Paperless Post

This is a sponsored post, but all views and opinions are my own

 image via paperless post

image via paperless post

For the longest time, I fought the digital train. eBooks? No thanks. Digital lists? I’m good. But then, inevitably, the convenience of modern technology would win me over. Why do I need a ton of physical books taking up space and gathering dust? Give me an ereader and let me check out books from the library in the middle of the night. Thanks! Give me a list that I can keep on my phone and also on my computer, so I can constantly be reminded how much I have to do (#momlife).

But one thing that I haven’t even thought about in terms of modern technology is the ecard. I mean, I played around with them in the early days, like AOL early days (ask your grandparents, kid) but those where, well, lame. Some silly poorly made GIF with some royalty free music over it and bad font choices displaying your message. Not something that destined to last.

Then, recently, Paperless Post reached out to me to try their service. Paperless Post is a digital card and invitation company that is stepping up the online card game. They have beautiful designs that are customizable and work for a wide variety of needs.

There are so many designs and fun additional things you can do with their customization tools. You can change backdrops, text, fonts, the envelope, the inside of the envelope, etc.! I mean really the list goes on and on.

 KIDS' BIRTHDAYS

KIDS' BIRTHDAYS

One thing I do like is that you can schedule when your card or invitation will go out. Since I’m previewing this product with no real immediate need, I wanted to see about maybe doing something for Lazy Baby’s birthday next year. I wish I had known about Paperless Post when I was doing Lazy Baby’s birthday invites back in April, probably would have gone through less stress. Now, I can make it and have the invitations scheduled to go out on a later date! Or get those holiday cards done before the task gets away from me. I LOVE that.

 CUSTOMIZING

CUSTOMIZING

I know that these days, I am more likely to have someone’s email address than their actual physical address and I am certain I’m not alone in this. However, if you still want to have your cards/invitations go out IRL, Paperless Post also has a print option.

Anyway, overall, I think this is the future of invitations and mail in general. I wanted to leave you all with some of my favorite designs for a few different occasions.

Thank you so much Paperless post for giving me the opportunity to try out something new and thank you guys for reading! Check them out if you're wanting an online service for your invitations! (This post was in collaboration with Paperless post, store credit was given in exchange for a blog post. All opinions and words are truthful and my own.)


Graduate With Class: Etiquette for Announcements + Invites

This is a sponsored post, but all views and opinions are my own.

 
 PHOTO COURTESY BASIC INVITE

PHOTO COURTESY BASIC INVITE

 

I have a good long while before Lazy Baby is graduating from high school, but I definitely think about it from time to time. Also, as a graphic designer, I'm a sucker for a while designed piece of print and when I saw Basic Invite's products, I wish I would have discovered them before her first birthday! Two things I love about this company are: #1 you can get a printed sample – while this was once standard in the industry, you will be hard pressed to find another company that will do this for you these days and trust me, you want this to make sure that the paper you chose works with the design and images you want; and #2 you can get foil cards in ROSE GOLD – and gold and silver, but come on! Rose gold! I don't care that it's trendy right now, I want rose gold everything.

Moving on, it is graduation season and I thought I would take a moment to help all the soon-to-be grads out there with some basic etiquette when it comes to graduation invitations and announcements.


 PHOTO COURTESY BASIC INVITE

PHOTO COURTESY BASIC INVITE

WHY SHOULD I SEND AN ANNOUNCEMENT?

I get it. You are busy with finals and preparing for college (or if you are graduating from college, you are probably freaking out about finding a job), but you probably did not get to where you are today alone. You need to think about the people in your life who have helped you along the way and share this proud moment with them! Your friends and family want to share this moment with you, even if they can't make it to your actual graduation. An announcement is also a keepsake of this big moment in your life and one that many people will want to have – plus you'll want to have one, too! Finally, think of it as a thank you to all those people who helped get you to this major achievement.


EVERY LAST DETAIL:
Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. This is what we feel sets us apart from almost any other online stationery company and is what we feel is our biggest draw.

WHAT SHOULD IT SAY?

I'm going to break this down for you into two lists:

MUST HAVE:
• Full name
• Graduation year
• Name of the school you are graduating from
• Date of your graduation


EXTRA CREDIT:
• Inspirational quotes
• Where you are going next
• Achievements from your school days
• Graduation wishes


 I love this one. photo courtesy basic invite.

I love this one. photo courtesy basic invite.

HELPFUL TIP:
Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows customers to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request their friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in the customer’s account and can then be selected during the design process.

 
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WHO GETS ONE?

SHORT ANSWER: Everyone your family sends holiday cards to. More specifically:

• Your parents/guardians – let's be honest, they are probably paying for them anyway, so save them one. They really want it, I promise.
• Family + extended family – some of these folks are who you will be inviting to attend your ceremony and/or party, and others are a bit more scattered geographically. Even if you know they aren't going to make it for your graduation, you should still send them an announcement at the very least.
• Friends – sure, most of your friends are probably graduating with you, but I'm sure there are few that have moved away that you keep in touch with via some kind of social media platform and they want to see that you made it! Also, not just your friends, but family friends as well (like that neighbor who helped you with your school fundraiser or something).
• Teachers (and tutors) – let them know that all that hard work and time invested in your education did not go to waste! This one is definitely a "thank you" situation.
• Yourself – keep one for yourself! You can have it to look back on one day (and realize that you were actually not as fat/dorky/awkward/etc. as you thought were at the moment).


 photo courtesy basic invite.

photo courtesy basic invite.

WHEN TO SEND IT

There are two different timelines to consider. If your announcement is also an invitation you need to consider that folks will need to set up arrangements for scheduling, travel, booking lodgings, etc., so you'll want to get these out 2 to 3 weeks before the graduation. 

However, if you are just sending out announcements that aren't invites, you have a bit more wiggle room with you time frame. 2 weeks before graduation to 4 weeks after your graduation is acceptable.

Basic Invite is just as colorful with their envelopes as they are with their invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to their envelopes so that they can make their invitation stand out even before it is opened. All of their envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed.


 photo courtesy basic invite.

photo courtesy basic invite.

DON'T FORGET TO SAY "THANKS!"

First, you need to remember this: NO ONE IS OBLIGED TO GIVE YOU A GIFT. So now that you no longer feel entitled to one, you should feel especially grateful when you do receive one (also, someone taking time out of their own hectic schedules and traveling to share this day with you is a gift, just remember that) and the best way to show some thoughtful gratitude is with the tried and true method of sending a thank you card. So, when you order invitations and announcements, you should order your thank you cards at the same time.


So, there's my tips on some basic etiquette when it comes to graduation announcements and such. I hope you find it helpful. What you will find helpful is Basic Invite's selection of high school graduation party invitationsgraduation invitation cards and personalized graduation thank you cards. I could go on about their other offerings, but let's stay focused on graduation right now. And don't forget, right now Basic Invite is offering 15% off with coupon code: 15FF51!

10 Tips For Your First Comic Con

 
 

Ah, convention season is upon us! If you are going to your first convention this year, here are some helpful tips so you can make the most of your experience! Remember, be safe and have fun!


1. Map it out

If you aren’t familiar with the convention center, be sure to use maps and ask for help finding things. Most conventions are held in large convention centers and you could be walking for a very long time in the wrong direction if you aren't careful.

2. Plan ahead

Use the conventions program to plan your day(s) before you even hit the convention floor. Know what events are being held where and when; as well as, celebrity meet & greets' what panels are going on and which ones you'd like to attend; and parties, opening and closing ceremonies, etc. Having a map of the convention will come in handy for this, as well, since a lot of the time panels can be found on separate floors from the main convention. Also, just know that lines for panels and screenings can get long, so you'll want to plan to some line-time to make sure you get a good seat (or a seat at all!). 

3. Get there early…

…because you don't want to waste precious time in line to get your admittance badge! The lines to get your badge can get super long, especially on opening day; and then, you have to get in line to enter the convention itself. So, plan to be there pretty early before doors open so you don't waste a minute more than you have to on this step.

4.Bring a camera but ask permission before snapping pictures

Cosplayers want to show off their hard work, and many don't mind the photo opts; however, you need to ask permission. They may not want to have their photo taken at that moment, and they are well within their rights to tell you "no." However, you are going to see some amazing things at the con and you will regret not having a means to document it all.

5. Keep your phone charged

Don't have a camera? No problem as these days every cellphone comes equipped with one. However, you are going to want to make sure you keep it charged! Pack a charger to take into the convention with you and when you want to sit down and take a break, find an outlet to sit by and charge up!

6. Hit up the ATM before you go

There may not be an ATM at the convention, plus if there is, you'll probably have to pay ridiculous fees to use it. Bring your cash with you, just be mindful of how you carry it on your person. Also, check to see if the vendors accept credit/debit cards. More and more of them are using Square Readers to make transactions easier.

7. Don't waste money on the first day

If you are going to be going to multiple days, don't spend all your money on the first day. If you are only there for one day, then wait until the last hour or two before you go to spend that cash. Make your rounds at the merchants and check out the goods, and be sure to check out the Artist Alley (my favorite place to be at a convention!) and make mental notes to yourself about what you want to buy. Then, prioritize and spend accordingly. Keep in mind, you can get some great deals on the last day of a convention as sellers and artists start to discount their wares.

8. Eat good food and drink plenty of water

You need to keep your energy up because you are going to be doing A LOT OF WALKING. Drink plenty of water during the convention, even bringing in your own (if the convention allows it, be sure to check the rules). Also, while it is tempting to just throw a bag of chips and some candy in your bag, you are going to need actual nourishment. Bring food to your hotel and eat there when you can to save money. Convention food is expensive and not very good for you. Have some healthy snacks to help you (and your tummy) make it through the con.

9. Don't be "the stinky kid (adult)"

Shower. Every day. Even if you don't shower every day at home, do it while you are going to the convention. You're probably walking a lot more than usual and are in a crowded place. You need to be clean. Also, wear deodorant. Please. For the sake of everyone else within a three foot radius of you, just put some on. I actually recommend bring some with you in your bag because if you are going to be there all day, and if it is a hot day, you're going to want it. Trust me.

10. Wear the right footwear

Like I've said, you are going to be walking. A lot. Wear shoes that you know you will be comfortable in and will provide you with the support you need for all this wear-and-tear. Even if you are cosplaying, keep in mind that you will be doing a lot walking too, so bring some back up shoes.


On June 23-25, The Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con will be making its annual appearance! Use these tips to make the most out of your Con experience! You can check-out Vegas.com to find flight and hotel details if you want to head out to the Comic Con there!