Stock up on greeting cards, notes and more from E. Frances Paper
Founded in 2013 by sisters Ali Flippin and Jenni Laundon and cousin Emily Roberts, E. Frances Paper provides a range of animated greeting cards, note cards, notepads and more, displaying fun characters and objects in creative watercolors. This holiday season, the women plan to add that joyful spark to your family’s homes with the help of their products.
Laundon and Roberts agree that this year needed more of a nostalgic, magical feeling within the walls of the company’s headquarters, which is a Newport-based auto garage-turned-warehouse. The trio usually discuss the designs a year in advance before Flippin brings them to life with his paintings in the next two months.
“This year’s selection was so big because we still had that magical Christmas feeling,” says Laundon, who says the “Starry Lights and Magical Night” greeting card was inspired by the lights decorating the city on the edge of the sea. “What makes the cut is the tricky part,” adds Roberts. “Choosing what the three of us like usually ends up being a better home run since the three of us are very similar but also very different.”
If you look carefully on the back of each item, you may find patterns that can easily be missed. “You can always expect attention to detail,” says Laundon. For example, the Santa Claus card contains a small “Ho ho ho!” note to make the gift giver and recipient laugh.
As you browse the website to find the perfect gift pairs for that special someone, you’ll notice a notepad with one of Santa’s elves checking out a naughty or nice list, a card with a smiling pal from the movie. Elfand sets of stacked Little Notes with images of colorful crowns, heartwarming cookies and milk, or a whale with a striped shirt named Frankie, who is named after their grandmother Frances.
“We can’t keep them in stock, they’re selling so well,” Laundon says of the exclusive product Flippin developed years ago. “You get eighty-five little notes in a box, and we say ‘use them sparingly’ because they’re addictive once you start using them and they’re good ways to leave some little notes to someone or just to make things nicer and cuter.”
One of the many benefits of small notes is that they encourage people to write random heartfelt memos about something other than text on a phone, making it even more personal.
“Post-its evoke feelings of work and study, while Little Notes are cheerful,” says Roberts. “It’s like using good porcelain: don’t keep it. That’s why we put so much in a box, use it every day and enjoy it.
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