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Pretty Stationary for Beautiful People: An Interview with Fubabee

Today’s featured artist is Lisa of Fubabee, a very talented graphics designer who uses her professional experience to make beautiful invitations and stationary to fit any bride’s unique personality.


Where are you located? Brooklyn, NY


Tell us a little about yourself. I’m an art director and graphic designer in the corporate world. Making stationery is my part-time love affair. It’s where I find my balance. If I had a choice I’d delve into the stationery world headfirst since it’s such a gratifying thing. People appreciate the beauty of the creative process, and the uniqueness of what I do. In the corporate world, it’s all about starched, standardized uniformity.


What special things do you create for weddings? I create handmade wedding invitations, note cards, and gift sets.

Who or what sparked your interest in making wedding-related items? The whole wedding invitations designing started back several years ago when a friend asked me to design some response cards for her. It just took off from there.


What is a little known fact, or something unique about your work that is interesting? Each and every single Swarovski crystal is hand adorned using non-toxic, acid-free glue. I must have glued over then thousand crystals to all my cards and invitations just this year alone! It’s almost zen-like when I get into it.


If you are married, what’s the one thing you wish you had for your wedding that you didn’t? I’m not married yet, though we are talking about it. It’s funny because with each wedding we attend as guests, we see something we’d absolutely love to do, or would totally avoid. For instance, one couple had jars of candy set up for favors, and everyone mobbed the area. Definitely not our style. Another couple set up a cookie bar station, which we loved the idea.


What is your favorite wedding song? There’s just so many great ones. Brian McKnight’s Back at One is a great one. You by Tara MacLean is another.


What is your favorite part of the wedding journey? From the outside, I would say it’s the creative planning process of two people. I always love how the brides-to-be light up when they find the perfect invitation that sets the stage for their wedding. Or when they find the perfect escort cards that give their reception that added touch they wanted. It’s a fun discovery to witness.


What advice can you share for all the brides getting married this year? Don’t force anything, be open to possibilities, and let the professionals guide you.


What is your perfect honeymoon spot? We went to the Virgin Islands earlier this year, and were blown away by the beautiful beaches and laid-back atmosphere. We’d definitely visit the Caribbean again. Or anywhere that has crystal blue waters for snorkeling, scuba, kayaking. We’re all about fun beach activities.


If you could pick anyone famous that would purchase your items for their wedding, who would they be? This is a great question. I’d say Angelina Jolie. She has a fun and down-to-earth personality, and would appreciate the fact that the stationery is made of 30-70% post-consumer recycled materials.


If you could choose 1 item from your shop that you wish every bride could have, what would it be? Thank you notes. It’s a must have for everyone.


Links where we can find out more about your work: http://lisafu.info

http://fubabee.wordpress.com

Letterpunch Design – the winner of our logo design contest!

This interview is in honor of Laura of Letterpunch Design, also know as

lilribbers on Etsy. Her modern and classy design was chosen as the new brand image of the Etsy Wedding Team. Read on to find out how she is inspired and how she specializes in creating branded weddings, where all your stationery is custom designed to match.

Where are you located? Chicago’s vibrant North Side.

Tell us a little about yourself. I’m a born and raised Midwest girl, living in Minneapolis, St. Louis and graduating from the University of Kansas. As of this past summer, Chicago, where my husband is pursuing his dream job as a trader on the Chicago Board of Options Exchange. For me, that meant leaving my graphic design job at a small St. Louis marketing agency. Spoiled by the fun and flexible work environment of my last job, I wasn’t terribly excited about the job prospects in Chicago (you couldn’t pay me enough to work in a cubicle!) So, I decided to take a leap of faith and pursue my own dream as well…self-employment. Now, everyday I get to do something challenging, creative and fully satisfying…and the fact that people pay me to do it…just a bonus! For the time being it’s just my husband and I, my overflowing studio, and our two spoiled cats, Jazzy and Kiwi, the closest thing we have to children. We’re thinking a dog next, then maybe the children.



What special things do you create for weddings? Mainly, I create custom wedding invitations, but also do matching save-the-dates, thank you notes, place cards, favor tags, menus, programs .I’m pretty much willing to tackle any challenge thrown my way. I tend to borrow from my experience in the corporate branding/event planning world, helping brides create a unique and consistent look and feel throughout their entire event. For some brides I end up becoming a mini wedding consultant. I love it!









































Who or what sparked your interest in making wedding-related items? I think most graphic designers who’ve gotten into this business will say “I couldn’t find anything that wowed me when I was planning my own wedding, so I figured…’I’ll just design my own invitations!’ I can do what those large companies do and I think I can do it better!”

What is a little known fact, or something unique about your work that is interesting? Every invitation in my shop/website is inspired by a real bride. Whether it’s one I’ve personally worked with, a friend, or one I’ve read about in a magazine. Real people, events and themes are more inspiring.

If you are married, what’s the one thing you wish you had for your wedding that you didn’t? The entire Etsy Wedding Team! I discovered Etsy about a month or so before my wedding . I ordered a few last minute items and wedding party gifts, but I would have ordered much more had I known about this wonderful little community. What is great about them is that you can take an idea for most anything and you can find someone to bring it to life…you’re not stuck picking pre-made things out of a catalog.

What is your favorite wedding song? We did “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton, sweet but not too sappy.

What is your favorite part of the wedding journey? As an invitation designer, I’m usually in the picture earlier than later. I love helping brides bring their visions to life…that “ahhh” moment when they really start to see things becoming reality, it’s always fun to hear the reactions when couples see their names together in print for the first time, I’m lucky to be a part of that sentimental moment.

What advice can you share for all the brides getting married this year? Worry about the details all you want, but the second that first family member gets off the plane/arrives to celebrate your marriage, put away the planning book and stop. If you are like most couples with family in all corners of the country, this could be one of the only times when all your loved ones will be in the same place at the same time … enjoy every moment!

What is your perfect honeymoon spot? Well, we went to Bermuda … perfect weather. It sounds exotic, but it’s only a little over an hour plane ride from the east coast.

If you could pick anyone famous that would purchase your items for their wedding, who would they be? I don’t know, whose getting married, divorced and remarried again? That would be great for business.

If you could choose 1 item from your shop that you wish every bride could have, what would it be? A custom design package! Wedding stationary has the ability to offer up a bold first-statement about your upcoming event (the save-the-date/invitation), as well as a final lingering impression (the thank you notes). Not to mention that it can also help tie in your theme throughout the wedding day programs, menu’s place cards and favors). Make it extra memorable by making it truly unique!



Links where we can find out more about your work
: http://www.letterpunchdesign.com/

In Full Bloom-An Interview with DK Designs

Today’s featured artist is Diane of DK Designs. She creates gorgeous floral wonders out of DECO Craft Clay, bringing bouquets of joy to brides everywhere!

1. Where are you located?
San Jose, CA
2. Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a former Silicon Valley high-tech marketing professional, now a stay at home mom, making clay flowers out of CLAYCRAFT by DECO Soft Clay for weddings and events. I also teach interested crafters how to make their own clay flowers and figurines out of this fantastic clay from Japan. I’m a certifie
d DECO Clay Craft Academy Instructor and have been doing this since 2001. I’ve been featured on the Martha Stewart Show – which her producers happened to find me via my Etsy storefront and weddings where I’ve made clay flowers for favors and my wedding stationery have also been featured on TheKnot.com. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE what I do and I enjoy making each bride’s wedding uniquely their own!

3. What special things do you create for weddings?
Clay flower bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, favors, centerpieces, cake flowers, save the dates, wedding invitations, programs, menus, table cards, place cards, seating charts, guest books, favor tags, pretty much anything!

4. Who or what sparked your interest in making wedding-related items?
I always loved the wedding industry. I guess getting married at 33 I had a lot of time to look at bridal magazines wondering if I would ever get married. Weddings are always a happy occasion and even in a down economy, weddings still take place. I love helping brides create a theme and a motif to really bring their weddings together and everyone just raves about the items I produce.


5.
What is a little known fact, or something unique about your work that is interesting?
I obsess over getting the flower just right for my brides. If it’s just okay (which my brides probably wouldn’t even know the difference) I start over and perfect it.

6. If you are married, what’s the one thing you wish you had for your wedding that you didn’t?
Although we had a fabulous dessert buffet at the Halekulani Hotel in Waikiki -which I didn’t get to try but heard it was fabulous and yummy, I wish I had done the candy bar thing! I love the ideas that brides come up with these days.

7. What is your favorite wedding song?
Push – our wedding song by Sarah Maclachlan. It’s different and not the norm, but the words touched my husband and I.

8. What is your favorite part of the wedding journey?
Designing something new and trying to think outside the box.

9. What advice can you share for all the brides getting married this year?
Although the invitation sets the tone for your wedding, I recommend doing the wedding website link and posting your most up-to-date information there instead of doing the 3 inserts (things to do, directions, etc). Use that extra money you save there on the wedding day details that make your wedding ceremony and reception much more special (programs, candy bars, table cards, favors, etc). I would also say, try giving clay flowers a shot. I think more and more brides are realizing that clay flowers are a great alternative and they have something to show for it well after the wedding. I LOVE fresh flowers, but with the amount of money you spend, it’s a great gift for guests to take home!
10.
What is your perfect honeymoon spot?
Hawaii – where we used to live…

11. If you could pick anyone famous that would purchase your items for their wedding, who would they be?
That’s a hard one… any celebrity who has great sense of style!

12. If you could choose 1 item from your shop that you wish every bride could have, what would it be?
Well, since my Etsy shop is more about just vase arrangements, I would say, I hope they see that my flowers are really lifelike and could pass for real flowers and it will entice them to order my clay flower bouquets which I don’t currently sell on my site because it’s all custom work. They do however the pieces on my site make great cake toppers!

Links where we can find out more about your work:
http://www.dkdesignshawaii.com
http://www.dkdesignshawaii.blogspot.com
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dkdesigns

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