It is safe to say that anyone who received Ronan’s birth announcements already knew of his birth. But, I figured most people still like to get something special in the mail. I got most of these out a little over a month ago, but actually still have a handful to send (insert anxious emoji here). I’m warning you now, that mother-of-two-too-busy-to-do-it-all theme is probably going to come up a lot from here on out.
I designed them a few weeks before his arrival, and then took my time coming up with photos and actually having them printed. The originally dummy copy I used before I knew how much he would weight said 8lbs 4 oz. Ha…if only I was so lucky!
I knew I wanted to do a tri-fold style, so I could include more than one image without the design feeling cluttered. I went square to make it a little different and selected teal envelopes to compliment the card design, they also happen to match Ronan’s nursery. I included a thank you note insert for those who sent us gifts…I’m all about consolidation and efficiency at this point in my life!
Pinhole Pro was nice enough to print these up for me. They offer a lot of options as far as shapes and sizes, so you can basically make whatever design you imagine into a reality. They have two high quality paper choices, and very nice printing. You have to be a “pro,” meaning a photographer or designer to get a membership, but once accepted, sky’s the limit as far as options go.
As I do any time I send something out to our family and friends (mostly around the holidays), I referred back to my trusty InDesign address label template. I updated the master page to match this design, and bam, mailing labels for my peeps without looking up or printing a single address. I like how the custom labels make anything I put in the mail feel a little more branded and special. So what do you think, were they worth the wait? Have a great weekend, friends!
Isn’t this image just SO beautiful?! These colorful textile art studies come from a workshop called “We Salute the Sketch,” done by textile designers Helle Gråbæk and Maria Kirk Mikkelsen. This work was done in conjunction with Gemakker Studio, in the heart of Denmark. I love the mix of color and pattern, and the addition of what looks like watercolor. More captivating images from this project after the jump! Happy almost weekend!
Oh, hello! Remember me? Gosh, it’s been a long time since I’ve written here…the longest break since I began blogging, actually. If you scroll down to my last post, it should be pretty clear why I’ve been MIA. Being a mama to an infant and kindergartener, AND running a small business is significantly harder than I ever imagined. It’s been a struggle to keep up with life and general, and honestly, I’ve just been too damn tired to share anything worthwhile on this little blog.
But, it’s time to change that! I’ve recently made some modifications to the design, including a shiny new mobile update. If you’re reading this on your phone, the blog should be significantly easier to read. There are a few tweaks that still need to be made, so please bear with me. I’m planning on getting back to blogging on the regular. No promises on how often that will be, but definitely more often than never! It’s good to be back, I’ve missed you! XOXO!
Introducing our son, Ronan Luka Stone, born August 10th, TEN (!!) lbs. 6 oz, 21 in long. I truly can’t believe how much time has passed since my last post, but the photo above should explain it all! This little big guy entered our lives 5 weeks ago, and life has been a bit of a roller coaster ever since. Truthfully, the last month of pregnancy and the delivery did not go at all as I’d hoped, but that all seems far away and forgotten now.
The past 3+ years have been an incredible learning experience for me. I’d gone from working at ad agencies where I had little to no direct exposure to clients (account executives and creative directors were always the go between), to a world where I’m the one and only person doing the designing, billing, project management, and client relations too! I’ve definitely made some mistakes along the way, and continue to refine my process (and contract) as I go. I hope you can take advantage of this experience and avoid making some of these mistakes on your own. Mind you, the vast majority of your clients will not waste your time on purpose, but setting clear expectations and boundaries can really help. Without further adieu, the cleanline studio list of time saving client tips, after the jump…