[custom design] Destination Fiesta! Create a Stationery Suite Unique to Your Wedding

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A custom designed papel picado wedding invitation suite; 2-layer card, 2 personalized enclosure cards + monogram tag & twine [white texture + mandarin matte]
Starting from your event’s theme — like the Mexican destination wedding shown here — is an ideal way to begin the creative process for your invitations and stationery. This is exactly what we did to create Liz’s wedding package after she Googled around & found Papercake’s “Papel Picado” themed design via Etsy! (Papel picado is a Mexican style of art that features tissue paper cut-outs.)

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A destination wedding save-the-date with envelope; includes papel-picado graphic + photograph 

After the initial email inquiry & discussion on papers, colors, etc., I began the process with the design of their monogram, a papel picado flag with initials. (The monogram will set the tone for the special day & can be used throughout the wedding stationery, on the cake, favors, or even lighting at the reception! e.g. check out the postage stamp above – ordered via zazzle). I placed their monogram onto the banner illustration along with an engagement photo for their save the date cards. She had the guest & return addresses printed directly onto the envelopes by cards & pockets; (on their site, select the envelope color & size, choose your fonts, then pick guest only -or- guest + return address printing).

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Behind the scenes! After custom designing & printing the invite and enclosure cards, the assembly can begin: layering cards together, twine embellishment cut to size, monogram tags punched, tie all together & insert face-up in outer envelope!

We had a little fun with the papel picado invitations & switched up some of the paper & ink colors. Liz also had the addresses printed on pink, watermelon envelopes (not shown). Finally, I printed the custom monogram onto a tag that we tied with twine around the 2-layer invite & enclosure cards. I cannot wait to see what we do for the reception stationery! 😉

You can do the very same to create your custom wedding suite by first working with me to develop a monogram or graphic, then adding this design to the save the dates, and finally styling the invitations to match!  fyi: If you would like to print & assemble your own stationery, I also offer DIY design assistance where I layout and provide high-resolution pdf’s ready for print!

[design update] wedding showcase + wearable art!

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San Francisco skyline wedding invitation & reception suite

I’m excited to be a part of the wedding showcase at The University Club of San Francisco!   I personalized my SF Invite suite to match the event theme colors + I’ll be raffling off my city skyline save the date postcards!  *find tickets at link below

We Left Our Hearts in San Francisco: A Mock Wedding 6.12.17
This isn’t your typical bridal fair where you’ll be hopping from booth to booth to booth, it’ll be set up to reflect a real wedding! This also isn’t just for the ladies, we have events and giveaways for the men too! So bring your gals and your guys, and even your grandma!


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VIDA Announcement [Gift Card]

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Recently I’ve spent time creating wearable art with VIDA (a company committed to creating clothing in a socially conscious way) and would like to share my most popular designs with you. *see above my SF Stone Tile sleeveless top …now modeled on their main page!   All the items I’ve designed are shoppable, and can be found on my personal collection page. I would love to share a gift card for 15% off my collection with you.

ENJOY 15% OFF YOUR ORDER / Use code DISCOVERVIDA

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Your purchase not only supports my personal collection of hand-designed products but makes a global impact. VIDA is passionate about helping to drive social change for artists and makers. Their company offers literacy and empowerment programs for their factory workers so they can build a better life for generations to come.

[design] custom invitation process

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I can’t believe it’s almost March… it’s been a busy beginning of the year producing spring & summer wedding invites, which unfortunately makes it difficult to keep up with blog posts. So, I utilize social media whenever possible [especially Papercake’s Instagram page]. This keeps my business up to date, showcasing new designs as I create them (with a few lifestyle shots in between 😉).

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I love that Instagram just added a new feature [share multiple photos and videos in one post]. Since I was actually in production on an order, I decided I would share my custom design process in one post. I then realized I should share these photos here, as well, to give a visual of how it all works.

note > I have many local clients that I’m able to sit down & meet with, but I mostly work with clients nationwide (and international – many thanks to Etsy)!

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> After the initial inquiry, design inspiration emails and quote approval, a mock-up PDF is started via email. I can also mail paper color swatches to choose from, based on the events theme.

> Once revisions are made and design is finalized, I can then order supplies and make an actual sample invitation for approval… print production & assembly can start after that! 

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> these photos show an example of my pocket-on-the-back invitation suite.

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A 2-layer pocket-on-the-back invite with details & Rsvp enclosure cards, response & outer envelopes [papers: white matte + cool grey & real grey matte]

[design] watercolor collaboration

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Inspiration comes when you least expect it… especially while lounging on a Lake Tahoe beach. This time it brought on a collaboration with Marissa Marquez of Colormonger … check out these watercolor images she painted while relaxing and enjoying the view!

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Two watercolor paintings paired with custom typography = unique wedding invitations! [paintings by Marissa Marquez]
Quickly after seeing her amazing artwork, my mind started dreaming of typography along with paper & envelopes to match. I ended up designing a save the date and a wedding invitation (an rsvp card is also available if needed). I’m so excited about this new addition to my portfolio and hope we can work together in the near future…!

Etsy Shop > you can choose from the diy digital design (if you can print yourself) or the print listing (if you need me to print, provide envelopes & ship to you).

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Save the Date cards featuring a lakeside mountain watercolor painting

[Shop] My Stationery to Fashion Collection Debuts!

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I’ve been busy working on growing my design business through a partnership with VIDA, a new kind of fashion company that connects graphic designers (like me) with producers to bring our work to life. Through VIDA I’ve designed tops, wraps, totes, and more with my favorite motifs. I’m excited that VIDA is providing another way for people to enjoy the graphics I’ve created over the years for my stationery clients!

San Francisco Skyline graphic… from paper to fabric
Example: San Francisco Skyline graphic… from paper to fabric

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Plus, VIDA has another wonderful mission besides supporting designers, artists, and photographers around the world. For every product sold, VIDA hopes to provide the gift of literacy to the makers they work with.

My collection recently went live …  It’s small at this point but will continue to grow as I design and add new items. I’m really proud to share the first designs with you! VISIT MY COLLECTION here!
*Use code VIDAWELCOME to get 10% off your first purchase.

EVERY SALE BRINGS Papercake Designs CLOSER TO VIDA SLATE STATUS:
• My art will be promoted by VIDA + YOU and all of my customers will receive a $25 VIDA Gift Card!

I hope you’ll enjoy viewing my collection, and maybe even find something you’d like to wear or carry! If so, please share a photo with me 😉 #papercakedesigns

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[Real Wedding] San Francisco Skyline Custom Stationery

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Congrats to Kate & TJ, married May 7th 2016 at the University Club of San Francisco!
I designed their full stationery suite from the save the dates to invites, and finally reception cards. I’m so thrilled that they sent me a few gorgeous photos from their big day to showcase!

2-layer san francisco skyline invite card [beige + navy metallic]
2-layer san francisco skyline invite card [beige + navy metallic]

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After their save the dates were sent out [see below], Kate & TJ wanted to customize my SF city skyline wedding invitation suite. We changed the paper colors and fonts, and moved the skyline to the top of the 5×7 invite card.

We also carried on this design style & paper color combo for their reception stationery; table signs, large format program, and 2-layer escort tent cards!

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reception stationery *photography by quincy cardinale

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save the date card with envelope; fonts were chosen for this piece first then picked up for the rest of the invitation & reception suite 

[Real Wedding] A Romantic and Glamorous Reception

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Photography by Sun & Sparrow

Congrats to Michelle & Raphael, married on August 22, 2015 in Santa Monica, California!
STD_postcardMichelleUyen, from Sassy Girl Weddings, first asked me to design their Save the Date postcards incorporating blush & gold colors. For the reception at Casa Del Mar, we needed glamorous stationery to complement the venue and the couple’s romantic theme. Below are just a few stunning photos [by Sun & Sparrow] showcasing not only the escort, table & menu cards printed on soft blush metallic finish paper with dark gold ink accents, but some incredible inspiration of Uyen’s wedding planning expertise!

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single-layer escort tent cards
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2-layer table tent cards

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tall menu cards

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Monogram floor lighting
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Sweetheart table
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7-tier wedding cake

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[save the date] custom design wedding inspiration

Need a custom Wedding Save the Date? See below for some design inspiration and ideas on what we can create for you (paper, ink & fonts can change based on your theme):

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Custom Nautical Wedding  / 2-layer card with envelope
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Engagement Photography / flat card printed front & back with envelope
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Vintage Cinema Ticket / card with envelope (optional guest/return address label wrap)
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San Francisco Skyline / card with envelope
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Eye Chart design for an ophthalmologist couple / Postcard
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Full frame photo/ postcard
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Filigree / 2-layer card w/envelope (custom guest address labels)
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2-layer card w/envelope (magnet strips added to the back)

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[update] We’re Honored: The Knot Dream Wedding

The Oscars may be this coming weekend, but we’re already celebrating our own award: this year’s bride in The Knot Dream Wedding, Asha Joyce, chose Papercake Designs to create her darling football-themed save the dates (she’s marrying NFL player Devon Still).

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Photo by Sarah Love Photography

Read about Asha’s design on The Knot blog, then head to Etsy to create your own sports ticket save the date or invite  — Papercake has two options for custom designed tickets, printed for you (with envelopes) and digital DIY (you can print at home or local printer).

Thanks Etsy and The Knot, and Asha for picking Papercake Designs! 😉