Monday, June 18, 2018

Save the Date Originals has an Etsy shop!

Save the Date Originals is actually a small company, hand making these quality magnets.  No giant printers or automated cutting machines here.  Now, there are a few things I might get help for - letter press invitations or large signs - but the magnets are made right here in Idaho.

One of my customers realized this about 8 years ago and mentioned that I should post a few things on Etsy.  And so I did!  Just a few things, mainly choice save the dates, because the main STDO website is the best way to show off the tons of designs and sizes. Even with just a few posted save the date magnet designs, there are now over 100 nice reviews on the Etsy shop.

The newest addition is this small 4x2.5 inch novelty magnet featuring the saying about Marriage - "It's about finding that special someone that you want to annoy for the rest of your life".

Get just one for $2 or, just a thought, maybe this would be a great favor idea for your wedding!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Curvy Wedding Invitations

Your typical wedding invitation is going to be a flat 5x7 inch card with an RSVP card;  On the other hand, layered pocketfolds with multiple inserts and bands around the outside are also popular.  In between?  There are a lot of options.

One of those in-between options that Angela at Save the Date Originals is fond of is... the curvy invitation.  The main card is still about 5x7 inches, but cut into a frame shape.  Check it out:

Sunflower wedding invitation

That first example shows off a design with sunflowers;  The next one steps it up a bit with color envelopes:

The purple and gray of the printed cards is closely (though not exactly) matched by grey and purple envelopes.

There are as many possible design ideas for this shape as there are with a 5x7 inch rectangle, so if you find yourself feeling like you want to do something a little more fun, this is a shapely option for you to consider.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

New ticket save the date magnet design

It's hard to resist adding more ticket designs to the website, even thought the save the date ticket page is getting to be quite full.

A recent addition is this 2.5x6.5 inch ticket save the date magnet:
Ticket wedding save the date magnet

Unlike a lot of the ticket designs on the website, this one isn't specifically themed for Broadway, a music concert, or a particular sport.  The other thing that is different - it includes a calendar.

Here is another shot of the ticket magnet with a clear sleeve & a mailing envelope.  At Save the Date Originals, you can get magnets alone or with envelopes... plus return address printing, if you want.

Ticket save the date magnet envelopes

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Wedding Invitations 2016 - 2017

I've been offering design and printing services through Save the Date Originals for a good 13+ years now.  The need to update some very old photographs on the website is continuous - back in the day, I had a cheap camera and no photography skills!

Good progress has been made with the save the date magnet and card sections;  Updating designs, photographs, enabling https, making it mobile friendly...

But the wedding invitation section has barely been updated in many years.  That will be my next big goal over the rest of the year.  I now have relationships with specialty printers that enable me to offer foil printing, thermography, and letterpress;  There are so very many options!

It will take a while, so in the mean time, here are some photographs of recent wedding invitations to feast your eyes upon.

1) White foil on navy blue?  Oh yeah.  You can get a similar look by printing a blue background on white card stock, but this is a level up.  The RSVP cards are blue printing on white card stock.

2) This order was soft and elegant.  The card stock we used was just slightly offwhite - not even an ivory, it is still a white, but not bright white.  The cards were all printed with grey letterpress;  The envelope liner was digitally printed white card stock;  The envelopes were all addressed with a laser printer.

3) Rock'N'Roll!  This is a personalized version of a wedding invitation design that is already posted on the website (INVFL58A).  This one has different colors and has been modified to fit more of a Rock'N'Roll + Country Music theme.

4) What happens in Vegas... Stays in Our Hearts.  This is a layered invitation design where the printing is digital, and the back layer is a metallic gold card stock.

5) There is a tri-fold wedding invitation posted on the website (INV3FLD1) with a wood print on the outside, and wording on the inside;  One couple had me add a ribbon wrap around with a tag.  The addition really makes a difference in the level of awesomeness!  This photo also shows off an updated wood print that just looks better than what is currently posted on the website.

6) Passport!  Oh yes, finally, someone had me make a passport invitation!  It's one of those ideas that just works so well for a destination wedding.  There are multiple ways to make a passport invitation.  For this one, we kept it simple - it's a bifold with just the 2 inside pages.  But it's also layered, so the outside is a metallic white card stock (looks cool, and also sturdy for handling) and then the inside was matte for photographic print quality.  Because it's a bifold, we don't need to use any special binding, but who can resist a bow?

That is the run down for now, but more to come.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Concert ticket save the date magnets are beloved!

People feel excitement when they get concert tickets, and they remember that feeling when they see a concert ticket themed save the date.

I, Angela, the designer here at STDO, have a secret about one popular save the date ticket magnet.  This one:
save the date tickets

I made this save the date design near the end of 2015 for a couple based on a photo of an actual ticket that they sent me.  And... they didn't even go for it.

But this design was just so awesome, I thought that I'd take a photograph and put it up on the website anyways.

Well, turns out a lot of other people like the design!

Ticket save the date magnets

Since then I've seen some similar ticket designs, but, it's still hard to match the print quality and thickness of the magnets STDO makes.  They aren't crazy thick, but they are certainly a cut above DIY.

(feel free to email if you are interested in a mailed sample magnet).

That isn't the only popular save the date magnet in the ticket section the website, but it was a surprise how popular it would turn out to be.

On the subject of concert ticket save the dates, here is another recent favorite of mine:
Concert ticket save the date

This is actually a version of one of the ticket designs on the website:

But as you can see, the original idea of more of a nice, simple broadway feel.  This couple upped the concert factor and it turned out awesome.

This is way STDO still likes to accept requests for experimenting with designs.  The results can be fun.  Of course, that's also why design proof turn around times are usually 2-3 days.  If I stuck to only requests of exactly designs that were already posted, sure, it would be faster.  But that's not how I roll.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Luggage tag save the date magnets

Luggage tag magnets are a popular option for destination weddings!

One of the options that was added to the website just over a year ago has now been done in many colors by many couples.  The original design:
Luggage tag save the date magnet

The best part about this particular design is that it does work well with a variety of different colors;  That teal can easily become pink, orange, purple, green, you name it.

Now, there are two more design options posted on the website, both with those warmer destinations in mind.

The first is 2.5x4 inches, and has a printed sand background to remind guest's of the beach:
Beach luggage tag save the date

The second is 2.5x4.5 inches, this time with background photo of the ocean & beach:

Destination wedding save the date

Luggage save the date magnets are currently in the boarding pass save the date magnet section of the website, but if more designs are added, they just may need their own section.  All of the luggage tag magnets are currently set to 2.5x4 inches or 2.5x4.5 inches, but larger sizes are also possible.

Monday, April 3, 2017

New location in Garden City Idaho

Save the Date Originals is settling in nicely to it's new permanent home and will start to have open hours between 12-2pm on Sundays.  Most orders are handled through email- you just have to see your design before you order when it comes to custom stationery!  But locals in Garden City, Meridian, & Boise can come in to check out card stock, colors, and more, in person.  Come see just how much nicer these printed fridge magnets are than- well- some of the other magnets you may have seen.

For those who are nearby, STDO now has a limited selection of LovePop greeting cards!

Lovepop cards actually pop up.  Currently available: the Present, Pirate Ship, Rocket, Unicorn Rainbow, Cake, Champagne Bottle, Pink Stork & Blue Stork for baby showers.... and more.