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Fall is around the corner, and with the season comes the inevitable chic party celebrations. Whether you’re planning a winter wedding, holiday soirée, or anniversary party, you can never go wrong with shimmery gold and midnight black. Again and again, I always come back to this elegant color palette. It never fails to make guests feel glamorous and regal.

Featured Invitation: Gilded Celebration Anniversary Party Invitation

1. rose candlesticks  |  2. bicycle art print   |  3. cake   |  4. gilded favor box   |  5. striped straws   |  6. table setting   |  7. cake pops

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For this week’s pin of the week, I took a trip down memory lane and remembered what it felt like to get out the washi tape or a glue stick and put an inspiration board together using your hands instead of your mouse.

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The social media, digital age is defined by what is technologically new and exciting, thus it is a surprise to no one that Pinterest has replaced your traditional inspiration or mood board. Though I consider myself an avid pinterest-er and consumer of digital media, there is something special about collecting images from magazines and catalogs and placing them together in a collage. Pinterest is best for organization and bookmarking my favorite images online for sure; but for flat out creativity, hand-made inspiration boards are a work of art itself. There is something aesthetically pleasing with inspiration boards that you miss out on via Pinterest. Does this make me an old dinosaur who likes cutting and pasting?

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We’re still wearing shorts and flip-flops here in Boston (thankfully), but before you know it, the leaves will be falling, apples will be picked, and turkey dinners will be served. And over here in stationery-land, autumn also means the launch of our holiday card designs. This week, Shutterfly unveiled it’s amazing collection of fun, trendy and cheery Christmas and New Year cards. Our in-house brand, Poppy Studio, has a number of designs in their offerings, and we’re so excited to see them live on the site. Above are a few, including our staff favorites. Be sure to check out our whole design assortment here. And look to Shutterfly for some great deals like free shipping:

Free economy shipping on orders of $39 or more. Enter code: SHIP39 *Offer expires September 24, 2014

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Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv is the brand design firm behind many of the world’s most recognizable trademarks. They excel in creating graphic representations of brand identities that are simple and clean and that are the mere definition of visual communication. Check out this awesome video for all you logo design and motion graphic lovers!

Notice how many of these logos do not include type, most only include image. The best logos are simple and organic that include shape or silhouette and communicate the identity behind the brand. After watching, which logo is your favorite?

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We all know that the design wheel is always being recreated and inspiration for recreation has to come from somewhere. Normally, we are inspired from fashion, movies, and pop culture. Fashion, movies, pop culture are also equally as inspired by other  fields of our culture. It is one big cycle of creativity and shared ideas. This has got me thinking… I spy with my little eye a resurgence of the 1980’s in today’s culture with fashion choices, music, and reruns of John Hughes movies. The 1980’s was also the decade when instant cameras become affordable and thus popular. With this resurgence of a vintage look, check out how you can make your own polaroids (for little to no money).

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The first step in creating my own polaroids was creating a 11” x 8.5” document. By working in a computer paper sized artboard, you will be able to print you artwork at home on photo paper through your personal computer. I chose to use InDesign because I like the Paste Into feature, but you can use Photoshop or Illustrator as well.

Six (3.5”x4.25”) unique polaroids can fit on a page. Once I had each polaroid set up, I placed the photos into the document. In InDesign, use the keyboard shortcut ⌘D to place the photos into the document or right into the black rectangle.

Then, resize the way you want it… If you are working in Photoshop or Illustrator, you will need to create clipping masks in order to create these polaroids.

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Congrats, you’ve made your first polaroid! For my final product, I wanted white colored polaroids. To do this, I changed the grey rectangle to have no fill, but have a black stroke. The stroke is meant to help later on when you cut each polaroid to size.

Since you made a computer paper-sized document, you can print right from your personal home printer. If you want something a little more professional and do not mind spending some money, go to your local photo copy store. I did not want the glossy finish that I would get from printing at home on photo paper, so I used 120lb non-gloss paper for printing. This is up to your preference what you want to print on!

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After printing, all you need are a pair of scissors and a paper cutter if you have one. Now you are ready to decorate. As the world renowned critic, Outkast, would say: shake it like a polaroid picture friends! Have fun designing!

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