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!