Imaginale Design
I was sipping on strawberry milk this morning when I checked my e-mail and got this message from Nole:

Hi Alejandra,

Thanks so much for your submission! Keep an eye out for a post tomorrow (Friday) morning!



What?!?! I was kind of shaking with excitement and scrambled to type "oh so beautiful...." on my url tab until the familiar link popped up. Click. Ahhh!!!! How exciting!!

A couple of days ago I decided to take some photos of my save the date. I planned on creating a post with a tutorial on exactly how I made my save the dates. Since I saved so much money and made the design really easily, I wanted to spread the word more. Back in October, I did my typical visit to Oh So Beautiful Paper and came across Avie's "Papel Picado" invitations. I was floored. That is EXACTLY the "style" I want. Latin, but a hint of retro, yet still vintage.

I opened up photoshop and one thing led to another. An hour later I had my Save the Date designed! If you own photoshop, you can recreate my SAME design! I used brushes for the birds AND the lace, so I will give you links of where I found these for free. The font was free too!

The envelopes were more "labor" intensive. They involve stamps, embossing powder, and a heating gun from Paper Source -- but so worth it! I have to credit my fiance Jose for the handwriting. Isn't he good?! I, on the other hand, don't have pretty handwriting whatsoever :) Sometimes I get lucky and make swirly ends when I'm trying to make it look "elegant" but turns out looking like my 3rd grade cursive. Plus, my fiance "practices" and I am a "just do it girl" which results into errors, scribbles, and just a bad idea overall.

Anyway, I'm so thankful for Nole's feature. Hopefully after my tutorial, brides on a budget can learn some photoshop tricks to design their own Save-the-Dates. Or try the embossing trick for their envelopes which completely transforms your design. If you have any q's or want to share ideas, feel free to e-mail me at -- I'd love to help!

And if you haven't already, read the post here and leave some love! Can't wait to share some helpful tips with y'all later!
8 Responses
  1. avie Says:

    hey! I found you via Nole's blog and then I saw that you were partially inspired by my Papal Picado invites. I guess it really is a small internet world.

    Anyways, I think your invites are lovely and have inspired me as well.


  2. Meg Says:

    I can't wait for the tutorial. Your save the dates are to die for. Hoping I can do nearly as well. Thanks for the inspiration.


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  4. LOVE your save the date!! When do you plan on putting up a tutorial? I can't wait!

    -Jaime :)

  5. Jenn Says:

    Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous! You know how you said it's like we're twins or something?....well I'm beginning to think we must be distantly related or something because I'm incorporating birds in several aspects of my wedding AND that cute little glass bird in one of your pictures? Yeah, I have one EXTREMELY similar! We're kindred spirits :)

  6. Ale Says:

    Avie -- well your work is beautiful! You are most definitely an inspiration and am touched that I would be some to you as well.

    Meg - It is relatively easy! Worth a try for sure :) :) Thank you for your sweet words!

    Jaime- I am thinking early next week!!

    Jenn -- I knew it!! Maybe it's our Texas blood? Haha. I'm telling you, the similarities are crazy ;)

  7. Jeanelle Says:

    Hi Ale! I saw your invites through Oh So Beautiful Paper and totally loved it! I was wondering if I could display your invites in my blog? I love to post about design that has an international flavor, and your invites totally has that Spanish flavor :)

  8. Ale Says:


    Of course! I just saw your blog and I would be honored to be featured there :) I love, love, love your incorporation of Latin flavor into your designs! E-mail me at if you need me to send you the original pictures and any other information. Thank you so much :)