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Monday
Jul052010

Engagement Party Gift

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.

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Reader Comments (4)

Soooo cute, Lauren! I am obsessed! What a perfect idea. Even the wrapping is amazing.

July 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElysse

i think your packaging is amazing. you should be selling packets of packaging options people could use to embellish and adorn their gifts. also, great post on oh hello friend! congrats on that incredible exposure!

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterviv @theEclecticLife

Thanks for the support Vivien! Your comments are so sweet and definitely appreciated!

October 4, 2010 | Registered CommenterLauren Elise

So great tied up in string!

December 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen

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