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Posted on May 1, 2014 by Cari
Categories: in THE STUDIO
I have a batch of seriously amazing clients this year. From fun wedding styles to unique wedding locales, I’m eager to create some totally fun, “outside-the-box” custom pieces for each event. I love that these creative opportunities are on my plate.
 
A designer always loves a challenge. =)
 
With that said, it goes without saying that this is my busiest year yet. That is accompanied by a lot of frequently asked questions. So, I thought what better way to get the info out there than to blog about it? Here are the most common questions I get from current and potential clients….
 
DO YOU TAKE WALK-INS?
At this time, we only meet with clients by appointment only. Our office space in Carmel is only for consultations, as we spend the majority of our time in our home-based production studio.
 
CAN I CALL YOU WITH MY DESIGN QUESTIONS & EDITS, INSTEAD OF EMAILING THEM TO YOU?
We ask that you submit all questions & design requests via email, to ensure we have them all properly documented & responded to in a timely manner. We spend most of our work days {and nights} in the production studio. So, the majority of our time is dedicated to printing, assembly, shipping, and {obviously} designing. These pretty invitations just don’t fall from the sky, read to ship. =)

While we would love to chat with you on the phone, our spare time to do so is limited. We sincerely hope you understand.
 
DO YOU TAKE RUSH ORDERS?
At this time, we do not. While we did for a short time in the past, we quickly learned it greatly detracted from the focus on our other clients & throws a wrench into our {already tight} production schedule.
 
YOU MENTIONED AN ESTIMATED PRODUCTION TIME OF FOUR WEEKS – WHY DOES IT TAKE SO LONG TO PRINT MY INVITATION ORDER?
Custom invitations are just that – custom. All materials are special-order, all items are printed and cut in-house, and all pieces are assembled by hand. We also spend time quality checking your order, to ensure all quantities and details are correct. It’s a lengthy process! =)
 
I WANT TO MAIL MY INVITES OUT THREE MONTHS BEFORE THE WEDDING. IS THAT TOO EARLY?
Honestly? Yes. Invitations should ideally be mailed 7-8 weeks before your wedding date. For weddings during a holiday weekend or a destination wedding, ten weeks prior is acceptable. Anything sent to guests earlier than that should be a save-the-date card. You don’t want them to set it aside & forget to RSVP altogether, because it’s too early and they don’t know what their family’s schedule looks like.
 
HOW MANY INVITATIONS SHOULD I ORDER?
We recommend keeping 10-15 extras on-hand, on top of your final household count. You never know who might have been overlooked, or if you parents are going to keep adding to the guest list. It’s better to have too many than not enough!
 
We hope that was helpful! If you have any other questions you think we should add to our FAQs list, feel free to ask away below. We are always happy to help!
 
Best,
 
Posted on April 18, 2014 by Cari
Categories: in THE STUDIO
 
In case you’ve been wondering why things have been so quiet around here, just know we didn’t mean to neglect our pretty little blog. We’ve just been so incredibly busy here in the studio. This wedding season is starting off with a BANG! as we are seeing our highest order volume ever. I can’t believe how quickly this dream of mine has grown. What started as a hobby & some favor tags in an Etsy shop has expanded to a full-time (and completely fulfilling) endeavor.
 
This week marked a huge milestone for the Etsy shop. We made our 1000th sale!! Fittingly, it was for a set of our most popular table numbers, an exclusive item only available in our shop. It’s so surreal that our paperie has reached events in all 50 states, at over 1000 events. Thank you to all of our friends & fans who have made our success possible. We owe it all to you & look forward to many more years serving you.
 
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
 
XoXo,
 
Posted on January 20, 2014 by Cari
Categories: in THE STUDIO
Mondays drag the most around here – my email inbox is overflowing, my husband heads back to work, piles of laundry are waiting to be put away, and my toddler sleeps no later than 8:00am. Hand over the caffeine, please.
 
Yet, today is an exception to the rule. It’s a holiday. Our favorite babysitter is off from school, and so she is hanging out with Little Man ALL day. You know what that means, right? This tired & overworked girl gets a full day to recharge. As soon as our sitter arrived, I packed up my computer & client portfolio, bundled up and headed to Panera. There’s something about a toasted bagel, glass of iced tea, and a change of scenery that jumpstarts my motivation and creativity.
 
I have loads of clients awaiting custom designs (more than I want to count, but am beyond blessed to have). However, I’ve been hitting some major creative road blocks lately. As soon as I sit down at my computer or sketch pad, I find myself often having a hard time focusing, let alone coming up with some fun and innovative designs for each client. Obviously. today is just what my head and heart needed.
 
I’m most looking forward to seeing what the day brings. I tend to do my best work when I’m out of the house.
 
When I get back to the house, maybe I’ll even get around to photographing the stack of new designs I’ve been aching to list in my Etsy Shop. (Wishful thinking?)
 
How do you recharge? Are there days of the week that are harder than others for you?
I’m a country girl, small business owner, wife, mother of three, and a proud alumna of Purdue University (Boiler Up!).
 
Wondering what life is like for a busy mom with a graphic design & laser cutting business? My days are filled with pretty paper, blissful brides, half-finished sketchbooks, half-eaten lunches, and lots of cuddling with my little ones. I look forward to sharing with you all of life's fun happenings (both in & out of the studio) here on the blog!