As you may have guessed, we love stationery. We love what it represents: the care and thought and planning put into ordering invitations, the personal touch and time taken to write a thank you note, the joy of sharing and receiving letters and cards and photographs during the holiday season. Who doesn’t love getting real mail (not just bills and sale ads), or feel special when they receive a handwritten note or an actual invitation? We value stationery, and want others to appreciate it as well.
That said, we understand that, in the craziness of life, picking out stationery is seldom a priority and is often overwhelming. We also know that it is quite tempting to simply email, Facebook or Tweet someone an invitation, birthday wish or congratulations. In reality, sending a physical, professionally printed invitation for a “we should get together and do dinner… how does Tuesday work for you?” situation simply doesn’t work. For bigger life events like birthdays, graduations, weddings, births, planning is completely possible, and stationery fast becomes a must in commemorating that milestone.
Over the next week or so, we are going to look at some life situations and show how finding stationery, and coordinating it to your personality or taste or circumstance, really isn’t that hard. We hope you’ll stay with us for this, and that this little series is both helpful and enjoyable.
Congratulations! You’re expecting a little baby boy in the next few months, and your mind has turned toward all things baby: cribs, blankets, showers, birth announcements. With so many options, what do you choose? Let’s look at some of the possibilities. Perhaps you’ve registered at Babies ‘R’ Us for your nursery decor; they really do have some adorable sets. If you’re having a boy, you might have selected one of the sets below:
A nautical theme, a sports theme, a classic baby boy nursery, a trucks theme and a jungle theme (obviously our favorite, since we’ve chosen 1, 2, 3, 4 to display). Absolutely adorable, but what does that have to do with stationery? Nothing, if you want. Or everything, if you like. Let’s look.
If you chose a nautical nursery, we have two sets of nautical stationery to coordinate. Our Red Nautical set includes an invitation (perfect for baby showers), note cards (for thank you notes after the baby shower), stickers (which we can print with your address or simply the baby’s name), gift cards (perfect for sending to family with pictures), and a placemat (to keep your table somewhat clean as baby grows up, or to use as a door sign). If red is not your favorite color, but the nursery still has a nautical theme, consider our Light Blue Nautical line: stickers, return address labels, gift cards (which can be enclosed with shower invitations and contain registry information), invitations, and announcements (great for sending as birth announcements to friends and family). Or, if your baby boy is already here, you can use our Light Blue Nautical digital photo card as a birth announcement and picture for friends and family to enjoy and keep! Other options include our Red Prep Stripe note card and invitation, our Red Chevron stationery, our Navy Rope stationery, or our Anchor stationery.
For sports, our All Star line is an excellent choice, and our Trucks line continues the theme set by the Truck bedding above. For the Classic Boy Nursery, our Andrew Train, Blue or Brown Swiss Dot, Blue Prep Stripe, Navy Braid and Taylor Blue lines all tie in the masculine tone with classic shades of brown and blue.
Since the Jungle nursery is our favorite, we’ll show you how this all works with our Jungle stationery. You’ve chosen your favorite Jungle bedding (although we’re having a difficult time doing so–they’re all so cute), and your best friend/sister/neighbor/coworker has offered to host a baby shower for you. You can choose from several different jungle-themed invitations:
The best part about these invitations is that they can be used for more than baby shower invitations; they can be birth announcements, birthday party invitations, class trips to the zoo, flyers for camps with a jungle or safari theme, and so on. In this case, though, they make adorable baby shower invitations. For those into scrapbooks, imagine a set of these: baby shower invitation, thank you card, birth announcement, first birthday, and so on, all following the same theme. Which leads us to the next part of the Jungle set:
The Jungle Buddies announcement card, top left, is one way to announce the birth of your baby boy after he has arrived; another way is our Jungle Buddies photo card (right), with a photo of your precious addition digitally printed on the card (perfect for far-away family and friends unable to come and visit your newborn in person). Our Jungle Party note card can be used as thank you notes for the baby shower, or later on as stationery for your child. Lastly, our Jungle Party placemat carries the jungle theme into your newborn’s childhood (plus, our placemats are reversible, and the other side can have a completely different design).
Obviously, none of these cards are limited to showers for baby boys and their mothers; there are many more uses, occasions and ways to enjoy them. We love our products, and we want to show you how wonderfully easy they are to use, and how life events and your preferences–in this case, nursery decor for a baby on the way–can be a source of inspiration in choosing stationery. Come back next week for more!