9.02.2009

finding inspiration in fictional unions

Before I started this blog, I announced the launch of my signature line of custom invitations and stationery on my other blog.  Here's what I wrote back in April 2009, just a few days after my 4th wedding anniversary:

I am very pleased to finally be blogging about my invitation design "business" that I just this week launched via Etsy, over four years after I created my own wedding invitations, plus invitation ensembles for friends' baby showers, housewarmings, and birthday parties between then and now.


I was dragging my heels on this project for a couple of reasons. For starters, I needed to create a portfolio in order to give potential clients an idea of what I could offer them, but I was having a hard time creating mock invitation ensembles completely from scratch. So I (likely with Neal's - that's my husband! - help although the details are fuzzy at this point) decided to create wedding invitations for fictional unions, drawing inspiration from characters on some of my favorite t.v. shows. For example, The O.C.'s Summer and Seth chose a dragonfly motif for their wedding invitations, set against a palette of chartreuse, plum, and beet (a.k.a. green, light purple, and dark purple).



Gilmore Girls' Lorelei and Luke went with a fall-inspired theme for their marriage celebration at the Dragonfly Inn, naturally.



And Drs. Cameron and Chase took a break from House to prepare for a New Year's Eve bash that celebrated their recent elopement with a star confetti ensemble in white, dark brown, and light blue – a contemporary twist on the traditional black and white color scheme.



I'm still working on a spring ensemble (which should round out the seasonal offerings) for The Office's Pam and Jim, which I had hoped to have up by the time I officially launched and announced the shop, but their invitation requires a few more items I haven't had a chance to run out and acquire. That invite should be up by next weekend, at the latest.

The other thing holding me up, even as I began to execute some of these ideas, was the daunting task of creating yet another website. I was slow to join the Etsy bandwagon, even though the site was launched just a couple of months after Neal and I got hitched. I've had the shop name, rbgcolor, for awhile, but only recently had the idea to move all the non-paper crafts stuff (primarily products from the Makery) to another shop and focus this one on invitations, paper goods, and general design fun. I'd still like to create a basic site to showcase examples from my portfolio for which I don't necessarily have samples to sell, as well as some textual stuff that won't fit within Etsy's shop format, but for now, the shop is up and running and I'm just waiting for the orders to pour in.

What other fictional t.v. characters can I create invitations for?

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