Tuesday, October 20, 2009

etsy love: Stationery picks for October

Letterpress Above: Smallprinter

Destination STD: Lanodesignstudio

Damask above: ellaspaper

Above: the CRAZY talented rubyandwillow

Program Fan and Wood Veneer Suite: baumbirdy

Above: inkylivie

Above: baumbirdy

It's that time of the week again...and, well, this week I actually remembered it was Tuesday, so yay for etsy finds!

I've got quite an assortment of pretty printed papers for you to feast your eyes on, as I decided to forgo any sort of themed set and just went all out for everything that I love. You may wonder how I choose my stationery picks (or maybe you don't, but I will tell you anyways).

First, I obviously look for an overall pleasing aesthetic that grabs me the moment I lay eyes on it. Just because there may be certain elements that are gorgeous (graphic, font, colour) doesn't mean that it all blends together to make one cohesive "pretty".

Second, and unfortunate for many designers out there, is that I immediately toss away any designs that use specific fonts. I have a quite impressive collection of fonts that I use when I do any sort of design, and to see a designer work with a completely over-used, stock font is alway disappointing to me, especially when I like the rest of the design. Of course, there is nothing intrinsically wrong with these certain fonts, and many others may absolutely love them (or not even notice at all) but working, even a small amount, in design has definitely turned me off of few.

My third criteria is originality. I like a fun, bold, unique design that truly shows off the personality of the couple. What better way to do that than to set the tone with the first part of your wedding that your guests will see? It should tie into the theme of your wedding, but really speak volumes about who you are as a couple. When I look at each of the stationery sets above, I feel like I've gotten to know a little bit about each bride and groom (well, the ones who may order them I guess) and I can envision their perfect day tied into their lovely invitations.

Side note: For all you spelling police out there, I only just recently learned the correct spelling of stationery (with an E). Please excuse my inconsistencies from previous posts, where I have used the common mistake of spelling it "stationary" (which is used when something is still, e.g. stationary bike, and not for the printed materials I so oft speak of). I always thought of myself as somewhat of a spelling bee, but I guess this one just passed me by until the ripe age of 25!

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