Tag: stationery

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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Bookplates that make me fall in love with books again

There’s something so precious about that pride of ownership that comes with one’s very own storybook, clearly marked with one’s very own personalized bookplate. I remember having fond memories of my own bookplates, and I’m so excited for my children to have their own. It’s been a while since I checked in to see what’s new at Oiseaux, who we first featured in a back-to-school shopping guide. And what’s new is what’s old. Their gorgeously illustrated bookplates from vintage storybook illustrations can all be customized with a name, and range from 1920s jungle creatures to a vintage castle for...

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Paper Lovely’s new calling cards are calling my name

I love the idea of carrying a calling card that really speaks to me. It would give my work-at-home career some validation. And who knows… just carrying that card could open up some doors. Choosing the design is like deciding who you are or how you want other people to see you. [don’t miss a nice offer after the jump!] With the new collection of calling cards by Paper Lovely, designed by Kim Burks, there are seven designs to choose from and each one is elegant, unique and inspiring. The paper is made from recovered materials, so not only...

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Lovely printables for Valentine’s Day

If you’re a mom, you could pretty much rename Valentine’s Day, Lots and Lots of Random Paper That My Kids Won’t Let Me Recycle Day. Wouldn’t it be great if you could start with a PDF and just print the paper you actually wanted? And wouldn’t it be even greater if that PDF was so cute that you wanted to print everything? If you’re finding yourself in a panic about the yet unmade Valentine’s Day cards for your kids to hand out, enter the Lovely Print-It-Yourself Booklet by Joie from IndieFixx. This adorable–and extremely useful–collaboration brings together 18 different...

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Thank you, oh thank you

One of my resolutions this year: Get better at sending thank you notes. Have I broken that resolution already? No comment. But I’m here to tell you that it is not too late to send out thank you notes for your holiday gifts. I know how it gets as the weeks blow by and suddenly you’re like eh…I’ll thank her in person when I see her in a few weeks. However I can’t think of a nicer surprise at the end of a blustery, dark January than a handwritten note in my mailbox. I was browsing the selection of...

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A less destructible notebook. (Hear that, writer moms of toddlers?)

At the beginning of every new year, I treat myself to a pretty, new notebook. It’s an almost-literal way to start the year with a clean slate. New year, new notebook, new thoughts.  The only problem with this method, now that there are children afoot: my fancy new notebook is invariably trashed long before the next January 1. But I think I’ve found the perfect solution. Let’s judge these Robert le héros notebooks from Quo Vadis by their covers: lovely colors, beautiful designs… on silkscreened leatherette, which is sturdier than standard-issue notebook coverstock, and way harder for little hands to maul....

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Children’s thank you notes with an extra personal touch

My children are fortunate to have extremely generous family members who love to spoil them with lots of Christmas gifts. And since my 6-year-old can now write well enough to ask them for specific presents, my feeling is she can do her own thank you notes this year too. I’ve tracked down two adorable card options for kids that are perfect for the job. The personalized kid silhouette stationery from Lotus and November are so unique, I really just love them. And they’re excellent not just for holiday thank yous, but for other occasions throughout the year. You just need to submit a...

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Dandy address labels for holiday cards with style

If I’ve learned one thing after years of sending holiday cards, it’s buy the darn address labels. Not that the free ones you get from various charities can’t be lovely at times. But if you ever have the choice between hand addressing envelopes and sticking a label on them? I think the choice is clear. I was just browsing over at Minted and found these super smart skinny labels. [don’t miss a nice discount after the jump] The labels basically wrap around the side of the envelope, putting your return address on the front and a message of your...

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I just wrote to say I love you

I don’t know about you, but I’m only a few months into school lunch-making and I’m running out with ideas to keep it interesting. Mostly for me. I try to create little surprises in my daughter’s lunchbox every day, from slicing her sandwich in different shapes, to tucking in a little sticky note with a silly drawing. A couple of companies are doing some cool stuff with lunchbox notes, for those mornings you (or really, I) just don’t the creativity in me. Or, you just want to do something a little more special on extra-special spelling test/school photo/soccer game...

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The low-tech answer to high-tech organizers

I’m so high tech that, sometimes, I need to go low tech. For those of you like me, or those who just plain reject iPads and online organizers and anything with a plug, may I recommend the MEpad from LobotoME? Okay, so you can’t surf the web on the MEpad, watch videos, listen to music, or gaze lovingly at your baby photos (unless they’re paper clipped to the top). But you can write on it with a pen. Yes, a glorious pen. Remember those? Write your shopping lists, to-do lists, lists, notes to the husband on this hilarious recycled...

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Modern telegrams -(STOP)- For real -(STOP)-

It’s unlikely that you need to let anyone know that the stagecoach is likely to be late or that there’s trouble at the train depot, but why should that stop you from adding a vintage twist to that special message? If you go to Telegram Stop, for under $6 you can send an official-looking old-time-y telegram anywhere in the world. How great is that? If you don’t mind straying from the retro theme, you can even include pictures. Send a single message (Congratulations on your new baby -(STOP)-) or use their handy bulk interface to send duplicates to multiple...

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The wit, wisdom, and expensive stationery of Simon Doonan

Dempsey & Carroll makes the kind of fancypants stationery that you drool over in high end department stores — that is, if you’re the type who drools over fancypants stationery at all. Yes, I am that type. It’s the kind of stuff you want on hand should you ever need to send a handwritten note card to Martha Stewart or Michelle Obama for some reason, what with the heavy-duty 3-ply cards, wedding-quality engraving, and gorgeously lined envelopes. But that doesn’t mean the designs are stuffy; on the contrary, they’ve collaborated with lots of interesting artists and designers. And they...

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Cool Jewish New Year’s cards! Who knew?

Trust me when I tell you that finding cool High Holidays card is not easy. Which would explain why every year I receive duplicates, sometimes triplicates, of the same cards. I’m sure you fellow MOT’s know of which I speak. Thank you, Hi There Press, for coming out with a collection of beautifully designed cards that I’d imagine will even make non-Jews wish they could send them. The Jewish New Year’s cards range from classic to cute and trendy to traditional. The customization process is super quick. Select your style, stick in a oh-so-fabulous picture of your family, change...

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Dear diary

Childhood diaries are always depicted as the tool of brooding, angry, angst-filled goth girls; more Heathers than Clueless. Personally, my own first journal was filled with a lot lighter fare. And a whole lot of bad rhyming poetry and original song lyrics. That’s why I was totally charmed by this My Life Rocks journal by Mudpuppy. Adrian Johnson’s graphics are adorable, the message is cheery,and the colorful lock still tells the world “keep out.” I figure, might as well make the most of those years before your daughter or your favorite niece would prefer a My Life Sucks journal....

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Hallmark.com launches personalized baby announcements. Finally.

I guess I must have just assumed that Hallmark already offered customizable baby announcements because they’re pretty much the greeting card pioneers. But apparently, that was not the case, since I just got word that their brand new line personalized baby announcements just hit their site. From what I can see, they look pretty darn cool. I’m equally impressed with the simple, stylish designs as I am with the ease of ordering and sending them (I tried out their thank-you cards myself), and the fantastic prices. Hallmark has got everything from the cute girl announcement that turns your full-frame photo...

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New custom photo cards so cute I don’t actually want to mail them.

It was her very first ballet recital, and I wanted everyone we know to see her joyful smile as she hugged her first bouquet of roses. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to just give away our new custom photo cards from Shutterfly. I might just keep them all for myself. [don’t miss the giveaway after the jump!] I’ve never actually had photo stationery made — I know, shame on me. But the options on Shutterfly are mind boggling. Choosing from among the new 3×5 folded notecards collection alone is difficult, since there are a full 26 options, each...

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Little Red Writing Hood

There’s a fine line between too cute and too dark, a special gray area where only the hippest fear to tread. Artist Emily Martin of TheBlackApple is there, jitterbugging in her tiny red slippers. There’s something for everyone in this fabulous hodgepodge of creative legerdemain. Original paintings and affordable prints. Paper dolls and notecards. This adorable set of notebooks featuring Little Red and her Wolfboy. And the hedgehog bookplates are too kawaii to quit. From strange and gothy girls to pirates, the Loch Ness monster, and dancing bears, the artwork has appeal for a wide range of ages from...

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When your baby cares enough to send the very best

My husband has Mother’s Day pretty easy these days since my kids are now old enough to make me a card all by themselves. But giving a card from a little baby– aside from the little foot print signature that most parents are not brave enough to attempt–is a little tough. Alternate Greetings has a way better option, with their new, hilarious Mother’s Day cards from the baby. A few babbles and a couple drools (in the copy of course), and you’ve got the perfect way to celebrate mom from your baby. Just remember that along with an adorable...

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Custom hearts for the one you heart

I think I’m in love. The object of my affection: The selection of decorative artwork embellished with handcut paper hearts from the brand new Etsy shop Paper Cut Works. Ania Alyson, Seattle artist by way of Poland, creates artsy, anatomically-inspired hearts out of repurposed materials from an old dictionary page featuring the word “mother” to a custom map or vintage sheet music. She then mounts the paper hearts on either card stock, or small 4×4″ birch block frames which are finished to look like paintings. In the end, you get all the sweetness, but none of the sap. The...

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Talk about Pop Art

I’m a huge fan of Robert Subuda and Matthew Reinhart’s pop up children’s books. My son’s copies from the Encyclopedia Prehistorica series show the wear and tear of well-read books. So why am I not surprised that I am awestruck by their beautiful pop-up note cards collection? The cards are breathtakingly elegant and the Blossoms designs are a creative way of giving someone flowers for Mother’s Day that won’t end up dead and in the garbage within the week. Other three-dimensional wonders include cakes and hot air balloons. The sets contain four cards of two designs, with envelopes, for...

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