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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Travel style invitation

When I saw this stunning invitation on Etsy, I got so excited and felt I just had to share it with our readers. Though it's a designer in the USA that created it, I'm sure it we can do something similar with our own unique Elsje Designs take on it. We admire such clever and fresh concepts in invitations!!

The designer writes: This invitation is styled after a vintage map, with your names, wording, and a little X over where you are getting married. The map will fold up and fit into a square 6x6 envelope, complete with a tag and baker's twine holding it all in place. You can choose any map you like, whether it's a specific state or another country, just ask!

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Extended Winter Warmer Freebie!!

We have decided to extend our special on our handpicked range of designer Save the Dates. This winter warmer is just in time for all the year end weddings! Please contact us for more information.

Since the 1930's movie Water for Elephants, was such a visual inspiration, we decided it must be one of our themes for the Save the Date catalogue. I predict that this theme will be a very popular style for decor and stationery in the coming season.

An old circus poster - love the colours!

One of the Save the Dates we have created to suit the vintage circus feel - more in the catalogue!

And finally, its always nice to end off with a love quote...

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Welcome to our new studio manager!

Happy days are here again, the lovely Vinette has joined our team on the 1st of June. She spent the last almost 3 years working as the Functions Co-ordinator at the Two Oceans Aquarium. We received about 700 CV's (crazy). Vinette stood out, as she has been an avid admirer of Elsje Designs for sometime, so it was essentially her dream to be part of our family! Also her vibey and organized energy is contageous. Welcome Vinette, I hope you would feel loved and appreciated in our close knit family.

Get to know Vinette better...


• My husband and beautiful 6 month old baby girl, Tatum (meaning cheerful and full of spirit).
• All things pretty, colourful and creative.
• My family, friends and church community.
• Assisting brides in all things relating to their big day.
• Fresh ideas, implementing new systems & marketing.
• Meeting deadlines!


• Getting up early in winter.
• Chaos – I like a highly organised environment.
• The colour orange.
• Being late in anything (appointments, deadlines or promises) – not an option!
• War movies.
• Not making time to stop and smell the roses.

Vinette had the following to say about her future at Elsje Designs.
I would like to bring the following to the team:

- A highly organised streamlined administrative process making it quicker, simpler and easier for both client and Elsje Designs Team.

- The creation and implementation of a comprehensive marketing campaign aimed at bringing in more business, especially focused on tapping into the corporate market.

- An injection of fun and energy in an often deadline driven environment.