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How to Buy Wedding Stationery: 5 Features to Focus On

10 May

Planning a wedding can be a huge and overwhelming task. From food to flowers, there are so many decisions to make. One of the most daunting tasks can be putting together your invitations: the paper, the wording, the typography, the printing method, and more. Let us help you make at least one decision! Here are the basics of what to look for in wedding stationery.

Material

Before you select your paper think about how you want it to feel. Cotton fiber is the most traditional wedding invitation choice, and cotton invitations can be incredibly elegant. Cotton isn’t your only choice when it comes to your stationery. In fact, you can choose a paper that will fit with the overall theme of your big day.

Fabriano Medioevalis Cotton Stationery for Weddings available on EuropeanPaper.com

Fabriano Medioevalis Cotton Stationery for Weddings

For instance, paper with a linen finish is an excellent choice for wedding stationery. It’s important to realize, though, that linen will feel grainier than a pure cotton stock. This makes it an excellent choice for an outdoor wedding or for a preppy ceremony.

Handmade paper, often from cotton, hemp, or rag fibers, will have an even rougher texture. The uniqueness of the paper can be the perfect fit for a country or rustic wedding. Parchment paper is translucent. Often, parchment paper will overlay a thick card, and sometimes the invitation is printed directly onto the parchment. This is another formal choice.

Stock

Once you’ve decided on a feel, think about the stock of the paper. Stock refers to the thickness, weight, or heaviness of the paper. For a formal wedding invitation, look for a high number card stock. Some papers you’ll find in as high a weight as 260 g or even higher, while another readily available paper weight for wedding stationery is around 180 g. You’re probably familiar with receiving invitations in a heavy stock accompanied by a small slip of tissue paper or parchment, so if you save letters, invitations, and the like, take a look back at what others have chosen.

Finishes

Along with the fiber and stock, you will want to select a finish. There are glossy options available, though matte – opaque and non-reflective – is common for wedding stationery. For a more abstract, artistic option, marbled paper is a decorative option. Whichever finish you choose, make sure your printer approves and has the capability to work with your choice because the paper choice must be compatible with the printing method.

Handmade Amalfi stationery for weddings with deckled or straight edges available on EuropeanPaper.com

Handmade Amalfi stationery for weddings with deckled or straight edges

Flourishes

There are a number of decorative flourishes you can choose. Do you want straight, smooth edges? Alternatively, deckled edges are popular for wedding stationery. Deckled edges are the torn edge of handmade paper. Another option is to choose a corrugated finish, which can be characterized by thick ridges or grooves. Both Amalfi and Fabriano offer stationery with deckled edges.

Watermark

A watermark is a sign of fine paper. When you hold the paper up to light, a translucent emblem that signifies the paper company or boutique becomes evident (such as on the Amalfi Watermarked Stationery Set). A watermark conveys quality and elegance.

Your wedding invitations are the first glimpse your family and friends get of your wedding, and just like the big day we know you want it to be perfect. Plan far enough ahead that you have plenty of time to take into consideration each of the five wedding stationery features mentioned above, and you may even want to order your Thank You Cards at the same time for consistency. Whether you’re planning a wedding currently or just curious, ask any questions regarding wedding stationery in the comments!

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 Meet the Writer:Maggie Marton is a freelance writer who lives in Bloomington, Indiana, with her husband and their three darling dogs. View more of Maggie’s work at MaggieMarton.com

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Moleskine Academic Planners to Get You Prepped for 2013

9 May

Moleskine 18-Month Academic Planners on EuropeanPaper.com

Clockwise from top left:

1. All Moleskine 18-Month Academic Planners on EuropeanPaper.com

2. Moleskine 18-Month Extra Large Soft Cover Weekly Planner (7.5 x 10)

3. Moleskine 18-Month Pocket Red Horizontal Weekly Planner (3.5 x 5.5)

4. Moleskine 18-Month Large Soft Cover Weekly Planner (5 x 8.25)

**All 18-Month Academic Planners are dated July 2012 through December 2013.

Quotable Cards: Finding Inspiration in the Little Things

8 May

Quotable Cards Brand Story on EuropeanPaper.com

Have you ever found yourself sitting on the floor of a card aisle, endlessly filtering through piles of cheesy birthday and holiday cards before finally settling on the one that wasn’t the worst? Well, in 1993, Gillian Simon and Mott Vogel had the same problem.

While searching for a simple greeting card to inspire their friends, Gillian and Matt felt overwhelmed … nothing conveyed the right message. That day, they went home on a mission: to make cards they actually liked. They started putting quotes, sayings, and proverbs on a simple square card and the idea for Quotable Cards was born!

Inspiration in Simple Design

Quotable Cards Dance, Love, Sing, Live Boxed Note Cards on EuropeanPaper.com

Quotable Cards Dance, Love, Sing, Live Boxed Note Cards

Soon Gillian and Matt were trekking the streets of New York City trying to sell their set of 12 black and white cards to local bookstores. Marketing the cards was a bit of a slow start, but the product appealed to a wide demographic and eventually found success in bookstores, mini markets, and coffee shops in New York. While Quotable Cards simple designs have found their way from paper to coffee mugs, magnets, and color prints, the founding idea remains the same: “To inspire as many people as possible.”

Often times, greeting cards say too much. Every two people have a unique relationship, so it seems impossible to write a card that says “thank you” or “I’m sorry” in the exact way we want. Quotable Cards minimal designs complement what you want to say instead of trying to say it for you. People from all different walks of life can read a quote or proverb and apply it to their own circumstances. That means you can say thanks to Grandma, congratulations on your cousin’s graduation, and happy birthday to your BFF all in one box of cards! Quotable Cards inspire yet leave the right amount of room for your words, which is why they make such perfect cards and journals.

And They’re Eco, Too!

Quotable Cards Yesterday, Tomorrow, Today Journal (8 x 8) on EuropeanPaper.com

Quotable Cards Yesterday, Tomorrow, Today Journal

Quotable Cards also inspire through their environmental initiatives. The company uses wind-certified energy to achieve carbon neutrality. Their cards and envelopes are made from 100% post consumer content, and their acid-free paper comes from FSC certified sustainable forests. Quotable Cards also chooses to print with soy-based inks, which are much less harmful to the environment than petroleum-based inks. The company still operates from one room in New York City, and their cards and envelopes are all made in the USA.

For a company that has found so much success, Quotable Cards has stuck their roots and still operates with the honest mindset of a small business. Their inspirational message resonates positivity, which is one of the many reasons why we want to continue ‘spreading the words’ through Quotable Cards.

Mother’s Day Gift Collection

7 May

What do you get the mother that says she’s already got everything she needs in the world (a.k.a. you)? Or the mother allergic to most flowers, averse to chocolate because she’s training for a marathon next week, or so crafty she puts that Hallmark card to shame just by looking at it?

Simple: you get her something that connects with her personally on a daily basis and keeps you two in touch that much more. Such as a Fisher Bullet Pen for the mom-on-the-go; a Moleskine Passions Recipe Journal for the relentless cook; a Paperblanks Embellished Wrap Journal for the mother still working on her novel; or G. Lalo Verge de France Correspondence Sets for the mother halfway across the country.

These are just a few ideal Mother’s Day Gifts we personally know and love. Click the image below to go to EuropeanPaper.com and browse around for that perfect gift for your own mum.

1) Fisher Translucent Bullet Space Pen

2) Moleskine Passions Recipe Journal

3) Paperblanks Embellished Byron – Don Juan Manuscript Wrap

4) G. Lalo Verge de France Correspondence Sets

 

Our Instagram Photo Love

4 May

Moleskine Luggage Tags : @EuroPaper Instagram Photo

#Moleskine Luggage Tags : @EuroPaper Instagram Photo

 

One of these things is not like the other : #Leuchtturm on #Moleskine @EuroPaper Instagram Photo

One of these things is not like the other : #Leuchtturm on #Moleskine @EuroPaper Instagram Photo

 

The dazzling array of #Clairefontaine colors : @EuroPaper Instagram Photo

The dazzling array of #Clairefontaine colors : @EuroPaper Instagram Photo

 

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How to Write: Friendship / Appreciation Notes

3 May

It’s a Tuesday afternoon and the mail arrives. A few bills, some junk mail and … oh, what’s this? A small handwritten note. You open the envelope and read what’s inside:

To my friend,

Today, I was reminded in conversation with a colleague at work about our friendship. This colleague was sharing some difficult news related to recent events in her life and said she had found she had no ‘true’ friends.

I count you among my blessings. You and I have been friends since we were in our teens and while we may not talk every day or see each other all that often, I am so grateful for our friendship. I know I can call you or reach out whenever I need to and you’ll always be there.

Thanks for being a part of my life,

In friendship,

Your Friend

Wow! Imagine getting something like that in the mail. What would that mean to you, to hear from a friend out of the blue. Especially when there was no real ‘reason’ for it; no gift had been given, no favor had been done.

A Personal Challenge

Friendship and Appreciation notes are a special kind of personal correspondence and are always treasured by the recipient. They can be a challenge to write because they require the expression of honest, heartfelt emotion and sentiment when we, at least Americans, don’t normally do that.

Culturally, Americans express honest emotion in times of grief: “I am so sorry for your loss. It made me cry when I heard the news. I love you so much and I’ll do whatever I can to help.”

And in times of happiness: “Congratulations on the job! I knew you’d get a position like this–you totally deserve it. I’m so happy for you! I’m so excited for you!”

But what about just in regular times; in day-to-day life? We don’t really do that kind of thing. Herein lays the reason why Friendship/Appreciation Notes are not so common.

Get Started:

  1. Think of a friend. Whoever comes to mind first is probably a great candidate. Or, think of someone that has been on your mind lately for whatever reason, even if you haven’t spoken to them recently.
  2. Answer the questions, “Why do I appreciate them?” and “What made me think of them specifically?”
  3. Draft your note on notebook or copy paper first. A basic written formula is:
    1. Greeting
    2. Why you are writing
    3. What you want to say
    4. Closing, positive statement
    5. Sign off
  4. Once it looks how you’d like it, slowly write the final words onto a nice card or stationery.
  5. Seal and send off.

Here’s a sample you could write to someone who has been a lifelong friend.

Break It Down:

Greeting:

Dear Name

Why You Are Writing:

You and I have been friends for about 20 years. I remember when we met and how quickly we became close! In these past 20 years, you’ve seen me get married, get fired from a job, find a new job, have a child, buy a house, move out-of-state, and a whole lot in between. You have truly been a constant in my life; in fact, we’ve been friends for more than ½ the time I’ve been alive.

What You Want To Say:

I just wanted to write to thank you for your friendship and for sticking by me the whole time. You are someone I not only enjoy spending time with, but someone I greatly admire.

Closing, Positive Statement

See you at the annual Turkey Bowl Game this Thanksgiving

Sign Off

Your Name

Friendship/Appreciation notes can be hard to write because we’re not used to thanking people for being your friend. In reality, what you’re doing is acknowledging the friendship and thereby, acknowledging the friend. Acknowledgement like this is a powerful thing. Write a note to a friend this week. They will cherish it, and feel happy knowing they have a friend like you that would take the time to write them.

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Meet the Writer: Cole Imperi is a business owner and a proponent of the handwritten word. When not at Doth Brands, a Branding & Identity firm catering to the health, wellness & deathcare professions where Cole works as Owner and Creative Director, you might find her on her yoga mat teaching yoga or behind a laptop writing for Simplicity Embellished, a letter-writing and lifestyle blog.

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Editor’s Note: This is the third article in the How to Write series. Read the others here:

How to Write: Sympathy Notes

How to Write: Ideal Business Correspondence Notes

 

Top 5 Gifts for the Grad

2 May

Gifts for the Grad on EuropeanPaper.com - Check out our site by clicking the image!

 

1) Moleskine Folio Notebooks

2) Fisher Bullet Space Pen

3) Rhodia Leatherette Notepad Holders

4) Moleskine Messenger + Travelling Collection

5) Jan Petr Obr Boxed Note Cards

Fisher Pens: Innovation Engineered for Space

1 May

Fisher Brand Story on EuropeanPaper.com

The Fisher Pen Company created a legacy of innovation through precise engineering based on the values of founder Paul C. Fisher (1913-2006). An engineer, political candidate, philosopher, author, and mentor, Fisher believed that the “scientific technique was the common sense approach to the solution of any problem.” Though the Fisher name is often synonymous with the creation of the “space pen” used on NASA missions to the moon, Fisher Pens are a relevant tool for many professions … not just astronauts!

Fisher Classic Bullet Space Pen

Fisher Classic Bullet Space Pen

Fisher History

Founded in 1945, The Fisher Pen Company began as a division of the Fisher-Armour Manufacturing Company in Chicago, Illinois. Fisher moved to California briefly before settling in Boulder City, Nevada, in 1976.

The company began manufacturing pens after one of one of its clients, the Reynolds Pen Company, decided to sell their business. Reynolds was the first company to manufacture the ballpoint pen in the United States, introducing a model replicating inventor László Bíró’s ballpoint pen which was being sold in Argentina at the time. Initially they had great success, but as the ballpoint skyrocketed to popularity, Reynolds saw less opportunity in the over saturated market and sold their manufacturing facilities to Fisher. Taking on the challenge of this new industry, Fisher set out to design a quality pen that stood out from the rest.

Engineering Pens for Space

With his strong background in engineering, Paul C. Fisher wanted to make a functional pen that was durable, ergonomic, and would not leak. The first working model of this pen was conceived in July 1948. Named the Fisher Bullet Pen, it remains one of their most popular products. The Bullet Pen was such a revolutionary invention that it has been on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Fisher added further contribution to the pen industry when he released the “Universal Refill” in 1953. The refill broke off at 15 different lengths to fit the most popular pens of that era, making it infinitely easier for dealers to stock pens.

Fisher Titanium Bullet Space Pen

Fisher Titanium Bullet Space Pen

After a large controversy concerning NASA’s decision to use a mechanical pencil that cost $128.84 on the Gemini 3 Mission in 1965, Fisher independently engineered a nitrogen pressurized ink cartridge that could write in zero gravity and would cost as little as $4! Patented in 1965 as the AG7, the Anti-Gravity Pen would make its first appearance in space on the Apollo 7 mission of 1968. Later it made a few appearances in pop-culture. Ronald Reagan used the pen to inaugurate Air and Space Bicentennial Year in 1983 and the premise of a 1998 Seinfeld episode was based on the pen as a gift of friendship.

Functionality

While Fisher has a deep and rather entertaining history, don’t be fooled into thinking their products are mere novelty items. The quality and functionality of their design has won the hearts of many around the world. Backed by an unconditional lifetime guarantee, Fisher Pens are built from durable materials (chrome, titanium, and other metals) and their thixotropic refill is known to write for more than three times longer than a regular ballpoint refill.

Fisher Original Astronaut Space Pen

Fisher Original Astronaut Space Pen

Featuring a Tungsten Carbide ballpoint fitted perfectly to a stainless steel socket, and a hermetically-sealed cartridge, the pens guarantee consistent ink flow with absolutely no leaking. The nitrogen pressurized cartridges make writing possible in the most extreme conditions, guaranteeing performance in temperatures from -30 to +250 degrees Fahrenheit, underwater, in zero gravity, at elevations up to 12,500 feet, and at any angle!

The versatility of these pens makes a perfect fit for military, contractors, mountaineers, maintenance workers, and those who want to be ready to write under any circumstance. (Try writing with a Fisher pen on a Rite in the Rain Notebook and who knows, you could be working from the hot tub next winter!)

Impression & Innovation

Fisher is a great example of a company that was truly built from the ground up. Their focus on durability and accuracy in every detail has led to great products that were interesting for space exploration, but pivotal for the pen industry as a whole. Whether you are a pen aficionado, a professional in need, or just looking for a way to impress your coworkers, try out a Fisher pen and experience the innovation that earned them the distinction as one of the most coveted pens in the world.