03/03/16 How To , Inspiration Vibes , Stationery 101 , Trends # , , , , , , , , ,

Your Wedding Invitations | After the wedding

Invitations are not just paper – it’s the first thing your guests will see about your wedding story, whether they attend or not. But what happens to your invitation after the big day?

I’ve always looked at invitations as something to preserve – it’s a memory and a marking of your wedding day that beautifully illustrates you as a couple joining together; making it the perfect keepsake.

So how should you preserve your invitation?bb9de85c-92ba-4a9c-9916-af18acefc7d8

  1. Frame it. It’s the simplest way for some chic artwork that is actually quite significant to you. It not only looks fabulous, it’s a conversation piece that could very well stick around for generations to come.
  2. Canvas it. We love art canvases so why not take a piece of your invitations and flip it into one? It’s custom artwork that plays two roles in your life.
  3. Plexi-glass it. I’ve done this a few times for several couples, especially those who create fashion illustrations as the cover of their invitation. Like Canvas it’s custom art for your new home but the cool thing with plexiglass is that it’s lightweight and clear, so it enhances your design and it looks super cool when it’s backlit!
  4. Decoupage it. Decoupage will use your invitation and envelope lining to create a plate that is truly personalized on any piece of furniture or material – it’s a fabulous gift for your parents and in-laws!
  5.  Add a Silver touch. For the brides and grooms who came under budget and are looking for a little bit of a splurge investment you can have your invitation engraved on in silver – perhaps a nice tray that becomes a family heirloom!

Any other ideas? Comment below and tell us how you made your invitation into a special keepsake piece!

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07/01/16 Design Vibes , Inspiration Vibes , Stationery 101 , Trends , Wedding Vibes # , , , , , , , , ,

2016 | Top 5 Stationery Trends

Happy New Year all! We’re ringing in the new year with our stationery trend predictions for 2016.

Getting married this year? Well you better get reading then.
Here is Vibrance Designs Top 5 wedding stationery trends for 2016!

  1. Bye-bye blush, hello bold12348053_10153003049751362_2275478251195196036_n
    The blush colour pallet trend has been on the rise for the last few years but this is coming to a halt — well kinda. Pure blush pallets are out of here, it’s time get unconventional and welcome a new blush palette with a bold punch of colour! This brings in a burst of luxury to your event. Both the Pantone colours of 2016 Rose Quartz & Serenity have a softness to them which we know will be enhanced with a rich navy, royal purple, bottle green, sunshine orange or a delicious red.
  2. All that glitter and gold
    Metallic is here to stay. They not only add to your wedding but play a significant role in adding that oomph factor to yourbangastudios-004 stationery. We’re talking about that extra spice with gold, silver, some antique gold foiling or even rose gold!If foiling is not in your budget then don’t worry bring in a metallic shimmer paper that adds that extra level of luxury without breaking your budget.
  3. Intimate affair
    This is an ongoing trend taking it’s baby steps in 2015 but in 2016 it’s in full affect! More and more couples are choosing intimate smaller weddings where they know the guests and know that there is nothing but a room full of blessings waiting for them. Maybe it’s just family, 30 people or even just 200 people (vs the regular 500+ at a big fat South Asian wedding) everyone is looking to downsize. This not only creates an atmosphere of love it also helps the couple budget things they really want for their wedding, that could mean a bit more on food, entertainment or even stationery!Intimate affairs always lead to an enhanced guest experience and what’s better than stationery to bring that in. We’re going to be seeing a lot more details in 2016 that pertain to the couples. Whether it’s the classic bar menu, a funny napkin design or perhaps your wedding menu flipped over to be your love story timeline; these small stationery details are the added touches that will make your intimate affair memorable.
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    We’ve seen themes pop up here and there but in 2016 we know it’s going to be the thing to do! With the release of Star Wars – why not! You can make your wedding elegant, beautiful and truly you. So do it -bring hip-hop and Kate Spade crashing into one room together! This is where stationery will play its biggest role. Who says a Star Wars theme wedding can’t have beautiful floral arrangements, with lux linens and a stunning backdrop that is classic – just add in a menu card, with fun illustrations and throw in the theme onto your table numbers – heck why not hint at it in your invitation as well.There is always a way with stationery to bring in a quirky, fun, interesting theme and make it look super classic!
  5. Oh Snap and Please Hashtag #VibranceWedding
    We love intimate weddings, and no one said you need to “disconnect” for this. I will say please never come in the way of a professional photographer or videographer BUT let’s hashtag! Invitations and day of stationery are exactly how you should promote your hashtag – it not only gets people talking it allows them to share their memories with you, so add it to your invitation, perhaps your welcome sign or even that funny bar menu and see the reactions first hand!Make all these invitation and stationery trends come to life for your wedding. Go ahead give us a ring! 😉 
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24/12/15 Blog , Inspiration Vibes , Wedding Vibes # , , , , , , , , , ,

2015

Happy Holidays all!

This year has been incredible. I can’t even begin to describe it. I also feel like I’d ramble to long, so I will try to keep it short and sweet!

2015 has been a HUGE year for us at Vibrance Designs. We opened the year with a fresh look, complete makeover and new perspective on our business. Taking you behind the scenes for the first time with this blog, not to forget bringing stationery advice, tips and tricks – and trust me that won’t stop. The readership on this blog always blows my mind (super thankful for all of you).  While keeping the personal hand-drawn touch to our work we also managed faster turnarounds and brought several new services like laser cut invitations, personal address stamps, wax seals, full colour canvas bags and more! Not to forget the expansion of our Etsy shop. I can’t say this was all easy, 2015 was the year of the hustle, I don’t think our team has ever worked this hard and trust me when I say it’s only getting better! XmasCards

As you know 2015 is a huge year for me personally too. I married the man of my dreams. I knew this new chapter in my life would teach me a lot but I never imagined learning this much. My business expanded and services tweaked the more I became a bride and sat on the other side of this industry. Nothing can help a vendor expand and grow as much as being it’s own client. I still am oozing advice, tips and tricks and trust me there will be more posts on my big day for all of you who have been asking for more. I only think it’s fair!

Lastly I want to thank you. Yes, you! Whether you’re a reader, client, supportive friend, frendor [vendor-friend], family or just someone who loves us – thank you for making 2015 the most amazing year yet. Without your support none of these new services or expansions would come to be.

Without you I wouldn’t be living my dream. Yes it’s a lot of hustle but you make it all worth it.

Thank you and Happy Holidays.

Cheers,

Puja xo

 

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14/10/15 Blog , Inspiration Vibes # , , , , , , ,

Dear younger self…

This post is a spin off a viral video I recently saw. It was light years ago in the online community but it’s something that I wanted to step back and think about before posting. In the society we live in, it is important to jump on something viral while it’s still on everyone’s mind but the context of this video needed more depth. I believe the women who created it would agree. Check it out here:  Relax, Breathe & #LetGo

After watching this I kept thinking what I would tell my younger self. I started my business at the age of 23. Many of my older friends thought this was super mature, amazing, and were proud of me – but there is a lot of anxiety, tears and confusion when you’re this young in the game.

So if I had the opportunity to speak to my younger self this is what I would tell her:

    1. Let them talk.Haters are going to hate, and there are going to be many! Some even disguised as your friends. Let them talk, let them try to crush your spirit. Focus on your goals; small goals and big goals. Prove them wrong with your actions. Don’t fight their words with words, fight their words with success.
    2. Competition should inspire you.  Don’t freak out if it seems like everyone is doing this now. Set yourself apart – most people already know your unique talent, but YOU need to know this weapon of yours. Befriend your competition and work together to make a healthy market – there are enough clients out there to feed everyone, so why not work with them to accomplish fair pricing for the whole industry.
    3. Be Selfish. In order to sell your work, you need to look the part and in order to look the part you NEED to make time for yourself. Just “you” time. Go to that extra yoga class, eat healthy do some meditation and it’s ok to get your nails done to brighten up your day. These are all things that will help you stay strong, powerful and make you a better person which benefits your business.
    4. Create a schedule.Family and friends support you and you need to make time for them. There is a misconception that successful people need to be working 24-7. This is not a hard worker – this is an inefficient worker. Sleep, work, eat, and make time for those who love you. You’ll never get that back. Your health and relationships are the number one priority. Without this you would have no business.
    5. Remind yourself why you started.Self – explanatory.

What would you want to tell your younger self?

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02/06/15 Blog , Design Vibes , Inspiration Vibes , Stationery 101 , Trends # , , , , , , ,

The NEW Cotton Canvas Bags 

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The welcome canvas bag has become a hot item with destination weddings on the rise. I love these; they are fun and personal, plus a great keepsake for all your guests. However, I always find my clients compromising design because they couldn’t afford more than 1 or 2 colours in print. Compromising design always makes me sad and we all know I had to fix that fast.

I could not just sit there and let this happen so I started exploring; looking for quality without breaking the bank. Folks, I have an amazing announcement for all of you!

Drumroll please… 

Introducing our new custom canvas bag! Sufficient in size, durable quality and with a full-colour print!

Now I wasn’t going to start selling this product without doing a test run myself. I created the bags to a couple of my girlfriends and boy oh boy did they LOVE them. I mean which girl doesn’t want a nice tote, with beautiful florals and their name in calligraphy?! It’s the perfect token of appreciation. The product quality was fabulous and my favorite part – I did not have to compromise the colours!

Ready to order yours? These personal couture canvas totes are perfect for:

  • Welcome Packages
  • Bridesmaids Gifts
  • Or a special something for a special person!

What are you waiting for? Contact us today (info@vibrancedesigns.com) for a quote and we’ll get started on something fabulous just for you!

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28/05/15 Blog , Design Vibes , Inspiration Vibes , Stationery 101 , Trends , Wedding Vibes # , , , , , ,

Custom Design Wax Seals

This week has been full of ups & downs (my phone broke…anyone who has experienced this knows the pain). BUT as always let’s focus on the Happy Vibes!  Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 1.58.00 PM

We’re introducing a new product to our Couture Stationery line – drumroll please…. custom designed wax seals!

This is the perfect finishing touch on your invitation! I love to keep things a bit more traditional with the dark red, it seems very authentic, but we can supply you with the colours of the rainbow. The best part is that you’re not sitting with a stamp, hot wax and trying to get these done in a clean organized way. They come fully designed on an adhesive that you just peel and stick! You even have the option to keep the seal “irregular” in shape to give it that old school look. (in my sister calls it the Harry Potter look…to each their own I guess)

I’m loving this product so much I honestly couldn’t wait to share it with you… here is a sneak peak of a seal that’s super special to me … any guesses why? 😉

Here’s a hint: #PujaSumit2015 invitations have arrived…

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25/03/15 Blog , Inspiration Vibes # , , , , , ,

Not The Only One

This past weekend, my good friend and colleague, Paras Mehta invited me to his home where he hosted a ‘Discover Your Core-Reveal Your Purpose’ workshop. In only a few hours I learned about my thoughts on money, my life, relationships and that I’m not the only one. Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 12.40.31 PM

Running a design studio I spend a lot of time by myself, but in this time I’m never focused on me. It’s always about pleasing my clients and ensuring those around me are happy. This workshop peeled away all those roles I play, and let me take a moment to just be with “me” (as one of the guests put it).

It was also a huge eye opener. I’m not the only crazy one! I’m starting to discover most creative people are very emotional just like me. I don’t mean mood swings, but overall we get so involved in our work we think that it’s a direct reflection of us. I’m not saying our work shouldn’t be part of us – but it’s should take over our life mission. I always say a client’s happiness is my happiness. If the clients not happy with something I could very well absorb that and bring it into my personal life. I’m learning to stop this and it’s really nice to know I’m not the only one. In fact, even some of my mentors feel this way.

I’m also learning to take breaks. I use to feel guilty doing this but I’m beginning to realize my life mission is to make the world beautiful and I can only do that if I have some food in me, am healthy, active and happy.

Being a girlboss I still have a lot to learn but I’m happy to be surrounded by so many strong, positive and likeminded people that help me and raise me up vs. pushing me down. This is only the beginning of my journey and there is a lot more to come. I’m growing everyday and slowly learning how to be the best me and deliver that to my work and life. If you’re going through the same then remember you’re not the only one.

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11/02/15 Blog , Inspiration Vibes # , , , , , , , , ,

Just Me, A Dream and Passion

unnamedLast night I had the pleasure of attending an industry event hosted by ISES Toronto “How to Run a Profitable Business and Have a Life at the Same Time,” featuring the fabulous Ceci Johnson. If you know me personally, you know that meeting Ceci has always been on my to-do list. Yes, if you look from afar she is a competitor, but I also respect and LOVE her work.

In a digital world the ultimate luxury is paper – Ceci.

This quote stuck with me. I dream, live and vibe with paper every day. Although I’m happy to produce items that will only live online, the ultimate luxury comes from paper products. It’s not something you need to have – it’s something you want to have!

I came home on a high, excited to implement lessons learned into my businesses. However as per Ceci’s advice, I decided to get some sleep – because we all need to recharge! Today is a new day and I’m excited to make a sharp turn on my path and get my business exactly where I want it to be.

Being a creative person in the wedding and events industry, it’s hard not to get tangled emotionally with your clients or your work. Last night reminded many of us that we are still a business. This is really important. We are in the service industry and help people with one of the most memorable days of their lives. It’s hard not to get emotionally involved. Clients often may not realize the countless hours we spend making their vision come to life. Many of us, do not give ourselves enough credit.

Here are my top 3 take aways from yesterday:

  1. “Just Me and Passion”
    Ceci opened her presentation mentioning she had no investors or a financial backing from her family. It was “just me and passion.” This line hit home. Throughout my personal journey there have been people trying to kill my passion with their reality. But if the passion is strong enough it will make your dreams reality.
  1. Get Ready to Sweat
    If you want your dream clients you have to get ready to work hard and create a brand; no shortcuts! By focusing in on what we love doing and the reason we started our business we can build an empire that will sell itself. Most of my clients come through word of mouth. So what does it come down to? Sweating for your clients, building that empire and getting press from those who love your work – for your work! It’s just like what Sam Smith said at the Grammy’s “It was only until I started to be myself that the music started to flow and people started to listen.”
  1. Know You Value and Stick To It
    This is the hardest one for myself and some of my vendor friends. I never give myself enough credit. Everything I create is hand-drawn. I spend countless hours with my clients from their invitation all the way to their thank-you cards. This includes meetings, emails, phone calls and somewhere in all of that I sketch, create, print, and deliver beautiful invitation and stationery.

    Value yourself, your time and the services you offer. If you don’t, why would your client?

    You also need to create a financial plan. In running a creative business we get wrapped up in the thought that if client is happy everything is good, but what we tend to forget is that we are a business and have a bottom line. I’m sure you’ve all been there – I know I have! So to my industry friends reading this, it’s time we value the work we put out there; only then that can we grow and become the businesses we wish to be.

Thank you once again Ceci for being such an inspiration. I’m taking everything you’ve taught me and implementing it so that Vibrance Designs becomes the studio I know it can be. For all my readers, be sure to check out her work, as an artist I truly admire everything she creates and who knows maybe one day we can collaborate! 😉

XO,

Puja

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14/01/15 Blog , Design Vibes , Inspiration Vibes , Wedding Vibes # , , , , , , ,

Wedding Vibes

And we’re back with that big news I promised! If you know me on a personal level, you know that 2015 is a pretty big year for me. This year, I’m not only catering to my clients but being a bride myself! Yes, you heard right – Vibrance Designs is having it’s first in-house wedding! It’s definitely an exciting year as I get to experiment and play with papers, structures and treatments in ways I have not yet had the opportunity to. At the same time – the pressure is on!!! Everyone is always asking with excitement what I have planned for my own invitations and it’s time I let you in on a little secret… I have NO clue what to do! At this point I might just text everyone a time and location (even just typing that out made me cringe – paper invitations people, always!)

Here’s the thing, my brides and grooms inspire my designs. I listen to them talk, hear what they want and get to know them on a personal level. From there, I magically come up with a concept. I say magic because sometimes I don’t even know how it happens. I tell couples to throw out as many ideas as possible and they’ll often say, “You don’t have to use it all, it might get to busy” but somehow it comes together perfectly. No formula, or special secret, just magic. 

For my invitation… what do I want? I’m not sure. What I do know is I feel a tiny bit bad for my fiancée, because I keep asking him what he wants. See men (or at least my man) just wants to get married, eat good food, drink a lot and throw an epic party (although I’m always surprised to when he has opinions about certain things but that’s for another post). I’m honestly not sure how or where to get my direction and inspiration from. We have sent out the Save The Dates and Engagement Party Invitations (preview coming soon) and both have been with the help of my fiancé even though he doesn’t know it. You see, both times I was on the phone with him doodling and complaining about not knowing what to do and he would throw out the most RANDOM ideas, and somehow got the wheels turning. To my surprise my sketches became my save the date and engagement invitation! So to answer your question, no I don’t know what I’m doing for my own wedding invitation, but I can promise I won’t let you, my clients, friends, family and followers down!

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