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

Sponsor Introduction – Up Up Creative and Tupy Boutique

One of my favorite things about blogging is having the opportunity to showcase up and coming design studios, which is one of the many reasons why I’m thrilled to welcome two of my newest sponsors — Up Up Creative and Tupy Boutique!

Run by Jodi Tupy out of Minneapolis, MN, Tupy Boutique offers wedding invitations, baby announcements, and personal stationery inspired by small and handcrafted details, patterns, and flea markets, as well as custom design:

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Based out of Rochester, NY, Up Up Creative offers personal stationery and handmade paper goods ranging from printable stationery sets, recipe cards, school valentines, wall calendars, and more, all with a focus on clean and modern design:

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Hand-Lettered Business Cards

First, I couldn't get over the hand-lettering on these business cards for graphic designer Luciano Ferreira:

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Then Chris Piascik started a tumblr blog call Typostruction dedicated to hand-drawn lettering and type, which led me to these hand-lettered cards for Joy Thigpen by Josh LaFayette:

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And although I've always had a soft spot for hand lettering, I'm suddenly obsessed with the idea for business cards.  Anyone else incorporating hand-drawn typography into your business cards?  I'd love to see more! 

{image credits: luciano ferreira via card observer, josh lafayette via typostruction

Nicole + Steven’s Save the Dates

Nicole and Steven’s Save the Dates remind me of a personal scavenger hunt.  Steven designed their Save the Dates, and the couple included a bunch of items that represents something about them, either individually or as a couple:

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Nicole and Steven plan to add the story behind each item to their wedding website so that their family and friends will understand the meaning behind the design.  In the meantime, they’re having a bit of fun by keeping everyone guessing for a little while…

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Thanks Nicole!

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