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A long time in the making.

Megan Merry

It's happened.

Back in 2014 I received my very first air plant. It was a birthday gift sent by mail from my cousin who lives in Denver. To say the least, I was intrigued. This plant's variety of shapes, the earthy and vibrant colors, the fact that it grows without needing soil and has no roots... I found all of this to be fascinating.

I decided to sketch a series of air plants somewhere around 11 p.m. on a Friday night with Daphne Jane snoozing next to me.

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Fast forward to 2018 and I have morphed these air plant sketches into a set of four thank you cards with matching lined envelopes.

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I assemble every lined envelope by hand (though not quite as quickly as this video* makes it seem!). ;)


These thank you card sets are available at Art Terrarium, one of the most fun plant stores in Des Moines, Iowa. If you haven't been in to see for yourself, it's a must. They have an amazing selection of plants, have the coolest pots, offer classes and even have a potting bar!


*Little shout-out to my husband, who snapped a quick video of me assembling envelopes on a Saturday morning.

Also, contact me if you're interested in purchasing a set of four thank you cards.

Melody No. 7

Megan Merry

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When I design, I like to listen to music. Here's what I've been inspired by lately:

Ocean // Goldfrapp
Love Is // Hazey Eyes
Shark Smile // Big Thief
Different Now // Chastity Belt
My Offwhite Flag // Dirty Projectors
Turn Into // Jay Som
Jo // Goldfrapp
Emotions And Math // Margaret Glaspy
Strict Machine - We Are Glitter Gladfrapp Mix // Goldfrapp

Listen here on Spotify.

Card Writing Tip

Megan Merry

Recently I had a customer ask the secret to not messing up cards. She found that as she was writing letters on her custom stationery, she was writing something that sounded off, spelled something wrong, or something didn't quite fit on the line as she was hoping. I'm sure this is familiar territory to all of us (re: we've all been there... do we draw a heart over the misspelling and call it good, own the squishy sentence that in no-way should have fit on that line, or do we scrap everything and start all over?).

My tip (and what I practice at home, because I'm totally guilty of drawing hearts over misspellings* and scrapping everything and starting all over): Write your letter out on a similar sized scratch piece of paper before using the card or custom stationery. I sometimes start with typing a draft email if it's a more complex message where I want the wording to be just so. Regardless, I do make it a habit to write the note out by hand beforehand.

I find it helps with spacing things out evenly. It helps me better articulate what I'm trying to communicate. And it warms up my writing muscles so I'm putting my best handwriting to use.

:)

*When I was just a wee-little-girl, my mom taught me to "just draw a heart" over any misspellings. I'm pretty sure all my aunts and uncles, grandparents and friends received letters from me with random hearts drawn mid-sentence. It's charming, and a really great way to encourage children to write letters and thank yous.

Wishing you + yours the happiest of holidays...

Megan Merry

My favorite part of the holidays include some down-time with my loves, holiday lights (!!!!), getting cards in the mail from family and friends and sending out some holiday cheer of our own.

With stationery, details are everything. From the Oscar de la Renta stamps to the emerald green envelopes, I wanted to send a "statement piece" holiday card this year. I hand addressed the envelopes with a gold pen that lays the ink down beautifully, and signed every card (because I think it's more fun that way!).

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Here's wishing you and yours the happiest of holidays!

Cheers!

Shameless Plug:
Our family photos were taken by Lauren Konrad Photography. She is wonderful to work with!

My 1st vendor fair

Megan Merry

I started Megan + Jane for a number of reasons. One being that I would be able to explore, flex new muscles and learn along the way.

Last month it was like, "Check... check... and check!"

I  participated in my first vendor fair: hutchFest Omaha.

It was fun, exhausting and an overall positive experience. hutch did an amazing job coordinating the event, handling a last-minute venue change (because, Nebraska weather) and bringing in a great crowd.

My booth was surrounded by inspiring and smart business women. We had a lot in common, and offered nothing but encouragement and support to each other as the day winded down. But hands down, the best part of my day was meeting people. The Sorry I Suck* card was pretty popular, and it cracked me up to hear why people were buying it.

I learned I can be shy to ask for help, but realized early on that I would need some to make this event happen. Which is why I am SO GRATEFUL for...

My bestie, who helped me set up my booth super early on a Saturday morning. My mom, who always encourages me to do what might be scary (turns out, everything usually turns out to be just fine). Friends and moms have a way of making things more fun... and saying just the right things at the right time.

My husband, who helped me turn a rough sketch of my booth into a real, living, breathing 3D booth (yep—I took over the garage mocking everything up beforehand, made like 5,000 trips to the hardware store and used power tools to create a booth that could stand up AND fold-down to fit in the back of my car). He also stayed home with our toddler so I could focus my attention on Megan + Jane for the day. I was grateful for his support—and also realized how difficult it is to be a new mom and juggle the side hustle.

If you made it out to the event: thank you! If you bought a Sorry I Suck* card: thank you (and know you don't suck)!

Triplet Baby Shower

Megan Merry

Not too often do I get a request to design a sweet, classic, vintage-inspired baby shower invitations for a couple preparing for TRIPLETS... but that is exactly what happened a few months ago. ♡♡♡

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This design included a custom lined envelope, invitation and return address stickers. The baby shower invitations were digitally printed on a thick 120# bright white stock.


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Please contact me at meganandjanestudio@gmail.com if you're interested in working together.

Ice Cream First Birthday

Megan Merry

Hanging onto the last days of summer, we threw an ice cream birthday party for a special one year old.

A lot of fun went into the planning and execution of this party. I gathered inspiration from Van Leeuwen artisan ice cream (I have a serious crush on their branding) and Oh Happy Day!

Obviously a favorite part of any party planning for me are the invitations... I had tons of ideas, but they just weren't doing it for me. Then around 4 pm on a Saturday I thought: why not just do a quick photo shoot with balloons, party hats and waffle cones!? One quick trip (with a 10-month-old) to Target later, I had all my supplies.

The next morning during her nap time, I blew up some balloons to make a "1" and got ready for my shoot. I spent about 4-6 hours preparing for what turned out being just a 5 minute shoot, but it was super fun and (I think) turned out great!

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Special Recognition

My mom made that
birthday cake!

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Of course, no birthday is complete without thank you notes. ;)

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These birthday invitations were printed digitally on a thick bright white paper stock. I used a turquoise envelope and the classic ice cream sundae postage (for obvious reasons).


Please contact me at meganandjanestudio@gmail.com if you're interested in working together.

Alexis + Jonathan

Megan Merry

Literally obsessed with our invites.
Thank you for everything!!!!
— Alexis Blaue, bride

As soon as I launched Megan + Jane, I received an email from the sweetest, most organized and enthusiastic bride-to-be. We met via FaceTime one evening to talk about what she and her fiance envisioned for their wedding.

Their colors were navy and gold – she wanted something elegant, something sparkly, and among other descriptive terms, she mentioned the Disney classic "Beauty and the Beast".

I wanted her to feel like Belle.

When she said "Beauty and the Beast," all I could think about was the shape in the bottom of Belle's ballroom gown. The shape of curtains on a theatrical stage. That shape became my inspiration.

To carry out the rest of the look, I paired a sans serif and script font. These were printed offset on a beautiful, thick navy paper stock. I matched the gold ink printed on the invites with the gold envelope. A glittery belly band and envelope liner tied the whole look together.

The Sarah Vaughan stamps at the post office couldn't have been better timed – I loved how the colors in the stamp complimented the look.

Working with these two was an absolute joy. They are spirited, fun, and so in love. It's contagious!

I couldn't be more thrilled with how their wedding invitations turned out.

Happy 1 Year Wedding Anniversary, Alexis and Jonathan!


Please contact me at meganandjanestudio@gmail.com if you're interested in working together.

Saying No + Cartwheels

Megan Merry

“The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.” ― Warren Buffett

To me, this quote says: Make time for yourself, your family, to dream, to be curious, to explore, to make time for the projects YOU value instead of always trying to please someone else.

Saying no is hard. It’s something I personally wrestle with, and don’t feel alone in. Over the past several years I’ve challenged myself to pause and ask myself whether or not I’ll find this project energizing before giving an answer. (Granted there are times when I just have to say no — I am not willing to risk over-promising or sacrificing the end goal on a project... even if it's a project I am passionate about.)

What I’ve noticed is the more I work to embrace saying no, the better I’m finding my professional (and personal) life. It’s a matter of creating space for the opportunities that make me want to do cartwheels down the hall—instead of missing out because I’ve said yes to all the other projects that simply weigh me down.

My philosophy: Embrace the cartwheel moments and be the best possible you.

Birth Announcement for Penny

Megan Merry

Simple modern elegance was the tune for these beautiful birth announcements.

Meet Penelope, aka "Penny".

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Penny was born two weeks before our little girl. Everything from watching her mom's and my bellies grow while taking prenatal yoga classes and now watching our girls play has been fun. It was such an honor to be asked to design Penny's birth announcements.

These announcements were printed digitally on a 130# white paper stock, front and back. I paired the announcement with a shimmery lavender envelope and the classic ice cream sundae postage.

Shameless Plugs:
Penny's newborn photos were taken by Sarah B Photography.
The cute little camera rattle used in staging this photo is by this Iowa-based company.


Please contact me at meganandjanestudio@gmail.com if you're interested in working together.

Winter Wedding Invitations

Megan Merry

Our meetings were held via FaceTime, since the couple I worked with on designing these wedding invitations lives in Minneapolis. There they were nestled around their phone, sipping red wine and flipping through my proposed invites. I could feel the warmth, the love and the excitement they had for each other and their much anticipated wedding day. ♥

The couple's vision was simple: a cozy, romantic, rustic winter wedding. One surrounded with an intimate gathering of immediate family for their big day. (When I say it was an intimate gathering, I mean intimate. The couple only sent out T-E-N invitations.)

Their color palette was ivory and burgundy. I used a creamy ivory card stock and paired it with a shimmery grey envelope, lined with a hand-illustrated evergreen twig pattern. For a pop of color, I used a burgundy silk ribbon as a belly-band.

I hand-lettered the couples names and key information on the invitation, and hand-illustrated winter evergreens to give the piece a cozy-chic look. The invitation included a standard invite, an R.S.V.P. postcard and weekend itinerary.

Here's how it all came together:

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The shimmer on the envelope reminded me of how the sun hits the snow on those beautiful winter mornings. ♥



Everything came full circle with this gorgeous bride... you can see the bridal shower invitations I designed for her and shared earlier this year here.


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Throughout the year I create custom invitations for special occasions and personal stationery items. Please contact me at meganandjanestudio@gmail.com if you're interested in working together.

One year down

Megan Merry

We did it!

One year ago I took a leap and launched Megan + Jane. Words cannot express how grateful I am. Everything from the people I work with to the professional (and personal) growth that joined me for the ride have proven to be more than I could have asked for.

As most of us do, I set goals for myself when I set out on this entrepreneurial adventure. Every couple months I check-in to see how I’m doing. Sure, the analytics and numbers are important, but I’ve been most interested with my personal and professional growth. These check-ins are something that work for me. They help keep me focused, and appreciate how far I’ve come. When reflecting on the past year, here are a few areas that I feel most proud of:

Lesson No. 1

Find the uncomfortable.
Getting out of your comfort zone and trying something new is one of the best (and quickest) ways to grow. Before launching, I had no idea how to price my product, how to position myself in a saturated industry, how to approach businesses about possibly carrying my branded Megan + Jane cards… no idea about a lot of things. But I asked a lot of questions. I tried different approaches. I got creative. I followed-up. I introduced myself and my products to strangers. As a result, I learned. Now my cards are found in some of the most adorable boutiques and paper good stores in the Midwest!

Lesson No. 2

Find your tribe.
In the past year I've worked with some amazing people (re: paper vendors, printers, business owners and brides/moms-to-be). Providing a quality product is my number one priority. Finding and working with smart paper vendors and printers who care was key. I'm so thankful to have met people in the industry that I can trust. Meeting business owners and having my branded Megan + Jane cards carried in their stores has been terrific. I love that my cards are selling for them and that I'm getting requests for reorders. Designing custom pieces for people is always an honor. This year I was involved in a number of weddings, bridal showers, baby showers and birth announcements. I love being part of such monumental life moments.

Lesson No. 3

Find the magic.
It took me awhile (okay, many, many, many late nights and weekends) to figure out a process and design aesthetic for Megan + Jane. From the look of the cards, to the branding, to using the camera—a learning curve was involved with every piece of the puzzle. In the past year I’ve refined my craft, and am continuing to evolve the Megan + Jane brand. Most importantly, I am improving my knowledge of how to balance innovation with the bottom line. It’s good for me to tame my "perfectionist" traits in order to evolve and try new things more freely because that’s where the magic happens.

Thank you SO MUCH for your support this year!

To show my appreciation, I put together a merry-mix to celebrate. Listen here.

Plus, get FREE shipping with code ONEDOWN in my Etsy shop now through December 1. ♥

A Bittersweet Photo Shoot

Megan Merry

In case you haven't had the pleasure of staging a card photo shoot, I'll go ahead and share that there's a bit of a learning curve to it.

Recently I was going through some old photos and rediscovered these:

The photos made me laugh/cry.

Laugh, because in my head this photo was going to be epic—and as you can see, it's anything but. I was going for the most adorable shot of our Daphne Jane licking up one of her treats. Instead I had the lighting, angles, composition all wrong. Plus, she ate her treat too fast!

Cry, because it’s a photo I really wanted to try retaking, but as life (and some photo shoots prove), you can’t always plan how things will pan out. Our dog was the most patient as I learned to take better photos, made the frustrating moments fun and I miss her hard. I’ll have to enjoy the epic "fail" with these photos, appreciate the thought, and Daphne Jane’s willingness to eat her treat. :)

Note: All photos taken by Megan Merry.

 

Card Spotlight: Wishing You the Best

Megan Merry

Because all too often I find people in my life going after huge goals and doing amazing things—I created a card to encourage them to keep going. After all, I wish nothing but the best for them! ♡

This good luck/encouragement card features the saying, "Wishing you the best" with an elephant's trunk up.

The reason for the elephant: 
Elephants are my favorite animal.

The placement of his trunk:
In certain cultures, an elephant's trunk up symbolizes good luck.

So why do I love elephants so much?
+ They are one of the most family-oriented migrating animals, and have incredible memories—never forgetting an elephant they once met
+ They are playful, fearless and forgiving within their herd
+ They mourn the passing of other elephants, similar to how humans mourn at a funeral

Basically, elephants inspire and remind me what it means to be a strong family unit.

This card is screen printed in a flat gold metallic ink on pink paper from the French Paper Company. It's folded, with a blank interior for you to write an encouraging note to that person in your life who is about to move mountains!

Note: All photos taken by Megan + Dane Merry.

Wedding PARTY Invitations

Megan Merry

Exactly one year ago today some terrific friends of ours got married! I was honored to have been asked to I design their wedding PARTY invites shortly after they got engaged. The direction they provided was “colorful” and “PARTY!”…

So with a cocktail in hand, LCD Soundsystem on the stereo, and a few late evenings with Daphne Jane—BOOM! Erik and Lisa’s wedding PARTY invitations were born.

Between the size, the verbiage and bright colors—these wedding invitations are anything but traditional. But then, our friends aren't traditional either. They are some of the most fun and considerate people I know (seriously, my face usually hurts after spending a day with them from all the laughs). I am so happy to have been part of their big day, and watch their marriage blossom since. Love you guys. ♥

These large (9 x 6 inches!) invitations were digitally printed on bright white, ultra-smooth Finch cardstock. I chose to pair them with a translucent envelope so the bright colors would greet the guests right out of the mailbox. A custom return-address stamp was an additional detail, completing the final look.

Navy + Gold Bridal Shower Invitations

Megan Merry

Just a few weeks ago the sweetest bride was showered by family and friends. She’s a bit of a foodie, so the shower was centered around sharing delicious recipes and helping her stock the kitchen.

While I’m not the best in the kitchen, I was able to experiment with some ingredients to create a memorable bridal shower invitation. The bride’s wedding colors are navy and gold, so I thought it the perfect occasion to use a medium I’ve been dying to play with: SPRAY PAINT! After hand-lettering her name and parts of the instruction card, I created a stencil to spray paint gold metallic* onto the paper.

*Fun fact: Being that we’re pregnant and spray paint fumes can be harmful, my husband offered to spray painted every invite for the shower by hand. (Seriously, I'm a lucky gal.)

The end result: Absolutely stunning!

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The paper used is Curious Metallics in Ice Silver, which has a luxurious shimmer look to it. These were digitally printed with navy ink, then spray painted in gold metallic by hand.

Note: All photos taken by Megan Merry.

 

Mother's Day is taking on a new meaning!

Megan Merry

Mother’s Day.

Next weekend is Mother's Day. A celebratory occasion I’ve always devoted to my mom, aunts, sister-in-laws, grandmas and the other amazing and influential women that have helped shape me over the years.

This year is a little different because my husband and I are expecting our first child(!). My definitions of motherhood are becoming more personal—and I couldn’t be more thrilled for the experience, the challenges I’ll encounter and the advice I’ll seek from all those women who’ve made an impact in my life thus far. 

It’s a day I’m planning to take a moment alone to jot a few thoughts down about the mother I want to be to our unborn child. 

A day I’m going to celebrate for the first time.

This card is printed on bubblegum pink paper from the French Paper Company. The design is screen printed with a flat gold metallic ink to add elegance and warmth to this card. The interior is left blank for you to write (or draw!) something your mom will love.

Order your card by Tuesday, May 3 and have it in time for Mother's Day!

Intimate Winter Wedding Bridal Shower Invitations

Megan Merry

A few short months ago I had the pleasure of working with the most amazing mom of the most beautiful bride! She asked me to create some bridal shower invitations to accompany her daughter’s upcoming rustic-chic, intimate winter wedding. (More on her daughter's wedding later!)

These invitations were printed digitally on a thick, crisp white stock of paper and paired with a burgundy envelope, providing the elegant look the bride was after.

Note: All photos taken by Megan Merry.

 

Melody No. 3

Megan Merry

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Throwing it back... Lately these tunes have been my jam.

Tune in with me here.

California Love // 2Pac, Roger, Dr. Dre
No Scrubs // TLC
Jumpin', Jumpin' // Destiny's Child
The Boy Is Mine // Brandy, Monica
Don't Take It Personal // Monica
Juicy // The Notorious B.I.G.
Creep // TLC
If I Ruled The World // Nas, Ms. Lauryn Hill
No Diggity // Blackstreet, Dr. Dre, Queen Pen
Crazy In Love // Beyoncé, JAY Z
Big Poppa // The Notorious B.I.G.
Doo Wop (That Thing) // Ms. Lauryn Hill
 

Photo: That Boston Terrier/French Bulldog breakin' it down in the photo up above was one of Daphne Jane's best buds.

 

A dedication to "Jane"

Megan Merry

Last weekend my husband and I said goodbye to the "Jane" in Megan + Jane. It's hard to put into words just how much she meant, but I do want to share what a beautiful creature she was—both inside and out.

Our English setter's name was "Daphne", whom we playfully/lovingly called "Daphne Jane".

My favorite days were those rare (and treasured) Saturdays without any real plans. We'd start our mornings with coffee, NPR, me doing art and my husband relaxing on the couch. Then Daphne Jane would grab a toy and set it beside one of us, prompting a game of fetch. Soon all three of us would be running around the house, tossing her toy around and playing. Those mornings I felt inspired, refreshed and happy—surrounded by my people, doing the things I love.

Thus, I thought it appropriate to name my stationery line "Megan + Jane" since the purpose is to fuse together my love for art, snail mail and to remember to make it a balance of work and play. Something Daphne Jane taught me to make space for.

She was supportive, a great listener and when I needed to sort something out—we'd go for a long walk until everything made sense (or at least more sense than it did).

She taught me to be unapologetic-ally me. To relax and enjoy the moment, and most of all, to do what I'm passionate about—without guilt.

She was very much loved by both my husband and me, and never failed at bringing joy into our daily lives. We appreciated every moment with her. She passed away at home, with both of us by her side. We laid next to her, saying goodbye and letting her know how much she meant to us.

I never realized how much you could love a dog until I met her. And I never realized just how much I loved her until she was gone.