Archives for the month of: March, 2012

Life gets hectic. (But you knew that already, didn’t you?) You have a task list beckoning you that will more than likely go unfinished again today. For a moment, let’s put that aside. Take a moment to breathe, reflect and leave a paper trail.

In the age of digital communication and iPhone apps, paper may seem like a foreign substance. Consider reintroducing it into your life by taking a moment to journal a thought or two each day. It may seem daunting to turn off the email and pick up a…if you pen, but a few minutes of reflection can reset your mood, reintroduce yourself to you and even be a keepsake for generations to come.

Keeping a journal does not require hours of deep contemplation. Make it a goal to jot down a few sentences. Quickly and concisely track your memories, kids’ accomplishments or work goals. As time goes on, look back on previous years’ thoughts and rediscover the journey you’ve taken. It could become a treasured piece to future generations, providing them with a direct link to you.

{© 2011 Blog Boutique | Meagan of Defining Motherhood | Photo © Meagan Church}

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Wondering how you can reduce the carbon footprint of you and your guests on your wedding day? Below are a few ideas that can help your day be greener, while still being stylish and uniquely yours.

  • Choose recycled invitations, thank you cards and place cards.
  • Use locally grown flowers.
  • Select an outdoor venue for the ceremony to reduce the need of artificial lighting.
  • Keep the reception close to the ceremony location for less fuel usage.
  • Develop a menu of locally and organically grown food.
  • Decorate with natural products and keep paper or synthetic products to a minimum.
  • Give guests plantable party favors, such as seed packets that can grow just as your marriage does.

{© 2011 Blog Boutique | Meagan of Defining Motherhood | Photos © Green Tree Photography}.

Perhaps you’ve planned this for months or even years. Maybe it’s an unexpected, yet oh-so-pleasant surprise. Or the agency called and the adoption is finalized. No matter how it came to be, it’s time to celebrate the addition of a new life to your growing family. Here are some new ideas to let your nearest and dearest know that you’ve got a bun in the oven.

Check out these design inspirations that combine typography, premium papers, Envelopments® Original Artwork and the most adorable baby photos.

This Asher Oakley featured sample gives new meaning to the concept “precious cargo.” A tandem bicycle complete with a trailer definitely says “Family.” Inside a folded card, there is a photo of the newborn along with his birth details. The entire piece is sealed with Burnt Sugar along one edge of the card. An Aruba liner ties the ink color into the envelope.

For the Colton Hobbs birth announcement, a soft palette of pale blues and yellows are offset with vibrant red and neutral gray. Add a Cocoa outer envelope and this simple Z-Card changes from Someone New into Something New.

There’s nothing like the face of a newborn child. On the Richard Carter, Jr. announcement, a perfect headshot is paired with a graphic representation of the alphabet. This simple layered card is a great way to let friends and family know about the new man in your life.

Simple and sweet, the Garret Peters birth announcement uses a postcard format. This eliminates an outer envelope and reduces the cost of postage, yet has a huge presence with a photo on one side and the “meet and greet” information on the other.

Proud parents often feel like they’re on cloud nine when they hear their baby laugh for the first time or get through the night without crying. The Tyson Bliss featured sample includes an aviation theme and a photograph of the new little guy with his head in the clouds. The announcement is wrapped with black and white twine and a die-cut seal.

The inspiration from the photo of Violet Smith sleeping in her tutu is precious for this pink and cream birth announcement. The soft tone of EnvelopmentsClassic Ecru-SUT96 matches the paint color used in the nursery of this future ballerina.

“B” is for Bianca. The Bianca Marini feature sample pairs the Envelopments Bloom pattern with baby words that begin with the letter “B.” A matching liner pulls the pattern into the outer envelope.

The baby shower invitation for Amber Svenson uses a Twist Card and a Matryoshka doll to convey the idea that they’re “nesting.” The graphics are printed in vibrant colors that coordinate with the Twist Card and outer envelope.

Twice the laughter, twice the smiles, and twice the laundry! The arrival of twins is twice as exciting. The birth announcement of Rachael and Kelsey Vanguard uses a clothing line with baby clothes and stitched lettering to spell out their names. The color of their onesies was also coordinated with Envelopments Reef envelopes.

With everything that goes on during the first few weeks of having a newborn, it can be difficult to take a mail-worthy snapshot. This card brings all the sentiments without an actual photograph.

Printing on both sides of a signature Z-Card, the Serpentine scored card was folded to start at the top of the tree and then “Rock-a-bye baby.” Francois Rasmussen’s announcement opens to reveal the rest of the nursery rhyme along with birth information.

Baby showers can take on any theme conceivable. In the Jolene Clark featured sample, a literal approach is taken ~ combining a collection of umbrellas with bright colors and a festive Kaleidoscope pattern.

Life is filled with noteworthy occasions. Some moments are just too important for a mere phone call or text message. With over 230 colors and 90 shapes and sizes in the Envelopments design line, combined with our creativity, expertise and fantastic service . . . how will you define your moment?

You can see more of this fabulous line of Envelopments card stocks, pocket folds, envelopes and more to create your custom birth announcements and invitations and define your moment by visiting Stone Hill Paperie in Skippack, Pennsylvania.

{© 2011 Blog Boutique | Envelopments | Photos © Envelopments}

Clean and calming industrial design is a great choice if you’re thinking of re-doing your office space. Sleek lines, natural materials like metal, wood and grass baskets pair together to make the perfect creative environment!

Shop this look:
No. 1 Letterpress Print | No. 2 Rug | No. 3 Pendant lamp | No. 4 Shelving Unit | No. 5 Squirrel Lamp | No. 6 Wooden Tape Dispenser | No. 7 Desk | No. 8 Baskets | No. 9 Chair

{© 2011 Blog Boutique | Jessica of Jessica Tierney Designs | Photos © linked sources}

I have had several clients ask me to print their invitation envelopes for them recently.  I always prefer a calligrapher first (and I work with a few that I would be happy to recommend.)  However, if your budget doesn’t allow for a calligrapher, handwritten addresses or addresses printed directly on the envelope would be preferred.  Labels are a last resort – they can make your invitations look like an impersonal mass mailing.

Generally, wedding invitation envelopes are addressed formally.  There aren’t really strict rules for this and if you are hosting a very casual wedding, a casual address may be used.  In most cases, I would recommend going with tradition.  Here are some quick tips on addressing your outer envelopes:

Use proper titles for your guests.

–  Miss Abigail Spencer for a woman that has never been married or a young girl.

–  Ms. Abigail Spencer for a divorced woman or when you don’t know a woman’s marital status.

–  Mr. & Mrs. Jason Spencer for a married couple.

–  Mr. Jason Spencer & Miss Allison Brown for a couple when you know both names

–  Mr. Jason Spencer & Guest if you don’t know who the guest’s date will be (including the guest’s name is preferred if you can find out.)

–  If a guest uses a job-related title, use it.  Dr. & Mrs. Jason Spencer, Gen. & Mrs. Jason Spencer, etc.

–  Messrs. John & Jason Spencer or Mesdames Allison & Ingrid Brown for a married, same-sex couple

Don’t abbreviate addresses.

–  Don’t use St. or Blvd. or Apt. – write it out.  Street, Boulevard, Apartment, etc.

–  Don’t use symbols such as #, write out number.

–  An apartment number goes on a separate line below the street address.

–  And while we’re at it, let’s write out the state too!  Pennsylvania instead of PA.

Who gets an invitation?

–  Every guest over 18 years old or being invited with a guest should receive a separate invitation.

–  Children under 18 years old being invited are listed below their parents names on the outer envelope only if no inner envelope is being used.  If an inner envelope is being used, they would not be listed on the outer envelope.

Always check your names, spelling and addresses before sending the information to your printer or calligrapher.  There’s nothing like getting your invitation back due to incorrect information.

You can see several examples of wedding invitation envelope styles and address formats, by visiting Stone Hill Paperie in Skippack, Pennsylvania.

Resources:

–  Von Anders, Rachelle. “Top 10 Tips for Addressing Wedding Envelopes.” Wedding Etiquette. 20 Feb. 2011. http://etiquette-guide.com/top-10-tips-for-addressing-wedding-envelopes/

–  Emily Post.  http://www.emilypost.com/weddings/wedding-invitations-and-announcements/568-addressing-wedding-invitations

{© 2012 Stone Hill Paperie | Photo © Crane & Co.}

According to Wikipedia, sending greeting cards can be traced back to the ancient Chinese who sent well wishes for the New Year, and to the early Egyptians who used papyrus scrolls.

Europeans began sharing hand-made paper greetings in the 15th century.

The oldest Valentine card dates back to 1790 and is on display at the British Museum.

The first Christmas card appeared in London in 1843. Sir Henry Cole hired artist John Callcott Horsley to design the card. He then sent it to friends and acquaintances.

Mass production of greeting cards began in 1860.

Currently, Americans purchase 7 million greeting cards a year.

{© 2011 Blog Boutique | Meagan of Defining Motherhood | Photo © Meagan Church}

The New Year isn’t the only time of year you can set resolutions. All you need is some focus, initiative and a desire for improvement to set goals and start down a path of overall improvement. From work to recreation, family to personal health, let today be the day you decide to make a change for the better. Here are some simple steps to get you started in the right direction:

Reflect. Ask yourself what has worked for you in the past and what hasn’t. Was training for that 5K easier with a pal or going it solo on a treadmill? Was it easier to eat more vegetables when the chocolate chip cookies were left behind at the store?

Focus. Take a good look at what changes you want to make. Most importantly, be specific. Don’t just aim to be slimmer. Focus on the things that can help you achieve that (such as the aforementioned 5K) and set a date for when you will accomplish it.

Write it down. Put your goal in writing, whether in a journal, on your iPhone or even a mirror so you can be constantly reminded of what you intend to do.

Tell someone. Accountability will help keep you focused, on the right path and motivated. Tell your friends, spouse, kids and/or parents, and ask them to encourage you to reach your goal.

Get to work. You have thought about it and told people, but now it’s time to actually take action. If you feel yourself losing steam at any point (which is bound to happen), get creative and explore new ways to get there.

Enjoy the journey. Don’t wait for the final result to celebrate your progress. Share your journey and mini-triumphs with friends, colleagues and social media acquaintances

Be proud. And when you finally get there, don’t hold back. Be proud of what you’ve done and the time you’ve spent getting there. Then it’s time to start all over again with some reflection, focus and an entirely new goal to take you to yet another level of accomplishment.

{© 2011 Blog Boutique | Meagan of Defining Motherhood | Photo © Heather Donahue}