Design Fixation

11/15/17

Get Ready For The Holidays With Mixbook



The second I found out about Mixbook at Alt Summit last year, I knew I'd be using them for all kinds of photo projects. They offer an online editor which allows you to customize your designs as much (or as little) as you want, so you are guaranteed to end up with exactly what you want. 

So when it came time to create an album for our wedding, obviously I chose Mixbook.  


We wanted something that was simple yet stylish, with enough room to add plenty of photos. We chose the Industrial Chic theme; I loved the combination of the script and sans serif fonts on the cover, so I was sold immediately. Don't worry, Mike liked it too ;)


You have the option to run the photos to the edge of the page or not, and you can overlap them if you like. The editor tool also provides layout options according to how many photos you'd like per page, and then you can move them around if need be. 


They also have "stickers," which are words and images that you can place on any page ("our big day" above is a sticker). Then I added a text box underneath with a poem by e.e. cummings that we used as a reading during our ceremony.

You can check out the rest of their beautiful photo book designs here. These make great gifts for the holidays, and they don't have to be wedding-related... I've seen people create recipe books, vacation albums and lots of other things out of these types of photo books.


We created our holiday cards with Mixbook too. We loved the Holiday Pine design, which is printed with gold foil (check out my Instagram stories to see a little video of the beautiful gold foil in action). 


Again, you can customize everything so we chose a fun decorative sans serif font. The curved edges are a nice touch on this design too.


So if you want to get ahead of the game this holiday season, be sure to head over to Mixbook. Plus... they're having big sales right now!


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11/2/17

Woodland Wonderland Christmas Decor + A Tree Giveaway!

Win a 6.5' All That Glitters Christmas Tree! Click the image to enter at DesignFixation.com /// Woodland Wonderland Christmas Decor + A Tree Giveaway!

Today we're taking a break from our regularly scheduled programming to do some Christmas decorating! Now don't panic... I haven't forgotten about Thanksgiving (it's one of my favorite holidays, after all). But today we're looking ahead to the end of the year with Treetopia.com. Starting with the All That Glitters wreath and tree, I was tasked with decorating them for both Christmas and New Year's... and I'm sharing my Christmas look today.

Also...

Treetopia has generously offered one of you a 6.5' All That Glitters Tree! 
Enter the giveaway down at the bottom of this post. 

Win a 6.5' All That Glitters Christmas Tree! Click the image to enter at DesignFixation.com /// Woodland Wonderland Christmas Decor + A Tree Giveaway!

The All That Glitters Wreath is a beautiful vintage gold color. Not a bright, saturated gold, but a light, reflective hue that's totally glamorous. And for the decorations, I love the idea of using what you already have. So I decided to go outside and use things from my backyard - pinecones and sticks add a beautiful woodland vibe to any tree or wreath. 

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I cut snowflakes from plain white paper to add a wintery feel, and hung up a "Noel" sign in the middle. This is a large wreath, so it lends itself to displaying something festive in the center.

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Treetopia's Gemmed Up Pearl Beaded Ornaments add a glamorous finishing touch to the wreath. They come as a set of six, with three copper colored ornaments and three gold ones.

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I added a string of clear lights to my wreath, and it looks absolutely magical at night. My tree came with lights already attached (hallelujah!) and it looks beautiful once the sun goes down too.

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I decided to stick with the same woodland theme for the tree, but I took it a bit further to give it a bold presence in the corner of our living room. I added twigs to give it that outdoorsy feel, and a shimmering gold ribbon all the way around. 

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White snowflakes paired with large pinecones lend some contrast to all the glamorous metallic elements. I also added a few dried sprigs of seeded eucalyptus for a hint of color.

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I painted some of the pinecones with a touch of gold and then I strung them up on a long piece of rope, adding some extra texture to the tree. Satin gold ribbons lend a sweet little finishing touch to the  DIY pinecone garland.


And now, the biggest news of all... you can win your very own All That Glitters tree! This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, and there are lots of ways to enter... see the Rafflecopter form below. A winner will be chosen at the end of the day on November 10, 2017.

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And be sure to head over to the other four bloggers' posts to 
find out how they decorated their trees and wreaths! 

Tracy Alves: sunnychichome.com
Jade Harrington: jaderbomb.com
Jessa Plant: sparklelivingblog.com
Olivia Johnson: baublestobubbles.com

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10/26/17

Essential European Travel Shopping Guide

Essential European Travel Shopping Guide /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

Before I went to France this past summer for my honeymoon, I did a lot of research on what to bring. I asked friends, I went online, and there was a lot of trial and error involved (thank goodness for Amazon returns). But once we finally embarked on our journey I was happy I did... because I felt pretty prepared! And I thought I'd save you the trouble of doing all that research and share the items that I think are essential for a two week trip to France. Here goes....

1. Kaukko Backpack - Use a small backpack as your carry-on. It's much easier to manage than a shoulder bag since it's centered on your back (less chance of whacking fellow fliers on the face while walking down the aisle). It will also do double duty as a handy bag for day trips - so I made sure to choose one that my husband wouldn't be embarrassed to carry. Get it here. $41  

2. Sifini Crossbody Bag - This was the only handbag I brought with me, and it was perfect. The crossbody strap is detachable and it has both a top zipper and an interior zippered wallet pocket to deter pickpockets. It will fit all the essentials, plus a water bottle a small umbrella. And maybe even a light long sleeve layer! Buy it here. $22

3. The Happy Planner Snap-In Cover - It wouldn't be Design Fixation if I didn't mention something creative. I bought this snap-in cover and then filled the interior with a mix of lined, blank and grid paper. And then I wrote/sketched in it everyday (which I would highly recommend... it's really fun to thumb through once you're home). Buy everything you need here. $20+

4. Plug Adaptor - These are definitely essential because outlets are different depending on the country you're traveling to. These are great because each one has two inputs. Get a three-pack here. $12

5. Large Lightweight Scarf - You'll definitely want one of these. It can act as a light throw blanket on the plane, a cover-up on the beach, a wrap if you get chilly at night, or simply a pop of color for a neutral outfit. Buy it here. $7

6. TravelPro Skymax Spinner Suitcase - This suitcase rolls like a dream, especially after using an old non-spinner for many years. This 25" size fit all of my stuff for a two week trip plus some of Mike's (he brought a smaller bag). Buy it here. $160

7. Portable Phone Charger Power Bank - This one is crucial. Mike and I both used ours a ton since we were constantly taking pictures and getting directions on our phones. Grab this highly-rated one here. $21

8. Noise-Isolating Earphones - I ordered/tried/returned a handful of different earbuds, and these (the less expensive ones!) were the winners. They have awesome sound, especially for the price, and I find them to be super comfortable. Get 'em here. $15

9. Hanging Toiletry Bag - Until recently, I've packed my makeup and toiletries in multiple pouches and bags. But it began to seem like a very disorganized system, so I bought this hanging toiletry bag with tons of pockets and it fit the bill perfectly. Buy it here. $28

10. Wine Wings - Thanks to my friend Megan for tipping me off on this one. If you're planning to buy a couple of bottles of wine, you'll want to buy these airtight padded wine bottle sleeves. The bubble-wrap style exterior will protect the bottles from breaking, and in the unlikely event that they do break, the wine should stay contained within the bags (i.e. not all over the clothes in your checked baggage). Get a 4-pack here. $20

Hope you guys found this helpful! To check out some photos from our trip, scroll through my favorite French doors or the design trends I spotted in Paris and beyond. 




10/19/17

Easy DIY Geometric Tissue Paper Pumpkin

DIY Geometric Tissue Paper Pumpkin /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

Do you ever get sick of orange pumpkins? I do. But that doesn't mean I don't like color. I mean, c'mon... have you seen my past projects? (If you haven't, check this out. And this).  So today I wanted to share a fun little tutorial that will help you transform any pumpkin into a geometric work of art using leftover tissue paper.

DIY Geometric Tissue Paper Pumpkin /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

Here's what you'll need for your tissue paper pumpkin:
  • An heirloom pumpkin
  • Elmer's glue
  • Scissors
  • Foam brush
  • Plastic cup
  • Leftover tissue paper

DIY Geometric Tissue Paper Pumpkin /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

Begin by cutting lots of triangles from a variety of different colors of tissue paper. I had lots of tissue on hand because I like to reuse it from gifts if it's in good condition. Vary the sizes and shapes.

DIY Geometric Tissue Paper Pumpkin /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

Next, put a teaspoon of water into a plastic cup and add a tablespoon of glue to it. Mix it up with your foam brush. If it seems too watery, add some more glue. It should be a frothy consistency.

DIY Geometric Tissue Paper Pumpkin /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

Put a dab of the glue mixture on the pumpkin where you'd like to place a triangle, and then gently attach the tissue piece. Use your brush to apply another layer on top of the triangle. Make sure all of the corners are firmly attached. Once the whole top is covered, let it dry thoroughly and then add a few triangles on the bottom.

DIY Geometric Tissue Paper Pumpkin /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

And you're finished! This is a super simple project, and it looks so fun with all of the bright colors. It's also great because it requires minimal materials... most of which you may already have on hand.

DIY Geometric Tissue Paper Pumpkin /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

You could use any kind of pumpkin you like; I tried it on a peach colored heirloom pumpkin with bright pinks and oranges and it looked awesome. And it could look interesting with patterned tissue too. 

DIY Geometric Tissue Paper Pumpkin /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

You might try different shapes too... the sky's the limit, really! Looking for more no-carve pumpkin ideas? Check these out.

DIY Geometric Tissue Paper Pumpkin /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation




10/11/17

Halloween Decor Ideas, Hold The Orange

Halloween Decor Ideas, Hold The Orange /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

Did you know that according to HGTV, orange is the most hated color in home decorating? While I don't mind a pop of orange here and there, it's definitely not one of my favorites either. And especially not for Halloween. So today I'm sharing 10 gorgeous Halloween decor ideas that don't involve the color orange. Click 'read more' to see them in all their spooky glory.

10/5/17

DIY Projects From Our Wedding

DIY Projects From Our Wedding /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

No, I didn't make my wedding dress. But I did make my veil! And it was probably the easiest DIY on the list. I used this tutorial and bought the tulle at Joann Fabrics.

DIY Projects From Our Wedding /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

We had our own hashtag for the wedding, #MikesGottaHaveFaith, so I made a few cards that said "Oh Snap!" with the hashtag info and framed them. I bought the frame on Amazon (similar to this one).

DIY Projects From Our Wedding /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

Surprise surprise, I did a lot of hand lettering for our wedding. The key to the signature cocktail sign is to lay it out on the computer first, and then use a chalk marker to write it on the mirror. Be sure to let it dry for a couple of days so it doesn't smudge when you touch it. But don't touch it anyways. Trust me.

DIY Projects From Our Wedding /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

Read more about the escort card DIY here. We used metalized film tape to attach the cards to wooden project panel boards from The Home Depot. It's way more adhesive than washi tape, and super metallic.

DIY Projects From Our Wedding /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

My mother-in-law helped us make these table runners for all of the tables... we used this fabric and iron-on hem tape.

DIY Projects From Our Wedding /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

Check out my full tutorial for our watercolor bunting cake topper above right here.

DIY Projects From Our Wedding /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

Yep, I made the programs too. I laid it out in Adobe InDesign, printed them all out at home and then Mike powered up the glue gun to attach them to these wooden handles.

DIY Projects From Our Wedding /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

This is an easy one... we chose questions for people to answer (things like "bucket list ideas," "where should we go on our next vacation?" etc.) and printed them out on white card stock. Then we attached them to clear vases or bowls and provided paper and pens in our wedding colors for guests to write their answers on.

DIY Projects From Our Wedding /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

For the table numbers, I used watercolor to paint a wash over super thick paper and then once it was dry I wrote the table number with a gold paint pen. Be sure to repeat on the backside so people can see it from all angles.

DIY Projects From Our Wedding /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

For the Mr. and Mrs. signs, I bought letters at Michaels and spray painted them gold. Then I just used a staple gun to attach them to grosgrain ribbon.

DIY Projects From Our Wedding /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

See those tassels on the sweetheart table? We made about a million of them and strung them throughout the whole venue. Thanks to our friends for helping ;) Head over here to check out some more details from our wedding, and stop by Design Fixation early next week for a fun roundup that's sure to get your creative juices flowing.

And thanks to Ben Hudson Photography for all of the gorgeous photos from our wedding!





9/29/17

The Key To Hiding Your Clutter In Style


Life is all about compromise, amirite? So when it comes to storage, it's important to merge both form and function. Sure, those big plastic tubs are great for hiding lots of clutter... but they're also pretty darn hideous. The key is to pick a storage solution that looks nice and that also has some options. 


So when I came across these folding baskets from Wayfair, I knew I had to have them. They can be used as both hidden storage and decorative storage just by orienting them in different ways. And they can be folded and unfolded, which means that they arrived flat (so I didn't have to struggle with a giant box). This also makes them super easy to store or transport when you move. The material, hyacinth, has a gorgeous autumnal feel which was what I was going for this time of year. It is almost October, after all.


So here's the key to really styling these things to the nines -  reserve a couple of the baskets (they come in a set of five) for hidden storage, orienting the opening so that it's on the top; and then arrange the rest face out. Place a couple of books on the bottoms of these, and then put something pretty on top of the books. I went with the seasonal choice, heirloom pumpkins, but you might also try vases, picture frames or other decorative goodies.



By using this method, you'll have a cohesive-looking setup which looks gorgeous but is also functional. So basically, compromise is key. Pick a storage solution that has the flexibility of serving two purposes, and you'll be well on your way to an organized home in no time! Check out tons of other great storage solutions at Wayfair.


This post was created in partnership with Wayfair. 
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