Nikki from Akula Kreative sent over this academia-inspired stationery suite that she designed for a wedding and event planning business – and the whole suite is absolutely stunning from start to finish! The color palette of bright orange and gray is so much fun, and the dictionary-theme letterpress printed business cards? So good!
From Nikki: Jasmine, the owner/founder of Socialology, came to us with a Pinterest board filled with orange, salmon, gray, and taupe images, all inspired by academia. The photographs of pencils, erasers, vintage books, and dictionary pages in conjunction with her company name, Socialoogy, made it obvious from the get-go that we’d have the opportunity to expand on a theme with endless possibilities. From the edge painting and cotton paper to the four printing processes it took to make it, this stationery suite is all about quality and attention to detail.
First, we had to do something about the name. The suffix “-ology” means “the study of,” so “Socialology” refers to “the study of being social.” An academic name for an academic theme. The hurdle, however, was getting people to SAY it correctly, as it was—and is—a bit of a tongue twister. And so we set out to create a logo that would not only be easy to read, but it would have to instruct people how to pronounce it. Enter Andy Luce, who created the beautiful lettering for the first half of the name. He actually came up with options for the entire name, but in the end we landed on a combination of calligraphy for “social” and a serif font for “ology.”
To drive the idea home, we went with a dictionary-themed business card. On the front, we used a multi-level sculptural die to deboss the “book plate” area around the logo. On the back, we letterpress printed the contact information in the form of a dictionary entry, complete with pronunciation cues, part of speech, and definition. In the bottom right, we foil-stamped a dictionary tab.
The postcard-style correspondence card mimics a library catalog card, using the phone number as the reference number. The red tab reads “This book was catalogued on” and leaves a space for a date stamp. At the bottom of the letterhead, we repeated the dictionary-style layout and orange tab, but our favorite feature is the ghost-like quality of the pattern that becomes visible when you hold it to the light. To top it all off, we ordered handmade fabric portfolio folders that Jasmine can use when presenting to potential clients. The outside features a blind deboss logo, and the inside features pockets for the 4″ x 1″ business card and a custom-made client intake form.
Design: Akula Kreative
Custom Calligraphy: Andy Luce
Photo Credits: Caroline Tran
Warm and sunny days mean that it’s finally BBQ season! I’m looking forward to lots of BBQs this summer, and I’m absolutely loving these 70th birthday party BBQ invitations and day-of materials from Melissa of Atheneum Creative. Every detail is just too cute, from the pig table numbers to the kraft paper bag menus. Love!
From Melissa: The party was held in a restored barn on the couple’s plantation home, so all the day of materials were rustic to fit the look. The invitations were printed with silver foil on navy paper die cut in the shape of a belt buckle. The menus were printed on a kraft paper bag that held silverware for guests.
The table numbers were custom wood veneer pigs, stained and then screen printed. The escort cards were wetnaps attached to a kraft board and bound with twine. As favors, each guest received mini pies that were wrapped in bandanas along with screen printed tote bags filled with southern goodies.
So creative! Thanks Melissa!
Photo Credits: Chelsea Davis Photography
It’s not an easy thing to pull off an all white wedding invitation, but that’s exactly what Emily and Dianna from Fourth Year Studio did for Bettina and David’s winter wedding! The invitation was letterpress printed on thick cotton paper, with gold details in the RSVP and envelope and a silver striped washi tape accent. Perfect for a sparkly wedding right before New Year’s Eve!
From Dianna: Bettina is a good friend of mine. She catered my wedding with LUXE and since then has started the Sweetery. She has phenomenal style and I was thrilled with she was planning a wedding of her own. Bettina and David got married just before New Years Eve at the Knoxville Modern Art Museum.
The venue was perfect for a sparkly winter wedding. All the decor was white with touches of gold and silver throughout. At our first design meeting Bettina and David said they wanted the invitations to be white – all white. Yippee!! Letterpress on 220lb cotton paper was the perfect way to achieve the all white (no ink) invitation. A silver stripe washi tape was used as an accent.
We printed in gold on the RSVP and envelope. Bettina and David had been together for a number of years and had quite a story of their relationship. Their story was printed on vellum and wrapped all the pieces together. It was finished up with a gold elastic tie. We had so much fun working together to achieve an invitation set we both though was perfect. To see the wedding in its entirety check it out on Dixie Pixel’s site. So much loveliness in one place!!
Thanks so much Emily and Dianna!
Design and Letterpress Printing by Fourth Year Studio
Photo Credits: Dixie Pixel
These wedding invitations from Alia and Jason of Darling Press & Stationers are just about the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen! The invitations feature an illustration by the bride and groom’s daughter as the primary focus of the design (love!), along with pops of neon pink and colorful edge painting (double love!). Such a wonderful idea for an already meaningful invitation!
From Alia: This is a wedding suite for a very charming couple. Angela and Nickolas asked us to design their wedding invitation using a drawing created by their daughter. Since we have children of our own and have letterpress printed their art, we felt we were a good match for the project. The entire suite was printed with grey and neon pink ink and edge painted with fluorescent pink.
Design and Letterpress Printing: Darling Press & Stationers
Calligraphy: The Pretty Paperie
Photo Credits: Darling Press & Stationers
These pretty wedding invitations come to us from the husband and wife team Jordan and Dani of Noteworthy Letterpress. The duo was inspired by the oak trees at the wedding venue to create a rustic design that incorporates a tree motif and a custom monogram over copper ribbon. Beautiful!
From Dani: This invitation suite was done for my brother-in-law’s wedding. He and his fiancée were married in October at a cute outdoor venue in Temecula, California called Lake Oak Meadows. The venue was near a small pond surrounded by oak trees. The setting and the time of year inspired the fall themed wedding suite. We quickly settled on an oak tree design that was carried over to the RSVP card. The couple chose copper and brown for their wedding colors and I hand mixed all of the inks to achieve just the right colors.
We letterpress printed the tree design with a white ink on pearl white cotton paper, which resulted in a subtle color difference so that the tree design was visible but without being too overpowering.
The entire suite was packaged in an Envelopments enclosure and completed with a burlap and brown ribbon and a letterpress printed monogram on copper paper, with a copper leaf – all assembled by hand with lots of glue gun burns to show for it.
Thanks Jordan and Dani!
Photo Credits: Noteworthy Letterpress