A professional boutique design studio

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Welcome to Thank You Summer — a boutique design studio, opened in 2013 right here on this little blog. Paper is my passion, and I specialize in creating custom, one-of-a-kind designs for my clients at affordable prices.

My NEW web site, where you’ll be able to easily browse my designs and shop for ready-to-print products, is coming soon! In the meantime, feel free to explore my designs, read what previous clients have to say about my work and download the Look Book, where you’ll find more information about working with me and see examples of past projects.

If you are interested in working with me or have questions about my work, please email me at caroline@thankyousummer.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

Yellow and grey Mom to Bee baby shower invitation design

Mom to Bee baby shower invitation

A perfectly BEE-autiful baby shower invitation for a future mom who doesn’t know baby’s gender!

This summer, I had the extremely good fortune to create a custom design that immediately became one of my favorite projects I have worked on so far. This Mom to Bee baby shower invitation is so cute — and perfectly gender neutral!

Mom-to-be Maggie chose not to learn the gender of her baby until the birth, so her girlfriends decided to host a brunch focusing on her instead of blue or pink. I think the theme is great, and the pale yellow and grey color scheme they asked for works perfectly.

The suite included 5×7″ cards, grey specialty envelopes, matching seals and favor stickers. Below are some of the images I received as inspiration during the design process, and these helped me better meet my client’s expectations. Visuals allow me to quickly understand the client’s perspective and establish the goal of the project.

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Some of the initial inspiration images provided by my client. These are always so helpful when I create custom designs!

I hope I’ll get to work on more projects like this one soon, that feature fun illustrations, colorful motifs and accessories. They are my favorite!

Honeymoon Part 7 :: Naples, the end of our Italian getaway

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It was never our intention to visit Naples, but we had a great time during our impromptu afternoon trip into this sprawling Italian city. Let’s face it — we would have had a great time anywhere. We were together, and this was the last day of our honeymoon!

Our plan had been to visit Pompeii in the morning, then spend the afternoon climbing around on Mt. Vesuvius. Our guide informed us this wasn’t such a great plan, since a) it wasn’t a clear day so we wouldn’t have a great view up there and b) there were bus loads of school kids heading up and down the mountain, adding to logistical problems getting down the mountain to catch our evening flight home.

He suggested dropping us in Napoli, to explore and kill some time. ‘Let’s do it!’ we said.

And so.

What a change from the small, seaside villages we had spent the week visiting! Naples is metropolitan — stretching further than you can see, pulsing with life, and stinking of people, fish, garbage and food. But there is beauty to be found, as you will see in the photos here.

We began strolling through the Galleria Umberto, which is a giant piece of artwork. Then we joined the locals, and headed toward the water for a leisurely stroll in the sun. People of all ages were out and in force on this Saturday afternoon. We came upon a castle on the water and toured that for free. The views of the cityscape from here were amazing!

Heading back through town, we hit a few shops and stopped for a pizza and beer before meeting up with our taxi driver again. What a wonderful way to end our trip!

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If you know this guy's secret, please tell me because I don't.

If you know this guy’s secret, please tell me because I don’t.

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Did you miss the first part of our journey?
Part 1: Positano
Part 2: Capri
Part 3: Amalfi
Part 4: Ravello
Part 5: Montepertuso
Part 6: Pompeii

NEW! Download the Thank You Summer design ‘Look Book’!

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I’m so excited to share the brand new package I’ve put together for potential clients!

The Thank You Summer “Look Book” has all the information you need if you’re considering working with me — from wedding invitations to business cards. You will find examples of my work, testimonials from real clients, FAQ about the process, and all the best ways to contact me. This is also an easy way to see some of the custom designs I’ve created for past clients, and get ideas for your own project! Download your copy by clicking this link.

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I’m hoping to add more to the Look Book soon — with examples of fonts, colors and products to choose from! Some time next year, I’ll be launching a new web site with photos of my past work and a beautifully improved design. Stay tuned for all the exciting new

Interested in working with Thank You Summer? To see more of my work, visit the Hire Me page. You can also email inquiries to: design@thankyousummer.com.

Honeymoon Part 6 :: Pompeii and its ancient ruins

One of the reasons we chose Italy for our honeymoon destination was because we don’t like to be tied down. When Mr. Pilot and I travel together, we like to fly by the seat of our pants, deciding what we’ll do the night before and then seeing where the day leads us. The Amalfi Coast turned out to be a great destination for this type of travel, and our visit to Pompeii is a great example.

We didn’t plan to visit Pompeii during our one week trip, but it turned out to be an easy last-minute addition to our itinerary. Our return flight left Naples in the evening, so we checked out of our beautiful bed and breakfast in Positano and had our driver pick us up in the morning and take us to Pompeii for the day. Our hostess called and arranged the transfer, and our driver kept our luggage in the van while we explored the ruins.

What we didn’t realize was that we could have spent the entire day—or more!—inside the ancient city. We had two hours. It wasn’t nearly enough, but we still saw some truly amazing things! I was especially blown away by the artistry seen in the mosaics and brickwork. Here are a few photos…

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Honeymoon Part 5 :: Last supper at La Terra in Montepertuso

No trip to Italy would be complete without food and wine. Spending our last night on the Amalfi Coast at Ristorante La Terra was one of the best decisions we made. Our hostess at the bed and breakfast called in the morning to reserve us a table (beside the window!) and arrange for free transport to and from the restaurant, which is located in the next town. Montepertuso is situated high above Positano, giving it a spectacular view of the coastline and the town below.

Any place that begins the meal with complimentary sparkling wine is tops in my opinion! We also received an amuse bouche before ordering calamari salad, pasta, prawns and flan for dessert. Halfway through the meal, the owner brought out a saxophone and started playing while a waitress sang a song in Italian. It made for a memorable night before we set off for Pompeii the next day.

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