Introducing Pumpkinhead Paperie

So last week I mentioned a way I’ve found to incorporate working with paper. With my own wedding and the several I worked on last year, I decided I wanted to start a separate site that is strictly a paper house. Thus, Pumpkinhead Paperie was born (check out the site, still a work in progress, as I finesse my WordPress skills).

Pumpkinhead Paperie designs Save the Dates, Wedding Invitations and Collateral, Birthday Invitations, Holiday Cards, Birth Announcements, Shower Invites, etc… Essentially all things paper. Though I have featured the majority of these projects on my design site, I wanted to brand these separately as a site dedicated to all things announcement and invitation related. Essentially, a bride looking at invitations doesn’t necessarily want to go perusing my logo studies and brand brochures, though I’d obviously encourage it 🙂 (Note: This does not mean in any way I’m abandoning all the other projects I do, just another aspect to my design business)

Why pumpkinhead? My mom called me pumpkinhead growing up because my birthday is on Halloween. I also love all things pumpkin, so it seemed oh so appropriate. The fact that I’m launching in October is a happy mistake (mistake in that I’ve had this logo designed for the past year, but the whole getting married thing sidetracked me a bit), but also oh so appropriate. Despite not having officially launched yet, I’m already working on a Florida wedding invitation set and starting a Texas save-the-date and then invitations.

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The very beginning of pumpkinhead…

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

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Our Hawaiian Wedding: The Invites & Collateral

I was really excited/nervous to do our wedding invites. There’s a lot of pressure on designing for weddings in general, so take that pressure, add to it that it’s my own wedding and top that off with the difficulty of designing for yourself (think picky) and you have one stressed designer. I think one of the things I was most excited about in doing my own invitations and collateral was that it would be an exact reflection of my style. When you complete projects for clients, clearly a lot of their taste and input affects the final outcome, which is not the case when designing for yourself. I’ve shown the Save the Dates in this post, but I love the photos Toby Hoogs Photography took of them, so I’ve included them first.

1. The wedding invitation. The bellyband (the brown wraparound) held in the directions and RSVP trifold (number 4) and return address envelope (the blue envelope underneath number 4) and the entire packet was mailed in the yellow envelope underneath the invitation.
2. Program
3. Save the Date
4. Directions & RSVP Trifold
5. Fun Facts/Menu

My overall vision for the invitations was to have something bright (we didn’t have “colors” per say, we just pulled some bright colors and played off the flowers), bold, and fun. I incorporated some Hawaiian words (and the accompanying translations), a logo with our initials (a version with the date and one without), and several additional elements (including custom rubber stamps for the return address and return envelope for the RSVP’s, a hemp string to tie a tag around a bellyband to hold all the elements together, and a beautiful heavy two-tone paper).

Back of the Invitation (the paper was a cream on one side and a light tan on the other, which gave a nice aged effect without having to print solid color on a side):

The Directions & RSVP trifold was designed so that the third panel was perforated to be torn off and mailed back to me (with responses for three events, instead of sending individual invitations). Additionally, this way the recipient could keep their directions and schedule of events, but I was able to print it all together.

Return Address Envelope (Note: all blanks where an address would be are intentional for this post): This was done with custom rubber stamps I made for both my address and for the logo to go on the flap. I later made a Caroline & Michael Simpson return address stamp for the thank you note envelopes.

A shot of the bellyband with the hemp and tag around the invitation:

Programs:

For the menu, I had seen a couple put some fun facts on the opposite side. We decided we loved the idea, but then had a pretty difficult time coming up with the facts. In the end, I think it was worth the extra effort. The last line was: “Caroline and Mike (especially Mike) are both surly hungry people. If you are too (or you’re just hungry), turn over for the menu.”

And to wrap it up, here is a glimpse of the Welcome Party cocktail napkins. I didn’t have any additional collateral at that party and this is actually a shot of it being used as a cocktail napkin for my “getting-ready” champagne.

Tomorrow I’m going to break down the welcome bags we gave guests. Hope everyone had a great weekend!