As a Paper Muse blog reader, I bet that you’re creative, so we are super excited to announce Upload Your Own Design services now available online. It’s a chance to take advantage of Paper Muse Press’ premium printing, offerings of custom shape cut outs, and awesome paper choices, but with your very own artwork. As the PMP blogger I was lucky enough to get to test drive this new set of products. I decided to upload some of the illustrations that I create for wedding clients. My sketchbook is packed full of them, and I thought they’d be super cute on some cards.
I was so happy with the results. Not only are the cards beautifully printed on gorgeous paper, but they also really capture the details of my drawings. It’s fun to be able to create custom cards with my own artwork that I can use as Thank You’s or notes to my clients.
Take a moment and check out the Upload Your Own Design page on the Paper Muse Press website. It takes you through the process step by step, and you can also view all the great products we have to offer with this service. Happy designing!
When you think of fall undoubtedly the first things that pop into your head are pumpkins, fall leaves, and colorful mums. While these traditional elements are autumnal classics that will never go out of style, today I’m sharing a recipe for a modern fall floral arrangement as an alternative to commonly found fall fare. Every single item in these arrangements was purchased at the grocery store, so you don’t need to be a fancy schmancy floral designer to create these pieces for your next dinner party or seasonal celebration. They’d work for any fall gathering, but the addition of herbs and produce make them perfect for a Thanksgiving table.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Modern containers. I had these two white ceramic squares around my house, both purchased from Crate and Barrel. They aren’t exactly liquid tight, as a glass container would be, so I simply used two smaller cylinder vases inside as my water source.
Flowers or foliage. The two pictures below show the ingredients in this floral recipe. First picture left to right: chinese lanterns, bay leaves, ornamental peppers, leucadendron. Second picture: ornamental squash, sage leaves, artichoke, tomatoes. As I said, these elements were all purchased at my local grocery store in the floral and produce departments.
Bamboo skewers, purchased at the grocery store.
Garden shears, or heavy kitchen scissors for cutting your foliage stems.
The first step is to start building your arrangement with your foliage. I find it creates a nice base for the rest of your elements. The bay leaves are the most full and fluffy so that’s what I added first. To keep the arrangements modern, and play up the natural shapes of the leaves I created a slightly asymmetrical shape for each arrangement.
Continue to add the different elements to your arrangement, again continuing with the fuller shaped foliage first. I added my leucadendron next, then the chinese lanterns and ornamental peppers.
Last I added the sage leaves, and honestly any herb will do nicely. A little rosemary, or thyme would’ve also made a nice addition. Next take your produce and insert the bamboo skewers into the bottom ends. These are the very last elements to go into your arrangements so put them in any empty spots you see in your arrangement. You can cut the skewers as needed to make them fit your arrangement.
You’re done, place on your table, and enjoy. Don’t be afraid to play around with these arrangements until you get exactly the look you want. The main rule of thumb with floral design, as with almost anything, is practice makes perfect. Hope you enjoy creating your own modern fall floral arrangement!
In 2013 weddings were full of light, bright tones, in hues of peach, ivory, blush, and dove grey. Super full, fluffy, cloud-like bouquets, lots of silver and gold, sequins, and sparkle. However for the 2014 season we’re starting to see a bit more drama in the color department, with wild, rustic arrangements that show off the floral designs natural beauty. Gold is moving toward a deeper shade of antique bronze, and blush still remains as an unexpected color counterpoint to the deeper richer hues. This palette makes for a perfect autumn wedding that doesn’t go overly traditional, but is instead very chic and down to earth. See these images, and more from this color palette on our Pinterest board.
You may remember my inspiration board for a vintage kitchen themed shower for our friends who are getting married in October. We celebrated with them last week, and had such a great time. I absolutely can’t wait for their wedding (which I’m also doing the floral design for). Since we didn’t have enough spots for guests to sit and eat inside, we set up long tables on the porch for dining al fresco. I’m a huge collector of vintage items of all kinds, including tablecloths, so I layered them up and down the table. I added simple centerpieces of wood boxes filled with herbs. Turquoise blue mason jars with orange roses, and in-expensive wooden utensils tied in the decor with the shower invitations.
I used the Paper Muse Press Retro Kitchen Invitations as my starting inspiration point. I also added the custom address labels and coasters to match. The coasters were such a fun detail that the guests really liked, we got lots of comments about how cute they were. The colors of turquoise, orange, and rusty red were also so easy to match for the other elements in the decor.
Guests were greeted at the front door, which also happened to match the colors of the event, with a handmade sign reading “Cheers to Chelliott” a nickname affectionately given to our friends, Chelsea and Elliott. I collected some vintage kitchen tins, and food containers from a local flea market to add to the centerpieces, along with my own Encyclopedia Cookbook handed down to me from my grandmother. Invites and coasters were set in table number holders, and used as additional decor elements.
I used the Personalized Party Plates and Cups DIY to create dinnerware to match the decor, and added in fun red and white striped napkins with silverware, all tied with some turquoise bakers twine.
The bar included ingredients for Moscow Mules, one of the brides favorite cocktails. I also got Chelsea and Elliott Moscow Mule mugs as their shower gift, and a set for myself that guests could use at the shower.
I used the letter E that I already had, and added a C along with my heart string art to create a sweet display in the focal point of the living room.
My husband and I had such a great time hosting this party for our friends, and we hope that they enjoyed it just as much as we did. I love creating custom decor pieces, and the Paper Muse Press line of invitations make finding inspiration so easy!
Hope that you all loved the Woodland Creatures post that we shared last week, with lots of decorating ideas as well as some free printables. If you missed it, pop on over and check it out, and find the adorable invites and coordinating pieces in the Paper Muse Press shop. Today I’m going to show you how to use a few of the items, specifically the personalized stickers, and envelope liners, to create personalized party plates and cups. There’s just a few simple steps to turn clear plates and cups into coordinating pieces for your event.
We’ll start with the cups, here’s what you’ll need:
Clear plastic cups (or you could use paper cups in coordinating colors).
Take your washi tape and add it to your cup. Start about an inch or so below the rim, so people have room to drink from the cup. Begin to carefully wrap around the cup, trying to stay an even distance from the top. Make sure your ends match up as closely as possible. Add the favor label sticker over the spot where the two ends meet, and add a fun striped or colored paper straw. Finished, and yes it is just that easy to add an adorable personal touch.
The plates are just as easy, I promise! Here’s what you’ll need:
Clear plastic plates. Use the appetizer size plates, 7 inches or less, otherwise the liners won’t be big enough.
Optional: Circle cutter and cutting mat. If you are doing a large quantity of these I highly suggest you invest in a circle cutter. The Martha Stewart one is fabulous, and only $25. I’ve used it for two parties already.
If you are using scissors, to start turn your plate upside down. Take your envelope liner and gently press it onto the back of the plate. You’ll see the outline of the bottom of the plate on the paper. Cut just within this line with your scissors. Make sure it fits within the bottom of your plate, and then use this first one as a template, and trace the circle onto your other liner sheets. Cut them all out.
If you’re using a circle cutter first measure the bottom of the plate to see what the diameter is. Set your circle to cut about 1/8 smaller than this measurement to be sure it fits nicely inside. Place your envelope liner on your cutting mat face up. Follow the directions for your circle cutter to get a perfect, easy circle. Once you’ve done your first circle you can just keep on cutting each sheet until you have as many as you need.
Take your glue stick and go around the very outside edge of your circle with it, then swirl inward toward the middle. Make sure you put your glue on the patterned side of the paper, not the white side. Carefully place your paper on the bottom of your plate, then smooth it to adhere.
I am absolutely in love with today’s post. It’s a real party, planned by my talented friend Erin (a fellow floral designer), for her son Oscar. I think most parents know that the first year of a little ones life is full of milestones, and usually also full of pictures to capture these milestones. With the popularity of camera phones, and applications like Instagram, it makes capturing all those impromptu moments super easy. Erin’s idea of turning these pictures into an Instagram themed first birthday party is total genius! It’s personal, and shows little Oscar’s growth though out his first year. Photos were all printed in black and white, and pops of graphic red, and chalkboards elements all tied the event together. Everything was beautifully captured by Portraits by Lucinda. Thanks so much for letting us share ladies!
Adorable woodland creatures are everywhere these days. Foxes, raccoons, squirrels, and owls are popping up in decor, especially as fall approaches. We decided to embrace these cuddly little guys and create a sweet woodland creatures baby shower suite, which you can find in the Paper Muse Press Shop. We’ve also got lots of decor inspiration, and some free coordinating printables today on the blog to make your event that much more special!
Cupcake toppers and tent cards to add a little decoration to all the food on your table.
Coasters available for sale in the Paper Muse Press shop, and free printable water bottle labels (there are three different kinds, yay!).
Cute pillow boxes, and wrappers to help coordinate your party favors to the woodland creatures theme.
What’s a baby shower without games? Bingo, Mad Libs, and wishes for baby. Fun!
Fox printables and coordinating squirrel address labels both available in the Paper Muse shop.
Thank you so much for checking out this fun woodland creatures baby shower, we had such a good time creating these pieces, and styling them for our shoot.
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It’s time for back to school. New classrooms, new classmates, and of course new teachers. It’s always thoughtful to get a little something nice for the person who will be spending every day with your child all year long. Take it from me, as someone who used to be a teacher, home made baked goods, and Starbucks gift cards are wonderful (mmm, coffee). However with 20-30 students all giving these same items you can see how a teacher can end up with a lot on her plate, so to speak. My favorite thing about school as a kid was always getting new supplies, and that’s something that hasn’t ever changed. I’m a bit addicted to pretty pencils, notebooks, folders, etc. So why not pack a bag of goodies full of fun organizational or office supplies as a back to school gift for teacher? Plus the easy DIY gift bag is a canvas tote that can be used all year long for carrying books, and papers. Don’t forget to add the apple of course!
These fun mechanical pencils instantly caught my eye, and to make it even better I got them in a 4 pack at the $1 Spot at Target. One thing teachers have a lot of is bulletin boards and papers. Pretty cloth covered thumbtacks, and clothespins can help add a little extra fun to these displays. Both from Paper Source.
Any teacher will tell you, you can never have enough notebooks. Also these colorful page flags are perfect to use in grade books, text books, or binders. Notebooks from Target (come in a three pack), flags from Paper Source. I made the custom canvas tote in just 20 minutes using this tutorial from a previous post. I got the bag from Hobby Lobby, they have lots of colors and sizes to choose from.
And sure, it’s great to add a little apple or snack in there as well. Teachers get hungry too. Thanks so much for checking out my back to school gift ideas for teachers. Hope everyone has a fabulous 2013-2014 school year!
When you think of a nautical, I’m sure one of the first words that pops into your head is preppy, and rightly so. The elements that make it up this classic theme come from a long line of tradition. So how to translate it for your wedding day? Why not embrace it with a red, white and blue color palette. Throw in an accent like grey, yellow, or even gold to personalize it to your taste. Another great thing about a theme is that you can really go for it with all the details, like an anchor cake, rope knot napkin ties, and I LOVE the groom/groomsmen attire above, complete with some Sperry’s Topsiders. See these, and lots more nautical wedding inspiration on our Modern Nautical Wedding Inspiration board on Pinterest.
We’ve got a special treat today on the blog. It’s a guest post from cocktail enthusiast, and owner/head chef at the The Pizza Co. here in Kansas City, Alex Potts. Alex is a longtime friend, but also an amazing chef, and when I heard from his sister Claudia (my bestie) that he was also experimenting with all kinds of fun cocktail recipes, I immediately enlisted his help. He’s whipped up a refreshingly delightful blueberry and brandy shandy recipe, perfect for these last weeks of summer. Now here’s more from Chef Alex.
The “shandy,” originally “shandygaff” is a drink with variations all over the world. It is traditionally a beer based drink cut with European style lemonade, similar to Sprite or 7-Up in the United States. In many regions it is mixed with ginger ale or other soft drinks in order to maintain its carbonated qualities.
With that in mind, we are going to take some liberties with our shandy recipe. It’s been a long summer, school is about to start and we all need a little pick-me-up to get us through this last month. In my opinion, a shandy is definitely best enjoyed during the summer months, but once fall hits, don’t be afraid to substitute in some apple juice and add some rum!
This recipe is perfect for berry season! First we will make the sparkling lemonade by muddling some berries, adding the citrus juice and sugar and topping it off with the sparkling water. Once we have the lemonade ready we can make our cocktail.
Here’s what you’ll need for the lemonade:
20 each ripe blueberries
10 oz. granulated sugar
10 fluid oz. lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
10 fluid oz. sparkling water
Muddle the blackberries in a pitcher with a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon until broken apart. Add the sugar and stir until the sugar becomes a nice purple color. Pour in your lemon juice and stir until the sugar dissolves (this could take some time since the mixture is still at room temperature, just keep stirring or if you have some time to spare, let it sit on the counter for about 20 minutes, the sugar will dissolve into the juice over time). Top off with the sparkling water and gently stir the mixture together. Taste! If it is too tart , add more sugar or water and if it is too sweet add more lemon juice.
P.S. If you do not like the blackberry pulp in your lemonade, strain the mixture before adding the sparkling water. I personally like the little bites of blackberry in my drink, but some prefer it without.
Now it’s time to mix your cocktail:
4 fl oz. sparkling blackberry lemonade
1 fl oz. decent brandy
3 fl oz. Wheat Beer (I prefer the citrus notes in Boulevard Wheat for this drink, but anything decent like a Hoegaarden would work nicely)
A few blackberries and a lemon rind for garnish
1 fl oz. sparkling wine or champagne for extra bubbles
2 dashes angostura bitters (optional, but brings a complex flavor to the cocktail, if you have some around, try it!)
Create your cocktail base with the lemonade and add in the shot of Brandy. Top that off with the beer and some of the sparkling wine if so inclined. Dash in the bitters if you have it and stir gently just to incorporate, we don’t want to lose any bubbles. Enjoy on a hot summer day!
A big thank you to Chef Alex Potts, this cocktail is AMAZING, and I love that he (unlike myself) can give us some insights into the recipe. Hope he’ll become a regular guest! And if you’re a Kansas Citian who loves pizza as much as I do, check out his restaurant The Pizza Co.