October 8, 2014 § Leave a comment
Two years ago I created a wedding invitation for one of my favorite clients, Brittany Maynard. I never met her in person. We worked together designing her invitations through email, but we became Facebook “friends” and have written the occasional comments and “likes” on each others’ photos through the months since then.
But, today I’m not here to talk about that invitation we designed together. I’m going a bit off topic…to something somber, yet hopeful and inspiring. We’re gonna talk about Brittany.
If you haven’t already seen Brittany’s story on literally all of the major news networks, Facebook, and the internet you need to check it out. The incredible, heartbreaking, and inspiring story of Brittany Maynard can be found anywhere, just type in her name, view the hashtag #thirtydaysforbrittany, visit The Brittany Fund, or watch her video (which has over 2 million hits!) below.
This girl. Wow. She’s brave, she’s courageous, she clearly has touched the hearts of everyone who has met her, and even those like me who never had the privilege. I’m humbled by her zest for life, her grace, and her tenacity to stand up for what she believes in.
Brittany is a little over a week in to her last thirty days on Earth. She’s dedicating those last thirty days to making a difference in the rights of the terminally ill. No surprise there. Brittany lives her life to the fullest, even right up until the end.
Spread the word, share the story, and continue Brittany’s legacy. She’s a true inspiration. #thirtydaysforbrittany #thebrittanyfund #deathwithdignity
August 25, 2014 § Leave a comment
Oh hey! Today I’m sharing a super sweet yet elegant invitation I designed for a gal who I went to college with. Go Loggers! She found me via Facebook (it’s amazing how much of my business comes from there!) and the rest was history.
Krischel wanted an elegant invitation with a touch of playful travel elements thrown in. She was pretty adamant about it not being “travel-themed” or kitschy and wanted to leave out anything travel-oriented at all if it was going to lean that direction. Sometimes I have a tough job, but I make it work ya’ll!
I think what transpired is a great mix of the two. To bump up the elegance factor, I designed the invitation in mostly one color, which always looks very sophisticated. Further, I used a mix of a gorgeous script font with additional calligraphic flourishes that I hand illustrated in. For a classic, yet playful, travel touch I incorporated a vintage airplane motif and a simplistic heart flourish. I love the way the gold and the just-barely-there blush look together.
For the wedding website card we came up with the idea of a state outline of Washington with some very adorable Douglas Fir trees, which was one of the reasons the couple picked their venue. Ahh, getting married amidst the majestic beauty of these trees does sound magical doesn’t it? This motif was also turned into custom postage stamps for the outer envelopes!
Another little fun element we added in was the “seal”, like a travel/passport stamp, using a different version of the Douglas Fir trees motif. I die!
Alas, another invitation done and blogged!
August 17, 2014 § Leave a comment
I’ve been wanting to share this beautiful Save The Date I designed and printed last month for a super stylish and classy client, Ozette. Per Ozette’s vision the design was inspired by the gorgeous work of ceramicist, Molly Hatch, whose creations can be found in stores like Anthropologie. Her work is gorgeous and whimsical and I was super excited to get to recreate the look for these letterpress printed pieces.
We went with our double thick, 2-ply paper…le sigh (*I still die every time I get to use this paper. It’s that fab.*) The design was hand drawn by me with a nice inky float pen to guarantee some imperfections and various line thicknesses. In order to get the perfectly imperfect “font” which looks traditional but hand-drawn, I printed out the copy and, using a light box, I traced the font with my float pen. All the hand drawn work was then scanned at a high resolution into my computer, turned into vector in Illustrator, and voila! a hand illustrated Save The Date from top to bottom.
What do you think of it?
April 4, 2014 § Leave a comment
Here is my “Time Flies” First Birthday Invitation Stop Motion Video! Hope you like it.
I realllllyy had been wanting to make a stop motion video forever, and what better reason to do that then for my son’s first birthday party! I was overly ambitious at the start. I had NO idea how complex stop motion videos are! It’s the same problem I have when I look at amazing projects and photos on Pinterest and think to myself “easy peasy….I can do that.” Ha ha. I’m sure you’ve all already seen the “reasons not to recreate pinterest photos” article or some version of it, yes?
Anyway, at the beginning of the video I made for my little man’s birthday I drew a clock with the arms moving around and around to show the passing of time. It is true that time flies when you have children…but time did not fly as I painstakingly redrew the arms over and over and over in different locations and snapped a photo of each one. EEK. I got smarter as my stop motion video creation progressed.
After the video was done and edited I used my handy dandy DVD printer to print a custom design right onto the DVD invitations. They were mailed out in crystal clear jewel dvd cases, with the address labels right smack on the case. Here’s what the dvd looked like:
What do you think? Would you like me to make a stop motion video invitation for you? Yes, please!
April 3, 2014 § Leave a comment
Today I’m sharing the invitations I designed and printed for a gorgeous wedding last summer (whoa…time flies). These are the invitations that were created for this wedding that I posted about awhile ago.
The invitation piece was letterpress printed on our super thick, ecru color, 100% cotton paper. It’s soooo thick and so luxurious. I honestly get a little flutter in my heart every time a client chooses to order their invitations with this paper. Yum!
The three pieces (invitaton, RSVP, and details card) were sized so that upon layering the pieces the “V” monogram from the piece below showed through. It was absolutely a lovely touch!
The invitation suite was bound with a belly band printed with the wedding date, and though the pictures don’t show it well…the belly band was also blind printed (no ink, just an impression) with a subtle chevron pattern.
The envelope liners were custom made to perfectly match the “greige” ink color we mixed up on our press for printing and then were hand assembled into the envelopes one at a time. Here’s a gorgeous photo (all photos courtesy of La Vie Photography) of the whole invitation suite, including custom stamp from Zazzle. Speaking of which, I’ve designed a few stamps on Zazzle for sale, check them out!
Don’t forget to check out all of the other gorgeous wedding details we made for this wedding!
January 23, 2014 § Leave a comment
Hey all! Remember a couple months ago I mentioned I wanted to start designing Bar/Bat Mitzvah invitations? Well, here ya go – our first Bar Mitzvah invitation design, the Asher Suite, hot off the press. Actually, this would totes work for a Bat Mitzvah too, just sayin’.
This design shouts modern man, yet hints at his cool, calm, and collected demeanor. This is for the simple, yet stylish type…the guy who is laid back and go with the flow, yet expects the best from himself. It’s not pretentious, yet it is very sharp. The Asher suite is the perfect way to announce your young man’s coming of age. Visit our website to order your own.
The suite is designed in all lower case type. Oh so casual yet so uniquely stylish. The separate pieces are sized so you can see the large text from the piece below when they are all stacked together. Our sample design was printed in a gorgeous greige (grayish beige) and a soft, smoky blue. Yum.
The invitation piece: Spotlights the young man of the week/month/maybe even year?
RSVP card (double sided) with meal preference option (or not/or something else!):
What do you think? Would you order this suite for your son’s bar mitzvah or what!?