12.30.2009

wrapping up 2009 with real wedding updates

Catching up with some real wedding updates! Business finally picked up around mid-July (after launching my designs in late spring of 2009 and then moving cross-country later that summer), dropped off a bit, and then got busy again in mid-October and, I'm happy to report, hasn't died down too much since. It's been an interesting juggle since previously, I was primarily a stay-at-home-mom to my 18 month old son, not wanting to begin the daycare transition until I had some sort of steady income to offset those costs. But it turns out launching a business while taking care of a very active, not terribly fond of long naps, little guy is challenging to say the least. So in 2010 I'll have three full week days to devote to my custom invitation and stationery business, among other pursuits. Hopefully the orders keep coming! For now, a round-up of the last quarter of 2009...

Natalie & Justin
My first wedding invitation order involved customizing the tea length butterfly motif ensemble available in my shop. The challenge: add several colors to an already busy palette.



I added a simple graphic to the invitation design, one additionally butterfly punch, and some hand-stamping to the decorative wrap for an ensemble that incorporates all six of the couple's wedding colors in an elegant design.  The decorative wrap really pulls everything together, don't you think?

Rachel & Sam
In October I did a large thank you card order for a newly engaged couple who contacted me the next month for save-the-dates.  Repeat customers are the best! 





Both the folded thank you note and A2 save-the-date with ribbon detail have a Pacific Northwest feel for a wedding that sounds like it's going to be an extremely classy event, with a palette of silver, gold, and green. Just lovely, and a blast to work with.

Mariana & Luis
Around this time I also began working with the sister of a bride on a customized version of the snowflake motif ensemble, available here



We tweaked the font, palette, and printing style (my first thermography order!) to match the details of her sister's event and I was really pleased with how this order turned out.  I'm working with one wholesale printer who offers both letterpress and thermography and it was, of course, a bit of a learning experience (their turnaround time adds about two weeks to my overall process), but I'm pleased to be able to offer these printing upgrades.  I paid a little extra out of pocket to have a few additional sets printed so that I can offer prospective clients thermography samples now, available in my shop, along with samples of all of my other designs.

Amanda & David
For this couple I created a custom save-the-date photo magnet with paper backing and a hand-stamped, lined envelope to coordinate with the Autumn Leaves design, available here.



We couldn't find an envelope liner that worked with both the fall theme and specific colors (replacing the gold in the original design with yellow here) so I decided to search for a simple stamp that could be used on the inside of the poppy orange liner.  In the process, I discovered another shop on Etsy - Sugarskull7's hand carved rubber stamps - and had a custom stamp made that coordinates with the original wedding invitation design.  It wasn't created in time for this order but I plan to put together another fall design that will use the custom stamp in some way. Stay tuned for that!  And if you're in the market for rubber stamps, check out Sugarskull7's shop!

Currently in the works (but not quite ready to show & tell) are a tea party themed bridal shower invitation and my first screenprinted design!  Metallic silver ink on black card stock!  Can't wait to show off that one...

Here's to lots and lots of weddings in 2010! Happy New Year!

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