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An Aqua, Pink, and Gold Baby Shower

Events and StationeryEmily NicolettiComment

This post is a bittersweet one! I had the privilege of helping to plan a baby shower for one of my dearest friends (many of you know Ashley), but I wasn't able to actually attend. Of course I was beyond bummed, but sweet Ash totally understood, and lucky for me, Ash's sister is the amazing Courtney Timms of Courtney Timms Photography, so the day was well-documented.

I was tasked with my favorite part of party-planning--planning the theme and the decor! Anyone who knows Ashley knows that she loves all things metallic gold, so I knew that had to be part of the plan! I also know her well enough to know that she loves all things aqua and pink, so the them part came together easily, especially since we knew we were showering her little baby GIRL! So we went with pink, aqua, and gold with bit of Kate Spade inspiration, and we were off!

In my opinion, the invitations for any party set the tone. They came together really easily since I knew I wanted a pretty script with my go-to serif font (Archer). Some pretty floral elements with some gold flourishes, and I was almost done. I had all kinds of crazy options for the background, but my sweet husband Josh looked over my shoulder and said, "Why don't you just make it that solid blue-ish color?" I tried it just to humor him, and that was that! I am so glad he encouraged me not to over-complicate the design. Plus, I think everyone was happy with the invitation design in the end, which is obviously the goal!

 Invitation Design by The Creative Swell [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

Invitation Design by The Creative Swell [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

I hand-painted this canvas banner with JUST enough time for it to dry before dropping it off at Ashley's mom's house before we headed out of town. It turned out to be a hit and the "Baby Jessee" portion was promptly hung in the nursery after the shower, which made Auntie Em feel very honored :)

 Painted Canvas Baby Shower Banner

Painted Canvas Baby Shower Banner

 Painted Canvas Baby Shower Banner [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

Painted Canvas Baby Shower Banner [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

I'm a sucker for tissue paper pompoms and the like, so of course I also dropped off some of those in the "decorations supplies" I brought over pre-party, and then the other girls did a great job of arranging flowers, making beautiful food, and arranging decor right on the dot with the theme we had selected! I can't take credit for the following photos--they did a great job pulling it all together!!

 Pink flowers in blue mason jars [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

Pink flowers in blue mason jars [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

 Baby shower flowers [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

Baby shower flowers [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

 The cutest little cupcakes! [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

The cutest little cupcakes! [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

 [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography}

[Photo: Courtney Timms Photography}

 Pink baby shower cookies! [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

Pink baby shower cookies! [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

 Mimosa bar! [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

Mimosa bar! [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

 Mimosas and "mom-osa's" [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

Mimosas and "mom-osa's" [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

I love the next few photos because they show just how loved and celebrated momma Ashley and sweet baby Ryan really are!

 [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

[Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

 [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

[Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

 [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

[Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

 [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

[Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

But wait, there's more! While I missed out on the shower, I didn't miss out on the best part... Miss Ryan is HERE and beautiful and bringing so much love into all of our lives--including Uncle Josh and Auntie Em!

 [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

[Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

So much love and many congratulations to Ash and Cory! We love all three of you!!

Published: Coastal Romantic Wedding Shoot

Events and StationeryEmily NicolettiComment

Hello hello!! My goodness, do we have a lot to catch up on! I've got a few updates coming your way, so stay tuned. But let's start it off with a bang!

I've recently had some work featured on Fab You Bliss and Aisle Society! When wedding planner Katelyn from Haddy Ever After asked if I'd like to be a part of a styled shoot she was working on, I said yes immediately! She described the inspiration for the shoot as "coastal and romantic", so I knew it was going to be beautiful. But holy moly, these images are breathtaking! I contributed the wedding stationary, and I am honored to have my work featured with all of these incredible vendors. Check it out!!

©2016 Mai Fotography, LLC
©2016 Mai Fotography, LLC

Be sure to head over to Fab You Bliss and Aisle Society for more dreamy photos. And check out these amazing vendors as well! 

Photographer: Mai Fotography | Dress: Ava Clara Couture Bridal Boutique | Hair: Beauty by Sharra ,LLC | Makeup Artist: ColorWorks by Lauren | Cake Designer: Cakes by Angela Morrison | Rentals: Mad Hatter Vintage | Floral Designer: Palette of Petals | Invitation Designer: The Creative Swell | Linens: Waterford Event Rentals

Thanksgiving & "Friendsgiving" Decorations

Events and Stationery, PrintableEmily NicolettiComment

Hello hello, and happy Monday! I'm kicking off my regular blogging today with a quick look into our weekend!

DIY Thanksgiving Banner from The Creative Swell

My dear friend Ashley had the wonderful idea of hosting a Friendsgiving celebration this year. We agreed to co-host, although other than for contributing the turkey and a few little hand-made signs, I can't take much credit for how well everything came together. As always, I brought my camera, took a few quick photos, sat the camera down, and promptly and forgot about it. BUT I'm bound and determined to be better about sharing the little projects I do here and there, so here are a few  photos! Scroll to the bottom for a DIY banner for your own Thanksgiving celebration!

Friendsgiving Decorations from The Creative Swell
Friendsgiving Decorations from The Creative Swell

I threw together a few little signs to label the hot drinks, including hot chocolate, regular, and spiked apple cider. We all agreed that (unsurprisingly), the spiked cider was the most popular choice :)

Friendsgiving Decorations from The Creative Swell

Ashley put together a sign-up page through Perfect Potluck, which I had never used before. It was a great way to both divvy up the sides and keep tabs on who was planning to join us. There was quite a spread of food, and so many tasty and different options.

Friendsgiving Decorations from The Creative Swell
Friendsgiving Decorations from The Creative Swell

I also made a quick, simple "thankful" banner which we hung above all of those tasty pies and desserts! SO simple to do... So I made you a free printable and put together some instructions for you to make your own!

  1. Click here to download the template.
  2. Print. If you want your banner to look like mine, print the first two pages on red paper, and the second two on brown.
  3. Fill in the letters with gold metallic Sharpie, or you can even use some metallic craft paint.
  4. Cut out the shapes.
  5. Lay the letters out face-down on a table (backwards so they read correctly when flipped upright), and lay bakers twine or yarn straight across the tops of each piece. Use regular tape to secure the twine to the paper.
  6. Hang your banner! That's it!

ALL THINGS NEW

Branding, Styled Photos, Events and Stationery, LetteringEmily NicolettiComment

Today is the website day!! There are so many good things happening that I am so excited to share! But first, some background...

Many of you know that about two years ago, I launched the first iteration of this little business--Emily Nicoletti Design. My journey over the past few years is a story for another blog post, but for now I'll just say that it's been a challenging season. But in the midst of some tough times, Emily Nicoletti Design gave me the opportunity to work with a huge variety of different clients and to learn a lot and sharpen my technical skills in the process. 

Some of the biggest lessons I've learned over the past few years in business have been lessons I've learned about myself. I've learned routines and creative rituals that help me thrive. I've noticed trends in the kids of projects that make me come alive, and those that just feel tedious. I've focused in on my personal design style, and I've learned that it is okay to not take on projects that don't fit my goals.

That's where the vision for a new kind of personal business began. What if I could narrow the focus of my business to only projects and services that I enjoy working on? Could I make these kinds of projects into a real business? Do I need the kinds of big, corporate clients other designers work for?

After months of thinking, planning, and creating, I'm making the leap. I'm creating a business that will serve my clients better because of the passion and heart I'll be able to put behind it. The Creative Swell is born. We've got a new name to mark the transition (thanks to Josh for that one!), new branding, a new website, new projects. Here is a little overview of what's new:

Branding and logo design have always been a staple around here, but now we're taking things in a much more defined, clear direction. Instead of taking on any and every project thrown my way, regardless of whether or not the idea of the project fits my style, I'm narrowing my focus to work with creative entrepreneurs and small business owners who are looking for curated, polished, and elegant design to represent their brands. I really want my passion and my heart for beauty to come through in each and every brand I create--and that's a million times more likely to happen when I'm able to use my unique skills and talents in my work. If you are looking for fresh, clean, totally custom branding, and you like the vibe of what you see on my site, let's talk! I'm guessing we'd be a good fit.

Some of my favorite projects are stationery pieces. I love to work with brides, party planners, and friends who like to send mail to create gorgeous stationery pieces to set just the right tone for an event. Paper and stationery should be just as big a piece of an event as anything else, and should certainly be beautiful pieces of art. Tell me about your event, and I'll help you come up with stationery that feels like a thoughtful gift for the recipient. Additions and even a shop are coming to this category soon, so stay tuned!

Styled photos are a brand new feature for The Creative Swell! After too many frustrating hours of searching the internet for stock photos to use in design projects and not finding exactly what I needed, I decided it was time to do something about it. I've been creating these styled photos as a resource for designers and non-designers to use to mockup products, to display their work, or to easily create professional-looking banners and web graphics. I've really enjoyed creating images that I would want to use in my own work, so if there's anything you'd like to see added to the collection, let's talk and I'll see what I can do! I'd also love to do custom photos of your products for your online shop. Head over to my Creative Market page to see my work!

Now, I realize this one is a bit of a tease, since my hand lettering is really the star of the show here in many ways. I'm putting some finishing touches on a BUNCH of very new, very exciting things that you will be seeing very soon! I'm rolling out a shop, some tutorials, and even some videos. This blog will be largely focused on lettering tutorials, supplies, inspiration, and my lettering work. Big things are in the works, and I can't wait to share them, so please take a second to subscribe to the blog and follow me on Instagram so you'll always be up-to-date. Take a look around the site--I think you'll find it's much more me. And that feels good. I'd love to hear what you think!