Graduation Announcements, Party Invitations, Graduation Thank You Notes and More!

Got spring fever? While some may want to avoid the pollen and just stay inside, there’s a lot going on this time of year that you won’t want to miss. Summer plans have begun, but the school year isn’t over yet (unfortunately for those plagued by senior-itis, myself included). The only way to stay energized in this hectic time is to look forward to all the exciting things to come.

Planning a graduation party can be a lot of fun, and the party itself is typically a great experience. For my high school graduation, all of the guests filled out slips of paper with their guesses where I would be in ten years. Embarrassing, but fun, and I still cherish these little notations today.

Preparing graduation announcements can be fun too!  At Letterbox Press, it’s our second busiest time of year (next to Christmas!), and we have a lot of new 2012 designs to choose from (and some returning favorites from 2011).  Check out these savvy styles…

 

Letterbox Press can customize school colors and design ideas at no additional cost. Plus, combining the announcement and invitation on one card is a great cost-saver.  Check out more styles on our website. And don’t forget to order personalized thank you notes in your school colors – a great gift idea for graduates!

Just remember LBP’s deadline for graduation materials is April 27th!!! Spring is a great time to be an early bird…

Congratulations to all the hard working 2012 grads out there!


A Jolly Holiday Season at Letterbox Press!

 

My personal favorite this year was this card of my own babies…all grown up! Many thanks to         Claire Elise Photography for this beautiful photo…

The 2011 holiday season proved to be a fun one for us! At Letterbox Press, we served up lots of Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s, and holiday photo cards  in a variety of  styles. As always, we were happy to work with you to create a style that showed off your family’s holiday spirit in an easy, festive way. Thank you for your emailing us your family photos so that we could design the perfect holiday card for you!

Customers also enjoyed matching holiday address labels in round or rectangle sizes.Time saving labels can be cute and festive too! 🙂

We offered holiday gift tags, stickers and wine labels for personalized gifts for friends and family. These were personalized so the message is just right, with your favorite wine, recommendations for wine pairings, your favorite season’s greetings, etc… One customer purchased cases of wine and sent a bottle home with each guest as a special gift of Christmas cheer and friendship.

The images below are examples of stickers or gift tags with coordinating ribbon that we sold, and these were used for all varieties of gifts…

Creating custom party invitations for holiday parties this year was a lot of fun.  Some had a specific party theme in mind (like the Christmas board game party that my family recently had, or a white elephant gift exchange, and another that combined a 50th Birthday and Christmas party in one). We were happy to design all our custom invites for free, which is our standard.

As always, digital proofs were emailed in 24 hours for approval at no extra charge –  we realize the time crunch during the holidays!

       

Click here for a final peek at our holiday selection so that you can keep us in mind for next year. Thank you for your business this past season, and we hope you had a healthful, happy, and stress-free holiday!

Happy 2012 from Letterbox Press!


Cozying Up to the Holiday Season

One of the best things about this time of year is finding an excuse to stay inside. I love rediscovering all those warm corners and long-forgotten spaces in my home, the special places for snuggling under warm blankets and drinking hot cocoa. The beginning of winter represents a shift in thinking about interior spaces, as heart-to-hearts by the fireside suddenly become immensely appealing. And what better way to prepare your house for family, friends, and holiday parties than with a new take on decorating?

I really admire interiors that blend styles seamlessly together in this transition between seasons. With a little tweaking, many of your favorite fall decor ideas can still apply in winter, as the scene becomes a bit more festive and more elegant. Fall and winter is the perfect time of year to experiment with a minimalist look that’s not cold, but luxurious.

Desire to Inspire is one of my favorite blogs on interior decorating. Beautiful and artistic – you can almost feel the creative energy each room inspires! Every room tells a different story.

CocoKelly, always a great source for thinking creatively about decorating, had the great idea of pinning leaves to the walls as a form of beautiful wall decor (more like wall art, really).

I personally cannot wait for Thanksgiving break. I’ve spent far too much time this Fall rushing from place to place, appreciating the cool weather in short bursts of activity. I’m looking forward to focusing on relaxing, catching up on reading, and using my favorite cozy places as a great place to experiment and learn something new and fun. One of my family traditions around this year is to make a Christmas craft. If you’ve had enough of the same old hand turkeys, why not try these gorgeous autumnal felt flower wreaths? And they’re even easy enough for the not-so-artistically-inclined, like me…

On Pinterest, I stumbled upon a link to these super easy, tasteful garlands – perfect to spice up a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner table.

And of course, you’ll want a warm dessert to entertain your guests at your craft party or tree trimming date.  This hot cocoa cake looks delicious beyond belief.

At Letterbox Press, we have fun holiday invitations available to get ready for Christmas & New Years holiday parties. We also offer festive address labels, gift tags, and stickers. I love this design for a holiday party – very mod and chic! Check our link for more samples of fun holiday invitations…

Happy holidays from Letterbox! Enjoy!


“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” – The Great Gatsby

Let’s face it: fall can be hectic. The lazy days of summer have passed. The holidays are just around the corner (okay, maybe a block or two away, but definitely in sight!). But by now, we’re ready for some excitement – like that spicy burning smell in the air that puts a skip in your evening stroll, these early weeks of fall are easily some of the most exciting days of the year. Goodbye to sunburns and sweat! The weather is tantalizing us with indecision and wreaking havoc on our wardrobes, alternating between hot, sunny days and crisp, bright snaps of fall chill in the evening.

Luckily, soon enough the weather will settle down with the entrance of October’s cool golden charm and the outdoors will be decorated with some of the most beautiful colors of the year. It might be hard for the interior world to measure up to that , but it’s always fun to try to bring some of that beauty inside your home as well.


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SnippetandInk autumn-themed board)

First step: get inspired by this beautiful fall photoshoot from NK Photography!

Then, the Hickory Furniture Blog posts some great fall decorating ideas about bringing those warm, inviting tones into your home with delicate, balanced color schemes.

Planning a fall get together? Even if you’re not quite ready for Halloween, there’s nothing wrong with celebrating the harvest and preparing to welcome in some of the warmer elements of fall to your book club, bunco group, etc. Party World has some fun decorating ideas including paper lanterns and leaf cut-outs!

Something as simple as placemats and candles can add a soothing autumnal vibe to any basic room. On Savvy Seasons, Liz has a new video showing how to make fall candle holders with beans with her adorable daughter.

Autumn also ushers in a whole new array of golden, rich flavors and spicy treats. When I think of fall foods, I think of butternut squash, pumpkins, red apples, and sweet potatoes. And this recipe for sweet potato gnocchi with ghouda cheese sauce fits right in with my tastes…

While Starbucks’s pumpkin lattes are my go-to fall treat, as September is National Honey Month, I’m thinking of  experimenting with adding honey to some of my favorite fall recipes instead of sugar. There are many health benefits to this as well as the addition of a unique, delicious flavor. And it’s so soothing when getting over those back-to-school colds. Honey works especially well in hot chai teas (latte or not), added to honey and lavender french toast, or even in savory dishes.

Although some of the busiest months of the year are coming up, make sure to spend some time sipping on hot cider and relaxing with a blanket and a good book, appreciating the whisper of a fall breeze hesitantly knocking on your windows. Don’t forget that Letterbox Press still has a CONTEST up and running – simply Like our Facebook page your name will be entered in a contest for 60 Free Holiday Photo Cards! Drawing will be held October 15!

We’re also running a SPECIAL on personalized stickers for birthday gifts, lunch sacks, note books (basically anything a mom of young kids would want to label) and the price is 2 for 1 (2 dozen for $6 – such a deal!). 

Happy Fall!


Feature – Claire Elise Photography

In our last blog post, we talked about ideas to help with back to school organzation. For those of you with rising 12th graders, you’re also beginning to think about senior portraits. If you’re in the Atlanta area, we’d like to recommend our talented friend Claire Elise Mandrycky.

Claire is an experienced photographer who recently graduated from Georgia State. Her photographs are quietly stunning, each embodying a sense of rustic peace and southern elegance. Luckily for stylish-minded moms (and students!), Claire will be offering senior portrait photography for high school graduates. Here’s the best thing about Claire…she’s not only a great photographer who truly knows what she’s doing, she’s also close in age to our graduating seniors. She remembers the feeling of being a 12th grader in front of a camera lens, so she relates easily to our kids and in turn they feel so comfortable with her.

Maybe you can guess that my business partner and I each have rising 12th graders and we’ve hired Claire to do their photos (the blonde cutie below is Denise’s son). Claire was kind enough to offer our Letterbox Press friends a terrific deal…her sitting fee is $100, but if you mention Letterbox Press, you’ll receive $25 off!

Claire’s offer includes a 1 hour photo session at location of your choosing, CD of 15 proofs to choose from, an 8″x12″ photo print (of artist’s choice), and a portrait planning consultation; pricing will include retouching and artistic enhancements as needed.

Make sure you take advantage of this offer before it expires on October 1!

Here are some examples of Claire Elise’s senior portraits. You can also see more of her portfolios at her website, claireelise.net, which shows the wide variety of her talent.

Most of all, don’t forget that summer is the best time to take photos while graduates are still glowing from their summer tans. 😉

PS – Hats off to all our mom-friends who have seniors going off to college this year! Especially if it’s your baby (ours are!!), we wish you the best!


Unleashing Your Inner Organizer

I have a confession to make: without my to-do lists, I would be utterly lost.

I have never been one of “the organized ones”. My desk is always filled with clutter. My bedroom is perpetually messy — ok I confess, I don’t make my bed every day! But I’m very organized about the way I spend my time. I generally plan every aspect of my day, from when I do laundry, go to the gym, plan family dinner, and most importantly take a much needed break to watch Drop Dead Diva (a guilty pleasure – and all of season one is on Netflix!).

Yet now, in the middle of July, the lazy summer attitude has begun to crush my productivity, which is sure to be a problem when fall comes and the back-to-school craze hits my household at full force. I need to seriously think about that nagging little word, ‘order’.

A great place to start is always gathering lovely materials that make me want to burst with organization. Writing everything down helps me plan my “to do’s” (plus I LOVE drawing a big fat line through each finished task). Carolina Pad offers tons of school, office, and arts and craft products that are really great for career gals or full time moms who love to see their lists on cool paper products.

In an attempt to offer helpful products on my website, we’ve added calendars, notepads, and organizers that we designed ourselves based on how we plan our days. We hope you too will love our Organize Me notepads that can be customized for any tasks you might want to list:

If you want to keep your time organized, a calendar is essential to remember short and long term commitments. Make sure you pick one that suits your personality and style so you can keep up the motivation to use it.

You can get this calendar with your chosen color and text over at our website.

Also check out our notepads, bag tags, and stickers. Even if you manage to stay organized, there’s no guarantee that your kids will. This is our fun way to make the process a lot easier!

Now you need a little coaching and inspiration?  One of my all-time favorite blogs is Organizing Junkie. Laura proudly calls herself an “organizing addict”, and on her blog she provides useful tips for storage, menu planning, and scheduling. Make sure you subscribe to the blog so you can stay in the know about all of her awesome give-a-ways for a chance to win cute calendars and storage materials!

If you’re so overwhelmed by your own disorganization that you don’t even know where to start with all of this information, the Get Organized Wizard is probably the best way for extreme results fast. This helps you plan your whole day so that it’s virtually impossible to ignore the things you have to do. This claims to help you reach long-term goals through a step-by-step system that will lead you to a “life makeover”.  If anybody has given it a try, we would love to hear about the results!

Last but not least, Kim Cossette is a professional organizer in Atlanta we met at a local networking meeting. She does a wonderful job of organizing lives, even her website is perfectly organized in such a cute way! If you’re from a different area, you can subscribe to her monthly newsletter and get a free e-book!

Hopefully, you found something in this post that will help you get excited about de-cluttering your life. Organization is all about doing things one step at a time without getting overwhelmed. Try to take a deep breath and relax so that you can spend more time doing things you want to do and less time stressing about all the things you HAVE to do.  Happy organizing!


How to Host the HOTTEST Summer Party!

There’s something about early summer that just aches for celebration. It’s time to relax by the pool, hang out with old friends, and sip pink lemonade on your porch or on the beach. And if you (like me) are on a budget this summer, and you can’t vacation nearly as you would like, a great way to bring the vacation home is to host a summer party. Buy a new towel, maybe a colorful floaty or two, and make a splash!

Beach themed pool parties are simple to throw and always a lot of fun. It’s a great excuse to make refreshing, summery drinks. One of my favorites is the “Cranberry Fizz”,which is mix of cranberry juice and lemonade…or with cranberry liqueur (instead of juice) and a dash of white rum if you so choose. Delicious!

Summer parties are perfect for kids because this time of year offers so many opportunities outside where they’ll have fun without making a huge mess. A great idea we saw was a party at an Environmental Center, which is a simple way to get kids excited about learning in a fun and active way:

Also, it’s hard to believe, but 4th of July is just around the corner! Luckily, that means there’s another opportunity to get creative with patriotic festivities. One of my favorite blogs for party planning of all varieties is Celebrations at Home.  There’s even a recent post featuring an “All American” Backyard Picnic! The photos of the ice cream cookie dessert table are mouth-watering. All together, the end result is an adorable aesthetic look that evokes nostalgic memories of relaxed, all-American fun.

 

I love the glass bottles and red, white, and blue pinwheels. Simple details and vintage style really make a party memorable and unique.

Decorating can be super easy, especially for 4th of July when there’s a color scheme to follow! A bright tablecloth is a good place to start. Next, Bella Grace Party Designs provides some adorable 4th of July free printables that are perfect for stickers on jars of jam (or cupcakes-in-a-jar!), gift tags, or can even be used for scrap booking purposes later. Cute and easy.

Of course, the invitation is also important as the first step of party planning! Everyone loves getting invitations, and you’ll want to be sure that the invitation suits your party’s style. We’ve been busy working on lots of new invitations that make us really excited to throw the perfect summer party.

Check out letterbox.com for more! We also have a special on bag tags, which are fun to use as goody bags/party favors so guests can attach them to their summer beach bags and travel gear.

Let us know below how you celebrate your summer….we’d love to see your photos!