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INVITATIONS FOR EVERY MILESTONE

Katelyn and Sean | Houston Wedding Invitations

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Creating custom wedding invitations for a couple gives me the opportunity to bring their ideas to life. Also, invitations set the tone for guests and allow them a glimpse of what to expect on the big day. Nothing gives me greater joy than a bride who is excited about all things wedding paper! 

From the instant that Meredith with Cake and Confetti introduced us, I knew that Katelyn would be my ideal client. She had a definite vision and I knew we would want to give guests a preview of it with the wedding invitation suite. Both Katelyn and her husband Sean have strong Scottish heritage which they reflected in almost every detail of their wedding: tartan ties and ribbon, thistle in the bouquets, and Scottish traditions during the ceremony. 

We tied this into the invitations by creating a custom hand drawn crest on the invitation and incorporating a thistle on the response card. It was truly a classic design while still nodding to the wedding's theme. Katelyn chose beautiful luxe double thick paper and envelopes, gold foil printing and beautiful typography. She knew the invitation would set the tone for her whole wedding and she chose each element perfectly to reflect their vision.

I loved creating this invitation for Katelyn and Sean, but loved seeing how it tied into their actual day even more. I feel like we nailed it after looking through all the photos of their lovely wedding at The Astorian in the Houston Heights! 

Wedding photography: Haskell Photography

Styled paper photography: Lindsey LaRue

Wedding venue: The Astorian

Wedding coordination: Cake and Confetti 

Wedding Stationery 101 | A guide to invitation wording

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One of my favorite things about being a wedding invitation designer is how creative I get to be in all facets of the design. From choosing the right color palette, to the right font, to the right number of pieces for your suite, to the print method used. We get to create something that is inexplicably “you" and that is one of the major differences between working with a designer versus ordering from a big box store.

Something that my clients don’t always realize is that the actual words on the invitation can and should be customized as well. There are so many options available, and the wording can really set the tone for your wedding day so guests have an idea of what to expect when they arrive.

There are some basics that you will want to include no matter what: the location of the ceremony, the date and time of ceremony, and where the reception will be. But there are so many different ways to introduce these details.

A few questions to consider:

  • Who is hosting? One set of parents or both? Or maybe it’s you, the couple.
  • Do you want to use your full names, including your middle names or just keep it simple?
  • Is the location difficult to get to? Do you want to use an enclosure card to share a map and directions?
  • Do you have a wedding web site? A good place to include this is also on the enclosure card. 
  • Are there any special details or instructions guests should know about your venue or the wedding itself? For example, is it an adults only event? We can totally work that in too!

Traditional invitations typically stick closely to the rules of etiquette. In this situation, the bride's parents may host and we would use language like "Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hunt request your presence at the marriage of ..." This type of invitation typically has the date and time spelled out rather than using numerals and the language is a bit more formal. These are perfect for your wedding if you're hoping for something elegant and classic.

I've also created invitations for more laid-back affairs, where the bride and groom just invited their guests however felt right to them. Maybe, "Together with their families" or "Please join Krista and Sam as they begin a joyous new chapter in their lives". Sometimes this is an easier way to write an invitation because it can be straight from your voice as a couple.

We can make something as formal as a dinner at the White House or as casual as a picnic in your backyard. There is no right or wrong way to do word your wedding invitation and I'm here to help along the way! 

Valentine's Day | Free Printable

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Its only two weeks away y'all! My husband and I don't really do anything big for Valentine's Day but we do have a journal that we write in to each other on special occasions and I love flipping back through it to relive some of our treasured moments together!

Obviously, I also love creating fun, unique Valentines for my kids to take to their classmates. I try and design around something that is not candy because let's face it - they get SO.MUCH.CANDY on Valentines Day! You can check out this blog post to see some of the fun ideas I've created for my kids AND Annie's birthday party from last year. Her 4th birthday party is coming up this Saturday and I can't wait to share all that is Peppa Pig with y'all! 

But without further adieu - here is this year's FREE Valentine's printable! 

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Interested in previous Valentines that I've designed for my kids? Check out this post

Custom holiday card round up 2016

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I know this is a tad late but I figured better late than never, right?! I hope your holiday season was wonderful! I wanted to take a second and share some of the custom holiday cards I created for my sweet clients this year! I still can't believe the holidays are all over - can y'all? I'm pretty sure we had 2 cold days total in Houston - the rest of the time we were in shorts and t-shirts!  

I know that it is probably so easy to go on Tiny Prints, Minted or Shutterfly and order holiday cards - but I'm so thankful for my clients that want a little more personal experience when ordering.. Not only are they supporting this dream of mine, but they also get to tweak every detail of their card. I don't know about y'all, but I keep every.single Christmas card we receive every year! If anyone has a good suggestion on how to organize these - I'm all ears! 

So without further ado - below is a snapshot of some of my favorite custom Christmas cards that I designed this year!

I've worked on a few projects for this sweet family and was so thrilled when Kate asked me to design their Christmas card. The photos were taken by a long time friend of both of ours, Meredith Flaherty Photography. 

I've worked on a few projects for this sweet family and was so thrilled when Kate asked me to design their Christmas card. The photos were taken by a long time friend of both of ours, Meredith Flaherty Photography

Lyndsay and I were sorority sisters at Texas Tech - isn't her daughter Parker Ann the sweetest?! And those beach photos - they definitely made designing so easy!

Lyndsay and I were sorority sisters at Texas Tech - isn't her daughter Parker Ann the sweetest?! And those beach photos - they definitely made designing so easy!

Norhill Realty is one of my favorite clients because I always get to design fun, cocktail themed holiday party invitations! This year's watercolor Christmas martini might be my favorite!

Norhill Realty is one of my favorite clients because I always get to design fun, cocktail themed holiday party invitations! This year's watercolor Christmas martini might be my favorite!

These sweet kids are like my second set of children. Its always such an honor to design for dear friends!

These sweet kids are like my second set of children. Its always such an honor to design for dear friends!

Jen, the momma of those adorable boys, knew exactly what she wanted the design of her holiday card to look like - clean and festive. We were both so pleased with the final result!

Jen, the momma of those adorable boys, knew exactly what she wanted the design of her holiday card to look like - clean and festive. We were both so pleased with the final result!

I loved getting to design this holiday card + adoption announcement for darling Joyce and her sweet dads! 

I loved getting to design this holiday card + adoption announcement for darling Joyce and her sweet dads! 

Ashley always has the best ideas for her holiday cards and this year was no different! I love the unique color palette we chose and the fun wording!

Ashley always has the best ideas for her holiday cards and this year was no different! I love the unique color palette we chose and the fun wording!

I've known this sweet family since before they were even a couple! I loved getting to design not only their Christmas card but also precious Ellie's birth announcement that was on the back! 

I've known this sweet family since before they were even a couple! I loved getting to design not only their Christmas card but also precious Ellie's birth announcement that was on the back! 

Staci had a BUNCH of photos she wanted to share of her sweet boys so I made sure to create a format that allowed for four photos on the front and five on the back! 

Staci had a BUNCH of photos she wanted to share of her sweet boys so I made sure to create a format that allowed for four photos on the front and five on the back! 

Sunset and hexagon inspired wedding | Styled Shoot

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When Samantha of Plan our Day asked me to be a part of a styled shoot with a color palette focused around sunset colors I was ecstatic! Then she mentioned that the photographer would be a friend, the ever talented Becki of Smith House Photography, I knew that this was going to be an amazing shoot. 

I knew I wanted to do a die cut for the wedding invitation and incorporate the hexagon shape on the response card as well. This was the first shoot that I got to work with my new favorite calligraphy and friend, Catrina of Camel and Birdie. She is the most giving, gracious soul and I thank God our paths have crossed on this crazy journey. Catrina lettered the bride and grooms names and then I incorporated them in the design. She also hand addressed the main and response envelopes. 

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By now, y'all know I love a beautiful envelope liner and this gold shimmery hexagon paper did not disappoint! Vintage stamps and gold wax seals are a close second as well. 

 

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Isn't this bouquet stunning? Amanda with Amanda Bee Floral had such a gorgeous vision for all of the florals. 

Huge thanks to the amazing vendors that made this shoot possible:

 

Melissa and Corey | Beach Wedding Invitations

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It's such an honor to get to be a part of my client's wedding day - but its even more special when I have a personal connection to the bride or groom. That was the case for Melissa and Corey - I have known Melissa since 2007 as her older sister, Amber, was my college roommate. (RMFL!) I was thrilled when Melissa contacted me to work on her wedding invitations. 

When we started to talk about design, Melissa asked if we could incorporate a hot air balloon because her super romantic fiancee had proposed on a hot air balloon ride! 

The watercolor background on the details card may be my favorite design element - I love how it makes it feel beach-y. 

Isn't this ceremony setting just dreamy?! The couple wed at Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort.

I love all the thought that Melissa put into the beautiful details of her big day - don't you??

 

Invitation photos taken by Stacy Anderson Photography.

Wedding day photos take by Arann Weatherman Photography.

Peyton turns 6 | Ninja Birthday Party

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I had the pleasure of working with Kristen from Signature Occasions recently on a really fun ninja/Ninjago themed birthday party invitation to celebrate Peyton turning six.

I enlisted the help of the ever talented Lisa from Maple and Love to create the custom fortune cookies, complete with a custom message inside. The Ninjago themed fortune cookie boxes were assembled and then placed into slightly bigger white square boxes to be mailed to guests. I absolutely adore the end result, don't you? Below are some of the fun photos from the event. 

Ninjago Cake from The Cake Diva

Ninjago Cake from The Cake Diva

The birthday boy on the right striking his best ninja pose.

The birthday boy on the right striking his best ninja pose.

Food table set-up provided by Fresh Cut.

Food table set-up provided by Fresh Cut.

5 tips to be an Organized Bride | Guest Post by Organized Life Design

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I'm so thrilled to welcome Meggie Mangione from Organized Life Design to the blog today! Meggie and I met through the Houston chapter of Rising Tide Society's TuesdaysTogether and I feel so lucky to call her a friend and colleague. Meggie is sharing 5 practical tips on how to stay organized as a bride and I think you'll find her advice most useful! 

When a four year old boy points to you and says “prin-thess” - I can promise you it will be the Best Day Ever. Oh yeah, and the new adoring hubby was totally icing on the cake. I would relive that day over and over and over again. The tears, the kisses, the laughter, the memories, the love. *sigh* 

Photo courtesy Meggie Mangione. Ashley Bosnick Photography

Photo courtesy Meggie Mangione. Ashley Bosnick Photography

What part didn’t I love about marrying the best guy on the planet? The PLANNING a wedding part. Seriously, hard pass on that process ever again. 

Here are five tips to keeping your sanity (and your fiance’s) in check. 

1. Keep all of “yo stuff” in one place (and make it a big place) - binder/suitcase/storage bin - just keep it all together and as “organized” as your tolerance level can handle. This includes the venue brochures, Grandma’s wedding shoes, that cake topper, all of it. 

2. Follow a to-do list timeline - my favorite (and easiest) was the TheKnot checklist (WeddingWire has one too) These list every possible to do item on a bride’s list from 18 months out to the day before. If there’s way more tasks included than you need to care about, make a good ol’ fashioned spreadsheet.

3. BUDGET. I know this sounds “unromantic” but unless you are a Kardashian, budget matters. Make one BEFORE you buy everything. Then update as you hire vendors and track deposits, payments and final balances due. I would also encourage you to share this with any ‘financial backers’ i.e. mom and dad or Grandma Betty, especially if they are footing majority of bill.  

4. Delegate. Yes, I used that word, control freak. You cannot do it all on your own and you shouldn’t have to! Ask your fiancé/MOH/MIL to take on a task or two. I’m not saying they have to choose your wedding cake design, but I’m sure they can stamp envelopes or help find bridesmaid dress options in your color scheme. 

Meggie and Salvatore and their wedding planner, Christina of Christina Leigh Events. Photo courtesy Meggie Mangione. Ashley Bosnick Photography

Meggie and Salvatore and their wedding planner, Christina of Christina Leigh Events. Photo courtesy Meggie Mangione. Ashley Bosnick Photography

5. You must have Day Of Coordinator. Period. (If you can afford a Wedding Planner from the beginning, then yay!) You don’t want to be getting your makeup done and simultaneously worrying if the wedding cake was delivered yet or how to fit cousin Robbie’s uninvited “date” into the seating chart. Just trust me on this one. 

I can’t promise it won’t rain or that your Uncle Ned won’t get scotch drunk and do the worm. I can, however, promise if you do these five things you will not loose your mind during this process. 

My last piece of advice - on your wedding day, as often as you can, take a moment to pause and make a mental note of everything - the look on your spouse’s face as you walk down the aisle, the smell of your bouquet, the taste of your champagne and what you feel when you kiss for the first time as husband and wife. Soak it in so you can relive the Best Day Ever again and again. 

You can follow along with Meggie on Instagram and her web site - go say hello!

Wedding Stationery 101 | Envelope Sizing

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This is the second installment of Wedding Stationery 101 - the first was about the various invitation print methods.

This is the second installment of Wedding Stationery 101 - the first was about the various invitation print methods. Before I started designing wedding stationery, the only envelopes I knew anything about were the ones with a "privacy liner" that my mom used to mail bills. Fast forward a few years and now I am well versed in all things envelopes - which is what I'm going to talk about today!

Lettering by my colleague and friend, Jenny of A Fine Flourish

Lettering by my colleague and friend, Jenny of A Fine Flourish

These are the main sizes of envelopes used in wedding stationery:

  • 4Bar - there are two options for response card envelopes, this is the smaller option that fits a 3.5x5 card
  • A2 - this is the other response card envelope, slightly bigger that fits 4.25x5.5 
  • A6 - this is the envelope I use for thank you notes, it fits a 4.5x6.25 card
  • A7 - fits a standard 5x7 invitation and is typically used for outer envelope
  • A9 - fits an oversized invitation or a folded piece of 8.5x11 paper
  • Square - the most common size is 6x6 and it requires extra postage

There are also two main types of envelopes flap, pictured below.

Square flap

Square flap

Square flap

Pointed flap 

Pointed flap 

European (pointed) flap

One envelope tradition that has seemed to become less and less common is the use of an outer AND inner envelope for even a formal invitation. Frankly, I'm totally fine with it as I think it was a little excessive. I'd much rather spend the money on beautiful calligraphy for the addressing! 

Father's Day | Free Printable

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Well, as usual - I am last minute shopping for {insert whatever occasion here, in this case - Father's Day} and I got distracted perusing cards on Paper Source. I absolutely love that store. It got me to thinking I should design another free printable in case some of you need to just hit "print" on a card for Sunday. Let's face it - that will probably be the boat I'm in too so this was just as much for you as it was for me.  

Click here to download the card pictured above.

Update - as of the time of this post, I have secured a gift for my dad. Now, if I can just get my husband taken care of! 

Mother's Day | Free Printable and Giveaway

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Wow! I can't believe Mother's Day is only about a week away - it totally snuck up on me this year! To the point, I still don't know what I'm giving my mom for Mother's Day! But, I thought I might help y'all out in the gift department with a free printable Mother's Day card AND a giveaway!  

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One of my mom's ALL-TIME favorite Mother's Day gifts was this Canon photo printer and so I'm excited to be giving away a brand new one to one lucky winner! Its so simple to print photos directly from your camera's memory card. I'm using Rafflecopter to select a winner on Tuesday, May 3 and will announce the winner on my Instagram so be sure you're following along! There are two ways to enter - see the Rafflecopter box below for more details!

To download the 5x7 Mother's Day card pictured above, please click here.

5 Tips to Get Beautiful Detail Photos | Guest Post with Lindsey LaRue Photography

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Hello Lovelies! I am so excited to be collaborating on a guest post with Ryann from the amazing nine0nine creative! I am Lindsey of Lindsey LaRue Photography and I photograph weddings and anniversaries for heartfelt couples who want to be an authentic example of love to those around them. The average bride spends months and months planning out the intricate details of their wedding, and if you are anything like them, you want to remember these details in ten, twenty, and fifty years! After the wedding, you won’t keep most of the little details that went into your day, but the photos taken will always attest to the loveliness of every detail. Do you also want your details photographed flawlessly? Then grab a pen and paper because today I’m sharing my top 5 tips to make it happens!

1. Have Your Details Ready

As a photographer, I hate when I have to pester a bride for all of her bridal details when I first arrive! You’re getting your hair and makeup done, enjoying time with your girls, and the last thing I want you to do is run around finding all your various details for me. Instead, it is so much better to have ALL your details organized and in one place so that you can just hand me a basket when I arrive. In the days before the wedding put all your details into the same basket and then have them ready for me when I arrive. Your shoes, jewelry, ALL the wedding rings, veil/hair pieces, sashes or ribbons, invitation/paper suite, and dress hanger should all be in the basket by your dress when I arrive. Also, if you want any other details (like your perfume or garters) captured, tuck those in the basket, too! This not only saves you stress, but it saves time on the wedding day so that I can spend more capturing your beautiful bridal details.

2. Plenty of Natural Light

The key to beautiful images is good light. In the ideal situation, you and your maids will be getting ready in a clean room with neutral colored walls and multiple windows that let in copious natural light. More than one window is key- if you and your hair/makeup artist are set up in front of the only window in the room, that means I can’t set up there for detail images. If necessary I will take your details out of the room and find another location with ideal lighting, but if your room has plenty of the natural light I need, this allows me to stay close by in case I see something wonderful to capture between you and your girls (a win-win!).

3. Coordinate With Your Florist

Don’t forget to have your bouquets and boutonnieres delivered to your bridal suite at the same time that I arrive! Details shots that incorporate your bouquet and bouts are so beautiful and I love when I get to capture your florals at their freshest! An extra tip that will take your detail images to the next level- ask your florist to include some loose greenery and florals that I can use to style the detail images. Your florist will almost always have a couple leftover stems that didn’t make it into the bouquets and these are great for me to use in styling your invitations or other details.

4. Provide Your Wedding Paper Suite

This is especially important if you are interested in having your wedding published online or in print- publishers LOVE a beautifully photographed invitation suite! To ensure that your photographer can fully capture your suite, provide two full sets that are addressed with dummy addresses. Don’t forget to include any other paper goods from the day, too! Ceremony programs, menus, seating cards, escort cards, and table numbers all contribute to the paper story of your day!

5. Make Time For Your Details

This is the most important tip that I can give you! My brides have excellent taste and setting up their details to capture them the best way takes time. I work closely with my brides and their planners so that I can have at least one hour of uninterrupted time to capture just the details. If set up properly in the timeline, I should be emerging from shooting the details just as your hair and makeup are nearly complete to capture your “getting ready”. 

If you keep these 5 tips in mind you will be well on your way to capturing your wedding day details in the most beautiful way!

To connect with Lindsey you can find her website HERE, and to follow along with her daily you can find her Instagram HERE.

Disney World Wedding Inspiration | Styled Shoot

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When Heather, the very talented wedding planner of Heather Benge Events, approached me about creating wedding stationery for a styled shoot she had planned at Disney World, I jumped at the opportunity! I think my two favorite details from this suite have to be the letterpress envelope liner and the die cut Magic Kingdom belly band I created to go around the response card.

This shoot reminds me so much of Spring with the bright florals and table linens. I hope you enjoy!

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Free Easter Printable

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It's hard for me to believe that Easter Sunday is NEXT week y'all! Especially since I just took down my St. Patrick's Day decor yesterday! As I was looking for something to put in my seasonal picture frame I decided to whip the above printable up and share it with y'all! My first free printable on the blog! I hope y'all enjoy it! 

To download an 8.5x11 please click here

Jess and Cade | Texas Hill Country Wedding Invitations

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I'm thrilled to be writing the first blog post (of many I hope!) featuring a real wedding invitation suite I designed for a very cool couple that I met through Mallory, an event planner with Two be Wed! This  wedding was so special for several reasons - probably the biggest one being that it was a surprise to all of their guests! All of their guests were under the illusion that this was a big engagement party weekend in the hill country. Much to their surprise and delight - Jess and Cade were actually tying the knot! It was also a really fun weekend because it happened to be New Years Eve! 

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To tie in the New Years Eve theme, I incorporated gold twinkly lights in the design as well as a fun black and white stripe on the back of the invitations. White ink on flat printing really gives the invitations a luxe feel. I also love how the twinkly mimic the last photo of the couple in this post!

The couple married at Hideout on the Horseshoe in the rustic Texas Hill Country. The venue is located on Canyon Lake and a lot of their guests were able to stay on the property in cabins.

All photography (except the top image) from Sam Hugh Photography.

Stationery Academy | My Experience

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It is hard to believe that I attended Stationery Academy in New Orleans almost exactly a YEAR ago! When I decided to register - it was a huge step in my business because up until that point, I hadn't invested back in my business at all. I definitely ulcerated about the financial investment but looking back now, it was one of the best things I've done for my business! I'm going to share my top 3 take aways from Stationery Academy in hopes that it will give you a little insider knowledge as to why this conference really is a MUST for invitation designers.

1. The friends I made. Not only am I a part of an accountability group of about 5 women that I met at SA - I'm also a part of the private alumni FB group. Y'all - these women are a priceless resource. They lift me up when I am down and cheer me on with the big wins in my business. Plus, they just get it, really and truly. Also, if I have a question about ANYTHING paper related, its usually very quickly answered by very knowledgable folks. Priceless.

2. My worth as a business owner. After SA, I realized that I needed to charge more because my time is valuable and I really am a talented designer. The clients that don't want to pay my prices aren't my ideal client. End of story.

3. How to style stationery. This may sound silly but styling is a HUGE part of selling online and with all of the social media out there - this is a skill I really needed to master. Thanks to a quick break out session from the VERY TALENTED Natalie Chang - I learned tricks that have stuck with me and made a big difference in my photos. For example - elevating one of the pieces in the frame on a roll of washi tape! Its just that simple folks!

I know I said three - but here's an extra! I LOVE that SA encourages past attendees to become speakers at future conferences! The photo below is of Liz Cooke (of Lionheart Prints). She is an AMAZING hand letterer and you may have seen some of her work in Urban Outfitters. Well, here is my shameless plug for this brilliant woman who taught at SA NOLA - she is currently in the running for $25k to open a brick and mortar store in her hometown of New Orleans. I would be thrilled if you would take a moment and vote for Liz. Her winning is like our whole group winning. You can vote here through March 7. She's currently second y'all! 

Interested in attending Stationery Academy?! Unfortunately - the one conference this year is taking place next week in Pensacola and is full. BUT- there is a new option for online learning called Creatives Academy and you can take it from the comfort of your own home! 

All photos from Morgan Sasser Photography.

Minnie Mouse Birthday | Glow Stick Valentines

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The middle of February is always a crazy time at our house because  Annie's birthday is on the 8th and then right after we have Valentine's day! 

Annie is currently obsessed with all things Minnie Mouse (read: she was Minnie for Halloween) and so it was a no-brainer what the theme for her party would be.  I die cut the Minnie silhouette with my Silhouette Cameo and I think they turned out pretty cute!

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However, I underestimated my daughter's love for pink! So, we quickly had to change Minnie's bow from red to pink in all the decor items. 

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I was thrilled when I found out that Jacqueline of Tudor House Cookies was available to make these adorable "3" cookies for me! They were wrapped up and given as {delicious} favors at the party!

 

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Didn't Jody from JodyCakes do an amazing job on the cake?! It was everything I could have hoped for and all the guests (ok, the moms - lets face it, the kids love ALL cake) were asking where it came from! I love supporting local Houston creatives!

Here's the birthday girl herself with her new Minnie outfit from Aunt Nora and PINK cowboy boots form Nana!

And last, but certainly not least - here are the kids valentines that I created at the 11th hour! I designed Connor's Star Wars light saber glow stick valentine but borrowed a design from Kommunicated blog for Annie's. I don't know about you, but I love to do NON-CANDY valentines as my kids get PLENTY of candy at: Halloween, Christmas, Valentines and Easter!

Just for fun I thought I would include a previous year's valentine - his classmates loved these!

Just for fun I thought I would include a previous year's valentine - his classmates loved these!

And this was a fun valentines themed baby shower invitation I did a few years ago!

And this was a fun valentines themed baby shower invitation I did a few years ago!

European Sky Wedding Inspiration | The Big Fake Wedding: Houston

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How many of y'all have heard of the Big Fake Wedding? I admit, I hadn't heard of it before attending Stationery Academy last March. But after doing some research, I realized they were coming to Houston in November and were still missing a stationery vendor! So, I reached out to BFW and secured my spot to design the invitation suite! And - now I'm so giddy because it has been featured on Ruffled Blog today! 

I'd like to share the inspiration behind this suite - it all started with that GORGEOUS marbled paper envelope liner from Paper Source - can we all agree its stunning?! And it matched the "Soft European Sky" theme of BFW perfectly!

Then I got to thinking about the invitation itself and I knew I wanted hand lettering to be included from the ever talented Jenny Lake of A Fine Flourish. Jenny and I met about 6 months ago and I just adore her calligraphy, She hand lettered the names of the bride and groom and then I had a stamp made with the hand lettering so that I could hand emboss them on the invitation in gold. Another piece of this suite that I love is the paper and the die cut corners - it adds just a touch of sophistication and something unexpected. Jenny also addressed my outer and response envelopes for me in the sky blue ink to match the invitation. So there you have it - the invitation in a nutshell!


Enjoy the other very talented BFW vendor photos below and click over to the Ruffled Blog if you have a minute!

Y'all - isn't that floral arrangement TO DIE FOR?! Ashley McCormick  designed it as well as 3 other tables capes for the event. Ashley also saved me in the nick of time and put together an arrangement for my vendor table on the spot that perfectly matched my brand! She is so talented and I'm so glad I got to meet her!

The happy couple that renewed their wedding vows! They also have a precious little girl!

Another of Ashley's beautiful designs!

Isn't this chalkboard sign adorable? My sweet table neighbor, Sarah, of Beau Tied Affair designed it! I loved getting to connect with Sarah and learn about her business! 

All the beautiful photos above are from Kristen Curette Photography

A guide to invitation printing

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A question I get asked a lot is what is the difference  between the various printing methods I use for invitation design. I thought I would take a minute and break it down for those of you who are curious! See below for the different methods with a quick description and photo of each. 

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FLAT PRINTING - this is sometimes referred to as "digital" printing as well. The name sort of gives away exactly what this is - flat! Typically this is what birthday and shower invitations are printed with. It is the least expensive of all the print methods and can still be VERY pretty and impactful with the right design {ahem, that would be my job}. 

This is a great example of flat printing on white card stock. There isn't any white ink used - it is simply the background from the paper. 

This is a great example of flat printing on white card stock. There isn't any white ink used - it is simply the background from the paper. 

THERMOGRAPHY PRINTING - this is "raised ink" printing and is sometimes called engraving. This is the beginning of the fine print methods I will explain, therefore the price goes up because it is a process to get such beautiful, expensive ink onto the page. A bonus of thermography printing is the ability to use white ink on a dark paper (black, navy, etc) - it truly is stunning.

Thermography is hard to really portray in a photograph but you can kind of see the think raised ink in this photo.

Thermography is hard to really portray in a photograph but you can kind of see the think raised ink in this photo.

FOIL PRINTING - this print method has become very popular is recent years and provides that extra wow factor when clients want to use a real metallic color in their design. Dies are required for this print method which not only adds to the price but also the turn around time. Just something to keep in mind. 

This one still takes my breath away!

This one still takes my breath away!

LETTERPRESS PRINTING - I consider this the most luxe of all the print methods. Letterpress is just so beautiful. It is imprinted into the paper so you can feel all of the design and because of this, the paper used is super thick. Letterpress is priced on the amount of colors used and also requires that a custom die is made. 

Obviously these are my business cards, which I get repeated compliments on. They were a splurge but so worth it. There is what is called blind embossing on the front underneath my logo to make that geometric pattern.

Obviously these are my business cards, which I get repeated compliments on. They were a splurge but so worth it. There is what is called blind embossing on the front underneath my logo to make that geometric pattern.

I'd love to hear from you about what YOUR favorite print method is and why! And if you have any questions about invitation printing, leave them below and I'm happy to answer!

Business goals for 2016

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As the new year starts, I have big goals for my business and I thought it might be a good idea to share them with y'all so that a) I'm held accountable and b) to encourage everyone to dream big in the new year! So here they are in no particular order:

  • BRANDING
    • Finish this site! I'm close to being done for now but there are a few more listings to be added
  • LOCAL MARKETING
    • Reach out to at least 5 new local event planners with a goodie box
    • Are you a Houston event planner or know one that's great? I'd love to hear from you!
  • SOCIAL MEDIA SCHEDULING
    • For now I'd like to post to Instagram once a day; blog once a week and use Facebook a few times a week
    • This is a hard one because I feel like I make a schedule and then never stick to it, you know?! 
    • Do y'all have any secret weapons you'd like to share for streamlining social media?
  • SEO
    • Hire an SEO expert so that more lovely folks like y'all find me 
  • TIME MANGEMENT
    • As some of you may know - I have two kids. One is 6 and a kindergartener and the other is (almost) 3 and attends school Tuesdays and Thursdays. My big personal/business goal for 2016 is to use my time wisely while both kids are in school so that I really limit how much I sit at the computer when either or both of them are home.

Now I'd love to hear from you! What are your big goals {professional or personal} for 2016?