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PSA Essentials Frances Design

Libby O here with PSA Essentials! I am thrilled to be back guest blogging for Expressionery! Have you heard about their exciting stamp sale today, 12/4 and tomorrow, 12/5? All personalized address stamps are 40% OFF!*

Personalized stamps are a great way to dress up your correspondence, invitations, bills, and all of your mail. No more writing your address over and over again or icky stickers. PSA Essentials has great designs to choose from. One of my favorites is the “Frances” Design.

Did you know that PSA Essentials personalized stamps have interchangeable middles? Peel away the center design and swap it out for a Christmas tree to send for your Christmas cards! In February, swap it out for a heart for Valentines Day. Use a cupcake for a birthday invitation. There’s a middle for EVERY occasion.

Interchangeable middles

Switching up your middle is easy, just watch this video here to see how. PSA Essentials Peel & Stick Stamps: How To Use

The interchangeable Peel & Stick stamp packs also work alone with your PSA Stamper (or an acrylic block.) Create scrapbook layouts, cards, gift tags, wrapping paper, and so much more. PSA Essentials also has licenses with Hello Kitty, Peanuts and U.B.U.

Hello Kitty Christmas stamps

That’s a cute reindeer

Snoopy Christmas Cards

Snoopy + Little ones = Cute Christmas

Whimsey Trees Christmas Card

Adorable

I love the versatility of our PSA Essentials stamps and finding new ways to use them beyond my correspondence, I hope you will, too! Now that you can see all that PSA Essentials can do, head on over to Expressionery to check out their sale on PSA Essentials stamps!

Please note the fine print on the sale! **TWO DAY SALE: Receive 40% off all custom address stamps with offer code “STAMP40.” Offer includes both Expressionery and PSA address stamps. Limited time offer valid through December 5, 2013 at 11:55 PM CST. This offer may not be combined with any other offer or discount, and shipping fees and sales tax are separate. To prevent abuse, prices, specifications, and availability subject to change without notice from Expressionery.com.

4 reasons stationery will never go out of style

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In today’s digital world, where all communication seems to happen by email, texting and telephone conversations, there doesn’t seem to be a place for stationery. But high-quality stationery is still in demand and very much welcomed by people. Here are four reasons why:

  1. The sense of care
  2. The use of stationery speaks to a greater amount of care and thoughtfulness than a simple email, which can be fired off quickly. With stationery, you’re deliberately choosing the style and considering both your own tastes and what any recipients of your cards or letters might like as well. You’re taking just little bit more time crafting something unique.

  3. It speaks to a slower, more thoughtful pace
  4. When the pace of life is set to high-speed and there are dozens of things to do every day, stationery gives you a chance to slow down a little – to pause, reflect, and be more considerate. Communication doesn’t always have to take place at a frenetic, instantaneous pace.

  5. It’s aesthetically pleasing
  6. High-quality stationery is an artistic product. It’s made with care and with a feeling for beauty and aesthetic pleasure. This gives people enjoyment and calm, not to mention a greater appreciation for what’s lovely in their life.

  7. The indulgence in a bit of nostalgia
  8. If you enjoy some of the habits and pleasures of time gone by, then writing on stationery can be a treat. Pour yourself a cup of tea or coffee, and put your thoughts to paper at a more relaxed pace.

This doesn’t mean that digital communication is bad. In fact, you can easily use the Internet to customize your own stationery, such as making greeting cards with your photo on them. Still, stationery is special in its own right. Don’t hesitate to contact us then, to ask for advice on what stationery to use on different occasions and how to better incorporate the use of stationery in your own life.

Etiqutte Tips For Sending Holiday Cards

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The holiday season is upon us and it is time to think about preparing and sending out holiday cards. Most families have their own customs as to sending out holiday cards. It seems like a simple task but there are some particular rules to follow when mailing holiday cards. Here are some etiquette tips for sending holiday cards.

Decide on what cards will be sent to which families. Some people like to send generic cards like “Happy Holidays” to everyone on their list. Others like to customize their cards with a note added on the inside of the card. Be sure that you only send cards to people who celebrate Christmas.

In order for cards to be received by mid-December mail them shortly after Thanksgiving. Remember that the post office is busy this time of year and you do not want the cards delivered after Christmas.

Include your return address making it easy for the recipient to know who has sent the card. This insures they have your correct address for mailing out their cards.

Do not send out e-cards instead of traditional holiday cards. Cards should be an act of kindness with a personal touch like a note. Holiday cards are sent as an act of appreciation and friendliness. The idea is to send a gift of blessings and cheer in this joyous time of year.

Business colleague cards should be sent to their office unless you socialize with them. Keep the cards professional with a signed note. It is considered unacceptable to send holiday cards to the homes of business colleagues.

Holiday cards should be sent to the homes of your co-workers which add a personal touch. Holiday cards are a tradition that demands the recipient receive your greetings and good cheer at their door. Take the time to mail these cards.

These are a few etiquette tips for sending your holiday cards this year. Decide who you will be mailing cards to this year, make a list and remember to mail early so they will be received by mid-December.

For more information about holiday cards visit browse our selection on Expressionery.com

This Thanksgiving is a once in a lifetime occurrence

Happy Hanukkah Cards

This year we are fortunate to experience a rare occurrence that will not happen again for many years. This is such a special occasion that should be acknowledged with unique holiday cards. Do you know what day we are referring to? November 28, 2013 is not only Thanksgiving Day, but also the first day of Hanukkah.

There is a lot of publicity regarding this unique holiday blend, with one article in particular giving a good explanation of how and why this occurred. It is also interesting to learn how some of the families will be dealing with this doubled up holiday. For those curious about why these holidays overlapped this year, it basically is because of the different calendars that are used to calculate holidays. In the U.S., Thanksgiving is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November.

Hanukkah starts on the same date, but using a calendar system that is different from the calendar we are most familiar with using. Hanukkah is found in the Hebrew calendar every year on the 25th of the month of Kislev. This calendar is a lunar/solar calendar that determines months according to the phases of the lunar calendar and the years by the sun. Another interesting note, a Jewish-American physicist calculated when this overlapping holiday would occur next. Since the Jewish calendar is drifting apart from the solar calendar, he expects the next time this will happen is in 77,798 years. That seems to be a great reason to celebrate the special day this year.

One great way to mark this special day is with unique cards that will let you express your holiday greetings. Make note of this rare and very special occasion with a warm handwritten note to add a personal message. It always seems to mean a little more when your personal greeting is included.

Many families will be respectfully blending both holidays together following traditions and religious dietary laws. Many will be enjoying the traditional turkey with various side dishes including potato dishes that exclude dairy products, so they will skip the sour cream with their potato latkes. It will still be a very memorable holiday that can be enjoyed with family, friends and of course great food.

We will be very happy to assist you with your choice from our selection of cards for all the various holidays when you contact us.

Sprucing Up For Spring

Large Memo Pads

Spring has officially arrived according to the calendar and with sunnier days ahead it’s a great time to tackle some home improvement projects. Whether you are organizing your garage, undertaking a bit of spring cleaning or working more organization into your home, proper planning is key. Creating lists of needed supplies and jotting down the step by step process is always helpful when tackling a big project. Our handy memo pads were just what our colleague Traci needed when she tackled two adorable organization projects for her son’s room.

With her son’s love of books and stuffed animals came the potential for clutter, but Traci turned an opportunity for mess into eye catching room décor! Traci used rope, hobby wood and hooks to create an adorable hanging swing for her son’s stuffed pals.

Stuffed Animal Swing

And here she used fabric, dowel rods and curtain rod brackets to create colorful storage for all kinds of books!

Hanging Book Display

With the help of our small memo pads, Traci was able to gather her supplies with ease and create amazing projects for her home! What projects are on your list for this spring?

For complete instructions for these great organizational projects, read the links here:

Hanging Book Display
Hanging Toy Storage