recently inspired: valentine’s day

just the other day, i decided to put together a little bit of inspiration for valentine’s day. with a little twist on the traditional holiday palette, i combined handmade envelopes, hand-cut hearts and painted valentines. both the handwritten valentine and the painted valentine are samples of new items in the shop. also in store are a few other exciting products soon to come. i hope you are inspired by love. enjoy!

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recently gifted: new and old journal

a few friends of mine have a deep appreciation for and often collect antiques. as belated Christmas presents, i decided to make them “new” journals by using old books that i found at my favorite spot to source beautifully-aged wares. i carefully cut out the inside, found new paper to suit the inside of their journals, and then re-bound them to create a brand new blank book for them to fill with ideas, words and drawings. below are pictures from just one of the finished journals. several years ago, while in college, i decided to make my first journal, and i have loved using the basics of book-binding in so many different ways since then. here’s to crafting!

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recently crafted: handwritten postcards

these days, the easiest thing to do when i want to send a card or note to someone special is grab a sheet of cardstock that is close by, cut it to the shape i want and hand-letter a phrase of choice. it’s fun to play with colors, sizing and format.

in my explorations, i have found some new favorite ways to place the text and i always browse for a new pen to add to my choices when at my local craft stores. due to go in the shop by the end of the week, these postcards are the perfect addition to your stationery when you want to send a short note that is easy to drop in the mail. hope you enjoy!

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upcoming event: vendor show

last year, i was a part of my first vendor show experience – Wedding Day Hooray, which is put on by the wonderful minds behind the Indie Craft Experience (otherwise known as I.C.E.). this year, i am so excited to announce that i am part of the NotWedding! taking place on February 25th, at Mason Murer Fine Art Center.

below is the inspiration board that i, along with the rest of the vendors, was given as the starting point for all of the decor and design. i’ve attended a few NotWeddings, and it is always so fun to see how this main inspiration is interpreted in so many different ways. i am excited to see what this year holds and to re-connect with old friends and meet new ones. please help spread the word, and enjoy!

notwedding inspiration

new year = new look

it’s a brand new year. i’ve opened and started filling a new planner, and i’ve also updated the way a few things look around madeinthefold.

in the last few months, i’ve been updating the branding in the way of re-designing business cards, banner ads and a re-fresh to the bigcartel store and etsy shop. today i continued with new packaging and designing new stamps. i’ve gathered a few quick images below, but new items are being prepped to go into the etsy shop very soon, so head on over and take a peak at the new look! feel free to leave a comment below. enjoy!

new branding

fall romantic wedding: fully styled

i posted this couple’s invitations about a month and a half ago, here. but, i don’t think you need any convincing on how warm, beautiful and full of life erin and alex both are after you peek at these amazing images from their photographer, stephen devries (the source of almost all the images below). these beautiful photos capture their zest for life and how sweet and meaningful this whole day was. both of them appreciate the arts deeply, and when they asked me to attend to all the details for their day, i was honored. from the tables at the reception to the candles and decor at the church, i handmade almost everything for this special day. i wanted each detail to stand out with thought and care, very similar to the way they tend to their relationships and people in their own lives. the doily underneath the communion was crocheted by me and the table was sourced from a local antique store. almost every piece on each table was handmade as well, from the “flowers” that i dyed from coffee filters to the table numbers that i shaped out of wire. i even created a stamp with their last name and date and created leaves to go at each guest’s place setting (check out something similar in the shop). the idea for this DIY was featured earlier this week on poppytalk! erin and alex, many blessings on your marriage and thank you for asking me to be a part of your day! enjoy!

fully styled | alex and erin

images | top left + bottom right by aimee | all others by stephen devries

recently packaged: holiday gifts

here’s to holiday wrapping! presents and gift-giving are one of my absolute favorite things. the anticipation of giving a gift makes me all giddy inside. when thoughtful, detailed packaging and hand-lettered elements combine, it creates a gift that is sure to give joy both to the recipient + the giver. i’ve pulled out some of my (most favorite) kraft-colored boxes once again in combination with a modern take on the standard red + green christmas palette. crocheted ribbon, stamped twill tape (with my new holiday stamp), punched and stenciled snowflakes, handmade wire spheres, rick-rac, trimmings and more make up this grouping of carefully packaged presents. i hope this gives some inspiration to utilize whatever you might have on hand when wrapping that next holiday gift. enjoy!

recently crafted: handmade notepads

journals are one of those things that i forget how much i really enjoy making until i sit down and do it again. recently, i made these simple notepads for a recent craft sale and had some leftover. a grouping of lightweight pages, backed with heavy chipboard and covered in a fun paper, make for a great type of jotter pad that you can use for lists of any kind. find them in the shop, here. enjoy!

holiday line

that time of year is here again! in the midst of all the hustle and bustle, it’s the season to enjoy quality time with family and friends, treating yourself to those extra sweets and drinks and bundle up with a favorite hat and scarf (or at least hopefully it will be that cold here in georgia). in preparing for the next several busy weeks, i have been sketching and brainstorming new goods to put in the shop, some of which include a small new line of holiday designs. a few hand-lettered card choices and stamps are among the offerings, and more is sure to come soon.

the cards are currently handwritten to order, but larger quantities can be ordered (and printed) if you would like to choose from black or brown ink on kraft paper, and all the details are available here. i also enjoy custom projects, if you have your own special idea that you would like to talk about! please don’t hesitate to contact me through my madeinthefold etsy shop, or email. enjoy!