January 7, 2014 § Leave a comment
Being an invitation designer means I thoroughly enjoy a good excuse to make invitations for events in the family! Honestly, can you blame me? But, in all truth, it rarely happens because we’re so busy making our deadlines and designs for our clients that we are never able to find the time to make goodies for ourselves. But…this time, we did. So, without further ado, here is the invitation I designed and printed for my baby shower awhile ago.
Colors: Clementine and Aqua
Theme: Typography, patterns, and arrows
The invitation piece (above middle) was printed in orange ink in a fun hand-drawn herringbone pattern. The piece, which folds up to reveal the invitation inside, was adhered to a double-thick backing sheet, printed with a hand illustrated circles pattern in aqua.
Here are some close ups.
The whole suite was bound together with a white dupioni silk ribbon and a little letterpressed tag hanging on orange & white baker’s twine.
The detail cards were held inside a clear wax baggie which was digitally printed with another hand-drawn pattern; dots and lines and a cute “open up” pop of text.
Guests were asked to bring a “well loved or new” book for the baby instead of a card and to write a note to the baby inside the cover. Months later as we’ve begun reading these books to our little boy, Aeland, we absolutely LOVE and CHERISH reading him the adorable sweet notes from our friends and family. It’s a wonderful way to introduce him to all of those people who love him.
We also included a website card and “more details” card inside the little wax baggie.
And last, but not least, we made coordinating “thank you” cards for following up with our guests after the party! And FYI, Aeland’s nursery is still in progress, but it’s on the way toward aqua, orange, patterns, and arrows…just like these baby shower invites.
November 20, 2013 § Leave a comment
In August I completed a chevron stripe wedding invitation for a bride in the town right near me. We went with a chevron stripe that wasn’t quiiite perfect. If you look close enough you may be able to tell. We didn’t want to do hand drawn chevrons, but the bride also didn’t want perfect computer generated chevrons either, so this was our happy medium.
This was a one color, 3 piece letterpress invitation suite, that the bride wanted to assemble herself to save money. We love to work with as many brides as we can and believe letterpress should be more widely available and affordable to all brides, thus we have creative ways for our clients to “save” on expenses from “assemble yourself” options to addressing envelopes yourself to even just ordering one or two letterpress pieces mixed with digital or your own other pieces.
I especially loved the RSVP cards, below, with the cute chicken, fish, and carrot for the different entree choices they were offering at the wedding. Those little images were hand illustrated by me with pen, scanned into the computer, turned into letterpress plates, and then printed.
Mallory was kind enough to email me recently to say “hi” and send some professional pictures from her wedding photographers to me! I love love love when my clients keep in touch and love when I become friends with my clients instead of just having a business relationship. The. best.
Here are pictures from her photographers showing her beautiful assembly job (hand addressed envelopes and bakers twine holding it all together!). Also, if you click to see the bigger image, you’ll notice the “return address stamp” on the RSVP envelope. We designed the address to match the invitation and had it turned into a rubber stamp for them to use on their envelopes and for all future correspondence too!
This design will be available up on the website soon for personalization/customization! That’s where you can fill in your own information and pick your ink color. It’s a great option if you’re on a budget, rather than custom from scratch invitations, because costs are much lower since the design has already been done. You know, just in case you’re interested.
November 18, 2013 § Leave a comment
I think I write too much on my blog. So, here’s a quick recap of this Sonoma Winery wedding invitation and then you can just enjoy the pictures (ahhh, yes you say?). This invitation was put together inside of silk boxes (which were ordered from Thailand no less!). Pls, don’t ask me about the hassle with customs (oy vey) because I won’t answer. ♥ The invitation was laid on a bed of moss and a rustic stained piece of wood latice. These boxes were what showed up in everyone’s mailboxes! Enjoy.
November 7, 2013 § 1 Comment
I met with Laura and Garin in Seattle, and loved them from the get go. This couple was super sweet, down to earth, outdoorsy, and fun! I was so excited to start work on their invitations because they wanted to do something centered around an oak tree and wood grain, which I hadn’t done yet at the time. Immediately I thought of the embossed woodgrain paper that I’d seen here and there on the wonderful intrawebs and knew it was perfectly outdoorsy and rustic, yet still clean and elegant enough to pull into their suite.
We began with a gorgeous hand drawn tree. The leaves were illustrated (I drew roughly 5 different leaf versions) and then painstakingly duplicated (thank god for copy and paste right?) one by one to fill the tree. Different elements of the tree (the top, the left side, the right side, etc) were then used on the three pieces of the invitation suite.
The envelopes were a rich turquoise with gorgeous handwritten calligraphy by my now friend and trusted calligraphy “go-to”, Karen Chan Calligraphy (LOVE her work!).
The envelope liners were made from the gorgeous, embossed woodgrain paper I mentioned earlier, along with the “belly bands” which wrapped around the invitation pieces and held it all together.
The RSVP cards were postcards (the stamp, and couple’s name & address were on the other side for easy return mailing)
Registration (lining up the plate for one color with the plate for the next color to be printed) was super tight. With all those leaves, the 2nd printing of light green had to be exactly lined up so they wouldn’t overlap the darker green or show white if misaligned!
We also created beautiful table numbers, escort cards, and menus for the wedding day. We’ll follow up with a post for those.
November 6, 2013 § Leave a comment
This is another oldie, but goodie! Can’t believe I never posted on this invitation suite. This wedding invitation was from almost two years ago. That’s what will happen to you when your business takes off, you live in a fixer upper, you get pregnant, and have a baby. Sheesh.
My dear friend Mere from Chicago (hi Mere!) contacted me about doing a red, white, and blue letterpress invitation suite with indian and paisley elements. The Paisley was her image, and we used it throughout the suite, along with a fun mix of modern typography and the font “Arabian,” which I love…like a lot.
Envelope below, complete with a playful wrap around address and return address label. Yes, the address in the picture is not Mere’s real address, no need to fret.
Together we came up with the super cute idea of a little story/timeline of Mere and Niket’s relationship. SO cute!!!
A lot can happen in two years. Like I said I’m with baby now…good excuse for my severe lack in blogging updates I know…and low and behold Mere and Niket are with baby too!!! Congrats to them and their adorable son!
November 1, 2013 § Leave a comment
This wedding invitation suite is an old one, but I never posted it on the blog. This was SOO fun to create! The bride and groom wanted super unique, fun, and charming wording reminiscent of the 50’s advertising days, the circus, and vintage slogans…and the design was focused around Art Deco elements and colors. This invitation suite was three color letterpress (maroon, turquoise, and chartreuse).
The back of each letterpressed piece had one of three colorful art deco patterned backings.
Love the wording we used for the RSVP. How fun!
I think it would be pretty impossible to turn down an invitation that starts out with “Like a momentous celestial event”… and ends with an “extraordinary evening of exquisite entertainments.” Yeah?
I wish I could have gone to the wedding and participated in boisterous hobnobbing!
The wedding day paperie used the same colors and art deco elements, plus a lot more of the Industrial Revolution Era inspiration (gears, copper backing, etc).
Here are some not so great pictures I shot of the paperie before we placed the copper backing behind:
You read that right, “hookah bar”…!!!
And here are some gorgeous pictures taken by the amazing duo, Kimberly (love her!) and Loren (haven’t had the chance to talk to him yet), of Alante Photography of some of the wedding day yummyness we designed.
Favor tags for jars of honey:
Lighting display of our Art Deco design used throughout all of the paperie!
Signage: (with copper backing)