Meet Linda McMillan

Meet Linda McMillan

Graduating high school or college is a milestone, so it’s only fitting to have a photo session to commemorate the event.  Luckily, we’ve partnered with our friend Linda McMillan to make your life a LOT easier!  She’s a very talented photographer, and she consistently provides amazing Senior Portraits for her clients.  Linda’s most popular package is the Signature Session, which includes 3 outfit changes, 2 hours of photography, professional hair styling and airbrush makeup, plus online gallery viewing and ordering for one month… Talk about the royal treatment!  We love the idea of getting all GLAMMED up to capture your senior year.  If you’re going to document the occasion, you might as well look and feel your best!

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Linda also gives every client a Senior Swag Bag after their session… which happens to include some personalized folded notes from Barque (wink wink).

As icing on the cake, Linda’s Senior Swag Bag also contains an exclusive coupon from us for a discount on custom graduation announcements!  It’s simple – bring in your photos from Linda, peruse our samples for ideas, visit with us about fonts, colors and paper options, and we’ll work with you to create the perfect announcement.  It’s a win-win.  Fabulous graduation photos to cherish AND custom announcements as fun or quirky as you are.  (Hey, you’re heading out into the “real world” – your big debut should make a splash!)

Honestly, we’ve been a fan of Linda’s work for awhile now, so we jumped at the chance to collaborate with her on this.  She’s our kind of people – and we think you’ll like her too.

For more information on booking a session with Linda McMillan Photography, check out her website HERE.  Then come see us – we can’t wait to help you create the perfect announcement!

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Fiesta Floral Invitation: Behind the Scenes

Fiesta Floral Invitation: Behind the Scenes

We create a LOT of custom invitations, but this spring I designed one of my favorites thus far – a festive Mexican floral with stripes.  In my head, I envisioned the flowers on a Mexican embroidered shirt – so that’s where I started for inspiration.  As you can see in the screenshot below, I found several photos of Mexican embroidered shirts for ideas.  Then I created a few flowers to start playing around with.  Slowly, with lots of moving and rearranging, the floral design started to come together.  The final part of the process is where it REALLY starts to firm up – selecting the final colors for the design.

fiesta floral screenshot

I love how this invitation turned out – it’s fun and cheerful and makes me all kinds of happy!

(And for those of you who have wondered “how it’s done”, now you know. )

Patriotic Lockers

Patriotic Lockers

Just before Memorial Day, we gave our lockers a little Red, White and Blue treatment.  All of the fun paper fans, tissue tassel garland and strings of stars really make a fun backdrop, don’t they?  You could re-create this look behind a bar cart or dessert bar for your next holiday weekend get-together and it would be a BIG hit!

party-fans{paper fan kit $24.99, red/white/blue tissue tassel garland $21.99, glittery red stars $11.99, hey y’all gold foil print 22.99$, flag pillow $49.99, ‘merica pillow $32.99 – call the store for availability or to order over the phone:  806-785-1195}

Mexican Blanket Invitation:  Behind the Scenes

Mexican Blanket Invitation: Behind the Scenes

A few years ago, I was walking into the grocery store behind a gentleman wearing this shirt. (Sorry it’s a terrible photo, but I was on the move.)

IMG_8024I loved the bright colors and how it reminded me of a Mexican blanket, and I immediately thought it would make a great invitation.  I re-created the look by using various widths of stripes and bright colors – adding a few “stitching” details to make the design look more like a textile.  While it’s a simple design, t’s the look I was going for – and it’s been a popular option at the store.  This “Mexican Blanket” design is available in two sizes – 6×9 and 5×7 – some are pre-packaged on our shelves (for customers who want to print their own), but  we can also print these as a custom job and change up the colors.

IMG_9144smWhat do you think?  Inspiration really is everywhere, friends.  Keep your eyes open!

No Spring Chicken Custom Invitation

No Spring Chicken Custom Invitation

This year I had the pleasure of designing the 50th birthday invitation for my friend Tony.  He’s been one of my favorite people for over a decade, and I wanted his invitation to reflect his fun personality!  Normally, when I think of Tony, I imagine all things green and shamrock-covered (he was born on St.Patty’s Day), but the inspiration for this event came from his love of chickens, the South, and all things vintage paper (we both collect antique paper decorations).

Tony’s party featured Southern comfort food and was hosted at a favorite local restaurants in Greensboro – Scrambled – so I thought these coordinating cocktail napkins would be the perfect addition. (PARTY IN THE HEN HOUSE!)

Sadly, I wasn’t unable to attend the festivities in person, but I’m honored to have played a small part in the fun.  It’s always feels good to celebrate loved ones by highlighting their style and letting it shine!

Congratulations on living half a century, Tony!

[ Design details:  This invitation incorporates bright, cheerful color like red, turquoise and yellow, but the fonts are eroded to give it a “vintage postcard” feel.  The chicken, of course, is a focal point, but the wording plays on it nicely – “He’s no spring chicken, but he’s still mighty fine!”… and even though you can’t tell in this photo, the back is a turquoise and white gingham pattern, keeping in the “Southern” theme.  The cocktail napkins are a natural color with red ink to match.]


Holiday Photo Cards:  Behind the Scenes

Holiday Photo Cards: Behind the Scenes

A few weeks ago, I sat down to sketch new holiday photo card ideas (hard to believe it’s already time for that again, isn’t it?).

Sometimes the end result is quite different than the original sketch, and sometimes they’re almost exactly alike.  This year, several designs ended up close to the original, so I thought it might be fun to share. It’s pretty interesting to see how an idea comes to life, don’t you think?  Can you spy the original sketch for each of these?


You can see all of our holiday photo card options HERE (use the code: EARLYBIRD to save 25% – sale ends November 14, 2015).

One of my favorite new cards this year is this one, simply because of the clever verse that @kelseylainee came up with:

selfies holiday cardFunny, right?  Everyone can appreciate a little pop culture humor during the holidays.

Happy holiday card season, friends!