New eco partner: Onondaga Earth Corps

We are excited to announce that we are now partnering with Onondaga Earth Corps, a new member of 1% For the Planet and a local organization based here in Syracuse that’s dedicated to planting, distributing and caring for thousands of trees in the area.  Since its inception in 2004, Onondaga Earth Corps has engaged local youth in hands-on community and environmental service learning projects, helped train young people for future careers in environmental fields, and empowered them to develop leadership and problem-solving skills. In addition to planting and caring for the trees, the organization helps install and maintain rain gardens, rain barrels and gardens around Syracuse. We had the chance to see this amazing organization in action at their recent Save the Rain Volunteer Tree Planting along Onondaga Creek Parkway. OEC members gave step-by-step instructions on how to properly plant the trees, then split up among the volunteers to plant the rest of the trees.

Tree planting with Onondaga Earth Corps - a new Bella Figura eco partner

OEC members prep the ground and begin the tree-planting process. 

Onondaga Earth Corps Save the Rain tree planting event

OEC members make sure the tree is level before securing the tree with dirt. 

Onondaga Earth Corps Save the Rain tree planting event

OEC members and young volunteers help secure the tree with dirt. 

Onondaga Earth Corps Save the Rain tree planting event

OEC members and volunteers gather mulch for the newly planted trees. 

Onondaga Earth Corps Save the Rain tree planting event

After the tree has been planted and mulched, OEC members install stakes to help keep the tree secure.

 

by Erica Henriksen on June 19th, 2014. Category: News + Updates | No comments

60 new wedding invitations + new calligraphy hands for 2014 have arrived!

Bella Figura 2014 has arrived! Take a look at our 60 new designs and new hand calligraphy styles, brand new for the 2014 wedding season. As always, we’ve got invitations for all types of events: vintage weddings, modern weddings, formal weddings, you name it! And all of our wedding invitations are completely customizable – change the inks, the fonts, and more to make a design your own. These new designs are available for purchase and will be on our website soon, but in the meantime take a look and contact us if you’d like to order samples!

We’re hiring! Join the Bella Figura team!

Bella Figura is hiring!

If you love stationery and weddings, we’ve got a job for you! We’re looking for a full-time client coordinator to join the Bella Figura team. Email your cover letter, resume and salary history to work@bellafigura.com. We can’t wait to meet you!

by Erica Henriksen on January 17th, 2014. Category: News + Updates | No comments

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Coming soon: 60 new wedding invitations + a new website for 2014!

Soon, we’ll be launching 60 new wedding invitations, new hand calligraphy styles, and a brand new website for the 2014 wedding season. If you got engaged over the holidays or a wedding is in your near future, be sure to sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know when the new website goes live! Can’t wait? Take a look at some of our favorite new designs for 2014 now!

Meet Urbanic, one of Bella Figura's 60 new wedding invitation designs for 2014

Laurent, one of Bella Figura's 60 new wedding invitation designs featuring letterpress printing + a brand new hand calligraphy style

Good Show, one of Bella Figura's 60 new wedding invitation designs for 2014Parker, one of Bella Figura's 60 new designs for 2014

Folk Floral, one of Bella Figura's 60 new wedding invitations for 2014

Goldie, one of Bella Figura's 60 new wedding invitation designs for 2014

Have questions about our new collection? Be in touch – we’d love to chat!

by Erica Henriksen on December 31st, 2013. Category: News + Updates | (2) comments

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Gracieux is the November Design of the Month! Save 10% through 11/30

The November design of the month is Nicole Black’s Gracieux suite! Save 10% on the entire suite when you order now through November 30, or save 20% if you order 6 printed pieces or more! Gracieux features Nicole’s edgy yet elegant Mitty hand calligraphy style, and looks gorgeous in copper shine foil (though we think it’d look stunning in any of our ink or foil colors!). Nicole’s inspiration for Gracieux? Glamour: think dazzling shiny gold and copper details at an elegant black tie event. Picture an incredibly luxurious affair — from the venue’s architecture to the cakes to the dress to the wedding stationery — with a little twist for the dramatic. Check out more of Nicole’s inspiration for Gracieux over on Pinterest!

Gracieux letterpress wedding invitations on sale now through November 30, 2013!

Bella Figura designer inspiration for Gracieux, the November design of the month (on sale now through 11/30/2013)

Photo credits: gown | cake | suit | garden party

The fine print: this offer is exclusive to the Gracieux design suite and does not apply towards the purchase of other designs. Discount only applies to Mitty hand calligraphy accents when used on the Gracieux design. Orders must be placed by 11:59pm EST on November 30, 2013 in order to receive the promotion.

Announcing the winner of our 2013 Do Good Promotion: Rhea Zimmerman!

We were thrilled to see all of the entries for this year’s Do Good promotion — it was amazing and uplifting to hear about all of your good deeds! There were a lot of really wonderful entries, and in the end our team selected Dr. Rhea Zimmerman as this year’s winner. Today we’re thrilled to share more details behind Rhea’s inspiring story!

Dr. Rhea is currently working on a documentary called Love Bomb

In April, Rhea returned to The Sacred Valley in Peru for the third year in a row to offer her chiropractic services to 2,600 people. Rhea led a team which included her fiance, Dr. Austin Komarek, and teammates Dr. Stacey Cantrell and Dr. Haley Thompson. Rhea and her team worked in collaboration with the Kausay Wasi Clinic, a clinic that hosts teams of doctors monthly to provide services to the communities of The Sacred Valley and Peru.

Bella Figura hosts a contest every year that gives customers the opportunity to do a good deed for a chance to win a grand prize of $1,000 towards wedding invitations

The intention of this kind of work is to spread a diplomacy based on loving care and heart to heart connection. Dr. Rhea is currently in production on a feature documentary called Love Bomb about this work that tells the story of what we are capable of when we live from love. The Love Bomb mission is to ignite people to the fact that their presence here in life is a gift to life, that we all have an inherent capacity within us to live as love, and that when we do, we optimize the vitality our bodies, lives, and communities.

Bella Figura's 2013 Do Good promotion contest winner was chiropractor Rhea Zimmerman

One of the primary focuses of the chiropractic group is to see as many children as possible, since there is a great impact in freeing the nervous system of a child for greater function and connection that can have a lasting impact. The team goes into classrooms and explains to the teacher and students what they will be receiving, and then connects to the students one by one. The atmosphere created is one of curiosity, play, and loving connection. One of the directors of the clinic, Guido del Prado (who has been working internationally for over 30 years and is host to teams of doctors monthly) shared what he witnessed with the team’s work: “When you touch someone like that, no one could become your enemy.”

The 2013 Bella Figura Do Good Contest winner was Dr. Rhea Zimmerman, for her work as a chiropractor in Peru

In addition to the team of doctors on the trip, Rhea also had the support of volunteers Fiorella Butron for translation and coordination, Jeni Olson for photography, and Gregg Marks as Director of Photography on the Love Bomb movie. Curious about the Love Bomb documentary? Take a look at the Love Bomb trailer, and help the team finish the film by making a donation today!

Many thanks to Rhea for sharing more of her inspiring story with us, and a special thanks to all of this year’s contestants for taking the time to share their entries with us!

by admin on May 13th, 2013. Category: News + Updates | 1 comment

Meet the Designer: Ian Koenig

Today we’re going behind the scenes and chatting with one of our designers, Ian Koenig. Ian is the designer of Neo Luna, our February design of the month (on sale through 2/28 for up to 20% off!), and was kind enough to share a little inspiration behind this design, how he got started and where he’s drawing inspiration from these days.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your work.
I currently live in Chicago with my wife Melinda and our four-year old son Lukas. I work at VSA Partners and teach design at the Chicago Portfolio School.

Ian Koenig

What was your inspiration behind the Neo Luna design?
Neo Luna was a continuation of an idea I had in an earlier design called Anais which was to try to get as much color into a design through an array of rules. With Neo Luna, I wanted to have a bit more fun than I did with Anais so I made the language and typography a bit more playful and introduced the Cupid idea through the arrow and heart elements.

Neo Luna (right) was a continuation of an idea Bella Figura designer Ian Koenig had for an earlier design, called Anais (pictured on left)

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Still having Friday night movie nights with my family, still working at VSA, still teaching and still designing invitations for you guys!

Who are you inspired by?
My current design loves: A Montreal-based firm named PaprikaThe Book Cover Archive; the art direction of John Gall’s Nabokov book cover series; Designspiration; the illustrator Jonas Bergstrand; the designer Paul Sahre, the album All Day by Girl Talk.

How did you get into design? Was there a defining point in your life that helped shape you as a designer?
During my last semester in college, I took my first art studio class. With two weeks to go before graduation, I was on my way to class and saw the graphic design student’s work on the walls. I knew instantly I could do this type of work and was then a bit bummed that I had not made that walk four years earlier!

I rediscovered design a little while later after I quit my first real job. A friend of a friend was opening a children’s restaurant and I offered to draw him a logo. He liked it and gave me the opportunity to design the uniforms, menus, signage and the business cards. That small introduction to design was all I needed. I am still hooked.

 

by Erica Henriksen on February 19th, 2013. Category: News + Updates,Our Designers | No comments

Our 2013 collection is here!

Have you heard? Our new collection of letterpress wedding invitations is here and filled with new offerings for 2013! What’s new? Two new die-cuts (check out our romantic Charlotte and stately Anderson designs to take a peek). We now offer 4-color envelope liners too — create colorful liners with up to 4 of your favorite hues. Choose from one of over 40 patterns, or turn a cityscape or vintage map of your wedding location (or any location!) into a custom envelope liner. We’ve also got new foil stamping colors — 7 of them! — including sophisticated neutrals (like pearl, a soft white foil, and tawny, a beautiful taupe foil) as well as lovely pastels (mint! lilac! pink!). Take a look at the new designs today, or use our free personal shopper service and one of our invitation experts can help you get started!

Bella Figura's newest collection has arrived, with 75 new designs, new die-cuts, new foils, new patterns, and more for the 2013 wedding season

 

by Erica Henriksen on January 15th, 2013. Category: News + Updates | No comments

Bella Figura does Social Occasions, too!

Did you know that all of our letterpress wedding invitation designs can be customized for social occasions? We can print lots of pieces for your big day (like wedding announcements and save the dates, as well as engagement party, rehearsal dinner or bridal shower invitations), but we can also print the paper goods for the other special occasions in your life! Customize any of our designs to be used for baby showers or birth announcements, holiday cards, Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah, moving announcements, birthday party invitations, and more. You can work with us directly, or view our new Social Album at one of our custom letterpress dealers.

by Erica Henriksen on July 13th, 2012. Category: News + Updates | (3) comments

The Bella Figura 2012 mid-year release designs have arrived

We’re excited to announce that we have 9 new letterpress invitation designs available on our website now! Our mid-year release includes two new Pinterest inspired designs (A Bientot and Gilded Romance – more to come on those!), two new cityscape designs (Charmed Philadelphia and Charmed Seattle) to our Charmed series, a new calligraphy hand from Debi Zeinert called Paisley, and more! Click here to take a look at all of the new designs today.

9 new designs from Bella Figura have arrived!

by Erica Henriksen on July 3rd, 2012. Category: News + Updates | No comments