Friday, June 1, 2012

SERIES SIX

Our inspiration this month is the lovely and talented Stephanie, from The Round Envelope. We met Stephanie three years ago and our creative collaboration has blossomed beyond measure. At Savvy Selebrations, we know our niche – designing stylish events, home entertaining, cooking, baking, planning and organizing. We have a passion for creativity but we wouldn’t say that we are “crafty”…that is where Stephanie comes in. Her love of paper, ingenious design and all things crafty inspires us, and is the reason why we love working with her so much. 

What better way to get in the mood to create and design custom paper goods than to begin the project in your in-home craft studio? Well, that is EXACTLY what Stephanie does….




















Hand painted poppies (done by Stephanie) add a visual pop as soon as you enter the space. With rows and rows of organized ribbon, paper punches, glitter, decorative paper and much more the visual eye candy of this design space is so captivating. Not only is her space inviting, the things she produces here are just as special. Everything she creates for her clients is custom, often handmade. From invites to cards to personal stationery, all are created by the analytical mind and hands of a perfectionist. We previously shared what she did for our Christmas card here. Now, let us introduce you to Stephanie from The Round Envelope:

How do you like to begin the process of creating and executing designs?
At The Round Envelope our focus is on customer satisfaction with our end-product and working style.  I enjoy the brainstorming stage and developing the project plan.  A big part of what I do is collaborating with my customers, while focusing on their needs to ensure they have ownership in the process.  Gaining an understanding of the vision, theme, style and color palette provides direction for the project. I love sharing pictures, viewing color swatches and invitation styles during the initial brainstorming stage because I can then head to the in-home studio to build off ideas or create new ones.  During the time I spend in the studio, I usually create a few invitation options that will be presented to the customer and then the project refinement takes shape.

Can you share any recent projects?
But, of course!  The two recent projects I’d like to share are:
A wedding with an opal and sage color palette. The things I love about this event are the blend of soft papers, tonal floral print and a traditional font style used throughout the invitation suite.  The homemade jarred jams favors were created by the bride and groom covered with a tonal fabric. The Round Envelope created and designed custom 2x2 folded floral tags featuring the name of the jam, ingredients & a special message from the Mr. and Mrs. 

The next event is a baby shower we recently did with the “Our Little Happy Feet is Kicking!” theme. The playful color palette of chartreuse, black, white and orange were accented by hand-crafted penguins. How cute are they?

We made these custom penguins made from a Round Envelope exclusive template and attached them to an opal and chartreuse patterned paper to create the signature invitation.  These little paper penguins went over really well with the customer that they requested an additional supply to be used on the guests favor boxes.

Do you have any thoughtful ideas for personalizing paper goods for your clients?
With each project The Round Envelope strives to find an element that can be turned into something unique for the customer or the project.  For the May wedding, the couple wanted to incorporate drawings of them that had been designed by a close friend.  We are always happy to accommodate special requests; so we found a perfect spot for them in the design on the front cover of their program. 

In other projects custom images & sketches have been incorporated through the use of custom rubber stamps.  Stamping & embossing in a corresponding color or watermark look adds that unique & tactile element. I look forward to the packaging of the invitations as much as I do the brainstorming & assembly.  Each delivery is put together with care, stacked & bound with sheer color-coordinated ribbons or included with something unique to the customer. 

What is your favorite color palette to design with?
My personal color favorites have a tendency to change, as there are so many colors to choose from!  The beauty of being involved in different projects is that the color palettes vary. 

What can we expect to see from The Round Envelope in 2012?
For starters, a website!  The business has been rapidly growing through word of mouth, but the focus this year has been to broaden the scope, develop new ideas and offer a wider range of products and services.  The Round Envelope is now an Envelopments dealer/designer, which is a good move for the company.  After having attended the National Stationery Show in May, we saw so much paper inspiration that we are already working on more design and product options!        

Don’t forget to connect with The Round Envelope on Facebook and thank you to Stephanie for being our feature this month. TheRoundEnvelope.com will launch soon, so be sure to check back to see when their site is officially launched.

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