Monthly Archives: July 2008

Thank You Samples for Jersey Woman Magazine

This weekend I was glued to my laptop and my new invitation software. I have a couple of projects I’m working on for potential clients, one of which is Jersey Woman Magazine, a magazine dedicated to highlighting the successful accomplishments of African-American women in New Jersey. Click here to find out more about the magazine.

Here are the thank you card design samples I created:

 

6x6x Thank You Silk Box

6x6x Thank You Silk Box

6x6 Thank You Silk Box (Inside)

6x6 Thank You Silk Box (Inside)

Celebrity Cover Thank You Folio (4x6)

Celebrity Cover Thank You Folio (4x6)

Celebrity Cover Thank You Folio (Inside) 4x6

Celebrity Cover Thank You Folio (Inside) 4x6

Thank You Silk Pouch

Thank You Silk Pouch

These are three personal and unconventional ways to say Thank You that are guaranteed to surprise the recipient. To inquire about thank you cards for your business clients, contact Missy at: designsbymissy@comcast.net

30th Birthday Invitation Sample

I’d like to share my latest sample with you, designed for a 30th Birthday Party Event. This is a dark chocolate 4×6 folio invitation embellished with an iridescent burnt orange ribbon. It includes the invitation, response card, response evelope (not pictured) and an insert with additional event information for guests. Border is crimson red and the second layer is handmade, textured, burnt orange paper. The text is flat printing with a gold Fleur de Lis graphic and two golden crystals on either side.

Fleur de Lis 30th Birthday Invitation Set

Fleur de Lis 30th Birthday Invitation Set

Fleur de Lis 30th Birthday Invitation Set (Inside)

Fleur de Lis 30th Birthday Invitation Set (Inside)

Printing solution solved….somewhat

I meet with the owner of a local printing company yesterday. It looks as if they are going to be able to help me with some of my printing needs. However, they no longer offer letterpress and thermography, which are the two printing options I am looking to provide. The majority of their printing is done on a high quality digital printer, which will be great for flat printing and invitations with photos. The owner was nice enough to give me a tour of the printing press room. He showed me how all of the mass production printers work, including his old letterpress machine. I had no idea how complicated printing letterpress is (no wonder it’s so expensive). Basically the text for the invitation is mounted letter by letter onto a die and then the machine presses the die against the paper with extreme force, thus the name “Letterpress”. I will most likely use him for all my flat printing; he said he would give me a deal if I continue to use him for the long run. No matter what business you are in, it is essential to build and foster relationships with people that you are doing business with. It not only helps you to cut costs but it leads to other business opportunities and much needed resources.

Roll the Printing Press

I think I may have found a commercial printer to handle all my printing needs. I’ve been in search for once for a while now, and I’m at the point now where it’s absolutely essential for me to be able to outsource the printing of invitations to a professional. My HP All-in-One printer has done wonders for me up until this point, but now its time to move to the next level. I have a meeting with a local printing company  on Friday. I spoke with the owner today and he thinks that he should be able to accommodate my needs. This particular company has a 2-3 day turn around and you can either use their paper or supply your own. The best part is thatit’s a local printers, which means I don’t have to schlep to New York. I’m looking forward to Friday!

Hello world…..Missy needs a business partner

I’ve been doing a lot of planning recently to move House of Papier to the next level. For the past month I have been debating on whether or not to purchase this new software that I’ve been eying for the past year. I first saw it at the National Stationary Show in New York, but it was so expensive that I couldn’t get it at the time. Needless to say, the price hasn’t changed, but I am a risk taker. Since I believe that my business will be successful and I know that I will benefit in sales from the software, I broke down and got it. Now I feel like a little kid, impatiently waiting for it to get here. I said all this to say, that I am ready to kick my grind up to the next notch, but I can’t do it alone. I need a business partner. Someone who is creative, has the same drive and go-getter spirit as me, and who is willing to contribute to making the House of Papier grow. If you fit this description and if you feel like your in heaven every time you walk in to a craft store, then by all means contact me: designsbymissy@comcast.net

Bridal Shower

This weekend I was invited to Ade’s bridal shower. I finished her wedding programs last week and they are beautiful. At the shower I met a lot of her wedding guests and many of them asked for my business card, which was great. Here’s a picture of me and Ade:

Ade's Bridal Shower

Ade's Bridal Shower

From the Baby Belly Collection: Pink Baba

Here is a sample of a Baby Shower invitation for a baby girl using a 6×6 ivory silk box. The outside is adorned with round glass embellishments going horizontally across the center of the silk box.The center piece consists of a tiny baby bottle, wrapped with a pink wired bow and a silver “It’s a Girl” charm. The invitation insert is decorated with the matching ribbon and glass embellishments. Lastly, an insert with the baby shower registry information is strapped to the inside lid. Enjoy…

Pink Baba (Outside)

Pink Baba (Outside)

Pink Baba (Inside)

Pink Baba (Inside)

Pink Baba Invitation Insert

Pink Baba Invitation Insert