A week before our wedding, my brother Liam proposed to his lovely girlfriend Jane. Another wedding in the family, yay!
They are a laid-back, outdoorsy couple so they didn’t want anything too fussy or lovey-dovey. The retro paisley-style tree suits the Autumn theme nicely, and didn’t they choose a great quote?
I intend to develop this into a full wedding/party invitation suite later in the year, but if anyone is interested in ordering this style before then I’m happy to oblige (just drop me a line).
I was recently asked to contribute the stationery for an incredible collaboration (as you may already know if you follow Akimbo on Facebook or Twitter). I’ll discuss that in all its amazing detail on Wednesday, but for now I’m thrilled to reveal the stationery.
I have seriously never been so excited about a new product. Paper schmaper, this baby is printed on wood, people.
I’ve been dying to do both a veneer invitation and an illustrated map, and this collection’s got the delicious double-whammy.
The inspiration board and brief I was given for this project reminded me of the dreamy yet playful forest scenes in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. With that in mind, I have named the collection Oberon, after Shakespeare’s famous king of the fairies. (Wouldn’t my year 10 drama teacher be proud?)
Check back in later in the week to see the full photo shoot that this was produced for, as well as a matching DIY project.
Until then, you can find details of the stationery products here.
Thanks to the always generous Sally at Poppies Flowers for providing the props and flowers.
How fun is the penny farthing illustration? It would be perfect for a vintage-inspired affair.
One of my favourite ways to personalise invitations is to make the RSVPs a bit more interactive, like this fill-in-the-blank story.
I prefer save the dates that don’t totally give away the design of the invitation, so this one is purely typographic.
There’s only so many times you can show a bicycle in your wedding stationery without the theme being complete overkill, so the reception details are in the same style but with varying illustrations.
If bikes aren’t your thing, there are two other designs to choose from.
The shell version is perfect for your beach wedding, while the daffodil would be lovely for a garden or spring celebration.
If those motifs still don’t float your boat, I have tons more on file (email me for more details).
Browse the full collection here.
I am excited to announce that Akimbo is branching out into art prints!
First out of the gate is this alphabet print in the Regency collection. They would be perfect for a nursery (baby shower gift, anyone?) but aren’t so cutesy that they couldn’t be displayed elsewhere in the home.
It comes unframed but is designed to fit a 40x50cm Ikea Ribba frame as shown in the picture.
Available in Blue/Olive and Pink/Lime, you can get yours here.
So I’ve been teasing you over the last couple of weeks with peeks of my new collection. I’ve shown you the party invitations, a mood board and some fun projects. Today it’s finally time to show you the whole shebang!
There’s a lot of rustic, handmade and vintage-inspired invitation options out there at the moment. Don’t get me wrong, I adore all that. But I figured there were a decent proportion of brides who didn’t dig that style and would love to see some glam, modern alternatives. So I created the Martini collection, inspired by cocktails and city lights.
To really make it special, it’s foil-stamped onto super-thick black card. I just love how the foil catches the light and gives a beautiful shimmery effect. (Please note the other items on this page are printed digitally as they’re just samples but above is a close-up of what the actual foiling looks like.)
Pre- and post-wedding stationery is covered…
…as well as the big day itself.
It would be perfect for an urban loft wedding, especially one with a cocktail reception… and dancing all night!
Keen to see more? Check out the full range here.
Morning, all. I hope you all (especially the mothers among you) had a special weekend.
Last week Kristen of Invitation Crush launched the debut Wedding Invitation Ideas lookbook, an inspiring e-book chock full of amazing wedding stationery. I am thrilled to announce that four of my designs are included! It features designs from the world’s leading stationery designers so I am honoured to be in their company.
Page 29: Dewey save the date
Page 48: Mod Poppies invitation
While I’m banging on about it, I might as well remind you about the birthday sale (it’s not for the products you see above, the 20% off is only available on custom jobs).
I used my business card to illustrate my very first post. I wouldn’t normally advocate DIYing your business cards, but at the time I launched Akimbo I was only a few months away from getting married so I didn’t want to go to the expense of producing a small amount of cards that I’d soon have to replace once my name changed.
So the first post-honeymoon job for work was to have them re-done professionally. Since I was now having them die-cut, I could also make the flap rounder and more like an envelope.
I’ve kept the Akimbo branding quite simple – predominantly black and white with yellow highlights – so it’s quite versatile and never overshadows the products. Business cards, though, are generally seen in isolation so I could have a bit of fun with them by adding bright, patterned fabric.
I like to put in a note with my customer orders, but a with compliments slip seemed awfully corporate for what I do. A postcard seemed much more appropriate and can also be used as a fun freebie. I designed this one based on my Regency collection.
Who knew promo could be so cute?
In my line of work as a stationery designer, I get a lot of questions from brides who love the idea of having beautiful, unique wedding invitations but have no idea how to go about it. Some of them are intimidated by the printing jargon, confused about how the process works or simply don’t know where to start.
With that in mind, I’ve created a free e-book to guide couples through the process, step-by-step. It’s chock full of expert advice and practical tips, plus worksheets and checklists to keep your planning on track.
Today I’m thrilled to announce that e-book: How to get kick-arse wedding stationery.
Note: the e-book is scheduled to be sent 24 hours after registration, thanks in advance for your patience.
My favourite part of graphic design is coming up with a concept and running with it. For our wedding ceremony programs, for example, I went with a book style since we were getting married in a library.
Remember the cameos from our thank you notes? This is where they came from:
The glossary, in particular, was really fun to write and the guests seemed to enjoy it. If you’d like to read it, click on image to open in a new page, then click again to view at full size. If you’re curious as to some of the references, feel free to ask and I’m happy to explain the significance.
Here’s the whole thing from start to finish:
‘Then. Now. Forever.’ has become a bit of a motto for our marriage. It’s also the message engraved in our rings.
I had a lot of fun adding all the little touches to make it look genuine Victorian book layout. I especially love that we (and our families) have a keepsake of our vows and readings.