Manhattan Love Production Party

As a graphic designer and illustrator of wedding stationery suites, I have the unique pleasure of sharing in the love of my clients, giving visual communication to their emotions. With Adam and Marianne I also had the joy of working with them to bring the stationery pieces themselves to life. At LAURA ANN, I help clients find the printing (or digital) solution to best fit their needs, and I love it when clients jump in for a "do it yourself" stationery project.  I was delighted to lead a production party with the bride and groom to be and their lovely friend.

Adam and Marianne brought the LAURA ANN "Manhattan Love" collection to life for their New York City nuptials at the chic, modern Tribeca Loft venue. The illustrated island of Manhattan and the couple's initials with a heart in their wedding color became custom marks used from their thank you notes, to the menu, program, escort and table cards, and even the cake and photo booth (wedding day photos to come!).

The bride and groom found black and white photograph postcards of iconic New York City landmarks to inspire their table names, inscribed on the back with hand calligraphy as table cards. Look closely and you'll see that the heart moves on the map to match the location of the landmark!

Cheers to Adam and Marianne!

Four Score...and Many a Stationery Fold!

Have you ever wondered how stationery notes and escort cards at the store achieve such a straight edge, and how you can do the same at home? As a designer for the last five years who started out by printing my own notes at home, I'd like to reveal a secret to the DIY guys and gals - invest in a scoring blade. I recommend the Fiskars 93558097J 45mm Rotary Scoring Blade (just $5 on Amazon!). Carefully remove your every day trimming blade, or keep a separate board for scoring depending on the frequency of your at home card production. The Fiskars scoring blade pops easily into the Fiskars 12 Inch Classic Rotary Paper Trimmer. Line up your paper to the desired fold location and apply light pressure to your cutting motion. To avoid unintended outcomes, stay light handed, as this blade can cut all the way through if you're not careful. For crisp LAURA ANN designs with charm, polish and professionalism produced by the printer savvy DIY home studio customer,  a scoring blade is worth the extra effort. Print, score, cut, fold and send!