When is the last time you received any kind of written correspondence from someone? Most likely it was through a text message or email. In the past, there was an art to crafting meaningful statements to the people around us all in handwriting, but now, it seems like that art is dead. The fact of the matter is that it doesn't have to be. Though it may be fleeting, stationary still plays a part in society and can be used in many unique ways. In this article, we are going to look at some stationary templates and analyze the different ways you can use paper (rather than electronics) to connect to people.
What Is Stationary?
Stationary, or stationery, refers to almost any form of paper that can be written on. It can also be used to refer to any kind of office supplies. Due to the evolution of technology, stationary also refers to paper that can be typed on as well.
The Art Of The Personal Letter
Personal letters these days usually mean a text message or email; however, in the past, writing letters was the best way to communicate over long distances. For this reason, it became an art, and letters were often made to be fancy in order to gain the recipient's attention. This still happens today, but often only on isolated occasions. If you are interested in turning back the clocks and making your stationary special, we have given you some templates and ideas for how you can do so.
10 Stationary Templates
The most basic type of stationary comes in the form of letter writing, and although basic letter writing may sound easy, there is actually an art to it. A lot of people think of letter writing as simply taking a piece of notebook or computer paper and jotting down your thoughts on it; however, there are ways you can take this process a step further and make it more elegant.
You can make a letter more elegant by using a textured piece of paper that feels good to the touch when the reader is holding on to it. This adds to the overall experience when reading the letter. The template for this type of letter consists of some type of seal with your name and possible address at the top left of the letter. You can have your seal stamped, engraved, or even use a sticker to make your letter look professional. This lets the reader know that you care about what you have written put time into it.
An even simpler type of stationery you can use to write letters is through the use of a correspondence card. Correspondence cards are similar to notecards, usually measuring about 4"x6" and can be used for almost anything. These types of cards usually have your initials at the top corner of the card and sometimes have an image that represents you somehow. They are pretty generic, so you can use them as thank you, congratulations, or even sympathy cards. If you're ever unsure about what kind of card to send to someone, this kind will do the trick.
One stationary template that doubles as a gift is a minimalist label. This works perfectly for items such as candles, bars of soap, lotion, or almost any other kind of cosmetic product that the person you are giving the gift to would appreciate. Like the ideas mentioned above, you can create a sticky label that has your name or some relevant phrase in the top corner. Then, you can write your message in paragraph form below. This is a great way to give a gift and personalize it at the same time. Each time the receiver goes back to that gift, they will be reminded of you.
Sometimes people make great achievements in life, and you can show them how proud you are of them by giving them a piece of stationary that is a mock certificate. For example, if you plan on sending a card or letter to someone who has just graduated from school, you make the letter look like it is a diploma. This is a great thematic template that goes over very well. You can make the entire thing look like a certificate but also put a special message to them in a small font at the bottom of it. For an even greater effect, you can roll the letter up and tie it together with some ribbon.
This one will take some time, but if you have the right connections or own the tools you need to make it, it should be no problem. If you have to be entreating someone to some type of audio, you can make a specialized CD Label that has a personal message on it. Some people have done this when someone they know has given a speech that has been recorded. If you plan on gifting them with an audio CD of the speech, you can put a special label on the CD and CD case with a message on it. You could even put pictures and all other sorts of things in the CD booklet that they will cherish forever.
A lot of people still like to hang calendars on their wall and count the days down to whatever big event is next in their life. Of course, calendars are made of paper, making them a great stationary to consider and template you may appreciate. You can get a custom calendar made that has a message for the receiver each month. The message could be a theme for the month, a quote you find important, or just a personal message that you feel is appropriate. The best way to do this is to figure out a message for each month and find a picture to pair along with it at the top of the calendar.
Daily calendars take a lot more effort than wall calendars because they require you to come up with a message (one as long as you want) for every day of the year. This means that you'll have to come up with 365 different things to say, and this can be a challenge. Daily calendars are simple. They only display one day, and when the day is over, you tear the page off to reveal the next day. You can get one custom-made that shows the date in a big font with a message from you below the date in a smaller font.
Resume / CV
A great way to acknowledge and express gratitude for all the great things someone has done is to create a resume for them. This can be made in the same format as any other resume. If you own Microsoft Word, you can use a template there and instead of fill it in with education and job history fill it with all the experiences you have had with them and qualities you believe make them a valuable person. All you need to do is change the headings of each resume section to whatever you see fit and fill in the information. This is a simple yet creative stationary template.
This is an all too common type of stationary that most of us have probably seen at one point in our lives. Wedding invitations are almost always sent out on paper as a formality, and they are not too difficult to put together. A great template for them is to have a picture of the couple that is soon to be wed on one side with some phrase indicating that the person receiving the card is being invited. On the back side, all of the details should be listed. A lot of professional invitations are made in a one-column format, and this makes the invitation feel uncluttered and professional.
The last type of stationary we want to talk about are vouchers. Vouchers come in all sizes with the smallest being business card size. Regardless, you can follow one simple template to make a great voucher. First, you should find a great image to cover roughly half of the left side of the voucher. Then, there should be a title at the top of the right side. Beneath the title should be the instructions for the voucher. And finally, at there should be a band or margin at the bottom of the voucher that gives any contact information that needs to be made available. If you can make a business card, you can make a voucher.
Depending on your particular situation, there is a template for stationary that you can use to be more personal when addressing someone. Whether it is a sealed letter, a certificate, or a wedding invitation, whoever receives it will appreciate that you took the time to think of them and personalize a message to them. Stationary is not a thing of the past. It is a reminder to others that you have a heart and truly care about them. Keep in mind that these are not the only templates that exist; there is a template for almost every special occasion, and if you care enough, you will find it and make someone's day.