Monday, December 12, 2011

a diy christmas


This year has been one of many life changes. My love (and may I add, now Fiance) and I are finally back in our own place after many years of living with relatives, many LizzyB Loves projects with some fabulous brides and grooms to be have come my way (and many more to come next year), and other less than happy moments which after they pass, you figure were essential life lessons. These events have made me realize what is truly important in life, as well as made me see that out of every situation a better day will come.


And, what does all this sentimentality have to do with diy Christmas projects you may ask!! Well, out of need comes resourcefulness, right, so as a creative Holiday project this year we decided to make our own gift wrap. Our initial idea was to stamp a design Gabriel, my Fiance (I don't think one can ever tire of saying that!), created and which I would cut on linoleum onto the craft paper.


After thinking about that for a second, we decided to go a simpler way and stencil the design instead. Ummm, better said than done. That turned out to be a bit too much for us as well so out of frustration I started painting over the only design I managed to stencil on the box and I got these very graphic patterns.
 

Combining the two red and purple metallic paints we were going to use for the stenciling, we came up with this accidental outcome for this year's Christmas gift wrapping.


Keeping with the diy approach and using whatever you have available, I followed this fun and easy tutorial via 100 layer cake for these retro gift bows made out of magazine pages. Again, total suprise outcome. I was thinking of buying colorful magazines to make the bows and after a gander through one I just happened to have laying around my house (which is odd, I rarely buy magazines; this one was probably a very old one which was given to me.) I found the perfect color ads to match my red and purple color palette. This one above was made from a Lancome ad with Emma Watson; the perfect purple tones and shades.


I found an ad for every gift to create a colorful palette of bows. This one above was white, but I loved the contrast it created between the whites of one side of the page with the dark grays of the other side. I couldn't decide which side to use.


Any paper is perfect for these hand-made bows. Here's one made with hand-made paper...a scrap I've had for years in my many boxes filled with scraps of everything!


Oh, and to add to the do-it-yourself projects, Gabriel and his companions at 8 a.m. each designed and screen-printed Holiday Greeting cards. He provided our little Holiday project these remnants of their hard work which served perfectly as gift tags (and, the perfect match, again, to our color palette...in metallic, too.)!


Now here is my favorite bow, a full page of red and purple-toned M&M's! Enough said.


As a final note on the diy decor, albeit, our ornaments weren't ALL diy, they're ornaments we've collected throughout the years of living together. Some purple, some red, some silver...ummm, that's where the color palette stems from. We decided that instead of buying Gabriel's idea of the perfect Christmas Tree ornaments (Star Wars-themed figurines) we would just stick everything we had on the tree. It turned out to be the best one we've had. The pretty crocheted white and red ornament you see in the first image in the beginning of the post is a very retro one from a set my mom made when I was very young (oh, they're at least 20 to 25 years old). All keeping with the diy/use-what-you-have theme.

So yes, a very serendipitous Holiday this is turning out to be, but a very well DESIGNed one at that!!

May you and your loved ones have a happy and safe Christmas weekend. Always remember, it's with the surprise outcomes that we can find joy in the smallest details.

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squirrel baby shower decor

Last Monday I shared with you the squirrel Baby Shower Invitations I designed for my sister-in-law. Well, now I have for you a few of the decorative elements I created for the centerpieces, wall decor, games, favors and corsages.


As you can tell, the theme of the whole event was Squirrels. She'll be using the soft, rosy pinks and browns for the future nursery, so I went with the same color palette for the Baby Shower, but added a dazzling of gold here and there.


All of the signage, menus, and notes used the same graphic elements as the invitation. For the centerpieces above I painted the vases gold, used pink Carnations and Baby's Breath from the Farmer's Market, filled the empty space with pink tulle and tied a bow out of brown ribbon with pink polka-dots.





I inserted the squirrel motifs I illustrated everywhere to tie everything together. These above were a simple doily cut-out I created to place in front of the helium balloon base. It's all in the details, right?!


For wall hangings throughout the venue, I created these paper fan arrangements out of the leftover invitation paper. Paper fans were another recurring theme in the decor; from the wall hangings to the corsages. Of course, the squirrel was a must here too, so I traced the shape on glittery, metallic gold card-stock and cut it out to place over a doily.


Smaller pink paper fans with a gold polka-dotted cut-out circle hung in a strand below the larger one with the squirrel.


And yet again, more paper fans. These were created out of another great find of hand made paper with pink and gold designs.


A squirrel printed on textured paper was a simple addition to the paper fan, and these were cut with a doily-shaped punch. I just added a corsage closure to the back and these were set.


For a fun game, I created the pacifier charm necklaces with more brown and pink polka-dot ribbon.



And, finally, as favors, I attempted for the first time to make cake pops. After much research on the wonderful Bakerella site and praying that they turned out ok, the pops were a hit...and they were delicious too!! Of course they had to be chocolate with pink chocolate coating (as you'll see below).


Another pacifier charm tied on a pink ribbon accompanied the favor tag and polka-dot paper cone (luckiest find ever: I found the craft paper with brown and pink polka dots at my local Dollar Store. It's as if it were calling me when I saw it from the corner of my eye as I asked the store attendant a question. A total last minute find!).


This event proved to be a testament to my creativity under pressure...and under budget, too!! Many great surprises were found after some of the initial decor plans had to be scrapped. Always let yourself go with the flow when things don't seem to go how you envision. I can honestly say everything you see in the images above were plan b, and it turned out to be better than I had imagined.

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Monday, December 5, 2011

squirrel baby shower invitations

Many great things are coming to LizzyB Loves. A new site for the coming Spring (with a new sneak peek in a few weeks) and much more, but in the meantime, take a look at the cutest Squirrel Baby Shower Invitations I designed for my sister-in-law's Baby Shower.


She is now considered the Snow White of the family with all the little critters that flock to her (amongst them dogs, squirrels, and butterflies), so I based the custom illustration on her current pet, Squeeky the squirrel.


The color palette was a soft, rosy pink combined with a chocolate brown. I shared the visual + sparkle = inspiration with you here.



All the illustrations were brought in together with graphic elements of chevron patterns and crest shapes.



The invitation consisted of a metallic pink folder which held the invitation card on one side and double-sided registry card in the folder slot.


The Squirrel Baby Shower invitation was held together with a chocolate brown belly band to give contrast with the soft pink, combined with a floral patterned paper band to add a touch of brightness to the palette. And of course the squirrel motif could not be left out on the front as the first thing the guest saw as they received the invitation.


I'll share the decor pieces I created with the same chevron and squirrel theme in the coming days.

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Monday, November 7, 2011

soft pink baby shower visual + sparkle

Hello hello, I'm still here. I've been busy like a bee completing a few invitation suites in the Frank Lloyd Wright style which I'll share with you in a few weeks; you won't believe the fabulous color palettes these awesome brides came up with.

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For now, I leave you with this pretty in pink, with a touch of brown and tan, visual + sparkle = inspiration which I put together in preparation for my sister-in-law's baby shower invitation. Soft and sweet, right?

Friday, October 14, 2011

winter visual + sparkle with a pop

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I'm working on another set of FLW-inspired invitations with this wintery color palette made cheery with an oh so BRIGHT pop of pink. Great color options, right? And what about that gorgeous illustration by Gemma Lilly...lovely!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

On Oh So Beautiful Paper

Oh So Beautiful Paper, my favorite paper design blog!!!


What joy I felt while scrolling through a beautiful invitation by Rifle Paper Co. on the Oh So Beautiful Paper blog and suddenly seeing a very recognizable yellow and charcoal logo...the one found on my in-law's Mexican tile-inspired 50th Anniversary Invitations. Just want to take the time to thank Nole for featuring my in-law's 50th Anniversary Invitations on her fabulous blog. They look beautiful...check them out!

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Friday, September 2, 2011

an arts & crafts wedding :: the extras


As promised, the freshly shipped Arts & Crafts Extras comprising of thank you cards, place cards and table numbers, which finalize the Wedding Invitations I shared with you on Monday.


Taking inspiration again from the Gamble House architecture, I designed a structural placard which you might find at the house in the Arts & Crafts style.
 

The table numbers were placed inside frames so they were single-sided, and the place cards were a folded tent with the table number on the back side (you can see in the left-top corner of the second image above).


The back side of the thank you cards had the same logo as found on the Wedding Invitation. A metallic charcoal envelope with its accompanying address label finishes this Arts & Crafts Wedding Invitation Suite nicely.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

an arts & crafts wedding invitation


Ok. Finally, the so anticipated and much teased about Arts & Crafts Wedding Invitation is here. I just wanted to make sure the now Mr. & Mrs.' guests had a chance to view them before I shared them with you. Since the big day was this past Saturday I think we're safe in doing so.


If you missed it the first time around, I shared the warm visual + sparkle with you here and the inspiration for the Wedding Invitation Suite is found here so you can see the gorgeousness of the Gamble House.


It was so exciting to work with such a great couple, and to create the custom illustrations and patterns for the overall Wedding Suite all inspired by intricate details of the so famous Gamble House 'door' was surely a high.


The typeface for their names and for the custom logo, which included the wedding date, was chosen for it's call-back to the era. The rest of the information was kept in a sans-serif typeface in various colors from the chosen color palette so it accentuated the former font.
 

The information in the front of this Arts & Craft Wedding Invitation Suite was framed by the decorative motifs inspired by The Gamble House Door.


A custom stained-glass-esque pattern was inspired by the windows themselves as well, and was used throughout the Wedding Suite, included the table numbers, place cards, and thank you cards which I'll share with you later in the week.


I hope you enjoyed this new addition to the LizzyB Loves Wedding Invitation catalog. If you did and would like to make it your own send me an email.

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Friday, August 26, 2011

an arts & crafts wedding invitation {sneak peek}

A few months ago I shared with you a late summer visual + sparkle inspired by a fabulous Arts & Crafts house. I've also given you many sneak peaks of the final invitation, but I thought I'd stretch it out a little longer and show you the back side of the invitation with the custom pattern and logo used throughout the Wedding Invitation Suite.


This fabulous couple gets married tomorrow, so I wanted to take a little moment to wish them the best on this new journey together. May your special day be filled with many great memories celebrating with family and friends. I hope to soon be designing your baby announcements! =) Congratulations.

I'll be back next week with the complete Arts & Crafts-inspired Wedding Invitation Suite.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

1st birthday & baptism invitation


A year ago this month a little new bundle of joy was born into a caring a loving family, that of my very good friend Jazmine. Her little one, Zoe, will be baptized and celebrated this weekend in a big way so she asked me to design something sweet and fun to commemorate the event.


Jazmine used the so adorable Mod Monkey motif for all her decorations so it was a must to use on the invitations*. In this double-sided Birthday and Baptism Invitation, the color palette was very girly, of course, with a mixture of soft tints for the baptism side and bright pops of pink and lime green for the birthday celebration side.


An array of graphic elements such as diagonal lines and polka-dots accompanied by flowing banners holding the important information added to the playfulness of the invitations. A custom logo was created as well which was used on the address labels and other designs created for the decor.




And of course the address label is a must for the final touch. I reflected the Mod Monkey motif so it showed on both the front and back of the address label. These bright and vibrant Magenta envelopes from the Eames Furniture Collection, which I also used on these Owl Baby Shower Invitations, brought the invitation suite together.


May this baptism and birthday celebration be as special as the many happy years to come! Unfortunately, I can't attend being that it's the same day as my in-law's 50th Anniversary Celebration (and in different cities), but I'll have little Zoe and your family in might heart. Have Fun!!

Have a great weekend everyone. Tomorrow I'm off to Baja...the celebration begins!

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*Disclaimer: this was a personal, non-commercial invitation design. The Mod Monkey motif was licensed for this purpose only and will not be sold under the LizzyB Loves brand.
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