We believe that the most simple things in life often hold the sweetest and most powerful memories. A simply folded greeting card, an intertwining monogram or a perfectly printed invitation; these are keepsakes that are savored for a life-time, and we are proud to be crafters of these memories.

Boasting a full production wing to our studio, we offer all design work, print and finishing in house at our luxurious Cape Town based studio. Our vibrant, inspired and hand selected team collectively safeguards all projects, local and international, with tender loving creative care. Together, with immense passion, they ensure our high standards are repetitively and uniquely met. For international customers, our designs can be printed in any language and shipped worldwide.

Graphic Design

We offer a luxury design service which ranges from stationery design for all of lifes special celebrations, corporate design, packaging design and personal stationery. Boasting a variety of design styles from our creative design team we make it easy to find something that’s uniquely and beautifully you. Regardless of the occasion, Secret Diary’s passion for design shows through in every digital or printed piece. We love the idea of bringing stories to life through a unique branded experience.

LETTER PRESSING

As our favourite print form, Letterpressing is luxurious sought after and not overly available in SA, making the letterpress service that we offer an exclusive one. Letterpress printing has become the go-to printing technique for wedding invitations, greeting cards, and business cards for anyone hoping to make an impression (pun intended) on the recipient. Printed on a restored 19th century press, the prints created at Secret Diary convey the delicate beauty and tactile warmth that is so often lost in more modern printing techniques.

LASER CUTTING

Laser cutting is an intricate form of cutting that provides the most outstanding level of precision detail to our work. Best used for cutting out fine detail, every laser cut detail is meticulously designed and custom-made to reflect the overall brand or theme. Although breathtakingly beautiful, due to the nature of the cut work residual burn marks do randomly occur on all laser cut products. We are able to cut any paper or board as well as variety of acrylic, perspex and wood and also offer laser engraving on wood, perspex and some metals.

CANDY / DESSERT STATIONS

We create and style candy and desserts tables that exceed all expectations! Fast becoming an interactive way to serve dessert, each of our candy buffets are carefully designed to suit the look and feel as well as colour scheme of your event. Candy and confectionery smalls can be custom chosen depending on your speficic tastes and needs. Our dessert stations are quoted based on the number of guests you have as well as the scale of the dessert installation youre wanting to create. Our beautiful candy buffet glassware is also available as part of our rental range.

PRINTING

We are able to digitally print on a large variety of paper types up to an A3 plus size. A haven for paper connoiseurs, we print our designs on the thickest, most luxurious stocks and boast the largest variety of paper choices in Africa with everything from eco concious cardstock to 100% cotton paper, brown craft paper shimmer paper, pearlescent paper and a large range of gorgeously glam glitter paper. * A common misconception is white printing, please note that digital printers are not able to print in white. Please chat to us about some of our other print forms which can accommodate “white printing”.

RENTALS

Style for hire! We offer a range of stylish decor items for hire that compliment our stationery and your events. For our event stationery we provide a range of easels for seating plans, signage or menus as well as a variety of card holders for menus and place cards and mirrors which can be used for seating plans or décor. Futher to this we also provide glass ware, room dividers, frames, candle holders and a beautifully extensive range of table numbers unlike any other supplier. Ask us for an extensive catalogue of our rental items.

LARGE FORMAT PRINTING

We offer printed banners, canvas printing including or excluding block mounting and any large indoor or outdoor signage

BADGE MAKING

We manufacture a large variety of badges and boutennieres including engraved perspex or wooden badges and round button badges.

STATIONERY

We design and create stationery for all of lifes events, including Invitations, Menus, Gift Boxes, Seating plans, Escort cards, Place cards, Table numbers, Labelling, Tags and Signage for any event.

FOILING

Luxury stamp foiling is available in a variety of metallic shades. Please bear in mind that foiling plates are required for all stamp foiling jobs.

EMBOSSING

Embossing is availble up to an A4 size. Creating a beautiful ``puffed out`` impression, embossing is ther epitome of classic printmaking elegance.

DIE CUTTING

We offer a variety of die cut stationery including envelopes, shapes and packaging.

Our ready to order process

 

Style in a hurry! For the bride on a tight deadline or budget. Boasting the largest variety of invitations and stationery to choose from in Africa our Secret Diary store offers a quick and easy solution to “stationery in a hurry”! We offer one of the most extensive online collections of paper stationery, gifts and decor for style-savvy clients worldwide. Start by browsing through our selection of carefully curated event stationery essentials to find a design that’s right for you. Choose from thousands of letterpress printed, laser cut, foil stamped, and digitally printed stationery designs, decor, packaging and gifts ranging from the traditional to the ultra modern and including everything in between.  So whether you’re searching for modern stationery to complement your contemporary reception or vintage invitations for your Victorian styled ceremony, Secret Diary has all your paper decor and stationery needs covered. With a variety of design styles we make it easy to find something that’s uniquely and beautifully you.

  • Online Store

    Visit our beautiful online store and have a browse around.

  • Checkout

    Add your chosen products to your cart and proceed to the checkout for payment. Wording edits may be made on stationery items but colors and designs are standard and cannot be edited, unless alternatively specified on the online store.

  • Approval

    Once your order has been processed, a designer will make contact with you to assist you in finalizing the requirements for your order. You will receive a digital mock up via email to approve before we produce your order.

  • Production

    Once you have approved the mock up of your chosen design your order will be placed into production. No refunds will be permitted at this point.

  • Shipping

    Once your order is ready, it will be shipped to an address of your choice.

Our couture process

Secret Diary couture is a one of a kind experience for the bride wanting a unique “never before done” stationery suite. By pairing you with one of our talented designers, care and attention is put into bringing your vision to life with more than just a personal touch, but a memorable experience. Couture clients get the added benefit of being able to choose from hundreds of papers, luxury print techniques, finishes, embellishments, ribbons, materials. From hand-drawn artwork to luxury silk invitation boxes, every one-of-a-kind design is a personal reflection of you and your special event. Each client is led step-by-step from paper selection through to the printing process, as we craft stationery thats tailor-made for you. Every detail is meticulously designed and custom-made to reflect the overall brand or theme.

  • Consultation

    Either book a consultation to visit our showroom or email us your ideas. Telephonic or Skype consultations are also available. We will provide you with a quote within a few days. A 50% deposit is required to initiate the design process. *All digital designs will require full payment upfront.

  • Design

    One our talented designers will contact you to chat about your designs and get some finer details before they begin the design process. A set of design drafts will be emailed to you to peruse and approve.

  • Approval

    Once you have approved your design digitally then a physical mock up will be created for you to come and view. Photos can also be sent or we can courier your mock up to you. To proceed with printing and production an artwork approval form will need to be signed.

  • Production

    Your order will be placed into our print and production schedule. Time frames in this regard will depend on the intricacy and quantity of your order and will be communicated timeously.

  • Collection

    Payment is due before collection of your order. Collection can be arranged at our studio through your designer. They will notify you to when your order is ready. Should you require your order to be couriered, we require a min of 48 hours notice to arrange this.

Our rental process

 

Rentals are an added extra that we offer at Secret Diary for the client looking for stylish decor to compliment our beautiful stationery. Our rental range is available to Cape Town based clients only.

  • Quote

    Choose a rental item from our extensive rental catalog. A quote will be provided to you for your chosen items, including a refundable breakage deposit which is standard on all rental orders

  • Payment

    If you wish to proceed with booking the rental items then payment in full is required in order to do so.

  • Collection

    Your rental item/s will be ready for collection the day before your event, during our standard office hours. Early collections are by special arrangement only with management and will be subject to an additional charge

  • Returns

    Return of your rental items is due the day after your event. Return times for weekend events is a Monday and no later. * Late returns will be charged for at the standard daily hiring rate for the item.

  • Refund

    Refund of the breakage deposit will be done after the rental items are returned in good order. Should there be any breakages the fee will be deducted off the breakage deposit. In the event of the breakage deposit not covering the replacement fee of the item an invoice will be sent to the client for payment

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These are just a small group of clients very dear to our hearts, and who we have had the fortunate opportunity to work with over the past few years.
They inspire us to continously push the boundaries in producing quality products and providing exceptional service.