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Real Dauphine {Birthday} Chelsea Turns One!

We’re sharing another personal adventure with you today. This one comes from Kendra (our Sales and Marketing Director) and also ties right back in to life here at Dauphine Press so we hope you enjoy these visuals as much as we do!

Just over a  year ago my husband and I welcomed a little girl into this world and our family. Chelsea Grace is now a year old and we recently celebrated with a little lunch at home with family. Pulling the details together was tons of fun — especially with the help of the Dauphine Press design team.

First, I must explain that everything in Chelsea’s world that involves color has been all about one specific palette since before she was born. I was actually inspired by an early proof our our Marinwood trifold save the date. The final design is shown in our Custom Wedding Portfolio II album in our Sunshine and Charcoal letterpress inks, but one of the earlier versions was in a lighter, softer palette. I was about 7 months pregnant at the time and knew we were expecting a girl. I didn’t share this with anyone until after Chelsea was born, but I had my eyes on that version of Marinwood for the perfect baby announcement from the second I saw it.

That same inspiration found its way into her nursery as well. Falling in love with two double faced ribbon swatches here at the office in Bisque and French Vanilla and pairing that with a brighter buttercup yellow and deeper coral, the color palete of Chelsea’s first year was set in stone.

Of course we needed to finish out the year by also using that same color palette for her first birthday party.

My first attempt at a (rustic looking!) layer cake, surrounded by a few homemade organic cupcakes that I topped with flags leftover from the baby shower the girls at the office here threw me last year. Of course they were on board with the color palette from the start! The sugar cookies were made by Chelsea’s super creative Auntie (my sister).

Using fabric remnants from Chelsea’s nursery I created a flag bunting and the Dauphine Press design team created the greeting for me to finish it off.

A close-up of the bunting showing my favorite fabric and one of the letters using our Perla font and secured with a tiny clothes pin.

Just a few more details of Chelsea’s little outfit with a maize bow added, her perfectly precious shoes and a homemade party hat.

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Here’s that sweet dress (and our sweet girl) in action on her special day.

Thanks so much for letting me share. It’s such a wonderful gift to be surrounded by the beauty that is Dauphine Press every single day and I feel so lucky that it spills over in to the rest of my life. Or maybe it’s the otherway around, but either way, I feel especially lucky!

Next up, we will share with you Chelsea’s birth announcement and you can see how simple it was to turn one of our wedding designs into the perfect announcement with just a few customizations.

Client Customization – Larkspur with an Irish Twist

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we are posting one of our favorite and most creative customizations of our Larkspur design. Inspired by the Larkspur invitation and building on the fact that any of our suites can be customized, Antoinette at PAPERISTA helped Katy and Colin design the perfect save the date for their upcoming wedding.

The change in the color palette to leaf and garden green immediately speaks to the couple’s Irish heritage, but the fine details are what make this save the date truly personal. The pattern on the first panel of this trifold save the date was updated with a Celtic knot in place of the olive green button detail in the original. Perfectly placed motifs like the shamrock on the first and second panels as well as the satin gold foil claddagh on the second panel and the row of Celtic knots on the last panel make this piece sweetly unique. Antoinette, Katy and Colin really took the ability to customize to the next level! Take a peek at the gorgeous results!

Aren’t their customizations just the perfect touch?! We’re working on their invitation suite right now too — it’s right in line with this classically beautiful and personal piece. We will be sure to share it with you once they’re printed and mailed!

Tangerine Tango Letterpress Save the Date

When Pantone announced Tangerine Tango as the 2012 color of the year we couldn’t wait to customize a new design around it. We love the versatility of this cheerful and bright color. Our newly released Tangelo ink is the perfect way to incorporate this color trend into your stationery – for anything from a spring wedding or baby shower to your own personal note card set or calling cards.

Inspired by a recent design from Judy Paulen Designs at Bloomingdale’s, we created this Marinwood variation. We changed the floral motif to our widely popular peony artwork and updated the ink to our on-trend Tangelo. Changing these custom elements from the original Marinwood suite, gives a whole new life to this best-selling design. For embellishment, a custom Satin Copper foil die was added to really make it shine!

 

Dauphine Press Foil Letterpress Invitation

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We chose a tonal palette for this Tangerine Tango look, but another thing we love about this color is how it can be beautifully paired with so many other colors. Wouldn’t it look amazing paired with our Parchment, Sunshine or Petal inks? Or Satin Silver foil? What would you love to see this 2012 color of the year paired with?

Suite Spotlight – Marinwood Letterpress Save the Date

We are very happy to announce a new series of posts we will be doing over the next few months designed to provide you with little sneak peeks into the creation of our new letterpress wedding album, the Dauphine Press Custom Wedding Portfolio II! We’ve had quite a lot of fun pulling inspiration for these wedding designs and we are incredibly excited to see the finished suites rolling off the presses.

Today we present you with the first installment, our Marinwood tri-fold save the date. Below you will see a few snapshots of the final product!

 

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The Hamlin School – Spring Gala Invitation

For several years, we have worked with The Hamlin School, a private girls’ school in San Francisco, on invitation projects. This year we again collaborated with the school on a colorful and fun invitation for their Spring Gala which took place at San Francisco City Hall and featured Bollywood dancers. This year’s theme  was “Live. Work. Play.” and the invitation design focused on a hand drawn floral Mendhi design.

In setting the theme for the event, we designed the invitation for offset (flat) printing to achieve full-page knockouts that gave the large-format invitation a pop of color. We chose a bright pink envelope with the return address and floral motif letterpress printed in silver ink. The motif also spilled over to the front of the envelope when sealed. We also designed and printed a translucent fly sheet as an added layer to  and was slipped into the oversized tri-fold invitation.

We were delighted to learn that the event was a wonderful success for the school and we look forward to working with the ladies from The Hamlin School again next year.

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