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Updates on Greeting Cards and Stationery from Lost Art Design

2018 November Subscription Box

Christopher Lykins

2018 November Subscription Box

Monthly subscriptions keep you ahead of the game with one birthday card, one thank you card, and two (more or less) general cards. This box was sent out in October and included a Thanksgiving card and a general gift card. Here's why I chose each card:

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What Is a Greeting Card Subscription Box?

Christopher Lykins

What Is a Greeting Card Subscription Box?

  I worked for several years in a small stationery shop—my friends loved it! I was their easy connection to greeting cards for all manner of situations in which one might need a greeting card—birthdays, mother’s day, holidays, etc. When I left the stationery store, my best friend lamented that his easy source for greeting cards was lost. He reasoned that most small stores closed before he got off work. The post office closed before he got off work. It was all such a hassle. When I mentioned that one of the reasons I had left the store was to design...

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Is stationery a "lost art"? Not with a greeting card subscription.

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Is stationery a "lost art"? Not with a greeting card subscription.

It's been a little over a year since I left a small stationery store in Chattanooga, Tennessee to start my own line of cards under the name Lost Art Stationery. I worked at that little shop for four years. Nearly every day someone would stop in and say, "Ooohhh...writing notes is such a lost art!" It irked me. Writing notes is not a lost art. We write every day! It's true that today's correspondence happens most often over email or social media, but we do write every day. The more we are inundated with emails, Facebook posts, tweets, and Instagram pics;...

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We're headed to the 2017 National Stationery Show

Christopher Lykins

We're headed to the 2017 National Stationery Show

We're excited to announce we will be showing our greeting cards at the 2017 National Stationery Show, May 21–24 at the Javits Center in New York.  The National Stationery Show (NSS) has been happening for more than 70 years. It is billed as "the only stationery market in North America." The show features paper goods from stationery to gift wrap to custom invitations. It not only shows stationery from the world's most recognized names in the industry, it also helps to launch new brands (that's us!) to a national market. If you (or your favorite stationery shop) will be visiting...

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Monograms Versus Ciphers Versus Initials

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Monograms Versus Ciphers Versus Initials

Technically a monogram requires more than one letter, a bit confusing since "mono" means one. A monogram requires two or more letters that make a new form, the letters must be so "entangled" that they cannot be separated from the whole. For instance the monogram on the right, SAB, is completely dependent upon all three characters to maintain its form. If one were to remove the "S", both the "A" and the "B" would lose their crossbars. Today when we refer to monograms we are most often actually referencing a cipher which is two or more letters that are not...

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