Monday, August 31, 2009

Final touches on invites

So, now that we got the calligraphy back and the direction cards from the venue, we had to really glue those invites to the brown card...something we should have done over the weekend but didn't do.

i glued. joe placed it on the brown card because i kept messing that part up.

and yes, he's in his boxers. :-)

he smashed those cards down pretty hard to make sure they wouldn't unglue...

so hard, in fact, that he kept scaring our poor doggie. here's a blurry pic of her running away from the loud sound of joe's banging.

isn't she beautiful, even blurry? :-) yeah...we love her lots.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


i'm SO excited because i just got word from our amazing calligraphy artist (Sarah Darcy) that our calligraphy is done! here's a pic...isn't it amazing? i smudged out some of the addresses for privacy, but you get the idea. :-)

that's the "chelsea" style and i totally fell in love with it one day when i saw a contest posted about her services. you can check out her web site here: tell her i sent you! :-)

now we have to finish glueing our invites together and then stuff, stuff, stuff. we gotta get these babies out 'cause we're seriously behind schedule now!

Monday, August 24, 2009


yesterday, joe and i had our engagement photo shoot. i sure hope we got some good pics! snapshots coming soon...will keep you posted.

still have so much to do! must find comfortable shoes...
make memory board...
work on favors...
oh yeah, and send out the invitations already!

more soon!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

birdies! it was MUCH harder placing the birds than i thought it would be. some goccos come with registration plates so you can place your cardstock in the exact correct place each and every time to ensure proper placement. not the case with mine. so of course, i messed a lot more cards up, ugh! are the birdies. tomorrow we glue!

now we have text!

so once again, this project was mine and mine alone. joe was pooped so he headed for bed while i conquered our text. i made a few mistakes, but luckily we've been printing enough that it'll be okay.

i decided to do our names in green and the rest of the text in brown. so first, i inked up the master screen (a new one)!

again, i used the ink blocking material that came with my gocco.

here they are drying all over my apt!

here's a close can see some errors, of course. tomorrow i print the birdies! anyway, the pink worked out A LOT better than the green!! :-)

Sunday, August 9, 2009

invitations take deux

so i redid the background this morning...i think it's still too dark. the white paint started leaking all over my hands, and i just wanted to be done with it.

i started with the floral stencil printed out on a laser printer and cut it to size.

then i burned a master screen and inked it up generously.

after i stamped the cards (using the back of the old ones so i didn't have to buy new paper), i left them out to dry. i really need to get some drying racks, i think.

later today i have to do the text again, ugh. then the birdies! wish me luck!


ok, so we're seriously behind schedule. especially since we decided that we want to redo the invitation and make the background light pink. joe and i have had a lot of stuff going on (outside of the wedding) and we decided to go for a drive tonight, just to get out of the city. as a result, we're even more behind schedule, agh!! to make matters worse, joe isn't feeling well again and he has to be up at 5am tomorrow for, guess who had to make the rsvps all by her little self? :-)

i started mixing paint.

then painted the master screen and inserted it into the gocco.

i used the gocco ink blocking material to make sure the paint wouldn't overlap into other areas. it's grey and sticky. i didn't think too hard about which colors i wanted to put where this time. i just wanted to get them done, haha. i figured i should use brown for the text this time though. :-)

here are some drying!

Monday, August 3, 2009

gocco invitations

omg, it's been way too long since i posted. so much has happened!

first of all, we started making our invitations. now, i'm a total gocco newbie. for those of you who don't know what a gocco is, let me update you. a gocco is a japanese screenprinting machine that's no longer being manufacturered, so you have to buy them by auction only. i paid about $250 for mine on ebay and it came with a variety of ink colors too. i did one test with the machine to make sure it worked (made thank you cards) and then i basically spent the next month just learning everything i could about the machine and tips and tricks, etc.

so...first we printed the background of our invite. green was the one color we didn't have, so my fiance got work mixing blue, yellow and a bit of white paint together.

that blue thing on the coffee table is the gocco.

so, basically they looked like this:

i sure wish i had invested in those drying racks!

ok, then we both came down with the flu! so...almost 2 full weeks later, we began the challenge of printing the text.

we fell in love with that apple green color when my fiance mixed it, but the next day i realized that it would make our text super hard to read. whoops!

our names were supposed to be in a really pretty pink!

obviously, that didn't really work. :-( so in the end, we printed all the text in brown.

here they are once again drying. *sigh*

after this, we still have to print the little 2 birdies in pink! agh!!!

here's my fiance working on the stamping process. he looks stressed...and uh...that's because the process was pretty stressful for us...especially in our tiny 100 degree apartment! (not to mention the fact that we're both just pretty stressed in general right now).

tomorrow we print the r.s.v.p. cards!