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Handwritten Notes

Do whatever you think would be pretty! I like neutrals. 

That's what this bride of mine told me when it was time to plan her wedding stationery. Now granted, this bride is one of my best friends on the earth. Her and I go way back to first grade, where we did not like each other, but nonetheless our friendship has tested time and won. So here I am, bridesmaid/planner/friend/stationery designer. 

Amber and Shane. Shane and Amber. Shamber? No, let's not. These two though are the sweetest example of God's work in the series of waiting for THE ONE. I have never seen this woman smile as much as I have in these last few years. 

I was honored to host a fun holiday themed bridal shower with an Italian menu, since they were planning an Italian honeymoon. It rained. It POURED actually. I was so upset because I had my outdoor area decorated for the holidays, but we couldn't use the space. In turn though, it forced everyone to the porches and house in a beautiful way. The entire day quickly turned to intimate conversations, good food, and traditional southern hospitality. You can see more of that here. In exchange for helping inspire some planning aspects, maybe living vicariously through her, I got to see her wedding dress before all of the other bridesmaids. ...which was a terrible idea because I'm the WORST secret keeper. I told Amber I needed to see it for stationery inspiration, which was a slight fib on my part. I just wanted to see her dress. When I found out Shane was going to propose, I avoided Amber for months.

PS: sorry if you thought I was mad at you

photo by Collin Richie - Baton Rouge

When it was time to plan the wedding, she pretty much let me hold the reins, at least for her stationery. 

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NEUTRALS + FLORALS + VINTAGE STAMPS
...always a winner. 

One of the things I really regret with my own weddings is not writing my own vows. Maybe it's in hindsight, because I know my husband would be full of giggles displaying his emotions up at the alter, but I still wish we would have written them for each other. However, what I do treasure are all of his handwritten notes over the years. I have a sticky note on my computer, the computer I'm typing from now, that says "hey! you are beautiful." 

I adore the moment before a wedding when a bride is reading a note from her groom. Tradition calls that you are not to see your bride or groom on the wedding day. But that note. It's like they're there, right there in your ear, whispering all the words you'd want to hear on such a day.

Handwritten notes are said to be falling in to the dying art category, but OH I disagree. There's a heightened revival of handwritten notes. I believe that this current generation is craving tradition, hoping for intimacy, and longing for the tactile keepsake to fill that hope chest of theirs. In a world of reproductions, quick response time, and energy spread so thin, it's barely seen, having a moment to stop time and read will pause your heart and mind. In this world and for this next generation, we need more and more of that.
 

photo by Collin Richie - Baton Rouge

photo by Collin Richie - Baton Rouge

Margaret Shepherd published the book "The Art of the Handwritten Note: A Guide to Reclaiming Civilized Communication." In her book, she exclaims that the handwritten note is NOT in fact a dying art, that it's alive more than ever. In her introduction, I love how she writes this simple explanation of the power of the handwritten note:


...it certainly is an art, because it brings out the best in both the person who creates it and the person who looks at it.
— The Art of the Handwritten Note: A Guide to Reclaiming Civilized Communication

Could anything be more true? I am that person that keeps EVERYTHING. I have paintings and drawings from my childhood (that my mom thought I should keep at my house) and have started to create a hefty collection of notes and drawings from my own kids. I have every note I've written my husband ...and every one he's left for me. I have notes my great-grandfather sent my great-grandmother. I have handwritten grocery lists from my grandparents. You just can't throw that away. That's gold. I don't see our children's children scrolling through old text messages of their ancestors, reminiscing about these days. Let's leave them something to hold. 

If my dear husband would have texted me the same message I have written on this sticky note, "hey! You are beautiful," I would have smiled, yes, and continued on my day. It's written down now. I see it every day. It's a constant reminder of his most honest and bare heart from the day he wrote that simple little note.

So maybe you're not the express your own vows at the alter type, but that doesn't stop you from getting your message to your loved ones. Leave a sticky note, leave a message in the front seat of your love's vehicle. Leave a written note of encouragement in your spouse's sock drawer. Leave special notes out for your kids. Write more. ..and write ALL the time. It's a practice and an art.  

I guess that's why I love stationery so much. It's sort of like a handwritten note to all of your loves ones that witnessed your big day. I have a boxes and boxes of notes, a boxes of evolving pictures from my little ones, and yes. I have a box of wedding invitations from friends and family. 

What's going to fill your hope chest?

Magnolia Flora + Gold | White Oak Plantation | styled shoot

Is there anything better than that first fall breeze of cooler air? It pulls in a cleanse of the new season's freshness and the upcoming months of warm-seeking colors in the air. This styled shoot by Southern Celebrations did nothing less.

With a mix of oatmeal, grey, burgundy, and touches of gold, you couldn't help put feel the upcoming crispness of autumn. 

Southern Celebrations Magazine hosted this inspiration shoot in early fall and I was honored to ride along as the shoot's stationer along with an array of amazingly talented wedding vendors (meet the team below). ...and a southern celebration it was. White Oak Plantation is one of South Louisiana's highest ranked venue locations for weddings and events. The day was filled with Louisiana magnolias & warm touches of gold.

Stationery should never stop at the wedding invitation. We all fell in love with the custom made vow books to inspire brides and grooms to keep that handwritten note alive. 

The reception's menu cards mimicked the aesthetics of the wedding stationery to inspire those to really create a cohesive experience for your guests. Letterpress printed in a muted burgundy ink on deckled edge paper, adorned in gold foil ..you are sure to leave a lasting impression. To continue on the visual experience, we had laser woodcut chair signs made for the Mr. and Mrs. and a gold mirror cake topper for what should simply be the BEST day ever.


SHOOT'S HOSTESS | Southern Celebrations Magazine
VENUE | White Oak Plantation

SHOOT'S PHOTOGRAPHER | Rachel Erin Photography
GOWN | Magnolia Mariée Bridal Boutique
HAIR & MAKEUP | Verde Beauty Studio
STATIONERY & ACCESSORIES | THE little BLUE CHAIR
CAKE & DESSERT | Baking on the Bayou
FLORAL DESIGN | Attention to Details Weddings & Events Flowers LLC
FURNITURE RENTALS | Distressed Rentals & Revival
LANTERNS | Truly Haute
MISC DESSERTS | Chef Schonberg's Sweet's
CUTLERY & PLATES | Event Rental Baton Rouge
STYLING | Mise En Place Events, Poppy Lane Events, LLC, Swoon Creative


Boho Bridal Shower DIY Garland Hanger

For the flowechild, the bridal shower, the photo backdrop (or home decor because this is definitely going in my house or studio), this DIY Garland Hanger has me smiling over its whimsy.


WHAT YOU WILL NEED

-floral of your choice (preserved or fresh)
-floral wire
-branch (this one is approximately three and a half feet long)
-twine of your choice
-clear or floral tape
 

STEP ONE

Sort Your Florals
For this hanger, I used three different florals per strand. On the middle one, I added a pop of color. You can use the same floral per strand or be creative and mix them up. Your preference.

Prep Your Wire Strands
Take your floral wire and twist the ends together like the photos below. You can make this as long or as short as you'd like depending on the amount of floral you have.

STEP TWO

TIE YOUR TWINE
Take the twine of your choice and tie the hanger. You can alter the length of your twine hanger by adding more or less length. Tie a secure knot on each end of your branch. 

SPACE OUT YOUR STRANDS
After you've twisted your wire strands out, space them out across your branch to your liking. Loop the wire strands around the branch like in the photo below.

START ADDING YOUR FLORAL
I used a combination of floral wire and tape to fasten my floral stems to the wire strands. Towards the top of the branch, I stuck to floral wire since it was the start of the strand and may show. As the strand got fuller as I continued down, it was easier to hide the floral wire and/or tape.

STEP THREE

TAKE A STEP BACK
Step back and evaluate the fullness of your garland strands. Make sure the colors are balances and the fullness is even. You may need to go back and add more floral stems to some of your strands.

I wanted the middle strand to pop with some color, so after I got my main greenery in place how I liked it, I added a blush floral to the center strand.

THAT'S A WRAP

Now you have this dreamy little wall-art piece for a feminine and bohemian photo backdrop! 
 


I would love to see your DIY Garland Hanger projects! Try it out and tag #thelittlebluechair so I can see your work! 
 

my (pre)pinterest wedding

I have to admit something that I'm kind of ashamed to admit. My best cousin and my best friend are both getting married next year and I'm secretly (or not so secretly) living vicariously through them. See, I was married before wedding blogs were as popular as they are now. I was married before Pinterest was invited. I was married before Anthropologie launched their wedding line, BHLDN (I'm still upset about that one). However, I couldn't be more thankful. 

My husband and I have been going to the same school together since kindergarten. I wasn't particularly fond of him. He was the class clown. Fast forward to circa 2009, we were married at the young age of 20. We were crazy, but all we knew is that marriage was our next step, no matter our age. 

On August 8th, we have hit seven years together, twelve years total, and have added two little ones to the mix. Looking back at some old wedding photos, I am so fond of the special little moments and experiences we had. You know why? Because they were OURS. 

We had no idea how to plan a wedding and to be honest, we really were not concerned with the aesthetic details. ...not like I would be today, that's for sure. Maybe that's why I'm living vicariously through others. Because I'll be the first to admit that if I was married today ...we just won't go there.

The most important thing to us was the experience. ...we wanted smiles and laughter, we wanted candid moments with our nearest and dearest, we to begin our marriage.

We inadvertently curated these memories and these moments that we simply could not replicate if we wanted to. Up at the alter, my super soon-to-be husband handed me this little gold chest. I had no idea he was going to give me this. He gave me this little "I'll explain later" look, so I simply smiled and held the gold chest during the ceremony. 

After the ceremony, he explained that these coins came from his mother's side of the family. There were thirteen coins. The custom of the giving originated in Spain and is usually associated with Hispanic culture. My husband's mother's family is from Mexico and still carry many of their culture's traditions. The coins were filled with symbolic meaning signifying the grooms willingness to support his bride. The bride's acceptance symbolized trust and confidence and unconditional love. The thirteen coins recognized Christ and His twelve apostles in recognition of the newfound marriage. I'll never forget the shaky voice as my husband of ten minutes explained where this came from after the ceremony.

There were heaps of moments like this that just kept popping up. There were certain smiles that were candidly caught on camera. There were certain moments I'll never forget. Maybe I'm just a little nostalgic since my anniversary just passed, but I'm so thankful for the simplicity that meaningful choices can make in a wedding. Because at the end of the day, it's all about the marriage that will follow. That's the real story. 

PS: 

When we were engaged, I was (at the time) in college for Business Management. It wasn't until the semester after we were married that I was an art major. Although I have always had my hands in creativity, I did not know the process of letterpress printing. I did not know what my personal style was. I was not a designer. My invitations were very traditional. Oh and I just thought they were the greatest thing ever, and they were beautiful for what they were. I simply cannot imagine designing my own wedding invitation if I were to marry today (to the same Beau of course).

Maybe I'll have to renew my vows one day to find out!

 
WEDDING STATIONERY | rustic barn wedding for the mississippi bride & louisiana groom

What a pleasure it's been to work with Ashley King (future Caruso), future lawyer and sweetest person alive. Growing up in Mississippi, she was surrounded by cotton fields and southern landscapes that would make anyone's soul feel warm. It's no surprise that she fell in love with Blake, a Louisiana boy, who is as easy going as the cotton field winds she grew up around!

Ashley and Blake wanted a simple save the date and a coordinating wedding invitation. Recycled kraft paper was a must for her, so I knew this would be a breeze for me. Recycled kraft paper and I are best friends. 

Ashley's save the dates were letterpress printed in a dark charcoal ink on recycled kraft!

The wedding invitations were printed on a cotton paper (how appropriate) paired with the same recycled policy envelope as the save the dates. The ink matched the envelopes and all together, these two pieces are the sweetest and simplest duo my eyes have ever seen.

Another great thing I love about these invitations is the way we incorporated Blake and Ashley's wedding website as their rsvp option. Many brides opt out of having a response card simply for the reason that they're not always returned. Wedding websites are becoming more and more popular as a way to have readily accessible information in regards to the wedding, rsvp included. For a non-traditional wedding stationery ensemble, this is the perfect way to include the extra information without the extra pieces. 

I am so happy to be a guest at this wedding this upcoming January. My husband and I are great friends with the groom, and now we get to grow our relationship with Ashley. Their love is as amazing as the rustic barn they will wed at, in the strawberry fields of Louisiana and I just cannot wait to witness the atmosphere and joining of the Mississippi bride and Louisiana groom. 


 
 
WEDDING STATIONERY | the right way to do glitter | louisiana wedding

Blake and Lauren. Blake and Lauren have been a couple for as long as my husband and I. Graduating from the same high school, marrying our high school sweethearts ...a common small town love story. 

I've curated lots of work for Lauren's hosted parties over the years, so when her and Blake became engaged, I was over the moon to work together on her biggest hosted event yet! After our initial chat, I knew she'd want to pair simplicity with a little something extra. 

One of the first sentences out of her mouth: "I think I want to add some bling." My initial thought was to tell her she was crazy, but I knew we could do this right. There is certainly a tasteful way to incorporate shimmer and shine.

Lauren and Blake are having a traditional Catholic wedding mass and wanted the stationery to reflect the formalness of the church ceremony. The design was based around a subtle boldness, two opposite words that complimented each other so well through out each wedding piece that completed this suite.

BLACK, BLUSH, AND SHIMMER

The black text was balanced with luxe blush pink and soft white envelopes. ...the shimmer was just the perfect icing on the cake. The invitations and response cards were letterpress printed on cotton paper. The envelopes looked luscious with a shimmer envelope liner that really made the piece pop. All wrapped up with a letterpress printed seal mounted on a black band, this suite was complete.

Lauren's wedding shower invitations were the preface to the wedding stationery. A softer grey and a touch of floral gave Lauren's guests a visual sneak peek to the wedding stationery that was soon to come. Then, the programs added the appropriate accessory pieces to really finalize this whole "black, blush, and shimmer" wedding stationery suite.  

Wishing the future Huvals the happiest of all wedding days this weekend. I'm sure the wedding will sparkle as much as the sweet couple and their stationery. All my love to these two!

xx,
Hope Johnson

 

The Keeping Room | Baton Rouge Wedding Stationery

Almost a year ago, I contacted The Keeping Room in Baton Rouge in hopes for some interest in carrying TLBC's product line. Many clients and friends have referred me to this shop, so I thought, well hey, let's check it out. After speaking with Amanda, the owner, we trained off on how I got started and where I have my work printed. I told her I own my own letterpress printing business. This conversation lead us to a collaborated wedding stationery album. After months and months of preparations, designing, testing, and of course printing, TLBC and TKR has combined our efforts and talents to create ten, one-of-a-kind wedding collections. ...with full intentions of watching it grow to more.

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We are BEYOND thrilled to have all of our work alongside The Keeping Room's work inside one big album! So we of course celebrated along with some fantastic fellow businesses in the wedding industry. Joined in to help us celebrate was Alli Sims, who owns a fantastic wedding planning service as well as Cupcake Couture. Also joining in and displayed a beautiful wedding gown was I Do Bridal Couture. Plantation Florist supplied nothing short of the most lovely floral arrangements my eyes have ever laid eyes on. While we all swooned over the pretties, we did so by munching on some amazing eats from Gourmet Girls. (see sources below)
 

I got the bright and crazy idea to bring my first table-top press along for a ride. I really wanted everyone to get an idea of the process that goes behind letterpress printing. Success. Our guests were able to pull their own print and got a feel (literally) for the labor that goes behind printing. Of course, the work is done on a much larger press, but the concept all the same and I believe everyone left with a new appreciation for letterpress printing.

SO MUCH GOOD FOOD. These people are amazing. (see references below)

This collaboration has really lead us to focus on supporting local businesses. The in-house customer service and one-on-one attention we are able to give each couple establishes a more personal relationship that doesn't end at the wedding day. The evening was absolutely lovely. If you didn't get a chance to stop by, don't fret, The Keeping Room isn't going anywhere. Stop by their beautiful shop off of Perkins Road and ask to see the new album! I am looking forward to working with TKR and new couples to tailor each suite to their ideal wedding stationery. Ode to new adventures!


sources
wedding stationery | THE little BLUE CHAIR & The Keeping Room
florist | Plantation Florist
catering | Gourmet Girls
cupcakes | Cupcake Couture
wedding planner | Alli Sims
wedding gown display | I Do Bridal Couture
 

The Colorado Wedding

It's a small world we live in, really. There was this girl named Mackenzie who once lived up north. She later found her way down south to Louisiana falling deeply in love with a man named Trent. After talking a bit about her upcoming stationery design, wedding, and all the lovely things that go along with that, I find out that her husband-to-be was my former childhood neighbor. This boy used to prop sheets of plywood on a single brick to test fate and ride the 2" ramp towards the sky! Now, the two of them are leaping in to the marriage world with a Colorado wedding ceremony to celebrate their nuptials. I enjoyed every bit of the stationery design and cannot wait to see their wedding photos! Stay tuned for that.

These gilceé & letterpress printed menu cards will really make a statement on the guests' dinner plate. The mixed media is eye catching in more ways that one!

What inspires TLBC's brand?

I've been well aware my entire life that I was subjected to end up in the arts. It was a lost cause I could not have deterred from. Over the years, I have found myself attracted to certain aspects of art and design that have inadvertently built my brand. If I could pick a few words to describe my attraction to others' work as well as in my own design, I would say organic, whimsical, & lovely. Those three words create a root system to all my beliefs in design. ...not just with stationery, but in the home, in my wardrobe, etc.

my top two tactile inspirations

July, August, & September 2015 issues

July, August, & September 2015 issues

From HGTV's hit show Fixer Upper

From HGTV's hit show Fixer Upper

Anthropologie | I mean that's a no-brainier. Anthropologie built their entire brand around this one potential, made up client. I'd like to think that Anthro's girl would come to TLBC for an exclusive curated stationery design. I bet we'd get along. Nevertheless, I am nothing short of giddy when I receive a new catalog in the mail. Between the color schemes alone, I immediately begin inspiring new ideas for TLBC.

Pinterest Inpsirations | I honestly cannot thank the group of geniuses that invented Pinterest enough. Pre-pinning days, I would screenshot clips and copy & paste links as their file names, saving everything to different desktop folders. Pre-computer days, it was actual folders filled with magazine clippings. When I glance over my Pinterest boards, there's a common aesthetic found for each category. For instance, my kitchen board is filled with tons of white on white on white kitchens. There are pops of wood and industrial aspects that balance out a feminine meets masculine concept that you will also find in TLBC's items and designs.

Comparing my inspirations to a scattered selection of my own work really lets me see the similarities in style, colors, and overall aesthetic feel. It's Hope. It's TLBC.


I would hope that my work could be viewed and selected from a line up - organic, whimsical, and lovely works of art.

Even if you don't run a branded business or you are not the creative type, you still have a style. Think about when your sister goes to the store and says "oh this is so Kellye, I'll have to get this." That's YOU. That's your brand. Pick three words that describe YOU.

xx,
Hope Johnson
TLBC

TLBC TIP | how to save time addressing your stationery

We all know how fast your wedding to-do-list can lengthen. The tedious tasks are seemingly the ones that all get piled up and saved for the last minute. When a couple receives their wedding stationery, the addressing typically still needs to be tackled.

TLBC TIP

Have an address stamp made. You can use this stamp for the back flap of your outer envelope as well as the front recipient address of your rsvp envelopes. A personalized stamp is the gift that keeps giving. Continue to use this stamp after the wedding for thank you notes and future mail outs!

This is an affordable and easy way to save some time. These stamps run roughly $20-$40 depending on whether you create a wood stamp with an ink pad or a self-inking stamp. Both last for years and are great investments (and gifts).


Customize a stamp to suit and seal your stationery suite. These are a few of our past favorites, but feel free to throw your own ideas at us and we can create something just for you.

KEEPING THE FIRST BIRTHDAY SIMPLE
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Me oh my. Somehow, a year has gone by. A whole three hundred and sixty-five days has cycled through.  The earth has made an entire trip around the sun. A WHOLE YEAR has gone by since my sweet little girl entered my arms. After two, for lack of better words, obnoxious birthday parties for my son, Finn. I vowed to keep things simple for Isla.

Finn and Isla don't care about Pinterest inspired birthdays, I know that much. It's hard though - as a creative and stationery designer, it's hard to keep things simple when its your own project and the ball is in your court. Here's how I do it:

I'd like all moms and dads alike to pick ONE thing that they really care about. It may be the cake, the location, the gift... there's something you want to splurge on.

For me, it's the stationery (clearly). Whether it's the wedding day or an event as simple as a first birthday party, the stationery sets the preface to the story you will tell.  My remaining details were kept as simplistic as possible. This really allowed me to focus in on what was important to me. ..and what was not.

These invitations were inspired by Finn's first birthday invitations. The disc spins to tell the story of each month's milestones. There was no way to create something equally sentimental for Isla, so the work was done. All I had to do was watch her grow and document this amazing first year with her in our lives. ...one I cannot image living without.

My mother always made our cakes. ...a three layer yellow cake with chocolate icing that still to this day, I can't get right. Testing my skills, I spent the morning of Isla's party making a mini, three-layer red velvet cake with pink cream cheese icing. Finn got to lick the bowl and Isla taste tested her soon-to-be mess of a cake. We learned something new that day. Isla really loves cake.

photo cred | louisiana lifestyle photography |  Quaint and Whim

photo cred | louisiana lifestyle photography | Quaint and Whim

I opted for minimal decorations. The stationery was letterpress printed with a hand-drawn floral, so decorating my home with local fresh flowers seemed like decor that keeps giving. I am actually drying some of the flowers from that day. I'm in the middle of a whole minimalist attraction, so less is more. Just picking up the scattered toys and putting out a few fresh flowers was all the decorating we needed. In a random bout of internet browsing, I came across these beautiful fans - perfect for a Louisiana Saturday in August. Hip Hip Hooray read the floral banner kit by Rifle Paper Co. What's great about this banner is that I can reuse time and time again. I wanted to keep the home design simple and sophisticated, but feminine ...something that didn't scream baby. And that's it. That's all we needed. It was enough to announce that this gathering wasn't a random Tuesday. It was most definitely a party, but the focus was on sweet Isla and the celebration of her first year in everyone's lives.

Just picking up the scattered toys and putting out a few fresh flowers was all the decorating we needed.
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I've planned many baby showers, wedding showers, birthdays, and gatherings at our home. It's hard not to just want ALL THE PRETTIES. Choosing what is important to you and letting the other details fall in to the simple category has by far made this birthday memorable. I remember going to get the balloons and flowers. I remember the mess of sprinkles we made baking Isla's birthday cake. I remember the kids getting tangled in bakers twine as we wrapped treat bags. I remember making Isla's birthday hat from some scrap paper and Finn asking if he could paint it. I remember Isla smiling out the window as familiar faces walked up the sidewalk.

I ACTUALLY remember the party and being able to speak to our guests. I remember the things that were important to me - the simple things. Let's make a vow to simplicity, because more often than not, simple is better.


credits & sources

invitations | THElittleBLUECHAIR
banner | Paper-Source
cake topper | BHLDN
cake stand | Anthropologie
paper crinkle fans | BHLDN
 

WHAT'S YOUR COLOR? | five must-see color schemes for wedding stationery

ALL THE COLORS. Picking a wedding color scheme is not something brides often think of in regard to their stationery. When designing wedding stationery, I often ask questions like "what color are your bridesmaids' dresses?" or "what colors would I find in your floral arrangements?" I like to tie in these colors withing your stationery to really create a cohesive color scheme with your wedding.

Neutral is definitely in, but don't be afraid of a pop of color. Here are some color combination trends happening in the wedding stationery world.

natural, charcoal, white

natural, plum, white, tiffany blue

peach, latte, cream

olive, pale pink, oatmeal grey, light blue

grey, white


What's your wedding's personality color?

FIVE STATIONERY ESSENTIALS (for baby and mama)

OH BABY. There are babies everywhere. It wasn't until I became a mother that I began to become inspired to create products for babies, children, and the mamas and daddies that take care of them all.

Although many of our little ones are not set for algebra and biology yet, a new school year brings in a season of routine for me within the home. In honor of my littlest little turning one in a few days and the school season among us, I'm putting together a collection of items for you and your tiny human. May it be a greeting card, art poster, or jotter, there's something for everyone here!


Little Talks letterpress jotter / to keep track of those mispronounced words and epic toddler conversations you are bound to have. SEE IT IN THE SHOP.

I have a mound of crafts my older little has created at Parents Day Out and at home. I like to remember who did what and when. This stamp is perfect to use for one or your whole bundle of little ones. SEE IT IN THE SHOP.

In honor of my obsession with the alphabet, this print was created for any place in the home. My toddler decided to color in his letters (not so much inside the lines) to create his own version. SEE IT IN THE SHOP.

A greeting card to well ....greet the new baby on the way. SEE IT IN THE SHOP.

Pelican Print, a limited edition print by TLBC. By the way, this is a song and it's much more fun when you sing it rather than read it. ::sings:: Pel-i-can Pel-i-can, mouth holds more than his belly can. SEE IT IN THE SHOP.

HOME INSPIRED STATIONERY

How does your home inspire other aspects of your life? Does your living space reflect your Pinterest boards? Does your five year old's party reflect their own little taste? I'd love to hear your answers.

When I think about my brand, my style, and my vision for anything, it really entails inspirations from all aspects of my life. ...my house, my children, hosted parties. It all overlaps in some area or another. For instance, when my son, Finn turned two years old, we began planning a "woodland themed" birthday party. During the same time, he thought it would be fun to begin climbing out his crib, which turned in to transforming his nursery to a big boy room (insert tears shed).

The two inadvertently coordinated in to a room and party that I am still in love with today.

The wood wall was actually super easy. I helped my husband with my three month old baby strapped to me in the carrier. Finn had a weekend away with his grandparents to keep the big reveal a surprise. (see source below)

So, based on sheer repetition, the woodland themed continued to his second birthday invitations. I wanted to create an interactive scene that Finn's toddler friends could create and in turn, spark their own adventurous imagination. Those who know my Finn knows there will be an adventure, even at the young age of two. The laser cut "pop-ups" all rose to a forest scape that cast an amazing shadow across the "woods."

I finished these invitations off with my favorite, chartreuse, ALWAYS CHARTREUSE. The envelopes were adorned with the most whimsical calligraphy my eyes had ever seen. (see source below) If there's anything better than receiving happy mail, it's happy mail addressed with perfection.

I'll have to follow up soon with the sweet stationery suite for my sweet Isla Grace. Whoa. Say that five times! With her first birthday weeks away, I've been on my game, digging in to my inner female. Going from a little boy to a little girl has been interesting. Stay tuned for that adventure!


letterpress | thelittlebluechair.com
calligraphy | quaintandwhim.com
DIY wood pallet wall | reclaimedlumberproducts.com

A WATER COLOR WEDDING

A friend of mine came to me when it was time to dream up her perfect wedding suite. Her inspirations were all stemmed from her floral arrangements and the colors that bloomed from a May wedding in the midst of a Louisiana spring.

a floral inspired color scheme

a floral inspired color scheme

photo cred | Collin Richie | www.collinrichiephoto.com

Now, when I think spring, I think water. So a watercolor splash over letterpress text was my first thought we leaped from. We took the color scheme of the floral and toned it down to a subtle pallet for the stationery. Keeping the text traditionally worded and the fonts script let the watercolor spread on its on turf. Each splash is one-of-a-kind truly creating a special suite for each guest to open.

coral + mint + yellow

Kristi was a breeze to work with and had such a lovely wedding to show for herself. TLBC wishes her many years of happiness with her newlywed.



TLBC loves to incorporate something special ...something whimsical to each design. That extra little hand touch is what makes this process so extraordinary. Take a look at the cards below to see a few other pieces we've incorporated that hand-painted touch to.

These are two of our favorite combinations of mediums: letterpress (obviously) and watercolor. Each piece is something special, just like you!

WHO MADE THE TOP FIVE?

With all of the new wedding stationery in the works between the collections brewing and custom work curating, I thought I would put together a few of my old favorites. These are all either my own favorites, pinterest's most pinned, or client favorites from the years past.

Take a gander...


THE TATUM WEDDING

An old favorite for a family favorite.... Carrie. She’s my cousin, friend, and reason for switching my life towards the arts in college. Taylor. He must be a tad crazy to willingly enter our family, but he loves Carrie, so he got the package. Taylor and Carrie’s wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty portraying a “DIY Backyard Baton Rouge Garden Wedding.” It was close to perfection, even in spite of the short rain that lead the entire reception to the porches as Carrie’s dad and associating musicians played the guitar, sang, and danced the rest of the evening away.

 

THE KATE AND CORY

When I first met with Kate, I knew immediately that her wedding and inspirations were to die for. She had a very rustic meets Jane Austin style between the lettering, paper, and assembly of her wedding stationery suite. The invitations were hand torn to leave a deckled edge. The rsvp cards are made of real wood, letterpress printed in a postcard style. The inner envelopes were handmade and stitched, all enclosed in an outer cotton envelope. …and of course there was twine.

THE JILLIAN AND EDWARD

After Carrie and Taylor’s Style Me Pretty feature, my inbox was full of inquiries. Jillian and Edward’s stationery suite became one of the by products of that feature. Jillian had a vision of a delicate lace with a hint of a modern touch. The lace with the peach ink complimented the chalk-like ink on black paper. It was a mix of colors, both subtle and bold, that put this suite in this old favorites list.

After Carrie and Taylor’s Style Me Pretty feature, my inbox was full of inquiries. Jillian and Edward’s stationery suite became one of the by products of that feature. Jillian had a vision of a delicate lace with a hint of a modern touch. The lace with the peach ink complimented the chalk-like ink on black paper. It was a mix of colors, both subtle and bold, that put this suite in this old favorites list.

THE JAYNIE AND ALEX

There is never a limit on how much lace is acceptable. Okay, maybe there is, but I love it in the stationery world. The bride, Jaynie, is actually a former colleague and friend of mine. She is also the owner of  Ebb & Flow  and her calligraphy is nothing short of something to die for. Jaynie herself designed this suite. It’s simple, modern, delicate, and beautiful. ...and that’s what we were going for, all of those adjectives in one suite. The front and back printed reply card inserted in to the translucent envelope put the icing on the wedding cake.

There is never a limit on how much lace is acceptable. Okay, maybe there is, but I love it in the stationery world. The bride, Jaynie, is actually a former colleague and friend of mine. She is also the owner of Ebb & Flow and her calligraphy is nothing short of something to die for. Jaynie herself designed this suite. It’s simple, modern, delicate, and beautiful. ...and that’s what we were going for, all of those adjectives in one suite. The front and back printed reply card inserted in to the translucent envelope put the icing on the wedding cake.

Who doesn't love a bicycle themed wedding? This bride commissioned TLBC to create some custom stationery to use as thank you notes following the wedding's whimsical appaloosa. A tandem bike for two as the bride and groom send their thank yous to all of their guests.


Maybe you will end up on the top five. Let's create!