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Hassle-Free, Super-Easy, Digital Printable Wedding Stationery

image                                     Colorful Zig Zag Invitation Suite

Need your wedding invitations like… right now? Or are you on a pretty tight budget? I recently found a great site called Luvly which allows you to buy wedding stationery once, and print it as often as you like!

Instant wedding invites!

With Luvly, if you see an invitation you like, there’s no waiting forever until you can get your mitts on ‘em. When you see an invitation you like, you can download the template and get started immediately!

image                                            Teal Digital Wedding Invite Suite

Printable wedding invitations are easy

  1. Select a design you like and download the file.
  2. Edit the design on Gimp, Photoshop or Illustrator
  3. Print the file on your home printer.
  4. Cut and fold them if necessary.
  5. Send your invites to friends, family, and loved ones!


The expression, “If you want something done right, you gotta do it yourself” can often ring true with design projects. With digital downloads there shall be no miscommunications between ordering and designing, because YOU enter the text and the graphics. Glaring typo? No problem just fix it, and print some more! 

image                                  Purple Flower Save The Date Vector


Printing your wedding stationery at home is incredibly budget-friendly. For example, you can purchase this Fun Tandem Bicycle Wedding Clipart set for only $5.50. 


Clipart can be used for invitations, cards, labels, tags, wrapping paper, packaging, scrapbooking and other DIY projects.

image                                  Wedding Digital Clip Art Card Set 


These Fresh Flower Cards would be perfect for a summer wedding.

Super-easy, budget-friendly and are totally drama-free? Bet you didn’t think that was possible possible in the wedding industry? Head over to Luvly because seeing is believing. They even offer free digital Wedding Invitation Suites…..

image                                  Yellow Invite Suite - FREE DOWNLOAD

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DIY Organic Lip Balm




Melt all ingredients in a double boiler. You can use a metal bowl and small pan of water if you do not have one. Whisk as everything melts. Be careful to not overheat and remove once the beeswax has become liquid. Pour into tubes or pots using a plastic funnel.  Allow to cool and cap when filled. Add your custom labels. (see below)


Simply download the labels onto your computer. Install the free font Quicksand Bold and open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat. You can change the flavor if you need and add your own “made by” and ingredients list. Print these onto a full sheet label paper and trim rounds with a 1.5 inch circle punch and the squares with a craft knife.

Important note: When printing the PDF make sure you print FULL SIZE rather than the default FIT PAGE. This will make your labels too small. Enjoy your silky lips!


**A special thank you to Lia Griffith for this fun tutorial

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DIY: Gold Leaf Cement Pots

What you will need:

  • cement mix
  • water
  • disposable bowl or bucket for mixing
  • disposable cup
  • paint stirrer
  • containers for molds
  • gold leaf kit
  • mask and gloves

Mix 4 parts cement with 1 part water in a bowl. It doesn’t need to be exact, as long as the mix has a good consistency. Not to liquid, not too thick. Like making a cake! I noticed it was a bit easier for me to mix with a bit more water than what they recommend in the instructions, and it was fine. I used juice cartons and 1 quart milk cartons to achieve the square shape, but I’ve seen other pots using bundt cake molds, so options are endless :)

Grease your containers: the inside of the larger ones and the exterior of the small ones that will serve as the opening. I dabbed cooking oil on a paper towel to grease the containers. Have something to add weight handy in the smaller containers to hold them in place. I stacked paint sample bottles in the milk cartons, but you can use rocks or anything else you have around your house.

Pour the mix in the larger containers and pound them on the ground to release any air bubbles. I noticed that as long as the mix is homogenous, the pots will have a smooth solid surface. The mix should go 1/3 or half way to the rim – keeping in mind that once you add the smaller container in, the cement mix will rise up. Add in the smaller containers in the middle, with weights to hold them down in place.

After about 10-15 min they will be rock solid! Peel the containers out and let your cement pots cure overnight. 

For drainage, drill holes at the bottom of the pots.

To add gold leaf designs, create different geometric shapes on the pots and mark them with masking tape. Brush adhesive, and layer the gold leaf. Let it dry for an hour, then brush off excess gold leaf and add sealant. Once it’s dry, you can remove the tape and add your plants, adding a layer of gravel at the bottom of your pots before adding soil.

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If you consider yourself a novice at working with flowers but you’d like to learn how make a bouquet for your wedding (you can do it!!) there are two tips I can give you:

1) Make your bouquet in a vase first. This will make it much easier for you to manage and will allow you to step back and see how you’re liking it.

2) Choose a big bloom to make up the majority of your bouquet and then just a few smaller bits to bring some life and personality into the equation. Tree peonies, like the ones we used above, are definitely more expensive and harder to get but they are so amazing on their own that you don’t have to do much of anything else to them to make a beautiful bouquet. They will make your job SO much easier!


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A Quick Fix: DIY Dry Shampoo

Simply mix together the ingredients listed in the graphic above, stirring rigorously for about 3-4 minutes. Then, shake directly onto roots, or place in hands and rub into the root area. Brush to blend, distributing it evenly before styling as usual.”

You’ll have great-smelling hair and fabulous volume! It’s a great foundation for some of those amazing vintage, teased styles you’ve been coveting.


  • Use organic ingredients if you can.
  • Add in 2 tablespoons cocoa powder for dark hair.
  • Feel free to substitute in any kind of essential oil you’d like for scent.
  • Crush in any lumps the oil may have created with a pestle or back of a spoon.
  • Vintage glass shakers or squeeze bottles work perfect for storing.

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Expertly done calligraphy is truly an art-form. So before we begin, truth be told that our few tips on how to fake calligraphy are not going to teach you how to master the art or give you a highly skilled hand.


Before you begin, you’ll need to find a good pen to use. Any pen that has thick ink will work, but it’s all personal preference. Don’t be afraid to test a few different pens out before settling on one. I like to use the Micron 05 pen.

You don’t need to have the nicest handwriting in the world in order to fake calligraphy. If you don’t like your handwriting, just practice! Look up different styles that you like online, and emulate them. No need to copy or trace anyone else’s writing, just use it as inspiration. Note how the letters are formed and how they connect to one another. Research different techniques, find the right pen for you, and waste a lot of paper.


Feel free to use as many loops and swirls as you like. Add them on to the end of your words, or onto your capital letters. Whatever you do, let it flow naturally.

Traditional calligraphy pens give different strokes with varying thicknesses. So, the goal is to create this variation in thickness on your own. In order to do this, draw a line next to the longest stroke of each letter, and just fill the space in with your pen. It can take some time to do multiple letters in this way, but the outcome definitely looks nice! And again, as long as you keep practicing, you’ll find what works best for you. 


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DIY Glitter Vases / Jars

Glitter glass jars are perfect for parties, weddings or just to add a touch of sparkle to your dining room table. 

These would also look adorable holding makeup brushes on a vanity or keeping pens and pencils neat and tidy on your desk. Glitter! Seriously, who doesn’t just love glitter?

Supplies -

  • Glass containers (preferably with smooth, straight sides)
  • Glitter (I used Martha Stewart Crafts glitter in Wintermint and Bronze from Michaels)
  • Foam brush
  • Painter’s tape
  • Mod Podge

Apply a thin and even coat of Mod Podge to the interior walls of the vase. Next up, dump in a generous amount of glitter and roll the vase in your hands, tap the sides to get the glitter to evenly coat the Mod Podge.

Then just let the vase dry. It takes a few hours, depending on how thick you apply the Mod Podge. Any excess glitter can just be scooped up and put back in the original container for reuse. If you miss any spots on the vase, simply apply a second coat using the same technique using a thin layer of Mod Podge, then applying glitter and swirling to coat.


The second version, is a glitter-dipped look. First up, mark off your jar with a piece of painter’s tape. How much of the surface you want to be covered in glitter will determine where to put the tape. I went about 2/3 of the way up. Then cover the area below the tape with Mod Podge using a foam brush.

Next up, coat the outside of the vase with glitter. You’ll get a big mess with this one so make sure you have kraft paper or something similar covering your workspace. Then simply fold the paper up like a funnel and sift the excess glitter back into the jar when you’re done. Once the glitter/glue combination is dry, apply an additional thin coat of Mod Podge on the outside of the glass (or spray with a spray sealant being sure to protect the area not coated with glitter from getting sprayed) to lock the glitter in place!


** Special Thank You to The Sweetest Occasion for this fun tutorial

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DIY: Paper Bows ~ Free Printable

Spring is a perfect time to add a pretty little bow on your packages and party decor.


 For this template there are four sizes from the large bow that to a tiny version. These are outline templates that you can print onto your pretty paper, or print in card stock and use to outline onto you paper.

For those of you who have a cutting machine there is also a  SVG file to make these bows.

Once you have your bows cut and ready to assemble, you can use the tutorial in this post.

** A very special Thank You to Lia Griffith for this fun download.

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DIY: Wedding Postage Stamps - Printable

I love these vintage-style postage stamps designed by Cathe Holden of

Use them  to decorate favors, invitation inset envelopes, to seal invitations, embellish thank you cards, etc.

 Five great colors to choose from.


Labels are free to download and are in printable PDF templates.

To print I like  WL-975 small labels or you can print on Full Sheet Labels and cut the labels out.







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Belly bands are one super handy, and cost effective element to add to your wedding invitations. They come in all shapes and sizes and have lots of different uses. One of the most obvious is to keep a wedding invitation, consisting of loose papers, neatly together. To use a belly band is more cost effective than binding them together. These little paper bands could also replace an envelope should you decide to deliver some invitation by hand. They are also great  way for an extra message or a pretty design element, to get your guests excited even before opening the invitation


For today’s printable we have a few different belly bands in happy, summery colors. These will look playfully chic paired with a monochrome invitation, printed in black on white or brown craft paper. Alternatively keep it all color by using a matching color scheme. These should work around most invitation sizes, as the belly bands quite long.


  • Your wedding invitation
  • The printed out belly band
  • Double sided tape
  • Scissor


Cut out the belly band.

Apply a piece of double sided tape to the one end of the belly band.

Wrap the belly band around your invite and fasten with the double sided tape. Trim the paper band if it is too long, to make it look nice and neat.


NOTE: Please be patient as there is slight hesitation before opening.


                                       We’re Getting Married 


                                              Lavender Band


                                                Airplane Band


                                             You’re Invited Band


                                           Couple Head Profiles

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                                              Heart And Wreath


                                                 Save The Date 

** A special thank you to The Pretty Blog for the Belly Band Downloads.

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DIY Berry Lipstain

For those of you concerned about what chemicals we’re putting in and on our bodies, you can’t get more natural than this homemade berry lip stain! We love it because it adds the perfect “just-bitten” hint of color to fake that Snow White luscious lip! Here’s how to do it yourself:


  • Blackberries (for their bright berry color)
  • Raspberry (for its feminine pink color)
  • 3 Pomegranate Seeds (for their vibrant red color)
  • 1/2 teaspoon edible oil (I used Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
  • Small Bowl + Spoon (or mortar + pestle if you have them)
  • Fork or Sifter to drain
  • Small 5-gram Pot/Jar with screw top from any craft store


STEP 1: Mash the blackberries and raspberry in the bowl thoroughly with the back of your spoon.

STEP 2: Add the pomegranate juice into the mixture by individually squeezing them between your thumb and index fingers over the bowl.

STEP 3: Pour the olive oil into the bowl and stir everything together with your spoon.

STEP 4: Finish by draining the liquid from the mixture into your small portable jar.

For application, use your fingers, a lip brush or a Q-tip. It’ll only be good for a few days so refrigerate it for longevity. Have fun with it and even try different fruits (acai berries, cherries, etc)! You can play with the ratios of each fruit to customize your desired shade but you’ll get the most color payoff from the blackberries.

*** Special Thank You ~ Photos and tutorial by The Beauty Department

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9 Fabulous and Free Printable Wedding Invitations


1. Mason Jar

Mason jars make for a hip and quirky design.

Download: Wedding Chicks


2. Floral Bouquet

Classically pretty, this design works well for traditional weddings.

Download: Printable Invitation Kits


3. Garden Stripes 

These contemporary stripes say “summer wedding” without extra frills.

Design is also available in Blue, yellow and grapefruit

Download: J Bartyn 


4. Love, Cherish, Honor

This attractive design can be enhanced with some ribbon and paper flowers.

Download: DIY Network (Scroll to photos 2 & 3 for Downloads)


5. Nautical

Getting hitched down by the sea? This nautical design is pretty ship-shape.

Download: Wedding Chicks


6. Hot Air Balloon

Simple, yet striking, this hot air balloon offers something a little different.

Download: Love and Lavender


8. S’more

If you’re looking for a cute play on words, this invite is super-sweet.

Download: Love and Lavender


9. Spring Floral

These colorful spring flowers leave your options open if you’ve yet to decide a color scheme.

Download:  Printable Invitation Kits

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DIY: Candy Striped Favor Boxes ~ Free Printable

 Candy favor boxes would look cute on your tables!


  • Thick white, printable card stock or thick glossy photo paper (2 per box)
  • Color printer
  • White string
  • X-acto knife/scalpel
  • Ruler
  • Cutting board
  • Double-sided tape or glue
  • Candy
  • Paper/plastic bag or wrapping to hold the candy


Download the PDF (below). The box comes in two sections. One side should fit snugly into the other to close.

Print out both sections of the candy box onto 2 pieces of thick white card stock. (The thicker the card, the more expensive, but the better the result, in my opinion.) You can also use glossy photo paper if you would prefer a shinier texture.

Use your x-acto knife to score gently from dotted line to dotted line (where the folds will be).

Use your knife, ruler and cuttting board to cut them out.

For each section, fold along score lines then stick ends together with double-sided tape or glue. (My preference is for double-sided tape- clean and simple. I just love the stuff.)

To make sure the boxes hold together, tie string to the ends of each section

Put your candy in a small paper/plastic bag or wrap and secure. Stick the candy into the section withoutthe ‘candy’ wording. Slide this section into the end of the other section to create your completed box.


** A very Special Thank You to Eat Drink Chic for sharing this fun download.

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