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Addressing a Perfect Envelope

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Calligraphy and addressing is a labor of love for invites to any event. we get asked frequently why addressing is such an investment, and if they should take the time to add the personal touch themselves. Calligrapher Cheryl Dyer breaks down the details, and how you can make the decision for your event knowing whats involved in doing it yourself.
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If you are anything like me, the daily stack of mail that drops through your mail slot has arrived at your home by direction of a computer printed address.  So, on the rare occasion that a hand-lettered (or even hand-scrawled for that matter!) address appears on an envelope it stops me in my tracks.

The address on your wedding invitation is your guest’s first peek into what is in store for your wedding event– why not stop them in their tracks? First impressions matter!

As a professional calligrapher I’ve quite a bit of experience addressing envelopes. I love working with couples who have hired me to do their hand-lettering for them, but I also like to share my experience with brides who choose to do addressing themselves. You certainly can create beautifully done envelopes on your own!

One common addressing problem for brides and grooms is address placement. How do you letter an address so it is an a consistent position on each envelope? How do you make sure your address placement follows straight guidelines? This is particularly difficult when envelopes are darker in color and one can’t place a guide inside.

 What follows is a step-by-step guide:

1. You’ve chosen your envelopes and writing utensil– great start! You’ll also need a cutting board, card stock, Xact-o knife, straight edge, pencil and ruler. 1_envelopes2. Using a pencil, trace around your envelope lightly onto card stock.

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3. Cut out your envelope guide using a sharp blade and straight edge.

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4. Draw guidelines onto your guide paper with a straight edge and pencil. If you have a t-square, now is the time to use it as it will guarantee level lines.  Make sure the first line is below the mid-point of your envelope– we don’t want your address bumping into the stamp! Draw a base line for each address line and also a line above it to mark the desired height of your lower-case letters. Each set of guidelines should have enough space between them to make sure the address is airy and not compact.

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5. Using your sharp blade and a straight edge, cut out the inside of each set of guidelines.

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6. Place the guide sheet over your envelope and lightly pencil each set of guidelines on the envelope. If you have the option, use a softer pencil lead.

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7. The guidelines are easier to see under a desk lamp.

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8. Address your envelopes!

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9. After the ink has dried, lightly erase the lines with a soft art eraser.

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10. If you are not skilled in calligraphy, there are plenty of options for beautiful opaque ink in mono-line pens.

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Cheryl Dyer is a professional calligrapher who resides in Omaha, NE. You can see more of her work at: www.cheryldyer.com

 

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The Value of Calligraphy

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This week, we are thrilled to have a guest post from one of our treasured summer interns. She has blossomed into an amazing designer, landed an amazing job post-college, and is an amazing budding calligrapher. We wanted to share her insight on Calligraphy, and its value to wedding invites. Follow her scribbles on instagram! Love and miss you Erin!
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Up until very recently, I only had the foggiest idea as to what calligraphy actually was. However, thanks to life altering sites like Pinterest and Instagram, I discovered modern calligraphy and hand lettering and was immediately hooked. I happily embarked on a new obsession/hobby with no looking back.

Now when I think of calligraphy, the first word that comes to mind is “human.” We live in such a digital world, where everything is cookie cutter and mass produced. Personal communication and handwritten notes are a thing of the past, and it’s rare to come across something as intimate as a handwritten note. Calligraphy is an art form with roots that spans centuries of personal communication, and I love being a small part of keeping it alive.

Far from being limited to stodgy old documents and certificates, calligraphy is incredibly versatile and there are endless variations and possibilities! One can distinctly set a particular mood or create a desired style using just a few carefully placed lines. The personality of a bride and the essence her special day can shine through this beautiful art form, whether vintage or romantic, classic or modern. With a trained hand, the shapes of the letters themselves come together to tell a story just as clear as the words they form.

Weddings are fundamentally about people, two people making a lifelong commitment to each other. This is why calligraphy is the perfect medium for communicating in a heartfelt and personal way, the joyful celebration of a new future of two individuals, built on beautiful traditions of the past.

XO,
Erin

DIY Techniques: Part 1

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Here at Meldeen, we realize that invitations are only a small part of your big day, but we’ve got big ideas. One of our favorite parts of the paper process is bringing in textural elements that complement your day. We dream in ribbon, twine, fabric and lace. If you are looking to spruce up the traditional invitation suite – throw a bow on it! Literally. Add an element of texture. Get creative. We’ve done everything from doily envelopes to simple envelope liners that add a personal touch. We are always happy to pitch ideas that create dimension for your paper pieces. And sure, before we deliver your invitation suite, we can do all the handiwork for you. One stop shop. No fuss.

But why not treat all the lovely ladies involved in your day to a Craft Party? Make it a relaxing, casual affair and invite your closest girlfriends with the gift for gab. Or have one of your shower hosts incorporate crafting into one of your traditional wedding parties. Wedding planning can be super stressful, and not just for the bride-to-be! The wedding party experiences the stress of party planning, too. Why not give your girls a day off and enjoy each other over champagne cocktails and glue sticks?

We’ve collected three easy DIY techniques from recent clients to get your brain turning about the endless paper possibilities.

1. Invitation Duplexing
Duplexing is a fancy word for glueing two pieces of paper together. You could glue two different sizes together to create a frame effect, or simply construct a paper that’s doubly thick. Get crazy with it and do something asymmetrical, or glue a pocket for the RSVP or info card.

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2. Envelope Liners
Bring in a personal element – maybe an illustration or painting that means something to you or your families. Keep it traditional with an extra solid pop of color, or a complimentary pattern. Liner options are endless and we can make custom liners out of pretty much any artwork.

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3. Throw a Bow on It
You can tie a bow on almost anything. This is a great option if your wedding party isn’t the craftiest bunch. We’ll send you the paper pieces with holes already punched. Whether it’s your ceremony program or a detail in your invitation suite, you could do this with your eyes closed. If you’re feeling ambitious, pick a more creative bow. Do something different.

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