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3 Items Every Young Professional Needs In Their Desk Drawer

With online social networking opportunities just a mouse click away, it can be easy to forget about the power of putting pen to paper. We shoot off an email, find a new acquaintance on LinkedIn, or tweet that keynote speaker at our conference how spectacular their talk was.

While I do think the internet has opened up a whole new realm for staying connected, I also whole heartily believe in some other more face-to-face (or snail mail-y) methods. Which is why I encourage all young professionals to keep 3 very important items in their desk drawer: BUSINESS CARDS, PERSONALIZED STATIONERY, and THANK YOU NOTES. 

And what better way to encourage yourself to USE said items than to pick out versions you totally love!? My go-to? Basic Invite – the beautiful online stationery shop based out of St. George, UT whose passionate team has been creating the perfect card for every event (and stage of life) since 2006. The site offers a TON of templates and then allows you to customize EVERYTHING.

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail.

Business Cards

If you’re going to exchange emails and phone numbers with a potential client anyways, why not streamline the transaction with a cute card. Hand them out at meetings and conferences, sure. But think outside the box too! (And think inside the box…as in those boxes where you throw in a card and hope for a free lunch. 😉 )

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample so you can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before you ever have to place a final order. This is a great option to make sure the final product is totally brand aligned before ending up with a big bulk amount.

Personalized Stationery

If you want to take that extra step with a client, co-worker, or mentor; jot a few lines and stick a stamp on it! This can be especially helpful if you’re sending out physical product or need to convey information that you would like to stand out (and not get buried in an over-crowded inbox).

Basic Invite is just as colorful with their envelopes as they are with their stationery. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to envelopes so mail stands out even before it’s opened. While I chose to stick with classic white, going for a bold and branded color would be a fun way to stand out in a mail pile!

Thank You Cards

Nothing beats a hand-written thank you card. And honestly, as a young professional, no action or gift or leg-up is too small to fire off a quick paragraph of gratitude. Have a huge stack and send liberally!

If you have to send out a huge batch (think: after a large work event or wedding), you can use Basic Invite’s free address collection service to request addresses with just three simple steps. Share a link, collect addresses, and get free envelope printing. Score!


Those are my three must-haves when it comes to professional stationery, but Basic Invite has a ton of other great uses for your work and personal life. If you’re an entrepreneurial hustler looking to get the word out about an upcoming event or special, they offer designs for promotional postcards. Throwing a party? Design your own custom party invitations or birthday invitations. The options are limitless!

Do you keep a collection of professional stationery in your desk drawer? What’s your favorite way to network? Let me know! And don’t forget to check out Basic Invite for perfectly customized stationery. 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Finding Delight!  

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mid-week round-up

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Howdy folks! I hope everyone is having a wonderful and restful holiday season!!! Things were getting crazy busy around these parts (I worked a TON during the lead up to Dec. 25th) but after a lovely first Christmas as married folk they’ve started to level off. Phew! On Christmas Eve we stayed up late eating pigs-in-blankets and watching Home Alone (a new tradition if I have anything to say about it!). Then, on Christmas morning we slept in (bliss!), had cinnamon rolls and coffee while we opened presents, and proceeded to straight CHILL all day! Chet and our families spoiled me with so many lovely presents. (Including Alexa!) While we certainly would have preferred to make it home to Kentucky or Louisiana, we still managed to have a pretty perfect day just the two of us. Now, on to the next holiday! Do you have any fun plans for New Year’s Eve? 

This book, about a little known interlude in Picasso’s life, looks right up my street.

6 ideas about what to do with your wedding photos. (I made a photo-book for my mom for Christmas and she loved it!)

In case you were wondering what Charlotte Church has been up to.

Duck Dynasty vs. Modern Family: 50 maps of the U.S. cultural divide.

Why straight rural men have gay “bud-sex” with each other.

How Miss Cleo went from joke to legend.

What chefs buy at Trader Joe’s.

2016: The worst year ever, until next year.

Everything is off the beaten track on the world’s most remote inhabited island.

Made me laugh.

Trump’s face photo-shopped on the Queen is an image I can now never unsee.

How cute are these Happy & Nuri stickers???

P.S. On the hunt for the comfiest bra and a movie recommendation.

How to Make a Pocket Letter with Cocoa Daisy!

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I reached out to Cocoa Daisy a few months ago in the height of my planning/pocket letter frenzy and they were generous enough to send me their August 2016 Planner Kit on the house. Once I opened the package I was absolutely blown away. You can see the full unboxing HERE, if you like.

Everything inside the kit was so gorgeous that, once I set up my planner for the month, I couldn’t wait to use extras to whip up a pocket letter for a lucky someone. And I’ve gotta say, I am SO happy with how this little guy turned out. Everything in the Cocoa Daisy kits coordinates so beautifully. This makes putting together a pocket letter super easy. But there’s no shortage of choices. Prints, paper, stickers, die-cuts, washi, clips, and embellishments are all in abundance.

Do you die?! Because I die. Excuse me while I stare at this creation for the next hour or so!

Oh! And of course I couldn’t forget goodies to tuck into the back of each pocket…

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Goodies from L – R 

* Everything is from the kit unless otherwise specified.

  • divider tabs
  • sticky pad sample pages (from Target Dollar Spot) and To-Do banner stickers
  • puffy stickers
  • letter to recipient on a piece of coordinating stationery
  • planner stickers
  • washi samples (middle sample from Dollar Tree, bottom sample is Scotch brand from Office Depot)
  • Equal Exchange tea (Equal Exchange website)
  • 2 gift tags (from Ikea)
  • die-cuts

PL front and back

I wanted to utilize some of the great prints that came with the kit so I cut the two smallest options down to fit a pocket and kept their quotes as the focus. Two other pockets were cut from larger prints (the flower and the triangles) and two more came from a set of planner pages I didn’t end up using/ The black cardstock with diagonal stripes is from my own collection and I think it provides an interesting contrast. Everything else, except the small paperclips at the top, is from the kit!

Here are some details I love…

IMG_2378I love how well the Cocoa Daisy washi works with these other patterns I had in my collection. 

And how cute is this GET IT DONE binder clip? The clips at the top help keep the goodies from falling out!

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The kit made it super easy to layer lots of different elements. This pocket includes stickers and washi and EVERYTHING MATCHES. *heart eye emojis

And Lord, how I love a copper glitter tape…not to mention the sweet quote. Sigh. Cocoa Daisy you’ve really outdone yourself. 

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Do you love this pocket letter as much as I do? I can’t wait to send it off to a special someone. I hope it brightens their day!

Thanks Cocoa Daisy!

Three Fun Office Updates

Is your office feeling a little blah? When the weather is so beautiful, it can be that much more difficult to drag your butt to work and get productive. Luckily, a little decor transformation can go a long way in motivating you to meet those deadlines! (Even when the sun is calling your name.) With that idea in mind, I decided to put together three office style updates.  Here they are…
Parisian Chic

For Parisian Chic I went with an executive look with lots of white and gold.

Show off your fashion-forward side with a sweet spiral bound notebook, geometric desk tray,  polka dot pen, and designer style pencil cup. Keep all your important papers organized in a super stacked desk organizer and a wide drawer filing cabinet. Place a sleek side table in the corner for plants and a convenient spot for co-workers to set coffee cups when they drop by for a morning chat. Don’t forget to keep a clipboard handy for boss-lady chic on the go!

Quirky + Colorful

For Quirky + Colorful I went with an artist look with lots of bright elements to foster creativity.

Decorate your artistic alcove by adding tons of colorful notepads, notebooks, and sticky notes along with a few quirky pieces like a stapler shaped like a bunny and a rolling shelf unit that doubles as a comfy place to sit. Add a few Eiffel Slope chairs for even MORE pops of color. Don’t forget to stock your desk with a slew of markers for doodles and taking (colorful) notes.

Ethereal Elements

For Ethereal Elements I went with a dreamy look with lots of light and airy pieces.

Draw inspiration from the earth around you and the sky above with a wooden filing cabinet, a branch bundle table lamp, a chair decked out with beautiful songbirds, and pendant lights. Pay attention to adorable little details by including a magazine file to store inspirational periodicals and a whole bunch of butterfly sticky notes to jot down your great ideas. Ever a fan of the written word, cheeky phrases on mouse pads and pencil pouches are always a plus.

What do you think? Which would suit your personality best? 

Hand-lettered love.

*heart eye emoji* I just found the Etsy shop AllieRuth which specializes in hand-lettered and illustrated stationery, mugs and bags. I’m especially loving this shopping tote

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elegantly simple Christmas cards

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and a rubber stamp with a very important message…

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So stylish and graceful, don’t you think? I wish I could buy it all! Go check out the shop, if you feel so inclined. And follow Allie, the designer and owner, on Instagram.

P.S. I’m also swooning over the custom calligraphy and illustration stamps that can be used to make DIY wedding invites! Don’t worry, this engaged lady took note of that one!

Hand-written notes.

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Do you send hand-written notes? My mother and grandmother instilled in me from a young age the power of jotting down a few lines and sending them out in the post. They’re always so fun to receive. Such a simple glimpse into someone’s daily life but somehow so much more intimate than what we see when we scroll through Instagram or Facebook feeds. And so much more permanent! A few months ago I was looking through some old letters I received as a kid. I couldn’t believe my mom wrote me a letter from the public pool (!) while I was at sleep-away camp. Or that my grandma saved all her quarters in a jar so we could use them when we came up for the state fair. What sweet things to remember all these years later! I try my best these days to always send Thank You notes and I love mailing Christmas cards…sometimes birthday cards. But I’d like to do better with the “just because” notes. For inspiration I’ve been clicking around the stationery on Minted. Here are 6 (personalized) sets that might spark the need to put pen to paper!

Beaded Swag. 

Hello Friend.

Gilt Agate.

Wild Bellflowers.

Floral Bough.

Vine Monogram.

They each definitely have their own little personalities, don’t you think? I love the sunny cheerfulness of Beaded Swag but there’s something so sophisticated and bold about Gilt Agate. I would feel super classy sending that out to someone, haha! Which would YOU choose?