Friday, March 29, 2013

Lots of Changes!

Hey lovelies! It's been a while! As wedding season is in full swing for me, I'm spending lots of time in the studio designing and creating invitations and other paper goodies for my lovely clients. Have I mentioned lately how amazing my clients are? Somehow I always get to work with the nicest people on the planet. So blessed.

This blog is slowly but surely being moved over to my new site which is in progress (it's a diamond in the rough for now, emphasis on rough) . . . You can continue to read posts here, search through the archives, etc., but new updated content will be posted on the new site going forward. Lots of fun changes are in the works, so stay tuned!

Hope to see you there!


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays to you all! I hope you are having a great holiday season. There's something magical about the time between Thanksgiving and New Years. It's time for family and friends, parties and music, cozy fires and snowflakes (if you are lucky enough to live where there's snow!), cookies, and egg nog . . . the best time of the year, if you ask me. We finally put up our Christmas tree, a 4 ft little white vintage Christmas tree that I scored on eBay a few years back for a song.

 It's decorated with mostly vintage pink glass balls and birds, with a few surprises thrown into the mix. Two years ago I found the white furry tree skirt at West Elm, and our cat, Ducky, loves that most of all. 

Awwww . . . look at that cute lil face!

 Whatever holidays you celebrate this time of year, I wish you a happy celebration and a festive season of joy and peace. XOXO

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Color Scheme Inspiration: The Invitation Suite

I hope you all had a nice Veterans Day holiday!
So, last week I shared this color scheme inspiration photo with you:

and explained how I would take these colors and create an invitation suite around them. Well . . . here it is! I went full force with the nautical theme that seemed to be such a good fit for these colors. There is an ocean/wave pattern bellyband that would be printed on vellum paper for a transparent effect. It might be hard to see the details without zooming in on the photo (you can click to enlarge it), but there is an anchor, a rope knot "ampersand", and a little sailboat with a heart-shaped monogram sail. I think the fun, whimsical touches balance out the sophisticated color palette. What do you think?

Then, for fun, I created a print based on the same theme. For the first wedding anniversary, it is customary to give a gift of paper, so a print like this would make a sweet anniversary gift, don't you think?  

Here it is with a white background and midnight blue text (basically the reverse of the above version). Which do you like better?

I'll be making the color scheme inspiration a regular feature around here, so check back again soon. 

Have a great day!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Lots o' links around the interwebs

Happy Friday! I hope you all have something fun planned for this weekend. Here are some links from 'round the interwebs with finds, inspiration, and conversations to start your weekend off right. Enjoy!

This cute arrow belt is on sale and it wants to get in my shopping cart!

Crazy color pasta: awesome sauce or ultra gross? You decide.

I am OBSESSED with this vintage style dress. This would be a great anniversary dress, right? *wink*:

We have tons of ripe avocados in our kitchen, and I think this might be breakfast this weekend.

This S'mores cake looks a-mazing.

My husband surprised me with one of these fizzy bath bombs recently, and it smelled so delicious and has the bath time equivalent of Pop Rocks in it. It's a new fave! (Also, LUSH has a sale right now where you earn a $10 e-gift card when you spend $100 online.)

This weekend I'll be making my own vanilla extract following these instructions on Zoe Bakes. Awwwww yeah.

This typeface, called Ideal Sans is at the top of my font wishlist for 2013.

The Night Circus is my favorite recent read. What's your favorite book these days?

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Tiffany & Adam's Custom Invitations

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of working with a fun couple, Adam and Tiffany who found me on Offbeat Bride. They were looking for a custom design that would capture their fantastic sense of style, and they loved the idea of a letterpress invitation but wanted to stick within a reasonable budget. Oh, and I should mention that Tiffany was actually IN Paris when we started working together, so she was feeling inspired by her beautiful surroundings and wanted to capture that in the invitation suite. Being a wee little bit of a Francophile myself, I was very excited about this project.

We decided to go with a letterpress invitation but a flat printed reply card and custom map insert to help keep the costs down. The set came together with a shimmer mint green bellyband and eggshell envelopes. Here's how it turned out . . .
The bellyband wouldn't normally be up so high on the invitation, but I wanted to cover  the last names for privacy reasons. All my clients are celebrities, as far as I'm concerned. :)

The map covered the wedding venues and hotels, but it also had cute custom icons that indicated special points of interest from Tiffany & Adam's relationship thus far. 
Another view

Of course I couldn't resist showing a close-up of the letterpress impression. Yum! The ink was a metallic gold letterpress ink that turns matte with the tiniest hint of luminescence on the cotton letterpress cardstock.

I'm in love with how these turned out, but, more importantly, Tiffany and Adam were thrilled with them. Thanks so much, Adam & Tiffany! You were a pleasure to work with!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

One Invitation, Five Variations

There is a brand new invitation suite in my shop called "The Maribel". As I was designing this suite, I found myself playing around with the colors and layout, falling in love with each new color combination and graphic placement as much as the last. Then I got to thinking that you might like to see a few of these variations too.

You see, many times when I work with clients, it can be hard to explain how a change of colors, slight tilt of the text, or addition of a shimmer layer will completely remake an invitation into something new and unique. In the blink of an eye, a bold candy-colored suite becomes soft and romantic with a shift to ballet pink and cherry red. A picture is worth a thousand words, so here we go!

Here is the original color scheme I started with. I was going for candy colors, and there is a light subtle gray pinstripe in the background. Then I took this same layout, minus the pinstripes, and switched up the color scheme.

Pretty different, right? There is still some of the watermelon pink color, but the dark background makes the graphics and text pop in a totally new way.
Here is a fuller view of the invitation. The graphics are symmetrical, but in the next variation . . .
I changed the graphics a bit, put everything on an angle, and added a removable vellum layer. (This is the invitation version that made it into the shop, in fact.)  
Here is the same invitation but with an aqua background, red text, shimmer blush mounting layer, and a vertical orientation. The pretty calligraphy envelope in the background was penned by the lovely Mizue of MizBonRoom on Etsy.

Finally, I tried a ballet pink background with white and cherry accents and shimmer ecru envelopes.

Each of these changes was dramatic but simple. The color schemes here weren't actually all that different from one another; I just took away one shade and added a new one or twisted and turned the graphics or text. These sorts of changes can make a pre-designed invitation suite into something totally unique.

Thanks for stepping into my virtual studio for a sec! Have a happy and colorful day.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Color scheme inspiration

Happy Tuesday, fabulous readers! Today I have a little sweet treat for you--a color scheme inspiration board that starts with this photo of banana cupcakes with salted caramel icing that I baked up a few months ago. We're having an unseasonably warm weather week here in California, so I won't be baking up any goodies for a bit. This photo will have to do! The pops of color in this photo come from the cute cupcake wrappers from Bake It Pretty. (While you're there, check these cuties out. C-U-T-E! And these babies . . . totes adorbs!)

Now, the fun part . . . I'm going to take this color scheme and create a brand new never-been-seen-before invitation suite based around these colors, and you all will be the first to see it! With these colors, I'm thinking maybe something nautical . . . that could be fun. Stay tuned for the big reveal later this week.

From left to right: Weathered Teal, Midnight, Summer Storm, Stone, Golden Caramel

I wish I could bundle up our current warmth and sunshine to send to our "neighbors from another hood" on the East Coast. Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way. xo

(Feel free to pin/share/blog this photo as long as you credit the photo to Green Quince and link back to Thanks!)