I Forgot to Post – Part 2, Kissa and Charlie’s Wedding Invites

This set of invitations I hold very near and dear to my heart. Not only was it a labor of love, but it was one of the most challenging projects I’ve ever taken on. And of course, those wedding invitations were ours. Looking back at this experience, I remembered Charlie and I racking our brains night after night trying to make these invites “perfect.” There were a few bumps in the road here and there, but in the end we were so happy with the way they turned out!

As graphic designers, we were more than excited to churn these bad boys out. Way before they needed to be sent out (we’re talking years!) we were already discussing what type of invitation we were going to do. As time went on the design changed – we scrapped ideas, added new ones, started over completely, you name it! Lucky for us, Envelopments (we <3 them!!!) released the perfect color for our outer “pocket.” That rich teal was exactly what we were looking for, hallelujah! We wanted the invite to make a statement right when our guests opened up the envelope. On top of the texture and color, we added a belly band with a blind emboss of our wedding logo at the base. The band also acted as a holder for the tons of cards  we had to hold on the inside.

No detail was overlooked with these invites. Every single detail was personalized, even the outer envelope got a beautiful patterned chocolate brown liner, a blind emboss of our logo, and carefully set typography for the return and mailing addresses.

On the back side of our pocket, we hand-adhered a chocolate brown pattern that matched the envelope liners to create a dual tone. This stage of the invitations was probably the most difficult and detailed of all. Since our invites was a custom size we spray mounted the brown stock to the teal cover, cut it so they would be flush to the edge, and scored/folded each one by hand. If we were off by even 1/8″ the rest of the invitation would not sit properly inside. This gave us a beautiful background for the white linen cards that would be mounted on top.

We knew we wanted to take advantage of every inch of the invite, so we got creative with the ideas.

We included a favorite bible verse to the left, our typography-inspired invite card in the middle, and the information/bridal party/sponsor/RSVP cards to the very right. In our culture, it’s a tradition to mention your wedding party and primary and secondary sponsors in the invitation. The only thing is, this was a huge dilemma to us! We didn’t want the invite to be too daunting but we also felt it was important to have the certain traditions in our culture. So, something had to give. We gave in and made 4 insert cards. I know, it’s a bit much but we still wanted it to look visually appealing while including all that information. It wasn’t an easy task, but we made it work – thank goodness! They were loosely binded by the RSVP envelope and held in place by our belly band.

The invite card was printed on a linen card stock and mounted on the beautiful teal that we used for the outside of the invite.

The information cards were printed on the same linen card stock and then mounted on a smooth chocolate card.

One of my favorite parts of this invite? OUR BELLY BAND! We wanted to give it more than functionality. We wanted to give it a little pizzazz! If you saw our save the date cards, we included a little pictogram to keep people intrigued about our cards. We decided to continue that concept in our invites and thought it was the absolute perfect place for our 2nd pictogram. Can you solve the puzzle?

As an invitation designer, I’d say this was the most difficult job I have done. It was so involved – the amount of work, the labor, the designing, the production planning, and the emotion. But in spite of all that, it is probably one of the pieces I’m most proud of. The hard work and time was well worth it after we saw the final product with our own eyes. Knowing that this piece was shared with our closest friends and family was truly a blessing and honor.

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I Forgot to Share – Part 1, Jesse’s Birthday Invitions

Somehow, in the midst of planning my wedding (with my 2 planners, of course) I was able to work as an office manager, work at Ninong’s, and run CO. I don’t know how I did it, and quite honestly, all I remember is being exhausted ALL.THE.TIME. But I did do it, and part of my escape was designing. It was always fun working with clients and coming up with new designs. I love working with them and coming up with the concept that best suits their personality. And sifting through the endless color swatches, paper samples, fonts….OMG – that was the best part of it all!

But, because of my absolutely hectic schedule I didn’t get to share any of the projects I did! So here we go, a flashback into some of my favorite pieces from 2011. 🙂 Let’s start with these. Jesse’s birthday invitations.

I remember talking with Jesse when she started planning her 18th birthday and remember how excited she was. Turning 18 is a huge deal in our culture and in life. Transitioning from high school to college, moving into adulthood, and enjoying her graduation were all upon her. See! I tell ya, it’s a very overwhelming time; I know I was when I was her age. She has a very bright and airy side of her. She’s very friendly, always smiling, and is full of ambition. So, after a few meetings we started to design her invites.

When it came to selecting the right paper and colors, I knew texture was going to be everything. Going with a combination of stocks with give the invite visual interest in a soft, subtle way. Jesse is a simple, modern kind of girl with a little bit of whimsy thrown in.

For the main invite card, I wanted to make a bold statement. Wanting to highlight the paper and variety of texture, we went with a textured ballet pink card stock as the main focal point. We layered that on top of a smooth cream card that matched the outer envelope. Then we mounted that on a beautiful metallic patterned chocolate brown. Because of this beautiful paper combination we went with a flush right, ragged left type layout. In this case, the “less is more” design style was my best friend. The negative space was a beautiful balance to our typography – and using a stylized font for her name added that boost of eye candy that draws your eye.

The RSVP card and envelope were a nice complement to the main design, wrapping it with a belly band to keep it in place.

Thank you, Jesse, for allowing us to be a part of your special day! You were absolutely beautiful that day and it’s a start for a bright future to come!

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Valentine’s Day Printable – Part 2 – Origami Heart

I don’t know about you, but when I was growing up I loved to send notes in cool origami shapes. Ok, I’ll be honest, I still love to do this! Hence my excitement to share this with you 🙂 Please note: I don’t recommend printing this on card stock. Regular printing paper is better for folding. Click on the image below to download!

If you’ve never folded an origami heart before, not to worry. I’ve got a step-by-step tutorial for all of you! Write your love note on the back of your printable and get’ta foldin’!

Step 1. Flip the printable on its back and fold the top left corner to the right to make a triangle. Make sure the edges on the right align and is as straight as possible.

Step 2. Open it up and do the same for the top right corner.

Step 3. Open it up again. You’ll see a point where the 2 diagonal folds meet. Fold your paper horizontally at that point.

Step 4. Open your paper up one last time. Pinch and press your paper at the horizontal fold to create a large triangle.

Step 5. Take the edges of that large triangle and fold it up to the point at the top.

Step 6. Fold the bottom of the page to meet the line of the large triangle.

Step 7. Flip your printable over and fold the top point down.

Step 8. Fold the outer most flaps to align with the triangle from step 7.

Step 9. Take the left bottom corner and tuck the edge into the pocket that the “Be Mine” triangle creates. Repeat this step for the bottom right corner.

Step 10. Take the 2 flaps at the top and fold them at an angle and tuck them into the same pocket from  Step 9. This creates the top of your heart!

Enjoy everyone!

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