Friday Font Favorites: Cantoni Pro

Who’s ready for the weekend?! This girl is!!

I can’t believe two week ago, Michael and I closed on our first home together! We’ve been very busy picking out paint colors, looking for inspiration on Pinterest, knocking down walls and turning this house into our home! (okay,  let’s be honest, I’m busy pinning, while Michael is busy doing all the heavy lifting). More about our inspiration board and what we are looking to achieve in our new home, here.

Last night, I was busy designing our new return address stamp using another one of my favorite fonts, Cantoni Pro Regular. This feminine and playful font seemed like the perfect touch to provide that little flair needed for our moving announcements we ordered from Minted.com! More on those coming soon 🙂

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We even used Cantoni Pro on some of our wedding details last year. I know it may seem like we used a lot of fonts for our wedding details, but when you mix and match a few key typefaces, you can create the perfect balance of whimsical fun and sophisticated elegance.

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What font are you currently crushing on? Share some font love in the comments below!

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Friday Font Favorites: Josefin Sans

It’s Friday and we have two reasons to celebrate today! If you follow me on Instagram, you already know Mike and I purchased our first home together!!!! We have been sooooooo excited about the new home, we already have our project plan outlined and have been busy cleaning and moving in!

Since the new home list is rather long, I’m going to be quick. This font favorite was used on our wedding design to provide a contrast to the soft, whimsical Anna Clara font I shared last week.

Josefin Sans

Josefin Sans is a free font from Font Squirrel with a geometric, elegant, kind of vintage design. To truly highlight the clean, sophistication of the font, I decided to use all caps on the wedding invites. This created a dramatic difference between the whimsical Anna Clara and the sophistication of Josefin Sans.

Here’s a closer look!

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What do you think? Do you like the modern look of Josefin Sans? How do you plan on using  this font?

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PS – We will be providing design inspiration and our DIY home progress on the blog, check back next week for a behind the scenes look of our new home!

 

Friday Font Favorites: Isabella Font

Happy Friday Friends! I’m excited to announce I’m bringing back Friday Font Favorites! As a self-proclaimed font snob, I’m sharing my weekly font favorites. This week I’m highlighting a font I used almost every day last year as we planned the details of our big day: Anna Clara

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This was our main font to highlight our names on the website, invitations and printed materials like the invites, menus, wedding programs, engagement book and sassy signage throughout the venue!

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Anna Clara is a great font to use because it is an open-type font with so many options!  It has alternates for each capitol letter as well as swatches and banners to truly customize your work! This was the perfect modern casual calligraphy typography to create a sense of whimsy on our wedding details.

If you’re thinking about creating your own wedding invite, read this post for helpful tips on where to go and what to get.

What do you think of this whimsical font? 

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Friday Font Favorites: Isabella Script + Neutra Text Light Fonts

Happy Friday Friends!

As you may or may not know, I am undoubtedly a font snob – I love a good font – it helps tell the story and provoke feelings well before reading the text. Since I have this obsession with hand-letting, calligraphy and fonts I figured I would start a series and share with you my favorite fonts each Friday as part of my Friday Font Favorites!

To kick it off, I’ve totally been crushing on two fonts lately: Isabella Script and Neutra Text Light

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I’ve been working on my sweet friend, Ashley’s wedding brand and we both agreed upon the pairing of these two fonts for her designs. The handwritten calligraphy font juxtaposed with a clean, modern, geometric sans serif font creates a perfect harmony for her wedding details. A beach-side formal wedding, with touches of fun starfish details!

Check out the save the dates designed for her wedding:

Save the Date - Isabella Font

And here’s a sneak peek of her website I am currently working on!

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To purchase and download these fonts go here (Isabella Script is currently 40% off on Creative Market!) and here.

What do you think? What would you use these fonts for?

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How To DIY Wedding Invite

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As someone who loves fonts, paper and graphic design I decided to create my own wedding invites. I looked at stationary companies, online options and ultimately decided I wanted to do it myself. I’m not sure if it saved me money and we definitely know it didn’t save me time, but I was able to truly bring my vision to life. The cost of doing it yourself seems smaller because you are buying pieces here and there, so the expense is more spread out and I probably didn’t do the best job of tracking all the expenses for the little trips to the craft store. But when I first scoped out the cost of doing it myself versus ordering it through a stationary company the cost was significantly cheaper. So before you commit to doing it yourself make sure you’ve thought about the amount of time and effort it will take to create your wedding invites – because that has a cost too!

Inspiration

Before you begin with the crafts spend time searching and pinning the various different wedding invite styles you are drawn to. Identify what you like and what you don’t from your search and once you’ve narrowed down your options, start searching for print at home options. The core of my wedding invite is a print at home kit that I customized to meet my needs. You can make this as easy or as complicated as you like (mine was a little complicated). I fell in love with the Gartner Studios Gold Foil Dots Invite, these beauties were a random find at Staples! I frequent the office supply store (way more than I should!) and knew they carried note cards and some stationary items, but I didn’t think I would find my wedding invites walking through their aisles! At the time the Gartner Studios Gold Foil Dots Invitation set only came with the 5 x 7 printable invite and ivory envelope, but now they offer an entire suite.

The Idea

After all my searching and pinning I decided I really liked the layered wedding invites, I thought it brought a pop of color and umph to it. I knew immediately I wanted my design to include a layer. I also wanted to achieve a formal yet whimsical invitation to show the type of wedding we’d be having. After some playing and testing I think I achieved what I was looking for! This was a perfect way to show spring time elegance.

The Products

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Once I played around with the design, tested various colors, searched the craft stores and online I found the perfect products to make it all happen. Here’s a list of what I purchased to create these wedding invites:

Remember when I said I’m not sure if this was really cost effective…. You end up buying a lot of odd and end items to make this happen, but I think it was totally worth it!

Putting together the Wedding Invites

Here’s step by step instructions on how I put these bad boys together, there are a few gotchas in here that you have to be aware of before getting started! Be sure to break it up, this is a timely project, it doesn’t need to (and most likely can’t) be done in a day while keeping your sanity!

The Wedding Invite

  1. Because the envelopes were meant to fit a 5×7 invite, the gold foil dots paper needed to be trimmed down to show the aubergine paper layered behind it
  2. Before printing on the gold foil dots paper, cut 1/2 in off the bottom and one side. Doing this before printing ensures it will print centered and eliminates having to cut off 1/4 in of paper of either side (which can be a real pain!)
  3. Design your wedding invite – I created mine with Adobe InDesign using two fonts, Anna Clara and Josefin Sans. If you don’t have Adobe you can create it in Microsoft Word by sizing the document to the size of your paper invite
  4. Print the invite onto the paper (check the way the printer pulls the paper  to make sure it prints on the correct side, I normally mark the top left corner of the paper in the tray to see how it pulls)
  5. Cut the aubergine paper down to 5×7
  6. Using the roll-on glue tape adhere the gold foil dots invite to the aubergine backing (I prefer to turnover the invite, roll the glue tape onto the back of that and then flip it over to make sure the two pieces of paper are lined up perfectly) Lower one corner to stick it to the second paper and then use the side of your palm to slowly press and smooth out until both pieces of paper are stuck together – there should be a 1/4 in reveal all around the invite

The Envelope Liners

The Gartner Studios envelopes didn’t have liners in them and I felt strongly about adding them as they provide a nice finishing touch to the entire suite, so I made these myself as well, that is with a little help from my friends!

  1. Grab an extra sheet of 110 lb cardstock, use this paper to create a template
  2. Trace the outside of the envelope and cut it down to size – two things to keep in mind here, the liner doesn’t have to be the height of the envelope, I made it just long enough to clear the opening and you’ll have to cut it down to sit below the lining of the flap glue
  3. Take the template and trace it onto the metallic paper, I was able to fit two to a page, one in each corner
  4. Start cutting! This is where friends come in very handy! Thanks Marisa and Meghan – you’re the best!
  5. Once all of them are cut measure where the crease for the flap of the envelope and mark it on each liner, score the liner using the Martha Stewart Score Board to create the fold for the flap
  6. Keep the stack of envelope liners ready, but don’t adhere them to the envelopes just yet!

The RSVP + Accommodation Cards

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I also designed these cards in Adobe InDesign, but this can be done in Word. I created the card to size, saved it and then placed it as an image into an 8.5 x 11 document to maximize the number of cards I could print to a page.

  1. After you design each of these cards, print them out
  2. Since Gartner didn’t have the full suite when I was looking for wedding invites, I designed my own and found paper that matched their color from Hobby Lobby
  3. I printed them out and cut them down to size using the Martha Stewart Guillotine Paper Trimmer, this provides a nice clean cut while doing multiple pages at a time – absolute life saver!
  4. After cutting them down to size, I sent them through  the printer again by doing a simple Word document mail merge for the small numbers on the back of the RSVP card (just in case someone didn’t write their name!) The guest list doesn’t have to match the numbers right now, but they will before you can finish them

The RSVP Envelopes

To give my invites a pop of color, I used aubergine envelopes. There’s already a few gotchas that I identified above, but the gotcha with these envelopes is that you can’t print white on dark paper with an inkjet or laser printer. So to make this work I was either going to have to write by hand, hire a calligrapher or use a stamp. I purchased a customized stamp through Etsy Shop ChattyPress and used white ink to make these come to life! Just simply start stamping away!

Belly Band

  1. Cut the glitter paper to size, 12 in x 1.5 in
  2. Print and cut the name squares to size
  3. Cut the aubergine paper to 2 x 2 in squares for the name square backing
  4. Use the roll-on glue  tape to adhere the backing and name squares to one another
  5. Wrap the belly band around just the invite and use a hot glue gun to keep it together (the glue tape won’t work on the glitter paper)
  6. Hot glue the name square to the front of the belly band

Finishing Touches

Now all you have left to do is print the guests addresses on the envelopes, line the envelopes and insert all of the pieces of the invite into the envelope! Here are the steps in order to make this party easier:

  1. Do a mail merge in Word and print the envelopes (I used the same fonts on the invite for the addressing)
  2. Once the mail merge printing is complete, now you can start adhering the liners to the inside of the envelope – through trial and error I quickly realized that it was best to just stick the top half of the liner down with the roll-on glue tape and leave the portion under the crease as is
  3. On my excel spreadsheet for the guest list I assigned each invitation being sent out with a number, and now that you already have the RSVP cards with the printed numbers on the back stuff the envelopes to match the guests RSVP number – it’s much easier to do this when the envelopes are already printed to simply stuff them at one time like an assembly line (once again friends come in extremely handy for this!)

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Now you’re done with your wedding invites! Remember this doesn’t have to get done in a day or a weekend, take your time and spread it out, it makes it way more managable that way! And don’t forget to invite your girls over for wine or bubbly to help this process move a long a bit easier!

Have questions? Ask them in the comments below!

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