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Beautiful ways to take a break from e-mail
Clockwise, from top left: Paperfinger, Lion in the Sun, Regas NY

Scrap the e-mails, texts and e-vites: Nothing leaves a mark quite like custom stationery. Whether crafted via calligraphy or letterpress, these paper goods add a welcome personal touch to correspondence.

Step into Meredith Kurosko's sunny Regas Studio in midtown Manhattan and she'll make you a cup of tea while you tell her about your personal style. We love the unique touches in her custom work, such as pressed cocktail umbrellas for a beach wedding invitation.

Melinda Morris extends her Long Island family business, Lion in the Sun, with a cheery Park Slope outpost. She and her husband (whom she met in her shop) weave the charm of Brooklyn and New York cityscapes into chic, urban greeting cards.

Bryn Chernoff has a beautifully modern take on an age-old tradition: Out of her Dumbo studio, Paperfinger, this professional calligrapher translates her knack for penmanship into stunning custom stamps ($68), which are an unforgettable way to imprint your return address.

Forget Facebook birthday reminders: Linda & Harriett's custom calendars ($30) are a far more glamorous way to keep track of your important dates. When you need to send a special note, the letterpress notepads ($12) provide a vivid canvas on which to pen.

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