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Trendspotting: Foil-Pressed Stationery

9 Apr

foil-animated-blog-001Who doesn’t love new stationery?  Looking for a special pop of gold on your note cards?  This week we are sharing with you one of our favorite new trends: Foil-pressed stationery.  Foil accents on printed paper has emerged hotter than ever this season.  It’s everywhere and we are definitely a fan.

Our exclusive elegant foil-pressed stationery is right on-trend.  When it comes to foiled stationery, you can select from anything from a large fun design like “xoxo” or “cheers”  to a simple little unexpected touch of shimmer such as a little scroll or a modest geometric design.  No matter if you prefer the bold or the understated, it’s a sure fire way to add instant elegance.

To create the look, printers utilize a metal plate that has the desired impression. Heat and pressure is added to literally press the foil into the paper stock creating a beautiful imprint.  There is a great amount of skill and care needed to create a crisp beautiful impression. Foil adds a touch of luxe and shimmer you will love.  Whether you select foil pressed on white stock, navy stock, purple or pink stock, the “must have” look is yours to create and enjoy.

The finished product, with foil accents, creates an air of sophistication but yet is appropriate for everything from everyday correspondence to the most special thank you notes. Custom foil stamped stationery provides the extra special touch and adds brilliance to your note writing.  Treat yourself to foil-pressed stationery today or pick up a box for a special Mother’s Day gift or a shimmering personalized Christmas gift.  Our designs combine the perfect amount of shine with timeless designs that are simply letter perfect.

Tell us what new looks inspire you!

Best wishes,

Renee

 

 

Summer Camp Check List and More

6 Apr

april-camp-001This is a great time to start thinking about summer camp and creating a check list for those little extra special items you want to send with your little campers.  For those of us with children attending an overnight camp, preparation is key.  The must-pack lists for clothing, sunscreen, flip flops and hats are readily available.  But what about those little extras?

This week we want to share some of our staff favorites for day camp and overnight camp from our staff of moms here!  They are just some special touches that will help keep your child organized and will add a bit of style to their experience.april-camp-002

1.  Camp Notepads and Camp Stationery are a great way for your child to have easy access to adorable note paper and envelopes, perfect for writing home and for jotting notes while away.  Tip:  Send your child with about 50 of the notepad sheets and save the rest for the following year!

2. Camp Address labels are pretty perfect for help in return addressing the envelopes.  Tip:  pre-address and stamp the envelopes to the camper’s parents, grandparents, other relatives and best friends so your camper can simply place his or her note in the envelope and mail them!

3. Bag Tags are personalized and a great way to be sure bags left find their owner!  They are generally laminated or printed on heavy acrylic and are a stylish and practical addition.  Tip: add one to each duffle bags, tote bag and back pack your camper will be bringing. They are very useful and can be used for years.

4.  To help identify items from laundry services, we offer  100% soft cotton fabric Iron-On or Sew-On name tapes. They come on a continuous roll and are easy to use.  Tip:  These last for hundreds of washes and are fabulous for daycare too if you have younger siblings.

5.  Pre-order a Camper Gift and surprise them on the day they leave or mail it to them at the Camp so they get it the first week they are there! Some unique and personalized ideas are gifts that will be very special to them.  Tip:  include a Tervis water bottle with their name in their duffle bag as a suprise when they arrive!  Other ideas are a cute bath wrap, a monogrammed baseball cap, a diary, or a set of Game Notepads to play hangman, tic tac toe and more.

Have fun and happy camping!  Visit our Camp Boutique for more great ideas!

Best wishes,

Renee

Wood-ology 101 on Cutting Board Wood Shades

30 Mar

march-woodBoardsWooden maple cutting boards made with premium quality hard maple wood makes a great portable cutting work surface or an elegant serving tray.  They also make a beautiful gift for holidays or anniversaries or housewarming!  Here is a little “wood-ology” about the variety in wood color, according to one of our leading Maple Leaf experts.


There are two types of maple wood that are harvested – summer maples and winter maples – when you see a hard maple that has more color that means the wood has been harvested in the summer because the sap in the maple is still in the tree, on a macro level, at the time it was cut.  When you see a board that is more toward the cream or white shades, that tree has been typically harvested during the winter and the sap has been harvested from the tree in all likelihood.


The boards are a natural product and it will vary.  The maple does patina over time and become more honey, especially when treated with butcher block oil.  A wooden cutting board is one of our favorite gift ideas, it’s something special they likely would not buy for themselves!

Check out our expanded article about this topic, Wood-ology 101, in Studio Insights.

Best wishes,

Renee