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Behind the Scenes – with Invitation Designer Anna Griffin

29 Apr

april-anna-001april-anna-003We’re continuing our Behind the Scenes features today with a focus on Invitations by Anna Griffin.   Her beautifully styled invitations and announcements are designed with luxurious patterns and florals which add elegance to any celebration.

Growing up in a family of artists, Anna Griffin’s inclination toward graphic design is no surprise. Gaining experience working with talents like Vera Wang, combined with her love of antiques, textiles and prints, inspired her company’s success and remarkable growth.

What is unique about Anna Griffin invitations? The intricate die cut designs, foil-stamped details, ribbon and embellishment found on these invitations will make your guests feel like they’ve received a gift when they open them. They are meant to make your occasion that much more special!april-anna-002

When it comes to her creative process, it’s interesting when she explains, “I have always been attracted to texture, layers and bows — whether it be for paper or for decorating. When I graduated from college, my first resume was printed on vellum. At that time vellum and the handmade floral inclusions papers were all the rage. I designed invitations with these elements as if I were designing them for myself.”

Griffin further expands that “the foundation for so many of my designs come from a vast archive of antique engravings that we reinterpret for today. We are so inspired by beautiful old-world art, and love making it new again! Trend and color research are another huge part of our creative process. We’re always on top of what’s happening in fashion and interior design, and those palettes and pattern trends come through on our invitations.”

As a result, her designs are a really amazing fusion of trendy and timeless. They are invitations that are fashion forward, but you could look back at your wedding invitation 20 years from now and feel like it was current.

The special presentation even goes into the shipping of the final package as all orders are wrapped in gorgeous tissue paper and shipped in beautiful gold boxes. Everything you receive from Anna Griffin is sure to be “beautiful in the making.”

Indeed we agree you will love announcing your new little one – or inviting guests to your next special event, whether it’s a  birthday party, Christmas party, Rehearsal Dinner or Anniversary party, with a gorgeous Anna Griffin invitation.

Wood-ology 101 on Cutting Board Wood Shades

30 Mar

march-woodBoardsWooden maple cutting boards made with premium quality hard maple wood makes a great portable cutting work surface or an elegant serving tray.  They also make a beautiful gift for holidays or anniversaries or housewarming!  Here is a little “wood-ology” about the variety in wood color, according to one of our leading Maple Leaf experts.


There are two types of maple wood that are harvested – summer maples and winter maples – when you see a hard maple that has more color that means the wood has been harvested in the summer because the sap in the maple is still in the tree, on a macro level, at the time it was cut.  When you see a board that is more toward the cream or white shades, that tree has been typically harvested during the winter and the sap has been harvested from the tree in all likelihood.


The boards are a natural product and it will vary.  The maple does patina over time and become more honey, especially when treated with butcher block oil.  A wooden cutting board is one of our favorite gift ideas, it’s something special they likely would not buy for themselves!

Check out our expanded article about this topic, Wood-ology 101, in Studio Insights.

Best wishes,

Renee

Introducing Our New Collection of Wedding Napkins

16 Feb

Wedding NapkinsThis week we launched a new line of romantic and fun wedding napkins to our personalized napkin collection. It’s an assortment that we’re very proud of as our in-house designers have been working for weeks carefully adding meticulous elements to these styles.  Designs focus on the modern yet classic. Our team of designers has been researching wedding trends and styles to develop this collection. The many flourishes, stylized fonts, specialty details and large layouts are especially designed for the bride of today and those that appreciate modern yet classic styles.

Many of the new details are classic to The Stationery Studio brand and are truly a mix of classic and new, bringing unique style to beverage napkins, luncheon napkins, dinner napkins and guest towels.  Any party planner will tell you that napkins are an essential accent item for weddings, rehearsal dinners, anniversaries and bridal showers.  They can set the tone for an event and bring together style and function. Many of the details that make up these new designs create elements that set these napkins apart.

Our We Love the City exclusive collection of hand-drawn cityscapes are a truly unique way to celebrate the city in which a couple found their love. From Chicago to New York to Seattle, Boston or San Francisco, the illustrations of the cities along with a personalization will be a talking point for your upcoming event.

Cityscape Napkins

Our specialty designs provide an amazing collaboration of the classic and the modern. Mixed fonts in our Oh Happy Day Napkins will make you happy even before the party begins. Sophisticated designs like our St. Regis Scroll Napkins or the Bellissimo Guest Towels are an example of designs you would expect to see at some of the world’s finest establishments and are now available for your own special day. And the understated elegance of our Ampersand Napkins or the Initial Scroll Napkins are perfect for even the most upscale party.

Oh Happy Day Napkins

Fun word play napkins such as our Eat Drink and Be Married, Oh Happy Day napkins, Hugs and Kisses from the Mr. and Mrs. and our For Like Ever napkins are examples of our whimsical approach to your special day.   And our Romantic Script napkins are a simply beautiful approach to elegant lettering and each order is hand set by our designers utilizing one of our most favorite typestyle reminiscent of a royal scroll.   In our Double Circle Monogram Napkins your will be able to combine the classic styling of an interlocking monogram inside a big bold double circle design making for a very personal statement uniquely yours.

At The Stationery Studio we absolutely love napkins and are committed to bringing the best selection of designs, patterns and materials for your home and parties. Of course in addition to these new and fabulous designs, you can find our incredibly large selection of classics, traditional and specialty napkins which are fabulous for any special occasion.  Whether it’s a cocktail party at home, an engagement party and even guest towels for your washroom, our large selection of classics, basics and stylish designs will provide just the perfect accent for your needs.

Best wishes,

Renee