all the trimmings (blog)

 

So excited to share that my design “All The Trimmings” placed 3rd in Minted’s annual Corporate Holiday Challenge! You can see the full list of winners here! So many stunning designs this year, and they still have yet to announce the results of the BIG holiday challenge. Eeeeks…cannot wait to see the full assortment when it launches later this Fall!

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Super excited to share the above clip from the Today Show, which features one of my new Baby Shower designs for Minted! The design Sip, Sip, Hooray, can be seen around minute marker 2:30 on the Sip & See display table. The design can be purchased through Minted here! So, so excited for this feature…hopefully many more to come!

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So excited to have this project featured on Oh So Beautiful Paper! It is a blog I have followed for a very, very long time and I could not be more excited to have this opportunity. And of course thank you in large part to the wonderful Katie and Matt Carter who let me work with them on these gorgeous invites! I had the absolute best time putting all the pieces together and getting to try edge painting for the first time…something I will certainly be doing more of. They also had a pretty awesome wedding, so you should check out the photos here! 

Thank you to all those who helped with this project:

Printing: Sase Ink in Charleston, SC

Edge Painting: Moglea

Calligraphy: Diane Rember of Calligraphy Expressions

deco board

 

Minted has just launched it’s new collection of Save The Date designs for 2013! I am excited to have 3 new designs included in the collection. The above inspiration board was created featuring one of those designs, Deco Date. The art deco era has always been a source of inspiration to me and a style that I love incorporating into my own work. Strong shapes, bold uses of color, and plenty of glitz and glamour is what that time period was all about! The above design is intended to be a save the date, but this is the type of wedding I imagine it being paired with. You can see all of the new designs here!

1 – To Build a Home art print, 2 – Mod Move moving announcements, 3 – Birds of a Feather 3 art print, 4 – Birds of a Feather 1 art print, 5 – Birds of a Feather 2 art print, 6 – Initial Lace business cards, 7 – Date Silhouette save the date cards

I had not one, but 2 brothers graduate this past month. The first was my middle brother Logan, from the University of Florida! The second was my youngest brother Ryan, the third and final Smith sibling to graduate from Brookwood High School. I convinced my mother and Ryan to let me design his graduation announcements back in March and had the absolute best time putting them together. My family is always the ideal client because they trust my visions 100%, removing a bit of the stress from the design process. But at the same time, I wanted these announcements to be perfect for my little brother, so I did stress over the details just a little.

I adore infographics, especially ones that have a little more personality, and I knew right from the start I wanted to incorporate some.  Lucky for me, my brother is multi-talented, and an over-achiever so I had a variety of tid bits to choose from! Ryan will be attending the University of Georgia in the fall so we decided to go with a red and black color scheme.

Congrats Ryan! Along with Ryan’s announcements I also got to create a design for a family friend. Becca is planning to be a fashion design major next year and definitely wanted an announcement that would stand out and reflect her creative side. I sent over a few different concepts, but this one was her favorite.

Also, I have a few grad announcements currently for sale over on Minted!

Congratulations Class of 2012!

 

I just recently had a new suite of wedding invites launch over on Minted, and I could not be more delighted! This was my first big step into the wedding world and I had the best time coming up with color stories, themes, and flipping through the latest bridal magazines. I had such a great time that I am in the beginnings stages of designing a new collection that I plan to launch myself some time this summer. Stay posted for additional details!

For now, here are a few inspiration boards I put together featuring new Minted invites! I love inspiration boards…so many pretty things all in one place!

Vintage Garden Wedding

Modern Coral Wedding

Rustic Fall Wedding

Check out the entire new collection here!

Two new challenges just wrapped up over on Minted.com! The first was a moving announcement challenge in which I submitted 2 designs. Both designs were inspired by vintage posters. I tired to use some new color combos and explore some fun texture options. Vote for the moving announcements here!

The second challenge was for graduation announcements. They could be announcements for graduates of all ages, but I stuck mainly to high school. I’ve been really inspired by info graphics lately and used that as the foundation for the first design. It has several customizable facts and details since each graduate is special! The second announcement combines my 2 favorite things: color and pattern! Vote for graduation announcements here.

Happy Friday everyone!

I have been meaning to share this project for quite awhile and feel terrible for not getting it up sooner! Over the past 6 months or so I had the opportunity to work with the wonderful Alicia Ressmann! Alicia and I met a couple years ago through a mutual friend and then reconnected this past summer to work on some very fun projects. Each piece had a very specific purpose and function but still needed to work well together. I was absolutely thrilled with the final results! Before we get to those, here is a little bit about Alicia and the inspiration for the projects.

Alicia has recently moved back to Houston from a 15 month stint in Kenya and is now packing up to head back to Africa once more. This time, not to Kenya, but to a new tropical island off the coast that they lovingly refer to as Gilligan’s Island. She and her team will be serving there for 2.5 years among the people, living life, learning the language and teaching English in the local schools and colleges.

To help raise awareness and spread the word to family and friends we worked together to create a few different things: 1) Info Cards, 2) Prayer Cards, 3) Calendar Postcards, and 4) Thank yous. Take a look!

The info cards were the first to be mailed out with details about the trip and ways to contact Alicia with questions or support. Because she was going to be working on “Gilligan’s Island” Alicia had the idea to have the copy reflect the title song from the show, Gilligan’s Island!

The next piece was the Prayer Cards. These were mailed to a larger number of people and needed to be a little simpler yet still include the most important details. I brought several design elements from the Info Cards into this piece as well.

Alicia asked me to design a postcard that could be easily mailed to supporters to send a message of prayer. She wanted the front to feature a calendar which she could then circle a date on to indicate a day every month she would send prayers and well wishes to that supporter. Because this piece didn’t necessarily need to coordinate with the others we went with some new colors that would help make it stand out in a stack of mail!

The final piece was a design for coordinating thank you notes that could also be mailed to supporters. Alicia was inspired by old maps and wanted the thank yous to be representative of her future travels.

I had an amazing time putting together this set and wish Alicia safe travels while she is abroad! She is currently raising support to be able to sustain herself on the island for the years to come. If you are at all interested in hearing more about her awesome trip you can check out the blog she’s started at songofaccents.wordpress.com or just shoot her a buzz at alicia.ressmann@gmail.com. You can also have the opportunity to partner with her on her journey across the ocean prayerfully or financially. For more info on how to be a part of reaching the nations go a head and contact her, she’d love to chat your ear off!

If you are looking for a few last minute Holiday gifts definitely take a quick spin around the Minted site! They just launched some great new products just in time for Christmas. Gorgeous gift tags, super cute stationery, and beautiful customizable journals. And if you need to announce the arrival of a new little one check out some of the chic new birth announcements! I’ve already ordered quite a few things myself 🙂