Tag: stationery

Beautiful birth announcements that are a cut above

I spent a lot of time looking for the “perfect” birth announcements for my three children–something unique and beautiful, and worthy of tucking away in a special place and not immediately hitting the recycle bin (gasp!). And if CMP favorite Minted had been around in the early 2000s when I was having these kids, I’m sure I would’ve been all over their brand new, indie-design birth announcements. Gorgeous!    With its eight new shapes (yes, shapes), Minted now offers numerous options for its birth announcements. In other words, good luck to you new parents, because in addition to settling on a...

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Poketo for Target – Back to school shopping gets cooler and more affordable

When the first Poketo for Target collection hit stores, I snatched up a few awesome pieces before it was too late. And so you can bet I’m ready to track down their newest Target collection, ready for the picking starting now.   Poketo’s 2012 Target collection is perfect for the back to school season, with a series of modern, functional date planners, desktop calendars, and wall calendars from artists Betsy Walton, Joe Rogers, and Katharina Leuzinger. And I just love that buying these items supports smaller artists who might not otherwise see their work available to the masses.  I’ve already...

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Letters from the tooth fairy – When you care enough to send the very tiniest

Need a little something more special from the tooth fairy than say a dollar under the pillow? We’ve got just the teeny-tiny thing. We fell in love with Leafcutter Designs teeny-tiny letters from the Easter Bunny a few years back, which would rock any child’s Easter basket even more than a 12-inch chocolate rabbit. Checking back with them, we’ve discovered that the duo now offers eleven different card designs with everything from a petite heart, ladybug, or kite imprinted on the front. Just type out your text and they’ll shrink it down to fit and fold it all up...

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C’mon get happy

I’m a bit of a journal and notepad hoarder, because as a writer, I believe you can never have too many, in too many places. Still, you don’t have to be a writer to know the joys of a pretty notepad, and these ones I just found are decidedly happy-making. The happy notes notepads are a little spendy but I know that–as promised on the cover–they’d make me happy every time I look at them. Beneath the gold foiled cover, you’ll find 5 rainbow-colored, heavy paper stock notecards ready for jotting down the good stuff. I think it would...

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Personalized journals at prices as irresistible as the designs

We’ve been fans of Minted going way back to when we first discovered their gorgeous stationery and support of the indie designers who create them. We can’t tell you the number of notes we get from readers (okay, a lot) thanking us for introducing them to Minted. So we’re excited to be partnering with them again to showcase their amazing new custom journals and notebooks. Also, we’re offering a gihugic giveaway. Consider it our early Mother’s Day gift to you. [After the jump, don’t miss our favorite new designs, plus details about our $500 giveaway!] If you’re looking for...

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Christmas gift thank you cards – too early to think about them?

Okay so maybe I’m jumping the gun a little with the Christmas thank you notes, but hey–I know myself. Next week I’ll be carousing with family, New Year’s will hit, I’m back to work, and bam, no more free time. That’s when all the thank yous for all the generous holiday gifts for my family seem less likely to make it out of my hands. So I was poking around one of my favorite sites for custom photo cards, Paper Culture, and I had a great idea: It could be really sweet to make my thank you notes more...

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Children’s thank you cards that will grow on you

Thank you cards can be a chore or an adventure. A joy, even. We vote for joy. The delightful Thank You Card Set from the wonderful shop Draw Me a Lion is the perfect way to make handwriting–and gratefulness–blossom. Two each of the three designs features a flower child that’s more hip than hippie, hearkening back to the retro designs of the 70s and reminding me of one of my all-time favorite kids’ books, The Phantom Tollbooth. The cards are handmade and shipped from Canada, so it may take a little longer than you’re used to. But it’ll be...

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Special custom invites for very special days

I am fairly confident in my taste, and know when I see an invitation that’s special and different. But making it myself? No way. So I am happy to know there are some wonderful artists and designers out there who are willing to work with picky people like me to make us feel part of their custom creative process. Catherine Polacek of St Paul design and letterpress studio Printerette Press, has a style is just so darn cute, I could eat it all up with a spoon. I can honestly admit that I am straight up jealous of her...

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Thank-you cards that your kids will love to write

My mom was amazing with personal notes–she always produced the loveliest card, written just-so, perfectly on-time, for every occasion.  Her mastery of the art form skipped a generation. But the good news is that means my kids have a fair shot at note-writing expertise–and these adorable new educational cards can only help. Letter Learning is a line of educational greeting cards for kids, invented by teacher and mama Ellen Richard. There’s a card for every occasion–from birthdays to party invites to “just because,” with cute illustrations and pre-made words that kids trace out so that they’re “writing” while learning to write...

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Lunch notes that do more than tell your kid you love him

When my son started Kindergarten last year, I never realized how confusing the snack/lunch situation can be. As opposed to preschool, my son had to navigate his food choices on their own. I found he was devouring his sandwich at snack instead of lunch, and that some classmates were skipping lunch altogether. Fear not! We found a simple note/sticker combo that can help out. We love us...

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A modern way to welcome baby

A lot of birth announcements seem to be designed with the premise that more is more–more typefaces, more photos, more duckies and bunnies crawling up the borders. Not so with the Hello Lucky! collection of modern cards. This modern birth announcement spotted at one of my favorite card shops, pops right off the page (and your refrigerator door) with a color appropriately called lucky red. For those of you kind of meh on pink and blue, I think it’s a neat way to welcome your newest Most Important Person into the world. If you are into pink and blue though? It comes...

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Happy Camper cards make me a happy mama back home

Though I have not yet packed up my kids for overnight camp, I imagine that writing home will be the last thing on their minds. Too bad, since hearing from my kids will be the only thing on my mind. A little bit cheeky, the trio of Happy Camper cards from Oh My Word makes sure they scribble a bit more than “hi mom, doing fine” onto a postcard. Though you can bet I’ll cringe when I get the “Things I’m not doing at camp because you aren’t here to make me” card. My guess is “brush teeth, make...

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Paperflavor – delicious!

What’s that delightful flavor? I mean, I know it’s paper. But there are essences of ballerina, candy, fruit, robot, and… do I detect the delightful aroma of ninja? It must be Paperflavor, the brand new site offering a truly creative range of invitations, stationery, and other beautiful paper goods that are just my cup of (flavored) tea. The stationery sets are unusually adorable–a great choice for a tween girl who likes that cute animé illustration style. And there’s a nice selection of baby shower invitations and photo baby announcements that are bright, colorful and modern. It’s a refreshing change...

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Hello, gorgeous

I am always amazed at how quickly bloggers–and especially mom bloggers–rally to support their fellow parents in need. One of those compassionate moms is CMP friend Christine Koh of Boston Mamas and the design firm Posh Peacock. Today, she took time away from her newborn to launch an exquisite set of greeting cards in memory of a friend. The Hello Gorgeous cards are, as I always say of my daughters, beautiful on the outside, but even more beautiful on the “inside” — 100% of the profits support the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund in memory of fellow blogger and mom...

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Designer email templates – A busy mom’s lifesaver

This post is sponsored by Yahoo! Mail, which is encouraging families to stay in touch via email – which we think is pretty cool. I do my best to pop a handwritten note to friends and family, especially on their birthdays or when they’re kind enough to send a gift for my kids, but I’ll be honest, since adding my fourth child, it’s become much more challenging. Let’s just say it can be hard to even get my bills in the mail, let alone a note. (Shhhh, please don’t tell Emily Post. Or my mother.) Since discovering the joy...

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Return address your letters with love. And someone else’s handwriting.

If I’m going to take the time to hand write a card, I’m picky about what I send. But now instead of topping off my gorgeous cards with my chicken scratch return address, I can have someone else do it for me. Well, it’s clear that mom Gina Sekelsky got an A in penmanship, and you can reap the benefits with her amazing handlettered address stamps. Choose from a plethora of cool “fonts” with your own address lettered on a self-inking stamp or wooden stamp. Whichever you choose, they’d make a lovely housewarming or hostess gift, or in my...

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Chirply – Chirp if you love community design

As much as I love Threadless, I only need so many t-shirts, y’know? But it was only a matter of time before someone would realize that the model of letting the community submit artwork and then vote submissions up for production would catch on for other products, too. Like these greeting cards at Chirply Both the way the submissions and voting process work, and the wacky designs seem to take a page from my beloved crowdsourced t-shirt website, only here I can buy as many cards as I want. Because hey, there’s always a reason to send someone a card,...

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Baby shower invitations get even cooler.

Unless I’ve got a friend who isn’t telling me something, I have no need for baby shower invitations any time soon. I’m not hosting one–that I know of. But when the time comes, I’m so excited to use one of the new baby shower invitations from Tiny Prints. They’ve really stepped up their collection (which was, truthfully, in need of a little stepping up) with gorgeous, witty, modern designs. My personal favorite is the Cutest Dare invitation (pictured). So retro and fun. I also love the idea of a gender-revealing shower. Never heard of that before. And though I...

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5 great picks you might have missed this week – Let’s get personal edition

Thanks to the Industrial Revolution, you no longer have to spend six months making a shirt that your husband is just going to ruin while butchering a hog. Joy! Unfortunately, it also means that life is less personalized, a point made especially poignant when four boys are all wearing the same Target dinosaur t-shirt on the playground. This week, we had five great picks that are all about making things more personal in an impersonal world. Let’s put the custom back in customer, shall we? 1. If you’ve been praying for personalized galoshes– and who hasn’t?– you’re going to...

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Personalized gifts for kids at Snapfish. Way way way beyond photo mugs.

I’m one of those diehards (or gluttons for punishment) who still orders hard copies of digital photos so that I can shove them into a photo album. I’ve used Snapfish for years for these prints, including last month’s order of 1,370 prints. (No, that’s not a typo) But, outside of photo prints or the occasional calendar, I haven’t really thought of Snapfish as a must-visit place for gift ideas. Turns out, they’ve got a lot of cool partnerships with some very creative smaller companies which makes them a cool place to bookmark when you need a special gift. Keep...

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