NEW HOME GOODS AVAILABLE ON MINTED

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Not only that, Minted has created a few home goods out of my fabric for you. I can’t tell you how exciting is it to see something you have designed come to life as an actual product. I have always loved fabric and sewing and dreamed that one day I would be able to design my own and today is that day.

I have 2 designs available: 50’s Diamonds & Bright Hexagon. And each of those designs is available in 5 different color ways. I love how Minted has given the buyer (that’s you) so many options to really customize each product to your liking. I mean how many times have you said “I love these but I wish they were in a different color”? Minted has really got you covered.

And if you don’t already know, everything Minted does is at the absolute highest quality. So I can guarantee that these are not only the best designed home goods, they will absolutely be made out of the best, most luxurious materials. But wait, there’s more! These are super reasonably priced. The napkins are $12/each! And the lampshades range from $45-$95!

Happy New Year!

LASER CUT WOODEN NAMES FOR REVOLUTION WEDDING

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We created these laser cut wooden names for this lovely little photo shoot. Visit Southern Bride to see the full list of all of the wonderful vendors that came together to create this stunning shoot.

All photography by: Click Chick Photography

WATERCOLOR DOTS WALL ART ON MINTED!

DOTSsizesframesYou can now buy my Watercolor Dots Wall Art on Minted!

Minted is doing such great things will wall art these days. They have so many options available. Not only are there designs for every taste and every home/apartment/dorm room out there. But they also have size options that make the wall art affordable for absolutely everyone. I mean everyone (hello $22!)

And if you want to spend a little more dough, you can have it framed before they send it to you. It doesn’t get any easier or better than that. Except that they have multiple frame options available and they are all beautiful. It really is a one stop shop for awesome wall art.

P.S: Minted is also doing great things in fabric design and I will have a few of my fabric designs available soon. So stay tuned!

REAL SAN JOSE WEDDING BY AVIE DESIGNS

LAYOUTWhen Srujana contacted me about altering my original Papel Picado design for her indian/mexican wedding, I was intrigued but I had no idea that her vision would turn into this amazing burst of color and energy. It looks like this was just an amazing day filled with love and excitement.

We took our classic Papel Picado invitation design, moved some elements around and added a Ganesh to the flower at the top. It was just enough of a change to customize the invitation for their event but not enough to incur a full custom design fee. This is a great option for those of you that don’t have the budget for a full custom design but want something tailored to your event.

Thanks again Srujana & Carlos! Best Wishes!

All photos by Wedding Documentary

REAL PALM SPRINGS WEDDING BY AVIE DESIGNS

H. ANDROL WEDDINGWhen these wedding pictures landed in my inbox, I might have gasped. I mean talk about drop dead gorgeous. I don’t know what I like more, the venue, the dress or the cake. It could also be the pop of color in the groom’s bow tie OR those amazing flower garlands. Okay, okay, I think I love everything single aspect of this wedding. It was an absolute joy working with Heidi putting her invitations together. We even had a little UPS mis-hap and she stayed calm and collected during it all which is more than I can say for myself.

I just love a happy ending or beginning as the case may be and these two look like they’re off to a very good start. Best Wishes you guys!

All of these stunning photos are by Laura Goldenberger Photography

FROM THE SKETCHBOOK: CREATING OUR 2015 CALENDARS

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Here is a little behind the scenes look at how we went about developing our laser cut calendars. I had an idea about a layered, laser cut item but I didn’t know what it would be. And practically speaking, a calendar was the easiest item to create around it as it already has multiple layers. So I started with the concept of a layered calendar what would reveal a new design each month. My mom actually put the idea of a flower in bright colors into my head. We were talking about something else completely and she mentioned this bright flower. The two ideas merged into one and I got started making.SKETCH

This is the page from my sketchbook and you can see the VERY rough sketch of the flower design. I made a few notes about how I was going to build it but it ended up being harder than I thought. I created the basic design in Illustrator and created a color palette using 4 pinks/oranges since 4 divides into 12 months nicely. I went head and decided what the cover would look like without really thinking about the structure. Meaning, I made it look how I thought it should before even considering what would need to be cut on each layer to create that look. This turned out to be a big help because it was in effect a guide to cutting the first 3 layers. I didn’t have to really start thinking until I got to the fourth layer or April.CALENDAR PROCESS1
I started by printing out the outline of my flower design on a sheet of paper for each month.This would be my 3D version of the calendar that I would make work before I even thought about setting up the files for the laser cutter. This guide would allow me to play around and make mistakes and really understand the structure of the calendar.
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Since I knew what was going to happen to the first 3 layers, I began my system by marking the shapes that would be cut out and then using my x-acto knife to cut those shapes out.
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I would continue this process for each layer. Marking the shapes that I wanted cut out,
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cutting those shapes out with my trusty x-acto knife (which I’ve had since college, no lie) and so on and so forth.
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Okay, so maybe it wasn’t that easy. There was a lot of flipping back and forth to consider what would happen to all the layers when I made a cut. I would decide which shapes were necessary to keep for the design and which could be cut out to allow for the new designs to come. It was a bit of a brain teaser for me since my brain actually doesn’t work that way naturally.
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In the end, I am super happy with the way both calendars turned out. Whenever I create something that is more challenging than usual, it’s really exciting for me. I guess that feeling is pride. I’m not gonna lie for the sake of humility. I’m proud of myself for creating these guys because I think they’re cool. If you think they’re cool too, you can purchase them right here.

COME SEE US AT ICE!

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We are participating in our 3rd ICE Holiday Shopping Spectacular. We will have all kinds of laser cut goodies for sale just in time for you to kickstart your holiday shopping. If you follow us on Instagram, you know that we have a pretty sweet item for the swag bags so arrive early to get one! Here is all the pertinent info:
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REAL QUEBEC WEDDING BY AVIE DESIGNS

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One of my sweet brides just sent over these lovely pictures of her wedding. I always love seeing a bride’s vision come to life. If you know anything about me, you know that I just adore a piñata at a wedding. What a fun way to end the night, am I right? This bride ordered one of our printed invitations instead of the laser cut which is a really great way to get the same feel and stay within a budget.

Here are the details:
Venue: Scena, Old Port of Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Photo Credits: Marc-Antoine Zouéki
Hair and make-up: Aveda Lifestyle St-Laurent, Montreal
Dress: Julia y Renata
Suit: Zegna

HOLIDAY CARDS ARE IN THE SHOP

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2015 LASER CUT CALENDARS ARE HERE!

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I am SO excited to share with you our laser cut desk calenders, the first of our 2015 Paper Cut Collection. I had originally planned on designing these for 2016 but they turned out so cute that I just couldn’t wait.

Each of the calenders has a unique concept, one is based on a flower and the other is inspired by argyle. The intricate design cut into each sheet overlaps to create a colorful new pattern for every month. They are only $25 each so go grab one or both right now!