Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Juniper Eva's Baby Announcements

Let's be honest about one thing:

Making friends is WAY harder when you're an adult. 

After you get out of college, you feel like you should be set. Like you're a 10 on the social scale. But let me be the one to tell you this: college has deceived you. 

The thing about college is that it spoon feeds you friends. You cannot NOT make friends in college. I was in a dorm my freshman year with probably 80 other girls my same age. It took about two days for me to make my first friend, and by the end of freshman year, our floor was like a sisterhood. 

So when I got out of college, I was like, "Yo, world! I'm here and I'm an AMAZING friend!" And oddly enough, that was met with crickets chirping. Which meant that I spent a lot of Saturday nights at home watching Trading Spaces (which would be sad except that show was awesome).  

A few years after college, I started working at a home health care, only because I couldn't find a teaching job. I started to make some acquaintances, and even a friend or two, and I actually enjoyed working at my job. 

Then one day, interviews were held to bring on a new person in our department.  As was custom at our work, we started stalking the front door, in hopes that we would sneak a peak of one of the candidates. Our department was small, and we'd had our share of completely insane people come through (one girl literally sent an email to our boss on a particularly snowy day, telling her that she couldn't come in because a black bird told her not to. i'm not even joking. i may or may not have done a dramatic reading of it to my family), so it was important to make sure this new person was a good fit. 

On one of my trips to the front of the office to see who would be sitting there waiting to be taken in for an interview, I saw a girl. She was about my age, and looked nice, and I kid you not, as I discretely attempted to look at her out of the corner of my eye, a thought went through my head:

"We are going to be friends."

GUYS. I promise I'm not crazy. I swear. But that happened. 

And guess what?

That girl was hired. And within about three hours of her working in our department, I knew that my premonition was true. Her and I were going to be friends. 

And we are. Really good friends. Like the kind I thought I'd never have again post-college. A true friend who I could share anything with and who I constantly have crazy text threads going with at all times. Texts that we have both admitted reading to our spouses because we think we are hilarious. Those kinds of friends. 

I no longer work at that home health care. My friend - Debbie - doesn't either. I moved on and started this invitation business, and she moved on and had a few adorable babies. But we're both so thankful that a job that seemingly didn't fit into either of our "bigger pictures" brought us to each other.

So when Debbie had her second baby, Juniper, she asked me if I could make an announcement for her. 

And I told her that I couldn't because a black bird told me not to.

KIDDING, Y'ALL. Here they are.

Her family is precious, right?

I cannot get enough of this Bebas font. And I thought Melany Lane and Helvetica Neue balanced it out nicely. As for the design, while I'm always fearing that chevron is a week away from going out of style, I'm 100% confident that stripes are here to stay.

On the back, we just did a simple greeting.

There you go. A cute little baby announcement for a cute little baby. Here's to new friends after college and the adorable offspring they produce. :)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Corinne's Baby Shower Invitations

A little while ago, I worked with a friend, Izzy, to design some wedding shower invites for her sister-in-law. She came back to me a month or so later and this time, needed some baby shower invites. But she was very specific - she wanted non-baby shower baby shower invites. :)  Here's what we came up with. 

She wanted fall colors - navy, gray, and orange.

Fonts are Bebas and Champagne and Limousines, with just a touch of Anderson Four Feather Falls

All addresses are fake, and I was not the real return address. :)

I really loved how these turned out, and I think we definitely accomplished a non-baby shower baby shower invitation. :)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Trisha and Dave's Detroit Themed Wedding Invitations

Now that Trisha and Dave's Save the Dates are out and the shower's been thrown, it's time for the invitations. 

Trisha decided to use gate cards for her invitations, which means this is what her guests saw when they opened the envelope (can we just pause to admire the lovely coral color of the envelopes, by the way?): 

A sneak peak at the invitation...

And here they are...

(I feel like the invitation's arms are open wide and there should be a heavenly "ahhhhhhhhh" that accompanies this picture.)

We used a new font, Bebas, for the entire invite.

And it's printed on the same map we used for Trisha's business calling cards.

I know I say this about every bride, but I truly love Trish's style. :) Can't wait to see what she has in mind for the wedding extras for the big day!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Madison's One Year Birthday Invitations

Emily came to me a few months ago now wanting to know if I could make invitations for her little girl's first birthday party. I grew up at the same church as Emily and her family. I hung out with one of her sisters pretty frequently. I get my hair cut by another one of her sisters. And yet another sister used to go on youth retreats with us as a leader. Add in the cousins and aunts of Emily's that I know and I may as well be her relative, too. 

So when Emily asked me to make a pink and orange birthday invitation for her daughter Madison's first birthday, I was all in. She gave me an inspiration board of pictures to go off of, and here's what we came up with. 

First of all, I am head over heals for the pink and orange combo right now. And of course I love Samantha Pro as the script font and Champagne and Limousines (a new favorite) as the block font.

Not to rush to the back of the invite too fast, but there's something there that is my absolutely favorite thing yet...

A little Minnie Mouse head!

Emily wanted to incorporate Minnie in the party and I thought this would be a cute way to bring the adorable mouse in. I can't even tell you what it is about little Minnie that I love so much. How good she looks in pink and orange? How cute and small she is? I have no clue, but I'm anxiously awaiting the next time I can pull her out. 

So that is it. An orange and pink birthday party invitation for a sweet little one year old (I actually haven't met Madison, but I assume she is a delight). I happened to see Emily at a shower right before the party and there were going to be 50+ people there and a bouncy house, so I'm assuming they had a great time. :)

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Trisha's Mint Shower Invitations

We all remember Trish, yes? In case you've forgotten, here's a review. 

Trish has an Etsy Store called Kitty Haw Vintage.
Trish had me do calling cards for Kitty Haw Vintage.
Trish had me do Save the Dates for her wedding.

Well, when it was time for Trish's shower, her aunt contacted me about making invitations for her. I gladly accepted the challenge to make a vintage inspired shower invitation for her vintage inspired shower. 

I used a similar vintage frame to frame these invitations as I did on Trish's calling cards. Since she liked it then, I figured she might like it again. :) 

Fonts are Adios Script Pro and Ugly Qua.

This was one of those showers I was lucky enough to go to. Trish's aunt did such a wonderful job of showcasing her style everywhere. Mason jars on the table were filled with vintage candy (fun fact - I had my first Lemonhead ever at the shower) and we all took home vintage brooches as a gift. Also, the food was to die for...and we all know that's the most important thing.

The best is still to come - Trish and Dave's wedding invitations are coming up in the next few weeks. And they may be my most unique invites yet. :)