Balloon Birthday Party Invitations

I’m always amazed by the constant stream of inspiration and creativity from Brooke at inchmark – from sweet birthday presents for her husband to the cutest silhouette pregnancy announcements, she such wonderful ideas.  For her eldest child’s recent birthday party, Brooke created balloon invitations that were rolled up into a tiny tube, tucked into a helium-filled balloon (along with some confetti), and then hand-delivered to the lucky party invitees.  So awesome!

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I’m totally tucking this idea into the inspiration file for future use.  Read more over at inchmark!

Lis + Jay’s Pulp Novel Wedding Invitations

These wedding invitations are just so cool and different – well, they just make me happy.  Lyndsay from It’s a Date Design created this pulp novel invitation suite for the wedding of her friends Lis and Jay, which she made out of re-purposed Mills and Boon books.  This project turned out to be quite an international affair – with the invitations traveling from Lyndsay’s design studio in Melbourne, Australia all the way to Lis + Jay in Glasgow, Scotland!


From LyndsayThis project was a labour of love for my dear friend Lisa-Marie to celebrate her marriage to Jay – both are talented writers and avid music fans, so when it came to thinking about the format for their wedding invitation, a pulp novel seemed like the perfect solution!


I commissioned good friend Dale Harris of Studio Ink to design a custom type creation for the “front cover” of the book, based on hours of research into the pulp novella genre and lots of Old Hollywood movie posters!


The cover opened to reveal the invitation to Lis and Jay’s nuptials, as well as a short story/scrapbook of how the couple met, and closed with a little library-inspired pocket and library card inside the back cover, which guests could fill out and return to the couple with their attendance plans.


Below the invitation was a hidden compartment which housed a little button badge pack with gift tag, registry information and fold-out map.



Each invitation was re purposed out of vintage romance novels (many a Mills and Boon was harmed, I’m afraid!) which were stuck together page by page to form the hollowed out secret section and rebound with the couple’s custom artwork.



The dedication page was made out to each guest in receipt of an invitation, and each book included a beautiful silk ribbon bookmark. The great thing about this suite, apart from being completely “Lis and Jay”, is that I imagine many went straight to the bookshelf for keeps – a lovely memento of a beautiful day.


Thank you so much Lyndsay – these are fantastic!  Check out a bit more, including some work-in-progress photos, over at Lyndsay’s blog!

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Donna Wilson

I had the pleasure of meeting Donna Wilson at the NYIGF last week, and I totally fell in love with her collection of textiles – from scarves and gloves to lambswool (knitted in Donna’s native Scotland) cushions and throws:

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Donna also has the world’s most adorable catalogue, which you can find on her website.

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Traditional Hindu Wedding Invitations

Priya recently designed these amazing wedding invitations for friends having a traditional Hindu ceremony – and I’m LOVING the gorgeous colors and floral patterns!


I love how the invitations are both modern and traditional at the same time – using the bright pops of pink and orange with formal invitation wording.  So pretty – read more about the invitations right here!

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Sweet Note Cards

I love the hand drawn quality of these cards from Linea Carta – which is no surprise since each card features an original illustration then hand screen printed by artist Diva Pyari.  Perfect for sending someone a short + sweet note!

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So pretty!  She also has such lovely handwriting and beautiful wedding invitations

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