Everyone’s Favorite Holiday Card

IMG_0164b.jpgWe are over-flow’n with holiday cards here at the shop this year. There were so many great new designs and companies, so we just decided to carry a bit of everything! Below, you’ll see our staff’s most favorite cards. (above: Antiquaria nailed the more masculine designs this year – great for anyone!!)

g1x002-01copySusan: Ok, so I might be showing my age but Christmas is all about nostalgia for me. Spending the holidays with my beloved grandparents and all my cousins. Lights, action, too much candy, Vernor’s soda, and loads of fun. My parents viewed it all a bit differently, parties, packing up 7 kids, some modicum of discipline and exhaustion. All that aside I can still think about the magical side of this season, fresh snow, presents, lighted Christmas trees, wonderful meals, did I mention presents? You can only imagine what our tree looked like with gifts for anywhere from 11-30 people underneath. I feel the goosebumps coming on now.

So in light of all this nostalgia my choices are two of Rifle’s collection… who can’t smile at Santa riding his sleigh through the night sky of characters from the Nutcracker. These cards show me the season as I remember it from childhood. Rifle has some of the most beautiful cards and wrapping paper this season, so come on in, let us show you, and see if you don’t agree!

image (1).jpegJaimé: This card by Egg Press looks so fresh and fun, truly bringing on new year vibes. The accent of the gold lettering and simple lines pair great with the Moglea wrapping – use a few green sprigs (or cut some paper ones out) to top the gift and these two are perfect together!

image.jpegJaimé: Who doesn’t love a unicorn and the idea of magic during the holidays. I’m imagining this little guy strolling off to leap through this floral scene of black and white Rifle wrapping paper.  Add some red ribbon or twine to catch your eye and these will go together wonderfully!

IMG_0322.jpgTarah: Antiquaria’s simple “Merry Christmas” copper foil greeting’s illustration evokes a playful, childhood nostalgia that I enjoy. This card has a very unique look, unlike any holiday card I’ve seen. Again, I say COPPER FOIL.

Eggpress’s Baaaa Humbug is perfect to send to all the grinches in your life. One year, we used the phrase for our Christmas card using a grumpy picture of our 3 month old, so I think that memory is why I am drawn to it. It’s a well delivered pun with the cute illustration, and the little sheep’s hat and “I don’t give a crap” expression is icing on the cake.

IMG_0317.jpgTarah: For a single holiday card I chose Let it Snow from Emily McDowell because it goes past the holiday spirit and beckons the receiver to go enjoy the wintery outdoors. The season, in its entirety, is something to celebrate — even in the blustery weather. Bundle up, embrace the cold, and go snowshoeing or sledding, just don’t forget your cozy hat!

IMG_0316.jpgTarah: This card set from Moglea is one of my favorites we have in the shop just because of its simplicity — a sweet greeting in a cheery colored letterpress with sturdy cardstock and one-of-a-kind painting. I am so drawn to all of Moglea’s work because each was touched multiple times by their team through the layers embedded in their creative process: from the design, to the paint, to the letterpress — all come together to create beautiful, mailable art.

IMG_0308.jpgAbbey: My favorite holiday find this year was Mister McGinnis’s hairy men cards, wrapping paper and his naughty, naughty reindeer. Love McGinnis’s humor, original drawings, plus I’m a sucker for anything screen printed!

IMG_0314.jpgAbbey: I didn’t intend to add another card, but this particular one catches my eye every day as I walk past. I love everything Moglea produces, and I especially love their simple style here mixed with the profound sentiment. It’s rare you find a love card for the holidays. This one is perfect not only for a spouse, but for a mom, grandparent, sister, close friend, etc. It’s such a special card – a true diamond – and I’m so glad we carry it.

Company Spotlight: Haute Papier

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We are so excited to introduce you to our classy line of personal stationery that 6.25 Paper began carrying this summer. We were eyeing their thick papers and bold designs for awhile and finally took the plunge at the National Stationery Show to carry a few of their custom offerings. 

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Haute Papier (pronounced hoyt pop-E, so fancy right?) began when two friends, Sarah Meyer Walsh and Erin Miller, took one letterpress lesson just out of interest. The two fell in love with the artform, left their day-jobs and bought an antique press. Wallaaah… 10 years later and a lot of hard work, their line keeps growing.

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From fabulous inner-envelope liners, to foil letterpress, and even the option to have your custom signature letterpressed onto stationery. Having these ready on your desk will set apart your business and personal correspondence. After you see and feel these beauties you will agree that email is overrated!

Their custom stationery packages are perfect for an office gift, congratulations for a marriage, graduation, promotion, or just for some added sophistication and fun on your own desk. The samples above can come in foil, letterpress or flat printing. The prices range from $75 to $150 for a set of 50 personalized notes & envelopes that are flat or letterpressed. Liners are optional and foil printing is available for a premium price. 

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Additionally, they have fun neon notepads with white flat-printing, great for stocking stuffers or birthday gifts! Personalized notepads start at just $15 +shipping for a single small pad. They offer great combo packs too!

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6.25 Paper also hosts their custom napkins to correspond with any event. 

Orders take up to 2-3 weeks to get back, so it’s always best to place your orders far in advance. We highly suggest ordering soon if you would like to gift any of these lovelies for the holidays. Mention this post in the store for a 5% discount on your first order of Haute Papier. 

Poetry for Paper Lovers

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Valentines sentiments from Freshly Squeezed in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
(find these and more goodies in the 6.25 Paper Shop in downtown Grand Rapids!)

We are up on Neenah Paper’s blog again with a romantic paper poem and lots of lovely paper eye-candy to swoon over. Check it out and share it with your paper-loving friends:)

The ink is red, and sometimes blue,
Cotton is soft, and so are you.
Thou feel so natural, classic and elegant;
Your impression lasts more than instant:
It endures through time and memory.
Now I know, lasting is your glory.

I will never forget the first time I felt;
That delicate texture made my hear melt.
Those perfect edges, firm and able;
Your grammage and caliper – more than capable
Of weakening my knees and skipping my beat
The world – never the same after our meet.

Although I’ve had many love interests;
None, true as yours, will fill my requests.
Please never change, age or become tainted,
And I promise to keep us acquainted.
Forever our bond will hold,
Like your fibers – so strong – even under fold.

A couple lovies from the 6.25 Paper wholesale line, also available at our Grand Rapids store.

A couple lovies from the 6.25 Paper wholesale line, also available at our Grand Rapids store.

Click here to see the full post on Neenah.
Happy love week!

Letters to Santa

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Encourage your kids to write by having them send a special Letter to Santa at the 6.25 Paper store! All materials provided and Santa will even write back if you wish. We’ll have an area for kids to write their letters set up during all open hours starting Friday Nov. 22nd through Dec. 24th.

We’re also hosting some make and take projects for kids this season. Stop in Nov. 26th or 27th for some Popsicle stick menorahs and Toilet paper roll turkeys! All materials provided and always free! Watch our Facebook page for other upcoming events.

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New 6.25 Wish List!

If you want to support local business this season and are wishing for truly unique gifts under the tree, this will be a great opportunity for you. Come in, grab a card and start making your wish list! We will keep the list safe here at the store – ready for your gift-givers. Plus, when someone purchases an item off your list, they get 10% off!

We’ll keep track of what is already purchased, so you can send the whole family. As a thank you for supporting our lil’ ol’ business during the holidays, we will send you a coupon for 40% off any single item in the store! 

Black Friday Hours: 12-5pm
Small Business Saturday 12-5pm
Watch our facebook page for our extended holiday hours starting in December!