This Designer had high expectations for her own Wedding Invitations

If you’re a Graphic Designer, there’s a huge pressure to create something truly breathtaking for your own wedding invitations…and Sophie was no exception.

Sophie is a Graphic Designer born in Canada who has temporarily chosen to be a F.I.F.O. worker on the mines in the far north of Western Australia so she can finance her dream of having her own graphic design studio. She illustrated the design for her wedding stationery using water colours, then scanned it and created the wording.

Sophie was looking for a printer who would do her wedding invitation artwork justice and who could print on a textured paper.

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We printed with our Xerox digital press in french and english with personalised addressee names on the Versa Felt 118gsm envelopes. The invitation was printed on two separate sheets and sandwiched together to create a luxuriously thick 432gsm card stock with delicious texture, which complemented Sophie’s water-colour design.

The envelope liner was printed on 118gsm Versa Felt and hand-glued into our 150×150 iflap Versa Felt envelope. We printed Sophie & Dayman’s reply address on our 120x120mm Versa Felt matching envelope for the RSVP card.

The Reply and Gift Cards were both printed on Versa Felt Bright White 216gsm in full colour on both sides. 

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Before going for the final print, the couple decided they’d like to see a printed proof before making the final decision to go with the duplexing of the invitation. Sophie knows you see things in print you just don’t see in a digital print…

Even so, we managed to pick up a simple spelling error fiends instead of friends after we’d been given the approval to print, which they were extremely grateful for.

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The ensemble of matching cards and envelopes were simply parceled together with jute twine then inserted into the envelopes before posting.

I think you’ll agree, Sophie excelled.

Here’s what Sophie had to say  :-)

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Cheers, Jodie

A School Graduation Event to Remember

I want to share with you a very special project we had the pleasure of being involved with toward the end of 2014 – the Guildford Grammar School Year 6 Graduation.

The Guildford Grammar Year 6 parents and school graduation committee wanted this very special event to be memorable. For some, the journey had begun in kindergarten. Their child had spent eight years at the Prep School and this was the night of nights to mark the occasion of a big milestone in their lives. Although most of the boys would be moving to up the senior school the following year, some were moving on to other schools, as of course were the girls…

The Brief:

The invitations needed to have the school logo, certain information about the event and had to reflect the formal nature of the evening. One of the parents of the school Rachel Wyatt, a talented watercolour artist was commissioned to create several paintings of landmark buildings and scenes throughout the school as the year group’s gift to the school. Upon seeing the first couple, I suggested we use them as a theme throughout the entire event.


We chose the Preparatory School Gazebo as the feature invitation image and created a pattern repeat of the fleur de lis which is featured in the school crest for the reverse. Although the original sketch was black and white, we colour-matched the school’s blue and kept the fonts under-stated. The texture of the Versa Felt Card stock complimented Rachel’s painting perfectly. We chose Versa Felt matching envelopes and continued the invitation theme with the school logo and traditional royal blue colour.

The envelopes and invitations were both personalised with the student’s name – their parents were the guests. The children were very excited to discover the special envelope addressed to them in the mailbox.

Apparently there was a record number of teachers from other year groups who accepted invitations to attend the dinner – of course we’d like to think it was the invitation 😉

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Throughout the year, lots of fun, relaxed photos of the children were taken – around the school, with their teachers, in the playground and on excursions. We were given one for each child and put their smiling face in a circle, with their name below and printed them out on Marshmallow Crisp White 261gsm board as photos always look gorgeous on this stock. The images were pinned all around the dining hall, with children eagerly looking for the location of their own face.


For the menu and evening program, we used the painting of one of the entrances to the school on the front and ‘The Pavillion’ for the inside, printed on the matching Versa Felt stock as the invitation. These were the main table decoration and were taken home by the children as a keepsake from the evening.

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Above is another one of Rachel’s drawings (she does commissions from photos you know) which were the graduating year’s gift to the school.

We really enjoyed creating this stationery for the school. It’s a nice feeling knowing our work will be kept and admired by many as a fond memory of their primary school days and their graduation. We warmly thank Guildford Grammar School for giving us the opportunity to show our strengths!


Roger clearly thinks it was all me, but we all know I had (a lot) of help. Our Designer & Digital Press Operator, Allison made a few simple ideas truly come to life!
Cheers, Jodie

Origami Boat Office Christmas Party Invitation – without going overboard…

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Impressed with this simple, yet effective origami boat office Christmas party invitation printed on a Peterkin Designer Paper, I had to share!

“We had a Sydney Harbour Cruise for our company wide Christmas event this year and we wanted something a little more than a piece of paper to reflect the event, without going overboard (excuse the pun…).

I found a simple two-fold origami instructions on the internet and the Peterkin Stars Sailor Blue paper not only has a Christmas feel with the stars, but the blue matched our corporate logo colour perfectly! Luckily I had done a book-binding course a few years ago, so I had all the tools for the job and after a few nights in front of the telly we had 350 paper boats to send to employees!”

Rochelle Kramer – Coal Services

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What a simple yet effective way to set the mood. Well done Rochelle – we hope the cruise was a huge success!

Wishing all of my readers a wonderful festive season and may 2015 be a fabulous year for you all!

Cheers, Jodie