Friday, 19 August 2016

The Wedding Series- Handmade Invites

I am back again for another wedding series post, this time it is all about the invites. For all the stationary for the wedding we wanted a running theme so the same style was applied, this included the font, illustrations, colours, paper and look. I designed the save the dates and invites on Photoshop and one of my very talented bridesmaids Julia drew the main illustrations. As the theme of the wedding was vintage, lace and pears I also wanted to incorporate this somewhere.

Save the Dates

The save the dates were sent out exactly a year before the wedding. There were two different types, ceremony and evening ones. These were highlighted by the colour theme, all evening ones had a blue border with ceremony ones having a purple border. The paper was a textured paper to go with the old vintage feel. Julia drew the bouquet and colour was added through photoshop. Crochet lace and a typewriter font from was used to go with the theme. The save the dates were then put into kraft envelopes and sealed with a wax seal. Again the wax seals went with the colour border of the save the date. I printed all the save the dates myself and mounted them onto card using spray glue with the help of my family. My family also helped attaching the lace to the save the date and the tag that said ceremony or evening, these were attached with double sided tape. The address/names on the front of the email were then hand typed on an old style typewriter…this took forever so something we decided not to do for the actual invites.

Textured card- Paperchase
Lace- The Range
Envelopes- Wilkinson
Wax sticks and seal- eBay

Wedding Invites

For the wedding invites I always knew I wanted it all on one document and quite liked the idea of it folding out. I searched on Pinterest for some inspiration and a long styled invite that we both really liked. I then went back to Photoshop and designed the look splitting the A4 template into 4 sections horizontally and two vertically. Sticking to the colour theme the ceremony invites had a lilac border and the evening a pale blue. Julia then beautifully drew the bride and groom and we added the bouquet from the save the dates onto it. A pearl heart was then added onto the last section of the invite, again to highlight the pearl and lace theme. Coloured ribbon relevant to the type of invite was added to the top, this was so the invites could be hung up. The folding was the hardest bit. I added faint lines for each section so I knew where to fold and had to make sure I remembered when it was a forward or back fold. I then used a ruler to help me with the folding. The honeymoon poem was one I found online and then just adjusted the odd word. The invites fitted into the same size envelope as the save the dates and again were sealed with a wax stamp.

Textured paper: eBay –this was a cheaper way as the previous paper was really expensive, make sure you go for a 240+GSM otherwise it will be to thin.
Ribbon: eBay
Peal hearts: eBay

Save The Dates and Wedding Invite cost = around £30-£40 (I messed some up so cost more then it should).

If you are not someone who likes to spend his or her time creating your own stationary style then I don’t recommend doing it as it takes up a lot of your time. I was doing it regularly over weekday evenings, but I am the kind of sad person who gets a lot of enjoyment seeing what you have created being sent out. There are some great places you can go to get them printed but it can work out a bit more expensive if you want something unique.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Secret Garden Party 2016

A few weeks ago I visited probably one of my favourite places in the world for the third time, Secret Garden Party. I decided this time I wanted a video memory of it, I left my Go Pro at home like a muppet so filmed it all on my phone instead. It is not the best quality but still holds some great memories and I know in a few months I can look back at it and smile. I have decided that I wanted to create more video diaries. I don't do talking to the camera (unless it's snapchat) so they will literally be clips edited to music. I think it will create a really nice bank of video memories.

If you are a festival goer and have not been to Secret Garden Party then visit. It is like being in another world for a few days. This years theme was space, there were random shipwrecks, alien creatures and a cyber fox. I am already looking forward to see what next years theme will be.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

The Wedding Series- Bridesmaid Boxes

Well it has been a while hasn't it. I feel like the last 6 months have whizzed past. I am now married and have a new job that I start on the 1st August which is all a bit mental. As my wedding consumed my life for almost two years it wouldn't be right if I didn't blog about it so my returning post is the first in a series of wedding themed items. I am also going to be turning the blog into more of a lifestyle blog rather then just fashion because I have decided I want it to be able to look back at is a dairy of what I go up to, as well as cringing out some awful outfits and praising the good ones.

So lets begin with my first 'The Wedding Series' entry. One of the items I wanted to create for my lovely Bridesmaids was a box of goodies so here is what I put together.

Bridesmaid Boxes

I ordered the boxes from aliexpress they are kraft boxes with a lovely waved edge. As the colour theme for the bridesmaid dresses and part of the wedding was purples I had to decorate them with purple ribbon and lace, both from The Range. Inside the box was a list of what it included, along with the odd spelling and grammar mistake because my English is not the best (and it wouldn't be something I made without it, it took me a good few attempts to get the wording correct on the invites).

I had drew/traced a drawing of the dress style each bridesmaid was having. I have a very talented Mum who made all ten bridesmaid dresses. The bottom was the same on all the dresses but the girls had five different top styles to choose from. As they choose the top of their dresses a few weeks after I got engaged I decieded to print out the drawings of them so they had a little reminder of their style.

The box was also filled with some essentials; pretty tissues and plasters from eBay, ear plugs because I knew I would be chatting wedding for a year and a half, sweets and a homemade vodka jelly shot. They also had their save the date in the box (next post will be on these). Finally it all got finished off with a homemade bridesmaid dress all fitting in with the theme of the wedding, lace and pearls.

I brought the wooden heart badge templates and badge backings from eBay and then decoupaged the bridesmaid text with the printed lace onto the wood. I added some ribbon round the edge with double sided tape and stuck the pearl heart on with all purpose glue. They were actually really easy to make and just topped the whole box off. My favourite thing about these boxes is when I go to some of the girls houses I still see them on their shelfs, it is a nice feeling when you work hard on something and it is appreciated.

So there you have it my first entry on 'The Wedding Series' and my first blog post in 6 months. Hope you enjoyed and I look forward to being back with more.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

The Fringe Off Christmas Jumper

We have a new #TheFringeOff post to share with you. As Trixie no longer has a fringe you will see some new faces popping up but make sure you check out what Trixe has been up to because she has some amazing posts from New York (jealoussss).

So this 'The Fringe Off' collab was all about Christmas Jumpers. Including mine there are 5 different looks on styling a Christmas jumper and seeing as it is national Christmas jumper day tomorrow it will hopefully give you some ideas on how you can style yours.

Christmas Jumper Outfit

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