Semi-Custom Wedding Suites

When I first started LullaBelle Design and designing wedding invitations, Etsy was my first “sale”. But I struggled with how to market what I do on that site because everything I do was custom. I also had a small portfolio when I was starting out. It never occured to me to just…. design something that wasn’t for an upcoming wedding. Duh.

Then, at the end of last year, I was brainstorming ways to improve my audience and gain more customers, and it hit me. Create a line of semi-custom wedding suites that brides can purchase at a lower price than fully custom suites. These are the perfect products to market on Etsy. Couples can customize with color choices and specific wording. They can add layers to their invite, but the amount of time I invest in the product is minimal after the initial design.

I follow wedding trends to see what brides are looking for in wedding invitations. There’s a lot of modern, simplistic, and rustic designs out there right now. So I went for it. I started my semi-custom line on Etsy.

I’m so excited to share with you the first of three (right now) that will be published on Etsy. As I add to my suite, I will continue to update them here on the website, as well as all of my social media sites, so if you haven’t followed those yet, do so at the bottom of the page!

If you’re a couple that still wants a suite that is custom, but don’t necessarily have the funds to commit to a fully custom suite, then this is the perfect choice for you.

Check out the listing, and send me a message to start your semi-custom suite today!

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Easy DIY Save the Dates

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We’re in the middle of engagement season with all the pre-holiday engagements and Valentine’s Day engagements coming up soon. If you’re a newly engaged couple and looking for an easy, but elegant save the date DIY, I’ve got just the thing for you. I’m really into the vellum papers right now. I think they add a layer (literally) of elegance to any design. What I like about this design is that it’s 100% customizable to your style. You can print any picture, like all those fabulous engagement photos you just took, or maybe if you’re super artistic, a hand sketch of your wedding venue. The possibilities are endless.

Ready to dive in?

What you’ll need

  • 5×7 photograph (or the size you want your save the date to be) printed on heavy cardstock or photo paper.
  • Vellum Paper – this is a sheer type of paper that will allow your photograph to be seen in the background while also making your text legible. There are tons of different styles of vellum paper as well.
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    • Pro Tip: If you want to add a little texture to your design, there’s papers that make it look more like parchment, or woodgrain, or lace. Like I said, the possibilities truly are endless
  • Paper Cutter – This makes your edges super straight and will make your final product look professional.
  • Brads – I bought these because I liked the variety of the different metals and they came in a pack of 100, which should cover a big portion of your save the dates for a good price
  • Needle or another sharp object to create a hole for your brad
    • NOTE: I do NOT suggest using a hole punch as the hole will be way too big for your brad and will not be secure.
  • Optional – Brad Setter
    • This isn’t necessary, especially if you have a small amount of save the dates to do, but I found it very handy when dealing with a larger number. It makes the whole process go much smoother, and the hole for your brads are the perfect size. Plus, this one comes with great instructions
  1. First I started with a picture in 5×7 format. I love this particular photograph and I think that the horizontal layout really lends itself to the text on the vellum.
  2. Next, I designed the information I wanted to print on the vellum to a 5×7 format. This can be easily done in Word, but know that Word will give you a margin when printing; if you want a design that goes right to the edges, you’ll have to use another program.
    1. Information to put on your vellum – the basics: who, when, where
  3. Once I printed the design on the vellum, I lined it on top of my 5×7 photograph. Then I used this very fancy magic tool called a brad setter that created a hole right through both layers of paper. If you don’t have a brad setter or don’t want to use one, a needle or even a paperclip will work.
    1. Should you choose to go this route, I suggest to “punch” the hole on the photograph/cardstock first, and then line the vellum on top of the photo to create the hole.
  4. Insert your brad and secure the flaps on the back.
  5. Mail your save the dates and check another item off your never-ending to-do list!

Your guests can easily move the vellum to look at the picture, but everything stays together! Win-win in my book.

Are you planning to DIY your save the dates? Let me know in the comments!

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2018 Monthly Calendar

Last week, I talked about starting a Vision Board and offered free printable templates to get you started on your New Year goals. In case you missed it, you can read all about it HERE!

This week, in the spirit of organization, I’m offering a FREE 2018 Monthly Calendar. What? Free, you say? Yes, free!

I’ve started putting in information and the year is filling up quick. But I definitely am one of those people who needs to write things down in addition to putting it in my phone. I’m the same way with creating pricing for customers. I just like the feel of a pen or pencil in my hand.

What’s nice about this layout is that the boxes are big enough to fit in multiple events, you can bind them up at the top with either a three hole punch, a disc-punch, or a spiral. Or you don’t have to bind them at all. The world is your oyster.

You can download your 2018 Full Size Calendar here! Now go forth and plan!

What’s that?? You want a free matching mini calendar to put on your desk? Well, okay. Here you go! Mini Calendar 2018

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Create Your Own Vision Board

2018! Does anyone else feel like 2017 flew by? I’m sure the addition of a little one to our lives helped to speed up the process.

Now that the holidays are over, everyone seems to be focusing on lifestyle changes for 2018. I find myself drawn to the “goal setting” versus “New Year’s Resolutions”. Goals just seem more permanent. A big trend I’ve been noticing is the Vision Board. This is a layout that sets up goals in certain categories of your life such as family, career, spiritual, and personal growth. Do you need a vision board? I won’t say that yes, you absolutely need a vision board to be successful. That being said, if you write down your goals and put them in a place that you’ll view them often, you’re more likely to achieve those goals. I promise. There’s studies on it.

I’ve just started working on mine (behind the curve a little bit, I know). But if you’re like me and you’re also a couple days behind, have no fear! In this post, I am including downloadable files for you to start your own vision board. The colors are based on the Behr 2018 Color Trends, mostly because I’m not a huge fan of the Pantone 2018 Color.

The major components of a Vision Board:

  • Goals – separate your goals into categories. This way you won’t have a running list of 50 goals. That would be overwhelming to look at and might detract you from focusing on them. Pick 2-3 goals per category.
  • Focus Word – pick a word to focus on for the year. For example, if you’re someone who struggles with not having enough hours in the day to get everything done, your focus word could be “time-management” or “prioritizing” or “consistency”.
  • Inspirational Quotes – this isn’t absolutely necessary, but it’s always nice to have a little confidence booster next to your goals.

You can add as little or as much as you want, but the goal is to make it something you want to look at on a daily basis. I’ve created printable goal sheets for you to get you started. All you’ll have to do is download the Vision Board Goal Sheets, unzip them, and print. Easy, right?

You’ve got this! Set goals that are achievable and quantifiable. Set goals that make you nervous. Set goals that push your limits.

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