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The Himmeli Hack

Holy Himmelis!  What the heck is a himmeli, you ask?  Well, they’ve been popping up all over the internet, and these geometric tube structures are all the rage! Himmelis are a Finnish type of mobile originally made out of straw.  The word Himmeli is Swedish for “Sky/Heaven” making it very appropriate to use these lil’ guys as a hanging decoration.

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I had an idea to install a TON of these awesome geometric designs over a dance floor for a recent wedding.  My initial search for the “how-to” led to tutorials made with brass tubing.  Not only did it seem a little heavy and dangerous to hang brass tubing….but dang…it was getting expensive.  Enter: The Himmeli Hack.   It begins with my favorite mantra, “There’s nothing a little spray paint can’t fix!”  Yup, you guessed it, a little metallic spray paint and an Amazon order of 500 clear plastic drinking straws and we were in business!  Himmelis for days!  They are lightweight, cheap and easy to transport!   Boom-shaka-laka!

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The best part is that there are so many options for the types of shapes you want to create and you can really let your imagination run wild!  Above are a few of my favorite designs.  Now, for a tutorial I recommend checking this out…I totally renegaded this DIY and didn’t measure a thing.  Sometimes it is more fun to fly by the seat of your pants! Here’s a peek at the finished design-it’s a Himmeli Party!

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The Makings Of: Aaron and Johanna’s Wedding Invitation

I’m excited to be sharing a new series called “The Makings Of.”  Here, I will be showcasing behind the scenes tidbits of current projects I’m working on with my clients.  To me, the best part of any creative endeavor is the process and the path which the artist takes to get to the final product.  Today, I’d like to share with you the makings of Aaron and Johanna’s wedding invitation.  What you must know about them first, is that they are hands down, the coolest.  They’ve got style and pizazz and are basically dream clients.  I love that they are looking for something out of the box and are totally cool with my quirky ideas.  Together we have cooked up a modern and whimsical invitation suite that is perfectly unique and totally “them!” Let’s talk paper, shall we?

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I do love a good invitation.  One that screams from the mountain top, “Get ready, this is going to be one AWESOME wedding!”  Well, Johanna and Aaron’s invite screams, “THIS IS GOING TO BE THE BEST WEDDING EVER! MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR PARTY PANTS ON!!”  I must say, since it was designed and printed in-house, I am pretty darn proud of how this turned out.  Johanna and I really turned up the DIY gears on this one…printing, spray painting, wrapping, cutting, calligraphing.  The studio was a-whirl with all things paper!

Color-palette

Of course we started with a color palette.  To me, any successful design stays tried and true to the original scheme.  It gives consistency and most importantly, will always be the sounding board to which you return when deciding if something matches.

materials-and-inspiration

Once the color palette was solidified we chose our materials.  We ordered pre-cut cover stock paper from Paper Source in the perfect color scheme.  Oh, paper, it’s the best!  Then Johanna gave me a copy of a doodle she used for some notes to her bridesmaids.  Our motif was beginning to take shape.  I scanned the image and loosely copied the design to echo on all pieces of the invite suite.  We chose a font that mirrored the geometric and modern feel and accented with a script font for just a touch of whimsy!

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Then came the details.  To me, this is what OCD dreams are made of!  We got down with some serious spray paint….the backs of the invite were sprayed a fluorescent coral to match the accent on the front of the invite.   The coral reception card was cut on a diagonal and accented with an opaque white triangle to add more depth and the RSVP card got a metallic triangle detail of its own too!  Then, we sprayed one side of the fig paper with a coat of shiny gold and cut giant pieces of confetti!   The entire suite was wrapped with coral and gold thread and placed into a gravel colored envelope.  I calligraphied the names on front to match the script font on the invite.  Did I mention that I LOVE consistency?!?

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One of my most favorite things about this invite suite is the cheeky RSVP.  I can’t tell you how exciting it is to have something other than “Decline with Regret” as an RSVP option. Johanna decided to give her guests three options:

“Will be there with our party pants”

Will be there with no pants”

“Darn, Can’t make it”

Hee hee, I love it!  How stoked would you be if this came in the mail?  I just love that when you see it, you immediately think of Aaron and Johanna and know that one seriously good time is on its way!

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