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.