Craftbelly Does Weddings Too!

Earlier in the year I worked on a custom frame project for a wedding client. It was such a fun experience, mostly because the bride was so great to work with. She wanted to use my frames to display their table numbers! I thought it was a great idea and I'm sure they were able to give frames to people as gifts afterwards. We matched the colors of the paper to complement the tablescape and overall palette of the wedding. Also, the wedding was in Chicago where I used to live so you know I was excited about that!

Frames in progress. 25 of them!

Frames in progress. 25 of them!

We completed the project so far in advance that I almost forgot about it but the wedding finally happened and I just love how the frames turned out. Most of the time, I sell a frame and never see it again but because this was a wedding, there were pictures! I loved being a part of their special day. All photos seen below are courtesy of Naturally Yours Events, the wedding planners of the event!

The invitations and other paper goods were designed by  Ork Posters  and we utilized my hexagon pattern on certain items!

The invitations and other paper goods were designed by Ork Posters and we utilized my hexagon pattern on certain items!


For Caroline, but I wanted to keep it.


My friend Caroline bought this print at Soul Summit, a monthly dance party at Double Door. I stole it from her to frame it, and then I gave it back! But I kinda wanted to keep it. Guess I need to hit up the next Soul Summit to buy my own!  The poster is designed by Designed by Scott “Sloppy White” Williams and printed by Delicious Design League. 




Local photographer Nicholas Young came to me a couple months ago with a project in mind. He had taken some fantastic photos featuring the more esoteric parts of our beautiful and gritty urban landscape and wanted me to frame them. After trying out some patterned papers, I realized that they weren't quite catching the vibe of the photos and enhancing them, which was the goal. I've always been drawn to the vibrant colors of solid lokta papers so I started playing around with those. Because the paper itself is made from the bark of a lokta plant, it carries many irregularities and imperfections, which I find beautiful. I felt that Nick was trying to get across the same viewpoint with his photos so they felt like a perfect fit. I've done some frames with all four sides having a different paper, but never in this way, and I thought it created a dramatic yet subtle frame for his photos. The collection is currently being displayed at the Unicorn Cafe in Evanston, IL until the end of May. To see the rest of the collection please visit where they are all available for purchase.

Photo taken by Nicholas Young.

Photo taken by Nicholas Young.