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.)
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).
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!
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 😉).
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)!
> 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!
> these photos show an example of my pocket-on-the-back invitation suite.
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!
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…!
When I met with Michelle, I was so excited to utilize her fun color palette when designing her custom invitations into a unique, art deco styled suite. I also created a ‘Great Gatsby’ themed monogram to use throughout their stationery (see matchbook & cuff links too!). Everything really came together beautifully by combining the stunning bouquets [by Fantasy Flowers] with the wedding day coordination [A Savvy Event]. I had to find time to showcase just a few of my favorite photos for your planning inspiration! 😉
Thanks Brides California for featuring Papercake’s eco-friendly, tear-off Rsvp invitation design in their “Coming Up Roses” article [June 2015 issue]. I’m so excited to see our simple, but unique, custom suite showcased along the other amazing stationery designs utilizing rose & gold details.
> this all-in-one invitation can be personalized by changing the paper & ink colors, fonts, or selecting a different floral illustration to match your theme. See the etsy listing for lots more info & how to get started.
> the guest / return address label wrap shown above is optional
Wow! this year is flying by! I’ve been so busy with new invite & stationery orders for the 2014 wedding season that I haven’t been able to update my website or blog as much as I should. But luckily I remembered to capture a quick photo each time I created a new custom design. Thank goodness for social media 😉 #papercakedesigns
>check out the links below to see more photos & inspiration:
I cannot believe it’s been 2 years since I first illustrated the San Francisco skyline for Lianne’s custom wedding invitation. Recently I’ve been on a roll designing more cityscapes, as well as updating the SF skyline to each clients venue location! I’m excited to finally have a gallery of new invites, showcasing how each can be customized to a specific color theme, shape & size. Let me know your favorite combo! 😉
It seems like yesterday when we started the custom design process on their wedding invitation suite. We first created a ‘Paris skyline’ illustration [where he proposed!] on their personalized monogram & all-in-one guest/return address label wraps. Combined with stylish typography and swirl graphics we incorporated a color palette with hues of blush & taupe [enclosure cards printed on a pale pink/coral metallic paper]. I just love how the whole wedding day follows this romantic color theme so perfectly!
If you’re familiar with Etsy, then you may have already gotten inspiration from the many treasury lists created [an ever-changing, member-curated shopping gallery.] The items found in this very cool, camera-themed treasury [below] are so unique that it blows my mind how creative people are…
…and yes, I’m super thrilled that my vintage cinema wedding invitation ticket was included too!
I designed this custom invite [with tear-off rsvp postcard] for trisha & tony a few years ago. Now looking back, I love how creative my brides have gotten by personalizing all the details to match their wedding theme!
> see below for just a few examples on how each invite was customized; paper colors, movie headline, label shapes, even a music note!