Archive for July, 2012

This sweet farm wedding comes from no other place than I Love Farm Weddings. The ceremony took place at the beautiful Farm Kitchen in Poulsbo, Washington among the roaring evergreens and colorful wildflowers. It’s easy to see how much love this couple shares for each other and their families. With playful travel themed wedding decor and a big red barn to boot, this wedding is one for the books!

The couple customized our Heartland wedding invitation suite, which fitted their wedding venue perfectly. The red barns are almost identical!

Don’t these gelato boats look scrumptious? Herban Feast catered the event and provided their own rustic farm presentation.

For more barn wedding goodness, visit I Love Farm Weddings here!

Photos by Abbey Hepner Photography

Event design by Alison Lum

Time has come for the games to begin! Our team is cheering for the opening of the 2012 Summer Olympics and perhaps even more excited about our newest Love London wedding invitation suite! The classic typeface invitation in red, blue, and black has all the elements of a traditional London destination wedding. In celebration of the events we’re offering 15% off all UK wedding orders throughout the Olympic games. From now until August 12th you can enter the code London2012 at checkout to receive your discount. Everyone deserves a ring!

For all our UK brides, order your Love London invitations here and don’t forget to enter the code London2012

DIY Belly Bands from Hello!Lucky on Vimeo.

The next video in our series of DIY Paper Details is DIY Belly Bands! These little strips of paper are a very practical and simple way to add some character to your wedding suite while keeping all your inserts together. With basic instructions like cutting lines and folding twice, you will be shocked at how easy the process is. Dress yours up with a nice ribbon tie or lace paper trim for a more elegant approach. Watch the video and see below for full instructions!


DIY Bellyband Template, Printer, 1 sheet cardstock, 8.5 x 11” (US) or A4 (UK), Ruler, Bone folder, or a butter knife, Cutting mat, or a magazine, Craft knife, Pencil, Patterned paper (one sheet makes 4 bands), Glue Stick

How To:

Step 1. Print out the template. Print this template on card stock. Make sure your printer is set to 100% (or, “no scaling”) to ensure that the template prints to scale.
Step 2. Cut out the template. Using a ruler, craft knife, and cutting mat, cut out the belly band template.
Step 3. Trace the template. With a pencil, trace the belly band template onto each sheet of pattern paper. Repeat. One sheet of patterned paper fits 4 belly bands.
Step 4. Cut out each belly band. Using a ruler, craft knife, and cutting mat, cut out the belly bands.
Step 5.  Wrap the belly bands. Using a ruler and bone folder or butter knife, make a fold 3” on both ends of the band. Place each band in the center your invitation. Flip the invitation and band over. Apply about a ½” strip of glue to the back side of one end of your band. Set over the top of the other end and smooth to secure.

For more crafty paper projects, head over to the DIY section of our website here!

This week on the blog:

We considered bridal pantsuits.

Took another trip to Carmel with Sabrina.

Debuted our latest stop motion video all about patterned papers.

Dreamed about a Brazilian wedding.

Partnered with Betabrand for a sweet giveaway (which you can still enter!).

Shared a gorgeous DIY bouquet from Madeline Trait.

Went a little hog wild. 

We also wanted to share this amazing video created by the brother of our very own Anna Boswell, whose fantastic blog writing and Martha Stewartesque crafting skills have been gracing us for over a year. We’re not surprised her brother is just as talented as she is.

Happy Friday everyone!


Hello all you lucky folks out there! This is the 75th edition of our Lucky Friday Giveaway.  Each Friday we feature one of our letterpress greeting cards. We’ll choose THREE LUCKY WINNERS to get a free card.  Post a comment by 12 p.m. PST the following Thursday, and we’ll announce the winners on the following Friday!

The winners from last week are (drum roll, please): Rin, Diana D and Phoebe! We’ll contact you next week to arrange sending your Animal Parade card.

Design: Hog Wild
Artist: Shauna Leytus
Inspiration: We went whole hog on this one. We were pretty sure we could make a sow’s ear into a silk purse.
Who to send it to: Anyone who plans to pig out, ham it up, hog all the attention, and wallow in the occasion.
Ideas we scrapped in favor of this one: After butchering a couple of other boar-ing ideas, we decided we’d better stick to one that was sure to bring home the bacon.
Favorite detail: The pig’s pouty party expression is priceless.
Why letterpress? Hamlet said “to be or not to be…” …we say “let it be letterpress.”

Don’t forget to post your comment and tune in next week, same time, different stationery, to see if you’ve won!

You may remember Madeline Trait by her amazing cake toppers, but today we’re excited to feature her for her more prominent role as floral designer. Madeline creates beautiful bouquets that reflect the character and style of each event. As a San Francisco artist, she chooses locally grown plants and flowers for her displays. Madeline is also the official floral designer for Locally Grown Weddings, a team of San Francisco-based small business owners with an emphasis on green business practices. We asked Madeline to write a guest post on our blog with tips for making your own bouquets or arrangements and we love what she came up with. Take it away Madeline!

Flowers are a decorative element that not only add to the decor of your event but also add to the importance, and that is why it is such an integral part of a wedding or party. Whether you DIY or have a florist do your flowers, it is that finishing touch that you don’t want to skip.

Today, I have a fresh modern look to a wedding bouquet using Hello!Lucky’s wedding stationery as my inspiration. Many times, the invitation is the first thing your guest will see to introduce them to your special day so it’s only fitting to have that the guide for the design of your event as you move forward. I selected the Big Day suite as my inspiration as I like the bold colors and modern look it has with it’s big bold text. Red being the main color was perfect guide for selecting summer seasonal flowers.

The red flowers that I chose were Dahlia’s, Lipstick Pods and Godetia. I chose these not only for their color but for the diversity in their shapes and textures. Yellow peonies were then added to the mix due to their red/orange centers and that added splash of yellow, plus, you can’t go wrong with peonies. Hasta leaves were used as a the final trimming to the bouquet creating a backdrop of green and pale yellow to set the other flowers off.

Looking to create your own? Here are some quick tips to consider for a bright, modern and bold bouquet:

Use bright colors.

Choose a mixture of textures such as the soft petals of a rose with the hard structure of a poppy pod.

Choose flowers that contrast in color and or shape and texture.

Finish the look with a bold stroke such as an interesting ribbon or leaves.

Photos by Aurora Meneghello Productions

Are you feeling lucky today? We hope so! We teamed up with San Francisco based clothing company Betabrand for the ultimate summer giveaway. In celebration of their new Elope Dress, we’re choosing the best elopement fantasy story and giving away a set of our personal stationery and the perfect new dress. All you have to do is visit the Betabrand Elope Dress webpage, describe your dreamiest elopement fantasy and we’ll pick a winner by August 7th. Whether you imagine a small beach celebration or a glittery Las Vegas party, the more extravagant the story the better. And trust us, we’ve heard some pretty sensational stories!

We can’t wait to hear what you come up with. Head over to Betabrand here to tell us your elopement fantasy. We’ll announce the winner here and on Betabrand on August 7th.  Good luck!

Hello!Lucky loves Brazil! This beautiful bride chose to use our Heartland letterpress wedding invitation for her country inspired Brazilian wedding. We can imagine a country wedding in such a beautiful part of the world would be an incredible event. And such a beautiful bride! Just a reminder – we are happy to print our invitations in any language. Just contact us for more info!

Photos by Marcos Caviccioli

DIY Envelope Liners from Hello!Lucky on Vimeo.

Do you remember our How To Assemble Your Wedding Invitations video? Well we had so much fun making it we just had to come up with more. With the launch of our new DIY Collection this is the perfect time to debut the first in a series of DIY Paper Details stop-motion videos. All videos were styled, directed, and filmed right here in our San Francisco studio and we couldn’t be more excited to share them with you! Today we have DIY Envelope Liners. Using our bulk patterned papers and envelope liner templates, you can add these easy and cheerful liners to your wedding invitations in no time. Watch the video for full instructions or see below!

Lined Envelopes

To save time, photocopy this template onto the back of each of your patterned paper sheets and cut out each envelope liner (skip to Step 4).  If you don’t have access to a photocopier, follow the steps below to create your own template to trace.

You’ll Need:

DIY Envelope Liner Template, Printer, 1 sheet cardstock, 8.5 x 11” (US) or A4 (UK), Ruler, Bone folder or a butter knife, Cutting mat or a magazine, Craft knife, Scissors, Pencil, Patterned paper (1 sheet per envelope), Envelopes, Glue Stick

How To:

1. Print out this template on cardstock. Make sure your printer is set to 100% (or, “no scaling”) to ensure that the template prints to scale.
2. Using a ruler, craft knife, and cutting mat, cut out the envelope liner template. Use scissors to trim the rounded end. Hold the template up to your envelope to make sure it’s the right size – envelope liners need to slip neatly into the envelope and should align with the envelope flap but not cover the glue. If needed, adjust the template using your printer’s scaling options.
3. With a pencil, trace the envelope liner template onto each sheet of patterned paper.
4. Using a ruler, craft knife, and cutting mat, cut out the envelope liner. Use scissors to trim the rounded end.
5. Fold the flap down to crease the envelope liner, approximately where it says “fold here” on the template. With the flap portion of the liner folded down, apply glue. Fold the envelope flap down and smooth to secure.

For more pretty paper projects, head over to the DIY section of our website, here!

This past weekend my family and I took a trip down to Carmel Valley to spend some time on the beach. It’s truly a remarkable place and quickly becoming a favorite family destination. Only a short drive from San Francisco, Carmel’s roaring landscape and sweet sandy beach makes traveling with kids easy and fun. I snapped this photo of the lavender fields in full bloom on our way down.

The view is breathtaking and we had perfect weather, as usual in Carmel!

Taking our boys to the beach can be messy! Alex enjoyed a long bubble bath after a long day outside.

It was hard to leave such a lovely place. Clearly James felt the same way but we’ll be back often.

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!

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