Friday, January 31, 2014

Game Day Entertaining

We've been busy this week and hosting a party for the Super Bowl seems like a lot of work! So we went in search of easy entertaining ideas for a small party at home with our family. Pinterest makes it easy to plan the perfect party, doesn't it?  From dips to cookies, sliders to cake pops, there are some excellent game day recipes to try!

 Find these recipes and tutorials here from these great bloggers:

  1. Football cookies from Catch My Party
  2. Buffalo Dip from Kitchen Addiction
  3. Layer Dip Stadium from Sunshine and Sippy Cups
  4. Game Day Sandwiches from Food Network Canada
  5. Crock-Pot Pork Sliders from Sweet Bella Roos 
  6. Chocolate Football Cake Pops from Love + Butter 

Show your team support every football season with dozens of NFL products found at More Than Paper. From blankets, mugs, money clips and artwork, there's something for every football fan.  Shown here are examples of our wall art and mugs.

So who are you rooting for? Enjoy the big game from More Than Paper!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

All about Pen at Hand

At More Than Paper, we've carried Pen at Hand for years and now through January 31st, we have over 300 products at 10% OFF our already low prices.  

Pen at Hand is the original stick figure company with personalized characters to look like your friends and family printed on all types of stationery and gifts.  Since the debut at the National Stationery Show in 1994, Pen at Hand has been recognized in the Wall Street Journal as best Children's Stationery, the directors of ABC's The View picked several products for Director's Choice, lunch sacks have been featured on NBC's Today Show, and there are hundreds of thousands of happy customers around the world.  We love their quality manufacturing and quick turnaround time. 

It's amazing how specific you can get with your character, the choices are plentiful! Check out all your options for your stick figure "heads" below. 

Choose your stick figure and place it on gift tag stickers like this one for a little girl.  This makes gift giving easy, personal and fun! 

Pen At Hand Stick Figures - Gift Stickers - Beach Girl (Full Color)

Or choose address stickers for your camper to encourage letter writing home while at sleep away camp. 

Pen At Hand Stick Figures - Camp Labels (Bus)

We love these camp notes

Pen At Hand Stick Figures - Camp Postcards (Sport Border)

We have a wide selection of laundry bags! (Who says laundry can't be fun?) 

Pen At Hand Stick Figures - Laundry Bag (Sport - Boy)

We also have tote bags and lunch sacks by Pen at Hand, all which make great gifts. 

Pen At Hand Camp Tote Bag

So what do you think?  What is your favorite Pen at Hand product that we sell?  We have over 300 products from which to choose -- share your favorite here or on our Facebook page!  Shop now through January 31st and stock up for camp, school, and your desk for 10% OFF our already reduced prices!  

Monday, January 27, 2014

Baby Gifts

A new baby is incredibly exciting! There is so much joy for a new family and such promise for the future. How do you welcome a baby? At More Than Paper, we have great ways to welcome baby. 

Find these products here, from top to bottom, left to right: 

Any new mom quickly learns that to determine her baby's schedule, she needs to keep careful records of what the baby is doing.   Writing everything down becomes your guide for the future.  

For this reason, this helpful organizer by Robin Maguire for Chatsworth lets Mom (and Dad) keep careful track of bottle or breast feeding, diaper changes, nap time, awake time, and helps document milestones which can be transferred to a baby book later. Specify a single line of text on the top.  You get two 8.5 x 11" pads, each with 30 personalized sheets, all for $39.00. 
Chatsworth Robin Maguire - Calendar Pads (Oh Baby - Calendar Pad) (DS-10-810-01)

Specify your text color and choose your typesetting to further personalize this gift.  An organized mom is a happy mom, and we think any parent will find this baby organizer useful in the first few months of life.   

What are your favorite gifts for baby or mom? Share them with us here or on our Facebook page! 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Valentine's Day Treat Bags

Are you hosting a Valentine's Day party this year? Or perhaps you are bringing in treats to your children's classrooms.  Today we have a round up of treat bag inspirations and tips on creating your own perfect Valentine's Day Treat Bags.  It's a lot easier than you think with the right supplies. 

Here is our Pinterest round up of the best treat bags out there!  We are using these ideas for inspiration to create our own. Which creation is your favorite? 
Credits for our round up!  Top to bottom, left to right: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9

To make your own treat bags, stock up on some necessary supplies.  To make really cute bags, you will need: 

Here's how to do it, step by step! 
  1. Divide your pile of kraft bags in half. 
  2. Load your stamp on your PSA Standard Stamper pre-loaded with ink, or onto an acrylic block. Stamp onto half of the kraft bags. 
  3. Adhere stickers on the other half of your kraft bags. 
  4. Fill each bag with candy (only fill about half way so you have room at the top!) 
  5. Tie half of the bags with twine and stick on your personalized treat sticker underneath (use the side that doesn't have stamps or stickers on it.) 
  6. Fold the other half of the bags down, and seal with your personalized treat sticker. 
You will have two different kinds of treat bags -- ones that are all stamped up and tied with twine, and others that are all stickered up and sealed with your personalized sticker.  That's it!  Two easy ways to make great looking treat bags for Valentine's Day! 

Share your favorite treat bags or give us ideas for ours on our Facebook page! 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Classroom Valentine Exchange Cards

Valentine's Day is around the corner and our kids are getting ready by bringing in their shoe boxes.  At our school, you are required to bring in a shoe box and 24 classroom exchange valentine cards on the big day. It's such a fun afternoon when you bring the box home and read all the cards from classroom friends. There are plenty of options at the drug store that you can score last minute, but with a little advanced planning, you can get some REALLY adorable ones at a GREAT price here at More Than Paper.   

During this holiday, which is usually a sea of girlie colors like pink and purple and girlie motifs like hearts and flowers, we have some great options for boys.  From trucks, lions, dinosaurs, airplanes, trains and many more, More Than Paper has a great selection of valentine's cards for boys. 

It's no surprise that we also have a tremendous selection for girls.  From ballerinas, heart candies, flowers, horses, fairies and princesses, we have something for every girlie girl.   See our selection here! 

So what style will you choose for your little one to pass out this Valentine's Day? Tell us what you favorite one is here.  Be sure to order some for the grandparents, aunts, uncles and other friends who aren't in the classroom, too.  It's a great way to brighten someone's day with "happy mail." 

Monday, January 20, 2014

Valentine's Day for Men

Valentine's Day is either loved or dreaded -- few people are in between.  At More Than Paper, we know many men who drag their feet on this holiday and fall into that "dreaded" category.  All of the expectation of chocolate, flowers, gifts and love letters can send men running for the hills!  So this Valentine's Day, we are making an effort to show men that this holiday can be fun and about them, too.  Celebrate your husband, boyfriend or male significant other with great gift ideas found at More Than Paper.   Perhaps a good gift and celebration will change his mind!  Try planning something that will make him feel special and knock his socks of with something that is meaningful and personal to him.

For the game and card lover, try a deck of personalized playing cards

Devora Designs - Playing Cards (Men Stripes) PLYCRD-174

For the busy, on-the-go father that likes to keep organized in style, we love this photo notebook.  With 50 pages of 70 lb. recycled text paper, now on sale for just $19.99, your husband is sure to love this personalized photo gift

Milo Paper - Photo Notebooks (Sheabook) (PN_118)

For the beer drinking guy, we love our new collection of beer steins, including this simple 3 monogram one. We have lots of fun styles from which to choose, there are some really eclectic ones in this category! 

Beer Steins - Monogram (GC270)

For the sports fan (Go Broncos!), try this money clip.  Right now, they are 20% OFF and just $19.19. All major NFL teams are represented here.  

Personalized NFL Emblem Money Clip - Broncos (GC284)

For the avid golfer, we have a few gifts he's sure to love -- like this useful large golf umbrella

Large Golf Umbrella - Black (W111)

For the golf enthusiast, we also love this personalized golf shoe bag!  It's a fun addition to any golfer's gear! 

Personalized Golf Shoe Bag (GC663)

More for the golfer, we love this personalized golf towel!

Personalized Golf Towel

Does your husband have a "man cave"?  Add this personalized artwork to his man cave to customize it and pay homage to his favorite sports teams.

College Football Locker Room w/Wood Frame - Michigan (GC733)

So what will it be for your honey this Valentine's Day? Whatever you choose, make sure to give something that is meaningful and shows you took the time to think about him.  What's on your wish-list for Valentine's Day?  We'd love to know here or on our Facebook page! 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Pretty in Pink Birthday Party

The debate about girls' fascination with pink being natural and inborn, or being a result of commercialism and advertising, won't be solved any time soon.  But we know for a fact that many young girls are just tickled pink. When it comes time to throwing that girlie-girl a birthday party bash, More Than Paper has you covered with great items from which to choose.   From invitations, placemats, bowls and plates, party favor stickers, address labels, and thank you notes, we have what you need for a pink birthday celebration.

From top to bottom, left to right find the above items by clicking below!
  1. Disposable Birthday Party Placemats by Boatman Geller, 25 per set! 
  2. Birthday Party Invitation by Boatman Geller 
  3. Melamine Personalized Plate by Boatman Geller 
  4. Square Favor sticker by Boatman Geller
  5. Paper Straws 
  6. Personalized thank you notes by Boatman Geller
  7. Address Label or Party Favor Sticker by Noteworthy Collections
  8. Address Label or Party Favor Sticker by Noteworthy Collections
Share your birthday party ideas with us on Facebook or here on our blog! 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Roll Tide

No one here at More Than Paper graduated from The University of Alabama.  Our headquarters are located in New York.  So you wouldn't think of us as being big Crimson Tide fans. Yet years ago we got hooked by the ESPN commercial: Roll Tide.  Have you seen it?

It's great to be proud of your school, or proud of your state.  We are seeing "state pride" trends all over the gift and stationery industry (we are adding dozens of products every day, check back for even more!) Today for the love of the ESPN commercial and the hundreds of thousands of Crimson Tide fans out there, this one is for you!  More Than Paper has dozens of products to show your love of Alabama.   Roll Tide! 

Find all of these products here: 1) Personalized Cell Phone Case 2) Kelly Hughes Designs cell phone case 3) Noteworthy Collections Alabama State Pride Address Stamp 4) Keep Calm and Roll Tide poster via Pinterest 5) Stacy Claire Boyd Desktop Calendar 6) College Stadium Print 7) Alabama Crimson Tide Pillow 8) Technology case

Monday, January 13, 2014

Thank you notes in 2014

This year, resolve yourself to write more thank you notes and letters to friends and family.  Email is always a great way of communicating.  It's fast!  But it's a welcomed feeling to get a letter in the mail, isn't it?  At More Than Paper, it's always the first thing we open!  In a sea of bills and junk mail, a handwritten note goes a long way.  Today we have a great selection of personal stationery from which to choose and tips for writing great notes.

Boatman Geller's collection of trendy yet classic styles of stationery, note cards, and note pads at More Than Paper are all great for thank you notes and everyday correspondence. From quatrefoil to chevron, herringbone to Aztec, there's a pattern for everyone.  There's also a monogram, typestyle and color combo for every taste, too!  What's your favorite note below?

Shop our wide selection of Boatman Geller products here and see all the products specifically at the end of this post! 

• • • Here are a few ways to help you with your thank you notes in 2014 • • •   
  1. Keep a running list of thank you notes to compose right on your desk!  Every time a gift comes in, someone does something nice for you, or you attend a dinner party or play date, write it down on the list.  Every weekend, or once a week when it's convenient for you, take a few minutes to catch up on your list and write a note.  Cross it off and be done with it!  
  2. Always include specific details about why you appreciated the gift, how it makes your life better, more interesting, or more fun.  The more specific the better! 
Not writing a thank you note? If you are just sending happy mail, here are some tips: 
  1. Feel free to keep it short!  A few lines letting the person know you are thinking of them and why you are thinking about them will make them feel good.  The process doesn't have to be arduous for you! 
  2. Include some personal details about what you have been doing, or your family is up to to keep it interesting. 
  3. End by asking a question.  This may prompt the recipient to write back and become a "pen pal!" 
What are your tips for writing notes?  Which of the above Boatman Geller stationery designs is your favorite? We'd love to hear - share your thoughts here or on our Facebook page.

To find the specific products in the graphic above: 
1. Stella Notepad:  from Boatman Geller's custom collection, which means you can create your own using different colors for the pattern and inner border!
2. Kate Raspberry & Lime Flat Card:  also available in Red & Teal and Tangerine & Raspberry
3. Bristol Petite Chocolate Folded Note:  also available in Pink and Blue
4. Via Red & Blue Flat Card:  also available in Green & Blue and Blue & Orange
5. Lattice Cherry Memo Sheets in Acrylic Holder:  from Boatman Geller's custom collection, which means you can create your own using different colors for the pattern and inner border!
7. Chevron Turquoise Memo Sheets in Acrylic Holder:  from Boatman Geller's custom collection, which means you can create your own using different colors for the pattern and inner border!
8. Lucy Orange Folded Note:  also available in Chocolate
9. Alex Houndstooth Gray Flat Card:  also available in Black and Navy

Friday, January 10, 2014

2014 Color of the Year

At More Than Paper, we pride ourselves on carrying the classics in stationery and gifts, but also being on the cutting edge of the latest trends.  So what's the latest color trend?   Of course, we have it!  Pantone released "Radiant Orchid" as the color of the year for 2014, and More Than Paper has a variety of products in home, stationery, and gifts in this vibrant and beautiful color.  From address labels, stationery, note cards, cosmetic bags and travel bags, pillows, letterhead and printable paper, to twine for your packaging or crafting, you will find Radiant Orchid at More Than Paper!

Find these radiant orchid products at More Than Paper!  1) Round address label by Prints Charming 2) Folded stationery by Spark and Spark.  3) Cosmetic bag and travel bag 4) Folded Note Card by PicMe Prints  5) Personalized pillow by Checkerboard  6) Printable letterhead 7)  Purple shimmer twine by The Twinery

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Personalized Address Stamp Sale & NEW Designs

At More Than Paper, we've carried PSA Essentials personalized address stamps for many years.  We love their crisp and clean impressions, plus the ability to interchange the stamp designs with their Peel & Stick technology.   With no new stamp design releases in several years,  we are excited to unveil 16 new address stamp designs by PSA -- and make these great designs (along with all the other classic custom stamp designs by PSA) available to our customers exclusively for just $24 for three days only!  That's 40% OFF the original MSRP which is $40. 

See all of the new personalized address stamp designs below.  We see some trendy designs and new instant classics... 

Which is your favorite?  We love Jacobson: 

And also Julie

And we just adore Finnegan

Stock up on these great address stampers now for just $24 each, normally $40. If you already have a stamp by PSA Essentials, order the die only for only $20.  You just PEEL off your old stamper die, and STICK on your new one.   It's really that easy and the dies never loose their stickiness - just wash with soapy water and they become sticky again.  Change up your stamp design whenever you feel like it.  

Hurry, this ends at midnight on 1/10/14.   Shop now! 

Monday, January 6, 2014

New Year's Resolutions

It's a week after New Year's Day, and at More Than Paper, we are talking about new year's resolutions.  The beginning of a new year is a way to start fresh -- do you make resolutions?

Take a moment and look back on 2013.  Think about anything you might want to do differently in 2014.  Focus on the positive and build upon that.  Did you know the top 10 most common new year's resolutions are: 
  1. Lose weight/get in shape
  2. Get organized
  3. Spend less/save more
  4. Enjoy life to the fullest
  5. Stay fit and healthy 
  6. Learn something new or exciting 
  7. Quit smoking 
  8. Help others 
  9. Fall in love 
  10. Spend more time with family 
Do any of your new year's resolutions fall into these categories?  At More Than Paper, we can help you get organized and save money. 
To get organized, start fresh at your desk and stock up on our wide selection of address labels. We have hundreds from which to choose!  Vibrant colors, bold patterns, and a variety of designs, there is something for everyone here.   Organize your desk by throwing away clutter, file paperwork, and get that correspondence in the mail and off your desk.  For as little as $6.00 for 30 labels, you can replenish your supply without breaking the bank. 

To remind you of your family at work, and remind you to come home early, check out our selection of personalized frames!  Add a personal touch to your desk with a great picture frame found at More Than Paper, and it will be a reminder to spend more time with your family in 2014.

Valentine's Day Picture Frames - Hugs And Kisses (GC963)

We'd love to hear your new year's resolutions! What are they? Share them here by leaving a comment or let us know on Facebook.   Happy New Year!   

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Ways to save money at the grocery store

A common new year's resolution is to save money.  There are a variety of ways to save and today More Than Paper is sharing 5 easy ways to save at the grocery store.  For most families, monies spent at the grocery store is typically the second largest expense, with mortgage or rent being number one.  Save big each month with these easy tips. 

#1:  Stock your pantry with store-brand spices, oils, vinegars and marinades.   Store-brand spices, oils, vinegar and marinades are virtually identical to name-brand ones. Compare ingredients but save big when you buy store-brand on pantry items. 

#2:  Don't waste the food that's in your refrigerator.  Make sure you freeze meats before they expire. Before bananas go bad, use them for smoothies, make banana bread or freeze them for later use.  Avoid frequent trips to the grocery store during the week and make do with what's in your fridge by stretching your creativity.   Use as much as possible before shopping again.  Make it a game to only go to the grocery store once a week!

#3:  Don't forget about canned foods!  Using canned foods as ingredients to your home cooked meals is a great way to save money, especially if you stockpile staples, such as canned tomatoes, beans, tuna or salmon, when they are on sale.  Use canned beans in salads, as a side dish, or make your own hummus.  Toss canned beans in main dishes for extra protein and fiber.   Canned tuna and canned salmon also make an inexpensive lunch.  Diced tomatoes are a must have and can be used in many recipes.  The best part about canned foods is that they will not spoil!  How many times have you bought fresh vegetables with the intent to cook a meal, only to get sidetracked and then have the vegetables spoil?  

#4:  Buy meat on sale.  Look for ground beef to use for meatloaf, pasta, and burgers - it's an inexpensive meat that can be used for a variety of dishes.   Look for the one meat that often goes on sale during the week in your grocer's circular.  (Note: avoid manager specials for meat, since they are very close to or at expiration date, unless you plan on eating the meat that night.) 

#5:  Go vegetarian one night a week.   Plan your menu to include one meat-free night.  Instead use beans, salad with lots of veggies and lentils or cook pasta.  

We love using our reusable personalized grocery tote while shopping.  This one carries about 2 plastic bags worth of groceries and is a one-time investment that's worth every penny as it saves the environment!

So how do you save money at the grocery store?  Share your tips with us here!

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