Vendor Spotlight and GIVEAWAY: Custom Printables

Friday, June 11, 2010 | by Newlywed | Labels: , , , , |

At some point in your wedding planning you're going to come across these...and yes, I admit, they're irresistable. They're the wedding monogram, the lovely designs that make you and your future hubby's names look so darn cute together! Put them on your wedding invitations, address labels, wedding programs, favors...just anything you can think of! But having your own custom monogram can be a pretty penny if you don't have the graphic design skillz to pull it off. But don't fret, Valerie from Custom Printables offers an array of monograms to choose from all for an affordable price! Choose from contemporary and classic, traditional and unique designs to fit your budget-savvy, yet stylish tastes. Instead of paying for the design and the print, Custom Printables sends a custom design directly to you so you can print on your paper. Imagine my delight when Valerie made us our own monogram:
Adorable ain't it? And yes, some of you might recall, we used the design to make our own monogram rubber stamp for our invitations. The result? These embossed cuties on our envelope!


Not only does Custom Printables also offers custom wedding programs and water bottle labels! Go to their site, and you can even download free, yes free, invitation and place card templates!

So here she is, Valerie from Custom Printables!

Why did you start making wedding designs
I picked up an interest in graphic design at a young age, but actualized it mainly through school art projects and posters. A few years ago when I started a new job, my office computer came with the entire Adobe Creative Suite and so I just started playing around. I took a few classes in Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator through the local community college, and got great feedback from my classmates. When I discovered Etsy and some wedding blogs that I read regularly (including I Do Budget Weddings!), I decided there might be a niche market for folks who want great wedding stationery and artwork, lots of choices, and the option to be able to use the designs however they choose. In particular, I found that couples want someone else to create an elegant, unique wedding program but be able to print it themselves to save money.


Your custom work are great for the couple looking for a personalized touch at an affordable price. Which of your designs are the most popular?

The monograms and wedding programs for Jewish couples are quite popular. I offer a variety of designs with Hebrew phrases that come from Jewish texts and traditions, such as "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine" and "I have found the one in whom my soul delights." Additionally, I can include the Hebrew text of the seven blessings said at a Jewish wedding, and for all weddings, depending on the length of the program, I can include descriptions of the traditions and rituals. Of course, any design offered with Hebrew can be made with English text and vice versa! My most popular monograms are Erin, Renee, Amelia, and Ellisha, and the most popular invitation is based off the New Orleans Save-the-Date found on Zazzle.

Besides invitations and programs, what are some of the unique ways you've seen couples use your designs?

One couple asked for the word "Love" in a swirly frame that matched their monogram and wedding stationery. This was given to their baker, who printed out the image onto a sheet of edible paper and placed it on one of the cake tiers! The cake was then decorated to match the swirls.

What was the most unique detail you've seen at a wedding?
When my best friend got married, on the morning of her wedding she found that her soon-to-be husband had written love notes all over the bottom of her shoes. I thought it was such a cute and unexpected surprise! At another wedding I attended, the entire event was vintage-themed with mint green, black, and white. The bridesmaids wore these lovely vintage dresses that evoked the 20s and 30s, and their hair was coiffed to match the era. The bride, instead of a full-length gown, wore a sailor-inspired white dress that was not at all costume-y. It was an elegant theme wedding that strayed far from kitsch!



Anything else you'd like to share about your shop?
I don't just do weddings! I have created designs for baby showers and birthday parties, military homecomings and retirement celebrations. Additionally, I offer candy wrappers and water bottle labels. Finally, I'm beginning to delve into the world of printing myself - I have found a remarkably reliable and inexpensive vendor - so I am able to offer the complete package for my clients.

Links where we can find more info. on your shop:

Store: http://www.customprintablesonline.com
Blog: http://customprintables.blogspot.com
Zazzle: http://www.zazzle.com/valie520*
Etsy: http://valie520.etsy.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Carrboro-NC/Custom-Printables/60997847258?ref=ts

Now onto our GIVEAWAY!

WIN IT:
Valerie is giving one lucky winner five catalog monograms and a custom two-page wedding program (or, if the couple wants more than two pages, the price of a multiple page program minus the cost of a two-page program, or $20).

The Rules
1) MANDATORY ENTRY!
Go to Custom Printables Online Shop and comment on your favorite monogram or design for one entry. This is mandatory! Contestants who do not do this will be disqualified. Remember to leave your email address or some way to contact you with each entry!


Additional entries (remember to leave separate comments for each additional entry)

2) Become a new follower of this blog. You must follow publicly (1 entry)
3) Are currently a follower of my blog (2 entries)
4) Like “I Do” Budget Weddings on Facebook (2 entries)
5) Like Custom Printables on Facebook (2 entries)
6) Blog about the contest and include a link to the giveaway. Each entrant must also include a link to Custom Printables in their post (3 entries) Please include a direct link to your blog post in your comment.
7) Buy anything from Custom Printables (5 entries)
8) Follow “I Do” Budget Weddings on Twitter (1 entry)
9) Follow Custom Printables on Twitter (2 entries)
10) Tweet on this giveaway and include a link to this giveaway in your tweet (1 entry)
11) Grab my button and place it on your blog (1 entry)
12) Subscribe to "I Do" Budget Weddings emails (1 entry)
13) Become a follower on Networked Blogs (1 entry)
The deadline to enter this contest is 11:59 p.m., Saturday, June 26, 2010 (PST). A winner will be randomly chosen. Good luck!

65 comments:

Kate said...

I really like the Amelia! It would fit with our woodsy theme perfectly! 1st comment

Kate said...

2nd comment, current follower.

Kate said...

3rd comment, current follower.

Nicole-Lynn said...

Ohh great giveaway! I like the GINA monogram design. Very nice.

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Nicole-Lynn said...

Current blog follower.

Entry 1

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Nicole-Lynn said...

Current blog follower.

Entry 2

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Ginger said...

I love the program for Mindy and Vince. I would love to not have to create the programs on my own :)

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Nicole-Lynn said...

I subscribe via email.

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Ginger said...

Current follower #1

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Ginger said...

Current follower #2

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Nicole-Lynn said...

I grabbed your blog button and put it on the right side of my blog sidebar.

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Ginger said...

Like Custom printables on FB #1

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Like Custom Printables on FB #2

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slimjim said...

Marina!

lilDdownunder said...

I really love the looks of both the Justine and Adele monograms and they are simple enough that my fiance would like them, too!

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lilDdownunder said...

I'm also a new follower, but a long time reader!

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LeeLa said...

my favorite monogram from custom printables is called Ellisha. ~leela leeandadamwedding {at} gmail

LeeLa said...

I'm a current follower of I do Budget weddings. ~leela leeandadamwedding {at} gmail (entry 1)

LeeLa said...

I'm a current follower of I do Budget weddings. ~leela leeandadamwedding {at} gmail (entry 2)

LeeLa said...

I like I do Budget weddings on facebook. ~leela leeandadamwedding {at} gmail (entry 1)

LeeLa said...

I like I do Budget weddings on facebook. ~leela leeandadamwedding {at} gmail (entry 2)

LeeLa said...

I follow I do Budget weddings on twitter. I'm BrideAndADog ~leela leeandadamwedding {at} gmail

LeeLa said...

I follow Custom Printables on twitter. I'm BrideAndADog ~leela leeandadamwedding {at} gmail (entry 1)

LeeLa said...

I follow Custom Printables on twitter. I'm BrideAndADog ~leela leeandadamwedding {at} gmail (entry 2)

LeeLa said...

I subscribe to I Do Budget Weddings via email~leela leeandadamwedding {at} gmail

LeeLa said...

I follow to I Do Budget Weddings via networked blogs ~leela leeandadamwedding {at} gmail

Miss JD said...

I love Grace! Thanks for a great giveaway.

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Miss JD said...

I blogged about this giveaway at: http://barristerbride.blogspot.com/2010/06/giveaway-custom-printables-monograms.html

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Miss JD said...

I blogged about this giveaway at: http://barristerbride.blogspot.com/2010/06/giveaway-custom-printables-monograms.html
(entry 2)
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Miss JD said...

I blogged about this giveaway at: http://barristerbride.blogspot.com/2010/06/giveaway-custom-printables-monograms.html
(entry 3)
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Laura said...

I like the Bella Design... but I would want them to create a new monogram for me with a sunshine theme... they seem pretty talented... I bet they could do it!

Thanks for the chance!!

~Laura

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Laura said...

Following!

Thanks for the chance!!

~Laura

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Mandi said...

I really like the RENEE (Renee and Jerry) Monogram but they are all lovely.

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Brittany said...

I love the Adele monogram!

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Brittany said...

I like the Beth one
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honeymooned said...

I looooooooooove the Adele Monogram (and your blog!)
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Any comment or suggestions are greatly appreciated!!!

Cassie said...

I love these monograms! I've been looking for a very simple monogram with our first initials and the ampersand in the middle. Both Maureen and Petra are perfect!

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Cassie said...

new blog follower (entry 1)
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I like idobudgetweddings on facebook (entry 1)
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Adrienne Alaniz said...

I love the Alexis monogram! It's perfect!

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Sarah M said...

I like Danna!!

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Sarah M said...

I am a public follower.

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Sarah M said...

I "like" you on facebook.

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Amanda said...

Love Renee. It's classy and elegant!

Marcie's adorable too

maribel e said...

Love the renee monogram. I love the detail of it.
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Becky said...

I love POLLI and it would fit with our vintage theme :)

Becky said...

I "liked" you on facebook!

Becky said...

facebook x2!

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I "liked" Custom Printables on facebook!

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