Moody Romantic Wedding at Rib Mountain, Wausau | Jaclyn & Elling

When Jaclyn reached out to me to discuss custom wedding invitations, she knew exactly what she wanted. Moody, dramatic, and different. Jaclyn and Elling wanted custom invitations that were unexpected and unlike what everyone typically sees, stepping way from the daintiness of florals and soft color schemes.

Jaclyn and Elling selected a casual trifold wedding invitation format with bold and moody watercolors flowing throughout the trifold effortlessly. Paired with a modern script font and a few paint splatters, their custom wedding invitations are everything wild and different. We finished off the moody wedding suite with a brass eyelet fastener, folding the invitation into itself with the finest gold thread, housed in the prettiest of gray envelopes.

Moody Wedding Invitation Collection

Moody Gray Trifold Wedding Invitation

I am so honored to have worked with Jaclyn and Elling, making their custom wedding invitations exactly what they had wanted. A treasured heirloom that they will have and cherish for a lifetime together.

Be sure to scroll below to see a few of my favorite shots from their wedding day, captured by the fabulous Natural Intuition Photography from Madison, Wisconsin.

These are absolutely dreamy, right? The lighting, her dress, those smiles <3 Head to Natural Intuition’s blog post to see more of Jaclyn and Elling’s Rib Mountain Wedding in Wausau, WI.

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Decorate your Desktop | September 2018

And somehow, summer has come to an end and September is here. I always welcome the cooler temperatures by the end of summer, but knowing what comes after Fall is what’s hard to accept.

With the transition into a new season, we also have a lot of transitions happening at home. First, we are sending off our little Emerson to 3k. A big decision we didn’t take lightly. I really do try to savor every second of his littleness, but we both know with his shyness putting him into part-time 3k for just a few hours a week will really help him socially. I see it as being more work for me, and our babysitter, dropping him off, with Everly in tow, and picking him up just a few hours later. It will seem like a lot of running, but it’ll just be something we will need to adjust to. We’ve been incredibly blessed to have slow mornings for the past three years, not having to rush the kiddos off to daycare or be really anywhere in the morning.

Another big transition (and a huge secret we’ve been keeping) is that we are in the process of building a new house, and will be listing our first home very soon. I don’t think it has quite set in, leaving this house that we have made so many memories in. Every surface and room in the entire house, and on the outside, too, has been redone and fixed up to make our own. And while we are SO.OVER the endless flip projects and never having enough time for the projects with two littles, it’ll be hard leaving this little corner of the street where we always have the company of our neighbors, within two blocks of three different playgrounds, and a quick walk to the store. I think the kiddos will be just fine adjusting, it’s me who is going to have a tough time. I’ve always felt isolated as a stay-at-home mom, giving up a social life to talk about trucks, bugs, and poop for 13 hours a day, and moving out to the country will only feel more isolating.

Crazy how things change. And realizing how much I hate change. As much as I can try and push back, it’s not going to work that way. I’m just going to have to accept these big life transitions with open arms. Learn to adapt and change, and plan better 🙂

Since I’m not quite ready to let go of summer just yet, I’ve created a Decorate your Desktop wallpaper that’s a slooooow transition into fall. Scroll below to get the links to your free downloads. If you are totally over summer and want all the fall colors for your free background, check out this Autum Wallpaper I designed a few years ago along with this Pumpkin Spice Inspired Wallpaper.

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Decorate Your Desktop | August 2018

How are we already in the last month of summer?! After a rough and emotional July to say the very least, August’s Decorate Your Desktop wallpaper was inspired by all of the beautiful, quality people out there who may not always see the best in themselves (aren’t we all our own biggest critic?), while those on the outside looking in only see flawlessness.

Scroll below to get the links to your free downloads. If this one isn’t for you, take a look at all of my recent free wallpaper background freebies.

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Decorate your Desktop | July 2018

Another month, another free desktop wallpaper background at your fingertips.

This Desktop Wallpaper series always ends up being a little life update, so if you’re not into that sorta thing, just scroll below to grab your free wallpapers 🙂

June was the craziest month for us. We started the month out right away with an extended family vacation up north on Lake Holcombe, Wisconsin for 9 days. We really couldn’t have had better weather, and the cabin was absolutely perfect—right on the water, with a private beach, and plenty of rooms for my family, my mom, my sisters and their kids & husbands. We spent every single minute soaking up the sun, playing on the beach, wakeboarding and surfing, and hitting up playgrounds and ice cream shops when we needed a little water break. The babes did surprisingly well, considering our 3 year old always sleeps in his own bed and while at the cabin, he was on a blow-up mattress on our bedroom floor. It was a perfect getaway, close enough to home but far enough away.

Once we got back, we had a week to recover, unpack, laundry (for dayssss), catch up on work, get a few workouts in, only to pack our bags again for a trip to Whistler, Canada. Just me and the husband this time…no kiddos 🙂 Brent earned this trip through work, and we debated for a few months whether or not we would go, since we knew it was going to butt up to the family cabin trip. The more we thought about it, the more we realized that we would probably never have this chance again so we took it.

Our usual vacation trips are always somewhere in Mexico. You can’t go wrong with cheap airfare, the beach and water, and all-inclusive drinks 🙂 We knew going into the Canada trip that it would be much different. It was incredible, completely insane. From true whitewater rafting, to my first gondola ride up to Whistler Mountain, the views were spectacular. We literally felt like we were on top of the world. It was really an indescribable feeling. We took a fun “nature walk” that turned into getting lost for three hours. We ended up calling a cab and heading to a bar, followed with three much deserved cases of Corona. We took razors up through the mountains for 2 hours. And of course, there was lounging by the pool, dips in the hot tub, lots of adult beverages, fantastic food, and great conversation. We even got a few workouts in, too.

It was the month of high highs and then a gut-wrenching low. I don’t want to get into details, since there are still so many unanswered questions, but just know that my sister, her baby, and our family really need some major prayers right now.

I’m hoping July will bring hope and understanding, and be a month of getting back to the grind. Focusing on work, house projects, working out, and productive weekends at home. That all sounds pretty damn amazing to me…there’s nothing I like better than schedule and routine, let’s not forget health and happiness, too.

Now onto your Free July Wallpapers. This design is bolder and edgier than my usual designs, like May’s floral wreath wallpaper and June’s abstract acrylic wallpaper. But I sorta dig it. I hope you do, too. Scroll below to get the links to your free downloads.

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Decorate your Desktop | June 2018

Another month has passed, another Decorate your Desktop Wallpaper Series is at your fingertips.

The month of May passed by in a blink of an eye over here, and we all welcomed the hot temperatures with open arms. We live for sun, the heat, the water, and the beach and Memorial Weekend honestly couldn’t have been better. Here’s hoping June will be just as warm and bring just as many sunny beach day memories.

This month’s Decorate your Desktop wallpaper is a little reminder of self-love. We always treat everyone around us with so much more kindness and grace than how we treat ourselves. Here’s to being okay with where we are at in life; don’t get me wrong, always striving to be better but being at peace with our present.

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Succulent-Inspired Barn Wedding Invitations, a Wedding at The Barn on Stoney Hill

Sharing a pretty succulent wedding invitation collection with you today to celebrate Mykayla and Jonathan’s one year anniversary!

Last year, Mykayla reached out to me to help with your wedding stationery. When I met with Mykayla and Jonathan at Starbucks (of course), I knew right away that they were going to be such a fun couple to work with. Our aesthetics matched and conversation was just so dang easy with these two lovebirds.

I had the honor of creating everything from their Save the Date cards to the succulent-inspired wedding invitations, wedding programs, a large ceremony hanging, and reception signage. From their beautiful wedding color palette of cream, sage, and lavender with the subtle pops of gold, their wedding at the Barn on Stoney Hill was nothing short of amazing.

Take a looksy at their pretty paper items below, and beautiful photographs of their wedding day (including the huge calligraphy wedding altar display I designed!) to follow.

Succulent Wedding Invitations

Wisconsin Barn Wedding at The Barn on Stoney Hill, Cornell, Wisconsin

Day-of Photography by Olivia Clare Photography

Congratulations Mykayla and Jonathan on your one year anniversary! And Happy Mother’s Day, Mykayla! What a special weekend for you two. I can’t wait to see pictures of that baby girl <3

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Decorate your Desktop | May 2018

Just when I didn’t think winter could get any longer, it did. Halfway into April and we were still getting snow, 12” on the 14th of April was so depressing. Even at the end of January, I was so over winter…being cooped up with two toddlers is no joke, but I kept trying to be positive. “If we can make it to March, things will be okay!” Then March came and we didn’t have a ton of snow, but it was so windy making it SO.COLD! And now with April, thinking we’d be in the 50s most days, I thought we made it through. (Yup, I was that desperate that in February I looked at the weather almanac for last March, April, and May, just so I could see the light—the warmth!—that was upon us.)

Just this past week it has finally felt like Spring and all of us Wisconsinites are welcoming it with open arms. It was kind of funny to see how many people were out and about last weekend, riding bikes, walking dogs, pushing strollers & swings. It’s like the saying goes…”what good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” This long winter will surely make us all extremely grateful for these warm, spring days and make us all get out every single day we can.

Cheersing to a warmer & sunnier month of May! Scroll down to get your free downloads!

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This is 32.

A blog post about motherhood in my thirties

This is waking up to the kids as alarm clocks.
This is slow mornings full of breakfasts, Mickey Mouse, and cold coffees.
This is spending countless hours cleaning that damn highchair.
And wishing we just had a dog.
This is one meltdown after another.
This is counting down the hours until 11am for naps.
And then counting down til 7pm for bedtime.
Does that make me a bad mom?
This is never knowing my husband’s schedule.
This is wishing he was home more, but knowing he wishes he was home more, too.
This is juggling being a stay-at-home mom & a work-from-home mom.
This is trying to find a balance.
I’m not sure that exists.
This is being so inspired to create beautiful paper things.
But knowing I just can’t do it all in this season of life.
This is a million trips to the park.
And a million tantrums to boot.
This is bribing my three-year-old to get dressed.
With three chocolate chips.
Because he’s three years old.
This is craving more one-on-one time with my husband.
But utterly exhausted when he walks through that door at night.
This is just wanting to stay home for a morning.
But knowing everyone will be happier if we just get out of the house.
This is the babysitter hustle.
Cramming work, the gym, and errands in those few precious hours each week.
This is a car ride sans-kiddos is a treat in itself.
This is prying rocks, sticks, and leaves out my of daughter’s mouth.
And knowing another tantrum is going to follow.
This is being a full-time diaper changer, butt wiper, boo-boo kisser, and blankie finder.
This is scheming up new meals that my toddler will actually eat.
And failing miserably.
This is pushing kiddos on swings.
And squeezing my butt down a slide with a babe.
This is dragging myself to CrossFit at noon.
But feeling so glad I went afterwards.
This is teaching words, shapes, and counting.
And kindness, determination, and independence.
This is my toddler helping himself to a full cup of water.
Ugh, who taught him to be so damn independent?
This is being so grateful for my hardworking husband.
The sacrifices he makes—I will always be indebted to him.
This is reading hundreds of books about dump trucks, bunnies, and babies.
And then reading them all over again a million times more.
This is playing chase and peek-a-boo and dance parties.
Endless crafts, play-doh creations, and picture making.
This is a million boo-boo’s and bandaids.
This is exerting tremendous amounts of patience,
especially when the babe is crawling up the basement steps,
at the speed of paint drying.
And I’m only carrying 9 bags of groceries.
This is goodnight kisses, bedtime books, and Twinkle Twinkle songs.
This is tucking the toddler back in 15 times.
This is diving into bed at 8pm, the minute he’s finally asleep.
This is 8 loads of laundry waiting to be folded for the past week.
And letting it sit for another week.
This is checking the monitors seven more times before we go to sleep.
Not because they’re awake, but because we miss them.
This is being so grateful for this life. For these kiddos. And for my husband.
This is ride together, die together.
This is me saying “thank you” which is never said enough.
This is thirty two.

XOXO

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  • Ashley - I love this post! So honest and thoughtful and real. I don’t have kids myself, but you’ve pretty much summed up what I know my mama friends are going through – Beautifully written 🙂

Decorate your Desktop | April 2018

Another month has come and gone. March completely flew by and I’m welcoming any warmer temps with open arms. Although we started April with some rain and drizzle, I’m just glad it isn’t snow.

For this month’s Decorate your Desktop, I found this quote that I absolutely love. Not only is it a tribute to the rainy month of April, but it’s also another beautiful quote striving for a kinder world. It’s a good reminder to think before we speak. There is nothing wrong with being opininated and standing up for what you believe in, but you can choose to do so in a mature and eloquent manner.

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Six Ways to Personalize your Wedding Envelope

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the smallest details when it comes to wedding paper. After all, it’s those details that make your stationery unique and truly personal to you, your fiancé, and your wedding day. Most couples focus on the invitation itself, and the pieces inside, but today I’m going to focus on what’s on the outside: the envelope.

Often envelopes are overlooked when it comes to custom wedding invitations. And I totally get it. Your wedding invitations need to include the very important details your guests have to know, like the actual wedding date and the time of events. But most of my clients don’t stop to think about that first impression when your guests see the actual wedding envelope in the mail. I know when I run out to the mailbox I always flip through the stacks of bills hoping something GOOD is in there. Am I right? So don’t you want your wedding envelopes to make a statement? Make your guests scramble to open the envelope immediately, rather than throw it on the counter with the rest of the mail?

Let’s talk about my favorite ways to personalize your wedding envelopes, and make that first impression one that lasts forever.

1 | Calligraphy

Like I mentioned in my previous post about 2018 wedding stationery trends, calligraphy is such a elegant and heartfelt way to make your envelope stand out in the mail. As you scroll through Instagram, calligraphy is everywhere and all for good reason. There is something so beautiful in something handmade in a world where everything is engineered. Whether it’s a quick imperfect brushstroke or pretty script with flourishes, custom calligraphy on your wedding envelopes is totally worth it.

 

2 | Stamps

The United States Post Office has definitely upgraded their postage designs over the years, but I often find that the standard postage that is offered still doesn’t quite work well for my custom invitation collections. Maybe the color doesn’t coordinate quite right or the feeling and vibe is off, that’s where vintage stamps—and even custom stamp designs—come into play. There are so many beautiful vintage stamps out there, like you see below, and  if vintage isn’t your thing, I can easily create a custom stamp that coordinates with your collection as well (see right).

(Left image by Christy Janeczko Photography)

 

3 | Address Design

Another way to spice up your envelope is to add some flair to your guests’ addresses. Mixing a script font with a serif font, playing with font hierarchy, going bold with white ink, and off-setting the address are all ways to keep it fresh. Here, you can see how I off-set “kindly deliver to” in two different ways.

 

4 | Envelope Liners

This has to be one of my favorite ways to add an unexpected detail that makes a huge statement. The nice thing about envelope liners is that they are usually printed on text weight paper, so it doesn’t add any additional weight (aka postage cost) to the collection. Win-win!

(Left image by Christy Janeczko Photography)

 

5 | Wax Seals

This hot 2018 trend that I talked about in my last post also works with wedding envelopes. Wax seals are all the rage and all for good reason. They are beautiful, timeless, and there are so many different options, such as color, design, and execution.

 

6 | Color

Probably the most simple and cost effective way is to simply swap a plain, white envelope for a hint of color. It doesn’t have to be anything bold if you are more of a neutral gal, but even a subtle envelope color, as you see below, in the mix with all those dang bills really goes a long way.

(Image by Christy Janeczko Photography)

 

There you have it, six great options to personalize your wedding envelopes for your wedding day. I hope this gave you some wedding stationery inspiration and made your brain tick a little. Now which is your favorite? Comment below, I’d love to know!

 

 

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