calendar save the dates

Sophie and Shane are getting married this fall out in California. I have always dreamt of living in California, so it was fun to hear little snippets of their wedding details. Their venue is the cutest combination of the rustic industrial and the very picturesque California wine country.

Sophie described her style as modern, classic, and effortless–think J. Crew. The save the dates reflect this style with a simple calendar graphic on the front with their date highlighted with a bright and bold orange circle. This is paired with a modern and fun calligraphy script for their names and all the other pertinent info in a classic block font.

I can’t wait to hear more about their upcoming wedding as I’m sure it’ll be absolutely amazing!

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lauren + lorenzo’s italian getaway!

Congrats to our dear friends, Lauren & Lorenzo on their upcoming wedding! Lauren designed the entire suite herself and we had the pleasure of printing them for the happy couple!

Even though we can’t make it to Assisi for the big party, we’ll be celebrating stateside and lifting a glass on your big day!

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Home Sweet Home!

We’ve been in our new house and studio for just under 2 months now and it has been quite the journey to get here!

My husband and I started looking for our first home early spring 2012 with our awesome realtor, Bob, at Nest Realty. He was great and really listened to what we were looking for in our ideal house. He took us to many homes around town and finally decided that we didn’t want to leave the neighborhood that we were renting in. Although this narrowed our choices, we weren’t in a rush, so we waited until we found the perfect home (and studio).

Long story short, we made an offer that was accepted, filed a bunch of paperwork, closed, filed more paperwork, and MOVED in!

And if you have ever met us, you know that it takes us absolutely forever to unpack. Yes, we had a few unopened boxes 2 years after we moved into our old apartment. We just like getting a feel for the space before making any huge commitments…and…truth comes out, but we’re procrastinators.

We, along with our pup, LOVE our new home. Best part is, I now have a dedicated room for the studio! WOOHOO. No more working out of a glorified hallway! Although we are still trying to figure out storage for the studio, the press and work desk are both set up and running. We even finished printing and assembling our moving announcements. We were inspired by this shadowbox by Young House Love a few weeks ago and decided to use keys in our announcements to allude to our 100 year old house and the people (and dog) that make it a home.

Are you wondering how we made these double sided postcards without and show through impression on the other side? We actually printed each side separately on 110lb lettra and then duplexed together to create a double sided 220lb postcard. Yep, and if you do the math, that’s 2 colors, 2 sides, 4 runs through the press per card for printing alone.

Be Mine

Do you remember making Valentine’s Day cards in elementary school with doilies and red construction paper? We wanted to capture those nostalgic memories with a contemporary spin. You’ll see our version of a doily postcard that’s perfect to send to your valentine. Because the doily is the negative, it actually feels raised as if we actually glued a paper doily on top of the postcard.

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(non)Birthday party

Gage turns one in two weeks! Even though he’s almost an adult dog – weighing in at 70lbs! – he will always be our precious little puppy. We’ll be mailing out these postcards for his (non)birthday party next week and look forward to fun and merriment.

Postcard guestbook

My husband and I didn’t want a traditional guestbook at our wedding, so his aunt suggested postcards! Searches on style me pretty and other wedding blogs convinced us that this would be a brilliant idea: each guest signs a postcard (or several!) and we’d receive one in the mail once a week for our first few years of marriage. I loved this idea because we could enjoy advice and encouragement from our guests all year long, and reminisce about our special day each time. Plus, who doesn’t love getting real mail?

We used the words Desire, Kudos, Treasure, and Honor not only because we of what they mean for a marriage, but also because they are our initials (DK, TH). We also pre-addressed and stamped the cards to make everything easy for our guests!