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Stationery shows more of your personality than you might think. When selecting your next set of monogrammed cards, it is important to consider factors like font, color, and weight of paper as well as the nature of the letter writing. Scriptura's Sallie Jones says men usually stick to plain white notecards, while women tend to experiment with design and color. Post-interview thank you notes should not be the same as purely social correspondence cards, just like a note to your child's teacher doesn't require the formal paper used when responding to a wedding invitation. With so many types of cards, which is best?

"Is it professional, personal, event oriented [letter writing]? Once that is established then we can decide if it is a folded note, correspondence card, or letter sheet that will best serve that purpose."

This discernment helps the shop supply the client with the correct type. Personalization comes next, but should be used appropriately. Jones recommends a classic, tailored card listing the full name across the top (in a block print) to send after a job interview. For more social cards, distinctive touches are more than acceptable. "If you are more of an extrovert who loves bold choices then buy notecards with a unique monogram, bright colors, and patterned envelope liner. Your friends will appreciate seeing that reflection of your personality in your handwritten notes."

Color is a personal preference and usually used by women. "If the style of a woman's house is tone on tone, then her stationery may be the same. If someone's signature color is red, then that may show up in their correspondence card as well."

Lastly, how many types should you buy? Jones says buying more than one type is a luxury, but useful for different types of notes. "If you have one set, as many people do, plan for it to be more tailored so that it could be used for a letter of sympathy or a note of appreciation."