Custom Stationery at The Paperie
There is something simply wonderful about seeing a letter or invitation in your mailbox. Your heart may even skip a beat. “Who’s having a party?” “Who’s getting married?” “Someone took the time to write ME a card?” Physical invitations and letters are tactile and include detail — the weight and feel of the paper or card stock, the ink process, whether it’s been letterpressed, engraved, or embossed — that is often missed in an email or evite. It’s a personal statement and it sets the tone of the party and/or the character of the sender.
In an age of digital media and instant gratification, the custom stationery and greeting card industry is thriving. While the relatively new email invite, or evite, phenomenon serves its purpose (no stamps are necessary, no addressing or running to the post office to mail is needed, and they are instantly received among other benefits), personalized, hard copy printed invitations and stationery sent through snail mail continue to grow in popularity. Despite what you may expect in the modern age, “ready communication” has not been able to edge out the appeal of a hand printed invitation, and a whole new generation has begun to discover the beauty of the greeting card.
Details on a letterpress invitation by The Paperie at Collage Home.
While moving last year, I ran across several shoe boxes full of handwritten notes, letters from college friends, wedding invitations and party invitations of all kinds. Had those been sent to me via email, evite or even over text, I would not still have them and more importantly I wouldn’t have had that sentimental reminder of the past. Perhaps it’s that the paper used for stationery is heavier and of higher quality than the paper we tend to see in our day to day lives, the beauty of a letterpressed design, or just the personal nature of a hand-written note that lends it a special quality that can’t be captured by any other medium.
As you may have heard, The Paperie was opened within Collage Home last October. At The Paperie, you can find that special greeting card for that special person, beautiful cocktail napkins, boxed stationery and notes, fun and whimsical note pads as well as personalized paper products. We offer custom orders of personalized stationery, note pads, address stamps, cocktail napkins, hand towels, gift enclosures, and even personalized koozies, cups and bridge sets! (These usually take about two weeks to receive, so plan ahead for that special personalized gift for that person who is hard to buy for.)
Custom printing options.
We also offer in-house printing for invitations of all kinds. This is one of my favorite services because we get to help make a client’s event memorable. Remember, our lines are expanding and new blank stock is arriving weekly. Most in house orders can be turned around within a week! It’s exciting to see a younger generation embracing custom paper goods and continuing the tradition of the hand-written note or personalized invitation.
Being in this business of paper and printing for so long, I have seen the price of greeting cards go from $1.50 to $5.50 a piece, and that is not without a significant jump in quality. The heavy stocks and the embellishments are so beautiful — hand letterpress and gold foiling surely makes a birthday card a mini piece of art. Frame it and the card is a gift in itself!
Gold foil printing on a letterpressed Save the Date card.
I have also had the pleasure of working with the same customers (who have become friends) over and over again for years and I’m so excited to continue the tradition at The Paperie. My first order with a customer may be an invitation for a baby shower hosted by family friends, and then the couple orders personalized thank you notes. Next, the expectant couple comes in for birth announcements, photo Christmas cards, Baby’s First Birthday, and many more parties down the line.
Confirmations, first communions, and graduation announcements later, baby is all grown up and we are printing invitations for engagement parties, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and weddings for a new generation… and of course it’s full circle when baby has a baby and becomes a mother.
And that, my friends, is the life of a neighborhood stationery store. Stop by and get to know The Paperie at Collage Home and discover how we can make each of your events memorable with personalized stationery and gifts!