Personal stationary on the cheap
In today’s environment of Blackberries, iPhones, and Email it has become more and more common for individuals to simply send messages though text or email. This might be all fine and good for most mundane messages but I adamantly believe that anything that is more formal (aside from business correspondence) or shows appreciation should be hand written and on good paper. Often times this means it must also be expensive, this is not always the case.
I enjoy the benefits of personalized stationary without the obscene costs of printing that would be charged by a firm such as Crane. The answer is very simple and I would assume that many of you are already thinking it. You simply purchase some quality paper (Crane offers packages of 40 sheets and 20 envelopes for under $20) and create your own layout on your computer.
This ultimately offers you more freedom in your stationary than would be afforded by a stationary company. You can select any font you want and become quite creative in your layout. Depending on your field of work or the nature of the note or the recipient this offers you the opportunity to finely craft your stationary to have the most impact. I have a few basic versions saved on my computer and when it comes time to write a letter I slide the paper guide on the printer to to correct position and print out what I need.
Note: Good paper will most likely have a watermark. I prefer to have mine in the correct position to be read if the recipient were to hold the paper to the light while reading. In order to have your paper print correctly it is important to understand how your printer feeds and to insert your stock accordingly.