SDD_BlackonBlackThis year we have seen multiple trends within the wedding industry adding much variety to the many weddings we have been so fortunate to be a part of. One though which we adored was the use of deep, dark and rich colours. We collaborated with Blank Canvas for this divine Black on Black styled shoot which took the dark hue and made it elegant, dreamy and purely sophisticated. We used laser cutting, stamp foiling and blind printing to create beautiful patterns, textures and dimensions.

SDD_FestiveSeason_2014We cannot believe the festive holidays are only a few weeks away! And though we are in full swing with our peak season madness, we took a few moments out of our busy day to keep the Holiday Spirit sparkle eminent in our studio. Don’t you just adore our personalised decorations! They sure made us smile and jingle all the way to the tree!

SDD_MovemberAs Movember comes to an end, we couldn’t resist to show our support in the best way we know how – with vibrant shades of colour (blue being the official one for Prostate Cancer Awareness), quirky laser-cut wording, and our dazzling smiles. Don’t we look just ever so handsome!

Be sure to show your support and donate on the official Movember South Africa website.


Our studio took a little P & R this morning . . . that’s Pilates and Relaxation to be exact. With peak season in full swing, some of our beautiful ladies (and let’s not forget 1 gentleman) took to the mats with professional Pilates instruction (side comedy included) and had some downtime in preparation for the day ahead.

Aaah . . . and breathe!

A big thank-you to Sam for her expert instruction and for making the morning session such an enjoyable experience. If you are interested in anything Pilates you can contact Sam at 084 556 1987.

SDD_Narine&JurgenThis romantic old French inspired wedding was highly influenced by the super creative and organised couple, Narine and Jurgen. Their stitched letter pressed and printed invites set the tone for this beautiful wedding at Brenaissance, Stellenbosch captured by Nikki Meyer Photography.

PS: The pictured photo frames were provided by the couple which we supplied the seating charts inserts for.

SDD_LittleJammiesGift favours with a sweet twist is what these gorgeous (and delicious) bottles of jam are! These miniature jars are practical gift favours which you can order directly from us. Even better – the tags are all custom made in out studio to suit any occasion or your current stationery designs.


We are currently on the hunt again for two awesome young ladies to join our team. There are 2 fabulous positions available which need to be filled immediately (as in yesterday)!

POSITION 1: Admin assistant / Front of house

We are ideally wanting a very well groomed, meticulous detail driven young lady who fits our brand identity to represent us front of house as well as fulfil some very integral admin roles within our studio.

Min requirements for this position:

  • Very organised and meticulous
  • Neat and presentable
  • Strong admin skills
  • Great telephone manner
  • Bubbly and friendly
  • Works well under pressure
  • Ability to multi task
  • Able to work overtime from time to time (bearing in mind that we are in peak season at the moment)
  • Between the ages of 21 and 30
  • Non smoker
  • Valid drivers license and own transport

*This position is not suited for designers or any candidates hoping to become a designer within Secret Diary. Its a strong admin intensive role which requires a candidate thats passionate about admin and that loves being surrounded by beautiful products and designs.

POSITION 2: Junior designer / Laser cutting machine operator

We are ideally wanting a junior designer to run our laser cutting department. This will entail the running and upkeep of our 2 machines on a daily basis, as well as some creative laser cutting product development and design from time to time. Intensive training will be provided for this position.

Min requirements for this position:

  • A good working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator (training is not provided for this, this is a must have)
  • Previous knowledge of how a laser cutter is run will be to your advantage but isn’t a must.
  • Works well under pressure
  • Deadline driven
  • Able to work overtime from time to time (bearing in mind that we are in peak season at the moment)
  • Between the ages of 21 and 30
  • Non smoker
  • Valid drivers license and own transport

Please URGENTLY email us your CV and portfolio to (portfolio only needed for the design position).

SDD_Delray&RudyNo detail was left untouched with these beautiful laser cut, letter pressed gated invites for Delray and Rudy’s upcoming wedding. The inner card was deeply pressed in a charcoal ink enclosed with an abstract floral laser cut folder. Small diamantes adorned the pattern and a white leaf perspex buckle was the finishing touch for this elegant piece.

SDD_Tracey&DougWe absolutely adored bringing Tracey + Doug’s elegant, watercolour | beach yet modern vision to life. Their beautiful digital Save the Date and Invite were only the beginning to the many pieces we were fortunate enough to contribute on their special day (in collaboration with Karla Oettler). The Grand was the perfect venue to compliment their wedding with our showcasing banners, laser cut perspex wording, parasols, food signage and much much more.

Photography credit: Riaan West Photography

SDD_Caroline&SteveThese exquisite letterpressed invites (for the wonderful couple Caroline & Steve) made waves in our studio as the beautiful 600gsm cotton square cards were placed onto the plates waiting to be with freshly pressed with hand blended black ink. These timeless cards are a show piece with their deep indentations over the classic and elegant monogram and wording.

SDD_RusticProteaThis beautiful digitally printed velum pocket invite, exudes vintage elegance with a rustic protea flair. The twine finishing allows for fun or chic embellishments (in wood or perspex) or even a fun buckle.