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The “Better Late Than Never” Cards

The “Better Late Than Never” Cards

I can’t believe it’s October already…and holiday card season is here. I also can’t believe that the end of the year is just around the corner and I’m just NOW getting out my own family cards for 2010-2011. Since I’m extremely busy this time of year with custom holiday card orders for my clients, I’ve always done Chinese New Year cards instead of traditional Christmas cards. I’m half Chinese, celebrate Chinese New Year with my family…and since it usually takes place in February, I buy myself a little time with getting them done after the deadlines of the holiday season are over. Plus, I like the idea of sending out a card for an occasion that most people would not likely get a card for! Each year (for the past few years), in mid to late January, we’ve been lucky enough to be “guinea pigs” for my sister’s latest vision of a family photo shoot. My sister, Julie of Lot 116 Photography, is so VERY talented and has an incredibly fresh and creative style of photography. I’m always game for whatever she suggests and the photos are always AWESOME. Once I see the photos, I start work on designing cards that I hope will live up to the fabulousness of her work. Last year (2010), we did a “Glamour Meets Grunge” shoot.  Julie’s photos were beyond fantastic and it was so hard to choose a few for the cards, so I ended up creating a booklet to show off as many photos as possible. They’re still one of my all-time favorite card ensembles. I didn’t know how we were going to top 2010’s photos, but my sister came up with another AMAZING concept…and with the help of our good friend, Jeff, who was able to pull some strings to grant us access to shoot at the Salk Institute, the 2011 photos were even more wonderful than I had imagined. You can read about the shoot on my sister’s blog and see the photos here. I was so OVER-THE-MOON, in LOVE with these photos, the whole feel of the shoot, the incredible location and that mustard yellow couch…that I immediately ordered all the materials and papers and started designing! Um, that was in EARLY February. Julie had the photos edited and ready for me, I had all the materials, I had an idea of what I wanted to do and how I wanted our cards to look…including the fonts and graphic elements. So, WHY did it take almost EIGHT months to finally get them out??? I really don’t have an answer… Let’s just say I’ve been REALLY busy. Seriously. BUSY. But we all know that’s nothing new and my schedule is always crazy…so that’s no excuse. But the start of 2011 was a little different and brought my busy-ness to a whole new level. First, I took on a 365 project (Sketch Every Day) which added blogging about each sketch to my daily routine. Besides my household duties, kids’ school schedules/volunteering, and single-handedly running ALL facets of my custom stationery and decorative painting business…I also accepted (or rather, did not turn down any) bookings for a lot of last-minute (time-sensitive) wedding and painting projects starting in February through April. And then wedding season was in full swing. Aaron and I ran the San Francisco Bay to Breakers race in May and I had to take three wedding ensemble projects with me to finish up while we were in the Bay Area. We cut our visit short so that I could be back in San Luis Obispo to help with a beautiful...

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Season’s Greetings – 2010

Season’s Greetings – 2010

This little elf was BUSY for the 2010 holiday card season!  I love working on custom cards this time of year because I get to reconnect with clients that I may only be in contact with when I create their annual card each Christmas. It’s fun to see their photos and how their families have grown.  Some of these clients I’ve known since the days of designing their save the dates and wedding invites…and have since been welcomed into their homes for painting, decorating their nurseries, creating birth announcements, birthday party invites and the yearly family holiday card.  And of course, there are the family, friends and neighbors that I design cards for every year.  It brings me great joy to make their cards…and it’s so much fun to be able to try new paper combinations and custom designs…I want their cards to be truly unique and different from what anyone else will receive.  Sure, it may cost more to send out a custom card, but I’ve been told that these are the cards that get noticed, kept and treasured amongst the piles of store-bought, pre-fab and “push-button” warehouse store or online photo cards.  With all the beautiful papers, layers, embellishments and unique formats, how could they not be keepers!? So, year after year, I receive requests for custom cards from repeat customers, friends, family and neighbors who just can’t imagine sending out anything but a custom designed card. You know what they say…”Once you go EITAK, you can’t go back….” And of course, there were a lot of new holiday card clients, last minute orders, and other non-holiday card projects thrown into the mix…which, in addition to painting jobs and wedding deadlines, made for a very busy three weeks leading up to Christmas!  So here are some of this season’s holiday card designs and formats. You’ll notice that some of the cards utilize some similar wording/font/graphics (in an effort to accommodate those last minute requests).  But for the most part, each card is different and all the color schemes are unique.  No typical red/green cards this year!  Although, I must say that the most popular colors this past year have been shades of purples and grays.   Specialty folds: Z-card, Accordion-fold, Gate-fold. 4″ X 9″ Layered flat cards with ribbon embellishment. Layered flat cards, 5″ X 7″ and 6″ X 9″. 5″ X 7″ folded cards: A wedding thank you/holiday card and an unique “Daft-Vader” theme. The new Twist Cards by Envelopments. Envelopments Pocket Cards. 5.5″ X 5.5″ Layered flat card with Envelopments Pocket Envelope. With all the amazing photos of this beautiful family by Lot116 Photography, an accordion-fold was the perfect format for showcasing many pictures. Custom-designed and hand-cut ice skating party invites, with eyelets and ribbon...

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