i have searched high and low for the perfect cover to suit my baby books. here are the seven different covers that I will be offering!
hot pink . black . espresso . moss
black and cream . olive and cream . espresso and cream DAMASK
each book will be available with your choice of BOY GIRL or NEUTRAL baby book pages. each book also comes with the button and string closure and each album is HAND MADE to order with book cloth and eco-friendly materials.
i am THRILLED to start selling my baby books! i have been working on these deisgns for a while now and am so glad to share them with others! i will be posting updates all this week on my status! check back back often!
***baby girl NAME page***
baby GIRL baby shower page
title page . neutral
just a sneak peak! hopefully I’ll get to have these ready to sell by the end of the week!
a peak inside my portfolio… i wanted to bring out some invitations from the past to give new inspiration for the future! here are just a handful of samples from the past few years…
a jungle themed karaoke night:
digital output on 80 lb. glossy cardstock
a more traditional dinner party invitation:
stardream antique gold cardstock layer with 80 lb. classic cream cardstock
a fun girly-girl invite for a super sweet mommy:
inkjet printing on 100 lb. cardstock
one of my favorite invites featuring vintage toys! the clients had a LOT of info that they wanted on the card and we made it work!
inkjet printing on 80 lb. classic cream cardstock . matching envelope
soft blue and chocolate brown is a PERFECT complement to the classic cream cardstock
my husband and i made the not-so popular choice of NOT finding out the gender of our first baby… boy did we bug some people… but that made us want the gender to be a surprise on BIRTHday even more!
carla… a super sweet first time mommy… was the same way! two of her dearest friends wanted to throw a fun brunch-y shower for her and steer clear of the traditional gender-neutral sage green and yellow themes… the simple invitations came together beautifully. since the colors were so bold and the bird so prominent, we didn’t need a lot more “stuff” on the invite! just like home decor… less is DEFINITELY more!
teal and red make a rad mix
coordinating little labels make the envelope part of the invitation
info::digitally printed on thick glossy cardstock with matching labels
so, i received this chocolate brown pocketfold in the mail… a real invitation to a friends wedding. but i really liked the pocketfold, so i tore out their invite and reused it for a sample idea that had been floating in my brain for some time. eco-friendly right, the 3rd R ~ reuse! so, for fun, i used my sister’s name with “Prince Charming”
to form filler text for the mock invite. i have 2 sisters who are yet to be married and can’t wait for their weddings! so, in the mean time, i will continue to make sample invites with their names and their “prince charmings”.
chocolate brown matte pocketfold . pure white 1.5" satin ribbon
printed on blush pink textured cardstock with chocolate brown ink
coordinating white satin ribbon with 1" crystal rhinestone buckle layered on opal stardream luxe white paper
it is the largest size (9″ x 6″) that can be mailed with a single first class stamp…. but since it is pretty bulky, it is guaranteed to be more…
invite tip:: take a sample of your actual wedding invite to the post office, have them weigh it, and mail it to yourself (in the font you intend to use for the addresses) just to make sure the font is readable and the postage costs are covered…
when we began renovations of our first home, i knew i HAD to incorporate wallpaper into the mix! i have a fabulous husband who gives me full freedom in home design but he effectively knows how to harness my creativity (like talking me out of wallpapering every surface of every room!)… thankfully, designers have finally made amazing quality wallpaper, super affordable. the norwall stripes and damask collection from americanblinds.com stocks gobs of tempting prints and oodles of classic, tasteful floral patterns. i am still in denial that my design choices now will be out of vogue in a few years (i guess that same denial was present in the previous owner’s heart when they plastered the 80′s floral mauve paper and left it up for 20 years… see BEFORE photo…)
using wallpaper to add an unexpected twist to wall decor can be a very cost effective way to add visual interest to an otherwise plain space.
::before:: wow. a bit pink huh? ... and with all the "treasures" the previous owner left us!
::after:: soft cream and beige damask wallpaper with our nifty craigslist find: a tiled antique farm table!
we also added beadboard with matching baseboards and chair rail moulding to add additional character to the space. the cost of the wallpaper for the room: $75. such a deal for such a big statement!
my first pocket fold invite from way back when! these particular clients wanted a way to uniquely announce their upcoming nuptials and had set their hearts upon the ribbon tied pocket fold. we worked with their budget and created a fantastic invite. this couple knew exactly what they wanted and in the end, it all came together beautifully…
cream textured pocketfold with 1/8" cerulean blue ribbon wrapped throughout
a look at the invitation as a whole . layered response cards add a pop of color to coordinate with the blue ink
1" coordinating cerulean ribbon adding a bit of dimension and texture to the invite backing
close up on the inserts
we used the ever-fabulous bickham script with traditional copperplate. as the laws of graphic design go: 2 fonts MAX! (be creative and use variants of the the fonts … all upper case or lower case, italics, bold…) too many different fonts create too much to look at and you dont want people to be turned off to your work because its a hodge podge mess of fonts, right?
note:: this invite is very labor intensive (read:: higher cost) due to all of the ribbon wrapping and layering of the card stock.
a sweet friend of mine wanted to give her sister a unique, organic, beautiful shower, thus finding the perfect invitation was first on her to-do list… we had a great time working together to combine whimsical floral silhouettes with a simple serif font with pops of color and a little touch of scripty font!
navy/purple/pink/white . a unique color combo that worked splendid!
a close up on the florals
the bride LOVED them! and a happy bride is a very good thing
though this couple only had a few months to plan their wedding, K&L knew they wanted their invite to match the atmosphere of their sweet, spring wedding. they were not at all interested in the traditional white/lace/fancy-schmancy/old school invitations found the the gigantic books at your local party planning warehouse… they wanted a fun simple invite that was both cost effective and totally THEM! viola! a pink and green spring-y take on a wedding invite. it turned out just lovely and their guests loved them!
color digital printing with chocolate brown coordinating envelopes
they had two wedding receptions so there was a LOT of information that they guests needed to know. we found a way to convey all the necessary goodies into three inserts
digital printing the the most cost effective way to do an invite. since there are not layers of card stock, the invite itself is designed with all the necessary elements in the file itself. thus, it saves quite a bit of money on cost and saves loads of time that you would have spent taping layer upon layer! K&L were very hands on and open to the DIY way of wedding planning… so, they tied a thick satin chocolate brown ribbon around the invite and added their favorite engagement photo to top it off. it was so cute, and bubbly! just like them!
an invite from the past. i want to preview invitations that i have done in the past to highlight ideas for those looking for inspiration!
a lovely couple, T&R were fabulous to work with and were very open to new ideas and color choices. T loved the beauty of the traditional Tiffany blue but wanted a modern twist. using chocolate brown raised printing (thermography) and rhinestone crystals to add a touch of class, this invitation was exactly what embodied T&R: classic yet so fun!
chocolate brown metallic pocket folder invite with cream, tiffany blue, and chocolate ribbon
inside of invite . tiffany blue metallic cardstock . chocolate thermography printing . embellished with rhinestone crystals
RSVP card . reception card . tiffany blue metallic cardstock . chocolate thermography printing
pocketfold invitations are a great way to present your guests with an organized potfolio of all your wedding info. though the pocket folds will cost a little more, many brides love the unique way to present your invitation (thus the traditional “inner envelope” is replaced by your pocketfold… so you would only need one envelope, technically though i have worked with many brides who use pocketfolds and the classic double envelope invitation) it really is YOUR wedding so you can do whatever YOU want! have fun with the creative process, don’t fight it!