Those who know me best know how much I love making invitations. They also know that I love painting. As in, every piece of clothing I own has paint on it somewhere. There are canvases leaning up against every surface of my home, both complete and half finished. And between the Divine Miss A and I, we have made piles of loose leaf paintings on various types of paper throughout the house. Consequently, we have an art problem.
And then I had a brainwave… Why not combine my two great loves? Why not turn some of my artwork into invitations? Isn’t that the whole point of professional grade scanners anyway?
Why choose when you can have both!
A few weeks ago I had a great time with a glass of wine, some yupo paper (which is thin paper made of plastic) and alcohol ink. I set it all aside to dry and a few days later created this.
I’m pretty excited about how this turned out! The flow of the alcohol ink really comes across well in the print. Every little splash and texture is captured beautifully and every detail pops. Here is a close up.
If you like this collection, it has just been added to our shop! Contact us for your quote and if you leave us your mailing address we would love to pop a free sample in the mail for you.
That’s not all though. I’ve been so busy! Check it out.
While the butterflies on their own are pretty simple and traditional, the colors our bride Jamala chose are modern and bright. She opted for our Signature pocket, and used the side panels to write meaningful quotes in a font she used all through her wedding (this font is called PassionsConflict, which I teased her about during our interactions. It’s a great font actually. It’s scripty and kinda messy, but not really – it’s pretty cool.)
This color scheme is what I like to call “juicy” – it makes me think of all the tropical fruit on display whenever I go on vacation somewhere warm, and it always tastes SO MUCH BETTER than anything similar I eat when I get back home. These colors aren’t a photoshop job, they really do pop like this. Jamala did a great job merging a traditional motif with a modern color scheme to create a mix of old and new.
Here is what her invitation looks like when it is closed. Jamala’s friend had designed a monogram which she sent to me. I included it on the outside of her invitation.
Rock On Old School
Our bride Richelle also loved our Butterfly invitation, but wanted to make it a little bit edgier. She decided to go with a black and hot pink color scheme.
How rad is this? This color scheme always looks amazing. My brother also had a fuchsia and black palette and chose our Swirls invitation – it looked incredible and bold. Richelle also chose the Signature pocket, but instead of quotes on the side panels she opted for a continuation of the butterfly motif.
I’m not sure how noticeable it is in these photos, but even the rhinestone between the names is a different color. Did you see it before I pointed it out? Jamala’s is a clear “diamond” looking one and Richelle’s is a hot pink one to match the cardstock. Cool, huh?
Can you be quiet?
Jenni came to us with a simple request… to design something less bright. Less bold. Less in your face. Overall, something quieter…. with butterflies. And we did just that! Jenni’s color scheme was light and dark sage green, perfect for her summer wedding.
It has a very different feel to it, doesn’t it? It’s the same design, but by using a different set of colors and fonts it seems softer and more whimsical.
With our Signature pocketfold design, you can inject even more of your own personality by adding photos of yourself or of your venue onto the side panels. We have had clients do this in the past when they are trying to sell a destination wedding to their guests by putting pictures of resorts, specialty food or even in one case the Tuscan landscape on there.
One regret I have is of not taking more photographs of my past work. You know what they say about hindsight… My brides have been so creative in the past and I wish I had thought to take pictures of it all! Of course, I didn’t think back then I would be blogging about it… but it still would be lovely to have photos of all the cool stuff my girls have come up with.
What awesome things will you come up with? Get in touch with me about designing your wedding invitations.
Hola, muchachos! I was on the radio! I was interviewed by R.J. Johnson for his radio show Austin Bridal Secrets. We talked about my invitations, how I started Chantal Claire and we even got into the nitty gritty of my cardstock of choice, Bazzill, and why I love it so much.
Signature or Contemporary?
During our conversation, we briefly touched on the two pocket choices I offer. Our most popular choice is the contemporary pocket, which opens from bottom to top. The contemporary pocket is in the middle price range.
If the contemporary pocket isn’t quite doing it for you, or you require more options for personalization, then the signature pocket is just right for you. The side panels provide the perfect opportunity for you to include photos of yourselves, quotes, or photos/information about your location if you are having a destination wedding.
America’s Got Invitations
In this interview, we of course delved pretty deep into my invitations and how my little company came to be. But we also ended up talking about my original beginnings… as a sound engineer and singer/fiddler. Ah, the good old days, when I’d be up all night performing in dirty bars, watching drunk people get drunker with every passing hour. Listen to hear all the goodies.
Wow, what a way to start a blog post, eh? But seriously, what makes Chantal Claire more awesome to work with than, say, the next wedding invitation company?
Well, we are humble, to begin with. That’s always a great virtue to have. 😉 And there’s this.But we also remember clearly what it’s like to plan a wedding, even if it was hmmrmph*mumble*mmmmph years ago. Not that we are old or anything.
Awesome Wedding Memories
I myself remember meeting with vendor after vendor while planning my wedding. Meeting after meeting, I would find myself in rooms that didn’t match my wedding vibe, and they would tell me what my wedding would be like when I hired them. And if I made the mistake of telling them I was marrying a guy from Serbia – whoa nelly! Then I was having this type of wedding, and we would need to play this song and of course everybody would expect that… except… none of it matched the wedding my fiance and I were planning. (See how I included my fiance there? It’s because I’m awesome like that. Cuz everybody knows it’s really about the bride, and she really does all the planning, but I still included him. Because, as I said, I’m awesome. But I digress…)
We were planning a small wedding, and we were (and still are, in our old age – ha) a quirky pair, and we didn’t want a lot of the expected wedding stuff at our event. It just didn’t work for us. But when I tried to explain it to these vendors, I was brushed off and ignored. “Your guests will miss it,” was the most common phrase I heard. My gut instinct was to reply – no, you will miss it, because I won’t be paying for it and you won’t see it in your bank account. And then a few other maybe not so awesome and not so wedding related words and phrases followed – in my head of course. Because I’m awesome and wouldn’t say it out loud. #PoliteCanadian
Wedding vendors that get “awesome”
At Chantal Claire, we want to be the vendor that “gets” you. We don’t want to be the vendor that tells you what your wedding invitation will be like, or what your guests will miss, or what you have to have. We want you to tell us why you are awesome, and we want to make an invitation to show you off. And we think your wedding invitation should get people excited about your event, and should showcase your quirky, goofy or romantic side – whichever side you want to show. And we don’t think you should pay custom prices to be able to do any of that.
At Chantal Claire, we love awesome people, and we love weddings. We love awesome weddings, and I don’t mean the big expensive crazy over the top ones… I mean the ones that really show off the couple. We would love to be a part of yours. Get in touch with us for your free sample.
A color scheme is important to have during your wedding planning. It helps to narrow down your choices and to bring everything together in a cohesive manner. Following a color scheme can make an event go from looking like you picked up some mismatched dollar store finds to hiring an upscale event coordinator, and you’ve basically spent the same amount of money. If you need some color scheme inspiration, check out my color palette pinterest boards. I’ve got one for spring and summer themes and another one for fall and winter themes.
I need a color scheme and I don’t know where to start
I’ve been seeing this a lot on bridal forums lately. Brides who are at the beginning of their planning, and feel lost with their color choices. I get it – there are so many great color pairings out there, and all you have to do is play around on pinterest for a while to have your mind changed twenty times.
The best thing you can do, I’ve found, is to use descriptive words – don’t focus on big picture right away, but rather descriptive words for your event. Elegant vs funky, timeless vs modern, traditional vs unique. Is there anything you absolutely do not want? If you know you are more of a traditionalist, then you probably won’t want to go with a black and bright pink color scheme. Love the drama of Hollywood red carpets and want to emulate that excitement at your event? Then maybe black, red and gold is something you’ll want to lean towards. If you are using descriptive words like fun and lively for your wedding then maybe something bright like orange and pink are going to be more appropriate. Descriptive words are the best way in my opinion, after years of doing this, to narrow your focus on the feel of the event you want to have.
I’ve written a post, complete with a video, narrowing in on this concept. You should check it out!
There are probably some color combos you want to avoid because they are associated with certain things. Be wary of color combinations like red and green because they are Christmas colors, orange and black because of Halloween, pastel purple and yellow because of Easter and black and yellow because you’ll have a bumblebee wedding. That being said, if that’s what you’re going for then have at it.
Sometimes it’s easier to start by ruling out what you DON’T want. If you like my designs, but haven’t seen the right colors either on the website or here on the blog, then get in touch and we will work together to come up with the right color scheme for you. I can show you samples of previous work to give you ideas, and whip up some mockups until we find the right thing. I don’t charge based on the number of mockups I do, so if it takes twenty tries, it takes twenty tries. If we get it right after three tries, then that’s awesome too.
It used to be that I had to do a face to face consultation. But I am no longer living in the dark ages! With the advent of me not being a lame-o and having a smart phone and ACTUALLY KNOWING HOW TO USE IT (insert the voices of a thousand angels singing here) we can now do scheduled consultations no matter where you are. So email me and we’ll set something up.
Good luck! Let me know if you need some direction!