Posts Tagged ‘Party’

Styled. Issue #2 – Party Suite


Jill & I have been on pins & needles waiting for the second issue of Styled. magazine to come out! We were asked to contribute with a printable or DIY for fall merrimaking, so Jill & I collaborated. This is the product of a whole lot of work. Seriously HOURS. We designed all of the party elements from scratch: invitations, RSVP cards, place cards, paper garland, thank yous, menu cards, favors – this suite has everything. We also did all of the styling, photography & production work.

Head over to A Subtle Revelry to see the second issue & download the artwork (we’re DIY 6). A huge thanks to Tai Pan for letting us use their decor at our disposal and Ruby Snap for the cookies in the favor shot. My only regret was that we didn’t make the shoot an actual party. We totally should’ve invited people. Next time, right?

So if you’re planning on a little get-together or a party this fall, please use our printables, k? Also – I recommend you hire Jill to do some design work for you. Her work is the shizzzz.

Jill designed the place cards, menu & banner. I did the invite, RSVP, favor, thank you.

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I’ll be speaking in Provo tomorrow at the Creative Collaborative meeting alongside CJane. It’ll be good times. You should come if you’re around! AND. . . as per your request, I scheduled another calligraphy class (the 24th), I’ve not publicized this yet, but there are still a couple of spots left if you’re interested in attending. Go here to sign up.

Do I Think I’m 20 again?


When I was telling my dad about all of the fun things I did this weekend (and how late I was out), I could tell he was shaking his head when he asked me, “Do you think you’re 20 and in college again?” I had more than my fair share of fun this last weekend. In fact, I feel a little guilty that I was gone so much, but that still didn’t stop me from having a blast.

Thursday night I went out with some of the ladies in the neighborhood (you can see what I wore here). We had a fabulous dinner & such a great time getting to know each other better.


Jenn, Amy, Me, Ashlee, Sarah (LeAnn took the pic)

Friday night I had the pleasure of hanging out with a few old friends & meeting some new ones while we crafted up a storm. Elmer’s provided us with all of the tools, we just had to bring our own paper & have a project in mind. My friend, Annie, had made a hand-cut P for Penelope’s second birthday (see it here) and now that Felix is going to be joining Penelope in her room in the next little bit, I thought I’d make him a matching one.

I drafted the F backwards before I cut it. This F is 100% analog!

Here are better pics of my projects:


I could’ve easily just designed something on the computer & cut it out with my Silhouette, but it was nice to get out the ruler & pencil to hand draft Felix’s F. It’s been a while since I’ve done something analog like that. It took about an hour to draft & cut the F, so while we were chatting, I thought I’d play around with more of my paper & did a little free form hand cut design. I’m not quite sure where I’m going to put it, but I like how it turned out. It reminds me of my high school graphics days when I’d hand cut ruby-lith for silkscreening tshirts. It’s been 8 years since I took that class (and how many moves? at least 8) and I still have some of my original hand-cuts.

undefinedI may have eaten like 10 of these. Oreo + cream cheese + chocolate = heaven

We had a great time over at Ashlee’s house chatting, projecting and eating that we didn’t start wrapping things up until around 11:30. Even then, I couldn’t stop visiting. It wasn’t until nearly 1:30 that I made my way home. I wonder why Chris let me out of the house on Saturday for another meet up! Oh Chris, you always let me do what I want. You need a major award.

Did you do anything fun this weekend? I sure hope you did. I’ll be posting about Saturday’s swap meet as soon as I have some pics to share. I’m excited to show you a few cool pieces I snagged while there!

Penelope’s Dino Brunch


Saturday’s dino brunch plans went without a hitch! I had invited just her aunts & uncles over for a little brunch to celebrate her third birthday. A few aunts & uncles couldn’t make it so there were only 8 of us. It’s so much easier to plan a small party like that! So much easier, in fact, that I sorta went overboard. I mailed out invitations, made napkins with dinosaur decals on them, calligraphed place cards & made little favors. I was just so thrilled how everything turned out, I can’t help but be so excited to share it with all of you.



EVO Conference 2010 Recap


Last Thursday night Madeline and I headed up the gorgeous Parley’s canyon to hang out with a bunch of lovely ladies (and a few men) at EVO. It was SUCH a great conference! There were all sorts of inspiring, not-a-dry-eye-in-the-room keynotes & fabulous instructional panels on SEO, branding, product reviews, marketing, etc.

My experience would not have happened if it hadn’t been for Avery office products, who generously sponsored me & 7 other lovely ladies. They graciously provided us with our conference passes, meals and excellent lodging. We were in heaven hanging out in our 4 bedroom, 5 bathroom, 3 livingroom, 1 sauna penthouse. Seriously, Avery hooked us up! I love it when large companies make personal connections in social media and put a face & personality to their brand. They also had some neat products to share with us & other conference goers as well. I’m really looking forward to making my very own custom binder.

Les Madeleines of Salt Lake City made these delectable treats.

The suite party Avery sponsored was just hoppin’. We had delicious food, great music & awesome company. You know you’ve got a successful party on your hands when the party goes ’til 2am, and it was only scheduled until 11pm! Madeline and I ended up kicking a few party-goers out so that we could clean up & go to sleep. Sleep was definitely not one of those things that really happened last weekend. I still haven’t caught up on my ZZZs.

(this post is not in chronological order, btw)

Friday afternoon, I rode a gondola up to the top of the Canyons and attended the photography workshop where we listened to four panelists talk about different ways to make photos more interesting and pretty. I felt a little advanced for the session, but I still learned a few great tips & tricks. For example, If you shoot in f22 or higher and point your camera at the sun, you’ll get a pretty sunburst effect that you wouldn’t otherwise get in a lower aperture. I tried that on Saturday night at the closing party & it worked! Sort of. I’m blaming the un-interesting photo on my rush to head back to the hotel to pack.

The closing party was a lot of fun, but I was so exhausted from the weekend, I stupidly didn’t take advantage of the venue. I did take some fun pictures of everyone having a good time, though! To see more pictures of the EVO conference craziness, check out their flickr group!

Three cheers for Jyl, Rachael and their minions!! They put on such an inspiring and educational conference! Can’t wait until next year!

Penelope’s Birthday Party Part II


The party was organized chaos. I didn’t take very many photos of the festivities, but I did manage to document the food table. We had Bee’s lemon water (a delicious homemade beverage that’s clear – perfect for living room dining), pulled pork sandwiches, clementines, bananas, cut veggies, chips and cake. The food was all pretty low-key except for the cake, which took a few hours to make entirely from scratch. I made a white cake with lemon curd and lemon frosting. It was deliciously moist and dense. MMM! I’ll make it again and share the recipe with you, if you’d like.

I used the Silhouette to cut a P out of paper to use as a stencil for the decorative sugar. It kind of looks gritty as if I spray painted the P on there. I like that.

I kept the decorations simple by using balloons and a handmade garland using the same paper I used for the envelopes. It was really easy to make. If you’d like a tutorial for the garland, comment! I was going to make the vellum mobiles as seen on Oh Happy Day, but I didn’t have enough time to run to the store for more paper, so I opted to make the strips into a garland instead. The vellum mobiles would’ve looked really rad, had time been on my side. I also made Penelope’s party favors using the envelope paper and a variation on the petal box template (cut with the Silhouette). I filled the boxes with hard lemon candies and candy orange slices.

The festivities were really simple: eating and dancing. It was great to keep things simple, otherwise it would’ve been like hearding cats. Plus, after spending so much time on the invitations, I wasn’t about to plan a creative party curriculum. I’m much too lazy for that. The kidlets enjoyed dancing, screaming, fighting over balloons and playing hide and seek in the ikea garbage cans that we use for storing Penelope’s toys. I say it was a great success! Also, the kids were so entertained, us parents had a great time catching up.

Click here to read part I: The Invitation

Click here to read part III: The Thank Yous

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