I love love love when couples give me enough time play around with their invites.  Thank you Mara & Brett!  We added a deep purple backing board to the invite and coordinating envelopes.  They have just the right amount of shimmer to give their guests an idea of what’s ahead.  I can’t wait to see how the rest of this event comes together!

Tree Themed Wedding Invitations

a closer look…

Purple and Grey Oak Tree Wedding Invitations

For a peek at more of my wedding goodies, skip on over to The Ink Lab.

I love it when a couple has a vision and enough lead time for me to create something custom.   Julia and Richard are getting married at the gorgeous Driehaus Museum in Chicago.  They wanted to incorporate a tree on their invitations and an overall Art Deco feel.  The first place I look for inspiration is the wedding venue itself.  Wedding invitations are the first impression your guests get of your Big Day, so if you can tie in the venue / setting in the little details, it makes for a nice added touch.  The Driehaus has an incredible domed stained glass window with trees on it.

dome

From there I created some abstracted versions…one a little “leafier” than the other…

Abstract Tree Drawing

Julia & Richard really wanted a folded invitation, which allowed for the tree to be center stage!

Driehaus Museum Inspired Wedding Invitations

LOVE their wedding colors and how they add to the overall stained glass feel of the tree.

Here’s a look at the full suite….

Art Deco Tree Wedding Invitations

Thank you Julia & Richard!  It was wonderful working with you!  Hope your Big Day is spectacular!

 

 

 

Working from home with a little man has posed all sorts of challenges (it’s a wonder I get anything done) but the biggest challenge to date, has been baby proofing. The new boss-man gets into EVERYTHING.

Future Postmaster General

My studio is ripe with sharp, toxic, messy, dangerous, and costly things.  Even before Elliot arrived, I had been feeling as though the walls were closing in on me.  So overwhelming it seemed, I enlisted the help of Susan Brun, owner of Neater Stuff.

First off the list….PURGE!  Susan, being a third party (and a reasonable one at that), had no personal attachment to my stuff.  She pointed out that I didn’t need every single blue bird from my wedding or bins upon bins of supplies that rarely, if ever, got touched.

E Studio Purge

It was a truck full!  Most of which was donated to local school art rooms or goodwill.  To think I had all this unnecessary stuff packed into my closets…no wonder the walls were closing in!

Now onto a bigger problem.  I had been using two rickety old bookcases to house all of my inventory.  I was terrified that my little explorer would pull them down on top of himself and there was no safe way to anchor them to the wall.  (not to mention how unsightly they are….they aren’t even twins) I like to be able to see my stock of paper goods, so Susan suggested a china cabinet or furniture piece with cabinets on the bottom to keep the toxic paints locked up and open storage up top.  We both spent a week hunting garage sales, antique stores and the like, and both of us kept coming back to this 1950’s piece from Two Women & a Warehouse.  It was already painted, solid and a steal at only $220.  Checkout that bakelite hardware!

Studio make over

The closets followed suit…

closet reorganization

My packaging newsprint is now easy to reach and doesn’t require me pulling half of it out onto the floor for a few sheets.

closet organization

Why I ever thought using hangers to organize was a good idea, is beyond me!  I managed to purge 2 whole bins of useless supplies, which allowed for me to move my packaging supplies off the floor and into the closet.  My wrapping paper is now neatly contained in a corner bin, and Nick built me this super awesome ribbon holder…

ribbon holder

Susan is really great at re-purposing old items and working within a tight budget.  During the great purge, I was tempted to completely discard an old scissor caddy.  It was home to about 12 different fancy scissors, that maybe got used twice a year to make gift tags.  Instead of throwing it out, we packed the fancy scissors away and moved the round caddy to my drafting table.  It’s the perfect way to store the scissors and tools I use regularly.  (I’m a total scissor snob, can you tell?)

Studio desk reorganization

The overall transformation is HUGE!  I can see the floors, Vayda and Elliot can look out the window, I can allow Elliot to play at my feet in the studio without fear that he’s going to guzzle a pint of toxic paint when I’m not looking.

Studio overhaul

If you’re local to our area, I highly recommend Neater Stuff.  I don’t think there’s an area, be it kitchen pantry, garage, commercial or residential that they couldn’t get organized.  They can work with any budget and help you maximize your space.  I finally feel like I can breathe over here.  My space is functional, aesthetically pleasing, and most importantly, BABY PROOF!

Studio Monster

Though he still likes to rummage through the mailers and recycling bin!

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LOVE the color scheme of these program fans, just perfect for a sweet outdoor wedding!
Tree Themed Wedding Program Fans

I offer these in theinklab fully assembled or DIY (I design, print and supply you with the handles and ribbon, you assemble)

 

Foil printing is making a HUGE come back.  I mean, who doesn’t love a little flash of fancy when they open a wedding invitation?  Foil printing also adds a lovely touch to menus (ahhh imagine that little glimmer in low lighting!) and as this bride requested, custom Thank You notes for her guests.

Custom Gold Foil Thank You Card

Custom Gold Foil Wedding Invitation Tree Themed

Please disregard my lack of photography skills…I’m no Diana Daley.

I currently don’t have these listed for sale in The Ink Lab…but I’m happy to provide you with a custom quote!  Just plan in advance, since I don’t print them in-house.

 

Wise Old Bird

May 27, 2014

Found this anniversary card from Granny J to my Papa while cleaning out my studio.  Unsure of the year, but I love this Meyer- Gasters watercolor

Wise Old Bird Meyer Gasters Owl Print

Anniversary Card

Mother’s Day

May 12, 2014

Well he finally got his hands in paint and by the looks of it, he liked it.  First Mother’s Day gift and you can bet it’s skipping the fridge and going right to my studio wall.

First Painting

8.5 x 11 finger paint on cardstock by EJD

Nick and Elliot also started a book for me.  Instead of cards for birthdays, Mother’s Day, etc. they’ll add to the book…love!

Memory Book

So blessed!

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