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Creating The Perfect Monogram

8 Oct

Monogrammed StationeryDon’t you love monograms? Since as far back as the early Greek and Roman times, rulers used their 2-letter monograms on coins and other currency to identify the ruler and the region. In the Middle Ages, artists, like Rembrandt, signed their pieces with their initials. And, the Victorian era aristocracy often used the monogram to show their high rank in society.

Today, no need to be royalty or a ruler to use a monogram! Monograms are widely used on many types of products, especially on personal stationery.  The three-initial monogram is the most popular style today and gained popularity as far back as the 18th century so this is a very old yet current tradition.

Today, monograms are an extremely popular and very stylish option and are everywhere from clothing to home decor, plus of course on notecards and other printed items.  A monogram creates a very individualized and stylish imprint.  And everyone has their own monogram! It’s a great option for men, women, teens and children.

A monogram is the art of combining initials together.  The initials represent an individual’s or a couple’s name(s). Personalized Monogrammed Notecards are ideal for many types of correspondences including uses for thank you cards, personal notes, business correspondence and more. Monogrammed stationery creates a beautiful statement and can evoke a feeling of elegance but can also be used as a fun or casual imprint on a colorful note card.

A monogram is like a little work of art that is truly your own and creates the perfect canvas for note cards. There are many different printing techniques available for monogrammed note cards including digital imprinting, thermography, blind embossed and engraved.

How Do You Create a Monogram?

A traditional monogram is typically 3 letters and represents the user’s name or a couple’s married initials. Here is a short guide to the correct order of your monogrammed letters:

For a couple like Julie and Robert Gold, you would enter the monogram order as JGR. The woman’s first name initial is typically on the left … the man’s first name initial is typically on the right… and the last name initial appears larger and in the center.

For a single person’s monogram, like Betsy Hope Friedman you would enter the monogram order as BFH. The individual’s first name initial is typically on the left … the middle name initial is typically on the right… and the last name initial appears larger and in the center.

We make it easy to create your ideal monogrammed stationery. Just enter your initials and you’re ready to go. You can then simply choose an appropriate number of cards based on your needs.

Enjoy your own personal style!

Best wishes,

Renee

 

 

How to Choose Personalized Stationery

26 Aug

Personalized note cards remain a prominent fixture for many these days and are still perfect for many special purposes.  A hand-written note is definitely more special than receiving a text or an email. Receiving a card in the mail creates a much more impressive impression.

Whether you are simply sending a note card to a co-worker, to a family member, or a thank you for a present, a personalized note card will be unique and will create a great presentation for your message.

So, how do you decide what to order? Which are the best note cards for your purposes?   From Everyday Stationery to Business Stationery, Stationery for Kids, Business Stationery or Thank You Cards, we discuss what to look for and ideas of how to use the cards below.

Everyday Stationery

Personalized Stationery

These are note cards are used for everyday reasons versus for a special event.  Examples of such uses are a note to a relative, a thank you to a friend for a dinner, adding a little note in with some photos or other inserts to send in the mail, a note of appreciation to a teacher, even to use as a gift message with a present or other similar purposes.

For Everyday stationery, simply select a style that shows your style.  You can pick something more basic like a full name on a white or ivory card, select a motif or design that you like, or a full color flat-printed foldover note card.

Everyday note cards tend to be more casual in style and can be a flat card or a foldover card.  No matter what your budget, you are looking for something you think is great looking and represents your personal style.

Kids Stationery

Kid's StationeryTeaching the younger set how to write a note card or a thank you card is an important skill and serves a different purpose than sending a quick text.  For younger kids to the older teens, it’s great to teach them that courtesy extends beyond 140 characters.  The process of writing a note card by hand, addressing and stamping it, and putting it in a mailbox is a lesson that will serve them their entire lives.

Kids love to see their name on note cards and they simply adore color and special designs.  Most younger kids have some favorite themes, such as a firetruck, a princess theme, ice cream cones or dinosaurs.  Teens and older kids love fun, preppy, trendy and bold designs.  So whether it’s kids stationery or teen stationery, there are designs appropriate that will encourage putting pen to paper.

It’s great to get kids in the habit of showing appreciation and thoughtfulness to friends and relatives who have helped them or provided a gift or done something nice for them.  Helping kids send a thank you card for birthday gifts, holiday gifts, and more is a great exercise for them.

There are also other reasons for kids to send thank you cards such as to teachers who go out of their way to help a child.  Teaching kids to be gracious and recognize acts of kindness is important.  Another great reason to send a thank you note might be when a friend’s mom or dad hosted your child for a sleepover or invited them to dinner or drove them to school early.  These are all reasons to help your child send a little note of thanks!

Business Stationery

Business StationerySo much of business today is certainly done via email but there are situations where there is no substitution for traditional correspondence.  Certainly sending a thank you note to a potential employer must be done with a handwritten note.  And there are other everyday reasons where writing a note will be useful.

Stationery in business can be used to write notes to clients, to potential customers, to vendors, to co-workers, to associates, and to those one might meet at seminars.  It’s a great tool to put your name in front of another and send your message, while showing your style.

Note of appreciation such as for a thank you for a lunch or dinner, a nice-to-meet you message to cultivate someone as a future contact, or a thank you note to a co-worker who went out of their way to assist,  will all be positively remembered.

Stationery for business purposes tends to be more formal.   The note card can be a foldover or a flat card, also called a correspondence card.  Whether the card stock is plain white or cream or there is a colored border, the style and color is personal preference.  We would recommend more subdued or basic colors for business use such as grey, black, navy or brown.  Brighter colors are normally more used for social reasons.

For a business use, we generally recommend using a full name, rather than initials or a monogram or a first name.  A full name will better serve the purpose of a business contact and you can always tuck in a business card too when you mail the note, depending on the circumstances, so they know how to reach you. Some note cards also provide a second line of text where you we can print your title or company name if desired.

Thank You Cards

Thank You CardsSending a hand-written thank you card will be appreciated and positively remembered.  Written thank you cards should be used for gifts received from weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, birthdays, anniversaries, holiday gifts and other special occasions.

For weddings, you will certainly want to send a thank you note to everyone who provided you with a present.  It’s also ideal to also send thank you notes to those who helped with the wedding such as your planner, caterer, photographer, hosts and hostesses and others.

Try to get them out as timely as possible.  Many say up to 1 year is acceptable, but we say it’s ideal to get them sent within 3-6 months  after the wedding if possible, but it’s never too late to send a card.

For occasions other than weddings, try to send thank you cards within several weeks.   Within the note, try to reference the gift in a nice way and say what specifically you liked about it and how thoughtful it was.

During the holiday season, it’s very appropriate to send thank you notes for holiday parties you attend, for Christmas presents received and more.  You can also use your personalized stationery when you are giving gifts such as to a teacher, a manicurist, hair stylist, friends and family.

During holiday time, your stationery can be holiday-themed with designs like sleighs, Santa, or mistletoe or they can simply be everyday cards that just say thank you with your name(s) or even simply your monogram.

And if you are considering a gift idea, order a box of personalized stationery!

Best wishes,

Renee

 

Love Letters

19 Jan

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Floral Swag Foldover Note Cards Floating Hearts Foil-Pressed Foldover Note Cards with Lined Envelopes Love Struck Stationery in Acrylic Holder

February is the month of love and a perfect time to write more love notes! You can really make someone’s day with a few simple sentences expressing your feelings. And for the perfect canvas, pick up a great box of personalized stationery. Whether you are writing a little note to your husband, boyfriend, your son or daughter or your best friend, it’s really easier than you think. And they’ll love to save them and re-read them over the years. It’s not about perfection in letter writing, it’s about sharing a feeling, a memory, a dream.

So what that many others are writing electronically. Those come and go. Putting pen to paper is long lasting. It’s really ok to write a real note! You can mail it or give it in person, leave it on a desk in a place they will find it, pack it in a lunch, or pop it in the refrigerator so they will see it in the morning. No matter what you say, you won’t go wrong. It can be long or short, funny or serious, romantic or casual. What’s most important is that it is in your own words and it sounds like you. Be yourself!

February is a wonderful time to reconnect after the holidays. Plan a special dinner date, a lunch or a breakfast. Enjoy the company of those you love and those you want to get to know better. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s time to get planning, and it’s time to get writing! Maybe give your special love a box of stationery so they can write you back!

Happy love letter writing to you!

Best wishes,

Renee