Archive for November, 2009

Every gift needs a card

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Visit our etsy store to purchase some Jenuine Paper Co. holiday cards.

Letterpressed stockings! “May your stockings runneth over”

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Gocco printed cards with an homage to the holidays in Los Angeles.

“Happy Hollydays”

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Available at The Jenuine Paper Etsy Store.

A DIY bride

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

I recently had a client ask me to create a template for her wedding invitation. She and her fiance wanted to print their invitations at home and do their own assembly. They had 2 wedding receptions planned and needed flexibility to create 2 separate invitations easily. They asked for a modern looking victorian design that they could alter wording and details for each version.

When I saw the final product of the invitation they assembled, I was very impressed! Take a look at their craftiness below:

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A girly invitation for a girly event

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

A bridal shower may just be one of the girly events a woman can attend. Its all about women gushing over a bride. What an amazing excuse to create something super feminine. I love the color combination of pink and black. It reminds me of an old fashioned beauty salon.

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Below her name is a little sparkle for added girliness!

All grown up!

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

It seems like yesterday that I created a baby announcement for little Anderson Brown. Well he just turned 1 in October and his parents threw him a halloween costume first birthday party. I illustrated a lil’ pumpkin for the occasion.

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In case you’re wondering, little Andy dressed up as a bumble bee.

Don’t wipe your mouth on these

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

For our rehearsal dinner invitation I wanted to deviate from our weddng theme a bit to separate the event. I used the colors of the event space (green and khaki) at the El Dorado Hotel and created a napkin invitation.

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I silk-screened our monogram and the event details onto a gingham cloth square and had my sister-in-law finish the edges on the sewing machine. I folded the napkin in thirds and tucked them into craft brown envelopes.

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Showered with Love

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

As every bride knows, weddings/engagements equal lots of thank you card writing. For our joint shower, I created these thank you cards from the both of us.

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This is also now available in the Jenuine Paper Etsy Store, (sold in packs of 8).

Anything for my girls

Monday, November 16th, 2009

A few years ago I had a client ask me to create personalized stationery for her bridesmaids and I thought it was a really nice gift. I decided to do the same thing for my girls.

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On the top of each box, I attached a thank you note written on the back of these vintage postcards that I found in a local candy shop.

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The best part of this bridesmaids gift is that its truely personalized. I picked favorite colors, favorite things, and even nicknames to make them extra special to each girl.

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Wedding branding

Monday, November 16th, 2009

It may seem weird to “brand” a wedding. It’s the adgirl in me. If you think about it though, most design savvy weddings are well branded in that they are cohesive with a monogram, an illustration, color scheme, theme, or in the best cases all of the above. I even like to create a wedding brand identity sheet that lays out the details from pantone colors to fonts.

For my own wedding I created a custom monogram out of the font from our wedding invitation that incorporated a heart made out of our initials. We put it on our programs as well as our cocktail napkins.

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Other places people often place their monograms are on the head of their menu or as lighting on their dancefloor. After the wedding you can get an embosser to stamp stationary or envelopes with it. I’d like to find a way to put it on soap!

Time to crank the press

Monday, November 16th, 2009

In addition to my wedding invitation, I created matching letterpress menus and thank you cards. Since these were less complicated, I decided to print them myself. I rented a Vandercook press at the SF Center for the Book where I learned to print a few years ago.

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For the table numbers, I decided to print the design on my inkjet onto the same pale blue from the menus and calligraphy the numbers over the design in a chocolate brown.

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Final touches on an Invitation

Monday, November 16th, 2009

I offer 2 kinds of calligraphy to my custom invitation clients. (Click here for more details). I chose the copperplate style in sepia ink for my invitations.

The final touch on my invitation was to create matching postage stamps. I used the poppy image to create custom stamps for the outer envelope and rsvp envelope. The poppy stamp is now available for purchase in my zazzle store where I post custom stamps for my invitation clients to purchase for their own invitations.

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Yes- I invited the President.  Although he was too busy reforming our health care to attend the wedding, we did receive a lovely hand signed response.