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What Happened To Those New Year Resolutions?

We’ve entered the time in January when many New Year’s Resolutions have failed and we could all start feeling a little glum. But why should 1 January be the only time for fresh start? And why do we tend to resolve only to ‘stop’ things rather than start?   We think that you can press the reset button anytime you like (one of the reasons our Hello Time Planner is undated!). But it can be hard to know where to start. Which is why everyoneRead more

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Getting Real!

When you’re planning a wedding, it is so easy to get caught up in all the ‘must-haves’ – but do you really need that cake? Are flowers that important? Do you have to give gifts to EVERYONE?   At Illustries, we’ve worked with lots of brides and grooms, and we always ask the for a tip or two to pass on to those just getting started on the #wedmin. Here are some little gems – you’ll find more just like these in our best-selling WeddingRead more

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Hello, yellow!

  Is it just us, or is yellow ‘everywhere’ right now? Is it a key Autumnal shade or has it never gone out of fashion? Our creative powerhouse, artist and designer, Samantha Smith, has been investigating…   “Seeing an abundance of rose quartz, one of two of Pantone’s Colors of the Year, during New Is it just us, or is yellow ‘everywhere’ right now? Is it a key Autumnal shade or has it never gone out of fashion? York Fashion Week doesn’t come as too much of a surprise. What does though, is its unexpected color pairing. Instead of pittingRead more

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The idea behind…our Wedding Guest Books

No more blank pages! Soon after we started Illustries, we were chatting about weddings we’d been to, and the dreaded dilemma of the guest book – for the bride and groom, it’s the dilemma of trying to find something different but still a guest book, but as a guest, it’s the dilemma of what on earth to write! Do you go for a long and rambling message after too many glasses of wine, a short and sweet ‘Congratulations!’ or look at what everyone else wrote and doRead more

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The idea behind…the Hello Time Planner

It’s what you do with your time that counts… We love stationery. And by love, we mean, LOVE. But what we don’t love is lugging around a notebook and a diary. And a to-do list. And an address book. Or trying to find somewhere in one of those to plan out our latest big idea or work on some goals. When we canvassed Team Illustries, we found we all worked in different ways, but always liked getting our ideas down on paper. Nice-looking paper ofRead more

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Entreprenur

Behind every great business…

…there’s a great idea! We are often asked how Illustries started – like many companies, it all started with an idea. And like many of our customers, it all began with weddings! Emma and Samantha are the co-founders of Illustries, but back in 2010, they didn’t really know each other. Emma had recently married, Sam was the girlfriend of Emma’s friend and former colleague, Mark. When Mark got them to work on a branding project together, their styles – Emma is a copywriter and Sam isRead more

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Ten easy time management tips

  Inspired by our Hello Time Planner – the perfect (and good looking!) combination of diary, notebook, to-do lists, journal and planner in one, here are our top tips to help you make the most of your precious time! #1 Track time Make a record of all your appointments, calls, meetings, conversations and activities (add thoughts if you can manage it!) for a week – see how much time you’re spending making the things you want to happen, happen, and how much time you’re wasting on unproductive activities andRead more

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Pinterest Top Wedding Trends for 2016

Relaxed Signage   Another of Pinterest’s ‘Top 16 for 2016’, a little rustic, laid back signage to your ceremony and reception is something a lot of you are thinking of. It’s a great way to add a little warmth and humour, and while there are lots of great companies out there, it’s also a great trend to DIY. Whether you use chalkboards or upcycled pallets, just a simple phrase or two (we love ‘Welcome to our love story’ for your entrance and what about ‘How sweet it isRead more

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Pinterest Top Wedding Trends – Confetti

Reinventing Confetti It seems everyone is looking for new ideas for the traditional ‘confetti toss’ – letting guests bring their own is not the done thing in the dream wedding world! Pinterest has lots of gorgeous inspiration, not least the idea of a ‘Petal Toss Bar’ where guests help themselves to your carefully selected pick of the petals – our friends at Shropshire Petals have natural petal confetti in a rainbow of hues and can help you achieve the colour mix you’re after. You could add some glitterRead more

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Seven ways to keep the kids occupied this spring!

It feels as though this winter lasted forever, but at long last it appears the ice is gradually beginning to thaw and spring is well and truly happening whether we’re ready for it or not. With the arrival of sunshine and longer days comes the need to entertain the children for what seems like hours longer than usual. Inspiration not coming naturally? We’re not surprised, raising human beings takes a lot of brain power, there’s not a whole lot of room left for creativity. NeverRead more

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