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We’re going entirely printable — closeout sale starts now

August 6, 2015 | Leave a comment

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I’ve been both excited and sad as I prepared to make this announcement. But here it is:

I have decided to transition RLPCo from physical cards and art prints to entirely instant download, printable products.

The last day to buy a physical item will be Labor Day, Sept. 7. After that, everything will switch to a digital format that you can print at home or take to a professional print shop.

Why? I’m transitioning away from cards and into graphic design. I’ve done a lot of design professionally and on the side over the years, and over the last few months it became clear that I no longer wanted to constrain myself to just cards and paper products.

As of this week, I’m launching Stephanie Hinderer Design. The change will allow me to expand outside 4.25×5.5 inches with branding services, web design, print design, photo editing/retouching, and lots of other things. I’m looking forward to new challenges and spreading my wings a bit. But that doesn’t mean I won’t ever add a new card design — it just won’t be as frequently.

So I’m clearing out the current stock with a sale starting right now. The discounts will get bigger as the transition date gets closer, but the inventory will be getting smaller too. If there’s something you want, and you don’t want to print it yourself, grab it now before I run out and it’s gone for good. Toward the end I’ll also be selling some of my tools and supplies, so if you’re a crafter/card maker or know someone who is, keep your eyes peeled.

Shop now with the code CLOSEOUT10 for 10% off everything in your cart. The discounts will get deeper every few days, but remember, once I run out of inventory, that design will no longer be available in a physical product. We’ve already run out of “In your arms is my favorite place to be” cards. Don’t miss out on your favorite.

I’m so thankful for all of your support, whether you’ve been here from the beginning or just found RLPCo recently. The happy feedback I get from customers nearly every day has made this a difficult decision, but in the end, I know it’s the right thing for me. If you have questions or comments, feel free to leave a comment or email stephanie@redletterpaperco.com and I’ll get back to you soon.

Thanks again,

Owner, Red Letter Paper Company

2014 Christmas cards

November 5, 2014 | Leave a comment

I know, I know. You think it’s WAY too early to be talking about Christmas. But it’s not. There are only 7 weeks till it’s here, and when you buy Christmas cards from small indie businesses like this one, you need time for them to ship to you, time for you to write out your cards, and time for them to reach their recipients, ideally BEFORE Christmas Eve. And, you know, maybe figure in a bit of procrastination. (C’mon, admit it.)

So — we’ve added some new Christmas card designs this year and we wanted to share them with you now so you have plenty of time before you need to drop them in the mail.

Here are our new designs for 2014. Which one’s your favorite?

 

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If you want to see ALL of our Christmas cards, check ‘em out here and here.

Welcome to our new website!

October 14, 2014 | Leave a comment

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Phew! We’ve been working like crazy for the last few months on this awesome new website, and we’re excited to FINALLY share it with you. We hope you love it, too!

Take a few minutes to look around. There’s a lot to see, including new cards and a new logo! The new 2014 Christmas card designs are also debuting today. AND, there are two new printable cards in our free Double Printable Card Kit, which you get in your inbox just for signing up for our newsletter.

To celebrate our grand reopening, we’re giving you 25% off all orders TODAY ONLY with the code GRAND.

Plus, all orders on this site through Friday will be entered to win A YEAR OF CARDS and a $10 Starbucks gift card. One winner will get to choose one card for each month, plus two extra for those surprise occasions, and they’re on the house. Along with some coffee.

Thank you for making this new chapter in our business possible. We heart you!

Big news!

June 18, 2014 | 2 Comments

Some exciting stuff has been going on behind the scenes for RLPCo and today I’m excited to share a secret I’ve been keeping… Ready?

We’re partnering with Papyrus.

I know, right?! If there isn’t one in your town and you’re not familiar with it, Papyrus is a high-end card and stationery store with hundreds of stores worldwide. And soon, those stores will include us.

They’ll be offering boxed sets of our “One card isn’t enough to say everything” cards. They’ll look a little different than they do in our shop, but don’t worry, you’ll still be able to get the original from us.

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Before (and even after) I started making cards, I gave a lot of Papyrus cards to others because they seem to fit with my sensibilities, so I’m thrilled to be teaming up with them on this project.

The plan is that the cards will come out in Papyrus stores in the fall. If you can’t wait that long, head over here and pick yours up now.

Thanks for all your support along the way — cool stuff like this is even better because we get to share it with you!

10 years and he’s still the one

June 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

Today, it’s been 10 years since I married this guy.

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He’s the one who inspires my romantic cards.

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He’s the one who supports my crazy dreams.

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He’s the one who makes me better.

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He’s the one who has answered the question “what do you think of this?”
about a bajillion times.

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He’s the one who loves me in spite of all my flaws.

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He’s the one who taught me marriage is harder than it looks.

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And he’s the one who taught me it’s all worth it.

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Here’s to the next 10 years in his arms.

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Instilling handwritten traditions

May 27, 2014 | Leave a comment

My friend Melinda is stopping by today to tell you about how writing cards with her mom became a meaningful tradition she now shares with her own daughters. I hope you enjoy her guest post, and stick around for next week when I’ve got a big announcement…

 

Memories of my childhood are highlighted with scenes of constructing the infamous thank-you note. My mother would set me and my sisters up at the kitchen table to write out our appreciation for gifts received or experiences shared. Prompted by gratitude, my mother led the tradition that intentionally communicated thankfulness.

We always had several different styles of note cards or simple pieces of construction paper to choose from. Whether stately monograms, delicate floral, or a beachside scene; kittens with yarn or majestic calligraphy; we listened to our hearts and chose accordingly. This was the practice of the art of expressing our personal style through thoughtful, crafted messages.

Cards Melinda received from her mom and friends so far this year

Cards Melinda received from her mom and friends so far this year

When we got older my mother would have to remind us to write them, but now as an adult, I thoroughly enjoy reserving the moments spent pouring out love in the notes I send. And equally as much, I experience heartfelt appreciation, from the efforts of another, when receiving one myself.

Yes, we are all busy these days; we are mothers and friends, coming and going. It’s become easy and effortless to shoot a text, tap out an email or post a note on someone’s Facebook page to let them know you are thinking of them. But the warmth of a conversation, a personal touch from a simple observation, delivered by way of paper, is truly matchless.

I have a process when planning to send a note. I think about the person I am reaching out to; considering their personality and acknowledging their circumstance or situation. Then, I pull out the drawer in the sacred space for the sacred tools, and carefully choose the right paper and the right pen; completely intentional and deliberately honoring.  Each aspect, from start to finish, holds hands with one another; cheering on this labor of love.

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Certain cards and notes I receive – I keep. Meaningful messages stand on display around my home; a lingering presence of harmony and solidarity. And as much as the external adornments become treasures to me, it’s the written words within them that fill my home with the lovely aroma of friendship and love.

Today, my mother still remains sharp as a tack with her thank you notes; her matriarchal mannerisms fully on display. Shortly after a holiday spent together, a united celebration, or thoughts of me that pass through her mind, a card is sure to follow.

I anticipate her notes; they dazzle with a glowing impression of her. The color schemes she chooses reflect her heart song and the scene depicted is never short of magnificent. But more than that, they bring her presence with them and our presence is truly the most powerful expression of love we can give to one another.

Today, I set up my daughters around the kitchen table; laying out markers, glitter, and paper cards. I remind them who we are writing to and what message we are communicating. Each daughter, as individual as she is, appoints a palette and chooses her words.

These are the traditions of intentional love; where we sacrifice our time and the cost of a stamp to reach near or far to communicate messages of love and hope; where we set present tasks aside and shine a light on a friend, telling her that she is seen.

This is how we communicate our faith one to another. This is how God’s glory reaches and rescues. And even today, paper remains the most valiant of messengers.

XOXOXO

Melinda

melindaMelinda Cadwallader is a wife, mother, glamour enthusiast and Wonder Woman’s biggest fan.  After her daughter’s diagnosis of Leukemia, she set aside her stylish career of leadership within the beauty industry and took up the most fulfilling, yet challenging, role of her life: matriarch. Melinda now uses her speaking and teaching experience to help build a culture of virtuous and capable, kingdom-minded women. Melinda is currently writing her first book, The New Matriarch, which speaks of how we become influential women, leading our friends, family, and community with a confident faith. You can connect with Melinda at www.equippedwoman.com.

Comic Sans hate: A designer explains why it’s a terrible font

March 4, 2014 | 6 Comments

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If you want to make a designer cringe, there are a few fonts you can ask for in your project that will likely make them look at you cross-eyed. But by far the most egregious font, the one that designers wish never existed, is Comic Sans.

If you follow a designer on Pinterest, you’ve probably seen them pin jokes about just how awful Comic Sans is. Here are a few I’ve pinned in the past:

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The other day, a friend sent me this video. (Fellow designers, fair warning — you may feel violent after watching this.)

After I told him that this induced extreme anxiety and made me want to wash my eyeballs, he asked me what exactly is so awful about Comic Sans. I just told him it’s terrible and to leave it at that, but it got me thinking — what IS so awful about Comic Sans?

And here’s the surprising answer very few designers will admit …

The truth is, nothing is inherently wrong with Comic Sans. Just like you can go to the museum and like a piece of art that your friend totally hates, Comic Sans is the same way. It’s art (cripes, that’s hard for me to say), and whether you love it or hate it is up to you.

But here’s why DESIGNERS hate Comic Sans (and Papyrus and Zapfino and Curlz MT): overuse.

See, back when your computer came with only a handful of fonts, Comic Sans was the only “fun” one. And so with limited options, it became overused. And then people didn’t know when to stop. It is used A LOT in MANY different places, most of which are nowhere near appropriate. There is not much worse in design world than something that’s supposed to be serious that uses Comic Sans. It just doesn’t compute. It’s inappropriate. As a journalist, I equate it to writing punny (yes, punny) headlines on stories about death and destruction. You just shouldn’t do it.

And so we’ve come to hate it. Because there are very few uses — although they do exist — in which Comic Sans is actually appropriate. If you’re not sure, better to just steer clear and use something more … normal.

Personally, I subscribe to this theory:

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by Anneke Short // click image for more of her work

So that’s why designers hate Comic Sans. What do you think? Terrible font? Not so bad? Shocked that a designer has said it’s actually a legitimate font, albeit with few uses? ;)

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If you feel like you’re not sure what font to use now, here are 10 fun (and free) fonts to use instead of Comic Sans. Just remember, a little goes a long way!

A letter to women for Valentine’s Day

February 12, 2014 | Leave a comment

To all women who are feeling busy, tired, gross, and defeated —

Let’s just get one thing out of the way. I make greeting cards. And many of them are for Valentine’s Day. So a lot of the time, I’m imploring men and women to write love notes for February 14th.

But today I have a card for you. You, overworked mom who hasn’t gotten any sleep. You, stressed-out entrepreneur. You, I worked all day and now I have to make dinner. You, single woman who hates Valentine’s Day with a passion. You who didn’t get to go to the gym this week … or last month.

I have a card for you.

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Before you keep reading, just look at it for a sec. Read every word. Slowly.

Did you get it? You are lovely. If you can’t remember the last time you showered, you are are lovely. If you’re single and wondering if he’ll ever show up, you are lovely.  If you need to lose 100 pounds, you are lovely. If you lost your cool and snapped at a co-worker today, you are lovely. If you stepped on a Lego and let out a bad word, you are lovely.

Because YOU are strong. You have people who love you — seriously — even if you don’t know they exist. You are unique. You have dreams. You have value.

So on Valentine’s Day, sure, celebrate your guy or your mom or your child, but remember to celebrate YOU too. Take some time to sit and rest. Be still. Or go hike a mountain, if that’s what makes you feel good. Because you deserve it. And because you are lovely.

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This post is part of the Love Yourself series put together by Amy at The Charming Blog. You can check out inspirational posts for YOU all week!

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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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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.

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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:

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

For Black Friday:

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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:

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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:

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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!

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.

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