Categories: Holiday Cards

Homely for the Holidays Photo Contest

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Cute pictures of kids and babies are a dime a dozen. In this holiday photo contest, we are looking for your worst photos! One you would never consider featuring in your holiday photo cards.

We know our kids are all just as cute as can be, but we all have those unflattering, unattractive, just plain terrible photos that make us crack up. Instead of burying them in the back of a box, EcoMom and Paper Culture encourage you to face those photos and bring the funny to the forefront–and win amazing prizes in the process!

Enter our Homely for the Holidays photo contest and you can win a $300 Paper Culture credit, $300 to start your holiday shopping at EcoMom, personalized photo advisory sessions with both a designer and professional photographer, and more.

Plus, the second and third place photos will receive a $50 credit at Paper Culture and a $50 credit at EcoMom–just in time to get your holiday cards going and start your shopping ahead of the game!

How it works:

  • You submit the most unflattering, awkward, cringe-inducing, or funny photo you can find that features kids. Submissions will be accepted from November 3 through midnight on November 9.
  • We will open up voting through November 16. Paper Culture and EcoMom will ask their communities to vote, and you can ask your friends and family to vote.
  • We will announce the Grand Prize winning photo, plus the 2nd and 3rd place winners on November 17.

The prizes:

  • The Grand Prize winner will receive: a $300 credit at Paper Culture to use for gorgeous, environmentally responsible photo holiday cards, a $300 credit at EcoMom, a personalized photography tutorial with renowned photographer Annie Robillard, a personal holiday card consultation with a Paper Culture designer, and a sweet Kikkerland photo mobile from EcoMom. You will also have your final card and photo featured on the EcoMom and Paper Culture websites! You can win ALL that just for sending in a BAD photo!
  • The second and third place winners will each receive a $50 credit at Paper Culture and a $50 credit at EcoMom.

Click here to submit now and encourage your friends and family to vote!

Photos should feature KIDS. They can be old or new (the 1970s fashions were not kind to many of us.) You must be the rightful owner of the photo and you must be a resident of the U.S.A. Limit one photo entry per person. Let us know if you have questions in the comments!

Paper Culture Unveils Its Fresh New Look

Paper Culture Redesign

If you are a regular Paper Culture customer, then you may have noticed that we just got a face lift! Thanks to the amazing creative team here, we have updated our site with a fresh new look, while making it easier to navigate.

While you’re checking out the site, be sure to peruse Paper Culture’s extensive new 2010 collection of  modern holiday cards that embodies the spirit of the season and the unique nature of each person. Our cards are printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper and with every order you place, we plant a tree in your honor.

Also, don’t forget to take advantage of our free mail & message service.  Let us do all the hassle work of addressing and mailing your cards –all for just the price of the stamp!

Like all things new, there may be a few bugs or kinks to work out. So, if you see anything strange, please leave us a comment and we will be sure to fix it. Or, just let us know what you think.

Send a Card That Cares to Benefit the Somaly Mam Foundation

There are hundreds of reasons why I love my job at Paper Culture. But up there in the top three is our Cards That Care program, which gives back to organizations that are helping improve the lives of not just the families in our own communities, but the lives of people around the world.

Currently, one of our Cards That Care beneficiaries is the Somaly Mam Foundation. With over two million women and children sold into sexual slavery each year, it is a global crisis that must be stopped. More resources are critically needed to support the rescue and recovery of these young victims. So, as part of our Cards That Care program, we are donating 20 percent of card sales to the Somaly Mam Foundation to help end human trafficking and slavery worldwide.

So when you place your Paper Culture order for holiday photo cards, holiday party invitations or stationery & note cards, simply enter the code SOMALY at check out. Who would have thought that giving back could be so easy?

Remember Somaly Mam this holiday season and then send an extra thoughtful card – one that gives back to help support this worthy cause. It’s unimaginable the abuse which affects millions of children and young people around the world, but through organizations such as Somaly Mam, change is possible.

Welcome to the Paper Culture INSPIRED Blog

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Paper Culture's Inspired Blog

Ever wonder how we here at Paper Culture find inspiration? Do we sit in a dimly lit room with our eyes tightly shut, holding hands, chanting “ommmm”?

Along those lines, we welcome your feedback and ideas. Find your “inner-designer” and tell us how Paper Culture has inspired you in 200 words or less. Maybe a bridal shower invitation determined the theme of your party or a holiday photo card motivated you to make your own wrapping paper. You tell us! If we select your story, we’ll give you a $50 gift certificate for your next Paper Culture order. How’s that for inspiration? Simply share your story by commenting on this blog or send an email to [email protected]

Um, no — or at least, not that I’m aware of.

The joke around here is that our inspiration is erratic. As easy as it would be to look to one person, place or thing for incitement, that is simply not the case. Being paper lovers, we are mindful of the trends around us, but between you and me, we probably spend the least amount of time looking at other invitations, announcements and stationery. Besides, that would be imitating, and how uninspired is that?

It’s much more fun to look at fashion, architecture or environmental advances as sources of ideas.  We also find enormous inspiration in organizations that provide leadership in areas that touch our communities, including those that promote education, the health of our families and environmental innovation.

But really, we find our most important inspiration in talking to you.

Like most blogs, we will share fun company tidbits, special discounts, design previews and maybe even some of the more interesting corporate stuff.  But our real goal is to have this be a forum for us to exchange ideas, to share thoughts and ultimately, for us to find the source of our next inspiration.