Beth and Matthew’s South African Wedding Invitations

Happy first day of spring everyone!  We’re starting the week off with a set of cool letterpress wedding invitations all the way from South Africa!  Vanessa from Essie Letterpress sent over these invitations and save the dates that she recently created for the upcoming wedding of their friends Beth and Matthew.  Vanessa incorporated vintage-inspired and botanical imagery into both the invitations and save the dates to produce a design that truly represents the bride and groom.


From Vanessa: Beth is one of my oldest and dearest friends, so we were only too happy when she asked that we design and print their wedding invitations!  First we designed save the dates: a heart made up of images symbolizing the bride and groom.  After that, we worked closely with Beth and Matt to design their ultimate wedding invitation.

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{the image on the right is Beth and Matthew’s save the date!}

Beth and Matthew are getting married on a school field in the middle of Johannesburg with a wonderful view of nature.  They wanted an invitation that reflected their relaxed outdoor wedding and a sense of old-wordly charm.  Matt is obsessed with aloe plants, (they are using them as favours in the wedding) so wanted to include them in both the invitations and save the dates. The invitations are quite large (A5) and are printed on a 280gsm thick ivory card stock with navy ink to complement the wedding colour scheme.


Thanks Vanessa!

Photo Credits: Essie Letterpress

For Japan With Love

I don’t really have the words to adequately convey my feelings regarding the situation in Japan, but I know that we all want to find ways to help, no matter how small.  Tomorrow I’ll be participating in this blogger’s day of silence for Japan.  Instead of my usual weekly round-up I thought I’d include a few links to organizations and fundraisers trying to respond to the devastation.

If you’d like to donate:

Shops and studios raising funds for disaster relief:

You might also want to check out:

Have a safe weekend, friends.  See you back here on Monday.  xoxo

Wedding Invitations – Satsuma Press

As much as I love it when couples take risks with their wedding invitation design, there’s just something about a clean, simple, and timeless wedding invitation that gets me every single time.  So of course I’m loving the latest wedding invitation designs from Lynn at Satsuma Press.  The design with the tiny hearts is my favorite…



You can see Lynn’s digital mock-ups of the rest of the collection right here.  Stunning!

{image credits: satsuma press}

Dinara’s Pink + Yellow Hand Lettered Baby Shower Invitations

You might remember Dinara’s beautiful paper cut artwork from last month – and today Dinara is back, with the invitations for her upcoming baby shower!  Dinara is expecting a baby girl in May, so when it came time for baby shower invitations it was only fitting that Dinara apply her illustration and hand lettering skills to the design.


Dinara worked with Laurie from Lucky Bee Press, who provided 2-color letterpress printing in pink and yellow.  Aren’t they lovely?



So sweet!  Thanks Dinara – and congratulations!

{image credits: dinara mirtalipova}

Paul + Colleen’s Illustrated Letterpress Save the Dates

I love, love the combination of illustration and letterpress printing.  Colleen from Craft Lovely had the opportunity to print these fantastic letterpress save the dates for her friends Colleen and Paul.  Paul, a talented artist, did the illustration and design work, while (the other) Colleen created the lovely calligraphy on the envelopes.  I’m completely smitten!




From the silhouettes to the other framed objects, the save the date design features memories and tidbits from Paul and Colleen’s relationship.  So sweet!  Check out more details over on Craft Lovely.

{image credits: colleen | craft lovely}