Archive for July, 2012

‘Tis The Season To Tie The Knot

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

We’re in the heart of wedding season! This is a pretty important time of year for many lucky people. Even though your Facebook may be exploding with wedding albums right now, have you seen any invites? We thought we would take a moment to share some wedding invitations that amaze and inspire us.

The Sci-Fi Movie Wedding Invitation

A very geek-chic take on a wedding invitation and we wish we had been invited!

The Vintage-Inspired Typographical Invite

A wedding invite with nothing but beautiful typography? We’re sold!

The Detail-Savvy Invite

Gorgeous designs and perfect typography with a hint of vintage inspiration, what’s not to love?

Scratched-and-Save The Date

We’re loving the creativity behind this crafty hands-on save-the-date.

The Colorful Organic Wedding Invite

The beautiful gradient of colors makes these pressed invitations even more eye-catching! The see-through envelope is also a nice touch.

The Storybook Invitation

This couple chose a very tasteful way of telling their personal love story. The design and typography is exceptional.

The Crafty Wedding Invite

There’s nothing quite like showing rather than telling. This is such a fun play on words!

What’s the best wedding invite you’ve ever seen?

Worthy Design Roundup From Pinterest

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

We’re Pinterest-obsessed! It’s about time we share some of our favorite design finds from our overflowing “Worthy Design” pin board. If you love these creative finds, feel free to follow our pin boards today!

The Hands-On Wedding Invitation

It’s pretty safe to say that handcrafted invitations involving laser cutting, stamping and sewing are not the norm.  That is why we love the heart and soul that went into this invitation design!

Christine and Ian's Wedding

The Smart and Simplistic Coffee Packaging

This simplistic design on Espresso Republic’s Black Goat Coffee packages is certain to please. We love the way the organization the typography plays to the design. It gets straight to the point.

Black Goat Coffee

The Cleverly Packaged Menu Item

The use of whimsical handwriting and colors might not be the best decision for every brand, but Flour Pot Bakery certainly nailed it. Not only is their packaging tastefully adorable, it also features their menu!

Stylish and Sleek Bow Ties

Simple, sleek packaging is changing the way consumers buy products. When you know you have the perfect product, why not use sleek and simple branding to convey the message?

Typographically Inspired Playing Cards

If your normal playing card deck has left you uninspired with its dull design, Helveticards might be the answer you’ve been looking for. We’re dying for a pack!

Feeling inspired? Tell us which design is your favorite!


Friday, July 6th, 2012

Etsy Homepage

Whether you’re an avid e-commerce buyer or seller, most would agree that finding the right marketplace for your niche is key.  The leading niche e-commerce marketplace happens to be a fantastic website known as Etsy. Surely you are already aware of Etsy and, like us, have lost yourself for an hour while scrolling through pages of good finds. But if not, it’s time to check it out!

They call themselves “the world’s brightest vibrant handmade marketplace”, and we’re not going to disagree with them. Etsy is a treasure trove of interesting DIY creations and vintage finds with 15 million users in more than 150 countries. Needless to say, their business growth is closely matched with another infamous e-commerce site, eBay.

Online shopping is a weakness we don’t want to admit that we frequently give in to, but as an artist, crafter, thrifter, sewer, photographer or creator, Etsy has become an incredible platform to become more accessible to a new audience. Created in 2005, Etsy’s mission is to empower people to change the way the global economy works. This means that very small businesses can reach a very big audience. Everyone loves an underdog story and it’s absolutely inspiring to learn that hobby crafters can make more than $25,000 doing something they love on this website.

Here at JB, we love Etsy because it’s easy. We also love supporting small businesses, independent designers and artists. It’s a pretty great feeling to know that you’re purchasing a unique or one-of-a-kind item! Personalized and commissioned pieces are also an important part of the Etsy community and certainly are impressive. Not to mention, the price seems to always be right and most items are very affordable. We can’t forget that Etsy is the perfect place to purchase gifts and get some creative inspirations!

If you think you know all there is about Etsy just because you’ve shopped there, you’re wrong! Thanks to MBA Online , we now have a fantastic infographic to better explain Etsy’s success!

Etsy MBA