Joanna + Martin’s Music-Inspired Book Wedding Invitations

Longtime readers might remember the awesome pulp novel-inspired wedding invitations that Lyndsay from It’s a Date Design created for her good friends Lis and Jay (and if not, they’re definitely worth checking out!).  Well, Lyndsay is back with another awesome book wedding invitation that she created for newlyweds Joanna and Martin!  Lyndsay incorporated Joanna and Martin’s love for music into a modern book-style wedding invitation, as well as several accompanying elements for the day of the wedding.

From Lyndsay: This project was for a UK couple, librarian Joanna and IT specialist Martin.  Joanna hired me after seeing my last book invitation and we worked together to make their project unique and very personalised to them.  Joanna and Martin got engaged at the Glastonbury Music Festival in June 2010, and their invitation design was influenced by their love of music and literature.

The wedding invitation was a book with a paper slip cover, concertina-folded rather than bound, with a hidden section at the back that revealed a USB drive filled with digital goodies by the couple for each guest.

In addition to the invitation, I also designed quite a few paper items for the day of the ceremony and reception which also had a music/book theme: a music poster seating chart, record-themed menus, bookmark favors, and name badges.  The wedding program we designed together was also fun: it had a glassine envelope filled with confetti attached to the front of each booklet.

Thanks Lyndsay!

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: It’s a Date Design

Gray + Yellow Elephant Announcements for Baby Julian

I have such a soft spot for adorable baby announcements, and these announcements from Elpitha at Print in Cursive are no exception.  These birth announcements are incredibly simple – just a bit of text paired with a darling photo and sweet illustration – but what more do you really need to introduce friends and family to a beautiful new baby?

From ElpithaCarly and Casey welcomed their first son at the beginning of the summer.  Carly knew she wanted the announcements to continue the yellow & gray color scheme of Julian’s nursery.  Carly and Casey also have a ‘thing’ for elephants so I created the illustration in celebration of their new family.

Thanks Elpitha!

Design and Letterpress Printing: Print in Cursive

Julian’s Baby Photo: Brooke Scott

Photo Credits: Print in Cursive

Watercolor Letterpress Wedding Invitations from The Aerialist Press

I absolutely adore the combination of watercolor and letterpress – the texture of letterpress printing with the dreaminess of watercolor is so simple and lovely, particularly for wedding invitations.  Alexandra from The Aerialist Press just launched a brand new wedding invitation collection marrying hand painted watercolor with beautiful letterpress, and each design is so pretty!  The collection features five initial designs in a range of styles from modern to whimsical.  Here are a few of my favorites!

From Alexandra: Watercolor Letterpress is our latest couture collection and combines the technique of letterpress printing with the artistic quality of watercolor painting.  The collection features five initial designs: Fauna, Seersucker, Chevron, Swash, and Peony.  The entire collection allows for the option to add watercolor embellishment to any piece of the suite during post-production.  Clients can choose their own watercolor paint color(s) – as well as font and letterpress ink color.  Each piece will be one of a kind!

 So gorgeous, congratulations Alexandra!  Check out the full collection right here!

 The Aeri­al­ist Press is a mem­ber of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of Alexandra’s beau­ti­ful work right here!

Photo Credits: The Aerialist Press

Calligraphy + Letterpress Birth Announcements for Baby Lincoln

I always think it’s so fun when two creative people collaborate on a special project!  Designer and letterpress printer Tara from Ephemera Press met photographer Rebecca Ellison a couple of years ago, and they recently collaborated on announcements for Becca’s son Lincoln.  The design features Tara’s whimsical calligraphy, letterpress printed and snugly nestled next to Becca’s photography.  So cute!

From TaraBecca wanted something more special and permanent to announce her own little guy’s arrival.  A new baby is such a huge change – marking and preserving the occasion with professional photography and a frame-worthy announcement just makes sense.  The Snug design features hand-lettered text snugly nestled together and letterpress printed alongside a lab-printed photo.  The text design is super cute and complements the photograph without overwhelming.


Tara and Becca loved working together so much, they’re offering their services to other families, either as a baby announcement or as a family holiday card!  For families in the Seattle area, you can work with both Becca and Tara and receive a nice little discount.  If you’re located elsewhere, feel free to get in touch with Tara and Becca to submit your own photographs for the design.  You can check out the details right here.  Thanks Tara and Becca!

Photo Credits: Rebecca Ellison Photography

Holiday Party Invitations from Hello Tenfold

Anyone planning to host a holiday party this winter?  Ellie from Hello Tenfold just released a collection of holiday invitations, and I’m loving the fun illustrations, playful patterns, and pops of color.  Here are a few of my favorites…

Check out the full holiday collection right here!

Hello Tenfold is a mem­ber of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beau­ti­ful work right here!

Photo Cred­its: Oh Darling! Photography