recently wrapped: christmas gifts

i hope your holidays were filled with warmth and the closeness of friends and family.

in wrapping this year, i largely kept it simple with a few special touches. i also added in some greenery and fun ribbons that were found at a local craft stores. of course it’s always fun to personalize packages with a special written touch, so i hand-lettered favorite phrases or christmas carol lyrics onto a few as well.

here’s to all 2014 has in store. happy holidays!

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a few months ago i bought a chalkboard as a new prop to use for backgrounds and styling of images. the other advantage that i have found is being able to test out a phrase compositionally and be able to erase it quickly and try something different. it’s been a great tool, and i find myself looking for phrases to capture, save and go attempt to write in chalk. i also love being able to mix styles of print and script, highlighting different words or emphasizing parts of a phrase in new ways. it’s been helpful, especially with my recent endeavor and newest etsy shop, truthinwrit. the most helpful hint that i have found in regards to working with chalk was to season my board first. so i rubbed over the surface with the side of a piece of chalk and then wiped the board clean making it easier to erase phrases later on. whether you create your own chalkboard surface at home, or buy one from a local craft store, it’s definitely a fun and inexpensive way to try out new ideas again and again. enjoy!

make your own stamp

the do-it-yourself project inspired by the completely you invites is here!

i had submitted this idea to be published and was waiting for the outcome, and a couple of weeks ago, christine + nicola from the pretty blog, featured it! all the steps and instructions are included there for you, so be sure to go take a look here. the project is a very simple handmade initial stamp that has tons of possiblilites. my idea was to use it as a favor stamp for your wedding guests, but the idea could be used in so many different ways.


inspired: colors from florals

a few weeks back i saw a bridal bouquet that i absolutely loved (i pinned it here). dark in color mostly, it had a few pops of peach and bright pink. i thought that it was the most beautiful combination. when i went to go look at the rest of the wedding photos from the blog, the entire wedding style was so close to what i had pictured for one of my collections – the leaf pattern suite.

so, taking a cue from this wedding and the beautiful bouquet that she chose, i have re-colored a piece of this suite to help show the versatility of what different colorways can achieve in invitation design. i hope you enjoy!

images | bouquet and bridal party | save the date – part of the leaf pattern suite

wedding day hooray + table competition

i have shared a little bit about the show that i was involved in back in february – wedding day hooray – but i wanted to share some more details from the day. it was my first vendor show, and therefore, much of it was a learning experience.

it was so much fun to be involved in an environment where i was surrounded by creatives (who are also just as enthusiastic about the handmade wedding industry as i am), to network and build relationships with them and of course to meet all the fun clients that came through ambient + studio.

this booth was a dream back in october when i signed up to be a part of the show. when i found out in january that i had made it in, i hit the ground running trying to find just the right props and materials to make everything just the way it needed to be and the way i had pictured it for months.

as a vendor, we were each required to make what they call “swag” – also known as free giveaway goodies – and i decided to showcase one of my favor tag ideas – from the sweet treat collection. i attached starburst to the front and hoped that it would make an impact with all those who had a soft spot for pink and sweets!

here’s what the final booth set up looked like.
it was quite the juggling act trying to set this up entirely as well as decorate our table (more on that later), all in a matter of 3 short hours (i couldn’t have done it without the amazing support of miss rachel clifford!). i also owe a shout-out to miss katie scoglietti for coming to help out as well!

i wanted to show a little bit of everything that i like to do, so i had old custom projects shown, my small set of current collection suites were hung on the screen door, the stamps were debuted (check out last week’s post for more info on those), and i also introduced a few new other products (both handwritten and printed) that will be shared shortly – stay tuned!

the main focus was on my custom suites (my absolute favorite part of freelance work). so i designed a new custom suite and laid out the process from beginning to end. starting with original concepts, onto sketches, color palettes, other materials (such as textiles) for inspiration and textures, and finally the finished invites, coordinated printed pieces, a styled place setting and even an example of a bridal bouquet. i wanted brides to be able to picture original ideas and concepts laid out in a fashion where it can become a beautiful product that encompasses even the smallest details (which i think can be the most important and worth including).

another fun part to this new experience was collaborating in the table decor competition with jamie of julia’s poppies design. we brainstormed and worked long and hard making flowers, dying coffee filters and designing all the printed accessories to go with one of our newest suites – the melbourne collection (part of our new collection launching soon!).

the table is pictured below, and the DIY that we created was actually featured on Ruffled a couple of weeks ago!!

overall, the experience far exceeded my expectations and the feedback that i received was warm and so welcomed to a newbie like me trying to find my way in the world of handmade weddings. looking forward to bigger dreams and larger goals. here’s to new adventures in the future!

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