Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Another great gift!

Kids are very odd about things that they percieve as theirs. My goddaughter and her older sister will disagree over a shared toy, a doll, a shirt(that may not even fit one of them!), even a cup or plate!

Great news for those who have ever been in this situation! Lipstick Shades (one of our wonderful vendors!) has a line of personalized plates that are absolutely adorable! So even if your kids, grandkids, or just favorite little ones still attempt to claim things that are not theirs - you can give them something that is definitely theirs - a plate with their name on it!



One of the kiddos from our office, Christopher, uses his for almost every meal!


So, if you're still looking for a gift that is unique, charming and educational (Learn to spell your name - with green beans!), pick up a personalized plate for each of the kiddos you know!


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Elf on the Shelf


The Christmas Season is almost here! We were privileged to have The Elf on the Shelf Christmas Book available at Paper Style last year. It was such a success that we were very excited to recieve our shipment this year!

Don't forget to pick up one today, before all the elves have been assigned to a house!

A wonderful Christmas family tradition! This is the festive story of how Santa keeps on eye on who is naughty and nice during the Christmas season - he sends each house an elf of course! The elf reports to him every night while the children are asleep. This is an interactive story, as there are pages to name your elf and personalize it with your family name and more! Children love to wake up in the morning and find the elf has moved to a different spot. How mysterious - he must be real! Warm colors and illustrations make this book a children's favorite.
This is a Christmas must have!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Party. Secret Agent Party....


James Bond: Quantum of Solace opens Thursday, November 14th at Midnight in theaters across America. For Bond fans, you know the stories. For those who are just getting aquainted with the infamous Secret Agent, this is the 22nd movie, and the 6th actor to portray 007 on the big screen.


I saw an invitation today that gave me a great idea!

The dots on this invitation remind me of the opening credits for the 007 movies. I think that a Secret Agent Party would be a great theme for a birthday party! Here is a sample layout!

See you at the movies!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Fun Presidential Facts

Happy Election Day!

If you haven't done so already, go out and vote!

If you have, sit back and watch the polling results with a few fun facts about former presidents!




  • Candidate with highest popular vote: Reagan (1984), 54,455,075.

  • Candidate with highest electoral vote: Reagan (1984), 525.

  • Candidate carrying most states: Nixon (1972) and Reagan (1984), 49.

  • Candidate running most times: Norman Thomas (Socialist Party), six (1928, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1948).

  • Candidate elected, defeated, then reelected: Cleveland (1884, 1888, 1892).

  • Fourteen Presidents served as vice presidents: J. Adams, Jefferson, Van Buren, Tyler, Fillmore, A. Johnson, Arthur, T. Roosevelt, Coolidge, Truman, Nixon, L. Johnson, Ford, and George Bush.

  • Kennedy and Taft are the only presidents buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

  • Lincoln, Jefferson, F. Roosevelt, Washington, Kennedy, and Eisenhower are portrayed on U.S. coins.

  • Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Jackson, Grant, McKinley, Cleveland, Madison, and Wilson are portrayed on U.S. paper currency.

Finally, one of my favorite former presidents - Teddy Roosevelt.



  • Theodore Roosevelt(26th President): Graduated Harvard College (1880) Vice President under McKinley. On November 18, 1903 the U. S. and Panama signed a treaty for a canal under U. S. sovereignty. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906 for arbitrating the end of the Russo-Jananese War. As a child, Roosevelt suffered asthma attacks and was too sickly to attend school. At 42, Roosevelt was the youngest president. The teddy bear is named for him. He lost the sight in one eye while boxing in the White House. He had a photographic memory. He could read a page in the time it took anyone else to read a sentence. He was the first president to travel outside the U.S. - Panama. Roosevelt craved attention. It was said that he wanted to be the bride at every wedding and the corpse at every funeral.

These fun facts and more can be found at http://www.littleknownfactsshow.com/presidents.html

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Annual Pumpkin Style Contest!



As a somewhat* competitive bunch, we look forward each year to the Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest!

The rules for this year: No templates, no props, and no specialty tools. Knife, Fork and Spoon. Teams were drawn at random, along with pumpkins. 1 hour and your imaginations. Go!

This years First Prize goes to Debbie, Drew and Darshan. Second Place goes to Stacey and Robyn. Congrats to all who participated!

*Somewhat- Yeah, who are we kidding? Some of us would compete to see who is the most competitive!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Gobble, Gobble, Gobble



Pumpkin Pie, Sweet Potatoes, Turkey, Parades and Uncle Ned asleep on the couch after dinner. Yup, it's Thanksgiving again.


If you are planning on having family and friends over for this Thanksgiving Holiday, check out our sample holiday invitations. We have a veritable cornucopia of delightful and fresh invitations to get your Thanksgiving event cooking!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Frequently Asked Customer Service Questions

Through email, LiveChat and by phone - we get all kinds of questions about our products and services. This week, we'd like to share a few of the frequently asked Customer Service questions we thought you would like to know. At the same time, we love hearing from you... don't hesitate to ask!

If I place my order today, how soon can I get it?

There are a lot of factors here. Is your order being printed by us, or did you request it blank to print yourself? What is the shipping method you chose? Is there a national holiday that might delay shipping?

Blank orders typically ship out in 1-2 business days, but we ask that you give us 3 business days prior to shipping if possible.

If your order is being printed by us, it is all dependent on how soon your order is approved by you. An e-Proof is posted to your account at http://www.paperstyle.com/ within 1 business day of placing your order. Once you have viewed your Proof(s) and made any necessary changes and/or approved your order, it goes to the printing department. Typically an order is printed and shipped the next day after customer approval through the use of e-Proof.

Ok, so.... What is an e-Proof?

An e-Proof is your wording placed on the card you selected as it would appear as a finished product. We typeset according to social etiquette and for the best visual appeal for each individual invitation style. Our team of typesetters will give each order personalized attention to ensure that you love how your order looks! If you need to change the date, add a host or try a new font, our typesetters are here to make your invitations so great, you'll want to frame one!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Birth Announcements

One of the best things about going to the mailbox is opening it to find an invite or announcement buried among your advertisements and power bill. How can you share that bit of excitement in the mailbox of your friends and loved ones?

For those new parents, we have a great variety of Birth Announcements to share your joy!


This invite is a Paper Style Exclusive! Item 602-57-1023 (Decorative Green Photo Baby Cards) is a delightful design that is sure to make your birth announcement unique. You can have your picture printed directly onto the card using an image you supply!


For an elegant approach, item 84-J-64 (Pink and Brown Ornate Circle Birth Announcements) is sure to impress! Also available in Blue and Brown!
For a fun new look, item 19-TF10 (Pretty Pattern Green and Blue Trifold Invitations) is bound to unfold a few smiles! Add the monogram for your new baby, and a photograph for all to enjoy!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Dancing with the Stars


With this season's episodes of "Dancing with the Stars" underway tonight, why not plan a dance party of your own? Paper Style has a number of fun invitations to get your feet on the floor!

Be it Paso Doble, Samba, Quickstep, Tango, Cha-Cha-Cha, or your own freestyle routine, you can test out those new moves that Carrie Ann, Bruno, and Len gave Perfect 10's in your own living room! Just watch out for those prohibited lifts!
Anyone willing to announce their pick for this season's champions?!?!

Friday, September 19, 2008

A brand new Paper Style...


To celebrate our 9 Year Anniversary, we decided it was time for a new look. We hope you like it!

In fact, 5 readers will be chosen at random to receive a set of Embossed Graphics Eco Set Tablets Winners (initials and city, state only) will be posted to our blog on October 1, 2008.
*No purchase necessary to win, but you must post to our blog to win!

Let us know what you think of our new site.

We appreciate your feedback! :)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

2 chix maternity

Yesterday we were pleased to be mentioned on the 2 Chix maternity blog. You can see what they had to say about our invitations on their blog here!

You can also order Tres Chic Mommy to Be Baby Invitations on our retail site.

Thanks again to 2 chix,
for making PaperStyle - Your Style.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Boo!

I was walking through the neighborhood the other night, and as it was getting dark I realized we were getting close to one of my favorite holidays - Halloween!!!! I love the excitement of dressing up as something out of the ordinary. I love even more seeing what ideas other people have for costumes or decorations! But by far, my favorite is seeing the homemade costumes of little kids. That always gives me such a treat!

I quickly began making plans for decorating the house and preparing for trick-or-treaters. Halloween is on a Friday this year, so treats for the kids that night and a party for us adults on Saturday night! We are 8 weeks out, but I'm a firm believer that parties and social gatherings should be planned in advance to minimize stress for a fun event! (That's a trade secret! Tell everyone!)

We've got plans for decorating the driveway with Do-It-Yourself luminaries that I saw in a neighborhood driveway a few years ago. Here is a link to one version that I saw using paper bags, sand and tea lights. This looks really great lining the driveway at night!
Add some fake cobwebs, post-humorously (ha!) written tombstones, some spooky tunes, perhaps a few well placed scares (great for dad to handle!) and a few buckets of candy and we're in the trick or treat business!

For the big kids this year, we'll be hosting the annual Halloween costume party. Here is my favorite of this years adult Halloween invitations.
What sells this one for me is the 2 sided invite, with your wording on the front and a fun image of costumed characters on the back.

There are a number of other exciting and playful Halloween invitations as well, which may be just the thing for your party.

Now.... We've just got to figure out the perfect costume!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Wedding Invitation Etiquette

Part two of Invitation Etiquette is for your wedding
invitation wording.

These are some of the common questions and comments we receive regarding wording for Wedding Invitations. We hope this helps with selecting the perfect wording for your invitation. For more assistance with all your invitation wording, check out our Suggested Wording at http://www.paperstyle.com/

  • You are a fiancĂ©e if you are a woman and you are a fiancĂ© if you are a man.
  • A good guideline to follow is to avoid abbreviations, such as street addresses, cities or states.
  • Zip codes are not typically included on a wedding invitation or reception card.
  • Date, time and year should be spelled out.
  • If your wedding is before noon, it is considered morning. If it is between noon and 5:59 p.m., it is considered afternoon. Evening hours begin after 6:00 p.m.
  • On wedding invitations, “the honour of your presence” is reserved for ceremonies held on sanctified grounds (i.e., church, temple etc.) It is recommend to use, “the pleasure of your company” when the wedding takes place outside of religious grounds.
  • When sending a Reply Set with an invitation, as a courtesy to your guest, we recommend two things 1) Printing a return address on the front of the Reply Envelope and 2) Providing the envelope already stamped.
  • The bride or the bride’s family typically takes the replies for the wedding.
  • Often, the weight of a wedding invitation and it's reply cards and enclosures may alter the required postage rate. Check with your local post office before applying stamps.

    For a personal touch, visit http://www.stamps.com and have a picture of the Bride & Groom or the Anniversary couple put on the stamp.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Social Invitation Etiquette

Etiquette seems to be a popular topic this week. I've seen a number of things, from how to say "Adults only" and "no gifts please" to "how to properly eat corn on the cob."

Here are a few Etiquette tips that our typesetting department typically recommend, according to the Crane Blue Book with regard to Social Invitations. Check back tomorrow for Wedding Invitation Etiquette!


  • Social Invitations should include the Date (including the day of the week), Time and Location and are recommended in that order.
  • According to etiquette, shower invitations should not have registration information. However, for convenience, it has become acceptable.
  • As a courtesy, a name should accompany the RSVP (it’s nice to have a name when calling to RSVP ) or you can use “Regrets only” and also consider a date to reply by. The word “please” is not necessary, as it is included in RSVP.
  • When the guest of honor does not want to receive gifts, a nice way of saying that on an invitation is “Your presence is gift enough” or plainly “No gifts please”. Please know that your guests may be uncomfortable and still bring you a gift.
  • Theme parties usually require some extra planning on the guest’s part (dressing up, extra items to bring etc.) be sure to include that information on your invitation.
  • If you are having a shower, we suggest including the word “shower” on your invitation so that it is clear to guests, rather than stating it as a celebration or party.
  • Special occasion invitations (Christening, Baptism, Confirmation, Bar Mitzvah etc.) should be sent 4 weeks before the RSVP date.

    For an adorable, personal touch, visit http://www.stamps.com and have your child’s picture put on a stamp.

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Spotlight on Anna Griffin

Over the years, we have been pleased to provide beautiful products to our customers that are creative, expressive, classic and memorable. As one of our most notable product vendors, Anna Griffin has long been one of our wedding product leaders with her extensive line of invitations and accessories. We were able to catch up with Anna Griffin recently and here is what she had to say!

PaperStyle - When, and why did you start Anna Griffin, Inc.?

Anna Griffin - From my experience in working for Vera Wang in New York, I fell in love with the Bridal business. Combining that love with my training in graphic design, it was only natural that I start my own company designing invitations. I started one of the first wedding invitation companies that allowed brides to make three dimensional invitations themselves without having to custom-order. I launched Anna Griffin Inc. in 1994 and we have been growing ever-since.

PaperStyle - When you are looking for inspiration, where do you turn?

Anna Griffin - To the antique patterns and documents that I have collected for years. My love of antiques and prints stems from my childhood, growing up in my great grandmothers house. She had the most beautiful pieces and I have been inspired by decorative arts created in the 1800’s ever since. The rich color and elaborate painting style is what brings most of my ideas to life.

PaperStyle - In the years you have been doing this, what have you learned that you would like to share?

Anna Griffin - I am so fortunate to be doing what I love to do. I think that it is so important to decide what truly makes you happy and do it the best that you can. My whole journey has been a learning experience. Take everything as an opportunity to grow and change and never be afraid of that change, it will only make you stronger. Remember, everything happens for a reason.

PaperStyle - When do you expect the new line of products to be available?

Anna Griffin - We had such a tremendous response to the fabric collections that we launched earlier this year, we expanded the line to include two sizes of hold everything pouches and an assortment of fashionable luggage tags. They will all be available October 1st, so they are the perfect gifts for the holiday season!

PaperStyle - Do you have a “favorite” of your new line of products?

Anna Griffin - That’s a hard one. I love all of the collections, but I have really been in the Maime mood lately. The Maime Collection is perfect for the summertime with cool and breezy patterns. Since I am always traveling, I really love my bamboo inspired laptop tote bag, it makes me feel like a chic jetsetter and I think that is fabulous!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Let's Go Team!

School is back in session, and everyone knows what that means..... College Football!

Everyone has their favorites, and PaperStyle is no exception. We have Alumni and attending supporters of #1 ranked University of Georgia, as well as current attending and supporting #3 University of South Carolina, #7 Auburn, and #80(yikes!) Georgia Tech.






Kickoff your season with a gathering to root for your team! Whether it's the rival game or the championship, you'll still have a
ball.




Here are a few playful invitations for your pigskin party. (Great for the little kids as well as your big ones!)


If you didn't see your touchdown invitation, check out the rest of our product line at here!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Tie Bow

No, not the exercise with Billy Banks!


We're talking about tying those sometimes complicated bows for your invitations and announcements. We've got a great set of images that could assist you with "wrapping things up." If you still need some help, PaperStyle is always available to walk you through it, or even assemble your invitations for you! Just contact us a 888.670.5300.

The Bow

The Bow (with holes)

The Cross Over Bow

The Faux Knot

The Winged Bow

Monday, August 4, 2008

A Little Typesetting Humor

Video sharing sites are an addictive, yet wonderful thing. When surfing http://www.digg.com/ over the weekend I saw some pretty funny things.

Here is a video about fonts that we found amusing in the typesetting and proofing department. If you deal with font styles on a daily basis, you'll probably get a laugh.

Font Conference: Times New Roman and Friends discuss font inclusion

Yeah, we're nerdy.

But at least we're amused and nerdy.
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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Christmas in July

It begins!
Our first shipment of Holiday stock arrived today, packed with a variety of new and vibrant designs. More importantly, at no extra charge, is the opportunity to create joyful and entertaining memories of this holiday season.

Stay tuned for more info as to what great new things we received. As soon as we can get them on the site, we'll let you know!
For now, start looking ahead at PaperStyle Holiday products.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

In Queue

Wow! What a busy week so far! Around the office, we use the term "in queue" quite often. I've got a fun project in queue. The Big Fat Greek Wedding order is in queue to print today. Your order is in queue to ship out today and arrive to you tomorrow. There are 3 people in queue for this next pot of coffee.

We're always looking for ways to improve our services and products, and we have definitely got a few interesting things "in queue" for 2008. Keep checking back for updates on what is going on here at PaperStyle!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Letters from Home

In an age of text messages and emails, we have really gotten used to the immediately gratifying written word – daily for some of us! In our lives, we’ve all probably gotten a letter once or twice. Do you remember why you received those letters? Was it for something important and special? Was it a quick thank you, or a long love letter?

So now that you’re thinking about the notes you’ve gotten, what about the reasons that you could write a note?

Thank you notes are pretty common. For wedding, shower or birthday gifts; for job interviews; and for a job well done. Those are just a few reasons for a thank you note. The real secret to thank you notes is direct and to the point, but expressive and personal. Five minutes from picking up the pen, to putting a stamp on the envelope.

Quick Thinking of You Notes: These are my favorite. A quick note, sometimes only 1 or 2 lines long, written to someone you were thinking of and wanted to share that thought with. I’ve personally written notes like this on post-it notes, the back of an envelope, napkins, a sandwich bag, and even a playing card!

Love letters are an accomplished feat. In the words of author John Donne, "More than kisses, letters mingle souls; for thus friends absent speak." If you have ever recieved one, whether an elaborate missive or a crayon written "check yes or no" passed in class, you know the special feeling of opening that note. When did you last share that feeling?

Long Distance Letters: Another opportunity to write comes to mind. We got a letter this weekend from a friend of ours who is a U.S. Marine, currently deployed overseas. On this recent deployment, we have tried to send him an occasional greeting card, a letter, or even a Facebook message when we think of him! A group of friends sent him a care package for his birthday at the end of May, with a ton of fun goodies and notes from home. He was just writing to say how thankful he was to get some mail from friends at home and that it really made him feel good and loved to have those notes. Do you know someone who is currently abroad for work, pleasure or school?

John Michael Montgomery - Letters from Home

If you need a little help finding just the "write" stationary for you, check out our extensive stationary selection at PaperStyle. When you really get in that writing mood, drop us a letter in the mail - we'll write back!

PaperStyle.com
C/o - Letters
11390 Old Roswell Road
Suite 122
Alpharetta, Georgia 30009

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Happy Independence Day!

A Real American.... Typesetter?


Did you know, that the first published copies of the "Declaration of Independence" were printed on the night of July 4, 1776, by John Dunlap of Philadelphia? The surviving copies, of which there are currently 25 out of 200, are refered to as "The Dunlap Broadsides." The last auction of a "Dunlap Broadside" sold for $8.14 million dollars!!! At PaperStyle, we can really appreciate a good typeset, and the "Declaration of Independence" is one that has lasted for 232 years and been seen by millions of people around the world! Wow!

John Dunlap later printed the "Constitution of the United States of America" in his Pennsylvania newspaper in 1797. John Dunlap found himself at the center of the birth of a new nation and made the most of his opportunities to serve the cause of freedom. As a printer, soldier, and as a financier to the Revolution, he deserves to be remembered as a patriot and a man of action in a time of great danger and sacrifice. For more on John Dunlap, visit Dunlap Info.

When you are looking at documents that our Founding Fathers created, take a minute to appreciate how far printing has come. Now, we can send an email and print it out on our home printer, or typeset your 30th birthday party invitation and print it on the invitation of your choice!

While celebrating our Independence, check out this Sample U.S. Citizenship Quiz courtesy of Msnbc.msn.com. I got an 85%. Did you pass the test?

Friday, June 27, 2008

Getting it all together...


My wife is an organizer. She is naturally inclined to plan her approach to everything. Often this includes tab separated notebooks, file folders, sticky notes, color coded highlighters and/or lots of reviewing!
I am a selective organizer. There are certain things that I can be extraordinarily detailed and organized about. For me, this often includes electronic file folders, but when it makes it to paper copies – multiple piles!



When my wife and I got married last year we realized something and anyone who has ever gotten married will tell you as well, that one of the hardest things about this wonderful event is to organize all your wedding information. From colors, to flowers and dresses, to music and food – it can all be overwhelming. Trying to do it all yourself is not only a daunting task, but just plain no fun! Just remember, this is why you have friends and family in general, and bridal attendants in particular!
Your bridal attendants (yes, even the groomsmen!) are there to help make your wedding day incredibly memorable. It’s not uncommon, or even unexpected to ask them to help with specific tasks. Give them small tasks that just need to be done, but that you might not have the time to do. Arrange a to-do list for your attendants, especially as your wedding date gets closer.

One last thing: When my wife and I got married last year, we really relied on our friends to give us a needed break from wedding planning. My biggest advice I can offer a couple is to write into the schedule, “Time to Relax!” Whether it’s a movie and ice cream on the couch each week (Sunday nights at 7 during our wedding planning!), or playing Skee-ball on a Friday night with friends! Just take time to relax, have fun, and do the things that you did before the “Wedding Planning” began. I promise that you will enjoy the scheduled break!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Making sure that love never goes unnoticed


We are always super excited when we receive new style designs from our vendors, and today is no exception! We’ve recently received 17 new items from Doc Milo, and someone said “Wow. I wonder how all these artists come up with such adorable things.” Well, why not ask?!?

As an opportunity to find out more about one of our creative vendors, we caught up with Sarah Sheffer from Doc Milo and here is what she had to say!

Paperstyle: When and why did you decide to start Doc Milo?

Sarah: I wish I had a more businesslike answer but the truth is that I started the company (in 1998) because it was the single most fun thing I could think up to do. Anyone who’s ever started something from nothing will know what I mean when I say it was all just a grand adventure back then. Terrifying and exhilarating all at once. That the company has become what it has all these years later is as much a testament to the joy with which the whole enterprise was conceived as it is to the fantastic energy of not only everyone now working at Doc Milo, but also the creative spirit that drives our vendors and the end users of our papers. I think when you do what you love, you naturally draw other people to you who love what they do, and that spark just keeps getting passed back and forth and getting brighter and more fabulous for everyone involved.

Paperstyle: When you are looking for inspiration, where do you turn?

Sarah: First and foremost, I come from a family of big party throwers. Lots of cousins, lots of weddings, lots of babies...basically lots of milestones. My whole life, at every opportunity, there’s a party. So I think that the fun, fabulous quality that people so respond to in my work is really just the energy of my family, sort of channeled into ink. Nice that I get to take credit for it, but there’s a whole tribe of wonderful people and experiences and memories behind me every time I sit down to draw. Just remembering the good times we’ve had and thinking about the good times to come.

As for sheer style points? Well, my baby sister (who’s now 30, and yes, still my baby) is definitely my fashion muse - very Audrey Hepburn - she’s like the human embodiment of the word “adorable,” but in a very cool way. Because I have the world’s greatest mother, I got to spend a summer in high school studying in the fashion department at the Parsons School of Design, which was just incredible, and probably permanently firmed up fashion design as a cornerstone of inspiration for me forever. Add to that the fact that I was an architecture major at Columbia and then after college worked briefly in interior design and, well, I guess it’s safe to say you see all those influences at play in my work. Color, line, form, all of that. Just the big wide world of art and design, which is endless. And really, that’s the beauty of inspiration...that it can come from anywhere.

So I guess as far as where I “turn?” I turn all around, all the time, looking at everything I possibly can. You just never know...and that’s the fun. There are amazing people doing amazing work all over the place. If you’re open to it, the really good stuff is everywhere. It’s just about getting yourself in a place where you can be receptive and then, corny as it sounds, it sort of just appears as needed.

Paperstyle: In the years you have been doing this, what have you learned that you would like to share?

Sarah: The social stationery business is endlessly complex and fascinating, but the main thing I have learned is actually the simplest. Yes, we’re all terribly sophisticated these days. We shop over the internet. We get paperless proofs. We have overnight shipping to China or Brazil or London. But when it comes to celebrating the special occasions in our lives, we still want the same things we always have.

We want to mark the big events - weddings, births, celebrations of every kind - with a sort of emotional exclamation point. We want beauty and grace and a true sense of festivity, because at bottom, what this whole industry is about is love. What I do? It’s about helping to make sure that love never goes unnoticed.

For anyone who wants to know the secret to my business, it is just this: the closer I come to capturing pure joy on paper, the better able I am to tap into that endlessly elusive, yet immediately recognizable feeling, the better a seller I have. Because what speaks to all of us at these times in our lives is the same. It’s magic. It’s all about the magic. And, really, what else is love if not that?

Paperstyle: Do you have a favorite of your new line of invitations?

Sarah: Asking me which of my designs I like best is like asking someone which of their kids they like best. Anyone who tells you they don’t have a favorite is lying, but they’ll never tell you who it is, and neither will I. :)

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Just In! Graphic Folded Notes by Cross My Heart!

When you are thinking of someone, how do you let them know? Do you sit down to write them a little note? The next time you do so, make it even more personal. Send them an attractive note card, personalized with your initial, along with your thoughts and sentiments!

Personalized initials are available from A to Z, great for everyone in the family! These folded notes are on a medium card stock with a cool design in fun shades. Perfect for thank you notes or for everyday correspondence. They are sold in sets of 10, which include envelopes. Note measurements (folded): 4 7/8" x 3 3/8".

Around the office, we find these personalized folded notes are great for gifts! Who couldn’t use some fun desktop flair?
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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!

When life is busy and even a little crazy at times, I like to just take a minute to pause and relax! As inconvenient as that sometimes is, taking a break is often helpful for getting refocused. I used to love to go to the zoo to see the animals and the people having a good time. It was a great opportunity for me to relax and have fun, so I could refocus on the ‘To Do List’ of life.

If a visit to the zoo is in the future for you, why not celebrate with a complete zoo theme!

...to get the party started!

...for animal crackers, elephant sized pieces of cake
or Chunky Monkey Ice cream!

Animal Collage Luncheon Napkins - 9-6830L
...for big messes that your little 'animals' might make!
...for those little sips or snacks!
Wipe up those crocodile tears!
...to thank your guests for an Ape-solutely great time!
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Friday, June 13, 2008

Fourth of July

Looking at the weather forecast for this weekend, Atlanta is hitting the low to mid 90's all week with not a cloud in the sky! We all know what that means… Summer is here!
The time for being outside, grilling out and waiting for fireworks to burst over head is near! That’s right! July 4th, Independence Day for the United States of America is just less than a month away!


This year, make it memorable – and leave your guests asking for you to make it an annual event! Check out our line of Patriotic Invitations, as well as our variety of Hot Barbeque Invitations to start your party planning!

We've included a few great recipes that you might include in your cookout. When looking for fun new recipes, I enjoy using allrecipes.com for their great conversion charts. I've tried a few of these recipes, and some just looked too good not to share! All pictures are from the allrecipes.com website.

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Quick Baby Back Ribs
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour
Ready In: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
Yields: 10 servings

"This is an easy recipe for ribs that won't be tough at all! I tried this recipe the last time I made ribs for my family. Plenty for 9 hungry adults!"


INGREDIENTS:
2-1/2 cups mesquite chips, soaked
2-1/2 (2 pound) slabs baby back pork ribs
2-1/2 teaspoons salt
2-1/2 teaspoons freshly ground
pepper 2-1/2 teaspoons Hungarian paprika
2-1/2 teaspoons ancho chile
powder
1-1/4 teaspoons ground thyme
2-1/2 cups barbeque sauce

DIRECTIONS:
1. Prepare an outdoor grill for indirect heat - a pile of charcoal on one side, nothing under the food. Once it is going, throw some soaked mesquite woodchips on it. (You can do the same with a gas grill, just light one side at a low to medium heat.)
2. Remove the membrane from the ribs if the butcher has not already. Combine the salt, pepper, paprika, chile powder and thyme; rub onto the ribs. Cut the slab of ribs in half.
3. Place the ribs over indirect heat, and close the lid. Cook for 20 minutes, then brush with barbeque sauce. Cover, and continue cooking for an additional 30 minutes.

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Baked Beans
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 50 Minutes
Ready In: 1 Hour
Yields: 12 servings

"Baked beans baked - again - with pork, brown sugar, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce. My sister-in-law and I tend to race to the next helping of baked beans, so we always make extra!"

INGREDIENTS:
2 (29 ounce) cans baked beans
with pork
1 cup packed brown sugar 1 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons Worcestershire
sauce

DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. In a casserole dish, combine beans, brown sugar, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce.
3. Bake, covered, for 45 minutes or until bubbly.

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Veggie Kabobs
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Ready In : 25 Minutes
Yields: As much as you want!

"For something quick and light on the grill, some veggie kabobs are sure to add some color and extra flavor to your plate!"

INGREDIENTS:
Colorful, sweet vegetables (We used: green peppers, red peppers, onions, mushrooms)
Grill Seasoning (We used Montreal seasoning)
Kabob Sticks

DIRECTIONS:
1. Chop vegetables into cubes / chunks
2. Brush / sprinkle with olive oil
3. Sprinkle grill seasoning
4. Wrap in foil and place on the grill
5. Grill for about 10 minutes, or until texture desired(less cook time for crisper veggies)
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