Handmade custom invitations & stationery
by Kristy Rice
Today I am thrilled to introduce a very special gal. Heidi from Spitfiregirl Design is the genius behind our lovely website. This lady has a killer combination of skills that range from creating intuitive branding and business identity to a decidedly artful approach to web design. Her keen eye and clean style are just the reasons I asked her to guest blog today. Enjoy!
Kristy, thank you so much for inviting me to guest post today. Aside from being a fun diversion from work, it’s also a sweet walk down memory lane…today happens to be my 2 year wedding anniversary! So what better way to celebrate – aside from a glass of bubbly with my honey – than to reminisce on all the wedding collateral I created. Here’s a little bit of the journey…
When I was planning our wedding, I knew one of the most important elements was the print material. Even more important than my dress! So I spent months researching, sketching, shopping, printing (gocco, offset and digital), sewing, and even laser diecutting our wedding suite. It was a LOT of work, but truly a labor of love.
My visual inspiration was the hummingbird. They’ve always been my good luck charm and I seem to have the good fortune to see them frequently. These beautiful little sprites symbolize love and happiness, and was the perfect design element to integrate into our garden chic wedding that we had here.
From a design perspective, I was really inspired by Tord Boontje, Rob Ryan, faux bois, silhouettes and wood type. Our color palette was shades of peach, pink and chocolate brown. The save the dates above were created using Gocco (love!), simple laser printing on the back and hand-assembled.
My good friend Tim, of Pina Zangaro graciously let me use his amazing laser diecutting machine to create the invitation cover. It took about 7 hours, and over 2 days to create all the covers. The interiors of the invitation were offset printed and assembled by myself and some dear friends.
I gocco’d the covers and then to cut costs, printed the interior spreads off my color printer. Then I assembled and sewed the programs together. In addition to the invitation suite I also created our program covers (stamp & color printing), welcome kits and all the signage. Phew…I’m tired just thinking about it!
Well, I hope you enjoyed my little wedding journey. Thanks again to the MOD girls for including me!
~Heidi, Spitfiregirl Design
Photography by Blonde Tulip