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Camp Stationery

Usually when I find something that I want to share, I wait until the morning when my brain seems to be in best working order, but this stationery from the PH Design shop was just TOO CUTE!  As a former camp counselor, this made my heart sing.


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Easy Inexpensive Environmentally-Friendly Engagement Invitations

I love paper.  I luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuv paper.  I like the look, the feel, even the smell of paper.

But yesterday, I found a pretty close second in the world of invitiation possibilities.  I want to introduce you all with a website that I stumbled upon called Paperlesspost.  This website lets you design custom invititations and announcements.  They will deliver the “envelopes” to your guests email accounts, and they will monitor the rsvps as they come in.  How awesome is that?

They literally have thousands of options to customize your invitation, and the quality of imaging is so good that you can see the texture of the paper you have selected.  You can manipulate the lay out, color, font, wording, everything!

When you sign up for an account, you receive 25 “stamps” for free.  After that you can buy them for a fraction of what you would pay with actual stamps.  For example you could buy 200 “stamps” for $10 which is the postal equivilant to $88.

I decided to try out my free stamps for our engagement party that is coming up this fall.  A and I want to have a casual cookout for our famlies and wedding party at our house.  Nothing fancy…just good food and good drink.  So I played around with the options and settings and found something that I love!

My guests will get a cute little envelope in the email that I send them, and when they open it, it will look like this:

engagement invitation_0001How cute is that?  They can click on the “click to rsvp” on the invite, and it will take them to a page where they can do so.  All this will be tracked for us.  Now, we are only inviting about 20 or so people to this engagement party, so it’s not huge.  But I could see this service being of great value to someone who is looking for an environmentally friendly, inexpensive, yet beautiful way to invite guests!

Has anyone else used Paperlesspost?  Let us know how that has worked for you!

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Invitation Suite Sneak Peek…

Lindsey set me some teaser photos to show her inspiration for designing our invitation suite.  They make my mouth water!

jenny 1 (3)

Jenny 2 (2)

Yum and yum.  (If you know who is the original designer for these two inspiration photos, please leave a comment so I can give them due credit for their lovely stationery!)

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Linda and Harriett…Charming!

Today I wanted to feature a cute lil’ stationer that I’ve been checking out lately.  They offer completely customizable letterpress invitation suites as well as everyday stationery…I wish my everyday stationery was letterpress.  Wait.  I wish I had everyday stationery.  Again…I feel the need to bring handwritten correspondance back into my life.

Anyhoo, here are a few examples from the Linda and Harriett letterpress shoppe:

curecard linda and harriett

greeting_thankyoudog linda and harriett

handwritinginvite linda and harriett

handwritinginvite2 linda and harriett

handwritinginvite3 linda and harriett

handwritinginvite4 linda and harriett

The textures and simplicity of Linda and Harriett’s stationery makes me unable to sit still in church.  🙂

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Invitation eye-candy…aka…I’ve got an OCD problem.

When I started planning for our wedding, stationery was the least important on my list of wedding to-dos.  One of the local tuxedo shops will give you free invitations if you order 5 or more rented tuxedos with them.  I figured no big deal…we’ll get those. 

Several things happened between then and now, however…

First, we decided that suits would be the look, not tuxedos, and the suit choices were…limited.  We are still looking to rent, but some of our wedding party and parents have already bought their navy suits in lieu of renting them.

Second, the selection of free invitations at the tuxedo rental place were beautiful.  Beautiful if you want like daisies or Cinderella’s carriage or a cartoon on the front of your wedding invite.  Let’s be honest folks, they are free for a reason.  They suck ass. 

Third, the more debth and breadth I got into reading wedding blogs, I saw countless inspiration photos and discussion posts on stationery. 

I couldn’t help myself.  I started looking around and found the lovely and talented LindseyRyanDesigns to make our invitation suite.  I couldn’t be happier!

I’ve blogged about what we want our invites to become, but that doesn’t stop me from collecting and admiring more stationery inspriation photos.  Today, I’m going to share a couple that have really tickled my fancy recently.

First up today is an adorable idea for an invitation, save-the-date, or whatever stationery from the iDIY blog:

cute 2 idiy website ideaJust THINK of the possibilities for the spokes on this circle.  This particular stationery sample was letter pressed and obviously custom (and obviously higher up on the spending scale), but I am POSITIVE that this could be easily replicated by anyone in any color scheme for any occasion.  

Next up are a couple of invitation suites by LuckyLuxe.  Adorable!  Vintage!  Flourishes!  Silhouettes!  Yum!

cute 1 lucky luxecute 2 lucky luxeNow these silhouettes happen to be of a couple who loves to ski, but this layout is adorable and could be adapted for any couple!  

And last for today are some custom program fans from Custom-Programs dot com (Creative name, guys.).  I think these are cute and functional for when you have an outdoor wedding.  In fact, the picture of the women shading the sun from their eyes with the program makes me laugh.  It would also make for a cute photo op if everyone was waving these around as the couple is exiting the aisle.

www.custom-programs.comAlso, the Southern Weddings Magazine blog is currently hosting a contest for a reader to win 100 of these programs.  All you have to do is leave a comment on the post by midnight on June 2nd, 2009.

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check and check. and check. and check…

check i.ehow.comOkay, so I don’t really write checks anymore.  I make almost all my payments online.  In fact, I don’t even have physical checks anymore.  I ran out about 4 months ago and figured that I didn’t want to order a new set until I have my new name after getting married.  Then…THEN my friends, I will have checks again. 

Anyhoo, this post is about getting things checked (off my to-do list) and getting things checked (paid for).  

This is what I got done this morning:

I signed the contract for our band, The Funktastic 5, and mailed it out.  We are very excited about this band.  Everyone loves them, they’ve got variety and energy, and I think it’s really going to help everyone get up and dancing at our wedding.  CHECK.  

I sent in the room block reservation form for our out-of-town guests.  CHECK.  

I signed the contract for our photobooth (Joe’s Photobooth).  Yay!!!!  I still need to write a physical check for this, so I’m going to wait until I get paid on the 1st to send this in.  That way I can up what I pay my FI, and he can write the check.  (ps:  I just ran that by my FI who is sitting 10 feet away from me who laughed when I asked him to write a check.  He thinks it’s HILARIOUS that I’m in check hiatus.)  CHECK.  

I also am being a good girl and making copies of everything and keeping all contracts and what not safe in my wedding expandable folder.  CHECK.  

I scheduled my first dress fitting appointment for June 12th.  At this appointment, I’ll be trying on the muslin mock up.  This will be a VERY interesting appointment as it will be the first time that I’ve actually seen Brandie Thomas‘s handywork.  I’ll take lots of pictures and post about that after the fitting.  CHECK.  

The last check (to-do) that I got done today was that I sent our invitation designer, Lindsey Ryan, all of our wedding info.  This was something that I had put off for some reason.  Gathering information was just something that I did not have time to do this last month until my grad classes were done for the semester.  I finally got all my ducks in a row, and she’s got all the information she needs to start designing our stationery suite.  I also asked her if she’d like to meet in person when I drive to Chicago on the 12th for my dress fitting.  CHECK!  

I’m le tired.

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Stunning Stationery

2Today, my dears, I am going to give you a little preview of what is going on with our wedding stationery.  As mentioned previously, I started planning our wedding like I would plan a new room in our house:  modern and simple.  And then, I got the romantic bug stuck in my ear, and I’ve never looked back since.  We all get now that we want lush garden romance.  Along with the decor and atmosphere, I want my wedding stationery to be the same. 

We have BIG plans for our where this is all going, and the plans are centered around the creative talents of one of my favorite Etsy vendors:  LindseyRyanDesigns, otherwise known as Lindsey Petlak.  Please visit her etsy store, and you will step in to a world of romantic vintage designs only seen come to life from a few rare gems in our world.  Lindsey is FANTASTIC!  She is based out of Chicago but will do orders for anyone.  She is creative, flexible, and so enthusiastic!  She has fantastic vision and enjoys a challenge.  She also created WeddingBee’s Miss Perfume’s invitation suite.

I made the transition in my stationery mindset from modern to vintage in a heartbeat when I put an alchemy bid out for invitations, to which Lindsey replied.  At that point I was hooked.  I started really thinking about what would be our wedding theme and direction.  Stationery can really set the tone as it is the first glimpse of your wedding that your guests will see as they open the invitation.  Your invitation can tell your guests many things about your wedding including the formality and style. 

I started combing the web for vintage artwork and prints and started finding myself collecting images of vintage maps.  Eventually, we decided that our entire invitation will be one map with the invitation information built into the map such as you would find in a map key.  The maps will be printed on 9×14″ paper and folded accordion style.  There are many elements that I would like to see present in our wedding invitation…


I love the water marks in the map above.  The Mississippi River runs through our community, so water is something that will be incorporated into our map. 


I love how all the fonts in the picture above are different on each line and that there is a mix of bold and delicate.


I also love how vintage maps have random illustrations thrown in.  We will use illustrations like these to mark important locations on our map. 


This is how our map will look like when it is unfolded.  This map above is a little more simple in font and design than what we are going for, but the general lay out is nice.


I love the border on this picture.  So detailed and elegant.  The pieces of information in our invite will have these sorts of borders.


I also like the growing trend that I see in bringing back silhouettes into wedding stationery.  Our silhouettes will be our icon and will appear in our invitations, table numbers, programs, and what not.

So far in the process, Lindsey and I have been trading clip art and ideas back and forth.  Now she is ready for me to give her all the invite information so that she can create a draft of the invitation for us to see.  I’ll keep you posted!

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Gocco, Glue, and Glitterati.

fontIn my fantasy, I always have beautiful stationery.  I write hand written notes by ink nub on spectacular paper.  People save these letters for years because they are handcrafted and lovely.  In reality, the only things that I handwrite are my grocery lists and the grades on my students’ papers.  Lately, I have been totally suckered in to stalking beautiful stationery for invites, table numbers, etc. etc…I know that my budget of 67 cents for our wedding will not allow much wiggle room for this fantasy to come to come to life.  So I will be Doing It Myself.  (Why do they call it a DIY project?  Are they trying to trick someone else to doing their work for them?  Clever little monkeys.)

Let’s start with what I already know.  I KNOW that I am not sure what a gocco is.  In my imagination, a gocco is a little dwarf that comes while you sleep to produce mass invitations.  Am I close?  I don’t even know how to pronounce “gocco”.  Is it a hard G like “gotcha” or is it a soft G like “giant”?  I prefer to pronounce it with the soft G because it’s more fun.  Try it.  Gocco Gotcha.  Eh.  Gocco Giant.  Brilliant!

I ALSO KNOW that I have issues with commonplace art supplies as well.  I am a horrible judge at how much glue to use.  You know the kid whose art projects were always bumpy because instead of unclogging the Elmers bottle they just squeezed really hard until it splurted all over their construction paper snow man?  You too?  Oh good.  Did you ever switch your bumpy snowman with your neighbors when they ran first out the door for recess?  No?  Shit.  I guess I’m alone here.

My point is here, folks, that my DIY supply experiences are limited.  I have these fantastic visions that start to come to life until I get bored or frustrated at which point, the piles of paper, ribbon, yarn, what have you go into a box somewhere until my FI finds them and asks me, “What the heck is this?” and I shrug and say, “Dunno, must have been something your nieces brought over”.  Having little kids around sometimes is really handy.

So when I read a blog yesterday about downloading free fonts, I was intrigued.  Here is a way to personalize things (sorta) without any mess at all.  Worst case scenario, I download a really pretty font that turns out to be a monster virus and we have to throw away the computer.  No biggie.  So I downloaded a font, followed the directions, opened a word document and gave it a go.  And……….it worked!  I am a DIY genius!!  Go ahead and worship me.  I have arrived.  I now have a word document with my name typed in forty different fonts.  THIS IS GOING TO BE SO HANDY….everyone is going to want my name typed over and over.  Maybe I could sell it.  I could start an Etsy store.  I can quit my job!  Someone take my picture!

The amount of free fontage out there has given me a little glimmer of hope that my beautiful stationery will come to life, but we’ve got miles to go before we sleep…

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