Three months ago, winter time last year, I visited Amman, Jordan, my second home. I was having lunch with a few of my childhood best friends and we were discussing FPS greeting card plans. It was brought to my attention that a similar line with a fresh modern brand of Arabic greeting cards exists. I excitedly looked into them, set up a meeting with the amazingly talented and innovative owner of the Yislamoo cards, and was able to quickly establish a wonderful partnership. Flash Paper Scissors is ecstatic to be the exclusive American sellers of this fun and truly one-of-a-kind Arabic greeting card line. From weddings to birthdays, from funny to sweet, there’s something for practically every occasion. We hope to continually bring more smiles and more variety of the Yislamoo cards to our Arab-American audience. We ship nationwide, either to the buyer or directly to the intended recipient. Have a look!
Choosing only a handful of these pictures to share is like asking someone who their favorite child is. Borderline impossible. While it may look like we spent all weekend location hopping across Houston, this beauty came to FPS from Dallas with one day and three outfits to spare. We made every second count. From the Boogie Woogie installation at Hermann Park to some of the best graffiti-covered walls in the city, we set up, smiled, and shot away. It couldn’t have been done without the amazing assistance of cousin L who sweetly joined our photo safari adventure. Without further ado, feast your eyes on these beautiful senior pictures.
One of the most exciting parts of owning your own creative business is collaborating with other creative businesses, and when that owner is your partner in crime from your former job in the corporate world, it’s even better!
Rock star calligraphist Kristara and I met in 2012 while working as copywriters in the marketing department of the world’s largest oilfield services company. Three years, a Chicago business trip, freelance work together, and two new entrepreneurs later, we found ourselves discussing the potential to reunite our professional lives. Kristara would teach her amazingly popular modern calligraphy classes at my studio, and I’d bring my photography services to the table as well. It couldn’t be just any class. We, of course, had to add a theme and quickly brainstormed a V-day inspired affair.
The Saturday class sold out in one week, and we were thrilled to add a Sunday class the following day. And then, THAT class sold out. We knew we were on to something, and FPS can’t wait to host more Kristara Calligraphy classes soon. You can always expect a fun theme to go along with the sips, drinks, nibs, ink, and hand lettering.
The Hearts and Crafts class was an absolute blast. 39 women and one brave man learned how to write beautiful calligraphy and created custom Valentine’s Day cards using their new flourishing skills in a 3-hour personalized heart-filled class.
We had the pleasure of designing first birthday party pieces for the cutest little twins in town. With a Mickey and Minnie theme to reflect the adorable boy and girl duo, we created a design that was carried through to other party elements, such as water bottle labels and party favor stickers. We quickly ditched the typical red and opted for bold and colorful hues with a hint of retro flavor. Gray stripes. Colorful confetti. And lots of yellow. Coming right up.
I’m a lover of mixing mediums. Photography and illustration combinations are my favorite. Inspired by so many creative photo shoots, like sidewalk chalk drawing backgrounds and specifically the incredible work of Adele Enersen, I’d been wanting to capture portraits on white and add digital illustration work in post production. I got the chance with the familiar faces of FPS’ favorite couple. We, and they, couldn’t be happier with the results of this super fun maternity shoot.
One of our most recent wedding couples added a custom Arabic monogram to the list of items we would be happily providing for them. The final look resulted in a shriek of gleefulness, so we decided to share the process.
First, we provided multiple styles to choose from.
The last one was chosen, and we were ready to add some color.
The bride wanted to add a gold effect, which would be a great alternative to timely gold foil printing. Some glam was added, and we had both an excited “Aaah!” and our final logo.
We’ll do a follow-up on all of the ways the monogram was cleverly used, including a step-and-repeat backdrop at her henna-party-themed bridal shower.
We couldn’t have had more fun designing and implementing the “baby prince” theme for our baby sister’s baby shower. That’s a lot of baby in one sentence! The pennants on the back of the card were brought to life the day of the shower as gold textured triangular flags hung from the ceiling’s truss system. Other creative touches included creating paper popcorn holders out of gold doilies and a DIY flower crown station. Of course, FPS created a matching sign with a flower crown tutorial, along with other signs and labels for treats and goodies throughout the event. My personal favorite creation, besides the cards themselves, was the 24 x 30 “Friends and Family Tree” sign-in board printed with a matte finish. The tree illustration was left with very few leaves. Guests used a shimmery gold ink pad to stamp their thumbprints on the branches of the tree to complete it. As we mentioned, royally adorable.
INVITATIONS: Die-cut Victorian trim, double-sided
ENVELOPES & CUSTOM LABELS: Metallic gold wrap-around labels with Victorian edge
CAKE BALL TOPPERS: Extension of invitation design, backed with beautiful handmade paper
LABELS: Dessert labels and informational signs for different stations
SIGN-IN POSTER: 24 x 30 sign-in poster mounted on black foam core