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March 2013 Archive

Introducing the Wedding Loft of Connecticut

A while back, I mailed out cards spreading the word about Roseville Designs. I sent them to a bunch of local vendors in the area and  included a hand-written note in each one. One of the best responses I got was from sweet Amy from Amy Champagne Events, and our meeting led to her asking me to work on a photo shoot with her and some of her favorite vendors. At that shoot was my girl (and photographer extraordinaire) Brooke Allison and the fabulous Little Random Details owner Donna Ramos-Casiano. After we wrapped up we all had a drink at the hotel and Amy looked over at me and said, “You know, this all happened because of a hand-written note”. It’s the real moments Bravo execs dream of for their reality shows: unscripted + powerful. She was referring of course to being part of the shoot, but reflecting back on what we’ve accomplished in the last couple of months, her remark means so much more to me now.

Today is a really proud day for us to launch our wedding collective, The Wedding Loft. We’ve created an amazing studio that serves as a fun and engaging place for brides to come for appointments and inspiration. As part of our collective, couples who book with all four of us will receive discounts on all our services (and benefit from 4 creatives collaborating on their wedding). And in honor of our launch, check this out…

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I will have new client meetings at our studio by appointment, and look forward to showing off the new digs! Visit our website here and be sure to like our Facebook page here. This is the start of something really exciting and you won’t want to miss all that is to come.

And cheers to the power of the hand-written note….

xo, Sandy
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Invitation Details: Envelope Liners

As promised, here is the first installment of my “Invitation Details” series, which was introduced when guest blogging for my girl Brooke (from Brooke Allison Photo). Today I’m starting off with one of my favorites: envelope liners!

It’s kind of become my signature thing, and clients are constantly asking for them this season. It is a way to tie in one aspect of your wedding that may not be represented in your suite (such as color or texture) without blowing your budget Pre-made envelope liners can be purchased, but often you are limited to only certain colors or patterns. With custom liners, you get exactly what you want for your paper story!

Today I’m sharing a recent job of mine that used envelope liners in a particularly playful way! Check out the pictures below from this seriously fun project.

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The result…

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Some important things to remember when taking on a project like this:

-Not all envelopes are created equal. Make sure that you measure the envelope you are using before trimming the liners!

-Paper wrinkling: it’s real, and it could happen to you. Because of this, the type of adhesive you use is supremely important. I prefer the tape dispenser rolls you can get at Staples or your local craft store. There’s no liquid so you don’t have to worry about over-applying the adhesive.

-Get ready to hunker down for the evening! If you’re taking this on as a DIY, there’s no shortcut to make this go faster. It’s a lot of trimming and adhering, but the result is definitely a show stopper.

And don’t forget that Roseville Designs offers this premium service to clients. You get the fun detail without all the manual labor!

Thanks to Brooke Allison for the lovely photography (be sure to check out my updated portfolio on the site as well!). Stay tuned for more of this series in the coming months….

xo, Sandy
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What’s Inspiring Me: Washi Tape

Washi tape has been all the rage for a while now. You can find it in just about every pattern and color, and though it may seem like a fad there’s no denying it’s a versatile design and crafting tool! For this week’s post I’ve put together a collection of seriously cool ways to use this fab adhesive. Enjoy!

Washi Decorated Vase {Source}

Washi Wallpaper {Source}

Washi Bunting Flag Wrapping {Source}

Washi Car {Source}

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Washi Tape Escort Card Display {Source}

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DIY Washi Tape Pencils via Minted Blog {Source}

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Washi Tape Art Print (with a DIY tutorial!) {Source}

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Washi Tape Tablescape {Source}

xo, Sandy
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Featured Post on Brooke Allison Photo

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In case you missed it, Friday I had the pleasure of being featured on Brooke Allison Photo’s blog.

There are some friends you meet and instantly it feels like you’ve known them for years. Brooke is exactly that to me (not to mention she is an incredibly talented photographer), so I feel very lucky I got to share some of my invitation insights with her readers!

As I mentioned on her blog, over the next few months I’ll be sharing more in-depth posts on each of my tips here on the Roseville Designs blog (plus one surprise tip not listed in the post!), but for now check out the post and feel fresh to gush over Brooke’s work on her site. 

 Have a great week!

xo, Sandy
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