quick look :: cozy modern letterpress

Posted in custom invitations, wedding invites tagged , , , , , , , , , at 8:50 pm by meant to be sent


i’ve been doing some organizing and found some of my favorite designs along the way…so i thought it’d be fun to share some quick snaps (forgive the not so great iphone snaps!) to kick off wedding season and provide some inspiration for all the new brides-to-be out there! big congrats if you’re one of them!!

with all this cold weather we’re getting, this first one seems appropriate! a cozy modern, wintery letterpress design with bright punches of neon green and navy blue. and, in case the main design being letterpressed isn’t enough texture for ya, we went a step further and did a blind woodgrain/bark pattern for some added detail and an all-over texture to this simple design. the woodgrain being white on white seemed perfect for winter and a little modern touch. and the double thick cotton stock was super dreamy.

there were also details cards, a custom map and a fun rsvp postcard, so to keep things on budget, we flat printed the remaining pieces. we then tied them all together with navy and white bakers twine and it all slipped into a shimmery navy envelope finished with a custom wrap label.

a superfun detail: the pattern on the label and some of the other pieces was custom-designed to coordinate with the brides dress! i just love little surprise details like that!

you can see more images of the wedding and stationery here! if you’re interested in working together on your own custom design just contact me using the form below!



bachelor pad wedding :: holly durst + blake julian

Posted in wedding invites tagged , , , , , at 9:58 pm by meant to be sent

happy wednesday! i’m sooo behind on posting custom orders so thought i’d finally get back to it!

first up, the wedding suite from holly durst and blake jullian’s wedding! this was my second bachelor wedding and i SOMEHOW have not gotten around to posting it! oops! hopefully worth the wait though?

here are the awesome pics by callaway gable!! tons of not as awesome iphone behind the scenes snaps below the good ones! :)

















i had such a great time coming up with the design for these and working with holly and her wedding planner lindsay from toast events on these pretties. two super fun girls for sure!

the look was a very simple, classic design yet it packed a lot of punch with tons of little-yet-over-the-top details — if you know about printing and stationery, you’ll understand what all went into this one, despite it’s super simple look…

we of course started with the save the dates, for which holly loved the idea of a photo book with black and white photography! so we went with that for the color scheme and added small touches of  soft pink and gold for some added sparkle!

the save the dates were a custom french fold photobook with a peek of super soft pink between the pages, with a custom, hand-folded spine (to hide the holes) that the black organdy ribbon was woven thru. the inside front cover held all the save the date details, while the back inside cover had travel info, all printed in gold metallic ink on shimmery linen stock. the inside photo pages were printed on soft lettra cotton stock and were mailed in a matching envelope with gold metallic liner. i just LOVED the mix of all the textures!

all the images below are just quick snaps of the behind the scenes action…real shots (aka awesome photography by callaway gable) of the finished designs are above!

the first set of pictures are of the save the dates, then the invites and some of the day-of accessories follow.















next up, the invitations…these were really fab :)

as the wedding planning got into full swing, the look evolved into a very soft, super-elegant, yet simple almost white on white look but still with a touch of gold for the glam factor of course! the look was modern, glam, yet classic with a touch of traditional.

holly loved the idea of a diecut shape for the main invite and i had a perfect, classic yet modern shape in mind — a gatefold that folded into a curvy frame shape. holly also loved the idea of a pattern, but it needed to be subtle. so i created one that mimicked the shape of the invitation frame and we blind letterpressed that onto the sides of the gate, and on the front and back.

when opened all the invitation details were revealed, letterpressed in gold metallic ink on cotton 2-ply board to allow for the blind impression on both sides…which also made for the perfect thickness for the shiny gold edge-painting (swoooon) that was the finishing touch on this piece. the insert cards were flat printed in gold on cotton stock and the whole suite was double wrapped with white, gold-trimmed organdy ribbon and slid into a white envelope lined with gold metallic paper. TONS of texture again! love!

again, just iphone snaps of the assembly below. real pics all the way down :)




















then came the day-of accessories…

these fell right in line with the look of the invites and included lucite (!) escort cards and table numbers, cut into the frame shape of the invitation and etched with table numbers and guest names (talk about glam!), programs that mimicked the look of the save the dates but with a simpler binding technique and the white-with-gold-trim ribbon, and welcome notes and menus for each guest, all flat printed in gold on cotton stock.

below are some assembly snaps of the programs.







NSS update!

Posted in NSS national stationery show, wedding invites, wholesale tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:49 am by meant to be sent

whew. it sure has been a while! but i am still here :) just been working like crazy getting ready for the national stationery show (just over a month away!!!! ahhh!) there is SO much going on behind the scenes over here and hope to start posting some pics (if i remember to take them!) of all this stuff very soon! so what has kept me so busy you ask? i have been working on an entirely brand-spankin’-new line of wedding stationery (which i hope to debut ALL of at the show, but it is still TBD just how many will be completely polished and ready for the world…BUT i will tell you there are 60 designs in the works! and some of those designs will also (eventually) be offered as DIY imprintables, as well as notepads and some other fun items. i cannot wait to get this all done and ready to show you!

so, how about a little more detail on the new stuff?
this entire process of developing the new stationery line has been based on one main idea :: a fresh, simple approach to wedding stationery. not only in look and colors, but also in the shopping and ordering process. i wanted a new idea that i could wrap my collection around that wouldn’t feel as overwhelming and cumbersome as some of the giant albums out there. so i decided to shake things up and create a style library —you guessed it!— with books organized by style/theme! with the way weddings continue to evolve and become more and more personal, it just feels right and new and fresh…and a way to really focus on personal style when looking for the perfect wedding stationery. each book within the library will also be a bit streamlined (15-20 designs per book) with its own color palette, papers and fonts selected specifically for each style. pricing and options will be clear and simple too! all designs will be offered with flat printing with some available in letterpress and thermography. as i mentioned, the initial roll out at NSS is TBD as i polish them up but hope to initially include  four styles—perfectly preppy, completely classic, well traveled, and very vintage. and the line will continue to evolve into a full library of styles with something for everyone!! the books will be offered to retailers individually or as a set for a special rate.

the designs will be available for wholesale, thru retailers and on my new site. (eeeeek!) yes, that is what else has been going on—a complete rebranding, new site + blog are in the works! my new look along with my new line will debut at the show…and for the site, i will likely do a soft launch right before NSS and have the fully functioning, shiny new site ready just after!

so. that’s the scoop! stay tuned for more NSS updates and be sure to stop by my booth #2154 and checkout some books from the style library and my shiny new look! :)


new work + some old faves

Posted in gallery, invitations, meant to be sent, wedding invites tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 12:03 am by meant to be sent

this is a long one but its all. pictures. enjoy the fun eye candy!

• • • • • • • • • • • • vintage letterpress accordion fold • • • • • • • • • • • •
photos by melissa hayes


• • • • • • • • • • • • nautical tying the knot gate fold • • • • • • • • • • • •
photos by melissa hayes


• • •  signs, note cards, menus + coasters for lovely bakery shoot  • • •
photos by melissa hayes

• • • • • • • • carnival theme invites + accessories • • • • • • • •
as seen on style me pretty photos by nicole ladonne


• • • peacock, nautical, glam, boxed, birch bark + real sand invites  • • •
photos by melany hallgren

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