Etiquette may sound like a bunch of rules that you’re supposed to follow, though at the end of the day, etiquette is simply guidelines for making our personal and professional relationships more relaxed and successful. We are far more likely to feel at ease when we know what others are expecting from us. The use of etiquette when writing a letter, like the etiquette used in other areas, centers around three essential ideas: common sense, civility and practice. Common Sense Common sense is the basis of etiquette. For example, when you’re writing an invitation you need to include the essential information if your want your guests to actually come to the party. They need to know the specifics, like time, date, and location. An invitation, if worded properly, includes all that information and announces it in a way that is to the point and easy to understand. The rules of etiquette are there to help you accomplish just that. Civility When civility is used, relationships are strengthened and become more rewarding. It requires us to be more understanding of others. The guidelines of etiquette might not always seem proper. If the guidelines you’re trying to use seem like they might...Read More
Have you had someone close to you lose someone they loved? Finding the right words to convey what your heart is feeling is sometimes difficult. We hope we can help with that in some small way. Words of sympathy and memory can be extremely meaningful and comforting to those in mourning. Condolence letters will often be read by numerous members of a family, and are often saved for years or placed permanently in family albums. For this reason, while condolence letters will surely be personal, they should also remain somewhat formal. Most importantly, remember that the purpose of your words should be to share memories of the deceased and to express sympathy for the family. See our example letter below: Dear Chloe, I was so sorry to hear the news of your Aunt Sally’s death. I know that she was important part of your life and she will be missed dearly. My heart is filled with sympathy for you and your family during this difficult time. It’s hard to express my condolences from so far away, but please know that I’m thinking of all of you. Aunt Sally was such a light-hearted and loving woman. She always had a smile...Read More
Etiquette is a word that simply describes set of rules that tells us what society thinks is acceptable behavior. Following these rules may lead to longer, more comfortable relationships with others. When we understand what others expect of us we tend to feel more comfortable. Therefore making our relationships with others more significant and most of all more personal. Etiquette we use in everyday life can be related to the etiquette we use when sending a letter. Be courteous and use common sense. Common sense is the foundation of etiquette. If you are inviting people to a wedding, a party, or any other event…there is specific information that must be included. The guests need to know who is inviting them to what function, time and place. Courtesy is vital to etiquette as well. Some would include courtesy with common sense. However, they can and often do exist independently. You need to be sure to include both in any correspondence. Courtesy goes a long way in strengthening a relationship. Etiquette is our societal standards, so keep in mind that customs that were considered proper 20 years ago might seem a little out of place today. Times change and so does etiquette....Read More
Since the English grammar is one of the hardest things for people to remember when writing, these free, printable cheat sheets can help keep your grammar skills up-to-date. There’s nothing wrong with a little grammar goof here or there. But if all your notes are full of mistakes, it makes you sound less professional. That’s why we’ve rounded up this handy list. Use it as a cheat sheet the next time you need to write a thank-you note, a letter or just about anything else: Stationary vs. Stationery – Stationary means unmoving. This word is used to describe something else. “The car was stationary”, i.e., it was parked. Stationery is paper you use for correspondence. “My son’s stationery has cars on it.” Than vs. Then – Than is used when you’re comparing things. “My grammar is better than yours.” Then means “at that time” or “next.” “I sent a letter, then realized I had forgotten to hit spell check.” Your vs. You’re – Your  means something that belongs to you. “Your cake is gone.” You’re means “you are.” “You’re going to have to go buy another cake.” There vs. Their vs. They’re – There is a location. “The cake is over there.” Their means belonging to more...Read More
Worried about penning a letter without the "safety net" of your trusty word processor, its spell check function and backspace button? Here’s a list of some of the most commonly misspelled words you can use to check your words before you put pen to paper on that beautiful new stationery. Misspelling: Correct Spelling: Alot A lot Acceptible Acceptable Acheive Achieve Beleive Believe Calender Calendar Conshence Conscience Definately Definitely Embarass Embarrass Neibor Neighbor Occured Occurred Percieve Perceive Recieve Receive Reccomend Recommend Seperate Separate Sincerly Sincerely Supercede Supersede Suprise Surprise Untill Until Tommorrow Tomorrow Wether Weather Wierd Weird Don’t forget these commonly misused rules too: Their / they’re / there (Their is possessive, they’re stands for "they are," there is a place!) Its / It’s (Use the apostrophe only if "it’s" is replacing "it is") All ready / already (All ready means completely ready. Already means before the present time) Too / Two / To (Too means "in addition," two is a number, to is used for everything else)
Sample: (1) January 15, 2008 (2) Dear Katrina, (3) I hope this letter finds you happy and healthy! Did you ring in the New Year in a fabulous way? It seems like so long ago that I last saw you. It’s hard to believe that it was just last month that we were celebrating the Holidays together! All is well on my end. I’m still enjoying work and school…and of course, the dogs are always keeping me busy! In my free time, I’ve been riding my bike and enjoying the great weather we’ve been having. I’ve read a few books lately that I think you’d really enjoy. I’m setting them aside for you. While I was making my New Years Resolutions a few weeks ago, I thought a lot about the things that I am lucky and grateful for in my life. Your friendship was high on my list. (4) I sincerely hope we don’t let too much time pass before we see each other again. (5) Until then,(6) Kelly (7) P.S. I ran into Emily at the gym. She says hello! Explanation:(1) Date (Month, Day, Year). Aligned to the right at the top of the page. (2) Salutation (Dear...Read More
We sell all kinds of stationery styles, with and without printed envelopes. We also carry return address labels. These handy little items are extremely convenient and a lot easier than writing your name and address all the time. Sometimes it seems like they’d be perfect for every occasion. While that would be a pretty profitable thing to tell you, etiquette is pretty clear on the point. Any type of formal or business correspondence should have a hand-written or custom-printed address directly on the envelope. Dyes very seldom match exactly from batch to batch. If you were to order ivory labels and ivory correspondence cards, for instance, the dyes used to create ivory at the paper mill might be a slightly different tint than the label manufacturer’s dyes, causing the address label to clash with the ivory card stock and the accompanying envelope. Even white has its shades. Labels are sometimes glossy, as well, clashing with any sort of matte envelope stock. This sort of inconsistency in color is only one of the main reasons using return address labels formally is considered poor form. The different dye lots and mismatched coloring do not convey the level of professionalism and quality that...Read More
In this technological day and age, our society seems to have lost some of our personal communication skills.  Now don’t misunderstand us, American Stationery uses the Internet, an online customer resource management system and inter-office email as valuable business tools just like anyone else.  However, we also remember a day of hand-written, post office delivered letters, love notes not written in a popular font, scribbled to-do lists and grocery lists on the refrigerator and so much more.  In all the hustle and bustle of society today, people seem to not want to take the time to sit down with a pen and paper and write down what they have to say.  Is it that much more convenient to type a quick email or text message and send it?  When we take the quick route we loose all the emotion and personal touch.  The only way an email conveys emotion is if you use the emoticons.  A person’s handwriting says so much about what they’re thinking, feeling and what kind of mood their in.  There are literally handwriting experts who can tell if you are male or female, your age and how much education you’ve had. Think back to the days...Read More
Read Part 1 We know it is only July and your December holiday preparations are probably at the very top of your to-do list, so we are going to go over some of the reasons people send holiday cards and help you get started. Mailing Christmas CardsAs soon as you finish addressing your last holiday card envelope, you should mail them immediately. That is, if it isn’t July. Our advice is to order your cards no later than the end of September and get them signed, addressed and sealed as early as possible. Mail your finished batch of holiday cards all at the same time, so no one thinks you forgot them unnecessarily after seeing your card at the home of someone else. A good rule of thumb is to mail your cards between Thanksgiving and the week before Christmas. That way, they are in people’s hands before the holidays and mailing them earlier will avoid them getting lost in the shuffle with the thousands of other cards. Just like a wedding invitation, sometimes holiday cards are a little heavier than an average letter would be, especially if you’ve included a photo or Christmas letter with the card. It is...Read More
We know it is only July and your December holiday preparations are probably at the very top of your to-do list, so we are going to go over some of the reasons people send holiday cards and help you get started. Holiday Card ListFirst things first, who do you send cards to? We are a bit biased, so our first answer is as many people as possible, but there is also some truth to that. Traditionally, holiday cards are a way of re-connecting with people you do not necessarily see or speak to very often. In today’s digital age, that could amount to a fairly large number. To get a general count of cards to order, start with last year’s list and/or your current address book. Remove old business acquaintances and loved ones who have passed away. Add any new family members, friends or colleagues. This will give you a preliminary count. It is always cheaper to order a few extra on the initial order than it is to come back and place another order, and it is inevitable that between the purchase and the sending, there will be new folks to add to the list or you will realize...Read More
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