Shayna from Steel Petal Press takes the stage for this week’s stationer interview. We’re proud to have Shayna as a WeddingInviteLove vendor. She also belongs to the Ladies of Letterpress, an organization that we are proud to partner with – I’m sure they are proud to have her too!

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1. How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I have been an artist since I can remember. While earning my BFA in Interdisciplinary Art I became interested in Book Arts as a medium which is where I had my first contact with letterpress print. From there I enrolled to graduate school to earn my MFA in Book and Paper Art where my studio focus was on letterpress printing, book binding and handmade paper making. While still in the MFA program I started printing greeting cards for friends and relatives on the side. Once I was out of school, I began to print more letterpress greeting cards, which naturally lead the way to letterpress wedding invitations and stationery. Things really started to take off after I designed and printed invitations for my own wedding 2 years ago.

 2. What is your favorite color combination?

It’s hard to pick a favorite because I love almost all colors for different reasons. I use a lot of bright yellows and reds. I also love muted colors for their subtleties.  Looking over some of my past work, I have noticed I use a lot of navy throughout my collection, paired with yellow, beige or grey.

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3. What is the most unique invitation you have designed?

I would have to say the “Lobster Save the Date” with lobsters holding wedding bands. It was originally created as a custom job and was entirely that client’s idea. Since then it’s been extremely popular and recreated several times since I first designed it.

Also I really loved working on the Carousel Invitation for lighthouse point.  It was such a fun venue to use as inspiration, but also a bit tricky to reconcile the traditional catholic church ceremony with the unique and funky reception venue that followed it. In the end I worked closely with the couple to create an invitation and separate reception card that matched each other while still conveying a sense of each individual location.

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4. Do you have a favorite typeface?

For weddings I love Copperplate because it’s easy to read, classic and very versatile. It can be paired with a script to dress it up, or paired with an old western font to dress it down.

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5. What is the most bizarre request you have received?

I get many people asking me to print custom 1-offs, which, if you understand letterpress and all the set up involved (mixing ink, setting up the press, etc) you would know is a totally ridiculous request. But that’s OK, most people don’t fully understand the process so I don’t hold it against them.

Other than that, I had a couple request an additional card that was an invitation to watch a football game on the Sunday after their wedding. I don’t want to call it bizarre, though, cause that has a bad connotation. I thought it was pretty unique and cool, and very much a reflection of the couple and their interests (which is exactly what I love doing with my custom work: creating paper products that tells a special story specific to my clients)

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6. Ampersand or the word “and?”

I love both!  I generally decide based on the font I am using (some ampersands look real funny) and whether the invitation was wording in a formal or casual way.  To me, spelling out the word “and” is it a bit more formal while an ampersand seems more casual.

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7. Any advice for brides?

Choose wedding vendors not only based on their work, but also how easy they are to work with.  You can get a sense of this by how quick they are to respond to emails and calls, and how personable they are in their responses. Wedding planning is stressful (it’s a cliche for a reason!) and it’s important to work with people you trust who can help make the planning process easier, or even fun!

8. Do you offer more than just stationery?

I also sell custom guest books, ready made greeting cards and personal stationery.

Thanks Shayna! Check her out on WeddingInviteLove or go to her site for more letterpress goodness.

 

Today we met up with Sofia from Sofia Invitations & Prints. Her work is so fun, I love the creative energy behind it. Here she is—wasn’t she a stunning bride? Take it away Sofia!

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1. How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I used to work as a textile designer in New York City, and I began to experiment with my textile patterns on paper instead of fabric through printmaking processes (like silkscreens and etchings). Soon enough I realized I could use my fine art prints to make some really pretty wedding invitations. I began creating some designs for friends on a freelance basis.  When I moved to South Carolina after I got married (and after I designed my own wedding invitations for my wedding in Costa Rica) I decided to make this my full time job, and I have been loving it ever since!

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2. What is your favorite color combination?

I created a wedding invitation design for a friend who got married in an old, redesigned theater in Colorado. She wanted bright red, pink, and orange in the invitation and she wanted the design to look like a theater ticket. It came out great. Ever since then, red, pink, and orange have been my favorite color combination.

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3. What is the most unique invitation you have designed?

I made a hockey-ticket invitation for a couple that loves hockey. It features images of vintage ice skates, a vintage scroll border, and their hockey colors: maroon and black. The couple was really fun, and the design process was exciting.

4. Do you have a favorite typeface?

That’s tough: I like different typefaces for different purposes. For a bold impression I like Budmo Jiggler, for a pretty script font I like Sudestada, and for an easy to read type I like Copperplate.

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5. What is the most bizarre request you have received?

Nothing seems too bizarre to me because I like a creative challenge and I believe couples should do whatever they want for their wedding day and not worry what other people might think. The most creative request I recently received was to create an invitation featuring the Empire Symbol from Star Wars.

6. Ampersand or the word “and?”

I love Ampersand much more than the word “and” but sometimes an ampersand just doesn’t look right on an invitation…

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7. Any advice for brides?

Do what you want to do and don’t worry about pleasing your mother, friends, or whoever!  This is your day and you should surround yourself with things that make you really happy and reflect you and your husband to be as a couple.  If that means you want invitations featuring a lollipop design because you love candy, and you want candy center pieces…. so be it!  You want to remember this day forever.

8. Do you offer more than just stationery?

Currently I only make stationery, but the range of stationery items I offer is wide. I have been making letterpress notecards featuring a saying like “hello” or a monogram. I would love to branch out more in the future and create stationery for children, yearly calendars, etc. I love letterpress as a high end alternative to digital printing and look forward to experimenting more in this medium.

Thank you Sofia! Visit her on WeddingInviteLove or head on over to her site to see even more.

 

Alisa Marie Designs is our featured stationer today! Alisa just got married last year and started her business due to the success of her own wedding stationery. I love stories like this.

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1. How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I planned my destination wedding for June of 2011 and in the beginning of the planning stages I was unable to find any stationery (invitations, save the dates, programs, etc.) that suited my taste. So, I designed everything for my wedding and I received numerous compliments from friends and family that saw my work. Then, I was starting to contacted by a few friends asking if I could do their wedding and then friends of friends and that is how Alisa Marie Designs was developed.

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2. What is your favorite color combination?

Right now, I am a stuck on hot pink/fuchsia. I love the combination of fuchsia and tangerine (my wedding colors) and fuchsia and navy.

3. What is the most unique invitation you have designed?

The most unique invitation that I have designed is the various map boarding pass save the dates and invitations. It started with the Dominican Republic and then I kept on getting requests for other maps. So, I have added Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica, BVI, St. Lucia and the list goes on.

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4. Do you have a favorite typeface?

Yes, I love fonts but I have a few that make the top of my list.

They are: Scriptina, Gabriola, Angelina and Felix Tilting.

5. What is the most bizarre request you have received?

The most bizarre request that I have received was to design a tropical inspired boarding pass save the date for a Texas wedding. Texas and tropical don’t really coincide with each other.

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6. Ampersand or the word “and?”

Ampersand for sure! It is just so elegant and chic looking compared to the boring, old word “and”.

7. Any advice for brides?

Yes, enjoy every moment of planning your wedding. It is a day in your life that you will never forget. Also, don’t sweat the small stuff. Things aren’t going to go as you perfectly planned and imagined, but no one else will notice. Enjoy your day and the planning that comes with it because it is YOUR day.

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8. Do you offer more than just stationery?

Yes, we just offered a line of personalized and monogrammed items. We now offer personalized iPhone cases, iPad cases, sticky note cubes, water bottles, coasters, cutting boards and more.

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Check out Alisa Marie Designs on WeddingInviteLove or go to her Etsy shop to see more!

Carolina and Regina of Cloud Nove do beautiful work! We were able to catch up with Carolina for an interview. As a fellow stationer, it’s fun to read other designers talk about how they got to where they are. And I always appreciate the “favorite font” question (Carolina, I am with you 100% on your choice!). Now for the interview!

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1. How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I have been designing print material for as long as I can remember. When all the girls were trying out for the middle school play – I drew the artwork for the program! Graduating with a degree in Fine Art from Parsons in 2001, I went right into the world of commercial design.

When I got engaged in 2006 I knew I would be designing my own invitations. It was then I discovered all of the possibilities in coordinates – programs, menus, favor tags, etc. – and fell in love with wedding stationery design.

After my daughter Ava was born I stopped my 9 to 5 commercial design work, but still felt drawn to the beauty and creativity behind wedding stationery. So when Regina asked me to join the Cloud Nove Events team, I knew the fit was perfect. Cloud Nove had already impressed me – as my best friend’s Wedding Coordinator Regina did the impossible – somehow convinced me I could make a speech!

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2. What is your favorite color combination?

I have a few favorites and every so often a new one catches me by surprise. I’m anxiously waiting for warm weather so right now the one that comes to mind is a warm coral & mint green combo.

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3. What is the most unique invitation you have designed?

So far, the message-in-a-bottle. It was a save-the-date where the invite was rolled into a glass bottle and mailed to the guests. This is the first piece of your wedding that your guests get to see and this one definitely set the stage for the casual, beach destination.

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 4. Do you have a favorite typeface?

Century Gothic! The simplicity, the geometry, the perfect little round o’s and dots over the i’s…melts my heart.

 5. What is the most bizarre request you have received?

We’re pretty open minded and creative, so I’d have to say nothing so far really bizarre. We’re just waiting for that unique couple to challenge us!

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 6. Ampersand or the word “and?”

I’ve always love using ampersand to make a visual impact. It’s much more than just an alternate to ‘and’. In wedding design especially, the metaphors for connection & collaboration are even more relevant.

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7. Any advice for brides?

In terms of wedding stationery – don’t overlook the wedding program. It’s not always considered a necessary piece but it can add polish to your ceremony. Guests can better appreciate the unique components that you spent so much time planning!

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 8. Do you offer more than just stationery?

Yes, in addition to stationery Cloud Nove Events offers wedding planning and coordination, linen rentals, accessories, favors and décor.

Cloud Nove Events WeddingInviteLoveThank you ladies! You can check out Cloud Nove Events on WeddingInviteLove and on WeddingPlannerLove.  Still thirsty for more? Visit their site.

Today I was able to catch up with Kate over at Pickett’s Press. I just adore her work and I think you will too. Thank you so much Kate for answering all our questions and sharing your lovely papers. :)

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1. How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I drew and printed a custom map of Southampton, Long Island for my wedding in 2003… the next year a guest at our wedding asked me to do one for her wedding, and it all just kept going from there!

2. What is your favorite color combination?

Gosh, if I had to pick just one, then black and white – can’t beat classic– although I am a huge fan of experimenting with color as well.

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3. What is the most unique invitation you have designed?

We did a turquoise and orange invitation with an envelofold and loud abstract pattern for a groovy Bahamas wedding which was lots of fun!

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4. Do you have a favorite typeface?

It changes all the time, but right now De Soto is one of my favorites- I’m all about any classic font that will pair well with a flourish or names in script.

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5. What is the most bizarre request you have received?

I do a ton of custom artwork for people for invitations and save the dates- I once had to draw a roll of toilet paper for a party invitation…  for real.

6. Ampersand or the word “and?”

& all the way!

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7. Any advice for brides?

Try to enjoy the process! The wedding is over so quickly that most of my memories are of the year along the way- picking out dresses with my friends, tasting cake with my mom, planning my honeymoon.  It can all be so stressful but if you can make the journey part of the wedding, you’ll have so much more to look back on and enjoy!

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8. Do you offer more than just stationery?

YES!  We have a companion website where we offer a whole line of personalized gift items- many of our brides have used these products for the wedding weekend (such as our shatterproof monogrammed cups with your logo or date, or our colored cocktail napkins).  Many brides have ordered customized pads or vanity trays as bridesmaids gifts.  We’ve even done our printed luggage tags as Weekend Itineraries which were looped around the out of town guest bags in each room to keep everyone organized.

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Thank you Kate! Check out Pickett’s Press on WeddingInviteLove or head over to her site to see even more.

Today’s stationer interview is with Kelly from RSVP to me. We love all the custom designs on her site, so it was not easy to select the ones to feature today. Thank you so much Kelly for sharing your time!

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1. How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

‘RSVP to me’ was created around the time of my own wedding, in august of 2006. I began a search for invitations that would absolutely “wow” my guests. I was looking for something non-traditional, yet elegant; unusual, but not “over-the-top.” After a long, unsuccessful search, I decided to experiment with various papers, prints and embellishments – trying to fashion what i would have liked to have found, but couldn’t. After many days of hard work and trial and error, I created not only my own invitations, but also my save-the-dates, programs, escort and favor cards, and even thank you cards!

At my wedding, I received so many unbelievable compliments on my invitations and stationery. It was great to hear that my friends and family loved my work. Then it occurred to me – wouldn’t it be wonderful if I could create great invitations and stationery for my family and friends? As I took on a few small orders, my budding venture expanded. by word of mouth the orders grew and my venture rapidly evolved into ‘RSVP to me’, a small but thriving business.

 

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2. What is your favorite color combination?

It’s a TIE! I LOVE the elegance of gray & purple but also love the vibrant combination of red & teal.

 

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3. What is the most unique invitation you have designed?

They’re ALL unique in their own way! Being that everything is so custom, and nothing is out of books, no one ever picks someone else’s invitation!

 

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4. Do you have a favorite typeface?

Oooh, that’s a TOUGH one! My husband calls me “font girl” because I can name most fonts on sight! I get WAY too excited when I order new fonts! But I guess one of my REAL favorites right now is the one on my website….”Burgues Script.”  It’s SO pretty and versatile with all the glyphs, & even looks great in all lowercase.

 

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5. What is the most bizarre request you have received?

Hmmm, I don’t think it’s necessarily “bizarre,” but I’ve had several clients ask for the invitation to be printed in another language. Other than that, no real crazy requests…..sorry!

 

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6. Ampersand or the word “and?”

Ampersand ALL the way!

 

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7. Any advice for brides?

Do NOT order invitations “online” without seeing, touching, feeling what you are getting!!  I can’t tell you how many times brides have come to me saying they need my help after they’ve either ordered ALL the invitations online, or just a sample, and have been very disappointed with the quality AND the customer service!  I pride myself & my business on QUALITY papers & product, as well as impeccable customer service!

 

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8. Do you offer more than just stationery?

We do!!  We actually have a “sister” business doing candy buffet & dessert tables!!  SO, besides invitations & stationery for ALL occasions, we LOVE providing that “sweet” display!!!  Check out our website.

 

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Check out RSVP to me on WeddingInviteLove or head over to her site to see more custom goodness.

Welcome to our first stationer interview! We have enjoyed these so much, and have received so much great feedback from our vendors and readers, that we are spreading the love to all our directories. Today we caught up with Rachel of  Rock Paper Scissors for an interview. Thank you Rachel for being our guinea pig!

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1. How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I went to Art Center and have a degree in advertising but we had to move to New Mexico for 2 years right after I graduated because the Air Force paid for my husband’s dental school education. I did our wedding invitations and then everyone started to hire me to do theirs. It took off from there! 

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2. What is your favorite color combination?

Oooh, that’s hard. It depends on the mood I’m in! I love yellow+light gray+white+dark charcoal, bright magenta+white+silver, eggplant+chocolate+light lavender,  teal+gold+chartreuse, coral+sand+cobalt

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3. What is the most unique invitation you have designed?

I’ve done some crazy stuff: a smores kit save the date, a spy bar mitzvah invitation with real spy gear the guest had to play with to get the event clues, a wedding ring invitation that had a paper weight ring and a custom hot pink ring box made just for it.

4. Do you have a favorite typeface?

I LOVE the Caslon family and Burgues

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5. What is the most bizarre request you have received?

Can I have live dragonflies in the escort card boxes….the answer was no (I couldn’t find them) so we did butterflies….don’t worry PETA it was fine!

6. Ampersand or the word “and?”

I use both but in most cases “and”

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7. Any advice for brides?

Make the invitations and save the dates match the event….they are the guests 1st impression.

8. Do you offer more than just stationery?

Yes, favors, custom placemats, custom napkins, gift boxes

Thanks so much for your time, Rachel! Check out Rock Paper Scissors on WeddingInviteLove or head over to her site to see more paper goodness!