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Pink Plus Week: SIMPLESONG Design

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Our last installment of our special week of "pink plus" palette ideas is from designer extraordinaire Suann Song of SIMPLESONG Design, a boutique design and letterpress studio located in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Her studio is located at The Hive at 1511, where she also offers letterpress workshops.

Suann loves minimal and modern designs with touches of vintage whimsy, and that's reflected in her work. Here, she created a few welcome box ideas, all within a pink and copper palette. And fellow resident of The Hive, Kate Headley, snapped these photos for us.

I loved the pink and copper palette in the most recent MSW issue and thought it would be fun to create a simple but sophisticated welcome box for out-of-town wedding guests. It's an easy way to make out-of-town guests feel at homeand to carry over your wedding colors.

I started with a simple wood box and lined it with Martha Stewart paper, both found at my local Michael's craft store. I then gathered things I thought would be useful and enjoyable for out-of-town guests, including a weekend schedule and list of local attractions, Metro passes, a Metro map, French macarons made by a local pastry chef, and M&M's in the pink and copper color theme. Everything was pulled together with glassine or cellophane bags and custom labels (see template). When completed, the finished box not only looks elegant, but only costs about $15!


- Wood box from local craft store lined with Martha Stewart Crafts paper

- Double-face satin ribbon

- Glassine and/or cellophane bags

- Paper for printing (I like a heavy textured paper like Paper Source's luxe)

- Double-stick tape to affix tags


Click the link below for a simple template that includes the frames I created for this gift box. You can also purchase similar frames/designs on a site like iStockphoto, that sells royalty free artwork and illustrations.


Comments (23)

  • I am so proud of my sister-in-law, Suann Song. She is totally amazing with her endless creativity and superb work. Go on with your bad self, Sista girl.

  • This is incredibly gorgeous! I would love to attend a wedding that gave out these welcome boxes to their guests!

  • Did she cut out each label by hand? I *must* know how she did this so I can replicate it for my own gift baskets!

  • Just lovely!!! I may modify these for party favors. So delightful!

  • Hi..i'ts y pleasure to read your post.

  • Hi.. it's a great honor to me to see your post, thank you..

  • Suann has exquisite taste & is so talented! This is just such a lovely idea to leave for guests! Pretty, practical and not that expensive. Love it!

  • i love everything that suann creates and this box is great! i'm already married, but would love to make one for my keepsakes.

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  • Suann Song is one of the most creative people we know. Everything project she does is so incredible, from her stationary to birthday parties. Her birthday party for her son raised the bar on homemade kids birthday parties! Her ideas and source of inspiration is endless and we loved hearing her tips on throwing a party as well as great gifts!

  • Po raz kolejny, dziecko wydaje się być jedynym ocalałym z katastrofy samolotu przerażające. To już trzeci w ciągu ostatnich 12 miesięcy. zbieg okoliczności? Myślę, że nie. Po jego nieszczęście, dwa razy mogą być uznane za przypadkowe, trzy razy ... wynagrodzenia kiddies uwagę, duch stara się nauczyć nas czegoś.

    Hej, były to prawe skrzydło geniuszy próbuje za to winić Obowma lub guvmint? Witam, są faceci snu późno? kretyni.

  • This is one of the sweetest packaging ideas. Beautiful. I'd love it for me! :)

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  • love this for a welcome box or as a thank you note the wedding party.

  • What a great project for DIY brides. We have so many clients asking for wedding favour or welcome packs ideas that can easily put together with a professional look as the beautiful boxes above. So creative and such a warm way to welcome your guests. Thanks for sharing!

  • Hi,

    Can you please send me the template for the trifold card you made for suggestions for things to do.

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