Handmade custom invitations & stationery
by Kristy Rice
The highly anticipated launch of the Eco Beautiful Magazine is here! I had a quiet moment to browse the pages and was nothing short of blown away by the smart layout, design, content and artistry obvious on each and every page. Eco Beautiful is the brainchild of Katie Martin, owner of Elegant and Simplicity Wedding Design Firm and one of the nation’s leading Eco-Friendly Wedding Planners. Katie contacted me several months ago, educated me about this project and asked that I create something exclusive for Eco Beautiful. I was honored.
Eco-conscious stationery at Momental Designs usually involves using less paper verses just printing on our 100% tree free cardstocks. Another important element in our green designs is the re-use of vintage materials such as reclaimed postage. To lessen our carbon footprint, our Eco-Artistic wedding invitations and stationery rely heavily on completely hand-pressed and hand-painted artwork verses subtle hand-painted details on a printed piece.
Here is a look at a gray version of the same invitation featured in Eco Beautiful. My favorite detail is the painted envelope.
My favorites from the magazine would have to be the DIY photobooth spread by Stephanie Grimm of Couture Parties. I had the pleasure of meeting Stephanie at Engage 09! The Encore in Las Vegas this past October and let me say she is just a warm and fun in person as she appears online! A gorgeous 4 page spread dedicated to the lovely ladies of 100 Layer Cake was also a highlight while reading. I was first introduced to their blog by my web designer Heidi from Spitfiregirl Designs last Spring. Since then I have been continually inspired by 100 Layer Cake’s unique perspective on weddings. It was a blast to gain a look into what inspires them!
After receiving my holiday gifts for family from Paloma’s Nest this year I am hooked to say the least. Caroline’s exclusive piece created just for Eco Beautiful was no less obsession worthy than others in her collection. The quote she chose is the perfect nod to caring for our lives, hearts and earth which is obviously at the very core of Eco Beautiful’s mission. “May your days together be good and long upon this earth.”
So pencil in an hour, grab a cup of coffee and prepare to be impressed. The Eco Beautiful Magazine is everything it promised and more.