Welcome to my ClassyTip for this week which focuses on:
- Answering Your Questions about Stationery- Tip #13
Last week my ClassyTip covered handwritten notes, and I received a number of questions regarding what sizes and type of stationery should be used. So this week I’ll give you the basics for building your stationery collection.
Before we look at color and sizes, let’s review paper construction. As I mentioned in the last ClassyTip #12, Crane’s 100% cotton fiber is a standard to use for quality. This paper has texture and weight that makes it a pleasure to write on and to handle. There’s an understated elegance and importance given to notes written on good quality paper.
Wood pulp fiber is used to manufacture most paper, and even Crane now uses it to make some of its stationery products. If you’re not sure about a piece of Crane, hold it up to the light and look for the watermark. If it’s 100% cotton you’ll see a translucent image that states this fact.
There are many beautiful papers used for stationery, and your selection will be based upon your taste, the occasion for using the stationery, and your budget.
Formal and business correspondence will require subdued colors in good quality paper. Informal and casual correspondence may run the gamut from simple and elegant to fun and colorful paper.
Having your name engraved on your stationery is certainly a nice touch, but by no means is it necessary. It’s far better to write your thoughts to someone on plain stationery, than to have a box of engraved correspondence cards that are never used.
Correspondence Cards - One of the most useful sizes for a man or woman to write a short hand written note in both social and business circumstances. They’re approximately 6¼ ”X 4¼ ” and made from card stock weight paper. Your name can be engraved at the top center. This card is never folded, and you’ll only write on the front. One or two words scrolled across the card can look just as appropriate as a multi-lined message.
At times you’ll need to write a longer note or a letter. In these cases the following stationery overview will help you with your paper selection. The sizes listed are approximate, and “print’ refers to using a computer or word processor.
Business correspondence - Paper selection is the same whether you’re a man or woman.
-- Company Letterhead
(8½ X 11”)
-- Executive Stationery
- Monarch Sheets (7½ X 10½”)
Correspondence - Men
-- Informals (5 X
- Name engraved – center
Sheets, Half Sheets (6¼ X 8½”)
-- Letter Sheets – Very formal (5¼ X 7¼”)
Your correspondence is a direct reflection of you. The classy person wants the recipient of his or her note to feel special when reading it. The correct stationery selection will reinforce your written message.
I'm Looking forward to sending you another of my ClassyTips next Wednesday. Until then, have a great week, and don't forget to visit my Forum that answers your questions on 'Becoming the Best You Can Be'.
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