Thursday, October 31, 2013

Simple and Classic Black and White Wedding

As I mentioned in my previous post, 2013 has been quite a busy year!

I started out the year with a request from a new client, who also happens to be family. Bella was recently engaged to Tom, and wanted to hire me to design her wedding stationery suite. Of course I said yes! Not only is Bella fabulous, but so is her mom, and working with the two of them through the year to help with her wedding was such a fun experience. I can honestly say that they are dream clients!
 It also was so neat to actually GO to the event for which I was designing! I never get to see my work "in action"! But I got to open my own Save The Date and invitation when they came in the mail, and I got to see my designs on the tables while at the wedding. Such a great experience!

From Save The Dates to the Wedding Programs, I was honored to be a part of this beautiful wedding for this beautiful couple. So, here it all is! All these photos were taken by me, but I am DYING to share the professional photos with you when I get them!


Save The Date - Front (5x7 Digitally Printed on 130lb paper)

Save The Date - Back (5x7 Digitally Printed on 130lb paper)

Save The Date - Envelope Front: Custom Designed Address Label

Save The Date - Envelope Back: Digitally Printed Return Address in Silver


Wedding Invitation Suite - 7x7 Square Letterpress Invitation w/Coordinating Reception Card, RSVP Card, RSVP Envelope, Inner & Outer Envelopes, and Square Monogram Tag to Wrap Event Information

Wedding Invitation Suite - 7x7 Square Letterpress


Bridal Shower Invitation - Front (5x7 Laser Printed on 130lb paper) 

Bridal Shower Invitation - Back (5x7 Laser Printed on 130lb paper)

Bridal Shower Invitation - Envelope: Custom Designed Wrap Around Address/Return Address Label

(I apologize for the quality of these pictures. These photos were taken with my phone at the wedding... I'll share the professional shots when I get them!)

Table Setting - Custom Designed "Thank You Note" From The Bride And Groom, and Table Names
(Thank You Note: #10 Size, Ink Jet Printed on Paper Source Luxe White Cover Stock Mounted on Paper Source Antique Gold Cover Stock. Table Name: 5x7 Ink Jet Printed on Paper Source Luxe White Cover Stock Mounted on Paper Source Antique Gold Cover Stock)

Customized "Thank You Note" From The Bride and Groom - Front. The Back Featured The Names Of The Wedding Party (#10 Size Ink Jet Printed on Paper Source Luxe White Cover Stock Mounted on Paper Source Antique Gold Cover Stock)

Custom Table Names - Each Table Name Was a Neighborhood of San Francisco and Featured the "B" Motif in the Corner That Was Designed For The Wedding Invitations. (Table Names - 5x7 Size Ink Jet Printed On Paper Source Luxe White Cover Stock, Mounted On Paper Source Antique Gold Cover Stock)

Wedding Cake - Top. The "B" Motif Was Carried Throughout The Wedding, Not Only On The Stationery. The "B" Logo Designed By Woods&Company Was Given To The Baker For Use on the Cake.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

What has Woods&Company been up to?!

Well, it's been a loooong time since I last blogged! But that does not mean that Woods&Company hasn't been working! On the contrary, I've been quite busy and 2013 has been my most jam packed yet!

I'm hoping that I will now be blogging more regularly and telling the stories of my latest projects and adventures!

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Navy and White Old School Camp Themed Welcome Gifts

Who doesn't love a good care package? A special note, goodies packed with love, your favorite snacks to savor when away from home. When I was a camp counselor in high school, my mother used to send me cookies, marshmallows, my mail from home, and written summaries of what was happening on my favorite soap opera, All My Children (Yes, I'm old.).

Anyway, when you go to a wedding and get a welcome gift, it's kind of like getting a little care package from someone you really care about. ESPECIALLY if the wedding you are attending happens to actually BE at a camp!

And that brings me to my latest wedding welcome gifts project! The client was actually the brother of a former-camper-turned-client of mine for whom I did work during the summer of 2010 (see my posts on that event here and here). Daniel and his now-bride, Maile, got married on August 25th at Camp Pasquaney on Newfound Lake in New Hampshire. Sheer bliss, if you ask me!

They had a weekend filled with fun, relaxing events centered around camp! Good times with friends, bride's side vs. groom's side soccer game, and swimming and boating, and a wedding, of course!

The welcome gifts reflected the camp spirit and easy weekend. We used the seal from Camp Pasquaney to make the gifts personal for this event. A pine tree motif was added to the seal to complete the camp theme. 

A play on a classic camp postcard welcomed each guest with a note from Daniel and Maile!

In addition to the postcard, guests also found a list of their camp "Activities" and places to sneak off camp for some good "Grub" in the area. In case guests forgot their canteens, water bottles were also included in their care packages. 

A great weekend for everyone in a beautiful setting!

Congratulations to Daniel and Maile!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

"Through the Decades" 40th Birthday Celebration

I really wanted to start this post with the quote, "Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away...", because it's an iconic quote from the 1970s. However, seeing as this post is about a 40th birthday party, I thought it wouldn't be the most appropriate way to honor these two really groovy people!  

Quotes and 70's jargon aside, 1972 wasn't so long, long ago, and it was a very special year because Marcy and Dave were born! Husband and wife, Marcy and Dave both celebrated their 40th birthdays in August and planned a big birthday dinner with friends and family. But, this wasn't just to be any birthday dinner. They wanted to make it fun and special, and have a good time reflecting on their lives so far.

I was honored when Marcy asked me to help her create a fun twist for their celebration. Since there were going to be a good number of people in attendance, Marcy thought that having name tags for the guests would be a great way for everyone to get to know each other. But. how to make them fun?

Since there were going to be just about 40 guests, we decided to create a "through the decades" theme. Each guest would get a name tag with their name, along with a year, and a factoid about that particular year. The years spanned 1972 to 2012, to reflect Marcy and Dave's life. The factoids were fun tid bits about both popular culture AND important moments in Dave and Marcy's lives. 

Each decade was designed in a graphic style reminiscent of that point in time. Researching THAT was so much fun!

We decided to style the name tags more like badges that the guests could wear around their necks. Thus, fun conversation starters were born!

Here are some images!

A sample of the name tags. One from each decade.

My, how technology has infiltrated our lives! Close up of the nametag from the 2000s

Close up of the name tag representing the 1990s. Can you identify the font?

Like, totally awesome! Name tag with an 80s flair (A personal note. Marcy, my client, is from New York, hence the factoid. Being from Massachusetts, I had to have a moment of silence before formatting this particular tag. Sigh... Bill Buckner...)

Atari's packaging of the video game PONG was the inspiration for the name tags representing 70s style. 

Table names were also created for the party. One for each decade.

80s name tag and table name

Table name and name tag representing the 1990s

Table name and name tag in style we all recognize!

This was just such a fun project to work on! It was fun to find out interesting facts about the past 40 years, and about Marcy and Dave. Coming up with designs to reflect the style and culture of the past 40 years was also an exciting challenge!

I truly loved this project, and I do have to say, I had a blast through every step of the way.

Happy Birthday, Marcy and Dave! Here's to 40 more!

And, with that, I say,

"Goodnight, John-Boy"
(cheesy 70s reference)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Goings on at Woods&Company

Well, it's been quite a summer for me! I've been very busy as a family and have had a lot of work to do for Woods&Company!

Personally, we had a nice long vacation to visit my family on the East Coast, where my daughter was able to have some quality time with her grandparents and cousins. I connected with friends and my husband and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary. Once home, we went right up to Napa to spend a long weekend celebrating my husband's grandmother's 90th birthday. That's right, I said NINETY! And she's still going strong! A few weeks back at home and then it was an impromptu trip for my daughter and I up to Donner Lake last week to spend some time with my in-laws. My husband had to work, so it was just the two of us (one of the perks of being home full time with your child is that you can have fun trips and not worry about using your vacation time!), and Katy's grandparents. They love spending time with her and I actually got some time to relax!

Through all of this, Woods&Company has been busy! I have a lot of fun projects in the works and opportunities for you to see us and get to know us.

Some of the fun projects include welcome bags for a summer camp themed wedding (right up my alley!), invitations for a fall in Boston themed bridal shower, favors for that bridal shower, embellishments for a fabulous "Through The Years" 40th birthday party, and graphics/marketing work for a local bakery that does a lot of wedding and birthday cakes. I am so excited about all of it, and I cannot WAIT to share the stories and photos of all this work.

In addition to all of that, Woods&Company has many new items on the etsy shop. In addition to listings that can be customized, I've been developing some of my designs to be "off the shelf" for you to purchase immediately. Take a look for your next event!

And don't forget that you can now access my etsy page directly through my Facebook page!

Moving on, I am excited to announce that I will be at the San Francisco Birth and Baby Fair on Saturday, September 29th at the Fort Mason Center here in San Francisco! I will be selling a limited amount of product there, as I am going to be focusing on taking custom orders for birth announcements,  baby shower invitations, birthday party invitations, favors and party embellishments. THis will be a great opportunity to see the variety of work that I do.

Get your tickets here:

Finally, I have a special opportunity for all of you in the works that will allow you access to some of my products at a discounted rate! I will talk more about that in the next few weeks, so be on the look out for my posts!

Whew! I have a lot going on! All this work going on really showcases the breadth of work that I do. I still do Welcome Gifts, but I can work on any sort of event you have coming up from bridal showers to birthday parties, I can make your event special with invitations, favors, gifts, and other embellishments.

Happy Summer, and hope to work with you soon!


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Summer Is In Full Swing!

Well, I can't believe that it is already July 25th! The summer is certainly in full swing and passing by so quickly!

Personally, I've been having a very busy but fun summer so far, filled with many activities, vacations, and celebrations.

And, of course, I have been busy working on many projects! After completing the Las Vegas Bachelorette Party goodie bags, I was asked by the same client to help her out with some favors for a bridal shower.

She wanted to do some sweet treat but wanted to dress it up a bit from the typical favor. I had been playing round with some small jars from Ikea that look like mini candy jars. I used some in some samples that I did, excited that I could use them in a real project.

We played off of the style of the shower invitations, using a green flower motif set on a polka dot background. The jars were filled with chocolate candies and the tag was attached with a cream colored ribbon. Simple but cute!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Paisley Green and Pink Bachelorette Goodie Bags

I've been doing so many invitations and paper goods lately, it's nice to do a gift project!

This project was such a fun little one to do, and for a great client. I do get a lot of projects through friends and word of mouth, and this is no exception. My dear friend Suzy, whom I met through our fabulous mother's group, has a summer full of weddings that she is in, AND she's due to have her second baby in July! She is definitely a busy mom. She asked me to help her out with a few events and I happily agreed!

Suzy is off to Las Vegas this weekend to relax and celebrate a bachelorette weekend for bride Tara. Since Tara's wedding colors are a sage green and bright pink, I followed this theme for the goodie bags. Suzy wanted something cute, practical, and fitting the style of the bride. 

Since the girls are going to be spending a lot of time by the pool this weekend, I found a cute green paisley tote courtesy of CreativeJenV on etsy, that they can stash room keys, a bottle of water, their phone and other small items to take poolside! To keep the gals protected and satiated while at the pool, included in the bags are a pair of Wayfarer style sunglasses, a travel size bottle of sunblock, and a small bag of Peanut Butter Pearls from Recchiuti Chocolates from San Francisco.

The tags are printed on cream paper and mounted on bright pink cardstock with white polka dots. The fonts used are Didot in bright pink and Honey Script in sage green. The stickers for the chocolate bags were printed on white labels, cut out, and adhered to clear cello bags.

Congratulations to Tara, and remember: "What happens in Vegas...";)