When Grace from The Big Reveal ask me to design holiday gift tags for her “Creative Ways to Package Holiday Cookies” post, I kinda jumped for joy (and declared myself insane). That’s totally normal, right? I know, I know, it sounds weird especially since we spent the entire week cranking out the Wildwood Speakeasy New Year’s Eve party last week. Grace had leverage though. She bribed me by showcasing them on Twin Cities Live today. And I can now say I was on TV…well, kinda. Ok, ok, my holiday gift tags were on TV with Laura’s nuts…technically NOT me, but hey, I’ll take it! At least I can say I know a TV star! Besides, I had started designing these a while back but became too busy to finish, but still itching to complete. This was just the
nudge shove I needed to put on the final touches (and finally decide on a color scheme). I mean, they’ve only been sitting on my desktop since October. (I might be a bit of a procrastinator.)
MORE AFTER THE JUMP
you might remember this post about urban girl office supply thanking me for purchasing a stapler. opening and reading that handwritten note made my heart all sorts of warm and fuzzy, and it got me thinking…we don’t write letters anymore. our mailbox overflows with catalogs, offers for credit cards and bills daily…however, if i’ve signed up for electronic payments, not even visa wants to write me these days. sure, i get texts and occasional emails from friends, but hardly a letter, unless i’m invited to a wedding…and i’ve even received e-vites for those. technology just can’t match the poignancy of a handwritten letter…and in some situations, there’s no substitute for one.
you know the letters i’m talking about, mainly because they stick in your head…you remember who sent them and why…that person took the time to pick up a pen, sat down and thought about the message they wanted to send you. they thought about how to word each sentence and wrote it slow enough that it was legible. you might still have it tucked away in a drawer.
being a graphic designer, i’m drawn to pretty and interesting designs that stand out…and much to the boy’s dismay, i refuse to pick up a box of boring, plain thank yous because they need to be written, we don’t have time to be picky and we’re already 2 weeks late. but i can’t help myself, i have to buy unique cards. besides, if i’m going to take the time to write them, they are going to look pretty damn it. in my mind, a unique card can matter just as much as the message inside. my goal is to make the recipient feel special and tell them why they are special to me.
below is roundup (yes, i know i just gave you a roundup of backpacks i couldn’t help myself) of cards i think are beautiful, unique and pretty. and that tom hanks t.hanks card cracks me up every time! just the thought of sending these out takes me back to the 1980’s. that time before we twittered and facebooked. they make me want to know my postal carrier’s name. i hope you enjoy them and as always, the sources are at the bottom in case you need them. you can also see more that i’ve pinned here!
hello /// yes ma’am
neon pink letterpress thank you /// paper source
chalkboard thank you /// paper source
baby shower thank you /// paper source
a simple hello greeting card /// paper cookie
black and white chevron thank you /// yellow owl workshop
floral thanks ///rifle paper co.
certificate of awesome ///rifle paper co.
floral thank you /// rifle paper co.
floral temporary tattoos /// rifle paper co.
tom hanks t.hanks thank you /// paper source
you are so freaking awesome /// paper cookie
turquoise ombré thank you /// jp stationary
just a little note /// sugar paper
merci beaucoup thank you /// yellow owl workshop