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Stationery Etiquette: How to Choose Stationery

Monterrey Note from Giftsin24.com“A WOMAN is known by the stationery she uses. Paper talks. We read between the lines, along the margin, and across the envelope, the story of good or bad taste which speaks in tone, texture and design.” So opens A Desk Book on the Etiquette of Social Stationery published in 1910 and written by Jean Wilde Clark. What was true then, with a slight tweak, is still true today. Our stationery can speak worlds about us. What’s changed? “The Rules,” or stationery etiquette, are more relaxed: we no longer must use black-bordered mourning stationery after a loved one’s death, for example. In addition, we can all agree that men have just as much of a need for stationery, and that their stationery choices speak for them too.

What’s more, in this age of fast fashion, speed-of-light communication across the globe, what’s “In Style” changes on a dime. And that makes us lucky: there’s no need to cram our taste into rigid expectations of what’s proper or even what’s in style. Sure, white or ivory paper will always be correct. But if you want to use red pepper, who will care? Citrus paper? Be my guest. The fabulous Jackie O used robin’s egg blue paper. If she could do that in the 1960s, the sky is the limit for us in the late 2010s.

On the one hand, the lack of stylistic expectations is liberating, because it means we have the freedom to choose whatever stationery suits us. On the other hand, it can be slightly intimidating, because we’ve got almost unlimited choices.

Damask Card from Giftsin24.comLet it be your style.

There’s one rule to follow in 2017/2018: You be you. Don’t worry about what a friend is doing, or what you saw in a magazine.

Not sure what you like? Look at the furnishings in your home and the clothes you wear.

Do you tend toward traditional (try a 3-letter monogram), primitive country (try a quirky or hand-lettered font), or contemporary (try your name in block letters)?

Like neat, clean surfaces (look for simple lettering) or do you like to cram every nook and cranny with beloved objects (look for curvy, embellished designs)?

Do you like to follow the rules (center the personalization at the top) or do you like to push them (personalization goes in a corner or at the bottom)?

What colors do you like to surround yourself with? Pastels? Metallics? Jewel Tones? Neutrals?

Take advantage of the preview function when considering lettering styles for your name. Scrutinize the way your initials look – perhaps you like one font’s S better than another?

These are great clues to help you pull together your stationery style. In the end, whatever you choose will be perfect, because you chose it.

Anthony Card with border from giftsin24.comBusiness or personal?

When you’re writing a note to your pastor, the school principal, or your favorite author, you might want to consider a more formal letter sheet or correspondence card that tends toward business-like. Perhaps it’s embossed. Perhaps it’s on white paper with gray ink. Or ivory paper with coffee ink. This stationery might include your middle initial and the formal version of your first name.

It will work equally well for when you’re sending a gift to your best friend, writing to your brother, or thanking your neighbor for her homemade scones. Or, for those more personal uses, you could purchase a second set that reveals your more relaxed side. Any form — letter sheet, flat card or folded note — will do. Perhaps there is a small illustration, or your nickname, rather than your given name. You might use colored paper with black or metallic ink or a more brightly colored ink on ivory paper.

Caprice Note is a raised ink folded note from giftsin24.com

Raised ink vs. embossing?

It’s really a matter of choice. Raised-ink printing, or thermography, is a more affordable version of engraving. Engraving, a centuries-old printing method, requires the creation of dies, which are expensive to produce and reside at the stationery company until you require more stationery. Raised-ink printing conveys a pleasing texture and a shimmery quality to the ink.

Embossing lends an even more delicious texture because the paper is pressed from below. In that sense embossing resembles traditional engraving, as well. Especially on white or ivory paper, embossing tends to be more formal. It also tends to be more earth-friendly, because the paper recycles easily.

So to recap, choosing stationery can be an enjoyable and fulfilling exercise. Taking time to think about your style and consider your options will reward you each time you sit down to write. See all of our personalized  correspondence cards and folded notes. Happy choosing!

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    8 Signs You’re a Stationery Addict

    Embossed personalized stationery from giftsin24Many people enjoy using stationery. After all, it’s a pleasure to pull out a crisp new sheet and put thought to paper. But for some of us, the joys of stationery transcend ordinary pleasure. You know who we are… we are the stationery addicts.

    How do you know you are one of us? Here are some common signs you are a stationery addict:

    1. Your heartbeat speeds up when you spy a new monogram style you’ve never seen before.
    2. When you have downtime, you use it to look for new stationery (and sometimes you look when you should be doing something else – but shhhh, it’s our secret).
    3. The boxes in which you keep your stationery are almost as pretty as your stationery, and definitely prettier than the containers you use for other essentials, such as food, water and clothing.
    4. personalized stationery for the stationery addict from giftsin24

      Are you a stationery addict?

      You know stationery printing methods (embossing, thermography, letterpress, etc.) and you have at least 5 examples of each of them in your collection. Bonus points: you can define the difference between blind embossing and debossing.

    5. When you feel low, you get out your stationery and admire it as you ponder whom to write.
    6. You have splurged on 100% cotton paper stationery – and maybe even ate pbj sandwiches for a week to afford it.
    7. When you’re in a new city, you make a point to research and visit its best stationery store.
    8. You save your prettiest stationery for the people you love the most – it would be a shame to waste it!

    Of course, the best and biggest sign you are a stationery addict is being a Giftsin24 customer: you can satisfy your need for a stationery fix in just a matter of minutes – and receive it at your door within a few days.

    See our newest stationery

    New! Pearl String Monogram Note

    Feeling a craving coming on?

    Check out one of our newest items: Pearl String Monogram Note. It’s a delightful riff on our Classic Monogram, but with a cool pearl strand treatment.

     

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      Monogram Magic: Monogramania Hits Fever Pitch in the Victorian Age

      In our previous blog, we explored the ancient history of the monogram. We saw that for centuries, people used monograms widely – on everything from coins to letters to homes and pottery. But people really went crazy for the monogram during the Victorian Era (1837-1901). In fact, one writer of the day called the art of collecting monograms an “epidemic” and named the monogram’s most ardent fans “monogramaniacs.”

      Whitlock Monogram from Giftsin24.com

      Our Whitlock Monogram is based on a popular Victorian motif.

      What was going on? The Industrial Revolution ushered in a new middle class of factory owners, bankers, railroad managers, insurance agents, merchants and all the salaried professionals who helped run these businesses, as well as new ranks of civil servants, teachers, doctors and lawyers, according to Donna Loftus, author of “The Rise of the Victorian Middle Class.” Millions of people now had disposable income, and they desired some of the comforts of the upper classes. They began purchasing household goods as well as clothing, watches and jewelry, which the new economy had made more plentiful and affordable than ever before.

      Celebrity and the Monogram

      At the same time, the idea of celebrity took on power in popular culture. People began collecting crests and monograms of the rich and famous, according to Nancy Sharon Collins, author of The Complete Engraver. 

      Monogram for Queen Victoria

      Queen Victoria’s Monogram went through many iterations. Here is a simple one.

      Enthusiasts created albums of their most prized monograms, marks and seals. In this age of avid letter writing, “coats of arms or monograms from famous families, politicians, opera stars, or members of the theater were particularly coveted and displayed,” writes Collins.

      Whole books explored and documented monogram design, such as An Encyclopedia of Monograms, published in 1884. The book included 5,000 decorative monograms to inspire artists and craftspeople.

      Popular women’s magazines of the time, such as Godeys Lady’s Book and Peterson’s Magazine, regularly included alphabets, initials, names and monograms. Middle class readers copied them to embroider nearly every scrap of cloth – tablecloths, sheets, towels, pillowcases and clothing. “Hardly an item in her home escaped from being monogrammed,” writes Rita Weiss, editor of Victorian Alphabets, Monograms and Names. “Young girls learned how to embroider simple alphabets on the linens for her trousseau,” Weiss continues. “By the time she got married, her skills improved and she was ready for more expert work.”

      Louis Vuitton monogram

      Louis Vuitton company developed its monogram in 1896.

      Monogrammed Needlework Attains Art Status

      The expert needlework skills attained by women – at all levels of society – and the invention of the Jacquard loom, which spurred faster and cheaper textile manufacturing, coincided to create the perfect circumstances for a boom in monogrammed linens like we’ve never seen before or since, according to Robin Molbert in Monograms and Antique Linens. “Bold and artful monogramming burst into vogue, serving as a kind of democratizing factor in the personalization of one’s linens,” writes Molbert. In England, France and the U.S., women formed sewing and embroidery circles to enjoy and support one another in their endeavors. They shared ideas and perfected their art, incorporating many other aspects including lacework, cut-outs, florals, animal figures and much more.

      To this day, many people still cherish, value and collect antique linens from the Victorian Age. A rather funny example: In December 2016, a pair of Queen Victoria’s monogrammed bloomers went on auction, expected to be sold for £6,000. Some famous monograms developed by the Victorians continue to be in vogue. The world of consumer goods offers a perfect example: The interlocking L and V on Louis Vuitton’s bags and luggage. His son Georges designed the iconic image in 1896 to increase sales.

      And the practice of monogramming continues to be popular. Whether it’s stationery or wine glasses, ornaments or napkins, personalizing one’s possessions conveys tradition and a sense of pride.

      Our story about the monogram isn’t over. Next we ask: what exactly is a monogram?

      Explore our lines of monogrammed Cards, Notes, Notepads, Napkins & Guest Towels, and all Monogrammed Items.

       

      Sources:

      Nancy Sharon Collins. The Complete Engraver: Monograms, Crests, Ciphers, Seals, and the Etiquette of Social Stationery. Princeton Architectural Press, 2012

      Donna Loftus. “The Rise of the Victorian Middle Class.”   BBC History. Website.

      Robin Molbert. “The Royal Lineage of Table Linens.” Monograms and Antique Linens. HM Books, 2016.

      J. O’Kane. An Encyclopedia of Monograms. Originally published in 1884. Reprinted by Dover Publishing in 2003.

      Rita Weiss, editor.Victorian Alphabets, Monograms and Names. Dover Publishing, 1974.

       

       

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        Gutsy or Geeky? Typography & Personal Style

        Monogram Coaster from Giftsin24.com ships in 24 hours.

        Here’s our Classic Monogram engraved on a cork coaster.

        Here at Giftsin24, we are completely and utterly ga-ga over typography. It’s really our first love. We offer so many different lettering styles and monograms just so you can find one that perfectly expresses your personal style.

        Yes, we completely enjoy the creamy, dreamy, thick paper we use. And yes, we can’t get enough of our shimmery raised inks and foil colors. And yes, we “lurve” embossing, which is, ahem, half the name of our brand of stationery, Embossed Graphics.

        But typography is where it all begins. For us, typography is really all about an essential attitude. It’s about personality. It’s about STYLE.

        Express Your Personal Style with Typography

        If you select Dune, a bold lettering style, for your stationery, you are telling others you have the courage of your convictions. You’re a risk-taker who doesn’t back down.

        If you select our Classic lettering style– best represented by our Classic Monogram — maybe you love history and custom and see yourself as part of a long tradition of manners and community and fellow-feeling.

        If you select Anthony, a casual hand-lettered font, you signal a fun-loving attitude and that you’re not too invested in “the rules.”

        See what we mean? Typography expresses the un-erasable part of you, the area of your psyche that can’t be denied or squished into someone else’s idea of what’s “cool.” It’s your personal style.

        Not caring about typography is like not caring about the clothes you wear or the food you eat. Crazy, right? Yes, you could walk around day after day in a white t-shirt and khaki pants and eat plain pasta 3 squares a day. But where would that get you in life? And perhaps the more important question is: would life be any fun?

        So the next time you select personalized stationery, pay attention to your gut reaction to each lettering style and select the one that really speaks to you. Don’t worry about what’s popular or what that next guy or gal chose. Typography is all about you.

        That’s why we offer so many options– many of them exclusively created by Embossed Graphics. We know that secret, inner you is just dying to announce herself through an expression of personal style.

         

         

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          Viva Las Vegas! US Postal Service Issues Elvis Stamp 8/12

          Elvis stamp by United States Postal Service

          This commemorative Elvis stamp was issued by United States Postal Service in 2015.

          Grab your “Blue Suede Shoes”: Thousands of people are celebrating Elvis Week in Memphis August 8-16. Can’t make it? All fans of “The King” can demonstrate their “Burning Love”by getting the new Elvis Presley Forever(R) stamp. The United States Postal Service (USPS) will issue it on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, with a dedication ceremony at Graceland.

          Whether you’re sending our stationery to the “Heartbreak Hotel,” a “Hound Dog” or the”Devil in Disguise,” rest assured your letter will arrive with the Elvis Forever stamp.

          Elvis Stamp Works for All Giftsin24 Stationery

          Our cards and notes weigh about one ounce, which fits within the USPS maximum dimensions for standard first class postage. That includes our line of oversized Chesapeake cards, as well as luxury triple-thick notes.

          Purchasing USPS Forever stamps ensures you can easily send a card or note anytime. You won’t have to worry about the current value of stamps or changing postage costs in the future. And “That’s All Right!”

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            It’s Hip to Be Thankful

            thank you note writing and showing gratitude never goes out of style.

            Gratitude is in. Thank you note writing has been circulating around in pop culture lately.

            Gratitude is hip. In the news just this week, Nascar driver Daniel Hemric  penned thank you notes to American servicemen and women. They keep our country safe.

            Thanking supporters

            Taylor Swift is writing thank you notes to DJs, radio hosts and others who help support her musical career.

            Writing of your gratitude

            And, Regis Philbin helped late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon complete his regular thank you note writing bit last Friday night.

            These celebrities demonstrate the power of thank you notes. They help strengthen relationships and are a main way to express your love. Plus, they may even help you in your career.

            Thank you notes are powerful because people yearn to feel appreciated and acknowledged.

            But you knew that already, didn’t you?

             

             

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              What Kind of Person Are You?

              What Kind of Person Are You: are you a kind person?

              Empathy, compassion and gratitude are some of the beautiful qualities shared by Giftsin24 customers. Be a kind person.

              Here at Giftsin24, we sell personalized stationery. But that’s not all. When you purchase our product, you are doing more than simply buying stationery. You are ultimately acting on being a kind person. A polite person. A thoughtful person.

              On the heals of commencement speech season, many speakers choose to focus on the importance of character and kindness. Yes, academic achievements are important, but when push comes to shove, being kind might just get you farther in life. Here are two speakers and their speeches that explore this topic and are generally judged among the best commencement addresses:

              George Saunders  2013 at Syracuse University

              David McCullough Jr. 2012 at Wellesley High School

              Acknowledging the generosity of others keeps that positive vibe flowing. The concept of “paying it forward” has become very popular in recent years. And there’s a great reason why: Connecting with others makes life more happy, more meaningful.

              Kindness is King

              Writing a note in your own handwriting is a small yet powerful way to share your gratitude with those around you. From the basic thank you for a birthday gift, to the expression of your deep gratefulness to someone who changed your life, penning thoughts on paper is a wonderful, simple way to act on your best impulses, and bring more love and connection into your life.

              So, we thank you, dear customer, for being the kind person you are.

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                Winter Blahs-Busting Stationery

                Giftsin24 offers beautiful stationery to chase away the winter blahs

                Beat the winter blahs with new stationery.

                When the skies are grey, temperatures plunge and daylight barely breaks ten hours, we all need a break from the drear. How about some happy stationery to perk you up and help you connect with friends?

                With a good pen and a stamp, you can cheer yourself up by writing a friendly note to your old college roommate, favorite cousin or old next-door-neighbor. Won’t they be surprised to get your letter?

                Three of our happiest cards and notes

                Notable Note: One of our best selling notes! Your monogram appears in an ebullient, rounded script lettering style in one of ten luscious raised-ink colors. Choose fuchsia, red or purple for a pick-me-up vibe.

                Blossom Note: Another exquisite design by America’s leader in social stationery! Our Blossom Note features superb embossed and creamy, triple-thick paper. Yo’u’ll enjoy writing a letter on this note. The Japanese-inspired motif features a spray of flowers deeply impressed into the paper. Below, your name appears in shiny raised ink. Choose from 6 pretty lettering styles and 10 ink colors.

                Manhattan Card: This single panel card lights up an ordinary day with a ticker tape parade of polka dots, highlighted by your name in a curling script. For a real treat, choose lined envelopes in your choice of 5 patterns and 4 colors.

                 

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                  More Letter Writing Blogs We Love

                  Letter writing blogs

                  Find other people who love to write letters through letter writing blogs.

                  We love reading about writing! Do you? Two months ago we listed some of our favorite letter writing websites. Here are a few more; these are blogs that explore the not-so-lost art of letter-writing.

                  Check out these letter writing blogs

                  Letter Writers Alliance Their mission is to be an “An Alliance for those who enjoy letter writing and postal adventures.” Recent posts have been about pens, the US Postal Service’s consumer commission and carbon paper (remember that?).  Learn about letter writing events near you and much more. For just $5, you can become a lifetime member and receive a badge.

                  Mrs. Murphy’s Mailbox Magic   This website has a clean look and short, engaging articles that are fun to read. Recent posts have been about Flat Stanley, round robin letter writing groups and more.

                  Letters of Note  If you enjoy the historical aspects of letter writing, you’ll enjoy this blog, an “attempt to gather and sort fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos.” Famous events and people are examined through the lens of the pen.

                  Red Letter Day  This San Francisco-based blog has a modern edge and focuses on mail art and other related topics, including ink stamps, stamps and postcards–all beautifully curated and described.

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                    Friends & Letters

                    Pen and paper can connect us to friends and strengthen relationships

                    By writing letters, we connect with friends and family in ways that are sometimes difficult to do in person.

                    On the 20th anniversary of the popular Friends television series, and shortly after Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts: An Intimate History wrapped on PBS in Chicago, we’re thinking about how we connect to our friends and family, and how we sometimes do that through letter-writing.

                    Friends celebrated the close-knit relationships of young people living away from their families in New York City during the 90s.  Do you remember the episode in Season 4 when Rachel writes a letter to Ross; he needs to read it for them to reunite. But he falls asleep and then “fakes it” when Rachel wants to discuss it, with funny consequences.

                    The Power of the Pen

                    Teddy Roosevelt, FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt depended on letter writing to formulate and share ideas, express their love and keep in touch, just as we still do today. The Roosevelts maintained long distance friendships through letter writing when they were called away from home by their duties as public leaders.

                    In the Roosevelt’s time, letter writing was more common and almost necessary. But today, as Friends demonstrates, we use letter-writing to convey our most intense thoughts with people important in our lives. Sometimes it’s easier to deliver our messages on paper, rather than verbally, especially, as in Rachel and Ross’ case, emotions are high.  Love letters. Condolence letters. Letters of apology. And even congratulatory letters. These are all cases when letters are beautifully appropriate and perfect.

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