You have gone to great lengths to get where you are in life. Your family, your name, and your position are causes for pride and celebration. Consider personalizing your surroundings with items that highlight this love. Not only will personalized accents stand out, but they will make an impression on everybody who sees them.   In times of old, a family’s heritage was proudly displayed on a coat of arms passed down from generation to generation. Many families also possessed a seal which was used to authenticate documents, letters, and other correspondence. In many parts of western Europe, these symbols of tradition are still used to this day.   Monograms go back to hundreds of years BC. Used as signatures by artists or craftsmen, a monogram is an overlapping combination of letters usually representing the initials of a person or business. The traditional 3-letter monogram has a person’s last name in a larger font that is centered. The first name initial is usually to the left, with the middle initial to the right. Monograms of this type are often used on towels, clothing, and luggage.   Class and elegance didn’t die with the Renaissance, they just faded into the background...Read More
Now that spring has officially kicked in many of us are looking forward to vacations. Whether it’s a quick spring break getaway for two or a family road trip the idea of just “getting away” is on nearly everyone’s mind.  Deciding on the amount of time to take is the first step when planning a trip. Check with your employer to see what kind of vacation time you have. If you are self-employed take a look ahead and see how long everyone can manage without you. To do this though, you will need to have an inkling of an idea on where you are going. You can’t plan on the amount of time you need to take off work if you don’t know how long it will take to get there and how many activities you’ll want to participate in. Choosing a destination is something that you have likely been doing for a while.  Most everyone has a list of places that they want to vacation at some time in their life. Start with that list and deduct destinations based on what is feasible for you this year.  Or maybe your family has a particular place you go to every...Read More
Most colleges have released their admission decisions. By the time all of the mail is open, you should have options. Your hard work has paid off and you get to make the final choice of a college destination.  As you enter the final phase of decision-making, start by rechecking your priorities. Why are you going to college? What do you hope to accomplish? In what type of environment can you accomplish these things best? Spend a weeknight in a residence hall; eat at least two meals in the dining hall and go to two classes in different disciplines including an introductory first-year class. Talk with professors from the academic departments that interest you. Pull students aside in those departments as well. Ask them about the courses they take. Who teaches them? What would they do differently about their learning experience thus far?  In other words, take in as much as possible during your campus visits. Most students who emerge from this process acknowledge that much of the decision-making comes down to a gut feeling. Let your gut go to work for you. Make sure the college you choose fits comfortably and feels good before you commit yourself. It’s crunch time...Read More
In this high paced world we live in keeping up with appointments and important dates can seem harder than ever. And it seems that each weekend is met with another festival or birthday party. It’s no wonder that people become stressed out just trying to keep up with their life. There are so many different electronic devices created to keep us organized. But, personally unless I’m always walking past it, I forget. Growing up we always had a calendar pinned to a cork board that had important events written on it. Upcoming doctors appointments, baby showers, birthday parties, and school functions. We always knew what was going on because we had to walk past it when walking into the kitchen. Much easier than your phone buzzing two days before or worse yet, remembering to look into your day planner. At American Stationery we offer two different types of calendars each in several unique designs. Currently we feature five different calendar designs that have fill in the blank squares so you can neatly plan out each day of the month. It has six rows of eight blocks. One labeled for each day of the week and one at the beginning for...Read More
If you have spent any time on our site or curled up with our catalog, you no doubt have noticed there are a lot of stationery styles to choose from. We sell correspondence cards, fold notes, letter sheets, memos, postcards and ensembles. We have had many people ask us over the years why we need so many different types of paper and how are you supposed to use it all. Well, we’ll tell you… Correspondence Cards are designed to be used as a quick note for business or personal reasons. We’ve been told that the heavy weight of the stock and the 4 ½ x 6 ¼ size make them perfect for mailing photos. We offer a selection of correspondence cards that have a colored hand-bordered edge. Whether prim and proper or spunky and creative, there’s bound to be a correspondence card that fits your personal style. Fold Notes are used for a longer note. Like a card, they also can be used for business or personal purposes, with styles ranging from the more formal embossed note to some very creative printed designs. Embossed notes are very popular as thank you notes. Our wide variety of printed designs range from...Read More
Have you found that your life is busier than ever? In our society, our lives are packed with a variety of activities to keep us going nonstop from dawn to dusk. Our days frequently become filled with routine habits, tasks, and chores. There’s a lot to be said for going to work everyday, taking the kids to soccer practice, and cleaning up around the house. But if you are like most people, you probably also crave a little “me” time every now and then. Though a trip to the spa or a day at the beach might sound like a great treat, let us suggest somethng a bit more simple and thoughtful. Try an evening of reading, writing, and relaxation. Pour yourself a hot cup of tea and instead of grabbing that book you have fallen asleep to every night for the past week, try reading a little history. No…not a history book – your history. Many people have a shoe box or a box of keepsakes buried in the closet or tucked away under the bed. There are a lot of wonderful memories out there in the letters of days gone by. Maybe you’II find that first love letter from...Read More
Everyone needs an organized, comfortable space to work. Also, there are a few accessories they may need at any given time while writing their invitations, grading school work, or blogging. Here is a list of things I believe you may need to keep on the desk and within reach while working on your craft. Computer A computer is the number one accessory you need on your desk. Rather it be a desktop or laptop, this is the main key to your job or hobby. Without a computer, you will be unable to post your work on time or save it for a reference. Also, if you write stories or articles, you will need this as well since it is the main stream tool of our time. A lot of writing markets allow writers to submit their query letters and other works through e-mail, and it is one of the most popular ways to relay important information in a timely manner. Writing Utensils Even if you do most of your writing on a computer, pens or pencils are another accessory you need on your desk. You don’t know when you may need to jot down a few notes, or write a...Read More
While wedding traditions do not typically change, each season unveils the latest trends that many couples will incorporate into their event. Many brides-to-be discover unique creations embrace romantic inspirations while providing a dash of modern flair reflected in today’s most popular trends. Non-traditional shapes:   Many couples are opting for wedding invitations in non-traditional shapes. Gone are the days of choosing between 5" x 7" rectangles – now couples can select square and tea length cards. Palm Tree Photo, Mint Julep Party Invitations, and Bride and Groom Engagement Invitations. Bright Colors & Unique Color Combinations:   Couples are incorporating vibrant colors and unique color combinations into their weddings like yellow. Brides are also creating unique color combinations such as turquoise and lime. These colors are not only seen on invitations, but also on wedding place cards and programs, and incorporated throughout the reception. Time-Honored Monograms:   Every year the bridal industry wonders if monograms will go out of style, but they remain as popular as ever. Whether on save the date cards, wedding invitations or wedding thank you cards, classic monograms are still au courant. Mother Nature’s Finest:   Wedding ensembles inspired by natural elements, such as simple leaf and flower motifs, are in vogue and...Read More
The season of gift giving seems to arrive earlier and earlier each year. If you are among those of us trying to simplify our gifts in an effort to free up more time to enjoy our holiday festivities the following was written with you in mind. No matter who is on your gift giving list this year be it a parent, child, teen, teacher, friend, beautician or spouse the American Stationery website has something designed to delight the receiver and add a personal thoughtful touch to everyone lucky enough to make your list.   Personalized stationery is a timeless gift for everyone regardless of their style or age. If you have a conservative or business oriented gift to purchase, American Stationery’s large selection of hand bordered correspondence cards, set off with lined envelopes, should be perfect. You can choose from the ever popular Navy, Hunter or Wine bordered cards for the executive on your list, or for those more suited to a less traditional shade, consider one of the newer fresh border hues in Peach, Periwinkle or Gray. These cards are available in quantities of 25 or 50, so the budget conscious can mix and match to fit their price...Read More
Last year was big for aqua and chocolate, stripes and circles, and unique stationery shapes. While those trends are still quite popular, this year, we are seeing some distinctive new color trends, a resurgence of envelope lining, and a return to classic stationery.  Stationery Color Trends: Black and White StationeryThis classic combination is more bold than boring, and creates a dramatic "frame" for your personal content. Jet Black Hand Bordered Correspondence Card Distinctive Black Hand Bordered Correspondence Card Espresso and Red StationeryTotally unique and surprisingly appealing, this rich combination is being used for everything from Wedding Invitations to Thank You Notes to Personal Stationery. Espress & Red Double Hand Bordered Correspondence Card Lemon and Navy StationeryEqual parts traditional and trendy, this crisp duo makes us think of fresh lemons in a beautiful blue porcelain bowl. Lemon Hand Bordered Correspondence Cards Chocolate and Lime StationeryAnother bold new combo, lime and chocolate are a surprisingly sweet twist on the traditional. Chocolate & Lime Double Hand Bordered Cards A Return to Classic Statio:In this day and age of ostentatious, over-the-top styles, people are longing to get back to basics with a focus on quality, construction, and detail. Rich, heavy paper and impeccable printing make...Read More
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