Monday, August 27, 2007

My last fall invitation for the season

And Mandi's are very different from the rest. Her colors are deep purple and gold with a willow theme. They were designed so that Mandi could attach small cards on the back, transforming the panel into a pocket! Click here to see her invitations.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

DIY projects

Most brides have the thought or desire to do some wedding projects themselves. But without the correct design software, equipment, and printer, that can sometimes be a big job. Jennifer asked me to make her CD labels for her - which she provided. She will then assemble them herself. I'm also making the CD case covers that will be her placecards at the wedding. I also made her table numbers that are each a location that is significant to Jennifer and Douglas. I designed and printed the table panels and Jennifer will be attaching her own pictures. To see her entire set, click here.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Danielle's Rehearsal Dinner

Danielle and her future mother-in-law asked me to design rehearsal diner invitations that had the same feel as the letterpress wedding invitations, but of course, be different. I used a vintage border across the bottom third of the invitations. Click here to see Danielle's wedding and rehearsal dinner invitations.

Friday, August 24, 2007

More thank you cards

I loved these so much, I actually printed up more to give to my son's speech therapist! They match Anni's shower invites which you can see if you click here.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Well, Kim didn't cry...

...but she was the first bride to slug her fiance in the arm when she saw the invitations! Kim had not actually seen the color of her invitations first hand. She had changed her color scheme since our meeting and she went on blind faith that I was choosing the right colors. Luckily for me, she slugged Gary out of pure excitement and not me because she hated the invitations. ;) Click here to see my first portable pocket wedding invitation!

Joyce's Invitation

I love all of the possibilities of fall. Joyce's invitations, as a set, became a favorite of mine today. As I sweltered in the humidity taking the pictures, I had a chance to look at the entire invitation and I simply love the tree graphic, the bark finished brown pocketfold, and the graphic rsvp card. And I love how we were able to change the inserts to make the invitation unique to Joyce and her heritage. To see her whole set, click here.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Andrea's Extras

I swear Chicago brides have the most creative ideas. :) These are Andrea's seals for her out of town boxes. Since a huge portion of her guests are from out of town, I had to make a ton. I also did her programs, table names, place cards, menus, and bar menus. Click here to see everything.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Special Situations

One great thing about custom design and doing the manufacturing myself, is that I'm able to accommodate special situations. Christine and Joce had just that - they need two sets of invitations - one to the ceremony and reception and one just to the reception. I was able to do this for them for just a small additional design charge - catalog companies would have treated it as two very small orders. They also needed a park pass so that their guests didn't have to pay parking fees. Christine referred to it as the "golden ticket" so I designed it to look like a ticket. I even googled the golden ticket from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and used that as inspiration! To see Christine's gorgeous leaf invitations, click here.

Inner and Outer Envelopes

When your wedding is very formal and you are doing a panel, an inner and outer envelope is truly the best way to be as formal as possible. When I address the inner envelopes, I always try and do something very different and unique since you're paying for a custom product. On Arriana's invitations, I used the script font and the ornament that adorned the top and bottom of her invitations. To see her entire set, click here.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Jessica's Seating Chart

Jessica asked me many months back to make a seating chart for her to go with her castle theme. We discussed some different castles, but I also sent along an armored  crest. Jessica loved it. With lots of editing, I turned it into the royal monogram. Her chart is entirely in lavender and navy blue and has nearly 200 lines! To see all of my charts, click here.

Ribbon on invitations

Although most designers only care about the invitation looking good when it leaves their possession, I'm a firm believer that my responsibility goes beyond that. I want it to look good when it arrives to your guest AND they've opened the invitation. Bows only get squashed in the envelope and once open, the invitations never looks the same again. Also, with the new postage increase, bows cause the invitation to be too thick and the surcharge is crazy. So I'm constantly coming up with ways to do different things that look good for a long time and won't increase the postage. This twisty ribbon is my latest that I've used in a number of ways in the past few weeks. Here it acts as a divider on Jill's invitations. To see Jill's entire set, click here.

Sunday, August 12, 2007


I'm screaming it because I love it and I was so excited to get Danielle's order this year. The cardstock is just exquisite in texture and guests can't help but know how special it is when they touch the card. To stay in budget, Danielle had me pair the letterpress with my ecru linen cardstock and had me print the addresses on my envelope. To see her entire set click here.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Say "Autumn" with Colors

Anni really wanted swirls on her invitations, but she also wanted the invitations to say "fall" to her guests. I suggested that we use fall colors and the results are gorgeous. One of my most color invitations, this even has Antique Gold response and outer envelopes - no ecru here! Next year, I even have more fall colors to choose from! Click here to see her invitations.

Friday, August 10, 2007

New Map Style!

I think I will be using this style whenever I can. I just love the way the map bleeds off the edge of the card. And Melissa didn't even ask another question when I said I wanted to do something different. She just let me do it. Be sure to click here to see the rest of her pockets with Tiffany Blue and Bronze!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Bachelorette Party!

I don't do many, but bachelorette invites are fun in that they are themes I would never do on a wedding invitation. This one was inspired by the first stop of the night - a fondue restaurant for dessert. The strawberry envelopes are a really fun addition too.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

The Blog with 3 Titles

Title #1- My cry count is up to 5!
Yes Kristie cried when she got her invitations. She is the 5th bride to do that. :)

Title #2- My first fall theme of the year
Her's is the the first, but I have lots more coming that are fall in color and graphics. They'll be posted in the next month.

Title #3- More backgrounds
Kristie had read my blog months ago that I was always looking for backgrounds and she was so sweet to offer me a box of leaves! They were perfect with her invitations and I know you'll be seeing them again.

Thank you cards

I've said it before - I don't do many thank you cards. But when I do, I always try to make them fun and unique and not generic. I've done two thank yous in the last week - Mandi's bicycle themed shower thank yous and Maureen's monogram for her shower. Click here to see all of my thank you cards.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Stamps in the design

When trying to decide what my blog entry should be about Jaimee's invitations, I debated between her stamps and their story of compromise. Her stamp won out. My ultimate favorite stamp ever, I designed the stamp to become part of the design of the postcard. When I send the proof I joked that if the didn't like it, I was closing up shop! The outer stamps are reverse of these colors with the calla lily in white and background in garnet red. Be sure to click here to see her amazing invitations and to read about compromises.