classy graduation :: a 2014 graduation printable collection!

Classy graduation printable collection from Lauren McKinsey :: gift tags

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i am so excited to share with you our newest collection just in time for graduation. this collection is different than most of my printable collections.  it is simple and elegant and i LOVE it!  the inspiration for this collection in part is due to Carmen at The Flair Exchange. i had the privilege of meeting Carmen years ago at a blogger get together and immediately fell in love with her.  she is sweet. smart. kind. creative. she creates amazing products like tassel garland, boutique balloons, confetti filled balloons, balloon tassel garland kits, confetti and garland. her products are gorgeous, beautifully made and incredibly packaged.  i was so excited when Carmen sent me a box of goodies to try out.  i immediately fell in love with the colors – the purples, gold, aqua and green.  i knew then that i want to create a graduation printable collection using these colors as inspiration.

as i began to design this collection i knew that i wanted to keep it simple and elegant.  i love the black and white with a sprinkle of gold polka dots mixed in.  i also knew that keeping the colors simple and classic would mean that you could mix in your own colors for that extra pop.  you will see that i did that with the color purple.

so, the day before i left for NYC and the National Stationery Show i had a shoot planned.  i had found the perfect spot in a gorgeous field filled with wildflowers.  i packed up my supplies including my goodies from The Flair Exchange and headed out.  wanting to photograph the beautiful Flair Exchange packaging i had not opened any of my party supplies.  it was there i learned two things.  first, the tassel garland is a kit.  when you open the packaging you will find everything you need to make 16 tassels made with 100% recycled tissue paper.  the assembled garland spans approximately 6 feet.  the tissue is pre cut and includes twine for hanging.  the assembly instructions are included and on the packaging.  they are simple to make!  however, since i had not made my garland prior to the photo shoot i discovered that putting mine together in an open field on a VERY windy day was just not going to work.  this means – i will have garland for an upcoming event as well!

Classy graduation printable collection from Lauren McKinsey :: Flair Exchange confetti

i fell in LOVE with the confetti filled balloon.  it is gorgeous!  truly gorgeous!  in fact, i can hardly wait to use more of them. now, here is where the photo shoot story gets real.  so again, in the middle of the field i fill my balloon up with helium. i tied it to my chair and turned away for a second only to see that it is GONE!  the wind was so strong and my tie not tight enough.  it was in that moment i sat in the grass and almost cried.  this photo shoot was NOT going as planned.  so you will have to take my word that the balloon was truly amazing.  it took me almost 24 hours to stop talking about the balloon and the sadness i felt in losing it.  they make the most beautiful party accessories and in my mind are a party MUST. Carmen has the most remarkable and high quality balloons that are filled with fantastic colors.  you must order yours for your next party or event!

Classy graduation printable collection from Lauren McKinsey :: Flair Exchange confetti

i had much better luck with the confetti.  perfectly round 3/4 inch circle of high quality tissue paper make a wonderful party accessory.  coordinated to match your color palette,  confetti makes a beautiful addition to any table or event.

Classy graduation printable collection from Lauren McKinsey :: Flair Exchange confetti

as you can see we very much enjoyed the confetti.  my youngest son’s friend Brittany was my sweet model for this shoot and we had a blast!

Classy graduation printable collection from Lauren McKinsey :: hershey's kiss stickers

i do love hershey’s kiss stickers!

Classy graduation printable collection from Lauren McKinsey :: gift tags

these gift tags are gorgeous!  i love the black and white stripes and the simple font!

you will also see that we added a fun element to the printables.  you will find in the collection craft sheets with three sets of words.  dream BIG, congratulations and 2014.  i cut out the 2014 using our silhouette machine and created a cake topper. i also cut out simple purple circles for a little extra touch as well.  i placed gumballs from SweetWorks around the base of my homemade cake.  so cute!

Classy graduation printable collection from Lauren McKinsey :: miniature candy bar wrappers

Classy graduation printable collection from Lauren McKinsey :: drink wraps

i love the drink wraps in this collection.  this one is my favorite with the word CELEBRATE and the gold polka dots!

Classy graduation printable collection from Lauren McKinsey :: circle tags

i love the circle tags.  they come in three sizes and this is the medium size tag.  i love the idea of tying it to the stem of a drink glass with a pretty ribbon as you see here.

Classy graduation printable collection from Lauren McKinsey :: candy bar wrappers

candy bar wrappers!  LOVE!

Classy graduation printable collection from Lauren McKinsey :: gift tags

aren’t these the cutest buckets?  i found them in the dollar spot at Target just last week!  i filled them with white and yellow SweetWorks gumballs!

Classy graduation printable collection from Lauren McKinsey :: gift tags

i do love hanging gift tags!  this tag with the simple but powerful statement dream BIG is a favorite of mine for sure!

congratulations to all the graduates!  i wish you a wonderful future.  dream BIG and follow your dreams!

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2 Responses to classy graduation :: a 2014 graduation printable collection!

  1. Carmen May 19, 2014 at 10:25 pm #

    I adore this so much!!!! Thank you for the sweet words and gorgeous photos.

    • Lauren McKinsey May 20, 2014 at 6:19 am #

      I am so happy!! I am STILL SO SAD my balloon flew away!!! I am still talking about it!

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