Vivi’s Gold Foil First Birthday Party Invitations

I’ve already documented my love for gold foil, so I was thrilled when Joni from Chocolate Butterbean sent over the gold foil invitations that she created for her daughter Vivi’s upcoming first birthday party.  Joni wasn’t able to send out announcements following Vivi’s birth and she knew that she wanted to do something special for Vivi’s first birthday.  Joni was inspired by the gold foil on a vintage copy of Emily Post’s book on etiquette, incorporating gold foil silhouettes on pale pink paper and paired with dark indigo envelopes.

From Joni: I was inspired by the vintage copy of Emily Post’s Etiquette I purchased a few years ago.  The cover is a rich indigo with beautiful gold text, and it has such a lovely, ladylike feel which is perfect because I wanted her invitations to be sweet, but not baby.  The inspiration for the party is Vivi herself, and we will have her favorite foods and other fun things on hand at the party.

The invitations include Vivi’s silhouette, with the distinctive bow she always wears to keep her crazy hair out of her eyes, and her name is handwritten for a custom touch.  Originally, I wanted to use a very bright coral paper swatch that I had been keeping on file, but unfortunately it was discontinued, so I went with the light pink for the invitation and rsvp card along with the indigo envelope.


I also designed a small postcard for the guests to write a hope or prayer for Vivi’s future, which I plan to put into an album alongside a picture of her with each special person to keep.  I hope it will be a treasure for her when she grows up!

Thanks Joni!

Design: Chocolate Butterbean

Printing: Crayton-Heritage Letterpress

Photo Credits: Chocolate Butterbean

Miranda + Matt’s Travel-Inspired Save the Dates

These save the dates are cute, quirky, and completely delightful.  Leslie from Lilly & Louise worked with bride and groom Miranda and Matt to create a unique and interactive save the date.  They paired a vintage map of California, where the wedding will take place, with baker’s twine and a bold striped envelope liner for a whimsical travel-inspired design.

From LeslieMiranda and Matt wanted to excite guests with a unique and unexpected save the date… something tactile and textural that would leave an impression.  Both Miranda and Matt are from the East coast and their wedding will be in California, so it will be a destination wedding for many of their family and friends and they wanted to incorporate the idea of travel into the design.  With a palette of peach, navy, gray and cream, we mixed organic elements of a vintage map of Southern California and geometric elements of bold, thick stripes.

Because good mail is even better with an interactive element, we chose to include the actual save the date information inside a mini envelope.  Upon opening the envelope, guests find a classic quote from When Harry Met Sally, then unfold more details.  The entire save the date is bound by navy and white twine and two small tags.

Thanks Leslie!

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Photo Credits: Leslie Lewis Sigler of Lilly & Louise

2012 Calendar Round Up, Part 7

I’m just about ready to start holiday card round ups, but first I have a few more 2012 calendars to share with all of you!  Today’s round up (part 7!) includes everything from hand drawn illustrations to modern letterpress and screen print designs to a soft and subtle dip dyed calendar.

Ink + Wit



Parrott Design Studio

Albertine Press

Missing Q Press


The Wild Unknown

Sweet Daddy Design Shop

Caitlin Keegan


Cats Let Nothing Darken Their Roar

Kring Emporium of Tiny Literature and Cards

Ash & Anchor


Did you miss any of the pre­vi­ous cal­en­dar round ups? You can find them all right here!

{images via their respective sources}

Amy + Mike’s Vintage-Inspired Gold Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Happy Monday everyone!  I find myself gravitating to all things shiny and metallic as the days get shorter and colder, so I was thrilled when Vici-Jane and Richard from the UK-based Artcadia sent over these fun vintage-inspired gold wedding invitations for New Zealand couple Amy and Mike.  Vici-Jane and Richard previously worked with Amy and Mike on an acrobat-inspired save the dates and carried the theme through to the invitations.

From Vici-Jane: Six months ago, Amy and Mike contacted us to commission a design for acrobat themed save the date cards, in ticket style.  We’ve continued this fun theme throughout their 2 colour letterpress invitation suite.  We used gold and black ink, giving the suite a real luxury feel.  The resulting look is perfect for their New Zealand wedding where they’ll be having an acrobat to entertain their guests!


Thanks Vici-Jane and Richard!  Check out more from Artcadia right here!

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Photo Credits: Artcadia

Southern Weddings, Issue 4

Many thanks to the editors of Southern Weddings for including me in their latest issue!

I was asked to reimagine my wedding in true southern wedding style, along with some of my favorite fellow bloggers.  Click the cover image above for a sneak peek at the article, and check out the latest issue on newsstands now!