Thursday, December 31, 2015

Back to Work!

Save the Date Originals has moved locations and is back to work.  The website design submission forms are enabled!

A few pages - such as the sample order page - still need to be set back up over the next week.

In related news: Wisconsin residents no longer need to pay sales tax, but Idaho residents do.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A Grape Save the Date Magnet Design

Heart shaped magnets have been available at Save the Date Originals for just over a year, and it's time for another save the date magnet design, this time, one that works well with a winery or vineyard theme.

The background design is printed with a faux cork-board texture, and overlaid with the sketched cluster of grapes.

All magnets at STDO are reasonably sturdy and have a glossy finish; Check out pricing and info for heart shape magnets here: 

Request a personalized version of this magnet design here:

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


Announcement:  Save the Date Originals is moving in December!  STDO will be shut down for a little while during the move and will most assuredly be back by January 2016.

As of November 12th, STDO will stop accepting orders for production from new customers.  If you were already in contact and have a design worked out, contact Angela to see if your project can fit into the production schedule.

Save the Date Originals is still running and available for questions during the remainder of November.  Orders already placed will of course be made and sent on out.

If you would like a notice when STDO is up and running after the move, sign up for the newsletter:

For those that are interested: STDO is going from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Boise, Idaho!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Ticketmaster Save the Date Magnets

Ticket save the dates are very popular here at Save the Date Originals, even with restrictions against using actual team logos.

This post is to show off a ticket design that many ask about - a save the date ticket that looks as much as possible like an actual ticketmaster ticket!

Check it out:

Colors can be adjusted for each couple's wedding.

This "ticketmrs&mr" ticket is about 6x2.25 inches.  Can be ordered alone or with white envelopes (that come with free clear sleeves too).  Check out pricing for that magnet size here:

Contact to place an order.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Magnetic Notepads

Magnetic notepads are now available at Save the Date Originals!  Tear-off notepad + magnet = useful.

Maybe you have a big clunky dry erase board on the fridge that doesn't even erase well anymore.  Maybe you have notebooks in a drawer somewhere.  Maybe... you need a couple of these magnetic notepads.

5x8.25 example:

This notepad has about 30 pages and is available at the new amazon handmade storefront.

Longer 4x10 notepads are also an option, which would be even more handy for a running grocery list. (Keep that family organized!)

You could even upgrade to 50 pages, change the wording (business name?), or go with a different print color.  Custom is awesome.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Baseball themed placecards

Thanks to the ticket save the dates that are so popular, STDO ends up with a lot of sports related projects!  Here is a set of baseball themed place cards that I recently worked on:

In this case, the couple sent in a list with each table #, player table name, and then the guest's name.  They are folded, and about 4x2.5 inches.

You could get a similar set of 50 for around $65 plus $7 shipping to anywhere in the USA.  Place cards with blank spaces for you to hand write names will cost less.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Classic Invitation with Gilded Wording

Save the Date Originals is currently experimenting with a foiling trick (shiny wording and graphics)!  Currently only available on white card stock - gold, rose gold, silver, and more.

Check out this layered 5x7 wedding invitation:

This invitation has dark gold wording and a black second layer for a simple classy design.

What really elevates an invitation like this is that while it appears simple from a distance, as you get closer and look at it, more awesome details are revealed.

For example, the fact that the wording is a shiny gold:

There is more -  The black card stock isn't a matte black, it's actually a pearlescent black:

Example 2: Gold rose floral invitation:

Isn't it lovely?  5x7 inches, gold on white, pictured with red envelope.

This foiling process isn't engraving or thermography;  It's not quite as perfect.  But is finally a much more economical option for when you only need a small number of invitation sets.  RSVP + accessory cards could be plain printed or foiled to match.

If you are interested, send an email!

Below is an example of a foiled thank you card:

This particular thank you card design is actually now posted on the STDO etsy shop:

You too can get your *own* name in foil for an unforgettable thank you note.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Luggage Tag Wedding Invitation

STDO is finally getting back around to some invitation section updates!

The newest design is based on a recent customers destination wedding invitation;  Check it out:

This is a 4x9 inch card with cut corners and a hole punched, made to look like a luggage tag.  No ribbon is included with this one as priced out, but of course you could have the designer customize it for you.

The sandy background is printed on white card stock, and white envelopes are included.  Yes could upgrade to color envelopes!

Check out pricing for this invitation:

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Garden Numbers

One of the projects STDO works on every year is not pretty!  No colors.  No decoration.

But it is useful.

There is a community garden project in Milwaukee that is pretty darn cool;  Every spring, people can sign up for a little garden plot.

Those plots need to be numbered.  Not something too permanent, but it has to be durable.  It needs to handle the weather outside for the spring and summer.

I make laminated cards for this.  But it's not quite as easy as it sounds- if you just laminate a page and cut out the numbers, water can get right in through the sides of the laminated card.  The trick is to have a laminate border around the card.

Then we use a good thick outdoor double sided tape.

If you live in downtown MKE, you might have seen these garden plots around local parks.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Castle save the date magnet

Since launching the heart shaped magnet section this past February, there have been a few new custom designs, but this one is probably my favorite.

The couple is getting married at a castle, and didn't have specific colors to include, so I thought that I would see how a castle silhouette + a dawn sky would look.

Turns out, it looks beautiful:

No doubt this would work well for many a wedding, just for a romantic theme, if not more specifically those Disney and castle weddings.

This magnet is about 4x3.5 inches.  Check out pricing for the heart shaped magnets here:

Mention this post in an email to during 2015 and she will mail you a free heart shaped sample magnet.  Random design though.  And only to USA + Canada addresses.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Wedding Program for Baseball themed weddings

As usual, a lot of the people who ordered sports themed save the dates or invitations have me working on yet more awesome sports themed things for their weddings.  Today, I have a baseball themed wedding program to show you.

It is not complicated - it is a folded card printed inside and out.  What makes it cool is the red baseball stitches along the outside (wraps around front and back).

Even for simple programs, I like to go with 70lb card stock instead of a thinner paper.  

Pricing as of 2016:
25 for $60.00 plus $8.00 shipping
50 for $100.00 plus $10.00 shipping
75 for $140.00 plus $12.00 shipping

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Busy Winter!

After launching the circle shaped magnets, and then the heart shaped magnets, the next big project is something most of you probably won't even notice- making the website more mobile friendly!  Work is well under way on that front.

Just so as not to neglect the blog, here is a pretty picture for you:

It's a 5x7 inch wedding invitation based on one of the designs in the invitation section, but with an added gold layer.  Both the creamy color and gold color card stocks are metallic, though it's hard to see that in the photo.  The printed chandelier color is a light dusty pink.  With metallic card stock, you really have to go with dark colors for wording, but for some design elements, you can get lighter shades.

Instagram users can find more random photographs:

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Heart Shaped Save the Date Magnets!

Available after February first are 4x3.5 inch heart shaped magnets.  And for the first month, February 2015, they are on sale for 20%

These will have all the same features as the other fridge magnets, such as the glossy laminate finish.  Yes, the entire backside is magnetic!  Get a design with photographs or without.

Check out pricing here: