Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Tuesday Team Pick {Michael}

Happy Tuesday, y'all! Can you believe it's already October?

This week's Tuesday Team Pick comes straight from one of the most awesome designing minds at PaperStyle! Michael had a hand in conceptualizing or designing many of the invitations and cards from our new lines. One of his favorite lines to work on was Where the Wild Things Are, so it would make sense that his Team Pick is one of the first Wild Things designs we came out with:
We asked Michael what he loved most about this particular design. His response was pretty great:

"What I like about it is how simple it is, but at the same time, how well it communicates the theme of the book. I love the colors, the fonts and especially the sassy look on Max's face... I think most kids would relate to that feeling when having their own birthday party: that feeling of being the king...and going wild at least for one day in the year."

Well said, Michael. Well said.

Have a deep-seated love for Where the Wild Things Are? Be sure to check out the rest of the line, too!

Thursday, October 3, 2013


PaperStyle is proud to support The Wizard of Oz in its partnership with Habitat for Humanity in helping low-income families, one brick at a time. This year celebrates the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz and we couldn’t be more excited to support their collaboration with Habitat for Humanity, which has been providing affordable housing for those in need since 1976.

The THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME campaign is making a difference in the community, helping build a better tomorrow. Join us in turning houses into homes. Donate today, and help a family in need follow the Yellow Brick road all the way home.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tuesday Team Pick {Andrea}

With Christmas quickly approaching (especially here at PaperStyle), it's no surprise that this week's Tuesday Team Pick would be Christmas-themed! This week's pick is from Andrea, who works in our Web Support department. As PaperStyle started conceptualizing our new lines of invitations featuring some of Christmas' most beloved characters, Andrea was stoked to be on board, especially when it came to working with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer:

"Rudolph is my most favorite Christmas character!!! When I was asked to help concept this property, I was so excited!! It was fun to create a photo card with my favorite line of the movie… 'I'm cute, I'm cute… She thinks I’m cute!'"
It is a pretty great line, isn't it? There are plenty of wonderful Rudolph designs to choose from, too. And if Rudolph isn't exactly your cup of tea, don't miss our other Christmas lines: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story, Elf the Movie, Frosty the Snowman, and The Polar Express.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, August 12, 2013

We Love Wedding Favors. For Real.

Happy Monday, everybody!

Today we’re turning to Pinterest as the subject of our blog post. One of our most popular pins on our More Fun Wedding Things! board is a pin originating from this blog post by Emmaline Bride about wedding favors. We loved that post so much that we wanted to add on with some ideas of our own!

The great thing about wedding favors is that they can so perfectly express the bride and groom as a couple. They should FIT. The perfect wedding favor will remind your guests of you both for a long time to come. That’s why it’s important to be original and get creative. Be personal. Your guests will thank you. With that to say, the ideas we’ve come up with below are just stepping stones. They’re not necessarily original, because that’s up to you! But these are some good starting points anyhow.

Soap is definitely more of a classic in terms of favors, but the great thing about this favor is how versatile it can be. If you’ve spent any time roaming around Etsy, for example (which I have spent WAY too much time doing), you know that the options are endless. You’ve got terms like scratch-made, cold-process, natural, organic, oil- and fragrance-free floating around and that’s not even getting into all the different scents that are available. Delicious things. Scents that make you want to eat the soap (not recommended). 

Sudstress is one of our new Etsy favorites. Her vegan soaps all have delicious sounding names (and who doesn't love delicious things?!) and her favors are absolutely beautiful. 

Image courtesy of Sudstress

You should most definitely check out her Etsy shop and her Facebook page

Like with any other favors, the packaging is important, and you can get really creative with paper, ribbon, fabric, string, etc. So, with a little ingenuity, soap favors can fit into any style of wedding.

I went to an all-girls private, Catholic high school in the heart of Los Angeles and one thing I can definitely say about my high school is that they had some seriously lovely traditions. In one of my favorite traditions, incoming freshman are given a packet of rose seeds. You can obviously do whatever you want with them (I don’t think I had anywhere to plant mine. They might still be existing in the back of my closet…), but the idea is that your time in high school will cultivate a beautiful, blooming young woman, ready to take on the world. The tradition ends with each girl receiving a bouquet of red roses at graduation to carry on the stage with her, to represent the growth she's experienced.

In the same way, seeds are a great wedding favor. They might not be as practical as say, food, if your guests have no gardens or black thumbs, but I like to think that the thought behind the seed favor is a good one. Find seeds for the bride’s favorite flower, or a flower that is particularly meaningful to the couple. There are also so many cute ways to package something as small as seeds, in paper or cloth bags or boxes, perhaps stamped with your new monogram, or some song lyrics… anything, really. Colorful seed bombs are also catching on very quickly as an environmentally friendly way to spruce up your celebration. They add color to favor bags and of course, they can be taken home and planted.

Image via PaperSprouts

Though a little on the expensive side, these are keepsakes and, well-taken care of, can last more than a lifetime. Again, wedding favors are all about reminding your guests about you and your new partner. This is a beautiful, timeless sort of favor, simply personalized. And wine never goes out of style, right? You can check out PaperStyle's collection of Kate Aspen Stemless Wineglasses right here.

Image via PaperStyle

This is my personal favorite. Music is such an integral part of life for so many people. And I've lost track of all the people I know who met because of music. Making mix CDs for your guests can be cost efficient, creative, and super personal (first song you danced to, tracks from your favorite bands, songs played at the wedding, etc.) Take a peek at this article from Offbeat Bride to get even more ideas!

We'd love to hear what kind of favors you had at your wedding! 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

And the winner is...

Over the past quarter, we've been calling on our team of awesome designers to inspire us with all sorts of new designs. To spice things up a little, we decided to hold a "Best Design" competition. The designers were asked to create new designs in the following categories: Birth Announcements, Moving Announcements, Bridesmaids Luncheon and Bachelorette Party. Then, after all the designs had been submitted, we held a vote to see which design is best-liked amongst the PaperStyle team.

Last Wednesday, PaperStyle employees were asked to put their initials on a Post It and stick it to their favorite design. (I can personally attest to the difficulty of this decision. There were so many great options!)

Summer fun!

Look at all the babies!
The winner of the competition: Floral Chalkboard Wedding Invitations by White Dog Paper Co.! You can check out the rest of their designs here.

The winning design!
A big congrats to White Dog, and a big thank you to all the designers for the amazing invites! Great job, you guys!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

TypeStylists to the Rescue!

Last week, ABC News released a story about Radford University’s recent spelling snafu: This year’s diplomas were marked by a misspelling of the word “Virginia” (it's about as funny as it sounds). You can read the full story here.

In Radford’s case, over a thousand diplomas had been sent out with a mistake on them. To graduates, no less. This story further reaffirmed what I already knew to be true: proofreading is so so important. It's a terrible thing when a momentous occasion is marked by even a small mistake.

From the beginning at PaperStyle, we’ve made it our top priority to ensure that your order is error-free, so that you can make the best possible impression. It’s understood that if you’re buying paper products to mark an event, it’s probably a significant one. For us, proofreading isn’t an option. Every order that comes in is reviewed by a professional TypeStylist to check for spacing, alignment, grammatical correctness, punctuation, and discrepancies.

Of course, things might slip by us now and then, which is why we wrote this handy dandy article. But it’s definitely important to us to make sure that your invitations/announcements/stationery are flawless and exactly the way you want them.

We take this job of ours very seriously, which is why we offer our 100% happiness guarantee. If you're order arrives in your mailbox and an error has indeed slipped by us, please contact our customer service department, where one of our wonderful PaperStylists will make sure your order is reprinted immediately. We know how important it is to have a second set of eyes checking your order, so we: "Proofread carefully to see if you any words out." - Author Unknown

We wouldn't want to pull a Radford or anything...

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Tuesday Team Pick: Boyd!

In case you haven't been been introduced to Boyd, he's our Warehouse Manager and he does it all. He was voted our company MVP for the month of February. And we have this great photo of him (or, his hands, rather) in action, running our thermography press. So it makes sense that for Boyd's Team Pick, he wouldn't choose just one invitation. Instead, he said he enjoys the challenge that comes with running thermography invitations. There are so many factors that have to be just right for the invitation to come out looking perfect. Here are some examples of his handiwork:

Close-up of the raised, thermographic ink for an Anna Griffin Rehearsal Dinner invitation.

A traditional layout for an Anna Griffin thermography invitation.

Thermography on a Colonial White Deckled Reply Card.

If you really love the look of thermography invitations, you can read more about our process here. And of course, please check out our wonderful selection of invitations available for thermographic printing here.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The PaperStyle Blog is a Big Kid Now!

Five years ago today, The PaperStyle Blog was born, and we couldn’t be more proud of what it’s become. And while we certainly don’t have to worry about scraped knees or running late for kindergarten, this blog has definitely been a labor of love.

The PaperStyle Blog was created with the intent to give our customers a better look at what we’re all about as a company. Over the years, we’ve tried to use it as a platform to provide our customers with tips and tricks to make their PaperStyle experience the best it can be. We’ve also used it to highlight our awesome employees and the things they love, because we're proud to show our customers who we are.

In the past five years, The PaperStyle Blog has undergone some facelifts and introduced some new kinds of posts, like Wordless Wednesdays & Tuesday Team Picks. Take a look back at our first blog post, all the way back in 2008 (talk about an old picture. This is taking throwback Thursday to a whole new level).

Time really does fly when you’re having fun, and The PaperStyle Blog has certainly been a fun endeavor for our company. We hope that y’all have enjoyed reading our blog as much as we’ve enjoyed writing it.

Have some cake today in our honor. Because there's no such thing as too much birthday cake.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Michael Becomes a Citizen!

In case you missed it, back in April, we hired a great new TypeStylist named Michael. He's been doing a great job and we love having him around! Shortly after he started working here, Michael, who's originally from Colombia, was awarded his US citizenship! Here's what he had to say about it all:

Where are you from, originally?
I was born in Medellin, the second largest city in Colombia. Colombia is located in the northwestern part of South America, with a population of 46 million. Medellin is located in the mountains and it actually looks a lot like Atlanta, but it’s still a small city compared to any metropolitan area in the United States.

When and why did you first come to the United States?
My parents got divorced when I was very little, and my dad moved to Miami in the 90's. I used to go to Miami to spend my summer vacations with him and his new family after he re-married. My dad died, but my grandmother was still living in Miami, so I later came to her house after graduating from college, since I wanted to learn English before entering the "work force". I stayed for 6 months. I took English classes and came back to Medellin. Then, I fell in love and wanted to marry (my now wife), but I did not have the best job... so I figured that I could come back to the US one more time and try to find a better paying job that could also give me a work permit, and eventually a permanent residence status (green card). After doing odd jobs, I found a place that was willing to sponsor me. All this was around 2003. So, I think the best answer to as to why is that I had a dream of a better life, a place where I could grow a family, a place where I could interact with more cultures and people from different backgrounds, a country where there would be more opportunities for me and eventually for my children, with better schools and safer communities. I found that in the United States from the very first time that I came for vacations in Miami back in the '90s.

How long have you been working on obtaining your citizenship?
Since I got my work permit. The citizenship was the final step of the process. So, it was just a matter of time and being a good resident. Any trouble with the law would eventually lead to a removal or deportation. Also, being employed and taking care of your financial issues is important, so you do not end up being a "dependent" of the government, but rather, a productive, tax-paying force. It takes around 2 years of having a work permit before you can apply for your permanent residence. Once the 2 years went by, the approval process took me around 2 years. Then you have to wait 5 years before you can apply to become a US citizen. Then, it takes around 6-8 months to get an interview and finally get a notice for your oath ceremony. So, it’s probably been around 10 years in the making.

Was the process very difficult and/or strenuous?
I always hired the best lawyers that I could afford, so they help me a lot along the way. There is a lot of paperwork that you have to fill out throughout the process and you have to keep records and proofs. But it was more about the time that it takes. At the end, I see it more as a "probationary period" on which you have to prove that you would be a good citizen, that you deserve to be here.

How do you feel now that you’re officially a citizen?
Pure joy. Life is short and it has its milestones: your graduation, your wedding, when you have a child, when you climb a big mountain. Becoming a citizen of the U.S. was one of them. Being a U.S citizen, for me, is being part of one of the greatest countries in the world, so I felt that I had accomplished something big. It was a dream come true, a dream that I had for many years and that changed my life and hopefully the lives of the generations to come after me. Now, I can tell to my daughter to keep dreaming, because dreams do come true.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A Very Wordy Wednesday:
How to Get Your PaperStyle Products Looking Their Best

If you’ve never bought invitations or announcements online before, it may seem like a painstaking process. You have to figure out how to use the personalization technology, then come to terms with the fact that your order is in someone else's hands until it arrives on your doorstep. At PaperStyle, we try to make the process as easy as possible for our customers. Not only can you personalize your invitation exactly as you’d like it, but you can also request a secondary proof to see what improvements our TypeStylists have made. If our TypeStylists catch an issue with your order, such as an incorrect date, spelling discrepancy, or missing information, we try to be as proactive as possible by contacting you right away. We want our customers to be sure that their end product is exactly what they wanted, beautiful and personal.

With that said, there are certainly a few things that you can do as a customer to help us make sure that your product looks great.

This is perhaps the most important section of this blog post. PaperStyle offers a wonderful selection of photo cards (though we're a bit biased, aren't we), but in order for that card to look its very best, the photo should be equally as wonderful. It’s particularly important that your photo is of good quality. Our TypeStylists have the technology to edit your photo to an extent, but in order for the photo to print well on your card, it needs to be a good photo to begin with. Here’s what we mean:

When providing us with a photo, check for pixel measurement and resolution (often referred to as dpi [dots per inch] or ppi [pixels per inch]). The difference between the two is that ppi measures the pixel resolution of your photo on either your camera or computer screen; dpi refers to the resolution of your printed image. A photo with a minimum resolution of 300 ppi or dpi will print very well, given that the measurement of your photo directly relates to the size of the photo on the invite. If the space provided is a small square, your photo should have a high resolution, but doesn’t need to be large. However, if your photo fits into half or all of the design, your photo will print best if it’s large and has a high resolution. Submitting a picture with a lower resolution means that your photo will potentially be unclear at the time of printing.

If you have a PC, viewing the properties of a picture is pretty straightforward. Right-click on the photo or file and a menu box will pop up. Click on the "Properties" option and another box will pop up listing the image properties of your photo. The image above is 4608px by 3072px at 300 dpi. That's a pretty big image. This image could be printed at a very large size and it would still be clear. 

It’s also important to note that if you’re scanning a photo, most scanners allow you to choose your ppi when you scan and store your file. 300 captures more detail of the scanned image, so if you have the option to store your file at that resolution, do it. Also, when you scan your picture(s), please be sure to save them as .jpegs. Sending us a file saved in a PDF format isn't something we can use and will most likely delay the shipment of your order. Though this may seem like a lot of information, we highly encourage you to scan your photos, rather than taking a picture of a picture. Chances are, that photo will be distorted and discolored.

It's important to understand that the orientation of your photo should match the orientation of the photo space on your card. Adding portrait-oriented pictures into landscape-oriented spaces will leave empty space on the sides of your photo; doing the reverse will cut off much of your picture.

On that same note, be careful with cropped photos. Cropping reduces the size of your photo, which means that even a high resolution photo could be unclear if it’s too small for the space on your invitation/announcement. It’s better to send or insert the whole photo into the photo space, then leave a note for a TypeStylist in the "special instructions box" on the personalization page to crop how you’d like it. If it’s possible, our TypeStylists or PaperStylists will be more than happy to help you out.

When it comes to the wording of your invitation, announcement, thank you note, etc., the biggest piece of advice that we can give you is to double, triple, even quadruple-check your order before submitting. A good way to be sure that you have all your pertinent information on your card is to have a checklist. Do you have...
  • Date
  • Time
  • Place
  • Rsvp (date to RSVP by & necessary contact info, such as phone number or email address)
  • Extra requests: proper attire, parking information, early arrival time for surprise parties, host or cash bars, etc.

We review every invitation and try very hard to catch any errors before your order leaves our facility, however, some things may slip by. Our TypeStylists and Quality Control team members check for grammar, spelling and spacing errors, but by ensuring that everything on your invitation is correct before you submit your order to us, there is less room for us to interpret something incorrectly. For example, we often receive invitation orders with no RSVP information on them. It’s difficult for us to interpret whether you purposely omitted the RSVP info, or simply forgot to include it.

The spacing of your invitation shouldn't be something you worry too much about. Our TypeStylists are here to help ensure that your product is going to look beautiful. However, we have seen plenty of TypeStylist notes in the "special instructions" box about customers having difficulty adding new text lines to their invitation. So, here's a (hopefully) helpful visual to show you how to add extra lines to your invitation, should you need them:

As you can see, there is an "Add Line" option in the toolbar that will appear above your item
on the personalization page. Clicking that option will create a new, empty line in the center of the design
that you can fill with your desired text, then move to the appropriate space using your mouse
or the arrow keys on the left-side toolbar.

If you still find yourself struggling to get it to look the way you want it to, feel free to leave a note in the "special instructions" box.

Now, that was pretty painless, right? Lots of reading, we know, but it's good for you, like eating your vegetables. We like to think that with this handy-dandy little blog post, you're well on your way to becoming a pro at ordering online invitations (from PaperStyle, obviously...).

As always, we want our customers to know that we are always available to assist you with your order, whatever the issue might be. We work very hard to ensure your complete satisfaction with your products.

Like all the info you've gotten from this post? Be sure to check out our (frequently updated) Invitation Resource Board on Pinterest, for all sorts of tips, tricks, and articles to help you out.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

All the Cool Kids Are Writing Thank You Notes

Growing up, my mother always insisted that my brother and I write thank you notes. Every year, about a week after any holiday for which someone had sent us gifts or money, she'd whip out the stationery and my brother and I would have to stifle our groans of dread. We'd be spending the next hour or so (although it felt much, much longer) inside, carefully penning out our sincerest thanks. Even in college, whenever I came home for the weekend, she'd hand me a stack of notecards and I would dutifully take up residence at the kitchen table. It wasn't until recently that I realized that writing thank you notes no longer felt like a chore. As a teenager, pretty much everything seemed more important than expressing gratitude. That sounds bad, but what I mean is that, in some strange way, I just assumed that everyone knew that I was grateful.

Then I moved across the country. Since I've moved, my friends and I have determined that we rather enjoy getting mail, so birthdays and holidays have come to mean birthday cards and Christmas presents. And even though my friends I speak on a regular basis, I always send thank you cards. It's important to me, as a way to show my gratitude, as well as a way to brighten their day with a piece of mail with their name on it.

So, I really must thank my mother, because the reality is:

nothing shows your appreciation quite like a handwritten thank you note.

If you still don't believe me, here are some other people who agree:

"Let’s face it—we live in a digital world where people communicate in 140-characters or less and are constantly emailing and texting. The stream for communication is non-stop and instant, which is why discovering a hand-written note in your mailbox is such a refreshing surprise."
-Lauren Conrad (LC knows what's up.)

"Just like my mom had taught me, these notes don’t have to be a elaborate. All they require is genuine appreciation, letting the people in your life know that the small things they do make a big difference."
-Carlyann, Lovelyish

"...focus on one true, meaningful sentence about the gift or the person. The notes don't have to be long... sometimes limiting yourself to just a few sentences forces you to distill your sentiments."
-NPR Staff, NPR

That's truly the beautiful thing about thank you notes. They don't need to be elaborate or even eloquent. They just need to be sincere. The fact that you're writing one at all says quite a bit. In this digital age, we lose bits and pieces of our personal relationships to technology all the time. Hearing the sound of someone's voice has been replaced by the dinging of a text tone and the primary contents of my mailbox are annoying credit card applications. There's nothing better than getting a piece of mail from someone I actually know, seeing my name in their handwriting. We really should bring that back. It's the cool thing to do.

That's why we're putting our designer stationery on sale. Take 15% off our entire selection of Crane, William Arthur, Embossed Graphics and Kids Stationery until 6/3/13. Use code PS15WRITE at checkout and bring back the power of real mail.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tuesday Team Pick: Kim!

We're finally getting to enjoy some nice weather here in Georgia, so we thought this week's Tuesday Team Pick is particularly appropriate! (There's really nothing better than good ol' southern BBQ, anyhow.)

This week was our PaperStylist Manager, Kim's turn to pick one of her favorite invitations from our website and she chose our BBQ Decor Party Invitations, an Autumn Ray Design. We love all the imagery on this invite, from the oven mitts to the pig silhouettes. Nothing says barbeque like a pig.

So, if you're planning a big cook-out sometime this summer, you know where you can find some really great invitations. Also, our address is 11390 Old Roswell Rd., Alpharetta, GA 30009, if you'd like to send one of those invites our way. We promise we won't eat all your barbeque.

Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day from PaperStyle!

Where would we be without our mamas? In honor of Mother's Day, we're celebrating motherhood here on The PaperStyle Blog. We're celebrating our mothers and some of us are celebrating being mothers, too.

(Essentially, we're saying we want you to meet our moms. We know it's a big step, but we think it'll be ok.)

PaperStylist Karen with her daughter, Margaret, a junior at Liberty University.

A little Andrew, our Director of Content Management, on the left, with his mom, sister & cousin circa 1987.

Andrea, Web Support, with her daughters Laura & Cara, who works in the Shipping department.

PaperStylist Carla, with her daughter Cerae.

David, our Vice President of Marketing, with his mom!

Aimee, our Quality Control & Social Media Coordinator, on the right, with her mother, Kim, our PaperStylist Manager, and her mother, Barbara.

Terri, our Merchandising Manager, with her son, Christopher.

So now you've met our moms. We knew they would like you.
Happy Mother's Day, y'all!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

In Our Time of Sorrow: Memorial & Sympathy Acknowledgement Cards

Today, we're tackling a solemn topic. In the difficult event of the passing of a loved one, having to organize and prepare for a service can seem overwhelming and it can potentially take away from the peace of mind necessary to go through that ordeal. This is a time for family and friends to come together, to both celebrate a life and mourn their loss. Finding the perfect words to express your sorrow or acknowledge another's sympathy shouldn't be a struggle.

So, as always, we're here to help.

Often, when writing death or memorial announcements, the hardest part is attempting to find the words to capture an entire, well-lived life. The most important part is remembering that anything you write will be good, so long as it comes from a place of love. But if you really aren't a writer, it can sometimes help to borrow another's words. We've compiled some truly eloquent quotes to flesh out your announcement:

We shall find peace. We shall hear angels,
we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.
Anton Chekov

When you are born, you cry, and the world rejoices.
When you die, you rejoice, and the world cries.
Buddhist Saying

And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.
Khalil Gibran

For what is it to die,
But to stand in the sun and melt into the wind?
Kahlil Gibran, from "The Prophet"

Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names.

Say not in grief that she is no more, but say in thankfulness that she was.
A death is not the extinguishing of a light, but the putting out of the lamp
because the dawn has come.
Rabindranath Tagore

In three words I can sum up everything
I've learned about life: it goes on.
Robert Frost

Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes 'round in another form.

My latest sun is sinking fast, my race is nearly run.
My longest trials now are past, my triumph has begun.
Stanley Brothers, from "Angel Band"

Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.
Thomas Moore

When I hear that trumpet sound, I will lay my burdens down.
I will lay them deep into the ground. Then I'll know that I am glory bound.
Wailin' Jennys, from "Glory Bound"

Death - the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.
Walter Scott

The rest is really a reflection on the life of the person you're memorializing. It's important to recognize the most important events and dates in that person's life, like marriages and the births of their children. This ties into the idea of recognizing who the deceased is survived by. It can also be a good idea to include a sentence or two about things they were known for, like their love of the Atlanta Braves or their penchant for collecting old books. And again, heartfelt writing is the best kind of writing.

Another aspect to consider are sympathy acknowledgement cards. After the funerals or memorial services are over, it's a good idea to send out cards thanking those who have helped you through, in whatever way. If they sent flowers, or made a casserole, or just sat with you for a period of time, it's considered good manners to thank them for their presence in your time of sorrow. There's a rhyme that many people include in their acknowledgements that is particularly fitting:

Perhaps you sent a lovely card,
or sat quietly in a chair.
Perhaps you sent a funeral spray,
if so we saw it there.
Perhaps you spoke the kindest words,
as any friend could say;
perhaps you were not there at all,
just thought of us that day.
Whatever you did to console our hearts,
We thank you so much, whatever the part.

But perhaps this is simply not your style. In that case, take a look at Wording Suggestions for Sympathy Acknowledgements from PaperStyle. Sympathy acknowledgements can be as lengthy or as concise as you'd like to be; it just means a great deal that you're sending them at all.

Do you have any suggestions for memorial or sympathy acknowledgement wording that you'd like to share or that you've found particularly eloquent?

Friday, April 19, 2013

Friday Link Collective {Earth Day!}

So, we're never fans of jumping the gun when it comes to weekends. We want you to enjoy those glorious days off. But because this Monday, April 22, is Earth Day, we're gonna go ahead and skip right to that.

So, what exactly is Earth Day all about, besides just planting some trees? Here's a little background info to get you started: http://www.earthday.org/2013/about.html & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Day

Earth Day is something we think everyone should get involved in, so we've got some links to great activities for getting your kids in on the fun. The more your kids understand about the environment, the more likely they'll be to grow into conscientious, eco-friendly adults.
  • If you live in Atlanta or Los Angeles, you're in luck, because the Atlanta Zoo's Party for the Planet and the LA Zoo's Earth Day Expo are great programs that would be tons of fun for kids (...and adults, really.)

  • You could also go to your local Lowe's, Home Depot, or plant nursery and give your little ones the chance to play in the dirt and plant some green things or put out new bird feeders.

If you're interested in rolling up your sleeves and participating in any events or activities, you can use this map to help find some near you.

Check out earthday.org's 2013 campaign about the face of climate change and how you can make a difference!

And, you may be thinking: but... if I did want to plant some trees... Well, use this handy dandy hardiness map to tell you what plants grow best where you live.

Happy Earth Day!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Not Actually Wordless Wednesday

We have some bigs news around the PaperStyle headquarters! We've got a new guy on the team!

In honor of our newest recruit, Michael, we've obviously abandoned the "wordless" part of our Wednesdays (although we are going to keep it short and sweet). Michael is our new TypeStylist, and he's already proving he's got awesome chops. And look, he's so enthusiastic!

We look forward to seeing more of what Michael can do, and we'll keep you guys posted too.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Tuesday Team Pick: Traci!

We're so glad that this week's Tuesday Team Pick happens to coincide with a new promotion that we're running! Since Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, we're taking 15% off Cinco De Mayo Invites until April 29th!

And it just so happens that Cinco de Mayo is a favorite of Traci's! Traci is one of our wonderful Type Stylists, proofing your order for all sorts of things to make sure you absolutely love your invitations! Here's her pick!

Traci loves all the bold colors and shapes on this invite by Rosanne Beck, and who can blame her? It's fiesta fantastic. It makes us want margaritas. And tacos! 
The colorful papel picado at the top brings everything together, and adds another layer of festivity. This invitation also has matching folded notes, return address labels and gift stickers available. We've found that the square gift stickers make great labels for bottles (...like tequila bottles).
We certainly hope this colorful invitation is getting you in the spirit for a fiesta with family and friends (especially while our sale is going on)!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Friday Link Collective

Ladies and gentleman, I give you... SPRING! (finally.)

The past few days, we've had some seriously cold rain down here in Georgia. Boyd, the warehouse manager, was calling it Blackberry Winter, and we're hoping it's over now. And if you don't know what Blackberry Winter is, then keep reading, 'cause here's your Friday Link Collective:

  • Brush up on your Southern expressions, like Blackberry Winter.

  • We love all of the pins on our Spring Wedding Board on Pinterest. So many colors! Get inspired (even if you're not getting married!)

  • Is anyone else obsessed with infographics? Russell Van Kraayenburg's blog Chasing Delicious is home to these AMAZING Produce Calendars that tell you when certain produce is in season. And spring is just so full of goodies!

  • Spring is the perfect time for a garden party, and we've got a huge selection of springy, floral invitations and tableware to choose from!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Friday Link Collective {Easter!}

Happy Friday, everyone!

We know Easter can be especially exciting when you have little ones, but with all the Cadbury eggs and Peeps to be eaten, let's be real, it's pretty exciting for all of us. Here are some quick Easter-themed links for your weekend:

  • Going egg hunting this weekend? This Etsy treasury has the right idea for an EGG-ceptional weekend!

  • We're loving this "Whimsical Easter Celebration for Little Ones" from The Pretty Blog! Such happy little faces!

  • Someone at the office is definitely going to have to try this recipe for Cadbury Creme Fudge from the blog Raising 4 Princesses. Because you can't go wrong with Cadbury anything.

  • It's always fascinating to see how people across the globe are spending their holidays. Read up on Easter customs from around the world!

  • If you get to play hostess (or host) this weekend, then you'll love this blog post on Easter brunch entertaining ideas from 100 Layer Cake. The menu sounds amazing and the colors and tablescapes are gorgeous.

  • It just wouldn't be Easter without some spring-colored Peeps! Read about how those squishy little birds came to be! (Do you know anyone who prefers their Peeps to be sort of stale?)

Have a great weekend & a beautiful Easter!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Join the Note Pad Party!

We've just rolled out a huge new selection of notepads, and we'd love for you to take a look. These note pads make great gifts for anyone: teachers, writers, busy moms, students... They're also great just to have around the house. We use them for grocery lists, lunchbox notes, to-do lists (we're big fans of to-do lists...), etc. And with the array of new designs we've introduced, we're sure you'll find something just for you (or whoever you still need a birthday gift for!).

Here's just one of our new note pads that we're very excited to introduce, perfect for the busy mom:

Babysitter Note Pad

The best part about this particular note pad (as well as many of our others) is that it's totally customizable. You can choose your background color from a selection of about 180 colors, and you can change the fonts as well.

So, what's not to love?

Oh, and hey! Don't forget: we're taking 30% off personalized note pads to celebrate these new additions. Check out the link above and use the code PSNP30 at checkout through April 8, 2013 to get your discount!

Happy Tuesday!

Friday, March 22, 2013

The Writing on the Wall

If you've been following our posts, you know that this past Wednesday we posted a sneak peek picture, and we've been waiting to reveal something we're all very excited about around the office! Thanks to some creativity and some elbow grease (thanks, Charles!), we've got a series of new chalkboard walls throughout the office! These fun additions are only the beginning of a new facelift for the PaperStyle office. In the near future, we'll be painting PaperStylist Land (home to our lovely PaperStylists) and TypeStylist Land (where all our wonderful typesetters live).

We're already taking advantage of these huge chalkboard canvases:

New Chalkboard Walls!

Just getting started on this wall!

Stay tuned for more pictures of our office's awesome transformation! Happy Friday!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Tuesday Team Pick: Janine!

In case you missed it two weeks ago, we're introducing a new Team Pick feature to our blog.

This week, we're highlighting a Save the Date magnet, chosen from our website by Janine, a member of our shipping department. She chose "Scrapbook Save the Date Magnets" by Elizabeth Victoria (PaperStyle Exclusive Design).

These adorable magnets feature a photo of you and your special someone, highlighted by blue washi tape strips to keep in the scrapbook theme. The faux-Polaroid and "sketched heart" accent bring the design together for a laid-back, folksy feel. Definitely a great choice (though I suppose we're a little biased)!

We'd love to hear about your favorite PaperStyle invites as well, so feel free to leave a comment below.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Happy Friday & The Luck of the Irish

Happy Friday, lovely readers! Some of us are about to head out of here to buy our Shamrock Shakes. Ahem, and maybe mix a little Bailey's in, too. But before we go on our merry way, we have some fun St. Patrick's Day-related links:

Still desperately searching for something to do this St. Patty's Day? Find a bar/pub crawl near you! Just enter your city for a list of great events on St. Patrick’s Day:

Love Irish Step Dance? Here's a scene from a great movie to watch with your kids on St. Patrick's Day:

We love this awesome "Lucky Rainbow St. Patrick’s Day Party” from Hostess with the Mostess. If you're planning a party for your kids, there are some great ideas in this post.

If you want to find a St. Patrick’s Day Parade near you, check out this list:

Though St. Patty's Day is only two days away, if you're still looking for a little inspiration for your get-together, click on over to PaperStyle's St. Patrick's Day board on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/paperstyle/st-patrick-s-day/

Have a fun (and SAFE) weekend, everyone!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Hats Off to the Grad: A Few Words About Graduation Announcements

If you’re the parent of a child on any educational threshold, you know that graduation is rapidly approaching. Normally, a graduation announcement post on The PaperStyle Blog would entail a list of useful tips or some highlighted products from our website. But as a recent college graduate, I thought I might be able to give our readers some insights about graduation announcements based on my own personal experience (and that of my family).
I graduated from the University of California, Riverside in June of 2012 and my family purchased my graduation announcements through the university. They were absolutely beautiful: high-quality paper with feathered edges, inner and outer envelopes, envelope seals, and thank you notes of the same paper stock. Each announcement had an embossed image of the university’s seal on it. But even after ordering the smallest package of 25, the bundle still cost over eighty dollars. For some, this cost seems minimal for something as momentous as a graduation, especially if you’ve already spent tens of thousands of dollars on tuition. However, this obviously isn’t an option for everyone.  If you have an extended family or lots of friends, it’s going to cost you, but to announce something as remarkable as a graduation, it shouldn’t.

Similarly, when ordering through a school, or a school-sponsored printer, your options are typically limited. The announcements my family ordered had the option to include or omit a photo, but either way, they were going to turn out looking mostly the same. When you choose to buy from a stationer or order online, your choices will be much broader and you then have the option to include a bit more of your child’s personality. Or their school colors. Or recent photos.

You get the idea.

For the same price I paid for my 25 graduation announcements, through PaperStyle I could have gotten twice as many, and I would have had a huge selection of design options to choose from. Like this one:

Or this one:

Or this one:


You get the idea.

So that’s my testimonial. While ultimately, the decision is yours, it’s a good idea to weigh all of your options before you buy. I say this because I know so many students (and families of students) who weren’t aware of all the different options they had. They assumed their best bet was to buy their announcements in the same place they bought their cap and gown, their diploma frame, their class ring, etc. But of course, there are other options. (And as always, PaperStyle would love the opportunity to be your first choice.)

To see more Graduation Announcement Tips, check out this post!