personal stationery

monthly sale notecards announcement!

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hi friends!

hope all of your summers are off to a swinging start!  ours began with a bang: preschool graduation, a beach trip, a fun week of VBS and a little boy turning SIX.  how in the world that is possible, i don’t even know.  i’m hoping to do a separate post on his birthday party soon, and also some really fun party & wedding posts, so stay tuned!!

but today, i’m here to tell you about something new that i’m doing – introducing a monthly sale notecard!  you see, i have SO VERY MANY envelope liners here in the worldwide HQ.  way too many.  in order to clear out some liner patterns that i had low inventory on or that had been discontinued, i had a mini-cleanout sale back in may.  it was great fun, and i love being able to give people a bargain!!  i sold sets of 12 personalized notecards with lined envelopes for $18 – half price, and also in a quantity that is perfect for gifts that i usually don’t offer.  after it was over, i thought – why not do this on a monthly basis with a different notecard each month?  this way, there is always a lower priced option for people, and also a great gift idea for teachers, friends, what have you.  they will be different from month to month; sometimes they’ll be for women and girls, sometimes for little boys…  you’ll just have to wait and see. :)

the monthly sale notecard for june is now live in the etsy shop!  i love these for girls of any age.  the notecards feature a pink name with an aqua heart, paired with an aqua envelope and fun pink/white geometric patterned liner that i’ve always loved.  you can purchase them here, and if you’d like more than 12, you can order as many sets as you wish at that price! this will be up until june 30th, so get your order in while supplies last.

aqua and pink heart 1

aqua and pink heart 2happy bargain shopping, pals.


scallop mania

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i have been going scallop crazy over here (and from the requests flying in, you are too).

zebra scalloped

zebra scalloped close up

zebra closeup

mint teardrop

mint pink scallope

thanks so much full

thanks so much II

hot pink navy close up

hot pink navy scalloped

floral scalloped notecards

hot pink scalloped notecards

all available in the stationery section of the etsy shop – or you can always email me ( to put something different together for you.


new year, new practices

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greetings!  2013 is here.  isn’t that kind of crazy to think about?  i still remember ringing in 2000…i used my fake id to get into moondogs with a bunch of girlfriends who also used their fake ids (or maybe pass backs) to get in.  that was the bar in buckhead we would frequent when we were home from college, in no small part to them going pretty easy on ids.  it was always some kind of urban lore that there was this one fraternity at georgia tech that moondogs owed so much of their revenue to, they hung a composite on the ceiling of one of the bars.  WHO KNEW i would later be married to one of the faces on that composite.

life is funny.

life is also funny in the way that when i started calliespondence, i never really imagined how it would go.  i truly thought it would be a success if i could end up in the black on every order.  first it was just my loyal friends placing orders, then friends of friends (most of whom then became friends) and maybe one more degree, sometimes.  every so often, i would get a random inquiry and think it was SO CRAZY.  i mean, i could not believe that anyone i didn’t know would want to order from me.  with the opening of the etsy shop in 2012 and now printing my logo and website on the back of every card, i correspond with people that i’ve never met for most of the time i’m working now.  it is amazing to me, and not one bit lost how incredibly blessed i have been to stay busy doing what i love.  when i envisioned calliespondence, i just wanted it to be a little something i could do while kids were napping or at preschool or off to bed at night.  i never imagined i would even be close to working at capacity for those hours, and to need more time.  but you see, more time doing calliespondence would mean less family time.  and there is no amount of coin that is worth that, especially while these little people are little for just a fleeting moment.  so friends, i am going to have to introduce some new initiatives for 2013!  some of you might not like them, because it does involve saying “no” a little.  i know i’ve talked here before about how saying no is crazy hard for me.  i’m getting better at it though…

here goes.  don’t hate me. :)

ORDER MINIMUM:  the minimum for any single order is $50, with no exceptions.  that means if you need to order calling cards let’s say, they are $1/per.  you will need to order 50 qty. of one kind to meet the minimum – you cannot order 25 of two designs, or add 20 calling cards to a notecard order that is $100.

THERMOGRAPHY: due to the waning availability and slow turn-around time, i am having to discontinue thermography from my offerings.  flitting between a flat and letterpress printer does put enough miles on my car already though :)  i love thermography and will always hold it close to my heart, as it was the very first printing method that calliespondence offered.  this might change at some point, but for now, only flat and letterpress printing will be offered.  economy or luxe.  it won’t be so bad, i promise!

FLAT PRINTED PERSONAL STATIONERY (for grown-ups*): instead of customizing each individual order, i will now be offering three designs of flat-printed personal stationery for adults.  yahoo!  i have hand-picked my favorite three, and will offer them in any colors and liner pattern you so choose.  those elements are always customizable on any calliespondence order, you know.  and from time to time, i may do a limited edition item, which will be all sorts of exciting.  i will still offer custom design for letterpress stationery orders.

* please note that BABY and CHILDREN stationery process will not change.

here are the options for flat printed personal stationery for adults:

1) modern monogram.  one of the first designs i did, and i feel like it still has the same crispness as it did then.

modern monogram 2

modern monogram 1

2) corner script.  fun and fresh.

stationery 2

corner script mockup

3) scallop backer.  i just LOVE the sweetness of this card!  especially paired with the more masculine all caps, sans serif font. (this is a design that was new for holiday 2012, so i only have a generic example – more to come though!)

scalloped notecard


INVITATION PRICING:  i absolutely adore designing invitations.  it stems from a deep love of parties in general, and it’s so fun to dive in with a client to brand their party invitation appropriately!  due to the increasing demand, i am having to alter the base invitation price, but the breakdowns will remain the same, as well as the prices of the add-ons.  you can still order any number of invitations that you need (even if it’s…32!).

pricing for flat printed invitations with envelopes in color of your choice:

15-25: $3.50/per

26-50: $3.00/per

51-100: $2.75/per

101 and up: $2.50/per


+ pre-printed envelope liners: +$1.00/per

+ custom designed envelope liners: +$1.50/per

+ invitation back printed: +$0.50/per

+ cardstock backer: + $0.50/per

+ return address label: +$0.50/per

+ wrap-around ribbon: +$0.50/per

…and i think that covers it!  man – these aren’t even resolutions and i’m worn out.  enough change for one day.  i’ll be back next week with some regular blog programming (remember that?!) and definitely some tidbits!   i have lots backed up from crazed holiday months…

happy new year!!!!


free to a good home

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hi everyone!  we’re cleaning house here in the calliespondence office…and i have a set of 50 notecards with envelopes up for grabs.  they are A6 size (4.5″ x 6.25″) printed on 100 lb. white cardstock with a black and eggplant border and the initials “BG” in the bottom right corner.  my printer printed them on white stock when i needed cream, so they’ve been on the shelf waiting for a nice owner!

only catch to claiming them – your initials must be BG.  once you show me your driver’s license, i’ll stick them in the mail to you (i kid, i kid).  first one to comment that their initials are BG, they’re all yours!

they look fab with their matching eggplant envelopes…

*** update: brenda graham has claimed them!  yay!

modern foldovers

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there is something so feminine and classic about a foldover note.  i guess since they are (etiquette-wise) for gals only, that’s why!  but when a recent client was looking for a gift for her sister, she requested a modern monogram on a foldover note.  i love the result – an update on a grand old traditional.

i love the color palette she chose – a gorgeous sage green paired with a light beige.  simply divine.

we suited the lucky gift recipient up with some cute address labels, too!

who says the classics have to be boring?  not so!


come and get some honey

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one of the very best parts of this calliespondence gig is getting in touch with old friends with stationery needs!  i just love catching up with what’s been going on in folks’ lives since we last saw each other…and when a friend from the university of georgia, courtney stone fullerton, came calling for some notecards, it turns out she had been very busy.  she had moved to montana, attended law school (and currently practices law part-time), gotten married, joined forces with her bee-keeping husband to start a honey company for which she pens a beautiful blog AND shortly thereafter had a baby – wow!!  courtney is surely one of those people who gets more than 24 hours to one day; i can’t explain it any other way.  she is one of my favorite people to collaborate with – and my sole source for honey and beeswax items.  let me tell y’all, glacier county honey is *tasty.*  not only that, it is manufactured in the grand us of a and is a small company – which of course means everything is crafted with care.  love that.

how cute is this gift set?

just peruse their goods on their website for a minute; you’ll be shocked at the beautiful things you can make from beeswax – who knew?!

last time i placed an order, i stocked up on some gorgeous taper candles to keep for hostess gifts, christmas tree ornaments and pinecone candles to gift to friends – and of course lots of honey.

and how fun is this collaboration between two calliespondence customers – glacier county honey company and bon lemon, both based in montana.  aren’t these cocktail rings the bee’s knees?  (sorry i couldn’t resist…)
so it’s obvious from her line of work, courtney is fond of bees…and i love how it’s her signature motif.  her wedding’s theme was bees (as was mine!) and check out the first round of notecards we did, which she also sweetly blogged about too.
these notecards had a super cute yellow and orange bumblebee-print liner, but sadly i just ordered enough for courtney’s order and none for samples – and then the pattern got discontinued!  sad.  but you can see the bees on courtney’s blog post.
courtney sent out all of those notecards and we then moved on to new bee cards in a different color palette!  it was right around the beginning of fall, and these hues were perfect for the season change.
i also fashioned courtney and her husband with business cards printed in thermography on super thick kraft paper…
love how they look in this basket that courtney uses!
more recently, we’ve done a birth announcement for an absolutely precious little gal, but i’ll save that for another day.  today is all about bees and honey :)
i’m still waiting for them to make their entrance into the atlanta retail market (pretty please!), but if you live in or around athens, they do sell their delicious honey at frontier.  oh and they ship everywhere – so go on and getcha’ some of the sweet stuff from a wonderful small company!  

grey + cheery colors

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grey (or gray…can we please get a consensus on the spelling?!) is such a great neutralizer.  i love to use it with really bright colors to soften things a little bit.  see what i mean in these here notecards…the liner is a fun and cheery gerber daisy pattern, and we pulled the light aqua color out of it for the envelopes.  i love how the grey looks as the font color…

of course you can do this in rooms too, and maybe if my living room ever gets up to snuff, i can show you how i’m using a bit of grey to neutralize a few pops of color!
you can never go wrong with color and a little dose of grey.  i think i spy my new lucite coffee table in the above picture, too!  

lilac + navy

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hey guys!  hope everyone had a fantastic 4th.  it rained here in atlanta last night, so not sure if any fireworks went off…but we had a fun and festive weekend as it was!  lots of grilling out, pool time and catching up with friends.  perfect.

today i’m kicking off a lilac and navy series…um, one of two.  i know, pretty big time.  part II coming later this week with a fun party to show y’all as well!  these two colors are so hot right now, and i LOVE using them together.  it’s feminine but not…the navy sort of cancels out the girlishness of the lilac and just makes the combo fun and fresh.  see, calypso st. barth agrees…

pretty much will take one of everything on that spread.  when i retire these chic elastic waist pants i have on right now.  anyway. 
first up, we have some notecards that i designed as a gift for a client to give her bff for a milestone birthday (love that!).  this purple is a shade more bold than lilac, but still possesses the same charming vibe.
the liner is one of my personal faves (actually using it as the liner on my own personal stationery right now) and always look so fab!  stay tuned for part II; i know you’ll just be writhing with anticipation :)
p.s. remember my linda & harriett craft bin purchase?  they’re back!  get one today before they sell out!

preppy navy and green

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kelly green and navy blue are an all time fave color combo of mine.  they always look good together, and in using them, a certain air of preppiness is conveyed…much like with tennis, polo shirts (popped collar – oh yeah!), lilly pullitzer, plaid, argyle, l.l. bean, you get my drift.  actually, here are some pictures using the duo that do the explaining better than i could…

blueberry mojito?  sure why not.

mmmm, caramel popcorn and m&ms…i dig it.  what was i talking about?  oh right, these navy and green notecards.  we did a double stripe border in navy, my client’s name in kelly green and used this fabulous elum bamboo paper which i just cannot get enough of.  love the final result!

gotta run, i have crew practice to get to.


time for a giveaway!!!

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man, it’s been forever since we’ve done a giveaway!  what is up with that?!  no bueno.  so i’m going to make this a good one…get ready.

i’m going to give away a set of 50 ‘modern monogrammed’ notecards (from what i can tell, a crowd favorite) printed in thermography with lined envelopes, but of course.  color of ink / envelopes is winner’s choice!

here’s the one catch – this giveaway is open only to my peeps, aka followers of the blog.  if you are not a follower, you can become one by scrolling all the way down past all the pictures and my ramblings…yeah keep going…yes.  at the very bottom.  so – become a follower, and if you already are one, BONUS – and leave me a comment answering this question:

what’s your favorite summer cocktail?  or…mocktail, in my case.

my answer: well, i have two. usually – a pimm’s cup always does me right.  but this summer – strawberry-basil spritzer, minus the vodka.  babies don’t like vodka i hear.  still looks pretty tasty though?!

i will randomly pick the winner on sunday night for a monday announcement – so let’s hear whatcha got and GOOD LUCK!