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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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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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A bit of a do! Our top ten hen party ideas

Organising a hen party is no easy feat. You have a venue to think about, the guest list, maybe even co-ordinated outfits to get sorted. It’s not just the preparation side of things that you need to keep a handle on either, once everybody is together, it’s your job to make sure they have fun! More often than not, at least a few of the hens present will be brand new acquaintances. The quickest way to have everybody getting along like a house on fire?Read more

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Our top ten date night ideas – family v couples!

Date nights are the nights that make life worth living. Putting an entire evening aside for your loved ones – whether that’s your best friend, partner in life or the whole family – is essential for happiness. These holidays, make sure you get something planned with the people you love. Here are a few ideas… Fun for all the family Modern families so rarely get the chance to come together as one unit and spend some real quality time together, why not use V-day weekendRead more

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