Bird and Belle's Adventures in Marriage


Panda Invitations

I used Adobe Illustrator to draw the panda and bamboo graphics.

For the past two years I have put my graphic design skills to use making invitations for the baby and wedding showers of our friends. Each invitation I create is a little more awesome than the invitation before, making me feel a sort of guilty for the first few invitations lack of perfection.

The invitations measure 5.5 by 5.5 inches.

Our friends Natalie and Jason are having their first baby in July and, as has become custom, I offered to make their shower invites. I used the theme (pandas) and colors (avocado and peach) of the nursery to guide the design and then packaged them in sharp black linen ponchettes and avocado envelopes. I saw this as the perfect opportunity to purchase a sticker maker so I could create custom labels. Let me tell you, this bad boy is about the greatest invention on earth! Everything and everyone in my immediate vicinity should be prepared to be labeled with cute, custom designed labels… Do you hear that, cats?

I designed these labels in InDesign, printed them on regular white printer paper, then applied sticker backing using the Xyron. In the past I have used a glue stick for this, but the glue stick can leave lumps and seep out. It also runs the risk of falling off in the mail. The Xryon let me apply flawless permanent adhesive to the back of each label. Having the right tool made all the difference with this project.


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Dear Wedding Extravaganza Guests,

Not to be a terrible pest – but May 1 is quickly approaching! Jay and I need to get our final headcount to the caterer in the next few weeks and that, dear readers, requires the return of RSVPs.

Are you daunted by the request to draw us a picture? I promise you need not be a fine artist. Some of the best drawings have been the least complicated: two stick figures hiking through mountains with four round cats, a toilet, a pair of champagne flutes, a smiley face, even a drawing of my sweet grandfather’s aneurysm as explanation for his inability to attend! I know each and everyone of you will send a lovely, meaningful and likely humerous message/drawing!

In other news: wedding planning is wrapping up. Now I must start on the rather daunting list of “things to do around the house before countless friends and family descend upon us.” It is sure to be a busy 33 days. I will try my hardest to keep you updated on wedding developments. Until the next post, dig out those RSVP’s and get them in the mail – we eagerly await your doodles!

Love to you all,
Sarah & Jay