In Other Words… Stationery, Travel, and All Else that Matters
So now is where you get to judge me – not like you didn’t already with my first post. Don’t lie. Judge-y people are my favorite. Insert cliché e-card –
TRUTH: I am a procrastinator. I can find a million reasons to put off any task. A lot of what it comes down to is that I set unrealistic goals. When initially thinking about designing stationery, I wanted to buy a graphics program and design, design, design. I thought it would be a cinch. I would easily find a design program with all the features I wanted and there would be a magical printing fairy to ensure everything came out perfectly. Oh – and this endeavor would be very affordable. [Sidenote: there is no such thing as affordable in Northern Virginia.]
So basically I had 2 options:
Enter Embossing. Embossing my own stationery ending up being a much more affordable investment. I am very happy that I took the plunge. I had no clue that I could make these designs WITHOUT a computer. For personal correspondence stationery I actually prefer the raised print on embossed stationery opposed to flat ink-printed design. I design/emboss each card and put together each envelope – I have the paper cuts and small burn bruises to prove it. I love the embossing/creating aspect and think the stationery is ADORE. For those of you that want a more clean and traditional look, don’t worry, the printed stuff will come. Just give it time. But of course, I encourage you to not procrastinate and take the plunge. Try out some embossed stationery… you will LOVE it.
TRUTH I am a perfectionist. No joke, I will throw away post-it notes if my chicken scratch isn’t ‘perfect’ enough. Also, everything has to be matching. I can spend hours in West Elm making the perfect color palette. If something is one shade off, it is a no go. With this being said, the thought of embossing is NOT easy for the perfectionist. The perfectionist in me was thinking … “WHAT?! There is no way to ensure that EACH card does not come out the EXACT same?!”
After a few trials and errors, I finally realized that the imperfections are what make each of these cards endearing and personal. I decided that each group of cards I made would have the same theme, but intentionally made sure that no card had the same layout.
Not to jump ahead, but when you decide to place an order for embossed stationery, here are a few tips from the perfectionist in me:
With all of this being said, it is MY job to make stationery that YOU like. Therefore, you can order whatever you want, and I will make sure that it is up to my own standards – i.e. perfection.
So finally, here are a couple of my 1st orders. Credit to Paper Source for the paper, stamps, heat gun, ink, ribbon, and kind hospitality.
“Green with a Bird” This is a great example of a THIN design. The bird/twig design takes up space, but the design is still thin and it came out really well!
“Pink and Purple with Hearts” This order originally requested cats instead of hearts. I despise cats (so much that I will probably dedicate a whole entry explaining why cats are awful), and was extremely delighted that this order switched from cats to hearts. My co-worker that requested this order wrapped her Christmas presents with “Paper Bag” gift wrap so I thought that using “Paper Bag” card stock would be perfect.
Let me know if you want to order!
Also, give me your thoughts! TRUTH I like constructive criticism. . . for example my friend Alice, she told me I do not know how to use commas properly. Thank you, Alice, for proofreading this ahead of time and watching for commas. Perfectionists, do, not, like, comma, splices.
So in other words – don’t be shy!