So one of my best friends is getting married. On Saturday evening friends and family celebrated her and her fiance at their engagement party. Leading up to July 3rd, I was under pressure to figure out a little something to give my friend. As usual, I wanted it to be something special, meaningful, and actually useful. I contemplated buying something on Etsy (the perfect go-to spot for a unique gift) but I could not find anything in time. Ultimately, I decided to make something. Making gifts and cards for my friends and family is one of my favorite pastimes and I have been doing it for years. I have made my friend other little things in the past and, according to her, she cherishes them. Which is the whole point of giving a gift right? Nothing makes me happier than seeing someone open and discover the thing I just made them.
My friend's fiance proposed to her on the London Eye. I can imagine it was a very special moment for the two of them and that landmark will forever hold special significance. I decided to incorporate that symbol into my gift. Since I'm in love with all things paper right now I chose to make them a stationary set. I'm sure they will receive tons of stationary throughout their engagement but hopefully mine will stand out from the rest for three reasons: (1) it was handmade, (2) it has the London Eye on it, and (3) it was made by me (duh)! I also did some creative wrapping which hopefully was appreciated...I thought long and hard about it. I am proud of the work I did and I think it is nice, simple, and sweet.
The card and envelope design:
I made a little fabric bag to hold the stationary, stitched by hand because I did not have enough time to buy any muslin bags. I painted the London Eye symbol on the bag as well.
And my packaging (get excited!!):
(I'm kind of loving this graph paper)
I hope my friend loves it and enjoys writing a few handwritten letters with it. I love her and wish all the best for her and her new fiance!
I may come up with some similar designs and sell them in my Etsy shop. I have some other ideas for paper goods that I would like to sell also. I need to get to work designing. Projects like this get me excited to do more.