Holiday Love Notes

If you know us, you know that we’re all about writing and sending notes and letters. It’s important to remind those around you how much they mean to you. Plus, giving love brings love back to you. It’s a cycle that costs nothing to participate in.

Around the holidays, it’s especially important. The holidays bring love, but also stress. By telling others how much they mean to us, we can dissolve some of that stress and emphasize the love.

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We’re making it easy for you by sharing some of our favorite holiday card picks.

Grab some for your family, friends, holiday hosts, neighbors, even strangers. Love is love.

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Card of the Month: November

November — the month of thanks. Fall is in full swing. Everything is cozy. And it’s almost time to feast.

It was easy to pick a card that, for us, encompasses all it means to give thanks. Gratefulness is everything.

This card is from our Breath of Inspiration line — one of our favorite lines full of cards that spread positive messages + give back to important causes.

We’re wishing you the happiest season with your friends and family. And don’t forget to get your cards for your loved ones, holiday hosts and friends.

Breathless Paper Co. in Chattanooga

This past weekend, the Breathless Paper Co. family went to Chattanooga for rest, relaxation and family time. And, of course, lots of cute boutiques and paper goods.

Read on to hear about our trip and our Chattanooga recommendations — the food, the sights, the kiddos, the paper.


On recommendation from our friend Mariah from Shadowbox Paperie, we stayed at the new Westin Chattanooga, and it was beautiful! It's in a super walkable location, which is especially nice in the Chattanooga fall.

After arriving on Friday, we had to get room service because our kids think it’s just the best.

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We were in vacation mode, so we got up later than usual on Saturday and had breakfast at Tupelo Honey in Warehouse Row. That area is designed by the same folks who created Ponce City Market in Atlanta — so it’s pretty awesome.

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Afterwards, I was so excited to get to finally go to Shadowbox Paperie. Mariah has been a customer for years and years, and the shop is hands down one of the best paper shops I have been in. I fell in love (and walked out with a few things, of course).

Then, I dropped Matt and the kids at the (totally awesome) Children's Discovery Museum so I could go check out all the shops we work with and a few others suggested to me: Sophie’s, Charlotte’s Web, Seed, Blue Skies, Genevieve Bond and Furnish.

  • First, I went to Sophie's and… I want it ALL. They have bought from us for years and I hadn’t visited in so long. And let me tell you, I didn't want to leave. From the product mix to the way things are merchandised, this place was amazing.

  • Then I popped into Charlotte’s Web. They do monogramming and carry a bunch of our napkins. It's the perfect shop to get a special personalized gift! 

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  • I headed to the Riverfront to see Seed — it's called the '“happy shop.” And it's filled with happiness! They just started carrying some of our cards so it was fun to pop in.

  • I stopped into Blue Skies, and I've been told I had to go in there. It's filled with all kinds of great gifts and paper. I think our Heartward line is absolutely perfect for this adorable shop!

  • After going all around downtown and the surrounding spots, I headed further out and went to Genevieve Bond. She carries a lot of our cards and our Heartward tees. It's a very large packed full of awesome goods shop. Everything you'd want for a gift, it’s there!

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  • Then, I went to Furnish — which is a perfect farmhouse shop! I was so excited that they carry Heirloomed so I had to make the trip there. It was so worth it. It has the most wonderful feel (and smells so good).

After going to as many shops as i could, I picked up my guys and we got ready for a fun family date night — our favorite.

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We walked from the hotel to Old Gilman Grill which was delicious and had an adorable atmosphere. Our kids love getting dressed up! 

Afterwards we hung out in the West Village and saw a laser show, which our little guys loved. We ended the night with some Pink Berry and a hotel room dance party. (I finally learned the floss thanks to my son…)

After brunch and the aquarium on Sunday, we headed home. It was so great to spend some time away with our kiddos and Matt. Plus — we love seeing our products in action. As usual, thanks for all the support. We couldn’t do it without you guys and all the shops that show us love.

 

Meet: Beer Greetings

It’s the season of collabs! We worked with Atlanta company and friend, Ashley Edmonds of Beer Greetings, on an awesome “Happy Hangover” 6-pack holder and some fabulously festive cocktail napkins. Perfect for craft beer (or wine!) lovers. And just in time for the holidays. We’re obsessed, and we think you will be too.

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BPC: How long have you been in the "Beer Greetings" business?

We launched Beer Greetings in time for Holiday 2014 with just one design to test the Market.

BPC: Tell us a little about the scope of what you do and how the business has grown.

Beer Greetings is a part of our broader company, Smartsy Brands, which strives to provide innovative solutions to everyday problems - big or small, silly or serious. Our products and brands are all born from needs we see in our own personal lives with lots of input from our customers, family and friends. It started with our eco-friendly gift wrap line, Lilywrap, and then expanded to others including Beer Greetings.

BPC: What do you love most about your job?

I love the process of taking an idea for a brand new product and guiding it through the development process all the way to launching on store shelves. It's a very surreal, exhilarating (and sometimes frustrating) process.

BPC: How did you begin working with Breathless Paper Co. (BPC)?

I connected with Jessica through our collaborative group comprised of Southern brands, Deep South Social. We both found an instant appreciation for each others' work (and for each other!) 

BPC: Describe to us a little bit about the line of 6-pack holders, etc, that you designed with BPC.

I love the witty humor of Breathless Paper Co. So when working on joint six-pack carrier, we knew it had to be funny and perhaps a bit edgier than our standard boxes. I basically told Jessica and Matt that I'd love a box appropriate for all occasions and let them run with it. I loved what they came up with so much that we made no edits whatsoever!

BPC: Outside of Beer Greetings, what do you do on your day to day? Any other business ventures/artistic projects/etc.?

Too much! Ha. Seriously, I get excited by so many things and tend to jump in right away. Like I mentioned, my company Smartsy Brands has several brands that I run, including Lilywrap gift wrap, Beer Greetings, Cheer Greetings, and the Vortex. We also have a real estate business renting out properties on the coast. I'm also very involved in the community at our girls' schools, at church, leading a girl scout troop and with the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House charities. In between all of that, I love to travel, watch football, picnic and just enjoy the small pleasures in day-to-day life.

BPC: BPC believes in the importance of a handwritten note and sending snail mail -- what are your thoughts on this?

I think there is no better way to show love and appreciation than through a handwritten note. I have three young daughters (5, 3 and 1) who LOVE creating cards, mailing them to family and leaving me sweet notes and pictures around the house. (My Kindergartner recently made the cutest postcard to reply to her grandparents who were on a long trip!) If I ever forget the importance of expressing sentiments in this way - I need to look no further than the effect the little notes floating around my house make me feel.

BPC: What's your favorite part about running a business like Beer Greetings, and what's the hardest part about running a small business?

My favorite part of running Beer Greetings is all of the amazing people I am able to meet - through social media, collaborations, my retailers, trade shows, and more. I have met the most interesting people. The hardest part of running a small business is running into issues like production delays and bad product that are beyond your control. These issues, unfortunately, happen - but I hate seeing progress stall and customers disappointed.

BPC: What's your favorite BPC card?

My all-time favorite is probably "Y'all Are Gonna Make Pretty Babies" - makes me laugh every time.

 

Card of the Month: October

Fall is HERE! We’re so excited for it to finally cool down, and for things to get cozy.

That being said, this month’s Card of the Month was an easy choice. Our Climb Every Mountain card from our Heartward collection represents an awesome part of fall: being outside.

To order this card or more from our Heartward collection, reach out to us!

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Meet: Caitlin of Cash Color

One of our newest lines is a collaboration with Cash Color — a project by Caitlin Shirock, a lifelong artist and designer. Having the artist’s touch on our cards has been amazing and we loved hearing about Caitlin’s path to starting Cash Color. Read on and check out the line! Click here to order.


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Breathless Paper Co: How long have you been an artist? 

Caitlin: Since I can remember! My mom always tells this story about how I would comment on the colors of the leaves during fall time and how beautiful they were and she just knew someday I would do something creative.

BPC: Tell us a little about the scope of what you do and how it all began. 

C: I’ve always loved creating beautiful things. I studied fine art and then design, and went on to work in the apparel industry for a few years designing t-shirt graphics for Abercrombie & Fitch. That job was the perfect mix of graphic design and art because we did a lot of work with different typefaces which I loved and then we would also paint beach scenes and sailboats which I also loved. It was there that I fell in love with the medium, Gouache. I had never used it before but now it’s what I create 90% of my work with. I then moved to Nashville (and shortly after married my high school best bud/crush) and started freelancing here doing everything from logos, branding and identity to custom illustrated invitations for brides and other events.

I launched Cash Color last year when I realized how badly I needed to really focus in on one thing rather than trying to master them all. So thats when I started to put the time into really thinking about what I love to paint most and how I can create a brand around that. It has always been this far fetched dream to run my own business and sell my own happy, bright, fun artwork. Although extremely challenging at times, I just love learning the ins and outs of running a small biz and being the artist behind it all. It makes me so happy knowing my artwork sits in peoples beloved homes and hopefully brings them joy every single day when they look at it. I have dreams to grow into putting the art on fabrics, wallpapers, and continuing to do more fine art in the years to come!

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BPC: What do you love most about your job? 

C: I love that every day is different. I love that I can do business tasks and then use the other side of my brain and be weird, get messy and be creative :)

BPC: How did you begin working with Breathless Paper Co. (BPC)? 

C: I met Jessica at a WeWork event, I loved her cards and introduced myself — little did I know we would soon work together and partner up! She is such a sincere person and I could just tell that from the first minute of speaking with her. We later did a pop up together and got to connect even more, exchange information, supported one another and made a coffee date! I was so excited to get to know her story and how she established her amazing brand of over 10 years.

I’m so impressed by BPC, her office is adorable, her kids of course are too, and I just love how she collabs with so many different brands and creates fun products. She gets stuff done. I totally look up to her and feel blessed to have crossed paths with her.

BPC: Describe to us a little bit about the line you designed with BPC.  

C: The art is taken from my Neutral Abstract Letter Art collection. Her husband does Graphic Design and I have that in me too, so I think thats what caught their attention to the line… It’s a very well balanced, yet artful collection of all 26 letters painting in an abstract way. I grew up surrounded by monograms and have always wanted to make them more funky! This is my interpretation of that. 

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BPC: If you weren't an artist, what would you be doing? 

C: Ive honestly never really given this much thought because being an artist was just always my passion... I have always said I wanted to be an interior designer, but instead of put rooms together I get to work with designers who style my art in their gorgeous homes and rooms — so thats even more fun for me! I am a really good organizer, it comes naturally and I oddly enjoy it, so sometimes I think I should be going into homes and reorganizing peoples spaces!

BPC: BPC believes in the importance of a handwritten note and sending snail mail -- what are your thoughts on this? 

C: I am a huge advocate of this. I have in the past created personal stationery and I absolutely believe in the power of a handwritten letter. I have one in particular that has changed my life. It’s from my (now) husband and it is probably my top 5 most favorite things I own — a piece of paper with words that he took the time to thoughtfully write to me, from his heart and then mail it out! Changed my life and I hold it so dear. I love the feeling of writing a card, putting it in the mail, and sending it off to make someones day. Something so magical about it and it really works. 

BPC: Do you have a favorite type of client / project? 

C: I love working with women that just love decorating their homes and have fun with it. It is so so fun and I feel honored every time I can help bring brightness and joy into their homes by adding art to make their house a home. What's your favorite BPC card in the Cash Color line? What's your favorite BPC card not in the line? I honestly love the L” haha, I don’t know why but there is something so soothing about it and my eye just loves it! A lot of people buy they letter art just for abstract art or for the color, so I hang the L in my home for that reason, that and to me, it stands for Love.

In the BPC lines: I love the Heartward collection and specifically the “Grow through what you Go through”. Need I explain? It’s so good and so true and a good reminder everyday! But they’re all so good!!


>> Check out CashColor.com for other collections <<


Meet: Angela of Angela Elliot Design

For our Fall 2018 catalog, we added tons of fun new cards and products. One of our new lines was a collaboration with Atlanta designer Angela Wingard. We’re thrilled with how these holiday cards turned out — they’re fun, sweet and sassy, just how we like it.

We chatted with Angela a bit about her work in Atlanta, being neighbors with Jess and Matt, and the importance of a handwritten card. Keep reading to learn more about the holiday line cards she helped create.

Yes, the holidays are creeping up. I know, we can’t believe it either.

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Breathless Paper Co.: How long have you been designing / illustrating?

Angela Wingard: 11 years! 

BPC: Tell us a little about the scope of what you do and how it all began.

AW: I’ve been freelancing since college and in 2008 one of my clients was a startup at ATDC (GA Tech’s tech incubator). When the economy crashed, I took the company up on their offer to go full time as their Creative Director. Almost 10 years and an acquisition later, I finally left the company to go back to freelancing and working for myself full time. I had freelanced on the side all these years doing design and photography, and just felt it was time to be my own boss again.

My corporate experience was invaluable and while it was sometimes brutal, I wouldn’t trade it for anything but I am loving being my own boss again and creating my own schedule.

As far as what I do, I’m a freelance graphic designer and photographer. I’m basically a one-woman creative firm. When a client comes to me with a desire to brand or rebrand, I do everything from logo design to web design, their marketing collateral they’ll need like presentations and brochures, business cards…and the perk is that since I do photography as well, I can usually shoot all the content for the site.

For photography, I also do families and portraits, which is a nice break sometimes from being inside designing all the time.

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BPC: What do you love most about your job?

AW: For design, its playing a small role in helping someone achieve their dream. Launching a business, a side business, or a hobby, its always inspiring to be a part of. For photography, its capturing those candid moments that they didn’t know what happened or letting them see the beauty that they offer because everyone is so critical of themselves.

My favorite part of either component is hearing “I LOVE IT” when seeing my work. 

BPC: How did you begin working with Breathless Paper Co.?

AW: I’ve known Jessica and Matt for YEARS. We were neighbors in Atlanta and became fast friends. We’ve always stayed in touch and talked about our businesses, goals, dreams, etc. The talk of collaborating has always been there, it just took Jessica and I to finally stop talking and start doing :)

BPC: Describe to us a little bit about the line you designed with BPC.

AW: We did a holiday focused line for BPC because it was something they didn’t have quite yet. I loved being humorous in the taglines we created. While I love the holidays, I’m always drawn to the cards and gifts that are dripping in sarcasm so that was the main push behind these but we threw in some feel good designs too. 

BPC: Why do you think handwritten cards are important?

AW: That moment you receive a hand written card, that feel good moment…that connection. Thats what its all about. 

BPC: Do you have a favorite type of client / project?

AW: I love branding and designing. Obviously if there are no limits and I have creative freedom, those are always fun! 

BPC: What's your favorite BPC card in the line?

AW: The pine needles one. All the way! 

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Card of the Month: September

It's Labor Day weekend, and that means time with family and friends, beaches, hotdogs, and relaxation. Bring. It. On.

The holiday inspired us to pick an extra special card for this month's Card of the Month. We love this card and its message, and we hope you're motivated to send it to someone you care about.

We've chosen, "Do A Good Day's Work and Act Like Somebody" from our awesome collab with Old Try for the September Card of the Month.

We think this embodies Labor Day in a nutshell, and pretty much everyday. We try so hard to make Breathless Paper Co. something that inspires and something that we can be proud of -- we want to make other people feel like "somebody." 

Click HERE to order this card wholesale or ask us about retail.

Have the best weekend, and if you send out this card, tag us on Instagram

Birthday Season!

We've had a busy few months of what's known around our house as "birthday season." Me (Jess), Matt, River and Scout all have birthdays within the same few months in the summer, and as hectic as it is it's so so fun to get to celebrate all of my favorite people.

I wanted to share with you some snapshots from all these celebrations, because sharing little tidbits of my family with you all is something I just love. 

Plus, birthdays are probably the most notorious time to give a card and write a handwritten note to someone you care about. We think that's so special, and we're glad to get to be a part of that tradition. See some of our favorite birthday cards below, too! 

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In addition to celebrating at home, we did a joint party for the two kiddos, and it was sports themed and so much fun – not to mention chaotic... :)

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For Matt's birthday, we went to the Ryman. One of his favorite places in Music City (and mine!)

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For my birthday, I was gifted my favorite things from my favorite people: flowers, and the sweetest handwritten notes.

Card of the Month: August

How is it already August?!

This summer has been jam-packed and wonderful. We just want to say one more HUGE thank you to all who made our July trade show so great. Seriously, we couldn't do this without you guys! 

We've loved getting to spend some quality time with our little ones this summer, and we've had a blast seeing live music in our city. We've also gotten tons of tickets for upcoming shows this fall -- needless to say, we're feeling incredibly grateful. Looking back on these past few months, I feel so full. 


This month, we've chosen "My Heart Beats for You" from our Breathless collection a our Card of the Month.

Why? Because of all the love we feel so lucky to be surrounded by right now -- from family, friends and each and every one of y-o-u! This card is a special one that is as fun as it is meaningful. Plus, we love the vintage look! Send it to someone you love and make their day.

Happy August, everyone!

XOXO,

Breathless Paper Co.