So! How great are printables. You know - stationery that you can download and print on your own printer.
My first taste of print-your-own party decor and stationery was at a Brown Owls welcome meeting in Brisbane two years ago. Super-baker Bel served up a huge tray of cupcakes, each wrapped beautifully in an owl cupcake wrapper. After hasty enquiries, Bel explained that she had purchased the cupcake wrapper printable design from an artist online, printed them on her own printer, laminated them (entirely optional) and voila! Themed cupcakes. I was hooked.
I just love the concept of taking some first-class artwork and being able to download it to my computer and print it on my own printer, whenever I want, and as many times as I want. It's a whole new concept in the way that we use stationery, and the lack of postage means that amazing designs are available to so many more of us, economically.
That's not to say that I don't love paper. I truly do adore paper products (oh letterpress!) and they will never disappear or be replaced by the digital version. But it's exciting to embrace this fairly new way of accessing stationery, and printables are so very useful (read thrifty!) for parties, weddings and events. It's also great to be able to get the little ones involved in printing, cutting, gluing, taping, wrapping and hanging.
Editable printables are even cooler. No more worrying about messy handwriting, and forget those tear-off sheets from the supermarket - these are polished, personalised invitations, place cards and other decor items that you can update yourself.
Which brings me to Modern Printables. I am in contact with so many amazing illustrators, artists and graphic designers, so it only made sense that I would help promote these artists' designs to the wider world and create a central place to find beautiful, quality printables for parties, weddings and events, by top designers. It has been so exciting to collaborate with these designers and work with more that are coming on board in the next few months.
If you are a regular Bondville reader you would have seen the first three amazing Australian designers on the site - Lisa Tilse (the red thread), Jess Walsham (Joyess Designs) and Pilgrim Lee (draw! pilgrim).
Pilgrim has created a bold, bright Halloween theme party with her trademark folk art style that is perfect for a spooky soiree. By popular demand, each item in the Halloween pack is now available individually too!
Lisa designed the gorgoeus Strawberry theme party that I used for my daughter's 4th birthday party. The kawaii strawberry character was a huge hit with the kids.
Jess put together the classy Little Man theme birthday party, originally designed for her own son Jonty's 2nd birthday party. It's all about the moustache and ties and would make a great tie-in for Movember next month.
There are many more great printables products coming your way from talented artists. If you like what you see, you can follow Modern Printables on Facebook for updates, and follow the Modern Printables website for new designs and party features.
Images: Modern Printables