[wedding favor] custom soaps

Oh my… I’m loving this idea of customizing the scent & design for your own soap [to give as a wedding favor or for any special event]. Meow Meow Tweet, an organic soap, body care and soy candle making company, personalized these small half bars for each client with special wrapping that fit the aesthetic and feel of each wedding!

custom soaps BM4

custom soaps JennMatt

custom soaps

Email meow meow tweet for more information about custom soaps and candles. They can do custom artwork and packaging to fit the details of your special event.
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Plus, check out their shop for lots of gifts & kits!
Of course I can’t help but adore the awesome drawings on all their packaging ;)

grapefruit GANG

[digital designs] snap up your holiday photo cards

papercake snapfish 2012

It’s that time of year again … unless you’re on the ball & already ordered your holiday cards?! ;)
Upload your photo(s) to any pre-designed christmas/holiday/new year card at snapfish or zazzle … hohoho!

Zazzle Holiday 2012

* UK snapfish store [happy christmas]!
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wedding save the date & thank you digital cards also available!

[design] magazine for your wedding

[a fellow art director brought this fun concept to my attention…and since I love magazine design + custom weddings, I was inspired to share]

Twenty Pages wants to help make your celebration more special, and much more personal. Choose the magazine that best suits your style, upload your content and photos you want to use and the designers will take it from there! super easy & fun! You can use your magazine however you wish; wedding program, invitation, table decoration or inside the welcome bags!

personalized wedding magazine

 

what do you think of this idea? I’m thinking I would love to design a save the date as a subscription card…preparing the guest for the surprise!! fun!

[real outdoor wedding] destinee & seth

Congrats to Destinee & Seth, married October 6, 2012 at Villa Camino Cielo in Santa Barbara, California! *shot by Wendy K Yalom photography

glamour red silver & white

We created various reception stationery pieces for their big day; table & dessert tents, cocktail & dinner menus for frames, escort tents + seating cards for the place settings, along with welcome cards & thank you tags… all customized to match their invitation design. I really enjoy seeing that it all came together beautifully! (with thanks to their inventive event planner, Freida, too).

wedding glamour red silver & white

hollywood glamour red silver & white

*thanks wendy for uploading these stunning photos via two bright lights

[design inspiration] wedding & party planning

I’m always finding great wedding & party inspiration photos [via pinterest] so I thought I would share just a few of my favorites:

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> love-love this clean & modern cake design (by nine cakes)

wedding cake inspiration


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> “whether you’re getting married and need to collect hundreds of mailing addresses, sending out Christmas cards or even if you just want to have a complete, up-to-date address book once and for all, Postable makes it extremely easy.”

mailing addresses


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> what a great way to save money on your centerpieces (for home too), you can easily create these glittery mason jar vases from the DIY tutorial

DIY Glitter Vases


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> personalize this rustic wedding cake topper with your monogram or the word ‘love’

wedding cake monogram topper

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> how cool is this modern place setting; paper clipped napkin with ‘hello’ name tag / place card & a menu bookmark too!

wedding place card hello


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> yes! I found a great drink

list to help determine which Signature cocktail(s) will complement your next event

wedding signature cocktails


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> I so badly want to leave my [guest book] message on a puzzle piece at the next wedding I attend!! love the idea of the couple putting it together on their one year anniversary ;) 

wedding puzzle guest book

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Follow Me on Pinterest to see lots more!

[custom wedding invitations] new designs v2

julie { single-layer tall card with 2-layer handmade paper belly band }

I’m excited to showcase a new group of personalized invitation designs created this summer … {many thanks to all my creative clients & their exclusive vision}  part 1 here

starlynn { 3-layer invite w/pocket on the back }
jolee { single-layer duplex invite (charcoal/natural white linen) w/ metallic grey envelopes }
naomi { 2-layer SF skyline invite, tear-off RSVP / map enclosure }
tara { rose illustration invite printed front/back, includes tear-off RSVP postcard }
jane { pocket folder invite w/monogram tag; custom graphic provided }

+ a quinceañera invitation redesigned from my tear-off rsvp/map cards !

Quinceanera { front/back printed invite with tear-off rsvp postcard }

> each new invitation suite is usually redesigned based from an invite on my site, {as noted in some photo captions} then personalized to each clients unique wedding/event colors or theme

[tech style] iPad case + keyboard facelift

ipad case cover

I’ve happily acquired a hand-me-down original iPad 1!
I searched everywhere for a stylish, unique case (it was tough to even find a regular case for this version).  When I found Inspired Cases on etsy I was so excited! Check out her shop if you need a fun case for your iPad 1, 2 or 3 (I love that she has all case options too)!

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DIY laptop keyboard facelift:
It seems strange, but I always need a random creative project outside of my every day artistic job … especially during the busy season. So when I found a photo on pinterest showing how to give your keyboard ‘a happy facelift‘, I had to try it.  {you can of course use washi tape… but I used paper tape that I already had on hand (cavallini paris & numbers)… and I plan on purchasing the alphabet tape someday to switch out on a few of the letters}.

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*follow me on pinterest to see lots more DIY inspiration ;)

[wedding reception stationery] periodic table theme

Creatively Fun Update:  I wanted to quickly showcase another example on how you can customize your “periodic themed” reception stationery!  Tami sent me her invitation to design from (on left), so I could easily customize her table cards & escort tents to match! 

Wedding Reception Periodic table cards

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Congrats to Carolyn & Justin married April 13, 2011!
{thanks for sending me these lovely photos}

reception table cards

They chose to personalize my periodic table escort & table cards for their wedding reception. I love these images they recently sent to me by Cindy Guessford photography.

wedding reception escort cards

wedding periodic table card

* check out clare & steve’s original periodic table to see how this design was customized by changing the colors & fonts!

[DIY print & assemble] wedding invitations

wedding DIY invitations
kristina: {DIY printed cards ready to assemble; envelopments pocket folder}
4 cards > custom designed invite plus MAP, Directions & RSVP postcard

It seems lately I’ve been designing more custom invitations for DIY clients, who want me to provide either the hi-res PDFs (ready to print themselves) or the printed enclosure cards only (cut & ready to assemble).  And, I just love when I receive their completed wedding invitation suite, so I can actually see the final result! ;) “thanks!”

**photos of these creative invitations are shown, along with a note on which DIY option each client chose & any paper details**

wedding invitations custom digital PDF
debra: {digital DIY PDFs; printed at a local printer & online @ vistaprint.com}
> custom designed single-flat card plus map & RSVP enclosures
Freida DIY assembly wedding invitation
freida: {DIY printed cards ready to assemble; cards & pockets pocket folder & graphic mat layer}
4 cards> custom designed invite plus MAP, Details & RSVP postcard
jaclyn DIY invitation design
jaclyn: {DIY printed cards ready to assemble; paper & more pocket folder
plus cards & pockets graphic mat layer}
4 cards > custom designed invite plus MAP, Details & RSVP postcard
> guest/return address label wraps = $1 each
kimberly DIY wedding invitation
kimberly: {digital DIY PDFs; cards & pockets folder + printing}
> custom designed monogram including cover design, bilingual invite booklet
(back adhered to folder); plus Map & RSVP enclosures

If you would like to print &/or assemble your own Wedding Invitations / Reception Stationery but need help with the graphic design & layout, I can assist you!  Check out my etsy listings below, plus my website ( DIY options under the details section)  for more info on which option is best for you depending on what you’re envisioning!

> DIY Printable PDFs Custom Design for Wedding Invitations or Reception Stationery 

> DIY Printable PDF Custom Design for Reception Stationery {listing for only 1 design}

[update] redesigned Website

So yes, I’m happy to report that Papercake’s newly redesigned website is finally LIVE! I barely snuck in this huge project, but I needed the update badly…especially since now the site is visible on mobile & html/iPad too.

I hope you like it…  let me know what you think? ;)

redesigned website 2012

* check out blu domain for a bunch of cool website template options that are fully editable.
{ I used milo }