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We make it easy

for you to send delight

Your days go fast. You’ve got no time to be trapped in a dizzying aisle of mass-market, questionably-manufactured 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.

We serve up letterpress & artist made stationery

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

*Bring things into your world that make your heart leap

*Get inspired to take time for yourself

*Create tiny practices of gratitude

*Have stationery on hand when inspiration strikes

*Practice happiness. Because those moments add up

You have important things to do. Like making someone's day


I’m Julie Franklin and I founded Bumblebee Press to create things that are

beautiful & useful
for big hearted people


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.

Let's get your good ideas out into this world

We opened our doors with a simple mission that still holds true:

Create beautiful things & nurture the relationships in which we engage

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

We're happy you're here

Our vision is this:

Create a business that leverages and shares the power of wonder, sustainability, and compassion on an individual, community, and global level.


Some have asked…

How on earth did you get into this?

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.

Bumblebee Press began as a botanical press almost three decades ago with a chance “walk in the field” with my botanist cousin. She collected specimens for research. And I fell head over heels for the pressed botanicals that came out of her presses. The curves, the colors, the realness of it all. I made my own presses and started collecting botanicals. Weeds, cultivated favorites, you name it. These became stationery and works on paper. 
Not long after, circa early 90s, someone handed me their letterpress card in NYC. I was spellbound. Mind. Blown. [*!]

Fairy dust all over the place

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.

pounds of letterpress equipment
lessons learned
yoga classes to balance it all

You could say I've gotten my 10,000 hours in

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 innovative, sustainable 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 Finn, and Bean, the cat that graciously adopted them.

Come on in

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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Bring a little joy into your world.

 Make it easy to take time for yourself and connect with others



Because your butterfly effect of making the world better one small moment at a time… has already started.

Whatcha waiting for? Jump in

Get Peaceful, Write Notes

This simple how-to guide will erase blank-page self-doubt so you can get those well-wishes of yours posted and sent.

Never underestimate the power of your words to make a moment, a day, a life better.


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Can I buy this for myself?  Yes! This is a great way to get a discount whenever you decide to shop.

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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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“The items are beautiful and you won’t find them anywhere.”

—Maria Lancaster