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Saskia & Mike’s Earthy Modern Stationery // Phoenix, Arizona

A while back, I shared the exciting news that Saskia & Mike’s art museum wedding was shared on the Knot! Ooh I just love when a couple comes to me with out of the box ideas for their modern stationery. With earthy vibes and green and orange tones, I was pumped to start creating.

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And can we just stop for a second and stare at the gorgeous work of art that was Saskia’s dress? I mean, she looks like a garden princess with that texture and those florals from Butterfly Petals. She was definitely the most stunning work of art at the museum that night.

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For the invitation suite, Saskia & Mike wanted to let their playful sides shine through so we utilized grays and oranges with sharp triangular shapes to border the invitation. For the save the dates, just tell me, who doesn’t love seeing little pups (especially when today is National Dog Day!)?! I loved how we carried the color scheme through the set but made each piece individualized to the event. The suite was completed with a multi-font thank you note that was found at each place setting indicating the pet rescue that Saskia & Mike were giving back to in honor of each of their guests. What a thoughtful gesture!

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Now to my not-so-secret obsession from this wedding – the escort cards. Saskia & Mike shared with me how they wanted their reception to feel very earthy and natural, so my wheels started turning. What if we made the escort card display one with nature?! Each card was hung within a potted plant for guests to locate their name. The cards just meshed so flawlessly with the surrounding decor.

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The last piece to this earth-inspired stationery puzzle was the name card at each place setting. If you look closely, you can see a little fish, which indicated the guests’ meal choice. How creative is that?! It’s the little touches like that that make each wedding so unique.

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While I love being the lady behind the paper and seeing these pieces come to life, I also love love love taking a step back to see the pure joy of the couples I work with. If my stationery can add to that joy, I think I’ve done my job!

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Big props to Katie Cornwell Photography for these rockstar images and to the ladies of Outstanding Occasions for creating this modern wonderland.

Three Reasons You Should Pay Attention to the Presidential Race

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I know that we are all busy #girlbosses and sometimes paying attention to the news and the presidential race may seem more trouble than it’s worth. But we have the power to change the outcome of this election if we want – and here are three reasons you should pay attention. 

(1) Millennials Swung the 2008 Election

FYI, the Millennial generation is usually considered the age range of 18-34 in 2015.

The 2008 election was significantly impacted by the Millennial vote. Not only did this voting contingent account for nearly two-thirds of the increase in voter turnout, but it also increased its overall share of the vote for the President. We had less of an impact in 2012, mostly because many of us stopped paying attention and caring.

We need to go back to the 2008 level of interest since we are all getting to an age where the outcome of the election will impact us the most.

(2) Millennials Are Now the Biggest Generational Group

Millennials are poised this year to become the largest of all of the generational groups, finally surpassing the Baby Boomers. That means that, based on size alone, an engaged and participatory Millennial generation would absolutely swing the outcome of the election. But we have to get interested and motivated first if we want to make that a reality.

(3) Most Importantly, Millennial WOMEN could shape the next election!

The 2008 Election marked the first time that there were record increases across all demographics of women voters. Even better, it marked the highest ever voter turnout for both Asian women and Latinas! We can do that again! We just have to get interested and stay motivated.

No matter who you support – it is important to get informed and get out there to spread the word! Imagine the impact we could have if we all got involved in this upcoming race? Let’s be the strong women we are and make sure that our voices are heard :)

Feel free to read more by Amanda over at The Color Coded Life.

 

Let’s Flamingle Birthday Party! // Phoenix, Arizona

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When celebrating the big no. 2, what else is there to do but Flamingle?! When my good friend, Lindsey (who is also the fabulous event manager at El Chorro), came to me with the idea to throw a flamingo-themed birthday party for her soon-to-be two-year-old munchkin, I was more than excited. It was a flawless event filled with pink tropical decor that was SO on point, not to mention, it all was made possible in collaboration with some of our favorite industry friends.

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Even better, it was featured on Style Me Pretty Living! Check out all the details below. It will leave you yearning to host your own flamingle shin-dig.

How perfect are these flamingo desserts from Ruze Cake House?! Cupcakes, cake pops, macaroons AND cake!

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This family just warms my heart. Lindsey and Roy love their little girl so much and it was so fun to see as they celebrated her second birthday!

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I just had to get myself in front of this adorable flamingo backdrop. Here’s a flamingle secret…I made this with my Cricut Explore and you can, too!

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I just loved seeing these little besties pose for the camera!

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The day wouldn’t have been complete without the behind-the-camera geniuses, Amy and Jordan Photography! It’s always a good time when they hop IN FRONT of the camera.

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Miss Makena was surrounded by love and flamingos as she ended year one. Year two, Makena is ready for ya! Thank you to Lindsey and Roy for letting me be a part of this special occasion. To see more details and how you can make them yourself, check out all the goods here.

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What You Dream You Can Paint

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Happy Tuesday Everyone! Hope everyone had a creative weekend. This weekend I had some down time to work on some projects that I have on my long to do list. For some odd reason, I usually get my best ideas at night. I find I always get over excited right before I have to go to bed, so I am on Pinterest past midnight. I do not recommend this but sometimes my brain does not shut off! Anyone else have this problem?

Today I want to give you a small preview of what I have been working on! If you follow me, you know I love painting fashion illustrations. Some of the detail designers put into each of their garments is absolutely amazing. I sometimes like to picture myself in these high fashions and painting them makes each picture a little more clear.

I remember my Aunt buying a Barbie software for fashion design and I think that is when I gained a real interest in creating clothes: whether it was sketching or actual making. I always have had a dream of breaking into the fashion industry: more of the branding side with my paintings. I may get there but as of right now I can appreciate exploring and creating my favorite fashions! I say never give up on your dreams and always work toward them. Enjoy!

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Keep Creating,

Rachel

 

 

The Raddest Back to School Supplies EVER

Sigh– summer is almost gone. But YAY for back to school, fall, holidays, leaves, layers, and pumpkins. I mean, we still have a couple weeks left until September arrives, but it’s actually the perfect time to start getting your ducks in a row (aka all of your supplies) for back to school. Whether you’re nudging your little into first grade or getting ready for your first day of college, these are the supplies you totally want to kick start your school year and make you the raddest kid around.

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1. Back to School Bento Box
Because compartmentalized lunch has never looked so darn cute.

2. Mean Girls Pencils
These are definitely conversation starters! Your seat mate will be totally jelly when she sees these, BUT she’ll know you have great taste and voila! A friendship is born.

3. Sushi USB
To pair with your bento box, duh! Ha, kidding. While this sushi looks edible, it’s not, but it is perfect for storing all of your files in between classes.

4. Baggu Leopard Bag
Pack all your grrrrowl power into this super chic Baggu backpack. All if your new knick knacks will looks great in this accessory.

5. Staple-Less Stapler
These little gadgets “staple” your paper by punching a small, neat hole in your documents and folding the remaining flaps together in a secure binding. That means, YOU NEVER RUN OUT OF STAPLES.

6. Theft Deterrent Moldy Sandwich Bags
You think they’re moldy.. but they’re not! These sandwiches are amazing especially if you share a dorm with others. Everything will think your snacks have gone bad– but truth is you’re just hoarding them for yourself 😉

7. Peekaboo Folio + Stickers
Keep all your documents and important files in this ultra-cool folio. The stickers are a fun touch that are an absolute must!

8. Double Tip Deco Pens
5 glorious pastel pens with a marker tip and fine tip– perfect for doodling, notes, and signing your autograph when you get famous.

Woohoo– back to school can be a bittersweet time (bye Summer!) but there’s so much to look forward to. Which back to school accessory is your fave?

Here’s another little secret- the Back to School Bundles are still on sale in the idieh shop! These bundles have everything you need to get into the back-to-school groove.

Irish Garden Inspired Stationery // Phoenix, Arizona

Oh, I feel like I’m in an Irish dream! After Kathleen & Aaron’s Ireland engagement session with world-travelers Amy & Jordan Photography, I was psyched to design their Irish garden inspired stationery. This set called for a combination of pastel purples mixed with silvers and grays that were then paired with organic roses and an overlapping square pattern that will make you feel like you’ve gone to Ireland, with all intentions of staying forever!

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The wedding invitation utilized romantic fonts surrounded by open, white space. Added interest came with the back of the invite which pulled inspiration from the couple’s linens (La Tavola Fine Linen) and integrated a purple and white interlocking pattern. That pattern was then carried throughout such items as their program below. I mean, how flawlessly does this wedding program blend in with its surroundings?!

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I always love creating fun “extras” for my couples (insert hangover kits) and these signature drink signs were no different. As you can see, the interlocking pattern from the invitations became a common theme throughout the day of stationery, including onto these bar signs.

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This escort card display made me feel like I was dancing through the fields of Ireland. Anyone else? Petal Pusher stunned everyone yet again with this moss-covered display. Each escort card was tacked onto this board in varying shades of pastel purple and ivory.

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The light and airy vibe was captured through these multi-colored escort cards. Another secret touch was having the cards shaped as squares, again mimicking the interlocking pattern of the linens.

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Another one of my favorite pieces was the double-sided menu that also served as a nudge to the guests to remember to Instagram throughout the night! Hence, instaspy. The backside of the menu featured mini phrases that the bride & groom wished for you to capture, such as “party people, a dancing machine, or a kiss.” So fun.

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One of my favorite parts of creating wedding stationery is seeing all of the different pieces come together. If you’re not careful, every piece can look like a carbon copy of the other, but the art is in creating an array of pieces that all complement one another.

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Thank you to the creative team who make my job a whole lot easier: Outstanding Occasions, Amy & Jordan Photography, Petal Pusher, El Chorro, La Tavola Fine Linen and Classic Party Rentals.

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