I am delighted to present this post in partnership with Basic Invite, an online destination for most any paper wish you could dream of including bridal invitation suites, personalized thank you notes, graduation announcement cards, and my favorite of all: custom stationery.
One of the marks of a stylish person is a set of bespoke stationery; graciousness, through the art of a handwritten note, will never go out of style. Having signature stationery elevates your correspondence, especially when it conveys to the recipient your personality. Browsing through Basic Invite’s stationery options, there are so many beauties that catch my eye. For each of the styles I considered, after adding my personalization, I could see an instant preview of my design. I could further customize the fonts and apply an almost unlimited selection of colors — my idea of a fun time! Once designed, I was able to order samples of the actual stationery piece printed with my own text to hold in my hand and feel the paper quality before I would place my order, which is ideal. Traditionally, a stationery wardrobe is complete with these three elements.
A correspondence card is typically a horizontal, flat card (not folded) useful for short notes, informal invitations, or a note of thanks. It is improper to write on the back of a correspondence card, so if your note is much longer, that’s when a letter sheet would be appropriate. You may choose to customize with your full name, a monogram, a crest, or symbol that’s personal to you. For example, I have a set of correspondence cards with a honey bee because I keep bees in our backyard. I have been looking for just the right correspondence cards to print my full name and thought these were understated and classic, and love that they can also be made in raised or flat gold, silver or rose gold foil.
Calling cards were once used to announce guests visiting your home, or to leave your name when you came to call on someone. Unlike a business card printed with lots of information, calling cards may be more minimal and may have only a name engraved, and perhaps address. Today, a calling card could be printed with your name and your email address, and maybe a phone number, but the more minimal the better. The next time you make a new social acquaintance, imagine how chic it would be to pull a calling card from your bag rather than scrambling for a sheet of scrap paper to share your information for getting in touch! I am giddy about these totally unique, clear calling cards I customized that I can use for my blog.
For longer correspondence, use a letter or note sheet. This stationery is traditionally vertical and can range in size from petite to standard letter as a matter or personal preference. Your full name should be printed on a letter sheet along with your mailing address, or if your address is in the digital space, your address may be your website. I love the simple elegance of both of these options here and here.
Now that we’re in graduation season, a suite of stationery would make a wonderful gift whether your grad is heading on to higher education, or out into the world. And especially now with many graduation ceremonies being cancelled or modified, it is a wonderful idea to send out stamped and sealed graduation announcement cards to family and friends as a tangible way to recognize, share and celebrate this important milestone. Basic Invite has so many marvelous options, and again, they are highly customizable down to the envelope (there are over 40 colors of peel and seal envelopes to choose from!). Here are just a few of their great designs.
This post is a paid partnership with BasicInvite.com. All thoughts and opinions are my own.