Tag Archives: The Stationery Studio

Happy 21st Anniversary To Us

25 Sep

tss-history-blog-002bIt seems impossible to believe that our website begin 21 years ago.  Can you imagine a world without emails or websites?  It was all new at that time.  Large corporations were just putting email systems in place.  The late 1980’s saw the first authorized use of commercial email on the Internet.  We started as a very small little company in 1994.  At that time, we were completing personalized order forms by hand.  Then we were faxing in orders to factories.  No one emailed in orders.  We were a one-person company with some friends and family volunteers to help from time to time.

tss-history-blog-001Back in the day, we took our product images with a Kodak camera that had a floppy disk.  We inserted the floppy into our first computer and after probably 5 minutes the image appeared on the screen and we loaded it into our back end system.  We were using a store-bought application for our website in the early days.  We had few choices for website graphics, colors, styles and typestyle.

Time passed, we grew slowly and steadily, and we continued to add more and more products like stationery, gift stickers, notepads, and even hand-painted ceramic piggy banks.  We learned through trial and error.  As one of the premier personalized stationery and gift websites on the internet, we had few competitors at the beginning.  We soon grew out of our internet solution as we needed the tools to be more flexible for the types of products we sold.  We hired professional developers to create a custom application for our website, which was a very big deal at the time.  We were growing.  Fast.

We were a trailblazer in this industry and, in many ways, still are.  We still operate by adding products one by one, giving personal care to each item in our selection, providing unique product options for many items, and creating boutiques online to show the items off, just the way we’d like to see them if we were a retail store.  Our staff has grown, too, with many professionals joining our family, and adding their special touches to the look and feel of the website, the product images, the graphics, work flow of the website, the services we provide to our customers, and more. Several of our original staff members are still with our company and are as indispensable as ever.

tss-history-blog-003Starting with a website that boasted 50 products 21 years ago in a corner of our living room, to the present as we feature a comprehensive selection of over 20,000 personalized stationery and gift items, with over 10,000 visitors daily, has truly been a process.  We moved to a nice large modern facility and have a full team supporting the 24/7 business.  However some things never change. Our specialty niche and daily responsibilities are still the same as they were on day one:  to provide excellent service, quality products and competitive pricing.

We treat every order with care, with several customer service team members checking the details as it moves through the process.  We answer customer’s emails very quickly.  We answer our phone and help customers personally.  We have a skilled team of customer service representatives (who also love personalized items, I might add!) and get excited about helping customers create their great orders.  And we go out of our way to assist with special requests.

Creating wonderful personalized products is what we do.  All of the products we offer are made in the USA.  And we keep many factories humming with the volume of orders that we produce.  We love all the repeat customers that return to us time after time.  We enjoy the growth we have experienced and are grateful to our customer base.  It’s been an exciting 21 years and it’s time to celebrate!

Looking forward to what the next twenty years will offer!

Best wishes,



Gorgeous New Crane Box Sets are Here!

3 Mar

Nothing inspires me to write a thank you note like a beautiful box of Crane & Co. stationery.  We just added beautiful new note card sets to our Crane & Co. collection that will definitely inspire you to write!  Here are a few of my favorites.  Their clever descriptions are just as fun as the cards themselves!


44161_FCEBBCC2-B85C-404A-1EEE65F59C7FEDBELet’s sip bellinis by the pool, under a shaded palm until the sun sets for the day. With a favorite pen and stationery, of course, the latter courtesy of this engraved correspondence card. Perfect for notes home from St. Tropez or summertime hellos.


44177_25F5E19F-E02A-FD0E-ED8367AA13E49E57A handwritten note is always in bloom.  Hellos from faraway spots in the summer. Back to school correspondence in the fall. Thank yous following winter fetes. And overdue updates between friends in the spring, all on stationery with garden-inspired good looks.


A symbol of hospitality, the pineapple was once considered quite the commodity. Had you been a 15th century European king, surely many were delivered to your castle. We like to think they still do — in the form of a thoughtful note to the gracious hostess or new neighbor.


44187_2912567C-F9C7-5B2B-1DE01643AD38AE04Get off to a flying start in correspondence with these whimsical notes boasting a hand engraved golden pig with wings.



44184_27B04BF0-9764-B64F-1CAEF1EE597C85F5A symbol of victory, palm branches were often given to winners of prestigious games and military battles in Rome. Thus, such an image is the perfect accompaniment to a note of congratulations for a diploma or promotion well deserved.


Enjoy finding your favorite!



Pin to Win for a Chance to Win $250!

19 Jun

Summer is here which means it’s time to meet up with friends and family for BBQ’s!  This summer, why not check out our Pinterest boards for great ideas for all your summer parties?  We’ve got recipes, decorating ideas and great hostess gift ideas, too!

Pin your heart out and while you’re at it, enter our latest Pinterest contest for a chance to win a $250 gift certificate or to The Stationery Studio.  Hurry!  Contest ends June 27, 2013 and winners will be announced June 28, 2013.

Happy Pinning!