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April 27, 2013 / paperpod

It’s graduation season!

Know anyone graduating this year? Whether it’s high school or college, Paper Pod Designs has you covered.

Celebrate in style!

Celebrate in style!

Want a custom designed party invitation or announcement? Paper Pod Designs has you covered! We can create something that showcases that graduate in your life; insert their wallet sized senior picture so you can share your pride with friends and family!

Be proud of that grad!

Be proud of that grad!

Custom design not your thing? Paper Pod Designs has you covered there too! Shop in our online store and you can celebrate your graduate with one of over 30 designs just waiting for your customization and photo.

Classic Borders Letter Cut-Outs Large Numbers Hip Hip Hooray Team Captain

We offer a wide variety of options to help you and your graduate celebrate in style. Visit our website or contact me.

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March 11, 2013 / paperpod

Etiquette: Part One

I’ve been updating my website, and today I finally was able to add some long-awaited information on wedding invitation etiquette. This will be the first post in a series of  three.

This first post is about ordering and mailing (addressing will be next). You can see this information here as well.

Wedding invitation etiquette, while not as strict as in the past, still applies to today’s modern bride and groom. Here are some helpful hints to consider when ordering and mailing your wedding invitations.

  • Once you know your date, you should start considering your invitation. There are so many styles to choose, and places to purchase from that before you know it, your head will be spinning! The main rule here is that your invitation is the first line of communication between you and your guests, so you need to make sure they set the right tone. Whether your wedding is going to be a fun day at the beach or a formal church affair with black tie dinner, you need to let your guests know what to expect. That’s the job of the invitation. If you’re unsure how to convey the proper tone of your wedding, speak to a professional!
  • Your invitations should be mailed 4-6 weeks from your wedding date. If you are having a lot of out-of-town (or international) guests, a destination wedding, or are getting married on a holiday weekend, please consider sending save the dates.
  • Save the dates can be as simple as a card with the date and your names, and should be mailed out 6-12 months before your date. You can also include a wedding website URL (there are tons of free ones out there that are easy to set up) to give your guests an extra heads-up on accommodations.
  • You should always send an invitation to your family and attendants. Even though they probably know every detail of your wedding, it is still considered appropriate to mail them an invitation. Besides, they will definitely want a keepsake from your wedding!
  • A wedding invitation really only needs three elements: the invitation, the response card (which can be a postcard or have its own envelope), and the outer envelope.
  • Consider adding information cards to your invitation suite to let your guests know about your reception, directions to the appropriate places, hotel accommodation information, and other weekend events planned. Even if you have a wedding website with this information, at the very least your reception information and website URL can be included on a separate card.
  • The inner/outer envelope is a thing of the past! There are still ways to include the same elements without using an inner envelope; consider using a paper band wrap or seal on which your guest names can be printed. This can then envelope or enclose your invitation.
  • Next in our series will be a helpful guide to wording your invitation, but to state it simply — an invitation needs to clearly and concisely include the key details for your guest. Who, what, where, and when. The Why is implied!
November 26, 2012 / paperpod

Cyber Monday DEAL!

All of my holiday cards are currently 10% off, but I’m getting in the holiday spirit by offering an additional sale for Cyber Monday! Use coupon code CMON12 and receive an ADDITIONAL 10% OFF your order!

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And my holiday spirit doesn’t end there! Instead of just having a one day Cyber Monday sale, I’m extending this deal all week, through November 30!

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That means, now through November 30, you can save 20% on holiday cards

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If you’re not in the holiday spirit yet, or are just in the market for different stationery, the 10% cyber Monday deal extends to my entire store. Shopping for save the dates? It’s a perfect time to order! Use the same code, CMON12, and save 10%!!

Please contact me if you have any questions or need help ordering! 

November 21, 2012 / paperpod

Holiday card sale!

I know it’s just Thanksgiving, but now is the time to think about ordering your holiday cards. And lucky for you, I’ve got a few great sales going on that I’ll be highlighting here over the next few days!!

Here are some of the great cards from Take Note! Designs available on my website – and now though November 30th, you can automatically get 10% off your holiday card order!

Holiday Bells

Happy Hannukah

square Joy

Square Joy

Joy

Joy

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

 

Shopping is easy and I take all major credit cards and Paypal. If you have any questions about holiday cards, or any product I offer, please contact me! I am always happy to help.

October 5, 2012 / paperpod

Holiday Cards

Are you making your own holiday cards this year?

Gate Card with layers

Take a look at Envelopments® papers; not only do they have a great selection of colors and patterns, but they also come in a wide variety of styles. And now you can shop online through Envelopments.com!

Layered card

Choose from enclosures like pocket folds, pocket cards, envelofolds, and portable pockets.

Z-Card

Or choose a z-card or folding card or go for a layered look.

Twist Cards

Another option is the Twist Card – these cards are great for holiday greetings because they can display a family photo in a really unique way!

Now through December 31st Twist Cards are 20% OFF!

Add a wrap to your twist

You can also add a vellum wrap to your twist card so that you can insert a wallet sized photo to give your friends and family a memento they will cherish forever!

Don’t have the time or patience to make your own cards? Contact me! I can help you purchase the supplies to do your own, find just the right card you are looking for, or create something uniquely yours.

If you do go to envelopments.com and shop online, you will be given the opportunity to choose a local vendor during your purchase. If you could choose Paper Pod Designs I’d be so grateful! This is a great way to show your love to local small businesses, like Paper Pod. 

July 3, 2012 / paperpod

Paper Pod Designs LLC is WeddingWire Rated 2012

Dayton, OH – July 3, 2012 – WeddingWire is excited to announce that Paper Pod Designs LLC is WeddingWire Rated in 2012 for Invitations and Wedding Stationery. WeddingWire Rated is the annual ratings program that recognizes wedding professionals across the country for their commitment to service and is the most recognized and trusted brand among engaged couples, as they start their search for local wedding businesses. The ratings program is based on hundreds of thousands of recent newlywed reviews of over 200,000 wedding professionals in the US and Canada, across 20 different service categories.

Paper Pod Designs LLC has 6 reviews on WeddingWire. Reviews by our newlywed clients include detailed ratings and insightful descriptions about their experiences working with our business and staff. Our reviews provide transparency for potential clients, assisting them in making informed decisions for their big day.
“We are very pleased to announce WeddingWire Rated 2012, recognizing Paper Pod Designs LLC for their commitment to exemplary service in Invitations,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire, Inc. “Paper Pod Designs LLC has shown dedication to their craft and service, helping engaged couples understand what to expect from their business through reviews on the nation’s leading wedding review site.”
As the largest site for wedding reviews, WeddingWire empowers engaged couples with the most comprehensive and trusted review system available in the wedding industry. WeddingWire Rated provides Paper Pod Designs LLC with the distinction of being WeddingWire Rated and a simple platform to capture client feedback from their wedding planning experience. Engaged couples can easily access all of the reviews for Paper Pod Designs LLC on WeddingWire.com. We have all of our newlywed clients to thank for our WeddingWire Rated 2012 recognition.

For more information, please visit Paper Pod Designs LLC on WeddingWire at http://www.weddingwire.com/vendor/VendorViewStoreFront%3fvid%3dfd47ba3c496001ca. For more information on WeddingWire Rated 2012, please visit http://www.WeddingWire.com.
About WeddingWire, Inc.
WeddingWire, the nation’s leading marketplace serving the $70 billion wedding industry, is the only online wedding planning resource designed to empower both engaged couples and wedding professionals. For engaged couples, WeddingWire offers the ability to search, compare and book over 200,000 local wedding vendors, from wedding venues to wedding photographers. WeddingWire also offers an online community and a suite of cutting-edge planning tools for weddings, including wedding websites and wedding checklists, all at no charge. For wedding professionals, WeddingWire is the only all-in-one marketing platform for businesses online and on-the-go. WeddingWire offers one simple solution to build a professional network, improve search visibility, manage social media and reach mobile consumers. Businesses that advertise with WeddingWire appear on WeddingWire.com, ProjectWedding.com and other leading sites, including MarthaStewartWeddings.com, Brides.com and Weddingbee.com.

June 8, 2012 / paperpod

Real Weddings: Amanda + Todd

In my showroom, I have some of my past work for clients on display. It’s a great way for future clients to see samples of my work and my style, but also to get ideas for their own events.

That was the case for Amanda.  She saw an invitation for a wedding I did in 2010 and liked it so much, she just wanted the paper colors changed to coordinate to her wedding colors. This invitation is popular with brides, and actually, I’m currently working with another bride on a version of this invitation!

I met with Amanda when I was just under 4 weeks until my due date and she was 9 weeks out from her wedding so time was running short! But since she knew exactly what she wanted, it wasn’t a problem. Although I was slightly worried I’d go into early labor, I didn’t and she picked up her invitations 3 days before my scheduled c-section. (I did go into labor, but it was actually on the day I was scheduled to have my son. He was meant to be born on April 20th! LOL)

The original 2010 invitation uses paper from a supplier that I no longer utilize, but here it is, along with the program and place card:

Elizabeth + Logan

Amanda and I chose papers that coordinated with her bridesmaid dresses. We also chose a different font for the monogram and names. Here is Amanda + Todd’s invitation:

Amanda + Todd

Paper: Envelopments Peacock layer, White Micah BRO01 layer, and White Micah printed pieces.
Black satin ribbon.

Pricing (one of the most popular questions I get!) for this invitation suite was $5.40 each. But of course, any variation in papers and graphics can change the price higher or lower.

She also ordered a ceremony program. This is one of my more popular programs; it’s just a 5×7″ card stock with printing on both sides. Hers was printed on White Micah – one of the most popular papers I use.

Ceremony Program

These programs are great. Not only are they affordable (I currently charge $1.50 each for something like this), but they can be coordinated with your invitation and other stationery by using the same fonts and any graphics. In this case, we used the same monogram and fonts, which really added that personal touch.

So, there you have it! A real wedding, with real info on pricing and papers. I hope this helps you when you are shopping for your invitations!

Please note, all prices subject to change. All paper and embellishment subject to availability.