March, Month of the Women and Birthing of Spring!


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Keeping track of National month of this and that can be a daunting task for some of us; but come on, its Women’s History Month and is first day of Spring month how could we not celebrate the mother of all things; Mother Nature and Mother of Humanity! March events celebrating and recognizing women began back in 1911 when the first International Women’s Day took it’s roots. There were of course many petitions and series of events leading up to 1980, the year when President Jimmy Carter issued a presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8, as National Women’s History Week. By now is was evident that women were not going to settle for a week’s recognition out of the entire year so fast forward to1987, when Congress  passed a bill along with many other sub-petitions thereof authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month.


Now I’m going to deliberately interconnect the fact that March is the month when we welcome the most beautiful seasons of all; Spring, and connect that to us women and women’s month. Now that’s quite a month ladies!


Mayra B.

Amor, amor, amor…


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I have to say that Valentine’s Day is my most favorite time to give! Even for my children, we skip the Christmas card exchange and rather put our efforts and money into preparing cute and lovely goodies for their classmates. Since we launched our stationary greeting card line I’ve had a delightful time creating these simple and lovely kits this year.

Commercially, Valentine cards didn’t appear in Unites States until  the 1800s, though handmade cards had been popular for some time. I have included some Valentines Day fun facts along this post that I found to be interesting, see which one catches your eye!


Valentine candy “conversation hearts” have a shelf life of five years

What a day!

What a day!

Red hearts are a ubiquitous Valentine symbol. Red is traditionally associated with the color of blood. At one time, people thought that the heart, which pumps blood, was the part of the body that felt love. In fact, when the Egyptians mummified their dead for burial, they removed every organ but the heart because they believed the heart was the only part of the body necessary for the trip through eternity.

Sending you love!

Sending you love!

The High Court of Love” was established in Paris, France, in 1400 and is the first known official celebration of Saint Valentine’s Day. Composed of 30 women, it dealt with love contracts, violence against women, and betrayals


Madame Royale, daughter of Henry the IV of France, loved Valentine’s Day so much that she named her palace “The Valentine.”

Groundhog Day was originally observed on February 14

For these Valentine’s Day cards I used stamps, twine, off-white cotton cardstock and a few caring phrases I found along the way or just came up with them as I crafted. Cards are 4.5 x 5.5 and kept the greeting short and sweet leaving lots of room for your own writings. I make these cards in kits of 10 but can also provide 1 of each design in 1 kit of 10

For more fun facts and references to the ones included here I recommend Random History Facts as a source of tons more.

Do you have a fun fact or curiosity about Valentines? I would love to know, care to share?


Mayra Betances


A Romantic Soirée on Valentines Day

Feeling like a Romantic Soiree again…how lovely

I recall a time in which I enjoyed Valentine’s Day so much, I rested late afternoons on cardboard filled with tacky white glue and gold glitter plastered all over my face, hair, hands and arms too! yes I was a 10-year-old girl making heart shape cards with an arrow crossing its crooked cut shape as I did not have a die cut back then.

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I love the concept that Valentine’s Day stands for, it brings an air of friendship love awareness that is often taken for granted. Unlike couples who have an anniversary or any other unique date in which they can celebrate their love and romance; friends don’t necessarily have an anniversary of sort, other than the year or time frame in which the friendship developed, this would be a more fitting day to celebrate those relationships.

I wanted to do something simple, romantic and useful to display for this post. This is a notes writing setting, of course with desserts made by my dear friend Yanneris Genao, to sweeten the thoughts and write something beautiful for that special someone, so grab your BFF’s and hop on a comfy chair and enjoy the sweet sheer ribbon canopy setting.  I found a pretty handy site wishafriend  in which you can get inspirations for writing your Valentines notes, below is one I find to be uniquely thorough, hovering over anything and everything between a laughter and a tear.


When you want to talk, I will hold your hand and listen to you.
When you want to cry, I will lend you my shoulder.
When you want to run away, I will run with you.
Coz’ no other world can be half the fun, as my world is with you in it.
Happy Valentines day!



My Happy Jar


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I first  saw this idea of a jar of happy moments on Elizabeth Gilbert‘s Facebook page, I love it so much., I’m putting it to practice! this will be my first year doing it. It’s simple, just grab a jar ( or any form of container to your preference) and every day or week write down the happiest time of the day/week., the paper could be any kind…this is truly for your own piece of mind and to literally count your blessings at the end of your year’s journey. I fancy up my jar cause I’m a decor freak, but it could be any container…keep in mind the jar is a clear and handy piece to choose as you can see your happy notes growing through the year as the jar fills up.


I had a conversation with a dear friend of mine and we both agreed that being blessed is a term that is overly used…I refuse to believe that God did not bless those parents of children with disabilities., in fact those people are extremely bless by my description given that they are face with such hard life situations and still manage to see the beauty and joy within. God did not only bless me for having the ability to bring about my dreams and making it work for my family, I’m bless because I see the possibilities within my adversities. I’m not bless when life is good and everything is working to perfection; that’s just the natural course of things. I’m bless when I’m face with struggles and rise through them with a wiser but humbler heart.

May 2016 be as prosperous, rewarding and happy as my 2015! It has been a fabulous year and look to my family to continue success and joy in absolutely every step of the way!!! Health, peace, joy and abundance on all the good! to D&E Papel and Create Happy Moments I know this is a year of grand impact and a year of beautiful stories to be remember!!! Let’s fill up this jar with nothing but phenomenal moments to be open at the end of this years journey and literally count our blessings!!!

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  Mayra B.

How can my Holiday Party Invitations stand out?


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As we make our way into December, our Holiday atmosphere just intensifies, and so do the events. I was recently interviewed by Alexandra Anastasio for BELLA New York Magazine for their Holiday issue. I shared some key tips on how to create the right invitation for a Holiday party and how best to present it so it is not confused with yet another of the many greetings cards arriving in your mail during this season. Here are some images of party invitations I designed that will fit each must do/must have, to make your event stand out!

  1. When Planning a holiday party what are the first things to think about wehn designing an invitation? It is key to keep my clients vision while sketching an overall design; however choosing materials and paper textures has more to do with the event’s theme and holiday vibe in my designing process. I try to feel what the client likes and dislikes and try to center it around their preferences and their vision yet balance it with a professional and acceptable look. When possible I like to visit and research the venue of the event…it gives me an insight. A timeline is set in place to keep on track image

2. With all the mail that people receive around the holidays…how can you make your envelope stand out from the rest?As for the envelopes, always bring an element from the invitation forward to have a continuous theme. We don’t want an invitation to get mistaken for yet another greeting card.
It needs to stand out in a hay of greetings. During the design stage mailing costs need to be settle as this will determine the way in which it will be delivered to your guests.
For the envelope a texture paper and/or decorated prints will definitely stand out in your guests mailbox…one can also consider a packaging, such as a boxed invitation,this could be square, rectangular or in some designs such as invitation made on fabrics or roll up, a tube packaging will literally roll out.


3. With the month of December being a hectic one, how far in advance should you send out your invitations and what’s an appropriate response time? Allow 2 weeks extra regardless , but in the case of a December event, I would make sure the guests would receive it before Thanksgiving because between Thanksgiving and Christmas it’s just a whirlwind and no one can keep track!
Again, processing time and mailing time need to be settled at the designing stage. Response time ideally 2 weeks is best to secure venue commodities don’t collide with others.


4. How do you create invitations that are unique and different, one that stand out from the rest? In a general sense invitations can consist of the same pieces, (main invite card, RSVP, Directions card, or any other enclosures) it stands out differently to the customers because of the rationalization. Creating something unique consists of a combination in the materials, fonts, colors and layout; however, the fundamentals remain the same

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5. With an invitation that is truly a work of art, how would you suggest showcasing/incorporating it into your party? There are many ways to bring out the invitation feel and theme throughout the event itself! For a Holiday celebration a lobby table or a bar is usually set up as a display for a welcome focal point…hence a framed sign incorporating colors, fonts and embellishments from the invitation is perfectly fabulous. Such as (welcome to the Smith’s annual holiday dinner)
Other pieces that can make their way in are Menu cards, banner, seating cards, and at times personal games printed to fit your event.

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  • Sample Timeline for a December 17 event:
  • September 28th (consult and chose design)
  • October 6 (order invitations)
  • November 3rd (clients receives invitation)
  • November 10th (mail out invitations)
  • November 17-23 ( guests receive invitation)
  • December 7th (RSVP due)
  • December 17 ( event day)

You can see more in my featured interview for BELLA’s Holiday Issue.


Hope this was helpful and if you have any questions or need an input ask me., I’ll be glad to help you.


Mayra B.

Haunted Halloween Theme


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This year’s Halloween party theme is a haunted library. Libraries are filled with countless books full of stories, with quiet rooms ready to be shaken by storytellers eager to frighten the spirit off of you. I absolutely love the idea of visiting a venue which will put me in the mindset of a chosen theme; it gives me the proper vibe to pour into an invitation that would spook the socks off your guests in a fabulous way. See below for The Village Bookstore in Columbus OH, which I visited for this year Haunted Library Halloween theme

The Halloween Invitation is a book like card with 4 layers of velum and cardstock and a vintage metal key featuring an eyeball to a book of spells. It can be mailed in a regular 5×7 envelope but a lined envelope is recommended.

Theme colors are lime green, black, white and pumpkin orange.



As this is a scary story reading inspired theme I wanted to involve all the scary library elements within. I used clocks, vintage keys, books, letters, watches and yes, eye balls. At home I made a simple and quick setting as my welcome wall for my group horror readings which included some 10 year olds. I found some Halloween book classics like Frankenstein, Sleepy Hollow, Moby Dick to give as party favors. I wrapped the books in green burlap and orange string which are the colors of my theme. I also made some bookmarks which I displayed alongside some pencils and a spell magic letter game. These were all things the kids could take as party favors, along with a small bag of candy, of course.

Tick Tock the witching hour is upon us



I had the thought of visiting my towns library to borrow books and making the set up in my family room at home which would be perfect, and I did. However I wanted to visit a bookstore t see if they would be willing to host group readings for Halloween as an alternative if I did not have enough room at home. I gasped with delight when I arrived at The Village Bookstore in Columbus, Ohio. Unfortunately, they do not hold group readings but the building would be a perfect venue for your dream Haunted Library themed Halloween party. As usual what you attract attracts you…or so it goes. Personally I have a thing for Historical ventures.

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I promise you this is good…keep on reading…

The chapel was built in 1889. It all began in 1886 when a group of women, yes you read that correctly, a group of women organized a “Mite Society”, expressly to support a Sunday School. The group created enough interest in a church to cause the forming of a group of Trustees of man; hence permission was granted to build a chapel if they could first raise $500. Shortly this was done they began to erect a building.

 The wooden “chapel” was finished. This church bell was purchase for $25 and installed in 1904 and since then lots of remodeling and improvements have been made. In 1965 The Linworth Methodist Church building was purchase and turned into The Village Bookshop. The present owners who I had the pleasure to meet, Gary and Carol Friedlinghaus  have run the bookshop since 1983. Truly humble people they are and the trust and liberty they gave me to do my photo shoot at this overly possessed  characteristic historical building is just amazing.  walked in this bookstore and immediately felt welcome by the owners daughter who was beyond helpful.



The Bookstore has several Used Books rooms on the second level of the building., see more images in this gallery.

This is the easiest and most effortless party you can plan for a Halloween activity; it also happens to be one of the most fear sensing theme one can experiment. I hope you enjoyed the reading and got a tip or two. Have an spooktacular Halloween



Make a Timeline right about…now!


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Short and Sweet Like 1,2,3!

A Timeline to keep in mind when ordering invitations for your next event.

What works best for you? I know for me is to write things down, it gives me the sense that it is real and not just in my head to keep in mind, I love checking off as I go, how about you?

Contact me for a custom timeline for your next event…once is printed on paper is a must do list!





Country Wedding at Orchard House


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To say this is by far my favorite scenario for style living is an understatement, I absolutely love the country atmosphere and as soon as I learned about the Orchard House I immediately reserved my visit. I feel the more in tune I’m with the theme and venue of my client’s big day the more I can transmit when designing an invitation.

This is a farm house with a modern twist, sitting on a 12 acre estate. Each section of the property has it’s charm and added value a Bed and Breakfast  perfect for country weddings, family reunion, or your very own nature estate retreat.

I had the pleasure of meeting the owners, Dean Lowry and his lovely wife Jodi Melfi. Dean happily went over the history of the estate including how the house has a record book of the multiple owners of the property since 1850 when it was built to its original state today.

The place where I personally felt like Alice in Wonderland was The Forrest which is where the Altar is set up for wedding ceremonies., I mean this is truly a picture come to live…almost like stepping into a framed painting just like the kids show Blues Clues would do! Orchard House’s farm offers guests the opportunity to interact with their resident animals, including, pigs peacocks and various pasture such as lamb and goats. The house fits about 10 people to sleep in and about 150 to 200 for guests coming for an event.

The hospitality this house offers is simply immaculate  because you would feel as if you were at home. A curious and historic fact that caught my attention was that in the 1950’s  Orchard House was the first licensed home for alcoholics in Ohio. This is a short ride from the city life of Columbus and distant enough to submerge into the relatively untouched natural surroundings. It is located 2 miles away from the town’s historic and vibrant downtown.

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Hope you enjoy the views as much as I did



Fall into the most romantic season of all!


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Let’s fall in love with the toasty season ahead, and what better timing then New York Fall Fashion week where I hope to see some fabulous color combos coming out. This chart makes it painless to achieve the precise color palette for an invitation that will cozy your guests to your big day.

So on to the Autumn warm colors

Keeping it simple shows how selecting color that are close together in the color wheel makes a harmonious combination 


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Gold edges and toasty hues makes your Fall event one perfect blend.

The Making of BELLA’s White Party Invitations


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My heart stutter when I first learned that BELLA New York Magazine had picked D&E Papel to design and craft the invitation for their annual White Party hosted by Lisa Vanderpump who is the star of Beverly Hills Housewives and Vanderpump Rules. First thing that came to mind was, I have to pull over and take this in nice and easy, then I frantically screamed of joy. Ok…on to business here….to the drawing board. This is an extremely important element to any event specially at this scale. My mind immediately started winding designs, embellishments, paper texture, rhinestones etc. Colors were the focal point….and classy beauty the aimed….so a magnolia came into play!




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This was an amazing project from beginning to end, from the assembly of each suite down to the choice of the texture of materials for each component.

Inside the pocket folder sat multiple layers of cardstock which were precisely placed by hand to form the 3D illusion; framing the main announcement, followed by the RSVP card which preserved the theme throughout the invitation.

Each Magnolia  which by the way happens to be my second favorite flower…as white as snow they came in bunches, we pulled away the petals of about 500 flowers making a total count of 1,920 loose petals. I submerged these petals in fabric dye in a process that took a full 6 days. Last touch was added with floral spray dye to conquer that true rich hue. Rhinestone brooch, came as some would say the cherry on top…I say is the seal to a beautiful design. Finally the White box, to add a sense of fashionable packaging as well as a protective cover waiting to wow the guests, the pocket folder laid on a thin silk fabric bed for added finesse. The last element was the mailing cover wrap that secure the closure of the beautiful white box. A total of 320 invitations were assembled for this event!

The feedback from the guests and magazine has been nothing but fabulous!

Special thanks to Vanessa Coppes for placing me in the position to get this opportunity and for the collaboration of Felica Betances, Sarah Betances, Anny Betances, Yanneris Genao, Eileen Matias, Yris Encarnacion, Ornelis Amancio, Gabriela Amancio, Nejuliver Amancio, Elisa Laureano, William Betances, Yldebrando Betances, Gloribel Munos, Massiel Rodriguez, Dio Collado, Kevin Rosario, Ella-Deogo-Luigi Gutierrez, Richard Betances, Elliot & Claudia, & Paul Hazlit.


Mayra B.