{Press} Greyson Design International Magazine Debut

Happy Tuesday!
You know there are many days where I sit back and re-evaluate how far my little business has come over the past year and there is nothing I can do but SMILE. My heart is so happy this week as features and secret projects I have been working on come to light this week.

A few months ago I was approached by Bird's Party to be apart of a Special Edition to the already well known French magazine published by ID Press called: Créative . This special edition is entirely dedicated to the world of parties. It includes loads of free decorations and party stationery. The special issue hits newsstands July 31st, and my copy in on it's way in the mail right now. 

Check out the cover of the magazine below. If you would like to order a French copy of the magazine please send inquiries to greysondesign@yahoo.com with Bird's and I will be happy to send you information. 

My work will brace the pages of some of the best event stylists and designers from France at the moment (Gillian Pascoe, Alexandra Hemon, and Chris Nease). I am so happy to be apart of the magazine as a graphic Designer. I designed a few greeting cards in French and English. I used fun floral accents and a vintage tandem bicycle to design my paper goods. They turned out so cute and I plan to launch a few of the images into a stationary/ wedding collection. More on the later. 

Thanks for reading!


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{Giveaway} Win a Apple Macbook Pro {Open Worldwide}

 Let's start this week off with a bang! Your in luck today and for the next week. I have teamed up with Pretty My Party and some awesome companies to giveaway a spanking new Macbook Pro. Yes, you read that correctly :) Seven days to Enter to Win! 

1 winner will receive an Apple Macbook Pro MD101LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop (NEWEST VERSION) – worth $1,200!

Rules: Giveaway is open worldwide. MUST BE 18 or older to participate. If the winner resides outside of the U.S. they are required to pay shipping. Everyone entering the giveaway is required to like and follow every business and blog participating. You will be disqualified from winning the prize if your name is chosen and you did not follow everyone on the entry form list. Giveaway is open until July 29, 2013 at 12 a.m. EST. One winner will be chosen randomly through Rafflecopter. The winner will be notified by email by hello@prettymyparty.com.

Please make sure that email is on your safe email list and doesn’t end up in your spam folder. The winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. The winner will be announced on Pretty My Party on Aug. 1, 2013.

Disclosure: This giveaway is in no way associated with Apple or any of its products. Pretty My Party, Greyson Design or any of the bloggers and businesses involved  received no compensation to promote Apple products, including the Macbook Pro.

Prize: 13.3-inch MacBook Pro (model MD101LL/A) features a 2.5 GHz  Core i5 dual-core processor, 500 GB hard drive, and 4 GB of installed RAM. Other features include an 8x SuperDrive, ultra-fast Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, an SDXC card slot, and a FireWire 800 port. Other features include:
  • 13.3-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with edge-to-edge, uninterrupted glass (1280 x 800-pixel resolution)
  • 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 dual-core processor (3.1 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology; 3 MB L3 cache)
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000 integrated graphics processor
  • 500 GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 RPM)
  • 4 GB installed RAM (1600 MHz DDR3; supports up to 8 GB)
  • 8x slot-loading SuperDrive with double-layer DVD support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • Built-in HD 720p FaceTime HD camera for video chatting
  • Wi-Fi wireless networking (based on 802.11n specification; 802.11a/b/g compatible)
  • Gigabit Ethernet wired networking (10/100/1000)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 for connecting with peripherals such as keyboards, mice and cell phones
  • Thunderbolt port (up to 10 Gbps) with native video output support for Mini DisplayPort plus DVI, VGA, dual-link DVI, and HDMI (requires adapters, sold separately)
  • Two USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps; backwards compatibility with USB 2)
  • FireWire 800 port (up to 800 Mbps)
  • SDXC card slot (supports cards up to 64 GB in size)
  • Stereo speakers with subwoofers
  • Combined audio line in/out (digital/analog)
  • Dimensions: 12.78 x 8.94 x 0.95 inches (WxDxH)
  • Weight: 4.5 pounds
  • Up to 7 hours of battery life

Enter to WIN below, GOOD LUCK!!!

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{Maternity Styled Shoot}:: A Greyson Design and Spark Creative Photography Collobration

This past year I met an sweet Photographer named Rose from Spark Creative Photography. As Rose and I were talking about styled shoots she mentioned a maternity shoot. I jumped on the opportunity to work with her as I have not styled an shoot like this before and it would be a blast. I just adore pregnant mammas -to- be :) We decided to shoot in an apple orchard and have a fun picnic style shoot with some fun personalized touches.

I though it would be fun to take the elements of the actual Apple Orchard and apply them to the styled shoot. I concentrated on apples, floral, and simple vintage touches. I knew that my beautiful wood platter that my grandpa turned in his wood shop for me would be the perfect element to use for the mini picnic setting. I also, had a vintage flour sifter that had hand painted apples on it that looked cute with a pot of yellow daises. The best finishing touch was apple cider in frap bottles with birch wood straws I had leftover from another photo-shoot. Such a fun and simple touch. 

Since my business involves Graphic Design,  I can never seem to do any styling jobs without adding in fun and personalized paper goods :) I though it would be fun to create a fun and new collection for a baby announcement. I designed a fun collection around apples with bold patterns to capture the fun and bright feel we were trying to capture. I just love how the collection turned out and you can find it for sale here. 


 When Rose and I originally asked the mamma- to-be of any pregnancy cravings or divulge any information we could use to style the shoot we were left empty. So instead of being able to add in personalized meanings for the couple we added in creativity in other ways. My latest obsession as a creative is calligraphy and hand lettering. I recently took a calligraphy class from the talented Molly Jacques and am a little partial to my new found love. I decided to take a wooden mini chalkboard I had in my studio and hand letter a sign for the soon to be "Baby Ethan." I just loved how it turned out and another simple and personalized element.

Another, one of my other favorite things from the shoot (I have a lot of favs) is the floral crown I designed and created. Floral Crowns are all the rage right now with shoots, weddings and floral design. Back in my days prior to my business I was a florist and never was able to create one of these lovelies. I knew that I would love to create one and haven't seen many used for maternity shoots before. It seems they are now popping up everywhere.

I weaved together some lovely blue thistle, wax flower, freesia and greens for this soft and simple floral crown. Although, this wasn't the only crown I made for this shoot it was perfect and lovely. After, the first shoot was rained out in early April I was not able to preserve the original floral crown seen here. Although, I did make a tutorial with that crown and will soon be releasing that video soon.

I hope you enjoy some more of my favorite shots from the photoshoot below. You can find a whole album here on Facebook to satisfy your appetite for cute preggo moms :) I just adored Erin and Mike, they were so fun to work with. Don't forget to stop by Spark Creative Photography page here and send Rose some love. You won't be disappointed in what you find!



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{Knock It Off} Premiere Party Paper Goods

This year is shaping up to be a really good one. Gosh I am so THANKFUL. In the past year and a half I have met some really lovely people who have became great friends since then. One in particular is Linda from Frog Prince. I have used her for a few custom fondant oders for the past few parties and shoots and she always ceases to amaze me. She is so sweet, hop on over and tell her I sent you.

Recently, Linda asked me to design some paper goods for a premier party for the new show Knock it Off which will premier on the Live Well Network July 7th. I have followed Jess and Monica's work for about a year now after discovering them on Pinterest. They take high end ideas and recreate them for way less. You can check out their blog here. They are amazing and you may just see a few of their projects gracing my newly remodeled house soon.

For the paper goods I designed some a mini bunting for the photo booth, some glittered medallions with kraft paper that will be attached to some paint buckets, and some custom water bottle labels. I had a blast doing the custom paper goods and got to use some of my all time favorite crafting products. Below, is a sneak peek I put on my Instagram account earlier today.

If you live in the Pennsylvania area you have a chance to attend the show premier. Just follow this link for a chance to sign up. So wish I lived closer than 10 hours away. It will be a fun evening. Thanks to Linda for allowing me to be apart and all the other amazing contributors. I can't wait to share more from the party soon.

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