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Understanding Paper Weight

21 Jul

 

text-weight2Have you ever thought about paper weight and wanted to understand it a little better?  Anyone who understands paper can tell you that whether a note card is thicker or thinner is something that can be a little confusing.

There are two elements that go into determining Paper Weight:

1) The TYPE of paper stock (ex. BOND, TEXT or COVER)
2) The WEIGHT of paper stock (ex. 60 lb, 130 lb, etc.)

Just because an item has a higher weight doesn’t mean it’s thicker.  Here is an example:  A 100 lb. Text stock is actually lighter than 80 lb. Cover stock.

Examples of of paper types are often used:

Bond stocks are often used for note pads.

Text stocks are often used for note pads, Post-It® notes, light-weight note cards, and medium-weight note cards.

Cover stocks are often used for medium-weight note cards, heavy-weight note cards, holiday cards, business cards and invitations.

Board stocks are similar to cover stocks except they are available in much heavier weights. At 60 pt., board stock is extremely rigid and thick, similar to the cover of a hardcover book.

text-weightTo compare paper stocks, view the TYPE and the WEIGHT.
You can see the lightest weight stocks fall under the BOND column and
the heaviest weight stock numbers fall under the COVER column.

Further information for paper enthusiasts

So, why isn’t 80 lb. Text the same weight as 80 lb. Cover While the weight in pounds for most paper types is based on the total weight of 500 sheets, the dimensions of each individual sheet may vary for different TYPES of paper stock.  For example, Text stock is weighed based upon 25″ x 38″ sheets, while Cover stock is weighed based upon 20″ x 26″ sheets.   Also, due to manufacturing differences in paper, not all papers of the same type and weight will feel the same.

Paper weight in stationery and note cards is ultimately a personal choice.  Whether you select thinner or thicker stock is really up to the designer and the user.   Many people like thicker stocks, however, not all.  Bear in mind that some very fine, thinner stocks are made by the very best manufacturers and are beautiful in their own right.  Further, price is not necessarily determined by thicker or thinner stock in many situations, but rather by the process used for production and the specialty nature of certain papers.

No matter whether you note is written on thicker or thinner stock, I wish you happy letter writing!

Best wishes,

Renee

Why Personalized Everything is So Popular

16 Jun

june-personalized-giftsOf all the niche markets, the personalized segment continues to grow annually.  From home decor to stationery to party napkins and more, personalization is key in creating the wow factor.

A fresh box of personalized stationery, an stylish address stamper or a perfectly printed box of notepads will easily become a beloved gift.  When someone takes the extra time to order something personalized, it adds something special to the gift and is usually really appreciated.  For kids, personalizing an item for them is exciting as they instantly become a rock star.  And for adults, a great monogram or name imprint on a classic gift will be surely appreciated and will become a present well used and remembered.

Never before has it been so easy to order from thousands of Gift Ideas.  From embroidery to engraving, thermography to embossing, the choices are plentiful.  Whether you are looking for birthday gifts, teacher gifts, graduation gifts or holiday gifts, there are so many choices that finding the perfect present at the right price point is simple.

Today, creating a unique look or “brand” for occasions like a wedding, anniversary party, holiday party or birthday celebration helps set the tone for the event.  Taking a special phrase, classic or custom monogram or design and having it foil-stamped on napkins, party favors, disposable drinking glasses and stir sticks can set the color theme, the style and the extra detail necessary to make the party memorable.  These are the sort of additions to a party that will create a splash with minimal investment.

For all your upcoming celebrations, take some time and look through all the options. Think about the gifts you want to give for upcoming occasions and about what the recipient might like.  Perhaps they love to entertain and a fresh set of engraved wine glasses would be enjoyed, or maybe they love to have pretty paper on their desk and a nice set of personalized post-its would be well-used.  These are the type of gifts that someone might not necessarily pick out for themselves, but would love to receive and would truly enjoy.  From gifts to party supplies, personalizing is an easy, fast and unique option.

Best wishes,

Renee

 

Behind the Scenes: Experienced Production Team Works Hard

8 Jun

Today we thought it would be fun to peek into just one day at one of our factories to see what some of our many fabulous production professionals do to support the many thousands of stationery and note pad orders that go through their plant each month.  With decades of experience, their individual care to each order produced is notable.

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Our experienced specialists carefully review every order from start to finish.

Every day our typesetting specialists look forward to entering Stationery Studio orders. Geraldine, who has been with our company for 32 years, enters each order into our system and previews it to ensure the typesetting is exactly what our customers are looking for. Items are checked for spelling, ink color and layout to be sure that the quality of the product will be excellent before it enters production. Geraldine’s passion for each customer order shines thru daily as she processes these orders and prepares them for the production team. Her goal is to have all overnight orders released to production before noon so they can be printed and ready to ship on a timely basis to customers.

may-lisaLisa, a 29 year press employee, will pull the typeset file to her digital press to be printed. She checks for the correct paper stock and ink color. Then one sheet will be printed to  check placement on the paper and to verify that the overall look of the product is what the customer is looking for, a high quality personalized stationery item. Upon her approval she will release the order to be produced. The product is then moved to the next step of the process which could be cutting the paper down to a specific finished size  or adhering glue to the end to creating notepads.

may-kathyOnce the personalized items are produced, they go to the packaging department. The packaging area will give the order a final approval on the job. Once the order is assembled and ready, Kathy, with 30 years of experience will take the stationery or other items and carefully wrap in tissue and place it into a gift box or packaging appropriate to the product preparing it for final shipment.

The entire process is completed when our orders are shipped and have been picked up by shipping services. There is such passion to ensure that we are sending our customers the best product with the greatest value.  We are proud of the job we do each and every day.

Best wishes,

Renee