One of my favorite jewelry designers, Rachel from Elephantine, is getting married in a few weeks – and she’s here to share her wedding invitations! I first fell in love with her sweet and simple illustrated save the dates back in December, and I love the way she incorporated her signature modern style into a sophisticated and meaningful invitation suite. Rachel and Stefan are planning a small wedding and were able to invest some time into creating a personalized invitation for each recipient. So pretty!
From Rachel: I’ve always had my heart set on a wedding invitation with multiple parts to it. (I’ve also always had this fascination with things that contain several smaller things, like matryoshka dolls.) Our invitation is made up of three flat cards, printed on both sides: one is the actual invitation, another has important details and a detachable RSVP, and a third has a map & directions. Then there’s the RSVP envelope and the mini calendar reminder for guests to put in their day planner or on their fridge.
I wanted the invitations to feel personal to the recipients. The whole “suite” is held together by a band that I reverse-printed each invitee’s name on. When the band comes off, it reveals the “Love, R & S” on the first card. On the back of the first card is the actual invitation. The fonts are Whitney and Cyclone.
The last card has the nitty-gritty details and the RSVP, which can be detached. I lightly perforated the “detach here” line above the RSVP with a tracing wheel. On the back, there’s a quote from A.A. Milne, aka Winnie-the-Pooh’s author (“Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.”) and then there are a few lines for guests to write a note to us, if they’d like to.
I printed the mailing & return addresses directly onto the envelopes, added a little bit of gold washi tape, and used my favorite stamps. Et voilà!
We started last week off with moving announcements, and today we’re helping to start the new week with a modern graduation announcement from Karly at Sweet Beaker. Karly worked with the family of a recent high school graduate to come up with a modern-meets-classic announcement design incorporating a modified crest and the high school colors of navy and white. Fun!
From Karly: At the time I was doing research for the design of these announcements, the royal wedding was just around the corner and I came across an article about Kate Middleton’s new coat of arms — ahh! Hold the presses! Instant inspiration! Several sketches later, a simple monogrammed crest emerged, which can also be applied to other stationery extensions (thank you notes!).
We opted for a split layout with pertinent event information on the left and a pattern on the right with matching envelope liner. The versatile pattern is great all by itself, but also allows space for Jordan to attach a senior photo to the right of the announcement. School colors, a little hint of silver, a crest, pattern and optional photo = success! Such a fun project, through and through.
Happy Monday everyone! Today we’re kicking off a fun new series just for the summer. For the last two years, Rebecca from Moontree Letterpress has hosted Monday contests on her blog, and this year we thought it would be fun to partner up and do them together. Just a little something to help take your mind off the heat and bring a little fun to your morning. So every Monday for the rest of the summer, you’ll have a chance to win pretty letterpress goodies from Moontree Letterpress!
Here’s how the contests will work: Rebecca was inspired by a story about Ernest Hemingway – legend has it that Hemingway was in a bar one night when someone challenged him to write a six-word story. His answer: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Rebecca really loved the idea, so now she’s challenging all of you to come up with your own six word stories, all based on a different theme each week.
This week’s theme is “Giving Thanks.” The winner will receive 100 one-color letterpress business cards! You’ll have until 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday to leave your entry in the comments below, then Rebecca will announce the winner on her blog on Wednesday! And just in case you need some inspiration, you can check out these six word autobiographies. Bonne chance!
Happy Friday everyone! I got a wee bit of a head start on the weekend last night, when I went with this awesome lady to go see Mumford & Sons. It was my third time seeing them live and they put on an awesome show, so definitely worth being a bit more on the tired side today. Now I’m really anxious to get a move on the weekend, but in the meantime…
I have a weakness for anything with a floral pattern, so when Laura Macchia sent over some of the cards from her newest collection, I just couldn’t resist sharing them. The pops of red and yellow are perfect for summer, and of course I love the floral and botanical illustrations and patterns. So pretty!
You can see the full collection right here. Thanks Laura!
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