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Pushing the envelope with trendsetting ideas

Pushing the envelope with trendsetting ideas
Elsje Designs creates fun & functional gifts, stationery and table decor with a true South African touch

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

One of Elsje's all time favourite looks



"I love the layered look and richness it has with the unfinished and
rough around the edges look. It is just whimsical."

Additional stationery with a difference



We try to always think out of the box and of original and new ideas! Additional stationery can turn an ordinary wedding into something spectacular! Guests will treasure these long after the wedding is over. We would love to turn your wedding into a feast for the eye! Make the additional stationery part of your decor!

Calligraphy as a logo for your wedding

Clients always want to brand
their wedding
and we think
the best
way to do this is by
using calligraphy.



Baby Celebrations



What better way is there for introducing your newborn to
family and
friends, than to send out a beautiful card!
We love doing baby announcements and cards!

We can even do a e-mail version for those friends living
far away. The latest trend is to print on canvas! So come
into the studio and see what we can do.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Wedding Inspiration


We had so much fun with this fabulous wedding!
Try to do things different and take some inspiration
for this bride! See her wedding in Elle Decoration.

Reception Ideas: Lovebird Motifs


Birds are still so in this summer!
And we love foiling them in gold or silver!

Colour Palette
















We just love these colours togehter! Antique monograms
also is something timeless that will still be beautiful in
twenty years time. This is a beautiful fresh look for spring!
Yellow, black and cream can also be used in a very modern
way, but also works in this more vintage form.



Friday, August 15, 2008

The Dream Team: Estie



Estie (Student Designer) - We welcome our student designer, who has proven herself to be quite a catch! After studying three years of tourism & events management at Durbanville College, Estie finished her three year graphic design course at Cape Peninsula University of Technology. She enjoys sunny afternoons, horse riding, and the great outdoors!

The Dream Team: Elsje


Elsje (Owner) - opened her studio in 2001. It all started sedately enough with a BA (Stellenbosch), graphic design (Stellenbosch), management development (US Business School), journalism (Cape Technikon), art classes and calligraphy courses and as life also consists of friends, wine and food, she completed Diploma I at the Cape Wine Academy. She worked for the Public Relations Division of Stellenbosch Farmers’ Wineries (now Distell, South Africa’s largest wine conglomerate), where she was responsible for the graphic design of invitations, programmes, advertisements, posters, brochures, wine labels, and such things. After eight years Elsje’s entrepreneurial genes caused the creation of Elsje Designs.

The Dream Team: Marcelle


(Designer) - After completing a four year degree in graphic design and visual communication at Stellenbosch University in 2006, Marcelle spent a year at the South African Chef’s Academy under the mentorship of Paul Hartmann and Garth Stroebel to master the art of fine cuisine. However, combining these two skills makes for a perfect opportunity to indulge in her passion for event-planning, pushing creative boundaries, and successfully snacking whilst designing.

The Dream Team: Annemie


(Manager & Designer) is passionate about all forms of design, and particularly loves fashion, architecture, jewellery, and of course graphic design! She joined the Elsje Designs team after studying fashion at the Cape Technikon, and working as a fashion buyer in the lingerie and swimwear areas. As the studio manager, Annemie is practical and realistic, and likes to get things done! She is also in charge of the Gifts 4 Guests-portfolio, and hopes to wow all Elsje Designs clients with a continuous flow of fabulous ideas that are as unique as they are!

The Dream Team: Fransiena

Fransiena is ‘n toegewyde ma van drie kinders, 23, 19 en 6. Sy is baie lief vir mense! Haar werk hier, is elke dag iets nuut, elke dag nuwe mense wat sy ontmoet. Sy geniet dit om soggens werk toe te kom. As sy met ‘n bruid begin is dit altyd lekker en opwindend, veral ook om die eindresultaat te sien, dit doen haar hart goed om te weet sy was deel van haar grootste en gelukkigste dag van haar lewe. Die dag toe sy vir haar onderhoud by Elsje Designs ingestap het, toe het sy geweet dis waar sy wil wees en hier is sy deel van ‘n span. Fransiena is baie netjies en dink verder as wat ek van haar verwag – ons is baie lief vir haar! Sy is lief vir tuinmaak en ook vir fashion