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Save the Date!

Save the Date!

A year ago when my guy proposed I had an idea that maybe….perhaps maybe – I could design my own save the dates and invitations to the wedding. After my hiatus from an office job I decided to start working at a lovely store called Paper Source in my city. Soon after I started to teach brides to be how to make inexpensive, creative invites using our paper and products. Oh boy its one thing to tell ladies that they can make their own invites but when I started to make mine I was lost!

I don’t really design much for myself, you see when you freelance you rarely get to the time to design for yourself!! I first had to come up with a color theme. I always tell brides to consider the season of their wedding and the location. We picked October and the reception is in a green house, garden wedding sparked the idea of using creams, blues and organic paper bag.

Since my wedding invitations will be more formal I decided that I should have fun with the Save the Dates. I printed the cover on paper bag, and in the inside I printed on soft white cover. The outside is perforated so the guest could tear it open. And I sewed it shut. Well – Kim did the sewing portion.

Photos 1-5 are of the save the date. Last photo is of my process of my wedding invitation.


Advice: If you do make your own invites, its helpful to have a supportive bridal party. I had lots of help constructing these, I love my bridesmaids and my man. <3

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mijaMIJA VERA - (view all posts by Mija)
Mija has been a designer for the last ten years. She is a paper obsessed fiend and loves working on new projects while listening to her daughter and cat chatter around the house. You can email her at mija@mind-speaks.com

New blogs for the sisters

New blogs for the sisters

This past Christmas we all decided to make crafty gifts – Kim knitted us gifts and I promised to redo Kim’s and Kat’s personal blog layouts.

Lets start with Kim’s: she had her layout since 2008. Even though at the time she liked vector-y green foilage she has been begging me to make something that was more her style. Kim is our knitting/sewing machine so I wanted to capture all of her craftiness with a hint of vintage style. I would like to point out little details like the button images near the comment links. Or the graphics on the quote box and comment box… this layout was seriously fun to make.

Next up is Kat! Her last layout was of Kanon so she was ready for a facelift on her blog as well. She liked Kim’s hobby/craft layout and wanted something to also reflect her style and hobbies! Which lead me to make this:

WordPress is so amazing…coding simple layouts like this only takes a few minutes and I loooove it! Hope the layouts truly show their personalities!

This post was written by:

mijaMIJA VERA - (view all posts by Mija)
Mija has been a designer for the last ten years. She is a paper obsessed fiend and loves working on new projects while listening to her daughter and cat chatter around the house. You can email her at mija@mind-speaks.com

Hughes Hangar

Hughes Hangar

I freelance under the name Domo Box with my dude. We were hired to come up with different concepts for their Halloween bash. I just wanted to posted the collaboration. I did the print, and flyer work and my dude did the illustration work for both concepts.

First concept is art nouveau style to mimic an old wine label.

The second concept we provided was to have a more playful style. The club is adjacent to Howard Hughes’ graveyard so we played the graveyard theme up a bit.

Which concept do you like more? Option A or Option B?

This post was written by:

mijaMIJA VERA - (view all posts by Mija)
Mija has been a designer for the last ten years. She is a paper obsessed fiend and loves working on new projects while listening to her daughter and cat chatter around the house. You can email her at mija@mind-speaks.com