Month: November 2014

Let it Shine: New Info About Foil

Attention Designers Who Love Shiny Stuff: We’ve discovered that our foils like some papers better than others. All of our standard foil options like the house stock, 120lb uncoated. They don’t love Savoy Cotton as much so we had to find another brand of foil to work with and we are carrying Gold, Silver and Copper right now. This series does not carry as many colors. If you want another fabulous color on cotton, please contact us about running a custom project for you.

We also have a very nice example of how to optimize your artwork for foil from one of our awesome customers, Paper & Honey.

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Guest Post by Sarah Schwartz: Signs Leading to Stationery Success

I’ve had the honor of covering the stationery market since the late 1990s — which means I’ve been around long enough to be able to differentiate the trajectory of an enduring designer or company — as well as those who tend to burn out and move on after a while. Quite often, triumphing in our tricky environment is simply a matter of adjusting your attitude and approach, so I’ve outlined four quick ways you can start writing your success story today.

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Nice Guys Finish First

It’s well known that ours is an industry distinguished by its warmth and supportive nature — so those who don’t share those traits quickly differentiate themselves, but not in a very positive way. As kind and open as our peeps tend to be, word does get around about those who don’t share those qualities. In my experience, they don’t tend to stick around very long.

Promote What You Preach

All of us sit at the same table and want the same thing — for the art of letter-writing, invitation-using and card-sending to endure. So the next time someone does something kind for you, step away from your email and mail an actual note. If we can’t continue this practice, how can we legitimately hope consumers will?

Keep Your Eye on the (Design) Prize.

What every designer has to offer the world is completely unique to them: their own personal vision. While macro design trends tend to be simultaneously reflected in the work of many lines, the most lasting perspectives make sure their output doesn’t look like that of anything else — and even better, can be instantly recognized as completely their own.

Take Your Time

Once you have experienced the sweet taste of success, it’s tempting to expand into more gifty product categories, e.g., mugs and T-shirts. While this may be lucrative in the short term, extending into several categories quickly can undercut the value of your brand and the quality of your product. You’ve had your whole life up until now to envision that greeting card or invitation line  — make sure your next release is equally well thought out.

Reigniting the creative flame

People like us have a deep need to create. But it’s not always easy to be brilliant on demand. Some days I feel pretty unoriginal so I have to shake things up. A great playlist might do the trick and a change of scenery almost always works. I was invited to attend a 3 day workshop in Palm Desert with some seriously creative peeps last week. My first instinct was to turn it down because I have too much to do and because there are no TVs at Miracle Manor (seriously, that’s where we stayed) and the World Series was gonna be playing. But then I decided this was probably the kick in the pants I needed so I went for it.

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I used crayons during all of our sessions, felt great to color again.

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Sunrise hike in the desert with my new homies.

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Had fun with photography on my morning hikes.

We spent 3 days problem solving around professional challenges while we colored with crayons. I have always found a lot of value in having a creative community with whom to bounce ideas around. And I always liked crayons so that’s  a win-win for me. I came back refreshed and ready to inspire and be inspired. I know we can’t always take off to faraway places but I bet taking an hour away from your computer to go for a walk or to a local musuem would be time well spent.