A wishing tree - tales from the shires!

So Paper Whispers is based is sunny Nottingham which is in Nottinghamshire. If you are a fan of Lord of the Rings, you will know of the shires! Really and truly the idea of middle earth was found right here in the aptly named midlands! Of course I would love to design a Lord of the Rings type product and it would be awesome but sadly it is still under copyright and I am not able to until!

So failing that, here is a taste of what you can find in the shires! A wishing tree! The concept is the same as a wishing well, where you toss a penny and make your wish. However, if you visit the Peak District (technically in Derbyshire) can find a wishing tree where you press your penny into a tree and make a wish!

The wishing tree in the Peak District
Close up view of a penny pressed into the tree bark
There are other delights too that you can find in my neck of the woods and slowly but surely, I will reveal them all!

A Tale of Subtlety - Destination Wedding Seating Charts

Let us play a game of spot the difference! Our protagonist is the world map seating chart. This design is perfect for a destination wedding or a travel themed wedding but subtle design differences make it possible to spin the seating chart into a personalised one of a kind creation.

1. The very first design

This is the classic which started it all. It is more formal with the name of the bride and groom taking centre stage in the title.

 The very first world map seating chart from Paper Whispers

2. The map takes centre stage

To contrast the classic first design, this next one is based on a customer request to move the table name boxes away from the map. They are therefore placed around the perimeter of the map and the map takes centre stage.

Customised wedding seating chart with the world map at the centre for a destination wedding
3. The Airmail One

Many of my designs are based around customer requests and in this case the customer requested an airmail theme. I have already featured this one before on the blog, but it deserves its place here again because it is quite special to me!

Airmail Travel Theme Wedding Table Plan
4. The Fun One

Once more a customer requested a seating chart with a heading, 'Where in the world are you sitting?' I thought this was so much fun! It is just a change in title but it really has a way of tying up the world travel theme together for the seating chart.

Where in world are you sitting? A seating chart with a difference!
The great thing though is that you can mix and match any elements of the seating charts that you like to create one that suits your wedding! All of the seating charts can be found in my shop - here!

The etsy treasury is dead.......long live the treasury!

If you don't already know, that handmade (for some of us..cough) marketplace that is Etsy, promised that they would not get rid of the treasury. Treasuries were (speaking in a mournful past tense here, even though they do technically still exist!) a collection of 16 items that any etsy account holder can form. These many treasuries used to be trawled through by some brave person at etsy and they would extract quite often some really beautiful ones to be featured on the front page.

Of course as with all good things they did end up being exploited with some teams specialising in getting an incredible (READ: FALSE) number of views and therefore pushing the popularity of their treasuries such that genuinely beautiful and popular treasuries were very hard to spot. Naturally there were still a large number of genuine groups producing treasuries but I guess the bigwigs at Etsy got tired of it and while treasuries still exist, they have been very much pushed to the back of the queue in terms of bringing views to etsy shops.

Anyway, I used to love making treasuries and adhered to all the previous rules (e.g not featuring your own items etc) but now I am tearing up the rule book and making them just for the love of it. According to Etsy the last treasury I made was in April 2015, so after a long hiatus............long live the treasury!

You can see my Talk Nerdy to Me treasury in its full glory here. Now let me sneak off to promote it on instagram!

Long Live the Etsy Treasury!


A geeky card - periodic table style

Let me shake off my lack of enthusiasm right now! It is raining and I had to walk in the rain to get the baby girl to sleep which took 1 hour, and I am terrified that she may wake up in the next half hour before I even have a chance to sip this peppermint tea! However, on the bright side, the hydrangeas are in bloom and I am progressing on with listings in the shop.

This one is a sneak peak that is not yet present in the shop but will be shortly. It is the love equation card. Strictly speaking as a scientist it is nonsense but the idea about scientific art is to communicate a message rather than be completely accurate.

The message is, here is a cute card, it is science inspired by the periodic table, your average geek - man or woman, husband or wife will love it. (I kid you not, the baby is actually up and crying right right on cue lol!)

a geeky love equation card
Periodic table inspired card

The LGBT collection - a card for whoever you love

I am so excited, I can barely keep my bum on the chair! I am passionate about many causes and stopping discrimination is definitely one of them.

The LGBT collection is under the lens!
The inital offering was the standard boy meets girl and girl meets boy but then I had an epiphany that I should really expand it out to be for boy boy or girl girl matches too. I am all for equality of everyone regardless of gender or sexual orientation!

Another outtake - the collection in full
So here I stand, very proud of my Paper Whispers LGBT collection, love whoever you love!

A world map travel themed wedding seating chart - airmail style!

Some of the best ideas are really not my own! I often build up collections based on ideas that my customers request. In this case one customer request a border with an airmail envelope style. I thought a border around the whole seating chart is not that interesting but perhaps each of the tables instead can have the airmail envelope border. I thought too about putting postmarks like stamps etc, but in the end decided that a simple clean envelope style with a map in matching colours would work best.

I am still wondering though if I should add the stamps, or would it be indeed a bit of an overkill.....what do you think?

The original - a world map travel themed wedding seating chart

I loved this variation too, the customer wanted a colour gradient to match her wedding colours
You can find the design in my shop linked above, or if you are a bit lazy - here!

A periodic table wedding seating chart: Science inspired wedding

I finally did it! Prior to getting pregnant, I was working on this periodic table seating chart. I am a scientist so of course anything geeky appeals to me! Like these chemistry inspired drinks for a bridal genius, as a matter of fact, do drop by petite christine where these images came from!

Science inspired wedding cocktails?

No better way to serve up a drink to a scientist than in a flask.....of course!
My new little motto is 'pretty clever design' and I would like to think that my wedding seating chart which looks like a periodic table is the epitome of exactly that! Naturally, it will change depending on guest numbers but you get the idea.....right? The template is available to purchase in my shop - here!

A periodic table inspired wedding seating chart from Paper Whispers