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Stock the Bar! Paper Source Sale

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Guess what?! You can score some major deals and discounts online at Paper Source right now! Click the link above to get 15% off envelopes, paper, etc. Plus, enjoy free shipping on all orders over $50. You cannot beat that deal, don’t try.

Happy Shopping!

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Geometric Heart Wax Seal Stamps

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Sealed with a… beautiful wax stamp? I think so! Have you ever received a piece of mail sealed with wax? It is SUCH a treat to send but even more so to receive a special piece like this. It literally makes any contents of an envelope 10 x’s better! Am I right? We just added these wax seals to the shop, so be sure to check them out. You can order by the stamp, with adhesive included, OR you can get extra fancy and have us seal the deal for you!

Heart seals are available now, but if you have a custom request, use this form and let us know what you need!

SUPPLY LIST*

Envelopes: From the Paper Source Paper Bar

Paint: Winsor & Newton - Opera Rose Gouache

Paper: Blick Watercolor Block and Anthropologie deckled edge table numbers


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Navy + Powder Blue + White | Wedding Roses Stationery Design

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When I was first starting out in my calligraphy journey, I never realized what one of the hardest parts of the ride would be… fake addresses! As it turns out, they’re also really fun to make up and photograph. I like to use characters from some of my favorite television shows, movies or books. Sometimes, I even design a suite with a fictional couple in mind. Like the below… if Lisa Turtle invited Jessie Spano to her wedding.

I love the powder blue (bluebell) and navy (night) envelopes mixed with the yellow, white and brighter pop of blue. If your floral decor incorporates some greenery, ooh la la, perfect! To top these beauties off, we chose some vintage postage that incorporated that bright blue hue and personalized this suite even further with the South Carolina stamp since the couple was tying the knot in the Palmetto State. Lastly, you can’t forget to seal the deal with wax. We chose a silver wax seal for the square invitations. The perfect final touch for this sweet couple!

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SUPPLY LIST*

Envelopes: From the Paper Source Paper Bar - Bluebell and Night

Postage: Vintage

Paint: Winsor & Newton - Gouache

Paint Brush: Princeton Heritage size 16 round

White Ink: Dr. Ph Martin’s Bleed Proof White

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Purple Watercolor Wash Place Cards in 4 Easy Steps

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Need to punch up reception tables? Something about a watercolor wash really brings place cards to life and adds an extra design element to place settings. Take it up another notch with white ink or a beautiful metallic. While tedious, the results are stunning and even more captivating in person.

If you’re making these for a client or DIYing it, your paper choice is key. First off, you’ll need a high quality, watercolor paper. As you may have experienced, regular card stock or cheaper watercolor paper will buckle and warp when water is applied. For place cards, in particular, the edges will likely curl up if you use a lower grade paper. Shoot for at least 140lb (300 gsm) paper. I’ve gotten great results with the Blick Premier Watercolor Blocks.

To achieve the watery texture, definitely go with the highest quality watercolor you can afford. Professional grade will give you the best results and those really beautiful watercolor bleeds. But, you can achieve pretty results with student grade as well. Some of my favorites are Winsor & Newton.

tip: measure your place cards on a watercolor block, then paint your watercolor wash. once dry, cut your cards to size and pen your names

Be prepared, this is a time-intensive project. You’ll most likely need to cut your watercolor paper down to size, then allow time for the paint to dry before you can pen the names. So, give yourself plenty of time and be sure you’re charging an appropriate price for the job.

Recommended Supply List*

Watercolor — Winsor & Newton Professional Grade

Paint Brushes — Princeton Heritage 4050

Watercolor Paper — Blick Premier Watercolor Block

What are your favorite techniques and trends for place cards right now? Share below!

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Proof You Need This Pink and Coral Color Palette

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You guys, I used to really dislike the color pink. I wouldn’t wear a pink shirt or accessory to save my life. I guess I was rebelling against the whole, girl = pink, thing. But now it’s my new favorite color (sorry purple!). And this color story is so good! Check out the supply list at the bottom for details on specific paint and stationery used.

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Supply List*

Envelopes: From the Paper Source Paper Bar - Papaya or Coral and Fuchsia

Postage : Vintage

Paint - Winsor & Newton - Opera Rose Gouache

Paint Brush - Princeton Heritage size 16 round

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Watercolor Florals | Blue Anemone

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Anemones are so beautiful and make such a great subject to paint. I’m wishing I had these in my wedding bouquet. Which, btw, did you know you can get a fake bouquet of them for the low price of $265? Yeah, I think I’ll take the real deal, Mr. William Sonoma ;)

If this painting looks familiar … I followed Jenna Rainey’s youtube tutorial. I put my own spin on the leaves and obvi mine is not nearly as pretty as hers. But you should check out her videos, they’re super helpful and she’s fun to watch!

As always, if you wanna grab this piece and use it as an iPhone wallpaper, pick up your download here!


Summer Watercolor Florals | Pink Layered Flower

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Probably my favorite painting as of late. I love the bright pink tones and the beautiful watercolor layers of petals (supplies listed below). This looks GREAT on your phone’s background. Grab the iPhone wallpaper download here and enjoy (for personal use only, please). Thanks for stopping by and be sure to come back soon for more free designs.

Supplies

I’m obsessed with any and all flowers, but I’d love to know what your favorites are. Let me know below!

Colorful Abstract Paint Splatter

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The latest iPhone background is coming to you circa 2012. Are those painting classes still a thing? You know, the ones where you byob and learn how to paint a picture. The grown up version of paint by numbers. Anyway, this is actually a photo I took of a wall in one of those shops years ago. It was an entire wall of paint splatter and I couldn’t resist a close-up. So fun to look at and way cooler than whatever we painted. Feel free to make this your new phone background. Sharing is caring, but keep it classy, it’s for personal use only.

Like this background? Check out The Library for our collection of freebies.

Thanks for stopping by! If you love being inspiration by art, pattern and color, check out what we’re up to on << Pinterest >>

Watercolor Ampersand

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Some fresh watercolor pieces that will be incorporated into some new designs. I love black watercolor. And you just can’t go wrong with an ampersand. It’s such a lovely shape and there are so many fun variations on this “letter”. Speaking of that, what’s your vote — should the ampersand be considered a letter or not?

I’ve cleaned this photo up a touch, but not much editing has been done in order to preserve that awesome watercolor texture. If you’re curious about the materials I used scroll to the bottom for the deets.

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Paint:

Black Ampersand - Winsor & Newton Designers Gouache in Ivory Black (CMYK Black), Series 1

Red Ampersand - Winsor & Newton Professional Water Coluor in Scarlet Lake, Series 2

Paper - Strathmore 400 series, water color paper, cold-pressed

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Bright Abstract Wall Art | Atlanta Murals

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This week, we’re serving up some inspiration from the streets of the ATL. If you haven’t had the fortune of checking out the street art in person, add it to your Spring to do list! You’ll find art peppered throughout the city, but some of my favorite spots are West Midtown and O4W. I found these amazing abstract pieces in West Midtown. I can’t get over the bright blues, yellows and pinks. Enjoy, and please share where you’ve spied the best murals in your city!

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Spring Inspired Colorful Geometric Line Pattern

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Showcasing another pattern from our spring series. Bright pastels and an abstract geometric print bring this together in a way that makes us want to plaster the pattern on every surface. Enjoy as a free iphone wallpaper for now, and look for this pattern in our upcoming stationery line.

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Please note, these are strictly for personal use. Be a nice human, please. :)

Retro Rainbow Pattern

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Blue Watercolor Wallpaper

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Spring Inspired Watercolor Backgrounds

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It’s finally feeling like SPRING! Lately, I’ve been inspired by the warmer weather and fresh blooms. I created a few new patterns and backgrounds that I’ll be using in some upcoming designs. I can’t wait to add the new pieces to the shop.

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Check back soon for updates and feel free to grab these watercolor backgrounds for your phone.

Please note: these are for personal use only. Thank you! :)

XOXO,

MJ

3 Reasons You Absolutely Should be Sending Thank You Notes to Clients

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I’m going to give you 3 quick and dirty reasons why you positively need to be sending thank you notes. I’m not talking about thank you emails. We’re talking tangible, handwritten notes, people.

3 Ways Thank You

Notes can Boost

your Biz

  1. The response rate for direct mail is higher than any digital marketing method (5 to 9 times higher, in fact).

  2. Direct mail has a bigger impact and leaves a longer lasting impression on your customers. They trust and connect to direct mail more, helping to up your know, like and trust factor.

  3. Letter-sized envelopes have the highest response rates in lead generation campaigns.

Who doesn’t like getting some snail mail? Basically, YOU CAN’T GO WRONG, short of misspelling someone’s name or using an outdated address. So why aren’t you doing this already? If you don’t have physical addresses, start collecting them TODAY.

ACTION PLAN

  • Start collecting physical addresses today. Add it into your processes/automation wherever you can.

  • Set a reminder to update your physical mailing list quarterly.

  • Capture birth dates as this is a great opportunity to send physical mail and a special offer such as a discount.

YOUR TURN

Do you already send direct mail? If so, what do you send and have you seen better results when compared to email and digital marketing?

XOXO,

MJ