Bridal Shower Invitation: Tea Party

Idea:

My cousin doesn’t ask for much but when she does it is usually a brilliant idea that would only be our pleasure to help bring to fruition. She asked for a tea party bridal shower.  I’m not quite sure why but I proposed a secondary theme of vintage french linens to match.  So, off we go to design the invitations!

Inspiration:

Oh So Beautiful Paper curates gorgeous paper goods. Our version of a Tea Party Bridal Shower Invitation was inspired by two of their features. Joy’s Tea Bag Bridal Shower Invitations is featured on many paper good blogs and it’s obvious why. Our design is largely inspired by her creation for her cousin’s bridal shower with a slight french linen twist inspired by a Lucky Luxe wedding invitation.  Stay tuned for the next steps.

Images:

RUSTIC MARKET-INSPIRED FABRIC WEDDING INVITATIONS

Christmas Card: Packages Redux

Idea:
2014 was my third year making my own Christmas cards. Dropping a stack of finished handmade Christmas cards in the mail is rewarding but, this year I wanted my cards to be equally as whimsical but less time consuming to make.

Inspiration:
I’ve been trolling Pinterest for Christmas Card ideas since July. Loll of Stamping with Loll’s Christmas Packages Card beats them all with her simple and elegant design.

Images:

Photo credits: My very good friend Dina

Interesting Points:

After printing and cutting all the accommodation maps and envelope liners for Michelle & Joe’s Save the Dates I had a boatload of scrap white cardstock and cotton paper.  It’s a good thing I held on to them because I was able to use the scraps for my Christmas cards.

Save the Date: Letterpress Coasters Etc Part 2 – Assembly

Instructions:
The letterpress order is submitted, all printing items are printed, all shapes are cut.  This included addressing the envelopes (whether it be hand written, printed or affixed with a label), the accommodations card, the envelope liner and the anchor.

  1. Sit back and savor the fruits of your labor. Then contact the bride and encourage her to recruit her closest family members to a night of arts and crafts a la Penny Blossom Assembly Line.
  2. Prepare all raw materials. You should already know what it takes to complete the assembly if you made prototypes. These next steps are unique to this project but I think all paper projects follow the same principals.
  3. Complete one full assembly as a demonstration to the team.
  4. Assign one person to cut the required pieces of twine to the required length.
  5. Assign one person to glue the envelope liners.
  6. Once twine is cut, re-assign the twine cutter to tie the knot and bow around the cards.
  7. Once envelope liners are glued, re-assign the liner to stuff the envelopes.

Interesting Points:

Between me, my cousin and brother, we completed steps 1-6 for 75 save the dates and also fit in pizza for dinner in just 2 hours.

Images:

Open

Front

Back

Thank You Card: Surprise Engagement Postcard in Four Print Runs

Idea:

My beautiful cousin Michelle and her charming boyfriend Joe are engaged! Their mother’s planned a spectacular surprise engagement party the evening of the proposal and I have the pleasure of helping with the thank you cards.

Inspiration:

The photo postcard was entirely Michelle’s idea so I can’t take credit for it.  However, I was the one that convinced her not to buy the template PDF file and give me the chance to draft my take of it.

Instructions: 

I’ve wasted enough good paper and good ink to now know the value of running a few drafts before officially starting the production.  This thank you postcard project sounded simple on the surface – a photo and the words ‘Thank You’ on one side and a note with the guests name(s) and addresses on the other.  But here are a few things that were taken into consideration when designing the postcard:

  1. What paper weight/thickness, stock type and color will be used?
  2. Will the photo be color or black/greyscale?
  3. Will the text be color or black/greyscale?

Perhaps you’re like me and won’t know the answer to these questions until you’ve tried.  Here are the results of my prototypes:

Prototype # Input Observed Output
 1 Side 1 & 2 (Photo and Text in Pages):
Source: Pages
Paper: 110 Crane Lettra Pearl White
Printer Paper Setting: Plain Paper, Best
Printer Color Matching Setting: Vendor Matching
‘Thank You’ printed in accurate color but pixelated.Photo printed as if the source was very low resolution Side 2 text printed in accurate color but  pixelated and so thin that it was almost illegible.
 2 Side 1 & 2 (Photo and Text in Pages):Source: Pages
Paper: 110 Crane Lettra Pearl White
Printer Paper Setting: Photo Paper
Printer Color Matching Setting: ColorSync to my Inket Printer
‘Thank You’ printed in drastically darker color but clear.Photo printed clearly but very dark Side 2 text printed in drastically darker color but clear and legible.
 3 Side 1 Run 1 (Photo Only):
Source: Aperture
Paper: 110 Crane Lettra Pearl White
Printer Paper Setting: Photo Paper
Printer Color Matching Setting: Vendor MatchingSide 1 Run 2 & Side 2 (Text Only):
Source: Pages
Paper: 110 Crane Lettra Pearl White
Printer Paper Setting: Plain Paper, Best
Printer Color Matching Setting: ColorSync to my Inket Printer Tweak: Text changed to 50% Opacity
Photo printed clear but slightly dark and yellow-ish’Thank You’ printed in clear and accurate color Side 2 text printed in clear and accurate color
 4 Side 1 Run 1 (Photo Only):
Source: Aperture
Paper: White coated 100 lb cardstock
Printer Paper Setting: Plain Paper, Best
Printer Color Matching Setting: Vendor Matching
Tweak: Increased brightnessSide 1 Run 2 & Side 2 (Text Only):
Source: 
Pages

Paper: White coated 100 lb cardstock
Printer Paper Setting: Plain Paper, Best
Printer Color Matching Setting: ColorSync to my Inket Printer
Tweak: Text changed to 50% Opacity
Photo printed clear and accurate color / tint’Thank You’ printed in clear and accurate color Side 2 text printed in clear and accurate color

Using the lessons learned and using the settings in prototype 4, the print runs were:

  1. Side 1 Run 1: Photo only using Aperture
  2. Side 1 Run 2: Thank You text only using Pages
  3. Side 2 Run 1: Postcard template text only using Pages
  4. Side 2 Run 2: Mailing name and address using Excel / Word mail merge feature

Images:

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MJ

Interesting Points:

I’ve had many photo printing project run awry because of low ink in the print cartridges.  I wasn’t sure how much ink was going to be consumed by each print so I ran my print jobs 5 sheets at a time to keep an eye on the quality of the prints.  Fortunately because the prints were fairly bright and set to drop ink to plain paper (less ink is used in this setting), I didn’t have this problem with this project.