Kate Spade Inspired Birthday Party Invitations

Don’t let the bright colors fool you – these invitations are actually for a grown-up’s birthday party.  Anastasia from Anastasia Marie recently celebrated her birthday, and when it came time to designer her birthday party invitations she was inspired by the bright colors and patterns from Kate Spade.  How fun!

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From AnastasiaPrinted on creamy linen paper with red, yellow, blue, and green as the color palette, these lovelies also boast colorful flower bloom pop-ups!  The Kate Spade theme was suggested to me by a friend and I jumped at the idea.  I thoroughly enjoyed making these invitations and they definitely brought a lot of color into the actual party when guests arrived decked out in bright sweaters, bows, and mustaches!

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You can read a bit more about the inspiration behind the invitations over on Anastasia’s blog right here.  Thanks Anastasia, and happy belated birthday!

{image credits: anastasia marie}

Creative Graduation Announcements

It’s been a while since I featured some graduation announcements, so when Alison from Love Citron sent over the announcements that she designed for a friend and upcoming computer science graduate, I just couldn’t resist.   Alison kept things clean with a red, black, white, and kraft paper color palette – and I love the cut out details on the front of the announcements!

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From Alison: These announcements were for my close friend David, who is graduating with a degree in computer science. I wanted to make something that was modern and fun, just like him, and vaguely referenced computers.  His school colors are red, white, and black, and I added the kraft paper because he always wraps his gifts and makes cards using old grocery bags.

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I also made the envelopes and printed the liners with a black-on-black pattern, because that’s his favorite printing style.  In the end, I wanted something unique and fun, that would mark this very special occasion.

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Thank you so much Alison, and a big congratulations to David!

{image credits: Alison Citron}

Jos + Lindsay’s Newspaper Wedding Invitations

These wedding invitations from Vanessa at Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations are some of the most fun and creative invitations that I’ve seen in a looong time.  The bride and goom, Lindsay and Jos, met at a comedy club and wanted to infuse their wedding invitations with both their sense of humor and the old-world romantic charm of their wedding venue.  Vanessa created a newspaper-inspired invitation suite, complete with horoscopes and funny pages!

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From Vanessa: Lindsay and Jos were married at Casa Romantica in San Clemente and wanted to bring in the romantic charm of the venue while also showing off their sense of humor.  We created a classic folded newspaper style invitation complete with various sections such to provide the guests with all of the important and fun details of their wedding to follow. For the front page news we featured Lindsay and Jos in their dapper attire announcing the ‘merger’ that was to come.

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We placed the actual invitation under the ‘Society’ section.  The invitation was printed on thick Italian paper with art nouveau style floral illustrations, showing that humor blends beautifully with a bit of luxury and class. In the ‘Local’ section, we created a review of the historical Casa Romantica and information about its legendary keyhole entryway.

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Under the ‘Classifieds’ section Lindsay and Jos wrote personal ads describing each other.  Lindsay’s ad included: “SWF Seeking: Must have a strong love of family and even stronger sense of humor. Chardonnay lover preferred. Knowledge of classic rock mandatory.”  Some of Jos’s personal ad included “SWM Seeking: Must love laughing, family and Penn State football. Can adapt to emotional change in male due to sports addiction.  Knowledge of 80’s music mandatory.”  We also created a horoscope predicting each guest’s future at the wedding.

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For even more hilarious anecdotes we created a two page “Funnies Section” with a jumbled word find, comics, and crossword puzzle revealing hidden and hilarious secrets about the couple and details of the wedding.

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On the last page of the newspaper we provided guests with a little helpful info such as the “Weather” forecast to aide in outfit selection and “Travel” section with direction and hotel review information.

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Keeping in theme with the invitation, the RSVP was designed as a Letter to the Editor, leaving the guests that dare check the ‘cannot attend’ choices such as ‘Wardrobe Issues” or “Fun is Overrated”.

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So much fun!  Thank you so much Vanessa!

For more wedding invitation inspiration, check out our wedding invitations gallery!

{image credits: Katie Neal Photography}

2011 Calendar Round-Up, Part 9

Since we’re on the subject of the upcoming new year, I have a few more 2011 calendars to share with you!  This year might mark a new record of beautiful calendars, and this round-up includes some new calendars from long-time favorites as well as new-to-me shops and designers:

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{A beautiful organic wreath calendar from the Kring Emporium of Tiny Literature, Cards, and Other Things Paper}

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{Love the airmail-inspired details on this monthly calendar from Salix Studio}

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{Tea towel calendar from Ash + Anchor}

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{This calendar from Tiselle is so much fun!  Tiselle is a wholesale-only company, but you can find a list of stores right here}

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{The screen printed calendars from Mociun + Corwin are always works of art}

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{A beautiful watercolor calendar from The Wild Unknown}

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{An Apple a Day letterpress calendar from Vik Design}

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{Tigerfood Press}

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{Each yearly calendar from Magnolia Moonlight features original illustrations and hand-written text}

Etsy-2011-Letterpress-Calendar

{Etsy created its own calendar this year, letterpress printed by Dutch Door Press, available in blue or brown}

Michelle-Smith-2011-Home-Sweet-Home-Calendar

{A sweet calendar perfect for an entryway from Michelle Smith}

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{Silkscreen poster-style calendar from Hero}

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{Orange silhouette calendar from Lox Papers}

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{A monthly collaborative calendar from Jane Hancock Papers}

You can check out Parts 1 – 8 of my 2011 calendar round-up right here!

{images from their respective sources}

New Giveaway! New Year’s Cards from Wild Ink Press

With just over two weeks left in 2010, I’m already starting to think about all the things I want to accomplish in 2011.  I’m not really one for resolutions, I always try to get a fresh start to each new year with a clear head and positive outlook.  And to help us get ready to ring in the new year, Wild Ink Press is offer­ing two lucky readers the chance to win a set of 25 gorgeous letterpress New Year’s cards!

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The cards are letterpress printed with white and red inks on 100% recycled chipboard with festive starburst shapes and come with matching red envelopes.  In addition to the giveaway, Rebekah from Wild Ink Press is also offering a 10% discount on everything in her shop through December 21 – just use code “BeautifulPaper10″ at checkout.  Thanks Rebekah!

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To enter the giveaway, just leave a com­ment below with one of your own goals for 2011!  You’ll have until 11:59 p.m. EST on Fri­day, Decem­ber 17 to enter – bonne chance!

{image cred­its: wild ink press}

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