Paper Me Wonderful

Purely Wondrous Inspiration

Paper Me Wonderful!

When we first started our blog, we chose the name "CreateMePapered" because we thought it embodied so much of what we strive to accomplish everyday at PWI. We want all of our clients to understand the need for papered memories for every special occasion and endeavor in their life. We love sharing our papered creations as well as the milestones that we reach in business. The CreateMePapered blog has certainly been a source of inspiration for our readers as well as for ourselves. However, in our tenth year of service, we discovered the need to enhance the branding side of our company and felt that the name "CreateMePapered" was a better brand for our design services rather than our blog. Therefore, we are pleased to announce the new name of our blog, "Paper Me Wonderful". Everything that we do on paper makes us feel wonderful and we want to transfer that feeling of purely wondrous inspiration to our readers. So we hope that you like the new name and that you will continue to find information and inspiration that tickles your fancy and papers you wonderful! Happy Reading!

If you are interested in learning more about our CreateMePapered Brand Offerings, please contact lisa@createmepapered.com. We'd love to hear from you!

Six Months Down, Six Months of Purely Wondrous Inspiration to Go!

What an incredible year this has been! As you know, we began the year in anticipation of our 10th Anniversary Celebration. We decided that it was only fitting to celebrate this occasion all year long and we have done just that. Our 10th Year of Service has not been just about a great party, but it has been a recommitment to service and a strive to become excellent in every facet of our company. Our creativity has soared and we have been blessed to unveil some purely wondrous designs for our clients. In February, we reintroduced our branding side, in the form of CreateMePapered Services. We seek to help all businesses look excellent in print and design. In March, we celebrated with ten of our most loyal clients in an intimate dinner setting that proved to be a magical night for everyone who attended. In May, we had a whirlwind of weddings and helped to make brides' papered dreams come true. We enjoyed every minute of creating the stationery for these wonderful couples and wish them much love and happiness throughout their marriage. In June, we had breakfast with some of our favorite Atlanta planners and helped them to better understand the PWI process. We also sponsored the marketing collateral and conference materials for the 5th Annual Faith and Fiction Retreat in Jacksonville, Florida.
These are a few highlights of the magnificent year it has been and we know that the latter portion of the year will only get better. We look forward to sharing with many more brides in the months to come. We look forward to the tenth birthday of PWI's first inspiration, Kennedy Renee, daughter of Lisa. Her tenth birthday helps us to remember why our tenth anniversary is so special. This company has been a blessing to so many over the years, but none greater than the owner herself, Lisa Zachery. We anticipate hosting an even greater Christmas event for our Lending a Hand, Helping a Life endeavor and encourage you to take part in this opportunity to bless someone else during the season of giving. We look forward to the night where we will culminate our 10th Year of Service Celebration and share with our many clients who have made these last ten years possible and pleasurable. We also are excited about a milestone birthday for Lisa as she celebrates the fabulosity of turning 40!
We are eager to share with many more brides and grooms, parents to be, graduates, entrepreneurs and anyone else who desires custom design and unique stationery. More importantly, we patiently wait to see what God has in store for Papered Wonders, Inc. Therefore, to us, the year isn't halfway over...it's just the beginning!

Make History!

Yesterday, February 1, began the month-long Black History Celebration acknowledged by our nation. While we know that Black History should be celebrated all year round, during the month of February, there are numerous events held to recognize the notable achievements of many well-known African Americans. How can we forget the contributions of W.E.B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington? Or the cultural advances of Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, and Lorraine Hansberry? We certainly cannot forget the great inventors and scientists such as George Washington Carver, Eli Whitney, Charles Drew, Garrett T. Morgan, and Madame CJ Walker. We will always remember leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr, Malcolm X, and our very own, President Barack Obama. We are deeply indebted to these individuals and so many others who have paved the way for us to do what we do. One hundred years ago, an African American woman couldn't dream of being a successful entrepreneur in America, but today that dream is very much alive. We encourage you to reach back into the annals of history and honor those who have helped you leave a footprint in society. We further encourage you to honor the legacy of those before you and make your own history. There is certainly many more pages of the history books to be written.  Don't just study history, become history!

Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta

Papered Wonders, Inc. dares to be different and yesterday we participated in a fabulous bridal event, Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta. It was held at the beautiful 200 Peachtree in downtown Atlanta. We spent time designing new stationery suites to display for 800 new brides that attended the event. It was awesome to be with our StudioWed family who had their own Pavilion setup near the fashion show. At Papered Wonders, Inc. we live and breathe stationery. It is our honor to take part in such a special day shared by the couple and our job doesn't end until the finest detail has been put into place. All of our designs are unique and share a piece of the love story unfolding during days leading to the wedding. As a custom design and print studio, it is our goal to customize even the smallest piece of stationery for each couple. The customization process includes styles, colors, fonts, graphics, and any other detail that it takes to make your wedding stationery all about you! We are a far cry from an ordinary catalog company where the process can be impersonal; instead, we walk our brides through every stage of the wedding stationery process to ensure that the final product meets every single requirement set forth by the bride. From save the dates that introduce the couple to invitations that set the standard of the wedding to programs that take a guest's breath away to favors that embed the wedding memory into the hearts of each guest, PWI seeks to create wedding stationery that can only be imagined in a bride's wildest papered dreams!

We encourage all of our brides to start the moment they say "yes". Our goal is for the customization process to be smooth and flawless and the best environment for that to happen is having the luxury of time. As soon as a bride decides to marry, we encourage her to begin thinking about her wedding stationery. The engagement is a journey and the wedding stationery should document every step of that journey. We also encourage brides to hire a planner so that all of their needs are met. Many brides are so excited about their wedding that they often forget minor, but important details. A planner ensures that all of those details are remembered and executed. Finally, one of the best pieces of advice we can give a bride is to remember that their wedding experience should be unique in every aspect. We encourage brides to make their wedding their own through every wedding detail and the wedding stationery is an awesome place to start.

These are the four new stationery suites we designed in honor of past clients Lauren Tennyson, Mar Towers, Nicola Horton and Angela Corbin.

 

Class In Session

We are firm believers that it is important to constantly increase one's level of knowledge. We are always excited when we get the opportunity to do just that. One such opportunity presented itself on Thursday when we attended the Entrepreneur Inc's "Growth" Conference. This conference, sponsored by the UPS Store, was a great resource for business owners who have just entered the arena and for those who are veterans in their field. It was a great experience to join with others and learn how to better "do" business. We especially enjoyed the Social Networking session conducted by Starr Hall. She presented her information just like we should run our business: a lot of productivity mixed with even more fun!

Hall has worked on public relations for corporations, non-profit organizations, authors, CEOs and associations, both national and international. She has relationships with over 800 editors, writers and segment producers worldwide and has secured placement and coverage for her clients in regional, national and international newspapers, magazines, radio, television and Internet outlets. Her latest book is GET CONNECTED - The Social Networking Toolkit for Businesses.

 

Visit Entrepreneur for more details about the conference.

A Call To Service

Although our top priority is always to serve others, today we pause to give special recognition to a man who dedicated his life to service. The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King remains one of the greatest and most formidable leaders of American History. He acknowledged the call on his life and lived and died striving to answer that call. Dr. King was so unselfish that he desired a better life for not just himself, but for all people. Forty-three years after his death, we stand in awe at the wonderful example he provided; yet we realize that his life's work is incomplete. While we can honor his life and legacy on this special day, true honor is shown through action. Therefore, today our commitment to service is greater than it has ever been. Dr. King once said, "Everybody can be great because anybody can serve." Once we all realize how much can be accomplished through the service of others, then will we truly be able to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Photo copyright 2010. www.elephantjournal.com.

First Time For Everything

So it snowed on Christmas Day in Atlanta. There is a snowstorm in January in Atlanta. Both of these events happened within three weeks of each other. Who would have thought that we would have ended 2010 and began 2011 in the same manner? As those before us would say, there is a first time for everything. However, unexpected events always give us an opportunity to reflect and to realize that "first timers" really aren't that bad. The first time that you really trust yourself to succeed can be monumental. When you realize that you are supremely more gifted and more talented than you previously thought, you have really struck gold. The enthusiasm that follows is unmatched and can only be achieved during a "first time" moment. Once you acknowledge that you are going to truly believe in yourself and follow your dream for the first time, you become unstoppable.
In 2001, Lisa discovered for the first time that she could allow her creativity to take her on the ride of her life. In 2011, for the first time, Lisa is celebrating the 10th anniversary of that realization.
Snow on Christmas Day. Snowstorm in January. PWI for 10 years. A first time for everything.

If You're Lucky, You'll Win Some Lovely Stella & Dot!

Stella & Dot is a company inspired by and created for strong women. Our friend, Melanie Carter, is indeed a strong woman!  She is the editor of the Lucky + Lovely blog and a Curator of lovely things. Melanie is indeed lovely, inspiring and delightful. Now you can add stylist to her resume as she has been creating lovely photo shoots for several high profile clients. We were extremely excited that she agreed to style us for our recent shoot with KreativTouch Photography. Melanie provided all of the stunning jewelry from Stella & Dot. She was indeed a blessing to us and we look forward to working with her again soon.

In the meantime, Melanie is inviting everyone to a Sunday Cupcake Social at StudioWed Atlanta located at 1000 Marietta Street, Suite 124, Atlanta, Georgia.

You can: • Attend to win A FREE PIECE of JEWELRY at the event! • Preview irresistible Spring 2011 collection • Learn style tips to rev up your spring wardrobe • Network & mingle with chic, stylish ladies • Learn about the Stella & Dot business opportunity • Enjoy cupcakes & cocktails with us

Let the Celebration Begin!

 

The beginning of a new year is always significant for many different reasons. However, the beginning of 2011 is most significant for Papered Wonders, Inc because it is our 10th Anniversary! We are so excited about celebrating this great milestone in business. We give all glory to God for this wonderful occasion and knows that His favor has brought us to this important moment in PWI's history. It is indeed a worthy cause to still be able to serve others after having been in business for ten years. We absolutely love it! This year is so special to us that we have decided to celebrate all year long so that each of our valued clients and co-laborers in the industry can join with us. As we open our office for business in 2011, we do so with great anticipation for an excellent year in business and service. We do so because of people like you who have allowed us to share in your most precious moments in life- your wedding, baby shower, birthday celebration, or the start of a new business venture. We do so with unmatched appreciation and heartfelt gratitude to God and to our clients who make serving you, purely wondrous inspiration.
Yes, we are indeed in papered heaven in 2011!

2010 :: Year In Review

At the end of 2009, I remember questioning Webster because there was no word to describe how awesome 2009 was for Papered Wonders, Inc. At the end of 2010, I find myself in the same position. Actually, I am facing an even greater challenge to sum up 2010 because it literally took...our...breath...away. In 2010, we were supremely blessed. We were fortunate to form new business relationships, both on the corporate level and the social level. We met an array of new event planners, both locally and nationally, and thereby were able to serve a number of brides during the planning of their most special day. We are deeply appreciative of the clients who we have served through the years, and consider it a continued pleasure to serve them year after year. This past year we created a significant number of baby shower invitations, signaling that the population is ever-growing. We helped brand various new ventures and companies. We spent 2010 doing what we love to do-creating papered wonders. Perhaps two of our most memorable moments of 2010 happened in July and December. In July, we joined the StudioWed Atlanta team, under the leadership of Michelle Gainey. Through this venture, we are able to work with some of Atlanta's most talented wedding professionals. In December, we launched Lending a Hand, Helping a Life, an opportunity to bless those who are less fortunate than ourselves. We held our first Christmas luncheon and partnered with many wedding professionals to create a day of blessings for ten very deserving families. We look forward to expanding the service of LHHL in 2011.
In 2010, we realized that despite the state of our economy, we have God's unmerited favor because we were blessed to not only survive, but to thrive. 2010 was certainly a banner year for Papered Wonders, Inc. and we wait in great anticipation for all that 2011 will bring us. It will be an exceptional year because we will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of serving the world's greatest clients. It is certainly difficult to sum up 2010 in one word. Therefore, I dare not even try.
To have been in business for ten years and still be absolutely, positively in love with your business- now that's purely wondrous inspiration.
Happy New Year!
Photo by KreativTouch Photography. Makeup by H.S. West Hair & Makeup. Jewelry provided by Lucky and Lovely.

39 and Holding...

When I woke up this morning, my first thought was to thank God for His incredible mercy and grace. It's the day before my "39 and holding" birthday and I spent some time reflecting on how good God has been to me. This time last year my grandmother, who I love dearly, was near death attempting to recover from triple by-pass surgery. By the grace of God, she did and she just celebrated her 81st year of life! I was thinking, next year I'm going to have a "39 and holding" birthday soiree and celebrate. Hotel ballroom, cocktail attire, band, the works... I have so many stories I could share with you about how God's grace has kept me, but one in particular comes to mind. It was 2002 and my daughter wasn't even a year old yet. I was not feeling well at all. I had been running a fever all day and was worried I would pass something on to Kennedy. I didn't have anyone to come help me take care of her at the time. I was talking to a dear friend and she advised me to go to the emergency room. I didn't want to go because I didn't have any health insurance (I had quit my job in corporate America to pursue my vision to own my business and couldn't afford insurance on my own). Long story short, I ended up in the hospital with meningitis. Thank God I went when I did and they were able to treat it. Fast forward three weeks later when the the bill arrived for thousands of dollars that I could not pay - a sweet lady from the billing department called me and asked me about my financial situation. When I explained it to her she said, don't worry, we have a fund that was created to help people with their bills and we can pay yours in full. (Shout out to the boys in the pit because you know the 'shouting' music is playing!)

This is one of the many reasons why we started Lending a Hand, Helping a Life. There are people that need our help and if we're in a position to help someone we should. You never know when it might be you. April and I have talked about this for years and time just kept passing. We decided we had talked long enough, now it was time to walk the walk. Tomorrow I will celebrate my 39th birthday with many of my friends in the industry (unbeknownst to them because it's not about me, it's about LHHL) who have graciously given of their time, talent and services to serve some less fortunate families in the Atlanta area. We will have lunch, provide them with a few of life's essentials, let them shop for free in the LHHL Closet, give books and toys to the kids for Christmas and share an opportunity to have a family photo taken for their keepsake. I am blessed that someone reached out to help me in the time of need. I believe wholeheartedly that's what God would want us to do in return.

Dreamy Gelato and Chocolates Teams with LHHL!

We are really excited to have Dreamy Gelato and Chocolates partnering with us to raise money for Lending a Hand, Helping a Life (LHHL). The luncheon for the families selected will be held Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at LOFT at Castleberry Hill. More details to come regarding the event. In the meantime, if you're interested in helping us, please call (678) 384-1500 or email hello@paperedwonders.com to place your order. Each gift box includes: Oreos hand dipped in white chocolate then drizzled with dark chocolate (8), Our delicious hand made from scratch brownies filled with our sweet cream icing (2), Rich dark chocolate truffles hand rolled, dipped in dark chocolate and finished with roasted peanuts (4), and Caramel pecan nut clusters covered in white chocolate then drizzled with dark chocolate (3) for $20.14 including tax.  

Words Can't Describe...

How very thankful we are this year! Every year, we realize that God has blessed us even more than the year before and for that we are eternally grateful. When we say that it is our pleasure to serve, we aren't just speaking words. Rather, we are truly expressing the awesome privilege we experience each time we are invited into your lives to design the perfect piece of stationery for your event, endeavor, or occasion. We have been blessed with a tremendous opportunity and we acknowledge that fact not only on Thanksgiving, but with each passing day. As you celebrate Thanksgiving, we encourage you to reflect on the intangible blessings in your life. We are grateful for each and every client we have served or are presently serving. Our gratitude to God simply cannot be expressed in words. Happy Thanksgiving, indeed.

The Stylish Planner

Today is the first full day of Autumn, although the temperatures in Atlanta are still holding on to the dog days of Summer. Personally, I am ready for cool evenings, Sunday afternoon football and suede booties! We haven't had a chance to post a blog in the last couple of weeks because wedding season is still in full throttle around here. I am excited about being featured on The Stylish Planner™ blog today. As stated on her site, The Stylish Planner™ is the creation of Jeannine Kennedy, owner of Atlanta based FAVOR Events, a full service wedding planning company.  Full of practical and inspiring content on style, image and personal branding, The Stylish Planner™ is the only resource of its kind available to luxury wedding and event professionals. Jeannie is an awesome lady and we are blessed even the more to be in such great company.

To read the post featuring Papered Wonders, Inc. click here.

Networking is BS!

Networking is BS. How many times have we heard people say that? We’ve heard conference speakers say it, read it in blogs and other news articles, even in some bestselling books. Well, I beg to differ. I would say “Networking: You get out what you put in.” In the Atlanta wedding industry, we must have at least two or three networking events per week. You can network with brides, with other wedding industry professionals or even with other business professionals just about any day of the week. So, you take the time to register for an event, you get properly dressed, business cards in hand and you get there and then what? You see 100 of the same people you see at every event and 50 new faces you are a bit timid to meet. I believe this is why people think networking is BS. If you spend the entire evening socializing with friends and business associates you already work with then you can’t really call that networking. You’re merely socializing with the circle you operate in daily. You’re only going to get out what you put in. So that means, get out there. Introduce yourself. Tell someone new about your business and what services you offer. Opportunities are based on relationships, not transactions. It’s up to you to build relationships with new vendors in order to continue to thrive in this business. Ultimately, I truly believe there is only one relationship that is most important and if you have a personal relationship with Him, opportunities are destined to meet you along this journey.

Meet us in Midtown!

2010 has been a stellar year for our wedding stationery business. This wedding season has been awesome as we've had the opportunity to develop some great relationship with wedding and event planners and designers all over Atlanta. Our custom stationery designs have been recognized by planners nationwide and the requests are still coming in for affordable custom stationery. The Atlanta wedding industry is like no other big city in the country, as we love partnering with each other to help make couples' dreams come true. As industry professionals, we lunch together, network together, and even plan and design events together. Papered Wonders, Inc. is a team-minded company. We love to support others in their business endeavors, even other stationers and graphic designers. Our thought is this: there is certainly enough business to go around for everyone. Realizing every client is not ours, it is important to get to know others in the industry so that our referrals remain confident in the vendors we recommend. We truly believe God has favored us.
As we enter into the second half of the year, we are excited to announce Papered Wonders, Inc. is now a part of StudioWed Atlanta. Under the leadership of Michelle Gainey of Lemiga Events, this is a hip and revolutionary concept in local and destination weddings in Atlanta: a stylish and sophisticated planning studio where the area's best vendors come to you. Meet with a photographer over coffee in the morning, pick your stationery over lunch and enjoy a glass of wine as you chat with a florist later in the afternoon. Best of all, there's no cost to you to use StudioWed's services, so you can feel free to spend an entire day -- or as many as you need -- planning your big day.
We are honored to be a part of such an exclusive group of vendors and look forward to providing the same excellent service as you've come to expect at Papered Wonders, Inc. For more information about StudioWed, visit www.studiowed.net/atlanta.

Effective vs. Affective

For months, I have been thinking about how our blog can be more effective {The power to produce an outcome or achieve a result; influence}. With so many design inspired blogs to read these days, it’s important to give people, including myself, something of substance. I continued to struggle with the blog being all about stationery, with a little personal celebration from time to time. Then on my morning walk, revelation struck me like a bolt of lightning. The desire really is not to be as much effective as it is AFFECTIVE {1.To have an influence on or effect a change in. 2.To act on the emotions of; touch or move. 3.To attack or infect, as a disease} Wow. I was so inspired and so many different ideas just began to flow from God’s hands to my heart. I receive emails quite often about people starting their own businesses or new endeavors in life and how something they read or saw inspired them to move forward. Well, to God be the glory! I am excited about the new direction of Create Me Papered. It’s not about rebranding. It’s about revisiting the vision, rethinking and moving forward with purpose. It is my hope that something you read will: 1) influence you to do greater things personally and professionally, 2) touch your heart and inspire you to pay it forward, and 3) attack your vision and/or goals in life to affect others!

Make sure you subscribe or visit daily as we look forward to sharing purely wondrous inspiration. Matthew 6:33

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Dare to DANCE!

Every month lends itself to a Black History Celebration! The rich culture and heritage of the African American race is so complex that one can never reach the center. During February, it is our goal to take advantage of the many opportunities to celebrate Black culture. On Sunday, we enjoyed the artistic and creative expressions presented by the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. Although we have seen the company perform numerous times, every time feels like the very first time! We especially take great joy in “Revelations”, the final act of the performance. We encourage you to always explore your history and never miss an opportunity to DANCE!

Congratulations Judith Jamison on the wonderful achievements you have made and your 20th Anniversary as Artistic Director!

Artwork coutesy of http://www.alvinailey.org/ and may be purchased online.