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Creating Your Unique Monogram

15 Sep

An individual’s monogram creates a unique and sophisticated appearance and they seem to be popping up everywhere.  You can often see monograms on clothing, home decor, printed napkins, jewelry, and of course on stationery and notepads.monograms-sept2015-001The proper order for a monogram is very important and should be carefully placed and composed with either formal script of block letters.  Monograms can either be straight across or together the letters might create a diagonal shape, an oval or a circle.

monograms-sept2015-002Sometimes when the left and right letters are placed into shapes the letters are flipped over and can have a unique appearance.  The easiest to read monogram are straight across whether interlocking or not.  There are luxury monograms featuring calligraphic elements and flourishes to create identity for businesses such as restaurants, hotels, fashion lines and more.

monograms-sept2015-003Everyone, young or old, male or female, married or unmarried, has a monogram.  The letters of the monogram represent the letters of your name or can represent your married name. The order of the letters appear in a very specific way. A monogram is generally three letters and they are either interlocking or combined in such as way to create a design.

monograms-sept2015-007For an individual’s monogram, the letter on the left represents a first name, the letter on the right is for a middle name and the large letter in the center is for a last name.  For example, Susan Lynne Miller would have this monogram:   SML.

monograms-sept2015-004For a married monogram, the letter on the left represents a woman’s first name, the letter on the right represents the man’s first name, and the large letter in the middle represents their shared last  name.  Therefore, if Ellen Marie Smith was married to Charles Adam Watson, their married monogram would be EWC.

For an LGBT relationship, determine the placement of the initials simply based on the couple’s preference and then middle larger initial would represent a shared last name.  If there is no shared last name consider using two same size initials to represent the two first names together or even consider using four initials to represent the first and last name of each person in the couple.

monograms-sept2015-005For a single person wanting same size initials, the letters would appear in the order of the name, such as Caroline Joy Thompson’s initials would be CJT and the letters would all be the same size.  The order of the letters in initials is different from a monogram in that the initials will go in the order of a name:  first name initial, then middle name initial, then last name initial.  Alternatively, married or engaged couples may use their two-letters representing their first names and place those letters together.  Again, this is referred to as initials rather than a monogram.  Initials on personalized note cards and other stationery are a popular option but the monogram remains the ultimate personalized preference for many.


Best wishes,



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,


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,