1st Place – 2012 DIY Category Ashley Mullin

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Our annual design contest provides an opportunity for our DIY customers and professional designers to showcase their creative talents. This year we had hundreds of entries and it was truly amazing to see how creative our customers are! The staff here at Cards & Pockets voted to narrow down the entries, and our Facebook fans voted for the top three in both the Do It Yourself and Professional Design categories. After all votes were tallied, Ashley Mullin was crowned the 1st place winner of the DIY category.

With the help of a Photoshop savvy friend, and inspired by their love for snowboarding, Ashley put together a professional quality suite that set the tone for the big day perfectly.

Ashley shared some insight on the design process with us:

“My husband and I are avid snowboarders and even well before we got engaged we always talked about getting married at Mont Tremblant Ski Resort in Quebec Canada. We live in Ontario so it’s about 2 hours away but the location is beautiful all year round and who wouldn’t want to have their guests swept away to their reception venue by gondola!
We got married on September 22nd, 2012 and it was beautiful but one of my favorite parts of the wedding was the invitations. I am a pretty crafty person and a lot of our wedding stuff was DIY. I think it adds personality and lets everyone involved know that you put time and care into making your wedding a special day to remember.
I had a rough idea of what I wanted the invitations to look like and with some help from my friend Gaelan, her MAC and Photoshop they could not have looked better.
We used Cards and Pocket Dark Grey pocket folds and contrasted the dark grey with stark white enclosures. The enclosures were printed on scrapbook paper that had a faint wood grain pattern on one side and print on the reverse. We used the wood grain side as well for the matte behind the invitation. The RSVP card was a double sided postcard with a vintage black and white photo of the Chapel where we were getting married. The Map card was also double sided with directions on one side and a map on the other.
The pocket fold was wrapped in a custom belly band that we had printed with a reading we had chosen for our wedding (love is patient love is kind….). On top of the belly band we used grey linen fabric to hold our custom wedding tag in place. This all went into beautiful vellum envelopes with printed block lettering on the outside and our return address logo on the back flap (note: vellum is not easy to print on!).
All in all they took a lot of time and a lot of glue but I could not be happier with the final product and all the wonderful compliments when our guests received them!”