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We will be there with some of Athens’ finest wedding vendors! Register here for this event and we’ll see you there!

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Finding Your Inspiration (in spite of Pinterest)


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A few years back in the wedding and event industry, brides and hosts alike came to us frustrated because they couldn’t find enough inspiration for their events. Unless they were crazy Martha Stewart followers like some of us.  ;-)

Then came Pinterest. And all our problems were solved.

For a few minutes anyway.

Then a whole new set of problems emerged around Pinterest. Mainly – How do I get inspired in spite of Pinterest? 

Most people feel excited then immediately overwhelmed by all the possibilities on Pinterest. It’s like keeping up with the Jones’ on speed.

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Well our advice 10 years ago stays true today and has helped hundreds of our clients go from overwhelm to inspired (and focused). I hope it helps you today too…

I’m sure that you’ve already discovered that there are literally endless possibilities for planning inspiration. The hours you’ve spent on Pinterest alone could have probably added another full time job to your schedule.

When you’re planning your wedding or any event really, it can be overwhelming to sort through all the amazing ideas out there. In fact, most brides and hosts alike pick too many of those great ideas to the point where your fabulous day has too many things to focus on, making your event feel chaotic and seemingly disorganized for guests to experience.

And… let’s not forget. That also means that you end up wasting TONS of money – thousands even – simply because you don’t know what you truly want.

So, how can you plan your dream wedding in a fabulous way without breaking the bank?

I always suggest to every bride having trouble finding her true inspiration to start with a “tear out session”.  Even if you love Pinterest big time, I’m telling you that this will do the trick and I beg you to step away from the computer, iPad and iPhone for just a few minutes and humor me.

I’ve found that real magazines are easier for our clients to do this in the beginning. Of course, I encourage you to use pins that you love too, but start with the magazines when possible.)

So what exactly is a “tear-out session”?

You should literally start by sitting down in your living room or some place super comfy with a stack of your favorite bridal, event, fashion, interior design, or style magazines and start ripping out the inspiring ideas.

Don’t think about it…just tear out anything and everything that even remotely appeals to you. Don’t think, just tear!! THEN, once you’ve finished, go back to the stack and look at each pulled page and look for what is calling you in each picture. Is it the color scheme, lighting, tablescapes, linens, chairs, or the overall mood? Is it a specific detail or something broad? Is it the look on the guests’ faces? Or the guests of honor? Or something entirely different?

Make notes on each page accordingly (I prefer to use sticky notes) and this will help you get started in the right direction!

What you’ll find when you do this is that you have a pattern to what you’re drawn to when you’re not over thinking it. This process quiets all the clutter bombarding you from Pinterest, shoulds coming at you, and other people’s feelings and opinions. When you strip all that away, you’re left with what you truly want. Not what’s hip right now or the latest, greatest trend on the market. What’s important to you will come to the surface and the rest will fall away.

Once you know this, you will feel more confident in knowing what you truly love and you can now brave the Pinterest storm and be specific in your searches and inspiration.

Let me know how this helps you in your planning!

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© 2003-2014 Soirée! Ltd./Natalie Bradley Events

Want to use this post in your E-newsletter, blog, or website? You can as long as you include this complete statement: Southern Event Planner & Designer Natalie Bradley publishes the “Soirée Secrets” blog filled with secrets, tips and how-tos for planning your fabulous event. Get your exclusive inspiration, tips and tricks at http://NatalieBradley.com. Soirée by Natalie Bradley Events is an event planning and design company based in Athens, serving Northeast Georgia, the Carolinas and select destination locations


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© 2003-2014 Soirée! Ltd./Natalie Bradley Events

Want to use this post in your E-newsletter, blog, or website? You can as long as you include this complete statement: Southern Event Planner & Designer Natalie Bradley publishes the “Soirée Secrets” blog filled with secrets, tips and how-tos for planning your fabulous event. Get your exclusive inspiration, tips and tricks at http://NatalieBradley.com. Soirée by Natalie Bradley Events is an event planning and design company based in Athens, serving Northeast Georgia, the Carolinas and select destination locations


Freaky Friends and Ghoulish Greetings


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This month we are showing off our favorite new products from the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. We hope you enjoy our projects!

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from #1 Kim Czenszak at LiveLoveStamp on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

First of all, I’m absolutely head over heels for the whole holiday catalog. In fact, I had a harder time deciding what not to buy as opposed to what to buy. That’s a good kind of problem, in my opinion!!

My daughter’s birthday is in October, so every year we have a full on fabulous kids’ birthday bash with tons of fun details and games for the kiddos. And this year, for her 7th birthday party she’s requested a Friendly Monster Mash (complete with dance party). Below was the invitation I created and shared last week on the blog. (Note: these papers are not in the holiday catalog, but all of my projects below ARE!)

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By the way. Nothing is wrong with the invitation in case you’re wondering. I’ve blurred out our address and my cell phone number so we don’t have unexpected guests crashing our awesome party! ;-) I hope you understand.

This week, I’m working on all the other details to go on cupcakes, glasses and all the hundred other details party planners like me love to incorporate into festivities.  I have to start on all these details early so I have a great time creating and don’t get stressed out trying to throw it all together at the last minute. Plus, we have 5 weddings to put together between now and the big party, so no time to waste!

Here are the cupcake topper and signature drink details and tutorials I’ve created so far to share with you today…

Monster Mash Cupcake Toppers

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This project is super simple. Just get popsicle or cake pop sticks (they’re really the same thing) from Michael’s or any craft store. They will look really long, but remember you’re sticking this all the way through a cupcake. So only about 1/2 (or less depending on how high your frosting is) will be sticking out on top.

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Stamp your image as many times as you’ll need. Space out according to the desired size of your punch.

Punch your images out. If you’d like to do a 2nd layer like we did here, you’ll need to punch that as well.

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Glue your layers together. Add additional embellishment if desired (like this sentiment – “Om nom nom” seemed the perfect choice to me for cupcakes) and also add a backing paper punched out as desired to hide your assembly.

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Now you need to adhese the paper to the popsicle stick. You can either use the glue dots (which work VERY nicely) or hot glue. Just remember to remove all your glue strings that often happen if you do use the hot glue gun (which is why I prefer the glue dots for this particular project).

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Voila! Monster Mash Cupcake Toppers that are sure to please adults and kiddos alike! You could also use this for an embellishment if you’re sending treats to school with the kiddo to share with friends! Have fun getting creative with it. :-)

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Monster Mash Signature Drink Details

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This project is also simple. It’s just going to be a little more time consuming.

You’ll notice for many of my at-home parties and photo shoots, I use this shape glass consistently. The reason is simple. My grandmother has a love (or addiction?) to frappuccinos and cannot bring herself to recycle them. So she gives them to me …. which means at any given time I have about 500 of these in storage just waiting for some serious scrubbing and TLC. Now while I love up cycling these frapp bottles, a word of warning.

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No matter how many times we scrub these or use things like goo gone to remove the adhesive from those Starbucks labels, the sticky never ever goes away completely. Which is annoying and freaks people like me out who hate anything sticky to get on their hands (I realize the irony as a crafty chick, but still there you have it). If you look closely at the image above, you’ll still see the shape of the label that was on this bottle. They have some serious glue over at Starbucks! So anyway, the solution I’ve come up with is to add some details that work with whatever theme I’m playing with at the time. So just keep this in mind and don’t say I didn’t warn you if you want to try using naked frappuccino bottles. :-)

Secure ribbon around frappuccino bottles with hot glue.

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Stamp your image as many times as you’ll need on desired paper. Space out according to the desired size of your punch.

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Punch your images out.

Adhere to doily with minimal glue.

Adhese layered doily and embellishment to ribbon and also to glass with hot glue gun to make sure that it hugs the curve of the bottle.

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This is a variation I created punching out the DSP for a backing paper. I can’t decide which one we’re going to use for the party….. I’ll have to sit with this decision for a couple of days. Hmmmmm.

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I hope you enjoyed these fun and simple crafts today! 

The next stop is #3 Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and  I hope to see you next month.

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  1. Kim Czenszak at LiveLoveStamp
  2. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events  << you are here
  3. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  4. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  5. Becky Gifford at The Social Stamper
  6. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  7. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner
  8. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  9. Katy McGloin at Just fun Stamping
  10. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  11. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  12. Shannon Jaramillo at www.EZPeasyCards.com
  13. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  14. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  15. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  16. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  17. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  18. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  19. Amanda Merrill at Inkflair
  20. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  21. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  22. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  23. Amy Williams at Stamps and Spice
  24. Rae Harper-Burnet at WildWestPaperArts.com
  25. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  26. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  27. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  28. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  29. September Gray at SeptemberGray.com
  30. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  31. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb…
  32. Angie Valle-Peters at Paperluxuries
  33. Peggy Noe at prettypapercards
  34. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  35. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery

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© 2003-2014 Soirée! Ltd./Natalie Bradley Events

Want to use this post in your E-newsletter, blog, or website? You can as long as you include this complete statement: Southern Event Planner & Designer Natalie Bradley publishes the “Soirée Secrets” blog filled with secrets, tips and how-tos for planning your fabulous event. Get your exclusive inspiration, tips and tricks at http://NatalieBradley.com. Soirée by Natalie Bradley Events is an event planning and design company based in Athens, serving Northeast Georgia, the Carolinas and select destination locations