are we there yet? can we officiate the sprunging of spring? dear weather gods, i hope so! ’cause this month’s stock is so chock full of springtime, it’s nearly exploding at its very own seams.

meet march’s gorgeous, flowery, monogrammed goodness.

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for me, this sweet stationery set denotes scents of gardenia and roses and jasmine … a garden party, if you will …ladies who lunch + brunch …and Easter and babies and all of that glory. if last month’s round was teetering at feminine, this month, our favorite design gal said, to heck with it, and gave us full-on girl, like, frolicking in fields of lavender, girl. and i’m so there. in fact, i’m never leaving.

xoxo
lisa

thank you to seastar arts for the lovely photos!

This was such a fun project because it really brought together two of my favorite things – clever “business” design and awesome paper products. We did these really amazing letterpress posters celebrating the mission statement of the Lowcountry Local First organization, and I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out.

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It’s a manifesto I can definitely get behind, and I am proud & honored to have gotten to “represent” it!

at long last, our lucky paper junkie club members reaped their precious rewards. last week, our personalized paper goods hit the pavement– snail mail at its best!

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 the beauty of all of this is that despite my insider standing at dodeline, i, too was left in the dark on the special contents of my paper junkies delivery. i’m just a regular ole’ paying customer. and a happy one, at that.

first things first, hand crafted packages, stamped with someone’s love + care are pretty darn special these days. they’re a dying breed really and i find it really refreshing to be a part of a unique crew of folks who still cherish these things. not to mention the fact that we’re the recipients of (often monogrammed) yet always personalized stationery. i don’t about the other married gals in the scene but as special as my newly appointed wedding stationery once was, its now feeling a bit aged and tired. cue in paper junkies and the wedding paper monotony is put to rest, even if just for short nap.

here’s what i loved about january’s reveal– it had that crisp feeling of a fresh new year with new beginnings. i liked the clean lines and the creative use of size. on a personal note, it felt really nostalgic too because my school colors were orange + navy. ..i’m talking k-12, i was literally soaked in these colors. thankfully, i’m loving them all over again!

and a little shout-out to inventive creator, sarah. she received some undoubtedly hot paper junkies press from our friends + followers on instagram. cheers to instapics and hashtagging paper junkies up the wazoo!

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thanks for the love @paulajmcintosh

same goes to you @seastararts

same goes to you @seastararts

I got to meet Lex through our BNI group and I am so happy I did. Really, I get to meet the coolest people. Lex is an entrepreneur who started OMAJ Inspection Ready Clean, and she definitely means business. Her military background means she just is not messing around when she says she gets a place ready for inspection. brand identity design Not only does she own OMAJ, but she and her husband also run a mobile hotdog cart called Slingers, and she does roller derby in her spare time. brand identity design The concept for the brand identity design came largely from Lex – she really wanted to capture that sort of breath-of-fresh-air feeling you have when you walk in to a clean house and all is right with the world. We also sort of thought that bright sunshine feeling went well with the “inspection” theme – no dark dingy corners here! I got to deliver her business cards yesterday so it’s really exciting to see the brand identity design come to life. Happy Wednesday!

At long last, we are so excited to try out Agaves Cantina last night for their soft opening. I was astonished when I drove up to see a HUGE crowd – for a soft opening, it was completely packed! Not an open table anywhere.

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Between business cards and menus and signage, it was a big project for us, and all we did was the graphics! The interior space designed by my good friend Megan turned out wonderfully, and I can’t wait to share photos of that soon. In the meantime…

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The “agaves” concept is what started the whole conversation and inspired the design both graphically and architecturally. Megan did an awesome job translating it into paint colors and interior finishes. It was really neat to see the client hold up the menu when I delivered it and say, “see, it all works together!” Yup, that’s how we roll :-)

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I can’t wait to share photos of the interior once we get it photographed and move on to a website too. In the meantime though, it was pretty cool to go into a restaurant and see scads of people holding the menus we made!

Stop by one of my client’s websites, The Perfect Match Studio, when you have a second to “take the tour” of their awesome studio. I’ve been working with Karen and Madi for over a year now (amazing how the time goes!) and it’s so neat to see the beautiful space they’ve created alongside the website we built together.

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The latest website addition was this really fun studio tour which I finished up last week. It looks great and I love working with creatives! This project literally marries (pun sort of intended, haha) the two sides of my work – the wedding world and the business graphics world – so it’s a lot of fun.

Happy Tuesday!

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Mike from Amelia’s Spicing Pecans for several years now after he gave me a ring for help with a Facebook page. From there, we’ve worked together on reinventing the Amelia’s Spicing Pecans brand and carrying it through to a website, collateral, and packaging. It is one of the coolest part of my jobs to get to see a project become real, and on Friday I got a chance to finally meet Mike in person when he came to visit our local Whole Foods.

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Amelia’s Spicing Pecans is based in Birmingham, so it was great to see them expanding all over the south and into the Charleston market. Mike brought the whole setup and it was awesome to see the logo we designed together take center stage on a banner, business cards, shirts, and labels. Even cooler to see them all lined up on the shelf, working together with their colors & bold type just like I had imagined!

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I also got to try them in some of the recipes that he’d brought for samples, and they were AMAZING. Herb pecans in a parmesan, cream cheese, and lemon juice spread. Cinnamon pecan brownies. Pimento cheese and coffee pecans. Really yummy.

I took a jar of cinnamon pecans home over the weekend and topped my zucchini bread with them. I’m also going to try them out on a salad for lunch, which can’t get here too soon!

Check out their website at www.spicingpecans.com if you want to get some…I highly recommend it!

I’ve known Lauren Amos of Lauren Amos Designs pretty much since I started attending craft fairs and markets. That’s one of the best things about vending at shows like that – meeting other entrepreneurs who have similar experiences. It’s always nice to share tips and lessons learned!

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A few weeks ago, Lauren reached out to me to see if we would be able to help her go from having just her Etsy shop to also having a nice polished jewelry website design of her own. It was great fun to work with such a talented artist and we’re really pleased with the result! Check it out at www.laurenamosdesigns.com, and just for fun, here are a few of her lovely pieces as well…

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Another thing that Lauren Amos Designs offers which I think is super cool is a subscription service. We all know I love to get mail, so getting something new to wear in the mail every month is pretty amazing!

For all of our brides out there, she also does custom designed pieces for weddings and bridal parties too.

Happy Tuesday!

Just a sneaky look at some of the things we have been shipping out here in the studio lately…

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…glittery glam masquerade party invitations are on their way to the client! Check back for the full look once they are in the hands of the partygoers :-)

While wandering through Southern Seasons over the weekend, I couldn’t stop swooning over the package designs for all of the lovely gourmet and homemade products. In particular, the incredible confectioneries won me over, heart & appetite both!

There must be something special about chocolate bar packaging of which I’m not aware…some sort of secret competition or something, because the chocolate bars really shine with their inventive designs. Here are a few fun package designs I couldn’t resist…enjoy!

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In looking at all of the various approaches, I couldn’t help but notice a few things:

  • Color. Almost every single brand utilizes color as a way to differentiate one product from another – i.e. a unique flavor, origin, etc.
  • Dimension. The twine touch on two of them definitely does give them a bit of texture and dimension on the shelf since the majority were more traditional paper or cardboard wraps. Have to wonder how much cost that adds in labor wise though.
  • Personality. I always love package design with a little humor or snark. I don’t really love the parchment like overlay on the last one, but I do like the quirky sayings.
  • Less is more. Even the more vintage / colorful designs keep the information on the front to a pretty bare minimum, sharing just what you need to know.
  • I don’t know about you, but I’m happy to sample them all :-)