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My word for 2014

December 31, 2013 | 3 Comments

Have you ever picked a word for a new year? Not so much a resolution as a reminder. Something to encourage, uplift, or drive you. Last year, my word for myself was prayer. I just wanted to do more of it. I didn’t keep a running tally or anything this year, but I think I succeeded in making it more a part of my life in 2013.

I didn’t think long and hard about a word for 2014. It just popped into my head and I knew that was the one. This year has been a difficult one (although I’m well aware that it was much harder for others and that I do have good things to look back on as well). For me, 2013 seemed to be defined by health issues, stress, panic attacks, and loss.

For 2014, sure, I have goals I want and need to meet for this business. I’m still driven. But this year, I know that this word needs to define much of who I am. My word for 2014 is…

 

still

 

I need to be still. I need to take the time to REST and remember I like sleeping in and reading a book on the weekends. I like having time to do absolutely nothing. And amid the business owner and designer and wife and million other hats I wear, I need to nurture that girl, too. Or she turns into an overworked, stressed out, unhappy person.

But for me, the word STILL is not just about being still. With all that bad stuff going on in 2013, STILL is a reminder that He’s still here. God’s still here. He’s still on my side. He’s still waiting. He’s still loving. He’s still mine. And I am still his. And maybe I lost sight of that a bit in 2013.

So there’s my word for the upcoming year.

I wish you everything that’s good in this world in the New Year. Have a happy 2014.

What’s your word?

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10 ways to display Christmas cards

December 17, 2013 | Leave a comment

10 ways to display your christmas cards

You’re probably getting Christmas cards by the armloads by now. But what to do with them so you can see and enjoy them instead of just having them pile up on the table? Here are 10 ways to display your Christmas cards:

via HomeLife

via Our Nesting Place

 

via Songbird Blog

 

via Spotted Ink

 

via Shanty 2 Chic

 

via Sweet C’s Designs

 

via iVillage

 

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via UsefulDIY.com

 

via Eline Pellinkhof

 

via MarthaStewart.com

 

If you’re still busy writing your own Christmas cards but are worried your friends and family won’t be able to read them, check out these 5 ways to quickly improve your handwriting.

Merry Christmas!

THIS: Bringing social media to paper

December 13, 2013 | Leave a comment

Most of us these days spend a good bit of time using social media. And whether it’s Twitter or Instagram, we keep seeing the same phrases again and again. But it made me giggle to think about putting those words on paper and sending cards like you would a tweet. I hope it makes you giggle too.

social media/blogger stationery

This set is now available in the shop! Maybe I’m a teeny bit biased, but I think they’d be great sticking out of the stockings of your social media-loving friends for Christmas.

Which is why I’m teaming up with my friend Kait at CommuniKait.com to give you AND a friend a set! Just head on over to her blog to enter!

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Time’s running short to get your holiday cards out to your friends and family! If you’re not sure how to personalize them for the recipients, here are a few ideas on what to write inside your Christmas cards.

Three Days of Free Christmas Printables

November 29, 2013 | Leave a comment

Got your shopping slippers on? (You’re online, so no shoes required.) Here are the deals and cool stuff — *coughcough free printables* — we’ve lined up for your shopping pleasure this weekend:

free shipping through monday

Firstly, FREE SHIPPING in the U.S. Friday through Monday (midnight EST). Just use the code SBSHIP when you check out.

For Black Friday:

printable gift tags

ALL orders (no minimum purchase) will receive free printable gift tags that match our Christmas cards! So mix and match ‘em, use them for gifts with your photo cards, or if you still need cards, well that whole free shipping plus free stuff works out pretty well for you.

 

For Small Business Saturday:

christmas card and gift planner

ALL orders (no minimum purchase) will receive a free printable 5-Year Christmas Card & Gift (and Recipe) Organizer. Keep all your Christmas card addresses in one place, mark down who sent you a card, keep track of your gift ideas and who sent you presents, and write down new recipes you might’ve come to love this holiday season.

 

For Cyber Monday:

printable christmas return address labels

ALL orders (no minimum purchase) will receive free printable return address labels that you can customize with your address. Keep the theme going on the outside of your cards with these labels that match our cards, or use them just because they’re cute. Either way.

If you miss any of the free printables, they’ll be available to purchase in the shop the next day.

Don’t forget we’ve got more than Christmas cards! There are stationery sets like our popular {not sent from my iPhone} cards and art prints that would make perfect gifts for your family and friends.

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We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Let the Christmas season officially begin!

2013 Christmas Cards

October 22, 2013 | Leave a comment

I know, I know. It’s too early for Christmas. But let me just remind you that it’s only 63 days away. Mmmkay? AND you have to send out Christmas cards EARLIER so they get to {enter person here who gives you a hard time for not sending Christmas cards} on time. So that’s even less days. So. As I was saying.

I’ve been brainstorming and designing some new stuff for Christmas this year. Let’s look at some pretty pictures, shall we?

Noel Snowflake Christmas Card by Red Letter Paper Co Glory Snowflake Christmas Card by Red Letter Paper Co Peace Snowflake Christmas Card by Red Letter Paper Co Nativity Christmas Card by Red Letter Paper Co Nativity Christmas Card by Red Letter Paper Co O Holy Night Christmas Card by Red Letter Paper Co Merry Little Christmas Card by Red Letter Paper Co You and Me Under the Mistletoe by Red Letter Paper Co Snowed In Christmas Card by Red Letter Paper Co

Everything’s available in the shop now! Happy 63 days till Christmas!

Does the mail run during a government shutdown?

October 1, 2013 | 1 Comment

does the mail run during a government shutdown

You might have woken up this morning to the news of a government shutdown and wondered if you’ll still get mail today. Well…

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night — nor government shutdown — stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

The government may be shuttered for now, but the Post Office isn’t! The US Postal Service relies on revenue from stamps — and you sending mail — for its income and doesn’t get tax dollars for regular operations, which means it’s exempt from the shutdown. Which means you’ll keep getting mail and packages.

So keep sending cards and writing letters. Because who couldn’t use a little pick-me-up during a government shutdown, right?

i'm glad you're always there for a pick-me-up

8 things to do with 50 cents

September 26, 2013 | 1 Comment

8 things to do with 50 cents

– Buy a gumball.

– Get two handfuls of Runts candy from the dispenser at the grocery and/or creepy pizza place.

– Alternate choice: a cheap tiny plastic toy/sticker/temporary tattoo.

– Buy a trinket at a yard sale.

– Pay a toll (on a few roads, anyway).

– Park for 17 minutes on the street in Seattle.

– Halfway dry your clothes at a laundromat.

For now, a regular stamp still costs you 46 cents. But if you haven’t heard, the US Postal Service is proposing a 3-cent stamp price increase in the new year, bringing the price of a first-class postage stamp to 49 cents. That may sound like a lot, considering usually they only increase by a penny a year, but it’s desperate times for the USPS.

So considering there’s not much else you can do with 50 cents — and certainly not much WORTH something — use it to buy a stamp and send a handwritten note. You’ll make a lasting impact with your 50 cents. I promise.

not sent from my iPhone by Red Letter Paper Co

Granny

September 19, 2013 | Leave a comment

On a ship off the shore of Korea, he wasn’t allowed to turn on any lights at night. And so he sat on the deck, reading her letters by moonlight.

I learned that about my grandparents at my granny’s funeral last week. They were married for 58 years before she succumbed to Lou Gehrig’s Disease, or ALS, on Sept. 7.

granny and grandpa

I have lots of memories of her. As a kid, I spent a ton of time at their house during the summers. We did a lot of shopping. She didn’t like cheese. (I know, I don’t understand either.) One summer, we had a particularly fun water fight after I turned a hose on her and she grabbed a second one. It’s one of my favorite memories of her.

When my husband and I got married, she gave us a quilt she made by hand just for us. A couple weeks before her death, I went through a bunch of cards from our wedding as we were cleaning out to move. Hers was in the stack, saying there was “love in every stitch” of that quilt. And I believe it.

grandparents and girls.jpgThat’s me on the right, and Granny is holding my little sister.

While we visited a few times a year as kids, as an adult, I didn’t make it back to Kentucky where my grandparents lived very often. Thankfully, we stopped there for an evening as we drove from New York to Santa Fe last year, and I’m so glad I got to spend some time with her and my grandpa before she got really sick.

Losing her is immeasurably sad. But her legacy is great. At her funeral, the church was FULL of people whose lives she touched. I am just one.

But I was blessed to be her granddaughter.

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I’m kind of homesick for a country
To which I’ve never been before;
No sad goodbyes will ever be spoken,
 And time won’t matter any more.

Beulah land, I’m longing for you,
And, some day, on thee I’ll stand,
There my home shall be eternal.
Beulah land, sweet Beulah land.
 
I’m looking now across the river
Where my faith will end in sight;
There’s just a few more days to labor,
And then I’ll take my heavenly flight.

Beulah land, I’m longing for you,
And, some day, on thee I’ll stand,
There my home shall be eternal.
Beulah land, sweet Beulah land.
 
((Beulah Land, sung by my father at Granny’s funeral))

Why send a hand-written note?

September 5, 2013 | 1 Comment

A guest post by my friend, Amanda.

I must have been eight or nine years old, maybe even younger. I was an avid reader, and it seemed that all of my favorite books described deep friendships formed through the writing of heartfelt letters.

It was then that I started hoping for a pen pal, and not long after my wish came true: a missionary friend of ours was looking for someone to write letters home to, and we began sending handwritten notes across the ocean.

He wrote about the slums, the poorest of the poor, and how much they need Jesus.

I wrote about bicycle parades around our cul de sac, and what I was learning in school.

He wrote about life lessons like sleeping on a hard wooden board, and how thankful it he was that it was off the ground, other wise he’d be sleeping with cockroaches.

I wrote about Sunday school lessons and science experiments that were more interesting to my brother than they were to me.

We told our stories. We shared life lessons. We exchanged Biblical truths.

There’s more than just passé charm in a handwritten letter. It’s more than just an antiquated and delightful form of communication.

A hand-written note is an investment in the life of another precious soul.
Handwritten correspondence is an ages old, tried and true method of communication and relationship. Without it whole nations might not have been established. And without handwritten letters, our Christian Scriptures — the Holy Bible — would be missing the vast majority of the New Testament. Our entire understanding of Christian living, church life, spiritual gifts, Biblical conflict resolution, and grace would be missing key aspects that form our theology and beliefs.

Think about the love and devotion that Paul, Luke, and Peter put into writing their epistles to the early Christian church. They gave of their time, and were willing to risk persecution and death in order to encourage, disciple, and guide the early church through perilous times. They quite literally invested their own lives into the lives of millions of saints that were to come after them. Their resolve was unwavering and their legacy is unending.

A hand-written note is a social thread that knits our lives together in intimacy and camaraderie.
Before we were connected to each other in five or six different ways, there was pen, paper, and a stamp. Three items that individually serve very little purpose, but together they crafted history making documents, told stories of scandal and valor and tragedy, and connect us one to another.

Taking time to write a note of encouragement, condolence, congratulations, or a simple hello, ascribes value to the recipient, and connects us in a way that goes beyond 140 characters and emoticons. Through letter writing our hearts become engaged in the correspondence, forging friendships that may last a lifetime.

The tradition, the charm, the sophistication of letter-writing, there are many reasons to write a hand-written letter!

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In 2012, after opening up about her three year journey through infertility, Amanda decided to combine her desire for connecting like-minded women with her passion for story crafting and launched a Christian lifestyle blog, A Royal Daughter. Facing unexplained infertility wrecked her in the most painful, yet glorious way, and gave her a platform to share what so many infertile women want to say, but often don’t. Her desire is to offer to those who do not know the pain first hand an inside look at infertility and to encourage those who face the frustrating struggle to do so with grace and dignity.

 

Find Amanda online at her blog, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Instagram. No really. Go find her. You won’t regret it.

You are so loved. Seriously.

August 29, 2013 | 1 Comment

A guest post from my friend, Jill.

I love the fact that Stephanie’s business, RLPCo, is based on words.
And, ironically, that it is based on using a few words to convey deep thoughts…
And that the most important words, are Words from God.

I like to write in bullet points, but without bullet points,
Because I learned to write
By using an outline and then filling that outline in.
It’s the only way I can even think about organizing my thoughts.

I like to use ellipses…(those three dots there, that is an ellipsis)
I like to leave my thoughts open for more thoughts…
Instead of closing them, off…
It helps me keep my mind open to new ways of thinking.

I like to write in hashtags
Because I am #addictedtoinstagram
Most of my hashtags are singular in existence
Because no one else is stupid enough to create hashtags like me.

But if you look on Instagram
For the hashtag #youaresoloved
You will find a lot of posts…not just one
Because I say that A LOT.

you are so loved seriously

It’s not important to me if you are political or religious or rich or poor
Or hipster or preppy or pretty or ugly or smart or stupid (well…. just kidding)
Or popular or a loner or whatever
I want you to know, that you are loved.

My love for you is imperfect…
I’m limited by my sin and humanity,
It doesn’t mean I don’t love you, because I do,
But my love for you comes because He loved me…
I don’t love you because I HAVE to,
I love you because I’m free to.
I don’t have to look at how we are different, or the same, or anything else
I love you because I have the freedom to love you…

If I were an RLPCo card,
The front of me would say,
“You are so loved, seriously.”
And the back of me would say
“We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

What would you say if you were an RLPCo card?
What would your simple message be?

Find Jill online at 99wpm.com,
on Facebook here,
on Twitter here,
and definitely, DEFINITELY go follow her on Instagram.

Parting is such sweet sorrow

August 19, 2013 | 1 Comment

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My computer is like my child. Besides my husband, it’s the thing I spend the most time with. I love it. And like a child, sometimes it drives me completely nuts. Although the spinning wheel of death is more like Mac putting ME in timeout.

So here I am, preparing to send my baby off to summer camp for two weeks. Only on a moving truck. I keep thinking of things I need or want to do before I pack him up. But eventually I must face the facts and wave goodbye for a little while. Send him off on his own for an adventure from Santa Fe to Seattle, where we’ll meet again.

Mac is already preparing for the trip, wrapping up projects, filling orders, writing blog posts. He’s got only a few days left to get it all done.

I’ll be closing up shop for a bit while Mac makes his trek. I will accept orders through Wednesday, Aug. 21 and they will be shipped in our normal time frame. On Wednesday night, I will put my shop in vacation mode. Thanks to Mac’s little brother, iPhone, I’ll still have access to email and Etsy messages so I can answer any questions that might pop up, and so you can check in on me to see how I’m doing without my baby around.

Mac and I will reunite on Sept. 3, but we may need some time together before the shop goes back online (and also while we wait for whoever Internet provider to show up).

So long, Mac. Have a great trip. See you in Seattle.

How to Repost on Instagram

August 15, 2013 | 2 Comments

Ever see images on Instagram that say to repost and win something awesome? That’s great if you know how to respost on Instagram. If you’re not sure how to do it, well, that causes a sad face and no prize.

how to repost on instagram

So here’s how to repost on Instagram: Take a screen shot of the image, then upload the image from your photo library.

Not sure how to do a screen shot? Here’s how to on a few popular model phones.

iPhone: Press home button and power button briefly at the same time. Screen will flash white.

Samsung Galaxy S4: Press home button and power button briefly at the same time.

HTC One: Press power button and volume down button at the same time.

Nokia Lumia: Press the power button and the start button at the same time.

Still not sure? Try googling your phone brand and the word “screenshot.” That should do it!

Once you’ve got your screenshot, open Instagram. Choose the camera button in the middle, then on the next screen, click the little square to the left of the camera button — it should be showing the last image you put into your photo library. Choose your screenshot image. Crop as desired, and go from there! And don’t forget to add any hashtags you need to participate in the giveaway!

Hope that helps you participate in Instagram sales and giveaways!