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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, March 31, 2011

Rubberstamps Rule!

What a great way for a DIY bride to enhance her stationery. We can help out with a stunning design and you can get creative with your invitations, envelopes, cocktail napkins, thank you cards - anything! From R200, depending on the design.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Cigar invitations for a Cuban party

We did these cuban cigar invitations for a birthday party end of last year. Definitely something different - the cigar had a typical vintage band designed around the rolled brown paper (to resemble a cigar) - and the invitation itself was written in a letter format with a lovely messy handwriting font.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hurry and place your order

We are placing our first order tomorrow morning at 9am for these beauties.... Let us know and you can save on courier costs, as well make use of the same courier service. But remember, we are ordering at 9am. They will sell out very fast, so hurry if you want one of these coveted bell jars. Order them, baie emailing of phoning 021-9767111 with your code and quantity.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Coveted designer cloches on limited offer!

Let’s celebrate with these printed cloches or bell jars, winner of the 2010 product design competition. It is impossible to find a more beautiful gift or decor item!

Large cloches R320
Small cloches R280

Courier fees ranging from R100 to R200 per order, minimum of 3 bell jars per order.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Brag Tuesday!

Dear Valued Elsje Designs clients, followers and supporters

We are well into 2011 and we are thrilled about the improvements we have achieved in this our business these past weeks:

• We got the help of a consultant, Carisa Smuts (cell 083 324 5710) to assist us to simplify our business - KISS! Keep it simple, stupid. What a change she made!!! I can really recommend her business savvy combined with people skills - we loved working with her and would like to continue to do so. She also provided much needed moral support in this time of change with two new designers!

• We have improved our website and made the online shopping experience easier for all our customers from afar.

• We are Tweeting at least twice a day - giving you constant updates of what we are up to!

• We have uploaded our new and updated Rental Catalogue on our online shop.

• Since our Rented goodies are so popular and due to public demand, we are selling some of these items - so download the catalogue with rental and/or sale prices.

• We have uploaded confetti ideas on the wedding pages.

• We are finishing all our deadlines a day early - no more last minute rushes. Phew, what a relief....

• We are bursting with excitement over our Letterpress machine and can't wait to use it regularly. Keep your eyes open for specials in winter.

• We have started a "what's new" section to show to all our visitors that is keen for fresh ideas.

With your help and feedback we would like to further improve... Please email us with any ideas, comments, feedback - one condition: that you are brutally honest!

Mail them directly to me, the owner on and I will keep them highly confidential.


Friday, March 18, 2011

new "menu" artwork for hot foiling/embossing

As you might have heard, Elsje Designs recently invested in a letterpress and foiling machine. It's still very much brand new and this will be one of our first jobs on this monster! I have just created this stunning artwork. We are sending it off to the plate maker this morning... Please hold thumbs! This particular artwork will be hot foiled in gold onto a brown paper bag. But it could also be used in future to print in any colour, including white. The quality is marvellous and we are very excited with this new venture in our portfolio. We can't wait to use it for embossing, letterpressing or hot stamp foiling.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

your menu printed on a satin ribbon

We have done this stunning idea for the Aleit group. Working with them is always fun as we get to push the envelope! Prices start at R20 per 1m ribbon, depending on your quantity. For more info, contact 021 976 7111 or or visit for more menu ideas.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

4 new items added to our rental list

Above left:
bold and beautiful glass crystal to hold your menu and/or table number

Above right:
chic Roman numerals as an alternative to the usual table numbers

Bottom left:
ornate gold mirrored perspex frames, perfect for a photo gallery combined with table seating

Bottom right:
very popular at the moment - birdcages to hang your origami birds from with your table seating or guest messages


Your event decor can be dramatically enhanced with the use of items from the Elsje Designs rental catalogue.

If you rent, it doesn't take a fortune to create the look you love. Not only are these items functional but also complementing your look. The Elsje Designs team can easily customise your stationery for these items, to fit in with your decor. Alternatively, rent the items and to add your own stationery. Many of these items can be customised to suit your needs.
Listed in the catalogue are stylish ornate table numbers and frames, chic modern Roman numeral table numbers, interesting alternatives to money boxes and display items to make your table seating more fun and interactive for your guests. These items can transform your celebration and give something for your guests to talk about long after the event has passed.

Elsje Designs strive to supply products that represents the current trends within the celebration industry, aiming to provide a selection of popular or unusual items for your event decor.

For further information on having products customised or sourced, please email our studio on or phone +27 (0) 21 976 7111.

all prices listed exclude vat

Monday, March 14, 2011

Fun Photobooth props!

We received this fun photograph from a client last week - what a stunning idea to have this made (or to make yourself) for your wedding pics. Just imagine how much fun your guests will have!!

You can order it from Elsje Designs at R25 per unit.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Edible Art Cakes

We recently met a very sweet girl called Maggi. She arrived at the studio with a gorgeous portfolio her cakes.

Her business is called Edible Art Cakes and she specialises in individually designed Wedding cakes. Maggi is able to fulfill any of your Wedding cake wishes and will ensure that the Wedding cake will complete your dream wedding, whether you are looking for a modern or traditional style cake.

Chocolate Wedding cakes are becoming increasingly popular and our recipe must be tasted to be appreciated! We also provides your special cake for Birthdays, Christenings, Corporate events and Anniversary cakes to complete the special occasion.

Maggi: Phone 071 390 5329

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Welcome to our 2 new designers!

Elsje Designs is proud to welcome Mari (left) and Nita (right) to be part of our creative team. Mari studied Graphic Design at CPUT and worked for a printing company for the past two years. Nita studied at the Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography. After her studies she worked as a photographer (she's brilliant!) and explored the world for 2 years.

To celebrate this special occassion, we asked Maggi from Edible Art to surprise us with a decadent chocolate cake.

Mari het die volgende te sê oor haarself:

Ek glo dat alles in my die lewe met 'n doel gebeur.

'n Paar dinge wat ek love...
1. 'n Klient wat ek kan beindruk met my kreatiwiteit
2. My hond, Blaze en Kattie, my kat, ha ha ha!
3. My ma se kos
4. Dinosaur Wine Gums
5. Die reuk van die Weskus na die reën
6. 'n Lekker middagslapie
7. Less is more

'n Paar dinge wat ek loathe...
1. Skottelgoedwas
2. Gradient fills
3. Baie admin
4. Oefening
5. 'n Oorvol Inbox
6. Stomp skêre
7. Pienk

Nita skryf die volgende oor haarself:

"I do not feel I have wisdom enough yet, to love what is ugly."

'n Paar dinge wat ek love...
1. Musiek wat my laat move
2. Mooi afrikaanse woorde
3. Die eerste happie van iets lekkers (en ook die laaste)!
4. Skemer
5. My bed
6. Geverfde toonnaels
7. Enige skakering van groen

'n Paar dinge wat ek loathe...
1. Lou tee of koffie
2. Stryk
3. 'n Stadige rekenaar
4. Onoorspronklikheid
5. Clutter
6. Enigiets fake (mense en modes)
7. Drop shadows in designs