Do you ever have those wedding planning days where you get lost in a black hole of message boards and Etsy shops, only to emerge several hours later wondering where the heck your time went? Inescapable as those times might be, I wanted to help you out! So, starting today, here's a new feature highlighting the nifty spiritual, crafty, and practical resources I've stumbled upon and want to share with you. Without further ado...
Remember my post from a few weeks ago about designing your own wedding stationary? If you're going the DIY route for your invites and other materials, it can be tough to find pretty, accessible designs to use in your documents. What's more, on top of figuring that out, you have to track down images and patterns that match your wedding colors. It's all kind of overwhelming and frustrating, but I have to tell you about Pattern Cooler, an incredible site that lets you edit hundreds of gorgeous designs with any colors you like. Basically, once you've registered for a free account on the site, you choose a stripe, floral, or geometric pattern from their huge gallery, then change the colors however you want and download the image to your hard drive. One weird caveat: when you download your patterns, the site creator appears in a pop-up, wearing this ugly wig and asking for donations. I'm not sure what a wig has to do with asking for money to keep the site up and running- if you figure that out, please tell me because I can't be the only one who'd like to know. Still, to me, this awesome website means practically unlimited possibilities for creating the stationary you've been dreaming of, in an easy, customizable, and completely free way!
Ladies, prepare to spend completely unreasonable amounts of time playing with all of the designs and colors. So, so much fun. Here are a few designs I made- feel free to use them for a background or border (just click the images to enlarge, then save them to your computer), and go check out all the goods for yourself!
What other design resources have you found? I'd love to know!