All is Bright – Christmas Cards

   

A simple Christmas card I designed for my little family this year. I used clean and crisp graphics for a contemporary feel. The reverse is an abstract geometric design representing a shining star.

Printed on heavy paper with a smooth matte finish, the “all is bright” side of the card doubles as a cute little print that can be framed and displayed year after year. 

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How to wrap and style Christmas Presents like a Pro.

Wrapping Christmas presents really is one of my very favorite pre-christmas activities  rituals. I cherish the time each year when I get to lock myself in a room alone with a beverage, some treats, and an ipad to binge watch shows on Netflix while wrapping gifts. I’m big on thoughtful presents and I believe presentation plays a big part in the way people perceive the time and love you put into their gift.

Here’s a few tips I’ve picked up over the years for how to make your gifts look like they were wrapped by a pro – even if you actually just ordered everything online right before the deadline for Amazon Prime 2 day shipping expired.

Pick your theme and color scheme  

   

Because of my graphic design training I tend to think of my Christmas design scheme as a branding campaign. This year I went for a rustic, traditional, natural style. Classic red and green on a backdrop of earthy brown and other neutrals. 

Pick your  wrapping paper

 

I love classic brown postal paper and use it every year. It’s a perfect neutral backdrop for whatever trimmings I decide  to use. Solid white, cream, or metallic paper is a great choice and easy to coordinate as well. You can use patterned paper, but stick with something simple – stripes, polka dots or a tone on tone design. 

Buy ribbon and trim 

 

Pick four types of ribbon in a variety of widths. You’ll want a large (3″-4″), medium (1.5″- 2″) and 2 small (twine, yarn, ribbon or string .5″ or smaller.) Also get some tie-on items to add dimension. You can buy individual picks, chunky gift tags, or greenery at craft stores. I love using these sprigs of pine bough because they are only about a buck each when they go on sale and you can seperate the individual sprigs from the main bough. You end up with about 10 pieces from one pick. 

Wrap your gifts in boxes 

 
Whenever possible, put your gift in a box before wrapping. It makes it so much easier for you and it looks a hell of a lot nicer than some amorphous blob.
Design a wrapping style for small, medium and large gifts 

 

Scale is really important in making your trim look great on your gift. I find it’s easiet to pick three wrapping styles – one for small, medium, and large gifts and then stick with that same design for presents of similar sizes. For big gifts I used large ribbon to create a belly band and then layered the medium ribbon on top. Large ribbon would take over the packaging on a small gift so I stuck with thin twine, and a small pick. A good rule of thumb is to have 1/3 of the visual space of the gift ribbons and trim and the remaining 2/3 wrapping paper. 

Try a few wrapping schemes – don’t be afraid to take the ribbon off and try again.  Once you have your design for each size gift figured out your wrapping will go by a lot quicker than coming up with something new for each gift.

Happy wrapping! 

Two of Us – Vintage Travel themed Wedding

Today is my 5 year anniversary so I thought it would be fun to post a few details from my wedding. It had been a while since I looked through my photos and the first thing I noticed is how short the shelf life is on wedding trends. It’s only been five years but my pics (okay, and my hair) are looking a little dated.

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Freezing cold Utah December morning. From what I hear anyway. I was so pumped on adrenaline I didn’t feel a thing. An old gentlemen in the temple kept insisting I put on this faux fur capelet they had on hand to keep warm. I declined.

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flowers

centerpiece

Upon arrival at the reception guests wrote well wishes on vintage style postcards I created complete with old stamps and postmarks. Centerpieces were a collection of books, cameras, and globes. The flower arrangements were displayed in vases wrapped in old maps .

food

gelato

And this is where we really spent the dollar bills – the food. A ginormous spread of authentic Italian antipasti and fresh Gelato.

doughnut wedding cake

doughnut wedding cake donut

The real show stopper though, and honestly the only thing most people remember from our wedding, was the Dunford Doughnut’s wedding “cake”. Why have cake when you can have a delicious, moist, chocolate doughnut instead? No Brainer.

Cheers to Five Years, Michael Bussio – The hardest working, bravest, kindest, and goofiest guy I know.

Photography: Three Winks Studio, Venue: Springville Museum of Art, Catering: Marco Niccoli, Linens: Susan’s Party Rentals