We had a blast meeting new couples and clients at this past weekends Canal Walk bridal expo where we showcased some of our latest Wedding invitations, Wedding stationery and gift favours. We have thouroughly enjoyed hearing all the amazing feedback from clients this week so far and look forward to working with all of you on your stationery!
This past weekend was one to remember! The Secret Diary team pulled off an impeccable event, only this time they managed to surprise me personally with a “Secret” baby shower! With a nautical theme and all dressed to the nines in stripes and sailor hats, it was an unforgettable afternoon with all my nearest and dearest. It made a very pregnant mom to be’s heart swell with love and appreciation.
I would like to say a HUGE thank you to a few very special people in my life: To our amazing studio manager Vinette and our awesome Secret Diary team for the insane amount of work they put into this awe inspiring event and all the beautiful stationery they created. As well as my super Mom for all her hard work with the catering and drinks as well as general input for the whole event. Then to Nico Laubser from N Styling and Events for the beautiful furniture he so graciously loaned us for the day, as well as the lovely flowers he arranged for the tables. Nico, your talents with flowers and decor always supersede all my expectations! And last but not least,to precious Maggie from Edible Art for my amazing nautical themed cake which was both a work of art and delicious down to the last bite! To all of you THANK YOU a million times over! It was an unforgettable day I wont soon forget!
When Lauren and Aldro approached us to design their invitations we jumped at the chance to create something both elegant and timeless for them. Having been let down by another stationer a week before their wedding invitations needed to be sent out, we swiftly whipped up theses chic wedding invitations for them in a week! All in all we are exceptionally pleased with the outcome and so are the clients. Happy clients = Happy designers!
We had the privilege of designing some really special wedding stationery for the wedding of Lara and Roche at Allee Bleue earlier this year on the 23rd of March. Their stationery was designed in classic silver, black and white tones which complimented their decor to create an overall look of simplistic elegance. The silver mirror perspex cake topper we created for them was one of our favourites.
We wish Lara and Roche all the best on their journey together and look forward to seeing them in the future again for baby showers and birthdays!
It is with great sadness that today we say goodbye to an icon! Madiba will live on in the hearts of South Africans forever.
At Secret Diary we would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate his zest for life with a matching wedding invitation stationery suite showcasing traditional South African patterns at their best.
One ton of iron + a teaspoon of ink + the finest papers = one seriously BEAUTIFUL IMPRESSION with unsurpassed quality!
Letterpress printing is an age old print form invented in the mid-15th century, Letterpress is printing with metal plates, in which plates are inked and then PRESSED INTO THE PAPER to obtain a tactile printed image unlike any other print form. The process is tactile and mechanical, yet requires an astonishing amount of craftsmanship and talent to perfect.
At Secret Diary Designs, an understanding of (and passion for) the materials, the process and the antiquated technology allows us to create exquisite invitations and stationery products of the highest quality that are striking and beautiful. On the same machine we also offer blind embossing / debossing as well as stamp foiling.
No photograph does these breath taking prints justice, but just merely holding one and running your fingers over the “pressed in” text will change your views on printing forever! If you have never had the pleasure of feeling one of these magnificent prints, then please do us the favor of popping into our studio and requesting to see our letter press selection of lovely letterpress printed invitations, letterpress printed cards and letterpress printed event stationery. Its a definite must see for all stationery and print lovers!
We recently created this very regal save the date for the lovely Simba and Khangi. We designed a few save the date designs for the couple to choose from, but in the end this one was their top choice. A beautiful way to set the tone for an elegant Harare wedding!
We are currently on the hunt for an inspired female graphic designer to join our creative team of designers. Because our team is such a close knit, fun loving, hard working design family, were looking for that “perfect addition” to join our already dream team!
In a nutshell: We are looking for a portfolio that will blow our designer socks off!
Our dream candidate would be the following:
- Have a minimum 2 years graphic design experience
- Experience in print setup and print finishes is a must have requirement.
- A diploma or degree in graphic design
- Solid experience in Adobe Illustrator, Indesign and Photoshop is a must. Specifically for layout and print setup.
- Thrives well under pressure (bearing in mind that it is currently peak season for us, so our perfect candidate should be able to “hit the ground running”)
- Hard working
- A fast and driven learner
- Well spoken
- Have impeccable client liaison skills (as client service is everything to us)
- Be inspiring to work with
- Be a team player
- Have a passion for paper stationery and all things pretty. (Being a Pinterest addict wont hurt)
- Great communication skills
- Available immediately or absolute latest 1 November 2013
Most importantly we are looking for a designer that we can invest in and that’s wanting to build a long term career within our studio. This is not a stepping stone position. Our Working hours are: Monday to Friday 8:30 – 17:00 (overtime will be required from time to time but is paid) *Salary is negotiable based on your design experience and portfolio.
If you think you’re everything were looking for then please without hesitation urgently email us your PORTFOLIO and a SHORT ONE PAGE CV to email@example.com. (Your portfolio is whats mostly important to us.)
For all our International clients having to go through the effort of paying us via a swift code at their banks, we now have a light at the end of the tunnel!
Secret Diary is proud to announce that we now offer credit card facilities to all International clients or any clients residing outside the borders of South Africa. Its a quick, easy and painless way to pay for your next stationery order. For local SA clients we offer the luxury of having a credit and debit card machine in our studio for those “last minute payments”, as well as we accept payment from all major SA banks via EFT. Pop us a mail for more information on this payment method. We would be happy to assist!
Another invitation that is super trending right now – Perfect for an eco quirky inspired wedding or event! Why not “push the envelope” and have a wooden engraved invitation?! This invitation suited its venue Babylonstoren perfectly! The invitation details were engraved out of the front of the invitation and the map and additional details printed and stuck to the back of the invitation. We are also able to spray our wooden engraved invitations to any spray paint colour of choice. Matching custom printed envelopes with guests names were added to perfectly finish off this trendy wedding invitation suite.
Here is a slight variation on our gorgeous gold and black fabulous fan invitations we blogged previously. This time in lighter softer tones. Showcasing just how versatile the fan invitations really are and how they can be designed to suit any wedding or event colour scheme and theme. Beautiful matching invitation boxes are also available and can be custom printed and made to your exact specifications.
This exact design was created for a couple that however chose to take their stationery in a completely different direction, but we still have these gorgeous prototypes to show off! Pop us a mail for more information on pricing.