New Birthday Cards!

We’ve added three new birthday cards to our Etsy shop — a bizarre assortment of cards that reference blue methamphetamines, smoking babies, and Chinese jumpropes. We are proud.

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Another Postcard for Our Alma Mater

This postcard was a bit more fun to design than the first card we created for Berkshire Community College, we confess. How cool to feature the cast from the college’s springtime production of Spamalot in their donor thank-you postcard! (I kept finding myself singing this, and other similar songs.)

Actually, here was a lesson in image resolution. Here’s the card we would like to have printed (I thought I was working with a placeholder comp—oops!):

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And the card as it went to print, restricted by the number of pixels that actually existed in that cute little, little original cast photo:

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Marriage Advice Card for Wedding Guests

Someone came across this funny little card on the interwebs and was hoping that we could “copy” it for use at their wedding. My short answer was “no.” My long answer involved trying to find the original designer to order copies through her, but despite how admired this card seems to be, no one has included the original link in their pins, shares, tumblr images and such. I tried, original designer. I really did.

My long answer also involved creating a completely new inklings-designed card, inspired by the original. And that’s just what we did. (And it was really fun to write and design!) It’s now available as a downloadable PDF in our Etsy shop.

The card is primarily meant to be a way for wedding guests to submit marriage advice to the newly married couple, but it involves a bit of fun along the way. It asks guests to interact with the other guests (who they may not know) at their table — a wedding seating ice-breaker! Or, perhaps they could be used in place of a guest book.

Oh…and no mad libs in this one! Enough already.

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The cute fonts were designed by Kimbery Geswein.

Rustic Wedding Invitation

What fun to design a country chic-ish wedding invitation package for an upcoming ceremony at rustic Bucksteep Manor here in the Berkshires! The reception will be held in Bucksteep’s Carriage Barn, the wood siding of which inspired the background of the wedding invitation, response card, and thank-you note design. Colors were based upon the chosen bridesmaid’s dresses, which matched Paper Source’s poppy envelopes perfectly!

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A Glowing Review

The client for whom we recently designed a 20-page teacher portfolio book was so kind to write about her experience working with inklings design. I confess, this made my day:

Erin Murphy [of inklings design studio] is a phenomenal designer and can make your dreams come true. I am in education and wanted to replace my 80s version, 3 ring binder, portfolio to a modern, slick, mini-portfolio that was like a snapfish book. I wanted it to be “consumable.” In other words, I would be able to give it to a principal, or parent to keep. She not only saw what I wanted but knew exactly how to make it happen. She was patient with my confusing time line and many revisions as I added or removed content. The following year when I wanted to update, she was able to advise how to do that economically and practically. Everyone is impressed with the final product. I feel it is more than I imagined and I feel fortunate to have found such a gifted person. When you hire Erin Murphy you are guaranteed success!

—Briget Nicholson

A Sunny Teacher Portfolio

I had no idea that a teacher portfolio was a thing until I was asked to design one. Our client was returning to teaching after having left the field for a bit, and needed a platform to showcase her teaching experience and philosophy. This 8-inch square, 20-page portfolio book worked perfectly for her — she quickly landed a teaching gig! — and the books she distributed gained lots of positive commentary.

This portfolio book was organized around the Five Core Propositions from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and incorporated her résumé, letters of recommendation, a classroom plan, and sunshiny kid photos. The books were distributed to schools within a specific Florida county, and the school’s colors were chosen as the predominant colors in the design. It was a great, successful project!

Here is an awesome rotating image showing all pages of the book.

And here is the cover and a few select pages.

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Read the client’s testimonial here!

Godzilla Birthday Invitation

What do you do when your almost-10-year-old son wants a Godzilla-themed birthday party, but needs said Godzilla to be from a specific era of the Godzilla genre? You find someone to design custom invitations!

High-resolution Godzilla — excuse me, Gojira — images are hard to come by. So, we worked with what we could find. Who knew that the giant lizard (?) had so many incarnations?

Below is the birthday invitation and some stickers for the invitees:

Godzilla Birthday Invitation

Alex’s Musical Birth Announcement

An adorable baby deserves an adorable birth announcement. This particular adorable baby is the fourth child in the family, and as the poem on the card so beautifully says, “The quartet is totally set!”

Grandpa wrote the poem, and his words inspired our design. I know this to be a particularly musical family, and so my mind turned to famous quartets. I decided to very subtly incorporate the sheet music from The Beatles’ “In My Life” in the background — sheet music is so visually busy and linear! The song has beautiful lyrics that seemed such a relevant accompaniment to the joy and change that life brings…like the arrival of beautiful Baby Alex.

The image shows the front and back of our design.

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A Postcard For Our Alma Mater

Who knew when we graduated 10+ years ago that 1) we would form a design partnership and 2) that we would get to design a postcard for our alma mater, Berkshire Community College! Having accidentally attended three colleges in my educational career, I can honestly say that some of the best courses I’ve ever taken were at BCC. I am so proud to have been able to create this mailer for their Spring Annual Fund.

BCC Spring Postcard

Photo and copy provided by Berkshire Community College.


Poppy’s Birth Announcement

This adorable little fella’s parents (who are also adorable) have been calling him “Poppy” since he was just the size of a poppy seed — which is really quite small! It just made sense to use little poppy seeds as a design element on the card that we created to announce his arrival. The seeds’ blackness informed the rest of the design — a contrasty black-and-white photo featured in a simple layout so the little seeds wouldn’t get lost.

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Sure, sure…they look like little black circles from afar. Look closer, and you’ll see the tiny dots are all cute and lumpy, just like the seeds you find on your plate after devouring an ‘everything’ bagel (which I know all about).


Welcome, Poppy!

Adorable photo by Kelly Rose Photography (ph 603-724-1033)

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