Cate + Jacob’s Bluegrass Silhouette Wedding Invitations

Today’s real wedding invitations come to us from Cate from Simple Matters, who designed a bluegrass-inspired wedding invitation to match her midwestern surroundings for her own wedding last September.  Cate balanced playful details – like a silhouette rubber stamp – against classic typography for an overall design that is elegant without being overly formal.

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From Cate: The inspiration behind the suite was to combine bluegrass and midwest styles using reminiscent motifs and type-setting, natural and recycled materials and a toned down red, white and blue color scheme.

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The invitation was the only piece that was letterpress printed (by Keegan Meegan) — I printed all the other invitation elements myself at home.

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The silhouette seen on the muslin bag and belly band was a rubber stamp I had made from a drawing.  I recommend this to everyone I know planning a wedding, having a custom rubber stamp made it so easy to personalize so many different aspects!

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Everything was held together with the brown band, which was everything from lunch bags and grocery bags to old wrapping paper.  I tried to be as cost-effective as possible but decided to splurge on the letterpress main invitation, the custom rubber stamp, and the muslin bags. I was so happy I did; the textures added another dimension to the suite.

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Lastly, the map was based off of our engagement photos which were taken outside in a field with a red balloon (I loved being able to tie that detail into the invitation!)

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Overall, I was very happy with how everything turned out. I felt like it embraced a relaxed midwest feel without going over the top.

Thank you so much Cate!

{image credits: Simple Matters}

NSS Bound – Wiley Valentine

I've got a couple more NSS previews before I head up to the stationery show in a few days!  Next up, the lovely ladies of Wiley Valentine (Booth 2257-2259), who will be presenting a range of new greeting cards, letterpress recipe cards, imprintable party invitations, and plantable seed cards: 

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I'm particularly loving those imprintable dinner party invitations — so cute!  I can't wait to share more from the Wiley Valentine booth at the Stationery Show next week!

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Cabin 7

Lots of exciting things happening today!  Jen from The Haystack Needle (you might remember her fabulous guest posts about her wedding from back in January) recently partnered with her friend Chris to open a shop called Cabin 7, which features the most gorgeous gilded wood objects, like these wood card holders and block letters:

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The card holders are made from beautiful white birch and would be absolutely perfect as menu or table number holders – or even as place card holders!  And I'm loving the block letters – both as a possible present for new parents or just as a bit of added room decor.  Check out the full shop collection over at Cabin 7 – congrats Jen and Chris!

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NSS Bound – Sycamore Street Press

Although it's hard for me to pinpoint just one favorite part of the Stationery Show, getting a sneak peek at all of next year's calendars definitely ranks pretty high on my list!  So I was pretty excited when Eva from Sycamore Street Press sent over a quick peek at their 2011 calendar and new card collection – featuring foxes and other wildlife inspired by the area around her home in Utah:

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In addition to making their official debut at the Stationery Show, Eva tells me that the new wildlife cards will be available in the Sycamore Street Press shop next week.  Thanks Eva!

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NSS Bound – Pie Bird Press

Less than a week before the Stationery Show!  I've been having so much fun following all the twitter updates as stationers prepare for this year's show.  Another studio heading back to this year's show is Pie Bird Press (Booth #2049 for those of you going to the show), which sent over a few photos of some new cards making their official debut next week:

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I'm compiling a list of booths to visit – so if you're a stationer or designer exhibiting at this year's show, please e-mail me with your booth number!

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