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Monday, July 28, 2014

{Calligraphy Monday} Family Tree Project

One of the best parts about doing what we do is getting to know our clients on a personal level.
Oftentimes we share in aspects of their lives that are not only personal and important, but are memories in the making. It is truly a privilege.

One recent example of this privilege is when we had the opportunity to create and illustrate a family tree project for a client.

After hours of planning how the design would look in a large, illustrated format, Jillian began the process of meticulously writing each person's name, years, and important locations on the paper.

She also drew the illustrations by hand, based on inspirations from the client.

The family crests were incorporated as well.

What an honor it was to share in the history of this client's family!
The time, planning, and attention to detail paid off to create a family heirloom that will hopefully be treasured for generations to come! Thank you, Lou, for allowing us to help you create this special representation of your family's history.

We also wanted to remind our readers that we will be participating in West Elm Santa Monica's Bridal Event this Sunday, August 3rd, from 12 to 2pm!

*As of today, there were 20 spots left!
Don't forget you MUST rsvp in order to attend!*
**Rsvp HERE to snag your spot to this fabulous event!**
Remember admission is free!!

Have a great week! :)

Monday, July 21, 2014

{Calligraphy Monday} Time to Pop the Champagne + West Elm Bridal Event

Hello 2 Hearts readers!
We hope you had a fabulous weekend, enjoying the gorgeous weather. We have some fun stuff to share with you today…so let's get to it!

First up, we are so excited to be participating in The Bridal Event hosted by West Elm Santa Monica!

Join us at West Elm Santa Monica on Sunday, August 3rd from 12pm - 2pm
for hors d'oeuvres, a photo booth, registry info, bridal make up tips, and of course, some special on-site calligraphy services from yours truly! :)

And the best part is, admission is free!
However, you must rsvp in order to attend (you must be on the guest list in order to participate). 
**Rsvp on Facebook here and on Eventbrite here**
Again, you MUST rsvp to attend!

What a fun way to get ideas for your registry, your home, and your upcoming wedding! Should be a ball, so we hope to see you there!

And in honor of calligraphy Monday, we wanted to share this fabulous project we did for a bride recently. This sweet bride wanted to use these rosé champagne bottles for favors at her wedding, but she also wanted them to serve double-duty as place cards. So in steps Jillian with some coordinating calligraphy :)

She used a pretty metallic rosy-pink ink for each guest's name.

All arranged on a table, the favors make quite a stunning display, don't they?
So fun! This idea could be used for a variety of occasions, and makes such a special favor!

That's it for now, but we hope you have a fabulous Monday!

Monday, July 7, 2014

{Calligraphy Monday} Birthday Beach Box & Cynla Notepad Giveaway Winners!

Good morning 2 Hearts readers!

We hope you had a wonderful long weekend, celebrating the 4th, eating good food, and hopefully spending lots of time with family and friends!

We thought this calligraphy project would be perfect to share today, since we're officially in summer mode now :) We created this "beach box" for a client who wanted to commemorate her husband's birthday in a special way, as the beach was a special place to them.

Jillian covered the lid with a beautiful blue card stock, and wrote the recipient's name in white calligraphy.

The box itself was filled with sand, shells, starfish, and sea glass…all little reminders of special memories on the beach.

Jillian also hand-wrote the note to accompany the box...

What a beautiful way to celebrate your love on a special birthday! We know this gift will be a treasure her husband. And this idea could easily be modified and used for an anniversary as well!

Finally, we wanted to announce the winners of our Cynla bridal notepad giveaway! :)

Our two randomly chosen winners are…

Leah Grossman
Laura Fancher

Congratulations ladies! :)
We sent an email to the email address you used during your entry, so please check that for information on claiming your prize, or contact us if you didn't receive it.

Thank you so much to everyone who entered!

Don't forget to check out Cynla's amazing array of hand-drawn cards here, and find her on Instagram and Facebook.

And have a wonderful Monday! :)

Monday, June 30, 2014

{Things We Heart} Cynla's Beautiful Notepads & A Giveaway!

Good morning 2 Hearts readers!

Do we have some exciting news for you today!
If you remember, several weeks ago we attended the incredible National Stationery Show in NYC (a whole weekend filled with stationery…swoon!)

One of the fabulous stationery designers we met that weekend was Cindy LaColla, who is the owner and creator of Cynla! She is the talented artist behind these beautiful notepads:

We talked about how much we loved her notepads here, and then sweet Cindy contacted us with a special giveaway offer for our readers!

Isn't that awesome?

We've gotten to know Cindy better through email correspondence, and feel like we have a kindred spirit in the stationery world! :) We just love her sweet personality and generous heart, and we know you will love her too. You must check out her gorgeous line of products and stationery in her Etsy store here.

Some of our favorite cards from her shop are the Mixer Birthday card, the Crockpot Birthday card, and the Brunch card, to name a few (all perfect for the foodies in your life!). You could easily spend an hour browsing over her beautiful artwork and the creative detail that goes into each and every card…so make sure you visit her Etsy shop and favorite it so you can stay up to date with all of her latest creations!

Ready to meet the lovely lady behind Cynla? Here's a little bit about Cindy, in her own words:

"Drawing has become a way for me to de-stress. I've found that it is the best medicine. I created Cynla to focus more on what matters in my life and send a “stress less” message into every piece of artwork I create. I incorporate a lot of the nature and world around me, and my art has become a visual diary of my life. 

I want to be better at keeping in touch with friends, make amazing memories with my favorite people and experience everything – and then make art that celebrates all of this. I want to live a happy, stress-free, inspired life. I try to create things that inspire others to do the same. 

I’m doing what I love and am so excited that people send my cards and art around the world. I’m proud to have a business that encourages people to communicate, connect with their family and friends, take time to write messages and put cards and letters in mailboxes.

I'm so excited to be a part of this giveaway and being featured on 2 Hearts B1 Designs! The gorgeous details that 2 Hearts B1 designs offers are what makes a wedding come together and makes it a day to remember. A big thank you to Jillian and Kylie for including me on their inspiring blog!"

~ Cindy LaColla of Cynla

Thank you Cindy! Can't you see why we just love her? We couldn't have expressed our sentiments about sending handwritten letters and cards any better ourselves.

So without further ado,
let's talk about the giveaway!

Sweet Cindy is giving away two of her beautiful notepads
one "I Do" notepad and
one "Just Married" notepad
{Two winners will be chosen, and each will win one notepad}

Perfect if you're a bride or for the bride in your life! These would make beautiful shower or wedding gifts, wouldn't they?

Simply enter by following the steps in the Rafflecopter below. Each step you complete earns you another entry to win!

The contest goes from today until midnight on Sunday (July 6th, 2014). Make sure to complete all the entry requirements to get 5 entries!
Winners will be announced on the blog on Monday, July 7th, and notepads will be shipped on July 14th.

Another BIG thank you to Cindy for this generous offer! We're so excited to be featuring your beautiful work!

Find Cindy and stay up to date on all of Cynla's beautiful products here:

Have a wonderful Monday!

Monday, June 9, 2014

{Calligraphy Monday} Busy, Busy

Hello lovely 2 Hearts readers!

This weekend was filled with projects, designing, consultations with new brides, and this…

A typical sight around here! ;)
So blessed to be doing what we love!

How was your weekend?

Friday, May 30, 2014

Last Week...

It's been a little quiet on the blog lately, and that's because the last few weeks have been filled with travel and inspiring ventures to fuel the year ahead. Most notably, we made our annual trip to the National Stationery Show in NYC…be still my heart :)

I thought I'd share some pics from the trip that were most inspiring and sparked lots of ideas for things to come!

First up, one of our favorites, Sugar Paper. How fun and gorgeous is this card? This was my favorite card from the trip.

Secondly, this birthday party-in-a-box by Tops Malibu…fabulous idea!

And I just loved these adorable little "Slip-Its"--notes you can slip to someone anytime, anywhere! These cuties were created by The Pink Orange.

These sweet notes by Paper Lovely express sentiments perfect for your significant other or even a bestie…they say, "We go together like…" with adorable pictures of PB&J, syrup & pancakes, ketchup & mustard, etc.

We also loved these bridal note pads and stationery sets by Cynla.

Last but definitely not least, one of the highlights of my trip was meeting the sweet Bonnie Marcus…she is such an inspiration, I just love her!

So those were a few highlights of the show, hope you enjoyed seeing some of my favorite items! I'm already looking forward to next year!

Have a fabulous weekend and we'll see you next week with more of our latest projects :)

Friday, May 16, 2014

{Frosting Friday} Fresh Tags and Signage for Toast

Hello 2 Hearts readers!

We're excited to share with you a project we've been working on for sometime now. We've had the great pleasure of working with Toast, the amazing Los Angeles bakery and cafe, to recreate some of their bakery tags, signage, and even their menu.

We'll be sharing more pictures as they come, but for now here are the new cake and candy tags we designed to refresh their look! :)

Their assortment of candy jars is amazing! (Sorry some of the pictures are slightly blurry).

The red gingham ribbon is the perfect touch to these jars!

They also carry a variety of other candies and treats...

How cute are these lemonade mixes?

Their baked bread is amazing...

As well as their cakes!

These adorable little rolling pins serve as holders for the cake flavor cards.


We couldn't be more excited to be working with such a wonderful bakery and cafe, especially since it happens to be one of our favorite places to visit! :)

Check it out for yourself next time you're near The Grove.

Happy Friday!
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