Your bestie has found her One True Love and she’s ready to settle down, starting with a colossal party. That’s awesome. And I can say from experience – eleven years into a happy marriage that is only growing stronger each year – that, while a good man is key, one’s girlfriends are a huge part of long-term happiness. So celebrate each other as you approach this major milestone. Your closeness might ebb and flow over time, but you all – the bride’s girlfriends – will see her through for better or worse, too.

So gather her best girlfriends to celebrate the soon-to-be bride. Make her bridal shower special in way that truly reflects who you are collectively – in other words, think about the group spirit that brings you all together in support of your dear friend. It’s not necessarily about creating a magazine-worthy party scene, it’s about generating excitement before the occasion, bringing both meaning and levity to the actual event, and ushering a bride through this rite of passage so that she’s that much more mentally prepared for the exciting transition.

Bridal Shower Invitations

A great invitation sets the tone of anticipation. A sweet, stylish printed card tells the guests that this is a real occasion – something special, something important. Mixbook’s latest bridal shower invitation designs are spot on. Here are our latest favorites, and celebration ideas to go with them.

Afternoon Tea Bridal Shower, Downton Abbey–Style
Send out Mixbook’s Modern Flowers or Classic Bridal Shower invitation for the most classic of English ladies’ gatherings. Whether you host the event at a venue that specializes in a traditional British Afternoon Tea or you’re welcoming the girls in your parlour or garden, take advantage of the opportunity to make like Lady Mary and embody the life of leisure. Serve finger sandwiches, scones with butter and jam, an assortment of cakes and, of course, lovely tea. For decoration: flowers, of course. And there’s nothing like the flutter of tissue-paper garland to set the mood to lighthearted and fun. Follow our six simple steps for creating this ultra-simple tassel garland – or, better yet, ask the help to take care of it.

Bridal Shower InvitationsBridal Shower Party

Yoga Bridal Shower
Send out Mixbook’s Watercolor Bridal Shower invitation, and make sure you add details of what to wear both pre- and après-yoga session. Have a friend or hired yogi run an all-level-accessible yoga class in honor of the bride. Plan ahead so that the session is punctuated with hints for how to relax in the stressful weeks leading up to the big day. If you’re inclined, you can also ask the yoga instructor to lead a group blessing, where each participant offers up an intention dedicated to the bride-to-be. Follow the session with a healthy lunch, tea and something sweet and light.

Bridal Shower

Spa Bridal Shower
Send out Mixbook’s Bridal Shower Typography invitation, making it clear to guests what to expect in terms of spa treatments so they can be sure to bring flip-flops or a small makeup bag if need be. Host the shower at a spa, or hire aestheticians to come to you. A little collective indulgence is a great way for a group of girls to relax and bond together. Serve up artisanal tea or flutes of sparkling wine, and have healthy snacks on hand.

Bridal Shower Invite

Photo-Book Making Bridal Shower
Send out Mixbook’s Chalkboard Bridal Shower invitation, including details about what guests need to provide before the shower – and what they need to bring on the day of the celebration. Have friends send digital photos, poems, wishes and reflections to you prior to the party. Begin a Mixbook photo book – the Everyday Chalkboard photo book theme ties beautifully to the invitation design – by uploading all the content you receive prior to the event. Then ask the bride’s friends and family members to customize their pages in person by choosing the page layout, fonts, stickers and design elements right there at the party. You can even use photos taken at the shower itself, uploaded into the book in real time! After the shower, simply click “print” and with bride-to-be will have a memento from your wonderful celebration.

Bridal Shower Party Ideas

Bridal Shower Photo Book

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DIY Tassel Chair Garlands

We’re excited to have Gloria from Little White Whale with us again today to bring you a fun DIY project! See how easy it is to create your own tassel chair garland, perfect for any celebration – from baby showers to weddings.

DIY tassel garland

I started crafting around the time I was planning my wedding a few years ago, which resulted in a lot of DIY projects being incorporated into our special day. Although it was a ton of extra work at the time, I love being able to look back on the personal touches we added, from fabric flowers to a giant heart shaped photo booth backdrop. Here’s an easy project I would love to incorporate if I could go back and do it all over again – beautiful tassel chair garlands! They’re a really fun way to dress up your tables, so call up your friends and family and put them to work :-) Read on to learn how to make your own!

What you’ll need:

  • paper tissue/mylar sheets in different colors
  • scissors
  • tape
  • string or yarn

DIY tassel garland steps

  1. Stack a few sheets of paper tissue, and cut out a 9.5″ x 4″ rectangle
  2. Fold the rectangle in half
  3. Cut thin strips towards the folded edge, about 2/3 of the way
  4. Unfold and separate the layers into single sheets
  5. Roll straight down the center to create a thin “rope”
  6. Bring the tasseled ends together and twist the top to create a loop. Secure with a bit of tape
  7. Repeat steps 1 through 6! You’ll need 8 tassels for each garland
  8. Determine how low you would like the garland to hang from the back of the chair, and cut a piece of string to size (the ones I used were 42″)
  9. Tie on the tassels starting from the middle and work outwards. Attach the finished garland to the chair, and you’re done!

    DIY tassel garland

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2015 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Flowers are nice and all, but they don’t stand the test of time the way true love does. So this year – along with the bouquet of (fleetingly) beautiful roses – gift something with a longer life. Something that represents your love: lasting, helpful, smile-inducing and attractive. Here’s our list of top gift picks designed to make friends, family and soul mates feel loved all year long…

Valentine's Day Gifts

Love Letters
Why not go big and send a custom Love note to friends and family near and far? If you skipped holiday cards and didn’t quite get around to sending New Year’s cards, Valentine’s Day cards are a great way to put a little love in the mailboxes of the people you adore. Mixbook’s new Colorful Hearts card is sweet and simple. The Gold Glitter Heart card is dramatic. The Valentine Chalk card is happy and fun. And the new Made with Love card is playful and crafty. Whimsical Sentiment shows off a big, beautiful photograph with overlay text. Valentine Air Mail is designed to ensure the conveyance of affection over long distances. And Heart Collage is a minimalist and modern means of sending sweet wishes. The best part? They are easy to create – just upload your photos, print and send – and they’re 100% sugar free.

“Colorful Hearts”
Valentine's Day Gifts“Gold Glitter Heart”
Valentine's Day Gift Ideas“Valentine Chalk”
Valentine's Day Card“Made With Love”
Gift Ideas for Valentine's Day“Whimsical Sentiment”
Whimsical Valentine's Day Card“Heart Collage”
Gift Ideas

Love Notes
If one doesn’t have ruby-red note cards, how is one supposed to write love notes? We’re just saying…. Sometimes it’s all about giving someone the right tools. Customize Mixbook’s Script Monogram note cards in red for a gift that will keep on giving.

Valentine's Day Note Cards

Love Nest
If you’re lovebirds who have recently feathered your nest together, Mixbook’s pink and red Love-Joy address labels personalized with your shared address make the perfect gift. Tuck them into a gift basket filled with other housewarming items (like a custom Mixbook about the big move!).

Address Labels

Book of Love
Create a personalized photo book that chronicles the love in your life, whether that means a flurry of romantic photos or a series of hugs, kisses and hamming it up with kids, cousins and the family Labradoodle. Mixbook’s new Mod Valentine photo book theme is perfect for love portraits of all kinds. Or express your crafty side with Mixbook’s ever-popular Krafty Valentine photo book.

Valentines Day Photo BookKrafty Valentine Photo Book

Love List
Whether it’s a book about your better half or one about your mom and dad (or son and daughter!), sometimes the easiest way to express affection is by making a love list! Mixbook’s 10 Reasons Why I Love You photo book template lets you count the reasons you love anyone, and choose photographic evidence for each entry.

Photo Book Gift Idea

Love Calendar
It’s only February! A photo calendar is still a great gift – especially if your special someone(s) need more love in their life. Customize your calendar with sweet photos, then add little love notes on random to days for the rest of the year.

Calendar Gift Ideas

Love Coupons
What’s better than having an I-O-U in your back pocket for when you need a little extra affection? Create a custom coupon book that promises random acts of love and kindness whenever they’re needed.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Happy gifting!

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Mixbook’s Newest Save the Date Cards Are Here!

As if January weren’t already bursting with new beginnings and big plans, you’re adding “happily ever after” to your vision of the future. There’s lots to do, so start by spreading the news of your impending happy ending far and wide with custom save the date cards. Even if the details of your big day are far from final, if you know the date and the place it’s key to get your save the date card out to guests you are sure will be on the final list.

Save the Date Cards

One photo cards
If you have a single great portrait of you and your spouse-to-be, a one-photo card is ideal. There’s something lovely about keeping your couple portrait simple and having a separate typographic and design treatment that displays all the basic details of your big day on the horizon. Mixbook’s Elegant Script card announces your big news with great flourish in calligraphic text framed by scrolling ligatures. Mixbook’s Whimsical Chalk card displays those details more casually with chalk text on a blackboard background. And the Wreath Save The Date card frames the bride-and-groom’s initials in a wreath that picks up the green from a portrait taken in a natural, bucolic setting beautifully.

Elegant Script”
Elegant Save the Date Card“Whimsical Chalk”
Chalk Save the Date Cards“Wreath Save the Date”
New Save the Date Cards

Full photo cards
If you have a single great photo of you and your betrothed that has some natural space in the composition for an overlay of text, a full-photo card – where the photograph itself goes from edge to edge on all four sides – is perfect. Mixbook’s Save The Date Heart card is ideal when you use your photograph in black and white so that the translucent rose-colored heart really pops. And Mixbook’s It’s A Sign card works best if there’s some quiet space on the horizontal edges of the card so there’s a natural place for the customized label-arrows to sit. Mixbook’s new Love Save The Date and Mod Save The Date cards work beautifully if your portrait is naturally darker at the bottom of the image. Keep in mind that you can always manipulate your photograph so that it’s darker at the bottom and brighter at the top. Choose the Our Timeline card if you have a horizontally oriented image and a few standout dates from the history of your relationship that you’d like to celebrate.

“Save the Date Heart”
Save the Date Heart Card
“It’s A Sign”
Save the date“Love Save the Date”
Save the Date Photo Card“Mod Save the Date”
Mod Save the Date“Our Timeline”
Timeline Save the Date Card

Collage
If you have a series of photos from a single event – where the images are related visually – a collage save-the-date layout is a fabulous way to go. Friends and family members will enjoy getting an inside glimpse of what your dynamic is. Try to include a variety of shots – in other words, make sure you’re not kissing in all of them. Make one shot of the two of you holding hands, another of you laughing together, another just lounging together…and yes, maybe one of you kissing. You get the idea – it’s all about letting the breadth of your energy as a couple come through in a photographic collage. Play around with your series of photographs in one of Mixbook’s latest save-the-date collage layouts – from the natural-looking Kraft Paper Collage to the simple Lovely Bond or Transparent Save The Date layouts. Or go bold and modern with the new Triangle Collage that lets couple images peek out through triangles that form a graphic diamond shape.

 “Kraft Paper Collage”
Kraft Paper Collage
“Lovely Bond”
Save the Date Collage“Transparent Save the Date”
Transparent Save the Date“Triangle Collage”
Triangle Collage

Happy Mixbooking! Happy Wedding Planning!

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Twenty-fifteen is upon us, which for most of us means a bit of reflection – and a lot of planning ahead. Whether you’ve got lots of New Year’s resolutions or simply lots to look forward to, creating a personalized calendar for yourself is a great way to go into the New Year with intention that’s more than just penciled in. With a personalized calendar made just for you, your plans are IN PRINT, which means they are premeditated, planned out, and locked in with indelible ink.

2015 Photo Calendars Kraft Calendar

RESOLUTIONS
Whether you have a long list of resolutions or one big resolution broken down into multiple milestones, a custom Mixbook calendar lets you choose specific dates for assessing your progress or reaching goals. You can also choose inspirational images specific to each month to give you a little motivation along the way. Remember to make your goals attainable so that you stick with your plan of action. If your goal is to get to the gym every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, get it in print those three days of the week all year. If your goal is to create one photo book per month to chronicle your family’s recent history, break it down into bite-sized goals. Maybe make the first Friday of every month the day you choose and upload photos into a new photo book template. And perhaps you do all your editing and moving photos around by the second Friday. By the third Friday you will add captions and order – so that by the fourth Friday you have a photo book in hand!

Custom CalendarsModern Glitter Accents

BIG PLANS
If your plans for 2015 aren’t so much about resolutions, but you’re determined to have lots of things to look forward to, a calendar is a great way to build it in right from the start. If you are hell-bent on having date-night once a week, put it down as a recurring event every last Saturday night. If it’s there in print, you’re far less likely to skip it in favor of something else that comes up. And if you’re determined to take a trip, plan for it now. Book your tickets for summer vacation or reserve that campsite now so you can block out the week for a true getaway that you will look forward to far in advance. If your goal is to get out to more cultural events with your loved-ones, look up all the performances and talks taking place locally, then buy tickets and get it on your calendar!

How to make a personalized calendarSeasons of Love

COOL, CALM AND COLLECTED IN 2015
Maybe it’s a resolution of yours to be more organized next year – maybe not. But if you scrambled to get birthday cards, holiday gifts or anything else in the mail in 2014, use your calendar to ensure that 2015 is far calmer by plugging in important events like birthdays and holidays. Most importantly, you should ALSO enter in the day by which you need to have a card and a gift in the mail. If you enter those dates a week ahead, you’ll avoid having the big day sneak up on you. If you plan ahead by a couple days, you could actually get a personalized Mixbook card to your friends and family on their special days.

How To Make Personalized CalendarsWatercolor Washes

Happy Mixbooking! Happy New Year!

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