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2018 Stationery Trends

18 Apr

The 2018 Stationery trends we have identified include a strong trend to nature, featuring big beautiful blooms, natural elements from mother nature and colorful floral designs.  These design elements are seen in stationery, note pads, invitations and many other segments from housewares to clothing to event planning.

The bliss of the garden and the forest are playing out all around us this year. And, while it’s probably best to go outside and check out a bit of nature yourself, some of the ideas below are the next best thing.

The 10 trends and themes in 2018 include:

  1. Florals  From peonies to roses, nasturtiums to buttercups, the gorgeous colors of the garden grace items you will adore.
  2. Watercolors  Washes of color make an understanted yet bold statement as background hues on note cards, invitations and more.
  3. Leaves  From the delicate to the intricate, leaves add some botanical bliss to help us feel connected to nature.
  4. Desert-Themed Florals  From cactus to spectacular succulents, the desert blooms are wild yet inviting this season.
  5.  Sprigs of Greenery  Ideal accents to entertaining, fabrics, paper design and invitations.
  6. Enchanted Antlers  This fairytale element has been incorported into many design elements this season as they add some whimsical beauty.
  7. Feathers  A stunning and unexpected element, feathers have made their way into floral settings, patterns and prints creating a unique and specific style.
  8. Woodland Designs  From bucks, deer, bunnies to birds, little woodland animals and mushrooms, the forest brings a design element that is safely adventurous and sweet at the same time.
  9. Wreaths  These are not the wreaths of the holiday season, rather they are current and fresh greens that create stylish spring and summer impressions of the garden.
  10. Whimsical typesetting  Big, bold, fun and calligraphic accents add bits of flourishes, swoops and creative splendor to each printed item.

Botanical, woodland and floral themes have made its way to many segments including home decor and more.  Imagine the artistry of a large botanical imprint on your bedding, or a perfect peony on your pillow, and what a joy it will be to crawl into the garden every night.  Home accents share the love for the lush with calming styles to set the tone for a peaceful night’s sleep.

Clothing, from shirts to shawls to scarves, showcase the beautiful natural themes of the season too.  Perhaps it’s a touch of the calm of nature that draws us to these patterns?  They are beautiful to look and and even prettier to wear.  Make a gorgeous statement this season in your attire with a pop of color from the garden.

From nature’s garden to the beauty deep within the forest, we are seeing more and more of charming woodland elements in paper products and also in other areas, like party planning.  This cake is decorated with the woodland animal theme and is beyond adorable for a birthday celebration. The creative fairytale stories told between the fairies, flowers, and the animals of the forest, are perfect for children’s themes, baby showers, birthdays and summer parties.  The woodland theme is a classic, yet unique twist that adds enchantment to every event.

Bringing in the outdoor theme into a more formal setting can add a perfect natural element to your entertaining. From an indoor sit-down luncheon to an outdoor celebration, the woodland and greenery theme easily adds charm. Consider clay pots filled with greenery, bark candles with woodland animals to set a casual theme perfect for everything from a whimsical bridal shower to a baby shower or birthday celebration. Try bringing elements of the outdoors to your party through decorations, design elements on desserts, themed balloons, natural centerpieces, and party favors, for a theme that everyone will adore.

A lovely opportunity to the use of nature is at a wedding or bridal event, including engagement parties, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and receptions.  You don’t have to be outdoors to have an event featuring botanical touches.  For a more low-key version of the all-out floral centerpieces, try adding gorgeous greenery to chandeliers, live plants in various heights surrounded by candles and select orchid blossoms for centerpieces, leaves with beautiful calligraphy as unique place cards, and washes of greens and natural hues on invitations and reception cards to provide a chic and fresh element.

Party favors like botanical teas wrapped beautifully in personalized tea tins complete the package. Tea sachets are all natural, most certified organic, and mixed from natural ingredients in pyramid sachets.  Send your guests home to wonderful cups of tea they can enjoy long after the celebration.

 

At The Stationery Studio, our exclusive Buttercup Paper line is on trend with its bounty of blossoms, leaves, and woodland accents.  Exclusive and beautiful, these styles perfectly adorn the collection of notecards, notepads, sticky cubes, save-the-date cards, Christmas cards, invitations, gift stickers and enclosures.  From enchanted forests to gorgeous gardens, pretty florals, charming antlers and feathers to desertscapes, deer and green botanicals, the beauty of the garden is ready for picking.

What’s in bloom, you ask?  Anything you want!  The trends this year are perfectly designed to bring mother nature into your home and everyday living.  These items will always be in season and make gorgeous gifts for birthdays, Mother’s Day,  hostess gifts and more. Add a kaleidoscope of color to your life in 2018.

Best wishes,

Renee

 

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A Sweet Valentine’s Day Pot Luck Luncheon

14 Feb

Valentine's Day at The Stationery StudioIf you’re planning an office pot luck Valentine’s Day lunch, there are so many fun ways to bring in the heart theme.  When you’re a creative type, you really put some extra love into what you bring so our Valentine’s Day pot luck was so much fun!  It featured homemade heart themed treats from our talented staff along with some heart(y) buffet specialties.  It was so enjoyable to take a bit of time to celebrate this love(ly) holiday.

We thought you might like to see some of our staff specialties!  For appetizers we enjoyed the heart-shaped artichoke dip and Brie En Croute from Wendy. Thanks to Leslie, we could healthfully stuff ourselves with a great veggie platter and a gorgeous green salad from Renee G.   Also, Linda brought 2 beautiful cheese and dried fruit platters that were delicious.

We enjoyed southwest heart-healthy turkey tacos with all the toppings by Renee R., Sweet and Sour meatballs by Shari, homemade bacon baked beans by Sandy H. and we all loved Sandy K’s famous pulled BBQ chicken with fried onions!  For a nice side, Amanda brought a wonderful Asian Slaw Salad.  A big shout out to Diane, who dropped in even on her day off, with some Nachos.  Marc went all out and ordered a pizza. And thanks to Nate we had some fizzy beverages.

Some sweet standouts to end the meal included the beautiful Fruit platter and the Fondue Dip with treats by Joan, the Oreo Cheesecake by Heidi, Coconut Magic Dream Bars by Mindee, and the Homemade Sugar Cookies by Sandy plus a fabulous Banana bread by Shari.

It was a lot of fun and we highly recommend sharing the love in your office for an upcoming event!

Happy Valentine’s Day,

Renee

10 Tips on Writing a Love Letter

2 Feb

With Valentine’s Day coming up, love is definitely in the air. Are you doing anything special for your sweetheart this year?  If you think it’s a bit hard to voice the words in person, why not write a letter? A letter is something your special someone will keep and cherish. A tweet or a snap disappears easily but a written note can be forever.  So send that special letter to seal your feelings.  It will be very meaningful.

If you are not sure what to say, we have 10 tips for you.

  1. Be genuine.  Whatever your emotions are, express them from the heart in a genuine way.
  2. So you’re not Shakespeare, big deal.   Well, don’t worry, we all have our skills.  Any message you craft from the heart will be special.
  3. Make yourself a cheat sheet. Plan what you want to write before putting pen to paper to avoid ruining your heartfelt note and having to start over.
  4.  It’s all in the details.  Give a couple details about why you adore this person and perhaps include a special memory.
  5. Make it pretty.  Find the perfect, hopefully personalized stationery or letter sheet or valentine and use your best penmanship with a good quality pen (never typed!). Little details make the difference.

    source: TheStationeryStudio.com

  6. Size doesn’t matter. Your note can be as long or short as needed.  If your personality is more “to the point”, then that’s your style.  If you want to elaborate and capture detailed thoughts and feelings, well, you have your platform.  If you love to wax nostalgic, then so be it, and put the memories on paper.  It’s your canvas so create your own masterpiece.
  7. Look to the future.  End your note with how you look forward to the future and why.
  8. Mailed or Given?  Well, either way is great.  If you want a big surprise in their mailbox (or if you are too shy) then mailing is a great option.  Or, perhaps you want to plan a special date for dinner or drinks or coffee where you can present the card for you both to share together. Or, surprise them with a note on their pillow or breakfast table.
  9. Love letters don’t always have to be romantic. It’s a beautiful idea to  send your children or close friends a special note about why you love them. Let them know why you love them, how proud you are of them, give specific examples and let them know you are there for them.
  10. The letter is enough.  A personal note is a way to give a part of your heart to your special someone.  That’s the best gift you can give. You don’t really need big boxes of chocolates or candies or dozens of roses.  But, if you’re feeling generous, why not!

Happy letter writing,

Renee

Photo credits:  CountryLiving.com, TheStationeryStudio.com