Paper Pusher

Merrell McGinness | April 25, 2013 | Articles

If you want to stake your claim in summer’s busy social calendar, your invites better be epic. Enter Callie Burnette—stationery designer, blogger and owner of Calliespondence. For nearly four years, the 33-year-old UGA alum has been livening up mailboxes across the country with her clean, crisp stationery, each one paired with its own whimsical envelope liner. And, yes, she really cuts each one out by hand: “I think it offers a degree of customization and quality control that I will not hand off,” she explains. “It has to look perfect.”

The moniker for her burgeoning business actually came long before she put pen to paper, when one of her colleagues began saving her emails in a folder called Calliespondence. The name stuck—and it’s suited her well. Whether it’s a black-tie party or flip-flop affair, Burnette insists paper is worth the splurge. “There’s just nothing like a hot-pink envelope in a boring stack of mail,” she says, laughing. “A beautiful invitation makes the event feel more special, especially in our electronic world.”

And the Sandy Springs native has pretty much done it all, from crafting letterpressed wooden-sheet birth announcements to presh first-birthday invites, all from her South Buckhead home office. Her latest obsession? A plush letterpress suite she’s designing for a Hilton Head wedding that includes navy lettering and painted coral edges. Burnette’s keen eye landed her baby and children’s lines in Marguerite Peele Fine Stationery, the go-to stationer for interior designer Phoebe Howard. She was also tapped to brand the entire 10th anniversary gala for Kate’s Club, one of the most coveted tickets in the ATL this month.

Burnette honed her design skills by spending years in marketing for revered construction and architecture firms (think Turner Construction Company and HOK). Of course, that wasn’t her only résumé builder—Burnette can throw a pretty mean shindig herself. She and her friends have been dubbed the Social Tornadoes for their ability to whip up a party in seconds flat. A future business venture, perhaps? Here’s hoping for an invite… @calliespondence


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