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First Birthday Party Invitation

My boy just turned ONE!  We had a small party at our home, but we still sent out PosePrints invitations (of course).  Doesn’t Miller make a pretty perfect caricature?!  (Click here to see a larger version of this image on our Facebook page.)

Unique First Birthday Party Invitation by PosePrints

His personalized invitations featured some blue bunting, his cute look-alike caricature, and a blue cupcake with a red “1” candle.  I also customized his hair style to include his little blonde curls.  You can start designing your own PosePrints first birthday party invitations by clicking here. Just select the invitation design you like, click the “Personalize This Design” button, create your baby’s caricature, and add your invitation text.

We kept the party simple with a couple of cakes, some balloons, and a few strings of felt bunting:

The only handmade decoration (pictured above on the mantel) was a string of paper bunting featuring his monthly photos.  Every month we’ve taken a picture of Miller with his elephant and a numbered tie:

It’s so fun seeing how much he’s grown in one short year!  The one-to-two month was the biggest jump, don’t you think?

Happy first birthday to our beloved baby!

Summer Instagram

I’ve loved this summer.  It isn’t even officially over for another couple of weeks, and I swear I’m already nostalgic for it.  But school has started, Labor Day Weekend has passed, and the world around us is gearing up for fall (and spring 2014 if you’re involved with New York Fashion Week!). Before we start seeing Christmas decorations, though, I need to reflect for a second on my summer. All at once, it was mellow and busy and special and normal.  Here’s a glimpse of what it looked like:

{Counter clockwise, from top left: My family on a summer evening; a bunting/garland project for M’s nursery; a San Francisco-themed housewarming gift for a friend; my mom, on her birthday, with M;  a handmade birthday card for my niece; M sitting up; custom baby shower thank you notes for a friend (featuring her beloved frenchie); another birthday card; drawing aforementioned frenchie.}

It was my first summer with my boy, and we spent our days going on walks, visiting friends, reading books, and spending lots of time with each other.  Our little family moved to a new home (so PosePrints’ headquarters moved from San Francisco, too!), and we’ve had fun decorating and gardening and settling in.  There were a few good birthday celebrations and outdoor parties.  And, of course, work/stationery-making was mixed in there, too.

Follow me/PosePrints at @PosePrints for a look at my life (“my life” = my baby…let’s be honest here), custom stationery and crafty stuff.

How was your summer?  What would your “Summer Instagram” collection look like?

PosePrints Instagram

We’re on Instagram (@PosePrints)!

PosePrints has been Instagramming (Is that a word? Sure.) for a few weeks now, posting a pic a day.  Our Instagram collection includes photos of our products, our office(s), our personal lives, and behind-the-scenes images of what makes our little stationery company tick.  And since Jen is the one managing the account, there is the inevitable (and occasional — promise!) photo of her baby boy.

Follow us on Instagram at @PosePrints.  And if you feel so inclined, please add photos of your PosePrints products (and tag us with @PosePrints or #PosePrints) so we know who our biggest fans are!  We’ll be running some giveaways and contests via Instagram, too.

P.S. In case you were curious, “Walden” is our favorite filter.  What’s yours?


A PosePrints Birth Announcement

It’s a…BOY!!!

My son (my son!!) was born last Tuesday, March 5th.  We are completely over-the-top in love and have spent the bulk of the past 10 days staring at him.

He’s thrilled to already have his own PosePrints “pose,” which is prominently featured on his custom Birth Announcement, above.

To create your own personalized PosePrints Birth Announcement, Baby Stationery Gifts, or Baby Thank You Notes, click on the Design tab on the PosePrints website.  Then:

  • Select the background design you’d like for your cards
  • Create a character avatar of your baby boy or baby girl
  • Add your custom message/text
  • Instantly preview your card
  • Send as a free e-card or place your order!

The entire design process from start to finish takes less than 5 minutes.  Click here to begin!

PosePrints as Wall Art

I’ve loved the prints from The Animal Print Shop ever since I first came across them.  I mean, how CUTE is this guy?!  The simplicity of them reminds me of PosePrints’ pet stationery, even though her prints are of actual photographs of animals, and ours are, well, cartoon drawings.  I’m a big fan of simple (with lots of white!) so when it came to decorating my baby’s nursery, I decided to transform a couple of our animal drawings into prints for the wall:

Since our nursery is gender-neutral (for now!), I created a French Bulldog and an owl in shades of gray.  All I did was blow up the artwork from our animal stationery, center it on an 8-1/2 x 11″ artboard in Adobe Illustrator, print and frame!  Here you can see them in the rest of the room (click to enlarge the images):

What do you think?  Which PosePrints animal would you put on your wall?

DIY Photo Booth

One of my favorite details of PosePrints‘ 5th Anniversary Party was the photo booth.  And thankfully (especially after the hours — seriously, hours! — of crafting I put into it), it was a hit with the guests, too!

I modeled the custom photo “booth” backdrop after our logo:

To make it, I picked up a piece of white foam board that measured about 4′ x 6′ and taped a big blue circle to the center.  I cut a “perfect” circle from blue poster board, using a make-shift compass (stick + pen + tape):

I printed out the “PosePrints” in bright pink ink, cut out each of the letters, then taped them above the blue circle.

I then printed out a bunch of PosePrints’ caricature accessories on 110-lb. cardstock, and cut them out:

Then I taped 12″ wooden skewers to the backs of the accessories.  We had PosePrints’ eyes, glasses, cupcakes, martini glasses, smiles, mustaches, flowers and crowns for the photos.

I’ll be posting more pics of our party to our Facebook page soon, so make sure you like our page to see what other creative touches we came up with!


Instagram Vacation

*Lots of fun + a little work*

Speaking of vacation…happy Fourth of July!  May your mid-week vacation be blissful.

Italy + England

I crossed #9 off my Thirty While 30 list.  Traveling!  Planning around a family reunion in England, my husband and I spent a week in Italy before heading to the UK.  It was my first time in Italy as a full-fledged/non-backpacking/I-actually-appreciate-good-food-and-wine-now adult, and I loved it even more than I had remembered loving it.  We went from Milan to Portofino to Cinque Terre to Florence to Venice to England.  Phew!

We stopped into a few fabulous, old school Italian stationery shops in Florence and Venice.  R. Vannucchi Catoleria (in Venice) was especially darling:

And we loved the caricature-ish menu at Harry’s Bar in Florence:

And just because he’s so cute, here’s a photo of my husband and our (too small) rental car:


And now…back to the grind.

Snail Mail

Long live Snail Mail!

I’m obviously partial to the art of Snail Mail (I built a small business on it, after all), but really: do you know anyone who doesn’t like receiving a hand-written letter or card in the mail?!  I don’t think so.  My heart flutters every time I see an envelope that doesn’t appear to be junk mail.  So with that, I try to dress up my Snail Mail (or any) envelope.  It is the first impression, right?

I can’t imagine Snail Mail will ever become obsolete (although recent experiences at post offices paint a scary picture), but if it does, I will cry myself to sleep for the rest of my life.  Seriously.  And I’ll have to find another job, too, I guess.

(P.S.  See that embossed return-address stamp?  I accidentally figured out how to do that, and I’ll show you how in one of next week’s posts.)