before happily ever after


I was honored to design a rehearsal dinner invitation to go along with the wedding invitations I shared recently here.  The bride asked me to incorporate the ribbon from the RSVP postcard, as well as more floral details.  They are very sweet and simple!

rehearsal-dinner-invitation reherasal-dinner-envelope


aster bloom

aster-bloom My second font is now available!  I designed this font with a little bit of structure and little bit of whimsy – the base is a traditional serif font, but it is has a handwritten style with a contemporary twist.  Its name is inspired by the fall flower, the aster.

Download Aster Bloom for free here

Purchase a License for Commercial Use of Aster Bloom here

See my first font, Posey Blossom, here


rustic invitations

simple-wedding-invitation I recently had the opportunity to create these rustic wedding invitations for a friend.  I used free handdrawn wreaths from Best Day Ever, a simple ribbon from Sugar Studios, and two free fonts: Antrokas and Mossy.  I love the look of the dramatic calligraphy contrasted by the clean handwritten font.

fonts simple-wedding-envelope See my own wedding invitations here, and contact me here
if you are interested in a custom invitation design.

brass knobs

ikea-hack When Tanner and I got married, we didn’t spend much money on decorating our apartment.  Most of our furniture was either given to us or ours before we got married, and we haven’t done much with it since.  I recently stumbled across this dresser makeover and was inspired to add a new touch to my own dresser.

I had this dresser from Ikea in my bedroom from before we got married, but it is one of the pieces of furniture we had that fit relatively well into our style – clean and simple.  Unlike the dresser at Smitten Studio, mine was already white, so I just wanted to add some sparkle (literally and figuratively) to our knobs.  I had some left over metallic gold spray paint from some decorations I made for my wedding last year (see here), and I also gathered some extra materials I had lying around to help make the painting process easier.

knobs (of course)
spray paint
styrofoam (or a cardboard box)

supplies I placed each knob onto a toothpick to make them easier to handle while painting.  While my idea worked really well for the knobs, I unintentionally gave my left thumb a new coat of nail polish, so you may want to use gloves. paint As I finished each knob, I simply stuck the toothpicks in the styrofoam to let them dry without having to touch them or rest them on anything. dry stand And here are the finished results!  I was pretty satisfied since I spent no money on the materials (although even if I had, it would have come out to less than $10), and it only took about 15 minutes. brass-knobs mini-dresser-makeover What are some simple makeovers you have done that made a big impact?

posey blossom


I created my first font!  My family and friends have always teased me about how my handwriting could be a font, so I decided to make it happen.  It’s inspired by my puppy, Poesy, and my love for flower doodles, so I named it Posey Blossom!

Click here to download the font for free!

Click here if you’re interested in purchasing a license for commercial use!


wreaths galore


In a previous post, I shared that my DIY Wedding Invitations served as a starting point for my wedding design.  One crucial element of that design was a hand drawn wreath designed by Tristan at Besotted.  However, I didn’t only use the wreath for my invitations – it showed up all over at our wedding and worked really well to create a cohesive look!

One of my favorite uses of the wreath was labels for our dessert table, complete with a yummy strawberry cake and a lovely assortment of pies.


I also used half of the wreath to create simple “Reserved” signs for family seating.


When planning our wedding, Tanner and I decided to keep it fairly small, both for budget reasons and personal reasons.  But, we didn’t keep it small at the expense of not inviting kids!  We definitely wanted to share our special day with the little ones in our life.  However, because weddings are not the most fun event for kids, we provided a coloring book and crayons to help keep them entertained.  I used the wreath as part of the cover design and tied the pages together with twine.


Lastly, I also used the wreath to create a fun madlib for wedding advice!  Tanner and I read them the weekend we got back from our honeymoon, and it was so fun to see what everyone wrote.  I saved them all so that we can look back at them in years to come!


Thank you so much, Tristan, for contributing to our special day!


joyfully invited


My wedding invitations were one of my favorite DIY projects from our wedding, and since they were one of the first things I finished, they served as a starting point for the rest of my wedding design.

I wanted a clean, simple aesthetic with a touch of handmade and vintage to go with the overall vibe of our wedding.  I paired the free fonts KG Eyes Wide Open and Stilleto Skinny throughout the invitation and envelope, and I think they complemented each other beautifully!


I chose  A7 “paperbag” cards and envelopes from Papersource to be a basic backdrop for detailing and graphic text.  Next, with the help of two of my bridesmaids, I added a border at the top of the invitation using white cardstock and Martha Stewart’s Lace Doily Punch.  Finally, I stitched a simple border over the lace using my sewing machine.  (I used a standard sewing needle, but you can find a lot of techniques and tips online for other ways to sew with paper.)


I added some graphic elements, like these hand drawn wreaths from Besotted and this simple ribbon I created in Photoshop, to make a bold statement and work with the hand drawn look.


I did all of the printing, including the envelopes, with an HP Officejet Printer, and I was pleased with the results.  I hope you are too!