Wow, remind me never to book a red-eye, connecting flight ever again. Two 3 hour flights in the middle of the night means I’m running on about 2 hours sleep right now (if I’m optimistic about it).

That said, yay, I’m in New York City right now! Right now I’m hanging at one of my favorite places in Brooklyn, Studiomates — a coworking space with a ton of great people, run by the wonderful Tina from Swiss Miss (photo above is the view from the office!).

The National Stationery Show is right around the corner, here are a few awesome things that are (mostly) related to it:

  • Paper Crave’s recommended exhibitor list — really great for me since I’m going to be wandering around completely overwhelmed!
  • There is a recipe card scavenger hunt which I may try to get in the first day (so I can ensure I get all of them), and then add them to my giveaway later this month!
  • I just realized there are daily demos at the show, which I am totally attending.
  • I will be walking around with 40 gift bags of cookies from Whimsy & Spice to giveaway (hopefully to vendors who I want to sign up to WeddingInviteLove — yes, I am resorting to bribery!). Find me if you want a gift bag. ;)
  • I am mostly free tomorrow, Friday the 12th. Are you a stationer in Brooklyn or Manhattan and want to grab some drinks/food? Perhaps have a dedicated post on the blog? Ping me ([email protected]) asap!

Happy Thursday everyone… time for me to take a nap!

While it’s exciting and fun to look at all the beautiful couture invitations that exist out there (letterpress! engraving! die-cuts!)… the vast majority of us are still on a budget and we got to think small, but still beautiful! These vendors have indicated that their invitations are typically under $3 each (so, $300 or less would be your invitation budget if you’re printing 100 invitations), but all of them still have great design skills to really knock your invitations out of the park.


Belletristics


Blush Printables


e.m. papers


Mango Ink


A Printable Press


Rane Designs


Six Modern Paper Goods


Southern Fete Creative


Truly Noted

Happy Wednesday everyone! Jumping on a plane tonight (a red-eye flight may have been a poor decision… :P).

I was so pleased when these mailers arrived on my doorstep — I’m still a “newbie” to the stationery world and this is my first time going to the National Stationery Show (next week, aaaugh), so knowing there are some people out there who think I’m important enough to send me one of their beautiful letterpress invitations to see them at the show. You can be assured I will definitely seek them out!

Anemone Letterpress, booths 2362-2368 — love the colors here.

Fig. 2 Design Studio, Booth 1547, including a really lovely personal note for me!.

Joie Studio Design & Letterpress, Booth 1963, refreshing pale pink and grey with gorgeous type.

Looking forward to NSS and meeting a ton of really great people — can’t believe I’m leaving for NYC tomorrow night!

Today I’m excited because not only do I have a gorgeous invitation to feature, we’re also treated to great details about the printing process! Eleanor at e.m. papers is a really wonderful designer, and this is one of her top selling designs based on an invitation that’s very personal to her.

I wanted our California wedding last August to have the feel of a ‘mid-summer nights garden party’ which is what inspired my design. I really like the fact that a design that was so personal to me has also become an e.m.papers bestseller!

My dad is a letterpress printer, otherwise I would definitely not have had the budget to have invitations done letterpress – twice (we also had a ceremony in Munich, Germany where we live the preceding November, and my Dad printed those up too). I was not only lucky to get them done for free, but usually my dad refuses to do wedding invitations because according to him “People getting married are the worst clients in the world” (I don’t agree!). In spite of this, I spent a week sitting with my Dad in his shop, going over my Illustrator files, creating color separations and finally working with him (or more accurately observing him) while he printed all 3 pieces of the invitation suite. While this was going on, my (now) husband Armin documented it, taking pictures and video.


I designed a 3-color invitation suite including an invite, RSVP card and map. The design used white ink on chip board, which I thought would be really easy. When my dad took a look at it he sighed and muttered something about ‘designers always wanting something impossible…’ I thought he was being melodramatic. What I didn’t appreciate was how difficult it is to work with white ink, and white ink on dark chip board no less. We had to do a ‘double bump’ (run the white ink twice) to get it to read enough, and with letterpress getting everything to register (align) isn’t as precise as with offset or digital printing. To make matters worse chipboard is heavy and more uneven in weight than normal paper, so it was tricky to get it to feed consistently on the printer.


It was a long 2 days in the shop. Although Armin and I were both surprised by how much we enjoyed it, I remarked to my dad “Wow. This is a lot of work” without missing a beat he responded “Yeah! that’s what I wanted you to see!” At the end of it all, we had really beautiful invitations and a new found appreciation for what my Dad does (you think I would’ve paid more attention over the years.) The best thing about the invites was that they were permeated with the  love, laugh and happiness that Armin, my dad and I spent during those couple of days in his shop getting them printed.

So great, thank you Eleanor! I couldn’t include the whole set of the process, so I highly encourage everyone to check it out on Flickr and see more pictures of the process and Eleanor’s notes. Also go see e.m. paper’s other great invitation designs on WeddingInviteLove as well on empapers.com.

Thanks again for letting me feature your invitation design, Eleanor!

 


I’ve been keeping track of WeddingInviteLove vendors on Twitter awhile now — it’s the best way to continue interacting with people when you don’t know them in person! It occurred to me that people might want to see that list on the blog as well so I created a special page just to list the Twitter accounts of all those great vendors.

Let me know if there is anyone I’m missing or if anyone is mistakenly on there, otherwise, go follow all those great stationers!

Happy Friday everyone! I’m particularly excited because yesterday I was wondering whether I should buy or rent a DSLR for blog posts and studio visits, and suddenly, two hours later, I have DSLR in hand. New toy! It’s especially great because the National Stationery Show is coming up and I want to do a bunch of posts about WeddingInviteLove vendors who are exhibiting. Woohoo!

Notable news from the week:

New WeddingInviteLove vendors:

Have a great weekend, everyone!

It’s really important to me, personally, that wedding invitations are eco-friendly — there is so much waste generated these days that I feel its important to be as earth friendly as possible! There are email wedding invitations these days, but I still enjoy the tradition of using paper and mail to announce your important event (maybe someday it’ll all transfer online, but right now it’s so great to get a beautifully designed paper invitation). Here are some of the great vendors on WeddingInviteLove that offer eco-friendly options:


The Aerialist Press


Baci Designer Stationery + Events


Darling & Dear


Lasso’d Moon


Laura Macchia


Naturally Invited


Praxium Press


Six Modern Paper Goods


Something Green Weddings


Thomas-Printers Invitations

Have a great Wednesday everyone! I’m hopping on a quick flight back to the Bay Area (been visiting my sister in San Diego), looking forward to coming home. :)

When I first saw Woodland Papercuts on Oh So Beautiful Paper, I was blown away — the invitations feature the beautiful textural qualities of lace combined with beautiful forest imagery. Today, Naomi has generously offered to go in depth about her papercuts, the process, and why these certain invitations are her personal favorite!

I’ve been thinking about making wedding stationery for years now, but I was reluctant to attempt such an undertaking until recently. Earlier this year I started making a papercut ketubot line in collaboration with Jennifer Raichman, and the more I worked on them the more I wanted to make matching invitation and reply cards.

It’s hard to pick one invitation that I’m proud of more than the others. The one I feel a special affinity to is the Deer Beloved invitation set. A few years ago, when I started developing my papercutting style, I also first took notice of deers. Since then they’ve been interwoven with my artistic development and they became a sort of visual mark of my illustrations, something I am inspired by and take care to include in some way in all of my work.

This invitation was designed and completed over the course of one night, while I was watching romantic movies to set the mood. The process is painstakingly detailed and maybe a bit repetitive, but I find it quite enjoyable. I like the attention to detail, and the reveal of the image from the paper. I like how the paper itself takes center stage, that the full impact of the papercut is both seen and felt. I think tactile illustration is very powerful.

Deer Beloved invitation features a forest scene of three majestic animals. Though the scene can be rustic, the lines of the illustration lend themselves to an elegant design. The invitation is matched by a stag reply card. The whole set, along with the complementing ketubah, are suited for a winter wedding.

Thank you so much, Naomi, for sharing with us! Visit her WeddingInviteLove profile, or check out her website for more beautiful examples of her paper cuts.

Have a great Tuesday, everyone!