For those of you who don’t know what Kaligrafos is…it is the Dallas Calligraphy Society . It’s home to letter lovers who generously share their passion and expertise. Yesterday’s “passion” was reflected in the beautiful and cleverly designed “Annual Valentine Party” invitation. If you are a scrap booker or paper crafter, this is right up your alley. An assortment of techniques was used by the creater Rick Garlington with the help of Tom and Brenda Burns and a crew of other volunteers: Nan Kirby, Kathy Setina along with Randy and Beverly Stewart. But that’s not all! Of course the envelopes had to be just as beautiful. They were decorated and addressed by Donna Sabolovic, Kathy Setina, Randy Stewart and Jeri Wright. Take a look at the pics to see what a fabulous job they did using rubber stamps, edged design scissors, “pop up” paper art, hand painting, sewing, bookbinding and computer printing all in combination.
I am always telling my workshop attendees how thrilling it is to address an envelope knowing that all the people receiving it will feel so special to see their name addressed in calligraphy. Well, all the people at yesterday’s meeting got to experience being on the receiving end of that . The feeling is just as special even when you yourself are a calligrapher. I think it’s even better because you know the love that goes into creating each and every letter. When so much thought and time is put into the invitation and envelope, it makes you even more excited about the upcoming event. There are calligrapher at all different levels and all price points to meet people’s needs and budgets. Even if you don’t have it in your budget to hire a professional, it’s always better to hand address invitations rather than use labels. You can recruit people in your family , friends or bridesmaids who might be willing to help. Hand addressing stands out and adds a personal touch when received with the normal daily computerized mail.
I can’t wait to get started designing my special valentine to be traded at the party!