There’s been a little trend with Save-the-Date Cards lately…send out two versions because you can’t decide which photograph you like best! Not a bad problem to have. Does it also say something about the future bride and groom when all the photos are so cute and great no one can narrow it down to just one? This particular happy couple happens to be one of my younger cousins, Chelsea, and her fiance Neil. They met at Indiana University, of which both are recent alumni. (Hence the Hoosier spirit of the cards). They had an amazing photo shoot and couldn’t decide between what we dubbed “the wine basket” and “the college shirts.” I mentioned that another bride of mine had the same dilemma and ultimately decided to order two versions. She jumped on the idea so here we are! Design-wise the layout is almost the same, and I just love how the typography came together. Combining too many fonts can be tricky but I think I found a pleasant balance. The back of both cards is the same; the black and white “date blocks” that they specifically set up with the photographer. (Clever!) I started in a completely different direction for these and it’s always funny where things end up. Early drafts never compare to the end result, and some day I’ll be daring enough to show those too. Looking forward to the wedding invitation soon!
After nearly five years doing business as Paper Dahlia Design Co., I decided to take a leap and change my business name. It was a decision in the making for awhile, and something just clicked after the new year. I had come up with the name Cordial Punch Press some time ago, and I always liked it, so I was trying to figure out a way to incorporate it into Paper Dahlia stuff. Well that didn’t really work, and it conflicted with consistent identity branding. Another factor was the existence of another Paper Dahlia. Who surprisingly enough, was a lot like me. She had a young child, an art degree and loved designing invitations and other baby/wedding stationary. When I read her profile on her website I nearly choked. We had so many things in common (in addition to the above), plus we both came up with a seemingly unique business name. I contacted her and we commiserated over the fact that it kind of sucked that we shared a name that we both loved, started a friendly email correspondence. (Why didn’t one of us go the “cease and desist” route? For me personally, I’m not a jerk. She didn’t know I existed when she picked her name, I didn’t know she existed by the time I got my site online. It was like we did it simultaneously. It didn’t seem right to play the “I’ll sue you” card.)
In any case, a few years went by and I felt like I was always behind; she had me beat in every aspect of social media and networking. Combine this with the urge to start fresh, and here I am. The collateral damage of changing my name is pretty heavy however. Facebook does not allow fan pages to change their name once over 100 fans/likes. So I had to make a new page and eventually will delete the Paper Dahlia page. I hate to lose all my comments and activity though, that part really stinks. I also had to get a new website which is another headache. My Paper Dahlia site was custom designed and awesome, but wouldn’t work with my new identity and name. So I bought another one and am currently working on getting it up and live. Along with new business cards, tweeting interesting things, and getting stuff pinned up on Pinterest. I could skip sleeping for a month and still need to catch up. I’ll get there!