From one desk to another. From monogrammed notecards to personal messages from Santa, straight from the North Pole!
Who says the handwritten note is a thing of the past? There is nothing more pleasing than sitting down to pen a short thank you note or a longer, thoughtful missive to a friend or sweetheart. Unless, of course, you're the one lucky enough to be the recipient!
The moments that stand out in our memories are worth more than diamonds, and we are moved to treasure them.
There's a lot to be said about the death of the written letter. While there's no doubt in my mind such communications are becoming less frequent (and why wouldn't they when email is now so widespread?), I believe there will always be a place for a physical note, a carefully composed missive to tell of glad tidings and momentous life events.
These things become keepsakes, a physical manifestation of memory, treasured for years after they've been received and are able to move you through the emotions once evoked. An announcement of the birth of a child. An invitation to a milestone birthday party of a loved one. Such events and memories are what sustain us; they connect us to the joy of the present and the past.
So while it might be considered going too far to have your utility cheques written out and despatched by a calligrapher, there's definitely a case for having the landmark events designed, finessed and calligraphed to make them that much more special!
Paper & Ink
The ritual of paper, ink, and envelopes — sealed and stamped — is a way to honour our friends and family.
When something outside of the everyday happens, it's natural to want to tell people about it. While text messages and emails are quick to spread information, they cannot express the joy of your news. A planned announcement will have much more impact.
Who doesn't love a party? With so many different milestones in life, there are tonnes of excuses to host a get-together for your nearest and dearest. From birthdays to bar-mitzvahs, christenings to anniversaries. These invitations set the tone for the celebrations to come.
Are you ready to do this?
Personal stationery, whether something special for your desk, an announcement, or an invitation for an event, is still a process that takes time and care.
It's worth reading my step-by-step guide to wedding stationery design, as we'll be going through the same process for your personal stationery (but with a less nuptial vibe).