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The Importance of a Thank You Card

25 Aug

aug-thankYouCards-001Sometimes a little thank you is all it takes to put a smile on someone’s face.  While some people are more likely to save handwriting real thank you cards for the bigger occasions such as for a wedding shower present or a wedding gift, it’s important to consider that writing notes to family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and more, even for the smaller things, means a great deal to those who receive them.

Maybe a friend brought you dinner, a neighbor walked your dog for you, you were interviewed for a job, or your cousin remembered your birthday.  Maybe a co-worker took care of an issue for you or your boss gave you a raise.  These and other kind acts are the perfect reason to send a handwritten thank you note.

aug-thankYouCards-002Saying thank you with a personalized thank you note card makes a memorable statement.  Remember to use a nice thank you card to write your note on, be genuine in your note and express how important their help has been to you.  And, use nice handwriting and a good quality pen to write your note, and remember to sign your name!  You don’t have to write a lot but be genuine in your sentiments.

There are a variety of thank you card styles perfect for a wedding thank you note, a bridal shower thank you notes, graduation thank you cards, sympathy thank you cards and everyday general notes of thanks. A nice box of basic thank you cards is always something handy to have on hand.

You will certainly make someone’s day when they receive an attractive note card on their mailbox or on their desk.  Sending a thank you card is a sweet gesture at any time! A spontaneous or unexpected thank you note can often mean a lot.  After all, who doesn’t like being appreciated?

Best wishes,

Renee

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