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A.M. Inspiration {brights and books}

Translating a client’s dreams and ideas into print is one of my favorite things to do. It’s such a rewarding process! It’s no different designing for an engaged couple, a baby announcement or a birthday invitation … even when it’s for my very own daughter. Meryn has always been a big fan of books, so when we were coming up with ideas for her birthday party, we decided to have it at Storybook Land. Storybook Land is an incredible amusement park for little ones with themes throughout the park that are relative to classic storybook fables. I still love it today as much as I did when I was little!


With the party destination set, I turned to Meryn for her thoughts on color palette. It was no surprise that she selected bright, neon colors. We decided to combine the bright, neon palette with a fun liner pattern {reminiscent of art created by a child} and a ditsy floral. We designed the main birthday invitation to resemble a classic storybook cover, complete with fun, childlike fonts {called Bookeyed Suzanne and Bookeyed Jack!}. To complete this sweet set, we designed a bookmark favor printed in three colors on both sides.

We would love to help the next time you’re designing an invitation for one of your loved ones or as you celebrate your love! Contact us or visit your local retailer to start the process of turning your dreams and ideas into print!

Client Customization – Floral Letterpress Save the Date Card

Decorative floral patterns and motifs are always a traditional choice for wedding stationery. Today’s Client Customization takes detailed peony and hydrangea motifs {two quintessential wedding flowers!} and pairs them with other classic touches in a unique format to create a custom save the date.


The letterpress printed floral motifs framing each panel of this trifold save the date card in a soft neutral fall into the background behind the classic black letterpress text. A combination of a script font and an all caps serif complete the look highlighting essential wedding guest details – travel directions, accommodation suggestions and the vital wedding weekend timeline.

This combination of design elements would complement any wedding decor. With small changes such as the color of the florals, the motifs chosen or the size and format of the card, you could easily create your own custom design to suit your unique event. With our Custom Wedding Portfolio II and the assistance of one of our exclusive retailers, you can create a one-of-a-kind wedding stationery suite for you and your event!

A.M. Inspiration {roller skating and rocking color}

I’ve mentioned before that the early morning hours are a time when inspiration usually strikes – the hours when the world, and my children, are still and quiet. The whole process comes full circle when I can use that time to create something for my children.

I wanted to take my next few AM Inspiration posts to share some of the stationery I have created for my daughters. I love seeing the world through their eyes and creating Birthday party stationery to match their enthusiasm about their special days. Each year when a Birthday party comes to a close, they are already dreaming up the theme, activity and decor for next year’s party!


What five year old doesn’t love to roller skate?! My younger daughter is a girly-girl and loved the idea of skating into her fifth Birthday. I took the opportunity to play with patterns and color on this super festive invitation. Using stripes and florals in a mix of pink, turquoiose and purple we had the perfect palette for these fun letterpress Birthday party invitations and goodie bag tags. Playing right along with the mix of patterns was a festive set of fonts ranging from all-caps to bold scripts.

If you want to create something completely custom for a special someone’s special day, let us help you with all of the fine details! Take a look through our website and design library for tons of inspiration and let us or one of our exclusive retailers create a custom design just for you!

Suite Spotlight – Greenwich Letterpress Wedding Invitation

Spring is the perfect time for change and new growth! We’re excited to reveal the first of four new invitations added to our Custom Wedding Portfolio II. These new wedding invitation suites include designs that range from traditional and vintage to modern and whimsical! We have also added to our custom elements {90 new motifs, 20 new monograms and 63 new patterns} to give you more to play with when you’re creating your very own wedding stationery.

Our first new wedding invitation suite, Greenwich, celebrates the best of letterpress printing by pairing elements that showcase the letterpress impression with thick and thin lines. Details like the script and headline typefaces as well as the delicate, winding frame and surrounding lush pattern, make this suite perfect for a couple set on designing every detail of their wedding day. The tonal color palette of lavender and caramel letterpress inks lends to the overall romantic feel of this sweet design.


All of our new designs are reaching our retailers this week. If you would like to see them in person {and get a sneak preview before we spotlight the rest of them here on the blog!}, visit your local Dauphine Press exclusive retailer. Our custom design process allows you to select your favorite design elements and create a personalized design for no additional design fees! Happy planning!

DESIGN DETAILS | Size: Classic | Paper: 118# Reich Savoy, natural white | Ink: Caramel + Lavender | Motifs: Pattern-164, Frame-80, Frame-82 | Fonts: Urw Grotesk, Fontaine + Bordeaux Roman


Suite Spotlight – Peony Letterpress Invitation Suite

Armfuls of peonies emerge on all sides of a cropped cartouche to create a breathtaking first impression for guests receiving our Peony letterpress wedding invitation. Unwrapping this delicately bundled package reveals layer after layer of heavenly details!

It’s hard to choose which aspect of the suite you love most with its overwhelmingly French feel, striking patterns, clever menu card and sumptuous palette! Lucky for you, you don’t have to choose. Our design team has perfected the art of layering details that result in a perfectly unique wedding invitation for each bride and groom with whom we work. A picture is worth 1,000 words – take a peek at the inspiration behind this suite:


We can’t wait to see your wedding stationery inspiration board and begin finding the perfect way to layer all of the details important to you and your wedding day. Contact one of our exclusive retailers to start the process of designing your perfect wedding wardrobe!

Want to see more of our inspiration boards? Take a peek at what our design team is curating over on Pinterest!

DESIGN DETAILS | Paper: 118# Reich Savoy, brilliant white | Ink: ruchsia + cantaloupe | Embellishments: strawberry colored envelope, strawberry colored belly band, ¼” mink double-faced satin ribbon, die-cut favor tag + die-cut menu card


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