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Designing my own stationary has been very difficult, nothing ever seems to look perfect enough, and my mind kept changing over which fonts to use. Some fonts have odd kearning, some fonts have weird serif’s, some script is too bubbly, some san serifs are just too harsh … it becomes mind numbing with the insane number of font coice out there. AND THEN there is color – omg I hate you Pantone for making so many choices! I swear I designed 20+ Save the Dates and spent a lot of time and cash at Paper-Source trying to find exactly the right size card for the 18th design I decided against!
Are you one of those design oriented brides who are obsessing over your own stationary? Have you decided to go at it alone and design it yourself? I’d really love to see what you have come up with! From what I have already seen here, the bees definitely have a diverse set of tastes which results in some interesting design that has really been inspiring.
Here are a few pics of my project – I’ve decided to conquer letterpress for the first time. It wasn’t the wisest move, letterpress is very difficult and messy, but I just finished my STD’s!
Post # 3
Your save the dates look amazing! 🙂
I’m a graphic designer, so I was excited to design my own Save-The-Date Cards and invitations and such! When I first started trying to figure out what I wanted in terms of look for my stationary, I went through like 30 completely different ideas lol. Once I settled on a “branding” I liked though, it was easier to expand that to all of my stationary. 🙂
Here is my invitation design:
Post # 4
@DeathByDesign: OMG I just died with envy! I love the playbill look so much!!! They are so amazing!!!!! I had to go simple or else I would have exploded.
Are you designing you website as well?
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Post # 6
Yours both are amazing.
I stressed out over mine a LOT, but I do calligraphy (super amateur), not digital design.
I still can’t load pics, but I posted mine in DIY boards.
Post # 7
@CrystalBlackheart: Hey, date twin! These are soooo cute! I can’t believe you did them yourself! They are so much more personal that way.
Post # 8
I’m a design blogger (interior design, DIY, etc) and very early in the process, I decided that I would get a planner/consultant who specialized in design to help me. Everyone thought I was nuts, but I think that when you have an interest in the area, you tend to research and research and research more to make sure you’ve explored every single option. It can drive you nuts!
I’m not a graphic designer, but being a creative type, I’ve also spent way too much time pouring over fonts. Winning my Save the Dates on a design blog was actually a blessing! The designer who offered the giveaway had about 20 styles from which to choose. I was almost relieved to have the options limited!
Your Save the Dates look fantastic! Truely beautiful! Kudos for doing the letterpress yourself! There’s a studio a couple hours from me that offers lessons and I actually thought about it early on, but I had to take a step back. It’s an intimidating project, for sure!
Post # 9
Love love LOVE the invites/save the dates posted so far! Major kudos for the letterpress!!!
I’m a graphic designer as well, but I focus mainly on web. One of my best friends is a fellow designer who leans more toward print, so we’re partnering up to design everything together.
Post # 11
Thanks Ladies! I am taking tomorrow off work to press my invitations – I am actually not looking forward to it and am excited at the same time … weird! I’ll be photographing the process as I go as well. Hopefully I won’t get ink on my camera!
@Jeannine @ Small Chic: & @techie: I’d love to see how both of yours turn out!
Post # 12
Wow, I’m really impressed with the fact that you letterpressed your stationary! That’s the one thing I wish I had done with mine but I just didn’t have the patience to make the letterpress templates/machine. Yours look great! I can’t wait to see what you come up with for the actual invitations.
Here’s the link, if you’d like to check out what I ended up with:
Post # 13
@Mrs. LuvsDisneyland: Those look so pretty. I like the enclosure so much!
Did you do heat embossing?
Post # 14
@CrystalBlackheart: Thank you and yes, I heat embossed the front cover and the inside corner of the pocketfold.