5 Lovely and Free Wedding Font Combinations

5 Lovely and Free Wedding Font Combinations

Tagged with: wedding · wedding planning · font · design · invitations ·

Because it’s my birthday month, I have an excuse to splurge. So I used it to my full advantage and ordered myself some a lot of Project Life items from Bee Happy Crafts. I ordered a Midnight edition 6x8 album (P900) for my 2014 Project Life (I know, I’m supposed to panic because I haven’t started yet!) I also got Becky Higgins 6x8 page protectors in designs 2, 3 and 4. Lastly, I ordered some 12x12 journaling card elements cardstock (P32 each) from the following sets:

  • Echo Park Paper Totally Teal 
  • Simple Stories Vintage Bliss
  • Echo Park  Beautiful Life
  • Echo Park Note to Self 
  • American Crafts Lucky Charm This and That
  • Simple Stories  I Heart Summer

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I paid P2,444.10 for this whole loot because the seller gave me 5% discount! It would have been 10% if my total reached P2,500 but I was P22 short. Haha. I highly recommend this shop, the seller is super nice and accommodating and they have a lot of items to choose from!

Next, I ordered two kit shares of journal cards from paperiemanille who I stumbled upon on Instagram. She was destashing her Sunshine and Jade Becky Higgins kits as well as a We R Memory Keepers kit that I can’t remember. The kit shares include 100 3x4 cards and 20 4x6 cards. I got the kit shares for P300. Very nice deal. 

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Lesson learned: Wait for other hoarders crafters to destash to manage your hoarding tendencies.

I also got myself a corner rounder and craft glue from Muji in Hong Kong. I got them for 59 HKD (P354) and 39 HKD (P234), respectively. 

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What would I buy next? Hmmh, I think I only need a large paper trimmer, colored printer ink, some patterned paper and more white board paper! I’m thinking of getting clear and roller date stamps but they’re not in the priority list, for now.

If you’re wondering about my Korea PL trip progress, I have filled around 13 sheets with photos and cards already. I still need to write more journals and fill some more pages. Most of the pages need embellishments but I’m not forcing myself to finish decorating the pages so I don’t stress myself out. Sorry, no photos yet.

Note to self: I should finish this trip’s pages ASAP because I have 2 other trips for this year that I need to work on! And I haven’t started on the 2014 one and there’s only 4 months left! *pressure* Go me! Maybe I should join the #letscatchuponprojectlife craze.

 

12 Free Fonts for the Helpless Romantic
I am planning a wedding (mine!) and this will come in handy for our DIY wedding invites!

12 Free Fonts for the Helpless Romantic

I am planning a wedding (mine!) and this will come in handy for our DIY wedding invites!

Tagged with: wedding · wedding planning · fonts · invitations · design ·

Hi guys, I’ve been MIA for the past week because I went to Hong Kong to celebrate my birthday with my family! BUT I’m back and I can’t wait to share with you my trip’s itinerary and highlights in the upcoming posts. Anyway, before I share my travel adventure, I’d like to share another adventure: going blonde-ish.

I wanted to go blonde again before the but my go to hair color, Etude House’s Bubble Hair Color in Golden Blonde, was out of stock everywhere. I searched in their Eastwood and SM Megamall branches, but all the sales ladies said that there would be no stock for a month. Again. I think this was the second time in 6 months that it was out of stock when I went searching for it. (Note to self: haul Golden Blonde when it comes back in stock for future use).

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Defeated, I decided to just drop by at Watsons to get myself a box of Palty’s Bubble Dye. Then something new caught my eye, rows and rows of Beautylabo hair dyes in a lot of colors with lots of stocks. And the best part: they’re worth P239 a box. That’s half the price of any other Japanese dyes out there. According to the box, 1 kit is enough for shoulder length hair. So I grabbed two boxes, just to be safe.

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Beautylabo is relatively new in the Philippines. They formally launched last July when they popped up some stations featuring free hair color application in several SM branches. I can’t really find much about the variant of the hair dyes that they’re selling here except that it’s same with the ones in Thailand. When you Google Beautylabo, the packaging and the color codes are so different. This is my first time to try out a product without any reviews.

I chose the lightest blonde shade they have, Honey Blonde, because I was going for the bright blonde look. The golden shade in the photo is a little scary but based from previous hair coloring experiments, my hair doesn’t really turn up as bright as in the photos. Or maybe this time it will. Oh well, on with the coloring.

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The kit contains 1 cream colorant pack, 1 cream developer bottle, 1 nozzle, a pair of protective gloves and an instruction leaflet. (Note: no free cape and after color treatment!) I decided to just cover myself with an old towel in lieu of the missing cape. 

The steps for applying this hair dye is the same with other Asian hair dyes. Mix the colorant with the developer, shake well, apply to dry hair from roots to tips, and leave on for 20-30 minutes. I ended up using the two boxes because one wasn’t enough. But I only got halfway through with the second one. I also did not follow the time required. I had it on for like more than an hour before I rinsed it off. Anyway, here’s how it looks like after, compared to my before hair.

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(Please note that these photos are not true to color because I have yellow light at home)

Gasp! It looks really scary orange at home and the after photos are crappy. My black roots are goooone.

To compare the results more, let me show you some before photos. Photo on the left below was taken inside the office with white light, photo on the right was taken “outdoors” with natural light from the big windows beside me. 

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My hair used to be yellowish indoors and light brown outdoors. The upper half is darker than the lower part because I can’t get it to lighten as much. So what I have is like a gradual ombre color. Hahaha.

Here’s a photo of my hair, 8 days after applying it.

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My hair is significantly lighter! Photos above are taken from Hong Kong (look at the mini me beside me! Hahaha)

My ultimate goal when coloring is to achieve the same shade of color all throughout. Did I achieve it with this dye? No, but the top is significantly lighter than before. But I still like the gradual way it lightens to the bottom. If I could only just lighten the tips more I’d have a three tone ombre. Haha.

What I like:

  • Affordable - At P239 per box, this is probably the cheapest Japanese hair dye in the market 
  • Easily accessible - They are available in Watsons and SM Department stores and hopefully they won’t run out of stocks easily.
  • Easy to squeeze bottle with nozzle is so much easier to apply than those with pumps or spatulas
  • Smells great
  • Great color payoff!

What I don’t like:

  • No free cape - It does not come with a free cape so I used a towel. My towel looks yellow now.
  • No after color treatment included - One of my favorite thing about Asian hair dyes are the free after color treatment packs because they make my hair feel better after coloring.

There is one thing I didn’t add up there but my hair felt super damaged days after I used it. I guess it wasn’t the product’s fault because my roots felt super soft but the bottom part of my hair felt so brittle after. Must be because of all the dyeing my hair endured.

Will I repurchase? I think for its price, this one worked better than Palty. So yes I will. It’s great for covering the roots. I might just use one bottle next time for that and soak half of my hair in that color. And remember not to keep it on for 20-30 minutes only! If I do want to try a change in color, I might try Creamy Ash using two bottles.

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Photo taken as screenshot from Beautylabo Philippines Facebook page

Beautylabo hair dyes are available in 8 colors: Raspberry Pink, Pure Beige, Natural Blonde, Creamy Ash, Natural Back, Candy Apricot, Honey Blonde and Dark Brown. They are available in Watsons and SM Department Stores. Like theirofficial Facebook page for more updates!

Finishing: Cropped Cardigan for 2013 - Ravelry entry

This project has been sitting in a box for more than a year. I don’t exactly remember why I dropped it, must be all the seaming left. But this time, I promise this will be completed :)

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