Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
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
As a somewhat* competitive bunch, we look forward each year to the Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest!
Friday, October 24, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
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
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
Friday, September 19, 2008
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
You can also order Tres Chic Mommy to Be Baby Invitations on our retail site.
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Friday, September 5, 2008
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
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 fiancée if you are a woman and you are a fiancé 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
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.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
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 (with holes)
The Cross Over Bow
Monday, August 4, 2008
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.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
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
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!
C/o - Letters
11390 Old Roswell Road
Alpharetta, Georgia 30009
Thursday, July 3, 2008
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
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.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
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 you are looking for inspiration, where do you turn?
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?
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?
Thursday, June 19, 2008
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?
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
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.
|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!"
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
1-1/4 teaspoons ground thyme
2-1/2 cups barbeque sauce
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.
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!"
2 (29 ounce) cans baked beans
1 cup packed brown sugar 1 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons Worcestershire
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.
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!"
Colorful, sweet vegetables (We used: green peppers, red peppers, onions, mushrooms)
Grill Seasoning (We used Montreal seasoning)
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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