I know it is only September but it is definitely not too early to start thinking about this year's holiday card!
And as always, we try to do the legwork for you by providing the definitive word on What's Hot & What's Not in stationery. One of this year's hottest trends in holiday greeting cards is what we like to call
Black & White, Merry & Bright
We absolutely love this simple, clean look with a pop of holiday cheer! We are also loving that this year's cards have patterns on the back so if your recipients do choose to display them yours will stand out from the rest from the back, too!
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Despite all of today's high tech gadgets and ways to track and sync our busy schedules, college coeds still often prefer the old fashion day planner. Case in point: my daughter Isabelle who is always right on top of what is in and what is not spent hours on her one day home this summer searching for and then custom designing this year's day planner. She already knew many of the girls in her classes at USC would be sporting an Erin Condren planner this semester so she wanted hers to stand out from the rest.
This is a bit embarrassing to admit but it took us multiple hours to perfect her design. Izzy wanted her planner to coordinate with her new chevron bedding without being too matchy matchy. (It probably would have taken only 15 minutes from start to finish if she would have just been willing to order Erin Condren's fabulous zig zag planner, but no such luck.) Plus she wanted different, but coordinating designs on the front and on the back of the planner. A tad complicated but oh so cute!
This particular design was actually inspired by the scrapbook paper she used to decorate her under-bed storage drawers. Last year her dorm room
was all about everything sweet
and candied dreams
. This year she is going a bit more kids jungle safari
combined with the latest chevron patterns and even a bit of chalkboard chic
. I have to admit, the final product really is great especially since it has all sorts of organizing tools built right in. For me, it was definitely worth both the time and money spent on this planner especially if Isabelle actually uses it and actually gets herself to class on time with assignments in hand!
2011 Holiday Card Trends
It is not too late to order your 2011 Holiday Cards! There are so many holiday cards from which to choose , so where to begin? Well this year, Party Idea Pros finally got our act together enough to plan in advance for the holiday card season. We contacted some of our favorite merchants so we could actually touch and feel the cards ourselves. Yes, we admit it — we are ridiculously touchy feely types. Our trash cans are filled with not so cheap cards printed on flimsy paper with fuzzy photos and illegible print. On the other hand, our sample books are chock full of Tiny Prints and Wedding Paper Divas cards and invitations. We love their clear graphics and beautiful eco-friendly papers. We also like that Tiny Prints offers stylish products at three different price points and best of all, throughout December they are offering discounts and deals on many of their popular products. This year's Christmas and Hanukkah card trends include rounded corners, back designs, ornament cards, and gray, gold, and neutral colors. And of course, classic design and colors never go out of style.
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Party Idea Pros has put together the best of the best in moving cards and announcements. Yes, you should probably also send an email letter but truthfully with so much email clutter, it is bound to get lost or even more likely, deleted. Formal moving announcements can be filed away and easily accessed when needed.
What we looked for when choosing our featured moving announcements:
- Interesting design elements
- Vendor reliability and outstanding customer service.
So far we have only found two paper companies that fit our moving announcement standards: Minted and Tiny Prints
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