RACHEL EMMA STUDIO

Brand New for Mother's Day

Rachel

Mother's Day is less than two weeks away, so I have some brand new things to help you show her how much you care. 

My personal favourite is the single paper peony wrapped in brown paper, and you can even personalise the message on the little gold foil tag! 

These newbies are available on Etsy now, so pop over and snap yours up now so you can feel smug about how organised you are :) 

5 Reasons to Choose Paper Flowers for Your Wedding.

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Paper flowers have been gaining in popularity in the last few years in wedding design, but what is it that makes them so appealing? I’ve put together a list of reasons you might consider choosing paper over fresh flowers for your wedding day, just in case you are on the fence.

1.   Paper flowers last a lifetime. The week of your wedding can be a busy (and stressful) time, so anything that can be sorted ahead of time is a bonus. Fresh flower arrangements for obvious reasons are usually one of the last things to physically come together for your wedding, so this can be quite unnerving, particularly if you are going down a DIY route. With paper flowers, you can have your buttonholes, bouquets and even centrepieces made up and ready to go months in advance, and they will still look perfect on your big day. You can also keep them for years to come as a beautiful reminder of your special day.

2.   Whatever you want, whatever the season. Have your heart set on peonies but you’re a few months out from peony season? Paper flowers can solve this for you, and you don’t have to be a slave to the seasons and availability of flowers to choose your favourites for your wedding day.

3.   Allergies. If hay fever is your nemesis in summer time then these blooms will not add to your sneezing woes.

4.   An alternative style. Maybe you’d like something from your floral designs that’s impossible with real flowers. For example, bringing a touch of metallic into your buttonholes, or having roses made from the text of your wedding vows. You can even have your favourite flowers blown up to an oversize scale to really make an impact in your decorations.

5.   Inject some of your personality into the day. Imagine being able to have lyrics from your song woven into the petals of your bouquet, or words from your favourite book in the buttonholes. How about flowers made from maps of the places you’ve been together? All of these personal touches become possible when you use paper in your floristry designs.

Hope this helps if you have been puzzling about fresh vs paper flowers for your big day! You could always do what I did and have the best of both worlds with a mixture of the two ;)

 

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

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Valentine's Day is fast approaching... Don't have your super romantic gesture sorted yet? I've got you covered ;) here's a little round-up of some things in the shop that would make perfect v-day (OR Galentine's Day) gifts: 

Cards: I Like Best of All, Moon of my Life, Can I Keep You? 

Prints: City of Stars La La Land Print, Always Harry Potter Print, Personalised Initial Book Pages.

Gifts: Harry Potter Paper Rose, Personalised Wood Slice Plaque

My personal fav is my brand new La La Land inspired print design with rose gold foil. I can't give you Ryan Gosling, but I can give you a little tribute {insert heart eye emoji}. 

Engaged? Start Here...

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6 steps to avoid pinterest fatigue when starting to plan your wedding.

If you are recently engaged, hooray and congratulations! As well as excitement, you are probably feeling overwhelmed with where to start your planning process, and an insatiable urge to go wild on pinterest searching for the perfect wedding design details. This is where I lovingly say HOLD UP a second! There are some big things to think about first, and once you have those in place it is so much easier to plan the rest of the wedding with clarity and intention.  

1.   Stop and enjoy being engaged for a bit. This sounds counter intuitive, but it’s so important and quite often a missed step. It’s very tempting as soon as you get engaged to start planning the big day immediately, especially because as soon as you break the happy news you will be flooded with questions from your loved ones. This can be a recipe for early overwhelm, so it’s really important to chill on the immediate planning, even for a day or the evening, just to let your engagement sink in and bask in happiness together.

 

2.   Set a budget. The first conversation you have should be the hardest. Get realistic and honest about the money you are willing to spend and where it’s coming from. This includes talking to relatives openly about if they would like to contribute, if that is a route you would like to go down. Your budget affects every single aspect of your day, so it’s important to be clear about your intentions from the start. I’ve created a wedding budget starter sheet to help you with your wedding money woes, which you can download here.

Beautiful photo by Studio Something, from Jadey and Tim's wedding featuring my mint feather buttonholes.

Beautiful photo by Studio Something, from Jadey and Tim's wedding featuring my mint feather buttonholes.

3.  Think about the mood/tone you’d like your wedding to have. How would you like your guests to feel on the day? What would you like the atmosphere to be like? This is less about setting a colour scheme and more thinking about your personality as a couple and the tone you’d like your wedding to have. A good exercise to do is to imagine what you’d like your guests to be saying the morning after your wedding.

4.  Set a date, but keep it flexible if you can until you find your venue. Think about the time of year you’d like to get married, and how this affects your budget and the atmosphere of your wedding. For example winter weddings can be up to half price on some venue hires, leaving room for spending on other fun stuff.

Photo credit: Simon Revill Photography

5.  Create a rough guest list and choose your wedding party. Go back to your answers on the mood/tone of the wedding and you’ll quickly realise that the size of your guest list will determine the style of wedding you can afford on your budget.

6.  Choose a location and start looking for venues. It’s really tempting to go crazy on pinterest before you’ve found your venue, but finding your ideal venue first really helps the other details fall into place. A countryside wedding will suit very different styles to a beach or city wedding for example, and knowing your ideal location first is a must if you want to narrow down your design ideas. 

I hope this helps you avoid pinterest fatigue in the first stages of wedding planning. It can be really overwhelming, but by taking these steps first you will set yourself up for a more focused and less stressful experience. Don’t forget to download your free budget planning starter sheet, and happy planning! 

Paper Buttonholes and Moss Bros

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If you follow me on Instagram you may remember I was working on a big order of buttonholes just before Christmas, and I'm so excited to finally announce their destination. I've been working with the lovely people at Moss Bros, and my copper paper buttonholes will soon be spotted in their S/S hire window displays across the UK! I also created some bespoke designs for their 2017 Hire Collection lookbook, which you can see more of on the Moss Bros website.

These designs will be available in the shop as part of my S/S collection, but if you'd like to order some for your wedding before they launch just drop me an email and I can advise on early-bird availability. 

Pop over to the Moss Bros website to see the whole lookbook, and if you go into a store near you, see if you can spot my little buttonholes out in the wild :) 

Wedding Biz Stories - Something Hired

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I love hearing the stories behind other businesses, especially fellow wedding professionals. Something Hired is a new business that offers event hire throughout the UK, which is designed specifically for people planning smaller handmade events - my favourite kind! Today Gavin from Something Hired is sharing some of his insights and experiences, both from a business perspective and from his own wedding, which sparked a new chapter for him in the wedding industry. 

1.      A bit of background, how did you get to where you are, what were the beginnings of your business? 

In 2014 I planned my own wedding, long story short during the planning I quickly realised that it was very difficult to hire all the things I required without going to a number of suppliers. Why wasn’t there a single company who could supply the things people needed to anywhere throughout the country? After discussing it with my colleague we decided to do something about this and Something Hired was born, with the aim of saving people money, time and reducing stress by supplying beautiful things for special occasions!

2.      How did your own wedding planning process go? 

My wife is from Guadeloupe which is a French island in the Caribbean, (if you have watched death in paradise on the BBC, that’s it!) so I wanted to have an event that would resonate with her family. This included Caribbean food and plenty of rum punch! I also wanted to keep things informal and fun so we built a little Caribbean beach bar and had some outside games to keep everyone entertained. Everything went superbly, our guests had a great day and although by the standards of many peoples weddings ours was low key for us it was perfect.   

3.      Your favourite thing about weddings?

I think although the emphasis is on the bride for a wedding day, the best thing for me is the guests. It is impossible to please everyone, but a day that flows well and isn’t to dogmatic in adhering to every tradition and process is a day that everyone will enjoy and remember.

4.      What are your best wedding planning tips? 

I think retrospectively the two big things I encountered was pulling the physical things together with actually sourcing the items needed, this was so hard that we have since started a company to deal with this! The next problem was dealing with all the little things that need your time and attention on the day, if I could go back I would employ a wedding planner who offers on the day assistance. I am very good at organising and delegating but doing it on your wedding day robs you of the time you want to be spending enjoying the day.

5.      Any funny stories / wedding disasters you have encountered?

I am sworn to secrecy I'm afraid! 

6.      Explain a bit about the services you offer, your ethos as a company. 

We offer a good selection of high quality product. From the necessary, such as Cutlery, crockery and glassware, to the more exciting things like bars, lighting and even instagram printers. Have a look at our website and see our range!
We built the company so that we could help people just like myself, so we keep everything simple, we deliver throughout the whole UK, we keep our product quality and our prices realistic. Also our website is a jump forward because you can see exactly how much things are going to cost including delivery without calling or emailing (although we are always happy to discuss anything should you wish). We have very low minimum orders and sensible payment and booking terms…. We are unique!

Having worked with many hire companies in the past, I can say that Something Hired really does have a personal touch that makes the whole process a lot easier and more enjoyable. So much so that we're working with them for our own wedding! Thanks for sharing some of your wedding wisdom with us Gavin.

YAY New Website!

Rachel Good

Welcome to my sparkly new website!! Now that everything is up and running here again, I can't wait to share all of the content that has been waiting in the wings while I was refurbishing. 

I transferred my whole post archive from the old blog, so everything is still here, just in a more cohesive package. 

If you haven't yet, do take a little snoop around. If you are new here, the best places to start are my ABOUT page and my DESIGN SERVICES

So pleased to have you here :) 

DIY Glitter Notebook Set

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Hello hello, long time no see! I have been busy with my other life as a set designer recently, and I'm trying to figure out a better way of scheduling my time so I can fit Etsy work and blogging back in more solidly... So to kick off some more regular posting for Autumn, here is a fun little DIY, a super quick glittery stationery fix.



To make this set of glittery notebooks, all you need is some A5 glitter paper (I got mine in a pack from Hobbycraft), some plain paper, a laminator (optional) and a sewing machine. If you don't have a sewing machine you can hand sew these just as easily. 


To start with, I laminated my glitter paper in A5 laminator pouches - just to make a protective layer for the notebooks, and to stop glitter going everywhere when I use them. If you don't mind a bit of glitter spillage in your life, you can skip this step. I then trimmed plain paper to size, 4-6 sheets of A4 is best. 


Once your pages are together, you can just run the centre spine through a sewing machine to bind them together. Start slowly to check the thickness is ok for your needle, and make sure that you change your needle afterwards as it will have been blunted a bit by the paper. Tip: I keep a special needle aside for sewing paper with so I don't ruin my other needles. 

These are so quick, and the results are great - they would make such a cute present for a friend as a little set. 

x Rachel 

From Our Wedding Pinboard

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I'm starting a new feature today which is a little overdue... Obviously since becoming engaged I have been pinteresting like no tomorrow, collecting inspiration images for our wedding. All of our ideas a very broad at the moment, I'm reluctant to settle on a theme just yet... But I thought I would share a few of my recent favourites from our pinterest board here, so we can all bask in the pretty wedding loveliness. 

These images conveniently happen to be from some of my favourite wedding blogs, which I am now even more obsessed with: 

// Rock n Roll Bride (of course, my absolute fav - has anyone been getting the new magazine? So great!!) 

// Festival Brides - has great advice for outdoor weddings

// Love My Dress - so many beautiful and touching stories, as well as amazing images. 

// Whimsical Wonderland Weddings - I particularly love the village hall wedding linked above! So cute, and along the vibe we will probably be going for...

Do you have any favourite wedding blogs you recommend? 

x Rachel 

Photo Shoot Preview

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On Monday we held a little Easter picnic in our garden, and combined it with a photo shoot for some new Pointless Pretty Things products. It was so fun! I made a ribbon backdrop and set up a lounge area, and we ate lots of food and drank tea from teacups. Thanks to two of my beautiful besties for being wonderful models. 

I've been working on this new range of wedding accessories for a while now, and I am SO excited to finally release them next week. 

Hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine...

x Rachel 

A little look into my Studio...

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When we moved house in September, I finally gained a home studio – and it is the best. Every place I’ve lived previously has been taken over with my designer mess – with all my supplies stacked in boxes in cupboards and work having to take place on the living room floor. As I’m sure anyone who has a combination work/living place will know, it can be a bit chaotic. I was finding it really hard to be productive, and the lines between work time and down time were completely blurred – I often used to just work until it was time to go to bed. I’ve been ready to move into a studio space for what seems like forever, and it feels so great to finally have my own space! So I thought I’d share a little tour with you, to show how I use my studio in a normal working day. Also, you can play spot the cat!




I have two desks – this one by the window is my main desk for both admin and making jobs. It’s from Ikea, and it is height adjustable so I can also use it as a standing desk – which is so handy for things like fabric cutting. The grey worktop is also great for a neutral background for photos – so if you've seen my instagram that explains a lot of my photos. This is also where Ceci the cat likes to hang out all day people watching.





On the opposite side is my sewing table, with my shiny new sewing machine – the Singer One - which I am loving. I use the three clipboards to display my weekly schedule, my goal lists, and also any inspiration images from projects I’m working on. The shelving unit holds all of my non-fiction/craft books, magazines (mostly Mollie Makes) and stacks and stacks of wood slices that I use in my shop. Also a little storage favourite is my cake-stand turned washi tape holder.



The room divider/storage unit is my favourite. All the supplies I need are organised and easy to reach, which cuts down the dead time between tasks where usually I would have had to search around for things all over the house.


Having a studio in my house has completely revolutionised my work life! Even though it is quite small, having a whole room as a separate work place is amazing – both practically and psychologically. Getting ready in the morning, then popping into the studio with a cup of coffee really helps me to focus and get into work-mode. When it’s time to finish for the day, I can leave the craft mess behind me and shut the door. I love it.

So that's it! I hope you've enjoyed this little peek into my studio.

x Rachel 


Fun Save the Date Ideas

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DIY Save the Date Ideas (from top left): 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 //


Save the Dates on Etsy (from top left): 1// 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 //

We've just set our wedding date for next year (eee!), so naturally I've been having a look around for inspiration for our Save the Date invitations. There are so many great ideas out there, but I thought I'd put together a bit of a round-up of some of my favourites. How cute are those hand illustrated options from talented Etsy sellers? And my personal comedy favourite is the "SAVE" the date, literally... So silly but so good. 

I think we might end up going with a mix of photo/DIY/collagey sort of vibe - but it is so hard to choose! 

Which is your favourite? 

x Rachel 

The Happy List

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The Happy List is back, and here are my latest additions:

1// This vintage railway poster art by Frank Newbould - I have fond memories of Southend-on-Sea so I would love to have something like this hanging up in our house. 

2// I'm making a quilt for someone at the moment, made up of squares collected from their family and friends, and it has really given me the quilting bug! I love this triangle pattern, think something like this will be my next project.  

3// Look at this little floral crowned kitty... 

4// "If it doesn't matter, get rid of it" - something I am trying to live by at the moment. I used to have the approach of saying yes to everything and then thinking about it later, but this year I have made a big effort to practice saying no. 

5// I love this DIY gem mirror from A Beautiful Mess. So much easier than it first looks!

6// I've recently discovered the textile design work of Rebecca Atwood and I am in love! Her design process is so inspiring... Take a look at this whole collection, just beautiful. 

And there you have it. What's making you happy this week? 

x Rachel 

Wedding Planning - The Big To-Do List

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As I mentioned in this post in January - Jake and I got engaged over Christmas! It's been a very exciting time behind the scenes over here, visiting venues, drawing up budgets and pinteresting (obviously)... We're getting excitingly close to booking our venue, so I thought it was high time I wrote the first (of many I'm sure) wedding planning post. 

We're looking at Summer next year, so we have plenty of time - but having designed weddings for other people before and knowing how much work is involved, we knew that we wanted to get organised as soon as possible. To start us off, we made this big planning board to act as our master todo list - it really is the list to end all lists! 


We sat down together and just blurted out every possible thing we thought might come up during the wedding planning, organised them into different categories, and wrote each task on a separate bit of paper (colour coded of course). The board is divided into three sections: the main list, the area of focus, and the "done" area. As you can see, we have barely started! But it's so satisfying to move things over to the completed section. 

What I like best about this method, is that it's a really great way to look at everything all at once in a digestible way. Having each task on a separate bit of paper that you can move around, or take away all together, is so helpful. We can decide what tasks we're focusing on each month, and just concentrate on them rather than being overwhelmed by everything all at once.


Our list is probably a little bit over-kill, and a lot of it will probably be irrelevant as decisions start to be made, but it has been really useful to have everything we're thinking about out in the open and in such a visual way. I'm sure a lot of people think we are total freaks - some of our friends have definitely had a little chuckle/eye roll on seeing this up in our house! But putting on shows/events is what both of us do for a job, so we can't help but geek out a bit... 

Does anyone else plan like this? Any tips from any of you? 

x Rachel 

Coming Soon - New Sparkly Wedding Stuff.....

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Lots of exciting things happening in the studio this week! I am in super making mode at the moment, working on lots of new prototypes for the wedding season... I am right in the middle of designing and testing a few new lines for the 

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, which will be released soon, but I just couldn't wait to share some sneaky pictures with you! 

Expect luxe, sparkly copper tones, new breeds of paper flowers, and most excitingly.... a whole range of flower crowns! I just can't wait to reveal them all soon, but for now - back to work...

I'm also now accepting custom requests from brides with a vision they want to accomplish for their wedding - so if that's you, and you have an idea you would like help realising, just drop me a message to say hello at rachelemmastudio@gmail.com. 

x Rachel 

A Most Curious Wedding Fair

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On Sunday we went to our first wedding fair, and it has certainly set the standard high!

A Most Curious Wedding Fair

at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, has left me a quivering ball of excitement. We were tempted by AMCWF because we wanted something a bit different from the classic, slightly tacky, chair-cover filled wedding fair... and we were not disappointed! 

See what I mean?! Excited Shivers!! I had too many favourites to list here, but for a full list of the super inspiring vendors go to the

Most Curious

website.

Did anyone else attend the fair? What were your thoughts? 

x Rachel 

Homemade Marquee Signs

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I mentioned back in May about a Moulin Rouge themed event that I was designing, and that event has come and gone... I thought I'd share my favourite part today, my handmade marquee signs! I've seen these floating around on Pinterest for ages, so it was great to finally have an excuse to make some of my own. 



For the red "Moulin Rouge" sign, I roughly followed this brilliant tutorial from Oh Happy Day. It worked a treat, and although it was super time consuming, I was really happy with the result. It was perfect for setting the scene at the entrance to the event. 

If you are thinking of making some of your own, make sure you use LED fairy lights (which don't get hot) - anything else will be a fire hazard with all that card and spray paint. I bought mine here and they were perfect. 


I also made a slightly different version for the "Cabaret" sign. It's basically the same method, but without the edges on each letter. I was really pleased with this one actually, because it took a fraction of the time to make and still looked really effective. 

If you'd like to see a bit more of the event, there is a short video here. All I will say is that I was not responsible for those chair covers. Or the balloons. Sometimes you just have to let these things go haha... but if there's one thing I've learned, there is nothing a bit of red velvet draping and plenty of fairy lights paint can't solve. 

The Happy List

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Also making me happy this week: 

>>> Deliciously Ella - this food blog is changing my life! So many amazing plant based recipes and healthy alternatives to treats. I'm really noticing a difference in my mood and energy after swapping some of my bad eating habits. 

>>> This TED talk - really worth a watch. 

>>> This chocolate and courgette cake recipe - mine is literally in the oven right now! 

and finally..... 


Happy June everyone :) 

x Rachel 

How to Make a Mini Folder out of Duct Tape

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Any fellow freelancers out there may have a purse similar to mine; over flowing with receipts! I have a filing system for mine, but I don't get around to actually organising them very often, so I've been looking for a mini organiser that I can take with me on the go to keep things a little neater. I also wanted something with different compartments so that I could keep receipts from different jobs separate, but I found it quite difficult to find something in the size I wanted... So I decided to make one! 


Supplies: Gaffa/Duct Tape in a fun colour, clear parcel tape, cereal box card, plastic wallets, washi tape, scissors. 

1// Cut two rectangles out of thin cardboard in whatever size you would like to make your folder. 

2// Cover each piece in gaffa tape (I got my pink roll from Tiger), and leave an excess at one side of a few centimetres. 

3// Join the two pieces with another piece of tape, wrapping around the front and back and forming the "spine" of your folder. Make sure that the two sides will match up when folding before taping it down. 

4// Cut the plastic wallets down to the right size and reseal the edges with washi tape as necessary. 

5// Use clear parcel tape to fix the wallets inside the folder. 

6// Pop your new organisational friend into your bag and feel smug for being so on top of your finances. 


What do you think? I mostly love how cheap this was to make. You could use the same method to make art journals or book sleeves, or photo albums! Hooray for gaffa tape :)

x Rachel 

Home Trends: Concrete

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The industrial trend is not getting old for me. I love concrete mixed with pretty colours and accessories. I love it! I have a steadily growing pile of DIYs on my Pinterest that I can't wait to try, but some may have to wait until we have a house of our own... I've shared some of my favourites below:

>>> DIY Concrete Bracelet





Ahhhhhh concrete!! I could go on forever. But I'll stop now. What do you think of this trend? Getting boring or still a winner? 

x Rachel