After Hurricane Sandy hit the North East coast, Jackie Mangiolino, the Long Island born designer behind Believe Notes, decided she needed to help local communities devastated by the storm. She wanted to volunteer for clean up, but due to the gas crisis she didn’t even have enough gas in her car to get to the hardest hit areas. Luckily, Jackie wasn’t hit hard by the storm and she still had power, so she starting thinking of other ways to help bring relief to the people that needed it. She had this crazy idea of mixing her love for stationery design with charity, and she quickly found that the entire design community was eager to help, too! Jackie reached out to all of her amazingly talented designer friends and asked if they would be willing to donate designs to be turned into stamps and then used to create small sized note cards and art cards. Within 24 hours Jackie had over 50 designers, her mom (hi, Anna!) and a stamp company all on board with the initiative. Designers Care was born, and in one short weekend the orders starting pouring in.
With the help of Simon’s Stamps, Envelopes.com, and French Paper and a few other very generous donations, Jackie was able to get all of the materials she needed to open the shop. The entire initiative has been truly a collaborative effort all with the goal to raise money for Sandy victims. All of the proceeds from Designers Care will be going to American Red Cross Disaster Relief, and Jackie’s goal is to raise at least $2,000.
But aside from the warm-fuzzy side of the shop purpose, the shop is filled with absolutely gorgeous designs that you just have to get your hands on! Some of the stationery world’s most talented artists pitched in and donated their designs, so it’s a great opportunity to own something that you won’t be able to get anywhere else. From inspirational messages to hand drawn lettering and whimsical art, there’s a huge variety to select from. And knowing just how hard it would be to make up your mind, Jackie set up “mix and match” listings where you can pick your own set of cards. The cards are all either small business card size, note card sized, or 4x6 for framing, and with the holidays right around the corner, you can use the cards as gift tags or little notes to friends and family.
Each design is hand-stamped by Jackie and her mom onto either white, black or kraft paper using black, white, gold or silver inks. Jackie will also be hand embossing some of the cards with a beautiful gold metallic effect. So please head on over to Designers Care and pick up some beautiful stamped cards, and check back often since new designs and options are constantly being added! And remember, it’s all for a good cause!