Thank You Notes

Truth be told, I always complained about writing thank you notes as a kid. I hated that I had to sit down and write something… whether it was Christmas or a birthday my mom always “encouraged” me to do it. Largely I dreaded it because I didn’t know what to say or I would much rather have just said it when I saw the person. But now as an adult, I realize how truly special it makes someone feel when you send them a handwritten thank you note. That expression of gratitude and the time it took to just acknowledge someone’s generosity is truly important.

Be it a wedding, a birthday, or even a simple dinner party acknowledging someone else’s efforts go a long way! Showing you are gracious person, appreciative of others is so important. As Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette says, “Whatever the gift, whether a place setting or a gift of time or talent, it must be acknowledged.”

Unfortunately so often people for-go thank you notes to reduce the cost of their stationery. It’s silly because it really can be so affordable! Afterall a gift from someone is as Emily Post puts it, “a tangible representation of love and support, a generous offering.” Expressing your gratitude is necessary.

I recently had the lovely opportunity to work with Maggi, a bride whose wedding was shot by my talented friend Joel Austell.  When I met Maggi, I loved her energy and her excitement. She came to me with the unique idea to design a thank you card comprised of snapshots of her entire wedding. Because many of her guests couldn’t be present at the wedding, Maggi really wanted to provide them with a glimpse of the entire day. We worked together to design a beautiful piece and I am grateful for the artistic liberties she allowed me to take on this piece!


I just love the photo thank you cards because the items also work as a keepsake. For Maggi I designed the front of the card and the back of the card so that the recipient could cut it apart and frame it. I just love the idea that someone has another token of your appreciation. And not to mention, I always love seeing how the photos turned out!

Here are some inexpensive options from Carlson Craft. Adorable, affordable folding cards as well as postcards!

 (Sorry the quality is a little poor, it’s hard to take a picture of a picture!)

Remember that saying thank you is so critical. Here are some tips on saying thanks:

1. Be prompt! Traditionally a bride and groom have up to a full year to send a thank you from the date of their wedding. But really, it’s awfully inconsiderate to take that long to let someone know their gift arrived and/or was received.

2. A separate, handwritten thank you note should be sent for each present you receive. If you decide to have pre-printed thank you cards, try to write a personal message or sign the card.

3. If the bride writes the thank you, she should mention the groom as well. But also remember that the groom can write them too!

4. Follow a guideline to help you complete the note. Remember to address the gift giver, thank them for their specific contribution and why it is meaningful. And remember that even gifts of time and acts of kindness are often the best gifts, not just tangible items.

Many thanks dear readers for tuning in and reading my post!

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Engagement Party Invitation

I am excited to show you this item because we recently featured it on an Inspiration Board for an upcoming wedding. We were priveleged to be asked to design an engagemnt party invitation for a great couple, my cousin Andy & Taylor’s. We chose the letterpress and thermography combination. It’s a fresh, classic choice clearing conveying the casual yet elegant tone of the event. I also liked that the simplistic word choices we made here.

Tip: We also included a direction card with registry note at the bottom. Though most often a Web address is listed which details the registry or directions to an event it is a courtesy to include that information. Especially in cases where guests may be less than computer-savvy (or even elderly) you can prevent confusion and a lot of phone calls by clearly telling your guests such information. Such small cards are affordable and practical!

(For privacy reasons, portions of the invitation have been changed or removed)

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New: Crane & Co. Chloe B


I am truly excited because today I received the new Crane & Co. album feauturing Chloe B. designs. This brand new album is a design exclusive, only available to a limited number of retailers – and thankfully we are on of them! This beautiful album features the best of both worlds: high-quality papers and unique design features with an affordable price. Yes readers you read that right! I love the gorgeous embellishments (see the pictures below? yep those are pearls and crystals!) numerous pocket choices, and the colors.  I am predicting with my designer crystal ball that color is very popular this year! Oh and did I mention, we have new program designs and menu cards?

Here’s a sneak peek at some of our new offerings:


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Inspiration Board: Yellow, Charcoal, and Off-white

When I first heard the idea of doing a charcoal grey, yellow and white wedding I immediately thought this wedding is going to be “different.” You know, different as in a challenging one, different as in well, weird. But after looking around for inspiration I am convinced! I could really only think: this is going to be unique! I love the fresh color palette, bold choice and modern twist this will add, especially with this wedding taking place in very traditional church setting. I searched my absolute favorite blog, Style Me Pretty for inspiration, afterall I may be helping to coordinate this one again. So here’s the inspiration:

I love that the bride wants to dress her lovely ladies in a charcoal, steely gray tone, and with accents of white and yellow it will be a beautiful backdrop for her gorgeous Maggie Sotero gown. Because it’s going to be a very formal, traditional ceremony it’s important to have fun at the reception. I would love to see bright yellow cupcakes for the guests, beautiful framed family photos on the guest sign in table, and of course some cute yellow party shoes for dancing! Oh and I just love the yellow pom poms instead of flowers (a.k.a “chair charms”) because it’s very cost-effective and fun. This would be a cute addition to the reception hall or definitely just the cocktail hour seating. Layering in the green and white florals will be beautiful in the bouquets, especially with a full, yellow and white bouquet for the bride. Staying away from the yellow roses on this bouquet was a GREAT choice – yellow roses can be an obvious choice but we’re not about obvious are we? And  this invitation from Carlson Craft with light yellow letterpress floral design and thermography printing certainly conveys that it’s a summer wedding with a touch of formality.

 I am excited to work on this one, and can’t wait to see this wedding come to life! Just proves, unexpected color combos work beautifully!

(The above images are from Style Me Pretty and the invitation is from Carlson Craft)

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Happy New Year!

So, I think that I may be among the worst bloggers. I apologize for the lack of postings… but I resolve to get better in 2010! I promise!

So I pray that you and your family had a most wonderful holiday and New Year’s. I wanted to share some of my favorite holiday cards from this season. My best friend Ashlee over at The Heavenly Housewife took an adorable picture with her husband and we designed the text on this great textured Carlson Craft Card. I loved the photo that Lollipops and Slingshots took of them! My newlywed bestie Lesley chose an adorable Inviting Company card and I simply laid out the bottom text for her. I also designed a sweet little return address. It was definitely a cost-effective option to order the stock and print on it.

Of course, these beautiful pictures inspired my hubs and I to go ahead and do a card that had a nice picture too. Afterall we haven’t taken professional pictures since our engagement shoot and wedding! Special thanks to my good friend Joel of Joel Austell Photography for his time and talents. We had so much fun shooting and joking with him one day in December. His work is incredible and he does beautiful weddings! I especially appreciate how artistic and out-of-the-box Joel is!

So now onto 2010! Here’s a sneak peek of the adorable stuff we now have from Inviting Company. The cutest desktop calendar available for sale now! Also check, out the cuuute new Thank You cards. Perfect for thanking family and friends for the thoughtful Christmas gifts. I especially love the color combinations, so modern, clean, and yet whimy all at once!

 Thanks for reading and stay tuned for an adorable  Thank You Card idea and an inspiration board I am working on for another cousin’s wedding. She chose charcoal and yellow…. very different and very modern. Can’t wait!

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Last Minute Post: A Leukemia Benefit

I know this post is very last minute, but tomorrow Saturday, November 21st Lorri and I will be taking part in a Leukemia Benefit for her close friend and neighbor. Lindsay, who is only 15, has battled this for years, only to find that it is returned in full force.

To show her support, the community has rallied together to raise awareness and funds! Tomorrow from 11:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. the Fender Museum of Music & Art in Corona, CA has offered to host a huge benefit showing and boutique show. Proceeds will go straight to Lindsay and her family during this difficult time. If you can make it I would love to show Lindsay God’s extending love throughout the community! For more info. e-mail me or visit the site.

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Merry Open House Re-cap

A big thank you to everyone who turned out for our Merry Open House! I was thrilled beyond words to have such an outpouring of support and love from our guests! We wined and dined, ate too many sweets and definitely stayed longer than anticipated. The afternoon was a huge success, special thanks to Natalie Merrick’s Southern Home Living and last minute featured guest Andrea Field! Natalie as always was a fantastic addition, bringing her awesome spirit and amazingly friendly personality on top of the beautiful home decor items. And Andrea crafts the most beautiful jewelry, all handmade with love! Not to mention the unique items she makes are reasonably priced. I just loved her gorgeous style, laid-back and loving personality. Note to my brides, she can even create custom jewelry for your wedding party! Anything from earrings to bracelets, Andrea has amazing wire wrapping talents and an eye for rare, precious stones.

Lastly, thanks to my mom, Nikki, who without such support we couldn’t have done it all. She exemplifies love and selfless service. Stay tuned for more holiday posts and a wedding. Meanwhile, here are some of the beauties that Andrea created:

Andrea Field

Andrea necklace

Andrea necklace 2

(All images from

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