We’ve had the opportunity to work with many incredible vendors over the years! This week, we’re excited to feature another talented, lovely vendor: Lisa of Crave Designs!
Since paper goods are often the first impression for your wedding, we’re all about putting some love into those touches. Instead of limiting yourself to pre-selected designs, bringing on a designer to create beautifully unique invitations elevates your event and makes a stunning first impression! Lisa is a skilled and creative designer who will create one-of-a-kind paper goods that bring your visions to life! She takes time to get to know you, finding personal touches and elements to bring into your design that will highlight YOUR love story. She recognizes that every element (save-the-dates, invitations, signs, place cards, and more) is an opportunity to beautifully reflect your personality and style. Be sure to look her up if you have an upcoming wedding or event that needs some lovely touches!
Keep reading to learn more about the talented lady behind Crave Designs and see a sampling of her incredible work!
How did you get into designing paper goods?
Randomly! I have always wanted to be a designer for as long as I can remember. Once I graduated from art school with a degree in graphic design, I started working for a paper/art retailer. That job was like a gateway into all things papery and sparked my little business in the wedding industry.
How did you get into wedding invitations, specifically?
That same paper retailer provided some great exposure into the wedding industry. I began helping DIY brides pick paper and supplies that would work for their ideas. Along the way, I was asking tons of questions about what they were creating. The store also carried several large books of pre-designed invitations you could order and often I would sit down with couples to fill out the paperwork. With glazed expression in their eyes, they flipped through the pages. They wanted to know, can I move this image over a little? Can I add a photo? Can I change the color of that graphic printed? Every question, I had to answer “no”. How frustrating is that?!?!? I figured there had to be a better way. I had the skills and my newfound paper knowledge to start making something special for couples that fit their day.
How did Crave Designs begin?
Like most entrepreneurs, I started by helping a friend design their invitation. I was super nervous. I remember asking them several times if they were really sure they wanted me doing this. In the end, it turned out to be an enjoyable process. I remember wondering if this could really be a job – it seemed too fun. I ended up going online and searching wedding invitation designs and finding a couple in the Portland area. From there I made a point to visit them at local trade shows and ask more questions! My first event was the Portland Bridal Show at the Convention Center. From that point on I was totally immersed in all things “wedding world”.
Crave Design is celebrating 16 years of love this year! I create just about anything you can think of from the wedding suite, large signage, tags for favors, stickers, welcome itineraries, menus, programs, escort cards – the list goes on and on. I like to keep it local from where I buy my supplies to where I get items printed.
What’s your favorite aspect to working in the wedding/event industry?
My favorite part is still meeting with the couples. I love hearing about how they met and what their plans are for the big celebration. If I’m hired for Save the Date announcements, I have the opportunity to work with couples for about a year. The process of designing save the dates, invitations and day of stationery keeps me in the loop the entire time they are planning. I’ve often remained friends with them over the years and work with them on other milestone celebrations. This is by far the most rewarding part.
Where do you gather inspiration for new designs?
The couples themselves! I can pull inspiration from how they met, a favorite book/movie, a special memory and tie it into their wedding design. The more I can pull from the couple themselves, the more customized the pieces become. The wedding stationery then becomes a keepsake that they can share with their friends and family.
What are some of your favorite elements to pull in to designs?
Designs from fabrics or textiles that remind the couple of a memory. It could be a tile piece from exotic location or a piece of fabric from a loved one no longer with them. Those moments are extremely special.
What’s one bit of advice you’d give to couples as they select invitations and paper goods for their wedding?
Don’t sweat the small stuff. A bit of a generic and cliché statement, I know. It’s just that at the end of the day, when all is said and done, you’ll be married. You’ll be married regardless of little things that either didn’t go as planned or just didn’t get done (unless we are talking about the marriage license). Try and just enjoy the journey because you are about to throw one heck of a party!
If you weren’t creating beautiful designs, what would you be doing?
Well I suppose I’d be designing something else since that’s been the goal from grade school. However, everything else seems rather boring after designing such spectacular events! I really enjoy owning my own business and knowing I can work from anywhere in the world.
What’s your favorite way to treat yo’self after a long production day?
I love a good movie, the funnier the better. Add in some good friends and a bottle (or two) of wine and I’m in heaven.
If you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I am fortunate enough to have a partner who loves to travel as much as I do! We are always planning trips and exploring new locals. In 2019, we will be traveling to Beijing, China and Myanmar. After that I’m insisting we eat and drink ourselve
s into oblivion in Italy!
Describe your personal style in one sentence.
COLORFUL – inside and out. I love bright, bold colors (hence my purple hair) and playing with hues. I find my personality also resembles that description especially in groups of people.
Do you love calling Oregon/Portland home? Do you share your home with any fur babies?
We’re currently moving back over the border to Oregon in just a few short weeks from Vancouver, WA. I’ve lived in the area all my life and love how you are never more than an hour and half from the ocean or the mountain. It’s truly a beautiful part of the country. I share my whole world with my loving boyfriend and two adorable pugs. You can often find them making deliveries for Crave Design. I think people are disappointed now when I show up.