Thursday, August 28, 2014

Bridal Party Invites From Summer 2013 Boxed Banners

Happy Thursday everyone! First off, I'd like to thank Chana from 613 Avenue Create for giving my Wedding Thank You cards a spotlight today on her facebook page! How very exciting! :)

It appears as if I'm going backwards in time...from posting wedding thank you cards, to the wedding invites, and now I'm going further back to post about the bridal party invitations I sent out last summer. :X

I took a jewelry box and wrapped each of them up in pattern paper. I cut out scalloped circles and die cut a second layer that was printed with my message inside the center of each heart (Will you be my bridesmaid? 4.27.14). Each panel was strung to make a banner. From there, I taped either side to the inside of the bottom and top of the boxes. Once opened, it should give off a popping out effect when the lid is removed. The tops of the boxes were decorated with silk and paper flowers and finished off with a tag of each of the girls' names.
Lots of joy,

Friday, August 22, 2014

My Bilingual (English & Chinese) Letterpress Wedding Invitations

I have sudden urges to clean the house like a mad woman since becoming pregnant. Similarly, I have a desire to clean up my hard drive and reorganize. This made me realize that I need to play a little catch up with some older projects. This one in particular was my baby for a half a year from Fall '13 to Spring '14.
Dec 20, 2013 at The Arm in Brooklyn

From ordering paper and supplies, to the layout, to manual letterpress cranking and assembly...I dedicated 100% of myself. In pleasing my parents, I had to create both an English and Chinese edition--thank you to Jennifer Cheng for assisting me with your Chinese language skills. Also, thanks to Colleen Deng, I was able to ask for her help in filling in the rest of the blanks--reviewing the proofs, ordering plates/paper, and going through the whole letterpress experience for the first time. She took me to her favorite letterpress studio in Brooklyn and we along with a few friends pumped them out together over the course of a few hours. I'm so pleased with the final product and wish the pictures did it justice.

I would also like to thank my husband, Dmitriy, for allowing me to go crazy on this one! :D

Peace and happiness,

Monday, August 18, 2014

Wedding Thank You Cards + It's a Girl!

I have some good news to share as I am finally feeling better. :) We're expecting a baby girl this December--due date is 12/13/14, isn't that neat?!

I am 23 weeks along at this point. It hasn't been easy, but I know it doesn't get any easier, am I right? hehe It'll be our first child and we have a lot to learn! The baby market alone is overwhelming in itself! I'm just going to take it day by day even though my mind is racing! Suddenly everything feels like it has a timeline that is creeping up quickly!

One of the hardest things for me is gaining weight. I only eat gluten and dairy free foods for health reasons, so it isn't that I don't crave ice cream and pizza but I honestly can't touch it without risking unwanted complications. Sometimes I crave things so badly that it makes me want to cry. It isn't until the logical side of me kicks in that I can calm down. Boy, am I glad I have a few years of experience on this strict diet rather than having to deal with the mental side of things straight out of going cold turkey.

Anyway, this is the long overdue and drawn out wedding thank you card project I've been working on on and off. My good moments these days tend to involve eating and cleaning. I wish there was more time in the day!

They are cut from the Silhouette Cameo--with both sketch pen (for the wording) and blade. You would think it goes quickly, but the clearing off of the adhesive mat is quite a tedious task. I inserted a picture from the wedding in each card and layered vellum underneath, so that when you remove the picture it still looks somewhat clean. I wrote my message beneath the vellum for the same reason.

Wishing you a lovely week,

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