What’s New

White Ink on Colored Envelopes, yea baby!

We are pretty sure you are going to love this option as long as you know how to set up your files for print. For now we are only printing addresses on the front of the envelope, stay tuned for addressing + back flap – we are working on it!

For variable data with white ink:

1.    Create a multi-page, 7.25″ x 5.25″ document with each name and address on a single page for the A7 envelope.

2. Create a new swatch called SpotColor_White. This example is in InDesign.

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3. All artwork, including each name and address should be assigned SpotColor_White.

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NOTE: WE DO NOT PRINT BLEEDS ON ENVELOPES, MAKE SURE YOUR ARTWORK IS AT LEAST .25″ FROM ALL EDGES

4. Save the file as a high resolution, multi page pdf file.

5. Upload the file.

6. Proof your artwork (you can view as many pages as you’d like).

7. Complete your order.

Order your White Ink Variable Data Envelopes today!

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Do you need custom sizes in small quantities? We got you.

We know how designers like to create original everything so now we have an option for that. If you want a non-standard size in a flat, one-sided format in small quantities, our new DIY Sheet with Cutting is for you. DIY

Here’s how to set up files in Illustrator:

  1. Create a 12″ x 18″ document, either landscape or vertical.
  2. Add guides for the print area: 11.5″ x 17″
  3. Create artwork in desired sizes and fit into print area, place all pieces at 90 degree angles, we cannot cut odd angles.
  4. Make a square or rectangle in the size you want, select it, then go to Objects > Create Trim Marks.
  5. If you have color or images that bleed off the edge, expand them to go at least .125″ beyond the trim marks.

Tip: Leave at least a 3/4″ between pieces for best results.

Minimum: 25 sheets, $1.77 per sheet (if you have a wholesale account)DIY_after

DIY Sheets with Cutting is a great option for a set of odd sized cards, wedding place cards, custom sized postcards, disposable coasters and whatever else you creative types can come up with.

can’t. get. enough. shine.

RoseGoldYep, we added more foil options on StationeryHQ.com because we know you’re obsessed. And so are we. You can already order foil with digital printing through our website. Now you can order foil on A7, A2 and 4Bar size without digital printing on:

  • 130#/21pt Environment Wrought Iron Raw Cover
  • 130# Classic Crest Smooth Cover – Epic Black
  • 130# Classic Crest Smooth Cover – Patriot Blue

And since Rose Gold is a smokin’ hot trend, we added that too. It’s perfect for wedding invitations, save the dates, small art prints and party invites. Turnaround time is 5 business days, find pricing here and don’t forget to log in so you see wholesale prices!

Shout out to Brit Tucker for generously sharing her totally fabulous typographic genius with us – thank you!

Guest Post from a Kick Ass Designer

Hello, I’m Melinda Hartz McElroy, founder and creative director of billet-doux. I’ve been dreaming up couture stationery, invitations and wedding suites since 2005. I love telling personal stories through something tangible, tactile and visually stimulating. But, as I was realizing visions for couture clients, I started to wonder, “How do you stay relevant in the broader marketplace?”

So, I decided to do something completely radical – launch my first ready-to-order wedding collection. What a novel idea! Having previously only collaborated with clients on a custom project basis, I threw caution to the wind and designed suites for imaginary brides and grooms. I immersed myself in fresh and current wedding trends and created a comprehensive collection across a variety of style categories.

It’s easy to get caught up in each and every delightful trend happening in our industry right now, but I kept focused with my targeted list of on-trend must-haves. Mixed typography, handwritten fonts, hombre color effect, monograms, polka dots, lace, floral patterns, and rustic and rhinestone details are among them. But, what are my top obsessions these days? [queue music]

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1) All Things Whimsy

Whimsical elements will forever be at the tippy top of my list. At the core of who I am as a person and a designer, I love the element of surprise and the unexpected. The Brooklyn suite is a sharp detour from my typical design aesthetic; yet, it’s ironically my favorite of the collection. Brooklyn is modern yet whimsical, and perfect for the bride throwing an untraditional, offbeat wedding. [I heart that girl!]

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Brooklyn Wedding Suite – billet-doux Spring 2015 Bridal Collection
Printed by StationeryHQ 

2) Glam/Art Deco/Metallic

So, I squeezed three trends in one, but let’s face it – they all go together like peanut butter and jelly. Dare to kick up the glam by adding to something that’s already glamorous in its own right (that’s you, gorgeous bracket die-cut pocket enclosure!)? Selecting a rich metallic color palette and pairing it with mixed typography (another design mainstay) in simple colors creates an added layer of formality. But it’s the gorgeous glam rhinestone embellishment that transports guests of this Gatsby suite back to the Art Deco era.

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Gatsby Wedding Suite – billet-doux Spring 2015 Bridal Collection Printed by StationeryHQ

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3) Dreamy Paper

I find leveraging beautiful paper to be an uber refreshing design tactic. I mean, why reinvent the wheel with every card? Let thoughtful typography or custom monograms punctuate a suite, and rely on fine papers and gorgeous prints to take the lead in setting the tone. Together or on its own, printing on dreamy double thick paper can easily add a lot of impact and take your design to a whole other level. (Thank you, StationeryHQ!)

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Juliet Wedding Suite – billet-doux Spring 2015 Bridal Collection Printed by StationeryHQ on double thick card stock; Rifle Paper Co. floral bellyband

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Petal Wedding Suite – billet-doux Spring 2015 Bridal Collection Printed by StationeryHQ

Enjoy my portfolio and billet-doux’s complete 2015 Spring collection at www.couturestationery.com. Keep in touch on Facebook at www.facebook.com/billetdouxinvitations or at melinda@couturestationery.com.

melinda headhsotAbout Melinda McElroy

Melinda Hartz McElroy is founder and creative director of billet-doux. From fêtes to gratitude, billet-doux has been spicing up mailboxes with one-of-a-kind cards since 2005. Melinda is the former National Marketing Director of a multinational billion-dollar accounting and consulting firm. Melinda oversaw marketing and advertising campaigns for 42 offices across the United States.

By pairing clients’ individual style with billet-doux’s unique brand of creativity, Melinda dreams up pieces that even make wallflowers bloom. Whether creating something couture from scratch or selecting from readymade collections, all items are fully customizable without limitations. billet-doux’s service offerings include wedding suites, social and business stationery, party and corporate event invitations, event details, baby announcements and holiday cards.

GIFT TAGS – WOOHOO!

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You’ve been asking for these little goodies for awhile now and I’m so happy we are able to deliver! If they are as big of a hit on StationeryHQ.com as we hope, we’ll add more sizes and shapes after the holidays. Go here for pricing, don’t forget to register/login for wholesale pricing: Gift Tags

In the meantime, here is a graphic to help you set up your files.

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More items allowed for quantity ordering on our wholesale stationery site.

On StationeryHQ.com We posted about adding quantity ordering to personalized or customized gift products a while ago. The purpose of this blog is to update you on our progress.

The items in bold are now enabled for ordering up to 20  of the same design. We will enable up to 200 as soon as we solve the packing list issue.

  1. Lunch  boxes with and without wrap
  2. Journals (both 7.5 x 5.5 size and the 8 x 10 size)
  3. Folders
  4. Notebooks
  5. Notepads
  6. Placemats

The items we plan to do next are

  1. Mugs
  2. iPhone Cases
  3. Water Bottles
  4. Puzzles
  5. Trays
  6. Clipboards
  7. Chore Charts
  8. Wrapping paper (since we are coming out with sheets soon)
  9. Binders
  10. Growth Charts
  11. Canvas Gallery Wraps
  12. Cutting Boards

Please let us know if you have input on which order we do these. Have a great week.

 

You can now order Journals and Wedding Guest books in quantity on StationeryHQ

I am pleased to announce you can now order personalized journals in two sizes and in quantities up to 20 per design.

Also the price does come down a bit when you order in larger quantities.

You can check out our offering or order these below.

Personalized Journals

Personalized Wedding Guest Books

Once we have several orders in we will even be adding higher quantity options.

We would love you to post the quantity you might order either here, by email or on our facebook page.

Next week we will be adding quantity ordering on folders, notebooks, and placemats with more products released the week after.

 

Check out our sassy print work in Martha Stewart Weddings.

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A bold wedding suite set the tone for a beautiful occasion.

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Great use of our different products to go along with an amazing event.

Designer and super awesome client Katie Evans has had quite a year. First she tied the knot, then she had her wedding and designer fabulousness featured in MarthaStewartWeddings.com. Katie took advantage of our high quality digital printing and double thick paper to make a statement, along with bold, happy colors and truly inspired typography. She also took advantage of our stickers to put on cute treat bags and our large sized gift wrap to do a ginormous menu and photo backdrop. Great ideas to continue a theme and stay in budget!2014MSW_spring

You Design. We Deliver. An NSS Perspective from StationeryHQ.

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Having just returned from NSS in New York, I thought it appropriate to share my take on this year’s show. This was my fifth consecutive show and each year I’m thrilled to have a chance to see and meet so many of our existing customers. There’s nothing like putting a name with a face and hearing about customer experiences with our company. Yes, even the bad ones.

The show, like all shows (and orders for that matter) seemed to come in waves. From 10am to 11am we wondered if anyone would show up this year, and from 11am to 3pm we wondered how many people walked away without getting to speak with a representative. If that happened to you, we apologize and hope you had a chance to come back when we weren’t slammed.

As always, I love the “Best in Show” display. My favorite new product was a beautiful hand-sewn leather journal. The incredible craftsmanship and attention to detail was amazing. In general, besides the always fantastic lines of greeting cards, the popular items seemed to be unique journals and wrapping paper. The unfinished look of bound journals was very prevalent and wrapping paper was everywhere. Letterpress remains very strong and the foil trend continues with a vertical trajectory that we rarely see in the industry.

Overall, the crowd was good, the booths looked great, and everyone seemed to be upbeat about the marketplace. From my perspective, I’m glad we were there, and I am eager to help make existing and new stationer’s dreams come true.

Scott Feldman, SHQ Sales Manager

 

automated quantity orders on gift products is coming……

Are you tired of duplicating single orders to fulfill a large quantity job? We  heard that you need quantity on our gift/home office/school supplies products. Cuz you told us. Repeatedly. Great news, Squeaky Wheels, our super sonic dev team has solved this issue and we have released lunch boxes in quantity.  Now you can order up to 20 of the same design.

First the bad news, your packing slip will have 20 line items on it (we will solve this eventually, however this is critical to make sure we ship you all 20 for now).

We plan to release as follows and expect to have all products available in multiple quantities (some will have large volume discounts) by July something…

Journals
Folders
Notebooks
Notepads
Placemats
iPhone Cases
Growth Charts
Clipboards
Canvases
Cutting Boards
Puzzles
Mugs
Water Bottles
Binders
Trays
Chore Charts
Wrapping Paper

Let us know if you want to order 1,000 of something and we’ll move it to the top of the list 😉