Beachy Turquoise Wedding Announcement

A custom island wedding announcement for Carly & Matt. We started with digital printing the photos and some fun grey typography that announced their new status. Then we mixed up a perfectly matching turquoise ink and letterpressed their names and a happy, bright blue wave.

Let us know if you have a need for custom announcements, we love working on all sorts of projects!

Marriage / Wedding Beach Island Turquoise Announcement with Letterpress & Flat Printing (Christa Alexandra Designs)

{ photo credit: Christa Alexandra Designs }

Apple Blossom Inspired Shoot

Recently I was asked to contribute stationery for an inspiration shoot in an Apple Orchard. The outcome was more beautiful than I could have imagined! So lucky to have been on such a talented team. This shoot inspired by blush pinks, spring greens and lots whites, ecrus and champagne-toned colors with a heavy dose of classy vintage. I hand lettered and painted small motifs with watercolor for the wedding invitation and menu. I also painted the envelope liner and RSVP card to coordinate with the invitation suite. I really love the soft romantic look the watercolors created – perfect for a spring wedding! Enjoy the photos!

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Apple Blossom Inspiration Shoot with Watercolor Invitations & Menu {Peach, Green, and Blush Color Palette} Stationery by Christa Alexandra Designs

Apple Blossom Inspiration Shoot with Lace Wedding Dress {Peach, Green, and Blush Color Palette} Stationery by Christa Alexandra Designs

Apple Blossom Inspiration Shoot with Watercolor Invitations & Menu {Peach, Green, and Blush Color Palette} Stationery by Christa Alexandra Designs

Apple Blossom Inspiration Shoot with Watercolor Invitations & Menu {Peach, Green, and Blush Color Palette} Stationery by Christa Alexandra Designs

Apple Blossom Inspiration Shoot with Watercolor Invitations & Menu {Peach, Green, and Blush Color Palette} Stationery by Christa Alexandra Designs

Apple Blossom Inspiration Shoot {Peach, Green, and Blush Color Palette} Stationery by Christa Alexandra Designs

Apple Blossom Inspiration Shoot with Pink Pinafore Cakes {Peach, Green, and Blush Color Palette} Stationery by Christa Alexandra Designs

Apple Blossom Inspiration Shoot with Vintage Car and Blush Dress {Peach, Green, and Blush Color Palette} Stationery by Christa Alexandra Designs

Apple Blossom Inspiration Shoot Spring Bouquet {Peach, Green, and Blush Color Palette} Stationery by Christa Alexandra Designs

{ photo credits: Lis Photography, invitations & stationery: Christa Alexandra Designs; pinafores cakes: Bake Aria, makeup & hair: Finishing Touch, equipment rentals: Vermont Tent Company; dress: Fiori Bridal Boutique; event planner: VT Enchanted Events; floral designer Creative Muse Floral }

Shop Opening this Week!

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It’s finally happening! After over a year of hard work and trying to find time between printing, managing clients, and designing -  the time has finally come and I am opening my own online stationery shop this week! It’s looking like Wednesday morning will be the big reveal- so add it to your calendar ;)

I’ve built this website myself (with the help of WordPress, Woocommerce & Blanco Template) and same goes for the shop…which is probably part of the reason it’s taken so long. Having lots of online retail experience, I know it’s important to have a secure and easy shop to purchase from. I want my future customers to feel comfortable knowing that I’ll be taking care of them. It’s hard to keep invitations and customized stationery simple because each person is so different, there are so many options (paper, colors, fonts, wording, conditional wording, etc) a customer could potentially choose. I had to narrow down my options and needed to keep everything pretty basic for starters. Over the course of the next couple months there will be improvements and kinks worked out, but that’s just part of the process. And of course, be on the look out for new product being added every month or two!

I am beyond excited to share this good news – it’s been so much more work than it shows and I thank each one of my friends and family who’ve supported me while I’ve disappeared over the past couple months – and my husband, most of all, for standing by me. xoxo, Christa

Vintage Rose Letterpress Bridal Shower Invitation

Pretty in pink, this letterpress bridal shower invitation is soft and romantic. Vintage roses frame the text, while a subtle chevron pattern updates the design. A feminine handwritten script calls out her name in a true gray ink. We printed this on our antique letterpress, on 100% cotton Crane Lettra paper and paired it with a matching envelope. Enjoy!

Vintage Roses & Chevron Bridal Shower Letterpress Invitation, by Christa Alexandra Designs

Vintage Roses & Chevron Bridal Shower Letterpress Invitation, by Christa Alexandra Designs

Vintage Roses & Chevron Bridal Shower Letterpress Invitation, by Christa Alexandra Designs

Vintage Roses & Chevron Bridal Shower Letterpress Invitation, by Christa Alexandra Designs

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Seashore Wedding Invitation Suite

A ceremony in the sand was what Lacey and Kyle planned for their wedding, it was a close call with all the storm damage from a few months prior – luckily the damage done did not affect their wedding. She wanted a custom wedding invitation and save the date to go with their beach theme. Her color palette was a mix of light blue, light yellow and natural tan colors. She had told me that she loved shabby chic decoration – so with that in mind, we put together a pretty Save the Date with photos snapped of them during their engagement session – with soft stripes and a handwritten-looking script for the quote she wanted to use. Of course we added a little pop of color in the envelope – light yellow – to add a little something to it.

We pulled the same qualities from the Save the Date for the invitation suite. A nice soft palette with pretty scripts and clean serif typeface, we decided on a lighter kraft colored envelope to add some naturalness and opted for address labels – which are the easiest way to address your invitations – no messy handwriting to worry about! I hope you enjoy the pictures…

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{Photo credits: Christa Alexandra }

Stationery & Personal Catch-Up

It’s been quiet on the pages of this blog these last couple months – planning your own wedding takes up lots of extra time – extra time that’s hard to find. Already this year, I’ve already worked with as many brides as I had worked with last year…amazing how time flies! But I crossed the finish line – and am happy to report that I married the guy of my dreams, had an gorgeous wedding and made lots of stationery for it that I’ll have to post at some point later on.

So this morning, I went into my office to dig around and set aside a pile of invitations and stationery that I have yet to photograph and post on my site…well here’s a little preview of what I’ve pulled out of one box. There’s probably at least a dozen or more sets of beautiful paper that has yet to be seen! The good news is, I’ll be photographing it all and putting it up over the next couple of weeks…so stay tuned for lots of pretty designs!

Vermont Invitations Wedding Christa Alexandra Designs

Letterpress Bee Correspondence Cards

Just wrapped up a set of 50 customized letterpress correspondence note cards for a lovely lady down in South Carolina. She won the set during a silent auction for the event, Night at the Races – put on by the Junior League of Charleston. She decided on a small bee with horizontal lines paired with an elegant font for her name and address. The letterpress paper used is Crane Lettra in Pearl White with a pretty gray blue ink for her information.

Correspondence cards are a great way to keep in touch the old-fashioned way, a simple pen and paper note is such a refreshing find your mailbox amongst the bills and junk mail.

Customized Correspondence Cards - By Christa Alexandra

Interested in your own set of correspondence cards? Feel free to send us an email here to get a quote!

Studio Additions – Antique Paper Cutter

It’s been a big couple of months, while it may seem quiet around this place – it’s been busier than ever. Which is exciting and tough to keep up with the day-to-day. I wanted to take a chance to catch up on a few exciting things happening around here. I’ll be posting a few more times this week about what’s new to come and what I’ve been up to.

My amazing fiancé, Brendan, and I took a road trip in early May to pick up an antique paper cutter from 1915 I found on Craigslist. It belonged to a college professor who taught photography and commercial art for 30 years at the local college in Loch Sheldrake, NY. I was really excited to find this Challenge 26 1/2″ Lever Paper Cutter relatively close to me (6 or so hours!) and because it appeared to be in good condition, but mostly because I’ve been looking for another old piece of machinery to keep my 1918 letterpress company. The cutter weighs about 925 lbs, so we took it apart piece by piece and loaded it into Brendan’s diesel truck. I can’t wait to clean it up and give it a new coat of paint.

Here are a few pictures from the trip…

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Challenge Paper Cutter 1915 Antique - Roadtrip - Christa Alexandra

Challenge Paper Cutter 1915 Antique - Roadtrip - Christa Alexandra

Challenge Paper Cutter 1915 Antique - Roadtrip - Christa Alexandra

Challenge Paper Cutter 1915 Antique - Roadtrip - Christa Alexandra

 

And lastly, here’s an interesting page from a manual that shows a similar paper cutter in it’s original state:

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Vermont Vows Back Cover Design – Winter 2013

If you turn over the back of the latest Vermont Vows magazine, you’ll see an ad I designed!

It’s for the tent and event rental company, called Rain or Shine. You may have heard of them before, as I did their back cover ad for Vermont Vows a little over a year ago. They are a family owned company that offers a huge selection of impeccably kept tents, tables, chairs, dishes, lighting and even wooden Vermont country furniture. If you’re a bride looking for a company I highly recommend them! I’ll even be using them for my upcoming wedding this summer. Check out their testimonials if you don’t believe me…

Here’s a little about them: “Rain or Shine is a premier rental company located in Vermont. We create beautifully put together and well executed weddings and company events all over New England and areas of New York. For over 20 years we have been working to provide our clients with the highest quality products and service possible.”

Without further ado – here are some photos of the back cover I designed. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you are a company seeking  design for business materials.

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christa alexandra designs back cover of vermont vows advertisement winter 2013

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{image credit: christa alexandra}