Free Printable | Blank Alpaca Card

Our Final Warehouse Sale is in its final days, with EVERY single stamp marked 40% off...including this 2x1 set of glasses (designed to fit my free printable alpaca). The mini sunnies sold out within minutes of my previous post, so be sure to add this little guy to your cart ASAP if you want to snag it!

Free Printable | Alpaca (Llama) Blank Card | prettypeas.com

Supplies Needed:

  • An 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper (matte photo paper recommended)
  • A printer
  • Scissors or paper trimmer

As always, these printables are free for personal use only and may not be redistributed, copied, or sold. Please share the project with a link to this post. Tag us on Instagram with @prettypeaspaperie, #prettypeaspaperie.

Each sheet prints 2 cards.

P.S. This medium glasses stamp is on sale right now for less than $9! Grab it before I sell out - we won't be making more! No coupon code necessary.

Free Printable | Snail Mail Card

We're a week in to my Final Warehouse Sale, so I thought I'd share a free printable for my snail-mailing friends. (Also, snails are quickly becoming my favorite thing to doodle.) It's a super simple A2 folded card, but there's so much you can do to decorate it...including stamp it!

Free Printable | Snail Mail Card | prettypeas.com

Supplies Needed:

  • An 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper (matte photo paper recommended)
  • A printer
  • Scissors or paper trimmer

As always, these printables are free for personal use only and may not be redistributed, copied, or sold. Please share the project with a link to this post. Tag us on Instagram with @prettypeaspaperie, #prettypeaspaperie.

Each sheet prints 2 cards.

P.S. This mini glasses stamp is on sale right now for only $9! Grab it before I sell out - we won't be making more! No coupon code necessary.

Ideas + Inspiration | Cactus Cooler Party

This past weekend, we threw a cactus-taco-tequila-themed party as one last hurrah before Baby M arrives. As requested, I'm posting some of the decorative details to provide inspiration for your next fiesta! 


INVITATION

Don't get too excited...I did not hand watercolor each of them. I was lazy and used Paperless Post. :) I did draw a can of Cactus Cooler and customize a blank template with the graphic, though! (If you don't have a way to draw digitally, you could draw something similar and take a photo of it. Paperless Post has a lot of photo-ready templates you can use.)

Since I already had a Cactus Cooler vector handy, I made a clear stamp out of it to use throughout the party. Below, you can see a gold-embossed stamped image filled in with watercolor. Pretty coooool, eh?


DIY CACTUS BALLOONS

Full disclosure :: this was not my idea. I found it on Pinterest via Design Improvised.

Supplies Needed:

DIY Cactus Balloon Supplies | Pretty Peas Paperie

How to Make a Cactus Balloon:

  1. Fill your balloons with helium. You'll need 3-4 balloons per cactus. (I used 12" balloons and filled them with varying amounts of helium to get different sizes. If you want them to float with tassels, you'll need to use a giant "main" balloon. I ended up removing the tassels for the party so our balloons would stay afloat.)
  2. With a Sharpie, draw points (aka, upward-facing arrows) all over the balloons to make your cactus look prickly. (Be careful about smudging...even though it's a Sharpie, the ink needs time to dry.)
  3. Put a dab of glue on a pink pom-pom and stick it to the top of each balloon. (Luckily, these are easy to place because there's a dark spot marking the top.)
  4. Use a strip of double-stick tape to attach the smaller balloons to your main balloon that has a string. That's it!

What I love about these balloons is that you don't have to fill them with helium. You could simply blow them up and stick 'em in a pot and they'd be just as cute. I realized this the morning after the party.


PAPEL-PICADO-INSPIRED PARTY SIGNAGE

Since it was rainy on Saturday, I made a sign for the front door so people would leave their shoes on the mat. I bought 10 of these die-cut lace paper scrapbook sheets and used them for party signage throughout the house. For our "Please take off your shoes" sign, I cut out a smaller sheet of chalkboard paper and taped it to the die-cut sheet. It worked perfectly because I messed up a few times; using chalk pen saved me at least $4.00 in wasted paper!

Entry Sign (for leaving shoes at the door) | Pretty Peas Paperie

Cactus Cooler Bar | Pretty Peas Paperie

CACTUS COOLER TEQUILA COCKTAIL

Every shindig needs a signature drink, so we chose the "Cactus Cooler Tequila Cocktail" by Sugar and Soul.

What we did differently:

We substituted the tangerine and lime juices with fresh cut limes and strawberries. Since kids were at the party (and I can't drink booze), we kept the alcohol separate so everyone could enjoy the juice and soda mixture from the dispenser.

How to Make a Cheap Styrofoam Cooler Even Cooler:

Stamp it with mini cacti using a Colorbox pigment ink stamp pad!

Original Recipe via Sugar and Soul:

  • 1 part tequila
  • 1/2 oz. triple sec
     
  • 1 part orange juice
  • 1 1/2 parts cranberry juice
  • 4 parts lemon-lime soda
  • 1/2 part tangerine juice
  • 1/2 part lime juice
  • Fresh mint garnish
Cactus Cooler Tequila Cocktail | Soul and Sugar
Stamped Styrofoam Cooler | Pretty Peas Paperie

COOKIE TACO BAR

Here's another fab idea I found on Pinterest via Alana Jones-Mann :: a cookie taco bar! Bend sugar cookies into "tortillas," then fill them with brownie ("beef"), coconut ("lettuce" and "cheese"), and red M&Ms ("tomatoes"). My sample cookie didn't turn out quite as cute as Alana's, but guests had fun making them and they were really yummy.

A few things I learned:

  1. Bending the sugar cookies was harder than I thought it'd be. I baked them at 350º for 9 minutes and they were barely cooked through...so I put them in for another minute. I think the sweet spot is somewhere in between because they were soft, but the edges had begun to crisp. I recommend only baking 1-2 cookies to start to get your baking time and temperature right.
  2. The recipe calls for laying the cookies over a rolling pin to bend them. I found our rolling pins to be slightly too big, so if you have something cylindrical that's a bit smaller, that would be better. Also, with 3 rolling pins I was only able to bend a dozen cookies at once. Instead of waiting for everything to cool, I made the rest of the cookies flat and called them "tostadas." :)
  3. To keep your cookies from sticking to the rolling pin, you're supposed to use wax paper. We didn't have that on hand so I used foil - still worked!
  4. I accidentally bought unsweetened coconut for the lettuce and cheese. The food coloring didn't spread as evenly, but we ended up liking that there wasn't quite as much sugar added to the taco as a whole. The cookie, brownie, and frosting were sweet enough!
  5. I found the red M&Ms at Party City
"Taco Time" Chalkboard Sign | Pretty Peas Paperie

SUCCULENT BAR

With two taco bars and a tequila bar, we needed one more...a succulent bar! We have a plentiful supply of succulents, thanks to some super healthy specimens from our wedding. (Our wedding, by the way, was almost 6 years ago, and we have 4-5 overflowing pots of succulents that have descended from the cuttings of my bouquet...isn't that crazy?!)

Here's what I laid out:

  1. Mini terra cotta pots (which were surprisingly cheap)
  2. Acrylic paint, water cups, paintbrushes, paper towels, and small paper plates (to be used as palettes)
  3. Small rocks (for the base of the pot - helps with overwatering)
  4. Soil for drought-tolerant plants
  5. Succulent clippings (pre-rinsed, cut, and trimmed)
  6. Crushed glass (found in the decorative plant section at Ikea)
  7. Take-home bags

To protect our table, I covered it with kraft butcher paper and wrote instructions on it in chalk pen. (To my surprise, people actually read everything very carefully.) If I had more time, I would have printed out small cards with plant care instructions, but ohhh well. It was so fun seeing what everyone painted...one guest left Andrew and I a pair of pots with our portraits on them. :)

Succulent Bar | Pretty Peas Paperie
How to Set Up a Succulent Bar | Pretty Peas Paperie

SUCCULENT CUPCAKES

I saved the best for last! After seeing this pin, I decided that succulent cupcakes were a must. Good thing I know a talented baker by the name of Jenna (owner of Sinfully Sweet Cake Design) who could make my piña colada and buttercream dreams come true! She did such a wonderful job and I highly recommend her to anyone in the Houston area looking for custom cakes, cupcakes, or cookies.

Succulent Cupcakes by Sinfully Sweet Cake Design | Pretty Peas Paperie

Hopefully you can use some of these ideas for your next party! If you want even more, check out my "Tacos + Tequila" board HERE

Free Printable | Hand-Lettered "Mama Llama" Card

Ok, I'm a little late on this one, but we still have 1.5 days until Mother's Day! Save a trip to the store and make this free printable card from the comfort and safety of your home. (And yes, you can tell her you "made" it.)


Supplies Needed:

Optional:

As always, this printable is free for personal use only and may not be redistributed, copied, or sold. Please share the project with a link to this post. Tag us on Instagram with @prettypeaspaperie, #prettypeaspaperie.


Assembly is easy-peasy, but here are some notes:

1. Print the PDF on a sheet of matte photo paper or card stock. Use your high quality (or photo quality) print setting for best results. Note :: Each 8.5″ x 11″ sheet fits 2 cards. (Yep, you get a BONUS card just because I hate wasting paper.)

2. Using the solid trim lines on the PDF, cut out your cards, then fold.


Happy Mother's Day to all the Mama Llamas!

If you're interested in a STAMP of this design, you can now purchase it here on Etsy. Supplies are limited and it will probably sell out!

DIY Valentines for Snail Mail Lovers

Hello, February!

To celebrate the re-opening of our shop, I designed a new, limited-edition "Love Letters" stamp set with this DIY Valentine in mind. With three simple cuts, you can create a mailbox that really opens!


DIY Valentines for Snail Mail Lovers | prettypeas.com
DIY Valentines for Snail Mail Lovers | prettypeas.com

Supplies Needed:

  • 1 sheet of card stock for your base (4.25" x 5.5" per card)
  • 1 sheet of paper for the mailbox
  • 1 sheet of paper (or label paper) for the letters
  • Scissors (an X-Acto knife is helpful, too)
  • Craft glue or glue stick
  • The "Love Letters" stamp set and a stamp pad OR Printable PDF | "Love Letters" (click to download) and printer

Optional:

  • A2 envelope (my favorites are from Paper Source)
  • Heart-shaped hole punch and scrap paper bits
  • White gel pen

As always, the printable above is free for personal use only and may not be redistributed, copied, or sold. Please share the project with a link to this post. Tag us on Instagram with @prettypeaspaperie, #prettypeaspaperie.


DIY Valentines for Snail Mail Lovers | prettypeas.com
DIY Valentines for Snail Mail Lovers | prettypeas.com

Instructions for Stamp Set:

  1. Cut your sheet of card stock into 4 pieces, each 4.25" x 5.5". (Or, use pre-made blank cards like these.)
  2. Using a high quality stamp pad, stamp your mailbox onto one of your sheets of paper, then cut it out. Make 3 slits in the mailbox door: left side, top, and right side. (Hint: an X-Acto knife and cutting mat make this much easier!)
  3. Glue the mailbox onto the card. (Don't glue down the door!)
  4. Stamp your mini envelopes onto a separate piece of paper (or label paper, if you have it), then cut them out. Since each envelope is different, you can use a unique color for each one if you have multiple stamp pads.
  5. Glue or stick the mini envelopes onto your card.
  6. OPTIONAL: hole-punch hearts and glue 'em on, or add tiny white dots with your gel pen.
  7. Write a personal note on the back and mail to someone you love!

Instructions for Printable:

  1. Cut your sheet of card stock into 4 pieces, each 4.25" x 5.5". (Or, use pre-made blank cards like these.)
  2. Print the first page of the PDF—the one with the mailboxes—on a sheet of paper. Use your high quality (or photo quality) print setting for best results. Note :: Each 8.5″ x 11″ sheet fits 8 mailboxes plus 1 jumbo (BONUS!) mailbox. Cut out as many as you need. Make 3 slits in each mailbox door: left side, top, and right side. (Hint: an X-Acto knife and cutting mat make this much easier!)
  3. Glue the mailbox onto the card. (Don't glue down the door!)
  4. Print the second page of the PDF—the one with the envelopes—onto a separate piece of paper (or label paper, if you have it), then cut out as many as you wantNote :: Each 8.5" x 11" sheet fits 56 mini envelopes and 6 jumbo envelopes.
  5. Glue or stick the mini envelopes onto your card.
  6. OPTIONAL: hole-punch hearts and glue 'em on, or add tiny white dots with your gel pen.
  7. Write a personal note on the back and mail to someone you love!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Pretty Peas Paperie Stamp Coupon
Pretty Peas Paperie Stamp Coupon

Christmas GIVEAWAY!

Today marks 1 week until the stamp shop closes for Christmas, so I thought I'd end this amazing year with a GIVEAWAY!

The Prizes:

  1. A wax seal stamp (choose your favorite of 4 of my custom designs)
  2. 3 sticks of sealing wax (choose traditional wax or glue gun wax)
  3. A hand-lettered "handle with care" stamp
  4. An envelope liner template kit (so you can make use of our free printables)
Custom Wax Seal Stamps by Pretty Peas Paperie | Snail Mail, Cactus, Donut, Philodendron Leaf
Custom Wax Seal Stamps by Pretty Peas Paperie | Snail Mail, Cactus, Donut, Philodendron Leaf

The Rules:

  1. You must be a U.S. resident over the age of 18 to win.
  2. Winner will be notified via email and package will be sent via USPS First Class.
  3. The prize includes 1 wax seal stamp, 3 wax sticks, 1 clear stamp, and 1 envelope liner kit.
  4. Giveaway closes on December 15, 2017 at 11:59pm CST.
  5. Pretty Peas Paperie reserves the right to change or cancel this giveaway at any time.
  6. The prizes are not redeemable for cash or credit, but we are happy to transfer them to someone else if you're feeling generous.
  7. Pretty Peas Paperie is not responsible if the prize package is lost, damaged, or delayed in the mail. Tracking information is not guaranteed.
  8. All members who purchased something during our Christmas Pop-Up (11/7/16-11/20/16) will automatically receive 1 entry.
  9. Limit 1 official entry form per person.
christmas-giveaway-wax-seal-choices
christmas-giveaway-wax-seal-choices

By the way...how amazing is the donut seal?! I discovered that you can hole punch glue gun sealing wax. (!!!) Simply make your seal ahead of time, rather than apply it directly to your envelope. Squeeze the wax onto a non-stick pan, wax paper, or parchment paper...press your wax seal stamp down, and let dry. (It's quick.) Then, use a standard hole-punch to make your donut hole!

wax-seal-donut
wax-seal-donut

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Thanks so much for your entries! We'll notify the winner soon. :)

Free Printable | Envelope Liners

Envelope liners are the perfect way to spruce up your snail mail, and today I'm sharing 6 free designs that you can print from home!

This philodendron pattern paired with a coral envelope makes me want to go on vacation.

These little snails are doing a fine job of delivering their mail.

Cacti can look so sophisticated in black, white, and blush.

Donut worry...I have an envelope liner (and wax seal) to satisfy your sweet tooth!


Supplies Needed:

  • Envelope Liner PDF (download above)
  • A printer
  • Matte photo paper or text-weight paper (1 8.5″ x 11″ sheet per liner)
  • Envelope Liner Templates to match your envelope (my favorites are from Paper Source)
  • Scissors
  • Double-Sided Tape

As always, these printables are free for personal use only and may not be redistributed, copied, or sold. Please share the project with a link to this post. Tag us on Instagram with @prettypeaspaperie, #prettypeaspaperie.


Assembly is easy-peasy, but here are some notes:

1. Print the liner of your choice on a sheet of matte photo paper or text-weight paper. (Super thick paper won't fold very well.) Use your high quality (or photo quality) print setting for best results. Note :: Each 8.5″ x 11″ sheet fits 1 liner.

2. Using pencil, lightly trace around your envelope liner template.

3. Cut out the envelope liner.

4. Slide the liner inside the envelope and place it where you want it. Fold your envelope to crease the liner. NOW, remove the liner and put a small piece of double-sided tape near the top of it (on the back, of course). Slide the liner back in, make sure it's placed correctly, then stick it! (I don't recommend putting tape on the bottom portion of the liner because it will crinkle when you fold the envelope. A single piece of tape allows the liner to move a bit as the envelope is closed and sealed.)

Stick around because I'm about to post a GIVEAWAY!


PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIMBERLY CHAU

Free Printable | Hand-Lettered "Mama Bear" Card

Mother's Day is quickly approaching, and if you haven't had a chance to pop in the store to grab a card, you're in luck. Just download, cut, and fold: 3 easy steps to a hand-lettered card for your marvelous MAMA.


Supplies Needed:

Optional:

As always, this printable is free for personal use only and may not be redistributed, copied, or sold. Please share the project with a link to this post. Tag us on Instagram with @prettypeaspaperie, #prettypeaspaperie.


Assembly is easy-peasy, but here are some notes:

1. Print the PDF on a sheet of matte photo paper or card stock. Use your high quality (or photo quality) print setting for best results. Note :: Each 8.5″ x 11″ sheet fits 2 cards. (Yep, you get a BONUS "Mama" card just because I hate wasting paper.)

2. Using the solid trim lines on the PDF, cut out your cards, then fold.


Happy Mother's Day to my Mamas, new Mamas, and Mamas everywhere!

Luxe DIY Packaging using Rubber Stamps

Hello, crafters! Today I'm going to share with you a DIY packaging project using our new, vintage-inspired, custom rubber stamp. I just LOVE the simplicity of this one...it's a perfect example that luxury packaging can be achieved without a big budget!


Supplies Needed:


1. If you like the look of a deckled edge, start by carefully tearing your paper into 3.5" by 2" tags (the size of a standard U.S. business card). I did this by folding my paper, wetting the edges with water, then tearing. (This works best with thick cotton or watercolor paper.)

2. The type of ink you use is very important. Since this stamp has really small text, the VersaFine for Fine Details pad is perfect. It does a great job of keeping the ink on the surface of the paper and not seeping/smearing/smudging. Blot your stamp into the pad until the design is covered with ink. Press gently and evenly onto the paper.

3. I bought this eyelet setter set on sale YEARS ago at Michaels. It comes with 4 setting tips, 3 punching tips, and a setting mat packed inside a small, easy-to-store box. Place your stamped tag on the setting mat. (A durable cutting mat works, too.)

Here's what the tip looks like. (I'm not sure what it's called, but it's the one that fits 1/8" eyelets. These eyelets are very small and will not work with anything thicker than twine. Feel free to use a bigger eyelet depending on your needs.)

After punching a hole on either side of the tag, insert the eyelet, turn the tag over, and punch down with the setter.

Once your eyelets are in, thread your twine.

4. Tie your tag around the box and you're done! Isn't is pretty?!


Hope you enjoyed this little packaging tutorial! Follow me on Instagram for sneak peeks and stamp giveaways!

TAKE ME TO THE STAMP SHOP!

How I Turned My Instagram Photos into Business Cards

How I Turned My Instagram Photos into Business Cards

Makers and Instagram Lovers, rejoice! If you don't know about Moo's Printfinity, you're missing out. Moo offers beautiful, affordable business cards with an incredible format for showcasing creative work.

WHAT IS IT?

Printfinity is a business card format in which you can print up to 50 unique images on the backs of your business cards. It's perfect for photographers, artists, and makers who want to share a body of work.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

First, you choose your business card size. Then, you choose your design option.

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To design your own using Moo's layouts and editing tool, click "Make."

To upload your complete design in .gif, .png, .jpg, or .pdf format, click "Upload." (See top left card above for the design I uploaded.)

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On the front, you lay out your contact info. (This stays the same for your entire pack.) On the back, you can upload up to FIFTY (50!) different images.

If you post regularly to Instagram, then guess what...you already have a portfolio! All you have to do is save the images at the highest resolution to your computer, then upload them to Moo. (I use the somewhat archaic method of emailing myself 2-3 photos at a time because my phone is old.)

Here's what I love about these business cards:

  1. THE FORMAT. • I have the opportunity to highlight new designs and give customers ideas for how to use my products. (The more useful your business card is, the more likely someone is to keep it.) • I can capture the variety of products I make and share my process. • My pack of cards doubles as a mini, portable portfolio.
  2. THE QUALITY. • Paper selection is minimal—you can only choose between "Moo Original Paper" and "Moo Green Paper"—but it's nice. (I work with a LOT of expensive paper, and I honestly really like this stuff. Even the recycled "Green" option is great. It's smooth, with enough weight to give it that high quality feel.) • Moo does a fine job with the digital printing. My images came out clean and crisp.
  3. THE PRICE. • Moo business cards start at $19.99 for 50 cards ($0.40 each). It's not the cheapest option around, but it's affordable. It's all about finding the best quality at the best price for your brand and the products/services you sell.

Give customers a reason to hold on to your card and look forward to their next purchase! You can even start a frenzy and encourage them to Collect Them All!

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Moo is offering 25% off EVERYTHING until tonight. (That's why I'm writing this post now. BTW, I haven't been paid to say this. I just really like their product and want to share it with you because it's a great resource for creatives.)

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If you miss the sale, you can use my referral discount of 10% below. (Pssst. You can save more if you sign up for their email list and wait for a bigger discount!)

10% OFF coupon for Moo Business Cards

 

I hope this was helpful! For the latest and greatest, follow me on Instagram!

 

Day-of Paper for a "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made" Baby Shower

I'm so excited to share the paper (and chalk) details of Megan's baby shower for her little lady-to-be, Emma. It's not often that professional photos are taken at smaller parties, so these beautiful images by Amy Gray Photography are such a treat! Hand-drawn Chalkboard Sign

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"FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE...FROM SCRATCH!" 

During the invitation consult, we went to work trying to pin down a theme that could be coupled with soft pinks, creams, and sparkle. I was determined to find a way to incorporate Megan's love for cooking, but I knew that "bun in the oven" or "she's about to pop" could only go so far. The next morning, Megan came up with something brilliant: the passage from Psalm 139: "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made." It was genius! The perfect blend of faith, food, and the miracle of life.

Custom Chalkboard Baby Shower Invitation by Akula Kreative / Pretty Peas Paperie

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*Contact info has been changed to protect the client's privacy*

For the square invitation, we created a chalkboard-inspired look filled to the brim with detail. From herbs and utensils to rattles and diaper pins, the tiny graphics fit together to tell the unique story of these special parents-to-be.

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From seeing the photos you may wonder if an event planner was involved, but this was all put together by a dedicated family and a few close friends. In the weeks leading up to the shower, the group was hard at work making fabric banners, tulle table skirts, tissue pom-poms, and even baby clothes!

Soft Pink Details | "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made [from scratch]" Baby Shower

Meanwhile, I was working on the day-of stationery and signage: food labels, drink flags, scroll flags, banners, and chalkboards. One of my favorite "party prepping activities" is coming up with food puns; they're a great way to remind guests of the theme and add a little humor to the event.

Mini Donuts and Milk | "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made [from scratch]" Baby Shower

Custom Food and Drink Labels "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made [from scratch]" Baby Shower

How gorgeous is the cake?! This baby shower really could have been an intimate wedding...

Cake "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made [from scratch]" Baby Shower

And then there are the pretty favors: burlap bags adorned with silk ribbon and sparkly letters...

Burlap Bags with Glitter Letter "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made [from scratch]" Baby Shower

...plus chocolate-dipped pretzels tied with pink and gold tinsel!

Pretzel Favors "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made [from scratch]" Baby Shower

The signature drink was, of course, pink lemonade.

Beverage Table "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made [from scratch]" Baby Shower

Little Lady Lemonade, to be exact.

Martini Glass Drink Flags "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made [from scratch]" Baby Shower

I had so much fun drawing this banner on chalkboard wrapping paper. What a great idea to use it as a photo backdrop!

Hand Drawn Chalkboard Banner "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made [from scratch]" Baby Shower

And, last but not least, here is a detail of one of the scroll flags, each of which featured a unique pattern. At first glance you might assume they are flowers, but they are actually sprinkle donuts. :)

Custom Printed Party Flags "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made [from scratch]" Baby Shower

Paper details and day-of stationery present the perfect opportunity to add personality to parties, big AND small. For additional photos, please check out Amy Gray's website at amygrayphotography.com.

Congratulations to Megan, the picture-perfect mom-to-be! And THANK YOU to my wonderful clients for letting me be a part of your celebration!

Chain Letter REVIVAL

Now that Akula Kreative is up and running again, I finally had a chance to work on a printable. With this project, we can work together to BRING BACK THE CHAIN LETTER!!

First, let me explain why I like the idea of a chain letter. None of my good friends lives in the same city. From Africa to Australia, from East Coast to West, I'd need to win the lottery to be able to visit them on a regular basis. Now that Facebook has exploded, we're duped into feeling like we're still in touch, but "liking" a photo here and there isn't quite as special as a letter in the mail. But let's be realistic. As much as I'd looove to spend 2 hours (and $5 in postage) writing notes every day, keeping in touch "the old fashioned way" is hard work.

So, I thought of a Chain Letter. But not the crazy kind that guilt-trips you into participating ("You'll die if you don't pass it on!!!"). A fun, quick, Mad Libs version that allows you to update friends within just a few minutes. The best part is, you only have to send it one person. Sure, it might take a long time for it to get back to you, but that's part of the fun.

Printable Chain Letter

Here's how it works:

The letter is composed of 5 unique pages: a cover page, an instruction page, a map, an info page, and a back page.

STEP 1 :: Print one of each page, plus extra info pages (depending on how many people you want to involve).

STEP 2 :: Fill in details on the cover page, instructions page, map, and 1st info page.

STEP 3 :: Stuff into an envelope and mail to a friend!


Below is the cover page:

Printable Chain Letter Project // a fun way to keep in touch

If you're the one starting the letter, you fill in the cover page yourself.

Next comes the instruction page:

Printable Chain Letter Project // a fun way to keep in touch

Again, if you're the starter, you get to make up the rules.

If you want the letters to be sent to a specific group, add a note with names so people know...otherwise it might be fun to just see where it goes. I have a particular friend in mind who I think would love this as a little pick-me-up, so I added an optional section to line 4: "Mail all contents...with the hopes of eventually sending it to [ ]." This way, the second-to-last recipient knows where to send the letter. If the process works, being last is best because you get to read all of the previous answers.

Next comes the map:

Printable Chain Letter Project // a fun way to keep in touch

Mark your city with a dot, then eventually connect all the dots to see how far the letter traveled.

*UPDATE ::  A world map and North America map are now available! Please see the link at the bottom of the post to download it.

Next comes the info page:

Printable Chain Letter Project // a fun way to keep in touch

This page will need to be printed several times.

If you want to keep the group small, print 4...if you're feeling adventurous, print 10. Print as many as you'd like. If you couldn't already tell, this is the page each person will fill out. There are two things I love about this format: 1) You get to update your contact info and 2) You'll have specific insight into your friends' lives that you'll be able to look back on and laugh at in years to come.

Eventually, I'd like to make a few versions of the info pages, so each year I can change it up...but we'll see how this round goes first. If you have any requests for other versions designed for kids, pen pals, other countries, etc., tell us on Facebook or comment below.

Oh, last thing. If/when the letter returns to you, you can take photos or scan the contents and email them to everyone. In theory, I think it's a great way to encourage everyone to keep in touch. You can even use social media to keep track of where the letter is.

I mean, come on...how fun would it be to open something like this in the mail??!!


To join in, you can download the printable files for free below!

Each page measures 4.25" x 5.5" - depending on the number of sheets you include and how thick your paper is, they'll fit in an A2 envelope or larger.

To print on A4 Flat Cards:

To print on 8.5" x 11" sheets:

We recommend using high quality paper and the "best photo" settings on your home printer.

If you use the 8.5" x 11" sheets, use the thin gray lines as guides for trimming. The first PDF includes the cover page, instruction page, map, and back page. You can print this PDF front and back or on two separate sheets. (Just be careful you have the paper set correctly if printing on the back.)

The second PDF includes 4 info sheets per page. Print as many as you need.

*Free for personal use only. These PDFs may not be copied, redistributed, or sold.


If you have any questions, feel free to comment below!

Good luck, have fun, and...

LONG LIVE SNAIL MAIL!

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Custom Wax Seal Graduation Invitation

Custom graduation invitation with wax seal and tea stained paper [pinit]

 

Just sharing an invitation we made for a law school grad this past month! As inspiration, the client provided an image of medieval scroll paper and a red wax seal, so to create a unique and authentic look we used hand-tea-stained sheets of paper and printed in all black. Each envelope was sealed with a mixed black-and-bronze wax seal to coordinate with the masculine theme.

This is where we found our supplies ::

Tea-Stained Paper // Tia Zoey

Wax Seal, Glue Gun, and Wax Sticks // Nostalgic Impressions

Envelopes // Paper Source

Free Printable Set of Nautical Gift Tags

Free Printable Nautical Gift Tags // Pretty Peas Paperie [pinit]

 

Finally getting around to posting another freebie! With this PDF you can print 8 gift tags per sheet (4 of each design). They're the perfect finishing touch to a nautical-themed party gift!

DOWNLOAD THE *FREE PRINTABLE* HERE...

...Then print it on high quality matte paper, punch a hole, and thread your ribbon or twine. Enjoy!

*Free for personal use only. This PDF may not be copied, redistributed, or sold.

A Pirate-Princess Baby Shower Invitation

Custom Pirate Princess Baby Shower Invitation [pinit]

 

Just sharing a recent custom invitation we designed for a Pirate Princess baby shower...

We created the design based on the client's specifications, then sent it off to our printer. The client—a friend of the parents-to-be—did the assembly herself, including cutting out the custom cloud-shaped labels and individual yellow banners that were attached to the inside flap with foam tape. We love the idea of a Pirate Princess baby shower...so FUN for a mom who loves pirates and doesn't know the sex of the baby yet. :)

Creative Inspiration For Your Nautical Birthday Party

It's always exciting to see what people do with our design templates and how they make it their own. Here is a version for a baby's 1st birthday party created by Lesley Cheng in the Philippines. We love the added details of the anchor charm, baker's twine, and extra CRIMPED sail. Thanks for sharing with us, Lesley!!! You really went above and beyond with these invites.

Send us photos of what YOU create with our free templates and we'll send you a freebie. :)

 

// Rebecca

Fairytale Fashionista | gift certificate for an Enchanted Princess Party

Custom Gift Card Design Just sharing a fun gift certificate we made for the Fairytale Fashionista last night...

Luxury Gift Certificate Design

Luxury Gift Card Design

The gift certificate has been photo printed on cotton paper and mounted on brocade-patterned card stock that has a lovely, raised, fuzzy texture to it.

This particular Enchanted Princess Party is being donated to a local event, but if you're interested in your own fabulous fête, visit the FF online :: www.fairytalefashionista.com !

Sports Themed Baby Shower | Steel Your Heart

sports themed baby shower | steeler football | cupcake topper design sports themed baby shower | steeler football | steel your heart hershey bar

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When my friend Jen came to me for help with a sports-themed (specifically Pittsburgh-Steelers-themed) baby shower, she sounded distraught. The tutu-wearing, fairytale-obsessed Lover of All Things Pink didn't know where to start for a BOY party. But, a couple days later, she came up with an AMAZING concept for a shower favor: a Hershey bar wrapped in a custom label that says "He'll steel your heart." What makes it even more genius is that the HE is exposed in HERSHEY (which, as you may know, is a Pittsburgh claim to fame), leaving the shortened wrapper to finish the thought: "[HE]'LL STEEL YOUR HEART."

I helped plan a sports-themed baby shower just last year, so I knew making football paraphernalia "baby-friendly" and delicate wasn't impossible. By starting with the Steelers' colors: black, blue, yellow, and red, I added a baby blue to soften the color palette. After designing the custom label, I couldn't help but make some coordinating cupcake toppers. After all, I've always wanted to make a mini foam finger. Don't ask me why.

Work has been insane lately, so hopefully I'll have some time to post these cupcake toppers to our Etsy shop - customized to your baby's name and favorite team, of course. :)

Contact Jen the Fairytale Fashionista to plan, style, and coordinate your next kid-friendly bash, OR contact us to design custom paper goods for your next part-ay!

sports themed baby shower | steeler football | cupcake topper design

DIY Wrap-Around Nautical Address Labels

DIY Nautical Wrap Around Address Labels [pinit]

 

DIY Nautical Wrap Around Address Labels

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These Custom DIY Nautical Wrap-Around Address Labels are now available in our Etsy Shop! The printable PDF of labels is customized with your return address. (We can also add your guest addresses for $0.40 each.)

For our FREE *blank* address label template (no return address or guest addresses), click on the link below:

Nautical Wrap-Around Labels

Please remember this is free for personal use only.

Instructions:

  1. After downloading the PDF, print it out on full sheet label paper. (Avery full-sheet labels work great - you can buy them at any office supply store. Our favorite label paper is Spectacle InkJet Crack and Peel from sheet-labels.com.) Each sheet will provide 3 wrap-around labels, each approx. 3.5" x 6".
  2. Cut out the labels with a paper trimmer, leaving a 1/4" border around the blue pinstripe.
  3. Add your return address and guest address by hand. (May we suggest using a fun color like red?)
  4. Stick 'em on to your 5" x 7" photo mailers!

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