You will need: a glue stick, and some clean white paper (not newsprint).
1. Lay the paper out on a table, covering your workspace. You don’t need a lot; just enough to cover the area that a placemat might be.
2. Open the flap of your envelope so that it lies flat on your papered work area on the table.
3. Insert a liner.
4. Center the liner in the envelope. The top of the liner should come just below the glue on the envelope flap.
5. Holding the liner in place, carefully flip the envelope over, and place on the table. Try not to move the envelope too much, to keep the liner from shifting out of position.
6. Lift the envelope flap, exposing the back of the liner.
7. Apply glue to the liner with your glue stick. Make sure to wipe up any glue that gets on the white paper in your work area, or replace the paper as needed, so that you do not get glue on the front of your envelopes.
8. Close the flap over the liner. Rub gently across the flap, to make sure the liner adheres evenly to the flap. You can use the bottom of the glue stick for this, or the heel of your hand.
9. Store lined envelopes laying flat, with the flap remaining open. Let glue dry. Do not close the flap until you are ready to seal the envelope.
Pretty postage stamps really dress up an envelope. They’re especially nice on plain envelopes — a little touch of color goes a long way. I am loving the new 2012 postage stamp designs. I haven’t had a chance to pick up the cherry blossom ones yet, but I’ve already used up all the weather vane, bonsai, and red love stamps shown in the photo here! Time to head back to the post office.
When Sarah Kleven McGann, a San Diego based criminal defense attorney, came to me for help branding her new law firm, Kleven McGann Law, I just knew that she needed something a little different from the run of the mill boring lawyer logo. She isn’t like all the other lawyers I’ve met in my life … no stuffy office, no ascot, no circular speeches. Instead she is all smiles, fun energy and warmth.
This project is a perfect example of balancing what the client wants (something fun, energetic, feminine) with what the client needs (a professional brand that will appeal to other lawyers, which is where she gets all her referrals).
While the brand needs to appeal to other lawyers, who generally go for super traditional looking, solid brands, we also needed to keep the look “her” â€” modern, feminine, professional. So I went with a strong peacock/teal, jet black and bright white color palette, to express her professional/serious side. Â Peacock is a teal blue color, so it rests comfortably in the “I’m a professional, you can trust me, I know what I’m doing” BLUE world, but pushes into the fun zone a tiny bit with the green undertones.
A really colorful peacock envelope keeps it “Sarah” without making it too girly or frilly. Â I chose a fairly traditional, but warm font (Neutra) to add stability to the brand, and threw in a lot of white space and played with scale (her business cards are super tiny: 3.5in x 1.25in … standard width but short) to keep the overall look modern and fresh.Â To give it all a luxe polish, we letterpressed everything on bright white 100 percent cotton paper.
I had lots of fun working on this project, which is not something you can usually say about working with lawyers! Readers, I hope you never are in need of a criminal defense attorney … but just in case keep one of Sarah’s snazzy cards in your rolodex.
Earlier this summer my dear friend Cyd came to visit. Technically, her visit was supposed to be purely vacation, but we managed to sneak in a quick photo shoot/picnic. You can see the Backyard Picnic photos on her blog.
A lot of styled photo shoots you see on blogs are just for show, but we wanted to actually have a little picnic party to introduce Cyd to my SoCal friends. The second Jennifer Dery was done snapping photos we all dug into the yummy food. Â When it got dark we moved the party over to the fire pit and made s’mores. The evening was truly one of the biggest highlights of my summer.
One of my favorite things to serve for summer picnics is Orange Salad. We’re super lucky to have orange trees in our backyard, so we make it a lot. It’s refreshing and delicious for summer get togethers.
DIRECTIONS: Slice oranges into small wedges (use a paring knife to remove all rind and membrane). Slice onion into very thin ribbons. Put in bowl and add salt. Toss gently. Sprinkle fresh mint leaves on top. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours beforeÂ serving.
Some behind the scenes shots from the Backyard Picnic photo shoot, which was inspired by one of our newest wedding invitation designs, Chevron, the color blue, Bixby & Ball, andÂ summertime:
Delphine intern, MarissaÂ Cool, and her sweetie enjoy blueberry coconut cocktails between shots and lounge on cute pillows from Bixby & Ball.
Sullivan’s Island is one of my favorite floral wedding invitation designs. It’s not one of our most popular, but I still love it. I was inspired by the sweet butterflies and pretty wild flowers along the sand dunes. Every time someone orders it I am reminded of walks along the beach on the South Carolina coast, where I consider home.
I saw PJ‘s fun new return address stamps at the National Stationery Show last May and couldn’t stop playing with them. You can pick your ink color, they are self-inking and not messy, and come in a bunch of styles and ink colors. Plus they’re only $40. And they have a cute pink handle. Hello, ADORABLE! This would be a great way to dress up save the date envelopes or you could even use them on the front of response envelopes. You can check them out here.