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One of the ways I find Etsy purchases to be superior to big-box purchases is the personal touch that can come along with an order. Small “thank you” freebies, anything handwritten, the knowledge that your package was put together by a seller in her home, likely while she was wearing fleece pajamas. I dig it all.

While I’m looking to streamline my general packaging this year, one thing I will never stop doing is the handwritten thank-you. I’ve used a variety of stationery for this over the past — holiday cards in December, purple library cards leftover from my wedding, postcards from VistaPrint.

But my current stash? It might be the best yet.

notepad

This perfectly sized notepad is from Tiny Prints, a stationery shop by the same folks who brought you Shutterfly — which means that these stationery pieces are fabulously customizable. I’m super loving that I can drop some of my favorite product photos in the template (I went with anchors, pink sea glass earrings and keys), and I like that my URL is BAM, right there for you, and in a font happily similar to that on my shop banner.

The paper stock is a good quality, which was unexpected for a simple notepad, and I love the professional touch these obviously professional sheets give my little thank-yous.

How cute was this note from a buyer to her grandma?

How cute was this note from a buyer to her grandma? A fitting vintage necklace, too.

And the design was simple: I choose my favorite Tiny Prints — there were 97 to choose from, holy decision-making, Batman! But you can narrow down the search based on the template’s color and the number of photos you’d like to include. Once I uploaded my photos, it was easy to play with the design until I found my favorite combo, and ordering was a snap. My only issue was that I didn’t see a spot to order multiple notepads, as I tend to buy in bulk when I update my Jac & Elsie thank you stationery.

Tiny Prints seems VERY geared toward families — birth announcements, an entire “baby & kids” section, shower and birthday invitations — but I definitely found the site useful for a small business. (And possibly personal use. This wasn’t quite appropriate for Jac & Elsie — no photo spots — but this glitter notepad had me all giddy. Yes, stationery  makes me giddy …)

Has anyone else used Tiny Prints before? Do you recommend it?

Disclaimer: Tiny Prints provided me with two custom Jac & Elsie notepads. All opinions are my own.

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