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Accordion Booklets for Wedding Weekend Events
Having a big wedding weekend with lots of events? Help your guests keep track of where the fun will be with a pocket-sized event brochure. ...
Having a big wedding weekend with lots of events? Help your guests keep track of where the fun will be with a pocket-sized event brochure. These sweet accordion save-the-dates are not only cute, they are super functional.
Each panel has room for you to give important details about each event in your wedding weekend extravaganza. Cute icons keep it fun, and an orderly repeat of the day, time and location of your brunch, rehearsal dinner, and other sight-seeing events so your guests have the details they need at their fingertips.
When putting together a weekend guide to your wedding, be sure to include contact information for not only the events venues, but also for someone in your wedding party or event planner, in case guests get lost or cannot find where they need to be.
These simple accordion booklets are more work than they appear to be, so plan ahead and be sure to allow time for design and revisions. Check your facts and especially addresses so your guests don't end up at the wrong place wondering where to find the party.
If budget allows, hire and illustrator, like
, to create custom--and more importantly--style-matching icons for each of your events. The more cohesive the illustrations the better your accordion guide will look.
Real Card Studio
created this darling accordion wedding event guide for
Wedding Invitaitons with a Romantic Color Palette of Burgundy, Blush and Gold
One of the most beautiful ways to add depth and interest to your palette--for invitations, your walls, or your wardrobe--layer color...
One of the most beautiful ways to add depth and interest to your palette--for invitations, your walls, or your wardrobe--layer colors. For invitations especially, I think using multiple materials and shades of paper colors can create much more interest in an invitation suite over just matching all your cards and envelopes in the same shade of white. Today's featured wedding invitation proves adding color can be just as elegant, if not more, than traditional whites alone.
Of course, I love the combination of burgundy and blush. Wine colors can be heavy, but pairing it with blush pink lightens the overall effect. Now add the natural warmth that the wood card brings to the suite and tuck it into a soft bamboo white sleeve so that the monogram is revealed, and you've got yourself a rich, warm and beautiful invitation suite.
The gold foil printed beautifully on the wood card, the key to its success being that the art was not too small. Foil catches light and can be more difficult to read at certain angles, so having just the names and monogram in the foil was key to the success of this piece. Turning the card in your hands and when that gold foil catches the light, the names seem to light up. Tying in the outer envelope, we used the rich burgundy ink for the smaller text, which worked beautifully.
Design wise, pairing hand lettered script for the names and the couple's pre-married monogram (just their first initials; after the wedding, if she takes his last name, they can begin to use his last name initial in their monogram. But absolutely not before) with classic small caps typesetting keeps the look formal and elegant.
Diecut sleeve takes the place of the more traditional inner envelop
Mixing pearl white, blush, natural wood and burgundy for a rich and beautiful invitation suite.
Real Card Studio
created these wedding invitations for
in Chicago. Photographed by
, photos styled by Heather van Breda.
Pink Glitter and Letterpress Bat Mitzvah Invitation
Oh, to be thirteen again! Who else could pull off so much fun and beautiful pink glitter? When we were working on the design for this bat m...
Oh, to be thirteen again! Who else could pull off so much fun and beautiful pink glitter? When we were working on the design for this bat mitzvah invitation, the mother was a little nervous about the glitter and thought maybe we should do white to tone it down; but I easily convinced her that once you're doing glitter... it may as well be pink! Because it was handily balanced by the elegance of the hand lettered name and delicate classic typesetting in a soft pink ink.
Pretty in pink, forever.
Bat Mitzvah invitation by Real Card Studio :: Beautiful and age-appropriate pink glitter card duplexed with metallic rose, and mounted bright white cotton invitation with hand lettering letterpress printed in rose pink.
Real Card Studio
created this Bat Mitzvah invitation for
Notes by Nanette
in New York City.
Influenced by Fashion: Inspired by the work of Lee Alexander McQueen
"I don't think like the average person on the street. I think quite perversely sometimes." –Lee Alexander McQueen ...
"I don't think like the average person on the street. I think quite perversely sometimes."
–Lee Alexander McQueen
"Bumsters" skirt by Alexander McQueen, Highland Rape collection, autumn/winter 1995-96
I love couture fashion. And I don't mean that in a "I-always-wear-amazing-clothes" kind of way. (I really, really don't.) But being in a creative career, I crave inspiration. I need input. Looking at other stationery designers and graphic designers is a must, and I pick up ideas there, but usually it mostly makes me feel unoriginal. So I like to seek out inspiration that needs a little translation to my application, like apparel design. Color combinations, textures, folds, patterns all relate to my work. So while my own uniform is rather simple, I still love love LOVE high fashion.
One of my favorite designers to go to for creative refreshment is Alexander McQueen. At first glance, his work can be startling. But I have his book
on my shelf and the more I look, the more I want to look, and eventually I start to see. Lee Alexander McQueen left an indelible mark on the world of art and fashion.
"Voss" ensemble by Alexander McQueen, spring/summer 2001
"Widow of Calludon" by Alexander McQueen, Highland Rape collection, autumn/winter 2006-7
Although exquisite, to the average observer, a lot of his designs are rather absurd. Exposed breasts, straight-jacket restrained arms, bird-skulls-as-shoulder-adornments. I see it. And imagining your average mall-shopper trying one on of Alexander McQueen's skirts in the dressing room, it is absurd. But fashion was his artistic medium where he put his exquisite tailoring skills to work while exploring and bringing to light his ideas related to gender, sexuality, nature and even history, and he expressed these themes in such a unusual and, well, savagely beautiful way.
When I say that Alexander McQueen inspires me, I'm not saying that I want to come out with a tartan envelope liner to remember his
collection (which is about Scotland, and not about women, by the way). I mean that seeing his work reminds me that I do my best work when I express something that matters to me. When I'm exploring an idea that is bigger than just using
Pantone's Color of the Year
and the latest pattern trend, because those aren't meaningful, and they're not personal.
But if I express my experience of going to back to where my husband was born in Johannesburg, and I pick a color to match the red dirt of Africa and use letterpress printing to give it depth and texture and choose a tribal pattern for the liner, then there's a chance someone will connect with it. They may not even know why they like it, or maybe they think they just like the colors and patterns. But if I operate in this manner, my designs will have soul and come from a real place and I hope people will sense that.
"When we put the antlers on the model and then draped over it the lace embroidery that we had made, we had to poke them through a £2,000 piece of work. But then it worked because it looks like she's rammed the piece of lace with her antlers. There's always spontaneity."
–Lee Alexander McQueen
"Widows of Culloden" Alexander McQueen, Autumn/Winter 2006-7
Lee Alexander McQueen images and quotations are from the book
Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty
by Andrew Bolton published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, with contributions by Susannah Frankel and Tim Blanks. Photography by
Dress for Success: How what you wear effects confidence and creativity
Sometimes, a fantastic pair of new spring sandals is all it takes for me to feel like I'm the shit and then the creativity just pours ...
Sometimes, a fantastic pair of new spring sandals is all it takes for me to feel like I'm the shit and then the creativity just pours out of me.
What's your go-to outfit when you need to kick-ass?
Calling Cards That Leave a Memorable Impression
Fun with typography! Letterpress printed calling cards by Real Card Studio Here's the thing about calling cards: you personally han...
Fun with typography! Letterpress printed calling cards by Real Card Studio
Here's the thing about calling cards: you personally hand them to people that have met/are meeting you. So the job of the card is not to inform people about you, it's to help them remember you, and let them know how to get in touch.
So why do something memorable?
Typography is my passion. I love playing with fonts, carefully pairing contrasting styles and sizing lines by importance to best fit the space. Lately, I've been having fun breaking words onto separate lines, like in the "Vanessa" card shown above. Admittedly, it's a little tough if Vanessa hands you her card and hasn't introduced herself, you'll be looking at it longer as your brain processes the line breaks and slowly comes up with the answer. But after Vanessa Mazursky introduces herself and then hands her card to you, your brain will recognize it immediately. A lot of reading is simply recognition, it would be too slow if we had to truly read every word every time.You don't always have to read a complete word to know what it says. And sometimes, that's more than okay, it's intriguing.
Letterpress printed calling cards by
Real Card Studio
are available at
Blacker and Kooby
in NYC. For more stores, please visit our website.
Beach Destination Wedding Invitations in Aqua Letterpress
A little detail goes a long way on this sea-worthy invitation to an engagement party. The focal point of this invitation is the beautifu...
A little detail goes a long way on this sea-worthy invitation to an engagement party.
The focal point of this invitation is the beautiful calligraphy by
Karen Yee Chan
for the couple's names. We wanted to frame the layout, but with the name bleeding off, we had to blow the frame out further as well. The frame detail is from a quatrefoil outline, but zoomed in so we just see the corner details. The aqua letterpress printing gives the card it's sunny oceanside feel.
Real Card Studio's
"Daiquiri" invitation is available at
Union Street Papery
in San Francisco, and select stationers nationwide. Please visit our website for Stores.
One of My Favorite Books: All The King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
Let me just say, my blog is not where you'll find reviews of the latest books. First of all, I'm not a book reviewer, per se. A...
Let me just say, my blog is not where you'll find reviews of the latest books. First of all, I'm not a book reviewer, per se. And second, I often like to find my next good read at second hand and thrift stores, so the newest books (unless they're terrible) don't make it there right away. Today I'm sharing a little about my favorite book, that was first published in 1946.
All The Kings Men
by Robert Penn Warren is narrated by Jack Burden, primarily in a conversational style of Louisiana in the 1930s, a journalist following the campaign and career of one of Louisiana's most colorful and energetic governors. Fiction, of course, but said to be based on a real life politician of the same place and time.
I can't help but love them all, but Jack is my favorite character. He tries so hard not to care, not to get invested and merely observe and record. But the events that unfold become increasingly personal to him, despite his trying very hard 'not to know what anyone anywhere is doing at any time', and he is no longer able to escape the burden of being intricately involved.
At an innocuous meeting in the back room of a bar one afternoon, Jack meets a local do-gooder councilman named Willie Stark who appears to be there for inspection to be set up as a vote-splitter for the reigning corrupt politician. Convinced to run for Governor of Louisiana, when Stark goes on the campaign trail, Burden follows him to report the story, all the while knowing that Stark's encouragement to run is not as authentic as he thinks it is and that he's certainly not expected to win. Stark is full of heart, but it's not until he realizes he's been set up that he truly finds his voice, and then he takes the election by a landslide. When Jack is hired by Stark to be part of his personal entourage, his position as intellectual observer begins to disappear and the politics of the state become entwined with Jack's past, his family, his best friend, and his first love.
A few years after I first read the book,
came out (the 2007 version, anyway. It was also made into a movie back in 1949 that I have yet to see). It was hard for me at first because the characters I knew so well from the detailed descriptions by author Robert Penn Warren looked different on screen. Willie Stark was a large man, James-Gandolfini-esque in my mind (Gandolfini actually plays a different character in the film named "Tiny" Duffy), but he is played by not-very-large Sean Penn. And Stark's associate and mistress Sadie Burke (my second favorite character), a chain-smoker with nervous energy and jet black hair, is played by the refined and strawberry-blonde Patricia Clarkson. But they nailed the ethos of the story so I have long since forgiven the visual disconnect.
All the King's Men is one of only a handful of books I've read more than once, and I'm sure will read again. You won't regret it. At the very least, see the movie!
Encouraging Artistic Expression vs. Over-Instruction
Big Mouth sculpture by Jude --> Ah, Jude. My oldest child has such a funny and fearless artistic style. Pictured above...
Big Mouth sculpture by Jude
Ah, Jude. My oldest child has such a funny and fearless artistic style. Pictured above is a sculpture he made at school that I will cherish forever. I'm positive there was very little art direction here by anyone, and left to his own imagination, he came up with this crazy big-mouthed creature. Mouth open so wide, you can't see his face, just his two front teeth topped with a villain's curled moustache.
Art requires freedom. Freedom to express creativity without worrying what people will think, or if it's good enough. And opportunity vs. over-instruction to allow the artist to interpret the project and execute as he or she sees fitting. As a parent I hope Jude keeps that carefree instinct and don't become stifled trying to please. As an artist, I admire him and aspire to be that fearless in my own work.
My younger son, Noah, has the expression part down for sure. Pictured below, I can see how he might not realize that once the chalkboard ends and his wall begins he's not supposed to color on the wall anymore. But Noah is generally a pleaser, so my favorite thing about this (naughty) expression is his strike-through commentary on the graphic art we have hanging in his room. His mark making is unrestrained. (That's gold Sharpie, by the way, not chalk.) I couldn't get mad about this. In fact, I kind of love it.
Mark making by Noah
Strike-through expression. (I think he's over the farm animals.)
City Skyline Save the Date with Gold Foil Printing
When many of your guests will be traveling from out of town to your wedding, or if the city is majorly important thematically to your enti...
When many of your guests will be traveling from out of town to your wedding, or if the city is majorly important thematically to your entire event, an illustration of its skyline makes a great save the date card. Add some gold foil on a cotton card,
Chic and modern without breaking a sweat.
Real Card Studio
printed this save the date for
Rock Paper Scissors
in Franklin, Tennessee.
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