Saturday, December 31

the trends of 2011

Happy New Year everyone! We hope you've had a good one. Lets finish this years posts off with a look back at some of 2011s top trends and a few picks for 2012.

This years must have accessory was the beaded bouquet, forget real flowers, more and more brides opted for gorgeous button and brooch creations that will last a lifetime. (Heirloom jewelled bouquet by Noaki)

Photobooths are fun for everyone. Do it yourself or call in a professional, just have a plentiful supply of silly props to hand. (24 printable photobooth prop signs from i do it yourself pic from Hot Metal Studio)

The wedding of Kate Middleton to Prince William proved not surprisingly to be your favourite this year. Thanks to Kate, and Westminster Abbey rules, lace sleeves whether they be long or short started appearing everywhere and we're sure to see more of them next year. (Lace wedding dress from Bridal Bliss Designs)

Vintage styling is still going strong and will be a popular choice in 2012. From homely rustic chic to old Hollywood glamour, just look to the past for inspiration. (Vintage telegram invitation from i do it yourself)

So what's looking hot for 2012. We think we'll see more bold prints and graphic shapes being used. Tangerine Tango was Pantone's colour pick for the year and we've already started to see plenty of bright oranges creeping into colour palettes. Mix it with aqua blues for a stunning colour scheme this summer. Purples and shades of blue are proving popular, while teaming grey with just about anything is a smart choice.  

What's your pick for 2012?

Friday, December 23

steal that style: Julie and Spencer

If you loved the look of Julie and Spencer's on trend orange and grey wedding, here's how to get it.
  1. Glass hanging votive lanterns. Small $25.95, medium $32.95 from Artis & Grove.
  2. Orange Flower Brooch. US$13 from Sunny April.
  3. Classic fingerprint guest book tree, printable file. $20 from 'i do' it yourself
  4. Orange Gerbera Daisy and Ivory Silk Ring Bearer Pillow. US$44 from White Thistle Bridal.
  5. Dreamy chiffon gray dress. UD$46.80 from River of Romansk
Colour palette: Vermilion, orange, light and dark grey.

Wednesday, December 21

real wedding: Julie and Spencer

We have the most fabulously fashionable wedding to share today! Pantone recently announced their colour of the year for 2012 is Tangerine Tango, and this gorgeous bride and groom either had the inside word or just great taste choosing a stunning colour palette of grey and vibrant vermilion for their big day.
The girls looked gorgeous in different shades of grey with bright bouquets of gerberas, while the guys were super smart in charcoal grey suits, striped ties and gerbera boutonnieres. 

The wedding cake was an amazing cupcake tower with simple white icing and little dark grey ribbons adding the perfect finishing touch. Charcoal grey table runners looked fabulous against the clean white table cloths. 

Julie and Spencer selected a lovely 'i do' it yourself fingerprint tree as their guest book - the addition of the juicy greens works beautifully with the orange and grey. Congratulations guys, a truly inspiring wedding! And a big thanks to Kaoverii Marapon Photography for letting us share her stunning photographs. 

Sunday, December 18

christmas competition

Merry Christmas to all of our blog readers! It's been a busy year and we hope you have enjoyed all the tips and projects we have found, the fun theme ideas and our printable stationery. This year we finally launched the new website. Very exciting, although it did drive us nuts at times, let me tell you! Moving all the products over from the old shop! But, we're nearly there and the new site should make shopping for printable stationery much easier. So as the year wraps up let's celebrate with a giveaway!

Prize: An 'i do' it yourself invitation of your choice and matching printable save the date card or rsvp!

How to enter: In the comments section leave a note telling us what you would like to see on the blog next year. It can be more of what we do or a totally new idea. Or just let us know what bit you like the best or dislike the most. The best answer will be selected to win. Don't forget to leave an email address or a way to contact you if you win!

The winner will be announced on the blog on December 31st, 2011. Good luck!

This competition is now closed. Congratulations to Lauren!

Friday, December 16

grey and red

Colour palette: crimson red and dark grey, perfect for a Christmas wedding

Credits: Grey bridesmaids dress with red bouquet via Brides. Beautiful Scandinavian style dinning via Home Klondike. Red and grey wedding cake via Manolo for Brides. Red and grey wedding party shot by Travis Hoehne Photography.

Wednesday, December 14

green and grey

Colour palette: grass green and light grey

Credits: Grey chevron wedding cake with succulent via Grey Likes Weddings, green bouquets and grey bridesmaid dresses via My Sweet and Saucy, green and grey reception via the knot, a smart looking groom in light grey by Green Apple Photos.

Monday, December 12

grey and orange

Colour palette: orange and dark grey

This one's sure to be a hit in 2012 with Pantone picking Tangerine as their colour of the year.

Credits: Orange pom poms above a dessert table of dark grey, orange and white via Greys Likes Weddings, charcoal grey bridesmaids with bright orange bouquets via tumblr, looking smart in charcoal grey suit with orange tie and bouttonniere via the knot, orange and grey tablescape from Hostess with the Mostess.

Saturday, December 10

grey and yellow

Colour palette: lemon yellow and light grey

Credits: Gorgeous grey bridesmaid gown with a posey of yellow roses by Stephanie Williams via Sitting in a Tree Events. Dessert bar backdrop of yellow and grey paper rosettes via Hostess with the Mostess, pale grey cake icing with yellow details via the Knot. Cute couple in yellow and grey via Manolo for the Brides.

Thursday, December 8

goodness 'gray'cious

One of the hottest trends for 2011, and showing no signs of fading leading into 2012, is cool grey. It's most popular partner has been yellow, but orange, red and green have made great combinations too.

Of course grey works particularly well at Christmas time or winter, especially when teamed with silver and red.

Credits: Dress unknown, grey ring pillow with silver plated leaves and white ribbon, US$45 from Woomi. Grey foliage and cream flowers in embossed paper vases, via Martha Stewart.

Pale grey lace necklace, US$32 from White Owl. A winter tablescape of grey and white via Elizabeth Anne Designs.
Grey and cream macaroons from The Caketress. A four tier carrot cake decorated in white and grey icing, via Wedding Chicks.

Tuesday, December 6

something new

It's been such a super busy year for us here. The new website is now up and running with more fun new designs being added every week. I thought today we'd show off a few of our latest creations that we haven't had chance to share yet...

Love story save the date

Lace handkerchief invitation

Sunday, December 4

Add the perfect finishing touches to winter or Christmas weddings, and even your Christmas decorations with these cute craft products:

  1. Fiskars lever punch snowflake, great for all sorts of projects.  
  2. Decorative 1.5cm wide red and white lace tape. 15m roll $3.50 from Plushka's Makery
  3. 12 pretty clear plastic snowflake embellishments. £3 from Overspill
  4. The new sweetheart inker from We R Memory Keepers in red. Easy to hold with a wide edge for large areas and a pointed edge for detailed work.
  5. Christmas crochet garland in scarlet red. 180cm long. £36 from Emma Lamb.  

Friday, December 2

White Magazine

A lovely way to start a new month! The beautiful White magazine is out packed with all sorts of lovely ideas and dreamy pics. We were wrapped to see our fiesta and tie the knot invitations featured in some beautiful theming pages. Plus if you turn to page 23 you'll find our step by step to making a nautical invite pocket.

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