We got the chance to interview Tara from Type Ten Paperie – I found her work via Pinterest and was totally smitten, so I know you’ll love her too!
1. How did you start Type Ten Paperie?
I got married myself in July 2011, and my husband and I picked up and moved Ireland three weeks later. This new adventure turned our lives upside down in wonderful ways, and I was finally able to pursue my passion for graphic design professionally. Etsy was a huge help for our wedding, and I saw a real opportunity to help other couples with beautiful, yet simple, printable designs that are super easy and affordable to DIY.
2. Where does your inspiration come from?
I can get lost in Pinterest for HOURS. For example, I found this pin of a centerpiece from a fab editorial that Martha Stewart Weddings did about metallic wedding trends and this inspired my Sparkle No. 5 collection.
3. You work with a lot of brides – what are some tips you’d give to couples looking to customize their invitations and paper designs?
You have to pick and choose when it comes to DIY — you only can take on so much. Stationery is one of the easiest DIY projects to tackle. The great thing about printable designs is that you get a custom, professional look but save money by arranging the printing yourself. Some people get intimidated by dealing with the printers directly, but there are great online print shops that make it so easy (CatPrint.com is one of my faves). Or if you have a decent printer at home, invite some bridesmaids over (grab some wine — don’t spill!), and you’ll knock out those programs in an hour or two.
4. Which design is your favorite and why?
The Ivy League No. 1 collection was one of my first designs and the most similar to the design I used for my own wedding. I love the fresh combination of a modern sans serif type with a calligraphic script.
5. You followed your heart to a new country (and a new life!) – what advice do you have for future brides that you wish you knew before your wedding?
There are no rules! No one said that you have to wear a long dress, have the same number of bridesmaids & groomsmen or get married on a Saturday. Traditions are wonderful but only if they mean something to you as a couple and a family.
6. Where can we find more from you? (eg: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest)
Thank you so much for answering our questions, Tara – we LOVE your work!