Thursday, December 23, 2010

Singer Family Reunion

Helene requested a unique candy bar wrapper to celebrate Chanukah and her family's annual reunion, being held this year in good old Durham, North Carolina! I love the retro vibe!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Choose Your Own Color New Orleans Invitation

I have had so many positive responses to the original New Orleans Save the Date since I debuted it the day after the Saints won the Super Bowl in February. In honor of a fantastic 2010, I decided to create the "Choose Your Own Color" New Orleans Invitation. Now you can personally design your own color scheme by selecting the hues of the frame, text, and reverse side. You can even change the fonts to whatever you'd like!

The sample shows a text frame color of #CC66CC with the bride and groom's names in #990099. Match the invitation to your own wedding scheme! Not only that, because the text is fully editable, you can make it anything you choose: birth announcement, rehearsal dinner information, bridal shower invitation... the list is endless. Enjoy!

Free printable - Happy New Year Subway Art

Well, it's been a long time, hasn't it? The second half of the year has gone by in such a blur. After getting engaged in August to my wonderful boyfriend of four years, I've spent much of what would be design time planning the wedding! We're set to marry on June 26, 2011, which also happens to be the birthday of both my mother and father! :) More wedding design details to come.

In the meantime, I've picked up on the craftblog trend of fun subway art and decided to create this fabulous -- and free -- New Year's Eve printable! Frame not included, but the downloadable PDF provides instructions on how to crop and frame this fun piece. An 8x10" version will follow shortly. Click on the image or the link to be directed to the Custom Printables Freebies/Downloads page.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Another Minted submission

Since my New Orleans Save the Date is my most popular on Zazzle, I figured I could slightly revise it for the destination wedding challenge. Below is my entry entitled "Pattern Party."

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Vote for me!

This is my first entry in a while into the Minted Designer Challenge. Although I'm not getting married in a winery, I was totally excited when I came up with the idea of two bottles saying "I do!" Please vote for me in the challenge by clicking on the link below; sign-up only takes a few seconds!

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Simon's 3rd birthday

The excellent pool-side photos from Simon's beach-themed birthday party showcase the cute water bottle labels that Custom Printables designed to match his invitation and the other party goods. What three-year-old wouldn't be excited by this spread?

Dawn and Daniel are getting married next July, and this bride is on the ball! She ordered 5 grayscale monograms through our Etsy shop. From top to bottom, they are Alexis, Kiah, Maeve, Samantha, and Vanessa. Mazel tov, Dawn and Daniel!

Aditi needed a sassy pink and black rock star water bottle label for her 9th birthday. I think we delivered right on the money!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Alina and Luis's Seating Chart

Alina requested a seating chart in navy, lavender, and ivory. Congratulations on your wedding, Alina and Luis!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Aaron and Michaela's Wedding Program

Michaela and Aaron are getting married next weekend in Massachusetts. Michaela contacted me through my Etsy shop for a one-page wedding program in darker violet and light gray.

Michaela said, "Thank you! It looks perfect!! :D"

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Candy wrapper for 40th birthday

Emily requested a candy wrapper in black and white to hand out at her husband's surprise 40th birthday party. I think the text is hilarious!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Kelsey and Brent's monogram

Kelsey's mom asked me to create a monogram for the cover of her daughter's wedding program using the colors from the bridesmaids' dresses.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Cole's Commissioning Ceremony Invitations

I was honored for Cole to ask me to adapt the U.S. Marines-themed wedding invitation for his commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in the Corps. I love the way they came out and couldn't be more proud to help one of our servicemen.

The Accommodations and Directions cards will be double-sided. Each piece comes with its own envelope as well.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Matt and Becky's monograms

Becky was the lucky winner of five monograms over at I Do Budget Weddings. I was so excited to find out Becky and Matt are Buckeyes from Columbus, where I spent two wonderful years working at Ohio State. These are her fabulous monogram selections:


Rosalie and Michael's monograms

Ally contacted me through my Etsy shop requesting five monograms for her friends' wedding. I love the color combination of light yellow green and black. All monograms are five for $18, whether ordered through our website or Etsy!





CasaBento sticker

CasaBento requested a sticker monogram for their printed materials. Here is their logo with a light gradient.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Elizabeth and Michael's wedding programs

You could just melt over the amazing wedding invitations created by Etsy artist Diana Weir. Elizabeth ordered these lovely art deco-inspired pieces for her wedding and asked me to create a program to match. Having created a similar program about a year ago, we designed this four-page program as a companion to her New York ceremony and reception.

Wedding shower invitation

Based off of the ever-popular New Orleans Save-the-Date, Meredith requested a shower invitation to honor her friends. This was created as an image and uploaded directly into Zazzle so it could be ordered without any alteration (phone number and identifying information have been removed). Custom Printables is happy to provide that service to anyone who requests it.

Leigh Ellen and Cranston's Save the Date

Leigh Ellen contacted me through Etsy requesting a Save the Date based on an image she had found online. With some tweaking of the color and fonts to match her personality and style, we came up with this lovely 5x7 card:

I am so excited about how it came out that I'll be adding it to both my Zazzle and Etsy shops later in the week!

Monday, August 16, 2010

WIMI in China

A friend offered me a great design challenge to come up with a logo for her organization's interactive media conference in China in October, 2010. While they didn't end up going with any logo at all, it was helpful to me to try new things in Illustrator and Photoshop and use online tutorials to hone my design skills. Here are a few of the non-selected logos.
Design: Conference name superimposed on map of China with logos from popular social networking sites

Design: Coordinator was looking for a more abstract piece. Random shapes and colors scattered together.

Design: Another abstract, colorful piece using arrows to evoke a mouse pointer.

Design: Demonstrating the ripple effect of social networking and click-throughs.

Design: Demonstrating the web of networking and interactivity.

Zazzle coupon

Good Monday, everyone, and happy 28th birthday to my brother, Allen! Thought I'd share with you a Zazzle coupon for a whopping 40% off all posters and prints through August 22. In honor of this promotion, I'm offering basic seating charts at only $40 through the end of the offer. Contact me at for more info on how to place your order, get your finished print, upload it to Zazzle, and have it professionally made at this amazing discount rate!

(Order must be placed through Custom Printables' Zazzle site in order to qualify for the $40 rate.)

Friday, August 6, 2010

Turquoise escort/place cards

Amber requested the Traditional place cards in all turquoise to match the Custom Printables Free Invitation Suite 2. I'm happy to offer this download for free at the Custom Printables website. Each card has two lines of text in the font BlackJack, which is available for download here.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Oh, the possibilities!

Can you imagine what you could create with one of these babies?

Although I totally love my day job, I would have the teensy-weensiest inkling to quit and make pretty things all day long!

As you might guess, Dollar Store Crafts is giving away a Silhouette, so I figured I would give it a shot! Check out the giveaway info here.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Katie and Charlie's wedding program

Was I ever in a for a fun challenge! For her wedding program, Katie wanted to include something special and interesting for her guests to enjoy. How about a crossword puzzle featuring questions about the couple? It was a blast to do this two-sided program, which will be printed on letter-sized paper. (Last names and the location of the wedding have been removed.)

Katie wrote the following review on WeddingWire:
"Valerie at Custom Printables is awesome!! I was looking for something really specific for my wedding programs and she was able to make exactly what I needed! They came out beautifully!!! Valerie was really great about responding to my questions and she had my programs finished super quickly! I LOVE them! The best money I've ever spent!"