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“Let books be your dining table, and you shall be full of delights. Let them be your mattress and you shall sleep restful nights.” (Author unknown) Let them be your centerpieces and I’ll drool over every photo in this bookalicious and style filled gallery. From the bride’s amazing vintagesque dress, to her perfect makeup, amazing ink and the flowers (paper, lace, fabric and otherwise) there is not a single page that I would skip over in this gallery. This wedding deserves a Pulitzer. Or at the very least, a Cliff’s Notes end cap as a guide of how to create high style, sentimental beauty. But wait, it gets better! The bride shared her inspiration and tutorial from apartmenttherapy.com. (Hey! We can’t come up with every great idea here, you know..)
From the Bride:
“Books have always been a passion of mine and luckily for me, they are also something my husband loves. We first met on a blind date over coffee at a bookstore and immediately bonded over our love of literature. I began my wedding crafts by collecting books I had originally planned to donate. We used these planters along with mason jars I wrapped with twine and book pages to display the flowers. I also made paper hearts out of book pages along with paper flowers to decorate the tables at the wedding. I am a master esthetician and makeup artist so I had a lot of fun the day of our wedding doing makeup on my bridesmaids along with my fellow MUA Lorene Soto.”
Oh! And let’s not forget the fabric flowers created from her grandmother’s heirloom lace napkins and tablecloths that completed her cool kitten look so perfectly. While Genevieve’s craftiness is pretty rad in itself, she had the amazing hep-cat team of helpers. Kelley Truxel at Event Studio was the mastermind behind the design and coordination of this special shindig at beautiful Bluemont Vineyards. And Purple Fern Photography has totally razzed my berries with the photos that captured the mood and aesthetic of the day so perfectly. Thank you for sharing this with us and congratulations Genevieve + Sean!
Photography: Purple Fern Photography
Event Venue: Bluemont Vineyard
Design and Coordination: Kelley Truxel at Event Studio
Makeup: Glow Skincare and Makeup
Ready to get a little wild? Well throw caution to the wind, erode all boundaries, unleash your inner rock star, and let’s decorate some wedding envelopes!
Oh, not what you thought we were going to say? (And is that a bottle of tequila in your hand?). Perhaps it’s true — embellishing envelopes is not everybody’s idea of living life on the edge, but that’s only because they’re going about it all wrong.
Envelopes are the perfect way to add a pop of the unexpected to your wedding. After all, when your guests receive your wedding invites they’ll expect a modest envelope with a sensible background. But instead – POW! – you’ll give them a flash of color and intensity. Now you understand. Good. Let’s get started…
- Thin craft paper (in or matching your wedding colours)
- Paper or cardstock
Step 1: Measure the width
Using your ruler, measure the width of the envelope.
Step 2: Measure the depth
Starting just below the opening, measure the distance to the edge of the flap. In the example above this is 5 centimeters (or roughly 2 inches).
Step 3: Draw the base
Using the width and depth measurements that you just acquired, draw the base of the envelope on a piece of paper or cardstock.
Step 4: Draw the flap
Align the envelope with your drawing of the base, so that the top line is in line with the base of the flap and trace around it.
Step 5: Measure the border
Measure the width of the lickable part on the envelope flap. Using your ruler, and your envelope as a guide, draw this border onto your envelope pattern
Step 6: Cut out the template
Follow the inside border line to cut out your pattern. Trim either side of the envelope base so that it can easily slide inside your envelope. Test it out once you have cut it to ensure that it is the correct size.
Step 7: Trace onto pretty paper
Using the cutout, draw the pattern onto the reverse side of your pretty paper and cut it out.
Step 8: Place in envelope
Slide the pretty paper pattern into the envelope and align it so that the flap has an even border. Once you’re happy, fold the flap down to form a crease in the pretty paper. This will act as a guide.
Step 9: Glue flap down
Paint a thin layer of glue on the flap of the envelope, then fold it over the pretty paper to stick it down. Using the back of the pencil, gently smooth it down and get rid of any air bubbles or creases.
Step 10: Repeat
Repeat with your other envelopes until they all pop with colour.
You’re not really limited by anything here, so exercise a bit of reckless abandon and get creative with the paper!
Today we have a short and sweet interview with an invitation designer who loves working with DIY brides, just like all of you. Jessica’s story is an example of how you can still get a degree in Fine Arts and end up an entrepreneur in the wedding/craft industry. We love Jessica’s creativity, and we hope you will enjoy “meeting” her on the blog today. Her work is on display throughout this post!
What do you love most about your work?
I wake up with a smile on my face knowing that I get to spend every day doing what I love – designing for life’s special events. I’m so lucky to take part in my clients’ big day, and I am honored that they chose me to bring their ideas and personalities to life on paper!
What did you do before this?
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and an emphasis in Graphic Design. I was hired on at Kohls Corporate one month after graduating to work as a production designer.
Do you have a blog and social media pages?
- Blog: http://clarkcreativewi.com/blog (<– this is a great looking blog, btw!)
- Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/clarkcreativewi
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/ClarkCreativeWI
- Facebook: facebook.com/clarkcreativewisconsin
Did you start your business from scratch? Tell us how you got started.
I did start my business from scratch. I was constantly designing on the side for friends and family. When it was time to design my very own wedding invitation suite, I fell in love with the process and knew that this was ultimately what I wanted my full time career to be. After two and a half years at my corporate job, I said a bittersweet goodbye and decided to take a leap of faith to pursue Clark Creative full time. My husband joined me to pursue his photography dream at this time as well, so it’s great to be partners in this together.
How do you customize your products/services for brides?
Some couples want to be as hands-on as possible (and are quite crafty), so I break down the cost of everything individually in case they wish to do some (or all) of the work on their own. If the couple needs me to design and print the invitations for them, but they want to do all of the assembly, they can do so. Or if a couple has already designed their entire wedding suite themselves and needs me to order paper for them and print everything, I can do that as well. I try to accommodate everyone’s needs because every couple is unique!
What’s new for 2013?
For the new year, my husband and I are working on a more personal project. We have decided to reach out to local creatives and interview them for our blog. We are interested in hearing about other areas people are being creative – other than photography and design. We are hoping to gain inspiration after learning more about their craft and hopefully inspire our readers as well as we share what we have learned.
It was a pleasure meeting Jessica and we’re so happy she could share her story with us, and showcase some of her work. Thanks, Jess!
Disclosure: DIY Bride does NOT have a financial relationship with Clark Creative, meaning this is NOT a sponsored post. If you would like to be considered for a “Meet the Makers” story, please submit your story here: http://www.diybride.com/submit-an-article/.
When I first accompanied my friend to her visit with a professional wedding invite maker, I was literally crushed by the options available. And I mean that in the actual sense of literal, not in the way people misuse it today. Sitting there in her doily-laden lounge thumbing through a massive invite binder for two hours, I was relieved I was even able to walk when I was done.
None of the invites ‘clicked’ and the price tag was overwhelming. While my friend did eventually find something decent, I’ve wondered more than a few times after seeing so many funky and original DIY invite out of an envelope, how do these people come up with these ideas?
So, when yet another friend of mine got engaged, I thought I’d do a little investigation. What exactly is it like to design your own invitations, and how is it done? Here’s what we found.
1. Choose Your Paper
As I found out that day with the invite pro, there are — no exaggeration here — a zillion and one kinds of paper out there. You can have straight up white or just off white or bright red or subtly red and even more subtly crinkled or stained or lacy or…(I could go on).
To narrow your choices, you might want to go with your chosen wedding color, the color of your bridesmaids dresses or flowers, or a simple white. Then choose between regular old flat paper, recycled paper or embossed for a nice glossy look. If your invite design will involve any kind of folding, make sure you go for a pliable yet sturdy construction.
In general, it’s good to order about 20 – 25% more than you’ll need to send out, so you can practice with prints.
2. Choose Your Design
There’s much to consider in terms of design. For the sake of brevity, I’m going to assume here you’re going the easiest DIY route, designing with user-friendly software like Adobe Photoshop (though I’ll discuss a few non-computer options below).
● Font: The text styles and size you choose will have a great impact on the look and feel of your design. A fairy tale wedding will require a much different font than a punk wedding. Your best option is to try a few out in the software, either using the program’s fonts directly or choosing from a variety of free fonts online with a site like DaFont. You’ll also want to experiment with various treatment options, like italics vs. bold, uppercase vs. lowercase, and don’t be afraid to mix and match between several different fonts.
● Ink Color: Again, the color palette is wide open to you. Narrow your choices by complementing your wedding color, or trying on several hues to glean their emotional tenor.
● Background: Have fun experimenting with background as well. While going plain is a simple option, even small embellishments like a few tree leaves can spice things up or add a nice touch. If you’ve got a hand drawn background in mind, or if you have a beautiful or interesting material, just scan it in and drop it into the program.
● Photo: Most wedding invite software will have space for a photo of you and your soon-to-be. Pick one that really captures your personality, and that’s not too dark or blurry.
● Line Spacing and Alignment: That beautiful text and photo won’t look so beautiful if it all bleeds together. Decide whether you want to align towards the center, left or right, and find a nice balance.
● Logo: If you’ve really got an eye for design (hey, maybe you’re even a graphic designer), a logo can be a fun way to “brand” your wedding theme and personality, especially if you’re doing something offbeat or tongue and cheek.
3. Decide on Your Content
Whether you’re a writer and want to give your invites an injection of humor or you’d just like to keep it cut and dry, there are certain things all invites need to include.
● Who, what, where, and when. Who’s invited to your wedding? When will it be taking place, and is there a reception or rehearsal dinner? And where will all of this be happening?
● Helpful hotel information. Give guests options for a variety of budgets.
● Transportation tips. Car rentals, public transport, you name it.
● Things to do in the area. This is especially good for people who are coming from out of town.
● An RSVP card… with a tracking number on the back in case the respondent doesn’t specify who they are.
These latter four can be inserts rather than info on the invite itself if you so prefer.
You loaded up on ink, right? Yeah, you should load up on ink. You might also want to get a cheap paper cutter, too, if you’re going to be cutting larger pages into smaller forms, or even a nicer printer than that old clunker. Then it’s time to just sit next to your printer and feed it pages. And, FYI, you won’t lose any of your DIY cred if you go to a professional printer for this part instead. Doing so can save you a lot of headaches, and hey, it’s still your design!
5. Add Final Decorations and Match With Envelopes
You may want to add a few little sparkles or ribbons to make things manageably 3D, or simply add a splash of color by pasting that white invite onto a green background.
Then decide on an envelope look, whether you want something that’s matching or complementary, plain or full of designs. Even a fun stamp can add the little bit of personality you may be looking for. While you could go to specialty stores, even places like Staples have a good mix of envelope options. Now just fold those invites, stuff those envelopes, write out those addresses, and voila!
While computer software is great, it’s not the only option. Here are a few more awesome routes to go.
1. Stamps. Yep, custom ordering stamp designs like this bride can mean making something as ordinary as an index card look cute.
2. Invitation kits. There are a number of companies that sell DIY wedding invite kits, which are fully customizable to the bride and groom.
3. Online template sites. Don’t let “template” give you the wrong impression. Sites like Minted are stuffed with interesting and customizable designs, and while, yes, someone else in the world will also choose your design, I’m betting none of your friends will. This is an easy, fun way to do something new and you yet still impress.
So there you have it! A number of approaches for going DIY. I highly recommend going this route and saving yourself from the professional invite book of DOOM.
I love the style of ombre especially when it comes to weddings! I have seen so many different ways to incorporate ombre into your them with balloons, flowers, cake, etc. Today I want to share with you though a way to do DIY dip-dyed ombre wedding invitations. I love this technique and it really doesn’t take a lot of time. Check out the tutorial below to see how to create this effect on your wedding invitations.
- Fabric dye (it doesn’t matter whether its liquid or powder dye)
- Invitation that has your wording printed on it but no other graphics
- Trash can or container that you don’t mind getting stained
- Old spoon that you don’t care about
- Paper towels
- Hand gloves
Start by setting up your dye in your container. Mix it according to the instructions on the package. I put a trash bag under my container so I wouldn’t accidentally stain the floor.
Take your invitations one at a time and start to slowly dip in the dye. I start by dipping it all under to a certain point and then start bringing it up slowly. Keep in mind the longer it stays in the dye the more it will get stained. It is probably best to try this out on a practice sheet first to refine the look you want to achieve.
Finally lay it out to dry on a paper towel for a few hours. Repeat this process for each of your invitations. I love doing your invitations DIY because then everyone is different in some way.
Would you consider dip-dying your own invitations?
When I think of a bridal brunch I envision vintage china, teacups, and embroidered napkins. This vision inspired me to create this DIY invitation with a hand-sewn flower.
- Design Template
- Artist tape (or other adhesive that will allow you to remove without damaging the paper)
Step 1: Create the printed portion of your invite leaving enough room for the design at the top.
I used an A2 (4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches) invite and had about 2 1/2 inches of free space above my text. The flower template is 2 1/4 x 2 inches.
Step 2: Print template and tape over invite where you would like the design. The template was made by creating an dashed outline of a flower I drew with a design software.
Step 3: Following the dashed outline poke small holes in the invitation. (I usually put a hole at the beginning and end of every dash, but it just depends on how long you would like each stich.) This is most tedious part, but once you do it a few times you get the hang of it and it goes faster.
Step 4: Remove the template from the invite. With your threaded needle begin with a hole on the back and begin to stitch. When you come to the end, simply tie and you have a sweet embroidered flower.
What I love about it the hand made aspect is each one can be different. You can choose a variety of colors, change the angle, and put your special touch on each.