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Written and Designed by Regina T. Hogan | Graphics & Interactive Media Instructor | William M. Davies Career & Technical High School S

ometimes, all it takes is a single word or phrase to inspire someone

- to encourage someone to take that risk or make that change that they haven’t had the courage to do on their own - to open a new door, live in the moment, or simply to inspire someone to inspire someone else. There is no better way to receive this kind of inspiration than with an original, handwritten card.

In today’s fast paced digital age, we send and receive just about anything in seconds. But when you receive a handwritten card, that message just feels so much more intimate and sincere. There is something truly meaningful about opening a handwritten card. The way the paper feels in your hands and the way the sender’s personality bleeds through the pen strokes.

Can you remember the last time you received some really thoughtful and insightful words that made a difference in your life? I can, and I look at it everyday because I put it on my fridge to remind myself. It’s a card I received

26 | Rhode Island Creative Magazine

by Regina T. Hogan Graphics & Interactive Media Instructor

Layout Design by Regina T. Hogan

a few years ago from a friend that truly came at the right time in my life. The printed message that appeared on the front of the card was not only beautifully designed but powerful as well. It read, “It’s never too late to be what you might have been - George Eliot”. The handwritten note on the inside read, “Don’t let fear stop you from doing great things. If it doesn’t scare you a little then it isn’t worth it”. These words really gave me that little extra push I needed to change careers and I’m so thankful they did. Who knew that this small 5.5” x 5.5” card would have that much power. But sometimes all it takes is a single word or phrase to inspire someone. That little card that inspired me to make a change was from Inspired By It. A greeting card line that is designed and printed right here in Rhode Island.

Inspired By It has been spreading inspiration one card at a time for just over three years now. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with the owner, Nicole Couto, and talk about what inspired her to start this greeting card line. Here is what I found out.

What inspired you to start a greeting card line?

I have always been a “quote” person and started reading positive thinking books when I was 14. I realized that words have immense power which can be used to make massive, positive changes. Being a part of our family’s printing business, Barrington Printing, it was a natural extension that married our resources with my passion. I began by sending out monthly quote postcards to my printing clients. I was able to use that positive feedback to have the confidence to build the card (and now journal) line.

How do you go about choosing the quotes to feature on your greeting cards?

I love proverbs. Many of these incredible nuggets of wisdom were written hundreds of years ago during a very different time. Amazingly, these messages are still so relevant today. Human beings and their struggles have not changed that dramatically which I think is astonishing. Proverbs are also considered public domain

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