There's nothing sweeter than giving someone a hand-written note, but here's how to do them one better: send them a hand-made hand-written note that's been individually drawn with thought and care. That's why Elizabeth Moorhead created Betsy Ann Paper, an Etsy shop that features her illustrated and hand-lettered greeting cards. "When someone sends me a hand-written card, they're giving me a piece of their time, a bit of their thought," she says. "Whether you appreciate hand-made cards or couldn't care less for paper goods, it's always worth it to put an extra bit of thought into special occasions or even everyday."
While planning for her wedding last year, Moorhead became completely obsessed with paper products, but when they faced having to choose between mass-produced/generic cards and beautiful, but outrageously expensive options, she and her now-husband Joshua decided to forgo both and create their own wedding stationery instead. "We wanted something unique and inexpensive that reflected us," she explains. "Soon after, I figured that if we could have so much fun creating our wedding stationery and making it special, maybe we can help other people make the everyday a little more special, too."
Incredibly minimal, but just as adorable, her cards leave the sentiments entirely up to you. "I'm inspired by design that's purposefully simplistic to direct the focus on the true message," Moorhead says, "Each of the cards is plain and fuss-free without lengthy sonnets or intricate pictures to distract from the real point. We don't want to put words in your mouth." She's also a big fan of everything vintage and channels a time when things were more thought-out and paper mail was still common. And her favorite part about the whole process? Imagining the recipient of each of her creations. "Getting a card, whether it's for a birthday or a simple note, is always a special occasion," she adds. "By making each little card, I get to be a part of all those special moments."
And Moorhead and her husband have a special moment on the horizon as well: they just found out they're expecting! "As a result I'm drawn to all things warm, bright and nurturing," she says. "I've found this nesting instinct that I didn't know I had!"
This week, one of you will win a Variety Occasion Card Pack with four watercolor cards and coordinating envelopes. Just leave a comment below and a winner will be announced on Friday!
CONGRATULATIONS: Ali is this week's winner!