{Real Wedding} Sarah and Abe's

We were honored to be a part of Sarah and Abe’s wedding, planned by An Affair To Remember at The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes.  We so loved designing this couple’s whimsical-but-contemporary wedding invitation, along with coordinating table numbers, wedding program fans, and welcome letters. We loved their “colorful garden wedding” style and their turquoise/teal and flower pink color scheme – how dreamy!

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Design and Coordination: AATR | Venue: Ritz Carlton Orlando | Florist: Raining Roses |  Tent: Tent Logix | Rentals: A Chair Affair & AFR | Mirror Art: Chalk Shop Events |  Photographer:Callaway Gable | Videographer: Dustin Seltzer | Lighting:Kaleidoscope Lighting | Officiant: A Beautiful Ceremony | Draping: Swag Decor | Stationary: Dogwood Blossoms | Dance Floor: Letz Dance On It | Linens: Over the Top

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“Invitation Ensemble photos above by Bumby Photography

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{Fun} Reheating Leftovers…

Fabric blank scratchbooks

My paper recycle bin sits next to my work table.  It’s a large, deep box, and I toss my paper scraps in there as I cut.  My recycle bin has colorful layers that tell the story of the projects I’ve been up to over the last few months, much like the soil of the earth.

Using a recycle bin makes me feel “better” that these paper scraps will be recycled, but also makes me very conscious of the waste scraps I create while working.  As a result, I really try to eke out every bit of usable paper as I print, cut, work.  Anything over a certain size, I keep in my “leftovers drawer,” with the idea that I might one day find a use for these scraps.

So anyway, in January, a project landed me with a stack of 200 sheets of 12.5” x 5” text-weight white scraps.  That’s a pretty big stack of scraps – way too big to just toss into my recycle bin without a second thought.  And also too big to fit into my brimming “leftovers drawer.”  So for a couple of weeks, I kind of shuffled this stack around my work tables; everyday it stared me in the face – a monkey on my back.  It seemed like I must be able to find a use for this stack of odd-sized text-weight paper.

My a-ha moment came one day as I walked into my studio and sighed at the stack sitting on the corner of my work table – these sheets would make great pages for mini-books, I thought…  A-ha!

So I created these mini scratchbooks (above) with the scrap sheets.  I think they’ll be a fun, interesting, and useful thing to give to new clients, new vendors, new friends I meet over the next few months.  And I definitely feel like they show people what I “do” – which is:  I take invitations and paper goods to a totally different level by stepping out of the realm of paper alone, and by incorporating dimensional elements that make things really pop.

The covers of the scratchbooks are made with cotton fabrics, in a variety of prints and colors.  Twelve blank, white pages are sewn into those covers, useful for jotting down addresses, phone numbers, inspiration, notes to yourself, or for doodling.  And best of all, I used the entire stack of paper scraps, so they’re no longer staring at me every morning when I come in.  Yay for that!

Dogwood Blossom Stationery is… Color.  Embellishment.  Dimension.

 

{Fun} Business Card Love

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Several posts ago, I discussed the joys of using fabric on wedding invitations.  I also told you at that time that I was super excited about my new business cards – which also use fabric – and that I would share them with you here someday.  Well, the day has come!

I’m super-excited to share my new business cards with you!  They are printed on toothy bright white paper and bonded to a really great white cotton canvas fabric screenprinted with a black lattice pattern.  The corners are rounded to give them an extra touch of detail.  These new cards are super thick, weighty little things, and they bring me great joy whenever I grab for one.  Trust me, they’re a keeper.  (wink)

I really love my new cards and I feel like they fit my style better than my previous cards, which were printed on a creamy pearlized cardstock.  Though many people complimented them, I just felt like they didn’t get the message across of what I “do” – which is: I take invitations and paper goods to a totally different level by stepping out of the realm of paper alone, and by incorporating dimensional elements that make things really pop.

Color.  Embellishment.  Dimension.  That’s what Dogwood Blossom Stationery is all about.

Taking on a new challenge in 2011

I’m taking the Post-A-Week challenge here on WordPress.  Considering I just started this blog about a week ago, I hope this challenge will help give me a good start to a happy and healthy blog…   And maybe I’ll make a few new friends along the way.

So, if you’re already reading my blog, THANK YOU, and please keep coming back to encourage me with comments and likes.  Please share this blog and posts that you find interesting with your friends, too, because I’m sure they’re also good at encouraging, commenting, and liking.

Wishing you a happy new year!  2011 has great things in store for all of us.