Martha Stewart: Stationery A-Z

Hello Beauties

The invitation is the first impression your guests will have and it will set the tone for the entire event.  There is an endless selection of styles and techniques to choose from and the opportunity to make a statement should not be overlooked. 

Martha Stewart Weddings Spring 2012

Martha Stewart Weddings (Spring 2012) featured an amazing guide that describes Stationery A-Z.  Their comprehensive guide will help you navigate the traditional techniques and latest trends to ensure you choose the perfect reflection of your personality.  Be sure to grab the latest issue of MSW (before it gets pulled for the summer edition) to see the full a-z list.

A

Add Ons: A typical wedding stationery suite will include an invitation, reply card, and envelopes for both. Any extras like a reception card, custom map or itinerary are considered add-ons and will be an additional cost.

B

Backer: Add a patterned card stock to the back of the invitation to add some color and interest.

C

Calligraphy: Fancy lettering done by hand.  Each suite can be done individually or the calligrapher can do one master copy and have reproductions made, which is a cost effective approach to a high end style.

D

Deckled Edge: A feathery, natural and unfinished effect.

Deckle Edge

E

Embossing: A printing technique in which a 3-D design is created when a piece of paper is pressed between two heated molds.

Embossing via Piccolo Press

F

Foil: Thin sheets of metallic paper to give a luxurious, reflective design.

Gold Foil

G

Gilded Edges: A rim of metallic ink or foil around the edge for a formal look.

Gold and Silver edge

L

Letterpress: Plates of raised type are inked and then stamped into thick cotton paper. It is a luxurious choice but an ambitious bride can find some great DIY kits for less than half the price.

Letterpress with a Calligraphy style font

P

Postage: For most invitations a 45-cent stamp won’t be enough.  Weigh a completed invitation at the post office so you will know how much postage you will need for each suite.

T

Thermography: A surprisingly inexpensive printing style where is ink is applied, then dusted with power and heated.  The powder liquefies and then hardens creating a raised surface.

Thermography

W

Wax Seal: A few drops of wax that is pressed with a metal stamp.  I especially love a monogram seal.

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Custom Banner Giveaway!

Hello Beauties!

I am so excited to announce my very first Giveaway!! Yes that’s right, you have the chance to win a Customized Banner in any color, shape, theme that you want.  I love creating handmade, paper banners for all of my events and I will create a custom banner for one lucky reader.  You can use the banners as decor in a child’s room, in your classroom if you are a teacher, in wedding pictures, as a decor element at your next party or as seasonal decor in your home!!

All you have to do is Subscribe (just enter in your email address on the right), then leave a comment on what type of banner you would like if you won.  For extra entries Like MLM Worldwide on Facebook, Follow me on Twitter and/ or Follow me on Pintrest.  ALSO, if you are a teacher you will automatically get an extra entry, just leave a seperate comment advising that you are a teacher.

HOW TO ENTER:

  1. Subscribe to MLM Worldwide Event Planning Blog- Then leave a comment advising what type of banner you would choose with your email address

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES:

  1. Like MLM Worldwide on Facebook  -Then leave a comment
  2. Follow MLM Worldwide on Twitter and give a shout out to @MLM_Worldwide letting everyone know about this giveaway- Then leave a comment with your email address
  3. Follow me on Pintrest– Then leave a comment with your email address

BONUS ENTRY

  1. You are a Teacher- Leave a comment

So, in other words each comment will count as an entry.  There are 5 potential entries per person. Be sure to leave an email address so I can contact you if you win. I will randomly choose a winner on Monday April 9, 2012!

Wonderful examples of Banners on Pinterest

I can create anything you can imagine!

GOOD LUCK!!