Melissa + George’s Vibrant Folk Art Wedding Invitations

Melissa and George were married last October in San Antonio, Texas.  Melissa works as a graphic designer, so naturally she decided to take on the task of designing her own wedding invitations.  With her bold pattern selections and color palette, Melissa infused her invitations with a folk art-inspired feel, while still maintaining a traditional layout that suited her semi-formal wedding:

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From MelissaI loved the idea of a square format invitation and a full-bleed (no white border) design, but knew I needed to include a lot of information and wanted a more formal look-and-feel, since our church wedding and reception was more on the traditional side.

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I sourced vector artwork from Shutterstock and colored and rearranged the pattern until I found one I liked. Our wedding colors were navy, cranberry and cream with a hint of turquoise, which I think was fully reflected in the final design.

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We had more than half of our guests traveling from out of town, so I needed to include hotel and transportation information and a map of the area, along with our web site url and RSVP postcard.  The three stacked cards were designed to look like one cohesive image, but staggered to fit all the necessary details.  The diagonal pocket folder and envelopes were from Paper Source.

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The invitations were digitally printed by Ginny’s Printing in Austin, Texas on 100# Classic Crest natural cover.  My mom, sisters, grandmother and bridesmaids helped assemble more than 200 invitations by affixing glue dots to the back of the navy blue card and attaching the cranberry belly bands.

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My mom hand-addressed each envelope — and she also calligraphed the guests’ names on small square cards attached to the belly band around the invitation.  She’s a champ!

Melissa is now offering her wedding invitation design and several other designs as printable invitations in her etsy shop — check out the full selection right here!

{image credits: invitation photos by Katie Shagman, assembly photos by Melissa}

Stephanie Kao Ceramics

Today I can't stop staring at these beautifully intricate and colorful ceramic pieces from illustrator Stephanie Kao:

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Stephanie also freelances as a calligrapher and henna artist, which makes total sense after seeing these delicate patterns and lovely detailing.  Sigh… so many more amazingly gorgeous pieces right here.
 
{image credits: stephanie kao, found via two paperdolls}

Blog It Forward — What Inspires Me

If you haven't already heard of Blog it Forward — here's the scoop: after the Alt Summit a couple months ago, Victoria from sfgirlbybay had the genius idea to create a blogging chain of inspiration, in which bloggers would talk about what inspires them before passing over to the next blogger in the list.  With more than 300 bloggers participating, we've been posting simultaneously on a schedule, and you can find the full list of bloggers and post dates here.  So, taking up from Oh, Mischka, here are a few of the things that inspire me:

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1. Family.  That's me and my Dad on the left — I think I look just like him! — and my Grandma on the right.

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2.  Travel.  I want to go everywhere!

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3. Flowers.  One of the many reasons that Spring is my favorite season.

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4. Papercuts.  It's hard for me to pick just one of the paper arts, since I write every day about how paper inspires me!  But papercut pieces hold a special place in my heart — I'm constantly in awe of the amazing detail and patience that goes into creating each new piece.

5. Music.  I have an ever-changing playlist, but right now Mumford & Sons is in constant rotation.  In addition to the song and video above, I also really like this song.

Tomorrow's post will be over at Old Sweet Song.  Other bloggers participating today are audzipan anthology, clementine, enhabiten, jennifer wilson, make somethingreading my tea leaves, sonya mac designs, the fairly constant reader, and where women create.

{images from their designated sources}

Block Printed Cotton Ribbon

These printed ribbons from Jezze are so pretty…

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I particularly love the design with the pink leaves.  And they're all hand-made!  They're almost too pretty to use for gift wrap – instead, maybe as a trim for curtains or roman shades?

{image credits: jezze, found via katy}

A Handmade (Papercut!) Website

This might be one of the coolest things I've ever seen — this company created an interactive website using handmade papercut shapes and figures, which were then individually photographed and animated in flash:

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Check it out — and play along — right here, and you can read more about the creation process here.

{image credits: one bit increment, found via red prairie press with a hint from katie}