As the first chance to show off your wedding style, Save the Dates are an important part of wedding planning. Here are some helpful tips and tricks to make your mark as a newly engaged couple.
Although Save the Dates are available without photos, we love the idea of giving your guests a sneak peek of the happy couple. No matter what style you choose for your Save the Date, the focus is on you and your partner, and a good shot will make your announcement stand out.
Our in-house Photographer, John R., has a few recommendations when striking a pose:
- A lot of wedding photographers feature photo packages that include engagement shots. This is a great time to get some more casual and candid, but professional pictures, while also getting to know your photographer before the wedding day.
- Dress for the occasion! Remember, these are probably photos that you will be seeing for a while (and, of course, on your Save the Dates)! Even if you choose a casual look, make sure it’s put together and timeless, so you won’t mind looking at your photos for years to come. It also doesn’t hurt to coordinate your outfits beforehand – so you’re not matching, but not clashing, either.
- Shots often look more natural, and are more personal, when a couple visits places that are important or familiar to them. Go to a favorite date spot, or strike a pose on your front porch – if you feel comfortable, your photos will show that.
- If you’re going to shoot your own photos with a friend, make sure you’re not staring into the sun, and try and pose in front of more solid backgrounds to ensure you pop. Late afternoon, or the “Golden Hour,” with softer shadows and warmer light, is a great time for taking pictures. Select then highest quality file setting on your camera, too.
And if you’re looking for tips on how to pose, check out these 101 Tips from The Dating Divas.
Of course the picture is the most important part – so if you find a shot you love, chances are you’ll be able to find a style to match it. However, if you have your heart set on a certain look in your Save the Dates (for instance, the ones below both feature large images with a text overlay) make sure you plan accordingly. For the styles shown, you’ll need to ask your photographer to take a shot that leaves blank space where you want the text to be (and usually darker backgrounds work best). It also never hurts to take examples with you, so you and your photographer are on the same page.
Setting Your Style
If you’re planning on personalizing a Wedding Invitation Suite, there’s a good chance you’ll find a corresponding Save the Date. This is the perfect time to give your guests a hint of what to expect on your big day.
Karen D., our Design Director, says, “It’s nice to carry a theme, color, or style through your wedding, and Save the Dates are the start of that.” The Chalk Border Save the Date and Invitation, shown below, coordinate nicely without mirroring each other, and create a cohesive experience.
And don’t be fooled – there’s still plenty of customization that can happen with your Save the Dates. Karen says, “Many people don’t realize that on many of our Save the Dates you can change text and color, and even take out lines. You can completely match it to your own style.”
Take, for example, how the small tweaks below change the look of our Swirl Marquee Save the Date.
D.I.Y. Your Save the Date
And finally, the craftier couple can turn to D.I.Y. for a one-of-a-kind look. Pinterest is a great resource for “Save the Date” ideas, but don’t forget that etiquette recommends you include the date and location, as well as a note that a formal invitation will follow. We love the idea of printing 4″ x 6″ photos and uniquely mounting them on A7 size cards (we have 40 exclusive colors and bulk discounts are available). You can embellish with stamps, stickers, ribbon and more.
Paper Source even offers Wedding Workshops, for more inspiration, ideas and tips on execution. Our next one (on D.I.Y. Wedding Invitations) is coming up in April!.
Now through April 5, 2015, Wedding Suites and Save the Dates are 15% OFF with code WED15!
Are you looking for some creative playtime to brighten your day? Join us for our card making workshop next Thursday, March 26th. We will make a set of cheery cards and teach you how to stamp, emboss, make paper bows, line envelopes and more!
Here are couple of highlights from the class. Check out this pop-out-banner card in this video demo:
Take a closer look at this tag: we will teach you a neat trick to give your paper a resin-like shine before turning it into a bow:
Ready to decorate some Easter eggs? If you’re looking for unique ways to style your shells this Easter, here are some options we’re in love with.
Monogram it! We love the idea of personalizing eggs, either as a way to sign your creation, or as a special way to Easter egg hunt (like the first person to find letters that create a word, wins). Here are two ways to get the look.
1. After dying, place a Gold Glitter Alphabet Sticker on for a quick and easy finish! (pictured above)
2. If you want to step up your alphabet game, try placing an Alphabet Sticker on before dying your egg. When the dye is dry, remove the sticker and use a White Uniball pen to create a design. (pictured below)
Create dimension. After dying your eggs, use Stickles glitter glue to create a raised and shimmering design. Or, doodle on the surface with White Uniball and puffy pastel Souffle Pens and add the Stickles for a sparkly finishing touch!
Washi time! And lastly, one of our favorite (and one of the easiest!) ways to decorate eggs is by simply applying washi tape in a unique design. We used Twist Cord, Patch Tsugihagi, Gold Dot and Metallic washi tapes.
Easter is coming, and with it one of the most favored traditions: the Easter basket. Here’s a special Weekend Wants with some of our top toys and treats to help make your custom basket the best ever.
A better basket. Everyone will adore this Felt Bunny Basket instead of the traditional wicker basket or bucket. Once your little one takes out the treats, they have a handy basket to use for their Easter egg hunt.
The grass is greener. And here’s a necessary basket builder: Paper Grass. Not only does it make your basket a little prettier, it makes it seem fuller, as well!
A little surprise. These Surprise Bunnies are not just cute, but super fun, too! Pull back the tissue paper exterior to reveal jokes, temporary tattoos and other fun surprises.
A spec-tacular bunny. Bring on the laughs with these cute Funny Bunny Glasses. These are the perfect gift to start a fun game of dress-up, or to take a funny family photo.
Cute critters. These bright and squishy Light Up Chicks are always a fun toy to add to the basket. When squeezed or shaken, these little guys light up – super fun for kids!
Sunny stickers. And if you’re looking for a fun and unexpected basket filler, try these Easter Stickers. So cute and perfect for Easter crafts!
For even more ideas, check out all of our Easter goodies!
Send a hand-crafted Easter greeting to some-bunny special!
- How-To PDF
- 5 1/2″ Square Superfine White Folded Card
- 5 3/4″ Square Antique Gold Envelope
- Text Weight Paper in Clover, Mint, Sunshine and Coral
- Gold Glitter Paper
- 1/4″ Coral Satin Ribbon
- Mini Flower Punch Set
- Happy Easter Rubber Stamp
- VersaMark Watermark Inkpad
- Colored Embossing Powder
- 1/4″ Hole Punch
- Small Glue Dots
- Embossing Heat Tool
- Download How-To PDF
- Stamp and emboss Happy Easter message in the center of the folded card.
- Using the mini flower punch set, begin punching Mint and Clover shapes.
- Mix mini flower shapes and colors, arranging them into a wreath shape around stamped message.
- Adhere shapes in place using small glue dots.
- Punch several flower shapes from Sunshine and Coral paper.
- Layer shapes and, if desired, use 1/4″ hole punch to embellish centers using gold glitter paper.
- Adhere flowers in place as desired on wreath.
- Create a small bow using Coral ribbon and adhere in place to bottom center of wreath.
We are in love with our new and exclusive (designed by our team in Chicago!) print: bicycles! This print is a little neon, a lot of fun, and definitely a great unisex gift.
Drink up. These Ride On glass tumblers are perfect for a home bar. They’re 3.5″ tall and hold 8 oz. A classic shape and size that anyone will love. Plus, they’re dishwasher safe and under $20!
The perfect gift. Our new print is also available in a set of two Ride On Tea Towels. This dark fabric is decorated with bright bikes, and is perfect for the active host or hostess. It’s also available in an apron, oven mitt set and tote bag!
Write it down. This set of three Mini Bicycle Journals is the perfect little everyday gift! Whether they’re for a cycling enthusiast or a note fiend, anyone will appreciate the gesture.
Check out all of our new bicycle gifts here!
We all remember impatiently waiting for the news that we didn’t have to go to school because there was a snow day. It meant a day of relaxation and fun including playing inside drinking hot cocoa to making snowmen in the fresh fallen snow.
Now if you have children of your own you know it may not be so easy to keep them entertained while you carry on with your day to day business. (Moms never seem to get snow days.) So, we compiled some fun indoor games and crafts to keep them happy and you happy. You may even want to join them!
Lights. Camera. Action. Give your little one the chance to produce and direct their very own movie at home. The Clay Animation Movie Kit allows your child to morph his or her own characters out of clay and let a story unfold against a choice of backdrops.
Now these characters need voices of course! Your kid can use the World’s Smallest Voice Changer to change his or her voice into four distinct voices. That way each character will truly come to life.
Lastly, you have to film your motion picture! Use any smartphone to film the movie and then watch it on this Smart Phone Projector. Its just like an old-fashioned projector and it only uses cardboard and a glass lens, which makes it incredibly easy to set up. Grab some popcorn and watch your child’s film come to life. Bravo!
Paper party. Watch your child create cute and creative paper dogs from this Doggy Kit. Make one that looks like your hound at home or even make a garland to hang across the wall. All you need is the kit, scissors ,glue stick, pencil, and a black pen.
Another source of fun can be found with the Photo Props Kit. You and your kids can make up to 22 props that will lead to hours of creativity and crafts. Once you are done you can stage a photo shoot to show off all of your new creations!
Mmm… donuts. As your children wrap up their day of delightful fun, give them a warm hot cocoa in a deliciously cute donut mug. One of our favorite winter treats is Smores Hot Chocolate found at minimalistbaker.com.
As we move closer to spring, we begin to want a refresher in all aspects of our lives. If a full on spring cleaning isn’t quite your thing, you could add some new elegance and color to your home or work office with some simple and stylish changes.
Before you know it you will feel renewed and happy to tackle all the times ahead. Here are seven of our favorite picks that can help you transition into a stylish spring, even if the weather doesn’t quite seem like it is.
Fashionably on time. You will want to take this Gold Foil Confetti Planner every where you go. Keep your life in order with both style and fun. Who knew organization could look so good?
Let the mug do the talking. Sometimes we just have to speak the truth. Let everyone know how you really feel with this Damn Good Coffee Mug.
Marbled, marvelous. You’ll want to write a note to everyone in your address book with these handsome Marble Stationary Cards. Not only are they sleek but also simply aesthetic with the swirl of natural color and texture, they are pretty enough to frame.
To the point. This is not your #2 pencil from grade school. Add a pop of color and fun to your office with I Think You’re Sharp Pencils. You may even give some away as a small gift to show someone how witty you really think they are.
Polished and Professional. Store all of your important papers in this beautiful portfolio. Simple yet unique, you could even bring this Metallic Gold Folio to an interview to show off your fancy side.
Lush Artwork. Our exclusive 2015 Paper Source Wall Art Calendar is a classic way to add fun to your office. On trend and delightful, this calender will allow you a colorful way to keep track of your days. (Hint: Each page gives you templates to inspire you to up-cycle each design when the month is over.)
Peel. Stick. Repeat. Don’t feel confined to only put these Wallies Removable Chalkboard Panels in your office. They are peel and stick which allows you to add your own notes and doodles to every room you like. Chalk is included, or you can add bursts of color with Colored Chalk!
We love to D.I.Y. valentines – it’s the perfect way to show just how much you care. Here are more how-tos to get your creative juices flowing. (And check out Part 1 here.)
Add dimension to your Valentine with heart shaped party picks and gold heart doilies!
- Stick a Heart Doily on a Superfine White A6 folded card with glue stick or double-sided tape
- Spear the doily with a Party Pick
- Cut a narrow strip of paper for your banner and write a message on it (we used White Uniball Pen)
- Adhere your banner with Zots or glue stick.
- Pair with a Persimmon A6 envelope.|
Gold foil tape is an easy way to add a bold, graphic look to your card: