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Note from shop owner Sorry for the inconvenience, the shop is closed for the time being. If you have inquired about an order or have an open order with us, we will continue to work with you to fulfill it but we will no longer be taking new orders. Thanks for your understanding.
xo, Tara

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Last updated on Feb 7, 2022

Sorry for the inconvenience, the shop is closed for the time being. If you have inquired about an order or have an open order with us, we will continue to work with you to fulfill it but we will no longer be taking new orders. Thanks for your understanding.
xo, Tara

Tara Arjona

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About deaandbean

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It all began with a gene.

Dea + Bean is dedicated to providing hand-made, custom wedding, baby, and decorative paper goods, run by designer Tara Arjona.

She grew up inspired by the creative legacy of her late Aunt Dea, who died just weeks before her conception. Her love of craft and zest for all things creative is largely responsible for the artistic passion Tara feels drawn to pursue. Paired with a life-long, insatiable love affair with green beans for which she was rightfully nick-named Bean, an artful business endeavor emerged.

With generations of creativity behind it, Dea + Bean provides an alternative to faceless, cookie-cutter design that's largely available to mainstream markets. With years of professional design experience under her belt, Tara creates unique wedding invitations and paper goods the old-fashioned way, using the best paper, time, patience, and a whole lot of love. Each invitation is designed and hand-crafted to ensure perfection.

Shop members

  • Tara Arjona

    Owner, Designer

    I'm Tara! Designer and self-described daydreamer. When I'm not perched behind my iMac, you can find me chasing after a good bargain, eating something sweet, or having a good cuddle with my daughter Chloe and my Cocker Spaniel, Penny.

  • Sarah


    Sarah is a Delaware native and an illustration rockstar. She helps with custom portraits in the shop. She loves sitting on the beach with her family, watching movies, and eating pastries (especially doughnuts).

  • Lauren


    Lauren, a designer and Idaho native, is fond of hiking, biking (essentially any activities involving nature), art + design, and most importantly, rats. She helps out in the shop by working on custom illustrations.

  • Courtney


    Courtney is a designer from Upstate New York. She loves to crochet, find fun DIY projects on Pinterest, and hanging out with her Corgi, Remy.

  • Mallery


    Mallery is a designer based in Delaware. Along with designing, Mallery is passionate about photography, illustration, and music. She also enjoys collecting plants and learning about different cultures.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 9, 2022
Thanks for your interest in Dea + Bean Paperie! I'm thrilled you're here. Let's celebrate life one pretty piece of paper at a time!

WANNA DISCOUNT?! It's easy! Share or Pin one of my products on your social media with a link back to my shop. Don't forget to tag me on Insta or FB (@deaandbean)! Or grab a screenshot of your pin on Pinterest and send it to me! Once you've done so, send me a convo to prove it and I'll give ya a discount code!

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
CUSTOM ILLUSTRATION & INVITATIONS/ SAVE THE DATES ETC. - Since most of the products in my shop are completely custom - I do not accept returns or exchanges once work is complete.

For ALL custom products I offer, you will receive a digital PDF proof. This is your chance to catch any errors you see or make changes until you are completely satisfied. After approval of your proof, any errors are you (the customer) responsibility.

Colors vary from monitor to monitor, so it is impossible to guarantee the exact color you see on your screen. Slight variations between what you see on a brightly back-lit monitor and a printed piece and between different printers, are to be expected. If you've ordered a Digital File only - we cannot take responsibility for issues you have with printing yourself or provide refunds for problems printing your file.

PLEASE NOTE: After accepting your final proof, changes will require a fee. Please check final proofs carefully!

CANCELLATIONS - Custom work requires scheduled time be dedicated to fulfilling each order and holds a "place in line" in my order queue. For this reason, cancellations of custom illustration MUST be made within 36 HOURS of placing your order. Cancellations after this point will not be honored.
I'd be happy to accept any major credit card via PayPal. (Note: you do not need a PayPal account to pay with PayPal.)

Payment in full is required before work begins on custom illustration or invitations. The minimum is 25 for printed invitation/paper goods orders, after that, you may order as many as you wish.
If you are uncomfortable paying the full amount for your full set of printed invitations/paper goods before receiving a proof, you may opt to pay $25 for a proof to be generated, and then pay the full balance before printing begins. Alternately, there is a DIGITAL ONLY option for many of the listings in my shop. You can purchase this option to get the ball rolling and change your order to a printed order after we arrive at a final proof.
After final payment is received, turnaround time for printed invitation orders is typically 2-3 weeks, though at extremely busy times, it may extended slightly. If you need your order expedited sooner, rush orders are available. Prints and samples will be shipped within 5 business days from purchase date. Orders that include envelopes may arrive separately, as they are in some cases, shipped directly to you from my supplier.

All orders are shipped through USPS. Unless otherwise requested, orders are sent Priority (allow 2-3 business days in the US for delivery). Shipping times are estimated and not guaranteed by USPS. If you need your order shipment guaranteed, please contact me to upgrade the shipping method to Express. In most cases, shipping charges are calculated for US customers. International orders are welcome (but additional shipping charges will apply)! Arrival time varies by location.

Due to the extra cost of mailing prints internationally, I strongly encourage international buyers to take advantage of the Digital Only option I offer for custom family & pet portrait prints. It is much more cost effective to send the digital file to a local printer near you than paying the high cost of shipping a print internationally.

Once an order is shipped and leaves my possession, I cannot be held responsible for it's whereabouts or delays in delivery, sorry!

Damage to items during the shipping process will be handled on a case by case basis.

Import taxes, customs duties, and/or fees imposed on international orders (outside the US) are the buyers responsibility. I am unable to predict these fees, they vary by location.
Additional policies and FAQs
I am a one person business and try my very best to accommodate orders as quickly as I reasonably can and offer convenient turnaround times. However, I work on a first come, first serve basis with a consistent queue of orders. In most cases, the projected delivery dates on orders are accurate. If you have a pressing deadline that needs to be met relatively quickly, please contact me to discuss a rush order.

For holiday cards and all custom illustration, please be patient. I will have a proof to you as soon as it is ready (usually within 5 BUSINESS days). During the busy holiday season, extended longer than normal wait times are to be expected and will be communicated.

I try to respond as quickly as possible to emails, Etsy messages and edit requests - please be patient. Note: a response to messages sent during non-business days can be expected on the next business day.

All prints are shipped unframed and flat mailers.

More information

Last updated on May 11, 2022
Frequently asked questions
What revisions/changes are allowed for custom invitations/illustration?

I offer 3 FREE REVISIONS. Additional revisions beyond 3 may require an additional fee.

CUSTOM ILLUSTRATION - Minor changes to appearance attributes and attire/outfit, text, and color are acceptable. Please provide forward facing photos so I am able to see faces clearly as well as relative heights of all people pictured.

INVITATIONS & PAPER GOODS - Color and text customization (wording and font) are acceptable. If additional design time is needed for specific requests, I offer a selection of different levels of custom design available for purchase that can be added to an existing order or purchased on its own for something completely custom.

Do you offer Printing & Finishing?

Yes. Every design you see in my shop has optional printing & finishing services. We will do the printing, cutting, & finishing for you and ship a high-quality printed product including envelopes in your choice of color.

Custom family and pet portrait prints are available and size options can be found on each listing under the Delivery Method drop-down menu.

Where should I send my photos after I place a custom illustration order?

Please send photos via Etsy convo as attachments. You can only attach 3 at a time, but you may use multiple messages in the same thread to send as many as you wish. This helps me keep everything together in one place for you. If for whatever reason, you are having trouble uploading your photos, you may email them to tara [at]

How do you send proofs?

In most cases, I send proofs back in the same Etsy convo that you started when you sent me your photos/information. Please remember to check back to your Etsy account to see if a proof has been sent. I do not want to have to chase you down to check your proof.

I some cases, I will use email to send large documents. Please be sure the email address associated with your Etsy account is accurate.

What is your turnaround time?

Turnaround times vary based on the different types of products I offer. The following represents my typical turnaround times but are subject to change during exceptionally busy times.

Custom illustration Proof: usually received in 5 business days

Invitations / Paper Goods: Proof usually received in 3 business days, Delivered in 1-2 weeks from final proof approval

Samples / Art Prints: Shipped within 5 business days

Do you sell printable digital files?

Yes. If a design is available as a digital file, that option will be available in the Printing & Finishing or Delivery Method drop-down menu in it's listing.

Can you create additional matching items such as programs, menus, table numbers, etc. to match the invitation?

Yes. Additional insert cards to match the invitation, such as accommodations, directions, website cards, etc. as well as any paper goods you need for the big day exist for each any every design in my shop. Many of the matching items for an invitation or other product have their own listings in my shop. You may check through the other shop categories to find such items and many are linked in the item descriptions. If you aren't finding what you're looking for, contact me if you wish to include something else!

What's the deal with the destination boarding pass suite of items?

The standard set includes:
-The boarding pass invitation with tear-away rsvp card
-Matching envelopes for both (outer and rsvp)

Additional matching items in this suite are available a la carte. However, if you are interested in ordering multiple items, let me know and I will create a custom listing for you with everything all together for ease.

The luggage tag Save the Date is NOT printed on magnet medium. It is printed on heavy white card stock and a magnet is adhered to the back.

Both a luggage tag Save the Date AND enclosure card exist and are used for different purposes. The Save the Date has a map of whatever destination you choose (it can be anywhere!), the enclosure card is used in conjunction with the invitation for extra info.

How many stamps are needed to send the invitations/save the dates I ordered?

In most cases, a standard stamp is sufficient (even on magnet-backed save the dates). However, depending on any additional items you may be enclosing in the envelope, I recommend waiting to buy postage until you can take a completed one to the post office to weigh it. I do not want to advise wrongly.

I want a postcard invitation/save the date/rsvp card. Can you do that?

While I recognize that postcards are convenient and cost less to mail, the mail sorting process is brutal, often resulting in damage and markings on your lovely paper item. The very reason envelopes exist is to protect whatever is inside. For this reason, I highly suggest and strongly discourage against post cards for wedding paper goods of any kind.

I have seen MANY times, rsvp postcards either never making it back to the sender or being damaged beyond recognition. It breaks my heart. Protect your investment and use an envelope!