I Donut What I’d Do Without You: Free Pun-tastic Greetings Card Printables!

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What I lack in DIY skills I certainly make up for in creative friends, so when HP got in touch asking if I’d like to partner with them to showcase their amazing new Sprout computer, I called in the reinforcements! Sophie, Ronnie and I then started brainstorming ideas for some cute greetings cards that we could create for you, although we actually spent most of the time laughing/ cringing at ourselves over all the silly puns we came up with!

So before we begin, what exactly is the HP Sprout? Well, it’s like living in the future that’s what! The whole time we were working on this we us kept saying to each other “This really is like magic you know!”

The HP Sprout is a high performance touch screen PC (so you can do all the usual computery stuff on it) with an overhead scanner attached to the top that enables you to capture 3D objects. They are quickly transformed into graphics, which you can then resize and replicate using the built-in software to create something fabulous! It sounds complicated, but it is super easy to use.

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And voilà!

The attached touch mat also allows you add text, draw, write or even add your own images. You can see one I did here where I scanned glitter and wrote the text on top by hand, which I think turned out amazing! It’s basically a 3D object scanner meets a Wacom tablet meets Photoshop meets your home PC.

Like I said, MAGIC!

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We started playing around and it was so fun to see what we could scan next. We tried flowers, donuts, lollipops, lipstick kisses, gems and goggly eyes.

Keep reading to see how you can download the cards we made for FREE!

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A Lego and Video Game Wedding for Nerds

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Julie and Stephen met in a Bakery where Julie was working. They bonded over their mutual taste in music and video games and their dislike of cheese! “He’s the only other person I’ve ever met who doesn’t like cheese”, Julie chuckled, “that’s how we knew we were made for each other!”

They were married in July, in British Columbia, and had a wedding that reflected their mutual nerddom! “Our wedding had a nerdy, retro theme”, the bride continued. “We wanted it to reflect us and to not be traditional! We’re both big nerds, and love the video game Portal (and the 1950s environment it takes place in) so a lot of the décor was based on that.”

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“We had a Companion Cube wedding cake that Stephen’s mum beautifully made and instead of a guestbook, guests signed vinyl records so we could frame and hang them on the wall later. Each table also had a vinyl record centrepiece, which I made. I created pixel versions of us for the invitations, and made table numbers out of Lego because we love those pixel-style
retro video games.”

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Joyful 1920s Inspired Wedding in Berlin

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Have you ever seen a wedding with so many smiles?! I’m not sure it’s possible, every single face in every single photo of Jessica and Melissa’s wedding is beaming! The couple live in Shanghai but were married in Berlin, where Jessica is originally from.

“We met in Shanghai in 2007″, said Jessica. “Melissa enrolled into seven month diploma course and I was teaching it! There was flirting and I thought she is so beautiful! However I was actually really shy so it took five months for us to become a couple. We married 10 days after our seven year anniversary.”

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“We initially dreamt of a garden wedding very rustic bohemian style”, she continued, “with open fire bowls, lots of paper, balloons and candles. However we couldn’t go through with it because we don’t have a garden! Instead we had our ceremony at Gruenderzeitmuseum, which my dad chose because it was founded by a transvestite, Charlotte von Mahlsdorf! He thought that it would be suitable haha! Our reception was at Bar Anhalt and was recommended by my best friend after our original venue cancelled on us five days before the wedding! We almost had a nervous breakdown but it turned out even better because Anhalt was much more us!”

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Rustic, Wintery and Super Freaking Cool Wedding

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I feature many, many weddings on this blog of mine, but every so often a wedding lands in my inbox that literally stops me in my tracks. That’s exactly what Jamie and Sarah’s amazing day did to me! They were married in December and so wanted a wintery Christmas theme, but without the cheese. It had to also feel like ‘them’, and oh boy did it!

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The day was held at Fonmon Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. “We both wanted the wedding to be in-keeping with the castle and keep to a winter theme”, said Sarah. “We didn’t want it to seem stuffy, so our main aim was to make it feel like a big family gathering. Luckily with it being so close to Christmas the castle was already decorated beautifully, so we just added our own touches with things like the antlers, pine cones, teacup and saucers and lots of bell jars!”

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12 Surprising Ways to Make Your Wedding Budget Stretch Further

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With the average cost of a wedding in the UK allegedly being upwards of £18,000, it’s no surprise that more and more alternative brides and grooms are looking for ways to cut costs.

But how can you create a stunning wedding, on a budget, whilst still having the best day possible? Here are my best wedding budgeting tips!

1. Look beyond the traditional

You need a wedding dress, so you go to a bridal boutique… you need a wedding cake so you go to a bakery… you need flowers… well, you get the idea.

This doesn’t have to be the case though. The British high street has so much to offer! From clothing stores like Coast and Monsoon offering wedding dress lines, Marks and Spencer and Asda doing wedding cakes and cut flowers being available in nearly every supermarket, looking outside the wedding industry bubble for these things can really save you thousands!

2. Buy secondhand

There are lots of websites that are great resources for secondhand wedding bargains. Look on for-sale.co.uk, eBay and preownedweddingdresses.com for pre-used items, many of which are complete steals!

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3. Enter competitions

You’ll be amazed what you could end up with. Wedding photography, wedding planning, cakes, dresses, décor, the works! Wedding blogs and magazines often host contests so make sure you enter as many as you can. Remember someone always has to win!

4. Shop out of season

When looking décor particularly, shop in the sales. After Christmas is a great time to get sparkly, kitschy items and post Halloween is the perfect opportunity to really score black vases and table wear, skull candles and themed candy! Don’t forget about Valentines Day sales too, especially if you want things pink, red or love themed!

5. Buy in bulk

Especially when it comes to the booze! Instead of using a normal bar service where you have to pay per drink, why not stock up at somewhere like Majestic or Costco? Some of these places will also buy back any alcohol that’s not used, and will throw in free glasswear hire for big orders. They always have massive sales after major holidays too.

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