Saturday, May 29, 2010

Free 4th of July InvitationTemplate! {Free Template}


Here is a fun printable template for those who are planning to celebrate the upcoming 4th of July holiday (or it could be used for a birthday party). Use the invitation file link below to color print on cardstock white paper. Bringing the file to a commercial print company can help ensure high quality prints.

The invitation file allows you to type in your own party details. It will print two invitations per 8.5" x 11" sheet page. Cut along the crop marks to make 4" x 6" size invitations on cardstock sheets.

Please note that you will only be able to print this file from Adobe Reader. If you don't have the program, please download it for free here.

Visit again this week for printing tags for party favors or making cupcake toppers!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Michaels Savings

I don't like to purchase craft materials without getting some sort of a discount, especially at Michaels. I always make sure to look for online coupons and guess what? Michaels is currently offering a 40% discount until 5/29th (one regular price item).

Here's the coupon!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Ooh la la! Ideas are Everywhere!

A number of blogs have recently been posting on other Paris-inspired parties. It's very exciting to see how typical Parisian designs can be interpreted in so many different ways. I have listed some blog links below showcasing some of my favorite parties.

The image below can be found at Hostess with the Mostess. The French circus-inspired baby shower looked gorgeous and I absolutely love how the stylish umbrellas were hanging from the ceiling. This is the type of party I would like to do, mostly because of the vintage style elements that were used throughout the party. I am also planning to do a photo op and I may include some props for the guests to playfully use.

The color theme I am working on will be black, pink and white. shows a great example of how I want to use these colors at the party. It also shows that the candy buffet doesn't need to be very elaborate.

Icing Designs threw a birthday party choosing a "Paris in the Springtime" theme. Pink and champagne colors were elegantly used. It almost makes me want to change my color theme to these colors instead! The antique style frame and tissue paper poms also add a wonderful touch to the dessert table.

Five Lucky Charms posted another Parisian birthday party. I love the idea of the girls decorating their own hats with ribbons and buttons. Madeline (also my daughter's name), from the classic storybooks, is known to wear a ribbon hat. This same idea can be designated at a table station at my daughter's birthday party, where the girls (and boys - hats with blue ribbons?) can decorate their hats. I remember seeing these hats at the 99 Cents store, but that was around the Easter holiday. I'm hoping the store is still selling them.

I'm waiting for my tissue paper order to arrive this week so that I can start making my pom poms. They'll be used as part of the table centerpieces, candy buffet table, and the main decoration table. I cannot wait to make these!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Paris is the Theme

As I mentioned in my first post, I have been preparing for my daughter's 1st birthday. Her name is Madeline so I thought it would be fun to base her party theme on all things related to Paris. Why? The name, Madeleine is the actual French version of Madeline. Also, my daughter's name, is from the popular classic books about a little girl with the same spelling of the name, living in Paris. I am not sure if the party will be entirely based off of this character, but I will probably focus more on items that represent Paris, such as the Eiffel Tower.

I was at Trader Joe's today doing my weekly market shopping. I love Trader Joe's! I don't go there as often as I would like to since there are other markets much closer to my house. I have always been drawn to the food labels and box designs that are produced by Trader Joe's. They use very simple and clean styles to sell their products.

I came across this pasta sauce bottle. I have never tried it, but because of the way the label looked, I did not hesitate to place it in my cart. It is nothing fancy, but it has a vintage look that has me constantly staring at the bottle. I love the old Parisian style and many of them like to use borders around their text. Borders will definitely appear in the printed invitations.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


With a professional graphic design and marketing background for over 10 years, I finally decided to set-up my own Etsy shop on 11/19/2010. This new little adventure is not only unpredictably hectic, but absolutely exciting. It has definitely made me busier trying to balance my work and family life. I have dark under eye circles to prove it, but I wouldn't trade it for anything else!

Since I also enjoy researching information and discovering new projects, I hope to make this blog a place where I can share these design ideas and give away FREE printable files.

It is an acronym for, “First and Lasting Impressions Personalized for Announcements, Weddings, and Other Occasions”. Honestly, I didn't start out thinking that this name would be perfect for my business. It was a name that my husband would repeatedly use towards me during an embarrassing moment. I will obviously not go into detail of what he meant by it, but I ended up thinking that it would be an interesting and unique name to use for my invitation design business. Look at other strange names such as Google, Yahoo, and Zappos and see how popular they have become!

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