Quick Pick: Evajuliet Family Trees

I’m absolutely in love with these illustrated custom family trees from Evajuliet – such a beautiful alternative to traditional family trees and a fantastic gift idea! And just in time for Mother’s Day, Eva is offering a 15% discount on family tree designs with the code “MAMAN” (but only until April 18!)

Custom Illustrated Family Tree Evajuliet Azalea Quick Pick: Evajuliet Family Trees

Custom Illustrated Family Tree Eva Juliet Laurel Quick Pick: Evajuliet Family Trees

Custom Illustrated Family Tree Eva Juliet2 Quick Pick: Evajuliet Family Trees

Custom Illustrated Family Tree Eva Juliet Thyme Quick Pick: Evajuliet Family Trees

Custom Illustrated Family Tree Evajuliet Quick Pick: Evajuliet Family Trees

More beautiful family trees from Evajuliet right here!

Photo Credits: Evajuliet

Calligraphy Inspiration: Flourish & Whim

This month’s dose of calligraphy inspiration comes from the talented hand of  Flourish & Whim‘s Julie Manwaring. Some of my favorite calligraphers are also fantastic illustrators; it may be because that illustrative character influences their calligraphic style in a way that’s truly magical. Honestly, you don’t take my word for it; just take a look as her work speaks for itself!  – Julie

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A gorgeous collaboration between Julie and Kristine Arellano of Presshaus LA who designed the suite. Calligraphy and letterpress: match made in heaven!

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Who wouldn’t want a beautiful wedding keepsake like this wedding certificate? Julie shows off her chops as amazing illustrator with this stunning detail.

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Flourish & Whim also offers beautiful calligraphy stamps. From return addresses to monograms, Julie’s got you covered! For more information, or lovely calligraphy inspiration, head over to her blog!

Photo credits: 1 Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day; 2 Sara Ewalt of Pinyadayada; 3 – 7 Julie Manwaring of Flourish & Whim

DIY Tutorial: How to Back Invitations with Patterned Paper

Sometimes it’s good to get back to DIY basics. Patterned invitation backers can break the budget for many couples because there is so much time and labor involved. We always like to encourage people to take matters into their own hands – and today we’ll show you exactly how to do that! Over the years, we’ve experimented with backers of all sorts as well as different methods to DIY-ing them. This simple tutorial yields beautiful results if you’re precise and don’t mind getting your hands a little dirty, so to speak! – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

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Patterned Backer Step1 DIY Tutorial: How to Back Invitations with Patterned Paper

Step One: First you’ll want to decide what paper or material you’d like to use on the back of your invitations. We selected this Botanical Fern Paper in text weight to coordinate with the fern invitation design. Vertical directional patterns like this one mean that you’ll only get one backer out of each 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of text paper. If you’d like to get two backers per sheet, select a non-directional or horizontal pattern. Measure your invitation precisely (very, very precisely), and cut your text paper to that size. Our invitation was 5″ x 7″ so that is the size we cut our paper.

Patterned Backer Step2 DIY Tutorial: How to Back Invitations with Patterned Paper

Step Two: Gather all of your materials together. This will be your invitation, pre-cut paper backers, and spray glue. When using spray glue, it is important that you do your project in a ventilated location, preferably outside. Make sure that you have a clean, sturdy table so that you can move immediately to the next step. Hold the patterned paper, back side facing you, and spray with a light coat of spray adhesive (see photo below). When the entire surface is covered, move immediately to Step Three.

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Patterned Backer Step3 DIY Tutorial: How to Back Invitations with Patterned Paper

Step Three: On your clean and firm surface, place one invitation face down. Very carefully align the top corners of the backer to the top corners of the invitation. Slowly adhere the paper down the back until you’ve reached the bottom corners. Set aside. The key here is to really get the backer on carefully and straight. It’s just a matter of being precise and having the paper cut correctly to start.

Repeat Step Two and Three until all of your invitations are complete. Then move on to Step Four.

Patterned Backer Step4 DIY Tutorial: How to Back Invitations with Patterned Paper

Step Four: Check your invitations and see if there are any paper edges peeking over the edge of the invitation. If there is, carefully trim them off with a ruler and craft knife, being certain not to cut into the invitation itself. Once you’ve checked them all, let them cure. Overnight is best and you can also weigh them down under a heavy book if you’d like. The key is to make certain that they’re really well adhered.

Patterned Backer Final 2 DIY Tutorial: How to Back Invitations with Patterned Paper

Bookbinding linen, which has a study paper back adhered, is another really beautiful and classic option for backing your invitation (see the blush linen backer in the photo above). There are numerous colors to choose from and it’s just as easy to use as paper! No fraying involved!

Materials

Invitations

Patterned Paper or Book Binding Linen

Spray Adhesive

Ruler and Craft Knife

Anti­quaria is a mem­ber of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beau­ti­ful work right here or visit the real wedding invitations gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photography: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Mennat + Omar’s Bilingual English Arabic Wedding Invitations

These romantic floral wedding invitations come to us all the way from Dubai! Mariam from Natoof Design created bilingual invitations with a sophisticated light blue and gold color palette, combining English text and Arabic calligraphy – and lots of gold foil. So pretty!

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From MariamThe bride and groom wanted a Parisian chic invitation with peonies and roses, and for the color palette to reflect seductive light blue hues with a light romantic touch.

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Bilingual English Arabic Parisian Chic Wedding Invitations Natoof6 Mennat + Omars Bilingual English Arabic Wedding Invitations

The invitation is bilingual with Arabic calligraphy and English typography, with an Arabic calligraphy monogram on the envelope flap. On the back of the invitation is a quote by Gibran Khalil Gibran which reads in English as following: “Love one another, but make not a bond of love. Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.”

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Bilingual English Arabic Parisian Chic Wedding Invitations Natoof11 Mennat + Omars Bilingual English Arabic Wedding Invitations

The bride expressed her love for the letterpress style; however, letterpress printing isn’t available in Dubai and generally in the Middle East region. So with the little time that we had before the wedding we worked with our local printer to mimic letterpress results with offset equipment.

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Bilingual English Arabic Parisian Chic Wedding Invitations Natoof7 Mennat + Omars Bilingual English Arabic Wedding Invitations

We duplexed the cotton paper with a layer of gold paper sandwiched between two layers of white cotton paper. The design incorporates gold foil, embossing, and debossing to achieve a dream wedding invitation suite.

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Bilingual English Arabic Parisian Chic Wedding Invitations Natoof12 Mennat + Omars Bilingual English Arabic Wedding Invitations

Thanks Mariam!

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

Photo Credits: Natoof