Tag Archives: Stationery

Happy New Year

Hi all! This year has brought a ton of changes…all good, but changes none the less. I got married, I moved (still in LA, not to worry!), I started a new job. That’s a lot of BIG things to happen. 2015 has been a wonderful year, and I’m so excited to send out my new years card for the first time as a married woman.

 

Shutterfly New Year
This year we used Shutterfly to make our FIRST card as a new couple. Shutterfly has SO many options, and we chose to go with a 1 photo option with…GOLD FOIL. I love foil, and adding it to our holiday card creates a festive touch.
SHUTTERFLY-NY4
I selected envelope liners that matched the colors and playfulness of the card, and love the added surprise the recipient gets upon opening the envelope.
SHUTTERFLY-NY3
I hopped on over to the post office and found these adorable snowflake stamps that compliment the winter vibes and colors of our card.
SHUTTERFLY-NY2
Here’s to wishing you and yours a happy holiday season and new year, and to a very healthy and wonderful new year! Be sure to check out Shutterfly for all of their adorable card options, for the holidays, new years and beyond.
[Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Shutterfly. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Happy Holidays!]

Wedding Invitations

With just a month until my wedding, I am busy wrapping up all final details and making sure everything is exactly as I want it. I’m going to be sharing bits and pieces of my wedding here, and figured I would start with my favorite part (other than the groom)…my wedding invitations! I worked with Minted to create an invitation suite that fits my aesthetic, and is something I will keep for years to come. Minted was AWESOME to work with, and they made it a breeze to get my invitations ordered. I knew I wanted feminine, classic, and a touch of gold foil. Check them out! They have so many options and ideas.
Minted Wedding Invitation
Minted Wedding Invitation
I love the scroll detail that is carried through the entire suite. It was the perfect design element to tie all the pieces together. It is feminine and classic, and the rose gold foil really makes it stand out.
Minted Wedding Invitation
Minted Wedding Invitation
The corks are all from champagne bottles we celebrated our engagement with.
Minted Wedding Invitation
The Hebrew phrase on our invitation is one of my favorites. We having a Jewish wedding, and this is is recited during the ceremony. It means “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine.”
I love the all white look, with a few pops of color. I normally love colors, but for my invitation, I wanted it to feel more classic and sophisticated. I chose the scroll typography heart for the stamp which complimented the rest of the invitation quite well.
Minted Wedding Invitation
I am SO happy with how they came out, and they have been very well received by my guests. Minted made the whole process easy, and fast. The invitation sets the tone for your wedding, and I am so excited with the first impression this made on my guests.

[A huge thank you to Minted who sponsored this post. All opinions expressed are my own.]
Photos by Samantha Zachrich.

Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude
The holiday season is upon us, and chances are you will be going to parties and giving and receiving gifts. I was always taught to have an attitude of gratitude and send a hand written thank you note following the receipt of a gift, or a lovely dinner party. According to Emily Post, written thank you notes are always a good idea, and should be written as soon as possible [within one week of receiving or attending a dinner.]
Attitude of Gratitude
When writing thank you notes, keep them short, sweet and in a conversational tone. Express your gratitude for the present received, and let the recipient know how much you appreciate it.
from-rain-to-shine-attitude-of-gratitude-7
Some may think that sending a hand written note is old school in today’s world full of technology and emails. However, manners never go out of style, and everyone loves receiving a nice note in the mail. 
Attitude of Gratitude
Letting the sender know how much the gift meant in a note shows your gratitude.
Attitude of Gratitude
Although it may seem obvious, you should always start your note with “Dear ______”, rather than just jumping right in.
Attitude of Gratitude
Attitude of Gratitude
Thank you notes tend to be sent more around the holidays, but are an act that can be done all year long. It is always a good idea to send a hand written thank you note for gifts received on your birthday, anniversary, graduation, wedding, promotion, etc. Professionally, sending a hand written note after a job interview is a classy way to let the interviewer know you enjoyed your time.
Attitude of Gratitude
Following a big event, such as the holiday season or your wedding, it is best to get started right away with your thank you notes. Create a list of individuals whom you need to send your thanks to, and complete some every night. It is an easy way to show your gratitude, and let the individual know how much it meant to you. Plus, there are SO many cute stationery options out there, you are sure to find one that reflects your personality. Tiny Prints has such a wide selection, I found these three styles and instantly fell in love.
Attitude of Gratitude
Photos by Sam Zachrich
[This post was sponsored by Tiny Prints, however all opinions are my own. Check out Tiny Prints for numerous stationery and thank you note options.]

Perfectly Personal™ Holiday Cards

Tis the season for sending cheer! It is no secret that I love stationery, greeting cards and sending mail. This year, I told my family I would handle our annual holiday card to alleviate some stress and ensure it came out just right. We have used a variety of sites in the past to customize our cards, but this year I decided to use Shutterfly. Not only do they have a wide range of beautiful card options, the design + ordering process is so easy. It’s only the beginning of November and I can cross off holiday cards from my to do list. Check out what I chose for our annual holiday card this year.
Perfectly Personal™ Holiday Cards
Deciding which card was the hardest part of the whole process. Shutterfly has SO many adorable designs in a variety of formats, you’re sure to find something for your Perfectly Personal™ Holiday Cards. For me, this option, a single photo on the front, and a smaller photo on the back was exactly what I was looking for (shout out to our family pet, Lucy the Poodle, who makes a sassy appearance on the back).
from-rain-to-shine-shutterfly-holiday-4
In addition to having an awesome selection of cards, you can create an entire stationery suite, with custom return address labels and personalized postage as well as holiday party invitations and stickers. It really is a one stop shop for all your holiday card needs, and can be customized to fit your needs.
Perfectly Personal™ Holiday Cards
The typography selection that Shutterfly provides is top notch, and allows you to create a consistent and beautiful suite. For me, the overarching theme I wanted for my suite was a hand written font complimented with a sans serif typeface. I also wanted to bring in gold and silver to both the holiday card + party invitation.
Perfectly Personal™ Holiday Cards
I’m so excited to send out my holiday cards and party invitations this year. Still trying to decide what to do for your holiday cards? Check out Shutterfly’s impressive selection, and create your custom suite.

[This post was sponsored by Shutterfly. All opinions + images are my own.]

Featuring: Balue/Co.

A few months ago, I got the most adorable card for my birthday. Curious as to who the designer was, I looked up the name and BINGO, came across Balue/Co. I loved the style, and upon learning more about the company and designer, discovered they were based in Seattle. I emailed Lauren, the founder and creative behind this fun brand, to see how our home town influences her work, and what her art background is.
Featuring Balue/Co.

1. What was the inspiration behind starting Balue/Co.? 

Balue/Co. was born out of a need for a creative outlet outside of the corporate design job I had at the time. Balue evolved out of a little blog and Etsy shop I was running at the time, simply called Lauren Wallace Design. Back then I made jewelry, but my background is in graphic design, and I eventually felt that I wanted to take my shop in a more graphics-focused route. I’m continuously inspired by pattern design, and began working within that more and more in my spare time. I launched the collection in 2013, and Balue/Co. was born!
2. If you could describe your company in three words, what would they be?
Focusing on the experience I want people to have when they encounter Balue/Co. cards, I would have to say versatile, thoughtful, and a little playful.
3. Do you have an art background, or were you naturally gifted?
I grew up drawing, and I’ve dabbled in most of the studio arts, but it wasn’t until college when I really became focused on graphic design, which is what I got my degree in. Lately, I’ve been enjoying getting back into a studio environment, working on a variety of little side projects involving hand lettering and illustration. It’s a fun challenge to create art off of the computer, and I enjoy the imperfection of non-digital work.
4. What are some things you do when you have a creative block?
Well, in Seattle it’s definitely going outside for a walk around the lake, or just through the winding quiet roads behind my place. Otherwise, I think just getting away from your project for a while, even just 15 minutes, can be a real help. I watch YouTube videos, clean my apartment, bake something tasty… I’ve definitely found that my best work comes organically when I take my time with a project. If only projects could be like that at work!
Featuring Balue/Co.
5. How much does Seattle influence your work?
Seattle keeps me creatively fueled in many ways, which in turn inspires me to keep trying new things in my work. For example,  I’m finding a lot of pattern inspiration in the plants and flowers that are overflowing from my neighborhood. I also find that a lot of my inspiration comes from local music, travel around the Northwest, and the food culture here in Seattle. 
6. Coffee or Tea?
Coffee! This is Seattle, after all.

PAPERSHOP

Last year, IKEA launched a stationery, paper goods + decor line in Europe. It is now available in the US, and it is awesome.  The colors and designs range from bright + vibrant to Victorian era themed. Take a look, what are your favorites?
PAPERSHOP Ikea

PAPERSHOP Ikea

PAPERSHOP Ikea

 

PAPERSHOP Ikea

 

[all photos via]

 

Featuring: Bliss & Bone

Bliss & Bone
A few months ago at The Cream event, I was fortunate enough to meet Carl + Cindy, the creative masterminds behind the unique and beautiful stationery and design agency, Bliss & Bone. Being a huge stationery fanatic (and having worked in the custom stationery industry) I was immediately drawn to their booth by their design aesthetic and individuality. They harmoniously combine the raw with the etherial, the rugged with the refined and the avant-garde with the eternal, and I have never seen anything like it. I can’t get enough of their innovative and fresh ideas, and was lucky enough to ask Cindy some questions behind her + Bliss & Bone’s creative intelligence.
1.Where does the name Bliss & Bone come from?
Bliss is the emotion. It is pure elation and joy. It represents the feminine.
Bone is the tangible. It is strength and commitment. It represents the masculine.
Bliss & Bone
2.How do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration from everything around me and pay close attention to trends in fashion, art and interiors.
3.When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
I typically start with an inspiration board whether we are working on wedding invitations or a website. It really helps to set the tone and communicate a starting point to the client. It’s a great conversation starter to get us headed in the right direction.

From there the process varies slightly depending on the product but I dive head first into design and go back and forth with rounds until everyone is thrilled.
Bliss & Bone
4.What is the most unique invitation that you have created/your most favorite?
That’s a tough one. I try to make each invitation unique and approach each project with the question, what can I do differently this time?

My favorite is typically the most recent project since it’s where my heads at in the moment. Once I move on, I try to create work that is just as exciting as the last.

5.How do you/Bliss & Bone stay organized?
We are constantly working on this and finding ways to improve as we grow. Internally we have a lot of systems and processes in place and utilize items like dry erase boards with schedules, projects status and progress. Individually we all use a project management program called Asana that allows us to track our personal tasks and manage work flow.

It’s a work in progress and fortunately I have a really good memory when it comes to this stuff :)
Bliss & Bone
6.What is your motto, or how do you stay calm + positive under stress?
Great questions since I’m not sure I have one. Personally, I stay calm and positive as long as I’m organized. I like to talk about the next day, what is on everyone’s to do list, and how it’s going to get done. If I feel that everything is in its place then I can relax.
Bliss & Bone
Special thanks to Cindy for taking the time to answer these questions. Photos via Bliss & Bone and here.

Featuring: Courtney Khail Watercolor

A couple weeks ago, I had the privilege of meeting Courtney Khail at Alt Summit. Not only is she a total sweetheart, she is also a very talented watercolor artist and stationery designer. I love watercolor art and knew that Courtney would be a great feature on From Rain to Shine. Enjoy!
Courtney Khail Watercolor
1. When did you discover your love for water colors?
To be honest, I can’t remember when I didn’t love them. Growing up, if I didn’t have one of those cheap watercolor sets to play with, I’d just smash up these plum colored berries that grew in our backyard and paint with those. So maybe that was the moment? I still remember how beautiful the different shades of indigo were against clean white paper.  

Of course, I am also incredibly fortunate to have parents who nurtured my creativity from a very young age. They enrolled me in a fine arts magnet school when I was ten years old (I attended that school until I graduated from high school) and when I was 12, they put me in private watercolor classes after school. I think they could see a passion for art in me that I didn’t realize was unusual or special. I think that’s common with artists though. If you’re an artist, that’s just simply what you are. You don’t choose it, it chooses you. So you never really have a moment per say, it’s more of a journey.
2. How did you turn your hobby into a full business?
Does stubbornness count as an answer? Because that and passion started my business. 
In all seriousness, I’m very Type A and as I neared the end of my college career I wasn’t sure what to with my life. I had the belief that success could only happen with a “normal” career path- you know- one with promotions, and raises, and health insurance- but no matter how hard I tried, I just never felt fulfilled in a “normal” job. I always felt as though I was meant to do something else entirely. Around the same time as all of those “what am I doing” questions were plaguing me, my now husband and I were planning our wedding. I couldn’t find anything I liked for our invitations, so he suggested I design them. So I did. And the more I immersed myself in all of it, the happier and more fulfilled I felt. I was drawing and painting again! Making creative decisions! Even when it was incredibly difficult, it was worth it. So with my husband’s constant love and encouragement (which I can’t stress enough just how important that was,) I decided to take the leap into self employment and launch my stationery company. It wasn’t easy, people tried to talk me out of it left and right, but at the end of the day, I loved doing it and I was too stubborn to even entertain the thought that I shouldn’t at least try.
So yea. Stubbornness and passion. (And my incredibly supportive husband.) 
3. When you are struggling with a creative block, what do you do?
If the weather is pretty, I get outside. Hiking, tennis, skiing–anything that requires focus and takes my mind off what I’ve been working on. 
If it’s not a pretty day though, I bake. Since painting isn’t formulaic (or at least not for me) baking calms my mind by giving it specific instructions to follow. If you follow them, then you’ll normally end up with something pretty spectacular. Even more so when you think about the fact that you pretty much just started with flour, eggs, and milk. That sense of accomplishment is key- especially if I’ve spent most of my morning staring at a piece of paper or a canvas thinking “seriously? Come on now. MAKE SOMETHING.” And worse case scenario? You get to eat cookies (or whatever you baked) which is a win in my book.
4. Any advice for someone looking to have an art based career that you wish you had known when you started?
Do your best to separate yourself from your art. At the same time though, give it all of your soul. Contradictory yes, but you have to find that fine line between throwing everything you have into a piece and being able to step back and realize it might not be something that sells, or even that people like. And when you realize that may be the case, you have to be able to force yourself to disconnect with it and not take that criticism as personal criticism. That’s a really hard lesson as an artist because you are your art and when someone criticizes it or doesn’t like it, it can sometimes feel as though they aren’t saying those things about your art, but instead about you. That only makes you defensive though and defensive artists don’t make good art. Defensive artists make scared art–or even worse, they stop making art all together.
5. Who are some artists or designers that inspire you?
Since my list of current artists changes all the time, I’ll stick to the artists that never change. I love the work of Rothko, Pollack, and Clyfford Still. I also love early 20th century modernist photography. Overall I tend to gravitate towards artists with a colorful, modern aesthetic. Very clean, and un-fussy pieces. The type that pull me in with their false simplicity.
6. Favorite color combination?
Black and white–maybe with touches of light blue or moss green.
Courtney Khail Watercolor
[Thank you Courtney! All photos courtesy of Courtney Khail Watercolors]

Summer Zest

Summer Zest Party
Recently, I got some of my gal pals together for an early summer gathering, to celebrate the warm weather and get excited for the new season. Held at my friends gorgeous apartment in Westwood, we sipped refreshing drinks, ate some delicious food, and got to enjoy each other’s company. Who doesn’t love spending a Saturday with friends and sun!? For this party, I wanted the drinks + pastries to have lemon incorporated to the recipes. Lemons are such a great addition to a summer beverage, and also pack in some great health benefits.
Summer Zest Party
The Set Up
Summer Zest Party
Summer Zest Party
Summer-Party-04
I used Minted for all the adorable paper party decor. Not only do they have a wide variety of designs to choose from, they have customization options so you can create your perfect party. I chose a theme that had some yellow + mint colors, since I knew that would be a great canvas for the vibrant lemons. Minted also makes it so easy to set up your decorations, providing the necessary supplies with your order. Seriously adorable and oh so fun.

The Treats
Summer Zest Party

Summer-Party-05
The cupcakes + cake pops were B-E-A-Utiful and oh so delicious. Dots Cupcakes in Pasadena knows their cupcakes, and every gal couldn’t believe how cute + yummy they were. What’s a party without some adorable cupcakes? The two flavors both had hints of lemon that complimented the cocktails so well, Strawberry Lemonade and Lemon Drop. YUM.
Summer Zest Party
Summer Zest Party
The Sips
Summer Zest Party
Summer Zest Party
The first beverage I served was a Rosemary Lemon Margarita. Super easy to make, this drink was tasty and very well received.

 Ingredients: 
Lemons/Lemon Juice
Club Soda
Sugar
Tequila
Rosemary Sprig

I lined the rims with pink Himalayan salt, rather than traditional white. (Full recipe here).

Summer Zest Party

Summer Zest Party
The second lemon infused drink I served was White Wine Sangria, a must for an early afternoon get together. I used ONEHOPE wine, a company that not only makes great wine, but also gives back to the community.

Ingredients:
1 bottle of ONEHOPE Sauvignon Blanc
1 bottle ONEHOPE Sparkling Wine (optional topper just before serving)
1 cup raspberries
lime slices (1/2 lime)
orange slices (1/2 large navel orange)
orange juice (from 2nd half of large navel orange or ~1/4 cup)
lemon slices (1 lemon)

(Recipe adapted from here.)

Summer-Party-08
Summer Zest Party

Summer Zest Party
Summer Zest Party
Summer Zest Party
In addition to the cupcakes + drinks, I served fruit, cheese, crackers, chips and dip. No guest left hungry!
Summer Zest Party Summer Zest Party
Summer Zest Party
The Gals
Summer Zest Party
Summer Zest Party
Summer Zest Party
Friends, warm weather, drinks, a pool and summer on the horizon makes for an excellent reason to celebrate and enjoy some summer zest together.
Summer Zest Party
Have a GREAT summer!

[A huge thank you to Minted, Dots Cupcakes and ONEHOPE Wine who provided items + helped make this post possible!]

All photos by Samantha Zachrich.


For Mama

Mother's Day Cards
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11 which is right around the corner! It’s not too early (or too late!) to snatch up a card for your lovely mama! Happy Mother’s Day to all the mother’s out there!

Cards: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10