Ten Ways to Makeover a Wedding Invitation

Can a store-bought wedding invitation be changed up for ten different looks?  And can it be accomplished on a budget?  You bet!

Using simple and inexpensive ideas, a standard invitation package was transformedinvitation-group[1] into ten unique, stylish versions. This DIY invitation  comes to us from Shelly and Megan, the creative mother/daughter team who founded online retailer, Paper Mojo.

For this makeover, Shelly used a classic Rossi patterned decorative sheet from the Flowers collection (TSC 027).

Here are Shelly’s simple instructions:

#1: Add an envelope liner

#1 Add an envelope liner. Our invitation came with a square flap envelope.  All it takes is one square of cut paper and double-sided tape to secure the liner.  With the extra paper, we added a wide belly band, holding all the pieces together, neat and tidy.

#2: Add a fuscia backer card

 

#2 Add a Fuscia backer card.  The purchased invitation is actually a little smaller than 5” x 7” (4.875” x 6.878”), making it easy to add a standard size backer card.

 

 

#3: all pieces backed with black cardstock

 

 

#3 Add drama with black.  Adding black backer sheets provides a thicker border and focuses the eye on the invite copy.

 

#4: Black backer laminated with Flowered sheet, cord tie and tag

 

 

#4 Create a package by laminating to the Rossi paper. Add a black cord tie and tag. Who doesn’t love to open a package!

 

#5: Add a fancy pocket

 

 

#5 Adding a fancy pocket  organizes the content – response card, directions, etc.. especially if you prefer to keep the front side completely original.

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#6  Add the Rossi sheet to the back of the invitation, directions and response card and tie the bundle together with a coordinating ribbon. This is another good way to introduce color and pattern into your invitation.

 

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#7 Create a gatefold by placing the invite on larger paper – 5 x 7- then scoring and folding the sides. Add a bellyband and secure with an elegant monogram tag.

 

 

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#8 Add a contrasting color envelope and backer card for a country look.  Switch the envelope to a pointed flap and you have a completely different look.

 

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#9 Use a bit of origami style folding to create a decorative paper closure on a folded card. The result looks elegant and classic and holds the invitation together in a unique way. Inside, a simple band secures the invitation enclosures.

 

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#10  Add elegance with a pocket fold invitation jacket. They’re available in a variety of sizes and shapes so a standard size invitation will nicely fill the center panel. The pocket fold is lined like an envelope and the outside gets a layered seal, allowing it to easily open and close.

Shelly says that most of these ideas work well for a beginner paper crafter and require only basic paper crafting tools like scissors and paper cutter or trimmer.  What’s truly amazing is the affordability …. usually only a few dollars to completely transform the look.

Want to learn more?  Shelly provides detailed instructions, a cost breakdown, and additional photos on the Paper Mojo website.

For more information, visit www.rossi1931.it

Italian Stationery Wins Over Your Heart

Valentine’s Day is traditionally known as the day of love, often expressed by handmade paper Valentines and homemade treats of all sorts.  Rossi embraces this tradition, in fact, it’s practically the company credo and you’ll see it proclaimed numerous times onrossi love the Rossi website.  It’s true: the Rossi stationery products are made with creativity and tradition—and a big dose of love!

With less than a week to go to the Big Day, share your love and appreciation with these inspirational Valentine ideas crafted with Rossi products.

All Heart: A new pattern from the 2013 Letterpress Collection
Red is for Roses:  A new pattern from the 2013 Letterpress Collection. (also available in tan)

Kris Stewart, owner of Scroll Book Arts, loves using the new letterpress papers
for her albums and books.  She explains: “Never having worked with letterpress before, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! Now it’s officially my favorite Rossi paper to work with. Letterpress has such a nice texture to it. If you haven’t felt letterpress before, the printing process leaves an indentation so you not only see the printing, you feel
it. This paper is a dream and I thoroughly enjoyed crafting these albums.”

Bookbinder Kris Stewart will win over your heart with this lovely album crafted with Letterpress paper
Bookbinder Kris Stewart will win over your heart with this lovely album crafted with Letterpress paper
The Letterpress texture works well for albums and books
All Heart:  the red bookcloth sets off the tan letterpress paper and the texture works particularly well for albums and books

Rossi decorative sheets are not only great for albums, but work well with any product branding. Juliette Goggin from the UK packages her soap line, jewelry and repurposed goods with Rossi papers.

Juliette Goggin’s handmade treasures look extra special when packaged with beautiful paper

For more information about Juliette Goggin, please visit: http://www.juliettegoggin.co.uk/

Kris Stewart’s books can be found on her Etsy store, Scroll.

For Rossi products, see our list of US Retailers.

To see a video of the Rossi1931 collection, click here. For more information about Rossi1931, please visit http://rossi1931.com/

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Letterpress: Italian Style

 

As usual, Rossi put their own spin on the collection, producing patterns with a bold contemporary flavor.
Rossi put their own spin on letterpress, producing patterns with a bold contemporary flavor.

As you might have heard, letterpress has been enjoying a renaissance in the last decade or so. Beautifully tactile and simply exquisite, letterpress printing has a rich elegance that one can’t help but appreciate.

Last year, Rossi introduced a letterpress collection featuring 16 classic designs.  That collection, which included Italian designs dating from the 15th and 16th centuries, surpassed expectations and now in 2013, has been expanded, this time with a more contemporary and modern feel.  MG_0201[1]

Letterpress is both an art and a science. It’s just the type of printing that Rossi excels at because it requires a high level of craftsmanship and great patience to produce. To create the collection, Rossi’s own vintage printing presses were brought out of retirement and put to work.

Prints are made one-at-a-time with each print having its own unique variations of ink coverage and depth of impression. Registering the color on press is critical, especially when the motifs are tight and complex, as they are with the Rossi patterns.

key closeupA high quality and heavier weight paper that will not tear or collapse when pressed is generally used for letterpress.  Rossi 1931 uses a perfect type of paper containing fibers that are soft and readily accept an impression.  Needless to say, the prints are luxurious and the telltale impression the press leaves on the paper is sought after by stationery fans everywhere.

These distinctive prints are available in a large size of 20 x 28 (50 x 70 cm) making them ideal for invitations, book covers and albums, greeting cards, and personal stationery, even framed prints.  Here’s a sneak peek of the new collection:

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A large selection of Rossi papers are now stocked stateside in Florida, making shipping and delivery a breeze throughout the US. For a list of retailers carrying Rossi papers, please click here.

For more information, visit http://rossi1931.com

Think Outside the (Gift) Box!

There’s no reason to follow ALL the rules at Christmas, especially when it comes to wrapping presents. In fact, it’s the time of year when you can get a little crazy with the wrapping!

Go beyond green, red, and gold and consider some of these Italian-made decorative sheets from Rossi1931. Superbly printed, Rossi is well-known for producing a dazzling array of decorative papers featuring subjects as diverse as shoes to wine labels to vintage airplanes to Pinocchio figures.

So as you begin your marathon gift-wrapping season, think outside the box this year, and consider a few of these exciting choices:

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Is there a traveler on your list?  This sheet is all about color and fun!   What boy wouldn’t be excited to open this on Christmas Day?

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A girl can never have enough shoes, (or shoe paper for that matter!)

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I cannot tell a lie, I love this paper! The beloved story of Pinocchio is a best loved paper from Rossi.  And it practically begs for you to tell your little ones the fable of Pinocchio!

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Stylish, retro and chic! The fashionista on your list will appreciate the vintage feel of this.

That’s just a small sampling of what is available from stationery maker Rossi 1931, a family owned company based near Florence, Italy. An icon of Italian design, Rossi has been making stationery products since 1931.  Now in its third generation, the company continues to craft its traditional designs, but adds innovative new designs every season. Every product is designed and made in Italy—a true artisan product.

A large selection of Rossi papers are now stocked stateside in Florida, making shipping and delivery a breeze throughout the US. For a list of retailers carrying Rossi papers, please click here.

To view a video of the Rossi1931 collection, click here.

For more information, visit http://rossi1931.com

 

 

Be Merry and Bright with Rossi Holiday Papers

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Thinking of your holiday gift wrap already?  If you’re looking for some stylish ways to dress up Santa’s presents, holiday themed papers from Rossi 1931 can make your gifts extra special.

‘Tis the season for poinsettia, holly and mistletoe! This Italian-made collection strikes just the right note of classic and holiday.  With brilliant colors and festive patterns, the Holiday papers are some of Rossi’s oldest and most cherished designs. Choose from a large selection of merry and bright colors, like these elegant holly, poinsettia, or mistletoe papers.

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Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree!

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Don’t forget the finishing touch….add a bit of flair with matching Holiday cards, gift tags and place cards.  It’s as easy as finding the right match for your greetings!

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Known for its vibrant patterns and rich colors, Italian-based Rossi has been producing fine papers since 1931. That’s when the Rossi family opened its doors near Florence, Italy and began creating traditional Florentine stationery, popular with American and British communities living nearby.  Today the company is run by a third generation of the Rossi family, still committed to producing the traditional patterns but adding innovative new designs to the mix every year.

The best part?  A large selection of Rossi papers are now stocked stateside in Florida, making shipping and delivery a breeze throughout the US.  For a list of retailers carrying Rossi papers, please click here.

To see a video of the Rossi1931 collection, click here.

For more information, please visit rossi1931.com

 

 

 

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