Monday, December 14, 2009

Emily & Josh: Invitations and Programs

Yes, it has taken me forever to post some pictures of these invitations. But hey, better late than never right?

These are the invitations and programs that I created for my good friend Emily. She was looking for something that had a slightly (ever so slightly :o) traditional look, with a bit of a modern and natural feel.

And here are some beautiful images from the wedding, taken by Colleen Eide Photography.

After the reception the wedding party headed out to go bowling! I absolutely love this picture of Emily. Doesn't she look adorable?

Thank you Emily and Josh, for letting me be a part of your big day!


Sunday, December 13, 2009

party invites

When my lovely friend Christin got married this summer, I had the pleasure of not only designing her wedding invitations, but also some bridal shower and bachelorette party invitations as well! Here are the final products:


holiday invites

This holiday season I had the pleasure of doing some work for my mom. :o) Here is the invite I created for her holiday open house (aka my dad's birthday party).

Obviously the address is a fake, as well as the phone number, so please don't think you're going to be crashing my parents party. I think they turned out pretty cute!


Saturday, October 10, 2009

upcoming bridal show

In just a few weeks (November 1st to be exact) I will be manning a booth at the Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Show. A bridal show is a great opportunity to access various vendors in one location at one time.

Pre-register for the Bridal Show here to receive $4 off the price of admission. All brides that schedule a consultation with Something You Design during the show will receive a coupon for $15 off their invitation design fee!

November 1st, 10 am to 5 pm, Overland Park Convention Center. Be there!


Sunday, October 4, 2009

the consultation

You may wonder what happens at an invitation consultation.  Here is a look at how a consultation goes with Something You Design.

Generally I hold consultations at my home.  I work from home, so meeting there allows me to have anything and everything I might want or need to show you on hand.  If you are uncomfortable meeting at my house I can always meet you at a Panera or something of the sort.

When scheduling the consultation I will ask a few questions... your wedding date, how many invitations you think you might need, if you have a budget in mind for invites, and if there is anything in particular you are looking for.  This allows me to have a design and print estimate on hand for you, as well as locate anything special you are looking for.

Do you need to have an idea of exatly what you want?  Absolutely not.  I have several ideas and solutions to invitations to share, and after talking with you, we will come up with something that works for you and your wedding.  When you come to my home I will have all of my invitation samples, and some product samples available for you to browse through and ask questions about.

Is there any payment necessary at the consultation?  Nope!  Should you decide during the consultation that you would like to book me as your invitation designer you can pay your design fee deposit.  However you can also go home, talk with your family, and get in touch with me at a later date for booking.

During the consultation generally I will write down things you are interested in, as well as things about your wedding.  Colors, venue, preferred style, things that you absoutely do not want to see.  The more information I get the more personal the invitations will be.

That is just a quick overview.  If you are interested in seeing my work please call or e-mail me to schedule a consultation!


Thursday, September 3, 2009

Charlie and Rob: Save the Dates

Here is a peek at some of the stuff I've been working on for Charlie and Rob lately.  (Well I hope Rob likes it, I haven't had the chance to meet him!)

Charlie came to me wanting stationery that was simple and elegant, with the tiniest bit of flair.  For the save-the-dates I created a post card.  The front featured a picture of the beautiful couple and the most important bit of information.  The who and the when.  The back featured the wedding website and other information.  Here are two of the options I presented to Charlie:

The engagement photo was taken by Anne Pendleton Photography.  We are currently in the process of printing their invitations.  I can't wait to show you the final product!


Monday, July 27, 2009

emboss away

Interested in adding subtle touch of class to your wedding stationery?  An embosser might be just the thing you need.  Not sure what an embosser is?  Many hand embossers resemble the one below.  (There are some really expensive, er... snazzy ones that are self powered, but what is the fun in that?)

You place a piece of paper between the two discs, squeeze with all of your might, and end up with results similar to this:

The above photo is my own wedding program.  My lovely husband embossed all 325 of our programs.  We opted to go with a simply beautiful 'J', but a custom monogram can be designed for the embosser.  

With a custom designed embosser, the possibilities are endless.  


Sunday, July 19, 2009

back to business

Obviously my blog posts have been lacking, but nonetheless I'm back in action.

I am proud to say that I have recently become a member of The Bliss List.  Earlier this year Jenny, the creator of The Bliss List, invited me to join her list of amazing vendors.  "The Bliss List is a guide to the area's most qualified, creative, amazing and diverse vendors in the KC wedding industry."  

At the time I wasn't quite ready, but with my samples photographed, and my desire to create more invitations growing, we got my page put together.

Make sure to head over to the The Bliss List to check me out, along with the other talented vendors Jenny has selected.


Sunday, April 26, 2009

choosing your wedding colors

One of the most difficult things for me while planning my own wedding, was deciding on the colors.  I agonized over whether to use colors that were trendy, that I loved, or use something that seemed more traditional and timeless, that I liked, but wasn't yet in love with.  In the end I ended up with a color scheme that included mainly silver, coral (not peach!!) and ivory, with touches of pink and green.  I kept other elements in the wedding more timeless, so that the colors could add some fun to the day.

Of course after my wedding I have discovered some wonderful resources for color palette ideas.  The first of which is the blog written by Abby Larson, Style Me Pretty.  Her 'wedding resources' tab houses some amazing inspiration bits that can get any bride's mind buzzing.  Another great place for color palette inspiration is The Perfect Palette.  The best part?  You can e-mail her some colors you are interested in and the mood you would like your wedding to convey, and she will create a custom inspiration board just for you!

Happy wedding planning!


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

happy hump day!

It may be Wednesday, but that means we are halfway to Friday! I just can't get enough of the weekends. In my opinion, a four day work week should be instituted, it would make everyone much happier. Anyway...

I thought I'd post a few more pictures of my design samples. Enjoy!


Sunday, April 12, 2009

little details, big impact

Looking back at my own invitations, there is one thing I really wish I would have done.  Custom stamps.  Now don't get me wrong, the stamp does not make or break an invitation, but custom stamps add that extra little piece of flair that ties into the invitation design.

A custom stamp could feature a photo, or an element from your custom designed invitations.  You're going to need postage anyway, so why not make it look great as well?  If you're interested in a custom stamp design don't hesitate to ask!


Thursday, April 2, 2009

a long overdue post

So I turned out to be a blogging failure. But one of my goals this year is to change that. I went 3 full months with out starting on that goal, but hey. At least I'm actually going to start!

I've been pretty busy the past couple of weeks getting together invitations for my friend Emily. I'll post photos after we get them all put together tonight!

I do have photos to share of some of my samples that have been put together. Eventually they will make it to the website, but for now they can hang out on the blog. Here are a few of my favorites:


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