Monday, 16 March 2015

Project Life Haul - Inspire Core Kit

Hey guys, welcome back and thank you so much for taking the time to read my blogs and watch my videos. Today I was lucky enough to post TWO videos but for the sake of this post I am only going to be talking about one of them. Look out for more info on my other video in another post (and believe me, you want to check out that blog post - so exciting). So this morning (and it is now afternoon when I am finally writing this post) I thought I would do a little run through of the new Project Life - Inspire Core Kit and a few of the Specialty Card Kits I picked up at Spotlight last week.

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So the first thing you notice about the new Project Life Core Kits are the packaging. When I was showing my team leader at work the Core Kits she wasn't even aware they were the new core kits because of the completely different packaging to the old hard magnetic boxes. I just have to say this is one change by American Crafts/Becky Higgins that I most definitely approve of. Its so 2014 to keep your boxes and collect them and this change means that we are minimising our rubbish and pollution. 

Some people have complained about how flimsy the box is, but honestly I have seen no real difference. You still get the same amount of cards, in the same tray they always came in, its just smaller and more compact and nice and light. To be honest I hated lugging those Core Kit boxes all the way down to the register after shopping, they were just so heavy. 

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When I first saw these cards I fell in love. I loved the colours and the water colour feel and of course that brush script how could you not fall for it? But when getting the kit and opening it up I noticed that the colours were not as vibrant and unfortunately I doubt I will be using this core kit very much in my layouts. I will have to make a mental note to make sure I dip into the stash from time to time to get my moneys worth. 

I really dont have much more to say about this kit. I still love the colours and everything but its just not my style. I am very much into the vibrant colours at the moment. So here is a quick haul video I did showing off the new core kit and a few of the Specialty Card Kits I also got at Spotlight on the same day. 

So the first Specialty Card Kit I got was the High Five Kit and I just had to have this kit for ONE CARD... Thats right guys, 12.99 for ONE CARD!! That pink card with the gold foil!! I had to have it for our wedding album. Of course the others are pretty too and I will use most of them but boy I had to get my hands on that card. You can thank Kayla Renee for that one.
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The second Specialty Card Kit was the Southern Weddings Kit. I absolutely loved the Core Kit and had considered getting it but when it came down to it, the cards were just not my wedding colours and so decided against it. These bad boys however are white with GOLD SILVER AND ROSE GOLD FOIL!!!! They are so pretty and perfect to highlight my wedding album!! Just perfect!!
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So that is all from me today guys. I hope you enjoyed that little run through of the three kits I have just purchased. Mind you, I did go back out today and get another few Core Kits and those videos will be coming soon!! Thank you so much for reading, watching my blogs and videos!! I will be back tomorrow with more goodness. 


Sunday, 15 March 2015

My DIY Wedding

Hey guys,
So today I posted a video about WHY DIY? I have decided to DIY a lot of my wedding, decorations, invitations and just about everything. There are most definitely a few things you need to consider when deciding on DIY for your wedding or any other event you may be hosting.

The first thing to consider with DIY and the reason why most people turn to DIY is because of the bling bling, the $$. Most think that if they DIY their event it will be cheaper. I tend to disagree. Unless you do a really low budget, no frills DIY, you wont save any money. You need to consider the cost of materials, the cost of postage, or fuel to drive and collect the goods, the time it takes you to actually sit down and remove yourself from the everyday to sit down and create these pieces of art. If I wasn't who I am, a true creative that cant leave DIY or craft projects alone, I would most definitely have just purchased everything. 

Another thing to consider is practicality. Do you have the time to make all these things for your wedding? I am just realising now with only 2 months until my wedding, that I may not actually get everything I want done in time. 

One of the main reasons why I decided to do 90% DIY for my wedding was because of our wedding decorator. She has not been forth coming with cost and prices for her hire items or her base fee for setting up our venues. I am not one that appreciate surprises especially when it comes to money so to save myself I have decided to intervene and create or buy as much as I can for the wedding so that we aren't relying as heavily on her. 

DIY does not just mean making everything yourself from scratch. I believe DIY is Do It Yourself. So if you are booking things, ordering things, organising things, that is also DIY. I have ordered a lot of things from Etsy. I am looking for a vintage glam, handmade feel to my wedding and although I haven't made some items myself, the look of that handmade touch will still be there. 

I have so many projects to share with you over the next few weeks. Invitations, Bridesmaid dresses, lantern decoration, glittery mason jars, Etsy hauls and so much more!! I cant wait to share all my DIY wedding bits and pieces with you. Please go and subscribe to my Heynaedaily Channel to make sure you don't miss out on any videos along the way. 

I hope this series will help inspire you to put a more handmade touch on your own wedding and to see that DIY isn't that hard and even the simplest of things can look stunning if done correctly. 

Thanks so much guys, 
See you next time