Archive for the 'Invitations' Category

Reminiscing – The invitation that started it all!

Monday, October 17th, 2011

I may have written before about how I thought of the idea to start Simply Rosy, but I think I have simplified it in the past, so here is the full story!  It all began when I was planning my own wedding.  I have always loved paper-crafting (origami, scrapbooking, etc.), so when looking at invitations, I was drawn to those that had layered paper.  In fact, I fell in love with a Paper Source custom design that I saw featured in a bridal magazine.

However, almost everyone I could find who did layered paper designs charged an arm and a leg for them, and like most brides, I was on a budget and could not spend that much for the invitations.  The design I liked (one backing layer with a patterned paper band around the middle) seemed fairly simple to make, especially considering that I had paper-crafting experience.  I even knew which patterned paper I would want to use, since I wanted something in neutral colors with a floral pattern, and I had always loved Anna Griffin’s “Repousse” pattern.

So, the next step was to work on finding paper suppliers.  I started by contacting Paper Source, who referred me to their Kansas City store, since they didn’t have a physical store near me.  Annie, their rep in Kansas City at the time, was FANTASTIC!  She helped me figure out what pieces I would need, and sent me samples of different colors for the main part of the invitation and the backing piece.

From those samples, I made a mock-up of what I wanted, and my husband (then fiancé) approved the design.  I absolutely adored the Luxe line of cardstock that had a subtle texture similar to watercolor paper, so I calculated how much paper I would need.  In order to save some money, I ordered the huge “half sheets” of Luxe cardstock at 19.5″ x 27.5″, and planned to cut them down at Kinko’s using their professional rotary paper cutters.

None of the colored papers that Annie had sent matched closely enough to work for the backing layer, so I bought reams of cardstock from an office supply store that had 4 different colors (one was taupe that I used for the backing layer, and I still have about 3 reams worth of those other colors stashed in my “paper closet”…6.5 years later, haha!).  If I had just been planning to use the “Repousse” paper for the band, I wouldn’t have needed very much; however, I wanted to make coordinating envelope liners, so I needed a large quantity.  I found an online scrapbooking store (Oak Leaf Acre, the website doesn’t seem to exist anymore) that sold scrapbook paper in bulk for a discount.

I also wanted to use double envelopes, which proved to be fairly difficult to find at the time, but I finally discovered that Action Envelopes carried them, so I was able to order my envelopes there.  I ordered return address and monogram embossers from AcornSales.com to use for the back of the envelopes and ceremony programs respectively, and my future Mother-in-Law helped me find a local stationery store that carried the tissue paper liners.  For my save-the-dates, I just bought some cream, linen-textured card & envelope sets from a local craft store, printed the main info on the right-hand side, and used a coordinating hydrangea rubber stamp from Anna Griffin to decorate the left side, which was a fairly simple project.

Assembling the wedding invitations proved to be much more complicated, but luckily I did have some help from my sister, who was my Maid of Honor.  Cutting the huge Luxe sheets at Kinko’s took quite a bit of time, but the personal paper cutter I bought to use for the other pieces was not as accurate.  Plus, I cannot even tell you how many of those little double-sided adhesive cartridges from the scrapbooking section that I went through; that alone made the invitations cost significantly more than I had calculated (but still less expensive than purchasing custom ones).  Oh, what I would have given to have my professional paper cutter and ATG adhesive gun then!

The envelope liners also were a daunting task, but my father, who is an architect and very familiar with using an Exacto knife, took over that project and finished much faster than I could have.  We had a family night (actually a couple, I think) at my apartment to finish assembling the invitations and addressing/stuffing envelopes, and thank goodness I had several other people there to help, because it made the project a fun family event instead of feeling overwhelmed doing it by myself.

Looking back, I realize now that they were technically far from perfect; however, they are sentimentally still one of my favorite projects.  I learned so much and felt a huge sense of accomplishment from doing them myself.  It was also wonderful to hear so many compliments from family and friends, which is really what encouraged me to start my own small/home business making invitations. It is definitely a great way to satisfy my paper obsession!

Butterfly Wedding Invitations

Friday, September 30th, 2011

I shipped my latest order of wedding invitations today, and I can’t wait to share pictures.  But of course I will have to wait until after the wedding, so that I don’t spoil the surprise for any guests.  Just a little teaser: Lapis (deep purple), metallic champagne, swirls, and butterflies.  It is very different from anything I have done before, but I think the result is really beautiful.  I’ll post photos as soon as I can!

Gala and Luncheon Invitations

Friday, May 20th, 2011

As I explained in the Custom Details & Options page on my store site, the reason that I say my invitations are custom is that I can really use almost any paper with any design, and the result will look significantly different and can work for any occasion.  That is a difficult concept to explain sometimes, so I thought in this case, a picture really is worth more than just words.  I designed the following invitation last fall for a wedding luncheon.  This black and cream magnolia patterned paper came from Paper Source (of course), and I had been wanting to use it on an invitation for a long time.  I thought it was a great option for a semi-formal wedding luncheon, and my client agreed.

Then when another client saw that invitation this spring, she loved the layout and even the font selections, but she made different paper choices (in shades of bronze and brown) that completely changed the feel of the same basic style of invitation for her art gala.

Christmas Party Invitations

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

This has probably been the most intricate order I have ever received…for 200 invitations!  I was busy with assembly for quite a while on this one.

The client wanted something festive and elegant for the Christmas party celebrating her son’s recent marriage, so I chose classic Christmas colors in subtle metallic red and antique gold, accented with a vellum wrap, and tied with a shimmery red ribbon that the guest opens like a present.  Perfect for a holiday party!

Wedding Invitations – Cornflower Blue & Chocolate Paisley

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

When I first met with this client, we went through several different design options and settled on a monochromatic layered look using different shades of blue.  However when I saw this paisley print at the paper store in cornflower blue and chocolate, I had to show it to her, and she loved it just as much as I did.

I made a gatefold card with cornflower blue, textured cardstock, and the paisley print was layered inside under the main part of the invitation with a tiny border layer of chocolate, and there was also a photo seal on the front of the gatefold card.  The client chose chocolate envelopes for both the RSVP and mailing envelopes which was a nice touch, and I layered the RSVP cards with the paisley and used a brown pearl to indicate the location of the wedding on the map.  It is truly a gorgeous invitation, and one of my favorites so far!  (You can see the completed invitation here.)

As you can see, I am still faithfully using my big, yellow ATG tape gun.  It saves me so much time and energy on every project.  I can’t imagine assembling so many invitations without it.

Happy Birthday, Baby Boy!

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010


I had a lot of fun making these party invitations for my son with scraps of leftover paper in bright colors.  Since he was born, I have not made “real” paper invitations for our little family very often, so this was a nice treat to do that for his party.

Baby Shower Invitations & Diaper Wreath

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

A lot of people are doing digital invitations for showers through Evite and other services, but there is something special about getting a paper invitation in the mail, even if it is pretty simple.  For this baby shower we did a combination; I made a folded card with the details printed on the inside with a few cute graphics like a teddy bear and rattle.

For the front, I cut a onesie and an umbrella (baby=onesie, shower=umbrella 😉 ) out of coordinating patterned papers and glued them on with foam adhesive squares to make them a little bit 3d.  For the umbrella handle, I used coated black jewelry wire and curled the end around a pencil.  I then created a digital file from a scan of the front of the invitation, and we made a custom Evite for more tech-savvy guests, and for a simpler RSVP process.  Best of both worlds!

When I made the invitations earlier in the month, we were unsure of the baby’s gender and therefore made the invitations neutral, but as soon as we found out she was having a girl, I started to work on the diaper wreath for the shower.

I used premium quality prefolds from Green Mountain Diapers and also ordered a couple nice diaper covers that were given as a gift separately from the wreath.  I loved the pink and lime green color combination they used to decorate for the shower, and the diaper wreath was displayed on the china cabinet behind the cake table as the main decoration.

Baby Dedication

Friday, February 27th, 2009

If I haven’t said it before, I absolutely love the store Paper Source.  It was actually one of the first online stores that inspired me to make my own wedding invitations once I saw one of their custom invitation designs in a wedding magazine as well as their beautiful textured paper line called “Luxe”.  They were also incredible with customer service – willing to talk to me on the phone for hours and send color samples to make sure everything was just right once I did make my order.

Needless to say, I was thrilled when they opened a store in my area a few years ago, and yet again, their papers inspired the invitation for my son’s baby dedication.  In the Luxe line, they have the palest blue color called Frost that I thought was perfect for a baby boy invitation/announcement/etc (they also have a pale pink called Blush and a pale green called Glass), and I have always loved their solid PS Collection Chocolate cardstock.  I didn’t make many invitations for his dedication, just mainly for his grandparents and aunts/uncles, so I felt free to do something a little more detailed than “the usual”.

When my Mother-in-Law and I shopped for his outfit (she does that for all of her grandchildren along with a nice portrait session, which is so sweet), we found the most adorable little old-fashioned outfit that suited him perfectly, and my favorite part was the buttons at the waist, so I added a ribbon and button detail to mimic that part of his outfit.  I also hand-stamped crosses onto plain vellum with a metallic pearl pigment ink to wrap around the invitation, and used Chocolate envelopes from Paper Source for the final touch.  Even those few invitations took quite a while to complete, but I think the end result was worth it!

Cream Shimmer Invitation Assembly

Monday, April 7th, 2008

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Don’t get me wrong, I love making invitations,…but assembling a large order while eight months pregnant is proving to be much more difficult than I imagined.  I am so grateful to have quite a few family members who have offered to help.  I’m not sure I could finish without them!

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These monochromatic invites are absolutely gorgeous.  The bride wanted all white and cream, so we designed the invites on white luxe paper and added a few touches of shimmer with organza ribbon bows at the top, an opal metallic backing, and opal metallic inner envelopes and RSVP envelopes.  Doing the inner envelopes in a shimmer and the outer envelopes in the textured luxe paper creates an effect almost like an envelope liner, but without the extra cost.  I think the final result is very elegant.

Colorful, Simple Baby Shower Invitation

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

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A friend needed a rush order on baby shower invitations, so we designed a very simple, double-bordered invite with a cute patterned paper in different shades of blue and green and then a solid color cardstock.  I couldn’t quite decide which color of cardstock worked best, so I used all three!  Simple and inexpensive, but still adorable.