Charlotte + Mike's Rustic Blush Wedding

I'm finally sitting down to post the design work I did for my sister and brother in law's wedding, which was well over a year ago! I photographed these pieces ages ago and I'm so happy I'm finally getting a chance to show them off!

They got married last May at Pine Lake Ranch under an old oak tree, so the bride wanted a rustic feel with spring colors (see their save the date here). We went with a blush, gray and used straw kraft packaging with the panel card and envelope. It was a fun, laid back design with a lot of character and charm. I feel like wedding invitation trends these days are far less formal, and this design was a lot of fun to create! Click the images to enlarge.

There were three inserts included with this invitation: RSVP card, map, and one for general wedding info. Maps are always my favorite thing to make!

I love a wedding that I can design all the print pieces for! Those don't come about very often, so when they do I have a lot of fun with the various pieces. After the save the dates and invitations come the day of print pieces. For this wedding, I designed some cards with information about the wedding as well as the surrounding area to be included in the welcome baskets for wedding guests staying at the hotel. Decided to change things up and go with a beautiful watercolor ombre background!

Last up were the programs! I like to keep these pretty simple. No need for multiple pages. Just a nice sturdy paper and an eye catching design to make people want to grab one and save it! Since the bride and groom were saying their vows under an oak tree, I incorporated one into the design, and I think it turned out perfectly. It was very light and subtle but still had a dramatic effect, in my opinion. My program unfortunately got damaged on my trip home, so I was not able to photograph it. Need to try and get ahold of a fresh copy (if there's still one out there) so I can show you the real deal! For now, here is a digital copy :)

Well, that's a wrap! I can FINALLY check this wedding off my to do list. Feel free to share :)

Ella's Country Fair Birthday Party Invitation

I am SO BEHIND on updating the blog with my latest projects. I've had multiple entries on my to do list for months, and I'm just now realizing that I haven't posted in a year... That's what a two year old will do to your free time, I guess. I'm remedying the situation today, well at least a little bit. Here is Ella's second birthday party invitation!

We went with a country fair theme this year, so I knew I had to throw in some turquoise gingham and bunting. Decided to accent it with red and yellow, with just a little touch of pink. This invitation is fun and whimsical on it's own, but I decided to add a little something extra to the packaging by wrapping it in red tickets tied with some yellow string. I'm all about presentation and fun, coordinating packaging! To complete the look we went with matching yellow sorbet envelopes with custom postage that I designed through Zazzle

Absolutely love how these turned out! Purchase a digital file of this invitation through my Etsy shop here.

For more party ideas surrounding this invitation and theme, visit my personal blog here.

Ella Love's First Birthday Party | Boho/Woodland Theme

I actually have spare time today to catch up on blogging about my latest creative ventures! next up is a project close to my heart, my daughter's first birthday party invitations!

Since Ella is a Spring baby, I knew I wanted lots of fresh flowers as the main "decor" at her party. From there it naturally morphed into a boho/woodland theme. If I could do this theme for all of her parties it would be fine by me, as this is totally my style. Sorry Ella, but this was definitely Mommy's party ;)

I pulled my color scheme from the watercolor flowers. Pink is hard to say no to when working on anything related to little girls. I fell in love with the watercolor deer with the flowers and feathers in the antlers, and I decided to incorporate Ella's monogram as well. It's hard to tell in the photographs, but the invitation actually has a subtle watercolor paper texture to it. 

I wanted to do something a little extra special for her invitation, so I mounted it on a brown kraft panel card. Since I didn't have a ton of these to mail out, I also decided to address her envelopes in a fun way, using the same calligraphy font that I used on the invitations. I found a great feather stamp at Hobby Lobby and used that with gold metallic ink. I also went a little crazy and created some matching custom postage via Zazzle. Design your own here.

I absolutely love the ways these turned out, and they are definitely one of my favorite creations yet! Happy birthday, sweet Ella :)

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Philip + Meghan | Black & Gold Wedding

I'm finally sitting down to write a blog post about a project I've been dying to talk about! I absolutely love it when I get to "brand" everything for a wedding, from the initial save the date down to the Instagram hashtag signs, and everything in between! Philip and Meghan were kind enough to allow me to create all of their paper goods for their wedding on March 21, 2015 (which was gorgeous, by the way).

I created their save the dates this past Summer, so when it came time to make their invitations we wanted to keep the same vibe going. Meghan sent me all of her ideas and we ended up with this beauty. Back and gold is always a classic, and the gold foil confetti gave it a fun and modern edge. We decided to keep all of the inserts loose inside the gold metallic envelope. Online RSVP's kept the bulk down as a return envelope wasn't needed. This is a great way to simplify and cut costs! 

We used a nice, thick 120# paper with a matte finish, and the main invitation was mounted on a black metallic panel card. 

After these babies were complete and in the mail, it was time to get started on the next projects! First up were thank you cards. These were folded cards sized to fit an A2 envelope.

Meghan had the great idea to make thank you cards to include at the place settings at the reception in place of favors. Another great idea!

My husband, Jonathan was the best man in this wedding, so I was in attendance for the beautiful ceremony and reception. I also created the programs for the ceremony. I like programs to be clean and simple, and I like them sized 4.25" x 11". I stashed my program on the party bus that night, but it disappeared between the ceremony and reception, so I wasn't able to photograph it. Here's what it looked like.

It was so nice to be able to see my work "in action" at the wedding! I usually don't have this luxury, so this was a special treat. Here are some photos from the evening. Thank you so much Philip and Meghan for letting me be apart of your special day. It was a beautiful wedding, and I wish you two all the happiness in the world :)

Gold Confetti Christmas Card

Last up for today is my 2014 family Christmas card! I cranked this baby out in one evening, and it's probably right up in the top two of my favorite cards from over the years.

We had family photos taken in mid November by the amazing Freckled Egg Photography. I'm usually on top of my personal Christmas cards and like to have them finished in November so I can get them in the mail at the beginning of the month. That way I have time to focus on last minute client Christmas cards.

Because our photographer is amazing, she is crazy busy and we weren't able to snag a spot until later in the year, thus we didn't get any digitals back until a week or two into December. As soon as I got them, I sat down and got to work!

At the time I was working on some inspiration for wedding invitations for a client who really loved gold bokeh and confetti. Because of this, I had a ton of fold foil textures saved in Photoshop and I was dying to use them. I had also recently purchased a new calligraphy font that came with swashes that I knew I wanted to use for our cards. I went with a simple and traditional Merry Christmas greeting, and then had some fun creating the gold foil textured confetti border around the text. 

I love when cards have a fun geometric pattern on the back, so I used a gray trellis pattern with a small, circular photo of our daughter, Ella. These were definitely rushed, but I love the way they turned out. I'll be admiring this card in it's frame at Christmas time for years to come!

'Hello World' Birth Announcement

I'm FINALLY getting around to posting my daughter, Ella's birth announcement! I was dying to get these made weeks before she was born. I had an initial layout in mind but ended up scrapping the design after getting back her newborn photos, which ended up taking me in a completely different direction.

I fell absolutely in love with this photo of Ella on the front of the announcement. Our photographer, Allison of Freckled Egg Photography had this genius idea to photograph her in a circle of fresh cut flowers. Ella must have liked the idea too, because she was wide awake and gave us a little smirk! Here's an overhead shot.

Because of her expression, I felt like a 'Hello World' greeting on the front was a no brainer. All of her pictures were gorgeous, so it was hard for me to narrow down my favorites. I ended up doing a grid of four photos on the back with her birth information in the top left corner, pulling colors for the text from her photos. 

She just turned ten months old, and looking back on this announcement makes me emotional. She's growing up too fast, but I love watching how she's changing and becoming a silly little girl. It feels like just yesterday that she was this small. I'm thankful that her birth announcement will live on in this blog post :)

Minnie Mouse Birthday Party Invitation

Next up is Marissa's Minnie Mouse themed birthday party invitation for her daughter, Mia's second birthday party!

Pink and black were the obvious color choices for this piece. At first I had no clue what the heck a bowtique was, but now that my daughter is 10 months and loving Mickey Mouse Clubhouse I've become very educated on the Disney Jr lingo...

Love how this one turned out! Due to a last minute weather reschedule for our Christmas card pictures, we were unable to make it to the party. Wish we had been there to celebrate at Mia's bowtique! 

This invitation is available for purchase in digital format on my Etsy shop. Click Here

Ballerina Baby Shower Invitation

Catching up on blogging about last year's projects is on my to do list today. First up is my good friend Katrina's ballerina themed baby shower invitation!

This shower was held last summer at the always gorgeous Royal Oaks Country Club. I always love attending the events I design invitations for. It's fun seeing the theme and vision come to life. The ballerina theme was perfect, as Katrina and I grew up dancing together.

I went with a soft pink and gray color palette and a crisp white paper with just a touch of gloss to help the colors pop. This invitation is available for purchase in digital format on my Etsy shop. Link is below.

Ballerina Baby Shower Invitation - Digital Purchase

Here are some pictures of me with the Mommy to be at the shower. Sweet little Lilliana is now right around 4 months and is absolutely precious :)

Rustic Blush Save the Date

Have I mentioned how much I love save the dates? I think so :) They are always the most fun to design, in my opinion. Especially when you have gorgeous scenery to work with when it comes to engagement photos, like these!

I created these cute little save the dates for my sister Charlotte and her fiancé Mike, who are getting married this May. Their theme has a rustic, Southern feel to it, and I tried to capture that with the save the date. Her colors are blush and gray, which is always a pretty color palette to work with. 

Excited to start the corresponding wedding invitations this month. Be on the lookout for a blog post on those, as I'm sure they will be just as cute!

Pink Floral Baby Shower Invitation

I'm back with another baby shower invitation blog post! Like I said in my last post, it's the summer of new babies. One friend is currently in labor as I'm typing this and I couldn't be more excited! 

But on to the task at hand. This invitation was for my sweet friend Katie whom I've known since high school. I was asked to create this invitation in her nursery colors, cream, gray and pink for a ladies brunch baby shower. I immediately gravitated toward a floral print, because what could be more girly? 

The shower was just a couple weeks ago during Memorial Day weekend and couldn't have been lovelier. Great job hostesses! I had a lot of fun putting together this invitation and can't wait to meet sweet baby Harper soon!

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Crawfish Boil Baby Shower Invitation

Yay for more baby showers! 2014 is the year of new babies for not only me but a lot of close friends. There is a baby or two due each month between June-September! This means A LOT of upcoming baby showers and of course, fun invitations! I'm helping host a crawfish boil couples shower for my sweet friend Hanna and her husband Nate. I wanted a fun, casual vibe and decided to go with the classic red gingham theme. It should be the perfect time of year here in Houston for some beautiful weather and mudbugs. Can't wait to celebrate little Annie Grace!

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Fiesta Baby Shower Invitation

My husband and I are expecting our first baby girl in late March, and when my baby shower hostesses asked me to make the invitations I was pumped! It's not often I get to design something for myself and have complete creative control, so this project was a blast! I'm not the girly baby shower type, so we went with a couples shower fiesta theme. I wanted something casual and fun as an excuse for friends to get together, share a meal and talk about all the sleepless nights and dirty diapers to come! To reflect that sentiment I chose bright colors for the invitation and used the bunting and wording to add to the fiesta theme. The colors can easily be customized for your baby shower fiesta!

Here are a few pictures from the shower. I wish I'd remembered to take more! We're so thankful for the support of our family and friends as we prepare to bring our sweet little Ella into the world. Thank you all for an amazing night!

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First Project of 2014

I was excited to kick off the New Year with this beautiful plum and wisteria birthday invitation for the Prejeans, who will be celebrating next month at Royal Oaks Country Club. I do various contract work for Royal Oaks throughout the year, and this particular design was actually used for their Founders Member Dinner in 2012 in neutral colors.  It's always fun to revamp an old design with new colors! The Prejeans were looking for purples, and I was happy to oblige. Printed on white linen paper and mounted on a metallic plum colored panel card, this invitation also features a contrasting wisteria shade of purple in both the design elements and the matching metallic envelope, a combination I find extremely chic! This was a fun project to begin the year with and I'm looking forward to everything 2014 has in store for me!

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