Sponsor Introduction – Zenadia Design

One of my newest sponsors is Zenadia Design — a couture wedding and social stationery design studio in California founded by Heidi Jiminez.  Heidi has a special love for nature and texture, which is fully evident in her design work from wedding invitations to save the dates to birthday party invitations:

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{image credits: Zenadia Design}

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Happy Friday everyone!  For what feels like the first time in weeks, the sun is shining and I'm wishing for above-freezing temperatures to help melt away some of these massive piles of snow – and of course still dreaming about spring.  I know this is a three-day weekend for many of you (at least those of you here in the U.S.), but before you go running off…

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…a few links from the week:

I think that's it for this week!  I hope you all have a lovely weekend (and lovely valentine's day for those of you participating), and I'll see you all again on Monday!

{image credits: i.anton via oh, hello friend}

Primele Calligraphy

With all the snow on the East Coast over the past few days, it’s been a pretty rough week.  So I thought I’d help smooth the transition to the weekend with some lovely calligraphy from the ladies of Primele!

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The images above are of the two new invitation suites that Primele created for Bella FiguraBalsam and String.  So pretty!

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I know some people consider them to be more trouble than they’re worth, but I will never tire of seeing mix-and-match vintage stamps on wedding invitation envelopes.  And the white ink on black envelopes is such a lovely twist on a classic black and white palette.  For more beautiful calligraphy, definitely check out the Primele etsy shop and blog.

Photo Credits: Primele


Quyen + Robert’s Colorful DIY Wedding Invitations

Today’s real invitations are full of pattern and texture, mixing letterpress printing with gorgeous patterned paper and stitching — all with an absolutely amazing result.  These invitations were largely a DIY effort by the bride, a freelance graphic designer, and Quyen has been kind enough to share her experiences in hand-crafting 200 individual wedding invitations.

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From Quyen: Our invitations were such a labor of love.  I knew I didn’t want to just print invitations and stuff them into envelopes to send out to our guests.  From looking at all the wedding blogs, I decided I wanted the wedding invitation suite to have a lot of layers and textures.

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I decided to line my main invitation (which was letterpress printed by Classic Letterpress) with a patterned backing from Amy Butler’s scrapbook paper goods that I got from Michael’s (my favourite store right now!) on sale during the holidays.  The scrapbook patterned papers went perfectly with my Indochina (Colonial Vietnam) meets England theme for the wedding: modern vintage inspired with lots of flowers, tea cups and birds.  Because of the paper backing, each of our guests was able to receive a different patterned invitation.

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I decided to have the main invite sewn to the side to the paper.  Since the patterned paper was double sided, I also figured I could cut a strip of the paper and use the other side as a belly band to wrap the RSVP card, details and directions enclosures and magnets.

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On top of the belly band, I tied the invitation with a piece of dark chocolate yarn (to go with our wedding colors, brown and chartreuse/green) and enclosed a tag of our embossed initials.  I also decided to punch the corners to give the invitations a more classic feel.

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In the beginning, all of these things sounded really easy to make and put together but it was very time consuming hand cutting out the card backings & belly band, punching the corners (800 corners!) and making the embossed tag.  The tag is actually tea dyed then embossed punched with our initials logo, but I think the end result doesn’t really show that it was tea dyed.  The real killer from the whole project was sewing the invite to the paper.  I thought that would be so easy, but apparently sewing on paper is not that easy when you are trying to make sure you sew a straight line!

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I contemplated also doing an envelope liner, which I knew would be more work for me, but I really wanted to put the invitation suite into something before putting it in the envelope for contrast.  Thankfully I found this great idea on Martha Stewart Weddings about doily envelope lining.  So perfect!

Thanks so much Quyen!  If you have questions about any of t
he elements of her invitation suite, go ahead and ask them in the comments section and I’m sure Quyen would be happy to answer!

{image credits: Quyen/Our Day in April}

Kate + Nick’s Typography Save the Dates

I have just one word for Kate and Nick’s typography save the dates: Gorgeous. Everything from the vertical layout to the gold metallic ink (all letterpress printed, of course) is just so perfect!

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From the vertical monarch layout to the beautifully designed mailing labels, I just love the entire design, although one of my favorite details is the skeleton key silhouette at the top.  The Save the Date was letterpress printed in a single color by Studio on Fire. Amazing. And a big thanks to Rachel for passing along the link!

Photo Credits: Kate Arends via wit + delight