The New Snippet & Ink!

This is shaping up to be a busy, busy week – I have a giveaway coming up this afternoon, tons of wedding invitations to share, and some sweet prints that I’m hoping you’ll love as much as I do.  But before we get to this afternoon’s giveaway, I just have to send a quick congratulations to Kathryn on the new Snippet & Ink!

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The new site is absolutely beautiful, and makes it easier to find your favorite content, from Kathryn’s beautiful inspiration boards to real weddings and everything in between.  Check out the new design over on Snippet & Inks new url – Congratulations Kathryn!

Amber + Sean’s Rustic Wedding Invitations

Good morning, and Happy Monday! We had the most gorgeous weekend here in DC, and I’m hoping this little taste of fall weather will hold out for just a few more days. But whether you’re reveling in summer or also looking forward to the arrival of fall, you’ll love these robin’s egg blue wedding invitations complete with two of my favorite design details – stripes and twine! Amber worked with the ever-fabulous Jessica from Jessica Bishop Paperie (and a little ol’ blog you may have heard of called The Budget Savvy Bride) to create a lovely vintage-meets-rustic wedding invitation design:

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From Amber:  I told Jess that I wanted a rustic- and vintage-inspired invitation using robin’s egg blue (not exactly the color that comes to mind when you think rustic) with bird accents.  What a tall order!

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We decided to go ahead and focus on creating the invite with vintage fonts, shapes, and colors, and use kraft paper envelopes and twine to add the rustic element.

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I love the mix of fonts she chose for the invitation!  It was sort of like looking at an old-fashioned carnival poster.  I wasn’t sure it would be possible to create an invitation incorporating two such distinct looks, but Jess totally nailed it!

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I felt the invitations were a glimpse of what was to come on the big day.  The kraft paper envelopes led to burlap table runners that we used during the reception and the vintage design inspired us to use wooden coca-cola crates in the cupcake display.

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When the invitations were complete, we started to incorporate bird accents on the tote bags, escort cards, menus, etc. to coordinate with the table decor.  It was a subtle trend, and I think Jess really made it flow!

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Amber worked with Jess so that she could have the invitations printed locally, ensuring that each piece of Amber’s wedding stationery – from the invitations to the escort cards – was printed on the same paper stock and in the exact same shade of robin’s egg blue.  Congratulations Amber (and Jess!) they look fantastic!

Invitation Design: Jessica Bishop Paperie
Printing Services: Fletcher Hills Printing

Photo Credits: Ken Kienow

{happy weekend!}

Happy Friday everyone!  Wow, I don’t know about you, but this week just totally flew by for me!  After one busy week and with expectations for another one next week, I’m definitely looking forward to a relaxing weekend.  If you’re looking for a bit more papery goodness this week, check out my second California wedding invitation post over at the haystack needle!  Otherwise, I’m off to go meet up with a friend about a fun new project that we’re working on (I can’t wait to tell you all about it!) and get started on the weekend.  But in the meantime…

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…a few links for your weekend!

And in case you missed it, a few favorite posts from this week:

That’s it for me this week!  Have a lovely weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday!

{image credits: sugarflower via it’s mary ruffle}

Vintage Bicycle Birthday Party Invitations

I wasn’t a particularly sporty child, but bike riding was my absolute favorite activity growing up.  So when Ashley from Lemon and Lavender sent over these cute bicycle birthday party invitations, the first thing that popped into my head was how much I would have loved to celebrate one of my own birthdays with these invitations!

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Ashley originally designed these invitations for her son’s first birthday party – complete with super-cute matching soda bottle labels:

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You can find these invitations – this time with drink stirrers instead of soda bottle labels and fun striped envelope liners – in the Lemon & Lavender etsy shop.  Thanks Ashley!

{image credits: lemon & lavender}

Reinventing Letterpress

Have you all heard about this book, Reinventing Letterpress by Charlotte Rivers?  Reinventing Letterpress is actually the title of the European version – it’ll be released in the United States next month by Chronicle Books under the title Little Book of Letterpress.  It has a lovely introduction with a short history of letterpress and more than 100 profiles of letterpress studios around the world.  I just got my copy and haven’t been able to stop flipping through all the gorgeous letterpress eye candy:

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It’s a wonderful book, and would make a sweet gift for anyone with an appreciation for letterpress stationery.  You can pre-order a copy of the upcoming American release here or here.

{all photos by me}

p.s. I should probably clarify that I actually purchased a copy of this book – it wasn’t a promotional copy.  I’m a genuine letterpress aficionado (just not a practitioner)!