Invitations, announcements, save-the-dates, calligraphy, wedding accessories, gifts, favors and lots more
English  

Testimonials

Wow

My husband loved the invitations, and my daughter looked at them and said, ""wow"". Thanks again, Lorraine
Read More ->


My niece's bridal tea

Shirley was able to fashion a beautiful invite to my niece's bridal tea for me when other printers said it couldn't be done because of the odd paper...
Read More ->


Once Again, the BEST choice

We had worked with Shirley in 2011 for our first daughters wedding and she did an exquisite job with a gorgeous card from her catalogue. Our second...
Read More ->


You are a Joy to work with

"you are such a joy to work with. I hope when I'm in town, I get to meet you I'm so glad I found you on the web! bye for now Carolyn, London, UK"
Read More ->


Manufacturers

About Us

Oh to live in the United States where the roads are paved with gold! The American dream. Does it really exist? This is a story that it does. In 1988, Shirley Abelsohn, arrived in San Diego, from South Africa, via Virginia. She worked for a non-profit organization and one of her of duties that she had was to create a weekly newsletter, which in those days was by hand – cutting and pasting. After several months computers were introduced. Then came the big challenge of having to do the monthly newsletter as well, on this intimidating monstrosity… the computer. Shirley was told that unless she learned to use it, she would be without a job. That was the beginning of her success. “Playing” on the computer she learned many programs and started custom wedding and invitations and cards for friends. Soon this caught on and before she knew it, she had given up her job and CREATE-A-DESIGN was born. Shirley made and sold her custom invitations from home until 1996, when she and her husband Rufus, decided to take a huge gamble and bought a store, CLONE Duplicating and Printing in Del Mar. CREATE-A DESIGN then moved to Del Mar, where it has become a very lucrative business. Customers have come from as far as France, London, Israel, Massachusetts, and Las Vegas and within California. It is not as if these invitations could not be purchased in these places, but the knowledge and the patience that Shirley exhibits, is what has made her successful. Customers are welcome to browse through many albums from different manufacturers. The next stage in this progression was our online site, which you are looking at now.