Kathleen’s Travel Cafe, Breakfast and Coffee Bridal Shower

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Oh man have I been excited to post about Kathleen’s amazing shower. Down to the smallest detail, I loved every little bit of it!

And it was quite a combination of decorations starting with quite a few DIYs, Amie’s upcoming wedding (thanks again Amie!), my travel themed living room, the Rooftop BBQ trailer (recognize that chalkboard above?), and even a potato sack from Lauren’s Central Park shower (see that “coffee bean” sack above?)!

Let’s start with the invitation though, shall we? While driving home from the hospital on the day Parker was born, Lauren (Kathleen’s wonderful matron of honor) and I were brainstorming about shower decoration possibilities. We had long ago settled on a travel cafe theme and with the spark of the idea of a muffin and coffee mug sitting on top of a suitcase, the invitation came to be.

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Funnily enough, when talking with the bride about her wedding invitations, we went with the tall and slender business size for those as well!

And speaking of the bride… look how beautiful she looked the day of her shower!

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Okay, back to the details of the shower. Our bride, loves to travel. She studied abroad in both Jerusalem and Germany while traveling to Ireland and a few other European countries as well. And not only does she love travel, she is fueled by coffee. Literally.

The shower was held at our church office. It really was the perfect location, not only does it have a coffee bar, but it is also beautifully decorated with travel inspired elements and worked great as a cafe!

We served up Kathleen’s favorite coffee brand, Intelligentsia. As well as DeJongs chocolate milk, a local dairy favorite, and a variety of juices.

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Lauren even had the idea to create custom labels for our to-go cups! And I was happy to oblige with a custom graphic that said “Love is Brewing” that we also applied to the potato sack turned coffee bean bag as seen in that first photo.

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Coffee Bean Favors and Mug Guest Book

For our favors, we stocked up on quite a few pounds of chocolate covered coffee beans from none other than Winco! That was a fun shopping trip for Lauren and me! 🙂

We then bagged them and attached a tag with a clothespin, looking somewhat like a bag of coffee beans from the store.

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On our entry table, we also had the counting jar for the first game of the day. Count the coffee beans, I think the grand total was 1,800?!

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Our guest book were two mugs that were signed with a permanent marker and then baked to last the bride through many a cup of coffee. Thanks to one of Kathleen’s favorite blogs, A Beautiful Mess, for the idea!

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Waffle and Breakfast Bar

Breakfast was served to include a variety of quiches, muffins, and fruit; as well as a waffle bar with more toppings than your stomach could ever want!

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Succulent Centerpieces

Our centerpieces were another genius idea of Lauren’s, a succulent potted in a giant colored mug sitting atop a stack of books! We used these mug planters as game prizes… and I even made it home with two as well

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Donut Cake!

This was probably my favorite table of the day! We used one of my suitcases, opened up, displaying a cake stand atop a stack of books, piled high with a bakers dozen of donuts! The table also included some globes, photos of the happy couple, and of course some more succulent filled mugs.

You may even recognize that cake stand from Grayson’s party! It’s sure come in handy, thanks Jamie!

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And our last set up from the shower was the backdrop for the bride to open her presents.

We used Jessica’s photo backdrop equipment to hang Jamie’s yellow blanket. Then we made a few banners, a fringe banner (DIY link here) and a chevron pendant banner (chevron ribbon can be found at Hobby Lobby along with the stencils).

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Unique Bridal Shower Game: Pin the Beard on the Groom!

And of course we had a very Kathleen-ish game. Her fiance has quite the infamous beard, one of the qualities in a man Kathleen had always hoped and dreamed of.

So of course we had to play “Pin the Beard on Allan” game. More thanks to A Beautiful Mess on the engineer prints at Staples!

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Invitation Details

Here are some additional close ups of the invitation which is for sale in my Etsy shop! I just adore how it came out, from the striped edge to the pops of yellow!

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Grayson’s First Bug Birthday Invitations

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grayson-bug-birthday-sketchI can not believe this little boy is now one year… or almost 13 months at this point. Counting in months seems to calm his mama’s heart a bit. 🙂

Jess posted all about Grayson’s party a few weeks ago, which made me *almost* forget to post about it as well!

I just wanted to show you the adorable little invite we created for the party as well as a few other photos I took throughout Bug’s bash. Are you ready for the cuteness?

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Jess had the same woman from our church create this cake as you may have seen from Josiah’s party. Seriously, I am amazed at her talents!

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We also made a little guest book poster for everyone to “sign.”

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And now a few photos of the birthday boy himself, looking so handsome with his new haircut! I felt like papparazzi following him around getting as many photos as I could of him and all his friends.

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And of course, this post wouldn’t be complete with G and his cake! I love his little grin here!

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Here are a few more bonus photos for you!

The adorable Mr. Eli who is turning 5 this month!! Eeek! This may be one of my favorite photos of him yet, taken just seconds after he found out there was a jolly jump!

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And then the mommy of the birthday boy and his aunties!

Jess, you really threw one amazing first birthday party!!

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To see more of Jessica’s party planning extraordinaire… inspiration board, invitation, and even more photos from the party!

Once Upon a Time, Rachel’s Fairytale Baby Shower Invitations and Bookplate Stamp

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Now that you’ve seen Rachel’s maternity photos, the next glimpse into the shower would be the baby shower invitations!

I drew inspiration from Mary Blair’s work on the credits from Cinderella and then applied Rachel’s nursery’s color palette with its pinks, peaches, and mint greens.

The “Once Upon A Time” mark was handwritten as well as Rachel’s name, then a combination of two other typefaces, a modern serif and a medieval display text completed the invite.

This really was a work of love, and definitely one of my favorite invitations yet!

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In addition to the invitation, I created a bookmark with Rachel’s favorite verse, Jeremiah 29:11, as the shower favors. Along with a print to go along with it for the nursery as well.

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All of these pieces of the invitation can be bought in my Etsy shop: Your New Friend Sam.

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In addition to the invite pieces—and to go along with the storybook theme—I created a custom bookplate stamp for Amelia’s baby books.

Also available in my Etsy shop.

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So many fun projects were created and designed for Rachel’s shower! I can not wait to show you rest of the photos from the day of… tomorrow!

Pankratz Wedding Save the Date

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Can I just say that I love my job as Amie’s matron of honor and wedding designer? Seriously, this year I think I’ve seen my best friend more than the last couple year’s combined. While I am so happy that her and Matt are getting married, I am also selfishly happy because now I get to buy a new dress (or two or three for showers and such :)) and have a blast crafting away with Amie!

One of our latest projects is compiling her Save the Dates.

Her amazingly talented wedding photographer took their engagement photos in March (see more photos here) so we got to include those in the Save the Date as well.

It was another scrapping night for Amie and me but they came out so beyond adorable!

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First off we created a monogram and did most the writing by hand which we then ordered custom rubber stamps of the final design.

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We really wanted to keep the handmade look we achieved in the engagement party invites so we rubber stamped the edges and then used decorative tape to hold the photo in place.

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For the front, we waited for the photos to be taken to be able to design around whichever photo they chose with their adorable hand painted banner.

Once Amie and Matt selected their photo then I did some more custom type for the “Save the Date.”

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We also created a custom return address rubber stamp as well for the linen envelopes (if you’d like your own custom return address stamp, check out my Etsy shop!).

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All in all, I love how they came out. And I love that Amie kinda let me “do my thing” in coming up with the designs as well—its so encouraging when the client truly trusts you.

This really was a super fun project!! Now onto the wedding invites…. 🙂

See more of Amie’s wedding festivities.

Lauren & Kellen’s Outdoor Woodsy Wedding Invitations and Decor

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Lauren and I started planning her wedding almost a year before they got engaged. Just because we knew it was coming and we wanted to be ready! So once it became official, Lauren knocked down her list of “to-do’s” in lightening speed.

Within a few months, because of their mutual love of baseball, they took their engagement photos at Angels’ Stadium which inspired their Save the Date
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But their actual wedding was themed to camping, the great outdoor woods, and bright sunny sunflowers—and the Oak Canyon Nature Center was the perfect location to host their I-do’s.

Lauren likes to keep things simple so when she presented me with her wedding invitation ideas, they came together pretty easily. I just loved working on her invites! From their arrow through the heart monogram to the twine wrapped invitation suite to that wooden texture paper.

Such a dream!

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Her invitations came with a map, a registry card, and a RSVP postcard… which you got a sneak peek at last fall.

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These next photos—and the first one in this post—are all from All Aboard Studios from the day of the wedding.

They were so much fun to be with throughout the day… Ebony and I have known each other since middle school and you would all know her second shooter Courtney from her maternity photos with me and of course her handsome little Jameson!

See a few more photos from Ebony on their website and their adorable video from Tom!

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Lauren’s florist was Kim Ryan from Tulips, Trophies and Treasures. The same florist I had—Amie is using her too—so I just knew every piece of decor was going to be beautiful down to the smallest detail. She really took Lauren’s dream wedding ideas and ran with it.

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Such a unique guest book idea!

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It was such a fun wedding! We danced and danced and danced all night long, celebrating the brand new Mr. and Mrs… just looking back through their photos made me smile and so happy for them all over again!

Thanks for allowing me to help you throughout the wedding process “Yoyo!” I definitely miss our craft nights! 🙂

Doilies, Lace and Burlap Engagement Party for Amie and Matt

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This past year I have been obsessed with scrapbooking. Literally, obsessed. My husband will not even go with me to Michael’s anymore… Since completing the year of engagement scrapbooks for my 2012 brides, I have been missing the craft like crazy! So when Amie and I started talking about her engagement party I got so excited to bring out the craft supplies: the paper, the glue, the photos, all the fun stuff!

Here’s the invite we came up with… she wanted to use lace and burlap to decorate the party—and the wedding—so we designed a card that had the rustic look with Kraft paper but with the added feminine touch of a paper doily. And I love how we got to use a photo from the actual proposal too!

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And I love adding the extra detail of the brown edges with a stamp pad, ever since creating Shane and Kyrene’s Meant to Bee wedding suite.

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And of course, we had a little craft night to create these multi layered invites… something I always look forward to, a girls night in with the bride to be!

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The party was just this past weekend, and what a party it was. Here’s a very small glimpse of the decorations, Amie plans on reusing these white frames at the wedding for the table numbers too. You may recognize the first framed photo from our Christmas shoot in 2011.

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I loved how I had this Kraft wrapping paper on hand for their gift to match the decor!

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We were only missing Joyce from the bridal party, but here are the bridesmaids with our bride!

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And of course this post wouldn’t be complete without a photo of the bride and groom to be! So happy for them!

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Lauren’s, Picnic in Central Park Themed, Bridal Shower Invitation

For quite some time now I’ve been wanting to illustrate a mess of iconic places to symbolize the whole location(?? does that even make sense??) so when we decided to throw Lauren a “picnic in Central Park” themed shower, I thought, I can illustrate the invite!!! <— longest sentence ever?

The one and only time I have ever been to Central Park was one evening in 2005 where we spent the remaining half hour of daylight being drawn by a character artist which resulted in my only seeing Central Park in the dark—which was kinda scary. All that to say, I had to Google Central Park and when I found the carousel, I thought that to be the focal point of the invite and the weight of my illustration.

From there I went on to draw the elements that we planned to use at the shower: picnic baskets, kites, flags, and banners. Oh and there would be a lake to with boats! Yay! Thank you Canyon Lake!

We used bright reds, blues, greens, and yellows all throughout the shower from the red hotdog and popcorn stands to the bright multi colored pendant banners. I just love how the shower came out, from the picnic baskets to the outdoor park games, but you will have to wait until tomorrow’s post to see more of that!

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Okay okay here’s a small glimpse into how the invite was transformed at the shower!

Brittany’s Lavender and Lace Bridal Shower

Brittany’s maid of honor, and sister, Torrie—with a little help from me and our moms—hosted the most beautiful bridal shower. Every small detail was attended to.

One item I was able to really help with was the invitations. As soon as Torrie thought up the theme, “Lavender and Lace,” I had the vision of an etched illustration of a small bouquet of lavender tied together with lace. I enlisted my good friend Rachel to illustrate my idea for me and it came out so perfect, exactly what I pictured! Rachel, thank you thank you thank you!

And of course, the centerpieces incorporated white lace and a variety of white flowers, set in mason jars. All designed by Torrie.

You couldn’t have asked for a better reaction from the bride!

Each guest received a lavender sachet for their panty drawer too, the perfect favor for a lingerie shower!

Torrie and I each made a dessert, white chocolate cake pops and cupcakes made with Prosecco.

Amazing job, Torrie! Thanks for allowing me to help your vision come to life!

And of course, a big thanks to our moms/Tutu aunties who made sure Torrie, the mother of the bride, and myself could sit back and enjoy the shower—making sure everything ran flawlessly without us.

Jamie’s Baby Shower Invitation: Woodland Creatures

The theme for Jamie’s baby shower had been decided to match the nursery for baby Owen: woodland creatures. And when Jamie posted a photo of this little fox plush from Sleepy King on Etsy,** that she had purchased for the nursery, I was inspired to match the invitation to the same look and feel. The color palette was pretty open, natural earth tones. I’ve always loved Jamie’s taste and was excited to create a shower invitation that was unique to her.

The shower itself, you can see Jessica’s post about it on her blog, was the most adorable shower I have ever been to. Everything was detailed to match the theme down to the food which included acorn cookies and little fox chow. So so cute!

Jessica also asked me to make a little print with Owen’s name on it for Jamie to keep after the shower as well! And you can see in this photo the wood and other stuffed animals Jessica used to decorate. Again, it was all just so cute!

Little Owen was welcomed into the Chapin family already 7 weeks ago (I am so behind in posting this!!) and he’s just as cute as I pictured him to be! So I can’t help but show a photo of the little man from this past weekend, napping away in my arms.

Aww so cute!! Make sure to check out Jessica’s post of Jamie and Owen’s full shower!

**Sleepy King characters used by permission.

 

Wedding Invitation: Jared + Katie

Just last month my family and I drove out to Dillon, Colorado for my cousin’s lovely wedding in the mountains. Now that the event has come and gone, it’s about time I share the invitation suite I designed for her! You may remember her save the date I posted at the end of last year, she wanted to keep the same elegant rustic feel for the invitations. In the meantime, she had started a wedding website on theknot.com and when I saw it, I thought it would be perfect to design her stationery accordingly. So I redrew the graphics from the site, used the same typefaces as the save the date, and voila! It was also the first time setting up a file for a spot varnish! I’m also including images I took from the day of the wedding and how she incorporated their “logo” into the cake and wedding program. View more images after the jump!

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