Annemarie Buckley loves to write. "My whole life I was told I have nice handwriting, which is nice to hear but now it's nice to put it to use," Buckley said.
From writing peoples names in bubble letters in high school to now designing stationery and prints for her company, Scouts Honor Co. "I'm a designer, hand letterer and illustrator, but it all funnels through my stationery line at the core of what I do," she said.
The name Scouts Honor is a nod back to her Girl Scout days -- and vintage Americana. She started the Burlington business three years ago. "It's really American stands the test of time," Buckley said.
All of her work starts with a pen and paper. She sketches and writes all of her own designs. After some final editing touches, they're printed locally. Buckley puts her hand touch on them once more before they head out the door with her custom stamps. She designs them too. She calls her stationery the gift that keeps on giving. "Someone buys a card, they're excited about the card then they go home and send it on to someone and that person hopefully tacks it up on their fridge or keeps it in a box somewhere," she said.
Inspiration pops up in all kinds of places. From vintage road signs to classic songs like "California Girls" by the Beach Boys.
You won't find any birthday or thank you cards here -- Buckley says they've been overdone. Her designs are more abstract, drawing out memories or emotions from people. "I'm trying to inspires occasions to have a card, not just the everyday," she said.
Although Scouts Honor is busiest around the holiday season, Buckley says people shouldn't forget about the rest of the year. "Just for no reason at all, so you keep in touch all year," Buckley said.
'The Adventure Begins' is her best selling card. It's also the card she would give to Vermont. She moved here 10 years ago after visiting just once. She fell in love with the state. "It feels like it's been a series of adventures -- over and over again here. It's small and beautiful but replenishes itself and never gets boring. It's all about the small things here," Buckley said.
Celebrating the small things -- and not just life's big moments -- with handmade stationery that's Made in Vermont.
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