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Programs, Thank You Cards & Favor Tags | Lindsay & Shawn

A lovely couple that we’ve been working with for quite some time, is getting married tomorrow in La Quinta, California!  Twin Ravens Press has worked with Lindsay and Shawn all throughout their wedding planning process on all of their stationery items from Save-the-Dates and invitations, through paper goods for the ceremony, and thank you cards for after.  This really and truly was a complete letterpress package!  If you missed the blog posts I did earlier on their Save-the-Dates or Invitations, you may want to go back and take a look at those, as they were pretty incredible.

Today, however, on the day before they are going to be married, I wanted to show off to you the last of the paper goods we created for their wedding.  We carried the same design elements, colors and theme through these pieces that we used on the save-the-dates and invitations, to really create a gorgeous, cohesive package.

As a favor for their guests, Lindsay and Shawn are planning to give away little bags of cookies from one of Lindsay’s favorite bakeries.  Twin Ravens Press designed and letterpress printed a cute set of 2″ round hang tags for each cookie bag.  These tags are going to have pink and black ribbon threaded through them and the ribbon will tie each glassine bag of cookies shut.  The tag features the couple’s last name, their wedding date and a little letterpress printed heart.  Aren’t these cute?

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For their programs, Lindsay and Shawn chose to go with a fairly traditional format.  This program measure 5″x7″ folded and has letterpress printing on all four of it’s panels.  The front panel, or cover, features their names, wedding date, the name of their church and their monogram.  The inside of the program has information about the wedding party on the left side and all of the ceremony information on the right.  The back panel of the program features a sweet message from Lindsay and Shawn to their guests and an “In Loving Memory” section where they name all of their late relatives who will be with them in spirit.

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I love how we were able to incorporate both of the fonts from Lindsay and Shawn’s invitations into this program, while still keeping everything very organized and easy to read.

All of the pieces that you’re seeing in this post were printed on Antique White Holyoke 100% cotton rag paper with black ink.

Last, but not least, we created a lovely, formal set of wedding thank you cards for Lindsay and Shawn to use after their wedding.  The front of each card features just their monogram, printed in black ink and the back side has a heart with their last name below it.  Lindsay has been using light pink envelopes throughout her wedding exclusively, but for these cards we chose to instead pair them with a matching white envelope, so that Lindsay could use these cards as personal stationery as well, after all of her thank you’s have been sent out.  I think this is a great idea and gives the cards a lot of versatility!

undefinedundefinedLindsay and Shawn have been a wonderful couple to work with throughout this entire process and I’m so excited for them for their wedding tomorrow!  Congratulations Lindsay and Shawn!  Thanks again for working with us and all the best to both of you!

From the Mailbox | Awesome Wedding Bag from Erica & Noah

It’s really fun to open your mail and receive something other than bills and junk, and I wanted to let you all know, I got something totally awesome in the mail today!  Last spring I worked with a couple in New York, who were married in June, on an awesome set of wedding invitation booklets that were letterpress printed on wildflower seeded paper and hand-bound by us.  These invitations were featured on our blog here, back in May and they were one of the most complex (and beautiful) suites I’ve ever designed and produced, that utilized the talents of not only myself, but a couple of my other favorite artists/calligraphers/designers, Crystal Kluge and Fran Heider.  You may recognize her invitations from another well-known wedding site, WeddingBee, if you had seen them before, but not from us.  Erica is Mrs. Hermit Crab.  Erica and her husband, Noah, were two of my favorite clients last year, and so it was awesome to receive some mail from them several months after their wedding had passed.  They sent me the cute postcard that you see above with a photo of them on their wedding day, and the lovely blue canvas bag that you see below.

Erica’s postcard explained that she and Noah had had these bags printed for their out-of-town guests who were attending the wedding.  The bags featured the same hand-drawn map by Crystal Kluge that they had commissioned for their invitation suite.  I thought this was a cute idea, plus, I’m super-excited to have a bag of my own!  If you wanted to see just a glimpse of what their invitations were like, you can below.  The image on the left is of the actual invitation page in their booklet and the image on the right is of their map in the booklet.  If you’d like to see more photos of their invitations and read more about them, click on the link above to go to the full post!

Thanks so much again Erica and Noah!  You two are too sweet!  All the best!

Wedding Favor Tags | Tatiana & Philip

Check out these pretty little favor tags I finished printing yesterday for a couple getting married in Florida this upcoming February.  These tags measure 3.5″x2″ and feature rounded corners and silver ink on 110 lb. 100% cotton Crane Lettra paper.  I love the big, decorative flourish-y “Thank You” at the top of these – it would be a really pretty motif for thank you cards as well.  I have no idea what kind of favors Tatiana and Philip are having at their wedding, but I’m sure these little tags, tied on with a little ribbon will look just lovely on them!

Thanks so much for working with us Tatiana & Philip!  Congratulations!

Weddings | Kelly & Wai

As I mentioned in an earlier post this week, we worked with three different couples earlier this summer who were married this past Labor Day weekend.  Kelly & Wai were one of those three couples and, boy, did we really enjoy getting to work with them!  Both the bride and groom were so excited about their wedding and about our work, that it made designing the set of stationery that you see above really, really exciting and fun.   Kelly and Wai had a pretty short timeline for these when they contacted me in late June, but they had such a clear vision of what they wanted out of their designs that it was pretty easy coming up with these for them!  Kelly & Wai’s invitation suite included an A7 size invite in one ink color (Aubergine) with blind embossing, a 4bar size reply card, also in one color with blind embossing and two sets of envelopes, one for the invitation and one for the reply card, both in a nice medium grey with aubergine ink.

Kelly & Wai were married in an outdoor ceremony in Newport, Rhode Island.  Their ceremony took place overlooking the ocean under an arbor and they new that they wanted the arbor image to be a focal point of the design of their invitation.  Kelly and Wai sent me some photos of what their arbor was going to look like and I drew the tiny arbor image at the top of this invite.  We also incorporated some subtle floral elements in the border of the invitation and continued the outdoor/garden wedding theme even more with the blind embossed honeycomb pattern that ran down the top left corner of the invitation.  Their invitation envelopes were a nice medium grey and also featured aubergine purple ink.  We wanted these envelopes to be decorative and reflective of the design of the pieces on the inside, so for these envelopes we used the honeycomb pattern again and also had a little bee flying up from the bottom of the flap of the envelope towards the couple’s return address.  Isn’t that cute?!?

The design for Kelly and Wai’s reply card was similar to the design for their invitation.  We used the same floral border and honeycomb embossing – this time coming into the card from the top right side.  We used small fish and beef icons on the card for guests to indicate their meal preference.  We also had one of the honeybees flying towards a hand-drawn jar of honey with dipper on the bottom right side.  Kelly and Wai gave away small jars of honey for their wedding favors, so Kelly wanted to incorporate bees and honey into their invitation and reply card designs as well!  I think they’re pretty adorable, myself.  The reply envelope featured their address on the front in aubergine ink as well as some more of the honeycomb pattern on the top left side.

Check out the additional photos below to see some of the more subtle details from these pieces!  I love the blind embossed honeycombs and all of the little details they had me incorporate, from the bees and small flowers in the border, to their lovely choices of type!  All of these little details really came together for a gorgeous set!

After I posted the above photos yesterday, Kelly e-mailed me with a couple more that you can see below.  After the invitations were well on their way, Kelly and Wai had me design a few more pieces for their wedding, which they had digitally printed and assembled themselves.  These were programs for the ceremony and a set of super-cute honey jar labels for their favors.  The program that you see below is a #10 size and was comprised of two pages that were printed.  The printed pages included elements from the invitation designs such as the bees, honeycomb pattern (this time printed in a light grey, since blind embossing can’t be done digitally) and the arbor.  Kelly cut and assembled these herself with a pretty vellum overlay and aubergine ribbon at the top.  Super cute!!

As I mentioned above, Kelly and Wai gave out little jars of honey for their wedding favors.  Kelly tied each tiny jar with a fabric top (I love the varying plaid and polka dot patterns she found for the different jars!).  They sent me all of the text and ingredients and I designed a small label that could printed on adhesive-backed paper so Kelly could stick them right on to the jars!  I think this was a totally cute way to personalize their favors and make them coordinate with the rest of their paper goods!

Kelly and Wai were so much fun to work with and I’m sure that their wedding last Friday was a blast!  Congratulations and thanks so much again, Kelly & Wai!

Weddings | Love is Sweet: Leia & Tyler are Married (continued)!


(Photo Courtesy of Emily G Photography)
Last weekend I posted some pictures of one of my favorite stationery suites that was created for one of my favorite couples from 2009, Leia & Tyler. Not too long after their wedding, Tyler sent me a link to some of the photos from their special day. They gave me permission to share them with you here, and I am stoked to do so! I’m also excited to show you the awesome favor boxes I letterpress printed for their wedding, as well as their thank you cards that we printed just last month.

Let’s start with the photos though! Leia & Tyler’s photographer was the fabulous Emily of Emily G Photography in Portland, Oregon. I don’t know Emily personally, but I do enjoy reading her blog, and ironically enough, she was the photographer for another friend’s wedding, who I did stationery for, that was held the weekend before Leia & Tyler’s wedding. If you’d like to see that couple’s stationery (Emily & Stephen), as well as photos from their wedding taken by Emily G, check it out in my earlier post here.
I love the photos that were taken of Leia, Tyler and their ceremony on the beach! It was such a gorgeous, sunny day too for an Oregon wedding in October! They were really lucky!
I love Leia’s green shoes in the foreground in this photo – so cute!!
Aren’t they just an adorable, couple?!? And, here are a couple of photos of a few details from their reception:
(All wedding photos above courtesy of Emily G Photography)
See that last photo of all of the brown and light green boxes? Twin Ravens Press totally made those. These were kind of a last-minute project that we did the week before Leia & Tyler’s wedding. You see, there is this great little chocolate shop in Eugene called Euphoria, and for their wedding favors, Leia & Tyler had gotten some really tasty little confections for their guests. They hadn’t figured out yet though, how to package or display them at the wedding. Leia and Tyler contacted me to help them out with this last little detail. To package their chocolates as favors for their guests, we created a set of paper pillow boxes with a paper band around them, letterpress printed with Leia & Tyler’s names, wedding date, and the phrase “Love is Sweet”. The chocolate brown boxes were from Waste Not Paper Company, and measured approximately 6.25″ x 4.125″ x 1.625″. Since we did this project on such short notice, you might notice that the font we used for it is a little different than the one we used for their invitations. Becaus
e we didn’t have time to have a new printing plate made, I used antique metal type for the wording on their favor boxes and we cut one of the trees from one of their other printing plates out and combined it with the antique type to create the design. Pretty neat, don’t you think?!? Here is what the boxes looked like flat:

And above is what they looked like folded up, with chocolate inside. Pretty sweet favors, if I do say so myself.
Then, just last month, I had the pleasure of working with Leia & Tyler again to create some custom thank you cards. Before I met Leia & Tyler they had created a set of Save-the-Date postcards themselves using photographs they had made of each other spelling out the words “Save the Date” on the front, and a photo of their two dogs, Vigo & Turbo, with signs that had their wedding date on them, and other information on the back. I don’t have one of the actual cards they sent, but here is a screen shot of the Save-the-Date design.
For their thank you cards, Leia and Tyler wanted to return to the idea of using their dogs for some sort of cute, quirky, thank you image. Here is what we came up with:
Leia & Tyler’s thank you’s are an A2 size card, printed on Crane Lettra pearl white 100% cotton paper, with matching Crane Lettra square flap envelopes. For the design, I created a stylized, cute, cartoony image of Turbo and Vigo for the front, with signs around their necks, just like Leia & Tyler’s Save-the-Dates, only this time, the signs read “Thank You”, instead of the date.
Coming up with this image was really a collaboration between Tyler and I, to make sure that the eye spots and facial expressions came out just right. The words “Thank You” are also in Tyler’s handwriting, just like the handwriting details from the directions card in he and Leia’s invitation suite. Aren’t these thank you’s just adorable?!?
For the envelopes, we kept things nice and simple, and just went with a matching white envelope, and printed Leia & Tyler’s return address on the flap in Turbo’s eye-spot-color-tan.

Leia & Tyler were fabulous, super-fun clients and have become great friends. I can’t wait to see what other non-wedding-related, awesome design/printing projects we come up with together in the future. Thanks so much Leia & Tyler. You rock my socks!

Partying Platypus: Ari's Bar Mitzvah


I must begin by saying that this post is long overdue, however, I would much rather be overly-late in showing off cool things, than not show them off at all.  Remember how I mentioned a while back in this post that I enjoy designing and printing stationery for a variety of other events, as well as weddings, and that I hadn’t had many opportunities to design and print for Bar & Bat Mitzvah’s but really enjoyed doing it when I did?  Well, even though I finished this set of stationery back in February, I thought it would be great to show you, because it is Twin Ravens Press’ second Bar/Bat Mitzvah invitation set!  This set included an invitation, reply postcard, an invitation envelope, program covers and some really cool, die-cut favor envelopes.  You can see the full invitation/reply card and invite envelope at the top of this post.  

Like our first Bat Mitzvah invitation, the Bar Mitzvah, Ari, and his mom, Annette, decided to go with a combination invite/reply card that was printed on a single sheet of paper, separated by a perforation so that the reply postcard could be torn off and mailed back.  This is a really cool option, in my opinion, to do with an invite and reply set because it keeps everything together in one place for the invitee.  Ari’s invitations were a 5.5″ square size, printed on Crane Lettra 100% cotton Ecru paper, printed in two ink colors: chartreuse and chocolate brown.  They came with a coordinating chartreuse envelope from Waste Not Paper Company that had the family’s return address letterpress printed on the back flap.  Here is a close-up of the top, invitation portion of the invite/reply card set: 
If you click on the above photo to enlarge it you can see the two fonts we used for the different verbiage on the invite.  I think the combination of the classic serif font for the names and the more modern, san-serif font for the other wording looked really nice together.  When I asked Ari what he wanted on his invites, he asked if he could have a platypus.  Now, I get asked to draw/design a wide variety of things for invitations, but this was the first time I have ever been asked to do anything with a platypus.  As much as I would love to take credit for those awesome and cute little guys that adorn Ari’s invitation and other pieces, I can’t.  Ari, the Bar Mitzvah, drew them himself!  I think they are awesome and totally unique!  I mean, really, how many times are you going to see a letterpress printed partying platypus, wearing a kippah, on a invitation?  They are really just too cool…
Here is the reply card section: 
As I mentioned above, the reply card for this set is a postcard style and was part of a perforated combination card with the invite.  It was printed in the same colors as the invite and feature Ari’s awesome platypus as well.  Because it was a postcard, it was printed double-sided with the reply portion on one side (above) and the address it was going back to on the other side.  Here is the back (address) side of the same card: 
Isn’t it cool?!?  This wasn’t all though!  For the actual ceremony and party afterwords I also got to design a couple of different pieces: a program cover and some favor envelopes.  
The first piece for the actual ceremony was a letterpress printed program cover, in the same style, using the same fonts and platypus from the invites.  
This program cover was slightly larger than 5.5″x8.5″ and was folded, so that it could hold a standard 8.5″x11″ sheet that had been printed and folded in half.  Here is a close-up of the front of the program cover, so you can see the letterpress impression and the nice fonts: 
The other piece I created for the actual day of the ceremony was Annette’s idea and was something that I had never done anything similar to before.  Annette had been reading Martha Stewart Weddings online and had come across this page, showing off some really cool paper envelope packets that had a window cut out of them for jelly beans.  Ari really likes jelly beans and Annette thought they would be the perfect favor for his party following the Bar Mitzvah, and I thought this was a really cool idea too!  Here is a photo of our finished packets (I’m pretty sure when Annette filled hers with jelly beans that she used a clear cello bag inside the envelope so that you could see the jelly belly’s a lot better – I didn’t have any clear bags that size when I went to take these photos, so I used a glassine envelope instead, but you get the idea): 
We designed the window, text and image for the front of the packets to coordinate with the other stationery pieces we had created.  When it came time to make these, I ordered some chartreuse coin envelopes from Waste Not Paper, the same company I had gotten the square invitation envelopes from, and letterpress printed the text and platypus image on the front.  Then I used the letterpress to die-cut a 2″ circle shape in the center of the envelope.  Annette then inserted slightly smaller cello bags into the envelopes and filled them with coordinating green, chartreuse and brown jelly beans.  Here’s another photo with the jelly belly’s: 
I think this was a really cool idea for a Bar Mitzvah (or really any type of party favor).  If you want to make something like this for your upcoming event, Martha has a really nice little tutorial about it here.  Martha’s aren’t letterpress printed, but you can get a similar effect using a rubber stamp and one of those small shape punches you can buy at a craft store (it will just take you a lot longer).  What a cool idea though!  
I’ve heard from Annette and Ari, since the event, and apparently, everything was a big hit!  If you are interested in more information about Twin Ravens Press’ custom design and letterpress printing for your child’s upcoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah or another event, please feel free to contact me at [email protected]!
Thanks Annette & Ari!