Monday, June 28, 2010

More from Amanda and John's wedding

It's been a few days since we've posted here, and Custom Printables is brushing off the dust from a move from small-town Carrboro to big city Durham! We're so excited for the new place, which means more space for design work, and perhaps a nice little inspiration/work nook for me! I'll post some shots of my blank canvas, which is a fabulous dormer window in the bedroom that's just wide enough for a desk and some pretty pictures.

In the meantime while we unpack and get everything unloaded, here are some more pieces from Amanda and John's wedding on the 19th of June.

Let's start with my favorite piece, the seating chart.

Next, the couple's program, which was printed as a double-sided piece.

Because the couple used a seating chart, these place cards were used at each setting.

Finally, we created these table numbers using their signature monogram and swirl.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Amanda and John's menus

Amanda and John were just married on Saturday! It was so much fun working for them, making a classy set of day-of-event pieces. We'll kick off their collection with the menus Custom Printables designed for them.

Stay tuned for more fun pieces from their wedding!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Nicole and Chad's seating chart

Using Nicole and Chad's monogram and colors, we designed a seating chart for the couple's guests.

They'll be mounting it on heavy board and standing it on an easel so friends and family can easily find their tables. A seating chart is a great alternative to escort cards - and a lot less time-consuming!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Nicole and Chad's monogram and menu

Nicole and Chad are getting married this weekend in Toronto. I can't imagine they'll have anything but perfect weather and a lovely wedding day. We're introduce their day-of-event pieces today with their monogram, based on the "Vanessa," and their menus, featuring stripes and polka dots.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Giveaway winner!

Congratulations to (drumroll, please)...

Disa McKinnie Richardson! (I have the Excel spreadsheet with all fans/followers, if you're really interested!)

"But Valerie, what has she won?"

I'm glad you asked. Our surprise giveaway has led to the unveiling of Custom Printables' newest product offering, antique and engraved monograms!

Disa, you've won a set of seven or more beautiful hand-drawn, illustrated initials in black and white. Please contact me to set up your order.

Don't be disappointed if you didn't win. We'll be offering this giveaway again in the next few weeks, so stay tuned! Have a great weekend, everyone.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Fiona and Justin's water bottle labels

How cute! Fiona and Justin have a rich cultural heritage and have lived all over the world. They wanted their water bottle labels to reflect their global life. If you can't see the details, click on the image. The word "water" is repeated in over a dozen languages!

You've got a friend...

When baker-blogger-fellow MOT-IU Hoosier and all-around amazing gal pal Beth asked me to help redesign her blog, I couldn't have been more excited. Here's a snapshot of the all-new Kitchen With Brina. Hop on over for her great recipes and commentary, and leave a comment on her post about Custom Printables to enter to win a set of five catalog monograms!

Colleen and Tony's wedding

Colleen and Tony requested two monograms, the "Audrey" and the "Melaina," in two gorgeous colors, dark blue and magenta. When the "S" of their new last initial looked more like an "L," we subbed the font to one of Colleen's request, a great script called Tagettes, which you can find here at

Colleen and Tony also requested water bottle labels, which were done in the "Erin" monogram style (we also replaced the "S" with a Tagettes initial here).

Remember, Custom Printables is happy to substitute any font in our monograms free of charge! Colleen wrote the following review on our vendor site at WeddingWire:

"Valerie was fantastic to work with and provide an excellent product! She was very responsive (I had my order the next day) and made sure I received exactly what I wanted. I would definitely recommend using custom printables for your momogram and other wedding products!"

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Fiona and Justin's seating chart

Fiona and Justin offered me my first foray into seating charts. Thanks to Justin's father's amazing drafting skills, we were able to incorporate a fantastic drawn-to-scale map of the reception hall, patio, and bar area. (Click to enlarge.)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

We're back!

Custom Printables is back from a fun-filled, relaxing vacation in the Pennsylvania Dutch Country. We enjoyed a huge selection of whoopie pies, played piano on the streets of Lancaster, and enjoyed a photo opportunity with a Hershey's Kiss at Hershey Park.

Stay tuned for a massive giveaway in the coming week ahead! This one has two parts to it, including a surprise piece! The first prize will only be open to fans of Custom Printables on Facebook (there's a hint about the giveaway on Facebook!) and followers on Twitter, so click on over and become a fan and follower. On Friday at noon (North Carolina time), one random Custom Printables fan on Facebook or Twitter follower will win a surprise giveaway valued at $75. Doesn't matter if you're single, a bride-to-be, already married, or just a lover of Custom Printables, this giveaway will definitely have something special for you!

The fine print: Custom Printables will print out a list of followers on Facebook and Twitter and assign each a number. Using, Custom Printables will select one follower/fan to win the giveaway. Winner will be contacted via Twitter, Facebook, and/or email.