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Design and Print: An Interview With @Ellas_Paper

This weeks interview features Liz from Ellas Papar. Liz is located in Bristow, Virginia.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a 32 year old work-hard-from-home mother of 2 awesome kids; Ty and Ella. They keep me very busy, but I truly know how blessed I am to have them in my life. I’ve got a great husband of 8 years who chips in now and again to keep the business running smoothly. He probably wouldn’t admit it, but he’s got a really good eye when it comes to design. When I’m not working or being mom, I am an all-star cheerleading coach, traveling the east coast with some of the nations best athletes racking up trophies and doing choreography for high school and all-star teams.

What special things do you create for weddings?
I create and design stationery for weddings. I do it all – invitations, calligraphy, thank you’s, menus, programs, place and escort cards, custom design, logo and branding.

Who or what sparked your interest in making wedding-related items?
I have always been creative….digitally that is. My brother-in-law was engaged. My sister-in-law-to-be asked me to help her DIY project. I had a blast and it was so much fun creating the wedding suite. That was my light bulb moment and from that point forward I began doing what I love.

What is a little known fact, or something unique about your work that is interesting?
I am in love with the romance of shabby chic. I try to use a hint of it in most of my designs, but not too much because I want my items to be universal for brides with all different tastes. Changing the color of one of my designs could take it in an entirely different direction in terms of style.

If you are married, what’s the one thing you wish you had for your wedding that you didn’t?
Beautiful and creative over-the-top stationery to tie the entire event together.

What is your favorite wedding song?
The overplayed but always classy + perfect – At Last, Etta James.

What trends do you see happening in your specialty at the moment?
Colors! I am seeing a lot of invitations with color combinations that are out of the ordinary, but work together so perfectly.

What is your favorite part of the wedding journey?
For my area in particular, it would be the first draft of the wedding invitation. Brides feel like they are taking a huge step in the process by getting the invitations out to their guests. Their first glance at the set can sometimes be emotional.

What advice can you share for all the brides getting married this year?
Don’t be a last minute bride. It’s stressful for you and your vendor.

What is your perfect honeymoon spot?
Paris. I’ve never been, but I don’t doubt it is the most romantic place on earth.

If you could pick anyone famous that would purchase your items for their wedding, who would they be?
Beyonce. She is always classy.

If you could choose 1 item from your shop that you wish every bride could have, what would it be?
Calligraphy. I’ve received too many invitations with plain ole’ handwriting, office labels, or poor attempts at DIYing the addresses. It’s literally the FIRST IMPRESSION of your big event. Your guests will see their address before they’ll even see your invitation.

To learn more about Ellas Papar visit:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/EllasPapar
http://ellaspaper.com
https://www.facebook.com/ellaspaper
http://twitter.com/Ellas_Paper

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Design with you in mind: An Interview with Simplyou Design

This weeks interview features Jessica from Simplyou Design. Jessica is located in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Tell us a little about yourself.
By day I am an Art Director at an Advertising Agency in Scranton… by night I am a closet wedding junkie! After our wedding in October in 2008 my husband suggested I focus my “”extra time”” on wedding design.. he referred to it as “wedding withdrawl!” And so SimplYou.Design was born…

What special things do you create for weddings?
Unique designs to fit a bride’s personality… I’m all about getting a feel for the bride’s vision and working from that… from the paper to the inks, everything is custom and made to order.

Who or what sparked your interest in making wedding-related items?
“My entire life I have been surrounded by weddings… When I was little, I spent my afternoons in my Father’s Tuxedo shop. I’d come home to my Mother sewing beautiful bridal purses and wedding bags, and stand in awe as she hemmed the wedding gowns of my older cousins in our kitchen. I spent my childhood pretending every flower was a bouquet and every piece of fabric was a veil. My Barbies got married (multiple times) with tissue paper veils and dresses. I was smitten with weddings.

I worked my way through college as an Assistant Wedding Photographer, every weekend capturing precious moments of glowing brides & their handsome grooms. I even did a few stints as a Bridal Model for local magazines.

So when it was my turn to be the Bride I was determined to do it my way. Everything was to be a reflection of us, so I designed everything myself. I realized that I was lucky I was able to do that… and decided to offer that to others via Etsy. Every bride is unique, so their stationary should be also!”

What is a little known fact, or something unique about your work that is interesting?
Each one of my designs are made to order… Everything is customizable in my designs.. paper, inks, envelopes, embellishments. If you envision it, I can make it happen!

If you are married, what’s the one thing you wish you had for your wedding that you didn’t?
A photo booth. Hands down! I think they are soo much fun and the guests really get into it.

What is your favorite wedding song?
Wow, well… its a toss up… our wedding song was “A Moment Like This” by Kelly Clarkson with “At Last” by Etta James coming in at a close second!

What trends do you see happening in your specialty at the moment?
Pocketfold invitations! They come in soo many fresh colors and textures, and hold all your inserts in a cute organized fashion.

What is your favorite part of the wedding journey?
I think the moment that the Bride realizes its “really happening!” The whole planning process is soo exciting (and stressful) that we tend to just look at it as a checklist. I love it when a Bride contacts me after they receive their order, and say that holding my design made it feel “real”… and thank me. I just love being able to bring it to life for them through my work.

What advice can you share for all the brides getting married this year?
Stop and breathe. Sometimes a Bride can get so involved in planning they forget to enjoy the engagement. Its a huge and exciting time, relish it!

What is your perfect honeymoon spot?
Anywhere my husband is! I’d love to say Antigua, where we spent ours. But on our second night the island was ravaged by Hurricane Omar. Looooong story short, it involved flooded rooms, evacuations, and alot of stories we can laugh about now!

If you could pick anyone famous that would purchase your items for their wedding, who would they be?
Reese Witherspoon. She’s got such a fabulous classic style, she’s my fashion icon.

If you could choose 1 item from your shop that you wish every bride could have, what would it be?
Wedding CD favors, definitely! Its a fun way to share your big day with your guests. Songs tend to bring you back to that moment in time… I still have the first wedding cd anyone ever game me from literally 8 years ago in my car. Its a great mix of fun songs, and every time I listen to it I am brought right back to that day! Makes me smile.

What are some of your favorite shops on Etsy, wedding or otherwise?
tiffanisaxtondesigns has beautiful headpieces and floral embellishments.
oatmeallacedesign custom purses are a fabulous idea for your bridesmaids.
JOANSGARDENS is an awesome source for Bridal Shower favors, she makes the most fabulous handmade soaps! thebackporchshoppe is a wonderful selection of custom and eclectic signs for your big day.

To learn more about Simplyou Design visit:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/simplyoudesign
http://simplyoudesign.com
http://facebook.com/SimplYou.Design

It’s All About The Details: An Interview With MackensleyDesigns

This weeks interview features Mackenzie from Mackensley Designs. Mackenzie is located in Houston, Texas.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a 30 year old Texas girl who lives in Houston with my supportive husband, beautiful daughter and two dogs. I opened up shop in 2009 as a hobby and side gig to my corporate job but in January 2010 was able to quit and run my shop full time as well as be a stay at home mom to my sweet little girl.

What special things do you create for weddings?
I create a lot of non-traditional accessories such as moss and bird nest ring bearer pillows, green berry flower girl pomanders and bird cage card holders. I also create reception decor such as banners, guest books, garlands and centerpieces. A little bit of everything!

Who or what sparked your interest in making wedding-related items?
It is all about the details and for my own wedding in 2008, I was having trouble finding unique items so I ended up creating them myself. One of the things I made was our wedding card box and afterward was asked by several friends and family to create a custom one for their weddings. A friend suggested I try out Etsy and the rest is history!

What is a little known fact, or something unique about your work that is interesting?
My other passion is photography and though I am very much an amateur, I think it is the greatest thing that I get to combine my two passions by crafting and then taking creative pretty pictures for my listings.

If you are married, what’s the one thing you wish you had for your wedding that you didn’t?
A bright colored pair of heels underneath my dress! Mine were so boring and I would have loved that pop of color for pictures.

What is your favorite wedding song?
“You Are The Best Thing” By Ray Lamontagne

What trends do you see happening in your specialty at the moment?
Lots of peacock feathers, anything and everything sparkly and the colors purple and peridot.

What is your favorite part of the wedding journey?
I had a long walk to get to the aisle of our outdoor ceremony, but once I got there and locked eyes with my groom and everyone was standing, time just stood still. Everything was right in the world and it is a moment that still gives me goose bumps!

What advice can you share for all the brides getting married this year?
Relax! It is so easy to get stressed out about the little things that you think matter but once the big day comes, they won’t!

What is your perfect honeymoon spot?
Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, hands down!

If you could pick anyone famous that would purchase your items for their wedding, who would they be?
How about Prince William and Kate Middleton? Haha, I wish!

If you could choose 1 item from your shop that you wish every bride could have, what would it be?
My Green Berry Flower Girl Pomander. They are one of my best sellers and I think such a unique touch!

What are some of your favorite shops on Etsy, wedding or otherwise?
There are too many wedding shops that I adore to name! Let’s see, I love the designs at Beautiful Details by the Seashore. I love beach weddings and her items are so tropical and unique! As for non-wedding, I am a repeat customer at Sinners Saints & Sweets. They have the most delicious desserts that I send out to all my friends and family for birthdays, etc!

To learn more about MackensleyDesigns visit:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/mackensleydesigns
http://facebook.com/mackensleydesigns
http://MackensleyDesigns.blogspot.com

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