10 Practical Tips for Designing Personalized Stationery
Written by  Daisie Team
Published on 9 min read


  1. Choose a color scheme
  2. Select your fonts
  3. Decide on your layout
  4. Add your personal information
  5. Incorporate your brand or personal style
  6. Consider your paper choice
  7. Think about the envelope
  8. Proofread before printing
  9. Consider adding visual elements
  10. Think about how you will use the stationery

Designing your own personalized stationery can be a fun and rewarding project. You get to tap into your creativity and make something that is truly unique to you. Whether you're creating a personal letterhead, thank you cards, or even your own business cards, these practical tips can help guide you through the process of personalized stationery design. So get ready to explore your design options and create something extraordinary!

Choose a color scheme

One of the first steps in any personalized stationery design process is picking out a color scheme. This isn't just about choosing your favorite colors— it's about picking colors that complement each other and reflect your personal style.

The color scheme you choose will set the tone for your stationery. For example, if you're going for a calm and relaxed vibe, you might choose soft, pastel shades. Or, if you want your stationery to pop and grab attention, you could go for bold, vibrant colors. Here are some tips to help you pick the perfect color scheme:

  • Use a color wheel: A color wheel can be your best friend when it comes to choosing a color scheme. It can help you understand how colors relate to each other—whether they're complementary (opposite each other on the wheel), analogous (next to each other on the wheel), or monochromatic (different shades of the same color).
  • Consider color psychology: Different colors can evoke different feelings and emotions. For instance, blue often feels calming and trustworthy, while red can evoke feelings of passion and energy. Think about the message you want your stationery to send, then choose colors that help convey that message.
  • Test your colors: Before you commit to a color scheme, test it out. Try creating a simple design with your chosen colors and see how they look together. If something doesn't feel right, don't be afraid to switch things up and try a different combination.

Remember, the goal is to choose a color scheme that represents you and adds an extra layer of personal touch to your stationery design. So don't rush this step—take your time and enjoy the process!

Select your fonts

Next on the list in our personalized stationery design journey is font selection. The fonts you choose are just as important as your color scheme. They can set the tone, convey your style, and even communicate your personality. So, how do you go about choosing the right fonts? Here are some key points to consider.

  • Legibility is key: The main purpose of your stationery is to communicate a message. No matter how stylish or fancy a font may be, if it's hard to read, it's not doing its job. So, always prioritize legibility when choosing your fonts.
  • Less is more: While it might be tempting to use a bunch of different fonts in your design, it's usually best to stick to just two or three. Having too many fonts can make your design look cluttered and confusing. Try to find fonts that complement each other and create a harmonious look.
  • Match your fonts to your style: Just like colors, different fonts can evoke different moods and feelings. For example, a script font might give off a classic, elegant vibe, while a bold sans-serif font could convey modernity and boldness. Choose fonts that align with the style and personality you want your stationery to reflect.

Remember, your choice of fonts can make or break your personalized stationery design. Take the time to explore different fonts and see what works best for your design vision. And most importantly, have fun with it!

Decide on your layout

Now that you've chosen your color scheme and fonts, it's time to decide on your layout. The layout of your personalized stationery design is crucial as it influences how your information is perceived and understood. Take a moment to think about how you want your content to flow and follow these simple suggestions.

  • Balance is essential: A well-balanced layout makes your design more visually appealing. Try to distribute elements evenly across your stationery. This doesn't necessarily mean everything has to be centered — asymmetry can also create balance.
  • Keep it neat: Avoid overcrowding your design with too many elements. A clean, minimal layout allows your information to stand out and is more comfortable for the eyes.
  • Create hierarchy: Hierarchy in design helps guide the reader's eye to the most important elements first. You can create hierarchy using size, color, or placement. For instance, your name or logo could be the largest element on the page, making it the first thing people see.

Your layout is essentially the roadmap that guides your viewer's eye around your stationery. A thoughtful layout can greatly enhance the effectiveness of your personalized stationery design. So, take the time to plan your layout and create a design that not only looks good but also communicates effectively.

Add your personal information

One of the most critical steps in the personalized stationery design process is adding your personal information. But don't worry, you don't have to be a design guru to do it right. Here are some simple steps to consider:

  • What to include: The information you choose to include on your stationery should reflect its purpose. Typically, stationery includes your name, address, email, and phone number. You may also want to add your social media handles or website URL, depending on how you plan to use the stationery.
  • Where to place it: Remember the layout tips from the previous section? Apply them here too. Make sure your information is easy to find and read, but also blends well with the overall design.
  • How to style it: Styling your information is where your selected fonts and colors come into play. Keep it consistent with your overall design and remember that readability is key.

Adding your personal information might seem like a straightforward process, but there's an art to it. With the right planning and design choices, your stationery won't just inform—it will impress!

Incorporate your brand or personal style

Now, let's dive into the fun part of personalized stationery design: adding your unique flair. Your stationery is not just a tool—it's an extension of you or your brand. So, don't be shy about letting your personality shine through.

  • For Personal Use: Think about what makes you, you. Are you a lover of vintage aesthetics? Or do you prefer modern, minimalist designs? Maybe you have a penchant for floral patterns. Whatever your style, let it guide your design choices.
  • For Business Use: If you're designing stationery for your business, it's important to maintain brand consistency. This means using your brand colors, logo, and fonts. But it's not just about the visuals—your brand's voice should also be evident in any text you include.

Remember, your stationery is a reflection of you or your brand. By incorporating your personal style or brand identity, you're not just creating a design—you're telling a story. And who doesn't love a good story?

Consider your paper choice

Alright, let's talk about paper. It might seem like a minor detail in the grand scheme of personalized stationery design, but trust me—it makes a world of difference.

The type of paper you choose can impact not only the look but also the feel of your stationery. And believe it or not, there's a whole world of paper out there waiting for you to explore. From thick, textured cardstock to sleek, glossy photo paper, the choices are seemingly endless.

  • Thick Cardstock: This is a popular choice for business cards and postcards. It's sturdy and has a premium feel, which can help your stationery stand out. Plus, it's perfect for designs with bold colors.
  • Glossy Photo Paper: If you're incorporating a lot of photos or detailed graphics into your design, glossy photo paper might be the way to go. It's designed to make colors pop and details stand out, so your design will look sharp and vibrant.
  • Recycled Paper: For the environmentally conscious, recycled paper is a great option. Not only will your stationery have a unique, rustic feel, but you'll also be doing your part for the planet. Win-win!

So, when you're considering your paper choice, think about your design, your brand, and your personal style. It's a small detail that can make a big impression.

Think about the envelope

Let's be honest, an envelope is the first thing people see when they receive your personalized stationery. It's like the cover of a book—it sets the tone for what's inside. So, don't overlook the importance of the envelope in your personalized stationery design.

When it comes to envelopes, there are a few things you might want to consider:

  1. Size and shape: Make sure your envelope is the right size for your stationery. Too small and your stationery won't fit; too big and it might get damaged in transit. Also, the shape can add an extra dimension to your design. Square, rectangular, or even triangular, pick a shape that complements your stationery.
  2. Color: The color of your envelope should ideally match or complement your stationery design. If your stationery is colorful, a neutral envelope might work best. On the other hand, if your stationery is more on the minimalist side, a bright, bold envelope could add a splash of excitement.
  3. Material: Just like with your paper choice, the material of your envelope can enhance the overall feel of your stationery. A smooth, glossy envelope might suggest elegance, while a textured, matte envelope might convey a more rustic vibe.

Remember, the envelope is a part of your personalized stationery design. It's not just a carrier—it's an extension of your style and brand. So, give it the thought it deserves!

Proofread before printing

Imagine this scenario: you've spent hours on your personalized stationery design. You've chosen the perfect color scheme, found the right fonts, and crafted an exceptional layout. You send it off to the printer, and when it finally arrives, you see it—a typo. Nothing can ruin the excitement faster, right?

Proofreading isn't the most glamorous part of designing personalized stationery, but it's a step you can't afford to skip. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Check for typos: Make sure every word is spelled correctly. Even the most stunning design can't mask a glaring spelling mistake.
  2. Verify the information: If you're including personal information—like your name, address, or contact details—double check that everything is accurate. You don't want to send out dozens of cards with the wrong email address, do you?
  3. Consistency is key: Ensure your font sizes, styles, and colors are consistent across your stationery. This might seem minor, but inconsistent design can distract from your message.

So, before you rush to print your beautiful personalized stationery design, take a moment to proofread. It might be a tedious task, but believe me—it's worth it!

Consider adding visual elements

Visual elements can be the cherry on top of your personalized stationery design. They add flair, character, and can make your stationery truly stand out. But what do we mean by 'visual elements'?

Think logos, graphics, photos, or even doodles. They can be as simple or complex as you want, as long as they complement your design and don’t clutter it.

  1. Logos: If you’re designing stationery for a business, incorporating the company's logo is a great way to reinforce brand recognition.
  2. Graphics and illustrations: A simple, tasteful graphic or illustration can elevate your personalized stationery design. Just remember, less is more—don't let the graphics overshadow your information.
  3. Photographs: For personal stationery, consider adding a family photo or a picture that reflects your personality. It adds a personal touch and can be a great conversation starter.
  4. Doodles: If you're artistically inclined, why not add a hand-drawn doodle? It can add a touch of whimsy and show off your unique style.

Visuals can make your personalized stationery more engaging and memorable. But remember, balance is key. Too many visual elements can overwhelm the design and distract from the intended message. So, be selective and intentional with your choices.

Think about how you will use the stationery

Before you finalize your personalized stationery design, take a moment to envision its use. Understanding the purpose of your stationery can guide your design choices and ensure the final product suits your needs.

Are you creating personalized stationery for professional correspondence? If so, maintaining a more formal, streamlined design might be best. Monochrome color schemes, clean fonts, and minimal graphics can convey a sense of professionalism. You might also want to include your job title and company name in the personal information.

On the other hand, if you're designing stationery for personal use, such as thank-you notes or holiday greetings, you have more creative liberty. Feel free to play with vibrant colors, fun fonts, and eye-catching graphics. Your personal information could include your name and home address, but you might also want to incorporate a personal quote or motto.

Considering the intended use of your stationery can also influence your paper choice and envelope style. For example, a thicker card stock might be suitable for formal business cards, while a lighter paper could be perfect for friendly letters. Similarly, a standard envelope might suffice for professional correspondence, but a colored or patterned envelope could add a playful touch to personal notes.

So, before you sign off on your personalized stationery design, make sure it aligns with its intended use. After all, the most effective stationery is not only beautiful but also functional.

If you enjoyed our "10 Practical Tips for Designing Personalized Stationery" blog post and want to dive deeper into creating a cohesive brand, check out the workshop 'Create Your Brand Inside & Out' by Karen Oldhoven. This workshop will teach you how to create a powerful and authentic brand, both in your stationery designs and beyond.