Friday, August 15

♥ ♥ ♥ EXOTIC travel ♥ ♥ ♥

This month our theme is exotic destinations. Whether you're heading to Hawaii, jetting off to Jamaica or just staying close to home for the big day - be inspired by rich colours and culture.

Credits: Tropical bouquet and gorgeous gold sequin  gown by Rachel Gilbert, photo by Lara Hotz Photography for Hitched Magazine. Colourful table scape by David Michael Photography, moroccan lantern. Lavish purple, pink and saffron party by Andrena Photography, gold vase by Shalyn Nelson via Wedding Chicks. Magnolia chandelier via SpecialEvents. Gold spray painted pineapple by Spray paint & Chaardonnay. Exotic travel wedding boarding pass invitation by 'i do' it yourself. Exotic bridal shower layout via Getting Married to Each Other, Again
Colour Palette: purple, berry jam and saffron. 




GET the look...

Mix vibrant shades of pinks, oranges and purples with a dash of gold for that extra glitz.
1. Large vintage brass pineapple trinket box $201 from Porch and Parlor 2. Exotic travel wedding program fan from 'i do' it yourself 3. Sculptural Geo Bright dress $303 from Erin Elsie 4. Sari Cuff Bracelet $50 from Maiko Girl 5. Bright Floral Crown Headband $55 from Gypsy Vintage 6. Faux Taxidermy Elephant in pink resin with gold glitter tusks $127 from White Faux Taxidermy 7. Moroccan Sun Tassel Garland from $32 from Paper Fox LA




PRINTABLE wedding stationery...

One of the best things about designing 'printable' wedding stationery is that we get to work with couples from all over the world. In fact the flexibility in being able to send a design to just about anywhere in minutes is one of the reasons we established I do it yourself back in 2009. Over the years we've worked with brides and grooms from just down the road to the other side of the globe. From all sorts of cultural backgrounds, getting married in their own backyard or jetting off overseas. This diversity is what inspired our exotic travel range. Whether you're planning a destination wedding or simply inspired by the vibrancy and richness of a far off land - the exotic travel range is for you.



Party like a pineapple with this super cute tropical bridal shower invitation, or remember your big day with a gorgeous elephant fingerprint guest book.



DIY project...

Adding the Midas touch to wedding decorations can be as simple as a can of spray paint - instant opulence and glamour. Why not get tropical with gilded fruit for centrepieces of place settings? There are a couple of ways to go about it... 

Simply Rosi
• Esslack

Spray paint. Pick a long lasting fruit like a pineapple and spray with standard gold spray paint.
Edible Spray Paint. Yes you read that right, edible. German company Esslack makes a gold spray paint that is actually edible and they aren't the only ones!
Edible Gold. Used in cake decorating, there is gold leaf, gold icing and gold glitter. Pretty shiny yum yum yum. 



FREE download...

They say elephants never forget, so that makes them the perfect creature to illustrate a guest book sign right? Download this free sign to point out your guest book from the 'i do' it yourself FREEBIES section



Tuesday, August 12

AUGUST beauty & fashion

What's hot in fashion and beauty this month...



























  1. Bio Sculpture have launched a new Opera Romance collection - Viola, Soprano and Mute. 
  2. Rodeo Show’s Spring Collection – Quantum Leap. Shown here the gorgeous Rosebud and Arcacdia dresses. 
  3. New jewellery designs from Natalia Khon like this stunning pearl cluster ring. 
  4. Annick Goutal Un Matin D’Orange EDP 50mL
  5. Terry de Gunzburg Fruit Defendu EDP 100mL
  6. L’Orèal Professionnel has released Sèrie Expert Absolut Repair Lipidium aimed to reconstruct damaged hair in order to improve shine
  7. Keep your eyes open Sydney, Sephora will be opening its first stand-alone store down under before Christmas! 

Sunday, August 3

CRAFT corner

The latest in wedding and party craft products and ideas...


  1. Glitter foam sheets from sam&lucy - with a self adhesive backing for ready to stick use. $4.99 for pack of three available from Officeworks and Lincraft.
  2. New sparkle shades of stickler glitter glue - seafoam, tickled pink and rose gold. 
  3. DIY PROJECT - crepe paper petal wall hanging from  Oh Happy Day
  4. Leather Studio 2.0 Paint. Upcycle leather and vinyl surfaces like shoes, bags and belts. Available in a big range of colours from JoAnn
  5. DIY PROJECT - paper flower luminaries by Valerie Lloyd of Smile Mercantile on 100Layer Cake
  6. 20 pack of tiny wooden pegs from KaiserCraft
  7. DIY PROJECT - Colour block ice cream cones! By Shauna Younge on Momtastic

Thursday, July 31

giveaway : stunning fuchsia earrings

It's gorgeous giveaway time on the blog again and this month with have something stunning. These beautiful hot pink earrings from the very talented Natalia Khon Jewellery. 

The earrings are made of Swarovski fuchsia hot pink crystals set in the highest quality 24k gold-plated Japanese seed beads. All metal is sterling silver.

Valued at US$75.00 - to be in to win just be an 'i do' it yourself or Natalia Khon Facebook fan to enter! Easy!

Thursday, July 17

kids corner

This cute aviation themed nursery in black and white is just the thing to inspire a future jet setter or pilot.

Credits: Traveller nursery via The Nursery Book. Cloud wall shelf by Shop LittleElica Ceiling Fan US$438. Aviation wall decor via pinterest. Vintage aviation nursery wall letters via Project Nursery.

Come fly with me printable nuresery art from 'i do' it yourself. Bold black and white for a baby room with city scape wall and cloud bed linen, via coolbaby. Time zone clocks from World Market. Traditional style black iron crib from from RH Baby & Child. Boys plane themed nursery via pinterest

Sunday, July 13

♥ ♥ ♥ COME fly with me ♥ ♥ ♥

This month we're heading back to the runway and taking our inspiration from a little 1950s aviation glamour. It's probably the biggest photo prop you're likely to come across - the airplane - but it's perfect for destination weddings, a military wedding and for couples who just love to travel. Airport runways have been transformed into ceremony locations, hangers make the ideal reception venue and some couples are even getting married in flight. Aviation weddings are really taking off!


Credits: smh, vintage map from vintage printable. Vintage dictionary airplane cutouts $1 from Holly Devlin. Vintage electric fans via Country LivingCome fly with me save the date postcard from 'i do' it yourself. Aviator fashion from Harpers Bazaar via Piccsy. Aviation museum venue via the knot. Seating chart map DIY project from i do it yourself. Model plane via Stuck at the Airport. Airplane Silhouette Cufflinks US$25 from Mister Manatee.
Colour palette: black and white




GET the look...



Head off for a destination wedding in jet setter style with a mix of old and new glamour.
1. Passport wedding invitation from 'i do' it yourself 2. Navy blue high collar jacket $218 from Sophiaclothing 3. Black crocheted tube necklace $102 from Yoola 4. Vintage 1950s era sunglasses with new polarised lenses, $109 from Specs Optical 5. Auto Pilot Radiance-Boosting Mask, $85 from Napoleon Perdis  6. Vintage Linden travel clock, $44 from Cherry Orchard Attic 7.  Black Stingray leather pet carrier $1745 from b. winston designs

PRINTABLE wedding stationery

One of our most popular printable wedding stationery ranges is now complete. We've tried to capture the glamour of air travel with come fly with me. Inspired by a retro 1950s vibe, this  stationery is perfect for a destination or travel themed wedding. It has also been very popular with military weddings or ceremonies held at airfields and aviation museums.
Shown here in classic black and white, or choose your own colours from the selection.
Available from the 'i do' it yourself shop there are even more great designs to choose from...



The come fly with me seating chart is a fun addition to a travel themed wedding reception, with little flight paths to guide guests to their tables. Or have guests leave their well wishes for the journey ahead with a stylish guest book map. The telegram guestbook cards look gorgeous printed onto silver paper. And another design with a makeover - our very popular airplane seating chart. Designed to look like the seating plan of an jet plane, then guests names are shown on each seat along with their table number. Shown here in navy blueprint style but available in any colour to match your wedding scheme.


REAL wedding

Be inspired by Justine and Stephen's aviation wedding




• Photography by Heidi Ryder 
•  Venue Planes of Fame Air Museum, California • Stationery by 'i do it yourself • Dress from Marry Me Bridal



STEAL that style

If you love the look of Justine and Stephen's aviation wedding, here's how to get it...


1 White anemone bouquet, photo Troy Grover 2 Faux chalkboard alphabet banner printable from 'i do' it yourself 3 Pronovia 'Beca' gown from it's 2015 Dreams collection 4 Come fly with me and antique chic travel boarding pass invitations from 'i do' it yourself 5 Art Deco hair comb from Lulu Splendor 6 Vintage Samsonite suitcases from Hunt and Found 7 Jumbo jet cufflinks from Perfect Cufflinks



FREE download


Head over to our big FREEBIE section and grab this beautiful guest book sign. Perfect for map and globe guest books.


DIY project: guest book globe

A steady hand and some paint is all you need to create a stunning guest book alternative. Simply wright your names and wedding date on globe, Posca pens are great for this, or paint out the oceans to leave even more room for guests to sign their names. You can buy a globe new, or track one down at an antique shop or market.

Alison Wisthuff




Gaia Photostudio

VENUE view

The Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, California is a pretty popular wedding venue with 'i do' it yourself brides. Wether it's a military wedding or a travel theme, it's an impressive museum with a great collection of aircraft,  making it the perfect backdrop for an aviation wedding. The beautiful Maloney Hanger can host up to 320 people for a sit-down dinner and is climate controlled. You can even have your ceremony outside like this cute couple, Erin and Matt.

Rad in Love


So if you like the idea of hanging out in a hanger for your reception or walking down the runway rather than the aisle - here are a few  Australia and New Zealand museums and airports offering wedding packages:


If you're looking for an aviation museum or airport for a wedding ceremony or reception in the US and Canada, here are some ideas from our customers:



TOP tips

How do I print white ink? How do I print onto black paper?

The short answer is, you can’t. To some it may seem pretty obvious, take a look at the ink cartridges in your home printer - there is no white ink in there.  But these are questions we get asked quite a bit so let's go into more detail. Think back to your high school art class - no mix of red, yellow or blue will make white. Professional printing is the same, in fact you can only find white printing in very specialised and often quite expensive professional processes such as foiling and screen printing. That is because most inks used in printing are translucent, meaning they can’t cover a dark colour.

So how do you get white? Easy, white is no ink at all. It is simply the white paper that you are printing onto left blank. In printing, white is the absence of all colour. Let’s take this passport design as an example...


To achieve this look you would need to print black ink onto white paper. If you pop a piece of yellow paper in the text and graphic become yellow and the background a little yellowish. A piece of black paper - ummmm, well, pretty much nothing at all.



Printing a lot of black like this, or any colour, would be considered ‘ink heavy’ meaning you’ll use a bit of ink to do it. If you are only printing a few, or sneaking in to use the office printer, you probably won’t care. But if you have a hundred copies to do this is when you might want to just look at having a professional printer or copy shop to do it for you. Or simply ask for a design thats in the reverse, colour or black text and graphics on a white background.

Still need a bit more convincing? Here's a great little explanation we found. You know those little boxes of food colouring you can buy in the supermarket - the ones that have four little bottles of colour - red, blue, yellow and green? Within reason you can combine these to turn white icing into most colours. Use nothing and the icing is still white or use everything and the icing will go a black-brown colour. Use a couple of drops of red and blue and you'll get purple. But if you start with black icing, there's nothing you can add that will make it anything but black. It's the same with your inkjet printer - because white is obtained by not having any ink print on the white paper. But of course that only works when the paper is white. Naturally you'll get different results on all colours of paper, decreasing as the paper gets darker in colour. Print blue on yellow paper and you should get greenish printing.

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