[stationery design] watercolor collaboration

Watercolor painting invites mountains

Inspiration comes when you least expect it… especially while lounging on a Lake Tahoe beach. This time it brought on a collaboration with Marissa Marquez of Colormonger … check out these watercolor images she painted while relaxing and enjoying the view!

Watercolor painting invites mountains
Two watercolor paintings paired with custom typography = unique wedding invitations! [paintings by Marissa Marquez]
Quickly after seeing her amazing artwork, my mind started dreaming of typography along with paper & envelopes to match. I ended up designing a save the date and a wedding invitation (an rsvp card is also available if needed). I’m so excited about this new addition to my portfolio and hope we can work together in the near future…!

Etsy Shop > you can choose from the diy digital design (if you can print yourself) or the print listing (if you need me to print, provide envelopes & ship to you).

etsy wedding save the dates lakeside theme
Save the Date cards featuring a lakeside mountain watercolor painting

[custom design] papel picado letterpress wedding invitation suite


I finally received a sample of dave & emily’s letterpress wedding invitation package that I custom designed for them! I cannot believe how amazing the papel picado design looks printed [these photos don’t even do it justice!] 😉 I’m so glad they found me & requested my graphic design assistance, since they already had a letterpress printer lined up [at Full Circle Press].

Papel Picado 1


Papel Picado Suite

If you’re able to print yourself or at your local printer but need a personalized wedding invitation, rsvp & reception details/map enclosure card , etc… then check out my etsy listing for more info!

>> an additional design fee may apply depending on complexity of a requested custom graphic design or monogram [see my monogram listing for more info]

>> plus, a custom wedding map for your invitation package is a separate fee since it’s a longer design process [see my wedding map listing for more info]

[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)!


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}.


*follow me on pinterest to see lots more DIY inspiration 😉

[DIY print & assemble] wedding invitations

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

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). I absolutely love when I receive the completed wedding invitation suite from each diy client, so I can actually see the final result! 😉 “thanks!”

**photos of each creative invitations are shown below, 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
> all-in-one guest/return address label wraps 
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] 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}

[wine wedding] darlene + colin in santa rosa

vintners inn wedding

My friends darlene & colin were married September 5, 2010 in Santa Rosa, California.
Their wine country wedding took place at the Vintners Inn & these gorgeous photos were shot by Jesse Leake photography. Below are just a few of my favorite images…of course I simply love the invitation & cake styled together! 😉

wedding cake & invite

ceremony programs

wedding escort cards

wedding reception menu

wedding dress

Congrats dar & col!!   *darlene was a diy pro! I provided the PDFs for her stationery designed & ready to print / assemble on her own. She based her wedding program on hilary & elizabeth’s layered program, but personalized the details to match her invite along with adding her own lace. **also, read more about her wedding invitations here!

[up-cycle] paper source calendars

It’s back! the 2013 Paper Source Wall Art Calendar! I’ve created so many folders, note cards, boxes, etc. from the previous two years & I shall not break the tradition 😉

Paper Source Calendar 2013

up-cycle calendar


Oh boy… I’m so excited about this Paper Source 2011 Calendar … It’s a crafty gals dream gift, well at least mine! Different templates {note cards, file folders, etc.} are drawn on the back of each page, ready to be cut out so you can reuse the cool paper patterns. Of course I need to get through an actual month before I can up-cycle each page… honestly, I’m not sure I’ll be able to make it! 😉  Read the description below for more info.

Paper Source 2011 calendar

A creative tribute to 2011, our Wall Art Calendar is inspired design at its best! 12 exclusive Paper Source designs make this monthly calendar a distinctive and elegant addition to any wall. Perfectly practical and pleasing all at once, at the end of the month you won’t want to throw it out, and you shouldn’t! On the back of each beautiful page are templates to cut and fold creating wonderful pillow boxes, file folders, note cards, and square boxes. 100% recycled with 30% post-consumer waste and completely reusable, this calendar is about as earth friendly as you can get, and so lovely too!

January 2011 – December 2011  •  Size – 12 1/4″ x 19 1/4″  •  A Paper Source Design

[custom wedding invitation] pocket folder with lace

wedding cake & invite

Darlene, my creative ‘DIY’ friend, sent me a sample of her very unique invitation package that I assisted her with (providing the digital design PDFs ready to print). Check out her invites along with a few of her personal notes below:

wedding invitation lace package

“I bought the lace in bulk {as I did for my wedding save the dates}. I then cut each piece of lace to size, wrapping it around the pocket enclosure flap and dotting glue (or glue dots) on the front & back to hold the lace in place {it also helps if the lace has a bit of stretch to it so both ends meet nicely}. The ribbon is optional of course, but it’s a nice dash of color along with the RSVP envelope!”  

Congrats to Darlene & Colin, who were married labor day weekend, September 5, 2010!  wedding ceremony & reception day photos here!

[real wedding] Vera + Tim

Congratulations to Vera & Tim, married on April 30th, 2010 in Costa Mesa, California!

Vera {my oh-so-creative DIY client} was so kind to share lots of the little details from her wedding day, along with a video slideshow! Below are a few snip-its, along with her own notes & links on where to find these creative vendors! I’m sure she hopes that this will help you start your wedding-planning-brainstorming-engines! 😉

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I wanted to thank you so much for all of the wonderful designs you cooked up for our wedding.
The day was absolutely beautiful and I’d do it all over again if I could!
Our photographer was Eric Cotter of Jim Kennedy Photographers, Huntington Beach, CA

turnip rose wedding

Ceremony & Reception Venue + Catering : Turnip Rose at the Grand Newport Plaza, Costa Mesa, California. AMAZING Service!!
> Mary Dix, Turnip Rose Planning Consultant
> Kelsey, Turnip Rose Day of Coordinator.

wedding clutch

> Clutch courtesy of Etsy seller: DavieandChiyo

custom wedding dress label

> Dress label courtesy of Etsy seller: danamariecreations

wedding makeup

> Make-up – Carina Lindgren, Flawless Faces Costa Mesa, CA (Her studio is SOOO cute!!)
> Hair – Joanne Kawata, Spectrum Hair, Garden Grove, CA

> Flowers by Pearl Barro Floral Architecture, Aliso Viejo, CA

> Photo blocks courtesy of Etsy shop: mleefipps

ceremony programs

wedding reception stationery

> DIY Wedding & Reception stationery : The ceremony programs with ribbon are in the basket, and the 2-layer Table & Menu cards {all designed by papercake of course, digital pdf’s supplied so I could print & assemble myself!}

wedding cake & candy bar

> Cake by Rockwell’s Creative Gourmet Cakes, Orange, CA
> Our Farewell Table : each guest received a bag with cookies, a Krispy Kreme Doughnut, coffee/tea or bottle of water to go.  {came in very handy the next morning for breakfast!  😉

> My reception dress (from David’s Bridal)! I couldn’t dance in that big ball gown so I figured I better have a more comfortable alternative. Saw it online, went to the store over my lunch break, tried it on and walked out with it in under 15 mins.  There were 3 brides there trying on dresses and they all looked at me like “How did she just do that?”

reception dress

> This is the wedding gift I gave to Tim.  I had a portrait painted of his (our) dog Suzie Q.  Painted by fellow Etsian: sharonlamb
> and Tim’s wedding surprise for me… his cousin is the high school mascot, Buzz The Yellowjacket.  On our first date, Tim was stung by a bee so we now have this great love of everything bee’s.  Of course he came out dancing to Imma Be by the Black Eyed Peas.  So classic.

bride & groom thank you signs

> Thank You + Mr & Mrs signs courtesy of Etsy seller: familyattic

And finally a video slideshow of our big day!

wedding slideshow

**Thanks Vera for sharing. Also check out where it all started, vera’s map + engagement video!

hand-crafted bridal accessories : crochet diy

Below are 3 of my favorite handmade crochet projects from the first-ever wedding story in the May/June 10 issue of Crochet today! magazine. I have an early copy from the publishing house I freelance for…I really love the layout & their bridal accessory ideas! {thanks ms. k for bringing this article to my attention ;}

You can get started now by going to each project for a preview pattern! Have fun…
Bridal Headband : Lace & Pearls Necklace : Keepsake Lace Shawl :

Wedding Headband

Wedding Lace Necklace

Wedding Keepsake Lace Shawl