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Peggy Davis, Calligrapher:
The Invitation Album

Contact Peggy Davis at 413-624-3204 or email phd@ganeydn.com

bas mitzvah invitation - Dancers
Women Dancing
bas mitzvah invitation

An unusually-shaped envelope arrives in the mail, the address hand-lettered or in beautiful type; anticipation sets in. The envelope is eagerly opened. This is the first taste your guest has of what will be your celebration.

You will bring your sense of design, of tradition, of meaning to this event, beginning with the invitation. Peggy Davis will work with you, as she has with hundreds of customers, to design your invitations, bringing her personal touch to the printed work.

You are welcome to visit her studio, which is not far from Shelburne Falls, Greenfield, Amherst & Northampton, MA and Brattleboro & Wilmington, VT. Peggy also works successfully with people all over the country by mail, phone and e-mail to create invitations.

Your Choices

There are many choices to be made in creating a coordinated invitation or announcement set, and Peggy guides you, step by step. The cover or border design(s) can be chosen from a printer's album or from Peggy's previous work, or a new one can be created for you through consultation with you by phone or in person. This design can be applied to other items such as program booklets, benchers, centerpieces, banners, etc.

You may choose to enclose the whole set in a pocket folder, add one or more layers of colored paper to enhance the design, alter a design with custom cutting, or your choice of colors.

You are invited to click on the thumbnail images that appear on this page to see full size images of these selected invitations. Please note that colors may not be the same on your screen as in the originals, and that designs are available in a variety of ink colors, paper colors and textures. You may request samples to be sent to you to see the actual colors and papers.

There are websites for printers noted at the bottom of the page, to see what they offer. If you choose to order something exactly as shown in an album without additional design work by Peggy, she will place the order, providing the same help in guiding you through the process.

Cost

The cost varies widely, depending on the choices of materials and complexity of the design. Peggy will work with you to meet your needs and your budget. A detailed estimate will be prepared for you once a plan is developed. The average price range of invitation orders is $300-1000 for 100 invitation sets, which could include invitations, envelopes, RSVP cards and envelopes, thank you notes, any other insert cards, and place cards. Pocket invitation sets start at about $600.

The Design Process

If there is a verse from a traditional source appropriate to the occasion, such as from a Bar/Bat Mitzvah Torah portion, it is often the inspiration for an invitation design. A verse including child's name may inspire the design for a birth announcement or invitation. Other languages, including Yiddish, Ladino, Spanish, Italian, French or Russian, can be used in the design.

You may choose to use hand-lettering or type. One or the other may be appropriate, depending on the design and your budget. Hand-lettering provides a more personal, immediate touch to the invitation, and can be adapted in shape and form in a way that type cannot.

One thing that makes Peggy's invitations stand out is that even her typeset invitations have the look of hand-work. She uses one of two personal Hebrew fonts created from her own hand-lettering, and offers selected English fonts designed by calligraphers.

Peggy uses printing companies who make a variety of papers, sizes and ink colors available. She can send samples to help you make these choices. Some papers are recycled, with textures, fiber or flecks, others shades of white and off-white or ivory with smooth, linen or textured surfaces. There are many ink colors available. She has also located sources for specialty papers, such as paper embedded with flower seeds.

Most of Peggy's invitations have been printed with raised ink, but now there are more options. She can offer two-color or full-color digital printing as well, and can arrange for letterpress printing.

How to Begin

As you look through the examples here, you may find something that appeals to you or which you'd like to adapt. You may find examples of styles, designs or symbols elsewhere, in a book, a greeting card, a magazine. Any of these can be helpful in creating a design. Give Peggy a call at 413-624-3204, and from a conversation with you and any examples you provide, she will send you sketches, and with your further comments, a sketch will be refined to your satisfaction. Then she will create the final art, which work will be mailed or faxed to you for approval before being sent to the printer. The printer will ship the invitation or announcement sets directly to you.

Now you can begin this fascinating journey!

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Peggy also provides an option if time is short and you aren't commissioning custom art for your invitation. You can order on the web through this link.

e-invite

If you have any questions about what to order or how to place it, don't hesitate to call Peggy at 413-624-3204.

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bar mitzvah invitation - moon & stars
New Moon
bar mitzvah invitation

Bar Mitzvah Invitation - Amos

"Establish Justice"
bar mitzvah invitation

Questions about Invitations? Visit Peggy's Invitation FAQ

wedding invitation - tree, zeh dodi
"This is my beloved"
wedding invitation

bar mitzvah invitation - Torah & Tallis
Torah Scroll
bar mitzvah invitation

SAMPLE INVITATIONS

Please click on any thumbnail and Invitation above or below to see enlarged view.

Wedding Invitations and Sets

These are examples of invitations that Peggy has designed for her customers. You may order invitations with your text using one of these cover or border designs, adapting one of these designs, or commission a new design. Learn about Jewish wedding traditions, music and dance with the Wholesale Klezmer Band

Wedding invitation - ani l'dodi
Rose Vine Arch

wedding invitation - art nouveau vine
Deco Daisy

wedding invitation - sweeter than wine
Rose Vine Circle: Wine

wedding invitation - arch of trees
Trees of the Field

50th anniversary invitation
Tree of Life

wedding invitation - wavy text
Soson v'Simkho

wedding invitation - papercut chuppah
Chuppah Invitation #1
Matches Chuppah Ketubah

wedding invitation - betroth forever
Rose Vine Circle: Betroth

wedding invitation - lovebirds
Rose Vine Rectangle:
Lovebirds

Wedding Invitation Set - Papercut Chuppah
Chuppah Invitation #2
Matches Chuppah Ketubah


						Invitation Set - Family Tree
Family Tree Invitation Set

wedding invitation - ani l'do
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Ani L'dodi Gate Invitation

Bar and Bat Mitzvah Invitations and Invitation Sets

Some of Peggy's bar and bat mitzvah invitation designs are customized for specific Torah or Haftarah portions, names, and or prayers. Many may be easily customized for any Torah portion or name. Besides the invitation designs pictured here, Peggy will be glad to work with you to develop a new design. Learn about
Jewish music for your celebration!

Bar Mitzvah Invitation - Samuel
Samuel

Bar Mitzvah Invitation - Balak
Balak

Bar Mitzvah Invitation - Ki Tavo

Ki Tavo

Bar Mitzvah Invitation Set- Vayikra
Vayikra


Dahlia

Bat Mitzvah Invitation Set - Beshalach
Beshalakh

Bar Mitzvah Invitation Set- Vayikra
Justice, justice shalt thou pursue


Dahlia #2

Bat Mitzvah Invitation Set - Beshalach
Herbal Theme invitation

Bat Mitzvah Invitation Set - Vayishlach
Vayishlakh

Bat Mitzvah Invitation set - Lily
Lekh Lekho

Bar Mitzvah Invitation Set - Father and Son
Old-Time Bar Mitzvah Invitation Set


Blue-Grey Tallis


Tallis Invitation Cover with
Tsitsit Quotation from Shma
for Shelakh Lekha or any Parsha


Multi-Color Tallis

Bar Mitzvah Invitation - Jewish Star
Mitzvah Star

Bat Mitzvah Invitation - Handing down the Torah
Old Bat Mitzvah Postcard:
Handing down the Torah

Bat Mitzvah Invitation - Peace, Joy, Love, Hope
Joy, Peace, Hope and Love

Bat Mitzvah Invitation - Ruth
Ruth

Bar Mitzvah Invitation - Noach
Noach

Bar Mitzvah Invitation - Sukkot/Emor
Sukkot/Emor

Bar Mitzvah Invitation - Shofar
Joshua

Bar Mitzvah Invitation - Gavriel
Picture Name Art

bas mitzvah invitation - Dancers
Dancers

Bar Mitzvah Invitation - Amos
Amos

bar mitzvah invitation - Torah & Tallis
Torah Scroll Invitation:
Suitable for any parsha

bar mitzvah invitation - moon & stars
New Moon

Prices

Peggy offers invitations in a wide range of styles and prices and is happy to work with you to create an invitation set to fit your taste and budget. Please call her at 413-624-3204 or email at ketuba@ganeydn.com to discuss your project. You are welcome to arrange a visit to Peggy's studio near Greenfield, MA and Shelburne Falls, MA. Please call to schedule a visit.

Additional Services:

Envelope addressing to match your invitation set

list formats
Digital address lettering styles
Place Cards

Paper and Ink Choices

You may refer to the websites of printing and paper-supply companies that Peggy uses. Click on these links to view these companies' paper formats and colors. Their websites provide a guide as to the shapes, sizes, paper colors and weights, envelope liners and other items, plus ink colors that they can provide. Peggy's art work and lettering can be printed on their paper. She usually provides art and lettering to be printed on blank stock. Sometimes a customer finds a design from one of these companies that they want to use, and asks for hand-lettering to further customize the printer's design. Many of the layered paper combinations shown can be changed to offer a wider variety of choices.

Do It With More Options

Checkerboard
Carlson Craft

Peggy's invitation designs are printed by selected invitation companies or a local letterpress printer. She now offers full-color printing which can include specially created art or art shown elsewhere on this website.

Two of the companies Peggy works with are Checkerboard and Carlson Craft. You may use their sites by clicking on these links to view these companies' paper formats and colors. Their websites provide a guide as to the shapes, sizes, paper colors and weights, envelope liners and ink colors that they can provide. Peggy's art work and lettering can be printed on their paper. She usually provides art and lettering to be printed on blank stock. Sometimes a customer finds a design from one of these companies that they want to use, and asks for hand-lettering to further customize the printer's design. Many of the layered paper combinations shown can be changed to offer a wider variety of choices.

If time is short and you don't want to commission custom art for your invitation, you can order on the web through the link below.
e-invite

Envelope Addressing:

When preparing an address list for printing envelopes, please use the following format:

Mr. and Mrs. First and Last Names
Miss Name
Street address
(Additional address line if needed)
City, State Zip
(country if needed)
                                    <-----blank space between addresses
Ms. Name One & Mr. Name Two
Additional Names
Street address
(Additional address line if needed)
City, State Zip
(country if needed)

Type the addresses exactly as you would like them to appear on the envelopes. Please spell out city and state names. Type each line on its own line, separate each complete address with an extra line space.

If there will be inner envelopes, names should be sent on a separate list. As with outer envelopes, each line of an inner envelope should be typed on its own line. A blank line should separate what appears on each inner envelope.

Names
Additional Names
                                    <-----blank space between envelopes
Names
                                    <-----blank space between envelopes
Names
                                    <-----blank space between envelopes
Names
and Additional Names

Put your address list in the text of an email

Or, if you prepare the address list in a database or spreadsheet, you may export the list as a tab delimited text file (ascii).
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You may choose from the following typestyles for
digitally addressed envelopes and placecards:

Typefaces for Addressing Envelopes and Placecards

Below are examples of hand lettered placecards
Sample Placecard #1
Sample Placecard #2
Sample Placecard #3
Contact Peggy Davis at 413-624-3204 or email phd@ganeydn.com

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