I've been Minted!!

Posted on by Teresa Lang

Just as I'm about to submit my work to a Minted challenge, there is a moment where I hesitate...where I'm excited at the possibility of winning and nervous from putting myself out there, feeling that raw tension of other creatives critiquing your work. I'm not overly disappointed when one of my submissions doesn't make the cut because with each one, I can see how my work has improved and where it needs to improve. It's fun and challenging and kind of addicting. 

I recently submitted to their West Elm art challenge, and I'm beyond excited to share that one of my photos was chosen as an Editor's Pick! This is one of my favorites from our trip to Amsterdam a few years ago, so this is a super sweet win. 

>> Prints are now available for purchase on Minted's site

Safari Adventure

Posted on by Teresa Lang

As Eva's birthday got closer, I found myself clicking through folders of Eva's baby photos and ran across one of Eva and her rhino. This little guy rarely leaves her side. He often joins us on shopping trips or at the dinner table...and always for bedtime stories. I knew there were more photos of these two, so I went on a little hunt and found a photo to celebrate each year. Who knew a simple gift that was given to her when she was 6 months old would turn into her faithful sidekick? Here's to 5 years of adventures!

Eva + Rhino 

Eva + Rhino 

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Eva's only request was a chocolate cake, so I found a recipe on Pinterest that was easy to make and super YUM. We did a lot of repurposing for this party. For the cake stand, we took a fence post and part of old garage shelf that we cut to size and added beaded trim and patterned paper. Boom...done. Brown paper sacks were used as small bins for all the goodies and a pair of wooden boxes that we had on hand were used for cupcake stands. And what safari cake table would be complete without gold-painted plastic animals? 

Eva's only request was a chocolate cake, so I found a recipe on Pinterest that was easy to make and super YUM. We did a lot of repurposing for this party. For the cake stand, we took a fence post and part of old garage shelf that we cut to size and added beaded trim and patterned paper. Boom...done. Brown paper sacks were used as small bins for all the goodies and a pair of wooden boxes that we had on hand were used for cupcake stands. And what safari cake table would be complete without gold-painted plastic animals? 

The favor boxes were a Hobby Lobby find for $1/box - WIN. We decorated them with vintage travel stickers and a name tag for each kiddo. 

The favor boxes were a Hobby Lobby find for $1/box - WIN. We decorated them with vintage travel stickers and a name tag for each kiddo. 

Each one was filled with a canteen, animal mask, binoculars, magnifying glass, and plastic animal. 

Each one was filled with a canteen, animal mask, binoculars, magnifying glass, and plastic animal. 

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Zoo scavenger hunt

Zoo scavenger hunt

Thank you card

Thank you card

Baby Soiree

Posted on by Teresa Lang

We celebrated the upcoming arrival our little one with an incredible outdoor brunch, hosted by our wildly creative friends. We were spoiled with fancy breakfast eats and beautiful party details that I just love, and left with such beautiful memories from that weekend. Here are a few snapshots! 

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Acrylic Wedding Reception Menu

Posted on by Teresa Lang

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This fabulous bride & groom hosted an intimate fête at Wolfgang Puck Bel-Air in Beverly Hills. Their guests thought they were attending an engagement party, but the couple surprised them with a beautiful brunch announcing their elopement. 

Their menu was a dual-sided, 2-color print on acrylic. 

 

 

 

VICTORY SCHOOL OF LEADERSHIP

Posted on by Teresa Lang

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vinyl sticker

I was fortunate to be able to design VSL's promo material for the second year in a row.

It was incredible to be at the start of their journey and see a group of young people, including their director, so passionate about what they do. Their vision continually pushes my boundaries and allows me to stretch my "design" legs. 

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fold-out brochure

fold-out brochure

booklet

booklet

4'x8' banner options

4'x8' banner options

8'x8' banner options

8'x8' banner options

t-shirt design

t-shirt design

MINTED Letterpress

Posted on by Teresa Lang

MINTED launched their Letterpress Wedding Collection this past March and I couldn't be more thrilled to say that one of my designs was chosen to be in their inaugural collection of 30 invitation suites!

They offer a palette of 33 letterpress colors, up to 3-color printing, and 2 wonderfully thick 100% cotton paper options. Head over to Minted now to check out all the incredible letterpress designs!

 

 

The Amazing Little Miss Eva

Posted on by Teresa Lang

When it comes to parties, I'm all about the look for less. It's amazing what you can take from ordinary to extraordinary with a few household items and a little elbow grease.  

 

To compliment  our yellow and pink color scheme, we chose a strawberry lemonade buttercream cake and embellished it with tissue paper flowers and handmade bunting.   I designed the vintage poster you see in the background and had it printed at Staples as an engineer print (less than $7 for a 36"x48" print).   

To compliment  our yellow and pink color scheme, we chose a strawberry lemonade buttercream cake and embellished it with tissue paper flowers and handmade bunting. 

 I designed the vintage poster you see in the background and had it printed at Staples as an engineer print (less than $7 for a 36"x48" print). 

 

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The dessert table was filled with easy-to-make goodies: white chocolate-dipped pretzels, strawberry marshmallows with white chocolate and shaved coconut, strawberry-flavored oreos, strawberry malt balls, store-bought caramel popcorn, iced animal crackers in paper cones....it was outta control. All the patterned paper was printed at home, and I found a printable template for the popcorn boxes.  The tent was much easier to put together than it looks. We built a very simple wooden frame out of 1x2s. Four were cut to the appropriate height and secured to our dining table legs. Then we built a rectangle that we nailed to the four posts. That's it. I repurposed four painter's drop cloths for the actual tent and had leftover paint from a previous project for the pink stripes. In case you don't, the sample paint size from the hardware store is all you need. I used a staple gun to secure the tent to the posts and the ends met at the top of our light fixture, where I simply sewed them together.   

The dessert table was filled with easy-to-make goodies: white chocolate-dipped pretzels, strawberry marshmallows with white chocolate and shaved coconut, strawberry-flavored oreos, strawberry malt balls, store-bought caramel popcorn, iced animal crackers in paper cones....it was outta control. All the patterned paper was printed at home, and I found a printable template for the popcorn boxes. 

The tent was much easier to put together than it looks. We built a very simple wooden frame out of 1x2s. Four were cut to the appropriate height and secured to our dining table legs. Then we built a rectangle that we nailed to the four posts. That's it. I repurposed four painter's drop cloths for the actual tent and had leftover paint from a previous project for the pink stripes. In case you don't, the sample paint size from the hardware store is all you need. I used a staple gun to secure the tent to the posts and the ends met at the top of our light fixture, where I simply sewed them together. 

 

For the invitation, I wanted something that stood out but not so far outside the box where it broke the budget, so I created these...a fun mix of fonts and colors with a moving center piece that revealed the party details. They are printed on pearlescent paper for the slightest bit of shimmer. Since my husband and I wanted to avoid a toy overload, I  included a personalized bookplate inviting guests to bring their favorite childhood book instead. 

For the invitation, I wanted something that stood out but not so far outside the box where it broke the budget, so I created these...a fun mix of fonts and colors with a moving center piece that revealed the party details. They are printed on pearlescent paper for the slightest bit of shimmer. Since my husband and I wanted to avoid a toy overload, I  included a personalized bookplate inviting guests to bring their favorite childhood book instead. 

I was incredibly lucky to find an old rocking horse via Craigslist for $25. It wasn't attached to the base, so all we had to do was cut off the springs and clean it up a bit. We drilled a hole on the top and bottom of the horse and bought pvc pipe from our local hardware store to fit. I placed the entire piece in a Christmas tree stand and sprayed painted it pink. After adding more of the handmade bunting and a small strip of ribbon, it was ready for it's debut! All in all, this cost around $40. 

I was incredibly lucky to find an old rocking horse via Craigslist for $25. It wasn't attached to the base, so all we had to do was cut off the springs and clean it up a bit. We drilled a hole on the top and bottom of the horse and bought pvc pipe from our local hardware store to fit. I placed the entire piece in a Christmas tree stand and sprayed painted it pink. After adding more of the handmade bunting and a small strip of ribbon, it was ready for it's debut! All in all, this cost around $40. 

Our vaulted ceiling was perfect for a "big-top", so I made pom-poms out of kool-aid stained coffee filters and spare ribbon. Total cost for 1000 coffee filters and 2 packs of kool-aid , $5. 

Our vaulted ceiling was perfect for a "big-top", so I made pom-poms out of kool-aid stained coffee filters and spare ribbon. Total cost for 1000 coffee filters and 2 packs of kool-aid , $5. 

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FAVOR BAGS I had a few white paper bags on hand, so I adorned them with a handmade pinwheel on printed patterned paper and a custom kraft label and filled them with goodies from a local dollar store. 

FAVOR BAGS

I had a few white paper bags on hand, so I adorned them with a handmade pinwheel on printed patterned paper and a custom kraft label and filled them with goodies from a local dollar store. 

I had a few vases tucked away and the others were dollar store finds that I glued atop candle sticks (thank you Pinterest for that brilliant idea). Paper fans from Oriental Trading Company and a candy bar with candy from the dollar store. Handmade bunting and labels. 

I had a few vases tucked away and the others were dollar store finds that I glued atop candle sticks (thank you Pinterest for that brilliant idea). Paper fans from Oriental Trading Company and a candy bar with candy from the dollar store. Handmade bunting and labels. 

One happy birthday girl..

One happy birthday girl..