City Skyline Wedding Suite

I just wanted to post a quick photo of the wedding suite I've been working on.  The bride wanted to incorporate the two cities from which she and her fiance are from (Chicago and London) and the city where they now live (New York City). We ultimately came up with this...

We did a city skyline combining all three of the cities and their major landmarks and buildings. We used a black, gray and aubergine color scheme. I hand cut (with the help of my husband) the envelope liners and bands using aubergine paper. The inner envelopes were printed with the recipient first names, while the outer envelopes were printed with the recipient and return address.

Here they are, ready to go...

This was definitely a challenging, but fun project! Next is seating cards and seating chart :)


The Angry Birds Birthday Party

This year for Nathan's birthday we did an Angry Birds theme.  For weeks I pinned ideas for decorations.  I think my favorite find was this free download with printable banners, bag toppers, cupcake toppers (that I used as labels), an invitation and even a font!  Here are some of the details of the party...

First, this is one of the banners I made using the download.  I made two, using card stock and some white cotton twine.

I made Angry Bird "faces" and glued them to these paper lanterns I found at the party store.  For a pack of four lanterns it was only $3.00!  I got green for the piggies and red for the red bird.  I used four of them, one red and three green, to hang above the cupcake table.  The rest just hung out on the mantle above the banner.

I used the font and round labels for the favor bags.  I printed on large kraft bags to put the party favors in.  Then I printed the labels on adhesive paper and cut with a 2" round punch.

Inside the favor bags I included some Angry Bird "eggs".  I got some small glassine bags and filled them with Sour Jelly Belly's.  They happen to be the perfect colors to match the theme.  Then I topped them with the bag toppers from the download (I actually changed the wording to Angry Bird Eggs using Photoshop, they originally say Happy Birthday).

I watched the weather like a hawk for the week before the party.  Thunderstorms were forecasted for this day.  We were worried about having to cancel the bounce house and have the party inside.  So, for a back up plan I printed some Angry Bird coloring pages (which I have pinned), and bought a couple indoor games.  

It didn't rain, IT POURED!  An hour before the party we called to cancel the bounce house.  The kids had a blast nonetheless.  They played outside on the playset before the rain started then ended up playing the basement.  We didn't need the games, they had fun with each other.  Overall, my big boy was very happy and had a great, and memorable, seventh birthday party :)


Box of Goodies

For my very first shipment to Russia, I am sending this box of Paper + Parcel
goodness. It's pretty much a sample of almost everything in the shop.

1. Everything all packaged up.
2. Baker's Twine Variety Pack :: 125 yards of colorful baker's twine
3. Customized Kraft "h a n d m a d e" Labels :: only she wanted "All you need is LOVE" printed on the labels instead. I thought it was cute, considering these are for a wedding.
4. Three sets each of the Butterfly Confetti and the Kraft Paper Heart Confetti.
5. Kraft Pillow Boxes. I love these!
6. And finally, one of my faves, Mini Banners made from Recycled Security Envelopes.

I think I had too much fun packaging this all up. Since closing my main shop for maternity leave, it's been fun to focus on this shop for a while. :)


Some new stuff...

Hi there,

Just wanted to take a second to share some new items at Parcel + Paper. Take a look...


Repurpose :: Security Envelopes

Lately I have been looking forward to getting junk mail and bills in my mailbox. Not for the junk mail or the bills, but the envelopes that they come it. Specifically the ones that have the cool patterns and colors on the inside. You know what I'm talking about? Those gray's and blue's and cool lines and dots? I've started a collection and I know my husband probably thinks I'm going coo coo but why waste and why not make something with them?

Make some with your junk mail. Or get one in my Parcel + Paper shop! :)


{My newest Etsy shop} Parcel + Paper

Hello friends,

I know it's been a while. We've been super busy around here with moving to a new state, lots of DIY projects around the house (by my handy husband), lots of orders to fill and ship, not to mention the fact I'm doing this with a bun in the oven!

But I just wanted to take a minute to introduce you to my latest venture :: another Etsy shop! Since I started The Stationery Boutique I've accumulated not only a ton of inventory but also inspiration. I've been very inspired by other handmade sellers to take presentation and packaging to a different level. I have become obsessed with kraft paper and bakers twine for starters. I decided to open a little shop to provide others with the supplies needed to create lovely packages. My new shop, Parcel + Paper, will have goodies such as mini envelopes, kraft and colored envelopes, labels, colored bakers twine, cello bags, and other fun stuff.

I'm still in the beginning stages, but have already had three sales since opening on April 15th. So, when you get a chance head over to Parcel + Paper on Etsy and take a looksy!


Elsewhere Online

I designed a little insert to include with orders so my customers know where else to find me online. Plus I can write a little "thank you" on the back. What do you think?