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Balancing Act

Balancing Act

After 9 months of working from home, the one question I get repeatedly from friends and customers alike is: So how do you like working from home? In some cases, the inquiry comes from genuine curiosity; in others, it sounds like a loaded question–as if […]

On the Move

On the Move

Hey, guess what? We’re moving this week! You’ve heard the rumors…so let’s set the record straight, shall we? After 11 years in business, 2016 had me noodling on how to continue to grow while meeting the needs of my clients in the absolute best way possible. So, I did what […]

Some days you need scones

Some days you need scones

Truth: As a business owner, for the most part I get to decide what to do every day. Some days that can be a blessing (all right, most days), and sometimes it’s a curse (especially without a team of coworkers to help keep the creative juices […]

Bridesmen and Groomsmaids: Not Your Mother’s Bridal Party

Bridesmen and Groomsmaids: Not Your Mother’s Bridal Party

For much of my adult life, and even during my teenage years, I’ve felt like “one of the guys” in many ways. Growing up, I even cut off my Shirley Temple curls at the age of three, purportedly so I could “run faster” like my big brother. […]

10 Things to Ask Your Stationer {and we hope that’s us!}

10 Things to Ask Your Stationer {and we hope that’s us!}

Wedding Season has begun! Wait- what’s that you say? But it’s January! Yep, that’s right… And in the world of wedding industry professionals, this is the beginning of our busiest time of year since most couples plan weddings that will take place during the months […]

Get Over Yourself {and Do It}

Get Over Yourself {and Do It}

I’ve been stewing all morning about what I should be doing differently… with my business, with my life, and with my relationships. There’s just an overarching feeling that I’m not quite doing something “right.” And I’ve felt somewhat paralyzed by indecision as I’ve been swirling […]

Holy @&*!, Ten Years!

Holy @&*!, Ten Years!

The Envelope celebrated its tenth anniversary on September 3, 2015 – that’s ten whole years of being open for business! In some ways I can’t believe how fast the years flew by, and in other ways it seems like an entire lifetime. To say I’ve […]

Spotlight: Designers’ Fine Press

Spotlight: Designers’ Fine Press

Lush letterpress you can afford to love …without scrimping on the materials you love. Choose from a variety of papers, including Crane’s 100% recycled cotton tree-free Lettra paper. Customize your selection with your choice of inks and typestyles. Designers’ Fine Press was born with the idea that […]

Love Letters

Love Letters

“I’m deep into writing love letters…” she said as she walked in the door. “I hope you can help me. I was up until 3 a.m. because the words kept pouring out.” Simply put, I love this. I love that people are still writing love […]

Spotlight: Midori

Spotlight: Midori

Decadent. That’s the one word I would use to describe Midori ribbon. With French double-faced satins, organdy, dupioni silk, gros grain, velvet, velvet satin, custom tidings ribbon and more, you’ll never be without the perfect ribbon ever again. Midori also offers gorgeous handmade gift wrap and boxes. […]

Words to Live By

Words to Live By

“Make good choices today,” my mom said as we hung up the phone this morning. Really? I’m a woman in my thirties, and my mother is reminding me to “make good choices”? I actually laughed out loud. But as soon as I hung up, her […]

Listen

Listen

I recently fell in love…with an old building in Centerville that caught my eye last Summer when it came up for sale. As I walked through it, it spoke to me. Not once, not twice, but every time I set foot inside it. The building […]

Spotlight: Curly Girl Design

Spotlight: Curly Girl Design

It’s hard to find adequate words to describe Curly Girl Design…they are consistently a favorite among our customers due to their witty and heartfelt expressions that seem to find the perfect words for every occasion. When I first met Leigh, the designer, and stumbled upon this […]

Not There Yet

Not There Yet

Eight years under my belt. Today marks the beginning of my ninth year as an entrepreneur. Somehow when I wasn’t looking I turned into a grownup. This definitely warrants a cupcake. Let me try to describe the feeling I had driving to the shop today, […]

Good Steaks Don’t Require A1

Good Steaks Don’t Require A1

With the societal trend toward whatever is better, faster, and smarter, I’ve noticed (and I’m sure I’m not the only one) a decline in the overall quality of goods and services in the marketplace. It’s become evident that as big box retailers work themselves into […]

Like Chivalry, Paper Is Not Dead

Like Chivalry, Paper Is Not Dead

It’s been a long time since I cried over paper. And before you go thinking I’m a big ninny, I can assure you that it doesn’t happen very often, but when it DOES, there’s a pretty good reason for it. In fact, the last time […]

Knuckling Up

Knuckling Up

When was the last time you challenged yourself? I mean really challenged yourself. Have you ever reached for something that wasn’t even on your radar six months ago? Have you ever pushed yourself to do something that you didn’t think was possible? When was the last time […]

Spotlight: Old Tom Foolery

Spotlight: Old Tom Foolery

I borrowed the following excerpt from Joel and Lauren’s website because when it comes to the written word and witty expression, they simply can’t be outdone. These two are truly awesome people with such fun personalities, which I think is obvious from the poster of […]

Spotlight: Envelopments

Spotlight: Envelopments

  We do custom. This is where it all begins…Consistently over the past decade, I haven’t seen any one company rival the popularity of this custom design invitation line. Envelopments offers the ability to create your own one-of-a-kind invitation using layers of gorgeous card stock, original artwork, […]

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

There’s something about familiarity that you just can’t put a price on. Think about it. The folks from Cheers nailed it. What is it that makes you decide where you’re going to shop, get a cocktail after work, or buy a special gift for someone? […]

Art in the Burg

Art in the Burg

Come experience a vibrant collaboration of art by three local Dayton artists and community leaders at an Opening Reception Friday, June 15th. The Opening Reception kicks off the beginning of a special exhibit that will run through July 5th, featuring: Painting on Rusted Steel by […]

The Grass Isn’t Always Greener

The Grass Isn’t Always Greener

UPDAYTON’S “STAY IN DAYTON” MISSION CONTINUES (Written for Dayton City Paper by Annie Bowers) Where will you be on Friday, April 27th? Are you interested in attracting and retaining creative talent in the Dayton Region? If so, join close to 200 fellow Daytonians and community […]

Start Something

Start Something

“You don’t have to know where you’re going to be headed in the right direction.” I took the advice of a marketing guy I know and decided to use my most recent fortune from P.F. Chang’s as my blog post topic this week. (And by […]

Spotlight: Waste Not Paper

Spotlight: Waste Not Paper

Over 15 years ago, the founder of Paper Source was on a mission to buy natural raffia ribbon. Only available in large quantities, she purchased the bulk ribbon and set out to sell smaller portions of this natural product to other retailers. And thus, waste not […]

The Power of One

The Power of One

I was pulling into the parking lot at work the other day, and I had this crazy idea… What if there was only one homeless person? Now I know that sounds ridiculous, but I just thought, “If there was only ONE person who needed  a […]

Look Ma, {I’m using my} hands!

Look Ma, {I’m using my} hands!

Just once this week, I challenge each of you to put down the laptop, the iPad, the smart phone….and make something with your hands. And don’t tell me you’ve forgotten how to do that. Remember in elementary school how we had art class at least […]

Spotlight: Tag & Co.

Spotlight: Tag & Co.

Simply put, this is one of our favorites. From the first time I met the owner, Tom, at the National Stationery Show in 2006, we were sold on the quality and integrity of this company’s designs, finished products and unsurpassed customer service. If you’re looking for beautiful […]

Sharing the (Local) Love

Sharing the (Local) Love

There’s been quite the hullabaloo lately surrounding the notion of “keeping it local” and supporting local businesses. Why all the fuss? Well, it’s like this: when small businesses support each other, it creates a sense of community. When there is a sense of community, people […]

< = > (less equals more)

< = > (less equals more)

If you’ve talked to me at all over the past month or two, you’ve probably heard me mention the term “minimalism” once or twice. Part of my excitement over this concept started during the research I did for a Dayton City Paper article that came out […]

Amidst the Holiday Chaos…

Amidst the Holiday Chaos…

…don’t forget to slow down, make time for friends and loved ones, and try to remember that this time of year isn’t about rampant consumerism, or the latest technological gadgety doo-dads, or the eight dozen cookies you need to make for the school cookie exchange. […]

The Color of Energy

The Color of Energy

There should be more days when we allow ourselves just one goal: create beauty. I’ve had the unique opportunity to spend some time in the Front Street studios, working and painting alongside renowned artist, Mike Elsass. Mike’s Dayton gallery, “The Color of Energy,” and countless others […]

Don’t Try…Do It.

Don’t Try…Do It.

As I walked out of Boston Stoker this morning, chai in hand, I realized something. I had just wished the barista a happy Labor Day weekend, and he responded, “You have a good weekend, too!” To which I replied, “I’ll try…” Now, why did I […]

Change vs. Complacency

Change vs. Complacency

I had a hard time deciding which noun to use in the title of this post- does “complacency” accurately depict what happens when a business refuses to grow and adapt to the changing times? I also thought of the word “atrophy” because if we fail […]

Guacamole…go ahead, you’ve earned it

Guacamole…go ahead, you’ve earned it

For any of you who have happened to make it through all of the FAQ’s (and actually read the blurb at the top about not getting answers to ALL of your questions), here is the final answer to a pretty darn important life question, if […]

Communicating 101

Communicating 101

There is a poignant greeting card from Curly Girl Design that says “It is without question our duty to honor the love of every human heart as we would our very own.” I just had a woman stop in and buy this particular card to […]

Free Hugs

Free Hugs

I took this picture in Times Square in May as I marveled at this guy who was offering free hugs to passers-by on the street. There is something so honest and vulnerable about a stranger on the streets of New York asking for hugs, but […]

The Art of the Written Note

The Art of the Written Note

“The concept of a handwritten note, a wax seal, and the whole nine yards is kind of lost on the public at large these days,” he said as he looked through paper selections trying to find the perfect stationery to represent his personality and taste. […]

In the Spirit of the Holidays

In the Spirit of the Holidays

As I sit here taking a small break from the hustle and bustle, I am reflecting on this past year, and realizing how lucky I am. First and foremost, I’m so lucky to have such a cool, smart, sensitive little boy that I get to […]

Noteworthy

Noteworthy

I had an enlightening experience today that reminded me of the caliber and integrity of our customers. A young man stopped in today explaining that he was in a major time crunch and hoped we could help. His wedding is next weekend, and the company […]