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Monday, September 25, 2017

Party invitations: go digital with Paperless Post

I was born before computers were a widespread commodity. In Portugal cable TV arrived in my late teens and I was introduced to Internet sometime during college. So it's no surprise that until recently I used paper for everything. I'm not sure if that makes me sound old or just old fashioned but that was the way things worked for me.

Party invitations: go digital with Paperless Post

A couple of years ago, though, I started to run out of space to store all my physical books (my name is Teresa and I'm addicted to books). In an effort to declutter (you can read about my decluttering efforts here) I made one of the biggest changes in my life - I switched all my books to digital.

And after that first step, the digital transformation in my life turned into something similar to a snowball. I digitalized photos, notebooks and even my favorite recipes now live in a Pinterest board (you can read my post on how Pinterest can help you declutter here).

So when I was contacted by Paperless Post, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to go fully digital with  my kids' birthday party invitations too. Both my kids have birthdays during the summer months, which means that we usually get the family together on the actual dates but then, in late September/October I organize birthday parties to invite all their school friends - the weather still holds up pretty well, it's easier and cheaper to find venues that fit in all the kids, and everyone is back from vacation and past the first chaotic weeks of the new school year. So, yes, perfect timing. 

Paperless Post is an online stationery company that has tons of different designs to choose from. You can check the kids' birthday invitations using this link, but there are really invitations and cards for all occasions.

Seriously, how cute are these?

Party invitations: go digital with Paperless PostParty invitations: go digital with Paperless Post

And it's not only the digital invitations, you can also use Paperless Post to to send out reminders for the party and track your RSVPs. You just need to import your contact list and they take care of the rest (this is the part of the service I have yet to test, especially because it involves using Coins instead of actual money - I'll let you know how it goes in the coming weeks).  Click below for their step-by-step guide:

Here are the two invites I've started customizing for my kids (translated into English from the Portuguese originals and minus the personal details, because I'm not posting those online):

Party invitations: go digital with Paperless PostParty invitations: go digital with Paperless Post

Don't they look great? Now I just need to finish customizing the envelopes. My son has yet to decide on his, but my daughter's envelope is looking like this now (still work in progress, so don't mind the text):

Party invitations: go digital with Paperless PostParty invitations: go digital with Paperless Post

Want to know what's next for me? Paperless Christmas Cards. Which will also be a first in our house. I've already started browsing designs (here's the link if you want to check them out too: but I still need to build my mailing list for that.
Party invitations: go digital with Paperless Post

I know from experience that when going digital, the first step is always the hardest. So check out Paperless Post today and have a look at all they have to offer. At the very least, you'll be fascinated by the amazing designs. And if in the end you decide you still want to stick to paper, they have that option available too.

Happy Monday,

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This post was written in partnership with Paperless Post and I received 800 free Coins. Other than the first image at the top of the post, all other images and the Paperless Post logo come from the Paperless Post website and as such are not owned by me. All opinions are my own.     

Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #86!

Hello, and welcome, I'm so glad you stopped by for the last link party of September.

Summer has come and gone and the holidays season is almost here, which means it's time to get your crafts  rolling. So...come and share what we've been working on lately and browse around for what other are sharing too.

This is a party, so please try to visit at least a couple of other links and share it on social media - the more, the merrier!

The really crafty link party, keeping it real, craft blog

As usual, the linkup will be open until next Thursday and I will be posting the features on Friday, September 29th.

Did you miss last week's amazing features? Click the image blow to check them out:

The Really Crafty Link Party is focused on crafts, so the idea is for you to link up all your crafty posts: DIYs, printables, home decor, tutorials, recipes, whatever you want to share. Feel free to share as many links as you want, and old posts are welcome!

I have no problem if you want to add the same link in more than one week; it will still be eligible for a feature but please note that I will comment and add it to the Pinterest board only once.You can add posts on other subjects (family friendly please), but only craft related posts will have a chance to be featured and will be pinned to the party's Pinterest board.

If you host your own party, add it too - it may not be featured, but you'll be sharing it with all of us anyway, and everyone loves to discover new parties!

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There are no thumbnails in the party, so in the "name" field of the linky make sure you add an interesting title/description to your post. If you follow me via any social media (icons in the side bar) let me know in the comments and I'll make sure to follow you back!

By linking up you give me permission to use your photos in features or round-ups, and to share your posts on social media (always with a link back to you for proper credit).

Thank you again for stopping by, and have a wonderful week!

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Friday, September 22, 2017

The Really Crafty Link Party #85 featured posts!

Hello and welcome. It's Friday and as usual it's time to showcase the featured posts of the latest edition of the Really Crafty Link Party!

I loved reading all your posts this week, so a big thank you to everyone who linked up, shared on social media and visited during the last few days.

The Really Crafty Link Party #85 featured posts

Check out this week's amazing features below!

Happy Fall - with free printable

For those in the northern hemisphere, fall starts today.

Happy Fall Sign - free printable

This year I created the sign above as part of my fall decor series. If you want to download and use it, click here. The link will take you to a .png file you can easily save to your computer.

Feel free to use the image as you want, but f you re-post or share on social media, just please leave a link back to this page!

Happy Fall!

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

6 lovely fall craft ideas

Hello, and welcome to another edition of the You Can Do-It-Yourself series, this time to share some lovely fall inspired DIY projects.

6 lovely fall craft ideas

They are all different and fairly easy to make, so everyone can choose a favorite and get down to work. Check them out below:

Monday, September 18, 2017

DIY Glitter Cupcakes Banner

Some girls just love glitter, and my daughter is one of them. So, when I made the bunny garland for my son's birthday back in July, my daughter requested one for her seventh birthday too. The only condition? Glitter, and lots of it. And so the glitter cupcakes banner came to be...
DIY Glitter Cupcakes Banner

Its a cute decor for a girly birthday party, and it's also very easy to make. 

Here's a small tutorial: 

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