Today we’re getting to know Bella Figura designer Maura Gauthier a little better! Maura is our May Designer of the Month, so all of her designs are on sale through May 31. She’s based in Denver, Colorado and in addition to creating Bella Figura designs, she also offers custom invitation design through her shop, The Paper Guppy. Come behind the scenes with us to check out Maura’s inspiration, her favorite music and how she got her start as an invitation designer.
A little background: I’ve been a graphic designer for 14 years. After working for 5 or 6 years in the corporate world, I branched off to start doing wedding invitations. It started as working with friends on invitations and reception items, and then it branched off to doing friends of friends and then total strangers!
How she got started: In high school I chose to forgo all other electives and I took the studio art program for 4 years. After high school, I knew I wanted to do something with art but I also wanted to combine it with business. After bouncing around between the business and communications school at Syracuse University I ended up majoring in visual communications at the communications school.
Maura’s style: In addition to designing for Bella Figura I also work on custom invitations so everything that I do is different! I work on weddings that are classic and traditional, rustic and elegant, as well as modern and contemporary so I bounce around a little style wise. I do a lot of my own illustrations and I love to focus on typography. Finding the perfect combination of fonts is such a fun challenge!
What inspires her: It’s so cliche, but inspiration is everywhere! Years ago I started a sketchbook with magazine clippings and it’s filled with patterns, illustrations, color combinations etc. that I’ve spotted along the way. Kind of a like a hard copy of Pinterest!
Where she creates: I typically work from a shared office space just outside of downtown Denver. I share it with several other graphic designers. I’m the only one who focuses on weddings but it’s nice to be around people who are doing something similar.
5 things she can’t live without: Number one would be my family and friends! They have supported me along every step of the way as I left the corporate world and took the risk to start my own business. I couldn’t have done it without them! #2 my macbook pro. I work between home and a shared office space so I always have my laptop with me #3 micron pens. I love the fine tip for illustrating. #4 fizzy water – known as seltzer water to most =) I have at least one fizzy water a day – my favorite is orange vanilla from Polar. #5 my iPad. Since my laptop is all business I use my iPad just for fun – I intentionally didn’t set the email up on it! I use it to catch up on blogs, check in on Pinterest and read the news every night before bed!
Maura’s favorite music: This is a question I always find interesting! I listen to a little bit of everything, but I have to admit that I listen to a lot of 90’s hip hop. It’s upbeat and keeps me going throughout the day. My husband says most people left hip hop behind in high school, but I still love it. Totally across the spectrum I also listen to a lot of Yo-Yo Ma – the soothing repetitive quality of the cello keeps me focused on my work.
Many thanks to Maura for giving us a peek inside her life! Be sure to shop her collection and save up to 20% all month long.
This customization of Maura Gauthier’s Paradise design sets the tone for an elegant destination wedding full of style and flair. Soft shades of pink, paired with sophisticated gold matte foil accentuate the gorgeous hand drawn flowers that tie into the tropical locale. It makes us want to pack our bags and book a flight for a dreamy vacation ourselves! Love this design? Save up to 20% during the month of May on all designs by Maura Gauthier!
paradise customization | letterpress ink: shell | foil stamping: gold matte | fonts: streamline + marilyn | paper: white | invite size: f-8 | liner: elegant ombre in light lavender | original design by Maura Gauthier | customized by in-house designer Jessica Tierney
Rebecca and Jacob personalized our Pastoral wedding invitation design with raspberry ink and a playful script font. All of Maura Gauthier’s invitation designs (including this one!) are on sale through the month of May. Save up to 20% with our Designer of the Month promotion!
letterpress ink: raspberry | fonts: herald + keeva | paper: bella cotton 1-ply ivory | edge painting: raspberry | envelope: bella cotton ivory | envelope liner: rustic crosshatch pattern in raspberry ink | customization #19624 | Pleasure of Your Company
Vintage loving brides rejoice: our May designer of the month is Maura Gauthier! Maura’s Bella Figura collection is filled with vintage floral touches and chic rustic style. Save 10% when you order any of Maura’s designs this month for wedding invitations, save the dates, and more. Order 6 printed pieces featuring one of Maura’s designs and you can save 20%! (If you need help figuring out how to get to 6 pieces, check out some of these ideas). Here are a few of Maura’s most popular designs – remember, all of our designs are completely customizable so change the inks, fonts, layout and more to make a design your own!
Folk Floral - new for 2014!
A customization of Folk Floral featuring hand calligraphy accents, a softer color palette, and a horizontal layout.
The ever-popular Lace design is one of our best-sellers!
Branch is simple, rustic and sweet.
Coriander features our popular tawny matte foil and hunter ink.
The rustic Palace Garden design features hand calligraphy accents by Elizabeth Hardin.
The fine print: this offer is exclusive to designs by Maura Gauthier and does not apply towards the purchase of other designs. Orders must be placed by 11:59pm Eastern on May 31, 2014 in order to receive this offer.
Our Indian Summer invitation design was perfectly suited for Abbey and Grant’s September wedding. Folk art inspired floral motifs and harvest hued ink colors set the tone for their celebration at the family farm in Pennsylvania.
letterpress inks: antique gold + amber | font: sofia | paper: bella cotton 1-ply + 2-ply ivory | rounded corners | customization #18257 | The Pleasure of Your Company
If you are looking for ways to make the most of your stationery budget without having to sacrifice the style and beauty of letterpress, consider our 6+ printed pieces discount. When you order 6 or more letterpress printed or foil stamped pieces, you’ll receive 10% off your entire order. Mix and match to create the stationery package that best suits your needs – and if you need help, let us know. We are happy to help with creative ways to keep your budget in check while still making all your stationery dreams come true. Here are 6 ways to save with 6 printed pieces:
Save the dates and invitations
If save the dates and invitations are the most important components of your stationery trousseau, you can easily take advantage of the 6+ printed piece promotion and still wow your guests with stunning stationery and stylish design. Not all weddings call for programs and menus, so don’t feel like you have to have them if they aren’t part of your stationery must-haves. These pieces will set the tone for your wedding and give your guests a preview of the celebration to come.
save the date | save the date envelope | invitation | invitation envelope | reply card | reply card envelope
Traditional, formal invitation set
If you are hosting a very traditional, very formal wedding and want your stationery to reflect that, consider this combination of the most necessary pieces. Along with your invitation and printed outer envelope, a reply card and reply envelope are the most formal way to request a response from your guests. Keep your reception details separate from the invitation by including it on its own card (you’ll note whether or not there is a dress code on this card, as it’s most formal not to include that on your invitation). A direction card will help guests make their way to your ceremony and celebration.
invitation | invitation envelope | reply card | reply card envelope | reception card | direction card
To carry your wedding stationery style on the through the big day, be sure guests have a ceremony program detailing the who’s who of your wedding party and a rundown of the ceremony. At the reception, direct them to their seats with stylish place cards and get their mouths watering with menus detailing what is to come. Give them something fun (and functional) to take home with letterpress or foil stamped coasters. And don’t forget you’ll need to thank everyone for joining you on your special day. What better way than with coordinating thank you cards and envelopes?
program | place card | menu | coaster | thank you card | thank you card envelope
Invitations, ceremony and beyond
If you’ve fallen in love with letterpress printing and want to get the most for your money, this combination will stretch your stationery style from the pre-wedding invitations all the way to the post-wedding thank yous. In addition to your invitations and printed envelopes, opt for a reply postcard (less formal but still effective). Include a program so your guests can follow along during your ceremony, and have coordinating thank you cards and envelopes to send out thanking them for their presence (and presents) on your big day.
invitation | invitation envelope | reply postcard | program | thank you card | thank you card envelope
Destination invitation set
Destination weddings often call for additional details to be included in the invitation package – your guests will need to know how to get there, where to stay and where to play, and they’ll be looking to you to help them prepare. Our pocketfolds are the perfect enclosure to keep all of these details organized for your guests – and they provide another place to showcase your wedding style. Letterpress print on them – foil stamp on them – or do both! Include a card (double sided if necessary) that gives all of the wedding details – like hotel accommodations, directions to the venue and rehearsal dinner and brunch locations. The pocket allows you to include additional cards if necessary, like maps to local hotspots or menus from the best places to grab a bite. If your destination wedding is an intimate affair with just the closest of family and friends, ask them to reply via your wedding website or email address to eliminate the need for the reply envelope.
pocketfold | invitation | invitation envelope | accommodations card | directions card | brunch card | reply card
Here’s the fine print: all pieces need to be printed at the same time, and pieces that are already discounted (like free favor cards) don’t count toward the 6 pieces.
Amber and J.P. customized our ever popular Joie de Vivre wedding invitation design by switching to a rectangular layout. Maybelle’s spirited hand calligraphy and Forest Green shine foil stamping add a playful and merry feel to their December wedding.
letterpress ink: pewter | foil stamping: forest shine | font: sans capitals | paper: bella cotton 1-ply white | hand calligraphy accents: belle style | envelope: bella cotton white | envelope liner: haverford pattern in vine | customization #19950 | Union Street Papery
Our Celeste wedding invitation design gets a rollicking makeover for Sarah and Matthew’s summertime wedding. Elegant hand calligraphy and metallic opal envelopes balance the bold Purple Shine foil for an invite that is both festive and formal.
letterpress ink: garden | foil stamping: purple shine | font: streamline | paper: bella cotton 1-ply + 2-ply ivory | foil edging: purple shine | hand calligraphy accents: spencerian style | envelope: metallic opal | envelope liner: classic color pattern in regalia | customization #16942
Right now, we’re featuring Ellie Snow as our Designer of the Month – that means April is all about Ellie (and all of her designs are on sale!)! We’ve been sharing some of Ellie’s design inspiration, a day in her life, and today, we’re giving you a peek inside her studio — both her former studio and her brand new, under-construction studio in the DIY District of Durham. We’ll let Ellie take it from here!
For the past couple years, the Hello Tenfold studio was in an old, rehabbed textile warehouse turned into artist studios (and before that, at my dining room table!). But this year, when a small space in a busier part of Durham, North Carolina became available, a photographer friend and I jumped on it. Just last month we moved in and are slowly getting settled. The location of the space is perfect — a short distance from my house, and across the street from a dangerously good coffee shop and many great restaurants. It’s a part of town lovingly called the “DIY district,” named for the many start-ups in the area.
Above: Ellie’s former studio
Above is a photo of the new space, which used to be a garage, before it was fixed up for us earlier this year. Our landlords removed the garage doors and replaced them with storefront windows, painted, and cleaned up a bit, but we’ve also had to get creative with ways to hide (or learn to love!) the flaws in an older building. I hired a carpenter to make some inexpensive built-in display shelves in what used to be a doorway, and we’ll cover the rough concrete floors with a variety of rugs.
Although it’s a small space, we felt strongly about having a couch to make things cozy and comfortable, and a meeting table, so we’ve also had to be careful with how much stuff we brought into the space — for me, that meant filling my basement at home with miscellaneous envelopes, paper, and old invitation samples! It felt great to pare down to the essentials, and sharing a space means I need to be a little neater (I can really make a mess, yikes). I’ve been stocking up on attractive looking storage baskets and boxes, and covered my glass front cabinets with patterned tissue paper and re-purposed table runners to hide the not always organized samples, ribbons, and envelopes inside. We have lots of touch-up painting to do. We’re shooting for early May to have a studio opening party, so there will be more peeks coming over the next month! You can see more images and current projects on my blog, Mint.
Many thanks to Ellie for letting us peek inside her new space! We’ll be back with an update when the studio is complete – stay tuned! And be sure to shop Ellie’s designs – you can save 10% on any order (or 20% if you order 6 printed pieces or more!). Start shopping now.
Using the glitz and glam of Hollywood as inspiration, Melea and Ramon customized our Glamorous Blooms wedding invitation design with Fuchsia Shine and Silver Shine foils. It’s strikingly dramatic and perfect for their tinseltown wedding.
letterpress ink: charcoal | foil stamping: fuchsia shine + silver shine | fonts: moravia + statham | paper: bella cotton 1-ply white | foil edging: fuchsia shine | customization #19133 | Urbanic Paper Boutique