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Elsje Designs creates fun & functional gifts, stationery and table decor with a true South African touch


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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Christmas e-card special

Ever thought of sending a branded digital Christmas card or e-card to clients, associates and friends?

A bespoke Christmas e-card, branded with your company colours, logo and personal greeting.

E-cards are simply an electronic version of a standard greeting card that you can send by e-mail. You simply choose your card from a selection, customize it and click send, and the lucky recipient will receive your card within seconds. They have become wildly popular in recent years due to the many advantages they have over traditional paper cards.

Hurry, this offer is only valid till 8 November 2011!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Paper Parasols

With the Summer events season well on it’s way, we are pleased to offer a fantastic and gorgeous solution to keep your guests cool throughout the day. The paper parasol is fun and quirky as well as functional. They provide a great accessory and are perfect for creating interesting photographs. The parasols can be used at morning or afternoon events, add a great deal of atmosphere and can be used as unique favours or gifts for your guests.

Elsje Designs is pleased to offer white paper parasols at R69.00 each on purchases between now and the end of November 2011. Please note there is a minimum order of 25 units.

Should you wish to place an order, please contact us on

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Perfect Pinwheel

This week our production team has been very busy with exciting ideas and inspirations. If you are looking for an innovative concept that can be used for a variety of events including invitations, kids parties, baby showers, table decoration or simply to have something beautiful in a room, we are pleased to be able to offer you a pinwheel solution.
The pinwheel can be printed or non printed. It is available in a variety of stunning paper options and embellishments. Each pinwheel is hand-crafted with scalloped edges and can be personalised to your specific requirements. We love the versatile pinwheel!

Should you require any further information or wish to place an order, please contact us on

Friday, October 14, 2011

Going digital...

Whilst we still adore the craft associated with colourful print, beautiful paper, ribbon and embellishments it is vital for us to keep up with the changing times. We are pleased to be able to offer electronic solutions for our clients in addition to the printed alternative.

Electronic “Save the Dates’’ and “e-vites” are a cost and time effective way of informing or inviting guests to your event. Be it your wedding, year end work function, birthday party, baby announcement or festive season greeting, digital announcement or invitations, we are able to design according to your theme, colours, look and feel to allow your unique touch to filter through.

We would recommend that electronic announcements are used in conjunction with physical invitations.

To find out more, please contact us on

Thursday, October 13, 2011

White paper & Bamboo Fan special @ R15 ea

Stay cool this summer with this limited offer at R15 each (normal price R27 each) minimum order: 25 units.  These plain white paper & bamboo fans are an attractive addition to  any summer celebration.  A must have accessory for hot summer celebrations.
As an optional extra, you may choose names and dates to be printed on the handle. Maximum 20 characters. 

Limited offer, while stock last.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

6 ways to save money on your invitations

If you're a budget-savvy couple, you're probably looking to save money wherever you can. One area you might not have thought of is your wedding invitations. Don't think you need to buy flimsy paper or discounted blurry printing. You can still have an elegant but cheap wedding invitation.

Here are 6 easy ways of saving money on invitations:

1. Digital Save the Date
E-mail an eye-catching Save the Date to your guests (one year to 6 months prior to your wedding) .  This will allow your guests to indicate whether they are able to attend, therfore reduce the number of printed invitations you need to order.

2. Different Printing Techniques
An embossed invitation is a beautiful – but an expensive one. But there are alternatives. Laser printing (the same kind used for magazines, postcards, etc.) is perfectly appropriate and flawless quality.

3. The Little Extras
Intricate invitations with jackets, bows, multiple layers of paper and other embellishments are very popular these days. But those little extra details can really add up. Not only will you pay for their cost, but there might be hidden assembly fees (or extra work for you), as well as additional postage costs. Instead go for the classic look of a simple invitation printed on a high-quality paper.

4. Standard Size Invitations
Some people mistakenly think that as long as their invites weigh less than one ounce, they can use a regular first class stamp. Not only is this not true, but most invitations weigh more than an ounce.

Postage will be more if:
· It is a square letter
· It contains very rigid items such as wood or metal
· It has clasps, string, buttons, or similar closure devices
· It has an address parallel to the shorter dimension of the letter
· It contains items such as pens that cause the surface to be uneven

5. Proofread
A no-brainer, perhaps, but you'd be surprised how many people find errors on their invitations and have to re-order with extra rush charges. Get a couple of trusted friends or colleagues to look over the invitation for extra insurance. Make sure you've got all the details of names, date, time, location, and RSVP correct!

6. Order extra invitations and envelopes

This might seem counterintuitive, but since almost every couple remembers someone that they HAVE to invite at the last minute, you'll want to have a few extra wedding invitations. And since it's likely that you'll make a few goofs while addressing them, order extra envelopes as well. It will cost you a little extra now, but save you lots of reprinting and rush charges later.