Good Twin Co.: Holidays, birthdays, anniversaries — whatever the occasion, Good Twin Co. has an adorable card that you just won’t find in your local grocery store. Also, don’t forget to check out their #girlboss notes set and minimalist prints. (via The Good Twin Co.)

Thumbs Up X2

8. Thumbs Up X2: If you want your next white elephant gift to be the first one stolen, the secret is in the wrappings. From galaxy prints to oceanic waves, this UK company makes beautiful artisanal wrapping paper — plus cards, pins and prints. (via Thumbs Up X2)

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9. Steel Petal Press: Founder and artist Shayna Norwood creates gorgeous paper goods in her artisan Chicago-based shop. From gift tags to stationery to wedding invites, there’s something for everyone at this online store. And don’t forget to check out their soon-to-be-open Chicago brick and mortar store, if you’re in the area. (via Jennifer Kathryn Photography)

May Day Studio

10. May Day Studio: A seasoned veteran of Etsy’s front page, this small Vermont studio combines quirky gift wrap with cutesy letterpress cards. Even better, most items sell for just five bucks or less. (via May Day Studio)

Greenwich Letterpress

11. Greenwich Letterpress: Both a New York City brick and mortar store and online shopping paradise, this adorable shop features pop culture references like you’ve never seen them before. (via Greenwich Letterpress)

Piccolo Paper Co

12. Piccolo Paper Co.: From pretty envelope liners to personalized typography stationery, this fun-sized shop was born out of a designer’s DIY project to create her own programs, menus and place cards for her wedding. (via Piccolo Paper Co.)

Paper Bandit Press

13. Paper Bandit Press: Prints, cards and tags, oh my! Whether you’re looking for a breakup card (wait, is that really a thing?) or just want to say hello, scrolling through Paper Bandit’s extensive collection will probably lead to a few chuckles — and a whole lot of next-day deliveries. (via Paper Bandit Press)

Indie Olive

14. Indie Olive: If you love gold, bronze and silver embossment, this is the indie paper goods store you’ve been dreaming of. Although they have a Kansas brick and mortar store, they sell most of their products online, which makes it super convenient to shop indie. (via Indie Olive)

Wild Ink Press

15. Wild Ink Press: From start to finish, everything at Wild Ink Press is made in-house. When maker Rebekah Tennis isn’t chasing after her three active boys, she’s hard at work in the studio (which also happens to be a refurbished soda bottling plant), creating witty cards on her old-school printing machines. (via Wild Ink Press)

Lisa Jones Studio

16. Lisa Jones Studio: Pet owners will love this adorable indie brand. Transforming wild and household animals into just about anything — cards, clocks, lamp shades and more — you can pretty much order an entire zoo with a few clicks of your mouse. (via Lisa Jones Studio)

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