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Specializing in event stationery (but not limited to), my goal is to give you the opportunity to express your personality and style through design that exemplifies you. With over 10+ years in the design world and loving every second of it, coupled with my innate nature to help others, and being the planner at heart that I am, allow me to provide a one-of-kind design experience. Simply stated, Rita Alexis Design is smitten with all things design.

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Rita Alexis Design blog's mission is to share knowledge for design + paper through super informative and beautifully curated posts. I hope to share my love for wedding stationery and design theory with anyone and everyone interested in the world of design!

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RAD [Freebie] Bridal Thank You Notes

Rita Garcia

Brides and engaged ladies, this one's for you! I know you're going to be a busy bee planning every detail of every aspect of your wedding.

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And along the way, you're going to call on the help of your tribe (bridesmaids, cousins, sisters, moms, grandmas, dads, uncles, etc). In addition, you'll have a team of vendors that is going execute your dream wedding so you can relax and enjoy it.What I have for you are some cute bridal notes to thank those who have helped you along the way.

Download them below!

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Instructions:

  1. Print out your favorite thank you note... or all of them!
  2. Simply cut along the perimeter of the solid lines.
  3. Then fold in half on the dotted line.
  4. Now write your sweet, personable note to your squad. 
  5. Deliver with a smile! 

Snap a photo and add #radbride!

RAD [Freebie] Bridal Paper Fan

Rita Garcia

Story Time! My wedding was in the middle of August... aka HOT.

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However, we never imagined it would be THAT hot. It was a whopping 95 degrees! Luckily only our ceremony was outside and the reception was inside (where the AC was pumping). In case you have the chance of a 95 degree wedding, here are some fun fans for the bride and bridesmaids! They can be used for props or to cool yourselves down!

Download them below!

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Instructions:

  1. Print out the two pages per fan.
  2. Cut out any margins your printer may have.
  3. You'll glue or tape onto the portion that says to glue.
  4. Now fold, in a zig zag pattern, on the dotted lines.
  5. Voila! Fan is ready!

Snap a photo and add #radbride #radbridesmaid!

Happy 2nd Anniversary to Mr. Gunn and I!

Rita Garcia

And just like that... 730 days / 104 weeks / 24 months / 2 years have passed since our perfect little day we were blessed enough to celebrate with our family and friends on 08.15.15.

We've gone on so many adventures from small trips down the coast of California, to large trips overseas; to little wins with new business and jobs, and some extraordinary heartbreaking losses. But there's no one in this world I'd rather rejoice in every single happy moment with or ugly cry on his shoulder with than that man I said "yes, I'll be your girlfriend" 6.5 years ago and "I do" to being your wife 2 years ago. Feels like we've experienced so many highs and lows and we're just getting started! I love you more than you will ever know.

Enough of the sappy stuff! Interested in what we did for our 2 year anniversary? Read below!

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08.15.15

Sean + Rita

We decided to stay a bit local this anniversary since we're planning on another mini trip next month! Although, our local (Bay Area, California) is a wealth of fun and beautiful places, we decided on wine country–Napa, to be exact! 

Napa was absolutely gorgeous. From the more vintage homes, the smaller towns, the Summer Nights bands, the beautiful weather, the delicious food, to of course, the WINE... we were completely blissful. I've hinted to going through some life tribulations, so having this little getaway to celebrate our love was the PERFECT stay-cation. 

Friday night started with checking out a Friday night band playing near the river in downtown; followed by a delicious cheese platter. #softcheesesrock Next, we had tapas for the first time at Zuzu's. We were seated at the end of a longer table of a big party, so it wasn't exactly the romantic setting we were looking for, but hey, roll with the punches, right? #silverlining The food was DELICIOUS. I'm a nibbler/snacker, so tapas were perfect for me. We then went in search for ice cream, but unfortunately it was closed. At least I got to sit in a huge chair! 

Saturday came and we were ready for wine tasting. We went on the historic Napa Valley Wine Trolley and it was super fun! The wind in your face/hair everywhere was a bit much in the beginning, (yea, my beautiful curls were a bit less voluminous) but the weather was great!

First stop was Pestoni Winery! Five wines tasted and I was feeling goooood. You have to give me a break though. I hadn't had one ounce of alcohol in 4 months! I can't remember the wine name, but it was the first one (a white wine), but that was my favorite (of all the wines tasted–perhaps because it was the first wine?). And the chocolate sauce with wine was divine. I'm sure I just liked the chocolate though. Ha! Outside was gorgeous. We played cornhole and sat with large lady bugs! And I must note, I made quite a few in the cornhole, holding my purse, wineglass and in wedges on grass. #talent

Second stop was Raymond Vineyards! I was so excited about this place only because of the cool frames they had set up outside. The inside did not disappoint either! It definitely was themed throughout and seemed to cater to a younger crowd. We tasted in the Red Room. It was swanky and luxurious. Kind of like Hugh Hefner would like it or Moulin Rouge could be filmed there. By this time, I'm pretty buzzed. And although only my husband saw, I rolled on my ankle taking a photo near the frames outside. But to be fair, there was a dip in the grass that I didn't see–hence the awkward stance. And I fell pretty gracefully. #dontjudge

Next on the trolley stop was Cosentino! Here, we were served lunch. And thankfully so since I was in need of something to absorb this alcohol. The food was from The Girl and the Fig and was delicious! (Sandwiches, pasta, fig cookies, brownies). We all sat at a long table and had fun chatting with everyone. Our wine sommelier was pretty awesome. He knew his stuff, was personable, funny, a legit chef, AND a football star from ASU (with a massive ring to prove it!). 

Our last stop #sadface was Andretti. We were all about drinking the wine and playing in the vines (to taste the grapes!). At this point, I don't even remember the taste of these wines. Perhaps why it was the last stop?

We were then dropped off by the Oxbow Market. Why we decided to eat again, not sure. But we did. I didn't eat much, but definitley saved room for dessert! #ricemilkforthewin When we arrived back at our hotel, I don't remember even falling asleep! But 2 hours later, in daze, we decided to go back out on the town. We were both a little out of it but grabbed a snack and more wine. The restaurant we chose ended up turning into a mini club which was pretty cool. Although it was a bit odd seeing these young (and some older) folks dancing to "This is how we do it"... drinking hard alcohol... in Napa. #shrugs

Our SnapChat of a silly time!

The next morning, thankfully, I had no hangover. We decided to have a picnic in the adorable town of Yountville (10 miles above Napa) which is like a mini French town. Our picnic, unfortunately was cut short by some bees, so we headed out. It was fairly early at that point, so we decided to go to this elusive castle our Trolley drover mentioned–Castello di Amorosa. And OMG, it's a legit castle... with bricks and animals! The views from up there were also super gorgeous. All in all, an AMAZING getaway.

On our ACTUAL anniversary (8.15, a Tuesday), we took it easy. We had Ethiopian food for the first time (super yum!) and cuddled watching Netflix. But we started it off re-reading our vows to one another. Of course, I teared up. #sap From adventures to simple pleasures, no one I'd rather do them with than my hubs. <3

RAD Annual Jolly Card

Rita Garcia

Today is always a mix of emotions for me. But like the card says, I always try to take the JOLLY approach. So, print this free card and send it to a friend that makes you feel all warm and Jolly inside. I'm sure they'd appreciate it more than you know.

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My sweet Jolly passed of Marfan Syndrome, which no one knew he had. If you're interested in helping in a cause that helps those with Marfan Syndrome, please check out this link here: https://give.marfan.org/fundraise/team?ftid=117130

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Cinco De Mayo Cake Toppers

Rita Garcia

Cinco de Mayo is always fun to celebrate since I get to celebrate part of my culture! It is important to know that this celebration is of the victory of The Battle of Puebla over the French, and not the Mexican Independence Day :) Now that the history lesson is over, go ahead and grab your cute little cake toppers, flan toppers, pan dulce toppers, or whatever your little corazon desires!

RAD DIY St. Patrick's Day Mini Party Hats

Rita Garcia

Happy (almost) St. Patrick's Day! While everyone wears green, you'll bring the bright and colorfulness to the party by wearing this fun Mini Party Hat! I know, I know... this isn't exactly wedding stationery... but I love a good paper DIY!

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Alrighty, so here's what you'll need:
 

  • RAD Mini Party Hat Printable
  • Cardstock paper for the crown (or gold cardstock)
  • Colorful Pom Poms
  • Tissue paper or crepe paper
  • Glue gun
  • Double sided tape
  • scissors
  • hole puncher (although, unnecessary)
  • ribbon/string


INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Print out the RAD Mini Party Hat Printable here on cardstock paper (gold for extra oomph)
  2. Cut out the the printable and trim out the holes on the sides (Hole puncher or mini hole puncher works)
  3. String the ribbon/string into the sides of the crown, and either glue-gun, tape, or tie a knot.
  4. Cut about 2 inches high and 8 inches long of crepe paper/tissue paper. Fold the paper vertically in half so now your paper is 1 inch by 8 inches.
  5. Now you're going to either grab your fringe scissors or regular scissors and cut across (not all the way!)
  6. Tape or glue-gun the fringe paper inside the cap.
  7. Now put your hat together and tape or glue-gun it together.
  8. Grab your colorful pom poms and decorate as you please!
  9. Wear it with colorful pride!

Enjoy!

RAD Valentine's Day Hangtag Freebie

Rita Garcia

I have to admit, I'm a sucker for love. And although Valentine's Day is deemed as a commercial holiday, I don't see any problem with showing the ones you love a little extra mushiness today. So, of course, I designed some adorable little hang tags for you to hang onto whatever gift you decide to spoil your loved ones with. Candies? Date Night? A bottle of wine? Whatever your loved ones like, these sweet little hang tags will hug them perfectly.

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TOOLS

  • Hang tag printable
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch (not necessary)
  • String/Ribbon


INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Print out your favorite hang tag.
  2. Trim with scissors and punch a hole at the top.
  3. Grab your favorite string (bakers twine or some lovely satin ribbon) and wrap accordingly.

Send a Card to a Friend Day! (Free Card)

Rita Garcia

When a text message, comment, or like doesn't satiate that quality friend time, sometimes some snail mail can do the trick! And one that brings the tropical feel to our gloomy winter days is the cheery on top! Print this mini friend card, trim, and send to your friend ASAP! Their little heart will fill up! #SendACardToAFriendDay

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Bridesmaid + Maid of Honor Love: Free Wine/Mini Drink Labels

Rita Garcia

I've always been the type of gal to make sure my loved ones were taken care of. Now that you're in full wedding mode, I'm sure your bridal tribe is right next to you, ready to help you in any way possible. Want to treat your beauties to a little something special? Well, I have just the ticket! Print my FREE mini drink labels (mini champagne, mini alcohol, or mini softdrink) now on the blog!

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Best Friend Mini Card Free Printable

Rita Garcia

You know that person who you CAN'T wait to tell about the person you just met, or the person you just broke up with... or all about the details of the wedding?! Or that person you don't have to speak one word to, but can bust up laughing at the same exact thing? They have many names, BFF, Bestie, Best, Partner-in-crime... you know, your best friend! Well, on #nationalbestfriendday I encourage you to tell your bestie how much they mean to you! I even created this adorbs card for you to print out for them. Go ahead, show your best some love! Download the card on the blog now! www.ritaalexisdesign.com/blog

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RAD June Free Mobile Wallpaper

Rita Garcia

Can you believe we're almost halfway through the year?! Reflecting upon half of this year, I gave myself one word to focus on and infuse throughout my personal and business life.. and that word is CONFIDENCE. To be a little more confident in my creativity. To be a little more confident in the way I speak. To be a little more confident in the way I hold myself. And to be a little more confident in reaching for those goals I thought maybe were too unattainable. What are you focusing on for the second half of the year? BTW, you can download this subtle wallpaper on the blog now: www.ritaalexisdesign.com/blog

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Oh Jolly Goodness! Gratitude DIY Card

Rita Garcia

You know that person that makes you laugh-cry? Or maybe that person who brings light into a room whenever he/she walks in? Have you ever told him/her (or them) how grateful you are for their jolly-ness? Well, if you haven't, why don't you give them a big hug and let them know. AND send them this pretty awesome card below:

I have a ton of friends and family who I completely adore and am grateful for everyday. Although I may not say it all the time, I like to show them in little (or great) gestures. To be completely honest, I had a very special friend who literally made me laugh-cry anytime I was in his presence. His birthday is today and I wanted to honor his "Jolly"ness for the joy he brought to my and so many other's lives (and the fact that his nickname was Jolly). I want to share this feeling of gratitude with my family and friends, and I want you to, too!

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Print out the card and enclosures. You can have the outside white or add the same design to the back of the enclosure with the additional printout.
  2. Cut out the card and enclosure(s).
  3. Glue the enclosures (if applicable). Let it set.
  4. Glue on the card in the middle of the enclosure. Let it set.
  5. Once the glue has dried, you'll want to fold on the dotted lines. I recommend a bone folder (you can buy at Michael's or Joanne's) and a rule to get a nice fold.
  6. Now cover the flaps and seal with your favorite washi tape (or sticker or even beautiful ribbon).

All there is left to do is treat your friend or family member to lunch, a drink, or some coffee and surprise them with a little gratitude. <3

Best,
Rita

Cinco De Mayo Piñata Card Printable

Rita Garcia

Hola, mis amores! In honor of Cinco de Mayo (and half my ethnicity), go ahead and have a craft party with a little margaRITAs on the side! Most people do not know I am half Mexican, because my other ethnicity half (Filipino) is pretty dominant, however, I've always viewed myself as more Mexican and have been fascinated with the color, hospitality and vibrancy that the Mexican culture encompasses.

As a child, piñatas were always an icon of what I loved growing up (and kind of as an adult, if I'm being honest)--color and candy! I want you to have a fun and easy-to-create piñata card! Vamanos chiquitas (os) Follow along below:

SIDE NOTE: For a little historical education, Cinco de Mayo IS a Mexican holiday that commemorates the Battle of Puebla (victory over the French). So, let's celebrate the culture and not stereotype it, ok? K!

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Here's what you'll need:

  1. Piñata Card Design (see link below)
  2. Cardstock to print on
  3. Streamers (I use red, white, green... cause Viva Mexico!)
  4. Scissors
  5. Fringe scissors (although not necessary)
  6. Glue (Elmer's Glue, Hot Glue Gun) or Tape (Double sided or the glue dots)

Directions:

  1. Grab your cardstock and place it in the printer.
  2. Print out this design (see link below)
  3. Use your scissors to cut out the card.
  4. Keep the card flat, do not fold over yet.
  5. Now to the crafty part! Grab your streamers and cut them to the width of the card.
  6. Now cut the streamers in half vertically, so you'll have thin long stripes.
  7. Fringing time! If you have fringe scissors, it will go much fast and add some texture. If you don't, you'll just have to cut each fringe one-by-one. (Hint, double up the streamers)
  8. Now that you have your fringies ready, place them on the card as you please!
  9. When you're happy with the placement, bring out the glue or tape. Start at the top and make your way down. You're more than welcome to do the back of the card too!
  10. Fold over the card and MIRA! You have a piñata card!

Now grab your tequila filled margaRITA and brighten someone's day with this piñata card!

Best,
Rita