Relationships and Big Dreams | My time at Creative at Heart

My goal for 2016: invest in myself and go to a conference that will help me grow.  How I stumbled upon Creative at Heart, I don’t recall.  Probably an Instagram post that lead me to another post that lead me to another post and boom: I found the conference I needed to go to.  I was a bit bummed when their conference in Denver was only a few months after my son was born, but I wasn’t going to miss their last one of the year, so I signed up for the Memphis conference in November.  I mean, Memphis. Why not?

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My expectations: I didn’t have any.  I just wanted to soak everything in.  And as I sit here and reflect, one month later, I still get goosebumps.  Never have I met so many like-minded women in the same room as myself.

I’ve always had a hard time explaining what I do:

Oh, you design invitations?  Like for a baby shower?  (Yes, but it’s more than that.)

I bet it’s nice to work at home and spend time with your kids.  (Well, my three kids go to school & daycare so I can work.  Have you ever tried to work with kids around?  I have.)

I bet it’s nice to work for yourself. (Yes, it is.  Except when I didn’t get a maternity leave.  And when I’m the only one who works on every aspect of a project.  And that business development/accounting/HR/marketing/social media….that’s all me too.)

But these ladies got it.  They got it so much when I would talk about my goals, my dreams, my frustrations…heads nodded.  Words of encouragement and relation came from their mouths.  I wasn’t quite expecting such a connection.


The Peabody Hotel was a great backdrop to this amazing gathering of people.  (Yes, I saw the ducks. They were fantastic.) The speakers, top notch.  A few I have to point out:

Jen Olmstead with Tonic Site Shop – I loved listening to Jen speak and she was one of my panel leaders and I felt we coulda chatted about marketing, branding, etc all day.  She was the second speaker and after her, I knew I was at the right place to get my business to the next level. My takeaway from Jen: Build your brand and your ideal client will come.  Connect through content.


Krista & Davey Jones – Loved these two.  And they really help me put SEO perspectives into place.  I kinda knew what I was doing, but now I know more of the why behind it.  Plus more.   My takeaway: doing the little things on my website and blog that can make a big difference on the web.

Mary & Justin – My roommate in Memphis said she saw Mary Marantz in the lobby.  She was awestruck.  I didn’t have the heart to tell her I didn’t know who she was talking about.  But I get it now.  Mary is now someone I follow and want to learn more from.  Her talk was on pricing.  I have no idea the details of pricing she shared.  But I gained a lot from her talk.  I loved how she showed examples of where they started to where they are now.  I could relate and it gave me confidence to be okay with changes I’ve been considering.   My takeaway from Mary: acting like a CEO and be willing to do the work (it’s suppose to be hard….love the photo below).


Katelyn James – Her and Mary are hand-in-hand in my book as amazing business women who have set the bar high.  I coulda listened to Katelyn talk all day.  She has a great story.  So much I took away from her talk.  Highlights include: sharing more about myself; live in freedom, not fear; make small changes first.


And I gotta give big props to Kat Schmoyer on her vision of this conference and bringing so many people who can benefit from each other together.  I understand the work it takes to put something like this together.  And three of them in a year….for real.  You deserve a vacation.

I got an email from two of my friend after my conference.  They asked how it was.  My answer: Life changing.  They thought I was joking. I wasn’t.  It was. Yes, a conference.  And I can’t wait to make some big strides in myself and my business because of it.








Emily + Matt | Omaha, Nebraska | dSy invitations wedding

Oh how I’m so excited to begin my blogs of 2016 weddings.  Yes, it’s been a long time coming.  But I’ve been a little busy…with 2016 weddings.  Ironic.  But as things start to go into winter wedding design season, I have a bit of breathing room to share some amazing weddings from this past year.

And first up, one of the most bubbly and fun couples I worked with.  It happens sometimes when I click with a couple.  Okay, with a bride.  I’m not going to lie.  I felt like Emily and I coulda grabbed a glass of wine and chatted about her wedding all day long.  I loved her personality, her style and her down-to-earth personality.  And to no surprise, her personality shows through in the photos from their wedding. As well as their amazing style.

Emily and Matt were right on trend with the hot hot hot color of navy for 2016 weddings.  Their accent of mint green was fabulous and we incorporated a modern, fun look with their wedding invitations and ceremony programs.

Thank you to this fun couple for letting dSy invitations design for your wedding day.  Wishing you a lifetime of happiness!

Emily + Matt
April 23, 2016

Ceremony: Salem United Methodist Church, Council Bluffs, Iowa
Photographer: Foto Eleven
Dress: David’s Bridal
Tuxes: Tip Top Tux
Caterer:  Hy-Vee
Florist: Hy-Vee
Cake: Hy-Vee
DJ: Complete (DJ: James)
Makeup: Model Perfect Airbrush, Savannah Williams
Hair: The Gallery Salon
Invitations & Stationary: dSy invitations


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Save the Dates ~ When Do I Send Those?

Save the Dates are a great way to not only announce your engagement, but to let people know that they will be invited to your wedding (thus save the date to come to our big day).  I frequently get the question:

 When Do I Send My Save the Dates? 

There are few things to consider before I give couples a definite answer.

First, if you are having a destination wedding, you will want to send your Save the Dates around 1 year to 9 months in advance.  With destination weddings, if you want your guests to truly come, you need to give them time to plan.  This is a vacation for your guests as well so they will need to get things in place before jumping on a plane to help you celebrate.  It’s a great idea to put your wedding website on your Save the Date as well.  This will allow them to gather more information on accommodations and flights.

If you’re not doing a destination wedding, typically six months prior to your wedding is a great guideline.  If you have a lot of people coming from out of town, you may want to bump that up a bit more to 7 or 8 months prior.  Your wedding may not be a destination wedding in your eyes, but from someone who needs to travel a long way to get there, it is.

dSy invitation offers three different types of Save the Dates.  Here is a list as well as some information on each:

1. PostcardDanaSQ

The postcard Save the Date is the most cost effective and easy.  Postcards take only a postcard stamp to send, which is less than a regular stamp.  Check here for current stamp prices. Postcards are 4.25″x6″ in size (max for postcard stamps) and are printed on the front and back, allowing for some fun designs or photos.

The downside to postcards is that they get a bit beat up in their journey through the USPS.  Postcards can also get lost being stuck inside magazines or newspapers, but that can happen with any piece of mail.

2. Card with Envelope

The card with envelope is just like a postcard, but it gives your card a nice carrying case to be delivered to your guests without the worry of what the USPS will do to it.  The envelope also allows you to print on the back side of the Save the Date and not have to save room for your guests’ addresses.

The Save the Date with envelope is the middle of the road price wise as because of the envelope, you’re paying a bit more than the postcard.

StheD_Niki3. Magnet

Magnets are a popular and fun way to send your Save the Date.  Magnets can be any size, from a business card size to 5″x7″.  Guests receive your Save the Date and can stick them right on their fridge, so they can see it every day.  Magnets a one sided print and come with an envelope to mail it in.

Magnets are super popular, but the cost comes with it too.  Check out pricing for Save the Date Magnets from dSy invitations.

Save the Dates are fun and popular.  If you’re considering Save the Dates, contact us and we’ll help you create something perfect to announce your wedding!


I’m published!

I’m blogging about a blog.  But a blog that is published!  I work a lot with on printing needs for my brides.  Their customer service is beyond anything I could expect and I know the quality of invitations my brides will receive is excellent.

Take a moment to read my blog about trends in wedding invitations for 2014.  If you’re a 2014 bride, let’s chat about what you want for your invitations.  Maybe we can incorporate some of these trends (or if you have your own style…let’s embrace it!).