Custom Address Stamp from Paper Source

Paper Source Custom StampMeet my new return-address stamp, a gift from Mr. P for Christmas.

I love this new stamp.

Maybe that wasn’t clear enough:

Paper Source Custom StampSeriously, love.  I’m looking around the house for stuff to mail just so I can use the stamp.  I thought about stamping all the envelopes for our Christmas cards next year, but that’s probably overkill.

The Particulars

The custom stamp gift set is sold by Paper Source, but Three Designing Women is the company that actually manufactures and delivers the custom stamp plate.  This makes such a great gift because the set comes with the self-inking stamper, the stamp pad and a coupon code so the giftee can pick out and order his/her own stamp design.  The custom stamp plate is shipped free!

Paper Source Custom StampThe stamped design is about 1 3/8″ x 1 3/8″.  It is rather large on small envelopes, but I still love it.

I know, it’s hard to picture the design when I block out part of the address to keep the crazies from knowing my home address.  Here’s a clearer view of the design (image credit to Paper-Source.com):

Paper Source Custom StampPros and Cons

Pros:

  • It was very easy to order.  There are a ton of designs and I found the perfect one after I got over my initial shock all the pretty options.
  • Once it arrived, the plate was very easy to install.
  • The customer service at Three Designing Women was very helpful when I wanted to check the status of my order but lost my order number when my computer crashed.

Cons:

  • I wish I was able to preview my custom design before ordering.  It turned out great, but I get paranoid.
  • If I press the stamp too hard because I want the P to get fully inked, the little A’s in the address can get over-inked.  This doesn’t bother me too much because I doubt anyone is closely examining it.

Paper Source Custom StampCustom Stamp Gift Set from Paper Source, $39.95

I was not paid to endorse this product by Paper Source or Three Designing Women.  Neither company knows I am even writing this review.  I only review products I actually purchase and love.

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Scrapbook Layout: Wedding Scrapbook Title Page

Wedding Scrapbook Title PageI thought the wedding scrapbook would come along faster than my college scrapbooks because I am using the same paper throughout the book.  I thought wrong.  The amount of hemming and hawing I did on this page made me realize how much pressure I’m putting on myself to make it perfect!

I’ve been waiting five years to start on this and want to get it right, but I think I’m going to need a healthy dose of reality soon and someone to smack me and tell me my design is fine.

Exhibit A – see below for the fifty bajillion options I came up with for the monogram and headline.  We already had a monogram I designed for our wedding, but I couldn’t leave well enough alone wanted something slightly different for this.

Wedding Scrapbook draft monogramsThen I went through a phase where I wondered if “Our Wedding” sounded dumb.  I sought a few opinions, realized I couldn’t avoid being cheesy in a wedding scrapbook and decided to go with it.

But let’s get on with it already.  As usual, I printed a draft photo on low ink in black and white and used scrap/leftover paper to simulate what I wanted.  I’m a visual learner, so I can’t commit to the design until I see it.  I’m also cheap, so I can’t cut into paper I’ve spent money on until I’m committed to the design.

Draft Wedding Scrapbook title pageAfter all that drama (you probably think by now that this is a self-help blog), here is the final result!  It may be hard to tell, but the photo is backed with a thin border of pink and then with silver cardstock.  It may look like there’s a seam in the white backdrop because I have to scan the page in two parts and then sew the images together.

Wedding Scrapbook Title Page

Read about specific paper brands I’m using for the wedding scrapbook here.