Stock Up on Holiday Greeting Cards, Notes and More By E. Frances Paper
The positive paper goods company based in Newport County has you covered with festive items to gift or decorate your home.
Founded in 2013 by sisters Ali Flippin and Jenni Laundon and cousin Emily Roberts, E. Frances Paper provides an array of lively greeting cards, note cards, notepads and more, displaying fun characters and objects in creative watercolor paintings. This holiday season, the women plan on adding that cheerful spark to your family’s households with the help of their products.
Laundon and Roberts agree that this year required more of a nostalgic and magical feeling within the walls of the company’s headquarters, which is a car garage-turned-warehouse based in Newport. The trio usually discuss the designs a year in advance before Flippin brings them to life with her paintings in the next couple of months.
“The selection this year was so great because we still had that magical feeling of Christmas,” says Laundon, who states that the “Starry Lights and Magical Night” holiday card was inspired by the lights decorating the City by the Sea. “What makes the cut is the tricky part,” adds Roberts. “Choosing what all three of us like typically ends up being a better home run since the three of us are very similar but also very different.”
If you look closely on the back of each item, you might find designs that can be easily missed. “You can always expect attention to detail,” says Laundon. For example, the Santa Claus card contains a tiny “Ho ho ho!” note to get a chuckle out of the gifter and gift-receiver.
When scrolling through the website to find the perfect present pairings for that special someone, you’ll notice a notepad with one of Santa’s elves consulting a naughty or nice list, a card with a smiling Buddy from the movie Elf, and decks of Little Notes stacked with images of colorful wreaths, comforting cookies and milk, or a whale with a striped shirt named Frankie, who’s named after their grandmother Frances.
“We can’t keep them in stock, they sell so well,” says Laundon of the exclusive product that Flippin had come up with years ago. “You get eighty-five Little Notes in a box, and we say ‘use these unsparingly’ because they’re addictive once you start using them and they’re nice ways to leave little notes for someone or just make things nicer and cuter.”
One of the many advantages to the Little Notes is they encourage people to write down random heart-felt memos on something other than a text on a phone, which makes it that much more personal.
“Post-it notes evoke feelings of work and studying, while the Little Notes are cheery,” says Roberts. “It’s like using good china: Don’t save it. That’s why we put so many in a box, use it every day and enjoy it.”
Browse through the online store here.