Answers to extra-common questions
What kinds of retail products does Alaina sell?
Readymade extras are always available in the Extras by Alaina Etsy shop – there you’ll find calligraphy + illustration art prints, greeting cards, + stamps.
I’m interested in carrying your prints/cards in my cute shop!
That makes me smile extra-wide! Use the contact form to receive wholesale pricing + information.
Does Alaina create custom artwork?
Yes! However, Alaina only takes on a limited number of custom projects per year (including weddings).
What information does Extras by Alaina need in order to get the custom artwork process started?
Type of project (wedding signage, place cards, custom artwork, etc.), Size, Paper color, Ink color, Portrait or landscape (tall or wide), and the date the project must be completed by (if applicable). Once this information is sent along, Alaina will respond with availability, project timeframe, and pricing information.
Can Alaina pen my favorite quote?
Maybe…possibly…not always! If the quote is short and/or unattributed, or was said/written before ~1923 – absolutely. These types of quotes fall into the realm of public domain…while contemporary quotes/lyrics/passages from your favorite new novel are not. As much as Alaina agrees with you and loves to see awesome quotes all prettied up, she errs on the side of respecting authorship (even if her grad school education philosophically gets what those post-structuralists were talking about and she loves listening to Girl Talk).
How long do custom projects take to create?
Event calligraphy and custom projects typically require 2-6 weeks to create (depending on the scope of the project). As Alaina tends to book up quickly, it is always best to reach out extra-early in order to reserve space on the Extras by Alaina calendar.
Who provides the cardstock for place/escort cards or table numbers?
Extras by Alaina happily provides paper stock that works best for pointed-pen calligraphy (at cost), however, if you are already working with a stationer/paper supplier, you may mail your paper to Alaina’s studio. Keep in mind, letterpress papers make pointed-pen calligraphy a doozy, so if you have questions or concerns regarding your specific paper, message Alaina ahead of time and she will gladly advise! Alternatively, if you’re interested in getting out-of-the-box with some river stones or teacups or blades of grass in place of traditional paper, these surfaces are always welcome at Extras HQ, they just need to be supplied by the client/planner.
Do you offer envelope addressing?
At this time, Extras by Alaina is not taking on envelope addressing orders.
What kinds of signage does Extras by Alaina provide services for?
Most of Alaina’s signage work is for weddings, showers, + events – examples include: Welcome signs, Signature cocktail lists, Seating charts, hashtag signs, etc.. That said, Alaina also loves working with Boston businesses to create welcome/information signage with a hand-lettered flair.
Who provides the signage surface?
Extras by Alaina provides cardstock for all signage 18×24 inches + smaller. All wood boards, mirrors, and chalkboards must be provided + prepared by the client.
What size board should I get for my seating chart?
Typically, seating chart mirrors/chalkboards should be at least 24×36 inches to accommodate all of your wedding guests’ names.
Does Extras by Alaina offer shipping for signage?
Smaller paper signs can absolutely be shipped! At this time, larger wood/mirror/chalkboard signs are only available to clients within the Boston area.
Pricing & Payment
What is the pricing for Extras by Alaina event calligraphy? Signage? Custom artwork?
Each custom calligraphy, signage, or artwork project is unique + pricing is estimated on a case-by-case basis. Please fill out the contact form, and Alaina will send along availability + a pricing quote for specific project!
What forms of payment does Extras by Alaina accept?
Alaina accepts payment through checks, Square (in-person or via invoice), and Etsy (shippable items only).
Extras by Alaina maintains the copyright to each work of calligraphy/artwork Alaina creates. Although custom work is created specifically for each client, Alaina reserves all rights even after artwork is delivered. All calligraphy projects and artworks are for personal use only, unless otherwise noted via a licensing agreement. That said, Alaina loves it when clients share images of her artwork on social media and asks only that she is tagged and credited for her work!