Saturday, May 16

New Zealand Weddings

It seems that when Aussie couples are looking for an international destination wedding for the next little while, it's going to be New Zealand. So it's about time we got round to adding a New Zealand themed invitation to our collection. This one features one of my favourite NZ birds the cheeky tui, and beautiful yellow kowhai flowers. You can find this printable invitation in our etsy shop or via creative monsoon The file is even editable so you can use it for baby showers, birthdays etc too.

Sunday, April 26

Backyard wedding inspiration

Right now in Australia weddings may only continue with a maximum of five people in attendance – the couple, the celebrant and two witnesses (although WA looks to be the first state to relax this announcing up to 10 people may be in attendance from next week). So while it looks like big weddings, and certainly destination weddings, will be off the cards for a while longer, from the archives here is a beautiful little backyard wedding to inspire - all the way from Chile. Photographed by Dario Vargas.

Bride Fran wanted a vintage feel to the day, 'Kind of backyard chic' she says. 'We decorated the tables with hand made burlap corridors, old bottles and mason jars as flower vases filled with rustic white and yellow flowers arranged by my girlfriends and me, and paper doillies as coasters. And to add some playfulness to the atmosphere, my mom and I sewed some colorful bunting banners from scratch.'

Fran and Ben wanted to do something different with their wedding outfits. 'I had an idea of using an old havanna theme for Benjamin, so we bought him a nice buttercream linen suit and elegant panama hat, custom made for his big head! Which actually came from Ecuador.'

'For my dress I wanted lace and a 50's air. So we also bought it on ebay and was custom made, which saved us a lot of money. For my accessories, I made a birdcage veil with one yard of ivory frech veiling, a comb and some thread. The earrings and the matching bracelet were Sarah Coventry found on etsy, as well as the lovely flower pins I used in my hair.'

The couple incorporated a unity sand ceremony which parents also took part in, pouring different coloured sands into one big vase to symbolise two lives becoming one. Fran even made her own ring bearer cushion using a scrap of yellow silk, two vintage doillies and some ribbon! Gorgeous!

Fran fell in love with succulents: 'I used them in little pots as favours, which had a card with seating information for each gest. And my DIY bouquet was made with white peonies and some blue-gree succulents.' And with a lovely eco friendly twist Ben and Fran have since planted all the left over succulents on their balcony. 'They are growing quite well.' said Fran.

Ben and Fran chose to use 'i do' it yourself's gum leaf range for their wedding stationery. 'We chose the gum leaf theme for all our stationery, because I thought it really expressed that sense of green and relaxation that we wanted for our wedding.' said Fran 'We used the lovely gum leaf paddle fans as a courtesy for our guest too, since it was a sunny day.'

Instead of a classical wedding cake the couple opted for fun mini cupcakes with bright blue, yellow and white frosting - a real hit with guests, espeicailly the kids. These where placed on cake stands made of old plates bought at a flee market along with the bottles and mason jars. Talented bride Fran even made a pair of beautiful felt love birds as a cake topper. Emulating the groom and bride, with a hat for him and a birdcage veil for her. Too cute!

To finish up the day groom Ben, a musician, played a selection of special songs after the reception with a couple of friends. And guests were encouraged to sign a thumbprint guest book tree. 'The end result was framed and is currently decorating our living room.' What a clever and creative couple! Thanks so much for sharing Fran and Ben! 

Monday, April 20

FREE Mother's Day Card

Mother’s Day is almost here and we want to help you celebrate with a cute card you can print up for mum to celebrate just how special she is.

Download it now from out sister shop creative monsoon's freebie section, under print at home and check out more of our quick and easy Mother's Day printables - great for last minute ideas.

Wednesday, April 8

FREE Easter printables

The easter bunny is almost here so lets take a minute to look at some fun free printables and DIY projects to help you celebrate. Great for last minute gift and decoration ideas, these are a few of our favourites...

FREE treat cone printable from creative monsoon

  1. Bunny ear cupcake toppers from creative monsoon
  2. Easter bilbo colour in by creative monsoon
  3. Easter egg hunt sign from The Diary of DavesWife
  4. I said hip hop easter poster from SF Fontaholic
  5. Easter rabbit paper doll by Jennifer Bell (no not our Jennifer Bell  another one!) 

Saturday, January 25

Wedding trends for the 20s

Back to the 20s

Gorgeous Gatsby

The Great Gatsby movie and shows like Dowton Abbey brought the glitz of the 1920s back into fashion, a look that has stayed popular with weddings for over 7years. And now with the 2020s vintage inspired and art deco weddings have never been more on trend!

Pics: Art deco cake via Cake Central, Gorgeous Gatsby 'i do' it yourself stationery range, dress detail from Burnett's Boards. Telegram style photo save the date from 'i do' it yourself

Saturday, December 15

Living Coral

Pantone has announced their pick for Colour of the Year for 2019 and it's beautiful living coral. There are so many great ways to incorporate this into a wedding next year, naturally a beach wedding would be perfect. Here are a few 'i do' it yourself stationery ideas.
Seahorse signature guest book 

Wednesday, October 24

Trick or treat

Our cute free Halloween download is back in the shops FREEBIES section. These fun printable party circles are an easy last minute DIY project for Halloween. Use them as cupcake toppers and gift tags or to decorate cards, party hats, place cards and more!

With 12 coordinating images designed to be used with a 2" or 2.5" paper punch. Available as a free download in the new 'i do' it yourself shop.

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