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.
Hearts. It’s a pretty standard wedding motif, and for good reason. Hearts are a perfect symbol of love, and what’s a wedding without love? Being a wedding vendor, I knew I’d have to create an invitation with a hearts motif.
But being me, I knew I couldn’t do something standard. I tried, I really did, but I just can’t do things and have them turn out like other people’s. I guess that’s why my business is successful, though. This is the hearts design I came up with.
Pretty swanky, huh? I really like the signature style because there’s an extra opportunity to personalize things with the side panels. Blue and green are usually my go to colors when designing because those were my wedding colors. I also really like using pink tones and shades of orange in initial designs.
Previous Client Work
I really wasn’t sure how this would look in other colors, but thankfully my clients are always really creative in their ideas, and we have worked together to create some really beautiful invitations featuring this design. Like this one, doesn’t the pink just pop? It makes me think of the type of gum with the liquid goo inside – it’s such a juicy color. I love the stripe of green and the hearts seem to pop right off of it.
Playing the Blues
There is some pretty cool stuff clients have done in shades of blue. I always go for a turquoise shade, which is my signature color and the color I painted my office walls. But seeing these again, I realize that I’m really limiting myself. These are pretty rad – there is such gorgeous depth in these blues, and I love both the purple and tangerine they have chosen as accents. Man my clients are awesome.
I absolutely adore this last hearts collection. A brown and blue color scheme always looks classy and hip at the same time. Being a versatile scheme, it can be fresh and funky, it can lean towards the more rustic side if the blue is on the pale side, or it can be very classic if the motif is something traditional. I think Shawna nailed it with this one.
The back and forth
Generally, I’m not a huge fan of hearts. However I’m really digging this hearts invitation and especially what my past clients have done with it. I’m really excited to see what my new clients can do to really make it their own. I think it’s so cool that I can come up with something when I’m designing, and then my clients can personalize it in ways I hadn’t considered (and I’m a pretty creative person). I think the back and forth between us is really interesting and I really get to know my clients’ and their tastes. We tend to email/text and sometimes my clients have used my inbox as a therapy session, too, which I don’t mind at all! A lot of the time we are facebook friends at the end of the process (hey I’m still old school) and in some cases I’ve had a chance to watch my clients go on to start families of their own.
And to think… it all started with some hearts and a lot of love.