Latest trends in fine stationery, custom invitations and announcements from the Stationers Guild

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Planning a wedding ceremony can certainly be a demanding event and expensive celebration. Along with constrained budgets, many bridal couples try and save money to help keep the wedding function from spinning out of hand by creating their own wedding invitations.

Build it yourself wedding invitations appear to as being an essential choice for those wedding couples keen on creating their particular announcements in addition to wedding papers. As we’ve indicated on numerous occasions, a well designed save the date invitation and wedding invitation is an efficient way to help you arrange your wedding day and prevent avoidable confusion and cost.

Probably the most well-liked paper resource within the stationery market is Envelopments. Famous because of their pocket folders, Envelopments has developed into a dependable source for creative designers of custom made wedding invitations and save the date cards.

With a seemingly endless selection of paper styles, color merger and coordinating envelopes, stationery designers can generally locate the “right” papers to make attractive wedding invitations.

Fairly recently, Envelopments has opened up its sizable collection of papers for the public to purchase online. Although many may find this good, the brand new Envelopments website is difficult to browse through and a newcomer will likely be overwhelmed by the paper alternatives and design possibilities. I predict that Envelopments are going to be making modifications to their website to ensure it is more easy to navigate, but it’s certainly a good initial-step for all those interested in Do-it-yourself wedding invitations.

For all those visiting the Envelopments website the very first time, I would suggest simply clicking on the Inspirations button to research the creative possibilities. While some of the design solutions or colors might not be right for you, you’ll have a a lot better concept of what you might prefer to make your own wedding invitations. Luckily, each “Inspiration” invitation collection has a precise list of the needed papers.

For those who would like to investigate more, take a look at Products and Colors for further inspiration. I imagine that most people will be weighed down with the choices. If this is the case, make contact with one of Envelopments expert dealers in your area to complete your order.

Richard May, an owner of Therese Saint Clair, talks quite often about stationery movements and online wedding invitations.

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

For some reason, this has been a particularly frustrating year for amateur photographers trying to print digital cards.  With so many powerful “smart phones” available and tens of thousands of great images being exchanged everyday over the internet, one would have thought that it is easy to produce an attractive family photo for your holiday card.  Sad to report, this year has been more frustrating than most for those think that the new technology is better than ever.

Found below are some of the major reasons why the “perfect” photograph still eludes most amateur photographers:

  1. It’s not the fault of the camera:   Most digital cameras and “smart phones” take excellent pictures.  You don’t need 16 megapixels (“MP”) to produce great photographs – 3 MP is more than sufficient.
  2. Transmission is the major problem:   When you transmit photographs from your smart phone or your computer over the Internet, your email program or the server that hosts your email service will generally compress or modify image files to save band width.  This has the effect to converting a high resolution image (lots of pixels per inch)  into a low resolution image (72 pixels per inch) which is generally  impossible to edit or reproduce properly.    Good quality prints require a print resolution of 300 pixels per inch rather than the 72 pixels of internet fodder.  That is a big difference.
  3. Improper cropping:  Most amateur photographers think that they can help the process along by cropping the photograph before it is printed.  Most can’t do it properly because the aspect ratio of digital printing is different from a conventional 35mm photo.   In other words, cropped photographs are difficult and in some cases impossible to work with.
  4. Digital vs Conventional Printing:  Digital photographs reproduced at a commercial printer are better than 99% of digital prints reproduced directly on paper stock.  If you care about image quality and reproduction (still only $0.19 per photograph), forget about online digital cards.  Online print quality and papers are simply inferior to photographic papers  in the vast majority of the cases.

Unless you use Photoshop regularly, you are likely to become quite frustrated “editing” your photograph and most likely will be unhappy with the outcome.  Nevertheless, if you want to give it a go, start early.  For those that want to save time, money and frustration, mount commercially developed photos on photo-mount holiday cards.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Check out William Arthur’s great selection of holiday photo cards now. William Arthur has been selling distinctive papers, custom made invitations and personalized stationery for discerning clients of fine paper products for greater than 60 years. No matter if you plan to use digital images or photo-mount your holiday photo , William Arthur has a great assortment of photo greeting card options for you to consider.

Act now and buy your custom made online Christmas cards or photo-mount Holiday photo cards. The standard of their papers is unparalleled in the printing industry and during the past several years, William Arthur has spent a great deal to improve their already excellent printing functionality.

With the plethora of printing choices now accessible to the public, it is tricky to figure out which organization provides the best quality holiday photo card for the budget. Sadly, many digitally produced photo cards seem like commercially made flyers and also the paper standard can be of poor quality. The good news is, William Arthur provides customers using a variety of printing solutions for both high quality digital prints and photo-mount Christmas photo greeting cards. Settle on the desired printing option that works the best for you.

William Arthur is one of the leading printers and designers of top quality holiday and Christmas photo greeting cards. The thing that makes William Arthur exceptional are their gorgeous papers, bold design photo frames and exceptional printing facilities. Based in Kennebunk,, Maine, William Arthur is still producing high grade stationery, custom wedding invitations and personalized Christmas cards for a long time.

Sheila May owns Therese Saint Clair and blogs frequently about wedding invitation trends and personalized stationery.

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

The christmas season in New York City is truly a unique season. It appears as if almost every street corner is full of lights, dazzling colors and the fragrance of chestnuts cooking on wood fires. A touch of snow, definitely helps the feel, but the holiday season is a distinctive time in The Big Apple.

One of several creative designers of superior quality holiday greeting cards has designed a series of christmas cards that reflects the flavor of Christmas in the big apple.

These particular holiday greeting cards are normally used by New York-based firms to market their company, but New Yorkers will frequently use the cards to celebrate the beauty of their great town.

While a few of these Christmas greeting cards highlight retouched images of photos, others use celebrated works of American artists. Whether or not it’s Rockefeller Center, Central Park or one of many touching winter moments in the City, you can be assured to discover a card that will fit your “New York state of mind.”

Regardless what you’ve planned this season to stay in touch with clientele or close friends, please consider this impressive collection of NYC Christmas cards.

Sheila May is one of the founding members of the Stationers Guild and shares knowledge regularly about Christmas cards and holiday photo cards.

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

With the holiday season coming, now is the time to get your Christmas greeting cards or holiday photo cards. It truly is an occasion to reach out and communicate family updates with faraway friends and loved ones. Each year, we mail out a Christmas card together with a short note describing some of the more important incidents during the past year.

Plenty of families prefer to use Christmas photo cards. The dilemma is to get you and your family – and possibly your adorable puppy – to pose for the larger-than-life family shoot. Consider a reliable photographer, however in most instances you will get the perfect family photo with a bit of perseverance.

At Therese Saint Clair in downtown Greenwich, you can find a great selection of greeting cards and Christmas photo cards. Customize your holiday card with your own personal unique greeting. For individuals who feel safe buying online, try Crane & Co. for classic Christmas cards and D’Arconte for modern engraved holiday cards. For those on a budget we recommend Birchcraft photo cards and Printswell which are offered by the Stationers Guild.

Sheila P. May
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Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Just what better approach to stay connected with out of the way close friends then to send out a holiday photo card. People think that a “picture may be worth a thousand words,” but a personalized greeting card or possibly a simple family bulletin is really a fantastic solution to let friends know that they’ve played a significant role in your lives and you would like to keep in touch.

With so many choices to buy holiday photo cards online, it is tough to know which way to turn. One easy rule-of-thumb is to select photo greeting cards only from merchants that market their cards through neighborhood retailers. It is the best way an experienced consumer can guarantee themselves of the paper quality and print resolution. Don’t be misled by unrealistic internet claims. One well-established company offering exceptional savings this season is Printswell. Printswell is a a printer and order fulfillment business that prints Christmas cards in excess of 10 well-known creators including Stacy Claire Boyd, Roseanne Beck and Putnam House.

What better way to trigger the Christmas season than enjoying this outstanding offer by Printswell.

Richard W. May is a founding member of the Stationers Guild and writes often regarding the importance of buying holiday cards from local stationery stores.

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

This winter holiday – full of much economic and political problems – feels like a bizarre time for you to start thinking about sending holiday cards, however some individuals and businesses are now looking for Christmas greeting cards that impart high hopes along with opportunities for the new year.

One holiday card designer that is still a fashionable option for individuals seeking a cutting edge design and style and outstanding artistry is Bob D’Arconte. Together with his trendy yet timeless engraved styles, D’Arconte continues to be a popular choice for people that increased value exceptional craftsmanship for their engraved Christmas card. D’Arconte has many creations that captivate businesses. If you’re looking for a incomparable Christmas card this season, D’Arconte is a superb solution.

One of the leading craftsmen of engraved invitations and business holiday cards is Bob D’Arconte. From his printing studio in Brooklyn, New York City, Mr. D’Arconte has been designing unique holiday cards for more than 30 years. His unmistakable designs will frequently consist of an imprinted frame with superb engraved Christmas or winter elements inside the embossed frame. His virtuosity is unmatched in the industry, especially his burnished metallic ink finishes.

Richard May owns Therese Saint Clair and publishes articles quite often about personalized stationery trends and custom holiday photo cards designs.

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Long renowned for their impressive Festive card designs and styles and outstanding engraving, Crane & Co. recently released their 2012 Holiday Card Collection. These stunning Christmas cards confirm that Crane has not lost a beat in creating some of the most gorgeous engraved Christmas cards both for company and family private greetings.

From its timeless engraved Christmas tree to its beautiful leaping gold stag, Crane’s artists create some of the most beautiful holiday greeting cards in the marketplace. Quite a few customers make a habit of giving Crane holiday cards and also have religiously been doing so for a number of years. Shouldn’t you consider making this holiday season distinctive by mailing a “tiny piece of art” to your friends, family or business acquaintances?

Located in Dalton, Massachusetts, Crane has been producing high-quality stationery and customized invitations for more than 200 years. As one of the most well-known private firms in the United States, Crane is renowned for its 100% cotton paper, exceptional designs and delightful engraving. A “green” firm way before the environment became a trendy topic, Crane utilizes a mix of re-cycled cotton scraps from textile mills, cotton and cuttings from its own plants to make its papers.

Sheila May is the owner of Therese Saint Clair and publishes articles quite often about wedding invitation trends and custom photo cards.

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

The Christmas season in NYC is truly a wonderful season. It seems that almost every street corner is loaded with lights, spectacular colors as well as the aroma of chestnuts cooking on charcoal fires. A little bit of snow, definitely helps the atmosphere, even so the holiday season is a unique period in The Big Apple.

One of the main creative designers of top quality holiday greeting cards has created quite a few christmas cards that catches the flavor of the holiday season in the big apple.

These great holiday Christmas cards are generally made use of by New York-based businesses to promote their company, but New Yorkers will regularly use the cards to commemorate the beauty of their wonderful metropolis.

Although some of these Christmas greeting cards offer retouched images of photos, others use celebrated works of American painters. Whether it is Rockefeller Center, Central Park or one of many moving winter moments in the City, you can be sure to find a card that will fit your “New York state of mind.”

Regardless of what you’ve planned this year to remain in touch with clients or close friends, please consider this exciting array of NYC Christmas cards.

Sheila May is among the founding members of the Stationers Guild and blogs frequently about Christmas cards and holiday photo cards.

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

At this particular time of year – with Thanksgiving along with the Christmas holidays approaching – most people start to think about family and friends. It has become a bit of a tradition to mail Christmas cards to keep in touch with distant family and friends. Facebook and Twitter just do not have exactly the same degree of closeness or relevance for most people.

A large number of holiday greeting card firms offer up early-season promotions well into October if you pick your custom-made holiday cards ahead of time. With countless alternatives available on the internet, selecting the applicable card might seem too much to handle. As stationers, it is recommended that you shop at local stores to sample the papers and rejoice at the design and printing options of these little artwork.

If you determine to purchase your holiday cards on the internet, it is usually best to work with a dependable organization who promote their Holiday greeting cards through licensed dealers as well as their corporate website. While shopping with a seasoned dealer is always the most preferred alternative, you are unlikely to be duped with the well-known companies featured on this website.

While there are numerous potential distractions around the winter holiday, try and create some time to get up to date with close friends with a well-designed custom made holiday card. Telling your family news is an excellent way to ring in the New Year.

Richard May is one of the founding members of the Stationers Guild and blogs often about wedding invitations and holiday photo cards.

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