What do your Envelopes say about you?

So, you’re sending out an invitation.  It has all the relevant information and is tastefully designed.  But what if no one sees it because they don’t open it?  I firmly believe that the envelope, stamp, artwork, and addresses are an intricate part of the overall feel and design of your invitation – and your event!

Well, these days there are some amazing envelope options online and many are the same cost as the standard white flimsy ones.  Below are some of my favorite ways to get people excited about what they are about to open.

To give you an idea of pricing, I have included the estimated base cost of a 500 pack of A7 envelopes (no shipping, taxes, printing  or discounts included).

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BRIGHT COLORS
Oh, the colors!  Some of my favorite lines of bright colors:
French Pop-Tone, Astrobrights, Mohawk BriteHues, Eames Furniture, & Smart Brights.

Anthracite Metallic Envelopes from envelopes.com

METALLICS
There are a ton of metallic options on the market, so you can go with your standard gold (or green or orange!).  But I especially love these shimmered steel grey envelopes.  They are a thick 80# weight, but you will want to consider labels or having supplier envelopes.com print your addresses with white ink.
Anthracite Metallic Envelopes (A7) – $146.95

White Pique Envelopes from envelopes.com

TEXTURED
Is a colored option not the right fit for your event?  Let your white stand out from the crowd with textured envelopes.  Felt, Linen, GrooveCanvas, Parchment – there are lots to choose from.
White Pique Envelopes (A7) – $85.95

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PATTERNS
I absolutely love the Mod-Tone series from French Paper!  Great options and you can print on them without the hassle of labels.
Mod-Tone Azure (A7) – $88.20

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BUILT-IN LINING
I favor the built-in liner option, but if you’re crafty, you can purchase liners separately and glue them in yourself.  There are some great liner options (I’m partial to the shiny LUX red!).
White w/ Red LUX Lining Envelopes (A7) – $90.95 

Grass Print Envelopes from envelopes.com

PHOTO PRINTED
Does your event call for something a little wacky and bold? Now, I’ve never actually used these inventive envelopes from envelopes.com.  But aren’t they perfect for your next backyard barbecue?!
Grass Print Envelopes (A7) – $106.95

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{ Goodbye 2010, Hello 2011 }

{Printable Calendar by box64studio}

As I think about the last 365 days, I think about all the things I’ve accomplished and achieved (in no particular order):

  • Stepped up my graphic design business and exceeded all my business expectations
  • Married the most wonderful man (who brought coffee to my desk as I typed this)
  • Made some truly wonderful new friends, who I hope to see more of in 2011
  • Had the honor of standing up as Best Man at my little brother’s wedding
  • Celebrated as friends brought tiny new members of their families into their lives
  • Spent more time with my mom

And while those events were all wonderfully fulfilling and unforgettable, I hope that in 2011 I want to accomplish more “personal” things, such as:

  • Patience – I definitely need more patience :)
  • A healthier diet and exercise routine
  • A more calm and open mind to the unpredictable things in life
  • A chance to spend more time with my family
  • Spending less time staring at this computer screen

I hope that you get everything you want in 2011.  Start fresh and think about what you truly want to achieve.  It’ll be a great year!

New Found Etsy Shop

I was purusing Etsy, like I do.  And I came across a new-to-me shop called Graphic Spaces (It’s a Cute World After All), which makes seriously adorable wooden objects for kids.  I mean, how incredibly cute are these bookends?!

 
 

And this bookshelf…perfect for a kids room:

In addition to Etsy, you can also find more cute creatures at www.graphicspaces.com and on twitter at www.twitter.com/graphicspaces.  And as if the wooden items weren’t enough, the multi-talented creators also have two other Etsy shops with art prints and wall decals:

new cards

While waiting for new edit requests on projects yesterday, I decided to use some of my scrap materials and make a few new notecards.  I have a goal this year to give only handmade gifts to people in an effort to save money and clean out my supply closet.  :)






    

Copycat logos

Last week there was an interesting article in the Washington Post about logo trademarks and copyrights when it comes to high school and college mascots.  There are of course differences of option on this matter.  But it made me think about my high school days and our mascot, the Colonel:

In case you don’t recognize the little guy right away, here is the 
Ole Miss Rebel from University of Mississippi 
(registered trademark of University of Mississippi):
Of course Ole Miss is currently narrowing its search for a new mascot, 
so if it is an issue now, it likely won’t be for long.

Free Veer!

Attention art/graphic/font loving people!  Veer is having a few cool Free For All right now where you can download FREE (includes license) fonts and images AND get entering into a really cool contest to win great stuff.

So CLICK HERE and start downloading free stuff.