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Milly Margaret is on her way!

Here's a sweet baby shower invitation for a little girl named Milly Margaret. This color combination proves that blue isn't just for the boys!
A blue lattice pattern filled the background, while light pink was incorporated throughout the text and in the small ribbon detail that wrapped around the center. The invite was placed inside a textured light pink envelope with each guests address printed on the front.

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Glitter and Cupcakes

I am unsure why designing birthday invitations for little girls makes me so happy. Maybe it's the oversized bows in their hair or the ruffles on every piece of their clothing. Or maybe it's the fact that I was never that kind of little girl and I am having regrets in my late twenties for wasting the opportunity. Either way, there is something about pulling together a birthday invite for an adorable little girl that is so much fun.

For each design I make a list of "needs" that must be incorporated - usually the 4W's (who/what/when/where). I'll also make a list of the clients "wants" - which are things like colors, images or size.

I got this idea while watching an episode of "Love it or List it" on HGTV. Well, it was technically a marathon of "Love it or List it"... but who's keeping track? They basically sit down and ask each client their needs and wants, and then try to compromise the list so they end up with something fabulous in the end. This typically means the couple wont be getting a new bathroom so they can instead buy some ridiculously over-priced sink, or the time just doesn't allow it because the wife is 8 1/2 months pregnant and they need the renovation done in 2 weeks. All of these steps can be applied to my creative process, and honestly I like having some boundaries. In the end you feel even more creative/wonderful because you figured out how to make something gorgeous with a small budget, or you were able to get everything done in an unrealistic time frame.

This invitation was different. The needs were simple, just the 4W's. She had one "want" and that was to follow a cupcake theme. I wrote everything down and just sat and wondered what to do. For once I have no direction or boundaries. The sky is the limit! But this can backfire, because even with all the freedom in the world you can hold yourself back. So for the first time I wrote down my "wants".

A big Cupcake (with a cherry of course)
Sprinkles
Pink everywhere
White space
Interesting typography
A cute phrase
Pink envelopes
And sparkle!

The end result turned out fabulously adorable! Bold and fresh typography mixed with a few small details works every time. Each cupcake had pink glitter frosting and the matching pink envelopes will make them stand out in the mailbox.

After seeing all the "pinning" on Lucy's moms Pinterest board I have a feeling this was quite the bash! Everything from Pizza to Mac-n-Cheese will be done cupcake style. Plus all the little ones will get the chance to decorate their own cupcakes. Such a cute birthday party theme for an even cuter little cupcake!

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Ribbons and Lace
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     I have been on the edge of my seat waiting for someone to come in and ask for lace on their wedding invitations. I would subtlely ask each client if their dress had lace on it or if they wanted to incorporate that into their invitations in any way... But most people just changed the topic. Then magically, when I had almost given up, a new client comes to her consultation with a phone filled with lace invitation ideas and photos! I didn't even have to ask! To say I have been counting down the days for the chance to post the photos might seem dramatic... But I have been!

     Ashley and Jeffrey were married on probably the best day of the year. When I woke up that morning and looked outside it put a smile on my face. After two full days of rain and cloudy skies, the sun was finally out and it was a perfect breezy 75 degrees. I was happy knowing she had one less thing to worry about. Not that she would ever worry, she kept her cool all the way through her engagement. Ashley was a true joy to work with and one of my favorite clients. After working together designing her wedding invitations, programs, bridal shower invite and an adorable slideshow, it's hard to call her a client. She's a new friend. 

     Their wedding colors were mainly black and ivory with pops of bold accents. Deep purple, magenta and orange filled the bouquets and center pieces. We kept the invitation simple, it was printed on textured ivory paper layered on smooth ebony cardstock. The matching RSVP was on the same textured paper with an ivory addressed envelope. All of the details were wrapped up in beautiful cream lace with a black satin ribbon and placed inside a shimmering hazelnut inner envelope. For the final touch, the double envelopes were personally addressed to match the script font used throughout the suite.

 

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     The program was printed on heavy card stock and folded longways. The inside left listed the ceremony order while the right side held the wedding party names. The backside was a personalized letter written to the parents, family and friends. They also included a remembrance section to give appreciation to those that could only be there in spirit. 

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So here's a big CONGRATULATIONS to Jeff and Ashley!

Photo by Stephanie Ulrich

Photo by Stephanie Ulrich

Anchors away! It's Brady's First Birthday

It's hard to believe this little cutie, Brady, is already one. Not long ago I was making his baby shower invitations and now he's almost walking on his own. He's a little bundle of love, and his mother, Tara, is probably the queen of party throwing.. she thinks of every detail! The theme included sailboats and anchors, and it could be seen everywhere you looked. Buckets of goldfish, beach shovels as spoons, "ponds" of blue jello, and pails of sand. She even had a cardboard boat to play in with toilet paper roll binoculars.

I was lucky enough to attend captain Brady's first birthday, and I also got to make the invitations. The invitation incorporated nautical blue and red. I also added in graphic details that pushed the sailor theme and wrapped a small ribbon through the middle. They turned out adorable! I couldn't have been more excited to help and be a part of this big day! He's definitely my favorite captain... Happy first birthday Brady!

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